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T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy Note 2 now available for purchase!

Well guys, it’s now October 24th and you know what that means? T-Mobile is now the first American carrier to release Samsung’s next powerhouse in the Galaxy Note 2. You can order the device online for a hefty price of $369.99 on a new 2-year agreement. Here’s an array of specs you should expect on the Note 2:

Full specs

  • 5.5-inch Super AMOLED HD (1280 x 720) display
  • 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • microSD slot for storage expansion
  • 8MP rear camera
  • 1.9MP front camera
  • 3100mAh battery
  • Available in both HSPA+ and LTE
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • 9.4mm thick
  • 180 grams

Also keep in note that this will have LTE bands for T-Mobile’s future implementation of 4G LTE. So you can bet this phone is as future proof as it gets! Will any of you guys run out and grab this device?

source: T-Mobile

AT&T HTC One X gets root method for latest OTA update

The latest OTA update for AT&T’s HTC One X broke the current methods for rooting the device, but of course it never takes the folks over at XDA too long to find another work around when it comes to rooting. This method will use two different exploits to modify your CID and allow you to unlock your bootloader and root the device.

Of course, as with anything that has to do with rooting, this procedure is can be harmful for your device so please read up before you attempt to do this! Check out the source link if you’re interested!

source: XDA

[Deal] Refurbished Logitech Revue now $50 on TigerDirect with rebate and coupon code

Still eyeing a Google TV product? Thanks to TigerDirect you can grab one of the first Google TV product in the Logitech Revue for a mere $50 (refurbished). Normally $100, you can use a coupon code (TPF73771) to get $20 off a refurbished model up front, plus a $30 rebate to bring it down to a meager $50.

You have have until October 27th to order the Revue in order to qualify for the rebate. After the purchase, you have 30 days to turn in your rebate and get your money back. Hit up the source link if you’re interested!

source: TigerDirect

Listen to hilarious ‘sh*t Android fans say’

We’ve all been there. You’re sitting with a friend who whips out their iPhone, ultimately leading you to pull out your very own Android powered smartphone. From there you begin making snotty remarks, claiming superiority with your allegiance to Android. Well, a new YouTube video accurately depicts the “sh*t Android fans say” on a daily basis. The subject matter is appropriate, so grab a snack and hit the break for the full video.

8GB Nexus 7 no longer availble in the Play Store, listed as ‘coming soon’

Surprise, surprise. The official Play Store listing for the ASUS-manufactured 8GB Nexus 7 has been updated, effectively showing the item as “coming soon”. This move follows several strong rumors pointing to the idea that Google could potentially phase out the 8GB version of its Android tablet to shift the 16GB version downward and replace it with a 32GB version.

Users who have purchased the 8GB version have undoubtedly witnessed the limits of its minimal storage space. A trio of Tegra 3 games and an HD movie will almost certainly fill up that space by themselves. For this sole reason it would make sense for Google to up the storage capacity of the base model to fix storage dilemmas  And, with the launch of Apple’s new iPad mini approaching, next week’s event would be a perfect moment to do just that.

Regardless, if you were planning on picking up a Nexus 7 in the near future, I would suggest holding off–at least for now. With Google’s Nexus event upon us, who knows what could lie ahead. Perhaps even a 3G-enabled version of the tablet? Keep it tuned to TalkAndroid to find out.

Source: Play Store

T-Mobile sends out letter to its customers regarding potential MetroPCS merger

While it’s certainly not official yet, that isn’t stopping T-Mobile from touching base with their customers and sending out an FYI of sorts. Upon checking the mail today, there it was – a letter with “important information” contained therein. Turns out T-Mobile’s CEO, John Legere, has a message for us on Magenta’s network. Juicy details are scarce, but it does mention the pending merger with MetroPCS promising a “bigger, better, bolder” US wireless provider. It goes on to claim T-Mobile will be the “premier challenger in the US market” by emphasizing value.

The letter also promises greater speed, bigger capacity, and better reliability as well as deeper network coverage, all as a result of this pending merger. These are sticking points that T-Mobile customers have been clamoring for over the years. I can almost count on two hands where our network coverage struggles to keep up on outings that we make on a monthly basis. Also, the recent vacation we took was a little challenging due to T-Mobile’s slower speed and lacking data/voice coverage. It’s a little frustrating but being with Magenta for over 10 years has its perks. Just dialing “611” from my mobile phone and asking for the Loyalty Department coupled with our 10-plus years of service prompts immediate credibility, and there have been quite a few times we’ve gotten new devices at a full discount prices well before our contract was up. So, it’s definitely a “can’t live with them, can’t live without them” type of relationship.

LG Spectrum 2 revealed on Best Buy site

In a bit of a change of pace as far as “leaks” go about new devices, this one comes to us courtesy a big box retailer. In this case, Best Buy has established the product page for the LG Spectrum 2 smartphone. It is not clear whether this is some mistake on the part of Best Buy or a sign that they are getting a jump on Verizon. The product page confirms many of the hardware specs we thought would be present in the LG Spectrum 2. These include a 1.5GHz Snapdragon dual-core processor, a 4.7-inch, 1280×720 HD display, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and 4G LTE capability. This is not surprising as the Spectrum 2 is mostly a rebadged LG Optimus LTE II.

The iPad Mini is upon us, how does it match up against the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD?

The impossible has happened. The 7-inch iPad that Steve Jobs himself spoke against has come to the world in the form of the iPad Mini. In a world where price is ultimately king, can Apple persuade you into buying it’s option for over 50% more than its competition? Lets take a look at the specs and see how they stack up.

LG Spectrum Ice Cream Sandwich will start rolling out tomorrow

Starting tomorrow owners of the LG Spectrum will be able to upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich and I think the only thing that can come to mind for these owners is FINALLY. From the original leak of the update back in May to finding out Saturday that Verizon has finally approved the update, Spectrum owners have been patiently waiting for the Ice Cream Sandwich experience. Well starting tomorrow the wait will be over and owners can rejoice in the improvement that is Ice Cream Sandwich. It may sting to know that they are getting this update well after Jelly Bean has been released and with the anticipation of Android 4.2 growing, but better late than never right?

 Source: Verizon

Full HD smartphones from Samsung, LG to surface first half of 2013

Full HD displays seem to be the next logical step in mobile device advancement. While HTC is one of the only manufacturers with an upcoming, listed device sporting such high resolution, Samsung and LG look to get in the game soon. Not surprisingly, according to “industry sources,” Samsung and LG will launch devices with full HD AMOLED and LCD displays in the first half of next year. With the boost in resolution comes a nice boost in ppi. We’ll be looking at over 400ppi with these devices. That will obviously yield a gorgeous display. At this point, we can only speculate as to which devices from Samsung and LG will be the first to incorporate the displays. Will we see the Galaxy S IV rocking full HD? The rumored timeline certainly makes sense.

 

source:  MK

Xbox jumps into immersive entertainment with Xbox SmartGlass app for mobile platforms

A recurring theme that seems to be repeating itself during 2012 is the move by developers to try to meld the TV viewing experience with interactive features via a smartphone or tablet. We have seen Netflix upgrade their app within the last month to enable a mobile device to serve as a remote control while providing additional content regarding a movie or TV show. Earlier this year we saw apps from IntoNow and Shazam introduce similar capabilities, especially on the social media side. Microsoft is getting in on the action with a new app, Xbox SmartGlass, being introduced with the roll out of Windows 8. Like these other apps and services, Microsoft has plans to make SmartGlass available on multiple platforms, with Android and iOS versions coming in 2013.

Samsung Galaxy Note II hits AT&T on November 9 for $299, pre-orders to begin October 25

The Samsung Galaxy Note II will land on all major U.S. carriers in time for the holidays, and if you’re an AT&T customer, they just announced that you can grab yours on November 9. It will be priced at $299 and pre-orders will start on October 25th. It will carry the same specs as the international Galaxy Note II, which include the whopping 5.5-inch (1280 x 720) display, quad-core Exynos processor, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The Galaxy Note II will be the second quad-core LTE phone to hit AT&T, while the LG Optimus G will be the first because it will debut one week earlier. The upcoming HTC One X+ will be the third. It’s going to be one speedy holiday season.

Full press release after the break:

Artist Uses Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 To Create An Artistic Masterpiece

 

You may recall that there’s a ton of things (like this or this too) you can in with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, but an artist just took things to a different level. An artist named Gérémy Arène took the tablet and when paired with Sketchbook Mobile, he created a masterpiece from scratch. Don’t take our word for it— hit the source link below to check out the art piece used solely with the S Pen in action.

source: Android Central

Sony Trademarks “MyXperia” Name, Indicates Possible Cloud Storage Solution Is On The Way

 

Sony definitely has a few aces up its sleeve for its devices, thanks to a listing on the Office of Harmonization for the Internal Market (OHIM) in Europe. According to the listing, Sony has successfully trademarked “MyXperia”, which provides a means to “upload, storage, retrieval, download, transmission and delivery of digital content and media“. All in all– this clearly points to Sony likely set on introducing its own type of cloud storage solution for its wide range of Xperia devices, but we won’t assume too much until we hear what “MyXperia” is exactly directly from Sony.

source: Xperia Blog

USPTO Find’s Apple’s Rubber-Banding Patent Invalid

 

In a stunning turn of events, the US Patent and Trademark Office has filed an initial ruling declaring Apple’s rubber-banding patent invalid. If you recall, the patent focuses on an effect that can cause a page on a device to bounce back up after a user has swiped to the bottom of the screen on a mobile device. While this ruling isn’t final, this means that all 20 claims of Apple’s patent (No. 7,469,381) are now invalid— which includes an important one used against Samsung during their epic battle in the U.S. courts. The effect of this is major too: while we have a long way to go during the appeals process, this is perhaps the first step needed for Samsung to have the courts potentially overrule at least some of the major rulings.

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source: The Next Web