CTIA 2012

LG Optimus 4X HD hands-on from CTIA

LG's latest flagship made its American debut here at CTIA 2012, and we couldn't resist taking another peek. The Optimus 4X HD crams the best of LG's mobile technology into a superphone form factor that takes on the likes of the HTC One X, and not just because it's also using an NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor. The phone is scheduled for release in South Korea and Europe this summer.

LG Optimus Vu phablet hands-on from CTIA

It's been many moons since we saw LG's new entry in the growing "phablet" market... well, three moons, anyway. The 5.0-inch smartphone made a stop at CTIA 2012, and we wanted to see what had been changed since an earlier reveal at Mobile World Congress. With the Galaxy Note tearing up the sales charts all over the world, the LG Optimus Vu is hoping to take a bite out of its userbase.

OtterBox Samsung Galaxy Note hands-on

The Galaxy Note has proven to be a surprising hit, with Samsung claiming over 5 million worldwide sales since the oversized phone's introduction. And with so much more screen than anything else on the market, conscientious owners will no doubt want to protect their investment. Enter OtterBox, makers of some of the toughest consumer gadget protectors on the planet. The company was on hand at CTIA 2012 to show off the latest addition to their Defender series for the Galaxy Note. The Galaxy Note case is OtterBox's usual massive hunk of rubber and plastic, made all the more massive for the phone's already large size. Cutouts and access tabs are found in the usual places for the power jack and headphone port, with overly protective adapted outer buttons for power and volume. This case in particular has to accommodate an unusually large hole going straight down to the device's plastic shell, to allow for finger access to the S-Pen stylus. The rest of the case is very similar to the other entrants in the Defender series (check out new OtterBox cases for the HTC One S and DROID Incredible 4G LTE here) in that it roughly follows the lines and style of the device within, while adding an astonishing amount of drop and crack protection. OtterBox did not say when the case would be available at retail, or for how much. But given the level of fit and finish on display, I'd say it'll be ready later this summer. [timeline] [gallery] [device id=1438]

HzO Waterblock smartphone coating hands-on

When it comes to protecting your Android smartphone or tablet most cases don't save you from water damage. Just ask my fellow writer Michael Crider about his poor Galaxy Nexus. Today at CTIA 2012 however, we were able to get some hands-on with a new technology that should one day curb that issue. Called HzO Waterblock, and it's a hydrophobic water-proof coating for smartphones and tablets.

HTC One V tipped for American release at CTIA

We reported earlier that HTC confirmed its intention to bring the HTC One V to the United State,s but was exceedingly vague about carriers, prices and dates more precise than "summer". Here at CTIA 2012 in New Orleans, it looks like HTC is setting up for a major One series reveal - observe the press passes being handed out at the conference. We'll likely hear about carriers and dates in the next couple of days.

CTIA 2012 in New Orleans: We’re here!

We've arrived in New Orleans and are jumping at the bit to get started giving you the news and content you need on all things Android here at CTIA 2012! We'll be here all week long covering the big events as well as seeking out the coolest and most interesting devices and software (and services, of course) on the floor as we run through everything the event has to offer starting tonight. We've got events scheduled both on and off-site here at the Convention Center and will be bringing you a social media experience in addition to make sure you see the event from all angles and as fast as possible once each bit of news breaks!
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