Samsung has been throwing a little shindig down in Australia where it has officially announced the new Galaxy S5 for launch there. Pre-orders will go live tomorrow, March 27, and an outright purchase will cost $929 ahead of launch on April 11. Pre-orders will be taken first in the Samsung Experience Stores in Melbourne and Sydney.
A quick heads up for our LG G2 owning friends in Canada that a KitKat flavored update looks to be pushing out now. Reported by MobileSyrup, Bell and Rogers customers are starting to see a 635.99MB update to Android 4.4 arriving on their devices.
The New HTC One (M8) is pretty stunning on the outside, but what about inside? The folks at iFixit have got their hands on one and done their thing with it. Besides exposing all the nerdy parts inside, it also exposes a pretty poor outlook for anyone who might ever hope to carry out some DIY repairs.
Well how about that. Just like Samsung's Galaxy S5, the new HTC One (M8) includes a "powered by Android" message when you first switch it on. The actual "Android" logo appears a little smaller than on the GS5, but nevertheless it's prominent and very noticeable each time you power the device on. Chances are if you're buying a new HTC One today, you'll know you're getting an Android phone.
Just in case you somehow haven't seen this phone yet, it's the new HTC One. Also known as the M8. It's one hell of a phone. And, of course, it comes in a box. And because it comes in a box, we shall be forced to "unbox" it, by which we take it out of the box, show you what's in the box and then continue on our merry way.
There is, however, one wrinkle here. In addition to the usual in-box items, such as a charger and a SIM tool and earbuds and papers with words on them, this UK version of the HTC One also comes with a sleek TPU case. So there's that. Anyhoo. Loads more HTC One to come today. Stay tuned.
Today, after weeks of speculation and online leaks, the new HTC One — also known by its codename "M8" — is official. And in some countries the device has gone on sale immediately on launch day. But if you're thinking of picking up HTC's latest aluminum-clad smartphone right off the bat, you may need to think about swapping out or resizing your current SIM card first, as the new HTC One uses a nanoSIM.
If you've already picked up your HTC One in the United States — or plan on doing so in the next few days, you might notice that the EXTREME Power Saving mode is missing from your shiny new M8. Meanwhile, folks outside the U.S. already have it on their phones. There's a good reason for that. (Or a bad reason, depending on your point of view.) And we'll give you three guesses why.
Outside the U.S., the M8's on a newer software version — one that includes EXTREME Power Saving mode. (If you must know, it's software version 1.54.401.5.)
Latest HTC device with 'stock' Android available to pre-order from today
Update: The HTC One (M8) Google Play edition has arrived in the Play Store with the expected $699 price tag, and you can place an order immediately. Regular ground shipping is free, and expected shipping times are currently set at 2-3 weeks.
Original story: Since the first Google Play edition devices' arrived last summer, they've given Android enthusiasts a way to pair the latest hardware from top manufacturers with the latest vanilla Android software from Google, with speedy updates to boot. And today, alongside the standard HTC One (M8), the official press release reveals that there'll also be Google Play edition M8 heading to the Play Store.
Attention smartphone nerds — the new HTC One (M8) includes the option to use the experimental, pre-release ART runtime should you desire to make that switch. Android 4.4 introduced the new ART runtime — an alternative to the standard Dalvik runtime intended to let developers and OEMs get to grips with the new code before it becomes the default. But so far it hasn't been available on all KitKat devices. The old HTC One (M7) for instance didn't get ART in its KitKat update.
HTC's got a pretty intriguing phone in the new HTC One M8 — be sure to read our review — and it's got a pretty intriguing case to go along with it. The Dot View case does a few things at once. First and foremost, it protects your phone in that folio style that everyone seems to be doing these days. And it does so while still allowing information to come through, and while allowing you to interact with your phone, but in a much different way.
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