Samsung Announces the Galaxy SIII – 4.8″ HD Super AMOLED Display, 2100mAh Battery, 8.6mm Thick, and More

It’s official! The Samsung Galaxy SIII has been announced and will be available in Europe at the end of May. The 4G version that the U.S. will get won’t be until “this summer” some time. A lot of the predictions were right in that it has a 4.8″ HD Super AMOLED display (not the Plus), 8MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, 2100mAh battery, NFC, 16/32GB on-board storage, up to 64GB of expandable storage, and is only 8.6mm thick. As you can see from the pictures, it indeed does have a physical home button. No mention of processor, but that makes sense since the processor will differ depending on the region. We know from previous announcements that at least one variation of it will have the Exynos quad-core 4412 chipset.

The live stream of the unveiling event is going on now, but we get the feeling that the focus is on the UI and software and how this phone can make your life easier. The specs are nice, but this appears to be so much more. Developing…

We have the full specs, gallery and press release for you below.  (more…)

Samsung Announces 1.4GHz Quad-Core Exynos Processor, Will Come Equipped in New Galaxy SIII

We no longer have to rely on the rumors, folks. Samsung has officially announced that their brand new quad-core Exynos processor, clocked at a hefty 1.4GHz, will power the new Galaxy SIII that is to be unveiled next month in London. Samsung states that the new chip can deliver twice the computing power at 20% lower power consumption over their already battery-efficient dual-core chip. Samsung’s VP of System LSI marketing had this to say about the new Exynos processor:

The quad-core processor offers phenomenal multitasking abilities surpassing any single or dual application processor. Since all the cores must share a single battery, the power management and efficiency in the limited battery capacity are indispensable for mobile computing devices. Given the diverse functionalities consumers are demanding from their mobile devices today, the Exynos 4 Quad meets those high-performance needs while keeping power consumption very low.

Now that the new quad-core Exynos is official and we know that it will power the upcoming SGSIII, who here can’t wait for this thing to come to the States? Read the full press release down below.  (more…)

Breaking: Motorola Announces RAZR “Developer Edition” With Unlockable Bootloader for Europe, U.S. Variant Too

That headline is not a joke, folks. Motorola, through their community blog, has announced the RAZR “Developer Edition” which has an unlockable bootloader. No release date was given in the post, but from the sound of it, the device should be here very soon. A pre-order page is in the works here.

In even better news though, they also announced that a U.S. version would be available in the “coming months.” Now, we have heard fine promises like this in the past from Moto, but will try our hardest to take their word for it seeing as they are pushing an actual device to Europe. We have no idea if it will have Verizon radios or not. Since the European version is GSM, you could easily come to the conclusion that the U.S. will see an unlockable GSM version too. That’s unconfirmed, of course.

Info on the unlocking and relocking process will be available at the MotoDev site.

*Note – It looks like they posted this news a little prematurely. Proof after the break.

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Breaking: Verizon Cancels $2 Convenience Fee for Online and Telephone Single Payments

In somewhat shocking fashion, Verizon has announced that they will not institute their single payment $2 convenience fee that we first reported on just 2 days ago. Here is the statement that just came across the wire:

Verizon Wireless Will Not Institute Single Payment Fee

December 30, 2011

Verizon Wireless has decided it will not institute the fee for online or telephone single payments that was announced earlier this week.

The company made the decision in response to customer feedback about the plan, which was designed to improve the efficiency of those transactions. The company continues to encourage customers to take advantage of the numerous simple and convenient payment methods it provides.

“At Verizon, we take great care to listen to our customers.  Based on their input, we believe the best path forward is to encourage customers to take advantage of the best and most efficient options, eliminating the need to institute the fee at this time,” said Dan Mead, president and chief executive officer of Verizon Wireless.

+1 to Verizon for listening to their customers, and +1 to all of you for speaking your minds.

Verizon to Charge Customers $2 Fee When Paying Bills Online or Over the Phone Starting January 15

Time to set up “auto pay” through your Verizon Wireless account. According to our sources, Big Red will start charging you a $2 fee both over the phone and online for your monthly bill transaction unless you have your account set up to pay automatically. I know this news won’t excite most of you, but know that there are still plenty of options to get you out of having to pay this “convenience ” charge. We have all of your options listed below. This new $2 fee will allow Big Red to “continue to support these bill payment options.”  Mmmhmm.   (more…)

Official: Galaxy Nexus on Verizon Launches Tomorrow for $299

Yep, it’s official – word just came out from Verizon. The Galaxy Nexus will be available online and in stores for $299 on contract starting tomorrow, December 15.

Online sales will begin at 1AM EST. All stores will have them as well though in case you don’t want to wait that extra day for it to ship.

/pops the bubbly.

Press release below.  (more…)

DROID Bionic Update Finally on the Way, Here is Your Massive Bug Fixer

Here it is DROID Bionic owners. The massive bug fixer that we have been expecting is finally ready for prime time. In it, you will find improved stability to avoid power cycles, a faster auto focus in the camera, and better 4G/3G connectivity to name a few. The phone can somehow magically support 8 devices while on hotspot now, something we were previously told was limited to 5 due to hardware limitations. If you power the phone off, it won’t power back on by itself and SIM cards should activate much quicker. The list is extensive and goes much deeper, so be sure to click both images that we have attached to get the full list.

No word on a release, but when support documents are made available, we usually see something within 1-2 weeks. The update is 54.5MB and will leave your phone at Blur build 5.5.893.

*Note – Received word that this update could start rolling out as early as tomorrow. As you all know, that doesn’t mean everyone will get it tomorrow, but it should hit a small test group.

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