Amidst all of Sprint's eagerness to phase out its iDEN network, the carrier hasn't given us a hard cutoff date to mark on our calendars until now. If you're still rocking that Motorola Titanium, you may have to drop your Nextel push-to-talk dreams as soon as June 30th, 2013, the earliest possible date Sprint says it could shut down the legacy service. Government customers will be getting a friendly paper reminder on June 1st of this year to make sure they're using CDMA Direct Connect phones like the Admiral well in advance. The switch-off will mark the end to a long and troubled chapter in the Sprint Nextel era, but if it helps bring about 800MHz LTE sooner, we're all for it.
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Samsung has officially announced that it has launched the Galaxy S3 in 28 countries today in Europe, Middle East and Africa including, United Kingdom, France, UAE and Saudi Arabia. They plan to launch in a total of 145 countries across 296 carriers by July. This is more than that of the previous Galaxy S series phones. The Galaxy S was launched in 112 countries with 175 operators and the Galaxy S2 was launched in 135 countries with 210 operators.
Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S3 earlier this month and Samsung started pre-bookings for the Galaxy S3 couple of weeks back on their eStore. The price was revealed on Saholic last week. The Pebble Blue version of the phone is delayed worldwide including India and only the 16GB White version would be available initially.
The Samsung Galaxy would be launched in India on 31st May.
In this part of the world, it’s not unusual for folks to be carrying more than one phone. While the first phone can be anything from the Android, Nokia or Apple camp, you can always guess safely that the second phone might be a BlackBerry. Unsurprisingly, most people that do still carry their BlackBerry around are using it mainly for the BlackBerry Messenger feature to get in touch with friends, relatives and business associates – the latter is especially true in some Asian countries, where exchanging a BBM pin number is as customary as exchanging business cards. If BBM, as it’s affectionately known, is available on other platforms – it’s not hard to see why the decision to ditch the phone altogether would be an easier one to make.
So when ideas were being thrown about by previous RIM executives on making its highly addictive messaging feature available on Android and iOS devices, analysts were wondering why RIM would want to give up one of the phone maker’s main unique selling points. After all, despite the continued free falling of RIM’s market share in the smartphone world, the company said that there are still some loyal 55 million BBM users worldwide. Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsilie, the company’s previous chiefs, may have been pushing for the opening up of BBM for other platforms and manufacturers; its recently appointed President and CEO Thorsten Heins, however, has decided to keep BBM strictly in the family.
Now, we don’t know if the decision is something that he has taken because there’s no taker in the licensing deal offer or if Heins has full faith that he can revive the flailing company. But it’s safe to say that most Android and iPhone users will not be losing any sleep. There are many instant messaging solutions out there that work as good as BBM, with one particular app, WhatsApp, that look to be rapidly gaining popularity in the last few years due to cross-platform service and ease of use. Nevertheless, we still look forward to see what RIM has in store for BBM.
Six months after Ice Cream Sandwich started appearing on the menu, most manufacturers and carriers are still unable to fully serve customers with the delectable dessert. Disappointingly, across the board, many phones and tablets are still waiting to get the update to the latest Android OS, that’s it if they’ll receive it at all.
But that certainly isn’t a problem for Sony, as the company is ready to send out the ICS upgrade for not just one or two devices, but SEVEN of them in one go.
Yep. As planned, Sony is now rolling out its Android 4.0.4 ICS update for the Xperia Neo, Xperia Arc, Xperia Pro, Xperia Pro Mini, Xperia Mini, Xperia Active, and Live with Walkman. This is a follow up to the ICS upgrade that it recently rolled out to the Xperia Ray, Xperia Arc S, and Xperia Neo V. That’s 10 upgraded phones — that were released in 2011 — within a month. It’s a shame that other manufacturers aren’t following in Sony’s admirable footsteps.
Since the update will be released in batches, you may not necessarily get it on your phone today. But rest assured, you will eventually get the ICS experience on your Xperia device. You may want to take the time you have now to download the latest version of PC Companion to ensure a successful update. Check out Sony’s message board to get more information.
The LG Spectrum, despite its rather impressive specs, has had a tough time battling it out with Verizon’s other premium offerings for the buyers’s attention. But it looks like the phone will edge others on the list when it comes to getting that Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade the unofficial way. A leaked ICS firmware for the LG Spectrum has made its way to XDA-devs.
From what we’ve read, installing the leaked ROM on the LG Spectrum seems like a complicated affair, even more so than the usual. So it’s best to get your geek groove on should you wish to give it a try. Those that have successfully installed it report that ICS is working well and quite stable, except for the issue where some Google apps are not working properly. This leads us to believe that it’s not the final build yet.
While a leaked ROM file for the LG Spectrum is not a guarantee that it will be followed by an official ICS roll out by the carrier (just ask Galaxy Nexus owners who have been burned a couple of times), this does give hope that the dual-core LG Spectrum will join the ranks of other ICS-touting phones soon. This the second ICS leak for LG devices in a month. A while back, a leaked ICS ROM for AT&T’s LG Nitro HD has also surfaced online. And what do you know, the official update still hasn’t been rolled out by AT&T.
If you're anything like me, your phone buzzes all day long, alerting you to completely useless things like app updates, Facebook likes, and chain emails from your grandma. Here's how to keep your phone from bugging you all day without turning your notifications off entirely—but still staying on top of what matters.
When you sign a two year contract with your wireless carrier, you probably know there's a termination fee if you want to get out early. You may think that fee could be waived if you could demonstrate a real need to end your contract, but this sad story suggests otherwise. In fact, it's easier to break an apartment lease than it is to get out of a cell phone contract. So if you need to get out of your contract but your pleas fall on deaf ears, how do you get out without emptying your wallet? Here's how.
Dell has sold various all-in-one computers for years. These systems were mostly insipid, humdrum computers not fit for anything other than being a family’s portal to Facebook. Even with touchscreens, Dell’s all-in-one systems failed to be serious contenders in the space.
Enter the XPS One 27. Announced today anddetailed by Engadget, this all-in-one-system is a clone of the iMac. Even the 2560 x 1440 screen resolution is the same. To Dell’s credit, the XPS One 27 ships with Intel’s latest generation of processors while the Apple iMac is still stuck with the older chips — something Apple will no doubt address in the next revision. But it’s hard to ignore the similarities. Hell, even the computer’s support tower has a large hole for cable management a la iMac.
The XPS One 27 is powered by an Ivy Bridge Core i5 or i7 CPU with either an integrated Intel GPU or a 2GB NVIDIA GeForce GT640M dedicated graphics card. With prices starting at $1,399, systems can be configured with up to 16GB of memory and with a 1TB, 2TB or 32GB SSD hard drive. The backside houses four USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports along with HDMI, VGA, and a gigabit Ethernet connection. There’s a slot-loading Blu-ray drive and an optional TV tuner. In all, the XPS One 27 is a fine all-in-one computer with enough power to justify a spot on even an engineer’s desk — too bad Dell didn’t have the design know-how to make an original casing though.
Dell has seemingly given up. At this point in Dell’s anemic life they are just keeping up with Joneses. There was a time when Dell was one of the trusted consumer brands. The firm has never been a design leader with systems more utilitarian than beautiful, but that formula doesn’t work in today’s marketplace. But over the years Dell has managed to release systems like the Adamo XPS and to a less extent, the Dell Streak, that showed the computer company had a bit of life left in its corporate tubes. The XPS One 27 shows the opposite. Dell might be dead.
Lenovo gets it right time and time again. The Chinese PC company consistently releases computers with new designs in novel form factors. Look at the Lenovo all-in-one lineup: Not a single model looks like an iMac while still offering serious computing power. This design-first strategy seems to be working as Lenovo as profits are soaring — something Dell cannot brag about.
There have long been whispers that Dell is looking to exit the consumer business. That division is leading Dell’s losses anyway. And consumers will not miss Dell if the company turns to simply releasing clones of iconic products.
Alcatel joins the Android ICS party with Alcatel OT986: 4.5″ HD screen and 1.5 GHz dual-core processor
Remember, Alcatel? We wouldn’t blame you if you don’t - the company has kept a profile so low that only the hardcore phone geeks still noticed its low and mid-end phones. But now you might want to refresh your memories about Alcatel as the company comes back to business with the Alcatel OT986, the first high-end Android handset we’ve seen from it in a while.
The Alcatel OT986 is an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich induced slab of a phone that is very, very much like the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. It has a slightly smaller, 4.5-inch HD screen, but features the same buttonless design and inside it comes with the same 1.5GHz dual-core processor. In case you’re curious about the minute tech details, here they are:
- TI OMAP 4460 Cortex-A9 Dual-Core 1.5GHz processor,
- PowerVR SGX540 GPU clocked at 384MHz,
- 1GB of RAM,
- 4GB of internal memory, expandable via microSD cards,
- 5MP rear camera w/ LED flash, 2MP front facing cam,
- HSPA+, Bluetooth 4.0.
The OT986 (oh, that name!) isn’t too thick or heavy either. It tips the scale at 5.25 ounces (149 grams) and is 0.38-inch thick (9.75mm).
What we like most about the new Alcatel OT986, though, is the awesome price tag of a mere $379 off contract
When it rains, it pours -- after a tiny drizzle of tall iPod touch leaks, we're suddenly faced with a deluge of photos of what might just be the next iPhone's back plating. If that's what we're looking at through photos supplied by uBreakiFix, talk of bigger iPhone screens might just pan out, as it looks decidedly taller than the iPhone 4S we use today. Apple may likewise be going all old-school iPhone on us, with a modern twist: we could be reverting to an aluminum back with more receptive materials (likely glass) at the ends, just in a much thinner form that keeps the steel antenna band. Perhaps the most intriguing bit is at the bottom, where rumors of a much smaller dock connector may have been validated along with a shift of place for the headphone jack. There's still a chance we're looking at an elaborate KIRF or an early engineering prototype that could change, but given that 9to5 Mac just got very similar images with black trim, there's a real possibility that we've just been given a sneak peek of what to expect from Apple later this year.
The Explay Crystal isn't the first mobile phone with a transparent display — that honor goes to the Xperia Pureness. It isn't even the first handset with a transparent colordisplay, since the Lenovo S800 was released in the middle of 2011. But, despite not being first to market, the Explay Crystal does have a brighter and more vibrant color display than the S800. The 7,000 ruble ($219) Crystal will also be much cheaper than the S800's $500 list price.
The Explay Crystal falls squarely in the category of feature phone, meaning that its dual-SIM compatiability and media player functions are about as fancy as it gets. It does include Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP support and all the usual functions like a contact list and a basic camera with video functionality. The Explay Crystal will be on sale in Russia starting July 1st, and will be a perfect companion for your completely synthetic body.
If you thought it was a little odd that Nokia's Lumia 610 wouldn't support the hottest mobile game ever to be produced in its native Finland, your hunch was spot-on. Nokia says that a version of Angry Birds specifically optimized for Windows Phone Tango's 256MB memory constraint will be released in the near future. Heidi Lemmetyinen, editor-in-chief of the company's official Nokia Conversations blog, says that while the app isn't available yet, it's definitely on the way, and that she hopes to be able to announce a release date ASAP. Of course, while Angry Birds is the highest profile app incompatible with RAM-limited budget Windows Phone devices, it's not the only one: Skype, Tango, and Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 also don't work at the moment. Microsoft has a vested interest in making Skype work, though, so we expect it will before long.
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