HTC Confirms Jelly Bean Update To Arrive On Unlocked One X Smartphones In October, Carrier-Branded Models By Christmas

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Those of you lucky individuals who own the HTC One X smartphone can now have something to look forward to. While you still may not know of Jelly Bean’s exact arrival, at least HTC is giving the owners an idea of when the update is due to arrive. The manufacturer has confirmed the update will be pushed to the unlocked Tegra 3 models by October, followed by the carrier-branded models (i.e. the One XL or Snapdragon-powered One X models) receiving the update hopefully by roughly Christmas if all goes well.

The HTC Jelly Bean news doesn’t stop there either. You remember how we told you about that supercharged HTC One X+ that’s on the way? Well that device along with the special One XL arriving on EE’s brand-spankin’ new 4G LTE network will come with Jelly Bean shipped out of the box. And before you ask— there’s no news of when One S owners will get Jelly Bean, but if or when we hear news, we’ll be sure to share it with you.

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AT&T LTE network expands to eight new locations

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AT&T announced today they were lighting up several new locations with their 4G LTE network. The new locations include:

  • Detroit (metro)
  • Portland
  • Honolulu
  • Seattle
  • Pittsburgh
  • Sacramento
  • Birmingham
  • Memphis

Along with these new cities, AT&T also expanded the existing network in Miami-Dade County. Readers with 4G LTE compatible devices can now enjoy the faster speeds of 4G in these locations.

Sprint begins unofficial rollout of LTE service in Boston, Chicago

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Hot on the heels of adding four additional cities to its 4G LTE network in late August and announcing their LTE rollout plans a few days ago, Sprint appears to be lighting up two more cities with its LTE service beginning this week in the Boston area, followed next week by Chicago. According to a leaked internal memo, Sprint will begin slowly turning on its LTE service in Boston and Chicago for “testing.” The memo primarily outlines instructions for Sprint employees regarding impending questions from customers in those cities about the sudden appearance of the “LTE” icon on their devices even though the service hasn’t officially launched yet (provided those users have the LTE antenna turned on). Additionally, it specifically instructs employees to tell customers that the LTE experience may not be “optimal” until the network officially launches. It appears that Sprint is indeed making good on their rapid LTE rollout plan mentioned earlier.

source:  Engadget

AT&T Announces The New $50 LG Escape

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Yesterday a new AT&T phone was leaked, and that phone has officially been announced by AT&T as the LG Escape. The Escape is a 4G LTE budget phone, that packs a punch. Boasting a 1.2 GHz Dual-Core Processor, 2150 mAh battery and a 4.3 inch IPS screen, the Escape looks to be one of the better mid-range phones on the market.

The Escape also introduces the new Browser Toolbar which allows for easier functionality while browsing the web. It also has the ability to leave personal memos on any screen shot that can be shared with friends and family. The Escape is running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box and will be available on September 16th for a very competitive price of $50. Hit the break for a quick demo video and the full presser » Read the rest

Everything Everwhere Rebrands As EE, Brings “Super-Fast” 4G LTE Service To The UK

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Happy days are here for those of you living in the UK. First Andy Murray wins his first Grand Slam title and now Everything Everywhere has announced its new brand and model called EE. While EE may sound somewhat ominous— especially since it’s linked to both Orange UK and T-Mobile UK, it brings something that all have been waiting for— the official launching of a true 4G LTE network. This new 4G LTE will bring as EE calls it, “super-fast” mobile service for customers. For now, EE has confirmed the London, Bristol, Cardiff and Birmingham markets are all live at this time, though markets like Derby, Glasgow, Hull, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield and Southampton should have 4G LTE by Christmas of this year. To celebrate, EE will launch 4G LTE capable devices including the Samsung Galaxy S III, HTC One XL and the Huawei Ascend P1 LTE smartphones.

Now that the excitement is certainly out there, interested parties will want to see additional details— so why not hit the break to see the full press release from EE?

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Sprint Releases Next List of 4G LTE Network Locations That Will Be Available In The “Coming Months”

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Sprint has operated an old-school 4G (WiMax) network since 2008, but is now set to expand its new and constantly-growing 4G LTE network in the “coming months” in order to be more competitive with the likes of Verizon and AT&T. As part of Sprint’s Network Vision, it has included a list of nearly 100 cities that will be set with upgraded 4G LTE infrastructure by the end of 2013, with the deployment in Baltimore, Boston and Washington DC as notable examples. Although Sprint is set to expand its 4G LTE network, Sprint also pledges to strengthen its existing 3G network which should bring fewer dropped calls and better wireless connectivity.

Users that currently have a Sprint 4G LTE phone should be able to connect during the pre-launch phase in the 4G LTE coverage areas. Sprint has already accelerated construction of its expanded 4G LTE coverage for the selected cities. You can see the full list of cities after the break.

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AT&T LG Escape Smartphone Officially Outed, Features IPS Display And Ice Cream Sandwich

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Looks like we see Ma Bell has a nice little mid-range phone on the way, thanks to serial leaker evleaks. The device in question is the LG Escape and features a 4.3-inch qHD IPS display, a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 5MP camera + 1.3MP front-facing camera, NFC, a 2150 mAh battery and Android 4.0. Oh and in case you’re wondering– the upcoming smartphone will indeed be a 4G LTE smartphone operating on AT&T’s ever-growing 4G LTE network.

Now that the cat’s been let out of the bag, it shouldn’t be too long for LG & AT&T to make a formal announcement and introduce the phone to the world.

source: evleaks (Twitter)

So These Must Be The Stars Of Motorola’s Show Today: Say Hello To The DROID RAZR M And DROID RAZR HD Smartphones

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We don’t need to live in suspense anymore gang. After anticipating what was thought to be a breakthrough device with a certain edge-to-edge screen at the upcoming even, we now know what Motorola has concocted for consuming pleasure: the DROID RAZR M and DROID RAZR HD smartphones. The DROID RAZR M smartphone is confirmed to only have a qHD display, while the DROID RAZR HD will almost certainly have a larger screen (along with ColorBoost technology, perhaps?).

So now that the cat is out of the bag, it shouldn’t be too much longer before we know the complete details of each device headed to Verizon stores.

source: evleaks (Twitter)
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Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE Review: Hands-Down The Best QWERTY Slider Phone Available On Sprint’s Network

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As Sprint has launched bigger and better smartphones for 2012, it’s only natural that we see an entrant in the QWERTY arena and that’s why Sprint decided to bring its customers the Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE smartphone. Now many of you are thinking wait a minute— the original Photon 4G was neither an LTE smartphone nor a phone with a slide-out keyboard. While those two points are certainly true, the 2012 refresh of the Photon Q certainly has a lot going for it. There’s a fast processor, gorgeous ColorBoost display and a pretty slick design. Moreover, it doesn’t hurt the physical keyboard is possibly one of the best keyboards on an Android phone.

The Photon Q has internals that competes quite nicely with other premium phones, but the phone is priced at a princely sum of $200. That’s certainly a far cry from Motorola’s Atrix HD which is essentially a premium smartphone priced at $100. Then again Sprint’s other QWERTY smartphones currently in its lineup are the Samsung Epic 4G that is priced at $100— despite it being a two-year old device and the Kyocera Rise smartphone priced at $20. So in essence, the Photon Q certainly has an edge over the other QWERTY devices because of the fact that well, there’s virtually no other phone to compete with in Sprint’s lineup as far as pure specs and raw power. So is Sprint’s newest Motorola toy worth the price? Join us after the break to see if the phone is indeed worth the money.

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Pantech Magnus Pics Leaked, Heading to AT&T

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Pantech is usually known as a budget-friendly handset manufacturer, but according to a leak from Engadget that may all change with the soon-to-be-released P9090, aka the Magnus. This higher-end GSM based phone is heading to AT&T with an 8MP rear camera (with LED flash), a front-facing camera and will run Ice Cream sandwich or possibly even Jelly Bean. Engadget expects this new handset to be powered by a Qualcomm MSM8960 dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, a 720p display and LTE connectivity. No pricing or announcements have been made by Pantech or AT&T, but we’ll keep you posted.

Source: Engadget