July 31, 2012

India and the UK gets the Samsung Omnia M

The Samsung Omnia M, that Samsung Smartphone that runs on Windows Phone announced back in May was announced in India and is said to be available in the UK in August 1. For the Indian market, the smartphone's product page is now up and Samsung gave the device a price of Rs 16,400 which can be bought right from the company's website. In the UK, on the other hand, Phones4U is said to be offering the device 2months before any other retailer would in that specific market. Phones4U offers the device, SIM-free, for £289.95 but you can also get it tied up with carriers.

USA: AT&T to push Android 4.0 ICS update to the LG Nitro HD today

AT&T has officialy announced, days ago, that the LG Nitro HD will be getting its fair share of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update today! The update, AT&T explicitly said will include LG's newest UI, the LG Optimus 3.0 which means a new UI to your Nitro HD. For those who own the Nitro HD, head over here to download the update and for instructions on how to get it.

Facebook improves how you view photos in profiles

Facebook announced that they, the largest social networking site, has improved the way you view photos in profiles. According to Facebook, this new improvement should make your stalking no viewing of photos more enjoyable. Photos albums in profile will now show bigger photos and in a mosaic kind of style, probably just bringing how the news feeds would show you uploaded photos. Whatever the reason, I like it. This feature has not yet arrived on my Facebook, they are still rolling it out to their almost a billion users.

July 27, 2012

USA: Sprint announces the Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE

Sprint has officially unveiled the QWERTY-packing, 4G LTE loving, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich running, Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE. I really can't say that this device is the successor to the original Photon 4G, because the two have pretty much the same specs. But anyway, the really main difference between the two is the fact that the Photon Q sports a sliding physical keyboard. This then, I should say will compete with Verizon's Motorola Droid (like the Droid 2). Anyway, Sprint said that pricing and availability of the device will be announced in the coming weeks. Head after the break to check out the specs of the Photon Q.

PHIL: Asus officially launches the Transformer Pad 300 and Pad Infinity

Pad Infinity

Asus has officially launched, in the Philippines, two new Android tablets. These are the Asus Transformer Pad Infinitiy (Photo: above) and the Pad 300 (Photo: after the break). Both run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and both were unveiled during MWC 2012. The big differences between the two are the CPUs and the kind of screen used. The Pad Infinity sports a 1.6GHz nVidia Tegra 3 processor and a 10.1" Full HD (1920x1200) Super IPS display. The Pad 300 on the other hand sports a 1.2GHz nVidia Tegra 3 processor and a 10.1 (1280x800) IPS display.

UK: Huawei Ascend P1 now available for pre-order in the UK courtesy of Clove for £370.80

The Huawei Ascend P1, announced as the world's thinnest smartphone at 6.68mm at the device's thinnest part, is now avaialable for pre-order in the UK. Thank Clove UK for that who is pricing the device for £370.80 (VAT inclusive) unlocked. Clove notes that the device's availability is yet to be confirmed, but history tells us that when something goes on pre-order at Clove then it should be coming soon. UV, expects the device to be available in the UK by August and that's just around the corner. As a refresher, the Huawei Ascend P1 runs on Android 4.0 ICS and is powered by a 1.5GHz TI OMAP dual-core processor with a 4.3" Super AMOLED display.

July 26, 2012

Mac OS X Mountain Lion now available from the Mac App Store for $19.99

Apple's latest iteration of the world's smartest operating system, is now available at the Mac App Store. Mac OS X Mountain Lion is now available for only $19.99 as an upgrade from Snow Leopard. If you remember. the Mountain Lion was announced back in February and finally it has come for those who wants their Mac OS X-0es to be updated to the latest. Since this is a major update to the platform expect tons of new features here and there. Anyway, for those who got the newest versions of the MacBook Pros and the MacBook Air, then they have already experienced the said version of Mac OS X. So yeah! For those who are still running on Snow Leopard! Get the fiercest cat now!

July 23, 2012

HTC Desire HD will not get an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update

HTC has officially said that the HTC Desire HD won't get the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update siting user experience as the reason why it won't get the expected update. HTC said that they have factored in a lot in their decision and ultimately came to the point of user experience. As with any updates, OEMs test them to their devices and decide if it gets the update or not. Since Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is a very advanced version of Android compared to 2.2 Froyo (which was the OS that the Desire HD ran when it was launched) that'd mean that the OS would then need more specs out from the hardware. HTC might not have said it explicitly but it is obvious that the user experience, if the update is pushed, will not make the phone better. Head after the break for HTC's explanation about their decision.

July 22, 2012

IND: LG officially launched the Optimus 4X HD and Optimus L5 in India

LG in India has officially launched two Android smartphones namely the LG Optimus 4X HD and the Optimus L5. This would then be LG's first quad-core smartphone to land in the Indian market, the 4X HD. Both of these smartphones run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich both with LG's Optimus 3.0 UI. Consumers in India should be able to find these devices "soon". Yup, unfortunately no definite dates yet. But for pricing, the Optimus 4X HD will sell for Rs. 34,990 while the Optimus L5 will sell for Rs. 13,199.

Google has started rolling out the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update to the Samsung Nexus S

Google has already started rolling out the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update to the Samsung Nexus S. And, according to UV, the update looks like it's rolling out first in Asia. So, for those who lives in Asia and owns a Nexus S, this is great news for you all! The update is administered OTA and if you still did not get any notification about the update, you can manually check it. Cheers!

July 21, 2012

Asus Transformer line of tablets getting Android 4.1 Jelly Bean "in the coming months"

Asus had announced that the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update will come to the Transformer Pad, Transformer Pad Prime, and the Transformer Pad Infinity. Like HTC's announcement, Asus is a bit vague in terms of when exactly the update will be pushed but at unlike HTC, Asus said that it is scheduled to be pushed "in the coming months". Head after the break to read Asus' announcement.

HTC confirms Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update to the One X, One S, and the One XL

HTC has confirmed that the latest iteration of Google's Android OS will be coming to, for now, three of their smartphones. These smartphones are the HTC One X, One XL, and the One S. I believe that HTC is the first to do this, aren't they? Samsung has yet to announce of confirming anything about the update. I have not heard anything yet from other smartphone makers, so kudos to HTC for this! Although the update is yet to roll out, they are still probably busy with the ICS update, a confirmation that an update is coming is good news. HTC did not give any specific date or time that they will start rolling out the update but sure enough, I will be blogging about it when it does happen. Head after the break to read HTC's announcement regarding about this.

July 18, 2012

Firefox 14 released brings in minor UI changes and makes Google searches more secure

Mozilla has released Firefox 14 and is now available for download! There is not much of a major update or feature that comes with this update to Firefox. If you are not an avid user of the browser, you wouldn't even notice that they have changed a bit on the UI. Not everything was changed though, it's minute, it's how the browser displays the icons on the left side of the URL bar. You can learn more about that new UI here. Another feature brought in by this update is that Firefox assures you of a more secure Google searches. Google is just the start, they plan to partner with more search engines in succeeding updates. So, Firefox users, what are you waiting for? Update your browsers now by clicking through the Firefox Button > Help > About Firefox. Or you can download it from the official download page.

USA: T-Mobile officially announces the Samsung Galaxy Note

T-Mobile USA has officially announced that in the "coming weeks" they will be launching the Samsung Galaxy Note for a still to be disclosed price. Personally, I think T-Mobile is too late for this announcement, I mean come on, the device has been sold by AT&T and with rumors that the Galaxy Note 2's launching getting ever nearer, this I believe is not a very good move for the carrier. But anyhow, this device will be the same as the international version of the Galaxy Note but it will be running on Android 4.0 ICS with Premium Suite right out from the box. Head over the break to read T-Mobile's official presser.

July 17, 2012

USA: Sony Xperia S, Xperia P, and Xperia U now available

Sony Mobile has made three of it's NXT line of smartphones in the US market. These smartphones are namely the Xperia S, the Xperia P, and the Xperia U. AT&T has already been selling its own NXT device dubbed as the Xperia Ion and which has been selling via the carrier since June. By launching these three other Android devices in the US market Sony will be trying to make its presence to be more felt in the US. The devices are available online and all are unlocked. Head over to Sony's online store to check them out.

PHIL: Nokia Asha 305 Dual-SIM phone now available in the Philippines for Php 3,890

Nokia Philippines has made the Nokia Asha 305 with Dual-SIM feature in the country and is selling the device for Php 3,890. The device was announced back in June. UV has reported that the device is currently only available in the Philippines but it should be launched in other markets as well, India is one of them I am pretty sure of that. If you want to find out what the Asha 305 packs (specs) then head over to this post.

July 14, 2012

Twitter for Nokia now available for download

Twitter has launched the Twitter for Nokia application which can now be downloaded from the Nokia Store. The application is primarily for those Nokias that run on the Series 40 platform which is one of the most used platform in the Nokia world. What you should expect from the application are the same goodies that the Twitter for iPhone and Android application has. Twitter has already promised that the experience you will be getting from their apps and whatnots will be consistent regardless of the platform you are running. Even their mobile site is congruent to what you will find with their full desktop site. For Nokia fans! This is great news! Download the app now and enjoy Twitter on your devices!

July 13, 2012

PHIL: LG to launch in July the LG Optimus 4X HD in the Philippines for Php 27,990

LG's first quad-core smartphone that is bound to arrive in the Philippines within this month is now official. I mean, officially coming to the Philippines. The Korean phone maker has put an SRP of the device at only Php 27,990 making it the cheapest quad-core smartphone that you can buy in the Philippines. YugaTech was tipped by LG that the smartphone will be coming along with the price. So, yup! HTC, Samsung and now LG joins the ranks of the firsts to offer their quad-core superphone in the country. For those who still does not know the Optimus 4X HD, the successor apparent of the LG Optimus 2X, head over here to check out the specs of the device.

July 12, 2012

Google Chrome updated to 20.0.1132.57

Google has released a routinary , I should say, update to the Google Chrome browser for desktops and laptops (that includes the Macs). The update brings in the usual security and bug fixes to make the browser more stable and a safer one. Not only that this version also brings in an updated version of Flash Player (v8 - I think you now know how to update your browsers right? Settings > About Google Chrome or download it manually from the official Google Chrome download page.

July 11, 2012

Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update rolls out to the Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus Tablet

Some of you might have heard about the lawsuit between Samsung and Google versus Apple right? That lawsuit that would ban the Galaxy Nexus and the Galaxy Tablet from selling in US soils. Apple was successful with the injunction of the Galaxy Nexus and Google has responded that an update would take then evade that patent that Apple was accusing the devices have infringed. That update is this one. Which will bump the Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy Tablet up to Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean. Anyway, here's more information regarding the update on the Galaxy Tablet and here for the Galaxy Nexus.

PHIL: Sony Mobile launched the Xperia Ion in the Philippines along side the Xperia Neo L

First, I want to apologize for the photo above, I don't have any copy of the device without the AT&T logo on it. Anyway, yup! The Sony Xperia Ion, Sony's first 4G LTE smartphone and the device that was first launched in the US, becomes official in the Philippines. Sony Mobile already have their NXT line of devices launched in the Philippines but apparetly those were not enough and they have decided to launch two more device. One is the Xperia Ion and the other is the Xperia Neo L, first unveiled in China.

Internet Explorer 9.0.8 update now available in Windows Update

Microsoft has pushed the July 2012 cumulative update for their browser and is now available in Windows Update. For those who have set their Windows Update to automatically download and install any updates then chances are that your Internet Explorer is already running on it's latest version which is 9.0.8. For those who have not, you can manually check updates and install it. Anyway, the update brings in bug fixes and security updates, you know those normal or routine updates that browsers usually push to users. For more information about this, head over here. Cheers!

Toshiba rolls out Android 4.0 ICS update to the Toshiba AT200 tablet

Previously, the Toshiba AT200 held the crown as the world's thinnest tablet is, but the more great news to those who owns the device is that Toshiba has started rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update. The update looks like it will be administered via OTA so for those who own one and still runs on Honeycomb, you can manually check the update out by tapping through Settings > About Tablet > System Updates. Cheers!

USA: AT&T's Galaxy S II SkyRocket gets Android 4.0 ICS update

Apparently, it is not only AT&T's Galaxy Note that is getting some Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich treatment but also to the AT&T Galaxy S II SkyRocket. So, it looks like some happy AT&T customers might have got the update already. AT&T says that the update will be administered with the help of Samsung Kies so no OTA updates. But that is cooler than not getting any Ice Cream Sandwich, right? For more information about how to update your Galaxy S II SkyRocket, head over to AT&T. They have instructions on how to get the update there.

USA: Verizon to launch the BlackBerry Curve 9310 for $49.99

Verizon has announced the launching of the most affordable BlackBerry ever, the BlackBerry Curve 9310. The Curve 9310 is similar to the Curve 9320 which means that it will run on BB OS 7.1. But the sweet thing about the device is the price. Verizon is offering the Curve 9310 for only $49.99 with a 2-year contract. The smartphone will be available online starting July 12. For those who still does not know what the Curve 9310 packs then head over here to check out it's specs.

Twitter releases new Twitter app for iOS and Android - now features "Expansive experiences"

Twitter has released a new version of their official Twitter application on the iOS and Android. You can get the mobile application from here. Anyway, what are the new things you should expect from the app? Well, the things you see on Twitter Web. First is, expanded tweets! Yup! You can now view media inside the Twitter application by simply tapping on a tweet that contains the media. Preview links, view photos, and even play videos inside the application! Other things added are better search and better way to discover what is happening on Twitter. Also, they have improved push notifications on both the iPhone and on Android. 

USA: US Cellular starts shipping the Galaxy S III

Over at US Cellular's Facebook page, the US carrier has announced that those customers who pre-ordered the Samsung Galaxy S III should expect their devices to be delivered and be brought at their doorsteps today. US Cellular is selling two versions of the superphone, the 16GB and the 32GB variants. The smartphone is still only available via pre-order online but it should be available in US Cellular stores by the end of this week.

USA: Motorola officially unveils the Motorola Atrix HD

Finally, after so much rumors and talks about the Motorola Atrix's successor, the Google-owned phone maker has officially taken the covers off the Motorola Atrix HD. This is probably their first smartphone to launch with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich running on it. And check out the new MotoBlur, it's nice. Anyway, the device will be available over at AT&T for $99.99 with a 2-year contract starting in July 15th. For those who wants a Motorola Android smartphone I believe this could be the device you are waiting for or looking for. Head over the break for the device's specs and the official presser. Anyway, don't get me wrong, the Motorola Atrix 2 was not a clear successor to the original Atrix.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Android 4.0 ICS update rolls out via OTA

This will be a very short post. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Android tablet's Android 4.0 ICS update has started rolling out after it was released in Australia. The update is administered via OTA so for those who own the device can manually check the software update under settings. The update is also available via Samsung Kies, by that you would need the USB cable of your tablet connected to your desktop or laptop. Cheers!

AUS: LG launches its L series Android devices in Australia

The South-Korean phone maker, LG, has officially launched their L series Android devices in the Australian market. The devices are the LG Optimus L7, Optimus L5, and the Optimus L3. But there are actually 4 devices that was launched together with those 3, it's a dual-SIM Android smartphone dubbed as the LG Optimus L2 . We already know what the L7, L5, and the L3 is I have already posted about those devices. What is new to me is the Optimus L2 dual-SIM.

USA: AT&T's Samsung Galaxy Note Android 4.0 ICS update rolls out

AT&T has officially announced yesterday that the Android 4.0 ICS with Premium Suite update of the Galaxy Note will start rolling out to customers today. This update will not only put the version of Android of your Galaxy Note to Android 4.0 ICS but also the extra stuffs, features, and whatnots that the Premium Suite software gives to your Note. Internationally, the update for the Galaxy Note have started rolling out since May, so AT&T's update might have taken a little longer than that of the international roll out of the update, but you know what happens when updates are rolled out right? Anyway, you can read AT&T's  full presser below for more information.

July 10, 2012

Samsung Galaxy S II starts receiving Android 4.0 ICS update

According to some owners of the Samsung Galaxy S II, they have reported that their SGS IIs have started getting the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update. The roll out of the update is not via OTA but rather via Samsung Kies. That would mean you need to have Samsung Kies installed into your desktop or laptop, connect your SGS II and then check if you already have the update. According to SammyHub, the report came from Russia, a market where Samsung is on top. This update, I believe, is for the unlocked version of the device. But anyway, there is no harm in checking or trying. So, yup! Run Samsung Kies now!

July 8, 2012

The Motorola Defy Pro announced

Motorola has announced a new Android smartphone to be added to their growing smartphone portfolio. Dubbed as the Motorola Defy Pro and as the name suggests, it sports a QWERTY keyboard and is running on Android. According to Motorola's press release, the device will first be launched in Brazil and will be available in the country by July 15th. Anyway, the smartphone, aside from the QWERTY keyboard and the Android OS, the device also sports Corning Gorilla glass and is water proof and dust proof. Of course it has to be because it's a Motorola Defy.

UK: The Samsung Galaxy Beam now available in the UK

Thanks to retailer Expansys, the Samsung Galaxy Beam is now available in the UK for £394.99. The Samsung Galaxy Beam was announced way back then. Actually it was at MWC 2012 that the device was unveiled by Samsung. Anyway, for those of you who would love to own one head over at Expansys and order yours now. The Galaxy Beam's unique feature is that it can project your media via an HD projector that is 50" wide. For more info about the device's specs click on device's name on this post that is hyperlinked

PHIL: Samsung launches the Galaxy Tab 2 line of tablets in the Philippines

Apparently, as the name suggests it to be, the Galaxy Tab 2 devices of Samsung are here to succeed over the first Galaxy Tabs. In the Philippines, Samsung has made it official that two of them are here in the Philippines. These are the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 WiFi and 3G variants and the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1. Samsung Philippines are giving these devices these corresponding SRPs: For the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 WiFi-only it's Php 12,990, the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 3G-enabled at Php 16,99, and last but not the least, the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is priced at Php 22,990. Just click on each of the device's names to check their specs.

July 7, 2012

Archos announces the Archos 97 Carbon Android 4.0 ICS tablet

French company, Archos, has announced their newest Android tablet dubbed as the Archos 97 Carbon. Actually the Carbon is the first of their Elements line of devices, probably tablets. Anyway, let's turn our attention back to the 97 Carbon. The device runs on Andriod 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and is being positioned by Archos as an entry-level tablet. Well, you'll get the entry-level sense of it all when I list its specs after the break. Archos said that the 97 Carbon will be available in the US starting this month for $249.99. In the British market, you'll get the device for £219.99.

Nokia starts rolling out software update to the Nokia N9

Nokia has started to roll out a software update to their first and last MeeGo smartphone, the N9. The software update, named as PR 1.3, is a 203MB OTA update first coming to N9s that are not branded by any carrier. Accroding to Nokia, the update is here to bring over 1000 improvements to the phone. These improvements include a smoother UI, an improved camera, network connectivity, and the likes. For those who own an N9, check your events section, it should notify you there for the update.

July 6, 2012

AUS: Android 4.0 ICS update for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 rolls out

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 has started receiving the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in the Australian market. But a note to those who owns the WiFi-Only version of the tablet, this update is only available for the 3G-enabled variant. AusDroid says that the WiFi-Only version's own share of update should come by next week or even earlier (which everyone would love to happen). I am made to believe that the update is OTA so if you are an owner of the Galaxy Tab 7.7, try manually checking for a software update. For markets outside Australia, you might also want to check out your Tab 7.7s. It might have the update too!

July 5, 2012

[Update] Samsung announces the Galaxy Chat Android QWERTY smartphone

Samsung has announced a new member of the Galaxy line of Android smartphones making their Android portfolio larger than before. The new member is dubbed as the Samsung Galaxy Chat which runs on Android 4.) Ice Cream Sandwich and sports a physical QWERTY keyboard. The smartphone is scheduled to launch in July starting in Spain and should be rolled out to other markets including the rest of the European continent, Latin America, the Middle East, China, Southeast Asia, and Southwest Asia.

July 4, 2012

USA: Verizon to officially launch the Samsung Galaxy S III in July 10 for $199.99 (16GB)

Aside from announcing, officially, the launching of the Droid Incredible 4G LTE, the US' largest carrier also announced that their Samsung Galaxy S III will be available starting July 10. Two versions of the superphone will be available, the 16GB and the 32GB. The price you read in this post's title is for the 16GB. The 32GB SGS III will be priced at $249.99 both with a 2-year contract. Like the Droid Incredible 4G LTE, Verizon's SGS III will also be a 4G LTE device and is the US' first 2GB RAM smartphone (unless LG launches their own 2GB RAM smartphone in the US ahead of Samsung). Since the device will feature 4G LTE connectivity, it won't carry the quad-core Samsung Exynos processor instead it will be sporting a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chipset.

USA: Verizon officially announces launch date of the HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE - July 5 for $149

Finally! Verizon will officially start selling the HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE on July 5th. Verizon will be pricing the device at $149 with a 2-year contract. You should be able to find this handset in Verizon stores on that day. Well, if you want to celebrate the Independence Day with a new phone the day after, then this should be a great buy.

AUS: HTC One S and One V available from Optus

Australian carrier, Optus, has officially made the HTC One S and One V available. The HTC One S (photo: above) and the HTC One V (photo: below) are two of the three HTC One line of Android devices which all run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Being the higher-end of the two, the HTC One S sports a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and a 4.3" Super AMOLED display. The HTC One V on the other hand sports a 1GHz single-core processor and a 3.7" SLCD 2 display.