October 31, 2011

YouTube announced 100 new channels - their response to Vevo?

YouTube announced it's plan of rolling out 100 new channels that will provide exclusive, original content. This is probably and obviously their answer to Vevo which is a home for artists uploading high-quality content on their channels. These new channels from YouTube are said to be rolled in the the coming months witch partners like Madonna, Tony Hawk, and Ashton Kutcher to name a few.

Sony Ericsson announces global roll out of Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread update to Xperia devices

Sony Ericsson has announced that a new software has gradually been rolled out to Xperia devices world wide. The software, when your device gets it, will bring your Xperia handset to Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread. So, what are these Xperia devices then? Head over the break for the list.

The iPhone 4S launches in 22 more countries

Apple's most amazing smartphone ever, the iPhone 4S, was announced a few weeks back and was only available in 7 countries at first. After a week or so, the smartphone was available for pre-order in 22 more countries. Today, Apple launches the handset in those 22 countries and is planning to launch the device in 70 countries before this year ends. To reiterate, these 22 countries are  Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. For those who are in these countries and wants to get the iPhone 4S with that trend setter personal assistant, Siri, head over to your local Apple Stores or head over to Apple.com and get your iPhone 4S now.

October 30, 2011

USA: LG Revolution Android 2.3 Gingerbread coming soon

One of Verizon's 4G-LTE devices, the LG Revolution, is set to receive it's Android 2.3 Gingerbread update. That is definitely good news, because Android 4.0 is already unveiled and we don't want to be late when it comes to updates. For those who have the Revolution, you can check manually if you already have the update by tapping through settings > about phone > check for updates. You can also check Verizon's support site.

October 29, 2011

[Update] UK: Samsung Galaxy Note coming in Nov 3, Galaxy Nexus on Nov 17

Clove UK have reported that the Samsung Galaxy Note (16GB) will be arriving in the UK come November 3. The Samsung Galaxy Nexus (16GB) is also said to be coming in the UK in November 17. Well, at least over at Clove but pretty sure this is the country's launch dates too. Anyway, Clove is already accepting pre-orders of these two devices over their online store. Click these to go to each device's specific Clove page: Galaxy Note and Galaxy Nexus

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BlackBerry Messenger 6.0.1 now available for download

RIM released and made the BlackBerry Messenger 6.0.1. The said update is now available for download over at the BlackBerry App World. The update includes new features that will make it easier to share and discover new apps from the App World right inside BBM. For those who has not yet updated their BBMs head over to the App World and download it now.

[Update] The LG Optimus 2X P990 won't get Android 4.0 ICS

Bad news! LG said, in response to a question posted on their Facebook Page, that the world's first dual-core smartphone is not getting some Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The LG Optimus 2X, when Android ICS was announced, was one of those Androids I thought would get the latest version of the OS, but then LG said it won't. This is bad news, because, everyone knows the device can handle Android 4.0 and it deserves that dessert. 

Samsung Italy says Android 4.0 ICS will be coming to the Galaxy S II, Galaxy Note, and the Galaxy Tab

Samsung Italy, according to reports, confirmed that the newest iteration of the Android OS will be coming to their Galaxy devices. Well, not every Galaxy device will be getting it, only some of the Galaxy devices that were launched in 2012 are getting it (at least for now). This is good news, I am sure, since Android 4.O ICS is the best Android ever and the features in it is definitely mouth watering to any current Android user.

October 28, 2011

USA: T-Mobile's LG Doubleplay now available for $99.99

Remember this smartphone that rocks a sliding QWERTY keyboard and a dual-touchscreen display called the LG Doubleplay? Well, the smartphone is now available over at T-Mobile. The carrier is asking for only $99.99 with a 2-year contract and they will give you the handset. Some and I say a lot of you out there still wants a QWERTY keyboard on your smartphones. With an additional touchscreen display in the middle of the keyboard, the LG Doubleplay is poised to get you through the day with ease.

LG Switch: The world's first double-sided touch phone

LG teased or partly unveiled a concept smartphone that, I believe, is brilliant. The LG Switch is the world's first dual-sided touchscreen smartphone. LG is saying that with this concept or design you will be able to switch to different applications running on your LG Switch by simply flipping the phone from one side to the other. It might sound crazy or out of this world, but if you take a while and absorb it, it actually works. Now, let's see if LG can make this concept smartphone into reality, because if they can, then I should say, LG is pushing the boundaries of technology. The company that announced the world's first dual-core smartphone and the world's first 3D capable smartphone is really pumped up and they are not stopping there. Head over the break for more photos and watch the video introducing the device.

HP will keep it's PC business after all

I know you've already heard about HP considering to spin off their PC business after they announced the fate of the TouchPad. Things are not really looking that good for HP but recently, things are a bit brighter. HP announced that they will be producing TouchPads to meet existing demand for the tablet. That, for me, is good news. Also, to spice things up a bit, they just announced that they will not be spinning off their PC business. Head over the break to read the press release.

The Sony PSP Vita to officially launch in February 22, 2012 - US market can pre-order now

The Sony PSP Vita was given an official launch date recently. In the US, the portable gaming system will be available starting February 22, 2012. That's still far from now, but for those who are craving to get one ahead of everyone else, Sony is now accepting pre-orders of the PSP Vita 3G + WiFi for $350 at select retail locations. The device comes in a bundle, so aside from the PSP console, you'd also be getting a limited edition PSP Vita case, 4GB memory card, and a copy of Little Deviants game. When you pre-order you will receive your PSP Vita a week ahead of the North America launching on February. So for PSP Vita fans this is really good news to you all.

BlackBerry Porsche Design P'9981 officially unveiled

Yesterday in Dubai, RIM and Porsche unveiled the BlackBerry Porsche Design P'9981 smartphone. The BB Porsche Design P9981, as you can see in the photo, carries that industrial and modern look. Its boxy up top and curved at the bottom and that keyboard is like taken from a different planet. The smartphone actually looks very futuristic but what would you expect when Porsche comes in and does a bit of designing jobs in the process? Anyway, the smartphone is, apparently, a luxury device and "will be available from Porsche Design stores later this year."

Samsung launches the Galaxy Note in Europe - Germany gets it first

Yesterday, Samsung launched in Europe the world's largest smartphone, the Galaxy Note. The gigantic device will first see daylight in Germany, unfortunately, no detail on pricing was disclosed on the official press release and when exactly the device will make land fall in the German market but only said that it will be available there in November. The Galaxy Note sports a 5.3" HD Super AMOLED display and runs on Android Gingerbread. This handset includes a digital stylus called the S-Pen which works magic with the device's large touchscreen display.

Nokia N9 now in White & software update coming

A new color comes to the MeeGo running Nokia N9. The White version of the N9 was announced recently, while the Nokia World 2011 was happening. Nokia explained that it took them time to produce this color for the smartphone because it requires complex manufacturing processes.
"The white Nokia N9 sports a glossy finish, so it looks slightly different from its matte sisters in black, magenta and cyan"

UK: O2 UK launched the HTC Sensation XE free with a £36 monthly plan

HTC's first smartphone to incorporate Beats Audio technology, the HTC Sensation XE, is now available in the UK from O2. The carrier is offering the smartphone for free when you sign up for a 2-year £36 monthly plan. Although this is not the first time that the smartphone becomes available in the UK, O2 will be giving the UK market another option. Clove is also already selling the handset unlocked for £492. So it's your choice, at least you have an option. For those who wants to check out the other plans available for the Sensation XE head over to O2 UK's site (only accessible in the UK).

October 27, 2011

USA: Verizon to start accepting pre-orders of the Motorola Droid RAZR for $299.99

The world's thinnest smartphone, the Motorola Droid RAZR (known as the Motorola RAZR in other markets), can be pre-ordered over at Verizon for $299.99 starting tomorrow! The smartphone that marks the revival of the RAZR brand from Motorola has been announced recently (specs). Verizon said that those who will pre-order will get their Droid RAZRs within the month of November. They promised that the units should starting shipping no later than November 10.

USA: T-Mobile announces the Samsung Exhibit II 4G for $29.99

T-Mobile's version of the Samsung Galaxy W is officially announced and is named as the Samsung Exhibit II 4G, apparently, this is the original Exhibit's successor. T-Mobile will be launching the smartphone come November 2 but will be available "in most" Walmart stores in October 27th. The phone can be yours for only $29.99 (after a $50 mail-in rebate) with a 2-year contract or get it without any commitments for just $199.99. The phone runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread powered by a 1.4GHz processor. It sports a 3.7" display, WiFi, Bluetooth, and GPS.

Nokia Purity HD Stereo headsets by Monster announced

Nokia, in partnership with Monster, unveiled the Nokia Purity HD Stereo headsets. These headsets are apparently made together with Monster. Probably, Nokia saw what HTC and Beats Audio was up to and decided to get Monster in. Anyway, the Nokia Purity line of headsets include all of the headsets you see in the photos in this post, in-ears and headsets you put on your head like headbands.

October 26, 2011

Nokia Lumia 800 the N9 of the the Windows Phone world

And last but not least, of course, is the Nokia Lumia 800. Now, this is the true top-notch Windows Phone 7.5 Mango smartphone from Nokia. Announced as the last product during Nokia World 2011, the Lumia 800 is a Windows Phone Mango smartphone that looks like the Nokia N9. Apparently, this will be Nokia's new flagship smartphone (regardless of the platform) taking that spot from the N9. Of course, I just made that up, but it's obvious ain't it?

The Nokia Lumia 710 announced

Ok, so this is one of the two Windows Phone smartphones that Nokia unveiled during Nokia World 2011 in London earlier. I think Nokia's first line of WP7 devices will be named as the Lumia range and this is one of them, the Nokia Lumia 710 which, runs on Windows Phone 7.5 Mango. This will also be the cheaper of the two WP7 devices that were announced today which is set to be launched first in Hong Kong, India, Russia, Singapore, and Taiwan before this year ends. As for the pricing, Nokia is giving the 710 an approximate price of €270 before subsidies and taxes.

The Nokia Asha range unveiled - Nokia Asha 200, 201, 300, 303

Nokia World 2011 just finished and the Finnish company unveiled 5 new phones. Three or I should say 4 of them are called the Asha series. These phones are running on the Series 40 platform and don't even get disappointed by the platform because these smarties will pack a punch. You might be wondering why in the title of this post has 4 phones on it and on the photo there are only 3, the Nokia Asha 200 and 201 are just the same phones with the 200 a dual-sim device.

HTC to announce something in New York on November 3

When November 3 comes in New York City, HTC will be announcing something. Base on the invites they sent out, it seems that the Taiwan-based company is going to announce something that will be a Beats powered device. Anyway, there are already rumors on what device HTC will be announcing and most of them are pointing at the HTC Rezound. I say, I'd rather wait for the official announcement. 

USA: T-Mobile Springboard and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 gets a launch date

T-Mobile USA announced recently that they will be launching two 4G tablets namely the T-Mobile Springboard and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 but when they did announce the devices it came without a launch date. But, we got that bit of info now. T-Mobile has officially given  us the dates when these tablets will be available. The photo you see above is the Springboard, apparently, it will be available starting Nov. 16. For the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 it will be available starting November 2.

Google Chrome 15 officially released brings in a new look to your Chrome browsers

Google just released and finally makes Chrome 15 out from it's beta phase. Google Chrome 15.0.874.102 brings in not only security & bug fixes, it also brings in a new tab page. This version of Chrome and, apparently, it's succeeding versions, will now be sporting a revamp tab page, which I like. Anyway, head over the break to check out this new tab page.

October 25, 2011

PHIL: Smart offers the Samsung Galaxy Y

Smart has finally launched, after being on pre-order, the Samsung Galaxy Y. The Android 2.3 Gingerbread-running smartphone was announced back in September, is a low-cost smartphone aimed to the younger side of the market. Smart is offering it's customers the smartphone with an SRP of only Php 5,990 and is actually including it in the carrier's Netphone line of devices but keeps the Galaxy Y name, of course.

HP will manufacture TouchPads again due to "unfulfilled demand"

Seems like the HP TouchPad's future ain't all that ill after all. HP has announced that they will be manufacturing a batch of TouchPads in an unknown volume and date. They just think that the demand that still exist for the company's tablet that runs on WebOS 3.0 must be attended. Since they just said that they will be making more and did not provide any more detail about it, we will have to wait if HP will pursue this idea and when they will be selling TouchPads again, and of course for how much? Probably the same price during the tablet's last few days in the market? $99? 

UK: Samsung to launch the Galaxy Note in London on October 27th

Samsung has sent out invites, I think, of their Galaxy Note launching on October 27th in London. The smartphone/tablet was first announced during IFA 2011 in Berlin which sports a huge 5.3" display. This will be device's first world launch and yet again, the Brits get it first. By that time we will be able to know the pricing of the device and maybe which carrier in the UK will be offering it. Mark you calendars.

HTC became close friends with DropBox and offers free 5GB storage to all Android users

We already know that HTC and DropBox became friends a while back and has offered an online storage service with HTC's Sense 3.5 UI. Yesterday, HTC announced on their Facebook Page that the service will now be available to all Android users and that's 5GB of online storage for free. The service will come pre-installed on HTC smartphones that is on Sense 3.5 and for other Android brands and other versions of Sense, download the DropBox app now from the Android Market.

USA: Symbian Anna rolling out to Nokia smartphones in the US

Nokia started to roll out the Symbian Anna update to compatible Nokia smartphones in the US. The said version of the platform was seen being rolled out to Symbian^3 handsets back in September and it is only recently that it has made it's way into the US. According to Endgadget, Nokia has confirmed that the Nokia C6-01, E7, and N8 users should start getting the update. For those who are in the US and who have these devices you might want to check that out by running the software update tool on your Nokia smartphone.

AUS: Motorola Razr can now be pre-ordered in Australia via Optus

Optus is now accepting pre-orders of the recently announced and Motorola's most amazing smartphone yet, the Motorola RAZR. Optus will only accept pre-orders of the device until October 28th and customers who did should start receiving their RAZRs in November 1. The handset is priced at AUS$79 which will connect you to Optus' Cap Plan. Also if you get the handset with that plan or above, you'd get a free Motorola Work, Play, and Drive kit which is valued at $298. For those who are interested and for those who are in Australia and be one of the first to get the handset, head over to Optus and pre-order your RAZR now.

UK: Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo V now available for £259.99

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo V is now available in the UK courtesy of Play. The retailer is pricing the device at £259.99 unlocked and SIM-free. The handset was announced back in August which features specs that are not high-end but will get you through a day. The Xperia Neo V sports a 1GHz processor running on Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread. For those who are in the UK and has been waiting for this handset to be available in the country, head over to Play.com to check out what they are offering.

USA: Sprint announces the coming of the Samsung Transform Ultra for $79.99

Aside from Sprint's prepaid-centric network, Boost Mobile, the Samsung Transform Ultra will also be offered by Sprint itself. Priced for $79.99 with a 2-year contract, this phone will certainly go through the day with you. Although it may not be a high-end smartphone, the Transform Ultra still packs a decent 1GHz processor, a 3.5" touchscreen display, and a sliding QWERTY keyboard.. Sprint will be making the handset available come November 13.

USA: T-Mobile announces price and launch date of the HTC Radar 4G - Nov 2 for $99.99

When T-Mobile USA announced that they will be offering the HTC Radar 4G in time for the Holidays, they forgot the price and when exactly the phone will be launched. Today, though, the carrier has finally announced that the handset will be available starting November 2nd for $99.99 (after a $50 mail-in rebate) with a 2-year contract. The Radar 4G is basically a 4G capable HTC Radar that HTC announced  The announcement was made over at the carrier's Facebook Page.

October 24, 2011

PHIL: Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S now available for Php 19,300

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S is being sold by WidgetCity for Php 19,300. Apparently, it's the first retailer to give a price for the new Xperia Arc S in the Philippines and by that it also means that you can now get one online from their website. The Xperia Arc S is an updated version of the original Xperia Arc. It means that the Arc S gets a more powerful 1.4GHz processor, an improved camera, and an overall experience enhancement when compared to the Xperia Arc. For those who wants to get a smartphone that is one of the thinnest out there then WidgetCity is your retailer for that. By the way, the price for the device is irresistibly mouth-watering.

October 22, 2011

USA: Verizon officially announced the Galaxy Nexus launching "later this year"

Verizon announced on Friday that the recently unveiled and he world's first Android 4.0 ICS smartphone will be coming to the US "later this year". Verizon, fortunately, gave us some pricing details and says that for those who will be getting the Samsung Galaxy Nexus will need to subscribe to the Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk Plan at $39.99 and a monthly data package starting at $30 (for 2GB). Anyway, head over the break to read Verizon's full PR.

USA: Samsung announces the launch date of the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus coming in Nov 13

Samsung announced that the Galaxy Tab 7 Plus will be launching in the US come November 13th. Pre-orders of the tablet will start October 23 for $399.99. The Galaxy Tab 7 Plus will be available in various retail stores like Best Buy, Amazon, Tiger Direct, and Fry's among others. With regards to the pre-ordering the device, Samsung did not explicitly say where and how you can do it, but those stores should accept pre-orders come Oct. 23. Also, you might want to check out Samsung's US website for that. For details about the Galaxy Tab 7 Plus with it's specs click here. Head over the break to read Samsung's full PR.

Apple's iPhone 4S can now be pre-ordered in 22 more countries - Philippine pricing estimated

The most amazing iPhone from Apple ever, the iPhone 4S, is now available for pre-order in 22 additional countries. Of course, the pricing varies on each country so better check it out in your local Apple Store for the pricing. Anyway, the iPhone 4S can already be pre-ordered in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

UK: Vodafone now offering the Nokia 700 for free starting with a £26 plan

The Nokia 700 was one of the 4 Symbian Belle smartphones a few months ago. The Nokia 700 shares almost the same specs with it's other brothers and sisters with it being said to be the world's smallest smartphone. For those who still does not know what the Nokia 700 packs, click here for the device's detailed specs. Anyway, Vodafone UK is now making the said smartphone available for free with a £26 monthly plan. Not bad for a not bad smartphone, right? Those who are in the UK, head over to Vodafone's website to check out their offering.

BlackBerry to unveil the Porsche designed BB smartphone in October 27

Remember that smartphone you see in the photo? Oh, I did not post anything about this when it was making it's rounds on the internet but most of you should have seen this already. It's a Porsche designed BlackBerry which is going to be unveiled come October 27 in Dubai. RIM has been sending exclusive invites to the event, of course TechPump excluded.

nVidia Tegra 3 promotional video leaked

Who is excited about the fact that quad-core power will soon become available to you? Well, that is soon to happen because, apparently, nVidia will soon launch their Tegra 3 chipsets that packs quad-core awesomeness in it. The promotional video we have here is not yet uploaded to nVidia's official Youtube channel. Anyway, head over the break to watch the promo video, which is not the full version of it, its cut somewhere in the middle. But it's enough to make you wanna want a quad-core device.

October 21, 2011

Asus sets up a landing page for the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime

This will be a very short post regarding Asus, most anticipated tablet that they will be launching soon, the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime. We saw the tablet teased to us by Asus and we know that it will be carrying the same aesthetics as the Taiwan-based company's first ultrabook, you know that Zen of it all. The tablet just got a landing page that Asus made. Its just one page telling you what to expect with the new Transformer Prime. Asus already confirmed that the Transformer Prime will be sporting a quad-core processor, probably by nVidia, and I am guessing since they already put up a landing page for the device it will be launched within this year, that is if they don't hit any bumps along the way. You can check out the teaser video of the Transformer Prime here.

Microsoft shows off the HTC Titan, Samsung Focus S, and Focus Flash

Microsoft decided to just let post a sneak peak of three Windows Phone 7.5 Mango devices that are due to be launched over at AT&T. The HTC Titan, Samsung Focus S, and the Samsung Focus Flash. We already now about the HTC Titan, HTC's largest smartphone to date sporting that huge 4.7" touchscreen display and is also the Windows Phone world's largest smartphone. What we really are interested is on the Samsung Focus S and the Focus Flash, which are already announced but did not have press photos with them so here they are.

Kobo unveiled the Vox Android Tablet/Reader

So it seems like the tablet/reader category of devices are really expanding with Kobo's newest tablet/reader they unveiled. Called as the Kobo Vox, it is a 7-incher tablet that runs on Android and like the Kindle Fire, wears a revamped overlay over it to make it look less of an Android smartphone or tablet, for that matter, and more of a reader.

[Updated] Motorola Admiral announced available starting October 23 for $99.99

Motorola together with Sprint announced today the availability of the Motorola Admiral. The Admiral will be Sprint's first smartphone to sport the Sprint Direct Connect service that will allows users "Instant, one-to-one push-to-talk calling nationwide on the Sprint network, with any other Direct Connect subscriber. Direct Connect is the core push-to-talk feature and is designed for interoperability across Sprint and Nextel network platforms." Aside from that feature, the Admiral runs on the Android platform with that QWERTY keyboard up front. The smartphone will be available in October 23 for $99.99 with a 2-year contract. On November 13th, the phone will be available over at Sprint Stores.

October 20, 2011

Asus Transformer Prime will be a quad-core Android tablet - unveiled by Asus CEO himself

Asus, that Taiwan-base computer company who spitted out one of the best selling Android tablet ever, the Asus Eee Pad Transformer, has released a teaser video of the successor to the original Transformer. So, what is the name of the successor of the Transformer? It is called the Asus Transformer Prime. But anyway, base on the video that Asus released, it looks like they are bringing the "Zen" of it all from their Ultrabook to their tablets (see photo above). 

UK: [Update] Clove is now accepting pre-orders of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus for £514.80

The world's first smartphone to run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, is now available for pre-order over at Clove UK. Google and Samsung announced both the platform and the device yesterday in Hong Kong and have said that the Galaxy Nexus will be available starting in November and Clove said that they are expecting the first stock to arrive in "early November". Clove also added that the 32GB (built-in) version of the device won't be launched in the UK and that, I believe, is a bummer because, unfortunately, the Galaxy Nexus does not sport a microSD card slot for extra storage. Anyway, for those who wants to pre-order head over to Clove UK.