Sony rolls out Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update for Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR and Xperia Tablet Z! is rolling out an update that brings Android Jelly Bean and some of its own software modifications to the Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR and Xperia Tablet Z.

In addition to the benefits of Android 4.3, owners of these devices will get Sony’s Smart Social Camera and the company’s full collection of apps — including Messaging, MyXperia, Smart Connect, Small apps, TrackID, Sony Select and its suite of media apps.

Sony began its Jelly Bean rollout in February, and just last week the software update arrived for its Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z Ultra smartphones. The company says updates are coming to its remaining devices “soon.”

LG GX goes official in Korea with 5.5” screen and Snapdragon 600

LG took the wraps off a new Android smartphone with a large display. The LG GX got announced in South Korea with a 5.5” 1080p IPS display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chipset.

A quick glance the specs of the LG GX reveals that the LTE device is a refreshed version of the LG Optimus G Pro. In addition to the same display and chipset, the GX sports 2GB of RAM, 32GB of built-in memory, 13MP camera, and a 3,140mAh battery.

The measures of the LG GX are 150.6 x 76.1 x 9.2 mm, while its weight tips the scale at 167 grams. The handset will be available in black or white color scheme.

The LG GX will boot unspecified Android Jelly Bean build. As expected, the OS will be dressed in LG’s latest UX interface. Highlights of the latter include the neat “knock on” feature known from the LG G2, integration with LG smart TVs, Q Remote, etc.

There is no word on international availability of the LG GX for the time being.

Samsung announces Galaxy Young and Galaxy Fame smartphones!

Couple of days ago, benchmarks had appeared for five unannounced Samsung devices, two of which have officially been announced today: the Galaxy Fame and the Galaxy Young. Both handsets are mid-range, aimed at those who need a combination of budget-friendly pricing and decent hardware. Both feature the distinct Galaxy style.



First up is the Galaxy Young, which runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and will be available in white, wine red, deep blue, and metallic silver. Inside you’ll find a 1GHz processor and 768MB of RAM, as well as 4GB of internal storage space and a microSD expansion slot with support for up to 64GB. The screen is a 3.27-inch HVGA TFT display; there’s a rear 3-megapixel camera.


The Galaxy Fame is similar, featuring slightly higher specs. This handset likewise runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and features a 1GHz processor, 768MB of RAM, and 4GB of internal storage space with up to 64GB of expansion. The rear camera is 5-megapixels, and the display is 3.5-inches at HVGA resolution. There’s Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC.

In terms of software, both Galaxy handsets feature Samsung Hub, Samsung Kies, TouchWiz, S Cloud, and ChatON. Both are pre-loaded with Google apps, including Gmail, YouTube, Navigation, G+, Maps, and more. Overall, both handsets look like solid mid-range Galaxy offerings similar to other Galaxy handsets already available. No word on availability or price yet.

Motorola announces 2 new Phones and the Motorola DROID RAZR HD goes official!

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Motorola is pushing forward with the second generation of its DROID RAZR family brand and just announced the Motorola DROID RAZR HD. The trademark slender body of the handset has been changed up a big, but it’s still more compact than a Samsung Galaxy S III or HTC One X.

The RAZR HD measures 131.9 x 67.9 x 8.4mm and weighs 146g, so it’s thicker than the previous one, but the thickness is more uniform.

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As the name suggests, the DROID RAZR HD has a larger 4.7″ edge-to-edge Super AMOLED display of 720p resolution.

The back of the device is again made of Kevlar, but this time it wraps around the edges of the headset too. The camera here is an 8MP snapper with 1080p video recording and LED flash.

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The RAZR HD is powered by a Qualcomm chipset with a dual-core Krait CPU, 1GB RAM and Adreno 225 GPU. It will be running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box. It will be upgraded to Jelly Bean later on – of course, Motorola is a Google company and we expected nothing less.

Chrome will come pre-installed on the new DROID RAZRs, and Motorola was keen to point out how fast it is.

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The battery on the Motorola DROID RAZR HD is 2,530mAh, so battery life should still be good with the power-efficient 28nm Qualcomm cores. For example, it offers 16 hours of talk time.

There will be a Motorola DROID RAZR HD MAXX too, with the same 3,300mAh battery as the previous version. It measures 131.9 x 67.9 x 9.3mm and weighs 157g. Battery life is listed as up to 21 hours of talk time, 27 hours of music streaming and 10 hours of video streaming. Impressive indeed.

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Other interesting features on the HD include NFC connectivity, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and an HDMI port. The RAZR HD will have 16GB of built-in memory, while the RAZR MAXX HD will have double that. Both have microSD card slots.

The LTE-touting Motorola Droid RAZR HD and RAZR MAXX HD will launch on Verizon before the holidays. There will be a GSM version of the RAZR HD too, but not the RAZR MAXX HD for now.

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The RAZR M and DROID RAZR M are Moto’s latest phones

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As US events usually go, today’s Motorola announcement was centered around the new phones they will be releasing through the local carrier Verizon. We already told you about the RAZR HD and RAZR HD MAXX, but Motorola also unveiled the most compact of the family – the RAZR M or the DROID RAZR M, as it would be known in the US.

Both phones are based on the powerful Snapdragon S4 chipsets, featuring 1.5Ghz dual-core CPUs and 1GB of RAM. They will run Android Ice Cream Sandwich, but are promised Jelly Bean updates by the end of the year.

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As the most compact of the trio of phones announced today, the RAZR M has a 4.3-inch almost bezel-less screen with a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels. According to Motorola the RAZR M dimensions are typical for smartphones with 3.5″ screens. The RAZR M and DROID RAZR M are also pretty slim at just 8.3mm.

On the back of the Motorola RAZR M duo, you will find an extra beefy 2000mAh battery and an 8MP autofocus camera with LED flash and 1080p video recording. Internal user-available storage is 4.5GB plus there’s the usual microSD slot for expanding that.

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The Motorola DROID RAZR M has support for Verizon’s CDMA+LTE network plus quad-band HSDPA and quad-band GSM support. Motorola doesn’t quote the network connectivity support of the international RAZR M (“Bands vary by country”), but we’d guess it’s the same as on the DROID RAZR M but sans the CDMA (and possibly LTE) support.

The Motorola DROID RAZR M will start shipping on September 13 with Verizon accepting pre-orders for $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate starting today.

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