Pantech Element, AT&T's odd combination of water/dust resistance and LTE speeds. A refurbished version of the Element is now on sale on eBay for $199.95 with free shipping.
All eyes are on Samsung today, but that doesn't mean that their in-country rivals are going to sit back and take it. Fellow South Korean manufacturer Pantech has just revealed their new flagship, the Vega Racer 2, and it's a stunner. The phone will be out on the three biggest South Korean cellular carriers next week, though pricing is still up in the air.
AT&T's Pantech Element tablet just today and immediately installed ClockworkMod recovery to, as it were, boot. The process is fairly simple as root goes: connect the tablet to your computer with ADB enabled, get into the fastboot interface, send over a custom image, then download a SuperUser app and you're done. Check out the original thread for more precise instructions.
introduced a Gingerbread update for the QWERTY phone, making several people who had probably given up hope of ever seeing a newer version of Android very happy. Well, moderately happy, anyway - it's not Ice Cream Sandwich after all. The standard bugfixes are present, along with a few new features.
fancy-pants Ice Cream Sandwich update, take heart: you might not have to wait too long before you get your own. The carrier confirmed a total of ten new devices for an Ice Cream Sandwich update, though it didn't say when beyond "the coming months". Most are high-end smartphones from major brandsm but there's at least a couple of surprises waiting in the wings. AT&T notes that the Vivid's update is the first to be issued by a wireless carrier, which is technically true if you only count the United States.
NenaMark benchmark database. Not only does the information show it to be running a 1.5Ghz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, but it's also got Ice Cream Sandwich and AT&T's LTE wireless bands on board. That's a long way from a confirmation, but it's a pretty good indication that it's headed to the United States soon.
Blog of Mobile spotted the phone sitting in a benchmark pool along with a series of impressive hardware specifications. While this shouldn't be considered any sort of confirmation, it's a definite indication of exciting things coming out of Pantech.
Yonhap, Pantech is currently in negotiations with the American software giant to pay indeterminate licensing fees for the priveledge of running Android (a free and open-source operating system) on its phones. Along with LG and a handful of other major manufacturers like Samsung and HTC, Microsoft now claims it collects fees for more than 70% of Android phones sold in the United States.