GSM Arena have had an anonymous tip [and pics] of an upcoming LG smartphone which hasn't been announced yet. The device will reportedly do under the name LG Optimus U1 and will be LG's first handset to rock along with Google Android 4.0/Ice Cream Sandwich.
There aren't many details on the device, or an actual confirmation yet. GSM Arena think this device looks like the Korea-bound smartphone, saying that its design would make perfect sense for LG to release a smartphone named Optimus U1 there.
LG Optimus U1 is reportedly set to launch next year, which means we'll have to wait a while before we know exactly what's going on. It does look very nice though ,almost like the Galaxy S II from Samsung. I wonder if we'll see any lawsuits? Oh wait, Samsung isn't Apple.
The latest version of Google's Android Market app is sliding into handsets we speak, but doesn't include any new tabs for music. There are a few notable changes, though. First off, there's now the function of auto-updating apps by default, which is a great addition, as well as the option to auto-update only when connected to the Internet through WiFi.
The UI has also been tweaked which now sports smaller font, new app drawer icon, and a voice search button. It should hit your device shortly, exactly when, we don't know - but now you know its on its way.
HP has launched its Slate 2 tablet PC today which is looking pretty shmick in all. Targetted toward business users, it runs Windows 7 and features an 8.9-inch (1024 x 600) capacitive touchscreen supporting both finger and pen input.
The unit is powered by an Atom Z670 processor @ 1.6GHz with the option of up to a 64GB mSATA SSD for storage. Its feature set includes WiFi, Bluetooth, 3G (optional), front VGA camera, rear facing 3 megapixel camera, SD card slot, SRS Premium Sound, embedded TPM security chip, a couple USB 2.0 ports and HDMI output.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Groupon - 16GB Toshiba Thrive 10.1" Android 3.1 Tablet for $299 plus $9.95 Shipping!.
Offer: Groupon has a GREAT deal on a 10.1" Toshiba Thrive Android 3.1 tablet, which now lists at $399.99 ($499 prior). This tablet has a 10.1" 1280 x 800 resolution LED-backlit capacitive multi-touch VA TFT, 16GB storage (with full sized SD/SDHC/SDXC slot drive, not just a micro-sized one), 1Ghz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor, 1GB DDR2 SDRAM, 5MP HD rear camera with 720p video capabilities, 2MP HD front camera, 802.11b/g/n wireless, Bluetooth 3.0 + HS, GPS, full-sized HDMI port, full-sized USB 2.0 port, removable battery (rare in a tablet), removable rubberized back panel, and 1 year warranty. Expires 11/4/11, but with over 1000 sold already, chances are it'll end before the expiration.
Ah, ASUS. Your Transformer Prime is turning everyone in the technology world on, and you're still getting crazy amounts of attention. But, it's worth it. The first Tegra 3-packing Android-powered tablet will hit in a weeks time on November 9th, and now we have seen that the FCC has received notice and has confidentiality agreements with it.
Of course, the internal goodies are a guarded secret, but we can confirm something. Bluetooth and WiFi - yep, that's it. We already know the Transformer Prime will pack mini-HDMI, 14.5-hour battery life, an SD card slot and of course, the destined Android 4.0/Ice Cream Sandwich.
What else does the Transformer Prime have under its covers? We only have seven days until its launched. Hopefully ASUS see this and send me one [or ten]. A news monkey can only try! Transformer Prime launches in a weeks time, and we'll have more news as its released, until then, enjoy the somewhat bland picture above from the FCC.
LG have confirmed their Optimus 2X, Android-powered smartphone will receive Google's Android 4.0/Ice Cream Sandwich OS. They also confirm that ICS will also find its way to other "high-end smartphones". There were rumors of Ice Cream Sandwich not hitting the Optimus 2X, but LG squashed those with a Facebook update.
The Facebook post was an official LG Statement on Ice Cream Sandwich OS Update which is shown below:
This is good news for LG smartphone owners, hopefully there's a list of what phones will receive the update that pops up soon. As always, we'll keep you informed!
Wow, I only just posted about the battery issues for iOS 5, like, minutes ago. Apple have just released iOS 5.0.1 beta to developers, with the build number of 5.0.1 is 9A402. The new iOS 5.0.1 beta includes improvements and other bug fixes such as:
iOS 5.0.1 beta contains improvements and other bug fixes including:
- Fixes bugs affecting battery life
- Adds Multitasking Gestures for original iPad
- Resolves bugs with Documents in the Cloud
- Improves voice recognition for Australian users using dictation
- Contains security improvements
iOS 5.0.1 beta introduces a new way for developers to specify files that should remain on device, even in low storage situations.
A few days ago we reported about the battery life issues hurting some iPhone 4S customers, but now Apple have confirmed they have found a few problems that are leading some iPhone users to experience less-than-expected battery life with iPhones powering its latest iOS 5. Apple said in a statement to AllThingsD:
A small number of customers have reported lower than expected battery life on iOS 5 devices. We have found a few bugs that are affecting battery life and we will release a software update to address those in a few weeks.
In the past few weeks, there have been various reports not only from tech sites, but from users, that their battery life on the iPhone 4S has been less than stellar. The problems seems to stem from what network a user is on, usage patterns and other factors. Apple has of course been quiet about it (don't want to hurt those precious iPhone 4S sales or make people think Apple products aren't invincible!) but the support forums are filled with posts on the issue.
While most of you would have preferred this be an iPhone 4S or Galaxy S II, it can't be denied that everyone loves getting free stuff, especially if it's a new model smartphone and that's what Nokia's giving you the chance to have with its latest (yet to be launched) Windows Phone 7 running Lumia 800.
If you head over to this page on Facebook Nokia is allowing you to enter into a sweepstakes comp whereby you'll then be in with a chance to score one of five brand new Nokia Lumia 800 smartphones. This is one of those deals where if you round up all your fb friends (refer to the "INVITE FRIENDS" link toward the bottom of the aforementioned fb page) and get them to enter too, you automatically increase your own chances of winning the phone.
It's super simple and quick to register so you may as well! - And good luck!
ASUS' Transformer Prime and its heat-packing Kal-El, quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 chip is nearly here. By nearly here, I meant 9 days. During ASUS's Q3 earnings, it gave a sneak peak into ASUS' Eee Pad strategy, where it was confirmed that the Transformer Prime will arrive on November 9.
But, that's not all. It also revealed some details on some more bot-powered slates in Q1 of 2012. ASUS also plan to 'focus on innovation and product perfection' with the Android market. But the most interesting news is for Windows 8-based tablets.
ASUS confirmed we will be getting Windows 8-based tablets this time next year, with "two hero products GTM in Q3'12". Does this get you excited? Transformer Prime in just over a week, Windows 8 tablets in 2012. ASUS are smashing one ball out of the park after another! Exciting times!
According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global smartphone shipments grew by 44-percent annually, with a record 117 million units in Q3 2011. Samsung sped past Apple to claim top spot as the world's number one smartphone vendor. Samsung shipped 28 million smartphones and overtook Apple to become the world's largest smartphone vendor by volume with 24-percent market share.
Director at Strategy Analytics, Neil Mawston says:
After just one quarter in the top spot, Apple slipped behind Samsung to second position and captured 15 percent share. Apple's global smartphone growth rate slowed to just 21 percent annually in Q3 2011, its lowest level for two years. We believe Apple's growth during the third quarter was affected by consumers and operators awaiting the launch of the new iPhone 4S in the fourth quarter, volatile economic conditions in several key countries, and tougher competition from Samsung's popular Galaxy S2 model.
But, numbers are more impressive. Comparing 2010 to 2011, Samsung shipped 7.5 million units in Q3 2010, while shipping 27.8 million in Q3, 2011. Apple on the other hand, didn't really expand that much, with shipped users sitting at 14.1 million in Q3 2010, and this year, just 17.1 million. If we compare marketshare between Q3 2010 and 2011, we see Samsung at 9.3 and 23.8-percent, for 2010 and 2011, respectively. Apple on the other hand slipped from 17.4-percent in Q3 2010 to 14.6-percent in Q3, 2011.
Apple's iPhone 4S may have enjoyed a large start in sales, but those sales are useless if there are various issues with the handsets. Today brings the problem of battery life on the new iPhone 4S. A story on the Guardian reported that Apple engineers have begun contacting certain users who have complained of battery problems.
Apple have reportedly asked those used to install diagnostic programs onto their iPhone 4S' so that Apple can better diagnose what is causing the battery issues. Since the get go, the Internet has been ablaze with people complaining about the battery life. Even as far as reviews from such places like iLounge, which noted their biggest disappointment with the iPhone 4S was its battery performance.
If you want to be out of the confines of Apple's control, well, you'll be happy to know that the iPhone Dev-Team is already showing off a preliminary jailbreak for the iPhone 4S and iPad 2. This news is based on a tweet from MuscleNerd, iClarified is reporting that while Dev-Team has found a way to sneak Cydia onto both devices, the actual jailbreak is still "very preliminary" and "huge missing pieces prevent public release. LOTS of work left...".
So it's not ready yet, but its definitely on its way and this is enough to get iPhone 4S and iPad 2 owners quite happy indeed. As this becomes available, be sure to know that we will keep you posted with any developments! Until then, there's a YouTube video below that shows off the iPad 2 running iOS 5 with the preliminary jailbreak showing off Cydia successfully loading up.
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Samsung's Galaxy Nexus has enjoyed its fair share of publicity lately, but a release date has been one of the best kept secrets of the upcoming Ice Cream Sandwich/Android 4.0 device. But, leaked details are always the best and today we have the leaked release date via an Amazon product page and then confirmed by Samsung today.
Samsung's Galaxy Nexus is set to arrive on UK retailers' shelves on November 17, just over three weeks from now. If you want to get your lips wet with some of that Ice Cream Sandwich goodness, you can sign-up for a subsidized handset on Vodafone, O2 and 3UK, its intended HSPA+ carrier homes. If you'd like to get some of that pre-order, contract free goodness, you can always purchase it outright through Amazon.
Motorola Mobility just announced their Q3 earnings and within these sparkling financial details are a nugget of information for its shipment numbers for mobile devices. Their Android-rocking tablet, Xoom, only shipped 100,000 during Q3, that's shipped, not sold. The Xoom did just get a price slash down to $400, but this was after Q3 ended.
It will be early 2012 before we know if the price cut helps the Xoom sales, but comparing them to Apple, the iPad shipped 11.1 million during Q3. Motorola after months of delays started upgrading Xooms to work with Verizon's LTE network, with the process requiring Xoom owners to send their tablets away for an upgrade.
Own a tablet? Impressed with your single or dual-core speed? Well, ZiiLabs have shown off their JAGUAR3 reference Android-based tablet, which sports a 50-core processor. Inside the JAGUAR3 is a ZMS-20 system-on-a-chip (SoC), which sports two 1.5GHz ARM Cortex-A9 cores as well as an additional 48 StemCell processing cores, effectively bringing it up to a 50-core monster. There's not much technical details on the 48 StemCell cores, but ZiiLabs compares them to GPU cores and says they easily make ZMS-20 "the most powerful SoC available for tablets today."
Passed out on the ground in a puddle of your own drool? Well, get your stuff together, kid. If you thought 50-cores were great, ZiiLabs will also intro the ZMS-40 to OEMs next year which sports, get this, 100-cores. The ZMS-40 SoC features a quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 and 96 StemCell processors. This 100-core "4th-generation" chip is compatible with the Jaguar3, so OEMs will have no troubles upgrading the part as it becomes available.
With little more than rumour to go off ever since we first heard about it many moons ago, Dell has finally confirmed the Latitude ST tablet's existence as well as a very close launch date - that being November 1st!
Dell says the Latitude ST is a business oriented product, running Windows 7 and being based on Intel's Oak Trail platform. The device also includes support for VMware and Citrix's virtualization solutions.
The unit weighs in at 816 grams and features a 10.1-inch (1366x768) touchscreen. It's powered by a 1.5GHz Atom Z670 processor with 2GB of RAM and up to 128GB SSD for storage. It has 802.11b/g/n WiFi, optional 3G support, SD card slot and USB and HDMI ports.
Dell says the Latitude ST tablet provides up to seven hours of battery life. The one thing Dell hasn't disclosed at this time is pricing, but with the launch date just around the corner we'll be finding out very shortly.
As we recently learned thanks to Jonney Shih of ASUS at AsiaD, the next gen Transformer tablet, dubbed Transformer Prime will be officially unveiled on November 9th. But if what Jonney exposed in that sneak peek wasn't enough to satisfy, a bunch more spy photos of the final revision Transformer Prime have just surfaced online.
You can see that lovely brushed aluminum finish in the shots with the device hooked up to its partner dock, offering a chiclet keyboard and large button-less trackpad. There's one shot where it is up and running, albeit just resting at the Android lockscreen.
Winamp for Android is amazing. I love it, I use it all the time and it is wonderful. Today brings Winamp for Android updates that include a bunch of new features such as a Winamp for Mac Sync beta app that brings the same wireless freedom to Mac users that Windows users have enjoyed for a while now, access to Spinner's MP3 of the day from your Android phone, and a new premium version of the app with extended features.
The biggest feature is Winamp for Android now lets users sync their music and videos wirelessly with the Mac, the same as Windows users have been able to do. The Winamp for Mac Sync Beta app is brand new and a available as a free download. The new updated Winamp for Android also includes more streaming music for Winamp's "Listening Party" feature, where you can stream songs and listen together with friends, and more free music from Spinner.
Lastly, we have the Winamp "Pro Bundle" which will set you back $5 but includes extended features such as support for FLAC, crossfading and gapless playback, and a customizable home screen for the player and a 10-band equalizer. The free version does however include more features than before, but the extended features are just extra flavoring on an already tasty product from Winamp.
You can grab Winamp for Android here.
Nokia's CEO, Stephen Elop, teased the codename "Sea Ray" phone in the middle of the year, which looked just like a Nokia N9. Today, Sea Ray has been unveiled as the Nokia Lumia 800 and we get to see how Windows and Nokia gel together, according to Elop, it's the "first real Windows Phone".
Nokia's Lumia 800 sports a single-core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 1.4GHz processor, 16GB of internal storage, a curved 3.7-inch ClearBlack AMOLED screen framed by a black, cyan or magenta case with individually drilled speaker holes, a dedicated camera button for the f/2.2 Carl Zeiss Tessar lens, 512MB of internal memory, 12.1mm-thick frame and a 1450mAh battery that is said to be good for approximately 9.5 hours of 3G talk time. Software wise, we have Windows Phone Mango, and the Lumia 800 comes packed with a free 25GB SkyDrive account, as well as Nokia Drive, a free turn-by-turn voice navigation program, a first for any Windows Phone.
Filling out the Lumia 800 we have Nokia Music with Mix Radio, which is a global service with no subscriptions or log-ins required for "hundreds of channels of locally-relevant music", and an ESPN Sports Hub, three programs not found on any other Windows Phone 7-powered device.