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3 years ago

ASUS Transformer Pad TF701T goes on sale in the UK on October 21


ASUS' latest tablet/laptop hybrid comes packing the specs, yours for £429.99

Initially announced back at IFA 2013 in Berlin, UK availability has finally been confirmed for the latest in the ASUS Transformer Pad line of devices. The catchily named TF701T comes with the now traditional keyboard dock included, and will go on sale in the UK via Amazon and eBuyer on October 21 for £429.99. 

While the name may not capture the imagination, this latest Transformer Pad comes packing in the specs department. Some recent tablet offerings from ASUS have been lacking a little in the display department, but all that goes away with the TF701T. It houses a 2560x1600 resolution 10.1-inch IPS display that looks pretty darn nice. Underneath, NVIDIA's latest Tegra 4 chip pushes everything along backed up by 2GB of RAM. On-board storage is a respectible 32GB and the package also has both micro and full size SD card slots. A USB 3.0 port, HDMI out capable of driving a 4K display and a 5MP/1.2MP rear and front camera combination completes most of the important specs. 

Of course, as with previous Transformer devices from ASUS, the dock also houses extra battery power for the ensemble. A 31Wh battery in the tablet and a 16Wh in the dock combines for a claimed 13 hour and 4 hour split on battery life, so around 17 hours claimed when used together. 

More: Hands on with the ASUS Transformer Pad TF701T

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3 years ago

Verizon's HTC One Max seems to be missing something


No Verizon logo on its HTC One Max? Could this be? We wouldn't put any money on it. Especially because — and we'll spoil this here and show you again after the break — what Verizon's got on its website is different than what HTC's showing us.

Anyhoo. It's coming to Verizon — we just don't know when or for how much. (Read whatever you want into that Nov. 1 date on the home screen there.)

More: Verizon; HTC One Max forums

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3 years ago

Sony announces U.S. availability of Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra


Smartwatch 2 also seeing a Stateside launch alongside Sony's latest high-end handsets

Literally days after Sony CEO Kaz Hirai seemingly poured water on a Sony breakout in the U.S, today we're treated to the news of three new device launches. The Xperia Z1, Xperia Z Ultra and the Smartwatch 2 will all be available to purchase in the United States. 

The Xperia Z Ultra is available from today at Sony's online store at $649.99 for the HSPA+ version and $679.99 for LTE. For that you're getting a monstrous 6.4-inch 1080p Triluminos display, a 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800, 2GB of RAM, an 8MP rear camera and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. Internal storage is a slim 16GB, expandable via microSD card, and it will be available in black, white and purple. 

The Xperia Z1 is available in HSPA+ form only at a price of $669.99. Arguably Sony's finest Android handset to date, one of the marquee features of the recently launched Z1 is that 20.7MP Sony G-Lens camera on the rear. Round the front you're looking at a 5-inch 1080p Triluminos display, with a 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 and 2GB of RAM underneath with 16GB of on-board, and expandable storage. It's also waterproof, if that's important to you. Both the Z1 and the Z Ultra are available now from Sony's U.S. online store, select Sony brick-and-mortar stores and selected online retailers. 

The Sony Smartwatch 2 is the follow up to the original Smartwatch, and can be paired with Android devices running Ice Cream Sandwich and above. It promises 3-4 days battery life, easy setup via NFC and an 'Android like' user interface. Our early hands-ons with the Smartwatch 2 find it lacking a little when compared to something like the Samsung Galaxy Gear, but it also costs much less. The Smartwatch 2 can be had via the same channels as the two phones, and can be yours for $199.95. 

You'll find links to the Sony Store at the source below, and be sure to check out our extensive review and hands on coverage with the Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra. 

More: Sony Xperia Z1 review | Sony Xperia Z Ultra hands-on


Source: Sony

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3 years ago

LG G Pad 8.3 UK and Irish availability detailed


£260 price, launching 'in the run up to Christmas'

LG has announced its launch UK and Ireland plans for the new G Pad 8.3, which will see the Korean manufacturer bringing its latest tablet to the British Isles in time for the holidays. A post on LG's official UK blog also reveals that the tablet will sell for £260 through a partnership with retail distributor Micro-P. In Ireland it'll be sold exclusively through Harvey Norman from the end of October, and LG says it plans to launch the tablet in 30 more markets by the end of the year.

The G Pad is LG's first entry into the tablet market for more than two years, featuring an 8.3-inch 1080p IPS display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, topped off with LG's own software sprinkles. It'll compete with the cheaper 7-inch Nexus 7, but LG will be hoping the G Pad's larger display, faster CPU and colorful software will set it apart from Google's tablet.

For more on the device, check out our hands-on preview from IFA 2013, linked below.

More: Hands-on with the LG G Pad 8.3

Source: LG UK

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3 years ago

Argos launches £99 Android tablet


'MyTablet' will arrive in stores tomorrow

Following Tesco's Hudl launch a few weeks back, another major British retail name has announced its own-brand, low-cost Android tablet. The Argos "MyTablet" will arrive in stores from tomorrow, Oct. 16, priced at just £99.99. While it undercuts the Tesco Hudl on price, it also doesn't quite match up to it in terms of specs. There's a 7-inch, 1024x600-resolution display, a dual-core 1.6GHz processor with 8GB of storage and microSD support. And you also get front and rear cameras — 2MP and 0.3MP shooters respectively.

On the software side, the device runs a near-stock Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean-based OS, with BBC iPlayer, Angry Birds and e-reader software pre-loaded.

via BBC News

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3 years ago

BBM for Android coming 'in days' says BlackBerry CMO


With millions waiting, BlackBerry is poised to try their luck in Google Play once again

If you're still waiting for BBM on Android, you might see it soon. According to BlackBerry CMO Frank Boulben, the software should be available for both Android and iOS "in days." He also added that the company is confident that it fixed all the issues surrounding the un-launching last month.

For those who are still interested, we hope the hard work paid off and this time, the launch goes as planned, on-time, and with a lot less drama that we saw three weeks ago

Source: Reuters; Via: CrackBerry

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3 years ago

ESPN finally updates their College Football app to include the newest phones


Still no Nexus 7 support, but the HTC One and Galaxy S4 now work with this essential football fan app

ESPN has done a great job developing their college Football app for Android. The only problem was that it has not been compatible with the latest and greatest phones available, like the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S4. We featured it in our essential football apps post this year because it's a great app, but wondered why it was taking ESPN so long to add compatibility. It has now finally been updated to support the newest phones. 

We're not sure why it took so long, but we're glad they finally did before we got too far into the college football season. The photo above shows the app working on the HTC One and since they specifically mentioned "newer" devices, we're assuming the Galaxy S4 is also included. If you have a new device and it still does not work for you, please sing out in the comments. It still does not work on the Nexus 7, which is a bummer, but maybe they will add that soon too. 

So if you have been anxiously waiting for your new Android phones to support this app, hit up the link provided. 

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3 years ago

Changes for SMS apps coming in KitKat - could this mean they are coming to Hangouts?


Text messaging apps stand to get a whole lot better — and, yes, likely will include Google's own Hangouts app

The Android Developers blog wants the people developing third-party SMS apps to get ready for some big changes to come with KitKat.

The short version is that you can now "officially" make an application the default for sending and receiving SMS and MMS messages, as opposed to the old way of using hidden (not public) APIs and intents. That sort of coding works, but it's subject to change at any time and break all the apps that use it. The new method allows the system to receive and send messages, then use system defaults to decide where to display it. Developers should be sure to give the blog post a read, as the concept and new requirements are laid out nicely.

Now, what does that mean for us? Everyone wants the Hangouts app to send and receive SMS messages. The first step needed for that to happen is to make receiving a message (and sending one) a system function that can be handled by any default application. That's what Google is doing here. With this new method and API set in place, your Android phone doesn't need to ship with a "dedicated" SMS app, and you're free to download one that does things the way you like — or use the bundled Hangouts app.

Of course, there are other reasons they may be doing this. Getting rid of a dedicated Google Voice application (that is in sore need of a revamp) is one of them. Or maybe they all really like using Handcent. We should know more very soon.

Source: Android Developers Blog

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3 years ago

Android Central 155: The HTC One Max


Audio-only stream below

Phil and Alex each has the HTC One Max, a massive phone with a not-quite-as-massive display, running Android 4.3 and Sense 5.5. Here we have our initial thoughts on the oversized phone.


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3 years ago

Purported Android 4.4 KitKat leaked screenshots appear again


New version of Android said to be running on a Nexus 7 2013 edition

Ready for another supposed KitKat leak? Today we see one from ZD Net, who bring us these images and screenshots of a 2013 Nexus 7 running what is labeled as Android 4.4 KitKat.

There are a lot of things that look very different from the video we've seen of the reported Nexus 5, but some of it matches up to other previous leaks.

A quick look through the gallery (after the break) shows things like Tap to Pay, the new Easter egg and beanflinger screens (that'd be the crazy mosaic you see), and a re-design of the desk clock application. There's not much we can add to this one without just speculating, but two things stand out to me.

  • There's nothing here that couldn't be faked in just a few minutes with common tools available to everyone.
  • The only people who know anything for sure about the next version of Android are the ones who aren't saying anything.

Never the less, rumors can be fun when we're sure things are close. Hit the break and see the pics.

Source: ZD Net

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3 years ago

HTC One Max review


Does the world n​​eed a 5.9-inch HTC One?

We like the HTC One. Twice this year we’ve said it was the best Android phone you can buy, and there’s a strong argument for saying that’s still the case today. When it arrived back in March, the HTC One bucked some of the major high-end smartphone trends of the time. A metal shell, not plastic. A quirky two-button setup. A 4-megapixel camera that focused on pixel size, not megapixel count. And a screen no larger than its predecessor, at 4.7-inches, in a world of rapidly ballooning display sizes.

Nevertheless, big phones are, and look set to remain, a thing. The success of the Samsung Galaxy Note series has inspired competitors to have a crack at their own unashamedly large smartphones. This year we’ve seen the Optimus G Pro from LG, the Xperia Z Ultra from Sony and even the Ascend Mate from Huawei. It was only a matter of time before HTC arrived — fashionably late, of course — at the oversized smartphone party.

It’s easy to look at the One Max and assume you’re just dealing with a bigger HTC One. That’s not untrue, but there’s more going on than a mere expansion of an existing phone into a new form factor — and that’s both good and bad. The Max delivers some subtle differences in design and build, a fingerprint sensor around the back, expandable storage and an array of new software tricks thanks to HTC’s new Sense 5.5.

But does the world need a 5.9-inch HTC One? And what of the competition from the likes of Samsung, which has just launched its Galaxy Note 3 amid much fanfare. Let’s find out after the break, as we take an in-depth look at the new HTC One Max.

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3 years ago

US Cellular makes shared data plans official - and expensive


Personal plans can be shared by 10 users, business plans up to 25

US Cellular has made their shared data plans official. Much like AT&T and Verizon, users opting-in to the new plans will be able to purchase one large (relatively speaking) bucket of data and split it amongst users on the same account. The new plans are available to both standard consumer accounts as well as small-business accounts, and for some folks they probably make a lot of sense — especially on the small-business side.

The plans themselves are pretty pricey on the lower tiers, though. Starting at $40 for 300MB worth of shared data, and running the spectrum the whole way to $560 per month for 75GB, the plans will also require per device charges of $40 per smartphone, $30 for a "basic" phone, $20 for a modem or hotspot, and $10 for a tablet. These all give unlimited calls and messages. In addition, they are offering data-only plans for modems and tablets starting at a much more reasonable $10 for 1GB of data. There was no mention of forcing existing customers to switch to the new plans.

The full press release is after the break, and you can always visit US Cellular's site for all the dirty details.

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3 years ago

We're answering your HTC One Max questions on the Android Central forums!

Got questions? Head to the forums!

The HTC One Max has been officially announced this morning, and we've had the chance to use the device for the past few days. So now that everything official we're answering your questions on the device over on the Android Central forums. Maybe you want to know about that enormous 5.9-inch1080p display. Or perhaps the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, or any of the new HTC Sense 5.5 software features — like Google+ and RSS support in BlinkFeed. Whatever burning questions you have, hit the forum link below 

Stay tuned for our full HTC One Max review in the near future!

More: HTC One Max Q&A on the Android Central forums

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3 years ago

In pictures: The HTC One Max


An extensive photo gallery of HTC's next big thing

The HTC One Max is official, and we've got our hands on HTC's latest 5.9-inch handset. While we finish up our full review, you'll want to check out our extensive hands-on photo gallery after the break. Enjoy!

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3 years ago

HTC One Max carriers and availability


'Max' coming to Europe first, with UK launch this week; Verizon and Sprint getting it by year's end

A little earlier than we were anticipating, the HTC One Max is official. So just when will you be able to get your hands on HTC's latest super-sized handset? Well, the good news for folks in the UK is that the Max will be launching there later this week. Vodafone UK will be the first launch partner (though no exclusive deal is in place, HTC says), with the rest of Europe following soon afterwards.

Stateside, the HTC One Max will be coming to Verizon Wireless and Sprint in time for the holidays. We don't have any pricing information for the device just yet, but we'll keep you posted as details emerge.

More: HTC One Max forums; HTC One Max specs

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