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New TWRP recoveries for multiple LG, Samsung, Pantech, Lenovo, LeEco, and Zuk devices now available

It's that time again: multiple TWRP builds for a multitude of various devices have become available, ranging from some obscure Pantech phones to LG and Samsung mid-range handsets.

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Patent War Never Changes: Apple-Microsoft-Sony Consortium Sues Google, Samsung, HTC, LG, ASUS, And More Over Nortel Patents

Stop me if you've heard this one before. Reuters reports that the Rockstar consortium, a joint effort between Apple, Microsoft, Sony, and Blackberry, has sued Google and Android manufacturers Samsung, HTC, LG, ASUStek, Huawei, ZTE, and Pantech over patents formerly held by the now-defunct Nortel Networks. Rockstar won the patents in an auction in 2011 that topped out at $4.5 billion - Google lost the same auction with a $4.4 billion bid.


East Texas: where tech companies go to bleed money.

The companies were sued in eight separate filings in the eastern district court of Texas, which is now famous for its generally favorable disposition towards plaintiffs in patent suits.

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AT&T Pantech Discover Makes The Jump To Android 4.1.2 Via OTA Update

Thanks to an update released today, the AT&T Pantech Discover is making the jump to Android 4.1.2. It may be two versions behind at this point, but it still gives users access to Google Now, which is perhaps the biggest advancement that Jelly Bean has to offer. Now you would be forgiven for seeing this phone's brand and rolling your eyes, but the Discover is actually a competent device. With its 4.8 720p screen, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, and massive 12.6 megapixel camera, this has the taste - if not the smell - of a high-end device. It only costs $49 from AT&T with a two-year contract, and it comes with an "easy experience" theme that perhaps makes this a compelling handset for users who would be otherwise intimidated by a vanilla Android device.

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AT&T Pushing Android 4.1.2 To The Pantech Flex Beginning June 21st

What's that? You've never heard of the Pantech Flex? Don't sweat it – it's just a little AT&T freebie sporting various mid-range specs. But today, it becomes something more. Something better. Something Jelly Bean-ier. The handset is currently receiving its version bump to Android 4.1.2, which of course brings all sorts of goodies to the table.

According to AT&T's blog post, Flex owners should get a text message when the update is available on their handset. To pull the update, simply follow the on-screen instructions to pull it down and install. Have fun!

AT&T Consumer Blog

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Verizon Announces New Software Update For The Pantech Marauder (Version S910LVWD533F.D1)

Pantech Marauder owners will soon see a software update arriving on their QWERTY-sliding handset. Verizon is pushing it out three months after the last one, ushering in another wave of general enhancements and touchups. The notification panel's status bar has been updated so that users can preview application messages directly, and a Google+ button has been added to the Calendar app so that viewers can jump directly to the social network to see event details.


Other enhancements include:
  • Auto suggestion function has been added to Dialer Widget
  • User can access to edit the saved picture directly for a contact.
  • Messaging widget has been added to the widgets list
  • User can easily view widgets from home screen by dragging up widget bar
  • Add multiple Exchange email accounts with the same email ID
  • Switch seamlessly between navigation audio announcements on Bluetooth and Device Speaker
  • Whole widgets are now viewable in the expanded Widget tray interface
  • Password unlock error no longer appears when the phone restarts and Pantech Keyboard default setting

These changes are just the beginning - for more, check out the full changelog below.

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Pantech Breakout Receiving Minor OTA Update (Version CA66F.BB), Removes Some Verizon Bloat

Hey Pantech Breakout owners - your phone's about to be a little less Verizon-heavy, a la an otherwise small OTA update that should be headed out to your device in the next week or two. Software version CA66.F.BB removes VZW Apps, Verizon Video, Rhapsody, and Blockbuster from your device, mostly because they're all totally useless! There's an Android security patch bundled in here, too, and an update low memory notification string. OK.


As I said before, you can expect the update to roll out, most likely, in the next week or two.

Verizon Support

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Verizon Announces The Pantech Perception, A 4.8-Inch $150 Pile Of ICS-Powered Mediocrity, For Release On April 25th

If the phones that Pantech has released in America thus far have been your sole exposure to the South Korean manufacturer, you might be surprised to learn that the company has some legitimately awesome hardware in its home territory. The Pantech Perception... isn't. While it competes with the likes of the Galaxy S III on paper, at least in some respects, a combination of old software and expensive hardware makes this new Verizon phone a hard sell to anyone who wants a high-powered device. It launches on Thursday, April 25th for $100 on contract... after a $50 mail-in rebate. Remember those?

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Pantech Used 500 Vega Number 6 Smartphones To Create This Pretty Rad Stop Motion Animation

If you've ever wondered what a small city made entirely of smartphones would look like, wonder no more. Pantech created just such a city using 500 Vega Number 6 smartphones - appropriately enough, they call it Vega City.

Now that you know the setting, let's talk about why the company made this little place: for its new stop motion animated movie. Basically, the phones make up the entire city; walls, "streets," buildings – the whole nine yards. Atop this digital cityscape, a flexible young lass does her best to elude her attackers in this impressive 1:35 micro-flick.

Check it out in action down below, but make sure to watch the entire thing for a closer look at what it took to make the video happen after the feature is over.

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Verizon Announces First Software Update For Pantech Marauder (Version S910LVWD211F.D1)

Verizon has just announced a software update for the QWERTY-sliding Pantech Marauder, a phone we reviewed last August. The software update includes the now-standard Verizon Remote Diagnostics support utility, and a substantial list of software changes. The stock email app now supports a combined inbox mode and conversation view, Google Chrome has been added, and the Pantech 'Simple Mode' UI has been enhanced. The phone apparently doesn't reboot after a modem crash anymore, either, which is probably good.


There's no Android version upgrade included, unfortunately. The new update will likely be headed out some time in the next week or two.

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Pantech Hops On The Super-Sized Bandwagon, Announces The 5.9" 1080p Vega No. 6 (For Korea)

Another gigantic phone, you say? Yes indeed - Pantech just announced the 5.9" Vega No. 6 for its home market of South Korea, though there's no reason in particular to expect that's where this mega-phone will stay.

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The No. 6 is the largest 1080p display phone announced to date, which is an accomplishment... I guess. A quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro (can we just start calling it 'SS4P' or something?) powers the No. 6's screen of many pixels, and a 3150mAh battery keeps the lithium ions flowing freely. They've stuffed a 13MP camera in there, too, because "bigger numbers" is basically this phone's calling card.

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