LG has just unveiled the Optimus L1 II Tri as a slightly upgraded variant of the Optimus L1 II, which broke cover not too long ago. As the name probably indicates, this smartphone is capable of handling three SIM cards at once, which means you won’t have to carry multiple devices to keep switching between your personal and professional life. With dual SIM handsets available in abundance in the market, it was only a matter of time before manufacturers started pushing triple SIM configurations catering to the specific needs of the market.
The smartphone is available in Brazil at the moment with no word on extended global launch. LG has quite cleverly priced the smartphone at $127, which is quite decent for a low end Android smartphone with triple SIM standby. The smartphone shares the rest of the hardware from the Optimus L1 II, including the 3 inch display, a 1 GHz single core processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage (expandable), Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and a 1,540 mAh battery.
Source: LG Brazil
Via: GSM Arena
We have seen several types of smartphones over the years and it seems like things get taken to a whole new level with every passing year. Last year it was the Samsung Galaxy Beam which came with a built-in projector. And today we have a Samsung smartphone with a built in digital TV receiver. As you can see from the image, the smartphone has a pull out antenna at the bottom. The smartphone packs support for ISDB-T broadcasting standard as well which means users can watch live television on the go. The smartphone sadly remains a Brazil only affair for now, with no word on its availability elsewhere.
The Galaxy S II TV also packs a 4 inch 480×800 display, 4GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot, a 1 GHz dual core processor, 5MP camera, Android 4.2.2 and a 1,500 mAh battery pack. The Galaxy S II TV will sport dual SIM capabilities as well. So going by the specs sheet alone, it is fairly clear that the smartphone is fairly mid-ranged and probably won’t interest a lot of users. There are several Chinese alternatives out there which do the same job, but Samsung’s offering should appear more attractive to potential buyers.
Source: Samsung Brazil
Via: Sam Mobile
Looks like Apple wasn’t the first company to register use the name iPhone in Brazil. A small Android phone manufacturer called Gradiente Eletronica recently had a Brazilian court rule in its favor against a trademark dispute it took against Apple over the use of the word “iPhone”. Apparently Gradiente had filed for registration of the name in 2000 long before Apple had started to manufacturer and sell the iPhone. For now, the small Android phone company has been cleared to continue using the name iphone on its devices but it is more likely than not that Apple will appeal the decision in the Brazilian courts.
This isn’t the first time Apple has run into people who have used the completely obvious and unoriginal name of iPhone before. The same year the iPhone was released Linksys had a trademark dispute with the fruit based computer company due to its own Linksys iPhone that had been made by Cisco between 2001 and 2006. And before that the device had been manufactured by Infogear all the way back to 1998. Eventually the two companies settled the trademark dispute and decided to allow one another to use the name iPhone in exchange for “exploring interoperability” between the two companies line of products. Although there never was any use of iPhone name again by the Cisco company but that is not to say some monetary transaction was not also part of Apple getting Cisco to drop the trademark dispute against the company for their use of iPhone.
The Google Nexus 4 is currently the most sought after smartphone in the Android sphere (we think), even though it is available in limited quantities. However, if there is one thing the smartphone can be assured of, it’s the promise of continued updates. Irrespective of the Nexus 4’s availability status, it will always be top priority for Google (along with the Nexus 7 and the Nexus 10 of course). And now, a report coming from Brazil suggests that the users there are getting Nexus 4 smartphones with Android 4.2.2 out of the box as compared to Android 4.2.1. There are a few points to believe this is legit, and there’s no reason to believe otherwise. LG’s new smartphone manufacturing unit started operations at Taubaté (Brazil). So it is very likely that the smartphone we see here is in fact running on 4.2.2.
A 1,000 of these smartphones will apparently feature Android 4.2.2 out of the box, so what we have here does make a lot of sense. Of course, there’s very little info as to what this will bring to the table, as there’s obviously no changelog available. Of course it won’t be a major upgrade from the current iteration of Jelly Bean, but it’s always good to know there’s a newer version of Android available, regardless of what it brings to the table. Considering the alternative possibility, this could well be a mistake on the part of Google to launch this update ahead of time. But some other units of the Nexus 4 have been reported to be running on Android 4.2.2, so it is possible that Google intentionally rolled out the update but didn’t want to make a big deal out of it as it hardly brings anything new (just a possibility).
Numerous possibilities with this one really, but we are open to anything right now. But let’s hope for the sake of argument that this is in fact real and we should see devices like the Nexus 7, Nexus 10 and the Galaxy Nexus receive the update in due time. In the meantime, make sure you have a brief look at the image above and give us your feedback on the same.
Source: Android.hdblog.it, Adrenaline.com.br
Via: Phone Arena