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[This Is A Thing] Wirefly Now Selling Liquipel-Treated Waterproof Verizon Galaxy S III, $89.99 On Contract

I'm sure we all know the frustration of trying to take a bath with a smartphone only to have it stop working. Outrageous! Surely there must be some sort of technological solution to this conundrum? Liquipel is a possibility, but you usually have to send in your device to have it sealed up. Now you can grab a pre-treated Galaxy S III for Verizon at a subsidized price from Wirefly. Kind of neat, right?

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Verizon Galaxy S III Update VRBMF1 Announced, Brings Multiple Improvements And Probably Won't Break LTE This Time

Verizon pushed out an update at the end of May to add a number of enhancements to the Galaxy S III. However, after users flooded the Verizon forums with reports of broken LTE, Big Red pulled the update. A slightly tweaked version is about to roll out with a few more features, and presumably no LTE issues.

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The update listing doesn't make mention of the data fix, but that's understandable. It should be noted that this update's changelog is a bit different than the last one.

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Google Plans Android Nation Retail Store In New Delhi, Larger Rollout To Follow Across India

If you've ever felt the urge to indulge in Android-branded consumerism in the same way that Apple fans do, you might soon get the chance... if you live in India. The Economic Times reports that Google plans to open an Android-branded store called Android Nation in New Delhi's Select Citywalk shopping center. The store will feature Android hardware from multiple brands (not just Nexus devices) and operate in partnership with Asian conglomerate Spice Mobile.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Price Dropped To $299, Launch Date Set For Thursday, June 27th

NVIDIA doesn't want to take any chances with its first portable gaming product. After receiving feedback from prospective customers when the initial $349 price for SHIELD was revealed, the MSRP has been lowered to $299 - a big deal for cash-scrapped gamers and hardware junkies alike. Those who have already pre-ordered the hardware will be charged the new price (with whatever funding source they specified) when it ships. NVIDIA has also officially set next Thursday, June 27th as the launch date for SHIELD.

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LG And Qualcomm Announce 'Next G Series Smartphone' With Snapdragon 800 Processor

Earlier this evening, LG (finally) announced the successor to the Optimus G. While the phone was not explicitly named in LG's press release, we can only assume it will be the Optimus G2, the phone we've been hoping for for some time now.

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US Cellular Rolling Out Galaxy S III Update R530UVXAMD4, Brings Multi-Window, Smart Switch, And More

A nice treat for Galaxy S III owners on US Cellular is dropping today. An update to version R530UVXAMD4 is going out via OTA soon, but you don't have to wait. US Cellular says you can pull the update manually from the Software Update menu. The full update can also (at some point) be downloaded from Samsung and flashed to the device over USB. US Cellular's link currently points toward to the last update.

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AT&T Announces The NEC Terrain - An Ultra-Rugged Candybar QWERTY Phone With Android 4.0 - $99 On June 21

Are you looking for a highly ruggedized QWERTY keyboard phone in a candybar form factor that runs a version of Android which was released almost two years ago? Of course you are! And that's exactly why A&T and NEC have announced the Terrain, so that when you get fed up with Android 4.0, you can throw it at a wall with complete and utter confidence. And type frustrated emails really, really quickly.

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Japanese Blog Stumbles On User Manual For Galaxy S4 LTE-Advanced - Confirms Snapdragon 800 Chip

Two days ago, we reported on the rumored existence of a new Galaxy S4 iteration with LTE-Advanced support headed to Korea. It seems that device has been all but confirmed today, thanks to a leaked user manual with device specifications found by Japanese blog rbmen.

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The device, known as model number SHV-E330, contains an MSM8974 CPU, which will be the first Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC to debut in handsets later this year.

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Boost Mobile Picks Up The LG Optimus F7, A 4G LTE Jelly Bean Device Available For $299 On June 27

If you're like me, you love smartphones, but you aren't willing to put up with an oppressive two-year contract just to have one. Unfortunately, unless you happen to have $600 lying around, that means you have to settle for hardware that leaves much to be desired. Thankfully, the times are a-changin'. The LG Optimus F7 is a pretty solid device, and while it's not quite the premium piece of high-performance hardware that Boost Mobile pitches it as, it's a great phone to pick up for carrier's launch price of $299.

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HTC Announces The Butterfly S With A 5-Inch 1080p Screen, 3200mAh Battery, Sense 5, BoomSound Speakers, And More

The HTC Butterfly isn't a very old device, but HTC has just announced its successor, the Butterfly S. This is another 5-inch beast of a phone, but it takes some cues from the HTC One to up its game.

The Butterfly S is built like a slightly bigger, beefed-up HTC One. It looks like it will be a fairly substantial improvement over the original Butterfly, though. Here are the specs:

  • Android with Sense 5
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, quad-core, 1.9GHz
  • 5.0 inch Full HD 1080p, 440PPI, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • 16GB, microSD for up to 64GB additional storage
  • 2GB of RAM
  • HTC UltraPixel Camera.
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