Samsung Galaxy Note II To Launch On All Major U.S Carriers With Exynos SoC

When Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note last year, the company was mocked for releasing such a big phone or a tablet with such a small screen. The hybrid handset fell in no man’s land and was criticized by every reviewer out there for its size. Even then, the sales figure of the Galaxy Note proved everyone wrong and the phablet managed to sell in excess of 10 million units, even though it was not widely available in a major market like the United States.

While the Galaxy Note was more of an experiment for Samsung, the Galaxy Note II is all set for sure shot jackpot. People have been itching to get their hands on the Note II ever since Samsung announced it in August, and this time the company has decided to go big with this big handset. Thee Korean company aims to go big with the Note II by launching it on all major U.S carriers like it did with the Galaxy S III.

The folks over at BriefMobile have managed to get their hands on some leaked screenshots, which show off the About Phone screen of the Verizon, Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile variants of the Galaxy Note II. Unlike the U.S variants of the Galaxy S III though, the Galaxy Note II in the United States will not be sporting a Qualcomm S4 Krait SoC. Instead, it will be powered by the same quad-core Exynos SoC that will be found inside the International Galaxy Note II. This will be the first time that Samsung will be bringing its Exynos SoC to the United States with LTE support. It will be interesting to see which 4G LTE modem Samsung has coupled with its Exynos SoC inside the Galaxy Note II, and whether it is as power efficient as the Qualcomm’s S4 Krait SoC+modem combination.

After the Galaxy S III and the iPhone, the Note II will be the only device to launch with presumably the same specs and design on all the four major U.S carriers.

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

AT&T’s HTC One X Software Update Provides Option To Re-map Menu Key To Recent Apps Button

The HTC One X is a genuine effort from HTC to make a come back in world of Android that is being dominated by Samsung’s Galaxy series. The top-notch build quality, the camera, above average battery life and a screen-to-die for makes the One X a pretty good all-rounder.

Also, unlike Samsung, HTC kept its sanity and used the Ice Cream Sandwich button layout (Back, Home and Recent app). However, since the One X does not come with on-screen navigation buttons, HTC decided to fix the missing menu button in some apps with 48 pixels of an ugly on-screen menu button, when required.

Thankfully, in the latest OTA update being rolled out to the One X from AT&T and HTC, the on-screen menu button has been removed. Instead, users are given an option to re-map the Recent app button to either menu button, with long-press for recent apps, vice versa or just a simple ‘Always open recent apps’.

The 270MB OTA update also brings with it the latest version of Ice Cream Sandwich – Android 4.0.4. Knowing AT&T and HTC, the OTA update might very well close all loopholes that were used to gain root access, so if you want to make sure that you have root access, stay away from this OTA update until the developers find another way to gain root access.

Via – Android Central

AT&T LG Nitro HD To Get Android 4.0 ICS Update On July 31

Last year, LG launched the powerful Nitro HD smartphone exclusively for the AT&T subscribers in the US. It was the carrier’s first device to feature a 720p HD screen. LG Nitro HD was shipped with the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. The owners of this device finally has a reason to cheer, since the much awaited Android 4.0 update will soon hit your device.

AT&T recently announced that the LG Nitro HD will get the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update starting from July 31. It will also replace the old UI with the LG’s new Optimus 3.0 user interface, which allows you to unlock the phone by swiping anywhere on the screen. It also brings additional display customization such as using your own photos as icons and shortcut images and the addition of a “Download” category in the menu for easier organization. Check out the complete changelog below.


  • New lock screen actions let you conveniently jump directly to a specific application without unlocking the homescreen.
  • The redesigned Gallery App and Photo Editor makes it easier to manage, show, and share photos and videos than ever before.
  • An updated home screen folder and favorites tray that lets you group your apps and shortcuts logically by simply dragging one onto another.
  • Enhanced multitasking capabilities let you instantly navigate from one task to another by leveraging a list in the System Bar that includes thumbnail images of all recently used apps. Just tap the thumbnail to resume using that app.
  • Improved text input with an updated keyboard that supports faster text input and more accurate entries with better error correction and word suggestions.
  • An app that helps you easily monitor your data usage.
  • Face Unlock, a new screen-lock option that intelligently unlocks your device using facial recognition software.

This update will be available from July 31st via OTA (Over-The-Air). You can also manually update your phone, just by connecting you phone to the computer and then using the LG Mobile Phone Support tool. 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.

AT&T Reports Solid Numbers in Q2 2012; Net Profit Grows to $4 Billion

AT&T has reported its earnings for the second quarter of 2012, with its total operating revenue growing marginally to $31.5 billion, and its net profit increasing 8.4% to almost $4 billion.

Its wireless division accounted for most of its revenue, around $14.8 billion, while data and voice services came in next at $7.9 billion and $5.7 billion respectively. However, its operating and net profit margins have increased quite a bit since last year.

It ended the quarter with close to $2.15 billion in cash and cash equivalents and current debt of around $3.4 billion.

Its customer metrics seem to have improved quite a bit, with postpaid, prepaid and total wireless churn rates at their best-ever levels yet. It added close to 1.3 million new net customers this quarter, with 320,000 postpaid net additions.

AT&T sold around 5.1 million smartphones in Q2, and smartphones accounted for close to 77% of all postpaid device sales. Since AT&T generates a much higher ARPU from smartphone users, this bodes well for its future earnings as well.

It activated around 3.7 million iPhones last quarter, with 22% of the subscribers being new to the network.

Randall Stephenson, AT&T’s Chairman and CEO said:

“We executed well across the business and posted another strong quarter with growing revenues, expanding margins and double-digit earnings growth. Our mobile Internet leadership continues, with solid gains in smartphones and tablets, plus our wireless margins have never been better. And most impressive, with this growth, we also achieved our best-ever postpaid wireless churn, which points to the premier experience customers receive on our network. All of these things add to our confidence and enthusiasm looking ahead.”

via SEC – AT&T

AT&T To Launch Garnet Red Samsung Galaxy S III On July 29

Samsung Galaxy S III is the successor of the popular Galaxy S II smartphone. This handset was launched in most of the Asian and European markets in May. Last month, Samsung announced the availability of Galaxy S III for AT&T, Sprint, US Cellular, T-Mobile and Verizon customers in the US.

Samsung already managed to sell more than 6.5 million units of this device in less than 2 months of its official launch. Samsung Galaxy S III is available only in pebble blue and marble white colors. However, AT&T customers can get this device in an exclusive Garnet Red color. Apart from the change in color, there are no major changes in the specs of this device.

AT&T Samsung Galaxy S III features a 4.8 inch Super-AMOLED HD display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, Corning Gorilla Glass 2, 1.4 GHz quad-core processor, Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, TouchWiz 4.0 user interface, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus and flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, 4G Mobile Hotspot capability, Wi-Fi Direct and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo FM Radio with RDS, Bluetooth 4.0 with EDR, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 4G LTE Connectivity, Samsung Kies Air, Google Play Store, full HTML web browser, DLNA, HDMI out, Samsung Media Hub, Samsung Social Hub, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory, 50 GB of free cloud storage from Dropbox, up to 590 hrs of stand-by time, up to 11 hrs 40 mins of talk-time and a 2100 mAh Lithium-ion battery.

You can get this handset for $199.99 with a 2 year service agreement. AT&T is not likely to sell the 32 GB variant of this handset. The ‘Garnet Red’ Galaxy S III will be available for pre-order at AT&T’s online store from Sunday, July 15. You can also purchase this handset at AT&T’s retail store starting from July 29.

AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket Tastes Ice Cream Sandwich

It’s raining Ice Cream Sandwich updates for Samsung devices. Yesterday, Samsung and AT&T started rolling out the Ice Cream Sandwich update along with a “Premium Suite of apps” for the Galaxy Note. Joining the Galaxy Note is the AT&T Galaxy S II Skyrocket.

Like the update for the Galaxy S II, the ICS update for the Skyrocket does not bring any major visual changes. The UI has been spiced up a little, but the simplicity and elegancy of stock Android 4.0 has been completely spoiled by TouchWIZ. Apart from the UI changes, Ice Cream Sandwich brings with it tons of other new features including GPU rendering for better performance, a much faster stock browser, the ability to monitor 3G data usage, enhanced keyboard and copy-paste mechanism, an updated lock screen, and more.

The update is available only via Samsung’s KIES software, and not via OTA. While installing the update won’t wipe your phone clean of any data, I will highly recommended Skyrocket owners to factory reset their phone once they install the Ice Cream Sandwich update on their phone.

AT&T Galaxy Note Tastes Ice Cream Sandwich With Premium Suite Of Apps

Here is some Ice Cream Sandwich filled news for AT&T Galaxy Note owners. Samsung and AT&T have finally started rolling out the Android 4.0 update for the ‘phablet’. The Android 4.0.4 update for the Note barely brings any major UI changes that Google introduced in stock Android. There are a few minor UI changes though, including new Wi-Fi/Bluetooth toggle buttons, and a revamped Settings menu etc.

Apart from the visual changes, the Android 4.0 update brings with it quite a lot of new features including Face Unlock, a new lock screen with quick access to the camera, the ability to access the notification bar right from the lock screen, People’s app, enhanced copy and paste functionality and more. The ICS update for the Note will also enable the hidden NFC functionality in the phone, thus allowing access to features like Android Beam.

The update also brings with it Premium suite of apps specially optimized for the Galaxy Note and its S-Pen, including enhanced S-Note and S-Memo apps. The update is being rolled out via KIES at the moment, so if you own a Galaxy Note, you need to download and use Samsung’s KIES software to get a taste of Ice Cream Sandwich on your

A guide on how to manually install the Ice Cream Sandwich update on the AT&T Galaxy Note can be found here.

Motorola Atrix HD For AT&T Revealed

Last month, we have seen the leaked pics of the Motorola’s upcoming smartphone with the codename “Dinara”. Now, the company has finally revealed the real name as well as the complete specs of this device on their official website. The new smartphone is called as the Motorola Atrix HD and it will be exclusively available for the AT&T subscribers in the US. This handset is the successor of the popular Motorola Atrix 2 smartphone.

Fortunately, the Motorola Atrix HD runs on the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System out of the box. So you won’t have to wait for months to get the latest OS on your device. This handset might also get the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update in the near future. It comes with a 4.5 inch HD ColorBoost display with Corning Gorilla Glass 2, sporting a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. This device is powered by 1.5 GHz dual-core processor. The Motorola Atrix HD comes pre-loaded with SMARTACTIONS app that intelligently automates the routine and suggests ways to personalize your phone.

Apart from the specs mentioned above, this device features a 3.5 mm audio jack, 8 megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, 4G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB ROM, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0 LE + EDR, MicroUSB 2.0, A-GPS, HDMI port, mobile hotspot functionality, Google Play Store and a 1780 mAh Li-Ion polymer battery.

This handset measures 69.9 x 133.5 x 8.4 mm and weighs 140 grams. The Motorola Atrix HD is expected to be announced by the end of this month. Stay tuned for more updates!

Sony Xperia Ion Goes On Sale In The US For $49.99

Earlier this year, Sony announced the Xperia Ion along with the powerful Xperia S smartphone at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 in Las Vegas. The Sony Xperia Ion is the company’s first dual-core smartphone featuring a 4.6 inch HD reality display and a 12 megapixel camera. After waiting for months, Sony has finally released the Xperia Ion in the US. This handset will ship with the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. The much-awaited Android 4.0 OS will be rolled out in the coming months.

Sony Xperia Ion features a 4.6 inch HD reality display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, 1.5 GHz Qualcomm MSM8260 dual-core processor, Google Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS (upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich), 12 megapixel camera with 16x digital zoom, auto-focus, Face detection and LED Flash, Full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, 16 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, GPS with aGPS, Bluetooth technology, DLNA Certified, HDMI support, Micro USB, NFC (Near Field Communication), USB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Google Play Store, Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality, up to 18 hrs music playback time, up to 6 hrs 30 min video playback time, up to 6 hrs 45 min of talk-time, up to 850 hrs of stand-by time and a 1750 mAh battery.

Folks living in the US can easily get the Sony Xperia Ion from Sony online store, AT&T online store and Best Buy. Sony is selling this handset for $49.99 with a 2 year service agreement. On the other hand, AT&T is selling this device for $99.99 with a 2 years contract. You can also get this handset without any contract for $449.99. Customers who buy the Xperia ion through Best Buy will receive a deluxe version of Maroon 5’s new album Overexposed pre-loaded on their phone. To get this handset, head over to this page.