AT&T, US Cellular starts taking pre-orders for Samsung Galaxy S 4

AT&T and US Cellular have started taking pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy S 4 smartphone.  AT&T will start shipping the smartphone on April 30, but still no word on US Cellular variant shipping.

AT&T is offering the 16GB White Frost or Black Mist variant of Galaxy S 4 for $199.99 on a two-year contract and 32GB version pre-orders are expected to open in the coming days. US Cellular is also charging the same amount but only 16GB variants are available right now.You can also opt for Galaxy S 4 on AT&T for $449.99 with a one-year agreement, and $639.99 outright.


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Dungeon Hunter 4 arrives to Google Play

Dungeon Hunter 4 has finally arrived on Google Play. The title sticks with the freemium model that’s become so popular in the mobile landscape as of late, but it promises to deliver an engaging experience for anyone looking for some substance.

Dungeon Hunter 4 is designed to cater both to those that are looking for a single-player experience and those that are looking for multiplayer features like co-op arenas and PvP.You’ll be battling monsters and demons with some pretty ridiculous weapons and building your character up along the way.

What do you think, interested in jumping into the world of Dungeon Hunter 4?

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Sony Xperia Z and others get CyanogenMod 10.1 nightly builds

Owners of the Sony Xperia Z,Xperia ZL,Xperia T,Xperia TX,and Xperia V can now download and enjoy official CyanogenMod 10.1 nightly builds for their handsets. The nightlies are all present online now through the CyanogenMod Downloads web site.

All you have to do in order to take advantage of the appropriate build is to download it, flash his or her device, and finish installing the custom ROM. CyanogenMod 10.1 is based on the latest version of Android, which is currently at 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.


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First Google Glass devices ready to ship

Google is now sending out emails to the developers who signed up for the Glass Explorer program that the production for the initial batch is complete and the company is working on more. They will soon start shipping the device to the first developers.

If you have signed up for the program, you will get an email invitation for the Google Glass purchase in the coming days.

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Pantech Vega Iron smartphone photos appears online

Today, the first Pantech Vega Iron sighting was made on a South Korean forum. Also, the device’s official colors have finally been revealed.

Pantech Vega Iron features a 5-inch Full HD (1920×1080 pixel) touchscreen display. It also comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 CPU, 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel camera with LED flash, NFC wireless, up to 32GB storage, and built-in 4G LTE connectivity. Its default operating system is Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Whether or not Pantech plans on releasing it outside of South Korea is still not clear at this point.



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Google details Glass Specs: Full Day Battery Life, 5MP Camera, 720p Video, 16GB Flash Memory & more

After announcing that Glass is about to ship and releasing the Glass Mirror API documentation,Google has released the tech specs of Google Glass which are as under:

  • Fit: Adjustable nosepads and durable frame fits any face. Extra nosepads in two sizes.
  • Display: High resolution display is the equivalent of a 25 inch high definition screen from eight feet away.
  • Camera: Photos – 5 MP; Videos – 720p
  • Audio: Bone Conduction Transducer
  • Connectivity: Wifi – 802.11b/g; Bluetooth
  • Storage: 12 GB of usable memory, synced with Google cloud storage. 16 GB Flash total.
  • Battery: One full day of typical use. Some features, like Hangouts and video recording, are more battery intensive.
  • Charger: Included Micro USB cable and charger. While there are thousands of Micro USB chargers out there, Glass is designed and tested with the included charger in mind. Use it and preserve long and prosperous Glass use.
  • Compatibility: Any Bluetooth-capable phone. The MyGlass companion app requires Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or higher. MyGlass enables GPS and SMS messaging.


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BLU Vivo 4.3 smartphone updated to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

BLU  has finally announced the highly-awaited Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for BLU Vivo 4.3. Also, the BLU Vivo 4.3 will be made available in three new color versions:Energy Neon Yellow, Pearl White , and Glimmer Pink. And each one still follows the design of the black-colored original.

The BLU Vivo 4.3 features a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display with a native resolution of 480×800 pixels, a 1GHz MediaTek MT6577 processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, an 8-megapixel rear camera, microSD card support, and a 1,600mAh battery.

Here is the full press release:

MIAMI, April 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — BLU Products, one of the fastest growing mobile phone manufacturers in the world, announced today improvements to its best-selling BLU Vivo 4.3 smartphone device including the availability of three new fashionable colors: Energy Neon Yellow, Pearl White , and Glimmer Pink, in addition to its Android™ 4.1 Jelly Bean firmware update. This update optimizes the user experience with faster performance, improved search capabilities, increased touch responsiveness, and additional intelligence features to help organize and streamline information with actionable notifications. Furthermore, BLU Products has replaced the previous BLU launcher and has decided to go with stock Android software on all new products and firmware updates. The new firmware results in enhanced battery life, and further improves the interface, so users can enjoy a cleaner, more beautiful look on the Vivo 4.3′s incredibly vivid Super AMOLED Plus display.

“We are committed to providing our customers stunning fashionable design and flagship performance,” said Samuel Ohev-Zion, CEO of BLU Products. “With these exciting and stylish new colors, our customers can stand out from the ordinary devices available in the market today, and they can also be sure that we are keeping our promise by regularly providing latest software updates on all our Android devices.”

All three colors, in addition to the traditional black color, are now available and shipping to several US Online Retailers such as For users who previously purchased a Vivo 4.3 device they are encouraged to call BLU Customer Service at 1-877-602-8762 for more information on how to update their device.

Key Android 4.1 Jelly Bean features and benefits include:

Google Now™: Perfect for on-the-go BLU Vivo 4.3 users looking for an easy way to organize their busy schedules, Google Now personalizes information based on a user’s location, time of day, history, and calendar events. Google Now shows restaurants in the area, how much traffic to expect before the morning commute, when the next train is coming, the score of a current game, a flight status, and more.

Richer notifications: BLU Vivo 4.3 users will never miss a beat due to a richer notification experience. They can now receive action notifications directly within the notifications area as well as expand and collapse notifications to display more or less detail.

Improved search: Finding online content has never been easier with text or voice searches, which are now presented in a visually rich way. Google Search can be opened directly from the locked screen by swiping up and users have the option to simply say “Google” to activate Voice Search within the Google Search screen.

Optimized voice recognition and boosted predictive typing: To complement speech-enabled online searches, Jelly Bean introduces impressive text-to-speech capabilities and an embedded speech recognizer that enables Voice Typing without an Internet connection. For those who prefer typing, an all-new keyboard lets them glide over letters to type a word while it dynamically predicts text.

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Samsung Galaxy S 4 will be available on Telus from April 27th

Telus has issued a press release depicting details about the Galaxy S 4. If you preordered the device then mark April 27th. If not, wait until May 3rd when the phone becomes available in stores.

The phone will cost you $700 off contract, or $199 with a standard three year Canadian contract plus an additional $50 data plan. Available in two colours white frost or black mist.

Here is the full press release:


TELUS and Samsung Canada announce the Canadian availability of the GALAXY S4


With the GALAXY S4 Canadians can experience more, live more and accomplish more than ever before


TORONTO, April 15, 2013 /CNW/ – TELUS and Samsung Canada are pleased to announce that the Samsung GALAXY S4 is available at TELUS for pre-order today at Customers who pre-order the GALAXY S4 will be the first to receive their devices starting on April 27 with in-store availability beginning May 3. The Samsung GALAXY S4 will be available on TELUS’ blazing fast 4G LTE network for $199 on a 3-year term with a minimum $50 monthly plan before tax or $700 month-to-month. TELUS’ 4G LTE service now covers more than 70 per cent of the Canadian population across approximately 170 markets.

The fourth generation of the successful GALAXY S family was designed with insight from consumers to truly understand what matters most in their lives. With an enhanced feature set, the technologically innovative GALAXY S4 truly enables Canadians to live in a world of infinite possibilities.

Designed to get Canadians closer to what matters and make every moment meaningful, the GALAXY S4 gives consumers great enjoyment through enhancements to the user interface. New navigation features include ‘Smart Pause’, which allows users to scroll the screen based on where they are looking. Another feature is ‘Air View’ which allows users to hover their fingers over the screen to preview the content of an email, S Planner, gallery image or video without having to open it. And with ‘Air Gesture’, users can change the music track, scroll up and down a web page, or accept a call with a wave of the hand.

The device features a highly crafted design that surrounds a larger screen size and battery, minimized bezel; all housed in a light (130g) and slim (7.9mm) shape. The Samsung GALAXY S4 is slimmer yet stronger, with less to hold yet more to see, with the world’s first Full HD Super AMOLED display. Equipped with 13 megapixel rear camera, the GS4 also boasts a ‘Dual Camera,’ that allows simultaneous use of both front and rear cameras and enables functions such as ‘Dual Video Call’, allowing users to make and receive a video call with friends and family while showing what you are looking at during the call.

“Samsung is a consummate innovator and their dedication to delivering devices that enrich people’s lives shines brightly in the new GALAXY S4,” said Dave Fuller, Chief Marketing Officer, TELUS. “Our customers demand more from their phones today. They want devices that keep them connected and enable them to balance their personal interests while helping them to be more efficient – all this from a service provider that listens to them and provides an outstanding service experience on a fast and reliable network – a service provider like TELUS. We combine the awesome GALAXY S4 with programs such as TELUS Learning Centres and the largest 4G LTE network in Canada.”

“Samsung is proud to bring the highly anticipated Samsung GALAXY S4 to Canadians on the TELUS network,” said Paul Brannen, Vice President, Enterprise Business Solutions at Samsung Canada. “The GALAXY S4 was developed based on consumer insights and needs and this device is a proof point of people inspired innovation. We feel that the GS4 will truly enhance the way Canadians live, inspiring them to capture unforgettable moments in more ways than ever before.”

The Samsung GALAXY S4 is available to pre-order today from TELUS with device delivery commencing on April 27, and in-store availability starting May 3. At Canadian launch, two color options will be available – Black Mist and White Frost; with additional color options to follow later this year. For further product and availability information, please visit


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Alcatel launches One Touch Idol, Idol Ultra phones


Alcatel has announced the launch of two new Android smartphones dubbed as One Touch Idol and One Touch Idol Ultra in India. 

Alcatel One Touch Idol features a 4.7-inch qHD display. It is powered by 1GHz dual-core MediaTek processor. In addition, the phone comes with 512MB RAM, 4GB of internal storage and microSD card slot.One Touch Idol will be sold for INR 15,800.

Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra packs a 4.7-inch 720p HD display. It is powered by 1.2GHz dual-core MediaTek processor. The phone also comes with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. There is no microSD card slot.Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra has been priced at INR 21,000.

Both of the smartphones run on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, comes with 8MP rear camera, front camera and 1800 mAh battery.

No specific release date announced yet.

Here is the full press release:

The slimmest smartphone in its category – ALCATEL ONE TOUCH IDOL ULTRA debuts in India with Iron Man 3

Launches a series of 2 exciting smartphones – ONE TOUCH IDOL ULTRA, ONE TOUCH IDOL

New Delhi, April 15, 2013: Reinforcing its dominance in the Indian mobile handset market, TCL Communication, the leading global designer and manufacturer of ALCATEL ONE TOUCH branded mobile devices today launched the slimmest & lightest smartphones in their category, in India. Encased in a 6.45 mm soft touch frame makes the ONE TOUCH IDOL ULTRA, slimmest phone in its category. The ONE TOUCH IDOL, weighing in at 110 grams makes it the lightest smartphone in its category. The ONE TOUCH IDOL will also be featured in the latest upcoming movie Iron Man 3.

At this momentous occasion, Mr. Albert Wong, Head – APAC, ALCATEL ONE TOUCH said, “India is a key strategic market for ALCATEL ONE TOUCH, poised towards high growth trajectory. In line with ALCATEL philosophy of enhancing the mobile entertainment experience and offering pioneering technology firsts to the consumer, today we are launching the slimmest and lightest smartphones in India. Being the exclusive mobile phone partner for Marvel’s Iron Man 3 is a good example of the increased popularity of the brand’s premiere Android devices, including the ONE TOUCH Idol and Idol Ultra”.

On the occasion Mr. Praveen Valecha, Regional Director – APAC BU India said, “Our endeavor is to offer latest and stylish phones to Indian consumer at competitive prices. ONE TOUCH IDOL ULTRA is our testimony to pioneering technology with its slimmest design and latest features. ALCATEL ONE TOUCH brand has quickly grown its presence in India through strategic partnerships with Indian network operators, distributors and retailers. In addition to the on-ground retail channel, our new range will also be available through select e-commerce websites”.

The smartphone price ranges from  Rs. 4,500/- to Rs. 21,000/- and will be supported by  cellular operator IDEA  with an aggressive 3G pack offerings of 1GB 3G data and 3 months of Idea TV with recharge of Rs. 261 on prepaid, and Rs. 259 for the same offer on postpaid.


The slimmest phone in its category – ALCATEL ONE TOUCH IDOL ULTRA features a slender 6.45mm chassis. It features a 4.7-inch HD 720×1280 pixels screen with AMOLED 16M color and a Oleophobic Coating which keeps the screen fingerprint resistant. The 8MP camera can capture every minute detail & record users’ favorite moments. Powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor & a 1 GB RAM, the idol Ultra runs on the latest Android 4.1 OS (Jelly Bean). It also embedded in a soft touch coating case with a trendy appearance and a comfortable feel with sensitive touch. Priced at Rs. 21,000/-, Idol ultra is available in vibrant color options of black and red, to choose from.


Weighing in at only 110 grams, the dual sim Alcatel OneTouch Idol is the lightest Android smartphone in its category. Encased in an ultra-slim 7.9mm thin form factor, the large 4.7-inch has an oleophobic coating offering fingerprint resistance. The ONE TOUCH IDOL captures high-quality images & HD Video with its 8MP camera. Powered by a 1 GHz Dual-core processor, it offers exceptional performance running on Android OS, v4.1 (Jelly Bean). ONE TOUCH IDOL is available in a variety of colors with brushed aluminum finish: Silver, Slate, Cranberry Pink and Red.

With the launch of the three new smartphones, the Company has strengthened its entire portfolio to 5 handsets, priced from Rs. 4500/- to Rs. 21000/-.

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Sony Xperia ZL is now available from Mobilicity Canada

Sony Xperia ZL is now  available from Mobilicity Canada at $599.99.Until now, Sony has released the Xperia ZL in US, India, Australia, Russia and Canada but the market availability will soon be extended.

In case you choose to go for the Mobilicity offer, then you will also have to get one of the companies “simple and unlimited” plans, which are starting from a basic $25 per month while the premium data plan will cost you no more than $75 per month.

To recall, Sony Xperia ZL include a 5-inch display with 1920×1080 resolution, 1.5 Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, Adreno 320 GPU, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage expandable via microSD, 13MP rear camera and a 2MP front camera, 2,370 mAh battery, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on-board.

What are your thoughts? Are you picking up the Sony Xperia ZL from Mobilicity? Let us know in the comments section below.

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