Monthly Archives: June 2012

HTC and Samsung Handsets Getting Android Jelly Bean Update

HTC and Samsung will be bringing the updated 4.1 version of Android to their latest handsets.  Google has already stated that Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S and Motorola Xoom will be receiving over-the-air (OTA) updates in mid-July.

Google has already handed developers about 6,000 Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphones loaded with a pre-release build of Android 4.1.

The GSM Samsung Galaxy Nexus owners can grab the update straight from Google using a link from PTzero at the xda-developers forum.

In addition to this one, developer Bigxie has released a version that’s been rooted, deodexed and had busybox loaded in it.

T-Mobile to Roll Out Galaxy Note Only by August 8th

Though it was initially rumored that the Samsung Galaxy Note will be launched on T-Mobile around July 11th, the latest news suggests that the date has been postponed by the carrier to August 8th.

A newly-leaked internal document shows an updated release date for the Note, which is August 8th. It’s unclear why T-Mobile might not want the phone out earlier, as it was all set to launch.

The customers who were interested in buying this in July did become sad after hearing the news.

Virgin Mobile to Carry HTC One V; to be Offered for $199.99

Virgin Mobile knows how to handle customers and it is evident from the fact that they have chosen to sell HTC One V along with the expensive iPhone.

Even as the iPhone gets on to the carrier, there are customers who prefer a cheaper phone than the iPhone though it should have all the new age features. So to please such people, Virgin mobile have decided to carry HTC One V at a price tag of $199.99. The price is not attached to any contracts as well.

The new HTC One V on Virgin Mobile is a great smartphone for multi-taskers and music buffs. Featuring a fantastic 3.7-inch touchscreen display, this phone is powered by a 1 GHz processor.

Sprint Samsung GalaxyS III to Come to Stores on July 1

The Samsung Galaxy S III from Sprint was supposed to come out last week. But due to supply shortages it had to be pushed further.

The latest on that front is that Sprint has announced that the Galaxy S III will finally hit the retail stores’ shelves on July 1.

For all those who had pre-ordered the 32GB version, the device has already started shipping or will be shipped soon. However, if you want to see the mobile in store before purchasing, you have to wait till July 1.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 to Sport 5.5 inch AMOLED Display; May Come in September

It was not long ago we have started hearing reports about the possibility of a newest edition to Samsung Galaxy Note. The rumors of the Note 2 are getting a tad stronger now.

It has been reported that the Galaxy Note 2 is due this October.  But now we have something more than release rumors.

Folks at GSMArena have published an insider info confirming phone’s existence and even its screen size.

Microsoft Decides Against Handset Foray; Know Why

Microsoft put its foot into tablet industry with its ‘Surface’ tablet a few days back. From that day onwards, techies all over the world were waiting for the software giant’s announcement about the handsets they were going to make.

But according to a comment from Greg Sullivan, the company’s senior marketing manager for Windows Phone, Microsoft  won’t be focusing on entering the handset industry.

He said that by being a software firm (though tablets are being built as a new vocation) and as a company that is having strong dealerships with mobile hardware giants such as HTC, Nokia and Samsung; Microsoft is satisfied with the current scenario.

Huawei Ascend D Quad Smartphone Delayed; Expect it Only by Mid-August

Due to some technical difficulties associated with the processor, Huawei’s much awaited smartphone, the Ascend D Quad, will have some delay in rolling out to stores.

The company was reluctant in elaborating on the issue. Huawei Consumer Business Group boss Yu Chengdong has been quoted as saying that the firm has encountered some technical problems and all their workforces are doing their best to overcome them.

It looks like the mobile world will have to wait for this awesome phone for some more time to get their hands on it.

ZTE Aims to Become 3rd Largest Smartphone Vendor by 2015

ZTE is aiming big. The company hopes to place itself among the big names in the cell phone industry in the coming years. As per its new strategy, the company plans to sell 35 million smartphones this year.

This is part of its plans to become the third largest smartphone and mobile phone vendor in the world by 2015.

As per last year’s estimates, the company has shipped 15 million smartphones. Majority of the sales have taken place inAsia. Since it wishes to sell 35 million units, ZTE must go beyond the Chinese borders and should expand its sales to theUS.

Gigantic LG Optimus Vu Can Be a Crowd Puller with an Upgrade

LG has always designed good smartphones and they were all of comparable sizes and shapes. But the company seems to have thought of doing something innovative in the case of Optimus Vu.

This phone has a 5-inch display and is the biggest one in the segment. No considerable sales were yet recorded as it is selling inKoreaonly. The current OS version is Android 2.3.6 and some software along with enhanced hardware upgrade can change the carrier for this mighty but purposeful phone.

The Vu’s 5-inch IPS display has the same resolution as the original iPad (1024 by 768) and is one of the phone’s defining features. The Vu has an aspect ratio of 4:3.

Droid Incredible 4G LTE on July 5

The most awaited phone from HTC will be out on stores by July 5. The Droid Incredible 4G LTE will be carried by Verizon and has an estimated price of $199.99 if picked along with a 2 year warranty.

Verizon appears to be confident enough to sell the phone for $199.99 on a two-year contract, though there’s always the possibility of a mail-in rebate.

Featuring a 4-inch Super LCD display with a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, it also has a microSD slot, supporting up to 32GB of memory.