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Google Nexus Prime get’s a hands on preview on 4Chan

This was quite a surprise.  An anonymous user on 4Chan posted quite a detailed, albeit amateur, hands on of the upcoming and HIGHLY anticipated Nexus device.  Without further ado here are his own words (or her, no gender issues here):

Alright so these Samsung representatives dropped by work today and gave our team a heads up about their mobile division and their flagship phones coming out in the near future. Basically they came in with the new Samsung Galaxy Nexus. They said it was a beta model, but it looked like a proper retail version. They talked about that phone, their Galaxy S II, it’s success and the Galaxy S III next year which is already in R&D.

 

Samsung Galaxy Nexus:

– Samsung representatives showed a working a working model of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus but not the Galaxy S III. They passed around the Galaxy Nexus phone, and we got about an hour to play with it while they were here. The phone looks similar to the Sprint variant of the Galaxy S II, with a round-edged body, but also similar to the Nexus S with a curved screen. It’s a good size, not too big if you’re used to Android phones. It’s a monster compared to iPhones though.

– Reps said that Verizon passed on the SGSII to have an exclusive deal with Samsung to stock the Galaxy Nexus.

– The SGN will run on Samsung’s Exynos dual core CPU clocked at 1.5 GHz, 1 GB RAM, Super AMOLED Plus 4.65-inch 1280 x 720 HD display, 16 GB internal memory (with SD card slot). It’s 8.8mm thick with a metal body and a 2000 mAh battery (the same as the new one that’s being released for the Galaxy S II).

– It is heavier than the SGSII, weighing in at around 130g-140g because of the metal casing. It feels nice and has got decent weight.

– The phone is blazingly fast; I guess it’s as fast the SGS II. It has no issues with general use and opens apps, drawers, etc. instantly. No lag. I tried opening a whole bunch of apps, but it was still running smooth and would auto-kill once it got overloaded anyway, so you never feel the performance taking a hit.

Ice Cream Sandwich:

– Ice Cream Sandwich is very nice. It works like the current Gingerbread OS but has gotten a major facelift. The menus are a lot nicer and smoother, screens have a ‘glassy’ look to them. It just feels more polished with more animations (fast and smooth) when accessing things on the phone.

– On the demo unit, the Android version was 2.4.1, not 4.0 or whatever people were expecting.

– The app drawer has three sections at the top that you press and it goes to the drawer for your selection. There are sections for apps, games and widgets. The apps section is what we are all used to. Just a drawer for all the apps on the phone. The games section is just a drawer for all the games you’ve downloaded; the widgets section shows all the apps that have widgets available. The cool thing is you can click the widgets in the widgets section to get a view of what they look like. So you don’t have to screw around with applying a widget on a homescreen, seeing you don’t like it, deleting it, doing it again with a slightly different setting, etc. to see the difference. On ICS you get a visual representation of the widget, you can swap easily between the widgets the app provides, change the settings in real time, and then you can go ahead an apply it on a homescreen.

– Best of all with the drawers is that you can create and name your own app drawer if you want. I think the ICS comes with three standard drawers mentioned above (apps, games and widgets). The demo phone had app drawers created called “Sports” and “News” that contained all the sports and news related apps that you download. I’m not sure if the sports apps you download automatically go to the sports drawer (with some setting like auto push sports apps to drawer “Sports” or something) or if you have to put it there manually. Either way, it was very good and reduced the amount of searching for an app. With the Galaxy phones, if you didn’t know where the app was–which page it was on–it would take a while to search through it, because they weren’t in alphabetical order; they were just in the order you downloaded them. This is a LOT cleaner, more organized and feels more polished.

– I’m not familiar with Honeycomb, so I don’t know really what it pulled from there. I’m guessing quite a bit, because visually it’s quite different to current Android phones. I always thought that Android phone manufacturers made great phones, but the Android software lacked polish and user-friendliness. I was told the glassy look is from Honeycomb. There are a lot more blues and purples on the phone, rather than green. The icons look different, more shiny. The marketplace app is the same as the current one. Not sure if a new one is being worked on.

– The Gmail app is a lot better looking than the current one. If you flip the phone to the side, it has the preview pane, like how Outlook works, with the emails on the left and the message on the right. It looks really nice. Vertically, it works similarly to the current Gmail app, but looks a lot cleaner. In an email the reply button says “reply” rather than having that arrow. There’s a down arrow next to the reply button that has “reply all,” “save as draft,” etc. The threads are smaller (could be due to the higher resolution screen) and around 10-12 threads can fit on the screen. Other than visual tweaks, it’s the same thing.

– Calendar app is revised, a lot less cluttered, glassy bluish look. New calendar widget available.

– The internet browser is leaps and bounds better than what you currently get. It has a completely revamped interface, and the icon is no longer the blue earth icon. The icon is now an Android behind the earth, which is green and blue. Name is still “Internet.” But it’s really easy to use. I personally hated the stock browser for Android, but I’d actually consider using this. It has its tabs at the bottom of the screen now, similar to Opera Browser mobile. The pinch to zoom is better than before, the rendering is excellent, no checkerboards. Zoomed out the text is pristine. Really liking the browser app.

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All in all it’s shaping up to be quite a device but I, personally, can’t help but feel that this is more of a Nexus S than a Nexus One.  Meaning, this is going to be an upgraded and rebadged Galaxy SII, a product that has already been proven to be a runaway success in the US of A.  The Nexus One was a Google Phone first, an HTC Desire later.  Still, only time will tell, right?

Oh, and you can check out more on the Nexus Prime here and here, more on Ice Cream Sandwich here, here and here and more on possible Ice Cream Sandwich devices at HTC’s next event here.

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HTC Vigor press shot emerges

The Vigor’s been popping on and off the radar for some time.  First, it showed up on a Dutch retailer’s site, then spy shots showed up online and now official looking press shots have come up to the surface, indicating an almost imminent release/announcement.

No fresh information on specs and the original rumours still stand:  1.5GHz dual core, 1GB RAM, a 720p HD display and that new fangled Beats Audio.  Not much else to say, but we’re hoping this will turn up somehow in HTC’s September 20th event.

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HTC Bliss press shots emerge, could be the HTC Rhyme

Press shots of HTC’s alleged women’s phone have emerged, but it doesn’t seem to be very feminine.  The specs are not that bad, but do seem a bit measly here in 2011.  So far the specs listed are a 1GHz CPU, 3.7″ S-LCD display and it seems to be similar in size to the current mid-range king, the Desire S.

What’s really important here is the inclusion of HTC Sense 3.5.  We can see the new, far cleaner homescreen in the press shot.  But we can do far better than a meesly screenshot.  Look past the break for a video walkthrough of Sense 3.5 on the Bliss/Rhyme itself.  Go on, you know you want to. Continue reading

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HTC Sensation XE announced, world’s first Beats Audio device

HTC have taken the wraps off of one of the most hotly anticipated devices of 2011 – the world’s first Beat Audio superphone.  The device in question isn’t a new device per se and is more of an upgrade to what is arguably one of the best Android phones out there.  The Sensation XE builds up on the Sensation’s slender unibody frame, with the only changes being for the better.
Firstly the CPU has been bumped up to a 1.5GHz unit compared to the 1.2GHz of the standard Sensation.  The battery’s also been increased to 1730mAH.  The RAM and software is still the same as the Sensation.  The headphones also seem to be a bundled Beats set, which makes it a nice addition.  Read on past the break. Continue reading

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Eric Schmidt confirms Ice Cream Sandwich for October or November

Things seem to be going well for Google’s development team as their latest iteration of Android is on track for that Q4 release date promised four months ago.  Rather surprisingly, given the excitement for ICS, only four screenshots have been leaked which don’t really show much in terms of fresh UI.  Even these screens, upon closer examination seem to be fake as some key elements from the UI are taken straight from Cyanogenmod and one of its many themes.   You can read more about the leaks here.

We still have no idea of what’s coming other than that Ice Cream Sandwich shall unite elements from Gingerbread and Honeycomb together in a one size fits all OS.  ICS should also have special dev tools which will allow them to scale their apps for different screen sizes, resulting in little or no different between tablet and smartphone versions.

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HTC Ruby gets caught in the wilds of Thailand

The HTC Ruby, a phone that’s been rumoured for some time now, has been photographed in all its glory during a public event in Thailand.  The Ruby is said to have a 4.3″ qHD screen, much like the Sensation but has beefier specs.  Firstly the CPU is allegedly a dual core affair running at 1.5GHz, a step up from the Sensation’s 1.2, as well as having 1GB of RAM, another increase over the Sensation’s 768MB.  It should also have 16GB of flash storage and should run Android 2.3.4 with HTC Sense 3.5.  Rather surprisingly Sense is missing for the most part from the most recent shots.  Read on after the break.

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HTC Vigor To Be HTC’s First Beats Device?

A few days ago HTC made a staggering announcement that they had just “invested” $300 million in one of the most innovative audio and sound companies in the world, Beats by Dr Dre.  What does this mean for us?  For one, better audio on our HTC smartphones.  Another area could be new audio oriented accessories, maybe better headphones (both optional and packaged) as well as some new speakers or sound docks, iPhone style. Now, just a day ago, sharp eyed tipsters spotted what could be HTC’s first Beats device, the HTC Vigor. Continue reading

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HTC Evo 3D Available At Vodafone MT

Yes, that’s right, HTC’s Evo 3D is now available from Vodafone!  From what we can tell Malta is also amongst the first in Europe to get this incredible device. The price is 649 euro off contract or starting from 49 euro on the Smartphone 95 plan.

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First Glimpse Of Ice Cream Sandwich

And here they are! Round about two months ahead of launch we have our first glimpse of Ice Cream Sandwich. These leaked images come from a T-Mobile Samsung Nexus S. From what we can see Ice Cream (short for Ice Cream Sandwich from now on) ditches Gingerbread’s black for a dark and rather AMOLED-unfriendly blue. It also seems o be an evolution of Honeycomb in this aspect, with the holographic design cues more having a more mature, modern and coherent form. Much of the images is blacked out, but the source did give some extra info about what Ice Cream Sandwich shall entail.  Read on past the break for more info.

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Sony Ericsson, Where’s Our X10 Update?

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On the 1st of August Sony Ericsson announced that the international roll out of the Gingerbread update for its 2010 flagship, the Xperia X10. Yet, so far, progress seems to be painfully slow. Indeed the evidence suggests that the roll out has stopped altogether. Sony Ericsson’s Facebook page is nothing short of chaos with people posting all kinds of wild rumours and crazy assurances. We just don’t know who to trust and Sony’s, quite suspiciously is keeping mum on the subject.

Our own Zach Galea has been eagerly awaiting the update since the early months of 2011, but now all he feels is anger and frustration. 2011 has most definitely not been Sony’s best year. First came the update fiasco with the above mentioned X10 and the entire 2010 line up, whereby Sony announced that no device will go beyond Eclair and even having the guts to say that their version of Clair was “as good as if not better than 2.2 [Froyo]”. Next came the PSN hacking, though that doesn’t really tie in with their smartphones. Their current flagship, the Arc, svelte as it is, has fallen behind its dual core brethren and many loyal users are doubting their faith. 2012 promises to be better, with the Vita supposedly shipping to the US and European markets as well as two new and quite unique Honeycomb tablets, the S1 and the S2.

Unfortunately only time will tell if their update schedule improves or not.

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HTC’s Evo 3D Heading To Vodafone Soon

Vodafone’s summer just keeps getting hotter.  After bringing greats like the Sensation and the Flyer to Malta Vodafone has just put up the HTC Evo 3D for preorder.  No word on pricing and no date for release, but judging by the Sensation it shouldn’t be above the 700 euro mark.

Just to remind you, the Evo 3D is a dual core, 4.3″ smartphone with a stereoscopic glasses free 3D display.  Sense 3.0 runs on top of Gingerbread (v 2.3) with some custom 3D apps from HTC.  Unfortunately none of the homescreen elements make use of the 3D display, then again it’s best to keep 3D an add on rather than the main feature – at least till the technology improves.

Gingerbread For The HTC Desire Z Rolling Out Now

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HTC have recently announced that the Gingerbread update for the Desire Z, their venerable Froyo messenger. Fortunately there seems to have been none of the Gingerbread update nonsense that has been plaguing the original Desire, and HTC say that the Desire Z update is currently in heavy testing in the field.

An excellent bit of news thoughis that while HTC have it in testing carriers all over the world have started pushing the OTA update to their devices, mainly in Australia and Germany.  This update carries none of the Sense 3.0 updates that have been promised, but updates the underlying Android heart to 2.3.4 Gingerbread.

Did you receive an update? Let us know how it went and what changes you’re experienced in the comments section below!