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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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3 years ago

AT&T HTC One Android 4.3 update passes certification, pushing out next week

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HTC America President Jason Mackenzie has confirmed on Twitter that the Android 4.3 update for AT&T's HTC One has passed carrier certification and will be pushing out "early next week."

HTC is in the midsts of pushing out its Android 4.3 update for various regions and carriers. Sprint's HTC One got Android 4.3 this week, while the U.S. developer version and Canadian versions got it last week. T-Mobile is expected to get the 4.3 update by mid-October, while Verizon is slated for the end of the month.

The update brings HTC's flagship up to the latest version of the OS, while adding in new (to the U.S.) HTC Sense features like additional video highlight templates, Instagram support in BlinkFeed and the ability to disable the on-screen menu button.

More: AT&T HTC One forum

Source: @JasonMacHTC

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3 years ago

Droid DNA update brings support for the TalkBack feature

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This is not the Droid update you are looking for

Verizon is pushing out a small update for the HTC Droid DNA today, but it's not the Sense 5 update that everyone is waiting for. Instead today's small update to version 2.07.605.1 710RD does one simple thing — enables support for the TalkBack feature so folks who need an audio version of what's on the screen can now have it.

Yes, that's an important consideration that should be enabled, but it's not quite what everyone using a DNA is wanting. There's still no word on when we should expect to see the Sense 5 update that Verizon has promised, but we hope it's sooner rather than later. 

Source: Verizon; Via: Android Central forums. Thanks, Doug!

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 hits the UK on October 5

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Entry-level handset finally gets a UK launch

First announced way back in June, the humble Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 is due to arrive in the UK tomorrow, Saturday Oct. 5. The entry-level smartphone features a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU, 1GB of RAM, a 5-megapixel camera and a 4-inch WVGA display. It's running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with many of the Galaxy S4's features, including S Travel, S Translator and S Voice.

Samsung says the Galaxy Ace 3 will launch first on EE, followed by other "selected retailers," including Tesco and Carphone Warehouse.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 + Gear now available on AT&T and Sprint

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$299 each on AT&T; Sprint has the Note 3 for $249.99 with a new line

As per previous announcements, today's the day you can pick up the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear on AT&T and Sprint in the U.S. AT&T's Note 3 runs $299 on a standard two-year plan, or if you're buying outright it's $724.99. Similarly, AT&T will sell you a Galaxy Gear in lime green, wild orange, jet black, rose gold or oatmeal beige colors for $299.

Sprint's Galaxy Note 3 can be yours for $249.99 on-contract, which includes a $100 discount for opening a new line; the regular price is $699.99. Sprint's online store doesn't seem to be listing the Galaxy Gear just yet, but it too should also be available today for $299.

T-Mobile got the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear on Wednesday, and Verizon is set to launch the devices next Thursday, Oct. 10.

If you're picking up a Note 3 or Gear today, let us know how you're getting on with your new toys. Still on the fence? We've got reviews linked below.

More: Galaxy Note 3 review; Galaxy Gear initial review

Source: Sprint, AT&T

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3 years ago

Microsoft wants HTC's Android phones to dual-boot into Windows Phone

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Software giant reportedly willing to cut licensing fees to get Windows Phone on HTC Android devices as a second OS

Microsoft is in talks with HTC to get its Windows Phone operating system loaded onto the manufacturer's Android phones as a second OS, according to reports from Bloomberg. Terry Myerson, head of the software giant's operating systems unit, is reported to have reached out to HTC over allowing its Android devices to dual-boot into Windows Phone, with the reduction or elimination of licensing fees purportedly being offered as an incentive. Myerson is planning a visit to Taiwan to meet with HTC execs over the proposal, the outlet's sources say.

Additionally, one Bloomberg source claims HTC has no current plans to release any more standalone Windows Phone handsets, which might explain Microsoft's apparent desire to shoehorn its OS onto future HTC phones through a dual-booting option. 

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3 years ago

ZTE to bring Grand S and Nubia 5 to the US market Oct. 5

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Two competitively-priced unlocked handsets coming to the US

A full 10 months after it was announced, ZTE is finally ready to bring the Grand S, and another device the Nubia 5, to the US market. Following launches around the world — and even on Sprint in the US under a different name — this is the same Grand S we've seen before. We're looking at a 5-inch 1080p display in an extremely thin chassis, powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, 1780mAh battery and with a 13MP camera.

The Nubia 5 is a new device, and shares the same 5-inch 1080p screen, Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and camera with the Grand S — but has a larger 2300mAh battery, 2GB of RAM and a new design. Both devices run Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with a few of ZTE's own tweaks as well.

ZTE says that both devices will go up for "preorder" starting on October 5th from "Amazon and other channels," with pricing of $399 and $449, respectively, for the unlocked HSPA+ (sorry, no LTE) handsets. Hit the break for a few press images and full specs on these two phones.

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3 years ago

HTC elaborates on Android 4.3 plans for HTC One on other U.S. carriers

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HTC One 4.3 update coming to AT&T + T-Mo mid-October, Verizon by month's end; no firm date for UK yet

After yesterday's Android 4.3 rollout for the Sprint HTC One, the official HTC USA Twitter account has revealed that One owners on other U.S. carriers shouldn't have too long to wait. The update is being targeted for mid-October on AT&T and T-Mobile, while owners of the fashionably late Verizon version will see 4.3 by the month's end. (The Verizon version, it should be noted, launched on 4.2 with many of the new Sense features already included.)

Meanwhile HTC UK has told Twitter followers to expect more info on Android 4.3 "soon," adding that it's "currently working with our partners" to bring the update to UK customers.

The U.S. developer edition and Canadian HTC Ones were updated to the new version of Android last week.

Source: @HTCUSA, @HTC_UK

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3 years ago

WSJ: LG 'G Flex' with curved 6-inch display coming next month

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Concave handset with curvy OLED screen reportedly coming soon

Samsung has long been rumored to have a curved handset in the pipeline, with recent hints from the Korean electronics giant pointing to a release sometime in October. But it seems that device won't be alone, as The Wall Street Journal reports rival LG will debut its own curvy smartphone not long afterwards.

The newspaper says the phone, dubbed the "LG G Flex," will have a 6-inch concave display with a "plastic OLED screen," giving it the flexibility to curve in this way. Sketches obtained by the WSJ show something very similar in appearance to the LG G2, only much less flat. It's unclear from the images whether the G Flex will have back buttons like the G2, or more traditional side-mounted keys, however.

The LG "G Flex" is due for launch sometime next month, the Journal reports.

Source: WSJ (Paywall)

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3 years ago

HTC One Mini on AT&T also getting an update

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289MB file said to deliver performance enhancements

HTC is literally raining down the updates today, with the Sprint HTC One and EVO 4G LTE seeing updates, and now the One Mini on AT&T is having a turn.

It's a fairly sizable update at 289MB, but the listed changes are simply device performance enhancements. Your new build number will be 1.32.502.3, and you're still on platform version 4.2.

Any One Mini users out there seeing this one? Head into the forums and share your experiences and maybe we can find out just what's in this update.

Source: AT&T; via: Android Central forums

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3 years ago

Here's a great way to show off that HTC One screen and BoomSound

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Your HTC One has one of the best LCDs in the business, and some pretty amazing front-facing stereo speakers. Put it to the test with the new trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug that director Peter Jackson is sharing. 

The movie should be epic, but watching the trailer on one of the premiere entertainment devices out there is pretty epic in its own right. Click through to give it a look.

More: +Peter Jackson

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