LG Optimus G Announced; Comes With S4 Pro, 2 GB RAM, 13 MP Camera

LG recently announced the much-awaited Optimus G smartphone in Korea. The LG Optimus G is the company’s latest flagship device featuring a 4.7 inch display, Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro (APQ8064) processor with a 1.5 GHz quad-core Krait CPU, 2 GB RAM, 4G LTE Connectivity and much more. This handset runs on the old Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS. It comes with the unique QSlide Function which shows two different screens simultaneously on one display. Basically it means that you can view once apps on the first half and the second app on the another half of the screen.

Dr. Jong-seok Park, CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company, said:
“The Optimus G is a groundbreaking premium device not only in the history of LG but also in the smartphone industry. With the Optimus G, users will be able to experience unsurpassed UX features that will allow them to perform tasks that really enhance their daily lives.”

LG Optimus G features a 4.7 inch WXGA True HD IPS PLUS display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, Optimus UI 3.0, 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, 13 megapixel rear-facing camera with auto-focus and LED flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, NFC (Near Field Communication) and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo FM Radio with RDS, 2 GB DDR RAM, 32 GB internal memory, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 4G LTE Connectivity, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, microUSB 2.0, MHL, GPS with A-GPS, Google Play Store, up to 335 hrs of stand-by time, up to 15 hrs of talk-time and a 2100 mAh battery.

This handset measures 131.9 x 68.9 x 8.45mm and weighs 145 grams. Sadly, the much-needed MicroSD card slot is missing from the device. LG Optimus G comes with the enhanced UX features such as QuickMemo, screen zooming, live zooming, dual screen dual play, icon personalizer and so on. It also packs a new battery from the LG Chem which has a longer life of 800 cycles.

LG Optimus G will go on sale starting next week in Korea, followed by key global markets in October. The price of the device will be revealed in the coming days.

Google Navigation Comes To Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Qatar And Other Countries

Google and Apple have a history of launching their new services only in the United States first, and then slowly expanding it to other regions of the world. Sadly, some of the most brilliant services from these companies like the free turn-by-turn map navigation from Google and iTunes Match from Apple are not available in most of the third world countries.

Google, thankfully, has showed some love to third world countries, and recently enabled free turn-by-turn navigation and live traffic information in India. Today, Google has shown some of its navigation love to Android users in Lebanon, Egypt, Qatar, Algeria, Kuwait, Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

The bad news? The free service will only be available to Android devices running Android 4.0 ICS or higher.

Hopefully, Google will expand its free navigation services to more countries in the world, and will also work on bringing Play Books, Play Music and Play Movies to some third world countries.

Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE Coming To Sprint For $99.99

Another day and another smartphone announcement! One one hand, Samsung launches the powerful and stunning Galaxy S III, while on the other hand, the South Korean giant is flooding the US market with its entry-level smartphones. The latest device to join the bandwagon is the Galaxy Victory 4G LTE. The design of the device is as dull as its name.

The Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE will be exclusively available for the Sprint subscribers in the US. As expected, the device is powered by the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System with the Samsung’s very own TouchWiz UI on top of it. Sprint 4G LTE is now currently available only in 19 cities across the United States. This handset is great for those who are looking to experience the lightning fast 4G LTE on the smartphone, without burning a hole in their pocket.

David Owens, vice president – Product Development, Sprint, said:
“Price is often a barrier for customers who are ready to transition from a feature phone to a smartphone. Samsung Galaxy Victory brings Sprint 4G LTE to the mass market with the high-end features and capabilities of a premium Android smartphone. Priced under $100 and paired with Truly Unlimited data from Sprint, our customers will appreciate the functionality of this device without worrying about costly monthly rate plans or surprises on their wireless bill.”

Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE features a 4 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, TouchWiz UI, 5 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video chat, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 4G LTE Connectivity and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, FM Radio with RDS, DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance), 1 GB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, Samsung Hub, Google Play Store, NFC (Near Field Communication), Samsung Media Hub, Android Beam, 3G/4G LTE mobile hotspot capability, up to 9 hours of talk-time and a 2100 mAh battery. This handset measures 121.9 mm x 63.5 mm x 12.7 mm and weighs 138.9 grams.

Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE will be available for Sprint customers from September 16 for just $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and a 2 year service agreement. While Samsung Galaxy S III is available at the same price, we wonder who will purchase this entry-level smartphone in the first place. If Galaxy S III doesn’t excite you, then head over to this page and order this handset right away.

Motorola Atrix 2 Gets The Android 4.0 ICS Update In India

Motorola Atrix 2 is the successor of the popular Motorola Atrix smartphone. It features a 4.3 inch qHD display, 1 GHz dual-core processor, 8 megapixel camera, 1 GB RAM and so on. Motorola Atrix 2 was originally shipped with the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS during the Q4 of 2011. Earlier this year, Motorola launched this handset in India with a price tag of Rs.21,000 in India.

The manufacturer has already promised the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for this device, however it was delayed for several months. Now, Motorola has finally started rolling out the Android 4.0 ICS update for the Atrix 2 owners. Currently, this update is available only in India and it will be rolled out in other markets in the coming days.

The latest update is numbered 672.1.18.MB865.AsiaRetail.EN.03 and brings the usual ICS goodies along with some new features such as face unlock, customizable launch bar, direct access lock screen, data usage monitor, enhanced notifications window, recent apps feature, improved settings and enhanced email experience. It also improves Bluetooth audio quality while listening to music, Mobile Hotspot performance and much more.

The size of the update is 257 MB and it will be available via Over-The-Air (OTA). We advise you to backup all of your data and use a Wi-Fi network before updating this device. If you still haven’t received this update, then just go to Settings > About > Software Updates and check for the update.

AT&T Announces The Mid-Range ICS Droid – LG Escape

Last night, LG and AT&T announced a new budget oriented 4G LTE capable handset, the LG Escape. The handset packs a 4.3-inch LCD with IPS technology and qHD (960×640) resolution.

Internally, the Escape is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, which in all probability is the Qualcomm S4 Krait SoC. Other specs include a 5MP snapper at the back capable of recording 1080p HD videos, 1GB of RAM, NFC, 4GB of on-board storage, a microSD card slot, 1.3MP front-facing camera, Bluetooth 4.0 and a beefy 2150mAh battery.

“LG Escape allows users to capture and share whatever life sends their way with its powerful dual-core processor, true-to-life screen and smart camera features,” said James Fishler, senior vice president of marketing and go-to-market operations, LG Electronics USA. “And on AT&T’s expansive network consumers can get the best possible experience with Escape by using its LTE capabilities to the fullest.”

Thankfully, the LG Escape will be running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich when released. The handset will be available from September 16th on all AT&T retail stores for only $50 on a two-year contract.

Lenovo Announces The Dual-SIM A660 Smartphone

Lenovo has previously launched a number of smartphones in the European and Asian market which failed miserably. However, the manufacturer release new devices for the Chinese market every now and then. The latest handset to enter the Chinese market is the mid-budget Android powered Lenovo A660 smartphone.

There is nothing much to talk about the specs, since you can’t expect much from a mid-range smartphone. Thankfully, this device runs on the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System and the much-awaited Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update won’t make its way to this device in the near future. Lenovo A660 is the company’s first water-proof and IP67 certified device.

It comes with a 4 inch WVGA Gorilla Glass display, sporting a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, 1 GHz dual-core processor, dual SIM (GSM + WCDMA) capabilities, 5 megapixel rear camera, VGA front-facing camera for video calls, 3.5 mm headset jack, Bluetooth, Google Play Store, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory and a 1500 mAh battery.

The price and release date of this handset has not been announced yet. It is expected to be available for less than $200. Lenovo A660 won’t be available in other European and Asian markets.

Samsung Captivate Glide Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Update Now Live!

AT&T Samsung Captivate Glide owners, if any, here is some good news for you. Samsung has started rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for the slide-out keyboard packing handset.

The bad news? The update will only be made available via Samsung’s KIES software so Captivate Glide owners need to use a Windows or Mac based PC to get the update. There will be no OTA roll-out of the update so Captivate Glide owners need to use KIES if they want to get ICS on their handset.

The Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Captivate Glide will bring with it a bunch of improvements including an updated UI, an improved keyboard, face unlock, inbuilt data monitoring tool and more.

At this moment it is unknown whether Samsung will update the Captivate Glide to Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean or not. Until Samsung confirms anything, Captivate Glide owners should probably consider the ICS update the last major Android update for their handset.

Via – AT&T

Verizon Launches The Entry Level Samsung Galaxy Stellar

Samsung recently launched the entry-level Galaxy Stellar smartphone. This handset will be exclusively available for the Verizon Wireless subscribers in the US. It runs on the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System and packs a 4 inch display as well as a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor.

Samsung Galaxy Stellar features a dual interface option – Starter Mode or Standard Mode. The Starter Mode is specially designed for the new Android users and it features a simplified home screen display with preset widgets such as Favorite Apps, Favorite Contacts and Favorite Settings for quick and easy access to frequently used apps and settings.

Samsung Galaxy Stellar features a 4 inch WVGA display, sporting a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System, 1.2 GHz dual-core Snapdragon application processor, 3.2 megapixel rear-facing camera with auto focus, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video chat and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, A-GPS, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, microUSB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 4G LTE connectivity, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Amazon apps, Google Play Store, up to 216 hours stand-by time, up to 17 hours of talk-time and a 2100mAh battery.

The Samsung Galaxy Stellar is a SAFE (Samsung Approved For Enterprise) approved device featuring on-device AES 256-bit encryption, enhanced support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync and support for Virtual Private Network (VPN).

This handset allows you to access more than 600,000 apps from the Google Play Store and a variety of premium TV and film content for rent or purchase through the Samsung Media Hub. Verizon subscribers can get the Samsung Galaxy Stellar for free with a $50 mail-in rebate and a 2 year service agreement.

Micromax Funbook Alpha Launched In India For Rs.5,999

Back in April, Micromax launched the company’s first tablet device, the Micromax Funbook. This 7 inch tablet was powered by the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System and it runs on the 1.2 Ghz Cortex A8 processor. After the huge success of this device, Micromax launched another Android 4.0 powered tablet in August. The Micromax Funbook Pro packed a large 10.1 inch display and a 1.2 GHz processor.

Now, Micromax went ahead and launched the third tablet in the Funbook family, the Micromax Funbook Alpha. This device is touted to be the stripped down version of the original Funbook. It runs on the old Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS and the much-awaited Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update seems unlikely for this device. Check out the complete specs below.

The Micromax Funbook Alpha features a 7 inch capacitive touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, 1 GHz Cortex-A8 processor with dual Mali-400 GPU, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, 0.3MP VGA front-facing camera for video calling, HD video playback, Wi-Fi 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, up to 9 hours of stand-by time and a 2800 mAh battery.

It comes with the usual E-learning app which offers reading materials, videos, multimedia, tests, assessment, references from leading content brands. Micromax Funbook Alpha comes with a price-tag of Rs.6,499. However, you can easily get this device from nCarry for just Rs.5,999.

Huawei Launches The Android Powered Ascend G600 Smartphone

Huawei recently introduced a new member in its Ascend family of smartphones, the Huawei Ascend G600. This handset packs a 4.5 inch display as well as a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor. It runs on the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System and the device is likely to get the latest Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update in the coming weeks. According to the manufacturer, the Huawei Ascend G600 can be fully charged in just four hours, powered on in five seconds and provides more than 15 days of standby time.

Shao Yang, Chief Marketing Officer, Huawei Device, said:
“We are very excited to introduce the new Huawei Ascend G600, which gives more functionality and power for people who expect more from their technology. Building on the success of the Ascend range of smartphones, the Huawei Ascend G600 is the latest in our range of flagship products that make exceptional product experiences accessible for more people globally.”

Huawei Ascend G600 features a 4.5 inch LCD IPS qHD display, sporting a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, Huawei Emotion UI, 8 megapixel BSI auto-focus camera, VGA front-facing camera for video chat, double speakers with DTS surround sound and more.

It also comes with the usual 3.5 mm headset jack, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, NFC (Near Field Communication) Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth, DLNA, 768MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, Micro SD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, A-GPS, MicroUSB 2.0, Google Play Store, up to 15 days of stand-by time and a 1930mAh Li-Polymer battery.

The Huawei Ascend G600 will be available in black and white colors. This handset will go on sale from next month in select markets. The price of this device has not been announced yet.