Author: Chris Davies
Optimus G, but the company still thinks you'll like the tweaks it has made. With the quadcore Snapdragon S4 Pro smartphone not expected to hit shelves until Q4, however, LG has figured that the best way to show you just why you'll like the Optimus G is in video form.
RAZR i may have a slick edge-to-edge Super AMOLED display, it's the Intel Atom processor inside that's most interesting. Running a 2GHz single-core CPU with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of ROM (5GB user-available, plus a microSD slot), the RAZR i will launch with 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich but is, Motorola insists, Jelly Bean upgradeable eventually.
HTC has confirmed it is readying updates to bring the HTC One X, HTC One S and HTC One XL up to date with Jelly Bean. Revealing the work-in-progress in a statement given to Android Community today, HTC declined to give a specific timetable for Jelly Bean's release.
Google has detailed exactly what swag Google IO developers can expect to take away from the event this week, and it's quite the bundle. All 6,000 attendees will get a free Galaxy Nexus smartphone, a free Nexus Q, and a free Nexus 7 tablet.
Galaxy Note, finally delivering Ice Cream Sandwich to the company's eager phablet fans. The near-320mb upgrade, spotted first Note owner Devin Balentina, brings with it not only the performance improvements of ICS, but Samsung's Premium Suite of new apps for the handset.
Samsung Galaxy S III has apparently gone live in advance of the smartphone's May 3 debut, with Amazon Germany pulling the trigger early. Priced at €599 ($792) unlocked and SIM-free, and sold direct from the retailer rather than a third-party marketplace seller, the phone apparently has a 4.7-inch Super AMOLED display and a 12-megapixel camera.
Galaxy S III has been caught in the wild, or at least its core hardware has, with a disguised prototype showing up in Vietnam. Apparently confirming the talk of a quadcore 1.4GHz processor and a 4.6-inch screen running at 1280 x 720, the Galaxy S III leaked to Tinhte is clad in a temporary disguise so as to prevent all of Samsung's aesthetic secrets from leaking.
Lava XOLO X900 going on sale in India. Packing a 1.6GHz Atom Z2460 processor with 1GB of RAM and a 4.03-inch 1024 x 600 LCD display, the X900 promises 1080p Full HD video recording and the ability to shoot ten 8-megapixel photos in under a second. Still, it's the processor that's the most interesting thing, Intel's first commercial attempt at taking on ARM in smartphones and, soon enough, tablets.
HTC has reiterated its commitment to Beats By Dre, denying reports that the recent replacement of its Chief Financial Officer is a prelude to reducing involvement with the audio brand. Speculation about the role Beats Audio would continue to play was spurred this week when CFO Winston Yung was replaced by Chia-Lin Chang, Yung being shifted to a "corporate development role." At the time, some reports indicated that Yung had been a significant player in the Beats Audio investment by HTC, and pointed to the executive switch-up as a sign that the company might be having a change of heart. Not so, says HTC CEO Peter Chou in the following statement given to Android Community:
On Monday, HTC announced the appointment of Chia-Lin Chang as Chief Financial Officer with Winston Yung, his predecessor, transitioning to a corporate development role. “Media speculation that ties this announcement to HTC’s partnership and investment in Beats By Dre is categorically inaccurate,” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. “HTC and Beats have made impressive progress in innovation and brand awareness and the integration of the Beats brand and technology in the new HTC One series is a clear indication of our commitment to this partnership.”Nonetheless, there remain questions around how much Beats hardware HTC will bundle in future devices. Earlier this month saw suggestions that Beats Headphones would no longer be bundled as a matter of course with HTC devices.