Kyocera Rise Coming To Sprint On August 19 For $19.99

Earlier this year, Kyocera announced the entry-level Kyocera Rise smartphone at the International CTIA Wireless 2012. This handset will be available for Sprint and Virgin Mobile subscribers in the US. Kyocera Rise runs on the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System and it features an amazing slide-out QWERTY keyboard. This handset is specially targeted at the users with feature phones, who are planning to upgrade to an entry-level smartphone without losing the tactile keyboard or burning a hole in their pocket.

David Owens, vice president, Product Development, Sprint, said:
“Kyocera Rise brings customers the comfort of an easy-to-use Android smartphone with a QWERTY keyboard. It is a great option for customers who are new to smartphones, parents looking for the perfect first device for their teens and tweens or anyone looking for a device with an impressive set of features at a great price. This is a perfect addition to round out our Android portfolio.”

Kyocera Rise features a 3.5 inch IPS HVGA touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, 1 GHz MSM8655 Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, four row slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 3.2 megapixel camera with LED flash, Sprint ID and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 2 GB MicroSD card bundled, GPS, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Google Play Store, Stereo Bluetooth 2.1+ EDR, up to 9 hours of talk-time and a 1500 mAh battery. This handset measures 4.4×2.4×0.56 inches and weighs 5.54 oz.

Kyocera Rise comes with the unique “Eco Mode” software to better monitor and conserve battery power. Sprint customers can get this handset from August 15 for $19.99 after a $50 rebate and a 2 years service agreement. On the other hand, Virgin Mobile subscribers can get this device from August 31 for just $99.99 without any contract.

Samsung Unveils The Galaxy Note 10.1 U.S Pricing and Release Date

As expected, Samsung has unveiled its latest tablet — the Galaxy Note 10.1 — at an event in the United States. The Note 10.1 was originally announced at Mobile World Congress this year, but packed mediocre specs. The Korean company never really released it, and instead silently worked on updating the tablet’s internals.

The new and updated Galaxy Note 10.1 packs in a 10.1-inch TFT screen with a resolution of 1280*800. Internally, the tablet is powered by the quad-core Exynos 4412 SoC clocked at 1.4GHz, 2GB of RAM, and an ARM Mali-400MP4 GPU. Other specs of the tablet include a 5MP snapper at the back, a 1.9MP front camera, microSD card slot, miniUSB port, an IR port, a beefy 7000mAh battery, Bluetooth 4.0, and a Galaxy Note like S-Pen stylus. The tablet runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, but Samsung will update it to Jelly Bean sooner than later.

“Samsung’s GALAXY Note 10.1, with its pressure-sensitive S Pen, truly unleashes the power of Adobe Photoshop Touch and provides a great tool for creative expression,” said Winston Hendrickson, vice president products, Creative Media Solutions, Adobe. “More than ever, people around the world want to create, wherever and whenever inspiration strikes. We look forward to seeing what they imagine with the S Pen and Photoshop Touch.”

The Galaxy Note 10.1 will come with an optimized version of Adobe Photoshop Touch, which is aimed to take advantage of the tablet’s S-Pen input. Thankfully, Samsung has priced the Note 10.1 sensibly with the 16GB Wi-Fi only variant of the tablet retailing for $499, while the 32GB version will set users back by $549. The tablet will also be available since tomorrow across all the U.S. authorized retailers including Best Buy, Amazon, Tiger Direct and Fry’s.


Verizon Motorola Droid 4 Gets The Android 4.0 ICS Update

Earlier this year, Motorola announced the Droid 4 smartphone for the Verizon Wireless subscribers in the US. This handset comes with an amazing slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 4 inch qHD display, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 8 megapixel camera and much more. However, the device was shipped with the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. Motorola has already promised to roll out the much-awaited Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for this device during the Q3 of 2012. Now, the wait is finally over for the Motorola Droid 4 owners.

Verizon recently started rolling out the Android 4.0 ICS update for the Droid 4 smartphone in the US. The latest update enables global roaming and brings 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 much more. Check out the complete changelog after the break.


Enhancements/ Application Updates:

  • Device is enabled for Global Roaming.
  • Integration of new version of Backup Assistant Plus.
  • Mobile IM has been removed.
  • Color for Facebook application is preloaded

Email / Messaging:

  • Improved Stability and connectivity with Email.
  • Successfully download and save ringtones.

Stability and Performance Improvements:

  • Mobile Hotspot – Improved connectivity.
  • Reduced device resets and power cycling.
  • Camera quality has been improved for better pictures.
  • Improved My Gallery performance.
  • Voice Mail Notification shows the correct of unread messages.

User Interface:

  • Updated Mobile Hotspots Icon.
  • Visual Voice Mail shortcut on home screen changed to a standard voicemail shortcut.
  • Clear Contact pictures are displayed for phonebook contacts.

The latest update is numbered 6.16.217.XT894 and it can be easily downloaded via OTA (Over-The-Air). The size of the update is 360 MB. You should make sure that your device is not rooted and has at least 50% or more battery before updating the device. It is advised to backup all your data before updating the device. To learn more, check out this PDF file.

T-Mobile Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus and Galaxy Tab 10.1 Wi-Fi Taste Ice Cream Sandwich In The United States

After rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the various Galaxy Tab in different regions of the world, Samsung has turned its attention to the United States. The Korean company has start rolling out the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the original Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the T-Mobile Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus.

The ICS update for both the Tabs brings some much-needed performance and stability improvements, UI refinements, new features like Face Unlock, in-built Data Monitoring tool, updated Google Apps and more.As of now, only the Wi-Fi variant of the Tab 10.1 is receiving the ICS update.

Owners of the 3G/4G LTE variant of the Tab 10.1, need to wait until the OTA update is ‘tested’ and approved by their carriers, which can very well take up to a few months. The 254MB OTA update should be available to all Wi-Fi Tab 10.1 owners within the next couple of weeks. T-Mobile Tab 7.0 Plus owners need to use Samsung’s KIES software to get Ice Cream Sandwich on their device.

Hopefully, Samsung will roll out the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the forgotten Tab 8.9 owners pretty soon as well.

Via – Phandroid

Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE Coming To Sprint On August 19

Last month, Motorola unveiled the Android powered Photon Q 4G LTE smartphone. This handset will be exclusively available for the Sprint subscribers in the US. Motorola Photon Q is the first 4G LTE device with a five-row slide-out QWERTY keyboard and world phone capabilities. This handset runs on the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. We have good news for those who were eagerly waiting for the launch of this device. After waiting for nearly a month, Sprint finally announced the price and release date of this amazing device.

David Owens, vice president, Product Development, Sprint, said:
“At Sprint, we recognize there is a large group of our customers that love the ease of a physical QWERTY keyboard. By bringing a device like Motorola PHOTON Q into our portfolio, we are able to give these customers the option of a physical keyboard plus international roaming capabilities to stay connected while traveling abroad.”

motorola photon q 4g lte

Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE features a 4.3-inch ColorBoost display, sporting a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels, Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System, 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, MotoBlur user interface, 8 megapixel camera with digital zoom and flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, front-facing HD camera for video chat and Google+ Hangout, NFC (Near Field Communication), Sprint ID and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 4G LTE connectivity, Stereo Bluetooth 4.0 with EDR, DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance), A-GPS, Google Play Store, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, MicroUSB, FM Radio, 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot capability, up to 7.5 hours of talk-time, up to 16 days of stand-by time and a 1785 mAh battery.

Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE is currently up for pre-order at the wireless carrier’s official website. This handset will go on sale from August 19. You can get this device for $199.99 with a 2 year service agreement. To pre-order the Photon Q smartphone, head over to this page.

HTC Thunderbolt Ice Cream Sandwich Update Still On Track

HTC has until now released the Ice Cream Sandwich updates for the various variants of the Sensation, and the single-core powered HTC Incredible S. While the original announcement from HTC stated that the Desire HD will be getting Ice Cream Sandwich, the company recently announced that the ICS update for the handset has been scrapped. The reason behind denying the ICS update was due to the lack of sufficient space on the /system partition on the handset.

Rumors soon started floating around that HTC might axe the ICS update for the Thunderbolt, since the handset packs similar specs as the Desire HD.

HTC has now confirmed via its Facebook page that the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Thunderbolt is still on track. Here is the full comment from HTC -:

Hey, John! Yes, The Thunderbolt is still set to receive ICS. We’re still planning to finish updates for all announced devices by the end of August. Thanks for remaining so patient!

Don’t get your hope too high though. In all probability, once HTC finishes the ICS update for the Thunderbolt, they will give it to Verizon for testing, which can very well take a couple of months.

Via – PocketNow

Final Version Of CyanogenMod 9 Released

With CyanogenMod 9, the CM team decided to go back to the drawing board, do some major code clean-up so that future Android releases won’t cause them too much of a headache. Due to this, CM9 was under development for quite a long time. ICS was pushed to AOSP sometime around mid-December, and the CM team started rolling out nightlies sometime around early-March for a bunch of devices.

The first RC was released sometime in June with the RC2 following it after a month. Now, nearly a month after the RC2 was released, and more than 6 months after nightly builds started rolling out, the CM team has silently released the final version of CM9. As of now, the final version is only available for the GSM variant of the Galaxy Nexus.

There has been no official announcement from the CM team about the release of final version of CM9, which should hopefully happen once the stable builds for other devices are available. Galaxy Nexus (GSM) owners can download the stable build of CM9 for their handset from here.

Now that the final build of CM9 has been released, official CM10 nightlies based on Jelly Bean are imminent.

Xperia P Ice Cream Sandwich Update Coming In The Third Week Of August

Sony is probably the only Android OEM manufacturer that has updated nearly the whole of its 2011 line-up of Xperia handsets to Ice Cream Sandwich, and then started rolling out ICS updates for its 2012 devices. After rolling out the ICS update for the Xperia S, the company has turned its attention to its budget-oriented dual-core handset, the Xperia P.

The P packs in a dual-core NovaThor 1GHz Cortex-A9 CPU an ARM Mali-400 GPU, 512MB of RAM and a microSD card slot. The handset offers quite a bang for its buck, but has been pretty much over-shadowed by the 2011 line-up of Xperia devices from Sony.

Thankfully, the Japanese company has announced via its Facebook India page that it will start rolling out the ICS update for the Xperia P somewhere between August 19th to August 25th. Considering the hardware similarities between the Xperia P, U and Sola, the ICS updates for these phones should not be far away as well.

Via – Xperia Blog

HTC Rezound Official Ice Cream Sandwich Update Now Live!

The HTC Rezound was the first phone from the Taiwanese manufacturer to be released in the United States to sport a 4.3-inch screen with 720p HD resolution, 1GB of RAM, and the Beats Audio logo. When HTC announced the Rezound it said that the handset is “Ice Cream Sandwich” ready, and that it will roll-out the update for the handset by the end of Q1 of 2012.

Well, starting from today, HTC has finally started rolling out the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Rezound. The official OTA update comes after the company missed its its original deadline by more than a quarter, and numerous ICS firmware leaks for the device.

Below is the official change-log of the update -:

Applications & Widgets
+ V CAST Media Manager has been updated to Backup Assistant Plus with an enhanced user experience.
+ Time zone issues have been resolved and proper Timezone will display within the Clock Widget.

Device Features
+ Device is enabled with the Wireless Alerting System.
+ Cisco AnyConnect support has been added to improve VPN functionality.
+ Improved data connectivity for a better user experience.
+ Improve device stability minimizes the number of resets.
+ Improvements to Mobile Hotspot connectivity.

Email, Messaging & Web
+ Improvements to default mail application now displays all Yahoo! mail contents properly

The OTA update should hit all Rezound owners within a couple of weeks. Alternatively, they can manually pull the update by going to Settings -> About Phone -> Software Update and then selecting the ‘Check For Updates’ option.


US Cellular Announces The Motorola Electrify 2 And Defy XT

Motorola recently announced two new Android powered smartphones, the Motorola Electrify 2 and Motorola Defy XT. These devices will be exclusively available for the subscribers of US Cellular. The Motorola Electrify 2 is second device in the popular Motorola Electrify family of smartphones. This handset runs on the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. On the other hand, Motorola Defy XT is a dust-proof, water-resistant and scratch-resistant smartphone which runs on the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS.

Edward Perez, vice president, sales and marketing operations, U.S. Cellular, said:
“Customers who purchase Motorola Electrify 2 or Defy XT will not only enjoy a new cutting-edge Android-powered smartphone, but will also get the best customer experience. A mobile phone should make life simpler and easier to get things done and U.S. Cellular believes the customer relationship with their wireless carrier should be the same.”

Motorola Electrify 2:

Motorola Electrify 2 features a 4.3 inch qHD ColorBoost display, sporting a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, MotoSwitch user interface, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with auto-focus and LED flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, VGA front-facing camera for video calls, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G connectivity and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS with A-GPS, DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance), 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, MicroUSB 2.0, WiFi Direct, FM Radio, Ambient light, proximity sensor, Google Play Store, up to 11 hours of talk-time, up to 11 days of stand-by time and a 1780 mAh battery. This handset measures 66mm x 129 mm x 8.4 mm and weighs 130 grams.

Motorola Defy XT:

Motorola Defy XT comes with a 3.7 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System, 1 GHz processor, 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, VGA front-facing camera, 512 MB RAM, 1 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, DLNA, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS with A-GPS, MicroUSB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G connectivity, up to 5.5 hours of talk-time, up to 12.5 days of stand-by time and a 1650 mAh battery. This handset measures 115mm x 58.5 mm x 11.95 mm and weighs 130 grams.

Motorola Electrify 2 comes with the SMARTACTIONS app that intelligently automates the routine and suggests ways to personalize your phone. These devices allows you to access more than 600,000 apps and games from the Google Play Store. Motorola Electrify 2 is currently available for $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate and a 2 year service agreement. You can also get this device without any contract for 349.99. Motorola Defy XT is available for just $99.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate and a 2 year service agreement.