Monday 15 October 2012

15/10/2012: Asus Padfone 2 leaks again, Samsung resumes Galaxy S3 updates, LG confirms their update schedule and perhaps a Sony Nexus?

Is this Asus' Padfone 2?!

Asus PadFone 2 out tomorrow: First images!

   The Twitter page @EVleaks is starting to make quite a name for itself in the phone community, because the people behind it are getting quite a few scoops on the news before it happens. Over the weekend the site posted a few more cheeky snaps of Asus' new Padfone.

   The new phone/tablet tag-team has got a much better look to it this year and if the hardware specifications match with a good price tag then this will be one hugely popular phone. At the moment we're still unsure of any concrete specifications. We're still holding onto hopes of a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, as well a 4.7" 720p screen and a 13MP camera!

   We'll have to wait until tomorrow to get the full low down but it is shaping up to be a great device. Ohh and it looks like the tablet has had a Sony inspired make-over!

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Samsung has restarted their Jelly Bean rollout for the Galaxy S3!

Samsung has resumed their roll out of Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean to their Galaxy S3's. It is now available in Korea, Poland and Sweden after the initial Polish update was pulled after battery drain and other performance issues. 

To quote SamMobiles directly the new update will offer users:
- Better performance.
- Reorganized settings menu.
- 2 Home screen modes.
- A new notification bar.
- Google Now.
- A Re-sizeable pop-up play screen.

   Hopefully the update will be arriving in the UK and the rest of Europe soon, and then the USA not too long after that!

For those of you who can't wait to see what your update will look like, here's a little run through on  the GT-i9305 version of the S3, from The Verge!

LG finally reveals their Jelly Bean plans!

   Just as we find ourselves reporting on the update that is rolling out the Samsung's Galaxy S3's, LG has finally announced what their plans for Jelly Bean will be. Before we tuck in, remember LG's update history is remarkably poor, so don't get your hopes up!

   The updates will begin next month with Jelly Bean landing on the LG Optimus LTE II. During Q1 2013 the LG Optimus VU and the LG Optimus VU II will both be updated to the 4.1 Android, so unfortunately that's a bit of a wait. The same goes for the Optimus G which will hopefully be updated to Android 4.1 itself, in December.

   The updates main aim is to give all the devices the same UI that we've recently seen running on the LG Optimus G. Touchscreen response is one of the improvements that LG has been championing, along with the improved UX on the web browser and other applications. Hopefully, LG can push the updates out a bit sooner then they think themselves, but unfortunately we don't hold out much hope. If your device isn't on the list then it may get an update, but we can't promise anything, we're essentially referring to the Optimus 4X HD here.

In other news:

  • Nokia employees have reportedly told the story of how MeeGo came about and how it, sadly, got passed on by Nokia. The full story is over at PhoneArena!
  • There's been widespread rumours today that Apple's new iMac's will be slimmed down, tear-drop shaped and we don't know anything else yet, but we'll let you know if the rumour mill was right!
  • If you're a the proud owner of a Windows Phone device then you may well want to point your phone to the marketplace because Microsoft has reduced the price of another bunch of Xbox Live certified games. There's now; Chickens can't fly, Crimson Dragon: Side Story, Extraction, MonstaFish, Roll In The Hole and Super Monkey Ball all available for $0.99! Via MoDaCo.
  • Huawei have announced a new device over at Futurecom in Rio, Brazil. The phone is called the Huawei Y300 (U8833). When the phone becomes available it'll set you back roughly £136. For that price you get a few good mid-range features such as the 1.2 Ghz dual-core processor, 4-inch 800x480p screen, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB of internal memory, a stellar 1,730 mAh battery, Android 4.1 Jellybean and Dual sim capabilties! Via MoDaCo.
  • The UK's Carphone Warehouse announced today that Google's Nexus 7 is the company's best selling Android device! Via Telegraph.

And finally, there has been a 'leak' of a possible Sony Nexus phone. We're very sceptical indeed, because it looks very much like an Xperia Ion, but you can't be sure it's not real. What do you think? 


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