Here's a bit of good news for all of you who have an unlocked (global) Samsung Galaxy S II here in the U.S.: Ice Cream Sandwich is being pushed to your device right now. This makes the global GSII the first of the GSII family to officially get Ice Cream Sandwich in the U.S., as none of the three American carriers that offer the phone have begun sending the update yet.
To see if the 217MB update is available on your device, hit Settings > About phone > Software update.
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Kindly refrain from drooling into your keyboards for a moment while we fill you in on today's deal: HTC's latest high-end phone, the One X, packing 32GB of storage, Android 4.0, a 1.5Ghz quad-core processor and an unlocked GSM radio is currently available from Daily Steals for $629. For those of you who buy your phones unlocked, grab your wallets.
Update 4/11/12: The deal is back for one day, though this time through eBay (thanks, Daniel).
While the deal advertises the phone as 30% off the normal $899 price tag (yep, that math checks out), we have managed to find the phone cheaper elsewhere, but not that cheap. Read More
If you didn't quite make it to Daily Steals' awesome deal a couple of days ago and still want to get your hands on an unlocked Galaxy Nexus at a crazy discount, Negri Electronics has you covered.
The online electronics dealer is offering the 16GB unlocked Galaxy Nexus for just $459.99. It's worth noting though, that the units being sold by Negri have NTT Docomo branding (meaning a teeny tiny logo near the bottom of the backplate). Negri is also sure to point out that this model is, in fact, of the Yakju variety, and will come with Android 4.0.2.
In case you need some reminding, here are the Galaxy Nexus' key specs one more time:
Pure Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich experience
16GB internal storage
1.2GHz dual-core processor
4.56" 720p HD Super AMOLED display
5MP rear shooter (and 1.3MP front-facing camera)
If you think getting a Galaxy Nexus for a cool $290 discount is something you'd be interested in, just head over to Negri's sale page here and place your order. Read More
Heads up! Daily Steals is knocking $100 off an unlocked Samsung Galaxy Note GSM handset. It looks like the bands won't work with T-Mobile's "4G" network, but if you're on AT&T in the states, or you're looking to score a Note for your local GSM carrier elsewhere in the world, today's your lucky day.
The deal is good for today only, so don't waste time. As always, be sure to check and make sure that the unlocked device supports your local carrier's bands before buying. In case you need a refresher, here's a look at the Galaxy Note's specs:
• GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 / 3G
• HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
• 1080p HD video & 8mp camera
• 5.3" super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
• Android 2.3 Gingerbread
• 16GB capacity With Bonus 8GB micro SD card
• MicroSD card slot
• 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi
• Bluetooth 3.0
• S Pen Stylus
• Up to 960 hour standby time
• Up to 26 hour talk time
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Well, that didn't take long. Not hours after ASUS released a tool to unlock the Transformer Prime's bootloader, we get word that ClockworkMod Recovery is available for the quad-core tablet. According to the source link, the team has been working on CWM for the Prime for a while but without an unlocked bootloader, they couldn't test it. Now that the device is wide open, it's time to get your custom recovery on.
As if that wasn't enough, though, the team behind the custom recovery is also teasing CyanogenMod 9 on the tablet. No downloads are available for this one, yet, but we get a nice two-minute demonstration of the tablet running the custom ROM. Read More
After our holiday / new year giveaway onslaught, you probably thought we were done with big-ticket item giveaways for a while here at Android Police. You thought wrong.
Bitdefender (check out our review of their Mobile Security app here) and Android Police have teamed up to bring you one of our biggest giveaways ever, giving you a chance to one of eight awesome grand prizes (or one of 10 runner-up prizes) - one of four ASUS Transformer Prime 32GB tablets, or one of four GSM unlocked Galaxy Nexus smartphones. In addition, 10 runner-up winners will be selected to receive free one-year subscriptions to Bitdefender Mobile Security for Android. Read More
With a phone as highly anticipated as the Galaxy Nexus, it's understandable that people are (very, very) frustrated with the many rumored release dates passing with nothing to show and no official word, especially when stock of the phone is sitting in store rooms at retailers around the countries. Worse, many theories are that it's basically motivated by greed on the part of Verizon. No surprise, then, that even retailers are hopping on board the Verizon-sucks bandwagon:
If you'd like to purchase an unlocked US Samsung Galaxy Nexus (GSM), you can get one for $730.50 at Negri Electronics. Rather hilariously, if you use the discount code "VZSucks", you can knock another $45 off that, bringing the new total to $685.50. Read More
Not in the mood to wait around for Verizon to finally decide to put a firm release date on the Galaxy Nexus' head? Tied to one of the other carriers? If your answer to either of those questions was affirmative (and if you have three-quarters of a grand lying around), you'll be delighted to know that Expansys just put up a page from which customers can purchase the I9250 GSM variant of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
At $750, it won't come cheap, but as this is an "intermational" handset (Expansys' "be first" motto apparently means it doesn't dedicate much time to proofreading), you'll be able to use it on both AT&T and T-Mobile. Read More
For those unable to wait on the Galaxy Nexus, Samsung's Nexus S can still hold up against the competition in many ways. It may only pack a single-core processor, but it's a Nexus phone, meaning it is still one of Google's flagship Android devices, and will have active development and timely updates for a while yet. If you've been patiently waiting for your shot at a bargain on the Nexus S, now's your chance - Mobile Daily Steals is offering this beauty (unlocked) for just $299.99 with an international warranty, about $60 lower than Amazon's lowest price (without warranty).
For those who may be out of the loop, here are some of the Nexus S's specs:
- 4" 480x800 Super AMOLED display
- 1GHz Hummingbird processor
- 512 RAM
- 16GB on-board storage
- 5MP rear camera, and a VGA front-shooter
- Stock Android 2.3.5
It may not pack the latest-and-greatest technology under the hood, but as far as unlocked Android phones that pack a nice punch, the Nexus S is a great option, and it can be yours for just $299.99, if you act in the next 22 hours. Read More
Last month we saw an unlocked version of Samsung's Galaxy SII at Mobile Daily Steals for a cool $100 off its original price. If you were hoping to get an ever so slightly deeper discount on Samsung's hottest smartphone to date (still waiting on the Galaxy Nexus), your chance has arrived. For the next 24 hours, a "limited quantity" of SIIs are available on eBay for just $489.99.
If somehow you've forgotten, or haven't been paying attention, here are some of the SII's specs:
Android 2.3 Gingerbread
4.3" WVGA Super AMOLED Plus Display
8MP rear shooter and 2MP front shooter
1.2GHz Dual-Core ARM Cortex A9 Processor
Expandable Storage via MicroSD, up to 32GB
The unlocked SII will work on a wide array of networks, making it ideal for an off-contract purchase, or phone to take on trips. Read More