The Sony Xperia Z could be released on T-Mobile before we know it. We told you about the possibility a few months ago, and now thanks to a finding by G for Games, we have more reason to believe that the Xperia Z is coming to the United States very soon. A long list of support documents for the Xperia Z were found in a search on T-Mobile’s website. The pages are locked if you try heading to them, but the fact that they even exist suggest that T-Mobile could be very close to launching the phone.
As a reminder, the Xperia Z is a dust-proof, water-resistant 5-inch, 1080p display smartphone powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip, and includes a 13MP camera with Exmor RS for mobile and HDR video. It’s a top end phone that should we welcomed with open arms from T-Mobile customers. Could it compete with the likes of the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S 4? It has the potential, but we’ll just have to wait and see.
Source: G 4 Games
If you’re still dying to grab the Nexus 4 but were unable to due to the influx of orders that crammed Google Play, then you may be in luck as T-Mobile is planning on carrying the device on every store starting this month. Thanks to an image obtained by TMONEWS, we should expect every T-Mobile store to carry the device, presumably for the same $200 on contract price tag.
Will this finally be your chance to nab the elusive device?
The long-awaited update for the T-Mobile HTC One S is finally rolling out to users nationwide. Of course, the software upgrade consists of the infamous “Android 4.0.4″ alongside its companion, 4.1 Sense. There is no doubt that the One S is one of HTC’s most popular devices, leaving users very anxious for some perfomance fixes and bug tweaks. And that is exactly what the update brought! You can now expect “more smooth” transitions with performance improvements, as well as wireless tweaks, involving Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
Connectivity issues with wireless devices and networks have been a huge problem with the orginal build for the HTC One S, but we are happy to say, those are gone. Even though that the update isn’t 4.1 JellyBean, the OTA fix will help a lot of users in their daily tasks. All in all, the update will round up at about 150mb, so if you are locked into a “tiered” data plan, we recommend that you utilize your home wireless connection.
What do you think of the update? If you already installed it, are you noticing improvements? I would love to hear your comments, and… Happy Updating!
Source: Android Central
Earlier last month HTC made a statement that they were going to quit focusing on quantity and maximize on good quality hardware and software. Later that month HTC announced their new take on Android smartphones, the HTC One Series. I adore HTC and what they have done for the Android community and this is an exciting time to see what they will contribute going forward. Their Sense UI is gorgeous and is always super smooth. Despite many reports of it being heavy, I have yet to see any evidence of that. Admittedly their latest releases have seemed a bit too cluttered, but HTC has vowed to change that and they are going to begin with the HTC One S which is destined for their old partner in crime, T-Mobile. We know to expect a release date sometime this Spring but someone has been kind enough to snag an early model and share it with us. You will immediately notice that there is no T-Mobile branding on the front, a detail that is likely to change in the final design, however in minute 1:17 of the video, you can actually see the app for T-mobile TV in the app drawer. It’s not an official release date, but we’ll gladly take some more eye candy in the meantime.
T-Mobile USA’s Chief Marketing Officer, Cole Brodman posted a letter in the company’s Issues and Insights Blog this week that addressed the absence of the iPhone from its line-up, explaining their desire instead, to go with “no-compromise” devices from Android. If, in the unlikely case that Apple makes a major swing in that direction, Brodman suggests that T-Mobile would be open to carrying iPhones in the future, even acknowledging “over a million” customer using their network with unlocked iPhones.
Quickly turning his message towards the free-market Android OS, the CMO mentions his recent presentation of the Samsung Galaxy S II and HTC Amaze at the recent Mobilize event held in San Francisco. With enthusiasm he adds, “We’re very confident that these Android smartphones rival or beat any smartphone out there in terms of functionality, speed, overall expnerience and features – including the iPhone” and champions Android’s “freedom of choice” for their customers in customization options and benefits from open source innovation.
O2 customers in the UK who have the HTC Sensation, and have been waiting ever so patiently for the Android 2.3.4 update, can actually grab the update right now. Reports are saying a full roll out has taken place. If you haven’t received it yet, follow the steps at the bottom of the post to get up to speed.
What to expect when you receive your update:
- Software stability
- Improved battery life
- Improvements to Trace dictionary
- Improvements to screen responsiveness
- Improvements to video playbook
- Improvements regarding device reboots
- Improvements to icon pixilation
- Improvements to Wi-Fi connection
- Improvements to screen/photo resolution
To update to your new version of Android, you will want to check for system updates. To do so, follow these simple steps. Menu>Settings>About phone>System updates.
[via O2 forums]
A recent photo of the new Samsung T679 surfaced while passing through certification from the FCC. As we reported last month, Samsung has developed a new naming system based on letters that assign classification to their respective device. Although T679 won’t be the official street name for the phone, (we don’t really know the name yet for sure), the footprint looks exactly like the Galaxy W we showed you a couple weeks ago. It is also said that two new Galaxy phones are to be heading to T-Mobile, one known being the Galaxy S II, therefore making this theory more probable. If this is truly to be the case, the T679 will rock a 1.4 GHz single core processor, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and have an internal memory of 4 GB that can be increased to 32 GB using a micro SD card. Although not a 4G device, Samsung believes this to be a “high tier” phone.
Any of you wanting to choose the “W” over the “S”? Leave us your comments below.
People have been talking for awhile about the new Samsung Exhibit 4G on T-Mobile. It’s a pretty popular phone, with its 1GHz Hummingbird CPU and Android 2.3 installed. That’s not to mention the front-facing camera and HSPA+ capabilities to pull max bandwidth from the carrier. Well, we got our hands on one, and today we’re unboxing this little beauty for all to see. Be sure to check out the video after the break, and let us know your thoughts on this device in the comments.