Samsung Galaxy S Advance Up For Pre-Order In The UK

Earlier this week, Samsung announced the fourth variant of the highly popular Galaxy S smartphone. The Samsung Galaxy S Advance comes with a 4 inch Super AMOLED display and a powerful 1 GHz dual-core processor. This handset will ship with the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System.

The Samsung Galaxy S Advance comes with the curved glass design, which was previously seen in the Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus smartphones. The curved glass design enhances the handling of the device and fits the user’s facial form easily. Three UK already announced that the Galaxy S Advance will be soon available for its customers. However, the company failed to announce the exact price and release date. On the other hand, Clove, a popular online retailer in the UK have already started taking pre-orders of this smartphone.

samsung galaxy s advance

Samsung Galaxy S Advance features a 4 inch Super AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1 GHz dual-core processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, TouchWiz user interface, 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, 8 GB internal memory, 768 MB RAM, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory and more.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm headset jack, music player with SoundAlive, ChatON, Readers Hub, Music Hub, Social Hub, Polaris Office, stereo FM Radio with RDS, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 14.4 Mbps HSDPA connectivity, Samsung Kies 2.0, A-GPS, Samsung Apps, Android Market and a 1500 mAh Li-ion battery.

You can pre-order the SIM-free Samsung Galaxy S Advance for £295 (approx $470). This handset will be launched during the last week of February. You can expect the availability of this handset around the time of Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012. To pre-order this handset, head over to this page at Clove.

AT&T and Samsung Rolling Out Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update For The Infuse 4G

Samsung and AT&T have started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Infuse 4G. The Infuse 4G was among the first phone’s on AT&T network to support its 21MBps HSPA+ network, and to use a mammoth 4.5-inch Super-AMOLED Plus screen.

Along with the bump in the Android version, there are quite a few other goodies as well included in the update. Below is the full change-log of the update -:

Improved Copy and Paste functionality

•             Redesigned Multi Touch Software Keyboard

•             Download manager for long running HTTP downloads

•             Improved power management and application control

•             Notification Shade: “Flight Mode” added (“Silent” removed)

•             New Fonts options added include Choco Cooky, Cool Jazz, Rosemary

•             Keyboard Changes: Android Keyboard with Wider Spaced keys and Quick Keys at the top

•             New Widgets: The name of the content provider will be listed on the widget list along with the widget name. Previously only the widget name was provided.

•             New Widget: Traffic (Android) added to list of available widgets

•             Menu Changes/New Apps: Downloads and Google Books added new, Promotional pre-load of Angry Birds removed*.

The update is not being rolled out via OTA. Instead, Infuse owners need to use Samsung’s KIES software to update their handset, which is only available for Windows. So, if you use a Mac and own an Infuse 4G, you are out of luck!

Also, Infuse owners who are hoping that their phone will get the Ice Cream Sandwich update, should give up the hope! I am pretty sure AT&T and Samsung will not roll out any further software updates for the handset, forget OS updates.

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Samsung Galaxy S Advance Coming Soon To Three UK

Samsung recently announced the new Galaxy S Advance smartphone. This handset comes with the curved glass design, which enhances the handling of the device and fits the user’s facial form easily. Sadly, this handset runs on the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. The folks living in the UK has a reason to cheer. Three UK recently announced that the new Samsung Galaxy S Advance will be exclusively available for its consumers in the coming weeks.

Sylvia Chind, head of handsets at Three said, “The Samsung Galaxy S Advance combines eye-catching design with powerful technology specs that make for an outstanding smartphone experience. Coupled with Three’s fast 3G network, videos will download quickly so you won’t be left in the dark waiting for the latest movie trailers to download.”

samsung galaxy s advance

Samsung Galaxy S Advance features a 4 inch Super AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1 GHz dual-core processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, TouchWiz user interface, 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 14.4 Mbps HSDPA connectivity and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, music player with SoundAlive, stereo FM Radio with RDS, 8 GB internal memory, 768 MB RAM, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0, ChatON, Readers Hub, Music Hub, Social Hub, Polaris Office, Samsung Kies 2.0, A-GPS, Samsung Apps, Android Market and a 1500 mAh Li-ion battery.

Three UK customers can get the new Samsung Galaxy S Advance for free with a 2 year service agreement. Other major carriers such as O2, Vodafone, T-Mobile and Orange has not yet announced the availability of this smartphone in the UK.

Sony Xperia S Launch Delayed In The UK

Earlier this month, Sony announced the powerful Sony Xperia S smartphone at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 in Las Vegas. Play.com, a popular online retailer in the UK has already started taking pre-orders of this smartphone. According to the retailer, the Sony Xperia S was expected to release on January 30. However, we have bad news for those who have already pre-ordered this device in the UK.

The much-awaited launch of the Sony Xperia S has been delayed in the UK. Play.com customers will have to wait till next month to get their hands on this amazing device. According to the retailer’s pre-order page, the new release date is February 13. If you are planning to get this device, then check out the complete specs below.

sony xperia s

Sony Xperia S features a 4.3 inch HD display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, 1.5 GHz Qualcomm MSM8260 dual-core processor, Google Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS (upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich), 12 megapixel camera with 16x digital zoom, auto-focus, Face detection and LED Flash, Full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, NFC (Near Field Communication), USB 2.0, 32 GB eMMC, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Android Market, Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality, GPS with aGPS, Bluetooth technology, DLNA Certified, HDMI support, Micro USB, up to 25 hrs music playback time, up to 6 hrs 30 min video playback time, up to 7 hrs 30 min of talk-time, up to 450 hrs of stand-by time and a 1750 mAh battery.

Play.com is expected to release the device on February 13, however we are still not sure if the device will be released on the date mentioned by the retailer. Clove, another popular online retailer in the UK is expected to sell the SIM-free Sony Xperia S from the first week of March. According to the retailer, the device will be launched after the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 and the stock is expected to arrive on the 6th or 7th of March.

LG Prada 3.0 Now Available In The UK For Free On Contract

Last month, LG announced the much-awaited LG Prada 3.0 in Germany. The LG Prada 3.0 is the first smartphone in the Prada series. This handset runs on the Android 2.3.7 (Gingerbread) Operating System. The LG Prada 3.0 will also get the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update during the Q2 of 2012. Within a few days of its official announcement, LG launched this handset in South Korea. After waiting for nearly a month, this handset is finally available for purchase in the UK. If you are planning to buy one, then check out the complete specs below.

lg prada 3

LG Prada 3.0 features a 4.3 inch Nova Plus display, sporting a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, 1 GHz dual core TI OMAP 4430 processor, Android 2.3.7 (Gingerbread) OS (upgradable to Android 4.0), Prada UI, 8 megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.3 megapixel front facing camera and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities, A-GPS, NFC (Near Field Communication), microUSB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, Bluetooth 3.0 and a 1540 mAh battery.

Phones 4U, a popular online retailer is selling this handset for free, with a 2 year service agreement and £31 monthly plan. If you buy this handset from Phones 4u before the end of February, you’ll get 12 months free unlimited 4u Wi-Fi. This service allows you to access Wi-Fi from your handset whenever you’re in one of The Cloud’s 6000+ hotspots across the UK. To get this handset, head over to this page.

LG Optimus Black Gets The Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update In Europe And India

Last year, LG launched the Android powered LG Optimus Black in most of the European countries as well as in India. This handset comes with an unique NOVA display, which is designed to be the brightest, clearest and most readable among mobile screens with 700 nits of brightness for optimal visibility. The LG Optimus Black was originally launched with the Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System.

This handset was expected to get the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update last year, but it was delayed due to some unknown reasons. After waiting for nearly a year, the LG Optimus Black owners in Europe and India has a reason to cheer. LG has finally started rolling out the much-awaited Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) update for the powerful LG Optimus Black smartphone. Check out the complete changelog below.

LG Optimus Black

  • Improved power management
  • Enhanced mobile gaming experience
  • Improved UI to enable faster access and control and a more intuitive user experience
  • One-touch word selection and copy/paste:
  • Better Download management
  • Support for new media formats such as AAC, AVC, MPEG 4 and H263
  • New features and other improvements: active app management, shortcuts, widgets, icons, app groups, updated calendar options, camera geotagging, better email synching and more precise camera auto-focus.
  • App updates and pre-loaded Google Plus app

This update is currently available only via LG Update tool. Sadly, this update is not available via OTA (Over-The-Air). It is advised to backup all you data before updating the device. You should also make sure that, the battery is fully charged before updating your phone. If you find something new, please let us know in the comments section below.

Verizon To Release Motorola Droid Razr Maxx On January 26th For $299.99

Most of the major manufacturers have showcased their powerful smartphones and tablets at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 in Las Vegas. However, the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx is one those smartphone which instantly caught our attention, thanks to the powerful 3300 mAh battery. This handset offers continuous talk-time of more than 21 hours straight on a single charge.

The Motorola Droid Razr Maxx currently runs on the Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread) Operating System, however the company will update this device to the latest Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS in the coming months. This handset will be exclusively available to the Verizon Wireless subscribers in the US.

Earlier this month, we reported that the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx is expected to release on January 26. Verizon recently confirmed that our prediction was absolutely right. Verizon subscribers can finally get their hands-on this amazing device from January 26. If you are planning to buy one, then check out the complete specs after the break.

motorola droid razr maxx

Motorola Droid Razr Maxx features a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread OS (upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS), Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 4G LTE Connectivity, 8 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash, HD (720p) video recording and playback, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and so on.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm headset jack, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of ROM, 11.5GB user available internal memory, Micro SD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 16GB microSD card included, GPS with AGPS, Bluetooth 2.1, micro USB, HDMI out, FM Radio, Android Market, MotoCast, up to 21.5 hours of talk-time, up to 15.8 days of stand-by time and a 3300 mAh battery.

The price of its older brother, the Motorola Droid Razr has been dropped to $199.99. However, you will need to shell out few extra bucks to get an Android smartphone which promises to offer an amazing battery life. The Motorola Droid Razr Maxx will be available from January 26 for $299.99 with a 2 year service agreement.

LG Optimus 3D Successor Leaks; N.O.V.A Display and 1.2GHz Dual-Core Processor

LG was among the first Android handset manufacturers to come out with 3D screens on phone. While 3D phones have not really been a hit among the consumers, as the Korean company would have liked, the company is still not giving up on the technology.

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According to the folks over at PocketNow, LG will be announcing the successor to the LG Optimus 3D – the Optimus 3D 2. Compared to the Optimus 3D, the 3D 2 will have a minor hardware bump, including a 1.2GHz dual-core processor. The 4.3-inch WVGA LCD display will be replaced by an N.O.V.A display of the same size and resolution for better brightness and contrast. The PocketNow tipster also stated that this time the difference between the 2D and the 3D mode on the handset would be somewhat significant.

The 3D 2 will also be much slimmer than its predecessor, pack in more radios and sensors, and feature an improved dual-5MP cameras. Sadly, the handset will be running on Gingerbread whenever LG releases the handsets to the public. LG will be announcing the Optimus 3D 2 at Mobile World Congress next month.

5 Million Galaxy S II Units Sold In South Korea

Samsung Galaxy S II is one of the most popular device in the history of Android smartphones. This handset is the successor of the highly-popular Samsung Galaxy S, which was the largest selling Android device in the year 2010. On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy S II was the largest selling Android device in 2011. This handset was first launched in its home country on April 28, 2011. Even before its official launch, SK Telecom, KT Corp and LG U+ customers pre-ordered 200,000 units in South Korea. 10,000 units of Galaxy S II were pre-ordered in just 24 minutes, while the number doubled in less than an hour.

Samsung Galaxy S II

The Samsung Galaxy S II is also the most popular smartphone in South Korea. Last year, we reported that Samsung managed to sell 3.5 million units of Samsung Galaxy S II in just 5 months. Now, Samsung announced that, the company has finally sold more than 5 million units of this device in South Korea alone. Samsung is currently the market leader in South Korea with more than 53% market share.

The global sales clearly shows that, Samsung Galaxy S II is not only popular in its home country, but the device is still selling like hot cakes in most of the European and Asian markets. Samsung managed to sell 3 million units of this handset in just 55 days, followed by 5 million units in less than 85 days. Within five months of its official launch, Samsung sold 10 million units of Galaxy S II globally. You heard it right! Samsung achieved that milestone, even before the device was officially available for the Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T customers in the States.

We are sure that Samsung Galaxy S II will soon reach the 20 million mark globally. Samsung will also announce the much-awaited smartphone of this year, the Samsung Galaxy S III at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 in Barcelona. Are you planning to buy the Samsung Galaxy III smartphone and create another history? Let us know your views in the comments section below.

Motorola Unveils The Rugged Defy+ JCB Edition In The UK

Motorola and JCB recently announced the new Motorola Defy+ JCB edition. Motorola Defy+ is the successor of the widely popular Motorola Defy smartphone. Thanks to the visco-elastic protective sleeve from JCB, the powerful Motorola Defy+ JCB Edition offers work-orientated protection for those operating in construction and engineering sectors as well as for those working in rugged outdoors and in extremely demanding conditions.

Victoria McManus, UK marketing director, Motorola Mobility said,

“We’re thrilled to be working with JCB on this bespoke Motorola DEFY+ device. The unique protective sleeve will pull on JCB’s years of expertise in the construction industry to help us reach a new audience who we know are in need of a life and work proof handset.”

motorola defy plus jcb edition

Motorola Defy+ JCB Edition features a 3.7 inch FWVGA touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels, 1 GHz OMAP processor, Android 2.3 Gingerbread Operating System, MotoBLUR UI, 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, 512 MB of RAM, 2 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 2 GB MicroSD card bundled, Adobe Flash Player 10, Android Market, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS with A-GPS, FM Radio with RDS, up to 7.1 hours of talk time, up to 16 days of standby time and a 1700 mAh battery.

The Motorola Defy+ JCB Edition comes pre-loaded with JCB applications such as a spirit level, theodolite, decibel meter and recorder, torch, unit converter, calculator and DIY store locator. This handset comes with a price tag of £260 (approx. $400) in the UK.