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3 years ago

Get the Samsung Galaxy S4 on Sprint for under $100 from Amazon

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The promotion lasts Sunday 7/28 through Thursday 8/1, includes waived activation fee

Those looking to make the switch over to Sprint have a chance to land a nice deal on one of the hottest phones of the season. Amazon will be offering the Samsung Galaxy S4 to new Sprint customers for $99.99, down from the current price of $139.99. To sweeten the pot even more, they will even waive the $36 activation fee.

The deal starts this Sunday, 7/28, and will continue through Thursday, 8/1. The Galaxy S4 comes with 16GB of internal storage (with less than you'd expect available to the user, but there's an update for that) and is being offered in both the white and black varieties.

For those still undecided if this is the phone to get when switching to Sprint, get out the full Samsung Galaxy S4 review.

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3 years ago

Review: The HTC One Mini

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Can HTC squeeze the essence of its best phone yet into a smaller, more affordable package?

We’ve made no secret of the fact that the HTC One is our favorite phone of the year so far. Back in March HTC knocked it out of the park with exceptional build quality, a stunning display and fast, well-designed software. And though not entirely perfect — we took issue with image quality from the camera, for instance — it’s been hard to find another device that’s as consistently fast, beautiful and enjoyable to use.

In previous years, HTC’s sold different devices with substantially different designs and features for the mid-range and high-end. However 2013 sees the Taiwanese manufacturer adopting a more consistent approach. As such, this year’s leading mid-range phone is the HTC One Mini, a device which aims to distil the essence of the HTC One into a smaller form factor with a lower price tag.

But as we’ve seen from previous mid-level offerings, it’s easy to make one compromise too many, resulting in a lackluster device. So has HTC succeeded where others have faltered? Find out after the break, in our definitive HTC One Mini review.

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3 years ago

MoDaCo Switch public beta for HTC One now available

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Dual-boot between Sense and Google edition ROMs on your HTC One, with a single set of app data

Update: For those interested in having similar capabilities on the Galaxy S4 (GT-i9505), MoDaCo has an Indiegogo project set up to raise £1000 ($1500) to bring Switch to the GS4.

MoDaCo Switch, revealed a couple of weeks ago, is a unique custom firmware allowing you to switch between HTC Sense and vanilla Android on the HTC One. The software comes as two ROMs in one, with a "Switch" app in the app drawer allowing you to hop between the two flavors of Android. Even more useful, MoDaCo Switch does all this with a single set of user data, meaning apps and accounts are shared between Sense and stock.

It's been in private testing for a few days, but today creator Paul O'Brien has released the current build — beta 8 — to the public. There's a little bit of initial setup to go through, so you'll want to check out the full list of installation instructions before you get started, even if you're familiar with flashing custom ROMs. It's also worth noting that right now only the GSM HTC One is officially supported in MoDaCo Switch.

We've been testing MoDaCo Switch on the European HTC One for the past couple of days, and we've found it works just as advertised. It's a great way to live in the Google Play ROM if you prefer the look and feel of vanilla Android, while having the ability to escape back to Sense if you need to use a certain feature, or if you just fancy a change. And when you do switch over, all your app data and accounts are preserved.

To get started, hit up the link below for download links and installation instructions. Good luck!

More: Download links and installation instructions

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3 years ago

'Arctic blue' Galaxy S4 now available in the UK

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British retailer Phones4u sends word that from today it'll be stocking the Samsung Galaxy S4 in a new "arctic blue" color option. The blue GS4, which until now we've only seen in Asia, sells on contracts with Vodafone, EE, T-Mobile and Orange, with prices starting at £37 per month for a free phone. Besides the color change, you're getting the same Galaxy S4 we've been using since late April — a speedy, feature-packed smartphone that's been getting better with recent software updates.

Unfortunately Phones4u doesn't seem to be offering the "arctic blue" GS4 without a contract, but if you're in the market for a monthly deal you can check out price plans over at the source link.

Source: Phones4u

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3 years ago

Ubuntu Edge questions? Ask the founder of Ubuntu anything today

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Founder Mark Shuttleworth to discuss the Ubuntu Edge and its fundraising campaign

A few days ago Canonical announced a fundraising campaign on Indiegogo for a future super-phone, the Ubuntu Edge. The phone will dual-boot, being powered by both the Ubuntu operating system and Android. The Ubuntu Edge will have specifications powerful enough to make it a full-fledged Ubuntu desktop PC. To make this dream a reality, Canonical is asking for $32 million in 30 days.

To help ensure this goal is reached, Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth will be answering questions today live via a Reddit AMA (ask me anything). If you've been on the fence about donating to this Indiegogo campaign, now is the time to get those burning questions in by visiting the link below. The AMA is underway now.

Reddit AMA; Thanks trickedoutdavid!

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3 years ago

Latest LG G2 leak shows 2610 mAh battery

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We're still a couple of weeks out from LG's New York launch event for its new G2 smartphone, but we already know quite a bit about the device, thanks to LG's teasing and a number of recent leaks. And the latest G2 leak, which came to light through a (now deleted) post on a Korean forum, shows us the the front face and back of the device.

The front is a familiar sight — all screen, with virtual home, back and menu keys. But the back shot reveals a 2610mAh battery tucked behind the phone's back cover, above the trademark rear volume rocker. How do we know its capacity? Well, like most LG batteries, it's printed right on the front.

Battery aside, the LG G2 is said to pack a massive 5.2-inch 1080p display, and run Qualcomm's speedy new Snapdragon 800 CPU, putting it clearly at the high end of the smartphone spectrum. We'll be live from NYC on Aug. 7 for the launch event, so stay tuned for more G2 news.

Source: Duam; via: PocketNow

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3 years ago

Sony confirms Android 4.3 upgrade plans

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Xperia Z, ZL, ZR, Tablet Z, SP and Z Ultra to get 4.3 upgrade; some 4.1 devices could jump straight to 4.3

Sony is the first Android OEM to commit to device updates to Android 4.3, less than a day after Google unveiled the new version of Android in San Francisco. The Japanese company says it can confirm that the Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia SP and Xperia Z Ultra will all get upgrades to Android 4.3, though no specific update timetable is offered.

In addition, Sony says it's looking at upgrading some of its Android 4.1 devices directly to 4.3, leapfrogging 4.2 entirely. (It wouldn't be the first we've heard of a manufacturer possibly jumping straight from 4.1 to 4.3.) Again, Sony's not committing to any timeframes, but says it'll share more details when it's able.

Meanwhile, the Android 4.2 updates will continue rolling out for existing Sony devices. The manufacturer says the Xperia ZR and Tablet Z will start seeing 4.2 push out from early August.

Source: Sony Mobile

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3 years ago

Android 4.3 for the Nexus 4 rolling out everywhere, here's the download link

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Reports of the OTA arriving are coming in fast and furious

The 4.3 OTA for the Nexus 4 seems to be rolling out en masse, as I'm getting reports from everywhere that it's now available. To check for the OTA yourself, open Settings, scroll down to About phone, and tap the System updates line item.

If you're just not having any luck, the link location has been uncovered. You can download the OTA for manual side loading right here. If you need any assistance, head into the forums and holler.

Happy flashing, and enjoy your new flavor of Jelly Bean!

Thanks everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Fixed camera app update now available for the T-Mobile HTC One

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Earlier we told you about a little snafu with the latest T-Mobile HTC One OTA, where the HDR camera option disappeared from the camera settings. HTC responded to our query, telling us it would be fixed "as soon as possible". It turns out that soon came faster than anyone expected, and an updated camera app is now available from HTC for affected customers.

We've no idea if this is rolling out to everybody just yet, but be on the lookout for an update notification in your status bar.

Nice work, T-Mobile and HTC.

Thanks, Shawn!

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the Droid MAXX, Droid Ultra and Droid Mini

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Verizon dropped three new Motorola Droids on us this morning. We've had a good look at the Droid MAXX, the Droid Ultra and the Droid Mini, but sometimes a video is worth a thousand words ... errr pictures. Dan got to spend some quality time with a presenter and the new Droids, and we've got 8 minutes of video for you.

Things like the new camera, Droid Zap and the new lost phone features are covered, and there's also a good look at active notifications. It's something you'll not want to miss, so head past the jump and have a look.

Droid MAXX forums | Droid Ultra forums | Droid Mini forums

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3 years ago

T-Mobile HTC One update loses HDR camera settings in error, fix coming as soon as possible

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Fix coming soon to restore HDR setting says HTC

The recent software update for the HTC One on T-Mobile has been pretty well received, except for one nagging little issue -- HDR mode in the camera setting for still pictures has disappeared. The setting remains for video, but there's just no entry for taking HDR pictures. A few people have noticed, and we reached out to HTC to see what was up. 

Turns out it's just a bug, and HDR mode hasn't been removed from the HTC One camera. HTC's official statement:

A recent software update for the HTC One on T-Mobile USA provides a number of software fixes but it also inadvertently removes HDR mode from the camera settings. HTC is aware of this issue and will be pushing out a fix for impacted customers as soon as possible.

As soon as possible can mean different things to different people, but we're going to think it means just that -- soon. Keep an eye out for an update and we'll do the same.

Via: T-Mobile HTC One forums

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3 years ago

Official Droid Mini specs

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The smallest of the new Motorola Droids, the Droid Mini packs everything a smartphone user could want into a 4.3-inch HD display. The same Kevlar and Gorilla Glass construction as it's bigger siblings make it pretty tough, and the software enhancements like Droid Zap and the new camera make it fun to use.

We know a lot of you folks need to know what's inside the Droid Mini, and for you we've got the official specs after the jump.

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3 years ago

Official Droid MAXX specs

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The supposed new king of battery life, the Motorola Droid MAXX packs a whopping 3500mAh battery in a phone just .28-inches thick. Verizon is promising 48-hours of battery life, and we can't wait to put that to the test.

Besides offering great battery life, the MAXX is full of other goodies -- like wireless charging, Motorola's new eight-core X8 Mobile Computing System, and a snazzy Kevlar back. We know you want to see the full specs, so keep reading!

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3 years ago

Official Droid Ultra specs

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Verizon's official announcement was a little light on the Droid Ultra specifications, but they've posted an official set and we want to make sure you get to have a look at them. We've been scouring everything Verizon and Motorola have to say about the new Droids, and we have to say -- a lot of people are going to like these phones.

If you're looking for the absolute ram Droid Ultra specs, keep reading.

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3 years ago

In pictures: The Motorola Droid Ultra

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Verizon's latest Motorola flagship brings a new design and feature set 

The Motorola Droid Ultra is the phone Verizon will show you when you walk into a store. The latest in the Droid line, it's bold and fast -- two things Verizon wants you to think of when you put Verizon and Droid together in your head.

It very closely resembles it's brethren, the Droid MAXX and Droid Mini. Think of it as the Moto Droid for the masses, and the one that will carry the most appeal to the average consumer. Being the thinnest smartphone available will help, as will the new "3D" design and the consumer facing features like Active Display that gives you notifications without turning on the screen, and the 5-inch screen itself. The Droid Ultra will be available in both black and red -- we've got a gallery of images of both after the break.

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