Wednesday, 12 September 2012

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Verizon and McAfee launch mobile security app for Verizon customers

Posted: 11 Sep 2012 04:21 PM PDT

This morning the folks from Verizon announced an all new mobile security app that is being powered by the popular McAfee Anti-Virus company and Asurion. Conveniently they named it Verizon Mobile Security, and it’s available right now for the few that feel a security or antivirus app for Android is truly needed.

For the 10 of you using the new uTorrent app for Android or going to the occasional warez site in some shady Chinese corner of the interwebs — this app is for you. For everyone else however, this is just another antivirus app although it does have some notable features that might persuade a few to add it to their options.

Other than the obvious “malware” scan and protection you do get two very worthwhile additional features if you opt for the $1.99 a month option over the free version. Those are remote wipe and device tracking. This means if you lose your lovely Verizon Galaxy S III you can remotely track it, and completely wipe the device should you have sensitive information or don’t those thieves digging in.

My 16GB Verizon Galaxy Nexus completely filled with CM10, pictures, videos, ROMs, over 200 apps and more seemed to pass with flying colors and no viruses were detected. It also took about 9 minutes to complete the scan — not counting the 20 minutes on my Nandroid backups. Verizon even scans their own app, that’s reassuring. Overall the free version might be worthwhile, as there’s other free apps (Avast, Lookout) that will track and wipe your phone just like their premium upgrade offers.

Overall this app from Verizon is pretty decent. The user interface is average at best but a good option for those that are overly worried about virus protection or data if their device is lost. For now this is an optional download and upgrade. As long as this doesn’t become another one of those Verizon featured (bloatware) apps — we’ll be happy. For those interested check out the rest of the screenshots and head to the Google Play Store and get it today.

[via Verizon]


LG Optimus G promo video teases 13 megapixel camera and IPS display

Posted: 11 Sep 2012 03:47 PM PDT

If you’re the type of person who loves snapping photos with your smartphone, are obsessed with Instagram, or just wants a better camera on your Android device the LG Optimus G might be just for you. Today LG’s released another promo video claiming their 13 megapixel Optimus G will feature the “world’s best camera.” — for smartphones at least.

Basically they are saying that while just the megapixel number isn’t everything, their new camera module inside the upcoming Optimus G will be the world’s best camera and have the best image quality available in the smartphone market. Sadly there was a quick mention at the very end of the video stating some regions will only get the 8 megapixel model — and not all 13. We have a feeling the US 4G LTE models won’t have room for the 13 megapixel camera. Here’s the video:

LG has been very vocal this time around with the Optimus G smartphone and hope this will start a new trend and help improve their brand image moving forward. Samsung’s currently leading the Android charge in all areas but this new Optimus G with its quad-core and 4.7-inch display could change that.

LG officially announced the Optimus G a few weeks ago and we expect to hear more details on it sometime next week. Between Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, a TrueHD IPS display, quad-core processor, and this new camera from LG Innotek we expect this to be quite the smartphone. Hopefully LG can deliver and we’re excited to see some sample shots from this new camera technology. Hit the links below for what we know and have seen thus far from LG.


Samsung Galaxy S III Jelly Bean update rumored for October release

Posted: 11 Sep 2012 02:02 PM PDT

New reports today have appeared stating that the folks from Samsung won’t be delivering the much anticipated Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update to the Galaxy S III until October. That means most likely a month away for international users, and even long for those with a US carrier branded Galaxy S III.

According to CNET, who claims that Samsung has actually confirmed the delay to October. His sources said it will be “available by October.” Early reports after the Galaxy S III took off had the update slated for a late August release, and multiple leaks still have us hopeful for this month.

The Galaxy S III Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update has leaked almost daily for over a few weeks. We’ve seen multiple for the international quad-core edition, as well as a few for the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S III. These builds look rather final and we are hearing the latest few are quite stable and as complete as ever.

Samsung recently announced the Galaxy Note II complete with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean already running wonderfully, and they’ve been working with Google for the Galaxy Nexus. It’s safe to say the update is coming extremely soon for both the Galaxy Note, and the Galaxy S III — hopefully the wait isn’t until October though. If these recent leaks are any indication, we could see Samsung push the update out this month internationally, with US models getting Jelly Bean by October. That sounds more realistic. Either way these things take time and Verizon will probably be last on the list — as usual. Stay tuned for more details.

Device Specifications and Information
Device Info
    Device Name : Galaxy S III
    Manufactuer : Samsung
    Carrier : NA
    Announced Date : May 03, 2012
    Release Date : May 29, 2012
    Also Known As : The Next Galaxy, SGSIII
Display
  • Screen Size : 4.8 Inch
  • Resolution : 720x1280
  • Screen Type : Super AMOLED HD
Dimension & Weight
  • Height : 5.37 Inch
  • Width : 2.77 Inch
  • Depth : 0.33 Inch
  • Weight : 133 Grams
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Ion
  • Battery Capacity : 2100 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : NA
Software
    Android OS:
  • 4.0.x
    Audio Playback:
  • AAC
  • AAC+
  • AMR
  • MID
  • MP3
  • WAV
  • WMA
    Video Playback:
  • h.263
  • h.264 / AVC
  • MPEG-4 (MP4)
    Messaging:
  • SMS
  • MMS
Hardware
    CPU : Exynos 4 Quad
    CPU Clock Speed : 1400 Mhz
    Core : 4
    Ram : 1024 MB
    Internal Storage : 32 GB
    Front Facing Camera :
    Camera Resolution : 8 MP
    External Storage:
  • MicroSD
  • MicroSDHC
    Camera Features:
  • Auto focus
  • Flash
  • 1080p Video Recording
    Sensors:
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Proximity
    QWERTY :
Cellular Network
    Network Technology:
  • GSM
    GSM Band:
  • 850
  • 900
  • 1800
  • 1900
Device Connectivity
    Wi-Fi:
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
    Bluetooth:
  • A2DP
  • Bluetooth 4.0
    Location Features:
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Cellular location
  • Wi-Fi location
    FM Radio :
    NFC :


Everything Everywhere 4G LTE network hands-on

Posted: 11 Sep 2012 01:29 PM PDT

Everything Everywhere held its highly-anticipated 4G event in London today, and we were right there to take it all in. Perhaps one of the biggest announcements of the event was that Everything Everywhere has been re-branded as EE before launching 4G LTE service in the UK. As an added bonus, EE will also be offering fiber service, another first for the company – a team up between carriers Orange and T-Mobile UK.


After that initial announcement about Everything Everywhere’s re-branding, it was time to get down to the nitty-gritty and talk about EE’s actual 4G LTE service. The company started rolling out its LTE service today, introducing it in four cities in the UK with plans to expand that initial offering to 16 cities by the end of the year. By the end of 2013, 70% of the UK will be covered by EE’s 4G service, and by the end of 2014, that number will rise to 98%.

Some of the first phones that will support EE’s 4G LTE include the Samsung Galaxy S III, the Huawei Ascend P1, and the HTC One XL. EE also said that Huawei will be supply the E392 4G LTE USB modem and a mobile hotspot. After those reveals, it was time to perform a speed test on EE’s new 4G LTE network – needless to say, with the network free of other traffic, the speeds we got were quite impressive.

Finally, EE closed its presentation by revealing that it will be the exclusive carrier of the Nokia Lumia 920 in the UK. This means that if the Lumia 920 has caught your eye and you’re living in the UK, you’ll have to go through EE to pick one up. It was a pretty exciting day in London, and be sure to keep an ear to Android Community, where we’ll have more details on EE’s 4G LTE roll out in the coming days and weeks!


Google and Boingo team up to offer 4,000 WiFi hotspots for all but iPhone

Posted: 11 Sep 2012 11:53 AM PDT

This morning the folks from Google Play have teamed up with Boingo to provide more than 4,000 free WiFi hotspots all across the US. Google has dropped some coin and teamed up with the WiFi internet provider to offer access to Android smartphones, tablets, PC, and Macs but they managed to leave the iPhone off the list. More details below.

This is a paid sponsored free Wifi service thanks to the folks from Google. So next time you’re at an airport, hanging out in NYC, or at a hotel or mall you could be enjoying this free WiFi from good ol Goog. Apparently this promotion will only run until the end of September, so it isn’t here to stay although hopefully we see more of it in the future.

This promotion is being co-branded with Google’s ever expanding Play Store. So they’ll be expecting (or hoping) for an increase of sales to their store with music, movies, books, magazines and more. Google’s been on a roll as of late and doesn’t appear to be slowing down. According to sources iOS devices like the iPhone and iPad won’t be able to enjoy this service. Well played Google. Well Played!

The list of airports includes JFK airport in New York, Chicago O'Hare, and Seattle-Tacoma, as well as select Manhattan subway stations. There's also support in various locations we mentioned above such as hotels and restaurants across the US. Check out the full list right here.

[via SlashGear]


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