Mid-range Oppo Neo officially announced, set to cost $215

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After Oppo‘s new midrange Neo was teased yesterday, the device has now officially been announced, specs and all.

The device is set to have a 4.5″ IPS display which can even detect touch when the user is wearing gloves. It has a resolution of 854 x 480 and a pixel density of 217ppi. The phone features a 1.3GHz dual core processor, and weighs a very light 130 grams. The Oppo Neo also has a 5MP rear-facing camera, and a 2MP front facing camera.

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Meizu MX3 is formally launched, brings 5.1-inch display and up to 128GB of storage

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After seeing a leak here… and another one there— Meizu’s MX3 is officially official and is intent on making a major splash out in the mobile world. As Meizu’s newest flagship model, the MX3 comes with a svelte design (139.9×71.9×9.1mm in total thickness) and comes with all sorts of serious meat inside. Among the noteworthy features are a 5.1-inch display with a 1080p display and 415ppi, a Samsung Exynos 5410 octa-core processor, 2GB of RAM, an 8MP camera with 2MP FFC and Android 4.2 underneath Meizu’s Flyme custom UI skin. As nice as those features sound, the real kicker is with the MX3′s built-in storage capacity— the device will be available in a 16GB model all the way up to an astounding 128GB, which should probably help to alleviate most consumers storage issues with their mobile devices.

For now, it looks like this device will only be available in Chinese markets for now at a price ranging from CNY2,499 (roughly $410 USD) for the 16GB model to CNY3,999 (roughly $650 USD) for the 128GB version, though the device is also expected to arrive in a WCDMA version which should make it cellular-friendly with European and American markets.

source: Phone Arena

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Zoom LTE camera officially hits European markets

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Samsung’s Galaxy  S 4 Zoom is one heck of a sweet cameraphone, but there have been more than a few of you out there who have expressed major discontent for a lack of an LTE version. Fortunately, you can finally stop your bellyaching as Samsung has gone ahead and unleashed a new variant carrying a 4G chip built-in, allowing those of you out there to go ahead and use the device on your network of choice. As of now, Samsung has confirmed the new camera will operate on Deutsche Telekom, Tele2, Telia Sonera and Orange networks, though it wouldn’t be too much of a surprise if we saw additional networks added at a future date. Of course it doesn’t have an interchangeable lens like other cameras out there, but hey— at least some you out there can finally go ahead and upload those high-res photos to your social network of choice without having to wait forever.

There’s no word on exact pricing for the Galaxy S 4 Zoom LTE just yet, but we expect to see all that sooner than later.

source: Samsung
via: Engadget

Thanks to ‘adjustment problems with TouchWiz’ the Samsung Galaxy S II won’t see Android 4.2 afterall

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Well we have some Debbie Downer news for Galaxy S II owners today. It looks like the GS2 won’t get the Android 4.2.2 update afterall. It was originally going to get the update, but “due to adjustment problems in the TouchWiz interface,” it isn’t going to happen. I know this might be a disappointment for many of you, but when you consider that the GS2 is already two years old, it’s not a shocker. It’s very rare to see updates on devices with that kind of age. Thankfully, it received two major updates, and that is darn good in the Android world. Now if you are lucky to have a Galaxy S II Plus, it looks like you might be enjoying Android 4.2.2 in the near future.

source: connect.de
via: SamMobile

Sony sends out July 4th Save The Date invites, all but confirms the arrival of Sony Xperia Z Ultra phablet

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Yup, it finally looks like Sony is finally about to reveal its next great device for the masses, the Xperia Z Ultra— which is a larger-scale smartphone set to compete with the likes of the Optimus G Pro and Galaxy Note smartphones. How certain are we, you ask? Well— a nice press invite has gone out from the fine folks from Sony Mobile France highlighting “Sony Mobile reserves a big surprise for you” on July 4th. Moreover, the same invite encourages folks to “not forget to mark your calendars! “, all the while using a nice stylus-type pen to handwrite the note. So yes friends, all that’s left to do is wait for Sony to finally confirm the arrival of the device featuring a 6.44-inch 1080p display, quad-core processor, potential waterproof capabilities and Android 4.2.

source: Xperia Blog

Android 4.2 for HTC One only 2-3 weeks away?

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With rumors surfacing yesterday about a possible HTC One running a stock Android install, another rumor surfaced that may be more interesting for current owners of the device or those not willing to wait for confirmation of the “Google experience” HTC One. Over on Twitter, developer @LlabTooFer responded to an inquiry about Android 4.2′s availability on the HTC One with “2-3 weeks I think.” @LlabTooFer has been a reliable source of information about HTC software updates in the past.

Along with the rumor about Android 4.2 coming to the HTC One, @LlabTooFer also posted recently about an update that was in the works for last year’s HTC One X which would bring it up to Android 4.2 and Sense 5.0. If all the rumors are true, it looks like HTC is working to bring the Android 4.2 goodies to a large swath of their customers. If they succeed and establish a reputation of quick work to keep devices up to date with Android versions, that could be a positive step in helping them regain some lustre and marketshare.

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source: @LlabTooFar

Acer Iconia A1-810 tablet gets outed, flaunts its 7.9-inch display to the general public

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Move over iPad Mini, Nexus 7 and Galaxy Note 8.0— Acer is bringing a new player to the mini tablet arena. A mysterious Acer Iconia A1-810 has been revealed to the general public and looks to have the standard goodies including a 1.2GHz MediaTek dual-core chip, 7.9-inch IPS display with a 1,024 x 768 resolution + 1GB of RAM, a 5MP rear camera + a VGA front-facer, a 3,250 mAh battery and 16GB of on-board memory. Sure the competition may have some better specs inside, but at least the device will ship with Android 4.2 out of the gates.

As of now, it appears that French retailer Rue Du Commerce is the only place that is officially listing the device available for order at this point, though we’ll see if other countries and markets will get the device as well. It is expected the Iconia A1-810 will cost about €199 (about $259) and ship sometime in June.

source: Android Authority

ASUS Transformer Pad TF300 to receive Android 4.2 update today

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ASUS has always been one of the best manufacturers of Android tablets, but they’re also one of the best  for updates. Today is no exception as the ASUS Transformer Pad TF300 will be the first tablet (non Nexus) to get the Android 4.2 update. The best feature of Android 4.2 is multiple user accounts, which allows each user of your TF300 to keep their own settings, apps, and app data.

The update will take place today in the U.S. via over-the-air followed by other regions throughout the month. The TF300 is one of the most successful tablets for ASUS, so it’s not surprising it would be the first to get this update. ASUS won’t stop there as they plan on updating the Transformer Pad Infinity, MeMo Pad Smart 10″, and MeMo Pad to 4.2 during the 2nd quarter. Hit the break for the full presser.

[Update] We believe this is going to be version Android 4.2.1

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PhotoSphere Installer available in Google Play Store for rooted devices

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One of the features from Android 4.2 Jelly Bean that consistently scores interest from consumers is the camera app and specifically, the PhotoSphere function.  Although Google has made some pieces of Android 4.2 available as standalone apps that can be installed on 4.1 devices, the camera has not been one of them. This means users that really want the new camera, including PhotoSphere, have to root their device and go through some manual steps to get the camera running on their 4.1 Jelly Bean powered devices. Developer Matthias Bosc has developed an app to make installation of the Android 4.2 camera app much easier and it is now available in the Google Play Store. » Read the rest

Sony Xperia Z To Get Android 4.2 Update Shortly After Launch

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The Xperia Z, set for a March launch, will run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box but Sony announced it will be updated to Android 4.2 “shortly after.” Unfortunately, that’s about as specific as we’ve come to expect from manufacturers regarding update ETAs. Looking back on the Android 4.2 announcement, it doesn’t look like the Xperia Z’s update will be too extreme. It’s doubtful Sony will scrap its camera and keyboard for their stock Android equivalent and the only other major 4.2 enhancement I can think of was to Android Beam. We’ll let you know if we learn of any specifics related to the update. In the meantime, feel free to go back and check out our hands on with the Xperia Z from CES.

Source: Sony