LG Optimus G gets ‘Carbon-Free’ certification

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Sure, owners of LG’s flagship handset may not be running Jelly Bean just yet, but they do have something pretty impressive to gloat about. The glass covered quad-core powerhouse has been certified as Carbon-Free by the CarbonFund Foundation, assuring its minimal environmental impact. This means that from raw supplies to production, and on to distribution, the LG Optimus G was crafted with Mother Earth’s uncertain future in mind. This installment continues the growing trend from LG, who also has a slew of green refrigerators and other environmentally friendly home appliances.

Well done, LG. Well done.

Source: LG

Sony Xperia P recognized as European Green Smart Phone 2012-2013 by EISA

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Sony was pleased to announce today that they have been recognized once again for their green efforts. The European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) recognized the Sony Xperia P as their European Green Smart Phone 2012-2013. EISA is an industry body featuring 50 tech-focused magazines from 19 countries.

Sony’s award for the Xperia P follows last year’s award for green smart phones granted to the Sony Xperia Mini. In reviewing this year’s winner, EISA noted Sony’s efforts to reduce power consumption through technologies like Sony’s WhiteMagic. WhiteMagic can increase the brightness of the screen even when in power save mode and reduces backlight power consumption by up to 50%. Other steps undertaken by Sony include minimal packaging, electronic-only user manuals, and limitations on power consumption by chargers. These efforts came about even as Sony, and other smart phone manufacturers, continue the march toward larger screens and batteries that last longer.

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Green Sprint ID pack announced by Sprint

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In keeping with the eco-friendly nature of Sprint’s latest effort, the carrier has now announced the Green Sprint ID pack. The pack of apps encourages people to be more “green”, with:

  • Live Green widget with access to a carbon footprint calculator
  • Green Now widget, with content from TreeHugger, Earth911, and GreenBiz
  • ShopGreen widget full of eco-friendly daily deals
  • iRecycle to help locate the right recycling center
  • TreeHugger.com’s Android application
  • Light Bulb Finder to help make the Green choice when replacing your light bulbs
  • Seasonal Harvest Lite to help find locally grown produce
  • eBay Green to find those Green gadgets and sustainable home products

If you have a Sprint device, you can check out this app pack as long as you have Sprint ID enabled.

What do you think of Sprint’s latest efforts? Be sure to let us know in the comments!

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Intivation Umeox Apollo Solar powered Android smartphone

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The Umeox Apollo smartphone from Intivation is a fresh new look at how mobile technology can be fused with Green technology. This little device has a solar-powered back, built-in flashlight, and runs Android 2.2. All packed in this neat little body is 320×480 capacitive touchscreen in a 3.2 inch display (about the size of an HTC Magic/T-Mobile MyTouch), bluetooth 2.1, 3 megapixel camera on the rear, 3.5mm headphone jack, MicroSD support, 1GB storage, and 512MB RAM. Also, it’s only 100g weight. thats what you get when you take out those big batteries I guess.

Pretty nice looking device, and a cheap price! $100 is all you’ll need to grab one of these, but don’t expect it to be a super fast device, basic smartphone usage will be lots for it to handle.

[via Engadget]

AT&T Zero charger now available, will save you energy

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You’re all probably thinking “Oh great, a USB wall charger, what’s the big deal?” Well this USB charger has a few tricks up its sleeve, with the best trick being that it will shut itself off when it’s no longer charging whatever is plugged into it, making it 100% energy efficient when not charging. Other features of the AT&T Zero charger include:

  • 100% energy-efficient when not charging a phone
  • 74% energy efficient when charging (Energy Star level V)
  • 5 volts
  • 1 amp
  • Single USB port
  • Almost universal compatibility – use from one outlet with various devices (phones, iPods, BLUETOOTH® headsets, and more)
  • New charging features with no price increase (huh?)
  • Eco-friendly charging choice

Not bad huh? In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, AT&T is currently offering the Zero charger with a 40% discount as well.

[via at&t]