US Cellular released an update today for the Samsung Galaxy Mesmerize that brings a number of enhancements to the device, including Android 2.3.4. For those unfamiliar with the Mesmerize, it's a Galaxy S phone packing some modest specs:
- 4-inch 480x800 Super AMOLED display
- 1GHz Hummingbird processor
- 512MB RAM
- 2GB storage
- 5MP rear shooter, VGA front cam
With the addition of Gingerbread, Mesmerize owners will be able to rock all of the latest-and-greatest that Android has to offer, including improved power management, speed and UI enhancements, more control over running processes and applications, a better keyboard, and a lot more.
This update will erase all user data from the device, so make sure to perform a backup before proceeding!
In order to combat weak signal-strength inside the home, T-Mobile will unleash a new program that offers signal boosters to its customers beginning on September 7th. The boosters will increase the available signal of T-Mo's 3G and 4G networks, but, like with most things, has certain downfalls:
- Signal Boosters are not available in multi-family residence (i.e. apartment, condo, etc)
- You must be able to receive at last one bar of 3G service anywhere within the house
- The booster is T-Mobile's property and a fee of up to $500 may be charged if the device is damaged or not returned upon cancellation
- The booster will require a two-year agreement with the associated line
Despite the fact that a two-year agreement is required and the user is held responsible for any possible damages, the booster will not cost any additional monthly charges. Read More
Back in July, Rogers unleashed the first Canadian LTE network in Ottawa, and now it's looking to expand that service to Toronto on September 28th, bringing blazing fast speeds to the country's largest city.
Aside from the additional network coverage, Rogers also announced a new LTE infused product line set to land this fall, which includes the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE, the LTE Rocket mobile hotspot, "an LTE tablet from a leading manufacturer," and a yet-unnamed HTC phone.
As far as this mysterious tablet is concerned, I wouldn't be surprised if it happens to be the HTC Puccini, considering it recently cleared the FCC with Rogers' LTE radio onboard. Read More
Nope, Verizon still hasn't changed its mind about skipping the Galaxy S II, but if BGR's latest exclusive proves to be true, Android fans on Big Red needn't be disappointed. Indeed, the carrier is said to be launching the Samsung DROID Prime - likely a rebranded version of the long-rumored Nexus Prime - as early as this October.
The DROID Prime's primary claim to fame will, of course, be its operating system: BGR says it'll be the first Ice Cream Sandwich device on the market. The blog didn't list any specs, but if the DROID Prime (or, if you prefer model numbers, SCH-i515) and the Nexus Prime are in fact one and the same, you can expect a 4.5-inch HD AMOLED display coupled with a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU. Read More
Samsung's NYC event may have been rescheduled for August 30th, but that doesn't mean you'll have to wait till Tuesday to see the US versions of the Galaxy S II. We've already gotten a sneak peek at the visages of AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint's editions of the phone, and now (once again courtesy of Pocketnow) another press shot has been leaked:
This is, of course, the Epic Touch 4G - Sprint's version of the device. It looks like Big Yellow has done thankfully little tweaking of the GSII: unlike most modern smartphones, there's no logo on the front of the device, and the handset appears to be just as svelte as its European counterpart. Read More
The HTC Holiday is another device we've been watching for months, ever since its ROM leaked back in May. Earlier today, Engadget revealed photos of this powerful device spotted in the wild, so we can finally put a face to a name.
As evidenced by the screenshots above, the Holiday is packing some impressive specs. Here they are again:
- 4.5 Inch qHD 960x540 display
- 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor
- 1GB RAM
- 8MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera
- Bluetooth 3.0
- 802.11 b/g/n WiFi
We're looking for this device to land in AT&T's fall offerings and will keep you updated as more information becomes available. Read More
Wow, this just might be the best deal we've posted in a while. Unfortunately, we're not 100% certain on the price, because the images we were tipped to don't exactly specify one. Still, based on the $300 mark we've been hearing, and Droid-forums' claim that their source says that's the number, we're starting to feel pretty confident in that figure.
If you look on the left hand side of that image, in the red area, you can see the text "Accessories Bonus Pack / $159.97 Retail Value / Includes Standard Dock / Vehicle Navigator Dock / Battery Dock and / Extra Battery." That's a lot of kit to bundle with a phone for just $300 on a new 2-year agreement! Read More
Not really. Actually, the BIONIC looks pretty svelte in these images leaked by the good folks over at Pop Herald. Here's the BIONIC stand-alone, and side by side with the DROID X2:
While the BIONIC clearly is thicker than the DX2, it's not by that much. Of course, press shots (which these likely are) have a tendency to play with lighting and perspective in order to make a phone seem thinner than it might actually be, so until you hold it in your hand, it's all kind of relative.
Still, based on these images, it's thinner than I expected.
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Update: On further reflection, we're going to tentatively call this image a "rumor" for now, as we have no way to confirm its authenticity, but we have no reason to think these images are fake, either.
Finally, visual proof that unicorns do exist! Someone, somewhere, has leaked a shot of the upcoming Galaxy S II US market handsets headed for three of America's big four carriers (ATT, T-Mo, Sprint). Without further ado, here they are:
Where the image is from, we're not sure (pocketnow provided no details), but it could very well be a slide from Samsung's upcoming press conference to announce the arrival of the first US-friendly Galaxy S II phones. Read More
Samsung has an event coming up on Monday where the US Galaxy S II will finally be announced. We've all been waiting for this beast of a phone to hit US shores for some time, but word just broke that one big name will be left out of the announcement: Verizon. That's right, folks, Big Red will not be getting the SGSII.
It's rumored that VZW will instead be getting the Samsung Stratosphere, a QWERTY-slider along the same lines as the Epic 4G, as well as the Nexus Prime. If that's the case, then I say it's a worthy tradeoff -- the Prime is going to be one device to be reckoned with. Read More