Week in Review @PocketDroid (18.03 – 24.03)


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Sony announced the Xperia SP and Xperia L smartphones:

Today Sony Mobile introduced two new Xperia smartphones, the Xperia SP and Xperia L which expands 2013 spring line up. Sony Xperia SP offers 4G LTE support and an exceptional viewing experience, with a razor sharp 720p HD screen housed in a Xperia-style design. The Xperia L, a mid-ranger device, provides class leading camera technology with HDR (High Dynamic Range) for both photos and videos complemented by a high quality screen. Both are beautiful

Samsung released new Android update list for current and old Samsung devices:

Folks at Sammobile have managed to obtain preliminary list of devices which are expected to receive the Jelly Bean 4.2.2 update, it also includes the yet to be announced Android 5.0 upgrade for several high end devices. See the list

Samsung Galaxy S3 leaked in purple:

The ancestor of the ‘next big thing’ that has been announced last week will be getting a new painting. Namely, the Samsung Galaxy S3 for Sprint, as suggested by evleaks, will be available in purple in mid-April. See the beast

Verizon updated the Galaxy nexus to Android 4.2.2:

Verizon Wireless has started pushing out today, the software update which brings Android 4.2.2 (JellyBean) to Samsung GALAXY Nexus customers. The new version includes photosphere camera feature (take 360 degree panoramic photos), new camera tools: filters and borders, and further options to customize any picture. A new gesture Keyboard has also been added to the new software which allows users to easily slide their finger from one letter to another to type in words, the ability to add widgets like Calendar, Gmail and Clock on the lock screen and other bug fixes.

The update is distributed in stages which means some will get the update a little bit later.

MetroPCS introduced the Huawei Premia 4G:

MetroPCS announces new LTE smartphone – Huawei Premia 4G. Premia runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, features a 4 inch Gorilla Glass display, 1.5Ghz dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM and a 5MP rear-facing camera.

The Huawei handset is now available in stores and online priced at $150 or with any of the 4GLTE rate plans, which begin at $40 per month and offer unlimited talk, text and data. Full press release

NVIDIA uncovered Tegra 5 and Tegra 6 platforms:

Two days ago at GTC 2013 NVIDIA revealed the latest Tegra roadmap to give us a sneak peak where their chip is heading to. Project Logan (Tegra 5) introduces NVIDIA’s Kepler GPU architecture with CUDA cores, and Project Parker (Tegra 6) includes NVIDIA’s Denver CPU cores, along with a next generation Maxwell GPU and FinFET technology. The first samples of Project Logan will be available by the end of the year according to Jen-Hsun, CEO of NVIDIA.

Asus Padfone 2 received an update with bug fixes and new features:

Asus has released an update for the Padfone 2, which squashes a couple of bugs and brings several new features.

For instance, the camera has received HDR mode and automatic brightness control, while the WiFi performance and the overall stability of the software have been improved. There’s also new NFC file sharing feature, as well as improvements of several apps, like Email and Contacts. Quite a hefty update

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini was captured on camera:

Last year Samsung launched a mini version of the GALAXY S3 (best smartphone of 2012) to satisfy a small percentage of consumers who were not that pleased with the decision of launching such a large-screen device, as well as making a device which would be more affordable.

Announced on March 14 in a Broadway-like play, in New York, the GALAXY S4 could get a little brother too, according to these  images received by SamMobile from an anonymous source earlier today. Specs revealed