We’ve been hearing rumors about Facebook’s supposed grand mobile plans for quite some time, but until now, they had but a whiff of credibility. The last one in particular, coming from the New York Times, sounded extremely far-fetched, stating that Facebook was considering building a smartphone from scratch, both in terms of hardware and software.
A new report seems to set the record straight about Facebook’s bold, but sane plans of getting in the smartphone business. According to Bloomberg, Mark Zuckerberg’s company is currently working on a phone with deep integration of Facebook features, but they have sought help from their old partners at HTC.
FB and HTC [...]
Well, so much for seeing HTC making the imaginary T-Mobile G3. To be fair, we did hint (albeit a little) that there’s a possibility that the rumored HTC Era 42 will turn out to be the HTC One X. We just missed the mark by a single “plus”. The latest whispers now indicate that that T-Mobile will be getting a revamped version of the HTC One X in fall, the HTC One X+.
If accurate, what will the “plus” sign on T-Mobile’s variant of the HTC One X signify? Will we be seeing a One X that comes with a microSD card slot AND a removable battery? Or could it be something even bigger, like the use of a more powerful Tegra 3+ processor at a higher clock speed than the [...]
The CES, MWC and IFA electronics tradeshows used to be the events where new trends were made and products were unveiled. But lately some of the big manufacturers have shifted their strategies. Samsung, Sony, and Asus have all started to hold exclusive events of their own, to ensure that all the spotlight is on their products.
The Samsung Unpacked event from May, when the Galaxy S3 was unveiled, was probably more popular than both this year’s CES and MWC together, and now Sony is trying to do something similar with an exclusive Berlin press conference and “booth unveiling”.
Sony’s special announcement will take place just two days before the beginning of IFA 2012 [...]
There are very limited options for anyone looking to avoid a 2-year contractual commitment that is required by network carriers in the US. While there are prepaid carriers around, the selection of devices is limited and decidedly “last year.” Unless you’re willing to shell out over $700 for an off-contract unlocked device that is.
Boost Mobile, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sprint Nextel, is one such prepaid wireless service, and, as expected, does not feature the latest devices in its lineup. The kind-of-good-news is that Boost Mobile will soon be selling the Sprint Samsung Epic 4G Touch, which is Sprint’s Samsung Galaxy S2 variant. Sprint is [...]
On its press release, Moto promised that the RAZR V will be offered by multiple carriers in Canada in the third quarter. But almost halfway through the quarter and we have yet to see carriers announce the phone’s availability, except for WIND. Short of official confirmation, we turn to Mobile Syrup which has gotten a tip on when Bell will start selling the new RAZR V.
A leaked screenshot shows that Bell is preparing to launch the Motorola RAZR V on August 2. That’s as detailed of information that we have for now. Being the mid-ranger that the RAZR V is, you probably won’t have to dig too deep in your pocket. For the sake of comparison, phones like the LG Optimus 4G LTE [...]
Xiaomi is the Chinese company behind the popular MIUI ROM.
Last year, they launched their own Xiaomi phone with the MIUI ROM on top, and it seems they’ve been fairly successful with it, as they’ve just announced a $216 million investment in their company. Moreover, leaks are pointing out to a next-gen quad-core smartphone with a 720p display, coming soon from them.
The chip on the rumored phone comes from Qualcomm, and since the only quad-core processor they’ve announced for this year is the S4 Pro with the Adreno 320 GPU, that’s most likely what the high-end Xiaomi will have. The device doesn’t seem to have a front-facing camera, [...]
Just a few miles away from Apple’s corporate headquarters in Cupertino, Amazon’s secretive Lab 126 division is hard at work.
The group is led by Gregg Zehr, a former Palm VP of hardware engineering, and its mission is to build Amazon’s next killer device. The 800+ software and hardware engineers at Lab 126 have created the successful Kindle e-readers and the game-changing Kindle Fire tablet. Now, they are about to finish work on a new generation of tablets, and gossipers say, working on Amazon’s first smartphone.
Reuters reports that Staples president Demos Parneros said that Amazon will launch five or six tablet stock-keeping units (models in retail speak), of [...]
Now that the Galaxy S3 seems to have ensured Samsung’s reign over the high-end Android world at least for a few months to come, it’s time for everyone’s favorite smartphone manufacturer to look towards their more budget users.
And Sammy might have quite the plans for the low-end and mid-range niches if the latest rumors around prove to be true. The one from a couple of days back, about Verizon’s upcoming Jasper, is one to be almost taken for granted. But that still might not look extremely promising for those of you who are on the hunt for a dirt-cheap phone.
Such a device could [...]
We can’t really say Sony has the necessary “muscle” to battle Samsung or HTC in the high-end Android universe, but that might well change in a matter of weeks. The company’s flagship device, known by the LT29i and Hayabusa codenames, is getting ever closer to its release, although its existence is yet to be confirmed from official sources.
Fortunately, we don’t need official confirmation to know that we are being prepared for something big! If the phone’s FCC approval from a couple of days ago wasn’t enough to warrant Hayabusa’s imminent release, today’s two leaks will most likely seal the deal.
Sony Xperia U owners have something that’s troubling their minds other than waiting for the promised Ice Cream Sandwich treat for the phone, as the device is plagued with a glitch that causes problems like signal drop and network disconnect. Luckily, the problems have been identified and a software fix will be released soon – apparently these issues also affect other Xperia handsets, such as the Xperia P, Xperia Sola and Xperia Go.
According to a staff member from the Sony Mobile forum, a new firmware for the Xperia U will be rolled out starting with early August. It’ll still be Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread mind you, but least it’ll be a [...]