A leaked promo poster from WIND mobile shows the carrier getting the Huawei Ascend D Quad XL (along with a pair of movie tickets to see Django Unchained with purchase). There is nothing about a date or a price, but we’re going to guess that it will be “soon” and “relatively cheap” respectively.
Google (GOOG) on Friday posted a short video to remind those who upgraded to Windows 8 not to forget to upgrade their Google experience as well. The Mountain View-based company is looking to give users the best experience possible on Google and across the web, and in order to do that it has built two new programs to give Windows 8 a distinct Google slant. The first is a standard Google Search app to help users look up webpages, images, videos and more, while the second is a Windows 8 specific version of the popular Web browser Google Chrome. Be sure to check out the company’s video and the source link below if you’re looking to “get your Google back.”
Motorola’s victory over Microsoft (MSFT) in one patent case last week appears to have been decidedly short-lived. ZDNet reports that a barrage of patent suits have forced Motorola to pull all of its tablets and all but three of its smartphones from its online German store. As of this week, the only devices that German customers can buy from Motorola are the Motorola RAZR i, the Motorola RAZR HD, and the Motorola Gleam+. It’s not known at this point if Motorola will keep so many of its devices off its German market for a prolonged period of time, although the company’s actions do raise questions over whether its patents are really as strong as Google (GOOG) believed when it purchased the company for $12.4 billion.
If you’re a Verizon Wireless customer or looking to become one, the carrier is offering two of its latest 4G LTE handsets, the LG Spectrum and HTC Rezound, for $99.99 each with a two-year agreement. Both handsets run a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and impressive qHD displays. When BGR reviewed the Rezound last November, we were impressed with the overall performance of the device and with the gorgeous high definition display in particular. It was recommended over Motorola’s DROID RAZR and Samsung’s Galaxy S II, although due to its lack of Ice Cream Sandwich it fell short compared to Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus. Subscribers will have until Monday, February 28th to take advantage of Verizon’s deals on the Rezound and Spectrum, which are only available online.
Lurking inside the Nvidia booth here at CES are some high-profile devices not getting much fanfare, one such being the Acer Iconia Tab A510. Its purpose at the booth is to show off just how powerful the Tegra 3 processor truly is, but we couldn’t help giving it the ole fashioned shakedown. Hit the break for full impressions.
Asus UK have taken to their Facebook page to let us all know the state of their Ice Cream Sandwich update for the original Transformer. To cut a long story short, it’s good news.
In 2011, carriers and manufacturers were releasing smartphones at such short intervals that within weeks, your once new and high-end device would most likely already be outdated. Unfortunately, it looks like things won’t be slowing down in 2012. After a mere six months on the market, Verizon Wireless has issued an end-of-life discontinuation for the Motorola DROID 3, The Verge reports. The article also claims that Verizon has issued EOL’s for the Blackberry Curve 3G, Palm Pre 2, LG Revolution and all of their 4G LTE Mi-Fi Hotspots. The carrier will soon be left with not a single LTE hotspot and a hole in its smartphone line up, however, we expect to see an array of new devices at the Consumer Electronics Show which kicks off January 10th.
It’s project time again for the Motorola Xoom, according to a few tips worming their way into our inbox. The one the Verizon Xoom got at the end of November wasn’t the Ice Cream Sandwich update everybody’s on pins and needles for. Will this one finally be the Android 4.0 upgrade? We’ll see. Here’s the e-mail that’s going out from Moto:
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