November 30, 2012

USA: Verizon starts selling Galaxy Note II AT&T drops the price

The Samsung Galaxy Note II, which has already been sold 5million times globally, already made land fall in the US. This time, Verizon takes the spotlight of launching the phablet to their customers while AT&T drops the price of the device starting at $174.99. For those who are still not friends with the Galaxy Note II, you might want to know him here. And for those who wants to get the device from AT&T with that price head over here (Grey and White). For die-hard Verizon customers, you can get the Note II here ($299.99). Don't like either of the two? Get it from Sprint ($299.99) then.

Google Chrome updated to 23.0.1271.95

Google has released a security fix to Chrome 23. The update will bring your Google Chrome browser's version to 23.0.1271.95. This update is minor, apparently, but it's a security fix so it's still important. Get the newest stable version of Chrome 23 by updating your browsers by clicking through Options > About Google Chrome > and wait for it to download and install the update. You can also download this update manually via the Google Chrome download page.

Meizu MX2 announced

The Chinese company named, Meizu, has announced the successor apparent of the MX line of smartphones. The Meizu MX 2 which is now available in the Chinese market, runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and sports a, what sounds like an in-house processor, the MX5S quad-core CPU. I am not sure if this smartphone will make it outside the Chinese market but it really is a stunning smartphone that can pretty much challenge those flagship Android smartphones out there. It carries an HD display measuring at 4.4" and an 8MP back-illuminated camera. By the way, Meizu's Flyme UI is beautiful. It keeps the whole thing simple just like how the hardware design of the device wants to say.

November 27, 2012

Lenovo announced the P770 Android smartphone with a 3,500 mAh battery

Lenovo announced what seems to be their version of the Motorola RAZR MAXX. The Lenovo P770 was announced by Lenovo in China on their Chinese website with a selling point of sporting a huge 3,500 mAh battery. I believe the device is on sale today in China and for those who are in the country, you might want to check out the device here.

UK: Nokia Lumia 820 now available via Clove UK for £399.98

The Nokia Lumia 820 Windows Phone 8 smartphone in black is now available via Clove UK for  £399.98 (VAT inclusive). Clove UK is also expecting to receive the first stock of the white version of the same smartphone come December 1 (Friday). So for those who are sick with the color black, you might want to wait for the availability of the white Lumia 820. You can head over to Clove UK here and get the black Lumia 820, if you want it, and go here to check it's specification details.

November 24, 2012

UK: Three UK to offer the Google Nexus 4 by LG soon!

The LG made Google Nexus 4 is announced to be coming soon over at Three UK. The announcement came from the carrier's blogsite and unfortunately, they could not tell us when the device is exactly landing into their stores. The price was not even announced. But rest assured that Three UK will be offering the device free with if you get it via a commitment with them. For that, we just have to wait. To get a load of the device's specs, head over here.

November 23, 2012

USA: Verizon starts selling the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 for $499.99

Verizon, has started selling the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 with 4G LTE connectivity Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich tablet. Verizon is asking for $499.99 with a month to month service. If you go ahead and get one now, Verizon is promising to ship the tablet to your doorsteps by November 26. For that price, you will be getting the 8GB Galaxy Tab 2 10.1. This device should be getting the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. For those who still wants to read the device's full specs, head over here.

November 22, 2012

USA: HTC Droid DNA now available for $199.99

As announced, Verizon is now selling the HTC Droid DNA, HTC's way of killing Samsung's Galaxy Note II. Verizon is offering the phablet for $199.99 with a 2-year contract. For those who still does not know the device, you can head over here and check the specs of the DNA. You can go ahead over at Verizon to get one of this monsters. Verizon is selling it online or in Verizon stores.

November 21, 2012

Sony Mobile announces the Sony Xperia TX in Australia

Sony Mobile, in Australia, has launched the Sony Xperia TX. The device is scheduled to be available coming November 28. Vodafone Australia will be offering the phone with their $50 plan or you can either get it without a plan for $629. The Xperia TX, is basically a different phone compared to the Xperia T in terms of design. In terms of the internals they are both almost the same.

November 20, 2012

Opera releases security and bug fixes to the desktop browser - Opera 12.11

Opera released a security and bug fixes to their desktop browser. The update will bring your Opera up to Opera 12.11 and, as what they have said, will improve the overall stability of the browser. This is a stable release and you can get the update by simply clicking through the Opera Button > Help > Check for updates. The browser should automatically check for a newer version and should also install it for you. You can get Opera 12.11 by downloading it too. Get it from the official Opera download page.

November 17, 2012

USA: The Apple iPad Mini and iPad 4 now available from Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T

The newest iOS device that Apple has made (among others), the iPad Mini is now available via Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T. This is the 7.9-incher iPad that sports 4G LTE and is apparently able to give you 4G internet speeds if you get it from either of these carriers. Verizon is offering the iPad Mini for $459.99 (16GB), $559.99 (32GB), and $659.99 (64GB). AT&T is offering it for $359.99 (16GB), $459.99 (32GB), and $559.99 (64GB). These offers fro AT&T requires you to be committed to the carrier for 2-years which is unlike Verizon's offer because Verizon only requires a "month to month service". Sprint is offering the iPad Mini too. Sprint and Verizon have the same pricing for the iPad Mini.

November 16, 2012

USA: T-Mobile makes the Nokia Lumia 810 and HTC 8X available

T-Mobile has officially launched the Nokia Lumia 810 and the HTC 8X. Two new Windows Phone 8 smartphones landing on T-Mobiles turf. These devices are now available from T-Mobile stores and are being offered for $149.99 (HTC 8X) and for $99.99 (Lumia 810). So it's your choice. You can head to T-Mobile's online store to get either of the two Windows Phone smartphone. Cheers!

November 14, 2012

Android 4.2 Jelly Bean pushes to the Nexus 7 and the Galaxy Nexus

Google is now pushing the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update to the Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus 7 (or the Nexus Tablet). According to reports I was able to read, the Galaxy Nexus' Android 4.2 JB update and the Nexus 7's update is a manual update. Which means you have to download the software first before you can actually update your device. Today though, a report by PocketNow says that the Nexus 7's update is now pushing via OTA. Google has also posted on their Android Developers blog the details that Android 4.2 Jelly Bean has and what it will give your devices. Cheers!

USA: Verizon and HTC announced the HTC Droid DNA a 5" behemoth coming in Nov. 21 for $199.99

Droid DNA

Verizon, together with HTC, announced what is HTC's take on Samsung's Galaxy Note, the HTC Droid DNA. We have already seen this device being announced by HTC in Japan, dubbed as the HTC J Butterfly. It is the world's first device to sport a 1080p display in a 5" big screen. It's a bit smaller than the Galaxy Note II and even the Note I but it is, apparently, a phablet. So, it's official, HTC's really hopping in the bandwagon of phone makers trying to get a chunk of Samsung's phbalet market. Verizon will be offering the device for $199.99 with a 2-year contract starting November 19. But it is currently available for pre-orders.

USA: Sprint announced the ZTE Flash 4G LTE

Sprint announced a new member of their 4G LTE smartphone portfolio by announcing the ZTE Flash. An Android running device that sports 4G LTE connectivity, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, and a 4.5" IPS display. Sprint will be offering the device soon. I still do not know when but Sprint will announce that anytime soon. No price was given. I can't even find the official press release for this device on their website. They just posted the fact sheet of the ZTE Flash, which is a sign that the device will be launched by the carrier. Anyway, the specs of the device are listed after the break.

UK: Nokia Lumia 920 over at Clove UK offered for £520.00 SIM-free

I am pretty sure that the Nokia Lumia 920 and the Lumia 820 are already available in the UK (I probably missed it). But anyhow, Clove UK is offering a SIM-free Lumia 920 for £520.00 (VAT inclusive). Not only that, the popular retailer is also offering a white version of the said Windows Phone 8 smartphone. This might be a very late post already but late is, yet again, better than never. For those who wants to get the Lumia 820, Clove UK is also offering it for £399.98.

USA: AT&T announced the availability of the Samsung Galaxy Camera on November 16

Some call it the weirdest camera around and probably it's a stupid device. Regardless, Samsung, in October pushed through and announced to the world the first camera with the features of a smartphone. The Samsung Galaxy Camera runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and sports 4G LTE connectivity, among others. It also sports Samsung's Exynos 4412 Quad processor that can provide all the computing power your Galaxy Camera needs at 1.4GHz (quad-core). For those who has not seen the full specs detail of the device you can head over here and check it out yourself.

USA: AT&T's HTC One X+ and HTC One VX to arrive in Nov. 16 HTC One X+ can be pre-ordered starting today

HTC One X+

AT&T announced that both the HTC One X+ and the HTC One VX will be available starting November 16. If you remember, the HTC One X+ is HTC's most powerful smartphone they have ever announced, sporting a 1.7GHz nVidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor. On the other hand, the HTC One VX, was announced by AT&T together with the One X+ but the One VX is a budget-friendly smartphone. It sports a 1.5GHz dual-core processor with a 4.5" display. Not bad for something to be priced lower than the One X+. Anyway, AT&T also announced that the One X+ will be available for pre-order starting November 13, that is today. So, if you want to be one of the firsts to own one, head over here.

Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 now available!

The next iteration of Google's Nexus line of smartphones and tablets, the Nexus 4 (made by LG) and the Nexus 10 (made by Samsung) are now available in the US, the UK, Canada, Germany, France, Spain, and in Australia. In the UK, 30 minutes into the smartphone's availability, it had already sold out. So, I think, for those who are in the UK, since you really want the Nexus 4, you have to wait for new stock to come in. But I am sure, Google and LG have that noted already. So, there! For those who live in these countries, you are one of the firsts to get a taste to Pure Google goodness. Head over at the Google Nexus webpage to get one now.  Cheers!

November 10, 2012

PHIL: Asus launched the VivoBook and Zenbook Touch

Remember that hybrid laptop? How about the Asus Zenbook Touch? Asus, in the Philippines has officially unveiled and priced these laptops in the country. The Asus VivoBook S400 and the VivoBook X202E are priced at Php 35,995 and at Php 20,995 (starting price). While Asus' version of Apple's MacBook Air, the Zenbook Touch is priced at Php 76,995. For the specs of these devices, simply click on the hyperlinks on the names. These hybrids should probably available in your nearest computer or Asus stores. 

November 7, 2012

USA: AT&T to launch the Nokia Lumia 820 and 920 Windows Phone 8 smartphones in November 9

AT&T, the exclusive carrier of the two new Nokia Lumia Windows Phone 8 smartphones that Nokia announced back in September, announced that these new devices will be available starting November 9. The Nokia Lumia 820 and the Lumia 920 will be offered by AT&T for $49.99 and $99.99, respectively. Pre-orders for these devices will start on November 7 at the AT&T website. Good news for those who wants to get either of these two brilliantly designed Windows Phone 8 smartphones.

Opera 12.10 released

Opera 12.10 is finally released and is now available for download from the Opera site. So, what are the things that are new to this version of the popular browser? Well, one thing that Opera is promoting with Opera 12.10 is their support for extensions. This version of Opera (for those running on Windows) has improved support for touch-input both on Windows 7 and the new baby from Microsoft, Windows 8.For those who are running on Mac OS X, Opera 12.10 will now be incorporated into the Notification Center and support for those brilliant displays from Apple (Retina).

USA: AT&T announces the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and ATIV Smart PC coming in November 9

AT&T announced the availability of two new Samsung devices joining their mobile devices portfolio. Coming this November 9, the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and the Samsung ATIV Smart PC both having 4G LTE connectivity with AT&T, will be launched. AT&T will be offering the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 (Android) for $499.99 while the Samsung ATIV Smart PC (running on Windows 8) will be offered for $799.99. The Samsung ATIV Smart PC, like other Windows 8 devices announced, will be a touchscreen device and like most other Windows 8 devices, will be a hybrid, which means it can be a laptop and a tablet.

Google Chrome 23 released!

Google has released Chrome 23 to the world of stability, I mean to the stable world. But before I continue, let me take this opportunity to congratulate US President Barack Obama for his re-election. Anyway, back to Chrome 23. When I updated my Chrome, I immediately went to the options page to check what are the stuff added into the browser. There were two things I saw there that were not in Chrome 22. 1) The option to open the page where you left chrome and 2) the 'Do not track' option under the advanced settings page. 

November 3, 2012

USA: AT&T's LG Optimus G now available for $199.99

It's not only Sony Mobile's Xperia TL that is getting all the spotlight at AT&T because the LG Optimus G is also available via AT&T. Like the Xperia TL to the Xperia T, the LG Optimus G is the same as the international version of the same device. It is LG's latest Android flagship smartphone. But unlike the international version, AT&T's Optimus G will be getting just the 1.5GHz dual-core processor. The good thing though is that the dual-core chip inside the Optimus G is that the Optimus G is getting the 1.5Ghz Krait Qualcomm Snapdragon MDM9215M APQ8064 dual-core processor with an Adreno 320 GPU. Like the Xperia TL, the Optimus G will also be able to use AT&T's 4G LTE network. So, for those who wants to own one now, head over to AT&T and order yours.

USA: The Sony Xperia TL is now available via AT&T for $99.99

AT&T's Sony Xperia TL, known outside the US as the Xperia T, is now available via the carrier who is offering the device for just $99.99 with a 2-year contract. The Xperia TL is basically the same as the Xperia T, from the design to the specs. It is the same phone that James Bond likes. Anyway, as most of you should have already known, this is the latest Android flagship smartphone from Sony Mobile running on Android 4.0 ICS and is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core processor. For those who wants to get on from AT&T, head over here. The specs of the device is listed after the break.

USA: iPad 4 now available via Verizon and AT&T

 Launched back in late October, the 4th generation iPad is now available from Verizon and AT&T. Other markets too should be getting this tablet. You might want to check your local Apple Online Store if the iPad 4 is already available. The countries that are included in today's launch are here. Pricing is also available on that same link. Anyway, for those who are in the US, Verizon and AT&T are the first carriers to carry the tablet and are already selling them now. If you want to own one, you can either go to the US Apple Online Store, or head to the nearest Verizon or AT&T stores.

November 2, 2012

USA: Motorola Electrify M announced for US Cellular

Motorola and US Cellular have announced a new Android smartphone for the carrier by the name of the Motorola Electrify M. Apparently, this device will succeed over the Electrify 2. Also this device is not really something different from the Motorola RAZR M, the design is a bit different though but more or less it's still the RAZR M. Anyway, it runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and is eligible for an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update. Powered by the same 1.5GHz dual-core processor, the Electrify M is a phone you would want if you are planning to buy a new smartphone. It is also compatible with US Cellular's 4G LTE network, neat! US Cellular will make the Electrify M available starting November 8 for just $99.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate.

Samsung Galaxy Premier Announced

Samsung finally announced and posted this device over their international press media website. The Samsung Galaxy Premier (click for specs) will be available first in Russia followed by other markets including SouthEast Asia, China, and in South Korea. About its pricing, no word yet, as usual, that is how Samsung does it. So we will just have to wait until this device gets launched in these markets.