As reported before, the Optimus G will be the world's first LTE smartphone to have a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor (1.5GHz). According to LG, this makes it "not just one of the fastest phones on the market, but also one of the most powerful."
The handset incorporates a 4.7 inch True HD IPS+ display (1280 x 768 pixels), QickMemo, Live Zooming, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of memory, MicroSD card support, and a strong 2,100 mAh battery. For many unknown reason, AT&T's Optimus G may have an 8MP rear camera, not really a 13MP one (like the international version). It appears like Sprint will keep the 13MP camera though. At launch, the smartphone will run Android 4.0 ICS, but an update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is scheduled for later.
ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., Oct. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- LG Electronics today announced that the high-powered LG Optimus G superphone will be available in the United States on the AT&T and Sprint networks. As the world's first quad-core LTE (Long-Term Evolution) smartphone with the Qualcomm SnapdragonTM S4 Pro processor, LG Optimus G is not only one of the fastest phones on the market, but also one of the most powerful.
Designed to set a new standard in the industry, LG Optimus G combines LG's leading LTE, display and energy technologies with Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 Pro processor to create an extremely fast and incredible mobile experience. Equipped with a high-density 2,100mAh battery and impressive 4.7-inch True HD IPS Plus display, Optimus G users can seamlessly multitask between personal, business and entertainment needs and go beyond the boundaries of traditional on-the-go smartphone capabilities.
"LG Optimus G is the culmination of cutting-edge technologies provided by LG's class-leading global entities," said James Fishler, senior vice president, marketing and go-to-market operations, LG Electronics USA. "Drawing upon expertise from the LG Mobile Communications Company, LG Display, LG Chem and LG Innotek , we have carefully designed a new superphone that encourages users to step beyond everyday boundaries and explore a limitless world of power and creativity."
The elegant yet sleek design and the imaginative user experience displayed in the new Optimus G are made possible thanks to a collection of technologies from industry-leading developers in their fields. State-of-the-art display technologies from LG Innotek and LG Display such as True HD IPS Plus and Zerogap Touch, a unibody unit that eliminates the gap between the glass and the LCD panel, harmonize to offer one of the slimmest, sharpest and clearest viewing experiences yet. The new battery from LG Chem has a longer life designed for multitasking. An ultra high-resolution, compact camera is employed in the Optimus G to offer super sharp photos without pixilation.
Sprint and AT&T will be among the first wireless service providers in the world to offer the LG Optimus G, which is powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor - a 1.5GHz quad-core CPU processor with Asysnchronous Symmetric Multiprocessing, which enables each core to power up and down independently to increase performance while saving battery life.
Combined with LTE technology, the impressive processor allows users to easily and quickly view a video while running other apps at the same time. All of this power and functionality is housed in a light weight, eye-catching slim body to cater to fashionable lifestyles. LG developed and patented Crystal Reflection to give the back cover the ability to display different patterns depending on the angle and lighting. The intricate pattern gives Optimus G a clean finish reminiscent of a jewel.
The Optimus G creates the perfect combination of pleasure and functionality through a unique user experience not seen on any other device. While mobile communication, business, and entertainment are easily accommodated with the Optimus G, the all-new device can also release one's inner artist with a wide range of features including:
The QSlide Function shows two different screens simultaneously on one display so users can quickly send an important work email while playing a graphic-intense video at the same time.
QuickMemo allows users to take notes on captured documents or photos with their fingers and instantly share with colleagues as an attachment or URL.
Live Zooming enhances viewing experiences by enabling consumers to zoom in up to five times while watching video to see small details normally hidden on the screen.
Photographs can be intensified with camera capabilities like Time Catch Shot, which empowers the user to choose the best photo among various shots taken before the shutter button is pressed.
Dual Screen Dual Play not only allows mirroring between the smartphone and a TV or monitor, it also has the ability to display different content on each screen. For example, a slide presentation can be displayed on the monitor while the Optimus G shows the accompanying speaking notes.
Creativity is also put to the test by the Icon Personalizer, which allows consumers to customize the sizes and images of their most-used apps.
Advanced 13 MP or 8 MP rear-facing camera with Time Catch Shot, "cheese shutter" and Smart Shutter and Low Light Shot Noise Reduction
Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) operating system
Qualcomm SnapdragonTM S4 Pro processor with 1.5GHZ Quad-Core Krait CPUs and LTE
32 GB of memory or 16 GB of on-board memory and microSD slot pre-loaded with a 16GB SD card that can accommodate up to 64GB of expandable memory
- 4.7-inch WXGA True HD IPS Plus Display (1280 x 768 pixels)
- Display technologies including Zerogap Touch
- 2,100mAh battery
- Bluetooth® Version 4.0
- Additional Features:
- 1.3 MP front-facing camera
- Capable of 2G/3G/ 4G LTE networks
- Crystal Reflection glass finish
- DualScreen Dual Play feature that wirelessly displays different content on both a TV and the smartphone
Screen Zooming allows zooming in and out of lists in music player, email, text messages and the photo gallery for increased visibility.
SOURCE LG Electronics USA
Last month, we told you about Samsung Exynos exploit, Samsung did promised to come out with a security fix as soon as they can. We are seeing it today.
The exploit affects devices with the Exynos 4210 and 4412 processor, phone using those processors including Sprint Samsung Galaxy S II, the international versions of Samsung Galaxy S II, the international version of Samsung Galaxy S3, the international Galaxy Note, and the Galaxy Note 2 are all affected, as well as tablets using the Exynos 4, some Galaxy Player models, Galaxy Tab 2 devices and the Galaxy Note 10.1. We also don't want to forget the Galaxy Camera.
While the U.S. versions of the Galaxy S3 are safe this time, that's still a whole lot of phones. There are also a few other phones (like the MEIZU MX) that use this SoC and may be affected.
T-Mobile: Beginning January 16, the Samsung Galaxy Note II will have a software update to Android version 4.1.1/ Software T889UVALL4 via Over The Air (OTA) and Samsung Kies. This update improves security and provides bug fixes.
Sprint: 1/16 - Samsung Epic 4G Touch Software Update - S:D710.10S.FL24
Samsung Epic 4G Touch Software Update - S:D710.10S.FL24
- Adds Sprint Connections Optimizer
See Sprint Connections Optimizer for more info
- Security updates
- Software version is: S:D710.10S.FL24
- Released in stages to devices over a 30 day time period.
- Refer to Samsung Epic 4G Touch Software Updates for install instructions
Sprint have released a new software update for the Samsung Galaxy S3 on their network, the update brings few bug fixes to the Galaxy S3, including the voice mail application update and support for 3-digit SMS.
The update for the Samsung Galaxy S3 on Sprint is build number L710VPBMA6, and Sprint have started rolling out the update and it should be out to all devices over the next few days.
To find out more about the Samsung Galaxy S3 software update, head over to Sprint's website.
Sprint users will definitely be glad to receive firmware updates for their Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S III smartphones. These separate updates are expected to improve phone security and offer a few bug fixes.
Updating your Galaxy S III will also ensure better voicemail application and calendar syncing. The new firmware, by the L719VPMA6 update will also now be able to support 3-digit text messaging.
On the other hand, the Galaxy Note 2 will have better phone security once updated using the L900VPAMA7, which deters circumvention of Exynos security.
Updates for notifications may not be seen right away but you can always check manually. There are also plenty of forums and news will certainly come out if Sprint already releases firmware update packages for these two units over the air. But it definitely won't be too long until they come out.
If you're not already a Sprint customer, you can get the Sprint Samsung Galaxy Note II for just $69.99. That's $230 less than what Sprint charges you directly, and you'll still sign the same two-year contract with the carrier. That's an awesome deal, and I don't think you can find a better deal with any other carrier.
If you are already with Sprint and want to upgrade your existing hardware to a Galaxy Note II, you'll have to pay $199.99 at Amazon. That's still $100 less than what you'd need to pay at Sprint itself.
Samsung Galaxy Note II brings a whole new category of smartphones to Sprint. This high-performance device boasts many rich features and is indispensable when it comes to entertainment and productivity thanks to an enhanced S Pen hover experience, intuitive software, and elegant hardware features. Touch, hover, scribble, and speak-the Note II offers multiple tactile ways to interact. Capture and create with the innovative S Pen and preloaded apps like S Memo and S Note. Enjoy multitasking, intuitive interactions, customizable home screens, and more on the latest Google OS Android 4.1, Jelly Bean and the Samsung TouchWiz platform. With the latest HD Super AMOLED Plus technology powering the Note II's 5.5-inch 720P display, images are bigger, clearer, and brighter than ever allowing you to view color-rich movies, photos, presentations, and gaming. With Note II performance and power are automatic, thanks to Samsung's Exynos 1.6 Ghz quad-core processor, a long-lasting battery, and blazing fast 4G LTE network speeds.
Link to Amazon.
Sprint's top five smartphones surprisingly does not include iPhone 5. Galaxy Note II is takes the lead on thebest-rated smartphones among customers. It received a score of 4.7 out of 5.0 and beat out other devices from other makers such as HTC and Motorola, among others.
Interestingly, the Galaxy Note II is also on top of Verizon's list for "most appreciated". Sprint offers the Note II on contract for $299.99, which can be quite expensive for some.
Others that made the top-5 list are the LG Optimus G and another Samsung product, the Galaxy S III, the iPhone 4S and the HTC Evo 4G LTE.
Time and again, Samsung has proven that they can beat out other brands of smartphones, despite the slew of lawsuits that it has weathered in the past few years and the allegations of other bigwigs that it has a penchant for stealing designs of components and devices.
In a bid to attract hip customers who love purple and Samsung, Sprint might just release a purple Galaxy S III next month. A leaked document hints at a new color for the S III and although the S IV is already out, the S III is not so far behind on specifications and still packs the punch. Also, the fantastic price drop on Sprint plan and even on prepaid, will more likely increase the subscription and sales for this awesome device.
A rendering of a purple Samsung can be seen over the net and no official photos of the actual one yet. Also, there are no news about pricing and if there are any other special modifications that will come with the new S III skin. Who knows? Samsung loves to surprise its patrons and rivals at the last possible moment.
Hurray to another device that received the Jelly Bean update. Sprint has brought Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to the 10-incher Samsung Galaxy Tab today. It can be recalled that other variants for the device were already upgraded and the update was issued only for the "Wi-Fi only" Tab 2.
The Android 4.1.1 will bring about enhancements and additions on notifications, system and it will also allow users to enjoy Google Now. Other fab features are the Project Butter and photography applications and other bonuses.
It will probably take weeks to complete the roll out but be assured that it will definitely come to all Sprint Tab 2 devices. You will receive a notification prior to installation and it won't take long starting from now, so better check constantly on your tablet's "About" section.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 from Sprint Gets Jelly Bean Update
Today, Sprint began rolling out the AndroidTM 4.1.1, Jelly Bean, update to its Samsung Galaxy Tab® 2 10.1 customers.
The update is available over the air (wirelessly). The update notification will be pushed automatically to Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 users during the next few weeks. Once the download is complete, you will be prompted to install the update. Installation will take a few minutes, and your device will be disabled during the installation process. It will be ready to use when the process is complete.
Jelly Bean offers users stunning graphical capabilities with expanded feature functionality, including:
• Google NowTM gets you just the right information at just the right time, like how much traffic to expect before you leave for work or when the next train will arrive as you're standing on the platform. Google Now can be accessed by launching the GoogleTM app from the app tray.
• Smooth transitions enable effortless movement between home screens and apps, like turning pages of a book.
• Expandable, actionable notifications allow you to take action directly from the notifications panel.
• Widgets work like magic as you place widgets on the screen, everything else automatically moves to make room; when they're too big, widgets resize on their own.
What feature updates caught your eye? How will you use Jelly Bean on Samsung Galaxy Tab
Google today posted factory images for Android 4.2.2 (JDQ39) for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus alongside the new 4.2.2 binaries. If you are wondering what's the purpose of the factory images, they allow you to flash your phone back to its original stock state. This is really useful in the unfortunate event that you mess something up trying to install a custom ROM.
If you are on a Sprint Galaxy Nexus, an Android 4.2.1 factory image is available as well.
Beginning today, Samsung Galaxy S® II customers will be able to upgrade to AndroidTM 4.1, Jelly Bean, via an over-the-wire update (via Samsung's Simple Upgrade Tool.
Jelly Bean offers users stunning graphic capabilities with expanded feature functionality. This software update will make several premium and intuitive Galaxy S III features available to Galaxy S II users.
Some new features of the Jelly Bean:
- Smart Stay: Tracks eye movement to ensure the device screen is always on while it's viewed so the backlight doesn't dim or become idle
- Direct Call: Converts text message interface to the voice call interface by simply raising the phone to the ear
- Pop Up Play: Allows users to watch video content while operating any application at the same time
- In addition, different operation modes allow users to modify phone functions to meet their always changing needs:
To download the Jelly Bean update, go to this link. Once the Simple Upgrade Tool download is complete, you will be prompted to install the Jelly Bean update. Your device will be disabled during the few minutes it takes to install the update, but will be ready to use immediately afterwards.
Source: via Sprint
Sprint, also the the Now network will begin offering Galaxy S4 on April 27th for the price of $249.99 with a two-year contract agreement. However, if you're willing to cancel your current provider and carry your phone number to Sprint, you will get additional $100 credit, bringing the price down to $150. You'll be able to pre-order the device directly from Sprint beginning tomorrow.
Manufactured by Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), Galaxy S 4 is powered by AndroidTM 4.2.2, Jelly Bean, boasts a brilliant 5-inch full HD Super AMOLEDTM touchscreen, 1.9GHz quad-core processor and access to the Sprint 4G LTE network. It also offers Multi Window, which allows the use of two apps side-by-side.
Galaxy S 4 is the perfect device for vividly capturing life's most important moments by featuring dual cameras: a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera and 2-megapixel front-facing camera with a Dual Camera function allowing simultaneous use of both cameras. Galaxy S 4 is loaded with several innovative capabilities:
- Drama Shot captures a progressive event, like a baby's first steps or a basketball player's slam dunk, in one frame
- Eraser Shot removes unwanted objects or people from an otherwise perfect picture
- Live Filters allow an individual to see how a picture will look - on both the camera and camcorder - before the photo is taken
- Story AlbumTM compiles photos with location and weather information to create the most comprehensive and personalized memory book
Galaxy S 4 adds new touchless navigation with innovative features that detect face, voice and motions to enable screen control.
- Air ViewTM lets the user preview emails, photos in the gallery, or even the stories in Flipboard by hovering a finger over the screen.
- Smart Pause pauses a video by looking away from the screen.
- Air Gesture allows the user to answer a call or skip to the next song by waving their hand in front of the screen.
- Galaxy S 4 also features Polaris® Office to get work done using Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files from almost anywhere.
Source: Sprint Press Release
Sprint has posted software update for its Samsung Galaxy Note II, it's a pretty minor update. According to Sprint Forum, two things have been improved.
- Waking a device with the home key incorrectly brings up the Recently Used applications screen
- Home Screen security updates
The OTA should be rolling out starting today, and should hit all devices within five days. More info below. If you have a Galaxy Note 2 from Sprint, please head into Settings > About Phone > System updates for the latest update (Build: L900VPAMC2)
Source: Sprint Forum
Samsung's latest and greatest smartphone, the Galaxy S 4, is making a big move into the US today with an online arrival at Sprint and in-store availability at AT&T
The Galaxy S4 features a stunning 5″ Full HD Super AMOLED display panel, an Exynos 5 Octa (8-Core) CPU clocked at 1.6GHz, a Tri-Core PowerVR SGX 544MP3 GPU, (or a Quad-Core Snapdragon 600 CPU clocked at 1.9GHz and Adreno 320 GPU, depending on the market) and 2GB of RAM. The device has a 13MP camera which capable of shooting up to Full HD 1080p videos at 30FPS and a 2.1MP front facing camera which is capable of shooting up to Full HD 1080p videos, as well.
The Galaxy S4 runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with Samsung's new TouchWiz UX 2.0 out of the box. The device also includes Samsung's Smart Features: Smart Stay, Smart Pause, Smart Scroll and Smart Pause, Air Gestures, S Voice, S Health and S Translator.
Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile are taking pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, this leaving Sprint the only major US carrier that doesn't do that. However, it appears as though Sprint will start selling the Note 3 at approximately the same time with the other three mobile operators anyway.
Based on IBTimes, Sprint will launch the brand new Note on October 2 - the same day when the system is expected to be in stock at T-Mobile. AT&T should provide the Note 3 starting October 2, while Verizon expects to produce it a bit later - on October 10. Like Verizon and AT&T, Sprint will most likely ask $299.99 (on contract) for the new Note. Most likely, the third largest US carrier will have two color versions of the device: black and white.
Introduced by Samsung earlier this year as the successor towards the popular Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note 2, the Note 3 runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, and features: a 5.7 inch Super AMOLED display with 1920 x 1080 pixels, S Pen stylus, LTE connectivity, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, 13MP rear camera with LED flash and 2160p video recording, 2MP front-facing camera, quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of memory, and a 3,200 mAh battery.
Above image is the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini for the US carriers. According to evleaks, it has revealed three new hues from the S4 mini, arriving on AT&T and Sprint networks in the US.
AT&T will be getting an extremely flashy shade of pink, or hot pink because it is often referred to. That one is bound to divide opinions but there is no shortage of people that like pink devices.
Sprint has got the more sober shades. You have the standard monochrome, or Black Mist and White Frost, as Samsung likes to call them.
Other than the colors, they are identical to the existing Galaxy S4 mini available in the US.
What do you guys think about the pink Galaxy S4 mini?
Sprint has officially release Android 4.3 update for the Galaxy S3 is now pushing out hard and heavy on all three of the four major US carriers. Besides the improvements and stability that should come with 4.3, this one will add support for the Galaxy Gear if you've been eyeing Samsung's smartwatch but don't feel like buying a Note 3.
If you own a Samsung Galaxy S3 on either Sprint or US Cellular, you should receive an OTA notification anytime soon. Go to Settings > About device > Software update to check for the update manually, but don't forget that all you can do is be patient.
Sprint has now started taking pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. You can already pre-order the phablet on both AT&T and T-Mobile. Starting yesterday Sprint has also joined the campaign, allowing you to pre-book your unit and make sure you will be among the first adopters.
The Galaxy Note 4 features a 5.7 inch screen with a 1440 x 2560 resolution. That works out to a 525ppi pixel density. In the states, a quad-core Snapdragon 805 CPU is under the hood. 3GB of RAM and 32GB of native storage is inside. A 128GB capacity microSD slot is on board for those requiring more storage, and the rear and front-facing cameras weigh in at 16MP and 3.7MP, respectively. We should point out that the rear snapper does include OIS. A 3220mAh cell powers the phablet, and Android 4.4 is pre-installed.
Sprint is offer few options to get the Galaxy Note 4, first option is to sign a 2-year contract at $350, second option is no contract, but paying $30 a month for the phone for 24 months. While no contract, you will be paying retail price at $826.
Just as it was revealed a few weeks back, Sprint now offers a new color of the Samsung Galaxy S III, which will surely appeal to men and women who love purple. This variation, however, does not offer anything special, specs-wise, and the good ol' S 3 in Amethyst Purple is available on Sprint for $99.99 and a $50 mail-in rebate will also be honored for new customers who sign up for a two-year contract.
You will also be able to avail of it for the same price if you add a line or a new number to your existing account and these, according to Sprint, are only offered at a limited time. Furthermore, the success of the Galaxy S 4 and the demand for Galaxy S III will further determine the beloved device's price, except if Samsung releases an improved S III in the market, which is not too likely, but is not impossible either.
Just in time for school, Galaxy S 4 is available from Sprint in three colors: Black Mist, White Frost and the beautiful Purple Mirage, for $199.99 (excluding taxes) with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement.
The award-winning Galaxy S 4 is powered by AndroidTM 4.2.2, Jelly Bean, and boasts a brilliant 5-inch full HD Super AMOLEDTM touchscreen, 1.9GHz quad-core processor and access to the Sprint 4G LTE network. It also offers Multi Window, which allows the use of two apps side-by-side.
Galaxy S 4 features dual cameras: a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera and 2-megapixel front-facing camera with a Dual Camera function that allows simultaneous use of both cameras. To make it easier to share those important moments, it also includes these
• Drama Shot captures a progressive event, like a baby's first steps or a basketball player's slam dunk, in one frame.
• Eraser Shot removes unwanted objects or people from an otherwise perfect picture.
• Live Filters allow an individual to see how a picture will look - on both the camera and camcorder - before the photo is taken.
Galaxy S 4 adds new touchless navigation with innovative features that detect face, voice and motions to enable screen control.
• Air ViewTM lets the user preview emails, photos in the gallery, or even the stories in Flipboard by hovering your finger over the screen.
• Smart Pause pauses a video by looking away from the screen.
• Air GestureTM allows the user to answer a call or skip to the next song by waving his or her hand in front of the screen.
Source: Sprint news room