So, the rumors were correct, Samsung is indeed creating a 10-incher Galaxy Note. The Korean-giant at MWC 2012, announced the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 and like the smaller Galaxy Note, has an S Pen to go along with it. Just like the Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1), the Galaxy Note 10.1 follows the design aesthetics of the Galaxy Tab 10.1N that was launched in Germany. Anyway, Samsung has already admitted that it has failed to gain a mark in the tablet market with their previous tablet offerings and is hoping that the Galaxy Note 10.1 will change that.
February 29, 2012
Here on TechPump, as I try to keep things organized while keeping you all up to date with the latest developments in the world of tech, will be the first time to report about what Samsung has unveiled at the MWC 2012. This is the Korean-giant's time to shine, although I should warn you that not all of their devices are really shinning. Nevertheless, Samsung has unveiled the Galaxy S WiFi 4.2. Apparently, this device will join the ranks of it's older brothers, the Galaxy WiFi 4 & 5. And yes this is an Android smartphone without the phone. Basically a music player? Or you know, like an iPod Touch. But Samsung is giving this device that mobile gaming console kind of treatment stating that it is a device "with powerful gaming on the go."
Before I start, I want you all to know that I have not received any invites for this event, apparently. The photo you see above is courtesy of Mashable. Anyway, the Cupertino-based company has started sending out invites to an iPad event which is bound to happen come March 7, which is exactly a week from now. What to expect? The iPad 3! Although the invite does not say anything about an iPad launching, almost all tech blogs say it is, and by my reckoning, it is also. So, for those who are waiting to see what the iPad 3 will actually look like (I know a lot of you have been reading reports about leaks and rumors about the device) this is the day you have all been waiting, right? I am waiting for this day to happen too and is excited about how the device will look like and will it truly pack a quad-core processor. Mark your calendars guys!
The first time I ever heard about the Mobile World Congress was about two years ago. This is only the 2nd MWC that I ever went by after the day I started blogging about these tech stuffs. I know, two MWCs ain't enough to prove that I know a lot about the event or even talk about its tradition and whatnot. But base on last year's MWC, what I expected, apparently, are smartphones and tablets galore! Androids here and there! And of course, a lot of blogging to do. MWC 2012 did not fail me, my expectation was the same and my goodness did this year pumped out a lot of devices. Well, maybe not too many compared last year but I did not count. Anyway, one particular phone maker at last year's MWC was a bit quiet, Nokia. This year? Well, they have a new CEO, and let me say this again, Nokia is back in business.
We already know about the Nokia Lumia 900. This device was first announced during CES 2012 exclusively for AT&T (US market) until today. At MWC 2012, aside from announcing the Lumia 610, the Finnish phone maker announced the Lumia 900's global availability. I am not really that sure if the Lumia 900 and AT&T's are the same but regardless if they are the same or not, I will be listing the specs below. The Lumia 900 is scheduled to start shipping by Q2 of 2012 and is priced at €480.
February 28, 2012
Nokia adds another Lumia device into heir existing Lumia line of devices which, up to know, consists of only 2 smartphones. This is the Nokia Lumia 610, apparently running on Windows Phone 7.5 Mango, and sports a 3.7" display. The Lumia 610 is a smartphone is here to be one of the most affordable smartphone Nokia ever created, if not the most affordable. Priced at €189, the phone should start shipping to markets in the Q2 of 2012. Nokia, via the press release, announced that they are now making the Lumia line of devices available in the Chinese market running in both the CDMA and WCDMA networks due in the coming months.
The Nokia Asha 302 and the last of the Asha line of devices that Nokia unveiled to the world at MWC 2012. The 302 runs on the same OS that the Asha 202 and 203 run on, Series 40 Asha. It sports a 1GHz processor and the same Nokia Browser that is said to be quicker than the previous version of the mobile browser. According to Nokia's press release, the Nokia Asha 302 is now available (not sure if it's globally) for about €95.
Nokia at MWC 2012 has announced a lot of devices included in these are the Nokia Asha 202 and the Asha 203. In design, they are no different with dual-sim support for the Asha 202 the only thing that separates the two. Both run on Nokia's proprietary S40 OS which, apparently has already been heavily revamped to look more like that of Symbian Belle or Anna. The said OS will include a faster Nokia Browser allowing for a quick mobile surfing on these devices. Nokia is expected to start shipping the Asha 202 and 203 in Q2 of this year with an estimated retail price of €60.
HTC and DropBox has increased the online storage capacity to those who will be getting the new HTC One line of smartphones. As a standard, DropBox will be giving HTC One V, One S, and the One X owners a free 25GB cloud storage which lasts for 2 years when these smartphones will be available in the UK come April.
According to a Pocket-Lint report, the Taiwanese phone maker has started t embrace the microSIM technology in an effort to get more space from the inside of their smartphones. HTC at the MWC 2012 has announced their new line of Android smartphones named the "One" series with 3 of them already announced. These smartphones are the HTC One V, One S, and the One X (which in the US will be called the One XL). Two of these devices with the exemption of the HTC One V will all use microSIMs. Likewise, two of these smartphones with the exemption of the HTC One V, will not support microSD cards (meaning they won't have microSD card slots).
Now this is something high-end in today's standards. The HTC One X is HTC's first device to sport a quad-core processor. The HTC One X will have a US counterpart which will be launched by AT&T and is named as the HTC One XL and for that I will be creating a different post. This is for the One X which breathes a 1.5GHz nVidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor and runs on Android 4.0 ICS.
The second Android smartphone that HTC has in its arsenal at MWC 2012. The HTC One S is not really a high-end smartphone but considering that it sports a dual-core processor and a Super AMOLED display would let us believe that this is high-end but this is just the second "S" line of devices, there is still one S out there.
It's HTC's turn to overwhelm us with devices for this year's MWC 2012. The Taiwanese phone maker announced a slew of their own Android smartphones in Spain and to start, we have the HTC One V. Notice the design? It's like the HTC Legend reborn, right?
Aside from announcing two quad-core Android smartphones, the Ascend D quad and quad XL, that are powered by their home-grown processors, the Chinese company debuted, according to them, the world's first 10" quad-core tablet, the Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD. The tablet, which runs on Android 4.0 ICS, is scheduled to be launched in the Q2 of 2012.
February 27, 2012
Just for the record, that is not the Xperia S. Although it looks very a like this is actually the newly announced Sony Xperia P which is a smaller version of the Xperia S. The difference between the two, aside from the size, is the choice of material and of course a bit on the inside. Both the Xperia U and the Xperia P are made with aluminum. But as a whole, the 3 smartphones follow the same design aesthetics. Like the Xperia U, the Xperia P will be launched sometime in the Q2 of 2012. Head over the break for the device's specs.
Sony Mobile Communications at MWC 2012 in Barcelona, Spain announced 2 new addition to their very young Android portfolio. These two smartphones are named the Xperia U and the Xperia P as you can see in the photo above. The Xperia S was first announced back in CES 2012. Sony's Xperia line of devices might follow a signature design, with that very noticeable and very sexy glass cut at the bottom part, but these devices are actually different from each other (a bit). In this post we will be focusing our attention to the smallest of the Xperia NXT line, the Xperia U which may be the smallest but is almost at par with the other Xperias. The Xperia U is scheduled to be launched globally by Q2 of this year.
ViewSonic, that company who first came into the Android world with a tablet, has announced a slew of Android smartphones at Barcelona, Spain during the MWC 2012.These smartphones are named the ViewPhone 4s, the ViewPhone 4e, ViewPhone 5e, and the ViewPhone 3. According to my comprehension of Pocket-Lint's report, these smartphones all feature a dual-SIM capabilities.
MWC 2012 is now officially open ladies and gents! Anyway, ViewSonic showcased two new Android tablets at their booth in Barcelona named as the ViewSonic ViewPad E70 and the G70. Both of which run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and the E70 is expected to start shipping come April of this year and the G70 will be shipped in late June.
Huawei, in Barcelona for the MWC 2012, announced their own quad-core offering dubbed as the Huawei Ascend D quad and the long living Ascend D quad XL. The difference between the two is that the XL boasts a 2500 mAh battery touted to power the smartphone up to 2-3 days of regular use. The Ascend D quad on the other hand sports a 1800 mAh battery which is said to power the device for up to 1-2 days of average use. Both run on Android 4.0 ICS and is powered by the company's very own quad-core processor. Hit the break for the specs and the press release.
February 26, 2012
After announcing the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) tablet a while back and after unveiling the Galaxy Ace 2 and the Galaxy Mini 2, all of which will be showcased in Barcelona for the MWC2012, the Korean-giant added a 10-incher into it's Galaxy Tab 2 line up. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1), as seen in the photo follows the design of the Galaxy Tab 10.1N that the company released in Germany after the original Galaxy Tab 10.1 was banned in the country. The tablet will be available in both the WiFi-only and a 3G-enabled version. Presumably, Samsung will definitely launch this device in the US with 4G LTE in it. You might get disappointed with the device's specs though.
About two or so years ago, Samsung launched, in Singapore, the Samsung Galaxy Beam. Apparently, it was not launched in the global market, probably because it really did not really penetrate the market much. Today, Samsung is announcing to the world, the Samsung Galaxy Beam. It might carry the same name as the old one but surely it does not share the same design, specs, and whatnot. The device will be showcased in Barcelona during MWC 2012. So, what's with the "beam" all about? As you can see in the photo above, it sports a projector, for sharing videos, photos, and content with friends or whoever.
February 25, 2012
Google has pushed an update to the recently launched Chrome for Android putting the mobile browser up to version 0.16.4215.215. The things included into this update are the stuff that were incorporated into Google Chrome 16.0.912.77 which now includes Android Beam support, Support for additional countries, and essential bug fixes. According to reports, this version of the mobile browser is faster as compared to the launch version. Android users, update your Chrome for Android now from your Android devices (simply tap on your Android Market app) or you can download it from the Android Market.
Acer, ahead of MWC 2012, has announced a new Android smartphone adding to their Liquid line of devices. Dubbed as the Acer Liquid Glow, the smartphone was designed with style in mind, I am pretty sure about that. Anyway, Acer will be showcasing this device at Barcelona. The Liquid Glow, does not actually glow in the dark but it sure glows in the sense that it is running on Android 4.0 ICS and is positioned in the mid-range price range and targeted for the social-networking youth.
AT&T has announced a waterproof & dustproof Android smartphone by Samsung dubbed as the Rugby Smart. The device is scheduled to be launched by AT&T come March 4th for $99.99 with a 2-year contract. The device is a pretty decent phone, except that we do not know what processor is humming inside it. It sports a 3.7 WVGA Super AMOLED display, 4GB of internal storage, and runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Other features include a 5MP rear facing camera and a 1.3MP front, 720p video recording, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS, and a 1650 mAh battery.
LG, yet again, unveiled another Android smartphone prior to MWC 2012. This device, is the phone maker's first quad-core device and is dubbed as the LG Optimus 4X HD. The name implies that this will succeed over the Optimus 2X but with a quad-core CPU on board. The CPU inside the smartphone is from nVidia and yes it's the Tegra 3 chipset. The handset will be running on Android 4.0 ICS, so expect no physical or capacitve buttons on the device's facade. Head over the bread to check out the specs.
The original Asus Transformer is now starting to receive its well-deserved Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update. The update is first pushed in Taiwan and according to Endgadget, the US Transformers are also starting to receive it. Asus actually announced this on Facebook and was a bit detailed about this, so you should check their Facebook. For those who owns a 3G-enabled Transformer, you updates are said to be rolled out soon.
February 24, 2012
Nokia Philippines made the Asha 300 available in the country with an SRP of Php 4,980. If you still remember the time when Nokia officially unveiled the Asha line of devices a long time ago together with the Lumias, the Asha 300 is the only Asha that does not sport a QWERTY keyboard up front. For those who wants to own a touch and type phone without the QWERTY of it all, then you should be able to get the Asha 300 at your nearest Nokia Store.
February 23, 2012
Another LG Android smartphone announced prior to MWC 2012! LG's keynote and booth should be filled up to the brim with new smartphones in Barcelona. The next, probably the last, Android device they announced is the LG Optimus 3D Max or Optimus 3D Cube. Apparently, it succeeds the Optimus 3D and should pack a lot of good stuff in it. Of course, the device will be first launched in South Korea and will be rolled out to other markets in Europe.
T-Mobile announced that the Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G will be launched in late March. T-Mobile already announced the Galaxy S Blaze 4G during CES 2012 and this is my first time to see what is behind the smartphone. I do not know about you, but the Blaze 4G's behind looks like an BlackBerry, isn't it? T-Mobile, by late March, will be offering the handset for $149.99 with a 2-year contract which will be available online and in T-Mobile retail stores. Head over the break for the device's detailed specs.
Twitter has pushed an update to their Android and iOS apps, of course, with new features into both OS-es. The new Android app is now optimized for Android 4.0 ICS. For those who owns an Amazon Kindle Fire tablet, it is also downloadable and available from the Amazon App Store. Update your Twitter apps now by heading over to iTunes or the Android Market.
February 22, 2012
RIM has rolled out the BlackBerry Playbook OS 2.0 to the company's sole tablet device. The update, which brings in a native email, contacts, and calendar, will be administered over-the-air. By that, your Playbooks should notify you if you already have the software ready for download and should download and install as soon as you get it. The contacts, email, and calendar functionality, on this version of the OS, comes built-in, which by the way, was what Playbook users have been waiting for a long time. Other things included in this update are social network integration for the calendar and contact functionality, BlackBerry Bridge, and Open On. For information about how to update your BlackBerry Playbook head over here. For more information about the update head over to Inside BlackBerry (BlackBerry's official blog site)
ZTE, after announcing two Android smartphones yesterday, the ZTE PF200 and the N910, announced another smartphone bound to be showcased at MWC 2012. The new Android smartphone is given a name ZTE Mimosa X and sports a 4.3" qHD display and runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. We should probably get more information about the Mimosa X's specs when the device is officially showcased at MWC 2012. So far, those are the things you should expect from the device which also comes with the usual connectivity stuffs you'd see in a smartphone. Head over the break for ZTE's press release.
I know you can all smell the rivalry in the air days before MWC 2012, right? Samsung has been announcing devices here and there, the latest being the Galaxy Ace 2 and Mini 2, LG, it's arch rival, also has been announcing devices like the Optimus Vu and the Optimus LTE Tag. But LG ain't stopping there, they don't want to bore you at MWC 2012, hence they announced the Optimus L series Android smartphones that will surely be showcased and further detailed in Barcelona.
This is the second of the two Android smartphones that Samsung announced today and it goes by the name of the Galaxy Ace 2. Apparently, it is here to succeed over the original Galaxy Ace. Like the Galaxy Mini 2 over the original Galaxy Mini, it has specs that are more powerful than the original and the design is a clear change or something that you can identify as a different Galaxy Ace. The Galaxy Ace 2 will be available in the UK starting April and will also be launched to other markets from then on.
February 21, 2012
Days before the world's largest gathering of mobile gadgets show in Barcelona, Samsung have announced two Android smartphones that are apparently here to succeed over their brothers. One of those smartphones is the Samsung Galaxy Mini 2, as seen in the photo above. The design itself is a bit of of a change from the original Galaxy Mini, being more curvy and sports a more noticeable chrome sidings. With regards to the device's specs, it certainly is better than the smartphone it succeeds. Head over the break for more detailes regarding the specs. The Galaxy Mini 2 will be first available in the French market come March and will subsequently be launched in other markets.
Panasonic in Europe unveiled their first Android smartphone and was christened as the Panasonic Eluga. We already saw the smartphone officially announced by Panasonic a while back. We also already know that this smartphone will be waterproof and dustproof making the device one of the most unique in the market. During the announcement in Europe, the smartphone will be sporting a 4.3" (960x540) display and a version of Android that was not mentioned. Anyway, no mention of pricing too but is due to be available in the European market by the end of May.
The Korean giant phone maker, LG, has announced the LG Optimus LTE Tag. It is basically another version of the LG Optimus LTE but with a few different things, of course. The Optimus LTE Tag, unlike the original Optimus LTE, does not sport an HD display but sports just a 4.3" WVGA (480x800) display. The Optimus LTE Tag, unlike the original, sports an NFC chip and you know how that works, right?
February 20, 2012
ZTE has announced that they will be announcing at Mobile World Congress 2012, which is bound to happen just around the corner, two new smartphone that run on Android's latest iteration, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The two new smartphones are dubbed as the ZTE PF200 (photo: above) and the ZTE N910 (photo: below). Both handsets are equipped with LTE connectivity, so for those who wants fast mobile internet, these should be part of you choice in buying a new smartphone.
AT&T has officially launched the Samsung Galaxy Note yesterday and is selling the device for $299.99 with a 2-year contract. This does not come as a surprise because it was announced and apparently was available for pre-order. Anyway, for those who wants to one the Samsung Galaxy Note, head over to AT&T and order yours now. Aside from AT&T, Best Buy is also selling the device in black and white.
February 19, 2012
LG has officially unveiled the Optimus Vu in South Korea. This device was first leaked via a video that was in Korean, solidifying LG's effort to combat it's arch rival, Samsung. The Optimus Vu is clearly a Galaxy Note challenger, sporting a 5" IPS touchscreen display which is a bit smaller than that of Samsung's offering (which is at 5.3"). The device will be first available in the Korean market in early March from SK Telecom and LG+.
February 16, 2012
Apple has officially released the developer preview of the next iteration of Mac OS X, 10.8 Mountain Lion. The most noticeable new stuff in this version of the operating system are the inclusion of iMessage and the Notification Center which are both from iOS and is brought into Mac OS X, which personally makes so much sense. Aside from those two nice features, Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion will also feature Game Center integration, AirPlay Mirroring, improved iCloud support, and Twitter integration among others.
Google Chrome has been updated to 17.0.963.56 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome Frame. This update primarily brings in an update to Adobe Flash. Adobe Flash 184.108.40.206 tows in security enhancements and improvements here and there. To update your Google Chromes click through Settings > About Google Chrome > And wait for the update to be downloaded and to be installed. You can also do a manual download of the update from the official download page.
Motorola has released their initial plans in bringing Android 4.0 ICS into their portfolio. Base on a tablet they have publicly released and shown off, it seems that they are trying to update some of their existing smartphones to the latest version of Android. For those who owns a Motorola device, you surely want to head over the break and check if your Android Moto is included in their plan of getting Android 4.0.
February 15, 2012
Internet Explorer gets an update that brings the browser's version to 9.0.5. The update is minor, it will not make your IE 9 turn to IE 10, apparently. The update is administered to fix some issues with security and vulnerabilities. For those who have Internet Explorer you can get the update via Windows Update. Click through Start > Control Panel > Windows Update.
Facebook for Windows Phone 2.3 is now available for download from the marketplace. The new updated version of the application brings in, according to the Windows Phone team, noticeable changes and improvements to the application like "Improved panorama and profile designs, better news feed performance and navigation, new filters, and much much more."
Samsung India announced 3 dual-sim smartphones running on Android in the market. These smartphones are the Samsung Galaxy Y Duos, Galaxy Y Pro Duos, and the Galaxy Ace Duos. I was able to post about the former two but the latter one, the Galaxy Ace Duos I was not able to post about. Anyway, These three new smartphones introduced in the Indian market should start arriving in a few days.
February 14, 2012
In India, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 is now available over at Flipkart, which offers the device for Rs. 33,571. This Android 3.2 Honeycomb tablet was announced back in 2011 in IFA Berlin and you know what happened there right? Anyway, the Galaxy Tab 7.7 sports a 7.7" Super AMOLED Plus display, the first in any tablet, and a 1.4GHz dual-core processor.
February 13, 2012
Samsung outs another Galaxy device to add into their Galaxy line of devices. It's a tablet this time in the name of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2. According to reports, the device's specs shows that it will be an entry-level tablet. The specs will be listed after the break. The 7-inch tablet will be Samsung's first announced device, officially, that will run on the latest iteration of the Android platform, Android 4.0 ICS. The Galaxy Tab 2 is scheduled to be launched first in the UK in March and other markets will get it afterwards. The device will also come in two versions, a 3G-enabled and a WiFi-only version.
February 11, 2012
Verizon, as promised, has made the Motorola Droid 4 available for interested customers. As also promised, Verizon is selling the world's thinnest 4G LTE smartphone that packs a full QWERTY keyboard, for $199.99 with a 2-year contract. For those who does not know what the Droid 4 packs yet, head over here to check out the device's specs. For those who wants to order their's now head over to Verizon's online store now.
February 10, 2012
LG Philippines has officially launched the Prada Phone by LG 3.0 with a jaw-dropping price of only Php 29,990. I was not expecting this to happen, the fact that LG will be launching this specific device in the Philippine market but look, it's here now! The price too is very nice specially for those who wants style as part of their gadgets, literally. This Prada Phone follows a very thin design at only 8.5mm thin and sports the world's brightest screen on any gadget with LG's Super NOVA display at 800nits. Head over the break to check out the smartphone's full specs.