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3 years ago

'HTC First' Facebook phone UI pictured in leaked shots

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A minimalist mix of vanilla Android and Facebook influences

A day after we got our first look at the external hardware of the 'HTC First,' more leaked images claim to show the device's UI. Expectedly, today's images, released by 9to5Google in collaboration with @evleaks, put the new 'Facebook Home' home screen launcher front and center. That means your Facebook news feed becomes an integral part of the phone's main app. But what's a little surprising is that the rest of the phone's UI seems pretty close to vanilla Android -- the three leaked images show the stock Gallery, Camera, Phone and Settings apps, along with Google apps like Search, Chrome and the Play Store. Even on a Facebook phone, the Google influence is plain to see.

The big question remains, though -- besides a custom launcher, what is Facebook bringing to the table that requires its own hardware? We suppose we'll find out tomorrow at the company's launch event in California.

Source: 9to5Google

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3 years ago

AT&T updates Galaxy S4 pricing, will offer 16GB model for $200

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16GB AT&T Galaxy S4 for $199.99, 32GB model priced at $249.99

AT&T has updated its pricing details for the Galaxy S4, indicating that it'll offer Samsung's upcoming flagship smartphone in both 16 and 32-gigabyte flavors. If it's the base 16GB model you're after, that'll set you back $199.99 up-front on a two-year plan. 32GB will run you $249.99. Previously the carrier had stated it'd sell the S4 for $249.99, without specifying an internal storage amount.

By contrast, AT&T's HTC One comes with 32GB for $199.99 or 64GB for $299.99.

Of course, additional built-in storage isn't as much of a concern on the Galaxy S4, on account of its microSD slot. But extra base storage isn't to be sniffed at, if you've got the cash.

Source: AT&T

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3 years ago

Imaging head explains HTC's 4-megapixel decision

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It's all about balancing sensor size, pixel size and file size, says HTC's Symon Whitehorn

One of the more controversial engineering decisions made in the new HTC One was the choice to go with a 4-megapixel rear camera, but with advanced optics and larger individual pixels. After all, we've been conditioned to see the overall megapixel count as a rough way of judging camera quality. But as HTC's been keen to hammer home since the phone's announcement, pixel count isn't the be-all and end-all of digital imaging.

In an interview with ComputerWorld, HTC's director of special projects Symon Whitehorn -- a former Kodak executive in charge of the manufacturer's imaging efforts -- goes into more detail about the benefits of HTC's new "UltraPixel" sensor, consisting of four million, 2-micron wide pixels.

It's really [a matter of] becoming very rational about the megapixel count rather than using it as a marketing metric, which people have been doing before. Lots of megapixels have their place -- usually in a bigger device. The price the industry is starting to pay by cramming more and more megapixels into a smaller and smaller sensor is loads of added noise and all-over performance.

For 99 percent of what people do with their images, they actually don't need the high megapixel count. We'd rather give them the sort of performance that is real-world usable.

Whitehorn says one of those benefits is improved low light performance, something we highlighted in our review of the HTC One. But it turns out one of the HTC One's other main camera features is reliant on the smaller image size -- namely HTC Zoe.

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3 years ago

Samsung announces Galaxy Star and Galaxy Pocket Neo

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Tiny new entry-level handsets with dual-SIM functionality

As Samsung prepares to launch the all-singing, all-dancing Galaxy S4, it's worth remembering that entry level smartphones are also an important part of the company's game plan. So today we see the announcement of two such devices -- the Galaxy Star and Galaxy Pocket Neo.

Both handsets are almost identical in specs and appearance. Both pack dual-SIM capabilities, a 3-inch QVGA screen, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, 512MB of RAM and a 2-megapixel rear camera, along with 4GB of internal memory, expandable via microSD slot. But the Galaxy Star clocks its CPU all the way up to the dizzy heights of 1GHz, while the Pocket Neo is content at just 850MHz. The Pocket Neo also includes a digtal compass, whereas the Star does not.

There's no word on availability for either device just yet, but we imagine these will both be targeted at parts of Europe and emerging markets.

Source: Samsung

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3 years ago

Chinese HTC One variant spotted with microSD slot, dual SIM capabilities

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'HTC 802w' hides external storage and two SIM slots behind removable back cover

As much as the 32 to 64 gigabytes of internal storage in the standard HTC One might be enough for most users in the West, different markets sometimes call for different features. And a feature difference is exactly what we're seeing in the first leaked shots of what seems to be a Chinese HTC One variant going by the model name 802w. That's right -- there's dual SIM support, in addition to a microSD slot.

Spotted by Engadget Chinese over on Sina Weibo, the 802w hides all extra stuff behind a removable back cover. That's something not found on the European and American HTC One models, which pack everything into a sealed unibody enclosure with only a pop-out microSIM tray along the left edge. The Chinese handset, said to be headed to China Unicom, has one SIM slot for WCDMA/GSM (data and voice) and another for GSM (voice only), a trait common to many dual-SIM devices.

Even if it's a legit HTC-made product and not a knock-off, we wouldn't hold our breath for HTC One variants like this outside of the Far East. What's more, the prospect of using such a device without Google services might not make the 802w a particularly attractive prospect for import. But at least we'll always be able to fawn over the picture above.

Source: Sina Weibo; via: Engadget Chinese, Engadget

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3 years ago

HTC infographic details one day with the HTC One

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The folks who can get one are loving their HTC One, and everyone loves infographics - this had to happen

While you're waiting to have a look at the new HTC One, you're probably thinking of how you might use the phones features. We're covering them to give you the in-depth story on what they can do and how to use them, and HTC is now showing you why you may want to.

Blinkfeed and Zoes and the rest of the new Sense 5 can be a bit confusing. We get it. HTC gets it. This is the sort of material HTC needs to produce to cut some of that confusion away, and show folks that they can be productive and have fun with their smartphone. Be sure to click the source link for the mega-huge not safe for mobile version.

Source: HTC

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3 years ago

'HTC First' could be the rumored 'Facebook phone'

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It has a screen and buttons

This Thursday we'll be live from Facebook HQ to meet the social network's "new home on Android," but today we're seeing what might be the "first" hardware to run the rumored Facebook-centric home screen.

The often-accurate @evleaks Twitter account has just published the image above, identifying it as the "HTC First." The timing of the leak and the (Facebook blue) typeface used strongly suggest that this could be the device codenamed "HTC Myst," reported in recent weeks to be the new HTC-built Facebook phone. (Update: @evleaks tells Android Central that this is indeed the rumored Facebook phone.)

There's not much else to say about the image in question -- we can see a 16:9 aspect ratio screen, a volume rocker and a power button, and that's about it. Its most interesting features are its capacitive buttons -- presumably back, home and menu -- though anything's possible in these heady days of Facebook-powered home screens.

If you've got any wild theories of your own, shout out in the comments!

Source: @evleaks

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3 years ago

Verizon goes middle of the road with the free LG Lucid 2

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4.3-inch, Android 4.1.2 smartphone will be available online April 4, in stores later

LG today announced the Lucid 2, a mid-range Android smartphone available online this week and in stores in the coming weeks for the low, low price of free on contract.

You get what you pay for, generally, in the smartphone world, but considering this phone won't cost you a dime, the specs manage to be middle of the road -- for 2012. Here's the rundown:

  • 4.3-inch IPS display at qHD resolution
  • Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor at 1.2 GHz.
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB storage (actual available storage will be less)
  • microSD card slot
  • 2,460 mAh battery
  • 5MP rear camera

The Lucid 2 also can take advantage of the official LG wireless charger, which we took a look at back at Mobile World Congress.

More: Verizon

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia ZL launches in Canada

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C$675 SIM-free, also available through Rogers, Bell and Videotron

Sony's new North American flagship, the Xperia ZL, is now on sale in Canada. If you're looking to pick one up off-contract, Sony's Canadian store is selling the 5-inch ZL for C$674.99 a pop. That gets you a 1080p screened smartphone powered by a Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core CPU, 2GB of RAM and a 13-megapixel Sony Exmor RS rear camera, running Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. It's not water or dust-resistant like its international cousin, the Xperia Z (check out our review), but it does boast a more ergonomic, hand-friendly back panel and a smaller footprint.

If you'd prefer to go the subsidized route, Bell, Rogers and Videotron are selling the device for C$99, C$124.99 and C$199.99 respectively on 36-month contracts. (Yes, that's three whole Earth years -- you'll be approaching the middle of 2016 before your next upgrade.) Pay your money, take your choice.

Stateside, the Sony U.S. Store is still taking pre-orders for the Xperia ZL at $759.99, and expects to begin shipping from Apr. 8.

We'll have a review of the Sony Xperia ZL in the weeks ahead. In the meantime you can read all about what we thought of its big brother, the Xperia Z.

Source: Rogers, Bell, Videotron via XperiaBlog; Sony Store Canada

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3 years ago

HTC One tip: Keep your Events organized

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Renaming your events on the HTC One keeps your gallery in good order

No one in their right mind would argue that photos are the premiere feature of the http://androidcentral.com/htc-oneHTC One. Taking them, showing them, sharing them -- the UltraPixel system, along with Zoes and Highlights -- are where its at. 

Unfortunately, things get a little muddy when it comes to picture organization on the HTC One. It's not overly difficult, but the HTC One and Sense 5 do things a little differently. 

Images are grouped into "events" based on date and location. Other phones do that, too -- this isn't unique to the HTC One -- but it's much more prominent here. But if I'm going to show someone a Highlight Video the HTC One created, I don't want to have to sort through 13 "Pensacola, Florida" events to find the one I'm looking for. 

So you're going to want to make your own event titles. That's as simple as long-pressing on the event, and choosing rename. You'll also find other options for the events, such as splitting up all the images, 

There's also a side-effect. When a video highlight is created, it takes the event name and uses it at the end. So, again, a date or location doesn't give you the best result.

We explain in a little more detail after the break.

More: HTC One forums

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3 years ago

HTC One also coming to Sprint from April 19

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$199.99 with 32GB of storage, pre-orders start April 5

Following on from AT&T's announcement earlier today, rival network Sprint has announced that it too will start selling the HTC One from Apr. 19. Pre-orders on Sprint begin a day later than AT&T this Friday, April 5. Sprint will sell the phone with 32GB of storage for $199.99 on a two-year plan.

Doesn't look like Sprint's offering any free accessories with preorders, unofortunately.

Like AT&T, Sprint will carry the phone in silver and black color options.

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3 years ago

AT&T's HTC One comes with a free Media Link HD for streaming (for a limited time)

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This underrated high-def streamer comes free with AT&T HTC One preorders through April 18

AT&T this morning announced that its HTC One, which will be available April 19, will come with a free Media Link HD. That begs the question: What the heck is the HTC Media Link HD?

It's not a new product. In fact, the Media Link HD is HTC's second foray into wireless streaming. As the name implies, it takes content from your phone and pushes it to your television in living color. And in high definition.

HTC made it dirt-simple, too. Plug everything in -- you use microUSB for power and HDMI to your TV -- and swipe up on your HTC One (or any of HTC's 2012 phones, too) to connect. It takes a few seconds the first time and is nearly instantaneous after that. 

The really neat thing about the Media Link is that HTC's continued to improved it over the past 8 months or so via software updates.

The caveat: To get the free Media LInk HD, you need to preorder the HTC One from AT&T, and do so by April 18.

Check out our full HTC Media Link HD from June 2012.

More: HTC One forums

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3 years ago

AT&T HTC One coming April 19, starting at $199

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32GB for $199.99, 64GB for $299.99, pre-orders start April 4

AT&T has announced that its HTC One will go on sale from April 19. The device will be sold on two-year plans with 32GB of storage for $199.99, in addition to the AT&T-exclusive 64GB model that'll set you back $299.99. AT&T's also offering a free HTC Media Link HD streaming box with on-contract pre-orders.

The release timing gives the HTC One a crucial couple of weeks on store shelves in the U.S. ahead of the launch of its main competitor, Samsung's Galaxy S4.

The AT&T HTC One will be available for pre-order starting this Thursday, Apr. 4, at 1 p.m. CDT, so if you're looking to guarantee yourself a handset, that's when you'll want to place your order.

More: HTC One review

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3 years ago

Could the Nexus 4 finally be heading to Canada's TELUS?

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Price cards, dummy​ units signal arrival of Nexus 4 on Canadian carrier

Many Canadian mobile operators have been offering the LG-made Nexus 4 for the past several months, but TELUS has been a notable hold-out. Today we're starting to see signs that the carrier might be preparing to offer the Nexus for sale in-store. MobileSyrup has been tipped off with shots of pricing cards and dummy units for the Nexus 4 on TELUS, and it's also reporting that device should be going on sale from the second week of April -- that's right, next week.

Take this with a pinch of salt in the absence of any official announcement, but it certainly looks like TELUS should be getting the Nexus 4 sooner rather than later.

Source: MobileSyrup (2)

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3 years ago

Here's a pre-rooted ROM for that Galaxy S4 you don't have

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ODIN-flashable package for Exynos 5 Octa version of upcoming handset

Very few people -- mostly folks on the payroll of Samsung or one of the major mobile operators -- can claim to be in possession of a Galaxy S4. Even fewer will have the rare Exynos 5 Octa version, as it seems most of Europe and North America will be getting a quad-core Snapdragon 600-powered GS4 instead.

Nevertheless, if you're among the lucky few currently rocking an octa-core GT-i9500-model Samsung Galaxy S4, you might be interested to see that a pre-rooted (and also pre-release) firmware is now available for download over at the XDA forums. As ever, the package can be flashed through the ODIN desktop utility, and you'll do so at your own risk. But pull it off and you'll have full, unrestricted access to that shiny new unreleased handset of yours.

More details and download instructions can be found over at the source link. It should go without saying that you shouldn't attempt to flash this onto the other Galaxy S4, the more common, Snapdragon 600-fuelled GT-i9505.

Source: XDA

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