AT&T Optimus G Android 4.1 Update Rolling Out

Last year, LG launched the powerful Optimus G smartphone. This handset was exclusively sold to the AT&T subscribers in the US. LG Optimus G was packed with some powerful specs, however the device was shipped with the old Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. Today, AT&T finally started rolling out the new Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update for this device.

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The latest update brings several enhancements, including changes to the notification display that groups updates from the same application together and allows you to expand or collapse notifications. Apart from that, it comes with Google Now, Project Butter, improved voice and data connectivity, offline text-to-speech, better performance in camera, new Gallery app, improved power management and advanced notifications.

The Android 4.1 update will also enable the Isis Mobile Wallet on the LG Optimus G. The Wallet is a free app that stores virtual version of payment and loyalty cards while organizing offers and deals. This update can be easily downloaded via Over-The-Air (OTA). To get this update, just select Settings > General > About phone > Software Update > Update now and follow the instructions.

Facebook And HTC Unveils ‘First’ Smartphone; Coming To AT&T On April 12

Today, Facebook finally unveiled the much-awaited Facebook Home, which is basically a home screen launcher for Android smartphones. At the same event, HTC and Facebook announced the new HTC First smartphone. It is the first device that has been optimized for Facebook Home. HTC First will be exclusively available for AT&T and EE customers in the US and UK respectively.

Peter Chou, CEO, HTC Corporation, said,
“HTC has a track record of providing beautiful hardware design, and of being first-to-market with smartphone innovations. The HTC First continues that track record, providing AT&T customers with a unique home experience that puts a user’s friends and family at the center of their mobile experience.”

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HTC First features a 4.3 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, 1.4 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, HD (720p) video recording, full HD (1080p) video playback, 1.6 megapixel front-facing camera for video chat and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, FM Radio with RDS, WiFi 801.11 a/b/g/n, 4G LTE Connectivity, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, NFC (Near Field Communication), Bluetooth 4.0, Google Play Store, up to 14.3 hours of talk-time, up to 18.2 hours of standby time and a 2000 mAh battery.

HTC First is currently up for pre-order at AT&T. This handset will go on sale from April 12 for just $99.99 with a two year service agreement. To pre-order the HTC First, head over to this page.

AT&T And Sprint Getting The HTC One On April 19th From $199.99

Today, HTC has finally announced the pre-order, release date and the pricing of the its latest flagship — the One — on two major U.S carriers, Sprint and AT&T.

Both the carriers will start selling the One from April 19th via their retail stores or website with the 32GB variant coming in at $199.99 with a two-year contract. As rumored earlier, AT&T has managed to snag an exclusive on the 64GB variant of the One, and will sell it for $249.99 on a two-year contract.

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AT&T will start taking pre-orders for the HTC One from April 4th, while Sprint will start taking them from 5th April. T-Mobile is now the only carrier left in the United States that is yet to announce its pricing and release date of the One. Verizon will not be selling the HTC One under its network, but it is widely expected that the HTC will release a modified variant of the One under Verizon’s sometime soon.

With a hard release date of April 19th, HTC has managed to beat the Galaxy S4 to the market in the United States. The pre-orders for the Galaxy S4 start from April 16th, with the handset being available only by the end of the month.

AT&T Gets The 64GB HTC One As An Exclusive In The U.S.

Back in Feburary when HTC unveiled the One, it stated that the handset will be available with two storage options – 32GB and 64GB. Considering that the One does not have a microSD card slot, a 64GB variant will definitely be appreciated by power users and the general consumers alike.

However, it looks like AT&T might have managed to nab the 64GB variant of the One as exclusive in the United States. In a video uploaded on their YouTube account, the carrier highlights twice that the 64GB One is going to be an exclusive on their network. HTC has not yet confirmed this news, but considering that the video has not yet been pulled, the news does seem to be true.

So, this means that Sprint and T-Mobile will be getting the 32GB variant of the handset in the United States. While 32GB of space should be more than enough for majority of the consumers, there will still be a few people for whom the lack of a 64GB option might turn out to be a deal-breaker.

Via – Droid-Life

AT&T Galaxy S4 Pre-Orders Begins From April 16th

Today, AT&T announced that it will start taking pre-orders for the latest and greatest Samsung flagship – the Galaxy S4 – beginning from April 16th. The handset will cost users back by $249.99 with a two-year contract. This makes AT&T the first U.S carrier to announce the pre-order of the handset.

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The Galaxy S4 is the successor to the massively popular Galaxy S3, and sports a 5-inch Full HD (1080p) Super AMOLED screen inside a body that is actually thinner and smaller than the Galaxy S3. While Samsung and AT&T have not confirmed yet, the AT&T version of the Galaxy S4 will sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 SoC clocked at 1.9GHz, along with 2GB of RAM and 16/32GB of internal memory.

Other specs of the Galaxy S4 include a 13MP camera in the back, a 2MP snapper in the front, an IR blaster, NFC, GPS with A-GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, LTE and the usual bunch of sensors. The Galaxy S4 is the first handset to pack in some new sensors including a thermometer, hygroscope and a barometer. It also runs on Android 4.2.2 with Samsung’s TouchWIZ UX 2.0 on top of it that contains a truck load of software gimmicks including Air View, Multi Window, Group Play, Smart Scrolling and much more.

AT&T One X Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Update Now Rolling Out

AT&T and HTC have finally started rolling out the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for their variant of the One X, the One XL. HTC rolled out the Jelly Bean update for the international One X back in December last year, but AT&T took its own sweet time to certify the update and release it for the One XL.

The Jelly Bean update brings with it Google Now, Project Butter, enhanced notification bar, improved stability and battery life, along with minor UI changes. The update also bumps the Sense version on the handset to 4+ that brings minor usability improvements, slightly enhanced Camera application, removes quite a few animations and brings major performance improvements.

AT&T has also pre-loaded its ISIS mobile wallet app and a suite of applications for its cloud services with this update. AT&T and HTC expect to roll-out the update to all One XL users in the United States over the next couple of weeks.

AT&T Xperia TL Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Update Now Available

Sony and AT&T have started rolling out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for the Xperia TL. The Xperia TL is the AT&T variant of the Xperia T with only some exterior differences distinguishing them.

The Android 4.1.2 update for the TL will bring with it quite a lot of new features including an updated suite of Media applications from Sony, an enhanced Camera application with HDR functionality, UI improvements, and all the Google related Jelly Bean enhancements like an Google Now, an enhanced notification bar, improved voice-to-text and Project Butter.

Xperia T owners who are already enjoying Jelly Bean update on their handset report an increase in battery life and camera picture quality. Xperia TL owners should also see similar results post the Android 4.1.2 update.

Sony and AT&T are rolling out the update via OTA, so it can take up to a couple of weeks for the update to hit your phone.

Via – XDA

AT&T To Offer Off-Contract Lenovo IdeaTab A2107

AT&T has just announced that it will be offering the Lenovo IdeaTab A2107 off-contract and unsubsidized. The device will sell for $199.99 off-contract or $99.99 if purchased with a two-year contract. The device will only support AT&T’s 3G network as the device doesn’t support 4G LTE network. Chris Penrose, AT&T’s senior vice president of emerging devices, has said that the device “is a great option for those in the market for a compact, multifunctional tablet at an affordable price,”.

If you’re unaware, the Lenovo IdeaTab A2107 is a very low priced 7″ tablet. The device runs Android 4.0 and supports Google Play. The device is powered by a modest 1GHz CPU with 1GB of RAM and a 2.0 megapixel camera. The device seems like a good option for those who want a tablet to add to their AT&T Mobile Share plan for an extra $10 per month. The device is perfect for light gaming, Netflix streaming and web browsing, though we wouldn’t recommend it to those who need the best tech on the market. At only $199.99, the Lenovo IdeaTab A2107 makes a good competitor to the Nexus 7 with Mobile Data which currently retails for $299.00. However, the Nexus 7 does offer better specs and is factory unlocked.

Source: AT&T via Talk Android

 

AT&T Unveils Pantech Discover; 4.8 Inch HD Display, 12.6 MP Camera For $50

AT&T recently announced the powerful Pantech Discover smartphone. It is the first AT&T smartphone pre-loaded with the AT&T DriveMode, an app designed to help prevent texting while driving. This powerful yet affordable device packs a 4.8 inch HD display, 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 4G LTE and a 12.6 megapixel camera for just $50 on contract.

Pantech Discover will be shipped with the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System, however the device will be upgraded to the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean soon after the launch. The pre-loaded AT&T DriveMode app can be extremely useful while driving. The app can be set-up to automatically send a customizable reply to incoming messages once a vehicle starts moving at a speed of more than 25 mph.

Jeff Bradley, senior vice president- Devices, AT&T, said:
“The Pantech Discover combines a feature-packed experience – complete with a 12.6-megapixel camera and HD display – with a cost-effective price point, giving AT&T customers yet another strong option in our 4G LTE portfolio. AT&T is dedicated to educating customers about the dangers of texting while driving and providing real solutions to help prevent the behavior. With DriveMode pre-loaded on the Discover, we hope that users will be less likely to text and drive.”

Pantech Discover features a 4.8 inch HD display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon S4 Pro, Android 4.0 OS, 12.6 megapixel rear camera with 4X zoom, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, Near Field Communication (NFC), 4G LTE Connectivity, 16 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory and a 2100 mAh battery.

Pantech Discover comes with full VPN and EAS support, plus device encryption for secure access to corporate email and intranets. This handset will so on sale from January 11 in the US. Pantech Discover can be purchased for just $49.99 with a two year service agreement.

AT&T Galaxy Note 2 Multi-View Update Coming Tomorrow

After T-Mobile started rolling out the multi-view multitasking update for the Galaxy Note 2, it is now time for the AT&T Note 2 owners to enjoy the update. AT&T is the only major carrier that has not yet rolled out the multi-view update for the Galaxy Note 2 in the United States. Verizon’s Note 2 shipped with the feature out of the box, while Sprint and T-Mobile rolled out a software update to enable the feature.

Below is the full statement from AT&T regarding the software update -:

AT&T plans to begin rolling out a software update for Samsung Galaxy Note II customers that includes the Multi-Window feature, which allows the user to divide the screen into two active “windows” creating a split screen that enables fluid multitasking between applications. The update will be available for download over the air beginning Dec. 27.

AT&T confirmed the news about the roll-out in an email to none other than Engadget themselves. The update will be rolled out via OTA and in batches so don’t get impatient if you don’t get the update tomorrow.