US Cellular to rebrand Optimus L7 to LG Splendor

LG Splendor to be released in the USThe LG Optimus L7 was not able to hit the American market. Were you disappointed with that news? I don’t think so.

But then again, the South Korean tech firm is going to release a device much like the Optimus L7 in the United States. Called the Splendor, it is essentially the Optimus L7 with only a different name.

The Splendor runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and has a 4.3 inch screen size. With a 1 GHz processor (the Optimus L7 has a slower processor) it is quite fast and reliable. The best thing about the Splendor is its NFC capability.

The Splendor also has a neat 5 MP rear facing camera. Neatly placed below it at the back portion of the device are two small openings for the speaker.

It also comes preinstalled with Amazon apps, a mobile office suite and other Google applications.

But does it shout get me when you see it? The device is not that flashy, so expect for it not to be an eye candy.

The lone carrier which carries the LG Splendor is US Cellular and they are offering the device for only $80 after sending a mail-in rebate.

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LG unveils new Optimus G

Korean tech firm LG has finally revealed their much anticipated top of the line Optimus G, a few days before it is set to be showcased at the IFA consumer electronics fair in Berlin, Germany.

Speculations about the Optimus G have been roaming around the web for a few weeks now, but yesterday, LG has finally unwrapped the veil of secrecy on their latest device, before it goes on sale in Korea next month.

The LG Optimus G has an IPS LCD display with a 4.7 inch WXGA True HD, which boasts of a pixel resolution of 1280×768. It also has a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro Processor with a 1.5GHz Quad-Core CPU.

It also features a 2GB of RAM and a 1.3 MP front facing camera with a 13 MP camera installed at the back.

Jelly Bean fans might be disappointed because the Optimus G runs on Google 4.0 Android Ice Cream Sandwich.

The LG Optimus G will be on sale in Korea beginning next month and will soon be available to the international market.

The pricing of the LG Optimus G will be made available at the IFA conference a few days from now.

Will you trust LG to be your device of choice?

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Android Ice Cream Sandwich update to rise in a few months

Android’s latest Ice Cream Sandwich has been slowly trickling to smartphones the world over and statistics say that figures have doubled in only two months.

In a blog post in the website of Google’s Android Developers, they said that the Ice Cream Sandwich is now running on 7.9 percent of Android devices.

In a post last April, the website said that only 2.9 percent of devices run on Android 4.0.

Previous Android operating systems such as Froyo (Android 2.2) and Éclair (Android 2.1) have slowly lost a number of users.

But Android’s Gingerbread (Android 2.3) operating system has seen an increase in its user-base as its share rose by 1.3 percent.

Last year, 44 percent of smartphones ran on Android compared to only 23 percent from iOS.

The company is slowly rolling out their Android 4.0 update to smartphones.

Devices such as Galaxy Note, Galaxy Tab (both 8.9 and 10.1), Galaxy S2 LTE has already received their Ice Cream Sandwich update. Samsung’s latest Galaxy S3 is preinstalled with the latter.

HTC on the other hand, is planning to roll out Ice Cream Sandwich for the EVO 3D, Desire S, Desire HD, Incredible S and Sensation XL.

Other companies are also planning to update their operating systems to Ice Cream Sandwich in the future.

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No Ice Cream Sandwich for Galaxy Tab and Galaxy S

Onto some not-so-good news for Samsung fans this holiday.

Users of Samsung Galaxy S smartphones or the 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab won’t be able to experience the latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS as the they wont be getting it.

The hugely popular Galaxy S has sold almost 20 million units since it was first launched in 2010. The Verge notes that this phone has similar hardware with the Nexus S which will be receiving the Ice Cream Sandwich updates so a lot are wondering why the latter has been left out.

Samsung however, explains that the “experience enhancing” TouchWiz operating system,  as well as other carrier-added software, might be too much on the phone’s hardware.

The company has just announced earlier this week that both Galaxy S II and Galaxy S Note will be receiving an Anroid 4.0 update slated next year.

Confirmed: Software update for Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Verizon has just confirmed that their most up-to-date Android phone available in the market will be receiving a software update in January. So what’s wrong?

A company spokesperson asserted that there isn’t one, just a “confusion” on the device’s signal indicator.

In an email sent by the Brenda Raney to Computerword, the company insists that “”there is no issue with the performance of the device.” The update is said to juat “adjust the signal strength indicator to more closely match other Verizon Wireless devices.”

It seems that apparently, the Galaxy Nexus  shows a different signal indicator as compared to other phones. For instance, the phone displays only one bar when it would have 3 bars of service on another phone.

Whether this is true or not, there have also been complaints that the service being is no-so-stellar, especially for the 3G date connections which would sometimes drop down or completely unavailable.

So would this update really solve the problem? Or would just be a “cosmetic change” to placate the discontented Nexus users? We’d have to wait this January to find out. 🙂

Ice Cream Sandwich update from Android

Google’s Android developers are quick to pull the trigger when it comes to updating their OS over the years. Their most recent release is the Ice Cream Sandwich or the Android 4.0.

Unfortunately, with a ton of gadgets running on Android, it is hard to ascertain when a handset will have OS update. This is because these different devices have contrasting specifications and or features.

But latest reports from handset makers running on Android gave a glimmer of hope on what to expect with their devices.

Samsung gave its clients a few estimates on when they could have an OS upgrade on their Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note smartphones. The company said that they are estimating that they should receive their upgrades some time in the next year’s first quarter.

Samsung also added that they are going to upgrade the OS of their other devices, including the four variants of the Galaxy series. But they didn’t provide any date as to when they could receive their update.

Samsung has only two devices running on the latest Android OS, the Ice Cream Sandwich. They are the Galaxy Nexus and last year’s Nexus S.

Motorolla on the other hand is in the midst of a relaunch of their latest smartphone, the Razr. The latest version of the Razr comes in a state-of-the-art, durable construction and a sleek style like its predecessors.

Unfortunately for fans of the latter, the Razr doesn’t run on the Ice Cream Sandwich. Nor or other Motorolla devices such as the Droid Bionic, Xoom tablet and Xyboard tablets.

This holdup on the OS installation is due to the process of manufacturers submitting their phones to the carriers for certification. This part of the software update usually takes from two to four months.

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