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3 years ago

AT&T HTC One VX image gallery

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Here's a slightly ridiculously large gallery of images of the HTC One VX, announced for AT&T:

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3 years ago

HTC One VX specs

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Complete specs for the HTC One VX on AT&T:

  • Operating system: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and Sense 4 (with an update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and Sense 4+ to come).
  • Display: 4.5-inch qHD Supre LCD 2 (540x960), 245 pixels per inch
  • Processor: Dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 (MSM 8930) at 1.2 GHz
  • Camera: Rear 5-megapixel camera with 28mm, f/2.0 aperture; smart LED flash; BSI sensor; HTC ImageSense processor; front-facing VGA camera
  • RAM: 1GB DDR2
  • Storage: 8GB on-board (OS will take up some); microSD card up to 32GB
  • Battery: 1810 mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity: LTE, HSPA+/HSPA/UMTS, GSM/GPRS/EDGE
  • Wifi: 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Dimensions: 133.5 x 67.5 x 9.19 mm
  • Weight: 124.7 grams / 4.4 ounces
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • NFC
  • FM Radio
  • Micro SIM
  • GPS/a-GPS
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Dual noice-canceling mics

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3 years ago

Samsung adds iPhone 5 to patent complaints against Apple

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As soon as the U.S. sales ban on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 was lifted, Samsung leaped back into the legal offensive, tacking on the iPhone 5 to its own patent claims against Apple. The fresh complaints are an amendment to Samsung's original lawsuit, but surprisingly don't have anything to do with LTE (a technology for which Samsung holds a handful of patents). The patents in question include six utility patents and two UMTS standard essential ones, which are all listed below. 

You may recall that Samsung had tried to get their hands on the iPhone 5 prior to any announcement to see if it applied to any of the complaints they were laying against the then-current breed of iOS smartphone, but was flatly denied. Now that the iPhone 5 is out though, it's fair game.  

If you're into the legal nitty-gritty, the amendment by Samsung is embedded below. Things are looking grim for Samsung in this case right now, but they aren't out of the fight yet. Do you guys think they'll be able to strike back at Apple, or at least fend off the beefy infringement fine

Source: CNET

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3 years ago

Some international Galaxy Note 2s shipping without multi-window feature

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One of the cooler features of the Galaxy Note 2 is its ability run multiple apps in split-screen mode. The feature, known as multi-window, wasn't ready for prime-time at IFA, but was showcased a few days back in an official Samsung preview video.

However, many new Galaxy Note 2 owners in Europe have noticed that the feature isn't available on their handsets. Normally, it can be activated by long-pressing the back key, however on certain devices -- including ours -- this isn't working. According to numerous forum reports, the cause is an older firmware version on these devices. So if your international Note 2 comes with version N7100XXALIE, you'll find multi-window is unavailable. If you're on the newer N7100XXALIH, as many others are, the feature should work as expected. You can check your software version by heading to Settings > About device.

The reason for the omission isn't clear, though it's likely the manufacturer will update those phones stuck on the earlier firmware at some point in the near future. So full-screen multi-tasking should be just a software update away for those affected. In the meantime, we've reached out to Samsung for comment, and will update this post with any info they provide.

via Android Central forums

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3 years ago

Motorola RAZR i now available at Phones 4U - and with free MOTOROKR headphones

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If you've been itching to get your hands on the new Motorola RAZR i, then from today you can pick it up at Phones 4U both in-store and online. And as an added bonus, Phones 4U will also give you a pair of MOTOROKR S305 headphones free of charge, which is rather nice of them.

We recently reviewed the Motorola RAZR i and found it to be a good, fast, solid handset. But after today's HTC news it would appear the RAZR i is now left a little behind in the specs race. That said, it does have a lot going for it, including a dcent 8MP camera, 2GHz Intel Atom CPU with Hyperthreading technology, and my favorite part -- a 2000mAh battery. Currently running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich you could do a lot worse than Motorola's latest offering.

Source: Phones 4U

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the HTC One X+ and Sense 4+

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In spite of all the hype surrounding a certain competitor, the HTC One X was a very strong entrant in the high-end smartphone space earlier in the year. Many of our editors own it. If you’re reading this, there’s an above-average chance you do, too. Though lacking in mindshare compared to the Galaxy S3, the One X remains a formidable smartphone, even besting Samsung’s flagship in many areas.

But as the year draws to a close, it’s time for a successor, as part of HTC’s annual fall product refresh. Last year the Sensation XE built upon the strengths of the Sensation, with a larger battery, a faster CPU and enhanced software. And later this month, the One X will undergo similar augmentation, with the resulting device coming to market as the HTC One X+. Read on for an extensive preview of HTC’s flagship Android phone for late 2012.

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3 years ago

HTC One X+ is official - faster CPU, bigger battery, Sense 4+ and Jelly Bean

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HTC has announced a new high-end phone based upon its popular One X, the HTC One X+. Variously rumored and leaked over the past month, the One X+ runs upgraded hardware compared to the original. There's a faster 1.7 GHz Tegra 3 AP37 CPU on-board, along with 64GB of storage and a larger 2100mAh battery.

Some other specs remain unchanged from the One X -- there's still 1GB of on-board RAM, a 4.7-inch SuperLCD2 display, and an 8MP rear camera with BSI sensor and HTC's ImageSense chip. The front-facer has undergone a small upgrade, though, jumping from 1.3MP to 1.6, and with this upgrade it gains the ability to use ImageSense.

On the software side, the One X+ is the first HTC phone to run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and the new HTC Sense 4+, which offers some minor software tweaks over earlier versions of HTC's UI. Be sure to check out our full hands-on report on the One X+ for more on HTC's latest handset.

HTC says the One X+ will launch in the UK and Europe early October, followed by Asia in November. U.S. release plans have yet to be revealed. Today's full press release is after the break.

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3 years ago

HTC to deliver Jelly Bean and Sense 4+ upgrade for One S, X and XL this month

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Alongside today's HTC One X+ announcement comes the news that HTC will upgrade some of its earlier One series phones to the latest versions of Android and Sense. The Sense 4+ and Jelly Bean update is scheduled to hit One S, X and XL phones later this month, and HTC tells us that every feature of the One X+ that doesn't require additional hardware will be made available on these devices. Note, as ever, that carrier-specific versions of these phones may take a little while longer to see this update.

Sadly, there's no mention of the One V -- or any other existing HTC phones -- in today's announcement. It's unlikely HTC will leave its entire back catalog in the lurch, but the lack of any announcements for earlier devices isn’t encouraging news for owners of these phones.

Nevertheless, it's a welcome development for the many One S, One X or One XL owners out there.

More: HTC One X+ announcement, HTC One X+ hands-on

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3 years ago

HTC One X+ specs

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HTC's just announced the One X+, its new high-end smartphone running upgraded One X-based internals. If you're looking for full specs, we've got 'em after the break.

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3 years ago

Samsung can sell the Galaxy Tab 10.1 again, too bad nobody wants one

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The sales injunction against the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has been lifted this evening, allowing Samsung to once again offer the Tab 10.1 for sale in the US. The decision comes after a California jury found that the Tab 10.1 did not violate patent or trade dress claims as made by Apple.

We're glad that Samsung was able to get the injunction lifted, but the fact remains that someone should be responsible for any lost sales during the time Samsung was not allowed to sell the tablet. If it never violated any patents or trademarks, it's not really fair for Samsung to have lost sales while it was being determined, no matter how exciting the jury foreman thought it all was

Update: A friendly legal expert has informed me that Judge Koh has held the $2.6 million bond posted by Apple, and can in fact determine to award part or all of it to Samsung for a wrongfully issued injunction.

In the end it doesn't really matter, as  the 10.1 has been replaced several times over by newer models. Consider this just another example of a biased and broken system, where only lawyers get to win.

Source: Reuters

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3 years ago

Over 25 percent of Android devices now running 4.0 and above

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As it tends to do, Google has released a breakdown of what versions of Android devices out in the wild are currently running as of today, October 1. We're now over the milestone of having one in every four Android devices running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or higher -- unfortunately Jelly Bean makes up just 1.8 percentage-points of that right now, but let's not be too down on these numbers. Rounding out the rest of the chart is 2.3 Gingerbread at 55.8 percent, naturally, with all previous versions adding up to just 16.8 percent of active devices.

Android 4.0 and above has seen a pretty quick pickup in adoption since a large number of the world's best selling devices have launched or been updated to it at this point. This is really good news in terms of user adoption, but it also means that app developers have more incentive than ever to start following those "holo" guidelines we seem to ramble on about at times. Be sure to check out the full report at the source link below.

Source: Android Developers Dashboard

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3 years ago

Sprint S3 Jelly Bean leak, Using USB OTG without root possible? [From the Forums]

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Just in case you missed out on some of the Android news today, now is the time to go ahead and get yourself fully caught up. Here on the blogs and in the Android Central Forums there is plenty to talk about. Have some questions? Need some help or just looking to chat Android? You know where to go, check out some of the threads below to get started.

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3 years ago

Sharp starts cranking out 5-inch 1080p displays for smartphones

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The most recent rumors of a phone with a 1080p-resolution display have been pretty wishy-washy, but Sharp recently went official with their plans to start churning out 5-inch 1080 x 1920 displays from their factories. That works out to 443 pixels per inch, for those of you counting. Take that in your 326 PPI and smoke it, iPhone 5. 

These displays should do well in creating Android phablets to compete with the looming iPad mini, and set a new bar for what we expect in displays. Of course, there are plenty of other considerations to take into account, such as battery drain, color contrast, brightness, and the depth of blacks, but a high resolution is certainly a good place to start. The HTC Droid Incredible X may also have a 1080p screen, but again, that's squarely in the realm of rumor for the time being. 

I'm a little worried that we'll start seeing diminishing returns at that size, though; will we really be able to appreciate the sharpness and quality in a 5-inch form factor, or do these screens need to be at least 7 inches in order for this high of a resolution to be done justice? Gigantic phones are certainly becoming more popular, so maybe it makes the most sense to capitalize on the larger smartphone form factor before trying to crank up the pixel density in tablets. 

Source: Sharp

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3 years ago

T-Mobile Galaxy S Blaze 4G Ice Cream Sandwich update available Oct. 3

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T-Mobile has just put up a support page indicating that the Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G (seriously, these names are getting to be a bit much) is going to be receiving an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich starting on October 3rd. The latest software -- version T769UVLF4 -- will bring all of the latest ICS features in addition to a Mobile Hotspot and Email fix. Unfortunately, it will only be available via Samsung Kies and not over the air like the previous update. That being said, we've got to be thankful that ICS is coming to the device via official means.

One interesting thing to note here is that T-Mobile specifically points out that the device cannot be rooted and receive the update. Of course most of us know this, but seeing it pointed out specifically in the support documentation is probably a good thing.

Source: TmoNews; T-Mobile Support

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3 years ago

Ready for your next shot at winning a free tablet in our Nexus 7 A Week Giveaway?

So we started up a little thing we like to call the Nexus 7 A Week Giveaway, and though we hit a little road bump and didn't post a new contest for it last week, we're true to our word and giving away one per week. So below you can find the first two winners, as well as the criteria for how to enter this week.

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