New Pics Of The LG U+ LTE Captured In the Wild – This Time With Less Blurrycam

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Some new images of the LG U+ LTE have surfaced online. Korean site Cetizen was able to gather these pics of LG’s upcoming flagship device in the wild, giving us a clearer picture on the device’s aesthetics and build quality. The chrome metal band around the sides of the device look an awful lot like the Samsung’s Galaxy S II X (Hercules) pictured yesterday.

On the back you have a rather uninspired textured battery cover, once again — bringing thoughts of the Galaxy S II to mind. What’s strange is earlier leaked pics of the device have a much different (better looking) crosshatched textured battery cover. Not sure which pic is more up to date as far as that’s concerned.

As a refresher, the LG U+ is an LTE capable device that can hit (theoretical) 75Mbs data speeds. This device will also come equippped with a dual-core Snapdragon process and beautiful 720p HD IPS display. No word on pricing or release date but you can bet this device will be hitting stateside sometime in the near future.

With the accusations of Samsung copying Apple it seems as if Sammy may have a little copycat of their own. What do you guys think? I understand there are only so many ways you can design a smartphone but do you feel this design is hit or miss?

[Ameblo via IntoMobile]

VLC Open-Source Media Player For Android [Download]

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Get your MKV’s, AVI’s and ANIME’s ready! Android developer/modder extraordinaire, CVPCS, was able to compile a working pre-Alpha version of VLC media player for Android. If you’re unfamiliar with VLC, it’s essentially a open-source (we like those words around here) media player for Windows, Mac and everything in between that allows you to play virtually any video format on your desktop. That alone should help you see the value in bringing this amazing tool to Android.

Because of the way VLC is built, it can’t (or wont) support all Android devices. Instead, it separates them according to your processor, into 2 categories: NEON and NO-NEON. How do you find out if your device is NEON? Simply use a file manager app, dig around in your system files and locate the folder /proc/cpuinfo and then take a look inside. You should see something like this:

Processor	: ARMv7 Processor rev 2 (v7l)
processor	: 0
BogoMIPS	: 1597.74

Features	: swp half thumb fastmult vfp edsp thumbee neon vfpv3
CPU implementer	: 0x41
CPU architecture: 7
CPU variant	: 0x1
CPU part	: 0xc09
CPU revision	: 2

Hardware	: mapphone_CDMA
Revision	: 0000
Serial		: 0000000000000000

Take a look at the Features line and look for the word “neon.” If it’s there — then you have yourself a NEON device. If not — then you’ll have to use the NONEON version of VLC. Okay, let’s get to the good stuff. The download. Seeing how this is such an early pre-Alpha build of VLC for Android, CVPCS will not be providing support. If you want to try out VLC for Android still in its early stages:

NEON VLC for Android

NONEON VLC for Android

If you wont a ton more information on VLC for Android, hit up the source link for all the technical details.

[Via CVPCS]

Amazon sending invites for 9/28 press event, tablet(s) on the way?

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Amazon is sending out invitations to a press conference on September 28 in New York City. Though details of the press conference are as sparse as they come, it is believed that Amazon will be announcing at least one of their hotly anticipated tablets, which is slated to launch sometime in October or November.

It’s been a long road since we first caught wind that Amazon was working on a slew of Android devices back in May, and it appears Amazon is all set to reveal what they’ve been working on.  It’s likely we won’t see more than one device at next week’s conference, and not the rumored “Coyote” or “Hollywood” tablets we’d originally suspected. We expect Amazon to announce a 7″ Kindle with Android tablet, similar to the device TechCrunch went hands-on with earlier this month.

This tablet would be aimed at the low-end of the market and could come in at the ultra-low price of $249 when it launches in the next few months. Regardless of what Amazon has in store for us, they appear to be all set to take the tablet market by storm next week.

Stay tuned!

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Spotify moves out of invite-only beta, offers six months of unlimited music

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Spotify signed on as one of the leading musical partners at Facebook’s F8 conference yesterday. Users of the popular social media service will be able to listen to Spotify through their Facebook profile, which can share what you’re listening to with your Facebook friends.

Along with the Facebook-friendly announcement, Spotify has announced that they are opening up their service to the public and removing the monthly hour limitation for six full months to anyone who has a Facebook account. After six months, you’ll be limited to the traditional 10 hours per month free plan unless you sign up for one of their premium plans ($4.99 for no ads, $9.99 for mobile listening).

Unfortunately, unless you sign up for the premium service ($10 per month), you won’t be able to listen to Spotify on your Android device. In our initial runs with the Spotify Android app, we noticed songs loaded incredibly fast (much faster than Pandora, Slacker, etc.), even over a slower connection; though whether that is worth the hefty $10/month premium is up to you.

Anyone out there been using Spotify religiously since it launched? What do you guys think of the service? Is it worth shelling out $10 per month to listen on your Android device, or are you spending your hard earned money elsewhere?

Motorola Atrix 2 hands-on: slim, fast, no more PenTile display

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Here at Android and Me, we’ve been paying close attention to the Motorola Atrix 2 for quite some time now. And for good reason. Way back when the device first leaked, when it was still being called the MB865 in late July, there was a lot of hype surrounding what was destined to be the GSM variant of the Motorola Bionic. Now, finally, the Atrix 2 has made its way into a full hands-on preview. So how does it stack up against it’s CDMA/LTE cousin? Any particular areas where the device really stands out? The answers may surprise you.

Specs wise, the Atrix 2 is only a mild improvement over the first. Instead of a Tegra 2, we’re looking at a 1 GHz TI OMAP4, along with 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal storage, an 8MP rear camera, front-facing camera, 1735mAh battery, Android 2.3.5, Webtop compatibility and a 4.3-inch qHD display. All packed into a textured plastic shell at around 10mm thick. Sounds pretty similar to the Bionic, no? Well those similarities, as great as they are, pale in comparison to the differences.

First up, the overall feel. Chris Ziegler of This is my Next got his hands on the device and wasn’t shy in confessing his love for the overall feel of the “Edison.” The textured plastic leaves you feeling like you’re holding a high-quality device, and the lack of a camera hump around the back makes for an even slimmer profile than you’d expect of a 10mm device. Compared to the Bionic, the 3mm drop in size apparently really makes a difference. And then there’s the display.

For quite some time now, I have loathed (LOATHED) phones that utilize PenTile screen technology. I won’t go too far into it today, but essentially, you can use funky sub-pixel arrangements in displays to give a screen a faux resolution. The orignal Super AMOLED display and Motorola’s most recent qHD displays both use PenTile technology. The results? Grainy text and terrible color rendering. Motorola is finally doing away with PenTile displays, starting with the Atrix 2. If you’re wondering just what kind of difference this will have on your device, spend a day looking at something like an HTC Sensation compared to a Bionic. Or a Nexus S (or any other Galaxy S device for that matter) compared to a Galaxy S II. In my eyes, the difference is night and day.

There’s no telling what may change before the Atrix 2 is finally released, but there’s good reason to believe it won’t be much. Now that you’ve seen and heard a little more about the successor to the original dual-core Android device, what do you think? Not enough of an upgrade? Or does the true qHD display have you wiping drool from you chin? Let us know in the comments below.

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Verizon’s Samsung Stratosphere pictured again; could make full Qwerty LTE wallet friendly

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Been itching for a good press render of Verizon’s upcoming LTE enabled Samsung Stratosphere? Look no further.

Originally rumored to launch September 8 (the device has obviously missed that date), the Stratosphere is essentially a reworked and upgraded Epic 4G for Verizon. Coming in with a full Qwerty keyboard and support for Verizon’s LTE 4G network, solid specs on the Stratosphere have somehow remained a mystery (even after being leaked several different times now). The latest rumors on the Stratosphere pegged the device as having a ~4-inch screen, a 5 megapixel camera, a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera and Android 2.3.4.

As you might have already guessed from the paragraph above, nothing new has been revealed with the discovery of this photo. While browsing around the Pantech Breakout page on WireFly.com, blogger Owen Johnston happened across the picture of the Stratosphere with no information attached.

As of right now, the Stratosphere is expected to launch on October 6. Much like the Breakout, the Stratosphere may be a more wallet friendly device from Verizon, that still offers access to the carrier’s blazing fast 4G network. You might not find dual-cores, NFC and Ice Cream Sandwich when the Stratosphere finally launches, but you will find a sufficiently fast device that texting teens would love to buy.

LG Esteem Is Revealed – 4G LTE Enabled Device For MetroPCS

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The LG Esteem was just revealed today via LG’s partner portal and it looks like this 4G LTE enabled device will be making it’s way onto MetroPCS in the near future. The Esteem, which is essentially an LG Revolution will feature a 4.3-inch 800×480 display, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 5MP rear/1.3MP front facing cameras and run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

If you were hoping for a release date or pricing nothing has been announced even though I’d say this bad boy looks like its all set to roll. This will definitely help MetroPCS’s current 4G lineup with only the underpowered Samsung Craft and Galaxy Indulge being currently available. What do you guys think? Would this be enough to make you go post-paid?

[Via AndroidCentral]

T-Mobile Galaxy S II release date coming next week, so check out this hands-on video

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T-Mobile customers have been patiently waiting on a release date for the Samsung Galaxy S II while Sprint fans got their version of the device last week and AT&T gets some action on October 2nd. It doesn’t look like they will have to wait much longer because we just got invited to a special reception on September 26th to “celebrate the latest in 4G from T-Mobile.”

An evening of DJs and glorious devices.

Samsung unveiled the three US versions of the Galaxy S II last month, but T-Mobile’s version was trapped in a glass cube and no release date or pricing was announced. T-Mobile representatives said they would hold a separate event to showcase their device, so we are going to assume that’s what this big party in San Francisco is for.

For an idea of what to expect next week, check out this hands-on video from Mobile Syrup with the Samsung Galaxy S II X for Telus in Canada.

The Telus version of the Galaxy S II was originally codenamed the Samsung Hercules and it’s almost identical to the version coming to T-Mobile. Both devices differ from the other Galaxy S II’s with a faster dual-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S3 processor and support for 4G HPSA+ 42 Mbps.

How many of you are planning to pick up the T-Mobile Galaxy S II when it hits stores in a couple weeks?


Samsung Galaxy S II X (Hercules) Pictured In The Wild and Shown Off In Video

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If you wanted a closer look at T-Mobile’s upcoming Samsung Hercules then the Canadian Telus version is about as good as it’s going to get for now. Say, hello to the Telus Samsung Galaxy S II X. Asthetically, this device will look identical to the T-Mobile branded version hitting in a few more months. The one exception being the battery cover on this Canadian version is soft touch while the T-Mobile version has been shown in leaked pics to have a brushed aluminum finish.

Spec-wise you’re looking at a gorgeous 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display and Samsung’s newest version of TouchWiz on top of Android 2.3.5. Inside the device will be powered by a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor that could possibly take advantage of T-Mobile’s 42MBs HSPA+ network. The device also features a nice sized 1850mAh battery and full NFC capabilities for those wanting to try out Google Wallet. Check out this quick video from MobileSyrup for more on the Galaxy S II X (Hercules).

[Via MobileSyrup]

Sprint Shows Off Motorola Admiral Ahead Of Official Announcement [Video]

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Even though we haven’t received an official announcement regarding the Motorola Admiral, it was just outed on Sprint’s YouTube channel. The handy promo video goes over every button in painstaking detail, showing you every corner and crevice of the device in beautiful HD. The device will feature a Blackberry-ish style QWERTY keyboard on its face, along with a 3.1-inch “high resolution” display, 5MP camera on its rear and Sprint’s new and improved Direct Connect feature. I would imagine a formal announcement from Sprint will be made sometime tonight or tomorrow. If you want to see it for yourself, hit up the video below.