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3 years ago

Verizon HTC One to come with Android 4.2.2

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Latest firmware from HTC will ship on Verizon's version

Good news for anyone planning on picking up the HTC One on Verizon when it finally launches next Thursday. VZW spokesperson Albert Aydin has confirmed on Twitter that Verizon HTC One will ship with Android 4.2.2-based firmware. That means Big Red's HTC One will benefit from new OS features like Daydreams and lock screen widgets, as well as the latest software enhancements from HTC, including Instagram feeds in BlinkFeed, more video highlight themes and the option to turn off the horrible on-screen menu bar.

Aydin also confirmed that Verizon will be getting the 32GB version of the phone in silver — so no word on higher storage capacities or alternate colors just yet.

While European and Asian HTC One handsets were updated to Android 4.2 last month, the U.S. versions of the phone remain on 4.1.2. For a quick tour of what's new in the latest HTC One firmware, check out our hands-on feature, linked below.

More: What's new in Android 4.2 for the HTC One

Source: @VZWalbert

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3 years ago

AT&T's Moto X available Aug. 23

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AT&T this morning announced that its Moto X will be available Aug. 23. The 16-gigabyte version will cost $199 on contract, and the 32GB model will be $50 more.

If you're looking to customize your Moto X, this will be the one you want, as AT&T currently has an exclusive on Moto Maker and its numerous permutations of colors for the Moto X. We recently took Moto Maker for a spin and found it to be a quick and easy way to design a custom Moto X.

Those of you who pre-registered through AT&T will get first dibs on the Moto Maker experience starting Aug. 19, and you'll also get your phone before the general public, AT&T says. (Those lucky few will be chosen at random.)

And if you order a custom-designed Moto X, you'll get Moto's new "Skip" NFC unlocking tool free, for a limited time.

Source: Press release

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3 years ago

Verizon's HTC One hits stores Aug. 22 for $199 on contract

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It may be late, but it'll run Android 4.2.2 out of the box

Verizon Wireless just dropped word via Twitter that its HTC One finally will be available Aug. 22, for $199 on contract. Better late than never we suppose, but the release comes some five months or so after every other U.S. operator. And, more important, it comes smack in the middle of a couple other major releases — namely the revamped Motorola Droid line and the Moto X. We don't have street dates for those just yet, but they can't be too far off.

Update: A bit of good news here from Verizon spokesman Albert Aydin. Big Red's HTC One will run Android 4.2.2 at launch — no other U.S. carrier can claim that update yet — and you'll be able to get it in a 32-gigabyte flavor.

More discussion: Verizon HTC One forums

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3 years ago

Customize your Moto X: A Moto Maker Preview

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We walk you through customizing your Moto X with the new Moto Maker website

Never mind the specs. Never mind the software. Your Moto X is a beautiful butterfly, unique in the world. Rather, it will be, once you get done designing it.

That's where Moto Maker — eventually live at www.motomaker.com — comes in. 

We caught a very brief glimpse of it at Motorola's launch event in New York City a couple weeks ago. Now, we've gotten a better look at how you'll be able to add some color to your Moto X, with a preview of Moto Maker. 

The good news is that everything's pretty self-explanatory, and as easy as can be. You pick your colors for the back, front and accents on the phone, add an inscription on the back, and a custom message on the boot screen (or don't, if that's not your thing), choose some accessories if you want, and you'll have your one-of-a-kind phone within four days.

Motorola hooked us up with a preview code for Moto Maker. We'll walk you through it.

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3 years ago

LG G2 coming to Canada across most carriers

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Rogers, Bell, TELUS, SaskTel, WIND, and Videotron will all have the G2 available this fall. 

Following on announcements for the UK and US, Canadian carriers have chimed in with their plans for the upcoming LG G2. The big guys like Rogers, Bell, and TELUS are all going to get it, but you'll also see the LG G2 available on regional providers like WIND, SaskTel, and Videotron. There's no information on specific dates or prices, but the end of September seems to be a likely launch window. Only TELUS has a landing page in their store right now, but no doubt the others will be showing up soon.

For those unfamiliar, the LG G2 is turning a lot of heads with its super-slim bezel, high-brightness display, and a unique hardware button placement. If you're thinking of getting one, be sure to check out our hands-on video from the launch event last week. Any Canadians in the house thinking of snagging the G2 this fall?

Source: LG Canada

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3 years ago

Verizon LG G2 comes with wireless charging in addition to logos

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Wireless charging feature 'exclusive,' according to VZW pre-registration ​page

Looks like a preponderance of carrier logos won't be the only unique thing about Verizon Wireless' LG G2. According to the operator's pre-registration page, it'll include "exclusive wireless charging" in addition to all that juicy Verizon branding. Presumably this means if you pick up a G2 on AT&T, T-Mobile or Sprint you'll have to charge with a microUSB cable like a Neanderthal.

There's no information on which wireless standard will be used on the Verizon G2, but the last few LG phones to support this feature (the Optimus G, Nexus 4 and certain versions of the G Pro) have all used the Qi standard.

It's also not the first time Verizon has nabbed exclusive wireless charging on a major handset — last year it scooped the feature for its HTC 8X, leaving AT&T 8X owners charging the old-fashioned way.

Source: Verizon; via: Engadget

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia i1 'Honami' leaks once again, sized up next to Xperia Z

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Big screen, Sony G Lens, 20.7-megapixel 1/2.3-inch sensor

Another day, another set of leaked photos of Sony's upcoming flagship phone for late 2013, the "Honami" or "Xperia i1." Four fresh images have popped up on Chinese forum Digi-Wo, seemingly confirming a few details about the device's impressive rear camera. Branding around the camera assembly itself points to a Sony G lens and a 20.7-megapixel 1/2.3-inch sensor (a step down from the rumored 1/1.6-inch sensor size.)

Another of the photos gives us a closer look at the outer trim of the device, revealing a more curved edge than that of the Xperia Z, and an Xperia Z Ultra-style magnetic charging port. There are also side-by-side shots with the iPhone and Xperia Z, and the latter in particular shows a significant size increase, possibly indicating the presence of a five-plus-inch screen.

Between all the various photo leaks we've already got a pretty good idea what the "Honami" will look like. But we'll have to wait on the official announcement, likely to take a place on Sept. 4 ahead of IFA 2013, before we learn more about what Sony's latest device can do, and when we'll be able to get our hands on it. In the meantime, you'll find more pics after the break.

Source: Digi-Wo; via: AndroidOS.in

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S2 TV arrives in Brazil

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Mid-level smartphone with built-in ISDB-T TV receiver and antenna

Smartphones with built-in TV receivers are commonly found in parts of Asia, but now Samsung is bringing this technology to Brazil in a new device, the Galaxy S2 TV. Somewhat confusingly named, the S2 TV doesn't share much, if anything in common with the regular Galaxy S2. The design is completely different, as is the internal hardware — the S2 TV has a 4.0-inch WVGA LCD display and is powered by a 1GHz dual-core CPU, and has 4GB of storage and a 5-megapixel camera. It's also running Samsung's latest TouchWiz UI atop Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

Of course, it's the ISDB-T TV support that sets this handset apart from most others, and there's an extendable antenna found on the bottom right corner of the Galaxy S2 TV.  You'll need to live somewhere where this TV standard is used to make the most of the S2 TV's headline feature, however, and that excludes anywhere outside of South America and a few countries in the Far East.

Source: Android Beat, Samsung Brazil

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3 years ago

Huawei Ascend P6 first look pictures and video

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First impressions aren't everything, but feeling good out of the box doesn't hurt.

It's been a little while since Huawei officially unveiled the Ascend P6 in London, but we've finally got our hands on the new ultra-slim device for a proper look. Just in case you need a little refresher, the Ascend P6 is fantastically thin at just 6.18mm, and still packs in many high-end features you'd expect in a phone today. The P6 has a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, an 8MP camera, 4.7-inch 720p display, 2000mAh battery and is powered by Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

All of that is wrapped up in a nice metal and plastic body that looks great to our eyes and feels nice in the hand by our first impressions. Stick around after the break for a more detailed look at the Ascend P6 in pictures and video.

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3 years ago

Samsung's dual-screen Android flip phone is official

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Samsung W789 unveiled on Samsung China site with quad-core CPU, Android 4.1

A day after yesterday's fairly comprehensive leak, the Samsung W789 ("Hennessy") has been officially unveiled, and it's now out in the open for all to see on Samsung's Chinese website. As rumored, Android-powered flip phone packs dual 3.3-inch HVGA displays, a quad-core 1.2GHz CPU and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. In addition, there's a 5-megapixel camera, a microSD slot (no word on internal storage) a 1,500mAh battery, and support for both GSM and CDMA networks.

There's no word on whether the W789, or some variant of it, will ever see release outside of the Chinese market. However if you're after a more premium Android clamshell, you might want to wait on the Galaxy Folder, which purportedly heading to Samsung's native South Korea.

Source: Samsung China (Translated); via: Engadget

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3 years ago

HTC One Mini launches on Vodafone

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Prices start at £33 per month on 3G, or £42 p/m on 4G

Vodafone UK has launched HTC's new miniaturized handset, the HTC One Mini. The Mini, which we reviewed a few weeks back, packs a 4.3-inch 720p display and a similar metal chassis to the full-sized HTC One. The 4G LTE-capable handset arrives on Vodafone ahead of the network's 4G switch-on (in London, anyway) on Aug. 29.

The HTC One Mini on Vodafone is available on 3G contracts starting at £33 per month — that gets you unlimited calls and texts, a free One Mini and 1GB of data — or on 4G contracts from £42 per month which ups the data cap to 2GB. If you're after a larger 4G allowance, you can get a 4GB HTC One Mini bundle for £47 p/m or 8GB for £52 p/m. Voda's 4G plans also come with a choice of free Spotify or Sky Sports Mobile.

Still unsure as to whether the HTC One Mini is the one for you? Check out our full review.

Source: Vodafone UK

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3 years ago

LG Vu III specs leak, Snapdragon 800 and 5.2-inch 4:3 display expected

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New version expected to borrow specs from the G2, keep the same odd form factor.

LG is purportedly planning a new edition of its oddly-shaped Optimus Vu lineup with a larger display and more powerful internals for later this year. Just as we've seen with the LG G2, the Vu III will drop the "Optimus" branding and pick up some very high-end specs. According to the Korean Daily, the LG Vu III will have a 5.2-inch 960x1280 display keeping the same 4:3 aspect ratio that its predecessors are known for.

On the inside, the Vu III wil have the same Snapdragon 800 chipset as the G2, along with a 13MP camera and support for LTE-Advanced networking. Reports peg the release for IFA 2013, which could make things interesting if it shows up right alongside Samsung's expected launch of the Galaxy Note 3.

Source: Asiae; Via: GSMarena

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3 years ago

LG G2 up for pre-order in the UK, first stock expected late Sept.

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Upcoming LG flagship priced at £468 inc. VAT at Clove

After last week's glitzy NYC launch event, we're now starting to hear when and where the LG G2 will be going on sale around the world. In the UK, independent retailer Clove Technology is first with a pre-order listing, showing the G2 priced at a surprisingly reasonable £468 including VAT (£390 exc. VAT). That's not cheap, but it's around £100 less than the launch price for Samsung's Galaxy S4.

The retailer says it'll have the LG G2 in black and white with 16 gigabytes of storage, and that the first stock is expected in late September.

Source: Clove Blog

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3 years ago

LG Optimus L1 II headed to Three UK

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LG's tiny budget handset, the Optimus L1 II, has found a home on mobile network Three in the UK. The somewhat confusingly-named 3-incher packs a 240x320 display resolution, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage and a 1540mAh battery. Upon its announcement last week, the L1 II was revealed to have a $95 price point in countries like Vietnam and Russia, so it's likely the phone will arrive around the £60-70 mark in the UK.

Three says it'll launch the Optimus L1 II "soon," and that it'll have exclusivity over the white version of the handset in the UK.

Source: Three

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3 years ago

Acer Liquid E2 lands on Three UK, contract prices start at £17

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Announced in late June, Acer's mid-level Liquid E2 handset has gone on sale on Three UK today. The E2 runs a 1.2GHz quad-core MediaTek processor, and has a 4.5-inch qHD (960x540) display, 1GB of RAM and an 8-megapixel camera. On the networking side, the handset supports 42Mbps DC-HSDPA, but not LTE.

So we're far from the cutting edge of smartphone tech here, but Three is offering some competitive pricing on the Liquid E2. It's available for free on 24-month contracts starting at £17 per month, which gets you unlimited data, 100 minutes and 5,000 texts. And there's a similarly cheap SIM-free price of just £149.99 up-front, too.

Source: Three UK

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