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3 years ago

Hands-on with the real gold HTC One

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18 carat handset manhandled in London

At an event in London today, we were able to spend some quality time with the 18-carat gold-plated version of the HTC One — one of a very small number in existence. Produced in conjunction with Goldgenie to celebrate the 18th MOBO music awards, one of five final gold models will be given to the the MOBO winner for Best Newcomer at the ceremony on Oct. 19. Not that you'll be able to buy one, but the real gold HTC One is valued at £2,750 — a little over $4,400.

The unit we handled was already scuffed up pretty good — perhaps a demonstration of why aluminum and plastic, rather than more precious and less durable metals, are used in smartphone chassis construction. HTC says the guilded shell adds four grams in weight to the handset.

We've got hands-on video and more photos after the break.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Mega could be headed to MetroPCS

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6.3-inch handset spotted wearing prepaid carrier's branding

Following the gigantic smartphone's launch on AT&T this summer, it appears the Samsung Galaxy Mega (6.3) might be going prepaid with a launch on MetroPCS. TmoNews has acquired a couple of shots of what appears to be a Metro-branded Mega, which it says will be SIM-locked to the MetroPCS network.

We've reviewed both the international and AT&T versions of the Mega and found that it makes more sense as a miniature tablet than an oversized phone. It's got a 6.3-inch 720p display, a 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon 400 CPU, 1.5GB of RAM and 8 or 16GB of storage, expandable via microSD. The Galaxy Mega will reportedly launch on MetroPCS before the holidays.

More: Samsung Galaxy Mega review

Source: TmoNews

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Round specs

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What's under the hood on Samsung's latest big, curved phone?

The latest boundary-pushing form factor coming out of Samsung is the Galaxy Round, a phone with a display that is notably curved on the vertical axis. With a curve that is much more pronounced and technologically impressive than previous "curved" phones, Samsung is definitely taking things to a new level.

Under the hood the story is much the same as what we've seen on the recently announced Galaxy Note 3, however, and that's not a bad thing. You'll find the same screen resolution and internal specs that are nearly identical, with the tradeoff for that curved display being a lack of S Pen functionality.

Hit the break for a full list of internal specifications — note that some parts may change when the device comes to other markets outside of the initial launch in Korea.

More: Samsung Galaxy Round Forum

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3 years ago

Samsung makes Galaxy Round official, 5.7-inch curved display and all

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Just in case you wanted a phone that was shaped like a Pringles chip

A mere handful of hours after press images of a purported curved device from Samsung leaked out, the manufacturer has released initial details on the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Round. The device packs a 5.7-inch 1080p display just like the Galaxy Note 3, but this one has a not-so-subtle curve to the entire device that distinguishes it from other "flat" phones.

Samsung says that it has also developed new software experiences to take advantage of the curved design such as tilting the phone while it's sitting on a table to check notifications, battery life and the time. Throughout the interface Samsung is working to make the software feel more at home on a curved display, offering tilt-based interfaces for some apps. Hit the break for more pictures and video of the new device from Samsung's official blog.

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3 years ago

Android 4.3 update for AT&T HTC One now pushing out

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It's AT&T's turn to ride the HTC One 4.3 update train

As promised by HTC America president Jason Mackenzie, the Android 4.3 update for the AT&T HTC One is now pushing out to users. It appears to be the same version that was previously leaked, checking in at 565.7MB and bringing the phone up to the current version of Android.

As we saw with the unlocked and Developer Editions, as well as Sprint models and phones from Canada, the update brings everything from Android 4.3 as well as further enhancements to Sense 5, with features like custom music and more themes for Highlights and dreaded black bar removal. Users who have updated on the other models seem pleased.

To see if your phone is ready for the update — they go out in stages — open the settings and look under About phone. Remember, AT&T limits the number of times you can check in a day. You'll find ways to work around this and more discussion in the HTC One forums.

More: AT&TThanks everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

HTC 'Sense 5.5' leaked shots show easy BlinkFeed toggle, camera changes

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An easy way to disable BlinkFeed, customizable quick settings, 'dual capture' and 'Panorama+' in camera app

High-profile HTC ROM maker mike1986 has produced screenshots purporting to be from the next version of HTC's Android-based UI, Sense 5.5. Among the most significant changes in the gallery of 15 images are the presence of an easy toggle for BlinkFeed — HTC's home screen reader, which currently cannot be disabled on HTC One devices. Elsewhere in BlinkFeed, there are new categories to select, and a custom topics tab.

More details after the break.

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3 years ago

HTC and Goldgenie unveil 18ct gold HTC One for 18th MOBO awards

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Just five of the limited edition phones, valued at £2,750, will be produced

To celebrate the 18th anniversary of the MOBO music awards, HTC has announced that it's partnered with gold phone producer Goldgenie to create an 18-carat gold-plated HTC One. Just five of the limited edition handsets, valued at £2,750 ($4,416), will be produced, with one going to the winner of the MOBO award for Best Newcomer at the ceremony on Oct. 19. There's no word on what's going to happen to the other four, but you can bet you probably won't find them hanging around your local carrier store.

It's the first time Goldgenie has partnered directly with a handset manufacturer, although the company did release its own, unofficial 24-carat gold-plated HTC One earlier in the year.

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3 years ago

HTC Asia invites point to possible One Max launch dates

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Hong Kong event on Oct. 16, Taiwan on Oct. 18

The HTC One Max is almost upon us, with a slew of recent leaks having brought to light much information about the unreleased 5.9-inch handset. Previous reports have pointed to an unveiling on or around Oct. 15, and now a couple of invites sent out to the Asian press suggest that date might prove close to the mark. Engadget has received details of events taking place in Hong Kong on Oct. 16, followed by HTC's native Taiwan on Oct. 18.

"One finger opens up a big view. You are invited to immerse in the sound with us," states one of the invites. That certainly sounds a lot like the HTC One Max we've been getting to know through various leaks in recent months. Naturally, we'll keep you apprised of any further developments.

Source: Engadget

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3 years ago

Verizon HTC One gets the S-Off treatment

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A seemingly reliable one-click S-Off method now available for those who need it

A little over a month after its release, the Verizon HTC One now has a working S-Off method for willing tinkerers to give a try. The method, which was put together by a couple of users over at XDA, takes a bit of setting up and checking for prerequisites but is otherwise generally a one-click affair. You'll need to be running a 32-bit Linux or Windows install and have the proper drivers installed, as well as a 100 percent stock device that hasn't been tampered with at all.

Once you've checked all the boxes, it seems as though this S-Off method is providing the desired result for folks who have replied to the forum thread. If you're not sure why you'd want S-Off, it opens up the door for future hacking on the device, such as custom recoveries, RUUs from different models and all sorts of good frustration fun.

If you're willing to give it a run, be sure to do all of the required reading before diving into achieving S-Off on your device. We want fewer bricked devices out there if at all possible.

More: Verizon HTC One Forums

Source: XDA

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3 years ago

Using the Galaxy Note 3 with a Pebble? Remember to turn your TouchWiz features on again [Updated]

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Update: Despite the warning message, you can use use a Pebble with the Note 3 and keep your favorite TouchWiz features

Here's a quick, updated PSA for anyone hoping to use the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with one of the leading non-Samsung smartwatches. The Pebble watch will work just fine with Samsung's latest oversized phone, despite the scary warning message that appears when you enable the accessibility service.

By default the Galaxy Note 3 disables a bunch of features when an accessibility service is enabled. And because of the way the Pebble smartwatch uses Android's accessibility features, this gives the impression that you can't use the Pebble and many of the Note's cooler features at the same time. In fact, it disables Air gestuer, air view, assistant menu, smart screen, interaction control, multi-window and direct pen input when you first enable the accessibility service.

Aside from being pretty confusing — and yes, it had us convinced that we had to choose between our Pebble and favorite Note 3 features like multi-window, for a while — it's actually possible to just go and re-enable all the TouchWiz features it turns off. Many of them can be found in the settings dropdown. Others, like Direct pen input, you'll need to search for in the Settings menu.

So hopefully that clears things up for Note 3 owners who also use a pebble smartwatch. Happy Pebbling, folks.

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3 years ago

International Galaxy Note 3 gets first OTA update

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Minor 30-megabyte update for 'improved stability'

It's just over a week since the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 first launched in Europe, but already the unlocked European version of the device has received its first over-the-air update. The 30-megabyte OTA brings "improved stability" according to the official Samsung update advisory, and since we're not seeing any major changes we're inclined to believe that.

The update brings the unlocked, LTE-capable Note 3 (SM-N9005) up to firmware version N9005XXUBMJ1, and with it there's a new baseband and kernel, too. The firmware is still based on Android 4.3, build JLS15J. As far as we can tell there's been no change to the limited region-locking affecting the European Note 3 in this update.

If you've got a European Galaxy Note 3, let us know how you're getting on with today's update down in the comments.

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3 years ago

Curved-screen LG phone could arrive in November

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LG Display confirms mass-production of 6-inch curved smartphone display

Adding weight earlier rumors of a curvy LG phone being in the works, LG Display has announced that it's begun mass-production of curved six-inch phone displays, reports Reuters. The outlet also says sources have informed it that LG's first curved-display smartphone will arrive in November, corroborating earlier reports.

LG's screen will be curved from top to bottom, according to LG Display, while Reuters sources claim that Samsung's upcoming curved handset, due to arrive this month, will be curved from side to side.

LG this morning explaind the process in a press release:

LG Display’s flexible OLED panel is built on plastic substrates instead of glass. By applying film-type encapsulation technology and attaching the protection film to the back of the panel, LG Display made the panel bendable and unbreakable. The new display is vertically concave from top to bottom with a radius of 700mm, opening up a world of design innovations in the smartphone market. And only 0.44mm thin, LG Display’s flexible OLED panel is the world’s slimmest among existing mobile device panels. What’s more, it is also the world’s lightest, weighing a mere 7.2g even with a 6-inch screen, the largest among current smartphone OLED displays.

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia Z1 f, Samsung Galaxy J revealed in latest Docomo leak

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A smaller Xperia Z1 and a Snapdragon 800-powered GS4 for Japan

We got to see the Sony Xperia Z1 f — a smaller version of Sony's current Android flagship — for the first time a couple of weeks ago, thanks to an NTT Docomo brochure leak. And today we're seeing further evidence of the miniaturized handset's existence from what looks like a similar Japanese carrier leak. Today's brochure images, posted by Japanese blog RBMen, once again shows the Z1 f (codenamed "Itsuki") in black, white, lime green and pink colors.

The Z1 flooks likely to pack internal hardware almost identical to the full-sized Xperia Z1 — a Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2GB of RAM, a 20.7-megapixel camera and IP58-rated water and dust-resistance — with only the screen being downscaled to a 4.3-inch 720p panel.

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3 years ago

This is the HTC One Max dressed for Verizon

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The Big One looks destined for Big Red

We're all pretty sure HTC will eventually tell us more about the One Max soon. It's a given — we know it exists. They know that we know it exists but this is how the game is played. Here in the states, because we have a wonderful system built around carrier lock-downs and subsidies, we all want to know who will be getting it, and when.

We can't help much with the when, other than a few secret Internet rumblings from people who oftentimes know these things. But AC forums member Jeremy Kessous has some good news on the who side of things — he has pictures of the One Max sporting (tastefully done) Verizon branding.

It appears just like the rest of the One Max leaks we've seen, except between those capacitive buttons it says Verizon instead of HTC. That means it's big — 6-inches to be exact — with BoomSound dual stereo front facing speakers. And get this — Mr. Kessous said his source has confirmed a removable back cover and a fingerprint sensor.

We all want to know more, and if things are this close — the phone pictured is in a Verizon location — we should know more soon enough. There's another picture after the break, and I imagine the forum thread would be a great place for further discussion.

Source: Android Central forums

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3 years ago

Moto Maker rumored for Verizon November 11

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You may soon be able to build a red Moto X on Big Red

Motorola has said time and time again that the Moto X Moto Maker customization options would not be an AT&T exclusive forever, and long-time leaker of things @evleaks says that will come true November 11, when the service debuts for Verizon. 

There's no word on other carriers, or more customization options like wooden or unicorn-hide backs. Of course, Verizon and Motorola have made no announcements. 

What say you? Have you been waiting for Moto Maker on Verizon, or has the wait ruined it and your eyes are on another prize?

Source: @evleaks

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