Right after the big news about getting acquired by Google, Sanjay Jha and company announced the latest addition to their smartphone lineup – the tough and powerful Motorola Defy+. The handset does not only deliver the latest of Android Gingerbread, but just as you’d expect from the successor of the Motorola Defy, it’s well built and protected from water, scratch and dust with its IP67 rating. This combined with its 3.7-inch Gorilla Glass-enhanced screen is what makes the phone stand apart.
Under the hood, the Motorola Defy Plus packs a 1GHz TI OMAP 3620 chip powering Gingerbread 2.3.4. skinned with Motorola’s UI skin still referred to as Motoblur. This is a slight upgrade over the original Defy which sported an 800MHz processor and was only updated to Froyo. On the back, there’s a 5-megapixel auto-fous camera with flash. A 1700mAh battery allows the phone to last 7.1 hours when talking and 16 days in standby.
Previously, we’ve heard rumors about AT&T getting the handset stateside, but the official press release doesn’t explicitly confirm this. What we know for sure, though, is that the Defy Plus will be made available in Asia, Latin America and Europe this fall.
source: Motorola Mobility
Coming to the Clove UK network sometime this September is a QWERTY-packing, Android-powered handset known as the Motorola Fire which will be available for £215 with no contract needed.
While we don’t know the exact September release date yet, at least we can tell you a little about this phone that just recently launched in China. The device is a slab-style smartphone that has a 2.8-inch display. The form factor is similar to that of the Motorola Droid Pro.
Running the show behind the scenes is a 600MHz processor and 256MB of RAM which won’t excite too many people, but it does feature the latest and greatest from Google in the form of Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Around the back of the device is a modest 3 megapixel camera.
This smartphone is only a month or so away and will be a nice mid-range option at a fairly cheap price point for those who do not want to deal with a contract. Tell us what you think of this device in the comments below.
source: Into Mobile
Although we managed to get first wind about Cellular South potentially selling the HTC Merge way back at the end of March, the regional carrier is just finally coming around to selling the mid-range Android powered smartphone.
Alltel, Verizon, and US Cellular have been the list of carriers that decided to pick up the on again, off again smartphone, but it doesn’t surprise us to find yet another regional carrier joining the crew. Selling for the fitting price of $99.99 with a 2-year contract, which is actually the perfect price point for this one, it’s still guaranteed to attract some potential customers out there. Obviously, it’s no longer the shiniest or most powerful smartphone in the stable now that dual-core handsets reign supreme in the upper end of the spectrum.
Therefore, if you want something a bit more reasonable on the pockets, while still regarded as a decent smartphone, then maybe the HTC Merge might fill in the gap for you.
source: Cellular South via Android Central
Being the latest Android powered smartphone to grace T-Mobile’s lineup, the cute and cuddly HTC Wildfire S is obviously trying to make a name for itself right now amongst a crowded crew.
Taking into consideration its $79.99 on-contract pricing right out of the gate is pretty nice on its own, it’s indeed more than reasonable for any budget out there, but T-Mobile is doing the handset a favor by dropping its price online only. If you’re seriously interested in picking this one up, then you’d better take a peek at T-Mobile’s web site because the handset is selling for free with a 2-year agreement. Yup, the limited time offer is available to both new and existing customers with qualified upgrades!
At that price point, there is absolutely no second guessing on buying it, but you’ll need to come down with a decision on picking it up since the deal is only valid until August 15th.
source: T-Mobile via TmoNews
There is absolutely no hiding the fact that Samsung is making the Galaxy S II its number one priority right now, however, you just can’t help it to step back for a moment and see how the original model paved the way for it. Sure it’s over a year old and its specs are regarded to be as mid-range by now, but nevertheless, there are always different ways to bring the spotlight back to it.
Interestingly enough, it appears that the original model is getting a slight refresh in the form of the Samsung Galaxy S Plus – and boy does that plus mean more! Specifically, it retains the shell and design of the original, but underneath it all, it’s packing some beefier specs to perk up the interest of some people. From the looks of it, the Galaxy S Plus features a faster 1.4GHz single-core processor, larger 1,650 mAh battery, and it runs Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread right from the start.
Obviously, recent buyers of the original model (and its variants) might be crying right now knowing that this one is coming to market. As it stands for right now, Vodafone is going to be the exclusive carrier for the handset, but it’ll be interesting to see how Samsung plays out its cards in bringing this device to other markets. In fact, Vodafone is selling the handset for free on plans that start at £30 per month.
Although it might not compete with the likes of some dual-core packing smartphones out there, it will easily nestle into the mid-range market for those who don’t want something too high-end. Any takers?
After a fair amount of delay, the Acer Iconia Smart tabletphone seems to be nearing a September launch in Germany, where the updated Motorola DEFY+ will launch that month as well.
Perhaps this has everything to do with the fact that the biggest European electronics expo IFA will be held September 2-7 in Berlin, although we have already played around with the Acer Iconia Smart in particular, when the phone was announced way back in February.
Nothing was heard about it until now, and Acer might have run into production problems – after all, you don’t make a phone with 4.8″ 1024×480 pixels display very often, and rumor has it that the Japanese earthquake is also to blame.
The internals will be a bit outdated when it hits, though, as it will sport a 1GHz single core chipset, and 5MP camera. The European pricing at launch is scheduled to be the respectful $700 (EUR 499) off-contract, but this is surely to go down pretty fast, as we don’t imagine a lot of people inclined to lug around such a display at all times just to enjoy videos or browsing more.
The other phone that is expected to appear in Germany next month, is an updated version of the rugged Motorola DEFY. The Motorola DEFY+ is to have the same 3.7″ display and 5MP camera, but a faster processor at 1GHz (the original sports 800MHz), and Android 2.3 Gingerbread, whereas the first DEFY is still stuck with Froyo.
A German site listed the phone as heading to O2 in the third week of September. Price is expected to be $430 (EUR 300) for the Motorola DEFY +, and this is without a contract. AT&T is also expected to land the updated ruggedness at some point.
If there were any doubts about the existence of the Samsung SGH-I927, the alleged AT&T-bound brother of the Samsung Galaxy S II that surfaced on the web revealing its slide-out QWERTY keyboard, they should be all gone now as the device has just been spotted at the FCC. Although the filing in the commission’s database is not very generous on information regarding the phone’s hardware specs, it becomes clear that the I927 supports the 850/1900MHz bands, which makes it a perfect candidate to run on AT&T’s airwaves.
Are we dealing with the rumored Samsung Attain, however, is a question that we are still unable to answer with absolute certainty just yet. Or perhaps, this name is reserved for that other Galaxy S II sibiling, the SGH-I777, which the FCC gave a green light to not long ago? Whatever the case may be, chances are that we are going to know the truth pretty soon since having the FCC’s blessing means that both devices are a step closer to setting foot on American soil. Any takers?
Remember that leaked LG roadmap from not long ago? It gave us a glimpse at what we are likely to see rolling out of the company’s workshop in the forthcoming months, and the devices that the leak introduced us to have already started popping up on the web one by one. After the LG Prada K2, which starred in that leaked spy video, the LG Optimus Sol (or LG Victor, as it was known as in the roadmap) has boldly stood in front of the camera for a photo shootout and a brief hands-on video.
The LG Optimus Sol is shaping up to be nothing more than a mid-range device. As it has been already mentioned before, the smartphone is powered by a single-core 1GHz processor and packs a 3.8-inch AMOLED display with WVGA resolution. Judging by what we see in the video, the phone appears to be pretty slim in profile, yet the guys mentioned that it is quite prone to collecting fingerprints. There is a front-facing shooter in tow and a 5-megapixel camera on the Optimus Sol’s back, yet sadly, there is no LED flash anywhere in sight. A nice addition to the smartphone’s specs sheet is the presence of a secondary microphone for noise cancellation. In terms of software, Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread is in command with the Optimus UI running on top of it.
It is not clear whether the LG Optimus Sol will ever make it to the US, yet judging by the carrier icon in the device’s app list, the smartphone will most likely be offered in Europe by Vodafone. Feel free to check out the video below and share your thoughts with us in the comments.
It has been brought to our attention that some units of the Motorola PHOTON 4G are causing headaches to their unlucky owners. More specifically, a number of PHOTON 4G smartphones have been reported to be experiencing the exact same symptom – when placing calls, the other party cannot be heard in the earpiece when speaking. Quite a serious issue for such a high-end device, don’t you agree?
Sadly, the “silent call” problem, as it is popularly known on the forums, has already been the reason for a 911 call to not go through so you can imagine what consequences the issue is capable of leading to. Some PHOTON 4G owners suggest that rebooting the phone takes care of the glitch, at least for about a day, yet that is anything but a solution to the problem, especially when every second is of importance.
According to affected Motorola PHOTON 4G users who have contacted Sprint for help, the carrier is well aware of the issue and is working hard on resolving it. It has been said that a software fix will be released in the upcoming days and will take care of the problem once and for all. Those of you who are willing to try out an unofficial fix, however, can check out what the guys over at XDA-Developers have to offer. Below, we have provided a link to a thread on the fourm where a leaked maintenance update can be downloaded from.
If you are a Motorola PHOTON 4G owner yourself, please, drop a comment below and let us know whether your smartphone is acting up as well.
Thanks to our anonymous tipster!
Download the unofficial software fix for the Motorola PHOTON 4G from here.
As we reported, back on August 1st, Sprint rolled out the Gingerbread update for the Kyocera Echo. The dual-screen handset ran into some problems as some users found their beloved handset tuned into a useless brick.
In a statement, Sprint said that along with Kyocera, it has addressed the issues that turned the phone into an expensive paperweight. The upgrade itself will give users a faster response from the phone including push-to-zoom support, enhanced gaming experience and improved power management. The latter is a pre-installed app called Eco Mode that allows you to set a certain level at which low power consumption settings automatically come into play. According to Sprint, the settings affected are Screen Timeout, Display Brightness, Wallpaper, Auto-Sync, Haptic Feedback, and Auto-Rotate Screen. The settings are changed to conserve power and the user can decide which ones are to be changed when the battery life hits a predetermined level, so that the phone conserves power.
Of course, don’t forget that the major part of this update is to download Android 2.3 on to your Kyocera Echo. If you have received the new OTA update from Sprint, let us know how your phone is doing. Did the prior download leave your phone bricked? Does the new update do all the things that Sprint says that it does? Just drop us a note in the comment box below.
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