Mobile Miscellany: week of May 20th, 2013

If you didn't get enough mobile news during the week, not to worry, because we've opened the firehose for the truly hardcore. This week brought hints of a revitalized Galaxy Exhibit for T-Mobile, news of two additions to the lineup at Cricket and a peek at the next GoPhone for AT&T. These stories and more await after the break. So buy the ticket and take the ride as we explore all that's happening in the mobile world for this week of May 20th, 2013.

Samsung Galaxy Exhibit leaked for T-Mobile

Mobile Miscellany week of May 20th, 2013

The Exhibit product line is a familiar one for T-Mobile customers, and a recent leak from TmoNews suggests that the UnCarrier has an updated handset in the pipeline that'll arrive on May 29th. The smartphone will be known simply as the Galaxy Exhibit, which lacks the "4G" branding of its predecessors. With Android 4.1, a dual-core processor and what's said to be a 5MP camera, the phone will likely fill a gap that was previously occupied by the Optimus L9. Pricing currently remains unknown for the Galaxy Exhibit, but it's reasonable to assume that it'll be among the more affordable Android smartphones on T-Mobile. [TmoNews]

Update: it's official. [TmoNews]

Samsung Admire 2 and Galaxy Discover shown for Cricket

Mobile Miscellany week of May 20th, 2013

Alongside Cricket's announcement that the Galaxy S 4 would join its roster on June 7th, the prepaid carrier also revealed two other Samsung handsets for arrival this summer. First is the Admire 2, which is a re-branded version of the Galaxy Axiom for US Cellular (and globally, the Galaxy S III Mini) that runs Android 4.1.2. Cricket hasn't published a spec sheet for the Admire 2, but you can reasonably expect to find a 4-inch WVGA display, a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU and a 5MP camera, along with LTE and NFC. Joining the Galaxy S 4 and the Admire 2, you'll also find the entry-level Galaxy Discover. Here, the phone includes a 3.5-inch HVGA display, an 800MHz CPU, a 3MP camera and stock Android 4.0. Pricing and availability have yet to be announced for either smartphone. [CNET 1, 2]

Mobile Miscellany week of May 20th, 2013

Other random tidbits

  • The Galaxy S III will be added to the roster at Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile next month, each with LTE connectivity, though pricing has yet to be revealed. [Sprint]

  • Verizon Wireless now claims that its LTE network covers 95 percent of its CDMA footprint, and plans to achieve parity by mid-year. [RCR Wireless]

  • AT&T launched its Digital Life service in Baltimore, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Sacramento and Washington, D.C. [AT&T]

  • Ting has announced that it'll bring Windows Phone handsets from HTC and Samsung into its lineup this summer. [WPCentral]

  • T-Mobile's LTE version of Samsung Galaxy S III has been outed for a June 5th arrival at the UnCarrier. [TmoNews]

  • The Oppo Find 5 will go up for sale in Europe on Monday with prices that start at €399. [Oppo]

  • The entry-level Samsung Galaxy Young arrives at Carphone Warehouse and O2 in the UK this weekend, which features Android 4.1 and runs £89.99 outright. [Android Central]

  • Starting next month, Swisscom will begin a rollout of 150 Mbps LTE to its highest traffic areas, but subscribers will need a unique subscription to access the faster service. [ZDNet]

  • Three UK confirmed that it'll carry the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3, but has yet to provide key details such as pricing or a release date. [Android Central]

  • The Avail 2 by ZTE was leaked for AT&T's GoPhone lineup. [@evleaks (Twitter)]

  • A new beta version of the Nokia Ringtone Maker for Windows Phone 8 is now available, which brings support for audio clips up to 60 seconds in length. [WPCentral]

  • Availability for Google Earth 7.1 on Android has been extended to more than 100 countries. [Google Earth (Google+)]

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