2 years ago

Huawei Ascend Mate headed to Vodafone UK


Huawei 6.1-incher confirmed for Voda UK — no release date or pricing yet

It's been more than six months since we first laid eyes on the Huawei Ascend Mate back at CES 2013. At the Huawei presser in Las Vegas, the Mate turned heads mainly due to its gigantic 6.1-inch screen, at the time one of the largest we'd seen on a smartphone. Half a year later the device is about to make its way to the UK market, and it's been picked by major UK operator Vodafone.

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2 years ago

Motorola Droid Mini, Ultra and Maxx pictured


We're starting to hear more and more about Motorola and Verizon's new Droid devices — in recent days we've revealed promotional materials and a possible release date for the Droid Ultra and Droid Maxx. Now prolific Twitter leaker @evleaks has published an image of all three new Droid devices — Droid Mini, Droid Ultra and Droid Maxx.

Unsurprisingly the Ultra and the Maxx are almost identical from the front, as history would suggest the Maxx merely being an Ultra with a larger battery. Meanwhile, the smaller Droid Mini sports a similar design with a reduced screen size — 4.3 inches, according to our source. With Aug. 8 being tipped as a possible launch date, hopefully we won't have to wait much longer before these new Droids are officially unveiled.

More: Motorola Droid Ultra forums

Source: @evleaks

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2 years ago

Latest Droid Ultra leak points to August 8 release date


Get ready to say Hello Moto on August 8, according to this leaked commercial story board

Update: We've had to pull the leaked image. A handy Google search may help if you missed it.

The Droid Ultra, complete with a Gorilla Glass screen and Kevlar encasing, will launch August 8 according to this leaked television commercial story board that appeared in our inbox. The commercial itself will feature what sounds like a very tough phone, taking a beating and coming through without a scratch.

There's also a hint at some sort of customized voice control software, as the actor will tell the phone to play some smooth jazz tunes by saying "Hello Moto. Open Spotify. Play Coltrane mix." We've no clue if this refers to some special blend of Motorola's software, or part of Google Now's ever-increasing functionality.

What we do know is that there are a lot of people excited to see Motorola's latest come to their local Verizon store. If all goes as planned, we'll be seeing just that in about four weeks. Head into the Droid Ultra forums and join the discussion while we wait.

[LEAK] 8-8-13 at Android Central forums

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom arriving in the UK SIM-free tomorrow


16-megapixel camera/phone hybrid priced at £442.80

Hot on the heels of the Galaxy S4 Active, the Galaxy S4 Zoom is about to become available in the U.K., through independent retailer Clove Technology. Clove is expecting its first stock of the device tomorrow, July 11, and it's priced the device at £442.80 inc. VAT (£369 exc. VAT.)

That'll get you a mid-range Android smartphone with a mid-range point-and-shoot camera strapped to the back of it. The Zoom packs a 4.3-inch qHD SuperAMOLED display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 CPU, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and most importantly, a 16-megapixel rear camera with 10X optical zoom. For more on the Galaxy S4 Zoom, hit the link below for our hands-on feature.

More: Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom

Source: Clove

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2 years ago

New Droid MAXX leak claims 48 hours of worry-free battery life


Leaked commercial story board for Verizon's Droid MAXX is big on battery life

Update: We've had to pull the leaked image. A handy Google search may help if you missed it.

We got this leaked storyboard for an upcoming Droid MAXX commercial in our inbox this evening, and one thing really stood out to us. No, it wasn't the scantily clad beautiful people in the pictures, or the idea of a tropical paradise, or even an exotic speedboat. All those things are nice, and will make for yet another great commercial from Verizon, but what really hooked us was this line:

48 hours of worry-free battery life, the new DROID MAXX.

It makes us think of Google CEO Larry Page, who told us that battery life was one of the important things Google wanted to showcase in Motorola's upcoming phones last April. And one of the most common complaints from any smartphone user is about their battery life. It's important, dammit and the folks making our phones have got to start working on it in a meaningful way. 

While we're a little skeptical about claims of 48 hours battery life on any smartphone (see those outlandish talk-time estimates) just making a statement like that has us believing that someone at Motorola has gotten serious about  how long our batteries last between a charge. 

We're pretty sure the next Droid is going to have some pretty nice internals, but it looks like someone finally cares about one of the most important specs of all. We've dropped this one in the forums for discussion, so be sure to join in the fun while we wait for more information.

[LEAK] "48 hours of worry-free battery life" at Android Central forums

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2 years ago

LG Optimus G2 shown off in clearest photos yet [update: video]


Svelte design, thin bezels and on-screen buttons coming to future LG flagship

Update: A video of the handset has also surfaced on Youtube, with a better view of the hardware and software. You can catch it after the break with the additional photos.

Original: A set of extremely clear photos has just leaked out of what is reportedly the LG Optimus G2, a successor flagship device to the original Optimus G from last year. The photos, obtained by Engadget, show a large plastic device with extremely small bezels all around the screen which is rumored to be a 5.2-inch 1080P panel. Helping the bezels remain small are on-screen navigation buttons, although it worries us a bit that a software "menu" key seems to be taking place of the traditional multitasking key.

On the inside we're looking at the (previously confirmed) Snapdragon 800 processor at 2.3GHz, with 2GB of RAM alongside it. Around back we're looking at a 13MP camera sensor, along with an interesting volume button configuration underneath the camera pod on the back of the device.

Stick around after the break for a couple more views of the front and back of the device, with a full picture gallery at the source link below.

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2 years ago

Verizon, AT&T Galaxy S4s also getting software upgrade [Updated]



New firmware includes apps-to-SD, Samsung Knox

Update: Looks like AT&T is pushing out a similar GS4 update over-the-air.

Original story: Following the international and Sprint versions of the phone, Verizon's Galaxy S4 is today receiving a software update with a couple of significant new features. While a full changelog isn't yet available, the new "VRUAME7" firmware update seems to include apps-to-SD card support as well as Samsung's Knox security software for BYOD — both features found in the recent Sprint GS4 update. In addition, the same firmware update for the international GS4 brought improved performance, so that's something else to watch out for.

Knox in particular might be of concern to rooted users wanting to maintain superuser access to their devices, so if you're rooted you might want to hold off applying this update for the moment. Right now it seems the new firmware is only going out through Samsung's Kies desktop app, rather than over-the-air, as a hefty 1.8GB download.

Source: Android Central forums; Thanks, Jason!

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2 years ago

Google Play edition phones now shipping


A quick heads up that, as promised, the Google Play edition Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One have begun shipping directly from Google. 

In case you've been living under a rock the past couple weeks, these are the (mostly) "stock Android" versions of the phones. Same hardware, with the software as God and Google (HOLOYOLO) intended, for better or for worse. They're SIM-unlocked, with full LTE support here in the U.S., and with just a superficial control over the bootloader, so they're developer-friendly.

Be sure to check out our full review if you haven't already.

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2 years ago

How to get rid of the on-screen menu bar on the HTC One with Android 4.2


On the newest firmware, a simple setting change will banish one of this phone's major annoyances

The HTC One's unsightly on-screen menu bar was never the most elegant way to handle apps that still use Android's legacy "menu" key. We said as much in our review of the phone back in March. Thankfully with the new Android 4.2 update that's now rolling out in some countries, it's now possible to get rid of it entirely, and use a long-press of the home key to access menu functionality instead.

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active now available SIM-free in the UK


Water-resistant, rugged S4 priced at £494.98

U.S. carrier AT&T was first to get hold of Samsung's ruggedized, waterproof Galaxy S4 Active late last month, but now the device is starting to appear in international markets. Independent retailer Unlocked-Mobiles which is stocking the Active in the U.K. today, priced at £494.98 — a little less than the average asking price for the regular GS4.

Our own Phil Nickinson reviewed the U.S. Galaxy S4 Active yesterday, calling it "a fun, robust Android smartphone that is a serious contender for anyone looking for a high-end phone on AT&T." For more on the Active, be sure to check out the full review.

Source: Unlocked-Mobiles

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2 years ago

HTC Butterfly being upgraded to Android 4.2 and Sense 5


Taiwanese devices have an update to the latest software waiting

Big news for HTC Butterfly owners this morning, as Engadget sends word that the Taiwanese version of the device is receiving an update to Android 4.2.2 and HTC Sense 5. That brings the Butterfly in line with the HTC One, which shipped with Sense 5 and started to see its own Android 4.2 update in recent days. It's a significant update for the Butterfly, which has been on the older Sense 4+ since it launched late last year. While Engadget reports that not all of the HTC One's user experience has made it across, the core software — including the BlinkFeed home screen reader — is in place.

Butterfly owners in Taiwan can expect an small, initial update to prep the phone, followed by a larger OTA containing the new firmware. No word yet on when the latest update will be hitting the U.S. version of the Butterfly, Verizon's Droid DNA — fingers crossed for a speedy turnaround on that one.

Source: Engadget

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2 years ago

ZTE U988S images appear, could be world's first Tegra 4 phone


Familiar ZTE styling with the latest internals from NVIDIA make good on previous promise

If rumors and leaked images (shown above) are to be believed, ZTE is set to launch the U988S as the world's first Tegra 4-powered handset. While ZTE and NVIDIA announced a partnership to make the Chinese manufacturer the first to bring Tegra 4 phones to market this year, it was unclear up until this point what the phone would look like or what its final specs would be. We've got our hands on a bit more info now, with both leaked images and purported specs. The outside is clad in a solid plastic shell somewhat reminiscent of other 2013 ZTE devices, with capacitive buttons on the front and coming in at about 9mm thick.

On the inside, we are expecting a 1.8GHz Tegra 4 processor accompanied by 2GB of RAM, a 1080P display, 13MP camera and SDcard support. Rumor has it that the device is running Android 4.2, which we would expect for a phone launching in mid-2013. We don't yet have any specifics on the final naming or availability of the device, but we don't have high hopes for it to hit U.S. shores any time soon, if ever.

Source: PhoneArena

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2 years ago

Congratulations to the winner of the 24ct. Gold HTC One!


Nothing makes us happier than being able to do cool things like partner with Goldgenie to give away a 24ct. gold plated HTC One. With the same great internal hardware we've come to know and love from HTC, coupled with a shiny 24ct. gold plated finish, this One is sure to stand out in a crowd.

Almost 6,000 of you entered to win this beauty, and now is the time to announce the winner.

Congratulations enel, and enjoy your new gold HTC One!

Everyone take a moment and wish the winner well, and watch for more great contests right here on Android Central, because we love giving stuff away as much as you all like winning it.

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2 years ago

Sprint's Galaxy S4 getting an OTA update, apps-to-SD support and Samsung Knox are notable additions


The 357MB update may hold a locked bootloader as a requirement for Samsung Knox support -- hackers beware

The Samsung Galaxy S4 on the Sprint network is seeing a general rollout of the MF9 update, and it has a few welcome changes baked in. Users who have already received the update have noticed the following changes:

  • Allow apps to be moved to the SD card in the same limited fashion as the European S4
  • The addition of Samsung Knox
  • Smart Pause toggle in the notification panel
  • A legibility setting for the display
  • Status bar transparency now works with custom wallpapers
  • The addition of a briefing app, and an SPDclient app
  • A potentially locked bootloader

The first and last items on the list will get the most attention from the community, we're sure. As of now, nobody is certain that the bootloader is locked, but speculations are running high and the bootloader was updated along with the modem and kernel. A locked bootloader could very well be a requirement for Knox support.

The apps-to-SD card support will be a welcome change, as Samsung has caught some heat for the amount of free space left on the device compared to the amount advertised. You can see a tutorial on how this works right here.

If you're rooted or have a custom recovery installed, you won't be able to install this OTA. You'll need to revert back to factory settings or wait it out for the custom version from your favorite developer. If you're into the whole root and ROM thing with your Sprint S4, you might even want to wait until the bootloader's lock status is confirmed. 

For everyone else, the OTA will come the normal way, and you'll be faced with a 357MB download to install. For more information and discussion, see the links below.

Source: XDA; via Android Central forums

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2 years ago

Motorola Droid Ultra appears again in a new set of leaked press renders


More pics, more carbon fiber, more capacitive buttons!

More Verizon Droid Ultra images for your viewing pleasure, this time with a clear shot of both sides of the device. According to habitual leaker @evleaks, this is the Droid Ultra. Plenty of carbon-fiber, capacitive buttons, Big Red's name  and of course the DROID branding leave little doubt that Verizon isn't yet ready to end the Droid line.

While there are no real clues to the internals, we expect this will have specifications in line with the rest of the 2013 high-end phones -- 1080p screen, quad-core CPU, 2GB of RAM, and a big ass battery to keep it all running. Today's leak also mentions a new camera technology -- RGBC. Supposedly, the camera on the Droid Ultra will have an extra component to help with white balance and exposure, meaning better pictures in different lighting situations.

So far, Verizon and Motorola have been quiet about the new Droid models. We expect that to change soon. We'll know more when someone decides to officially announce things, and until then we can all speculate based on the leaks.

Source: The Unlocker

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