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Opera Max beta compresses most of the data going through your Android device

Opera's mobile browsers are quite popular because of their ability to compress data, but it's unfortunately been limited to just that -- the browser itself. This becomes less and less useful as smartphones continue to evolve, since our data usage patterns encompass so much more than just the simple browser: many of us are constantly streaming music, uploading and downloading images and apps, and so on. To lighten the hefty load we inflict on our monthly data allotments, Opera has launched a beta of its new Android app called Opera Max, which compresses most of the information that goes through your device -- websites, images, videos and many of your usual apps (Instagram and Vine immediately come to mind, but the possibilities are wide open).

Opera makes this happen by setting up a Virtual Private Network (VPN) that measures all of the data coming through your device. Data requests are then sent through Opera's servers, though the company tells us that it only measures how much data you use and how much you save -- in other words, it says your information is safe. There's no guarantee on how much data you'll save, but if you're a gulper like us, we suspect it'll be a significant amount. While the company hasn't specified how many beta testers are allowed, it does say that room is limited; if you're into the idea, you'll need to join its Google Plus Community, opt in to the beta and then download the app from the Play Store.

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Gmail for Android updated to allow archives and replies straight from notification bar

Gmail for Android updated to allow archives and replies straight from notification bar

The Gmail app for Android received an update today that can be downloaded and installed through the Google Play Store.  The update is actually quite useful, so right off the bat I would recommend updating the app at your earliest convenience.  Specifically, the updated Gmail app allows you to reply or archive an email directly from the notification bar.  This way, you do not need to open the app to perform these functions.

Unfortunately, this portion of the app update is available for users running Android 4.1 or higher, which is not a huge majority of Android users, but a welcomed feature nonetheless.  Secondly, the update offers faster searches even in offline mode, and this applies to Android 4.0 users and up.  Since there are many Android users now on ICS, this is a nice improvement.

I have already updated the app on my Nexus 4 and gave the reply and archive function a whirl.  Both work as you would expect, and I am sure many Gmail users will take advantage of this feature.

[Gmail Blog] [Google Play Store]

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Verizon rolls out Ice Cream Sandwich for the HTC ThunderBolt

Verizon rolls out Ice Cream Sandwich for the HTC ThunderBolt

Verizon Wireless is truly taking the meaning of “better late than never” to the extreme by rolling out Ice Cream Sandwich for the HTC ThunderBolt today.  The ThunderBolt has been available through Verizon Wireless for nearly two years now and has been taken off the shelf for about a year now.

What was once announced as a promising 4G LTE device experienced battery issues and software upgrade troubles.  Most owners of the ThunderBolt have probably upgraded to a different Android smartphone or iOS device by now, however, for those who are still rocking the TBolt, ICS is headed your way.

According to an announcement from Verizon, the update is rolling out in phases, but most owners should have it within a week or so.  The update includes features found commonly in Ice Cream Sandwich such as Face Unlock and a customizable launch bar.  In addition, it offers more tools to manage your data consumption.

[Verizon Wireless]

 

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Verizon Wireless: Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 to launch in the coming weeks

Verizon Wireless: Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 to launch in the coming weeks

Verizon Wireless appears poised to strengthen its portfolio of tablet offerings in the coming weeks as it prepares to launch the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1.  By no means is the Galaxy Note 10.1 a new tablet, but it will be the first time it is paired with Verizon’s 4G LTE network, which may make it attractive to some.

The hardware specs and software features of the Galaxy Note 10.1 are going to remain the same as the WiFi model that launched in mid-August of 2012.  As a quick recap, the Galaxy Note 10.1 on Verizon will offer a 10.1 inch display with a 1280 x 800 resolution, Android 4.0, TouchWiz, 2GB of RAM, quad-core 1.4GHz Exynos processor, 7,000 mAh battery, microSD memory expansion, 5MP rear facing camera, and a 1.9MP front facing camera.

At this time, there is no word on pricing or an exact launch date.  I expect Big Red to offer up some more details in the next couple of weeks to provide a specific date and price point.

[Verizon]

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AT&T announces Pantech Discover, launches Jan. 11 for $50 on two year contract

AT&T announces Pantech Discover, launches Jan. 11 for $50 on two year contract

Many of the high-end smartphones currently operating on AT&T are manufactured by HTC, Samsung, and LG.  However, if you are a customer on AT&T who wants something powerful, yet inexpensive, then the Pantech Discover may be just the device for you.

During AT&T’s CES 2013 press conference, the Pantech Discover was announced.  In terms of launch date and availability, the Android 4.0 smartphone will be available for purchase starting January 11 for just $49.99 on a two year contract.

In terms of hardware and specs, the Discover boasts a 4.8 inch 720p display, 12.6MP rear facing camera, 16GB of internal memory, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, NFC, 2100 mAh battery, and LTE connectivity.  The camera is certainly one of the Discover’s stronger features, but it does offer solid hardware.

A $50 price tag is great for budget-conscious smartphone shoppers.  Hopefully, there is an upgrade to Android 4.1 in its future, although the press release does not mention anything about Jelly Bean.

[AT&T]

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Gemini JoyTab GEM7008 Android tablet – Initial Impressions

Gemini JoyTab GEM7008

Today a nice delivery man came to my work and presented me with an Android powered 7-inch wi-fi tablet in a smart looking box. Was it a Nexus 7? No. Was it a Kindle Fire? No. Did it cost over £150? No. Was I impressed? Yes! He had actually brought me a Gemini JoyTab GEM7008 to review.

The GEM7008 is their budget 7-inch tablet that aims to bring the quality of their premium products to a price-point that is currently occupied by no-name, cheap imports of dubious quality – £79.99.

Having unboxed it, booted it up and played for half an hour or so, I can tell you that my first impressions are very positive. It has a stylish metallic grey back, (not unlike the Samsung Galaxy Tab’s “silver” finish), a clear and bright screen surrounded by a slim black bezel, and a microSD card slot (yay!). The weight and feel of it is makes you feel like you’re holding a well made product that’ll stand up to a daily commute, for example.

Software wise, it comes running Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.4, that’s been lightly skinned to give a few neat touches, without overloading it with bloatware, and, crucially, Google Play Store compatibility.

Specs are as follows:

  • Gem7008 RRP £79.99
  • CPU: ARM Cortex A8 1.2Ghz (A13)
  • Memory: 512MB DDR3 Memory
  • Storage: 8GB built-in, upgradeable to 32GB with Micro SD Card
  • Display: LCD Capacitive Multi-Touch Screen/7inch TFT LCD – 800 x 480
  • Connectivity: Micro USB Port, Micro SD
  • Audio: Built-in 1W Speaker, Built-in Mic, 3.5mm Stereo Earphone Jack
  • Wireless Network: Wi-Fi 802.11b/g
  • Camera: Front 0.3 Megapixel
  • Video Supported: AVI, H.264 DIVX, XVID, rm, rmvb, MKV, WMV, MOV, MP4, MPEG, FLV.HD 1080P max.
  • Music Supported: MP3, WMA, MP2, OGG, AAC, M4A, FLAC, 3GP, WAV
  • Battery: Up to 4 hours (2500mAh)
  • Gyroscope: Built in G sensor for gaming and automatic screen rotation
  • OS: Google Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • Internet Services: Web Browser, JAVA, YouTube, Email, HTML5, Abobe Flash
  • Utilities: Calendar, Alarm Clock, Calculator, Recorder, Notepad, Picture Viewer
  • Dimensions and weight: (W) 110mm x (H) 195.1mm x (D) 8.6mm / 267g

You’ll be able to find out much more about the Gemini JoyTab GEM7008 in my full review that’s coming once I’ve spent a few days with it.

Gemini JoyTab GEM7008 Android tablet – Initial Impressions is original content from Coolsmartphone.com

Samsung’s SCH-W2013 is a quad-core, dual-screen flip phone, designed for Jackie Chan

Samsung's quadcore, dualscreen flip phone SCHW2013 designed for Jackie Chan

It's been almost a year since the ridiculously expensive SCH-W999 launched on China Telecom, so it's about time for Samsung to come up with yet another dual-screen flip phone to lure folks with too much money. Launched in conjunction with a big charity concert (again) earlier today is the SCH-W2013, a 1.4GHz quad-core (likely an Exynos 4412) device with Android 4.0 and dual-3.7-inch 800 x 480 Super AMOLED touchscreens. On top of that there's 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, microSD expansion of up to 64GB, 1,850mAh of battery juice, an eight-megapixel main imager plus a whopping 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera. As with many flagship devices on China Telecom, the W2013 comes with dual-SIM support: one for CDMA2000 800/1900 and the other for GSM 900/1800/1900. The damage? Well, there's nothing official yet, but it's believed to be somewhere between ¥18,000 ($2,900) and ¥20,000 ($3,210). After all, it ain't cheap to hire Jackie Chan (and he was also given a W2013 at the concert).

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Verizon Wireless launches the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 with LTE for $500

Verizon Wireless launches the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 with LTE for $500

If you are interested in a 10 inch tablet with 4G LTE connectivity on Verizon Wireless that runs Android, then you may want to consider purchasing the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1.  While the WiFi-only version has been available for quite some time now, Verizon and Samsung just made the 4G LTE version of the tablet available for use on Verizon’s network.  Starting today, the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is available for $500 off contract — it begins shipping by November 26.

As a quick recap of its specs, the device offers Android 4.0, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 4G LTE connectivity, 8GB of onboard memory, microSD memory expansion, and Mobile Hotspot Tethering.

[VerizonWireless]

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Oppo’s Ulike 2 boasts 5MP front camera, clearly made for self-portrait addicts like you

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Hold up! Oppo's not quite done with teasing just yet for the day. The company's Sina Weibo account has quietly announced the Ulike 2, a white 4.5-inch phone designed with ladies in mind: not only does it have a common eight-megapixel main camera on the back, but there's also a staggering five-megapixel front-facing imager with beautification features (like face slimming, skin whitening, skin smoothing and more) to keep the self-portrait addicts busy. Other specs include a gapless 960 x 540 LCD (with 2.2mm-thick bezel), 1GB RAM, 16GB built-in storage, micro-SIM slot, a 2,020mAh battery, and TD-SCDMA radio for China Mobile's network. There's no telling how much this Android 4.0 phone will hurt your wallet, nor is there any official information on the underlying processor, but we shall find out when it hits the Chinese market on December 19th, if not at the Find 5's launch event on the 12th.

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AT&T begins selling the HTC One X+ and One VX today

AT&T begins selling the HTC One X+ and One VX today

If you are interested in the high-end HTC One X+ or the mid-range HTC One VX, then you will be happy to know that both devices are now available from AT&T.  The HTC One X+ is the successor to the HTC One X, and offers improvements in terms of hardware and software.  The current retail price for the One X+ is $199 on a two year contract, while the One VX costs $49.

The One X+ offers Android 4.1, 720p display, Tegra 3 quad-core 1.7GHz processor, 8MP rear facing camera, 64GB of onboard memory, and 4G LTE.  On the other hand, the budget-friendly One VX offers Android 4.0, 4.5 inch Super LCD 2 display, 5MP rear facing camera, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1810 mAh battery, and HTC Sense 4.

Again, both devices can be purchased starting today through AT&T; the One X+ costs $199 on contract and the One VX costs $49.

[AT&T]

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