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HTC One S Coming To T-Mobile On April 25 For $199.99

T-Mobile recently announced the price and availability of the HTC One S smartphone. This handset was announced at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 along with the high-end HTC One X and mid-range HTC One V smartphone. We have good news for those, who were eagerly waiting for the launch of this handset in the US. The HTC One S will be exclusively available for the T-Mobile subscribers from next week. It is the company’s first smartphone which runs on the latest Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System.

“The HTC One series is a revolutionary device portfolio and we’re proud to be the first carrier to introduce the HTC One S to the U.S. market,” said Andrew Sherrard, senior vice president of marketing, T-Mobile USA. “With a stunningly thin design that doesn’t compromise performance, the HTC One S is a sleek 4G smartphone with beauty and brains that our customers will be proud to show off.”

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HTC One S features a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels, 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, HTC Sense 4.0, 8 megapixel camera, VGA front-facing camera, 3.5mm headset jack, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, 4G Connectivity, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, Bluetooth 3.0, Play Store, 25 GB DropBox cloud storage and a 1650 mAh battery.

The HTC One S allows you to access 25 GB of free cloud storage from DropBox. It also comes with the T-Mobile’s exclusive version of the popular ‘Where’s My Water?’ game from Disney Mobile, with ten levels that can’t be played anywhere else. This handset will be available for purchase starting from April 25 at T-Mobile retail stores, T-Mobile online store, select dealers and national retailers. The HTC One S will be available for $199.99 with a 2 year service agreement and a $50 mail-in rebate.

HTC One X Coming To AT&T On May 6 For $199.99

AT&T recently announced the price and availability of the powerful HTC One X smartphone. This handset was originally announced and showcased earlier this year at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 in Barcelona. The HTC One X comes with a 4.7 inch Super LCD HD display as well as a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor. It runs on the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. This handset will be exclusively available for the AT&T subscribers in the US from next month.

HTC One X is AT&T’s first smartphone with Beats by Dr.Dre Audio built-in to the hardware and software. It is also the carrier’s first smartphone to launch with the latest version of the Android Operating System. HTC Watch on One X allows the user to access thousands of Hollywood blockbusters and offers companion content to find out more about the film.

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HTC One X features a 4.7 inch Super LCD HD display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, Corning Gorilla Glass, 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, HTC Sense 4, 8 megapixel camera, Full HD (1080p) video recording, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, 4G LTE Connectivity, NFC (Near Field Communication), HDMI, DLNA connectivity, microUSB 2.0, 1 GB RAM, 32 GB internal memory, 25 GB DropBox cloud storage, Internal GPS Antenna, HTC Watch, Beats audio and a 1800 mAh battery.

The HTC One X will be available for purchase from May 6. However, this device will be available for pre-order starting from April 22. The HTC One X comes with a price-tag of $199.99 with a 2 year service agreement and a $39.99 minimum monthly voice plan.

Lava Unveils The Intel Atom Powered XOLO X900 Handset

Intel in association with a small time local handset maker in India – Lava – released the first Medfield SoC sporting handset – the XOLO X900. Inside the XOLO X900 is a Intel Atom Z460 processor clocked at 1.6GHz, along with HyperThreading technology. The CPU is coupled by a PowerVR SGX540 GPU clocked at 400MHz. Considering this is the first handset ever to be released to consumers to sport an Intel SoC, it would be interesting to see how the single core Atom processor from Intel will stack up against its competitors like Qualcomm’s S4 and Samsung’s Exynos quad-core SoCs. It would be also interesting to see how battery efficient is the Intel Atom processor inside a handset.

“Through XOLO X900, we are happy to bring to the Indian market a device that addresses the needs of those for whom speed and performance matters. After our success in feature phones with over 10 million happy customers in under 3 years, XOLO will be a differentiated player in the fast-growing smartphone segment. The initial reviews of XOLO X900 have been very positive and independent benchmarks clearly point to the fact that when it comes to speed and performance, XOLO X900 is the gold standard,” said Vishal Sehgal, co-founder and director, Lava International.

Other than the SoC, the X900 packs in a 4.03-inch LCD with WVGA (800*480) resolution, 1GB of RAM, an 8MP camera capable of recording 1080p HD videos and the usual bunch of sensors and connectivity options. Sadly, the X900 runs on stock Android 2.3 Gingerbread out of the box, but Lava and Intel have promised that a stock Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the handset will be available “shortly”.

The XOLO X900 will be available from 23rd April at Croma and other retail stores in India with a street price of approximately Rs 22,000.

 

HTC One X Gets Its First Software Update; Reportedly Improves Battery Life

HTC has already started rolling out a new software update for its recently released flagship handset, the HTC One X. The new software update, carrying the version number 1.28, contains some bug-fixes as reported by One X owners over the last two weeks.

This includes some graphical issues, better compatibility of the on-screen menu key and the new Google apps, and a slightly tweaked auto-brightness level. The update also fixes a bug, which will lead to a 10-20% increase in the battery life of the One X. For whatever it is worth, the update does not bump the Android version to 4.0.4.  Some users are also reporting an improvement in the network signal strength post the update.

The OTA update weighs in around 30MB, and is rolling out to only unlocked One X variants as you read this. Owners of the unlocked variant of the One X can also try and manually pull the update by going to Settings -> About and then selecting the ‘Software Updates’ option.

Via – Android Central

Meizu Unveils The Quad-Core Variant Of Meizu MX; Sports Exynos 4412 SoC

Remember the Meizu MX? The Chinese handset maker that had revealed the Meizu MX handset last year, running a custom version of Android 2.3 Gingerbread. When the company announced the MX, it also stated that it would be releasing a quad-core variant of the handset.

Yesterday, the company finally announced the quad-core variant of the MX. The Meizu MX is the first handset to be announced by any company to use a non-Tegra 3 quad-core SoC. Instead, the Meizu MX uses a quad-core Exynos 4412 processor from Samsung, which is built on the 32nm fabrication process. There is also a very high probability that the same SoC will be found inside Samsung’s flagship handset, the Galaxy S III.

Other specs of the handset are pretty mediocre including a 4-inch qHD (960*640) ASV display, an 8MP camera with an f/2.2 lens aided by an LED flash, a 1700mAh battery and the usual bunch of connectivity features. The quad-core variant of the Meziu MX will be available from early June this year.  The handset will be running on the company’s own “Flyme OS UI”, which itself is based on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

The 32GB and 64GB variant of the Meizu MX will cost 2999/3999 CNY and $3099/4099 HKD in Mainland China and Hong Kong, respectively.

 

 

Samsung Shows Off Premium Suite Of Apps For The Galaxy Note

Back in March, Samsung announced that it would be delaying the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy Note. Instead of the originally stated Q1 schedule, the Korean company would release the update for the Note sometime in Q2 of 2012. As a cover-up for its delay, the company announced that it would be including a suite of premium apps with the ICS update.

Samsung has now released a video teasing Note users with all the new functionalities the company will be adding in the update. Below is the video -:

From the video, it looks like Samsung has taken a lot of effort in optimizing most of the in-built apps for the stylus, and making them more feature rich as well. The ability to directly export or import a PDF, and edit it with the stylus is definitely a useful feature. Along with the Premium suite of apps, Note owners will also get to enjoy all the latest features of Ice Cream Sandwich including inbuilt data monitoring, a new multi-tasking UI, an improved UI and more.

While  the premium suite of apps that Samsung is including with the ICS update for the Note definitely looks impressive, it would have been much better if the company had actually retained all the visual goodness introduced by Google in ICS, instead of just slapping TW4 over it.

Sprint’s Galaxy Nexus Coming On April 22nd For $199

Back at CES in January 2012, Sprint sent out a press release announcing that it will soon be releasing the Galaxy Nexus under its network in the United States. However, the carrier did not announce the launch date or price of the handset.

Fast forward to three months later, and Sprint has today officially announced the release date and price of the Galaxy Nexus. The Sprint’s variant of the Galaxy Nexus will hit the carrier on 22nd April and will cost $199.99 on a two-year contract. For the unknown, the latest Nexus handset from Google packs in a 1.2GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 processor from OMAP, a PowerVR SGX540 GPU clocked at 308MHz, a gig of RAM, and a beautiful Super AMOLED HD screen with 720p (1280*720) resolution. Other specs include a mediocre 5MP camera with Instant capture feature, 1080p video recording, NFC, and the usual bunch of connectivity features, and obviously the highlight of Galaxy Nexus, the latest version of Android – Ice Cream Sandwich.

Unlike Verizon’s variant of the Galaxy Nexus, Sprint’s version of the Galaxy Nexus will also support the big G’s Google Wallet service. In fact, readers who buy and activate the Galaxy Nexus by 22nd May will get $50 of free credit in Google Wallet. The pre-orders for the handset begin from today itself.

Samsung Galaxy S3 To Be Unveiled On May 3 In London

It looks like Samsung is finally all set to unveil one of the most hotly anticipated handset of this year, the Galaxy S III. Samsung has started sending out press invites for the unveiling of the next Galaxy handset. The much anticipated event is going to take place in London on 3rd May, which is just 17 days from now!

Below is the official teaser image included in the press invite with the tag line ” Come and Meet The Next Galaxy” -:

Considering how successful the Galaxy S and S II were, it will be interesting to see whether the Galaxy S III is able to match them or not. The Galaxy S III is probably the only handset to match near iPhone like hype and rumor levels. Samsung has also done a very good job of preventing leaks and thus keeping the S3 as a secret right until it is official announcement.

I totally expect the Galaxy S III to blow away its competition, including the almighty iPhone 4S and the HTC One X.

HTC Unveils Three New Desire Handsets For China

HTC has announced a trio of Desire branded handsets for the Chinese market – the VT T328t, VC T328d and V T328w. Except for their complex names; the handsets are similar to each other. The spec sheet of the handsets include a 4-inch WVGA (480*800) S-LCD, a 1GHz Snapdragon S2 processor with an Adreno 205 GPU, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal memory, and a microSD card slot. The usual connectivity features and sensors are also present.

At the back of these Desire branded handsets is a 5MP camera aided by an LED flash. If you have not guessed it by now, these three new Desire handsets from HTC are nothing but re-branded HTC One V. Even though the handsets don’t use the One brand, they come with HTC’s ImageSense and Beats technology. The handsets will also be running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with Sense 4.0 out of the box.

The VT T328t will be available on China Mobile, while the VC T328d will be available on China Telecom, and finally the V T328w will be available under China Unicom network. Talk about too much ‘China’ eh? All the three handsets will be available by the end of this month.

Via – GSMArena

 

Sony Starts Rolling Out Ice Cream Sandwich Update For Xperia Arc S, Neo V and Ray

After quite a few announcements, and a delay, Sony is all set to start rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for its handsets. Initially, Sony is only rolling out the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Xperia Arc S, Neo V and the Ray. The update will be available for Xperia owners in Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Finland and Norway, and will roll-out to more countries over the next 4-6 weeks.

If you own an operator branded Xperia handset, the update might take some more time to show up. Users can check whether the software kit for their operator and region is available or not from here. The software update is not an OTA one, and users need to use Sony’s PC Companion to install the Ice Cream Sandwich update on their handset.

Owners of Xperia Arc, Neo, Mini, Play, Live with Walkman, active and Pro will get to taste Ice Cream Sandwich by the end of May or early June. Sony has also promised to roll-out the Ice Cream Sandwich update for its current flagship phone, the Xperia S, sometime in Q2 of this year.

HTC One V Launched In India For Rs.18,299

Back in February, HTC announced the new HTC One range of smartphones. The HTC One X, HTC One S and HTC One V are the first three members of the HTC One family. The HTC One X and One S are high-end smartphones, while the HTC One V is a mid-range phone. These handsets runs on the latest Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System.

Along with the HTC One X, the company also launched the HTC One V in India. If you are looking for an Android 4.0 powered smartphone, without burning a hole in your pocket, then you should definitely for for the HTC One V. This handset comes with a 3.7 inch touchscreen display as well as a 1 GHz processor. If you are planning to buy this device, then check out the complete specs below.

“We are much focused on creating an invaluable camera and audio experience that is user-friendly, so customers will love using it and we believe that the HTC One series will deliver this like never before,” said Faisal Siddiqui, Country Manager of HTC India.

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HTC One V features a 3.7 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1 GHz processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, HTC Sense 4 UI, 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, HD (720p) video recording and playback, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, 3G Connectivity and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB internal memory, Beats Audio, Bluetooth 4.0, 25 GB DropBox cloud storage, A-GPS and a 1500 mAh battery. This handset measures 120.3mm x 59.7mm x 9.24mm and weighs just 115 grams.

The HTC One V is currently available only in Jupiter Rock color. Airtel subscribers will get 500 MB of data for 3 months, 100 full songs download and 200 minutes of Mobile TV with the purchase of this handset. The HTC One V comes with a price-tag of Rs.19,999, but you can easily get this device at a best buy price of Rs.18,299.

HTC One X Launched In India For Rs.37,899

HTC recently launched the much-awaited HTC One X in India. This handset comes with a 4.7 inch Super LCD touchscreen display as well as a 1.5 GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 Quad-Core processor. It is the first device in the HTC One range of smartphones. HTC One X was announced at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 in Barcelona. This handset runs on the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. Within 2 months of its official announcement, the powerful HTC One X is already available for purchase in India.

“One of the key objectives for the HTC One series, was to enable the user to remember their best moments in life easily, whether it be capturing a photo or listening to a song, so it was crucial for us to improve these emotional experiences with an amazing camera and authentic sound experience,” said Faisal Siddiqui, Country Manager of HTC India.

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HTC One X features a 4.7 inch Super LCD HD display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, Corning Gorilla Glass, 1.5 GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 Quad-Core processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, HTC Sense 4, 8 megapixel camera, Full HD (1080p) video recording, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, NFC (Near Field Communication), HDMI, DLNA connectivity, microUSB 2.0, 1 GB RAM, 32 GB internal memory, 25 GB DropBox cloud storage, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, Internal GPS Antenna, HTC Watch, Beats audio and a 1800 mAh battery.

HTC One X customers will get 25 GB of free Dropbox space for two years. This handset is available in 2 different colors – Polar White and Glamour Grey. The HTC One X comes with a price-tag of Rs.42,999, but you can easily get this device at a best buy price of Rs.37,899.

Sprint Rolling Out Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich Update For The Nexus S 4G

Last weekend, the folks over at BriefMobile had leaked the official Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich version of the Nexus S 4G. If you own a Nexus S 4G, and have not yet installed the leaked update on your phone until now but are planning on doing so, wait! Beginning from today, Sprint has officially started rolling out the Android 4.0.4 update for the Nexus S 4G.

The NS 4G never got the original Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update, so quite a lot of users will be jumping directly from Android 2.3 to Android 4.0.4. For the unknown, the Android 4.0 update is possibly the biggest update ever in the history of this open-source mobile OS.

The ICS update includes a new and polished UI, GPU rendering, a new launcher with a sliding menu drawer, the ability to monitor data usage of individual apps, Android Beam, Holo theme for apps, a new and enhanced notification bar, new lock screen, a new camera app, an enhanced version of the Contacts app known as the People’s app, a new multi-tasking UI and a magazine like swipe UI throughout the OS.

If you have not already received the OTA update from Sprint on your handset, it should pop-up on your handset in the next few days.

 

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Now Has a Marketshare Of 2.9%

Google introduced Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich back in October in an event in Hong Kong, along with the Galaxy Nexus. The Nexus handset took its sweet time to be available to the public, along with the AOSP code of the new Android OS version. The Android 4.0 update for the Nexus S was also pushed 1.5 months after the OS was announced, and was then pulled back due to bugs. Due to all these factors, the Ice Cream Sandwich adoption rate had been pretty dismissal. When Google had released its last Android platform distribution chart, Ice Cream Sandwich had a market share of only 1.6%.

Today, Google again updated its Android version distribution chart for a two-week period ending on April 2, 2012, and things certainly look better. The latest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, now has a whopping market share of…2.9%. While that number is still pretty low, it is bound to improve in the next couple of weeks thanks to the ICS updates of the HTC Sensation, Samsung Galaxy S II, and the Android 4.0.4 update for the XOOM, Nexus S and the Galaxy Nexus.

Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread still remains the most popular version of Android out there, with a 63.2% market share. While the ICS adoption rate is still pretty low, we should not forget that many of the popular Android handsets like the Galaxy S, HTC EVO 4G, Motorola Droid and the Droid X will not be updated to Android 4.0. Also, with nearly all of the Android handsets still shipping with Gingerbread out of the box, expect Gingerbread to remain the most popular Android version for quite a few more months.

 

Micromax Launches The Android 4.0 Powered Funbook Tablet For Just Rs.6,499

We already knew that Micromax was planning to launch an entry-level tablet during the Q2 of 2012. Today, the company finally launched the much-awaited Micromax Funbook tablet in India. Surprisingly, this tablet runs on the latest Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. It comes with a 7 inch capacitive display as well as a 1.2 Ghz Cortex A8 processor. This tablet comes with the E-learning app which offers reading materials, videos, multimedia, tests, assessment, references from leading content brands like Pearson, Everonn, GK Publishers, Scholarshub, Vidyalankar, Universal Tutorials, CAPS, Zion and many more.

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The Micromax Funbook features a 7 inch capacitive touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, 1.2 Ghz Cortex A8 processor with Dual Mali 2D/3D GPU, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, 0.3MP VGA front-facing camera for video chat, HD video playback, WiFi Connectivity, 3G Dongle support via USB, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, USB 2.0, HDMI out, up to 5 hours of browsing time and a 2800 mAh battery.

The Micromax Funbook comes pre-loaded with the Bolly Buzz and M clips app, which allows you to access more than 6000 songs and 4000 videos on the go. This tablet is available in 2 diiferent colors -Midnight Black and Slate Grey. The Micromax Funbook comes with a price tag of just Rs.6,499 (approx. $130) in India. To get this device, head over to this page.