Original DROID RAZR and RAZR MAXX Soak Test Happening, No It’s not KitKat

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If you’re the owner of the original DROID RAZR or RAZR MAXX, an update should grace your devices here in the next week or two. A soak test is currently going out for each device. While some of Motorola’s older devices are slated to get KitKat, neither of the devices that kicked off Motorola’s new generations of RAZRs didn’t make the cut. As Motorola has made it clear on its web site, neither device will receive Android 4.4 and will stay on 4.1.2.

What we can expect from the update would be fixes for problematic bugs, boosts in mobile signal, and/or the addition of bloatware. As soon as Verizon drops official support documents with what exactly the update brings to the table, we’ll let you know. Usually once the soak test goes out, it’s a short matter of time before the update becomes official.

source: Droid-Life

LG Enact now available on Verizon, buy it now for only $19.99 (with new 2 year contract)

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LG has released a surprisingly solid device in the Enact, considering that its mid-range specs are complemented by a very nice design. It’s almost as if they took their (once highly successful) LG enV and turned it into a smartphone.

The device is now available online through Verizon for only $19.99 with a new 2 year contract and features 4G LTE connectivity, a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, a 5 MP rear-shooter, a VGA front camera, Bluetooth 4.0, Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, a 400 x 800 resolution display, a Snapdragon 400 dual-core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz, a 2,460 mAh battery, 8 GB internal memory, and up to 64 GB of expandable memory via microSD.

Certainly nothing to sneeze at considering the price. If you don’t feel like breaking the bank on any of the new flagships that are coming out, the LG Enact definitely serves as a viable option to be your next device.

Source: Verizon

Samsung start rolling out Jellybean 4.1.2 update to Galaxy Ace 2 users

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Samsung have begun rolling out a Jellybean 4.1.2 update to Galaxy Ace 2 users in Germany, with other markets on the way. The update breathes new life into Samsung’s entry-level device, completely updating their Touch-Wiz UX interface. Samsung also says the device should feel faster and bring improvements to battery life as well. If you are in Germany, feel free to get the update through KIES/OTA. If you prefer to flash manually (or aren’t in Germany) hit the source for downloads.
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Sony Xperia Z smartphone receives minor software update

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A quiet software update has surfaced for you Sony Xperia Z smartphone owners out there. The firmware update keeps the Android software version at 4.1.2, but brings the device to version firmware number 10.1.1.A.1.253 and brings performance tweaks, along with the display calibration tool, new software key and navigational bar colors going from grey to black and the ability to disable the pesky notification light. For now, it’s looking like devices in the French markets are getting the update first, but devices in other markets should follow sooner than later.

source: Xperia Blog
via: Phone Arena

AT&T offers the HTC First smartphone for under a buck

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Fancy the newly-released HTC First smartphone with that unique Facebook Home launcher, but didn’t want to pay the $100 asking price from AT&T? Well you’re in luck as AT&T has announced a special promotion where it is offering the landmark device for a whopping 99¢ for those of you who choose to sign your lives’ away to Ma Bell for the next two years. Yes you read that right— the device is not even going to cost customers a buck for new or existing customers who sign up for the device on-contract! Even more astounding is AT&T also chose to reduce the outright price of the device from $450 to a not-too-shabby $350. So all of a sudden, the 1.5GHz Snapdragon dual-core processor, sexy 720p display and a nearly-stock build of Android 4.1.2 under Facebook Home looks even more attractive than ever before.

If you’re looking for a device for $350, then the First smartphone may very well be a solid alternative to say, the Nexus 4 smartphone for many customers– especially if they are interested in a unique Facebook experience. Hit the source link to grab more details.

 

source: AT&T

 

HTC 608t smartphone outed, brings a whole lot of One in a more affordable package

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The HTC One is one hell of a smartphone— but its premium build and cost may be a bit out of reach for many customers. So with that in mind, HTC is quietly working on a stripped down version the device behind the scenes called the 608t. Design-wise, this mysterious new toy certainly mirrors One features including dual-stereo speakers on the front of the device, as well as a similar button layout. Of course the similarities end there as this Jelly Bean-powered smartphone features “modest” guts including a quad-core chip + 1GB of RAM, a 4.5-inch LCD display with a 960 x 540 (qHD?) display and an 8MP camera. Not too shabby HTC. Not too shabby.

Now for the part that you all want to know— the pricing and availability. While we don’t know the cost as of yet, the leak certainly suggests that this device will at least be headed for Chinese markets in the near-future. For those of us out in the States, there’s no word on if the 608t will ever make it out to our shores, maybe HTC will surprise us and unveil this device in the US at some point sooner than later.

source: Ameblo (Jp)

Sony introduces the Xperia SP smartphone to the public

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Those of you itching for a new mid-range device are set to have yet another option to choose from as Sony has introduced its Xperia SP smartphone to the masses. Just like we’d previously expected, the new device will fall in between the Xperia S and Xperia P smartphones, this device will come in at 4.6-inches and feature a dual-core 1.7 Snapdragon chip, 720p display, an 8MP camera utilizing an Exmor RS sensor, NFC and LTE capabilities. Oh and in case you were wondering, the device will indeed feature Android 4.1.2 running the show. Additionally, media aficionados will be quite pleased at the fact that Sony is tossing in its WALKMAN, Album and Movies apps which gives access to all sorts of awesome content like 18 million songs to listen to or access to over 100,000 movies— giving users tons of options to choose from.

The device will be available worldwide sometime in Q2. While you wait for the device to hit the stores, why not hit the break and check out the full press release and overview video?


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Samsung Galaxy Pop smartphone gets unveiled, features unique orange color

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Samsung is out to show that it can be hip to kids when it comes to its various devices. That’s why it recently took the wraps off of its Galaxy Pop smartphone. While it’s actually a re-branded version of the Galaxy Premier smartphone, this cool device features a 4.65-inch Super AMOLED display, 1.4GHz quad-core processor, an 8MP camera and Android 4.1.2 running the show. While those are some attractive specs, the real highlight of the device isn’t what’s inside of the device, but rather outside— the device will feature a snazzy custom orange color highlighting some real ummm… uniqueness compared to other smartphones out there.

The device is going to be a Korean exclusive and will be available on SK Telecom, KT and LG U+. No word yet on when the device will be available or for how much, but we’d fathom that we’ll see a release within the next few weeks or so.

source: PhoneArena

International Samsung Galaxy Note smartphone gets some Jelly Bean love thanks to new update being pushed out

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Just because the OG Samsung Galaxy Note is considered a little old in the tech world, it doesn’t mean that it still can’t get timely updates in order to keep things fresh and modern on the device, right? That’s why Samsung has gone ahead begun the initial push of its Android 4.1.2 update for the international variant of the Galaxy Note smartphone. The update brings the Android build to version JZO54K and brings with it the following:


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