Lenovo seems to be coming to market with a new phone — the Lenovo P770 — and this one is going to turn a few heads based on a couple of different factors. Let’s start with the specs, shall we? Those who eventually opt for one can look forward to a 4.5 inch display with qHD resolution, a 1.2GHz dual-core MediaTek processor, a 5 megapixel camera, a VGA front-facing camera, 4GB of internal storage, Jelly Bean and more.
But it’s the battery that’s going to jump out at you. This thing challenges the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD with a 3,500mAh battery, a kit that Lenovo says will deliver 29 hours of talk time. Whether or not those claims are accurate remain to be seen, but even if you shave a few hours off of that it’s still quite impressive.
Even more impressive is the price Lenovo’s putting on the P770. The device will cost ¥1,699 in China, which is just over $270 here in the states. Sure, MediaTek is no Qualcomm or NVIDIA but we’d be damned if we could find another phone in this range for this price. Well… the Nexus 4 is a more attractive offering for just $300 but you can’t quite get a 3,500mAh battery inside that thing even if you wanted to.
Unfortunately Lenovo has a history of skipping out on launches outside of Asia so those of you who want to snap this thing up will have to find a way to import it once it becomes available.
[Lenovo via Unwired View]
As Google looks to integrate Google+ with pretty much all of its services we expect to see new features added almost every week. We’re still waiting on the bombshell that should be the death of Google Talk and the subsequent birth of Google+ Messenger integrated in Gmail, but for the time being another Google site has gotten the Plus-heavy treatment.
The Google Play Store is the site I’m talking about, and while there’s been minor cross-functionality before Google has added another level of integration that has us pretty excited. There isn’t much to do right now, but if you notice the reviews section in the screenshot above you can see that the names of each reviewer are replaced by “A Google User.”
It looks like Google will eventually allow users to link the Play Store to their Google+ accounts and have their profile, name and icons available for those looking through reviews. For now it just displays “A Google User,” and we imagine the names were tossed out so Google could restore some control of privacy to users while they fully implement the rest of this.
We wouldn’t be surprised to see Play Store prompts asking whether or not you’d like to link your Google+ account to your reviews in the future, but for now there doesn’t appear to be anything more to it than making the reviews anonymous.
Most users should be noticing the changes by now as there’s no Play Store APK update for this particular change. It looks like the changes are more on the level of account information so be sure to check it out on the web Play Store or in the Google Play Store on your Android device.
There’s nothing useful to be done with any of it yet, but it’s nice to fantasize about what’s to come. And if you just want to see how your own review would display for the time being why not see how a review of your own would look by downloading the Phandroid News app and submitting a review? You’ll be feeding your curiosity and getting a great tool to help you read Phandroid on the go at the same time — win win, from where I’m standing.
Google has just begun notifying customers on their Nexus 4 watch list that the handset will be back on sale today, November 27th, at 12:00 noon PST via the Google Play Store. For the East Coasters too lazy to do math (like me), that’s 3PM EST.
Here’s the pertinent text from the email:
“Nexus 4 will be available for purchase later today!
Order yours from Google Play starting today, November 27 at 12:00 noon PST (U.S. only).”
The Nexus 4 initially went on sale on November 13th and sold out in record fashion. The phone has been unavailable direct from Google since, though those willing to sign a wireless contract could pick up the device from T-Mobile. As the above email states, the newly available Nexus units are reserved for US customers only. Google has not announced any availability plans for other regions just yet.
Google’s handling of the Nexus 4 launch has left more than a few customers miffed. Hopefully a replenished stock will come with an improver customer service experience, but there are no guarantees. You will want to act fast if you plan on buying. There are still plenty out there just itching to get their hands on the flagship Android 4.2 device.
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With the final days of November winding down, Android 4.2 users have been anxiously waiting to find out if December really exists. Thanks to a timely update from Google, all of their worries should be eased. Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 devices have started to receive Android 4.2.1, a minuscule software patch that restores the ability to associate a date in the year’s 12th month with a contact entry.
The new software brings the Jelly Bean build to JOP40D and changes little otherwise. Other tweaks or bug fixes are taking place below the surface, and we likely won’t have confirmation until the release of an official changelog.
There are no reports of Nexus 7 owners receiving the new software yet. The same goes of the Galaxy Nexus. As with all over-the-air updates, Google will be rolling this one out in phases, so expect it to reach more devices as the week drags on.
Huawei looks to be readying their next 10-inch Android slate, according to documents filed with the WiFi Alliance and Bluetooth SIG. Dubbed the MediaPad 10 Link, Huawei was even nice enough to include a picture of the tablet. While the majority of specs remain unknown, the new 10-inch MediaPad looks to carry over the high-definition IPS display of its predecessor.
Three different model numbers have surfaced for the device (S10-201w, S10-201U, and S10-202U), which likely designate the various connectivity configurations that will be available. Expect a WiFi-only model and a couple of cellular data-enabled versions.
The overall appearance of the slate keeps in line with the MediaPad 10 FHD, which we reviewed earlier this year. The best guess is we are either looking at the direct followup to that particular tablet or a low-cost take on the original setup, nixing some of the device’s high-end features (the presence of the HD display might suggest otherwise). Unless it’s announced sooner, the MediaPad 10 Link could be barreling toward a CES 2013 debut.
It was almost 2 weeks ago to-the-date that Android users across the globe rushed to the Google Play Store in hopes of purchasing Google’s latest flagship device, the Nexus 4. In what could only be described as a shark frenzy, many Android fans gobbled up whatever they could get their mouse cursors on, myself being one of them.
I walked away from the dog pile with 2 of the handsets — 1 for myself, and 1 for one a random Android friend who wasn’t so lucky. While I was purchasing, I wondered how many people were doing something similar, and if Google had some kind of limit to the amount of units one could purchase. The last thing Google’s customers needed was some wanna-be entrepreneur buying Nexuses in bulk, only to resell them at a higher cost on eBay. Tonight the Play Store listing was updated, and we have just learned that anyone who has purchased 2 Nexus 4′s — yup, you’ve been officially cut off.
So whether you were planning on picking up a few more for friends or family that might have missed the first round, and more than likely the second, looks like you (myself included) will be sitting the next batch out. No word on how long users who purchased multiple Nexus 4′s will have to warm the bench, although purchasing a variant different from the previous transaction (either 8GB or 16GB) is apparently allowed.
It’s been a long time in the making, but it seems today Jelly Bean has finally begun rolling out for the international version of the HTC One X (Tegra 3 powered). According to our friends at HTC Source, the 364.54MB update has been making its way across the globe, hitting One X’s in India, Argentina, the UK, Russia, Dominican Republic, Peru, Brazil, and finally Sri Lanka. Of course, this is only the beginning and if you’re currently with international One X in your possession and haven’t received the update, expect it in the coming days.
The Android 4.1 update is said to bring a handful on improvements ranging from better camera performance, to improved battery life (always welcomed). While this means the Jelly Bean update has been fully tested on the One X hardware, keep in mind AT&T’s version is the One XL — the dual-core Snapdragon S4 variant of the X. If testing on AT&T’s network works without a hitch, hopefully it’ll only be a few more weeks before we see the Jelly Beans arrive stateside.
Back in late August of this year, we brought you a story on how Facebook was forcing its employees to switch to Android in order to get them to see just how bad the app was. We’ve seen nary an improvement to the Android Facebook app since then, but Facebook isn’t giving up.
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The long overdue Android 4.1 update for the HTC One X is finally here. Users in Asia, Europe and South America are reporting that the update is available for unlocked HTC One X phones (CID_038 & CID_044). From what we can gather, the Android 4.1 update with HTC Sense 4+ is being pushed out in…
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