The HTC One X+, the latest Android flagship smartphone from HTC, is now available in the UK (unlocked) courtesy of Clove UK. Clove is pricing the device at £474 (VAT inclusive).As a refresher, the HTC One X+ sports a 4.7" (1280x720) display, powered by a 1.7GHz nVidia Tegra 3 processor running on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. So if you're in the UK and wants to own one, head over here.
October 31, 2012
Verizon have announced and already made the LG Spectrum 2 available starting today for just $99.99 with a 2-year contract. The LG Spectrum 2 sports a True HD display and is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core processor. Like most high-end Android smartphones today, the Spectrum 2 has 4G LTE connectivity to give you that fast mobile internet browsing everybody deserves. For those who wants to own one, head over to Verizon's website to get the device. Head after the break to check its specs.
Huawei have announced the successor to their previous flagship Android smartphone, the Honor. Dubbed rightfully as the Huawei Honor 2, the device runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and sports an in-house quad-core processor (Huawei made). The screen on this device is a 4.5" HD IPS display with a native resolution of 720p which equates to a stunning 326 pixel density.. Huawei will be launching the device in China first next month. This should also be launched to other markets across the globe. But we will have to wait for that to happen.
This is the closest thing that iOS can get to Google Now, Google's Voice Search, which is now available for download from the App Store. The application, which basically competes with Siri, works just like Google Now. Google Voice Search is quick and easy to use, with just a tap of the "Voice" button at the bottom of the app, you can ask Google away, anything you can think of. Download the app now at the App Store and try it out for yourself. I will be embedding a video after the break for you to be able to preview the app before downloading it.
October 30, 2012
Verizon has announced their very own Nokia Lumia which almost completes it. T-Mobile has their own, the Lumia 810, AT&T will carry both the Lumia 920 and the 820, and Verizon with this, the Nokia Lumia 822. Sprint has yet to get a Lumia phone, so yeah. Anyway, Verizon did not say anything about when the Lumia 822 will eventually make its way into Verizon stores neither its price. We will just have to wait for that.
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Google, aside from unveiling the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 10, has also unveiled, again, the Nexus 7. This time though, it packs a 32GB internal storage capacity and HSPA+ connectivity. The 16GB Nexus 7 will now replace the Nexus 8 at the $200 price point while the 32GB will be priced at $249. If you want to get the Nexus 7 with HSPA+ connectivity then it's for $299. All these prices are still pretty neat deals considering that the device (the new 32GB variant) will be running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean from the box. Google did not change anything on the device's specs, it still sports 1GB RAM, an nVidia Tegra 3 processor, and that 7" display.
The larger of the Nexus Tablet family is finally unveiled. Made by Samsung, the Google Nexus 10 is, apparently a 10-incher, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean running, tablet. So basically, Google, together with it's OEMs, announced two devices during the cancelled event, the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 10. This tablet, according to Google, is the tablet with the world's highest resolution ever to have been made. Well, to give you numbers, the Nexus 10's screen sports a whopping 2560x1600 resolution with a pixel density of 300 ppi that is larger than the newly announced iPad 4 (the successor of the New iPad).
Google has officially unveiled the 4th Nexus phone succeeding over the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. The LG made Nexus 4 is a beauty, the stunning design the phone bares and the same concept the the Galaxy Nexus started (thanks to Android) is the 2nd Nexus smartphone that has no buttons in its facade whatsoever. This announcement also confirms rumors that in fact LG is the next creator of the Nexus phone plus the Nexus 4 is the first quad-core phone that came out from this line of beautiful devices. The device runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, a newer version of Android that still carries the 4.1 JB stuff but took it to a whole new level.
Google has unveiled, well not really a major update, but Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. It's like Android 4.1 JB but Google took the OS to a whole new level with 4.2 JB. This version of the OS runs on the new Nexus 4 and the Nexus 10. One of the major things that is added into 4.2, among others, is Photo Sphere (or an improved camera software) which allows users to take 360 degrees panoramic shots inspired by Google Maps' Street Views. But unlike other panoramic shots by other OS-es, Android's Photo Sphere takes shots up, down, left, and right. I don't know how that works but by how it sounds, is neat. You can check out some Photo Sphere photos taken by users here.
October 27, 2012
Yesterday, or 2 days ago, the world's largest software company launched and made Windows 8 available to the world with an event in New York. For those who are very eager to get Windows 8 into their PCs head over to http://microsoft.com to download it. The minimum requirements for the OS to work in a device is listed there. Of course, Windows 8 works best with a touchscreen PC but it should also work fine if it does not support the multi-touch functionality. I love Windows 8! And Microsoft will not just let the PC die just like that, hence, Windows 8. So yeah! Horay for Windows 8.
October 26, 2012
USA: Sprint is the US' first carrier to roll out the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update to the Galaxy S III
Sprint is officially the first US carrier to have started rolling out the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update to their Samsung Galaxy S III. The carrier made the announcement earlier. Aside from the cool stuff that the update brings Android 4.1 JB is expected to really bring out the best in Android combined with the power of the Galaxy S IIIs specs and capabilities. The update is being administered OTA, Sprint says that "When your Galaxy S III is eligible for the update, it will automatically download." So make sure you keep your Galaxy S IIIs with at least 50% battery. Anyway, kudos to Sprint for bringing the update at a very early time!
October 25, 2012
T-Mobile has the Galaxy Note II available for purchase now via their online stores! Unfortunately though, the carrier have priced the device at $370 with a 2-year contract. For the other US carriers, AT&T and Verizon have started taking pre-orders of the same device too. While T-Mobile is pricing the device at a steep price, AT&T and Verizon is only pricing the Galaxy Note II at $299.99. For those who wants to pre-order their Galaxy Note II via AT&T click here if you want ti from Verizon click here.
October 24, 2012
I world's greatest smartphone to ever land on Earth, OK, I'll stop. The Samsung Galaxy S III Global version and those which was bought unlocked have started receiving the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update according to a report by UK retailer, Clove. The update is administered via OTA or it can also be downloaded via Samsung Kies. So, if you are a proud owner of the Galaxy S III and bought it not via a carrier, then you should expect the update to arrive on your device, If for some reason you cannot wait for it to notify you, you can always check it out manually by tapping through Settings > About Phone > Check for Updates. Cheers!
Asus's Ultrabook, the VIVO Book which adds up to Asus already big family of Windows 8 devices they have announced yesterday. The VIVO Book is basically a Zenbook without the Zen. You'll understand what I mean once you get to compare the Zenbook Touch's specs and the VIVO Book's. Anyway head on over the break to check the ultrabook's specs.
Remember the Asus Zenbook? Today, Asus will be calling it the Asus Zenbook Touch. The reason for that, apparently, is the fact that it now runs on Windows 8. Asus has two versions of this notebook, the Zenbook U500VZ and the UX31A. The difference between the two is that the former is larger than the latter. The U500VZ sports a 15.6" display compared to the 13.3" of the UX31A. Since the 15-incher is larger, it packs more specs than the smaller Zenbook.
Here's the improved Transformer Book from Asus, of course. This hybrid was also announced by Asus back in July. Today, Asus is making it a reality, since Windows 8 is also a reality today. I do not have Asus' press release so I cannot tell you when this is coming to stores or how much this will cost but I have it's detailed specs sheet, so that, I can give.
Asus has finally unveiled and announced their Windows 8 (or you can also say it as their 2012) line up of devices. We will start with this amazingly cool concept which they have announced back in July but did not really come into reality until now. Dubbed as the Asus Taichi this is the ultimate definition of a notebook/tablet hybrid. It sports 2 HD displays so you can easily switch from one mode to the other (which has 4 modes all in all). Of course, since this notebook runs on Windows 8 both display are touchscreen displays but is twice awesome.
USA: AT&T announces the availability of the Samsung Galaxy Note II in Nov. 9 pre-orders start in Oct. 25 for $299.99
AT&T's Samsung Galaxy Note II has been officially announced by the carrier to be coming in November 9. For those who wants to be the first to own one, AT&T will start accepting pre-orders come October 25 for $299.99 with a 2-year contract. You can pre-order the device at http://att.com/galaxynoteii. The Galaxy Note II will be one of the first smartphones on AT&T's portfolio to sport a quad-core processor. For those who still do not know what the Galaxy Note II packs click here to view its specs.
Aside from announcing the two new iPads, Apple also announced the new MacBook Pro 13 which now sports that awesome Retina Display. The 13-incher MBP sports a 13.3" display with a resolution of 2560x1600. That's huge by any standards. Anyway both the new Macs will be available right now, I believe, both in the online Apple Store and at Apple retail stores starting at $1699 with the MacBook Pro 13 with 128GB of internal storage.
Apple actually called this device in their press release the 4th Generation iPad and on their website as the iPad with Retina Display but for ease and quick understanding and recognition, I will be calling the new iPad as the iPad 4. Anyway, yup! Apple announced the iPad 4 together with it's little brother, the iPad Mini. The iPad 3 was announced back in March and with that, the iPad 4 will be the 2nd iPad (if you do not count the iPad Mini) to be announced within the same year. The question that lingers in my head now is if Apple will announce another iPad for 2013, I believe they will and we will be calling that one as the iPad 5.
And there it is. After being rumored and leaked in the past several months, Apple's smaller iPad, the iPad Mini, is finally official after being announced and unveiled during an event Apple specifically called for to announce this little guy here. The iPad Mini sports a 7.9" display to basically let it compete with other tablets that sport a non-10.1 device. Most of these devices runs on Android. I think Apple is trying to make a statement here. Which, personally, should be what the Cupertino-based company should be doing because in the current world of tech and mobile devices, the market wants more options rather than being stuck with one, so yeah, this is all good news not only to Apple fans but also to those who wants to own an iPad but just can't afford to buy one.
Nokia, yesterday, announced the most affordable Lumia to date. Dubbed as the Nokia Lumia 510, the smartphone sports a 4" display but runs on Windows Phone 7.5. Yup, no Windows Phone 8 on this device, unfortunately. Anyway, Nokia is scheduled to launch this device in November of this year starting in India and in China. The launching will then be followed by other markets in Asia-Pacific and South America. As for pricing, Nokia estimates that the device should be priced at around $199 (US Dollars). But for a more accurate SRP, I think it'd be best to wait for the market specific launching and announcements.
October 23, 2012
UK": Clove UK now accepts pre-orders of the HTC 8X and 8S to be available in Nov. 2 and Nov. 15, respectively
HTC's Windows Phone 8 offerings are now available for pre-order courtesy of Clove UK. For those who are in the UK and wants to own the stylish HTC 8X or the HTC 8S, then Clove got you covered. The UK retailer is selling these two devices for £399.98 for the HTC 8X and at £224.99 for the HTC 8S. These prices are all VAT inclusive and of course like most Clove UK offerings are unlocked phones.
October 19, 2012
In Japan, that market where it gets specially designed smartphone and another one is coming to town by the name of the HTC J Butterfly. It's a brilliant phone and probably beats the hell out of the Samsung Galaxy S III. The J Butterfly was announced by Japan's KDDI and is being scheduled to be launched in the Japanese market come December.
October 18, 2012
Google has started sending out invites for an October 29 Android event. It will be live-streamed on the Youtube link the invite has provided. The question is, what is the event for? A new version of Android, I don't think so. There is one reason why Google have sent these invites out and that is for them to introduce the next Nexus device. Yes, that is what the rumor mill has been churning out. According to these rumors, LG is the next brand to create the 4th Nexus device (smartphone). HTC has done it and also Samsung. Probably, now is the time LG shines and produces a stunning Nexus device. I do hope it will be. Mark your calendars guys! October 29th. I will surely be posting about it when this happens. Cheers!
October 17, 2012
This was supposed to happen yesterday, but anyway, Globe has officially launched and totally made the Samsung Galaxy Note II available today or yesterday. Globe is offering the phablet for a monthly commitment of Php 1,799 with Globe's Plan 999. Get it? Php 1,799 cash + Plan 999 = Php 2,798 monthly for 2 years and you need a Php 19,200 cashout. Not that I am discouraging you but this is how local carriers do their stuff in the Philippines. Catchy if you just look at it at the P 1,799 or just the Plan 999 figures but actually the device will be free only if you get it coupled with Globe's Plan 2499. Anyway, head over to Globe's website and order your Galaxy Note II now.
Sprint's LG Optimus G will only be launched in November 11 which is later than when AT&T will be launching the same device. Both offer the device at the same price point. The thing with Sprint's Optimus G is that it keeps the 13MP camera on its rear as compared to AT&T's 8MP camera. Anyway, either way, the Optimus G will be coming in the US now the question lies which network you want to commit. AT&T is already accepting pre-orders for the Optimus G, by the way.
Sprint have announced that starting Oct. 25 the Samsung Galaxy Note II will be available for pre-order priced at $299.99 with a 2-year contract with the carrier. The Galaxy Note II have been confirmed to be launch by at least by the 3 big networks in the US. Sprint is apparently one of them. The device was announced during IFA 2012 in Berlin and so far the Galaxy Note II has been received by consumers and the public pretty well. So for those who wants to get the Note II via Sprint, mark your calendars on Oct. 25 and visit Sprint's website on that day.
Apple has apparently sent out invites to an October 23 event in San Francisco. The invite, like all other Apple invites need to be deciphered before you can get what it is trying to say. So, let's decode this one. On the invite it says "We've got a little more to show you." Back that thought with rumors and leaks of a smaller version of the iPad and you'd know that the event will mainly introduce the iPad Mini. "Little", get it? Other news and reports say that Apple is also ready to unveil a new Mac. I have already entered this event into my calendar and I should be posting about whatever Apple will be unveiling that day. Cheers!
Clove UK have posted about a report by PocketLint that the Redmond based software giant, Microsoft, have confirmed that the Surface, their very own tablet, will be priced in the UK starting at £399. The Touch Cover is priced at £99.99 while the Type Cover will be priced at £109.99. The starting price, according to Clove, should be applied to the 32GB Surface.
I believe, what Asus has done to the PadFone with the PadFone 2 is stunning. It is everything NOT what you do not like with the first PadFone, where it was like trying to be a die-hard smartphone/tablet combo. The PadFone 2, personally, is probably the real PadFone and wait 'til you get to see it's specs. Asus, the Taiwan-based phone maker has announced the PadFone 2, you know, that device where it's practically a smartphone but it also becomes a tablet with it's dock. It's one of a kind and Asus made it even better. According to Asus' presser, the device is scheduled to be launched in Europe and Asia before this year ends. No pricing yet, so let's just wait when this device becomes available in specific markets around the world.
Google has apparently pushed the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update to the Nexus S and the Galaxy Nexus devices. This version of the platform, which brings in the landscape homescreen view was first pushed to the Nexus 7. Rightfully enough, it is now available over-the-air for those who owns the Nexus S and the Galaxy Nexus. If you still did not get any notification about the update, you can always check it manually. Cheers!
AT&T has already started accepting pre-orders of LG's flagship Android smartphone dubbed as the LG Optimus G. For those who wanted to get this device then you might want to head over to AT&T's online store, pretty sure the device should be up there and ready to get your pre-orders application.The carrier has priced the smartphone at $199 if you sign-up to a 2-year contract with AT&T. Like most Android devices today, the Optimus G sports 4G LTE connectivity and runs on Android 4.0 ICS and should be getting Android 4.1 JB soon.
October 16, 2012
HTC in India has officially launched the HTC Desire X. The Taiwan-based phone maker has given it an SRP which stands at Rs. 19,799. For those who are in India, you should be able to see the Desire X being displayed and sold at HTC Stores. The HTC Desire X, runs on Android 4.0 ICS, and sports a dual-core processor with a 4" display. This should be a pretty good smartphone for the ordinary user, those users that really does not require high-end specs to get through the day.
October 13, 2012
Clove UK announced the day when the Galaxy S III Mini was announced, that they are now accepting pre-orders for the smartphone which Clove is pricing at £298.80 (VAT inclusive). The Samsung Galaxy S III Mini was announced by the Korean phone maker a day ago and, personally, I was a bit disappointed. But anyway, for those who are in the UK and who wanted to get this, then head over at Clove UK to pre-order one now.
USA: Verizon announced they will launch the Motorola Droid RAZR HD and Droid RAZR MAXX HD on October 18
Yeah those are the two devices, the RAZR HD (left) and the RAZR MAXX HD (right). Anyway, Verizon has officially announced the availability of these two new Android smartphones from Motorola. Verizon will be launching the Motorola Droid RAZR HD and the Droid RAZR MAXX HD come October 18th for $199.99 and $299.99 with a 2-year contract, respectively. Both devices are powered by a dual-core processor and sports a 4..7" HD display. The biggest difference between the two is the battery and how long each device can last in a single charge. Apparently, the RAZR MAXX HD will be the winner in that department.
October 12, 2012
Samsung was unable to conceal this device prior to this point, when it was announced officially as scheduled in Germany. Anyway, as the name suggest, this device is smaller or the little brother of the Samsung Galaxy S III. But, as with Samsung, a device with a smaller screen means a lower-end device. Although this device might be named as the Galaxy S III with Mini attached to it, it does not really mean that the device is exactly the SGS III just smaller. Unfortunately, since the device is powered only wih a 1GHz dual-core processor, Samsung has opted to not include those neat features the SGS III have like Smart Stay, Pop Up Play, and etc. With regards to the device's availability, we still do not have any word about it, officially, and the same goes to the pricing.
October 11, 2012
Twitter has updated the Twitter for BlackBerry app and is now available for download. The update brings in tons of new features to the application like the ability to to view Tweets in details view, summaries of articles shared from websites like CNN and NatGeo, and see contacts from your Device Address Book. Twitter also noted that "soon" the Twitter for BlackBerry app will get a new way of expanding Tweets with photos which, as promised, should give you a faster and smoother experience. I hope that RIM did something about their transition from the old BB OS to the new BlackBerry 10 OS. The Canadian-company have already started accepting app submission and by that it makes me believe that BB 10 is a whole new platform. If it gets officially into the market, what happens to older BB OS apps? Anyway, for now, just enjoy the new Twitter for BlackBerry. I am sure this update is also available from the BlackBerry App World.
Twitter released an update for TweetDeck and this update totally brings a new look to the Twitter Client. Those who use the Web App version of the client, your TweetDeck will automatically update. For those who use it as an installed application on their PCs or Macs, you simply have to restart the application to trigger the auto-update process. You can also go to Tweetdeck.com to get the installer.
October 10, 2012
Google announced over at Google Groups that a minor update to the Google Nexus 7 has been released. The update bumps the version of the device's platform to Android 4.1.2. The update is minor but it has brought in a feature that no other platform out there has ever introduced. It's the addition of the landscape homescreen feature that's the bomb from this update. That's a first, I believe, and good job Google for bringing this in.
T-Mobile USA have announced that the Samsung Galaxy Note II will be offered by the carrier. The press release was silent about how much the device will cost you and it only said that the Note II will be available in the "coming weeks". Of course T-Mobile's Galaxy Note II will also be able to connect to their 4G network allowing you to browse at 4G speeds the world of the internet right from your phablet. The device will be available from T-Mobile in White and Titanium Grey.
Mozilla have released Firefox 16 and is now available for download. For those who uses Firefox you can update your browsers to version 16.0 by clicking through the Firefox button > Help > About Firefox. You can also download it via the official download page. Anyway, so what is new with Firefox 16? I have already updated my Firefox browser and UI-wise nothing seems to have changed. But what is amazing is that Firefox 16 has preliminary support for the Mozilla Marketplace. I went to the site and yes it is preliminary alright. The site said that it is currently only available to invited Mozillians.
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Sprint has added 3 new 4G LTE devices into their portfolio by the names of the LG Optimus G, the LG Mach, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1. All of which run on the Android platform. Pricing and availability of these devices, according to Sprint will be "shared at a later date". We already know that the LG Optimus G is LG's latest Android flagship smartphone while the LG Mach is a smartphone already launched in South Korea but that device did not have a sliding QWERTY keyboard. The LG Mach that Sprint is announcing sports, yup! welcome it back, a sliding QWERTY keyboard.
The 5th generation iPod Touch has now started to ship for those who pre-ordered one and is now shipping to Apple Stores in the USA. According to BGR, numerous reports say that the new iPod Nano is also arriving at Apple Stores. So for those who wants to buy any of these great music players, the best the world can offer, actually, then head to your nearest Apple Store now!
Samsung have announced a budget-friendly and music-centric Android smartphone dubbed fittingly as the Samsung Galaxy Music. The smartphone is small which only sports a 3" display, that is small. Although it's not-so-stellar specs, the device runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. This is kind of like the Samsung Galaxy Y but with music at the heart of the device. Samsung did not disclose how much the device will cost and when it will be launched but we should be hearing news of it being available in countries either within this month of by November. The Galaxy Music will also be available with a partner that features a dual-sim functionality and is rightfully named as the Galaxy Music Duos.
October 9, 2012
Opera for Android has been updated to version 12.1 which bring sin application improvement and new features for your Android smartphones. I don't want to list here the detailed stuff that the Norwegian company has made to the new update but rather I would just give you the link where to get the update. The new version of Opera for Android is now available over at Google Play or you can browse on your smartphone to http://m.opera.com. You can go ahead and click on this link if you want to check out the new things included in this version. Cheers!
T-Mobile and LG have announced the LG Optimus L9 which will be carried by the carrier come "this fall". The LG Optimus L9 is one of LG"s L series of smartphone announced back in August. T-Mobile USA did not disclose anything about the device's price. They wanted us to wait until they finally launch the device for that, I believe. Anyway, I will be posting, of course, when this becomes available via T-Mobile, for now, just absorb the fact that the carrier will be offering it during Fall. For those who wants to know the specs of the Optimus L9, head over to this post.
I have not posted about this yet so I'm posting it now and will keep it short. The Samsung Galaxy S III is or will be available via 4 big carriers in the US. Choose which carrier you want to be with and pre-order or get the SGS III. Here are the links: Verizon (not yet available), AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile (no link). Check out the Samsung Galaxy S III's specifications here.
Surprise! T-Mobile USA have announced a totally different Lumia smartphone by Nokia. The Finnish phone maker was able to announce two Lumias namely the Lumia 920 and the Lumia 820. These two Windows Phone devices are exclusively being carrier by AT&T, by the way. The Lumia 810, exclusive via T-Mobile (should we expect other Lumias for Sprint and Verizon?), sports 4G connectivity and is scheduled to be "available in the coming weeks". As for pricing, T-Mobile was not able to mention it on their presser but the device will apparently be available via T-Mobile plans.
Google Chrome has been updated to version 22.0.1229.92. This is an update I have been waiting for. The previous version of Chrome was such a RAM eater that it annoyed me. Thanks to this update, which contains stability,security, and bug fixes here and there. The only thing I was really expecting from this update was that it'd make the browser eat less RAM, and it did! So, if you use Google Chrome or have Chrome installed on your system, then update it by clicking through Settings > About Google Chrome > Relaunch. You can also download the browser from its official Google Chrome download page.