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HTC EVO 3D and LG Optimus 3D Getting Android 4.0 Updates

July 17th, 2012 · 6 Comments · General 3D News

Most users of 3D-capable smartphones such as the HTC EVO 3D and LG Optimus 3D (LG Thrill 4G) are anticipating the promised updates to the new Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system for their devices. Though some users of the HTC EVO 3D smartphones in the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East and Africa) already started getting the update at the end of June (the GSM version of the device), the users in the USA will still have to wait until early August to get the update available to them as well. If you’ve managed to get one of the HTC Evo V 4G smartphones in the USA, then you were lucky enough to get it with Android 4.0 as this is essentially the same as HTC EVO 3D, with 4G support, but coming directly with the new OS. Owners LG Optimus 3D, or LG Thrill 4G as it is named in the USA probably won’t have to wait much more for the update as as well, because LG has promised it will be available in the third quarter of 2012. What was a bit of an unpleasant surprise was the release of the updated LG Optimus 3D MAX not that long ago and the fact that it did not come with the Ice Cream Sandwich pre-installed, but instead came with Android 2.3. Hopefully the MAX version of Optimus 3D will also get its update along with the earlier non MAX model, because the two devices are actually not that different from each other.

Now, the big question is if the update to Android 4.0 ICS will actually bring some significant improvements in the features and capabilities of these 3D-capable mobile devices, including in their stereoscopic 3D functionality or it will remain more of an upgrade of the core OS modules bringing improvements in the interface and speed of the device, and hopefully on battery life as well. Guess we’ll have to wait a bit more for the updates to become widely available to see what new have both LG and HTC prepared for us, meanwhile has anyone actually seen a proper review of the new features in HTC EVO 3D after the update to Android 4.0, from someone in the EMEA region that already got the update available and installed?

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LG Has Officially Announced the New Optimus 3D Max Smartphone

February 22nd, 2012 · 10 Comments · General 3D News

LG Electronics has officially unveiled the successor of their glasses-free 3D-capable LG Optimus 3D P920 smartphone (AT&T Thrill 4G in the US) and the new device will be called LG Optimus 3D Max (Optimus 3D Cube in Korea). The new device should make its first appearance in the upcoming MWC 2012. The Mobile World Congress 2012 in Barcelona will start in just few days, on 27th February and will continue until 1st of MArch, so it is just around the corner. The new LG Optimus 3D Max will come slimmer and lighter and with a faster 1.2GHz dual-core processor, it should also support NFC (Near Field Communication) with LG Tag+, come with HSPA+ 21Mbps support, enhanced 2D to 3D Converter software, brighter 3D display…

Key Optimus 3D Max Specifications:
– Chipset: 1.2GHz Dual-Core processor (OMAP4430)
– Display: 4.3-inch 3D WVGA Display with Gorilla Glass 2
– Memory: 8GB Internal Storage, 1GB Internal Memory
– Camera: 5MP Dual-lens
– OS: Android 2.3 Gingerbread
– Battery: 1,520 mAh
– Others: HSPA+ 21Mbps, HDMI connection 2D/3D TV/monitor up to 1080p via MHL, DNLA for wireless connection with TV/PC (3D video also supported), NFC Full Support, LG Tag+

It is not yet very clear if the new Optimus 3D Max smartphone will come with higher resolution display, if the autostereoscopic 3D screen will offer more viewing positions, will there be any higher quality camera sensors, if the camera will be able to utilize the full 5 Megapixel resolution of the sensors in 3D mode or support more than 720p Side by Side 3D recording with half horizontal resolution. Hopefully these things will be addressed, so that the new 3D-capable smartphone from LG will indeed offer much improved new device in terms of 3D capabilities. The use of faster and more capable hardware should allow for improvement in the 3D capabilities of the device, but only if LG has indeed placed the focus on improving the 3D features that the new Optimus 3D Max offers. The Optimus 3D Max will first launch in Korea in March and will gradually roll out in other markets starting in Europe. The smartphone should be launched with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but it should shortly after that get an upgrade to the new Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

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