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3 years ago

HTC One $100 trade-in deal extended to April 4th

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Not overly impressed with Samsung's latest offering? HTC is here for you. The deal that started last month has been extended -- buy an HTC One and get a $100 Visa gift card when send in your old smartphone. All you have to do is sign up online by the new deadline to qualify for the deal. After you register with HTC by April 4th, just send your HTC One proof of purchase and old phone in to HTC to claim your $100 Visa card. Easy money.

HTC says the extension is due to "overwhelming response" from fans, but we suspect the reported delay in shipments of the phone might also be a factor.

No doubt there were a lot of people waiting for the Galaxy S4 announcement before signing up for any manufacturer promotions. The competition between these two phones is going to be fierce, and a free 100 big ones from HTC is going to make the choice that much more interesting.

More: Complete HTC One previewHTC One forums

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3 years ago

Mobilicity, Wind, Videotron and Sasktel to carry Samsung Galaxy S4

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If you're in Canada and were wondering why your carrier was left out of our initial availability announcement, have no fear - more carriers are here. Four more Canadian carriers have confirmed they will carry the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S4: Mobilicity, Wind, Videotron and Sasktel. The details on pricing of release dates are still yet to be announced, and it looks like we'll have to wait until we get a little closer to the Galaxy S4 launch in Canada to get them.

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3 years ago

HTC: Galaxy S4 is 'more of the same,' 'pales in comparison' to HTC One

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HTC digs its claws into Samsung following Galaxy S4 unveiling

HTC has issued a statement dismissing Samsung's Galaxy S4 as "more of the same," claiming the handset "pales in comparison to the all-aluminium unibody HTC One." The statement, attributed to recently-appointed Chief Marketing Officer Benjamin Ho, singles out the S4's plastic chassis and familiar design for criticism -- 

“With a continuation of a plastic body and a larger screen being the most obvious physical change, Samsung's new Galaxy pales in comparison to the all-aluminium unibody HTC One. This is more of the same.

“HTC remains the best option for those people looking for the best technology wrapped in premium design. Our customers want something different from the mainstream, who appear to be the target for the Galaxy. Our customers want original cutting-edge technology, mouth-watering design and a premium feel from their mobiles, which is why we created the HTC One.”

And HTC's reaction to the S4 wasn't limited to an official statement. Company reps dressed in HTC One shirts trolled the line outside Radio City Music Hall last night, handing out chips, hot chocolate and HTC One promo materials. Later in the night, the official @HTC Twitter account became a source of snarky live commentary and retweets.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S4 will integrate 'Mobeam' barcode trasmission technology

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Following up on Samsung's announcement today, Mobeam is saying that its barcode transmission technology is going to be integrated into the Galaxy S4 software. Mobeam's patented technology allows phones to mimic the characteristics of a standard 1-D barcode so that laser scanners used in most POS (Point Of Sale) systems can read them. Typically these laser scanners can't read smart phone screens, so Mobeam gets around this by having the device send pulses of light that mimic the reflection of scanning a barcode. It's pretty technical (and secretive, naturally) but the end result is that the phone can store barcodes for coupons, gift cards, event tickets and more.

This is an interesting development considering Samsung just announced its Wallet app at MWC, which aims to offer tickets, membership passes and coupons on devices. We could see Samsung integrating this Mobeam software solution into an app like Wallet to offer better payment options. We'll have a better idea of Samsung's plans once we dive deeper into the software on the Galaxy S4.

Source: Mobeam (BusinessWire); Mobeam

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3 years ago

OtterBox confirms Galaxy S4 Defender, Commuter and Reflex cases

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Right on time, OtterBox is confirming that it will bring its most popular case styles to market for the just-announced Samsung Galaxy S4. The popular case maker will sell the Defender, Commuter and Reflex cases for the S4, giving a wide range of options depending on the amount of device protection required. The heaviest of the bunch, Defender, is a three-piece setup consisting of a hard plastic shell shrouded in a silicone outer layer along with an integrated screen protector. The Commuter is lighter, with an inside layer of silicone to protect against shocks. Reflex is thin two-piece design that is ideal for users that would like to occasionally dock their devices.

OtterBox says the three case models will be coming "soon" for the Galaxy S4, but hasn't given any pricing or specific availability at this time. It's good to know that accessory makers are pledging to get products out the door as soon as possible, though.

Source: OtterBox (BusinessWire)

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3 years ago

Press plans to continue development post Google Reader shutdown

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One of our favorite Google Reader clients, Press, released an update to its app today explaining that it plans to continue development after Reader shuts down on July 1, 2013. First and foremost, Press is not shutting down when Google Reader goes away. The team is already looking into another backend syncing solution, which will ideally be cross-platform one. Noting that they, too, just found out yesterday about the shutdown, they state:

"We have used RSS for many years and believe it's a powerful and efficient way to follow your favorite websites. We're absolutely committed to keep working on Press. We've poured a lot of time and energy into it, and we love our app."

Press isn't alone in their search for a new platform to provide cross-platform RSS news syncing. There are dozens of popular news readers and podcast managers that rely on Google Reader as a syncing platform that will all be either shutting down or looking for a new means to keep going.

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3 years ago

Android Central Podcast: Galaxy S4 special edition

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Audio-only stream below

We're back from the Samsung Unpacked event at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, where the Galaxy S4 was just announced. We've gotten to play with the phone a bit, and now it's time to share our initial thoughts. Join Phil Nickinson with a couple special guests for this special-edition, audio-only podcast!

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3 years ago

Sony SmartWatch update brings seven new watch faces, notification previews

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The Sony SmartWatch controller app is receiving an update that brings several new flashy watch faces and increased functionality to the accessory. The new watch faces cover all the bases -- analog, digital, abstract -- and come in different colors as well. The update also brings improved battery level information, notification previews from your device and improvements to search when looking for new apps for the SmartWatch.

The app should also now be easier to get installed on non-Sony devices, which is a plus. If you happen to be using a Sony SmartWatch, you can grab a download or update to the app at the top of this post.

Via: Keith Myers (Google+)

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3 years ago

Ingress update lets users submit portal locations and information fixes

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Ingress has just been updated today to give users the ability to submit and update portal location information. For existing portals, players at those portals can now submit new photos that they feel better show the location. You can also now submit suggestions for improvements to the portal name, description or location information. For areas that users think would be good portal locations but aren't yet, they can submit a photo and information for consideration to open a portal there.

The update also claims to improve GPS location accuracy and stability, along with a host of nondescript "bugfixes and performance improvements". If you're a hardcore Ingress player, this will be an update to get. You can grab an update or download of the latest version from the Play Store link above.

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3 years ago

This week's sidebar poll: Samsung Galaxy S4 or HTC One?

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You knew this was coming. We know all the details of both the HTC One and after tonight's event we know what there is to know about the Samsung Galaxy S4.

Now we need to know which one you'll be picking up.

Will it be HTC's newly designed One with Sense 5, or Samsung's familiar looking, yet all new Galaxy S4? Or neither?

There's a poll in the sidebar to the right, and it's also embedded after the break. Vote, and let everyone know why you feel the way you do in the comments. Try to be kind to each other, OK?

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3 years ago

Relive Samsung's Galaxy S4 announcement event

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Miss our live coverage of Samsung Mobile Unpacked 2013? Fear not, the entire event is now available to stream on YouTube, so if you're so inclined. On the night, the Galaxy S4 was unveiled with the kind of pomp, ceremony and surrealism we've come to expect from the Korean manufacturer. Actor Will Chase, Samsung Mobile head JK Shin and box-wielding miniature humanoid Jeremy Maxwell saw us through the proceedings, which included some bizarre role-playing segments to demo the main S4 features.

Check it out after the break, and be sure to hit up our hands-on coverage if you haven't already.

More: Samsung Galaxy S4 liveblog, Samsung Galaxy S4 forums

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S4 software improvements headed to the Galaxy S3

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Samsung showed off a whole bunch of new software improvements launching with the Galaxy S4, but apparently they won't remain exclusive to Samsung's latest. 

PC Mag managed to catch a word with Nick DiCarlo, Samsung's VP of Portfolio Planning, right after the Unpacked event in New York City. While discussing the new software features on the Galaxy S4, the topic of what might see its way onto the Galaxy S3 cropped up:

Anything that we can do that's not dependent on hardware like infrared, we'll definitely bring to all the flagship devices

This could also include the Galaxy Note 2, though that wasn't specifically mentioned. That opens the door to a whole bunch of the new features such as dual-camera, S-Translator, S Health, and perhaps even the Smart Pause and Scroll features. We've seen a real push on the software front in recent months from Samsung, highlighted by launching the Galaxy S4 on Android 4.2.2 -- the latest and greatest. 

It's by no means a concrete confirmation, nor do we have any idea when such updates may appear. But, the Galaxy S3 was a worldwide smash for Samsung, it's not unreasonable to think they'll support it as long as they can. 

Source: PC Mag

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3 years ago

Rogers, Bell and TELUS all announce plans to carry the Samsung Galaxy S4

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 is hot property, and we're sure to hear about many of those hundreds of worldwide carriers to offer it in the coming days. U.S carriers have been quick out of the gate, with three of the big four already announcing plans, along with U.S. Cellular. Our friends up in Canada need not worry, as Rogers, Bell and TELUS have all released their first statements about Galaxy S4 availability. 

All three have taken to their Twitter accounts to deliver somewhat vague, yet still important statements of intent. All three are keeping release dates close to their chest right now, and are just saying 'soon.' We know not to expect anything before the end of April, but for anyone hoping to snag a new Galaxy S4 on one of these carriers this will be good news to hear. 

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Sources: Rogers, Bell, TELUS

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3 years ago

AT&T branded Samsung Galaxy S4 anounced

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Not that anyone was doubting they would, but AT&T announced their plans to carry the Samsung Galaxy S4. As AT&T reminds us in their press release, they were the first U.S. carrier to get the Samsung Galaxy series, and now just a few short years later we have the fourth iteration of this immensely popular family of devices. Their official page is located here, however it doesn't appear to be up quite yet - attempting to load it will take you to the general Samsung devices page. This will most likely be fixed shortly after this writing.

Jeff Bradley, senior vice president of devices, AT&T says:

AT&T was the first to deliver Samsung’s Galaxy series and we are excited to bring the Galaxy S4 to the nation’s fastest 4G LTE network. We continue to offer our customers a broad choice of devices and features to fit any mobile lifestyle, and look forward to growing our family of Samsung Galaxy devices.  For more information, please visit http://www.androidcentral.com/e?link=http%3A%2F%2Fclick.linksynergy.com%2Ffs-bin%2Fclick%3Fid%3DJAF5WzpxbKM%26subid%3D%26offerid%3D429975.1%26type%3D10%26tmpid%3D13664%26u1%3DUUacUdUnU30138%26RD_PARM1%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.att.com%252Fgalaxys4.&token=uTYaB-Eh

For a complete listing of the Galaxy S4's specifications, you can check out the official specs. However, the real draw of this phone is the software, so make sure you see Samsung's latest flagship phone in action by heading over to our hands on reviewThe forums will be hopping for the foreseeable future, so make sure not to miss out on the discussion. See you there!

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3 years ago

U.S. Cellular confirms their plans to carry the Samsung Galaxy S4

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As we all hoped heading into Samsung Unpacked in New York City, U.S. carriers are certainly getting behind the new Samsung Galaxy S4. It's by no means surprising to see so many want a piece of one of the hottest devices to launch in 2013, but it's still reassuring to see such support literally moments after the event ended. 

The latest to confirm the Galaxy S4 is U.S. Cellular. There isn't a whole lot to go on at the moment though, as their statement is short, and sweet: 

As you may have seen, U.S. Cellular is excited to bring the Samsung Galaxy S 4 to our customers in the near future. We will be sure to share details and presale information with you as soon as we can.

So, no pricing or availability information yet, but nevertheless a great sign from U.S. Cellular that they'll be picking this one up. 

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