Owners of the Droid RAZR HD and MAXX HD will start getting an update to Jelly Bean next week now that Verizon has approved the Android 4.1 update. Jelly Bean has received much praise throughout the press and continues to improve the Android experience for users. It's nice to see the update coming out fairly quickly after the release of Android Jelly Bean.
The RAZR HD and MAXX HD are Motorola's flagship devices, so it makes sense that Motorola would update them to the latest version of Android. (Well, almost latest version of Android.) Users will gain access to improved performance and Google Now, a service which has been called "Innovation of the Year."
The update will begin rolling out to customers starting next week. As always, be sure to back up important data before updating just to be safe.
The Nexus 4 has been one of the most popular devices released this year, selling out in minutes across the world - I was lucky enough to score one here in Australia and you can read our review on it here.
Well, it has been so popular that eBay has deemed the demand high enough that they're enforcing sales restrictions on the quad-core smartphone. These restrictions are normally places on hot items like the iPad or the Nintendo Wii, with the rules covering just how many phones a seller can list.
You may list a Google Nexus 4 with some limitations:
Authorized resellers will be allowed to list an unlimited number of items per week.
eBay Top Rated Sellers will be allowed to list up to 8 items per week.
All sellers meeting minimum performance standards will be allowed to list 4 items per week.
New sellers who've confirmed their personal information may list 1 item per week.
Note: Sellers not meeting minimum performance standards or that haven't confirmed their personal information will not be allowed to list the Google Nexus 4 during the post-launch sale period.
Google Nexus 4 Domain Name and Email Address Sales
Sellers offering Google Nexus 4-related domain names or email addresses for sale on eBay will be allowed up to 4 listings per week.
Apple are finally offering unlocked iPhone 5s in the US, which will be off-contract and will work on GSM, HSPA+, and LTE networks. The unlocked iPhone 5 will come in the same capacities and colors as the carrier-locked versions.
Apple offer the iPhone 5 in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB which are priced at $649, $749 and $849, respectively. All of the variants have a one-week shipping time, which isn't too bad.
But, we now live in a world where Google offer the Nexus 4 smartphone for just $349 - so the iPhone 5 is nearly double the price. Yes it has LTE, but that's about the only killer feature over the Nexus 4, but it costs $300 more. If you're the type of person who wants to stay in the iOS ecosystem, of course, this is finally the news you want to hear - unlocked iPhone 5s in the US.
RumorTT: Underneath the surface, Microsoft's tablet isn't doing too well - production orders sliced in half
DigiTimes' latest news is that according to the "upstream supply chain" of Microsoft's Surface RT has seen orders sliced in half, with other Windows RT-based tablet orders also experiencing weak demand.
Sources from the upstream supply chain believe that the new OS may not perform as they expected in the market - surprised? No, I'm not either. Originally, The Redmond-based OS maker had expected to ship four million Surface RT slates by the end of 2012, but have reduced orders to just two million units.
Asustek Computer, Samsung Electronics and Dell have all released Windows RT-based slates, but consumer demand for their tablets are also not doing to well at all. DigiTimes' sources have said that the Surface RT won't have any great numbers to show off next quarter, which may force Microsoft to release their Intel-powered Surface Pro tablet earlier, maybe even sometime in the next month.
If you've been patiently waiting for an iPhone 5 in China, it looks like your wait is about to be cut down - just in time for the holidays. The latest report from The Wall Street Journal is hinting the release is imminent.
After receiving certification from China's State Radio Management earlier in November, Apple have now finally been awarded a "network access license" that lets them enable the iPhone 5 on China Telecom, the country's third-largest wireless carrier.
China's second-largest wireless carrier, China Unicom, might not even receive the iPhone 5 at launch - meaning that multiple carriers might not be enjoying the iPhone 5 love. This might hurt the iPhone 5s market share in the country - where Android is such a dominant force enjoying over 90% of the smartphone market share.
Microsoft has finally released information regarding its Surface Pro tablets, you know, the ones running an x86 chip and a full version of Windows 8. The software giant has confirmed that the 64GB version of the Surface Pro tablet will set you back a whopping $899 and the 128GB version will see you shelling out $999.
In other words, these tablets will set you back more than my new, reasonably high-end laptop. Don't forget, it'll be an extra $100 if you want to get a Touch or Type Cover. The new tablets will be making a debut in January. Though no specific date has been, it'd be a solid guess that they will make some sort of appearance at CES in Vegas.
Furthermore, Microsoft has said that the Surface Pro will come with roughly half the battery life of the Surface RT tablet. This means that users should expect between 4 and 5 hours of battery life, also in line with my newly purchased laptop. That kind of battery life is quite a bit out of sync with the rest of the tablet market.
When Apple launched the iPhone 5 this past September, it ran into some production issues that kept its latest iPhone from the hands of its customers. For weeks now, the iPhone 5 has been a difficult device to purchase as retail Apple Stores barely had them in stock and shipping from Apple's online store kept the device from customers' hands for weeks.
It seems the iPhone 5 drought is nearly done with as it looks as though Apple has finally caught up with demand as AppleInsider conducted a poll of 20 U.S. Apple Stores to reveal the iPhone 5 is readily available for customers who wish to purchase them.
The Black Eyed Peas' Will.i.am unveils iPhone 4/4S camera accessory, sports slide-out keyboard and $478 price tag
Black Eyed Peas star, Will.i.am, has just launched a new camera accessory for the iPhone, the "i.am+" accessory. The new i.am+ will be available as a £199 C.4 "contemporary" and £299 V.4 "vintage" models for the iPhone 4 and 4S. In USD, we're looking at around $318 and $478 for the C.4 "contemporary" and V.4 "vintage" models, respectively.
The V.4 "vintage" model sports a slide-out keyboard, which is what that extra $160 or so will give you. Both models use the existing iPhone camera and feature interchangeable lenses for standard, fish-eye, and zoom photo abilities, while the C.5/V.5 models for the iPhone 5 will arrive next year, but will sport a 15-megapixel sensor and flash.
A companion iTunes app turns the hardware in to what the celebrity calls "a social photo experience". It will also offer easy access for users to store In their individual i.am account.
As with other apps and accessories, on on-screen controls allow users to change shooting modes, apply real-time filters, control the in-built flash and edit pictures or add caption.
All of the new i.am+ devices will also integrate with a new service which has been called i.am, which is an Instagram-like photo sharing service. I really can't even believe I typed up a news article for this, it really feels like an April Fools Day joke, but it's not.
Our Ask the Experts section has a new question, with Severus from Romania wanting to know which smartphone he should buy - the Sony Xpertia T, or Google's new Nexus 4.
Q: Hello again Tweakers,
I'm looking into buying a new smartphone this Christmas and I wanted your help in this matter. Basicaly, I'm torn between the Sony Xperia T and the Google Nexus 4. Ussually I buy a flagship phone and keep it for around 3 years. My last 3 phones were Sony, so on one hand I'd continue the legacy, but on the other hand I don't think that the T's dual core is too future proof. I love Sony's design and the camera is better, but the Nexus has Jelly Bean and 2gb of ram. A big minus in the Nexus is the lack of an e pxpansion slot.
Both phones are at the same price here and that further makes my decision harder, so I hope you can help me find a resolution in this matter.
Thank you for your time!
A: You can view the answer to Daniel's question right here.
A whole bunch of new laptops and ultrabooks were due out with Windows 8, and most of them arrived on time. For ASUS' Taichi, however, that hasn't been the case. It was originally slated to launch alongside Windows 8 on October 26, but it still has yet to materialize.
The ultrabook is a slick machine--it features dual 1080p screens on both sides of the lid and fairly good performance specifications. Pre-orders for the machine were taken in October, but now many listings have disappeared or been significantly modified. You won't even be able to find the system on Amazon or Newegg anymore.
ASUS has said that shipments could begin in December, but also said they might be delayed. The reasons behind the delay have been kept secret. Best Buy Canada are showing a January 30, 2013 release, while other websites are showing December 1st. It's really hard to say for sure when it will arrive, but I imagine those who pre-ordered it are quite miffed.
Did you pre-order an ASUS Taichi? Have you been contacted about the delays? We want to hear from you!
When you think about what we do with our smartphones on a daily basis, it should be no surprise one of the activities American adults use their devices for has nothing to do with actually talking on their phone. Instead, Americans have been found to use their smartphones as a camera the most, according to a survey conducted by Pew Research.
The results of Pew Research's study were released this past Sunday and found 82% of Americans use their mobile devices to take pictures with 80% of users sending and receiving text messages.
DigiTimes is reporting that both Amazon and Microsoft have selected Foxconn to manufacture their respective rumored smartphones. The report says that both companies are planning to build their own devices and release them in mid-2013. DigiTimes is making these reports based upon sources in the upstream supply chain.
Foxconn has, of course, declined to comment on the rumor. The rumor says that Microsoft's devices will utilize Windows Phone 8, as would be expected. The Amazon smartphone details are slim, however, the sources say that the handsets will likely be limited in volume at launch.
It's expected that Microsoft would use the Surface branding. Amazon could possibly apply the Kindle branding to its smartphone, if it does produce one. Keep in mind that this is just a rumor, but it's not so far-fetched that we can throw it out immediately.
The Google Nexus 4 saw quite the demand when it was first launched at $299 for the 8GB model. At that price, nearly everyone believes that Google is providing a subsidy and who could pass up a deal like that. The device sold out extremely quickly after it was made available through the Google Play Store.
Well, the device is about to be available for purchase again, with Google saying it will be back in stock as of 12 p.m. PST, or 3 p.m. EST. People who have already ordered the device will begin to have their orders ship this week, and everyone else will be able to purchase it from the Google Play Store.
The device is a slick Android smartphone that features a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2 GB of RAM, and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Get yours quickly because I have a feeling they may just sell out again rather quickly.
The mobile industry pretty much trumps most other industries right now with the constant leap frogging in technology we receive - and LG's latest phone is no different, the Nexus 4. It takes a lot from the Optimus G - which looks to have its successor hiding in the darkness.
AndroidGuys are reporting from a Korean website, MK, which states that LG are working on the successor to the Optimus G. The phone could see the light of day as early as May 2013 - which isn't far away.
The Optimus G2's rumored specs are pretty beefy, we're looking at a 2GHz processor (presumably quad-core), a display that crams in a pixel density of 440ppi, and Android 5.0 "Key Lime Pie". I really thought we'd see a new Nexus that comes out with Android 5.0 - and considering LG are the ones who released the first smartphone to sport Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, who knows what'll come next.
Sharp aren't a big player in the smartphone market, but the company are set to launch their new flagship smartphone, the Aquos Phone Zeta SH-02E on November 29.
The new smartphone from Sharp will be their first phone to sport the IZGO-based display that will spread itself across a 4.9-inch, 720p LCD display. We should see Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich melt its way into the heart of the SH-02E.
The Japan-bound smartphone will sport Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 Pro, a 16-megapixel camera and LTE capabilities. Unfortunately Sharp weren't the first to the market with their new IGZO display, with that medal going to ASUS and their Padfone 2.
When it comes to my phone, one of the first things I think about when I pick it up is "I HAVE TO CHECK MY EMAIL!" After that, my thoughts become a frenzy of impulses that have me checking Facebook, Twitter, instant messages and other things. One thing I rarely, maybe even never think about is how much thought and testing has gone through making sure my phone will work each and every time I use it.
Samsung, who has absolutely dominated the smartphone market with its Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note 2, decided to publish a video showcasing just how much work goes into stress testing its devices. After watching the video, you may have a newfound respect for your mobile devices, that is, until you forget about what you just saw and text your ex-girlfriend in the middle of the night hoping she'll love you again.
It was only earlier this month that Samsung had passed the three million unit mark for their latest and greatest Galaxy Note II smartphone, but now the South Korean company is proud to announce they've passed the milestone of five million units.
Sales have no sign of slowing down, now reaching American carriers in various forms, and has even had the joyous time of being added to an Apple lawsuit - all of this not affecting sales. There's a new ad, too, in the video above.
The Galaxy S III sales still dwarf the Note II sales, but for something that the company thought wouldn't sell too well - the Note range of smartphones have really come into their own. I can't wait to test out a Note II myself.
I've been using my Nexus 4 for a week now, and you should expect our review any day now - it truly is an amazing piece of technology. But, it lacks LTE - that's not an issue for most, and I don't mind that it doesn't include LTE. But, some do, obviously.
Well, there's now a video that has popped up onto the Internet showing off the Nexus 4 working with some form of LTE. LG are the ones behind the Nexus 4, and the Nexus 4 contains hardware close to the company's Optimus G smartphone which sports the same Qualcomm Snapdragon chip that sports a built-in LTE radio.
In order for this LTE radio to work, it must be combined with certain other specific hardware such as a signal amplifier and filter, which the Nexus 4 doesn't sport unfortunately. Google decided to leave this feature out of the Nexus 4 so that they could have complete control of the software with no carriers getting in the way, meaning that there's no access to the LTE networks without working with each carrier individually.
Samsung have had great success in the 5-inch smartphone market, with the incredibly popular Galaxy Note range of smartphones. There's now another player joining the 5-inch ranks, with Samsung's SHV-E270L sliding through the FCC.
It sports a codename of "Baffin", and doesn't seem like it'll break Korean borders when it's released. We should expect it to don the name "Galaxy Grand" when it's released, and listed in the Bluetooth database, it is an LTE-powered device.
We should expect it to rock a 1.4GHz quad-core processor, and its 5-inch display getting its resolution knocked down to 800x4800 WVGA. Korea's Money Today has reported that the Galaxy Grand will be the perfect device for older customers as it'll feature bigger icons and letters on its 5-inch low-res screen.
This is the one thing I love about every manufacturer apart from Apple - they're not scared to mess with the general look of the phone. In Samsung's latest high-end hardware headed for China, they've unveiled the new SCH-S2013.
The SCH-S2013 is a flip phone, but sports high-end internals such as a 1.4GHz quad-core CPU, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of built-in flash storage, also expandable through microSD cards. Better yet, there are two screens - both 3.7-inch Super AMOLED, at WVGA resolution - 800x480.
Software wise, it comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich as well as Samsung's TouchWiz UI - both of which are probably tweaked to handle the old school form factor. There's also dual SIM slots, one for GSM, and the other for CDMA.
If you've been waiting for that 5.5-inch Samsung Galaxy Note II to grow up and learn the ability to house two SIM cards, well, it has just been made official in China.
It sports a mix of micro and full-size SIM slots, as well as its powerhouse internals - a 1.6GHz quad-core processor, 5.5-inch Super AMOLED HD screen, and the usual radios (GSM 850/900/1, 800/1,900, WCDMA 850/900/1,900/2100 MHz).
The dual-SIM Galaxy Note II will go on sale on December 3 - so you don't have long to get a second SIM now, do you?