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3 years ago

AT&T HTC One X drops to $0.01 on contract

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While AT&T's version of the HTC One X has been $99.99 on contract for a while, new customers signing up via Amazon can now pick up the device for just a shiny penny. It's the same One X we know and love, available in either white or gray, and if you're willing to jump through the couple extra hoops and sign agreements with both Amazon and AT&T then you can save yourself that nice chunk of money.

Considering that the HTC One X+ is on the horizon this isn't surprising, but if the small spec bump in the new device doesn't seem worth the money to you, the original One X is still a great device.

Do any of you plan to pick up the One X now that the price has dropped again? Let us know in the comments.

Souce: Unwired View

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3 years ago

HTC DLX details emerge

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Long time Windows Mobile hacker and HTC insider Football has trickled out some details of the HTC DLX on Twitter today, bringing us a new rumor for a new week.

According to Football, the HTC DLX will be a 5-inch "full HD" device, with a Snapdragon S4 Pro at 1.5GHz and 2500mAh battery under the hood, come with a 12MP rear camera and 2MP front camera, and run Android 4.1.2. This may or may not be the rumored 5-inch HTC device headed to Verizon for the holidays, hopefully with a world version released at the same time.

We can't confirm or deny this one, but considering the source it's worth some discussion.

Source: @Football4PDA

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3 years ago

ZTE plans to use Android in set-top boxes for 3D TVs

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Outside of smartphones, ZTE makes all sorts of gadgets, including tablets, wireless infrastructure equipment, internal components, and soon Android-powered set-top boxes for 3D TVs according to a recent announcement. A new agreement will allow ZTE to sell devices directly to customers of a digital TV device and service provider called Nagra. Nagra, which has a 70 percent market share of cable TV devices in Europe, should be a huge conduit for ZTE to get into this space. The details are pretty sparse as to the capabilities (or interface) of the new boxes, but ZTE notes that it will provide video calling and support the HTML5 standard for web content.

We're all aware of the generally poor user experience offered by current cable TV boxes, so any chance we have at getting a fresh approach -- running Android to boot -- is a great thing. Unfortunately, given the U.S. Congress' view of the company, we wouldn't be surprised if there were a few snags along the way in bringing boxes like this to cable providers here in the states.

Source: Bloomberg

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3 years ago

T-Mobile announces Galaxy S3 is its best selling device of all time

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This may come as no surprise to many of us, but T-Mobile mentioned on Twitter a couple days ago that the Samsung Galaxy S III (S3) is the carrier's all-time best-selling device. There's no doubt that the Galaxy S3 (and Galaxy S2 before it) have been monumental hits for Samsung, but T-Mobile also puts a lot of their marketing weight behind these flagships. Considering that it doesn't offer that fruit phone and often misses out on other devices because of exclusivity deals with other carriers, the success of the Galaxy S3 for T-Mobile may be more important as a single device than it is to any other carrier in the US.

Source: T-Mobile (Twitter)

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3 years ago

Google wants developers to start building quality tablet apps

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With the launch and relative success of the Nexus 7 -- and other popular large tablets -- it's apparent that Google is trying to take Android tablets seriously. One sticking point with Android on larger screens though was the conflict between having separate tablet apps, scaled-up phone apps or universal binaries that can handle all screen sizes. Today on the Android Developers Blog, Google is highlighting several points that Android developers should keep in mind when getting their apps ready for use on tablets.

As a follow-up to previous pushes for better design, these latest guidelines help developers manage making apps look better on large screens by recommending ways to make the app scale properly, make use of the extra screen real estate and improve graphics for tablets. In the post, popular tablet-optimized apps from Mint.com, TinyCo and Instapaper are highlighted as good examples of what developers should be trying to do with their app designs.

The idea of having a single app available in Google Play that scales and changes based on the device is a very compelling one, provided that developers do a good job of managing those different screen sizes. It's good to see that the Android team is doing what it can to help along the process.

Source: Android Developers Blog

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3 years ago

HTC Desire X now available SIM-free in the UK

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Announced and thoroughly covered at IFA in Berlin just over a month ago, the HTC Desire X has now moved from "pre-order" to "in stock" from two popular phone retailers in the UK. Both Unlocked Mobiles and Clove Technology have the Desire X for sale SIM-free for £218 and £228, respectively. For that price, you pick up a device with a 480x800 (WVGA) 4-inch SuperLCD display, 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 768MB of RAM and a 5MP camera -- running Android 4.0.4 and HTC's Sense 4.1 software.

It's important to note that these prices include VAT, but not shipping. Are you interested in the Desire X at this price point? Let us know in the comments.

Source: UnwiredView; Unlocked-Mobiles; Clove Technology

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3 years ago

Wild Blood brings Arthurian hack-and-slash gameplay to Android

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Wild Blood, Gameloft's first Unreal-powered game, is now available in Google Play for $6.99. The action game loosely follows the mythology of King Arthur and in particular his knight Sir Lancelot. Arthur has lost his gourd and opened up a the very gates of hell, leaving Lancelot to beat back the evil with whatever steely or magical implements of destruction he can find. Meanwhile, Queen Guinevere got herself captured, which sucks for Lancelot since he's been seeing her on the DL. 

I got a bit of playtime in, and though the framerate is a bit choppy on the Nexus 7 and there are optional in-app purchases employed, the action is fast, and the monsters are absolutely awesome. Anyone else pick this up? Worth the seven bucks? How's performance on your device? Still a little tacky to push IAPs in premium-priced games, no?

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3 years ago

T-Mobile to release Samsung Galaxy Note 2 on October 24?

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The usual caveats apply with this one folks, but it's potentially good news for T-Mobile customers eagerly awaiting news of the Galaxy Note 2. This leaked screenshot obtained by the good folks over at TmoNews, seems to indicate that the 5.5" Note 2 will be available on October 24 in both white and grey. 

We all know it's coming, that isn't the potential story here. October 24 is the date of the Samsung "Next Big Thing" event in New York City -- which, of course, we'll be covering live. Should this all play out, could we be looking at some same day availability for the Note 2? Leaks are fun, that's for sure, but we'll be keeping a close eye out for any further news. And, to kill some time while you wait, be sure to check out our full review

Source: TmoNews

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S3 soon available in black and brown on Verizon

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It's been a little while now since we first heard all about the additional colors the Samsung Galaxy S3 was to become available in. Indeed, some of those colors we saw first hand at IFA 2012 in Berlin, but news of their availability globally has been a little thin on the ground. News from Verizon today is that the black and brown versions of Samsung's hit handset will be coming soon to Big Red. 

A sign up page over on the Verizon website is live now, and while there's a distinct lack of pricing information, it would be hard to see a color change warrant a change in price. If you've been holding out for either of these, be sure to keep an eye out for release information that will no doubts follow soon. 

Source: Verizon

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3 years ago

Google Play TV shows, movies, and music now on Google TV

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Google TV owners will now be able to access all of their movie, TV, and music purchases from Google Play on the big screen. Purchases can be made directly on the system, and include options for auto-updating subscription billing. This is a long time coming, though some models, like one of Sony's, have already been dabbling in Play movies. In any case, it's good that this trove of content is getting a widespread rollout. 

How many of y'all own a Google TV? Have you been hurting for access to Google Play content, or have you been getting your shows from elsewhere? Those of you that don't have a Google TV, does improved access to Play store content make it any more appealing? It seems weird that it has taken this long for Play shows to find their way to Google's set-top system, but I'm sure it's been an uphill battle against cable and satellite service providers and the agreements they have with various studios. 

Source: Google

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3 years ago

Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 and 10.1 get a taste of Ice Cream Sandwich

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Samsung isn't the only one upgrading their tablets to ICS today. Motorola has begun rolling out Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to the DROID XYBOARD 10.1 and 8.2 (also known as the Xoom 2 in Europe), as expected. Motorola has provided a nice little walkthrough video showing all of the latest updates. The new quick access lock screen, and the usual ICS goodies. The Wi-Fi-only models got their upgrade over the summer.

If you're looking to pick one up from Verizon, the 10.1-inch model starts at $549.99 and the 8.2-inch model goes for $429.99, but be sure to check out our pre-ICS review before taking the plunge. What do you guys think - do the new Motorola customizations in ice Cream Sandwich add some freshness to the XYBOARD family, or are they still too samey compared to alternative Android tablets out there?

Source: Motorola

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3 years ago

LG gets official with Optimus L9 for T-Mobile

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The mid-range LG L9 that we had heard about last week has just been officially announced for T-Mobile U.S.A. The press release makes a point to highlight the L9's svelte 0.36-inch profile, if staying slim is important to you. Many of the rumored specs check out: 

  • Android™ 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 4.5-inch qHD Corning® Gorilla® Glass 2 Display

  • T-Mobile Blazing-Fast Nationwide 4GNetwork
  • Sleek, Stylish Design and Slim Profile

  • Powerful 1 GHz Dual-Core Processor
  • LG QuickMemo™

  • 5-megapixel camera with LED Flash
  • True-to-Life 1080p HD Recording

  •  Simultaneous Video/Photo Capture
  •  Long-Lasting 2,150 mAh Battery

It's squarely in the mid-range fore sure, but that's hardly a bad thing. No information was given about pricing or availability besides the fact that we'll see it land in stores sometime "this fall". Anyone biting, or are we all in the "Jelly Bean or bust" car? 

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia T hands-on video and initial review

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Sony Mobile returns in late 2012 with a new design, and faster hardware in its most recent flagship smartphone, the Xperia T. If the Xperia T looks familiar, it might be because it's channeling a little of last year's Xperia Arc, with an elegant-flag front and a curved back. And while the Xperia T is heftier than its predecessor, it feels just as great in the hand. Hardware highlights include a Snapdragon S4 dual-core CPU at 1.5GHz, a impressively bright and clear Sony IPS-based HD Reality Display and a 13MP rear camera (check out our initial photo and video samples).

On the software side, we're unfortunately still running Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, though Sony promises an upgrade to Jelly Bean in due course. Being a Sony phone, the Xperia T delivers an understated skin on top of ICS, with Sony-branded apps including a Walkman music player and PlayStation Mobile. Timescape returns to perform its social media duties, and Xperia Link allows an easy way to tether the device to a Sony tablet, if you have one.

On the whole, it's a solid high-end package from Sony, and a marked improvement upon early 2012 efforts like the Xperia S. We'll have a full review written up in the days ahead. In the meantime, check out our full hands-on video and photo gallery after the break.

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3 years ago

Sprint StarStar Me offers vanity phone numbers and controlled call forwarding

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Sprint has kicked off a new add-on service today called StarStar Me. For $2.99/month, subscribers can register a new number that's accessed by people dialing ** and a name of your choosing. Calls sent to that number (which could be, for example, "**COOLDUDE") are then forwarded to your regular line, but thanks to an Android app, you get a lot of extra control, including automated SMS replies, selective blocking, or sending virtual business cards with full contact information. The only real downside here is that StarStar Me will only work with other phones within the United States, but for most folks on Sprint that should be fine.

If you're interested, you can sign up for StarStar Me at Sprint's landing page. It certainly sounds pretty handy for anyone that does a lot of networking and doesn't want to cut down on the hassle of making sure people get your right phone number. Any Sprint customers thinking of getting this? How often have you been inconvenienced because you couldn't remember a friend's number?

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 now available in titanium grey from Clove UK

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Clove UK has recently confirmed that they have the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 available in titanium grey, which may be a nice change of pace from the white version which seems to be the only thing available on Vodafone. Three's version is available in the grey as well, and EE is also supposed to be launching theirs soon, but if you just can't wait, Clove has their on sale here for £440

If you haven't heard, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is an excellent piece of kit. Here's a quick run-down of the specs.

  • Network: 3G: HSPA+ 21Mbps (HSDPA 21Mbps / HSUPA 5.76Mbps); 4G LTE: 100Mbps/ 50Mbps
  • Processor: 1.6 GHz quad-core processor
  • Display: 5.5” HD Super AMOLED (1,280 x 720)
  • OS: Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • Camera: Main(Rear): 8 Megapixel Auto Focus Camera with LED Flash, BSI; Sub(Front): 1.9 Megapixel VT Camera, BSI; Best Photo, Best Faces, Low light shot
  • Sharing Features: Samsung AllShare Play & Control; Samsung AllShare Cast(WiFi Display) – Mirroring & Extension; Samsung AllShare Framework; S Beam
  • GPS: A-GPS; Glonass
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth® v 4.0 (Apt-X Codec support) LE; USB 2.0 Host; WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 & 5 GHz), Wi-Fi HT40; Wi-Fi Direct; mHL; NFC
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, RGB Light, Digital Compass, Proximity, Gyro, Barometer
  • Memory: 16/32/64GB User memory + 2GB (RAM); microSD (up to 64GB)
  • Dimensions: 80.5 x 151.1 x 9.4 mm, 180 g
  • Battery: Standard battery, Li-ion 3,100mAh

For the full nine yards, you'll want to meet our Samsung Galaxy Note 2 review. Any Brits thinking of picking one up? Which carrier would you go with and why?

Via: Clove

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