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2 years ago

How to use the Verizon Droid DNA on AT&T (or any other GSM network)

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I'm getting a bit of a tingle down my spine. If you look at the specs for the HTC Droid DNA, you'll notice something that looks a little out of place. but only a little. Specifically, that there's a listing for UTMS/HSPA radio frequencies. Now that's not all that out of the ordinary -- Verizon's had world phones with GSM capability for some time now, and LTE's an offshoot of GSM. But generally such frequencies aren't listed out in the open like that.

That means it's time to experiment. And as you can see from the picture above, we've had success.

More: Check out our Droid DNA forums!

The Verizon Droid DNA is completely GSM unlocked. Pop in your SIM card, change your APN settings, and it'll work on any GSM network with 850/900/1900/2100 MHz. Here in the United States, that means AT&T, and T-Mobile as well, though you won't get 3G/4G speeds on the latter because the phone doesn't run on 1700 MHz. And, of course, it means you can use it outside the United States, whether you're using a roaming plan with Verizon, AT&T -- or use a foreign carrier's SIM card. Just change the APN settings and you're golden.

Of course, you'll also lose Verizon's excellent LTE network if you do this. But, still, a nice little trick. So how'd it do? We've got video and some speed tests after the break.

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2 years ago

Droid DNA hides a familiar feature on the back of the phone

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It's time for another round of "What the hell is that?!?!" Ever since we brought you the first pictures of the Droid DNA weeks ago, we've been trying to explain the faint little circle to the left of the camera housing. In casual use, there's a good chance you'd never even notice it. But it's there. Actually, they're there. Sixty-one tiny pinholes in concentric circles.

So what are they? A speaker? A noise-canceling microphone?

Neither, actually.

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2 years ago

JK Shin: Samsung won't settle with Apple

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HTC and Apple's recently-announced legal settlement and cross-licensing agreement has had some wondering if Samsung might follow a similar path and attempt to resolve its legal conflicts with Apple.

But Samsung Mobile boss JK Shin poured cold water on this speculation, indicating that the South Korean company would not be entering into any negotiations with Cupertino. According to Korean news agency YonHap, Shin recently told reporters, "it may be true that HTC may have agreed to pay 300 billion won (US$276 million) to Apple, but we don't intend to (negotiate) at all."

It's unclear where the 300 billion won figure has come from -- the details of the settlement between HTC and Apple remain confidential. Some have speculated that HTC might be paying between $6 and $8 per phone to Apple in order to make use of its patent portfolio.

Samsung and Apple have traded blows in courts around the world over the past year. In August, a California court found in Apple's favor, ruling that Samsung must pay Apple more than $1 billion for copying elements of its iPhone design and infringing other patents. In other territories, Samsung has been successful in defending against Apple's litigation. The British High Court recently ruled that Samsung did not copy Apple's registered design for the iPad, and ordered Apple to take out ads to correct the impression that it had.

Today's statement from Shin suggests we can expect even more legal wrangling between Samsung and Apple in the year ahead.

Source: YonHap News Agency

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2 years ago

T-Mobile Galaxy S3 getting Jelly Bean update

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Good news for T-Mobile USA Samsung Galaxy S3 owners this morning, as it seems a new over-the-air update for the device brings it up to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Numerous sources are reporting that the new software, version T999UVDLJA is rolling out to Tmo Galaxy S3 phones right now. Today's T-Mobile update follows Sprint's Galaxy S3 Jelly Bean roll-out a couple of weeks back.

If it's anything like that update, T-Mobile S3 owners should gain access to new TouchWiz features like Blocking Mode and new AllShare Cast sharing options in the new firmware, as well as standard Jelly Bean features like "Project Butter" performance enhancements and Google Now predictive search features.

If you're seeing the Jelly Bean update land on your Tmo Galaxy S3 this morning, shout out in the comments and let us know how you're getting on.

Source: SamMobile, XDA

More: T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S3 forum

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2 years ago

Galaxy S3 Mini on sale from Daily Steals for $349.99

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Curious to see what $349 can get you outside of the Play Store? If you head to the deals site Daily Steals in the next day, you'll get a chance to buy the Galaxy S3 Mini for just a penny under $350. This one is the 16GB model with just HSPA+ -- no LTE here -- and is unlocked with the proper frequencies for AT&T. So if that all fits the bill for you, hit the source link below.

Source: Daily Steals

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Axiom looks to be a Galaxy S3 Mini headed for US Cellular

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Looks like nothing stays secret for long, especially not with the fine folks over at @evleaks ever on the prowl. The latest device to appear from the usually reliable tipsters is this, known as the Samsung Galaxy Axiom. Odd name, but essentially appears to be a Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini variant headed for US Cellular. 

Specs wise, we're looking at 4 inch WVGA LCD display, a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm MSM8960 processor, 1GB of RAM with 4GB of internal storage, LTE, a 5MP rear camera and a 1.3MP front facing camera. We're also told that the Galaxy Axiom runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but looking at the press shot we're also seeing Samsung's latest Nature UX on there. 

Nothing earth shattering here, but still a good phone for a carrier like US Cellular to get their hands on. 

No word on pricing or availability at this stage, but if the @evleaks past record is anything to go on, it shouldn't be before too long that we're seeing this announced officially. 

Source: @evleaks

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2 years ago

T-Mobile offering Samsung devices for free on contract Nov 16th-17th

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Well it looks like that earlier leak of a T-Mobile Samsung device sale was spot on. For two days this weekend -- November 16th and 17th -- T-Mobile stores will be selling just about every Samsung device they offer for $0 on contract. In typical T-Mobile fashion, the savings come in the form of a mail-in rebate. So if you're looking to pick up a Samsung Galaxy SIII (S3) on a Classic Plan, you'll have to plop down the full $299 and wait for that rebate in the mail.

The biggest omission here is the Galaxy Note 2, which makes sense considering that it has just launched and T-Mobile's on-contract price is very expensive. They may not be willing to subsidize it this much quite yet. Regardless, a Galaxy S3 for $0 on-contract sounds like a great deal if you're in the market for one.

Source: T-Mobile Newsroom

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2 years ago

Google: New Nexus devices sold out in some countries, more stock in 'coming weeks'

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As you'll know if you tried to pick up a new Nexus 4 or Nexus 10 today, the first round of stock didn't last long, and server load issues made it particularly tricky to get through the ordering process.

In its first statement on the Nexus launch, Google acknowledged that high demand for the new phone and tablet has led to the devices becoming sold out in some territories. At the time of writing, the Nexus 4 is unavailable in the UK, European, Australian, U.S. and Canadian Google Play devices stores. Nexus 10 availability is limited to the 16GB model in many countries.

On its posting on the official 'Nexus' Google+ account, the company says it's working to bring more stock to the Play Store, but offers little in the way of specific dates or quantities, simply stating that more stock would be due "in the weeks ahead."

There’s been so much interest for the Nexus lineup that we’ve sold out of some of our initial stock in a few countries! We are working hard to add more Nexus devices to Google Play in the coming weeks to keep up with the high demand. You can learn more about Nexus devices and stay updated at play.google.com/nexus

That'll come as little comfort to those who were prevented from placing orders today due to technical issues, but at least more stock will eventually be headed to Google Play.

Were you able to place your Nexus 4 or Nexus 10 order today? Head on over to our weekly sidebar poll and let us know.

Source: +Nexus

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2 years ago

LG Optimus G now available on TELUS

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A little ahead of schedule, the LG Optimus G has launched on TELUS for $129 on a three-year contract. Here's what you can look forward to: 

  • Chipset: 1.5 GHz Quad-core Krait CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon™ S4 Pro processor
  • Operating System: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Network: 2G / 3G / LTE
  • Display: 4.7-inch WXGA True HD IPSPLUS (1280 x 768 pixels) / 15:9 ratio
  • Memory: 32 GB
  • RAM: 2 GB DDR
  • Camera: 8.0MP rear / 1.3MP front
  • Battery: 2,100mAh (570Wh/L) / Talk time: 15 hours / Standby: 335 hours
  • Size: 131.9 x 68.9 x 8.45mm
  • Weight: 145g
  • Other: Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, USB2.0 HS, A-GPS, MHL and DLNA, NFC

Take a look at our review for the full run-down. Why would you want to get that with the LG Nexus 4 also on sale? Because it's pretty much impossible to get an order through to Google Play today (though it might be worth giving another go in a day or two once the insanity has died down). 

What's it going to be, Canadians? Keep pounding that F5 key and skip the contract if you get through, or just bite the bullet and get something a little higher-end right now? Those opting for the latter can pick up the LG Optimus G from the TELUS online store over here

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2 years ago

Sprint officially launches the ZTE Flash for $129.99

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We've seen the ZTE Flash for Sprint convincingly leak out a couple times before, but now we've got the official specs right from the source. This very Galaxy Nexus-looking handset is a solid mid-ranger for sprint packing a whopping 12.6MP camera. As for the full specs, you're getting a 4.5-inch display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 4G LTE (of course) all running on  a basically stock version of Android 4.0. There's 8GB of storage on-board, expandable by MicroSD up to another 32GB.

The ZTE Flash is available with a 2-year contract from Sprint at $129.99 up-front.

Source: Sprint Newsroom; Sprint

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2 years ago

Motorola Droid RAZR M Jelly Bean OTA on its way

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We've received official word that the Android 4.1 update for the Motorola Droid RAZR M is in early stages of rolling out, and several users are reporting that they have seen the update. 

This update will bring the RAZR M all the features from 4.1, including the enhanced camera software, improved voice search and Google Now. Jelly Bean does a great job polishing the ICS interface as well, and should be a real treat on the RAZR M.

Check for the OTA in the device settings, or if you're rooted hang tight and wait for your favorite developer to chime in.

More: Motorola

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2 years ago

Hands-on with the Verizon Droid DNA by HTC

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And, finally, Verizon's gotten some top-shelf HTC hardware in 2012. And what a device it's gotten in the Droid DNA

I spent some quality time with the DNA early this morning, and again at Verizon's launch event, and there's no denying that HTC's Android phones are starting to follow in the footsteps of its Windows Phones, in terms of design. The DNA is large, with that gorgeous 5-inch display. But it doesn't feel overly huge. A little bigger than the HTC One X, but thinner. Slimmer, especially as the edges taper off 4 mm at their thinnest. So think One X, but more svelte. 

The mix of polycarbonate (with its soft-touch coating) and aluminum edging is to die for. It's got just enough grip, but it doesn't look as industrial as other phones in Verizon's Droid line. Do note, however, that the red grilles on either side of the DNA are for design purposes only. The speaker is on the back of the phone.

And that screen. Oh, that screen. Have you ever seen so many pixels?

Check out our hands-on report and video after the break.

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2 years ago

Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 launch on Google Play Store in U.S. + Canada [update: N4 sold out]

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Update: Just as in Europe and Australia, it seems both flavors of Nexus 4 are now sold out in America, less than an hour after first going on sale. As of 1:20pm ET the 32GB Nexus 10 is sold out, too. The 16GB Nexus 10 is still available to buy.

Original story: Credit cards at the ready, folks. Following the chaotic European launch earlier this morning, which resulted in all Nexus 4s and most Nexus 10s selling out, Google's new tablets are now available from the U.S. and Canadian Google Play Store, along with the 3G Nexus 7.

In the U.S., the Nexus 4 comes in 8GB and 16GB flavors, which sell for $299 and $349 respectively. If it's a Nexus 10 you're after, it'll set you back $399 for 16GB and $499 for 32GB. Global pricing can be found in our earlier post.

If other territories are any indication, these new Nexus devices are sure to sell out quickly -- particularly the competitively-priced Nexus 4. So what are you doing still reading this? Hit the source link down below and go select your Nexus of choice.

Be sure to check in down in the comments, too, and let us know how you're getting on with the order process.

Source: Google Play Store

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2 years ago

Verizon and HTC officially announce the Droid DNA

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We're here in New York City, where Verizon and HTC have just taken the wraps off the highly anticipated Droid DNA. And this one's a looker. Let's break down the Droid DNA specs:

  • 5-inch Super LCD3 display at 1080p resolution (440ppi)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, quad-core at 1.5 GHz.
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB storage (11GB usable)
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with Sense 4+.
  • 8MP rear camera with ImageSense and a new "Sightseeing mode"
  • 2.1MP f/2.0 front-facing camera with auto portrait mode.
  • Beats Audio
  • 2.5v headset and speaker amplifier.
  • 4G LTE data.

So, yeah. This thing's a bit of a beast. The Droid DNA builds off the HTC One line (remember that Verizon never picked up any of those phones earlier this year) as well as the new crop of Windows 8 phones, with a soft-touch finish that tapers down to just a mere 4mm at the edges. The sides are done up in a cool-looking speaker-grill sort of motif, though the usual rear speaker with its numerous pinholes remains on the back of the phone. The power button's up top, though it's been moved to the center of the device. 

The Droid DNA goes up for pre-order today, priced at $199 with a service agreement from Verizon. The device will be released next Wednesday, Nov. 21.

Keep watching Android Central for more Droid DNA coverage throughout the day.

More: Droid DNA event liveblog, Droid DNA gallery, Droid DNA specs, Droid DNA forum

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2 years ago

Motorola and Microsoft set to butt heads over wireless and video patents

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Today Microsoft and Motorola are meeting in courts over royalty fees for 802.11 wireless and H.264 video patents. Microsoft is claiming that Motorola is asking for too much for the use of these technologies - 2.25% of every product sold that uses it, which includes Xbox 360 and Windows. Microsoft thinks $0.05 a product would be more reasonable.

Since these patents are standards-essential, Motorola has to license them out, though the definition of what's a fair amount to charge is clearly up for debate. The first part of the trial will have Motorola and Microsoft arguing over what the royalty rate should be, for which the judge making the final call. The second part will haul in a jury, which will decide if Motorola was breaking its existing contract with Microsoft by overcharging.

Motorola's acquisition was largely a defensive patent play, but it also meant that Google would inherit existing patent cases and open them up to future complaints. Things could backfire if Microsoft wins the case and sets a precedent for other licensors, but likewise, Motorola could cement their current rate. 802.11 and M.264 are some pretty big patents to hold, so no doubt Google will be dealing with cases like this for a long time yet. 

Anyone taking bets on who will win this case? 

Source: IDG

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