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Sony Announces The Rugged Xperia Go and Acro S, Videos Of People Beating Them With Hammers To Follow Shortly

Sony loves making stuff that's hard to break. The Xperia Active was probably the pinnacle of this obsession (see: hilariously awesome video), but now that Sony has decided to make pretty much all of its phones look exactly the same, it's out with the old, in with the new.

The Go and Acro S are the newest additions to Sony's rugged family, and for rugged phones, they don't look nearly as god-awful ugly as almost everything else in that segment of the market. In fact, the press images make it pretty hard to tell they've been ruggedized at all.

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The Go and Acro S, pictured respectively, will be available in Q3 this year (so, by September 2012).

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Small OTA Update (Build FE16) Set To Begin Rolling Out To The Samsung Conquer 4G On Sprint

Sprint just updated its support docs for the Samsung Conquer 4G with details of a new OTA update set to begin rolling out at any moment. It's a rather small and nondescript update that just brings a couple of fixes and enhancements:

Enhancements/Fixes:

  • 4G Modem Update - not customer impacting 
  • Lock screen changes - swipe in any direction to unlock

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Like I said, it's minor. The update should begin rolling out today or tomorrow and will complete its rollout process within ten days. You can see if the update is available on your device by heading into Settings > About phone > System updates.

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[Update: Delayed] T-Mobile HTC One S Receiving Minor OTA Update On June 4 To Version 1.84.531.2

Update: The OTA update's rollout has been pushed back to June 4.

Owners of the T-Mobile version of HTC's One S (check out our review) can expect a minor (about 24MB) over the air update tomorrow, May 31st June 4th, bringing some small changes and bug fixes to the device. The change log, below:

Android version 4.0.3 / Software version 84.531.2 710RD - Current version
Version

  • Android version 4.0.3 / Software version 1.84.531.2 710RD
  • Updated 5/31/2012

Improvements

  • Resolves goodbye splash not appearing when powering off due to low battery.
  • Resolves voicemail indicator not appearing while using Wi-Fi calling.
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[Updated] An ASUS Nexus Tegra 3 Tablet Called Nexus 7 Has Potentially Been Outed - Shows Android Jelly Bean Is Version 4.1

According to Rightware's Power Board benchmark result site (see #11; the benchmark in question is Basemark ES2.0 Taiji), a long-rumored device has popped up in a result database: the much-awaited Nexus tablet. Here's the additional raw info you don't see in the benchmark that we were able to acquire from Rightware:

"os":  {

"android":  {

   "model":  "Nexus  7",

   "hardware":  "grouper",

   "manufacturer":  "asus",

   "device":  "grouper",

   "brand":  "google",

   "display":  "XXXXXX-userdebug  4.1  JRN51B  3XXXXX  dev-keys",

   "version_sdk":  "4.1",

   "board":  "grouper",

   "version_code":  "1"

}

}

Note: strings replaced with XXXXX were redacted by Android Police for privacy.

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HTC: Customs Review Complete, AT&T One X And Sprint EVO 4G LTE Released, Future Shipments Should Be Free To Enter US

Official word from HTC on the customs review of its smartphones is that the process has been completed (confirmed for the EVO 4G LTE, AT&T One X). The review was the result of an Apple lawsuit at the ITC for patenting infringement, which culminated in the issuance of an exclusion order for all HTC smartphones entering the US. The statement, below:

“HTC has completed the review process with US Customs and HTC devices have been released, as they are in compliance with the ITC’s ruling. Future shipments should continue to enter the US and we are confident that we will soon be able to meet the demand for our products.”

HTC has been deliberately vague here, so it's hard to say exactly what is meant by "completed the review process." While HTC did confirm that the EVO 4G LTE and AT&T One X had been cleared, it provided details for no other potentially affected hardware.

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Samsung Exhibit II 4G Poised To Receive An OTA Update To Build T679UVLE1 Beginning On May 30th, Brings Android 2.3.6

Details about a new OTA update set to roll out to the Samsung Exhibit II 4G just hit T-Mobile Support docs. The update, which is build T679UVLE1 for those who like to keep track of that sort of thing, is more or less a simple incremental Gingerbread update with a few fixes and enhancements sprinkled on top:

Version:

  • Android version 2.3.6 / Software T679UVLE1
  • Over-the-air Update (33MB)
  • Approved:  5/30/12

New Features & Improvements:

  • New Features
    • Re-brand to Samsung Galaxy Exhibit 4G
  • Improvements
    • Google Security Fix    
    • Device stability improvements    
    • Wi-Fi Calling audio improvements    
    • Camera app improvements    
    • Swype corporate email improvements

...and that's pretty much it.

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HTC Sensation XL Ice Cream Sandwich Update Now Rolling Out To Some Users In Europe

Last week, HTC released a detailed timeline of when ICS updates to various devices are expected to roll out. Hitting almost dead-center in the middle of its projected update window, users in various parts of Europe with unlocked Sensation XLs are now receiving the update. According to user reports, customers of UK's Three network are also receiving the update. Unfortunately, there's no word when other carriers will begin pushing the update.

The 197MB package brings Android 4.0.3 and Sense 3.6 to the handset. You can see if it's available on your device by heading into Settings > About phone > Software updates > Check now.

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Samsung Galaxy S III Available In 28 Countries Today... Kind Of

Samsung this morning announced that the Galaxy S III is now available in 28 different countries. Except, it's not. Well, not according to the chatter we're seeing on Twitter and other places around the web. Many retailers are claiming that  they don't have inventory yet, but hopefully they'll get it soon.

There's also a "shortage" of Pebble Blue units, according to Samsung. Apparently, the "newly invented blue color and special hyperglaze material" is having some issues that causes a the unit to look splotchy beneath the surface. And it looks pretty bad.

Samsung's GALAXY S III Pebble Blue version comes with a newly invented blue color and special hyperglaze material.

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ASUS Teases The 'Next Transformations' For CompuTex 2012 In Taipei

In typical ASUS fashion, the Taiwanese company has released a teaser video for its upcoming showcase at CompuTex 2012 in Taipei, Taiwan. As usual, the video is about as vague as it gets, only making a brief reference to the cloud and the "next transformations," suggesting that we'll a see a "new" entry into the Transformer line.

Update: As one of the comments points out, the tags indicated that this may actually be a Windows 8 Transformer:

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However, I wouldn't get my hopes up for an entirely new device - I'd be willing to wager a large sum that this will just be the official unveiling of the Transformer Pad Infinity, the big brother to the Transformer Prime that features a 1920x1200 display.

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[Weekend Poll] Google + Motorola: A Match Made In Heaven, Or A Disaster Waiting To Happen?

This is the latest in our Weekend Poll series. For last week's, see Voice Control Apps: Future Or Fad?

A few days ago, David argued that Google's now-approved purchase of Motorola will change the Android game. Hell, that much should really be pretty obvious - they now have access to virtually every piece of the smartphone puzzle in their hands. At first thought, that seems like a good idea for reasons that are probably obvious to most people reading an Android blog: a more pure Android experience. But as David pointed out, the tie-up has unnerved Android's biggest manufacturers and may push them to explore other directions.

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