It’s quite apparent, but not everyone is a fan of QWERTY devices, but in the case of the upcoming version of the Samsung Galaxy II coming to AT&T in the near future, it loses some of its svelte appearance due to the addition of a physical keyboard.
Needless to say, there are some people bummed out by the news this morning that we reported, but we might still see a QWERTY-less version of the handset. Apparently there is a prototype currently in testing which appears to be a version of the same handset, but without a keyboard packed on of course. So far, the only thing mentioned about the handset is that it’s running Android 2.3.4, employs a WVGA display, and is detailed as being “really sexy” according to the Android Central tipster.
As much as some people might be excited by this new revelation, it’s still rather difficult to say if this one will actually make it to market – though, it doesn’t hurt to hope, right?
source: Android Central
Up until now, there has been little solid info regarding the release date, though there was some rumors and an earlier screen-shot pointing to August 4th. Now it appears that Verizon stores have received official notification informing them that they will receive the Droid Bionic later this month and to have it on public display starting July 29th, and will most likely be placed here. The email also points to August 4th as the release date. It does not give a price, though most believe it will be around $299 with contract.
Hopefully this will all happen, and the Droid Bionic will hit on August 4th, as the it will be the first dual-core smartphone to run on Verizon’s 4G LTE network.
For those who couldn’t wait any longer, some T-Mobile G2x owners out there might have already downloaded and installed the Gingerbread update for their phone using the LG Mobile Support tool method, which requires you to install the update the old fashion way by connecting it to a PC.
Well, for those others who prefer a less cumbersome route, you’re method is finally available today as T-Mobile started rolling out the update using the preferred over-the-air process. Naturally, that notification will eventually arrive indicating that it’s ready for download. Besides the updated facelift, owners can also expect to find the addition of these other goodies with the update:
Without a doubt, we’re sure that this will please many people out there, and combining the fact that the handset recently came back into stock online boasting one impressive price, there’s no arguing that smiles are going to be plentiful everywhere.
Toshiba has not had a lot of success selling mobile devices outside of Japan, but the Thrive tablet may end up leading the way for more exports. The Toshiba Regza IS11T smartphone (which would no doubt get a name change if it makes it to the US or EU) could be one of the first Toshiba handsets to find some marketshare outside of Japan.
The phone looks fairly nice in a new video preview. The phone features a full QWERTY slide-out keyboard, a 4″ VGA display, an “upgraded” 1.4 GHz Snapdragon CPU (no word on number of cores, but we’d hope the word “upgraded” means dual core), an 8 MP camera, and best of all, it ships with Android 2.3.4. Given that most phones receiving updates still only get to Android 2.3.3, it’s nice to see a phone ship with 2.3.4. No word on if the phone has a front-facing camera to take advantage of the video chat in GTalk in 2.3.4, but at the end of the video Skype is launched for half a second. The UI overlay looks smooth for the most part as well.
What do you guys say? If this phone made it to your area, would you give it a shot?
A leaked screenshot of an internal Sprint document was obtained by SprintFeed, and shows which devices the carrier has branded as “EOL” (end of life, although end of the line is more appropriate) and when the handsets will be phased out. Some of the phones being removed from Sprint’s lineup are household names such as the HTC EVO 4G, the nation’s first 4G enabled device. Also being phased out is the carrier’s second 4G handset, the Samsung Epic 4G. Both devices have been replaced with newer models like the HTC EVO 3D and the Samsung built Nexus S 4G, offering the latest high-end specs to Sprint customers with the former adding 3D functionality.
The white version of the HTC EVO 4G will be removed from Sprint’s lineup in September with the black model leaving the month after along with the Samsung Epic 4G. Other models that will no longer be available include the rough and rugged Motorola i1, a PTT Android handset with walkie talkie functions. That model leaves Sprint later this month or early next month, about the same time that the gray model of the BlackBerry Style 9670 says goodbye.
This week, the Samsung Seek in pink will be EOL as will be the Sanyo Innuendo in blue, starting next week. In September, the BlackBerry Bold 9650 with a rear camera will be gone, followed a month later by the Samsung Transform.
If you have an interest in picking up any of the models going EOL, your best bet is to check with your local Sprint store soon because the inventory of many of these units won’t be replenished once they are sold out.
When the so-called HTC Ruby made its first appearance online, there was pretty much nothing that we could tell about it besides that it had a 3.5-millimeter headphone socket and a camera of some sort on its back. However, the mystery behind the smartphone is slowly starting to unfold as even more images of the HTC Ruby have been spotted on Flickr.
Luckily, the newly uploaded photos are a bit more revealing than the old ones. One of the most important hints that we now have is that the HTC Ruby carries a T-Mobile logo on its front side, which is easily distinguishable with a naked eye even though most of it has been left out of the frame. Besides that, the camera interface that is visible on the device’s display suggests that the Ruby is most likely powered by Android and not by Windows Phone, as it was previously believed by some.
Nevertheless, bear in mind that the identity of the HTC Ruby cannot be 100% confirmed just yet and we cannot say for sure whether it will ever join T-Mobile’s lineup of smartphones. You see, just because the photos of the smartphone have been taken and tagged by a device known as “HTC Ruby”, does not guarantee that it is another Ruby that is posing for the camera. However, we do remember seeing a pair of handsets in the smartphone’s previous leak. Furthermore, the device that was used to take the new photos is visible in the reflection off of an HTC Flyer’s screen and looks pretty much identical to the smartphone from last time.
Will the mysterious HTC Ruby ever reveal itself once again? Be sure that we will keep an eye on it and will let you know as soon as we find out more about it.
source: Flickr via TmoNews
Sony Ericsson has recently posted on its Facebook page that the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Xperia X10 might be coming even earlier than the previously announced August timeframe. The post states:
“The launch of the 2.3 software for X10 is getting closer, and the planned release date is approx. w30. The date could still be changed, since the launch is depending on operators approval. The software will be rolled out continuously, just like the earlier 2.1 release. The exact launch date is depending on market and operators approval, so it will unfortunately not be possible to give precise information on launch dates for each market/operator. You will get more information once the roll out has started.”
Week 30 of the year is actually this week, so some places might see the update rolling to their Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 handsets that are not bound by some carrier’s shackles. Some of the camera UI functions were initially being dumped with the update, but Sony Ericsson’s developers have put extra efforts to remedy this, and also embed the UI mostly as we see it on the Xperia arc, for example:
“The UI with the desktop layout and pinch-to-overview gesture will be similar and Gingerbread features like Wi-Fi & USB tethering, App storage on SD-card etc are included. Also the customizable horizontal app tray and the media experience widgets from the 2011 XperiaTM Products are in, including an integrated equalizer in the music player. Of course also apps that require Android versions 2.2 or 2.3 will now be possible to download from Android Market, e.g. Adobe flash.
One difference compared to the 2011 products is that DLNA will not be included. Extra type approvals were needed for that and we were unable to prioritize that without jeopardizing the time schedule. There are both server and client alternatives downloadable from Android market though.”
The Facebook Inside Xperia integration will also grace the screens of those generic Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 trade kits that get the update first, and the company has even recorded a video preview of what the update will look like on the phone, which you can see below.
That Samsung slider phone for AT&T with rumored high-end specs that appeared yesterday might turn out to be none other but the AT&T version of the Samsung Galaxy S II, bringing a plot twist in the form of a physical QWERTY keyboard.
Now we have some pictures in flesh and blood, and the SGH-I927 coding reveals that the device shown is indeed the almighty Samsung Galaxy S II. So, instead of Sprint, this year AT&T could have signed up for a keyboarded versions of Samsung’s best and brightest Android handset.
The AT&T version is seemingly having Samsung’s own Exynos dual-core chipset inside, as the pretty strong Quadrant score of 3056 reveals in the pictures below. Still, slapping a physical slide-out QWERTY on something deemed one of the thinnest smartphone out there, with its monster 4.3″ Super AMOLED Plus display kind of defeats the purpose, but on the other hand it will probably fill a big gap in AT&T’s Android portfolio.
How do you feel about that alleged keyboarded version of the Samsung Galaxy S II heading to AT&T?
At the time of its release, the T-Mobile G2x was undoubtedly among the hottest smartphones on the market and it was flying off the shelves faster than the carrier had expected that it would. The demand for it was so high that T-Mobile decided to bump the smartphone’s price up by $50 in order to bring things back in equilibrium. Eventually, the hype settled as the carrier ran out of stock and G2x owners realized that their new and shiny superphone was plagued by more than a few bugs in its operating system.
However, the T-Mobile G2x is about to get a second life as it is once again for sale on the carrier’s web page. What makes things even better is that the Gingerbread update for the G2x is already available so the flaws that were ruining the smartphone’s reputation are very likely a thing of the past now. The smartphone can be yours for free, as long as you commit to a 2-year contract, yet you will have to act quickly as the deal will expire this Thursday, July 28.
In case you haven’t met the T-Mobile G2x yet, it is the US version of the LG Optimus 2X, which is known for being the World’s first smartphone to boast a dual-core processor. It is powered by a Tegra 2 chipset clocked at 1GHz and features some other goodies, such as a 4-inch WVGA display, 8-megapixel camera capable of shooting 1080p HD video and supports HSPA connectivity of up to 14.4 Mbps.
That the Samsung Galaxy S II is coming to the US is no secret at all – at least three out of the nation’s four major carriers are expected to launch the smartphone in the forthcoming months. Which one would be the first one to do so, however, is something that pretty much nobody can say for sure at this time.
However, according to LA-based industry analyst Paul Mueller, Verizon will most likely be the first US carrier to offer the Samsung Galaxy S II with AT&T and Sprint to follow within a month after that. Furthermore, it is said that the smartphone’s exact release date has not been set in stone just yet, but it is quite possible to see the Galaxy S II landing in the carrier’s outlets as early as August 12.
The Samsung Function, as Verizon’s version of the Galaxy S II will be named, is expected to remain pretty much unchanged in terms of hardware with the same 1.2GHz dual-core Exynos chipset ticking under its hood. Some other features that the smartphone boasts are a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, 8-megapixel camera capable of shooting 1080p HD video, GPS, Wi-Fi, 32 gigs of internal storage and Android 2.3 Gingerbread running the whole show.
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