We've got another budget smartphone on the way for you, folks. US Cellular is now picking up the LG Splendor, a mid-range Android phone with a 4.3" display, 5 megapixel camera, and a 1GHz processor, yet 2GB of RAM, which is rather insane for a phone this far from the mainstream. We're also told the phone will come with a 4GB memory card included. The storage is expandable, but it sounds like there is no significant embedded storage without the included card.
You may remember Samsung's Galaxy Victory 4G LTE (formerly known as "Gogh") from some training materials we caught sight of just a few days ago. Well, while the device is still unannounced, good old Sammy has decided to drop the Victory's kernel source ahead of time for anxious developers and tweakers to get started on.
Samsung has had a good track record lately of releasing kernel source just after a device is announced, but releasing the code before we're even supposed to know about a device is pretty impressive.
At the beginning of August, we heard about a Samsung device heading for T-Mobile that was then called the Galaxy S Blaze Q. The name later changed to Galaxy S Relay 4G, and now it's official.
T-Mobile just announced this QWERTY-packing handset for its HSPA+ 42 network, and it appears to be a fairly solid mid-range device:
- 4" Super AMOLED display
- 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor
- 5MP rear shooter, 1.3MP front camera
- slide-out QWERTY
- SAFE (Samsung Approved for Enterprise)
- Android 4.0
Neither pricing nor availability is available at this time, only that it will be available online and at T-Mobile retail locations "in the coming weeks."
Budget on AT&T just got a little better, as the carrier has announced the LG Escape, a 4.3" entry-level Ice Cream Sandwich phone that will be available next week online and in stores. Here's a quick breakdown of the specifications:
- 4.3" qHD IPS display (960x540) with Gorilla Glass
- 1.2GHz dual-core processor (most likely a down-clocked Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960)
- Android 4.0
- 4GB interal storage
- 5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front
- Bluetooth 4.0
- 2150mAh battery
- LTE support
While it's not the most exciting phone ever, at just $50 on contract, it's probably going to get a lot of attention at AT&T's retail stores (as most budget phones do).
Before I get your hopes up, no they haven't improved spreadsheets yet. However, that is on the way. What is arriving now, though, is the ability to add comments to your documents, view tables, and improved Google presentations viewing support. You'll even get speaker notes and the ability to swipe between slides.
There are more features on their way. Here at Android Police HQ, we've been eagerly awaiting proper spreadsheet editing (which is currently horrible to an unusable degree), and Google has seen fit to name check that very feature in its "More to come..." section.
In an effort to ensure its up and coming 4G LTE network isn't forgotten, Sprint sent out a press release this morning to let users know that it has plans to bring the high speed offering to over 100 new markets "in the coming months." The list is actually pretty decent, as it hits some major areas from coast to coast and many in between:
Today is just full of juicy info about US variants of the Galaxy Note II! Earlier today we saw confirmation that Verizon will be getting its own version of the device, thus completing the circle of the Big Four. Now, system dumps for both the AT&T and Sprint versions have leaked, giving developers a chance to take a closer look at various parts of the systems before the actual release, and possibly port the ROMs to other devices.
We've seen some really cool things come along with augmented reality technology. In fact, just a few days ago the Chestburster app made its way to Android, allowing users to finally see what it's like to watch a baby alien tear its way out of things (up to and including actual chests). Now, however, we see augmented reality used in a much more practical manner with a new app called HandsonAR.
When the new Kindle Fire and HD models were announced three days ago, the tech world was abuzz with the fact that Amazon has laced them with "Special Offers" in order to keep the cost down. Immediately, one question came to everyone's mind: will I be able to remove the ads?
Initially, there was some confusion on the answer to that questions. We actually heard reports from both sides of the fence - some said "yes, the ads will be removable," while others stated that they were there to stay.
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- T-Mobile now has an unlimited data plan that is actually unlimited, as opposed to the limited unlimited data plans they still offer. There's an Eagles joke in here somewhere.
- AT&T has more LTE in more exciting places, like Bakersfield, California.