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Motorola ATRIX HD Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Update Rolling Out

Its raining Jelly Bean updates! After the One X, S3, and the Note 2, its time for the Motorola/AT&T Atrix HD to get some Jelly Bean love.

The Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update for the ATRIX HD will bring with Google Now, an enhanced notification bar, Project Butter for a lag-free experience, improved battery life, enhanced Camera app with improved auto focus, filmstrip mode for the gallery and more.

Motorola has also included some of its own new features including Drive Smart with enhanced voice search, which lays special emphasis on texting and driving, and automatically sets the phone to auto-reply to calls and texts when the user is driving.

While Motorola has already started rolling out the update, it can take up to two weeks for the roll-out to be complete. If you own a ATRIX HD and cannot wait for the update, just head over to Settings -> About Phone and select the ‘Software Update’ option. Make sure you are connected to a Wi-Fi network before proceeding though, since the update is pretty hefty in size.

Via – AT&T

AT&T Allows iPhone 4S To Use FaceTime Over 3G

According to a poster on the MacRumors forums, iPhone 4S users on AT&T’s network are finally able to use FaceTime via cellular. This is surprising as AT&T announced earlier this month that they would only allow users with 4G LTE devices and a tiered data plan to use FaceTime via a cellular connection. MacRumors has also reported that the poster was using a grandfathered unlimited data plan on his or her iPhone 5 and 4S, both of which are able to make FaceTime calls over cellular. We’ve embedded the forum post below:

In a recent thread we were discussing AT&T members getting facetime with LTE devices and tiered plans. However I noticed today that I have facetime over cellular and I have an unlimited plan on my 5.

I just turned off my other phone, a 4S and turned it back on, only to find the switch flipped to ON for facetime over cellular. Both phones work perfectly over cellular.

I also checked a few coworkers phones, all now have FT over cellular.

As of now, we’re not totally sure if AT&T is officially supporting FaceTime over cellular on the iPhone 4S and unlimited data plans at it could be an oversight on their part. It’s also worth noting that the original rollout of FaceTime on tiered data plans was supposed to take 8-10 weeks. CNET has reportedly asked an AT&T representative for clarification on FaceTime over cellular. AT&T responded to them with a good ol’ “we’re looking into it.”

Finally, AT&T iPhone 4 and iPad 2 users will be unable to take advantage of FaceTime over AT&T’s network as iOS 6 requires an iPhone 4S or higher to use FaceTime via cellular data.

Image Source: Brett Jordan

AT&T Captivate Glide Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Update Now Live

Here is some good news for AT&T Captivate Glide users. Beginning from tomorrow i.e. the 10th of November, AT&T and Samsung will start rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for your handset.

The update comes more than a year after Google had originally announced Ice Cream Sandwich. Anyways, the good news is that the Ice Cream Sandwich update brings with it quite a lot of new features including a data monitoring tool, face unlock, a re-designed People’s app, enhanced lock screen, the ability to dismiss notifications by swiping them, an updated Recents app UI and much more.

The sad part is that the biggest change introduced by Google in Ice Cream Sandwich — the updated UI with the introduction of the Holo theme — will be missing in action, all thanks to Samsung’s TouchWIZ UI.

AT&T and Samsung are not rolling out the software update via OTA. Instead, users will need to use the traditional method of using their PC to install the update on their handset. Head over to this website for instructions on how to update your Captivate Glide to Ice Cream Sandwich.

AT&T Lumia 920 And Lumia 820 Coming For $99 And $49 On November 9th

The Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 are important handsets for Microsoft and Nokia. With the Finnish giant suffering huge losses every quarter, the company has offered the best of everything it can with the Lumia 920 which includes an 8.7MP PureView Camera with optical image stabilization and Windows Phone 8.

While Nokia announced the Lumia 920 and 820 back in September, it has been mum on the final pricing and availability of the handset, especially in the United States. The Lumia 920 is already available for sale in certain regions of the world, including Russia where Nokia’s CEO, Elop, himself is at the store greeting customers.

Today, Nokia and AT&T announced the availability and pricing of the Lumia 920 and 820 in the United States on the carrier’s LTE network. The Lumia 920 will set users back by $99 on a two-year contract, while the Lumia 820 will cost them only $49.99. The pre-orders for both the handsets start on November 7th, with the phone hitting the retail stores on November 9th. For a limited time, AT&T will also be offering a wireless charging backplate with the Lumia 920.

The Lumia 920 is going to remain an AT&T exclusive for sometime, but the Lumia 820 will be available on Verizon’s network albeit with some slight radio changes and a different name – Lumia 822.

Via – The Verge

Samsung Galaxy Note II Up For Pre-Order At Verizon And AT&T

The title says it all. Samsung Galaxy Note II which was announced earlier this month for Verizon and AT&T is finally up for pre-order in the US. This device will also be available for T-Mobile and US Cellular subscribers in the coming weeks. To get the most advanced and powerful phablet of this planet, Verizon and AT&T customers will need to shell out $299.99. This is not all, as the pic shown below, the Verizon’s variant of Galaxy Note II will sport the ugly carrier logo on the home button! Thankfully, the remaining carriers will not torture their customers with the worthless carrier branding.

Samsung Galaxy Note II is the company’s second phone/tablet hybrid device. It is the successor of the popular Samsung Galaxy Note phablet. The device looks quite similar to the Galaxy S III, however it sports a large 5.5 inch Super AMOLED HD display as well as a 1.6 GHz quad-core processor. Samsung Galaxy Note II runs on the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System out of the box. If you are still unaware of the complete features, then check out the complete specs after the break.

Samsung Galaxy Note II features a 5.5 inch Super AMOLED HD display, sporting a resolution of 1280 × 720 pixels, 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, TouchWiz UI, 8 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and so on.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm headset jack, FM Radio with RDS, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 4G Connectivity, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, S-Pen, S Note, S Planner, Samsung Hub, DLNA, Google Play Store, Wi-Fi Direct, NFC (Near Field Communication) and a 3100mAh battery.

You can get the Galaxy Note II in both Marble White or Titanium Grey colors. This device is currently up for pre-order for $299.99 with a 2 year service agreement. To pre-order this device, head over to AT&T or Verizon.

AT&T Activates 4.7 Million iPhones in Q3

Today, AT&T announced financial results for the third quarter of 2012, revealing that the carrier continues to see strong iPhone sales. AT&T revealed that the carrier activated 4.7 million iPhones during the quarter, which is an increase of one million over the previous quarter.

The 4.7 million iPhone activations represent about 77% of AT&T’s total smartphone sales of 6.1 million during the quarter. In addition, AT&T’s smartphones sales rose to 81% and the iPhone represented 62% of AT&T’s sales of all phones (smartphones and feature phones).

So much for the iPhone being “doomed.”

AT&T Reports Q3 Earnings; Generates $31.5 Billion in Revenue

AT&T has just announced its earnings for Q3 2012, and they seem to be very impressive, which was expected considering that the iPhone 5 launched last quarter. It managed to ship around 6.1 million smartphones in all, with most of them — around 4.7 million — being iPhones. Smartphones acounted for around 81% of its total postpaid sales.

It reported consolidated revenues of $31.5 billion, which is almost the same year-over-year. Both wireless and wireline segments showed steady growth, with a net increase of 678,000 in wireless subscribers. Its total wireless subscriber base is now 105.9 million.

AT&T’s net income for Q3 2012 was around $3.7 billion, while its cash and cash equivalents declined to $2.2 billion.

Randall Stephenson, AT&T Chairman and CEO, said:

“We had another impressive quarter with strong earnings growth, record cash flows and solid returns to shareholders through dividends and share buybacks. In wireless, we had another excellent smartphone quarter, penetration of usage-based mobile data plans continues to climb, and our 4G LTE network build is ahead of schedule. And in wireline, our IP network continues to deliver strong gains in U-verse high speed Internet connections, which helped drive an almost 10 percent increase in broadband data ARPU.”

Here’s a snapshot of their performance over the last quarter:

  • Reported consolidated revenues of $31.5 billion, flat versus the year-earlier period
  • Strong 2.6 percent consolidated revenue growth when adjusted for Advertising Solutions
  • AT&T’s growth engines — wireless, wireline data and managed IT services — continue to transform the company’s revenue mix; represented 81 percent of total revenues and grew 6.4 percent versus the same quarter a year ago, led by:
  • 18.3 percent growth in wireless data revenues, up more than $1 billion versus the year-earlier quarter
  • 38.3 percent growth in U-verse revenues
  • 11.4 percent growth in strategic business services revenues

Check out the complete earnings release on AT&T – AT&T Q3 2012 Earnings

AT&T HTC One VX Unveiled; Takes Mid-Range Handsets To The Next Level

Along with the HTC One X+, HTC announced a new mid-range phone for the AT&T network, the One VX. The  VX is an interesting handset packing a 4.5-inch Super LCD2 with qHD (960×640) resolution, 1GB of RAM, and Qualcomm S4 Plus MSM8930 SoC clocked at 1.2GHz and coupled with Adreno 305 GPU.

Other specs of the One VX include 8GB of internal memory, a microSD card slot, a 1810mAh battery, a 5MP BSI snapper at the back with F/2.0 aided by an LED flash, a front-facing VGA camera and the usual bunch of connectivity features and sensors.

The HTC One VX will be available exclusively on AT&T’s network in the United States, and will launch with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich on-board. The press release from HTC does not mention anything about the pricing or the availability of the handset except that it should be available “in the coming months”. Since the One VX is a mid-range handset, it should not cost more than $49 or $99 on a two-year contract with AT&T.

AT&T Xperia Ion Gets The Android 4.0 ICS Update

Earlier this year, Sony announced the Xperia Ion smartphone at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 in Las Vegas. This handset was shipped with the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. Now, AT&T is finally rolling out the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for this device in the US. We’re not sure if this device will ever get the latest Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update.

The latest update bring the usual Ice Cream Sandwich goodies along with some usability improvements, applications multitasking, new lock/unlock features, Face Recognition (Face Unlock), mobile data management, improved text input and spell checking, improved menu structure, home screen folders and much more.

According to the AT&T blog post,
“The Android 4.0 update will provide faster Mobile Hotspot and Wi-Fi speeds. Exchange Active Sync has also received several upgrades thanks to Android 4.0. Several calendar and e-mail status indication enhancements were made to help you stay organized, while passcode security enhancements for unlocking Exchange Active Sync will give you more peace of mind. Up-to-date and improved visuals have been added to the street view in Maps, and when watching a YouTube clip you will also notice improved performance when rotating between portrait and landscape views.”

Sadly, this update will not be available via OTA (Over-The-Air). To update your Xperia Ion smartphone manually, all you have to do is just connect your device to the computer and use the PC Companion for Windows or Sony’s Bridge software for Mac. It is advised to backup all your data before updating the device. You should also make sure that, the battery is fully charged before updating your phone. To download PC Companion or Bridge for Mac, head over to this page.

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.