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3 years ago

Amazon one-day HTC One sale now on


AT&T and Sprint HTC One going for $79.99 up-front for new customers, $99.99 for upgrades

Amazon's one-day sale on the Sprint and AT&T HTC One has begun. For today only, HTC's latest handset is being sold at a reduced price of $79.99 if you're a new customer, or $99.99 for upgrades, which is a pretty good discount on our favorite Android phone of the moment.

If you're interested, check out the links below --

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active up for pre-order on AT&T


$200 on a two-year plan or $595 up-front, shipping June​ 18

Right on schedule, Samsung's rugged, water-resistant Galaxy S4 Activet is now available to pre-order from U.S. carrier AT&T. The Active packs similar specs to the regular Galaxy S4 -- Snapdragon 600 CPU, 2GB of RAM, 1080p screen -- with the added bonus of being able to withstand the elements. It's rated IP67 for dust resistance and water resistance up to 1 meter for 30 minutes.

The Galaxy S4 Active will set you back $199.99 on a two-year plan, or $594.99 outright. It's available in "urban grey" and "dive blue" colors, and will start shipping to pre-order customers from June 18, ahead of the June 21 date for general availability.

Anyone placing a pre-order today? Shout out in the comments!

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3 years ago

Amazon launching one-day HTC One sale tomorrow


$79.99 up-front for new customers, $99.99 for upgrades, on Sprint and AT&T

Amazon sends word that tomorrow (Friday, June 14) it'll be holding a one-day sale on the Sprint and AT&T HTC One. On either network you'll pay a reduced price of $79.99 if you're a new customer, or $99.99 if you're upgrading -- either being a significant saving over the standard up-front cost for HTC's latest.

If you're interested, keep an eye on the links below over the next day or so --

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active available June 21 on AT&T for $199 on contract


Water-resistant, dust-proof phone comes in two colors; preorders start June 14

AT&T (as it was expected to do so) today announced that it'll carry the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, in stores June 21 for $199 with a two-year contract. Preorders start June 14. The Active -- essentially a water-resistant version of the Galaxy S4 that AT&T already carries -- comes in Urban Gray or Dive Blue and sports a 5-inch TFT display with Gorilla Glass and runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. It's powered by a quad-core processor and has an 8-megapixel camera 'round back.

Along with a more rugged build, the buttons on the front are all physical, instead of a mix of capacitive and physical.

Also on board is Samsung's suite of apps and customizations, same as on the original Galaxy S4, such as Air View and Air Gesture, Smart Pause and a host camera tweaks, such as Erase Shot, Drama Shot and Story Album. It's also got the Multi Window and for true multitasking, and it has the Samsung SAFE Enterprise security suite. The Infrared controller is still there, as well, so you can control your rugged TV in your rugged home with this rugged device.

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3 years ago

6-plus-inch Sony Xperia device teased in event invite


'A big surprise' promised for July 4 event in Paris

All the pieces are starting to fall into place for the announcement of Sony's 6-inch Android device, codenamed "Togari." The phone, which is variously rumored to come to market as either "Xperia ZU" or "Xperia Z Ultra" cropped up late last week in a kitten-centric blurry-cam shot. And today Sony itself has given away a glimpse of the device's side, in an invite sent out to French press.

The invite for an event in Paris on July 4 shows what looks like the right edge of the device. There's Sony's trademark rounded power button, a volume rocker, and what seems to be a dedicated camera key. In addition, there's an exposed headphones jack up top, suggesting the "Togari" might not boast the same water-resistance credentials as its 5-inch sibling, the Xperia Z. Besides that, Sony Mobile promises attendees "une surprise de taille" -- a big surprise.  A 6-inch phone would certainly fit that bill.

If the rumors are accurate, the Xperia Z Ultra -- or whatever it's called -- will go up against Samsung's Galaxy Mega, as well as HTC's rumored "T6", also said to be a 6-inch handset. Rumored specs for Sony's 6-incher include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2GB of RAM, a 6.44-inch 1080p "Triluminous" display, an 8-megapixel camera and a thickness of just 6.5mm.

With a similar event scheduled for Germany for June 25, it looks like we won't have long to wait to find out exactly what Sony's bringing to the table.

Source: XperiaBlog

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3 years ago

HTC Butterfly S sighted with BoomSound speakers, Sense 5


Latest leak shows re-vamped variant of the Droid DNA's international cousin

It looks like HTC's betting big on its "BoomSound" front-facing speaker technology, as images from Chinese site VR-Zone seem to show that the feature's made its way across to yet another upcoming phone, the Butterfly S. The design is almost unchanged from the original Butterfly (that's the international version of the Droid DNA) but there's one interesting addition down below. That's right, the new Butterfly now rocks dual front-facing speakers, just like the HTC One.

According to the source of the leak, the Butterfly S still features a 5-inch 1080p screen, and the rear speaker has been deprecated by the new front-facers. It's speculated that the internals have been upgraded too, and that the Butterfly S will be powered by a Snapdragon 600 chip. (And of course we can clearly see HTC's latest Sense 5 UI on-screen.)

More information is due at an Asian announcement event next Wednesday, June 19.

Source: VR-Zone; via: Engadget

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3 years ago

T-Mobile's teasing a water-resistant smartphone, too


AT&T was less than subtle in its YouTube teaser for the Galaxy S4 Active earlier today, but T-Mobile U.S. is leaving more to the imagination. In a video entitled "What if your smartphone could do this?," we see the action from a phone's perspective as it follows a diver into a pool.

Like AT&T, T-Mobile's promising more information tomorrow, suggesting it too may be preparing a Galaxy S4 Active announcement. But let's not forget that the Sony Xperia Z -- also water-resistant -- is rumored to be heading T-Mo's way in the near future, too.

So which are you hoping for -- Xperia Z or Galaxy S4 Active? Share your thoughts down in the comments.

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3 years ago

Looks like the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active is headed to AT&T


AT&T's being all coy about it, but it's pretty clear the phone in its latest teaser trailer is the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active. The ruggedized, water-resistant version of Samsung's flagship was announced last week, and will be on show at the company's Premiere 2013 event in London next Thursday. Meanwhile, AT&T's promising more info tomorrow, June 13.

Check out the video above -- and note the Active's trademark button setup at 0:11, and the TouchWiz UI towards the end. We'll be live from London on the 20th to bring you full coverage of the Galaxy S4 Active.

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3 years ago

HTC One Mini pictured in clearest side-by-side shot yet


4.3-inch HTC One variant snagged by source for Engadget

The HTC One Mini -- previously known by its codename of "M4" -- is quickly coming into focus as HTC's leading mid-range handset for 2013. Last week brought the first blurry-cam photos of the device. Earlier today reports from Bloomberg suggested an arrival 'by August.' And now Engadget has published a photo of the unannounced handset alongside its big brother, the HTC One.

The photo, which the site says was provided by a trusted source, shows very few external differences between the big One and the little One, though the One Mini will reportedly feature plastic front sections instead of the metal of the original. Never fear, though, aluminum fans -- the back of the chassis remains furnished in brushed metal. Engadget's report repeats some previously-rumored specs, including a 4.3-inch 720p display, Beats Audio and (obviously) a pair of bassy front-facing "BoomSound" speakers. The IR blaster found on the HTC One reportedly hasn't made the cut though, sadly. The CPU is speculated to be a 1.4GHz Snapdragon 400, and the handset is currently said to be running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and HTC Sense 5.

As for release windows, it doesn't get any more specific than Q3 2013, which would fit with what's been reported elsewhere. So, in this world of five-plus-inch phones, is anyone still in the market for a well-made 4.3-incher? Shout out in the comments.

Source: Engadget

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3 years ago

Verizon confirms a fix in the works for Galaxy S3's Android 4.1.2 update


Connectivity, battery life noted as issues for some in MD3 update

Verizon has confirmed in a statement to Android Central that the Android 4.1.2 update for the Galaxy S3 has been halted, and a fix is in the works following a number of complaints over connectivity and battery life. The VRBMD3 update, heralded as a "major" release that brought a bit of functionality seen in more recent releases -- multi-window and multi-screen, to name two -- sparked a number of threads in our Galaxy S3 forums of folks experiencing issues, and word of a fix started trickling out last week.

Here's the official word from Verizon:

A software update was recently pushed to the Samsung Galaxy S III, and while a majority of customers downloaded and installed the update successfully, a small number were negatively impacted. As a result the software update push has been postponed as a precaution for customers. We will notify them when a new software update is available for download. 

So, everybody hang tight for an update, which hopefully will come sooner rather than later.

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3 years ago

Bloomberg adds fuel to the HTC One Mini fire


Mini HTC One reportedly due 'by August'

The evidence that HTC is working on an HTC One "mini" is growing, with fresh reports from Bloomberg seemingly confirming the rumored specs, and offering a tentative launch window. The publication says it's heard through two insider sources that the miniature HTC One will come with a 4.3-inch screen of lower resolution than the original. In addition, a "less powerful" Qualcomm CPU is said to be onboard.

As for release dates, Bloomberg says the new handset will go on sale "by August," meaning we could have a few weeks to wait before the device becomes official.

Earlier rumors have pointed to the "M4," as it's codenamed, shipping with an "Ultrapixel" camera, like the HTC One, and a screen resolution of 1280x720. Leaked photos have revealed a design almost identical to the 4.7-inch One. If the rumors are accurate, it'd compare favorably against the Galaxy S4 Mini, due to go on sale in July.

Source: Bloomberg

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3 years ago

Vodafone launches the £50 Smart Mini


Vodafone UK has just launched a new smartphone for the budget-conscious, and it's available for just £50 on PAYG with no subscription. The Vodafone Smart Mini packs vanilla Android (Jelly Bean) UI onto a 3.5-inch HVGA (320x480) display, running on a 1GHz single-core MediaTek CPU. That's backed up by 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage and a microSD slot. Around the back there's a 2-megapixel camera. 

So the Vodafone Smart Mini isn't going to win any awards for cutting-edge technology, but it is impressive that you can pick up a fully functional (if basic) smartphone for a tenth of the cost of the latest high-enders. The Smart Mini will be available from later today in black and white, with a pink version to follow.

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3 years ago

C Spire to carry the HTC One


Regional carrier C Spire this morning announced that it'll carry the HTC One. And that's all it announced, saying it'll follow up with more details "in the future."

We, however, have far more on the HTC One, as well as some kick-ass discussions in our HTC One forums.

Source: C Spire

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3 years ago

Moving apps to the SD card on the Samsung Galaxy S4


Apps-to-SD support is coming to the Galaxy S4 in a new software update - here's how to use it.

Samsung's answer to the controversy over storage space on the Galaxy S4 has been to resurrect an old Android feature -- the ability to move apps to your SD card. By offloading heavier apps to your expandable storage (the S4 supports microSDXC cards up to 64GB) you're able to save precious internal storage for other stuff, like the many apps that can't be moved to the SD card. That's right, just like in the Froyo (Android 2.2) days, developers have to specifically allow you to move apps to the SD card, and some popular apps don't support the feature.

Nevertheless, if you're big on gaming, the latest mobile titles can take several hundred megabytes each, and the ability to move these apps to the SD card is a great way to save space. The update to allow apps to be moved to the SD card is rolling out now to unlocked German Galaxy S4s, and other regions and carriers should follow in the weeks ahead.

In the meantime, you can check past the break for our video walkthrough.

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3 years ago

Galaxy Ace 3 tipped for July launch at Carphone Warehouse


Carphone Warehouse has confirmed that it'll stock Samsung's latest entry-level phone, the Galaxy Ace 3. The British retailer hailed the device as "one of the first mid-tier, 4G-ready phones," and the Ace 3 certainly looks like being one of the most affordable ways to get your hands on an LTE-capable smartphone. Carphone's pre-registration page also gives us our first indication of a launch date for the Galaxy Ace 3, with July being targeted for the device's UK release.

For more details on the Galaxy Ace 3, check out yesterday's announcement post.

Source: Carphone Warehouse

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