NFC is one of those odd features that everybody wants in their phone, but few people are sure how they'll use it yet. Payments systems are slow to catch on and Beam functionality requires a friend with an NFC phone and a need to share data that isn't easier to share via the internet. Samsung, who is quick to note it has the largest NFC-enabled userbase, aims to change that with TecTiles: NFC tags that you can program to perform tasks when you place your phone near them.
While we were able to test this process on the Virgin Mobile variant, it has notbeen tested on the Sprint version. It's not advised that you even attempt this on the Sprint variant until we've been able to test it first.
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LG has never been a company particularly well-known for its smartphones. And the occasional notoriety the company has received for its Android-powered hardware has rarely been positive. The original Ally, for example, despite its Iron Man-marketing and substantial launch hype, turned out to be an unremarkable, painfully slow phone. The next handset from LG to attract much attention (in the US, at least) was the G2X (or Optimus 2X, internationally). It too failed to gain much in the way of critical acclaim, and customers found the phone laden with major usability bugs.
If you're on the regional carrier C Spire and have been jealous of all the Galaxy S III banter, you can lay that jealousy to rest. C Spire just announced that it will be getting the Galaxy S III as one of the initial devices to run on its upcoming 4G LTE network.
The device will launch with identical specs to the other U.S. carriers:
4.8" Super AMOLED HD display with Gorilla Glass 2.0
1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4
16GB on-board storage with microSD card slot
Android 4.0 with TouchWiz
Unfortunately, pricing and release date information aren't yet available, but the company plans to launch its LTE network in 20 Mississippi markets beginning in September, and the GSIII will most likely be its flagship for the launch.
So far, Amazon's Appstore, which competes with Google's own Play Store on Android apps, has been stuck within U.S. borders. A report from All Things D, however, says that may be about to change soon. The online retail company, the site says, is preparing to launch in Europe. No details on when beyond "later this summer" were available.
All Things D speculates that this might herald the arrival of the Kindle Fire, however it also rightly points out that launching a device in a new country is more complicated than launching a software storefront.
We already knew that today was the big day for T-Mobile's Galaxy S II to receive Ice Cream Sandwich. T-Mobile has just let on that the rollout will begin tonight at 11pm EST. The update will be done via Kies, so unfortunately the update won't be showing up over the air. Hope you've got a microUSB cable handy.
The update is just slightly behind the 4.0.4 that other devices have been receiving, but users probably won't be complaining too much.
We know how much you love free accessories, so we've teamed up with SPIGEN to offer up ten white Crumena cases for the HTC One X (the white case looks especially sexy with the white One X) to ten lucky readers.
As promised by LG back in May, its top of the line quad-core Optimus 4X HD is now seeing release in Europe. First seen at MWC in February, this is set to take on the Samsung Galaxy S III and HTC One X for the favor of powerhouse-craving phone shoppers throughout the continent. The device is now available for purchase from Amazon DE in either black or white, both close to the €500 mark.
The HTC One X is a damn good phone. Unfortunately, the One X's overall quality seems not to have been incorporated into HTC's quality control - already there have been reports of bothersome game lag, and now XDA user bigoliver has shed light on an even more grave concern: the WiFi antenna has been acting up on many devices.
XDA also lists countless other videos to prove the point
As demonstrated in the video, finding out whether your One X is affected is simple:
Gently squeeze the side back of your phone, between the camera lens and the volume buttons, if your WIFI signal strength improves only to drop back down when you stop squeezing then you have this seemingly common fault.
Just a few weeks ago, we asked you what phone you would buy if you had to choose one today - the HTC One X, or the Samsung Galaxy S III. Surprisingly, people were pretty closely split, with the tally as of writing 56% SGSIII, 44% HOX.