Caterpillar introduces the CAT B15 smartphone, a rugged smartphone in a Jelly Bean package

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Let’s face it— rugged smartphones are certainly a godsend for those of us that happen to work in some extreme condition, but the devices often times have some pretty outdated technology. Fortunately, Caterpillar is coming to the rescue by introducing the CAT B15 smartphone— a Jelly Bean-powered all-purpose smartphone. The device comes in an aluminum-and-rubber shell, can withstand 5.9-foot drops on to hard concrete, be submersed in 3.3 feet of water for half an hour and oh yeah— can operate in temperatures between -4F to 122F. Outside of the heavy duty shell, the CAT B15 also features your typical run-of-the-mill lower-end specs including a 4-inch WVGA screen, dual-core 1GHz Cortex-A9 chip, 512MB of RAM and 5-megapixel camera.

The device is due to arrive in March and will run customers something in the neighborhood of £299/€329 (around $437 USD).

source: Engadget

Virgin Mobile adds the Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE smartphone to its lineup

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Virgin Mobile subscribers are sure to be excited at this tidbit of news— the popular prepaid carrier has announced the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE smartphone to its Android lineup. That’s right friends— Virgin Mobile has announced one of its first 4G LTE smartphones for its customers. The Galaxy Victory 4G LTE will arrive with modest features including a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 4-inch display, a 5MP rear-facing camera + 1.3MP front-facer and Jelly Bean 4.1 loaded up. While the specs aren’t anything to sneeze at, the device will arrive both online and at retail stores for a mere $300 in mid-March. Suddenly, the thought of owning a budget-level device on contract-free 4G LTE speeds sounds slightly more appealing, doesn’t it? More details can be found once you hit the break to check out the full presser.

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Motorola reorganizes its device update page, promises Jelly Bean for Droid RAZR in Q1

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We’ve seen Motorola release some time frames for updates to its device before, but more often than not, they’ve failed to keep those promises. Motorola’s Punit Soni did promise to make some changes to that behavior recently, and I think we’re starting to see some results from that.

Motorola has redone their device update page, which now allows you to sort out your device by country, carrier, and device. Once you’ve found your device, you can easily when it’s slated to receive an update, and when the last update was rolled out. Pretty handy, and significantly better than the huge page of cluttered information that it used to be. You can also sign up for emails to be notified when your device is set to receive an update.

And good news for Droid RAZR and RAZR MAXX owners, the new update page firmly states that both devices are set to receive Jelly Bean in Q1. We’re coming to the end of Q1, so you shouldn’t have to wait too much longer on the update, but we’ll be sure to let you know as soon as it becomes available.

source: Motorola

LG makes Optimus F5 and F7 official to fill out LTE lineup

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Remember when we showed you the Optimus F5 and F7 leaks? Well, it didn’t take long for LG to officially confirm the pair of devices. They still have differing button layouts, which is definitely an oddity, but the specs should hopefully make up for that. The F5 on the right packs a 4.3 inch qHD screen, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 5MP camera and 2,150mAh battery. The bigger device, the F7, has an HD screen, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM, an 8MP camera and 2,540mAh battery.

They both come with LTE connectivity out of the box, as well as Android 4.1.2 with LG’s custom overlay. And in case you were wondering about colors, both devices will be offered in white and black. It’s no flagship device, but if you’re planning on picking up a solid, powerful device without breaking the bank, either of these will more than suit your needs. We’ll be sure to keep you updated on pricing and availability. Hit the break for the full press release. Read more

HTC One London launch replay now available online

 

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So you’re feeling a little blue because you missed out on the HTC One smartphone announcement yesterday? Well cheer up as the Taiwanese manufacturer has made its entire London announcement available for your viewing pleasure on YouTube. Once there, you’ll be able to see Peter Chou and Co. offering HTC’s perspective of what the device is and what it means to the brand and of course, consumers. Of course you won’t be able to get all up and close with the device in the video feed, but at least you have our own hands-on to give you a better idea of how the sexy smartphone looks up close.

You can check out the full announcement once you hit past the break.

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UK carrier Three updating Sony Xperia T to Jelly Bean

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Three, the UK wireless carrier, announced via their Twitter account this morning that they are rolling out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update to owners of Sony Xperia T devices on their network. Besides all the benefits of Jelly Bean, Sony includes some updates for their own apps like Walkman, Album and Movies. Reports indicate some new homescreen options will now be available for device owners along with improvements to the camera app.

The update does not appear to be available as an over-the-air option. Three’s support site instructs users to connect their phone to their computer and use the Sony PC Companion software on Windows PCs or Bridge for Mac on Apple PCs. This update from Three follows on the heels of the update being pushed out to unlocked devices and those on the O2 network.

source: @ThreeUK

Google makes factory Android 4.2.2 images available for Nexus devices

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After rolling out Android 4.2.2 updates over the last few days to users, Google has now posted their factory images for the latest version on their developer’s site. The factory images are available for the:

The factory images are especially useful for anyone who has been rooting their device, trying out some ROMs, or other similar activities and find themselves needing a “reset” back to stock. The new images give them a path to do that. Another group that may find some immediate benefit are those who did not receive or opted not to install the update that was being pushed out over the last few days. Now they can install Android 4.2.2 from scratch.

If you need the latest files, hit the source link for downloads and instructions.

source: Google Developers

Alcatel Wireless introduces its OneTouch Star smartphone, brings Jelly Bean goodies to a modest package

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Modest wireless carrier Alcatel has gotten in the spirit of Valentine’s Day and formally introduced its OneTouch Star smartphone. This device comes in a lovely pink shade and will come with all the bells and whistles found in a typical lower-level midrange device: an AMOLED display with an 800 x 480 resolution, a 1GHz dual-core processing unit plus 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage and oh by the way will arrive with Jelly Bean fully-loaded.

No word on when it will be available exactly, but we suspect we’ll see it at a certain trade show coming up very soon

source: Alcatel

Lock screen notifications make their way to Android Jelly Bean

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In today’s world of tablets, smartphones and “phablets”, the lock screen is probably one of the single most viewed elements of any device. Recently with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, Google added the ability to have widgets on your lock screen which brought the usefulness and importance of the lock screen to a new level. One thing that has been oddly left out of the Android feature list is the ability to view notifications on your screen. However thanks to XDA member Roymam there’s an app for that.

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Nexus 4 factory images now available again

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If you’re a Nexus 4 owner, you may have noticed that the stock images Google usually provides for its consumers had mysteriously vanished from the Nexus images website. Well you’re in luck as the images have miraculously resurfaced on Google’s site.

Although we are uncertain why the image was pulled, we can tell you that nothing has changed as far as we can see. The MD5 hash is the same as before and it is for the most current flavor of Jelly Bean, Android 4.2.1 build JOP40D. Please note, however, that the binaries necessary to build AOSP for the Nexus 4 are still missing.

If you’re one who tends to tinker with their devices and want piece of mind to restore your devices, make sure you get your hands on a stock image in case Google decides to pull another disappearing act.

Source: Google Nexus Factory Images