Samsung Galaxy S5 4G Variant Launched In India

Back in March, Samsung launched its newest flagship device, the Galaxy S5 in India. This handset was powered by the in-house Octa-Core Exynos 5422 processor. Today, the South Korean tech giant finally launched the 4G variant of its flagship smartphone in India. Apart from the additional connectivity option, this handset packs a 2.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor instead of the Exynos processor.

Asim Warsi, Vice President – Marketing, Mobile & IT, Samsung India said,
“We are excited to introduce our first 4G variant of the Galaxy S5 in India with a powerful processor, stunning display and faster connectivity for an unmatched user experience. We expect the 4G version to catch the imagination of technology enthusiasts and professionals, who demand superior smartphones for their heavy multimedia content consumption.”

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 4G SM-S900I is a dust and water resistance smartphone. It comes with a download booster which allows you to access 4G and Wi-Fi simultaneously in order to download your data at a faster speed.The original Galaxy S5 was launched in India with a price tag of Rs.51,500, however the phone is currently available at just Rs.36,999. On the other hand, the 4G LTE variant of Galaxy S5 is launched for Rs.53,500. This handset will be available in Copper Gold, Charcoal Black and Shimmery White colors from July 20. Check out the complete specs after the break.

Samsung Galaxy S5 4G Specifications:

  • Display: 5.1-inch full HD (1920×1080 pixels) Super AMOLED display
  • Processor: 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 SoC with Adreno 330 GPU
  • OS: Android 4.4.2 (KitKat)
  • Rear camera: 16 megapixel rear camera with LED Flash, BSI and Ultra HD video recording
  • Front camera: 2.1 megapixel front-facing camera
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • Storage: 16 GB internal memory, expandable up to 64 GB with microSD
  • Infrared LED for smart TV remote
  • Sensor: S Health 3.0, Heart rate sensor
  • Connectivity: 4G LTE, 3G HSPA+, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2X2 MIMO), Bluetooth v4.0 LE, GPS, USB 3.0 and NFC
  • Thickness: 8.1 mm
  • Weighs: 145 grams
  • Battery: 2800 mAh battery

Verizon Motorola Xoom LTE Finally Gets The Android 4.1.2 Update

Back in 2011, Verizon launched the Motorola Xoom 4G LTE tablet. This device was shipped with the Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) Operating System. Later, it was updated to Android 3.2 OS. Last year, the unlocked Motorola Xoom 4G owners received the much awaited Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). Nearly 10 months after the roll out of original update, Verizon went ahead and started pushing out the Android 4.1.2 update for Verizon subscribers who are still using the Motorola Xoom 4G tablet.

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The latest update is numbered JZO54M and it brings all the Jelly Bean goodies such as Google Now, Project Butter, smart keyboard, improved voice search, enhanced notifications, offline text-to-speech, improved power management, advanced expandable notifications, improved Face Unlock and much more. Check out the changelog below.

Changelog:

  • Google Now
  • Actionable Notifications
  • Voice Search speed has been improved
  • Keyboard adapts over time and predicts user’s next word
  • Settings application has been revised for clearer options
  • “Accounts & Sync” has been moved from the Personal group to an independent group called “Accounts”
  • Enhancements to modem stability to improve data connectivity
  • Search Option has been added in YouTube Application

This update will be rolled out in batches and it will be available via Over-The-Air (OTA). You will be automatically notified when the update is available for your device. If you have not received the update, then just go to Settings > About Device > System updates and check for the update. To learn more, check out this PDF file.

Sprint LTE Tests Spotted In Durham, North Carolina

A writer at TalkAndroid has caught Sprint testing its 4G LTE network in the city of Durham, North Carolina. The journalist was reportedly using his Samsung Galaxy Note II in the city when he noticed that the 4G indicator on his smartphone was on. This is a strange occurrence in the Durham area for Sprint users as the town isn’t officially covered by Sprint’s 4G LTE network that launched last year. After taking speed tests of the network, the writer, Jeff Causey, noted speeds of 8.49mbps download and 1.66mbps upload with a ping time of 71ms.

Sprint has been playing a lot of “catch-up” with its 4G LTE network since its launch during the summer of 2012. Other mobile carriers in the United States like AT&T and Verizon have had 4G LTE networks running as early as late-2010 and have already covered most large markets. Sprint has attempted to compensate customers for this slow rollout by offering unlimited data plans at low prices and by offering mobile tethering free of charge. However, the upcoming LTE rollout in Durham does show that Sprint is catching with the competition quickly.

Source: TalkAndroid

Sprint Announces Sprint Force, A $49.99 LTE Handset

Sprint has just announced a new budget 4G LTE smartphone. The phone goes under the name Sprint Force and will be available for $49.99 on a two-year contract. However, to get this price, you have to mail-in a $50 mail-in-rebate. As far as specs go, the device rocks a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, a 4″ 480×800 display and a 5-megapixel camera. The phone is powered by Android 4.0 and there is no word of a Jelly Bean update as of now.

Sprint has also included Sprint ID with the Sprint Force. Sprint ID is a new service which allows users to deeply customize their Android devices without any sort of hacking. The service includes tons of wallpapers, apps, widgets and other gizmos. Sprint has said that “ID packs deliver a complete mobile experience – based on consumers’, students’ or businesses’ interests or favorite brands.”

Overall, the Sprint Force looks like a good device for anyone looking for a cheap yet functional smartphone on Sprint. The device will be good for non-techies or people on a limited budget. Kids will also like the phone as it doesn’t have a huge screen and connects to Sprint ID. For $49.99, this phone seems like an overall good deal.

Source: Android Guys

Samsung Galaxy Express Announced; Comes With 4.5 Inch Display, 4G LTE

Samsung recently announced the entry-level Galaxy Express smartphone. It is the company’s most affordable 4G LTE device. The Samsung Galaxy Express packs some pretty decent specs including a 4.5 inch display, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 2000 mAh battery and so on. This handset will be shipped with the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System.

Samsung Galaxy Express comes with AllShare Play which enables a device-to-device remote sharing to freely share and play content across Samsung Smart TV and Smart mobile devices through a single account. The S Beam feature allows you to easily touch and transfer your favorite movie or the latest songs just by touching another device.

Samsung Galaxy Express features a 4.5 inch WVGA Super AMOLED Plus display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, TouchWiz UI, 5 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash, HD (720p) video recording, full HD (1080p) video playback, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, FM Radio with RDS, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, GPS with A-GPS, Samsung Hub, Samsung Apps, Samsung Kies, S Beam, Google Play Store, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 4G LTE Connectivity, Wi-Fi hot-spot, Wi-Fi Direct, MHL, NFC (Near Field Communication) and a 2000 mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy Express measures 132.2 mm x 69.1 mm x 9.3 mm and weighs just 139.1 grams. The price and availability of this handset will be announced soon.

4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook Price And Release Date Leaked

Back in 2010, Research-In-Motion (RIM) unveiled the company’s first tablet device, the BlackBerry Playbook. It packs a 7 inch multi-touch capacitive screen LCD display, sporting a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels, 1 GHz dual-core processor, 5 megapixel rear camera with full HD (1080p) video recording, 1GB RAM and much more. Sadly, the BlackBerry PlayBook sales were below the expectations of the company. RIM finally went ahead and slashed the price of of BlackBerry PlayBook tablet by almost half in Canada, India, UK and US.

The company has also announced the 4G LTE variant of BlackBerry Playbook at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2011 in Barcelona. However, it got delayed due to the failure of the original Playbook. The guys at Mobile Syrup have recently got their hands on the leaked document purportedly showing the specs and launch date of the 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook.

The latest variant of Playbook will feature a 7 inch display, sporting a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, QNX 2.0 OS, 5 megapixel rear camera with full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 3 megapixel front-facing camera, 4G LTE with HSPA+, 1 GB RAM, 4800mAh battery and so on. This tablet will be available only in 32 GB version.

According to the leaked document, the 4G LTE BlackBerry Playbook will go on sale from Tuesday, July 31. This tablet will be exclusively available for the Bell subscribers in Canada. The 32 GB version will come with a price tag of $550. Are you willing to but this tablet or you will go for the powerful Android tablets? Let us know your views in the comments section below.

Has AT&T Enabled Visual Voicemail for non-LTE Windows Phones?

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This afternoon, I noticed that my Nokia Lumia 800 prompted me for a voicemail password out of nowhere. Thinking that there was some connectivity glitch, I entered the password and guess what, it took me to a visual voicemail screen! I have not seen that screen on my Lumia before, and as I was made to understand, Visual Voicemail for Windows Phone was only available if you added a 4G LTE plan with AT&T.

AT&T Lumia 800 Visual Voice Mail Checking

Before everyone gets excited, I should provide a few disclaimers: I am on my company’s corporate plan, so I don’t know what plan I am on. However, knowing that my plan is actually an “iPhone data” plan, I know it could not be a 4G LTE plan, since there is no such plan. The other thing is that the screen stays at “syncing voicemail” and does not actually show me my voicemails. At some point this afternoon, I did get a message that it was not able to connect and that I could call the traditional voicemail. I restarted the phone to see if this disappeared, and it has not, so I suppose this functionality may actually be rolling out slowly. I sure hope so.

AT&T Lumia 800 Visual Voicemail Settings

Could this be another move by Nokia (and AT&T) to further the Windows Phone cause? We have seen that Nokia has been able to get a few exclusives and are making quite a splash in bringing the Windows Phone platform on par with iOS and Android. Could this be another move in that plan?

Lumia 800 About Screen

I am unable to confirm if this is true with other non-Lumia or non-LTE devices. If anyone has a Windows Phone (Lumia or otherwise) and is with AT&T but *not* on a 4G LTE plan, let me know. Let’s hope things are changing at AT&T with regard to their love of Windows Phone.

Update: I never saw it on my AT&T Samsung Focus, but here’s a response I saw on twitter:

 

 

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Verizon and HTC Unveil The Droid Incredible 4G LTE

Verizon and HTC have announced a new Droid branded handset for the big Red’s LTE network. The Droid Incredible 4G is the successor to the original Incredible and its less popular successor, the Incredible 2. Like the previous two Incredible’s, the latest Incredible also has red accents all over it, including a red earphone grille, a red chrome ring around the camera and a red beats audio logo at the bottom right of the handset.

The Droid Incredible 4G LTE specs are similar to the European variant of the HTC One S, which makes it an upper mid-range device. The 4-inch qHD (960×640) Super AMOLED display is backed by a 1.2GHz Qualcomm S4 processor, an Adreno 225 GPU, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal memory, and a 1700mAh removable battery.

At the back of the handset is an 8MP snapper with zero shutter lag with an aperture size of f/2.2 (28mm lens) that is also capable of recording videos in 1080p resolution. The Incredible 4G LTE uses a new 28nm baseband from Qualcomm, which should make sure that the handset lasts much longer than the previous generation 4G LTE handsets from HTC and Motorola.

Other key features of the handset include HTC Watch, NFC, MHL port, Bluetooth 4.0, Beats Audio and a bunch of sensors. The Incredible 4G LTE runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich right out of the box with Sense 4.0 on top of it. Verizon did not announce an official release date of the handset but rumors suggest that it will be available by the end of this month for $149 on a two-year contract.

LG Optimus True HD LTE Arrives In Europe And Asia

LG recently announced the new LG Optimus True HD LTE smartphone for the European and Asian markets. This handset is already available in the US and Canada as the LG Nitro HD and LG Optimus LTE respectively. This handset was announced last year in the US, exclusively for the AT&T subscribers. Now, the folks living in Germany, Portugal, Sweden, Hong Kong and Singapore can finally get their hands on this powerful device.

“The mobile industry is evolving around LTE technology which has demonstrated its capability when it comes to speed, efficiency and reliability,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “With the Optimus True HD LTE, we want customers to understand that LTE isn’t just about the network and that all LTE phones are not alike.”

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LG Optimus True HD LTE features a 4.5 inch IPS display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System (upgradable to Android 4.0 OS), 8 megapixel rear camera with full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 4GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 1 GB of RAM, Wi-Fi b/g/n, 4G LTE Connectivity, Bluetooth, GPS with A-GPS, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct and more.

The LG Optimus True HD LTE will ship with the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. However, the latest Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for this device is already on its way. The company has not yet announced the availability of this device. The price of LG Optimus True HD LTE is still a mystery. Stay tuned for more updates.

Verizon’s Incredible 4G Pictures Leak: Re-Branded HTC One S?

The original Droid Incredible was one of the most popular Android handsets to be available under Verizon’s network. It’s successor, the Droid Incredible 2, was however a disappointment as it barely offered any update over the original Incredible. Now, it looks like HTC and Verizon will soon be releasing the successor to the Droid Incredible 2 as well known as the Incredible 4G.

The folks over at Android Police have managed to get their hands on some leaked pictures of the upcoming 4G LTE capable handset. According to the tipster who leaked the pictures, the Droid Incredible 4G will sport a 4 or 4.3-inch screen with qHD (960*640) resolution, a Qualcomm S3 or S4 processor, a GB of RAM, 8GB of in-built storage, a microSD card slot, an 8MP camera, NFC, MHL, Beats Audio and the usual connectivity features.

The Incredible 4G will be running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with Sense 4.0 on top of it. If the specs are anything to go by, the Incredible 4G might just be Verizon’s version of the HTC One S. This means that the Incredible 4G should also pack all the latest camera goodies found in the One S including zero shutter lag, the ability to click pictures whilst recording a video and much more. Looking at the leaked pictures though, the Incredible 4G will be sporting the same sporty styling as its predecessors.