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3 years ago

Latest HTC One Mini leak reveals front, back and specs


1.4GHz Snapdragon S4, 1GB RAM, 16GB storage, 720p display

The HTC One Mini hasn't yet been officially announced, but thanks to a steady stream of leaks we already know a great deal about what to expect from HTC's upcoming mid-ranger. The device has appeared yet again today, over on German-based blog The outlet scored shots of the Mini's front face and back panel — almost identical to the full-size HTC One, with a few minor differences — along with a hardware details from the CPU-Z app which confirm what many were suspecting.

The HTC One Mini is said to pack a 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 CPU, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, of which 11.2GB is available for use, and a 1280x720 display. The phone has a 4-megapixel "Ultrapixel" camera around the back, and a 1.6-megapixel front-facer, the site reports. On the software side, it's running HTC Sense 5 atop Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean — the same Android version to which the European HTC One has recently been updated.

With the device now in carrier testing, according to today's report, hopefully it won't be too long before the HTC One Mini is officially unveiled for all to see. Sources have told Android Central to expect an early August launch for HTC's "Mini," while the larger "HTC One Max" is on track for a September arrival.


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3 years ago

Use this space to rant about the rumored specs of the Moto X


We all have something to say about the rumored specs of the Moto X, so let's all just say it

Oh boy! A new Android phone is coming out, and testers and carrier reps have leaked about a million blog posts worth of details about it. Who would have thunk it, right? This time though, things are slightly different because the Moto X should be the first Android phone from Motorola that has Google's design and push behind it.

People are expecting a lot from the Moto X. What we've seen so far looks really interesting, with a new and improved way of harnessing the power of Google Now and very deep voice integration in the system. It's kind of creepy, kind of wonderful, and totally different. We'll have to withhold any final judgment until we actually use the damn thing, which should be soon if all those leaks are to be believed.

And then we come to the specs (insert dramatic music or something here). What the Internet wisdom says is that we'll be seeing:

  • 1.7GHz dual-core Snapgragon MSM8960DT
  • Adreno 320 GPU
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB of internal storage
  • 10MP 'ClearPixel' camera
  • 720p display (possibly AMOLED)

This has a lot of people pissed off. Conversely, a lot of people don't care. I think I'm in the latter group, because I don't care if it runs on rubber bands or a hamster in a wheel as long as it runs well. But plenty of people feel the other way, and are scratching their head over why Motorola and Google would release a phone in 2013 with 2012 innards.

We don't have the answer to that. What we do have is a set of screencaps (courtesy of an anonymous imgur user) that supposedly show what CPU-Z says is inside the GSM Moto X -- including a crapload of sensors. You'll find those after the break, and that's where you can rant and rail over them. 

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3 years ago

Moto X features outed in leaked Rogers video


'OK Google Now, what's the forecast for today?'

The torrent of Moto X leaks continue today, as a video from Canadian carrier Rogers has appeared online showing many of the headline features from Motorola's upcoming handset. The video also reveals that the Moto X will launch exclusively on Rogers in Canada this August, and come in black and white color options.

Among the Moto X's software tricks is a new voice command system that's always active — the video shows it linking in with Google Now to produce a weather forecast, and mentions that directions and alarms can be activated in the same way. And the notification dynamic has been changed up a bit, too — instead of a notification LED, Moto X pulses icons on its screen when its asleep, allowing you to see which apps have notifications waiting.

The camera app it also shown being activated with a double-twist gesture — presumably this is another "always on" feature that allows you to get to the camera at any time. And the app itself is different to what we've seen in stock Android — tap anywhere to take a photo, or long press to take a burst shot.

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3 years ago

Red HTC One now available in the UK


'Glamor red' HTC One launches exclusively at Phones4u, available on contract

Right on schedule, the "glamor red" HTC One is now available to purchase from Phones4u in the UK. The retailer, which has exclusivity over the red HTC One in the UK, is offering the device on contracts from Vodafone, Orange, T-Mobile and EE starting at £31 per month. Right now there's no way to pick the phone up off-contract online — although brick-and-mortar P4U stores are often more accommodating to SIM-free buyers.

The red HTC One is — you guessed it — the same aluminum-backed phone we know and love, only with a different and more eye-catching coat of paint. Unfortunately there's still no official info on any plans to launch the red variant outside of the UK.

Source: HTC, Phones4U

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3 years ago

CyanogenMod fixes emergency calls for many Exynos devices


Nine different Exynos-powered devices can now make emergency calls while running CM

As part of its newly recurring "This Week in CyanogenMod" post, the CM team has announced that it has fixed a long-standing issue on Samsung Exynos 4-powered devices that made them unable to make emergency calls. Courtesy of a fix applied by Daniel Hillenbrand, several popular Samsung phones and tablets with the XMM626x modem now have access to this vital service while running CM:

  • i9100/9100g (int'l Galaxy S2)
  • i777 (AT&T Galaxy S2)
  • n7000 (int'l Galaxy Note)
  • n7100 (int'l Galaxy Note 2)
  • p3100 (Galaxy Tab 2 7.0)
  • p5100 (Galaxy Tab 2 10.1)
  • i9300 (int'l Galaxy S3)
  • n8000 (Galaxy Note 10.1)

It's great to see so many devices pick up this functionality in one swoop after being left out for so long. Users no longer have to make the choice between running a CyanogenMod ROM and being able to make emergency calls on their devices. The latest nightlies for the devices will have the fix implemented.

Source: CyanogenMod

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3 years ago

This is Verizon's Moto X


Exclusive leaked photo shows Verizon's Moto X, and a small unexpected UI change

Hot out of the inbox is this picture of the Verizon Moto X in all it's LTE glory. While we don't get a look at the back or any of the expected customization areas of interest, this picture does give us a nice idea of the overall size of the phone, as well as a hint that it might be running a newer version of Android. We also note that the person handling the phone hasn't picked up on the Graves Method, or the Schmidt variant.

We see some, ahem, ample bezels at the top and bottom of the face of the phone, but overall the size looks fairly small by today's standards. The shape and outline remind us a lot of the Nexus 4, and we're guessing the two phones are similar in size. If you've not had a chance to check out a Nexus 4, think of a slightly shorter Galaxy S3.

More interesting may be the clue that we're seeing something different than Android 4.2.2 here. The background behind the soft-keys is semi-transparent. This could be a Motorola software customization, but with Android 4.3 supposedly right around the corner this could be a new look for the stock launcher.

A leaked roadmap points to an August release for the Moto X on Verizon, though we have no details or pricing. We are sure that it's coming, and everyone loves an early look.

Join the discussion in the Moto X forums

Thanks, D3xn2o!

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3 years ago

T-Mobile's Optimus L9 gets another update to Jelly Bean


T-Mobile and LG release another Jelly Bean update for the Optimus L9, hopefully the previous issues have been sorted out

The Optimus L9 may not be the most popular phone in LG's stable, but that didn't keep them from coordinating with T-Mobile and getting another Jelly Bean update ready to go for the device. The update is live and pushing out OTA to folks on the current 4.1.2 official firmware, as well as a package for folks still running the 4.0.4 firmware who skipped the last OTA that was quickly pulled.

This time around you'll be bumped to software version P76920f, which is still Android 4.1.2, but contains additional security enhancements according to T-Mobile. Hopefully, things will go a bit better than the last 4.1.2 update that was pulled because of battery and Wifi calling issues. 

To check for your update, from the home screen press Menu > Settings > About device > System update and follow the prompts.

Source: T-Mobile; Thanks, Andrew!

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini video walkthrough


Miniaturized marvel or just another mid-ranger? We guide you through Samsung's Galaxy S4 Mini

It wasn't long ago that a smartphone with a 4.3-inch display was considered unusually large — unwieldy, even. But as high-end screens surpass the five-inch mark, we're increasingly seeing 4 to 4.5-inch models dominating the mid-range space, aimed at those who want a premium handset in a smaller form factor.

The Galaxy S4 Mini is one such device, sharing its name, design and much of its software with Samsung's current flagship. It's missing a few of the flashier, heavily-advertised features of the full-sized S4, but the core experience is there all the same, and it's just as speedy as its big brother.

This year Samsung is among the first to market with its Galaxy S4 Mini, but there's every indication that it'll soon be joined by rival "minis" from HTC and Motorola. So is the GS4 Mini worthy of its name, or do niggling issues with the screen and internal storage get in the way?

Check out our video walkthrough after the break.

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3 years ago

Eric Schmidt with a Moto X


Commence freak-out, everyone! Here's Google Chairman Eric Schmidt holding the unannounced-but-hardly-a-secret Moto X at the Sun Valley Conference "Camp for billionaires." You can see that's Schmidt on the right, holding the phone. And that's the phone on the left, held up to Schmidt's right ear.

Also note the perfect posture Schmidt is employing. Also known as the Graves Method, this provides the perfect amount of control while holding a smartphone. Thumb positioned properly along one edge of the device, with index finger at the recommended 3 degrees off vertical. This gives quick access to what has quickly become the most overhyped phone since the last overhyped phone.

Source: Reuters; More in our Moto X forums

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3 years ago

Boost Mobile's HTC One SV gets its Jelly Bean update


Ladies and gentlemen, welcome another phone into the Jelly Bean club. Boost Mobile's HTC One SV is currently getting its update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, with Sense 4+ thrown in for good measure. 

The update weighs in at a little more than 400 megabytes, so you'll probably not want to do this without Wifi. In addition to the OS update, you'll get Google Wallet and Google Shopper, and a "Connection Optimizer."

Boost tells us the udpate will be available through July 17, so get to it.

Thanks to BB_BMore in our One SV forums!

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3 years ago

Yet another possible Moto X photo leaks


Photo shows what appears to be a matte plastic backing 

Despite the lack of any official reveal, we've seen plenty of the phone many are assuming to be Motorola's Moto X. The rear of the device has been allegedly caught on camera again, but it's not so colorful this time around. The camera lens, flash, 3.5mm headphone jack, and recessed Motorola logo are consistent with previous rear shell photos. The speaker grill, composed of three rows of holes, also looks similar, except it is on the opposite side of the camera lens in this photo. From this angle, we can also see what looks like a second microphone next to the headphone jack.

The above photo comes out of China, and in recent months we've also seen video of what might be the Moto X from Vietnam. Carrier-specific versions of the phone are also making the rounds, with AT&T and Sprint varieties having come to light.

With a phone this important to Motorola, we'll be watching with interest to see how things unravel in the coming weeks and months.

Source: Phone Arena

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3 years ago

Kyocera Hydro Edge coming to Sprint and Boost Mobile this month


Coming to Sprint July 19 and Boost Mobile July 23

We first spotted the successor to the Kyocera Hydro at CTIA 2013 in Las Vegas a few months back. Now, the Kyocera Hydro Edge has become official, joining the underwater leagues of such phones as the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active and Sony Xperia Z. As its name would suggest, the Hydro Edge was made for water resistance — up to 3.28 feet in water for 30 minutes to be exact.

On Sprint, the Hydro Edge is available on new lines and eligible upgrades with two-year service agreements for $19.99 before tax after a $50 mail-in-rebate (which comes in the form of a reward card). Boost Mobile subscribers will have to shell out more up front since they are no-contract customers, with the total coming to $149.99 before tax. The Hydro Edge is the first phone to ever be available for pre-order on Boost Mobile.

For more, see our Kyocera Hydro Edge hands-on. We've got official specs after the break

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3 years ago

Follow full coverage of Nokia's Lumia 1020 on Windows Phone Central


2013 is, among other things, the year of camera-centric smartphones. On the Android side, we've already witnessed the launch of the Galaxy S4 Zoom, and Sony is rumored to be joining the cameraphone party later in the year with the Xperia i1 "Honami."

But today all eyes are on Nokia in New York City, with its announcement of the Windows Phone-powered Lumia 1020. Rumors — and a number of reliable leaks — suggest it'll pack a massive 41-megapixel PureView sensor with advanced optics.

Our friends over at Windows Phone Central are live from NYC today with full coverage of all Nokia's announcements, so check the link below for all the details as they emerge. 

More: Nokia Lumia 1020 event liveblog on Windows Phone Central

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3 years ago

Google Play edition HTC One bootloader and recovery now available


The first step of turning your HTC One into a Google Play edition is now ready

Hey there sports fans, if you're thinking of taking your existing HTC One and converting it into a bona fide Google Play edition HTC One, the work has already begun. The stock bootloader and stock recovery have been pulled off the device, and they're uploaded with all the instruction you need to get them flashed.

Doing this, along with using a complete system image (which I'm told is coming soon) on your HTC One will turn it into a Google Play edition device -- and get it on the track for OTA updates along with the new One's people are recieving today.

Of course you'll be giving up a lot by losing HTC Sense, but you have the choice if you're willing to take the chance and understand the risks. You'll find full instructions at the source link below. Happy flashing!

Source: XDA; via: Android Central forums

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3 years ago

The Xperia Z on T-Mobile: a watershed moment for Sony smartphones in the U.S.


Sony finally has the smartphone it needs to become a major player in the U.S. mobile market.

Since its sweep at CES 2013, The Sony Xperia Z has become known in some circles as the best phone Americans can’t buy — thankfully, that changes next week when T-Mobile will add Sony’s flagship to its portfolio. Our own Alex Dobie put the Xperia Z through its paces back in March with a thorough review, and seeing as though the domestic version of the device is almost identical to the international one, we won’t waste your time with yet another teardown. We will, however, discuss how the Xperia Z fits into T-Mobile’s summer lineup — one of the more robust of all the major carriers — and examine what its addition means for Sony’s mobile footprint in the U.S. Hit the break for our thoughts and impressions.

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