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First photo of female aimed HTC Bliss surfaces

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First-photo-of-female-aimed-HTC-Bliss-surfacesA blurry photo has surfaced for all of the female eyes out there showing the Verizon bound HTC Bliss which is the first smartphone aimed at women that will also be offered along with matching accessories.

We first reported about the mysterious HTC Bliss’ existence in May. It was believed that the HTC Bliss would have a green hue that would act as somewhat of a calming affect. Take a look at the photo and you will see a somewhat off-green exterior.

HTC-Bliss-DockThe device appears to be docked in an accessory which is given that same green paint job to match the handset itself. It is also believed that amatching charm will come bundled with the Bliss that will be for notifications. The photo is obviously just a render, but it seems to catch the peaceful coloring that HTC is going for here.

HTC may have many ideas for this phone to make it more female-centric, but nobody really knows. For all we know it could just be your run of the mill Android phone with a design that’s enticing to women. Or perhaps it could have applications pre-installed to separate from its relatives. Tell us what you think in the comments below.

source: Pocketnow

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AT&T promises Gingerbread for all post-paid Android phones

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AT-T-promises-Gingerbread-for-all-post-paid-Android-phonesOn the surface, it sounds pretty great: AT&T has announced that all post-paid 2011 Android smartphones will be upgraded to Gingerbread. Unfortunately, when you dig down into that statement, it doesn’t really mean a whole lot, starting with the fact that the list of phones is just 6 devices long, because it only covers devices released so far, and ending with hazy timetables.

Even so, if you are the lucky owner of an HTC Inspire, LG Phoenix, Motorola ATRIX, Pantech Crossover, Samsung Captivate, or Samsung Infuse, you can rest assured that you will get your Gingerbread update. Of course, ATRIX users should already be seeing the update roll out. AT&T also stated that the HTC Inspire update would begin in August, but after that, there are no set ETAs for updates on the other handsets. The HTC Status was the first phone on AT&T with the update as the phone launched with Gingerbread.

The notice also doesn’t mention what version of Gingerbread the phones will get. Many updates so far for other devices have been to 2.3.3, which is sufficient for many phones, but Android 2.3.4 adds support for video chat through GTalk. The Motorola ATRIX, Samsung Infuse, and HTC Status all have front-facing cameras, and even the Status launched with 2.3.3. So, no telling if any of these phones will eventually get video chat in GTalk.

source: AT&T

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AT&T teases us that the LG Thrill 4G is arriving “in the coming weeks” for $99

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AT-T-teases-us-that-the-LG-Thrill-4G-is-arriving-in-the-coming-weeks-for-99For the better portion of the last month, we’ve been teased regarding the availability of the upcoming 3D enabled LG Thrill 4G for AT&T. Of course, we’re mesmerized by its various 3D capabilities, but if there is one thing still elusive with this handset, it has to be none other than pricing.

Well folks, AT&T is teasing us one again as they blatantly say that the handset is indeed arriving “in the coming weeks,” but more importantly, we’re finally getting an official confirmation regarding its actual pricing. For anyone interested in picking up this high-powered beauty, you’ll be blown away by the fact that it’s attached with a mind-bending on-contract price point of $99! Yes, it’s priced at a mere $100, which is undoubtedly impressive when you factor in all of the hardware it’s packing along under the hood.

Moreover, the notion of it launching in the coming weeks seemingly provides some relevance to the rumored August 7 release date attached with RadioShack’s offering. Now that pricing is known, is this something you’d consider picking up?

source: AT&T via Engadget

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Samsung Android Slider heading to AT&T

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Samsung-Android-Slider-heading-to-AT-TIt looks like Samsung will have a new Android device for AT&T customers. BGR has obtained a picture of an unnamed Samsung model and this handset has four buttons below the display instead of the usual three on Sammy’s Android phones, supposedly at the carrier’s request. The landscape oriented side sliding QWERTY has four rows of keys and we can detect a front facing camera.

Unfortunately, some of the important things are still unknown about this unit. Things like specs, a launch date and pricing were not revealed. The phone is expected to hit the market in the coming months. Without knowing what’s inside, we are forced to judge this book by its cover. Let us know what you think about the design of this mystery phone by commenting in the box below.

source: BGR

This unnamed Samsung side sliding Android handset is supposedly heading to AT&T

This unnamed Samsung side sliding Android handset is supposedly heading to AT&T

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HTC Weibo is China’s version of the HTC Salsa, but without a Facebook button

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HTC-Weibo-is-Chinas-version-of-the-HTC-Salsa-but-without-a-Facebook-buttonAs we all know, the HTC Salsa over in Europe is deemed as one fully equipped handset with tight integration for the popular social networking service Facebook, much like it siblings in the HTC ChaCha and Status, but China is actually getting something just like it – sort of.

Going with the moniker HTC Weibo, which ditches that all too prominent Facebook button found with the HTC Salsa, it instead favors using a Weibo button that offers baked-in Sina Weibo integration. For those not too familiar with Weibo, it’s actually China’s version of micro-blogging site Twitter, which is still obviously better than nothing. Nevertheless, it still encompasses all the of the social networking aspects you’d expect by simply pressing down on that distinguishable Weibo button below its display.

Besides that one distinguishable separation, the rest of the handset remains the same with its hardware specs and aluminum body design.

source: SinaTech (translated) via Buzzom

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Dual-core trotting Motorola DROID X2 is now priced sensibly at $59.99 through Amazon

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Dual-core-trotting-Motorola-DROID-X2-is-now-priced-sensibly-at-59.99-through-AmazonStill regarded as being somewhat uncommon, there are very few smartphones on the market sporting dual-core processors within their shells, but as we all know, the Motorola DROID X2 has the prestigious title of being Verizon’s very first to offer one.

Roughly a little more than 2 weeks ago, we’ve seen Wirefly aggressively push the dual-core trotting handset by pricing it down to $99.99 on-contract, which is indeed an impressive price point for it. Well, just like most things technology related, we’re once again seeing its priced being dropped to make it one alluring handset from afar.

Dual-core-trotting-Motorola-DROID-X2-is-now-priced-sensibly-at-59.99-through-AmazonFlaunting an even better $59.99 new customer on-contract price through Amazon, the online retailer surely knows how to capture some attention – albeit, upgrade customers need to shell out $119.99 for it. Needless to say, it’s undoubtedly going to attract some people, but considering that it’s seeing competition from the recently released Motorola DROID 3, the only thing it can do at this point to separate itself is to lower its pricing.

Therefore, if you’re not located in a 4G LTE market, then you might want to consider picking up the DROID X2 since it’s packing some serious firepower under the hood.

source: Amazon via Unwired View

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Research says stereoscopic 3D viewing on a smartphone can cause eye problems and headaches

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Research-says-stereoscopic-3D-viewing-on-a-smartphone-can-cause-eye-problems-and-headachesHave you noticed that when you use the glasses-free 3D display on the HTC EVO 3D or the LG Optimus 3D/LG Thrill, that you get a headache after a while, or when viewing the screen from a certain angle? According to a report in the Journal of Vision, this is normal and more serious eye problems can develop from staring at these stereoscopic screens.

The report, written by an Optometrist named Professor Martin Banks, was based on a test of 24 adults using a 3D smartphone. The test revealed that close viewing of a 3D stereoscopic display caused discomfort when users focused on the images closer to the screen. Images that appeared to be in the background caused fewer problems.  When looking at 3D in a movie theater, things are reversed because of the distance of the screen from your eyes, and the discomfort there comes from background images.

Researchers are suggesting that a new study be set up that would include more participants including children, many of whom are using the same 3D technology found in smartphones with the Nintendo 3DS mobile game player. The latter device and the HTC EVO 3D and LG Optimus 3D/LG Thrill all have a control that allows the user to reduce the severity of a 3D image. Staring too long at a 3D display, or viewing the screen at a specific angle can cause discomfort, visual fatigue and headaches.

More 3D flavored smartphones and even some tablets with 3D functionality are bound to be launched in the next year. If this technology is to be more than just a fad, it would be important for manufacturers to continue to seek ways to offer 3D images with less potential damage to the eyes and with fewer headaches.

source: DaiilyMail via Pocket-Lint

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Leaked roadmap reveals seven new LG smartphones scheduled to launch by the year’s end

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Leaked-roadmap-reveals-seven-new-LG-smartphones-scheduled-to-launch-by-the-years-endWhat we are looking at here, folks, is the remainder of smartphones that LG is reportedly planning on unveiling by the end of 2011. According to an LG roadmap that surfaced on the web just recently, seven more devices are expected to join the manufacturer’s smartphone lineup during the second half of the year, and while some of them are said to be lacking much of a performance punch, others appear to be perfect candidates for obtaining flagship status.

Since LG’s future top-of-the-line smartphones are probably what you are most curious about, we will first introduce you to the LG K, which is said to be equipped with a true 720p HD display. This might very well be the LG P930 that we heard about not long ago, and chances are it will become the most powerful smartphone that LG will have to offer. If the device does hit the market eventually, its display will likely be 4.5 inches in diagonal and will match the 326 dpi pixel density of the iPhone 4’s Retina display. Unfortunately, a rendition of the smartphone is missing at this time…

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Samsung Galaxy S II might have already sold 6 million

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Samsung-Galaxy-S-II-might-have-already-sold-6-millionIt’s only been less than three months since the Samsung Galaxy S II has made its debut across the globe, but sales of the super slim handset have already soared to the staggering 6 million, according to tech blog Digital Versus which quoted a Samsung report. Just three weeks ago sales of the Android-powered device clocked in at the whopping 3 million, 55 days after roll out.

At such a rate, the Galaxy S II seems well on track to beat its predecessor, the Galaxy S, which registered some 14 million sales in less than a year. Even more so when we count the fact that the US market, which happens to be the biggest contributor to sales of the original Galaxy S, doesn’t yet have it.

But the wait shouldn’t be long – the 4.3-inch Galaxy S II is expected to land stateside “sometime in August,” Samsung’s own head of mobile business Shin Jong-kyun said earlier. The dual-core handset will be coming in three variations: the Samsung Function for Verizon, the Samsung Attain for AT&T and the Samsung Within for Sprint. Growing with this healthy pace, the Koreans might well challenge Apple as the biggest smartphone maker in the world for the quarter. It’s only a couple of days until their financial results for the quarter are out on July 29th, so stay tuned.

source: Digital Versus via ITProPortal

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Report says Samsung smartphone sales might have surpassed those of the Apple iPhone

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Report-says-Samsung-smartphone-sales-might-have-surpassed-those-of-the-Apple-iPhoneA new report from Neil Mawston, a London based analyst for Boston based Strategy Analytics, says that strong sales of Samsung smartphones, especially the Samsung Galaxy S II, quite possibly has allowed the Korean based firm to top Apple for global smartphone supremacy in Q2. Mawston says that Samsung sold between 18 and 21 million units in the three month period while Apple sold 20.3 million units of the iPhone 4 and Nokia shipped 16.7 million phones. If Samsung’s sales come in at the top end of the estimated range, the company will beat out the Cupertino based firm. Including featurephones, Nokia remains the leader with 26% of the global market, compared with 20% for Samsung.

While the Samsung Galaxy S II has been the hottest smartphone available this summer, it has yet to launch in the U.S. although images believed to be the Sprint version of the model have recently been leaked. With a dual-core 1.2GHz processor under the hood, the Samsung Galaxy S II offers a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus screen with 480 x 800 resolution and 1GB of RAM on board. The back of the phone has an 8MP camera while there is a 2MP front-facing shooter as well. Five analysts surveyed by Bloomberg say that Samsung’s second quarter earnings should double squarely from sales of the Galaxy S II. And if the device is finally released in the States for the third quarter, Samsung could report blow out figures for that period considering how much of a buzz the device has received in the U.S. from videos of the browser, hands on reports, and overseas reviews.

Mawston doesn’t think that it is all green lights ahead for Samsung. The Korean based manufacturer might have to go up against a new Apple iPhone later this year and the latter is expected to have a more powerful chip for data and a more advanced camera, according to the Bloomberg story. The analyst says that Samsung will need to fight hard against a new Apple iPhone model to keep the strong momentum it has earned with the Samsung Galaxy S II.

source: Bloomberg via RedmondPie

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