Category: Misc Gadgets


Just after its two-month anniversary, the PlayStation Mobile store got support for a few new HTC devices: the HTC One XL, the EVO 4G LTE and the One X+.

They are joining the already supported One X, One S and One V bringing the number of PlayStation Mobile-certified HTC devices to six. Sony requires all HTC smartphones except the One V to run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean in order to enjoy the game store.

What about the HTC One V, then? Sony says they’ll release more information regarding the entry-level smartphone at a later date, since the device might not be getting updated to Jelly Bean, according to recent leaks.

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A leaked list of HTC smartphones to receive the Jelly Bean update includes several variants of the One S and One X, as well as the Droid Incredible 4G and EVO 4G.

HTC has been a little late to the party in regards to letting everyone know if and when certain devices will be able to run the latest version of the Google OS, but that’s understandable since it has bigger fish to fry. You know, like how to salvage what has otherwise been a terrible second half of 2012.

The list was leaked on twitter by Football4PDA, a source that has proven its reliability in the past.

List of HTC Devices that will get JB Update: Evitare Evita Fireball Jewel К2 TotemC2 Ville VilleC2 Valente#WXSat Dec 08 15:37:31 via webFootball
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The devices which correspond to these codenames are:

  • HTC One X+ (Evitare)
  • HTC One XL (Evita)
  • HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE (Fireball)
  • HTC EVO 4G LTE (Jewel)
  • HTC One SV (K2)
  • HTC One VX (Totem C2)
  • HTC One S (Ville)
  • HTC One S C2 (Ville C2)
  • HTC J (Valente)

The HTC One X is obviously absent from this list, as many One X’s (including our office handset) have already received the Jelly Bean update.

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Asus has just released the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update for the PadFone 2. The device was announced back in October and is available in limited countries around the world, with most major markets still on the waiting list.

The build date is December 4 and as expected, the update brings all the Project Butter smoothness, Google Now assistant, etc. All Asus customizations are still present, of course. You can upgrade only over-the-air for now.

We are happy to see Asus kept its promise for the Jelly Bean and released it on schedule. Let’s hope it keeps this policy in the future.

The quad-core Krait-powered PadFone 2 is rather expensive gadget, but is surely one of the best smartphone packages with that PadFone station turning the thing into a full-featured tablet.

You can check out our Padfone 2 hands-on over here.

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Sony announced the Xperia E and Xperia E dual entry-level Androids last week but said nothing about their price. It turns out, though, that the press releases that Sony Mobile Germany sent out sheds some light on it.

The single-SIM Xperia E will cost €160, while the dual-SIM version is €10 more. This is around the same price as the Xperia miro right now (Amazon.de, single-SIM only) or a dual-SIM Samsung Galaxy Ace Duos(Amazon.de), both of which have specs comparable to the Xperia E. The current dual-SIM Xperia, the tipo dual, has lower specs and price (Amazon.de)

The Sony Xperia E and E Duos will be coming out in the first quarter of next year. They pack a single-core Cortex-A5, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, a 3.5″ HVGA screen and a 3MP camera with FWVGA video capture.

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LG announced that it has sold 10 million of its L-Series smartphones to date. The number includes the entire range from the entry-level LG Optimus L3, through the Optimus L5 and Optimus L7, all the way to the imposing looking Optimus L9.

While LG calls the eight-figure sales number a “modest milestone”, it still pats itself on the back for it. The official press release points out the fresh styling of the range, the high quality displays of the handsets , as well as LG’s proprietary UX features as the main reason for its commercial success.

LG’s L-Series broke cover during MWC 2012. The devices in the range are available in 50 markets worldwide.

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Motorola has updated the software update schedule for its Android devices, clarifying approximately when some of these eligible devices will be getting the coveted Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update.

Starting with the US market, the RAZR M update has already started rolling out in November whereas the DROID RAZR HD, DROID RAZR MAXX HD and the ATRIX HD will be getting the update in December, 2012. The ELECTRIFY M will get the update in Q1, 2013.

The PHOTON Q, ELECTRIFY 2, DROID RAZR, DROID RAZR MAXX, DROID 4, DROID BIONIC will be updated to Jelly Bean at an unspecified date.

In Canada, the RAZR HD and ATRIX HD will be updated in Q1, 2013.

In the Europe, Middle East and Africa, the RAZR HD rollout begins in December, RAZR i in Q1, 2013 and the RAZR and RAZR MAXX at an unspecified date.

In Asia Pacific, the RAZR, RAZR M and RAZR HD will be getting the update depending upon the carrier and location.

In Latin America and Mexico, the RAZR, RAZR MAXX, RAZR HD, RAZR i will be getting the update, again, depending upon the carrier and the region.

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Huawei’s Senior Vice President Yu Chengdong confirmed the manufacturer is indeed working on a galaxy Note II competitor. He went even further telling us to wait for Huawei’s device, because it will be much better and cheaper than the phablet top dog.

A while ago there was this rumored device called Huawei Ascend Mate with a 6.1-inch 1080p display, a 1.8GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM.

Yu Chengdong confirmed such a device is indeed in the works and it will be slimmer and cooler with better grip, display and battery life.

There is no word on the official announcement or release, but as the rumor has it we can expect the announcement to take place at CES 2013 in January.

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ZTE is trying to force itself back into the conversation of impressively-spec’d smartphones from relatively unknown manufacturers with the new Nubia Z5 flagship.

  

Eerily similar to the likes of the Oppo Find 5, the ZTE Nubia Z5 is set to feature a quad-core 1.5 GHz Snapdrago S4 Pro APQ8064 chipset, 5-inch 1080p display, 2 GB of RAM, and a 13 MP rear-facing shooter.

The slick chassis has a thin, 7.6mm profile, unibody construction, dual rear speakers, and should be priced very competitively, given ZTE’s track record.

The ZTE Nubia Z5 is expected to see a China release next week, where hopefully we’ll find out more about price and international availability.

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The HTC Windows Phone 8S has arrived at the UK scene and is already available in several stores (both real and online). The phone aims to provide affordable entry into the tile-filled world of Windows Phone 8.

The best deal at the moment is offered by Three UK – you can grab the 8S for £180 off contract or free with a two-year contract starting from £17/month. This is for the Atlantic Blue model. Deliveries start Monday, December 10.

Clove UK also carry the HTC 8S but they have put a £225 price tag on it. Expansys UK and Amazon UK both have it at £240. That’s for the Blue model again, though Expansys has the other color options on pre-order. Argos has the phone too, but at £300. We’re just mentioning it in case they decide to start some promotion and cut the price significantly.

Anyway, if you prefer to get the Windows Phone 8S on contract but not on Three, you can head over to Phones4u, which has offers for Vodafone (£21/month), Orange (£28.50/month) and T-Mobile (£36/month). Carphone Warehouse also has deals for Vodafone.

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LG Optimus 2X owners in Europe can finally breath a sigh of relief! After nearly half a year of it-will-get-it-it-won’t-get-it drama, the former LG flagship finally started receiving its ICS update.

The firmware version of the update ROM is V30a. It brings the Ice Cream Sandwich sweetness, garnished with the latest LG launcher.

You can get it from the LG update tool right away. It seems, though, that the carrier-locked Optimus 2X versions will have to wait a while longer to join the fun.

LG already updated the South Korean cousin of the Optimus 2X, so it was about time for European users to get the same treatment. At this point though, it seems almost certain that ICS will be the end of the road for the first dual-core smartphone – it is highly unlikely that it will ever catch the Jelly Bean train.

Here’s hoping that LG has learned a valuable lesson here and will do better with the Optimus G and the Optimus 4X HD.

 

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