It's the season for smartphone teasers; LG has been working the Optimus 3D angle, and Samsung has been making a song & dance about the Galaxy S2, the dual-core successor to their wildly popular Galaxy S family. All in the run up to MWC 2011 of course, and in the excitement it's easy to make a mistake: like, oh, forgetting to double-blur your Galaxy S2 pre-advert and mask out the device itself.
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With a leaked pic in the wild, LG couldn't exactly keep pushing its "dimensions" teaser and hope to maintain both enthusiasm and mystery about the LG Optimus 3D. Instead, the company has confirmed that the glasses-free 3D Android smartphone is headed to MWC 2011 later this month, and given us a sneak preview of some of the other skills on its spec sheet.
The HTC Thunderbolt is shaping up to be one hell of a powerhouse. The next-gen 1 GHz Snapdragon processor is blazing fast. I spent a lot of time with this phone at CES, and found it just as zippy as any dual-core option at the show. It feels like magic and cold molasses in your hand- HTC's best design by far. Today we've received further confirmation that the LTE smartphone will offer simultaneous voice and data- and we've learned that the ThunderBolt will launch with mobile hotspot functionality.
Nokia is secretly readying an updated UI for MeeGo devices, with the Qt developers responsible for the new UI components for Qt Quick announcing that, for the moment, they will not be pushing out MeeGo changes to the public. The decision comes as the new MeeGo UI starts "to become feature complete"; Nokia won't confirm any timescale at this stage, but with MWC 2011 approaching and new CEO Stephen Elop making his first real public debut to talk about the company's strategies moving forward, we wouldn't be surprised if this was intended to keep a Barcelona reveal under wraps.
Short of only making a single prototype and sewing it into Peter Chou's trouser pocket, we're not sure what HTC could do to stop its smartphones leaking and spoiling the surprise come launch day; still, if they didn't we wouldn't get premature glimpses of models like this Verizon slab from the mobile01 forums. Hot on the heels of the potential Desire replacement from earlier today, this Verizon-branded model is also expected to run Android.
Let our first conversation begin along an Android tip with a story about how Google is “not happy” with Android Market paid-app performance - rumors abound that developers aren't any happier than Google is. Next take a peek incase you didn't get a chance last night at our plans for a total revamp on Android Community. Next have a quick peek at what the streets are calling the Facebook Phone, supposedly made by HTC and being released at Mobile World Congress 2011 in Barcelona - NOTE: we'll be there to let you know! Get ready for iOS 4.3 as apps begin to become approved. See the Internet Everywhere revolution take another step forward as O2 WiFi promises free UK wireless access for all. All this and MORE on SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up!
HTC is reportedly set to launch two new Facebook-branded smartphones at Mobile World Congress next month, running modified versions of Android and supporting Facebook voice calls and IMs. According to CityAM's unspecified sources, the HTC Facebook phones will use the social network's color scheme and branding, and push the Facebook news feed - complete with messages - to the smartphones' homescreen.