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3 years ago

HTC One Android 4.3 update coming to dev. edition this week, Canada next month

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HTC One developer edition should see updates in the next few days, and Canada will follow by month's end

HTC America president Jason Mackenzie has taken to Twitter to deliver some news that plenty of folks have been waiting for. As we told you a while ago, HTC decided to halt the 4.2 rollout to HTC One phones and instead focus on getting 4.3 and the latest version of Sense pushed out. If things all go according to Mackenzie's prediction, folks using the developer edition should be seeing their updates in the next few days, and Canadian customers should have it by the end of the month.

Good news – the latest Sense experience & Android 4.3 will push to One Dev Edition owners this week & One customers in Canada by month end.

There was no word on the European and international models, but our prior correspondence with HTC has said they will be getting an update to Android 4.3 along with an even newer build of Sense in the near future. Of course, if you're in the US and have a carrier branded model, you've got an extra layer of waiting in the mix. Hopefully, we'll hear good news from the carriers soon.

Source: @JasonMacHTC

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3 years ago

Amazon offering Sprint HTC One for $0.01, Galaxy S4 for $49.99 for new customers

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Save $50 or $100 off what Sprint is charging directly on two of the hottest phones

Amazon has just kicked off a sale starting today and running through this Wednesday that is discounting all colors of the HTC One and Galaxy S4 for Sprint. The HTC One can be had for $0.01 on-contract provided you're a new customer, or $99.99 for upgrading existing customers. The Galaxy S4 is $49.99 for new customers and $149.99 for upgrades.

HTC One

Samsung Galaxy S4

That marks a $99 discount for either customer type on the HTC One and a $50 discount on the Galaxy S4. If you've been holding out for a deal to switch or upgrade your phone on Sprint, now may be the time.

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3 years ago

Moto X update coming to T-Mobile version, improves camera quality

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A software update for the Moto X is rolling out to T-Mobile customers today, and mixed into the list of improvements and bug fixes is some news that most everyone is waiting to hear — Improved photos (color accuracy, exposure, focus speed). Also listed, and equally important (though not as high profile) are fixes for Moto Assist, "choppy" audio during voice calls and improved Touchless Control. Those are important, and it's great to see them addressed so quickly.

But the camera is what most users have been grumbling about. It's clearly capable of decent images, as you can see a few here and there. But often, the Moto X seems to struggle when trying to get the right shot. Hopefully, today's update helps.

There's no word on when or if we'll see this update for other carrier models, or the new unlocked developer editions, but we would expect that to happen. We've checked our AT&T units, of course, and will continue to do so.

For a great look at the camera improvements, hit up Droid-Life and see some side-by-side comparisons of old versus new.

Via: Android Central forums

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3 years ago

Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear coming to Sprint on October 4

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$349.99 for the phone, $299.99 for the watch

Sprint has just announced that it'll be carrying the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 from Oct. 4, along with its companion device, the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. The phone will run an eye-watering $349.99 on-contract, and will be available in black and white (no blush pink, we're afraid). The watch will set you back $299.99, same as other carriers are charging.

Sprint will launch the Note 3 and Galaxy Gear a few days after they hit AT&T and T-Mobile — on Oct. 1 and 2 respectively. Verizon's Note 3 will follow around a week later, on Oct. 10.

More: Galaxy Note 3 hands-on preview

Source: Sprint

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3 years ago

Oppo N1 announced with 5.9-inch screen, rotating camera and optional CyanogenMod

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... And there's a touchpad on the back, too

At an event in Beijing this morning, Oppo announced its new high-end Android phone, the N1. It's a device which scores a number of interesting "firsts" — the first smartphone with a rotatable camera, for high-quality selfies. And it's also the first phone to officially support CyanogenMod, after the project went commercial last week.

The 5.9-inch handset sports a 1080p IPS display, and on the inside it's running a Snapdragon 600 CPU at 1.7GHz, with 2GB of RAM and 16 or 32GB of storage. Powering all that is an enormous 3610mAh battery.

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3 years ago

LG Vu 3 announced for Korea

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Latest LG Vu handset drops the 'Optimus' name, adds Snapdragon 800

LG has announced a new device in its quirky 4:3 aspect ratio Vu product line, the Vu 3. Initially headed to the company's native South Korea, the Vu 3 will pack a 5.2-inch, 1280x960-resolution display and run Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 800 chip. There's a built-in stylus this time too, an improvement upon earlier Vu handsets which provided a pen that couldn't be siloed away. The appears to be running LG's software tricks, which we've recently seen on the G2, so it's likely running at least Android 4.2.

Other highlights include a 13-megapixel camera and LTE-A support for super-fast Korean mobile networks, as well as a range of optional "QuickView" covers, just like the G2. The Vu 3 will arrive in Korea from this Friday, Sept. 27; there's currently no indication as to whether a wider international launch is planned.

Source: LG (Korean)

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3 years ago

Verizon Kyocera Hydro Elite review

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A basic phone at the bottom of Verizon's lineup with a few interesting features 

Kyocera is one of those phone manufacturers that has never been known as a maker of high-end devices, but rather a combination of spec phones for carriers and an interesting line of rugged or specialized devices for certain people. Along with Sprint and many prepaid carriers, Verizon is building a relationship with Kyocera for a variety of low-end devices to help anchor its product lines.

Although its "Elite" name may make you think it should be a bit higher-end, the Kyocera Hydro Elite is yet another low-end device that can be sold quick and cheap to just the right consumer, and likely be put on sale for $0.99 when the holidays come around. For the moment the Hydro Elite is anchoring the lower end of Verizon's lineup, and also happens to be one of its few waterproof options.

Read along after the break to see the merits of the Kyocera Hydro Elite on Verizon.

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3 years ago

Some Sony Xperia Z1s getting first firmware update

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HSPA+ Xperia Z1 owners reporting small firmware version bump

The Sony Xperia Z1 has only been available for a few days, but it looks like the first firmware upgrade is already pushing out for some devices. Reports from XperiaBlog say the HSPA+-only Xperia Z1 in India is getting an update to firmware version 14.1.G.1.531 (from .518), though there don't seem to be any obvious changes in the new build. As such, we're guessing it's mostly bug fixes and minor tweaks — and we've noticed one or two software issues on our review unit that could use a fix.

We're not seeing the update on our LTE-capable Xperia Z1 just yet though, so it's likely the new version will be pushed out in stages, as has been the case with earlier Sony OTAs.

Source: XperiaBlog

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3 years ago

Fess up: Who's buying an iPhone today?

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Here at Android Central it's just another Friday. But elsewhere it's iPhone day, with Apple releasing two new smartphones simultaneously for the first time ever. And we're sure some of you will be tempted to pick up the new iPhone 5s, with its optional gold exterior and 64-bit CPU. Or maybe the plastic fantastic iPhone 5c is your thing, with its numerous color options.

We're not here to judge, so feel free to fess up down in the comments. And if you're staying loyal to the Android army let us know which Android phone you're using — or thinking of picking up — instead of Apple's latest.

You'll find more iPhone launch day coverage from our friends over on iMore.

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3 years ago

Sony's 'no more leaks' sign gets leaked

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When it comes to information about upcoming handsets, Sony has proved to be a rather leaky organization. We were hearing details about its current flagship phone, the Xperia Z1, some four months ahead of its announcement. Understandably, Sony higher-ups want to put a stop to this trend, and so anti-leaking posters have been deployed throughout the company's headquarters. Naturally, that poster itself has now been leaked online.

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3 years ago

LG G2 tips and tricks: Long-press the volume buttons for app shortcuts

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The LG G2 brings with it some interesting new features. Chief among them is the moving of the power button and volume buttons to the rear of the phone. Used in conjunction with the "Knock-on" feature for turning on the display, it brings (somewhat) of a sense of normalcy to a very different phone.

But there's a bit of added functionality that we'd recommend you not forget about — and that brings us back to those rearward-facing volume buttons.

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia Z1 video walkthrough

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Find out how Sony's Snapdragon 800-powered beast stacks up

We're in the process of reviewing Sony's latest smartphone, the Xperia Z1, but we've had just enough time with the phone to bring you a video walkthrough of the device. With a new aluminum-framed chassis, Sony's "Triluminos" screen tech and a 20.7-megapixel camera, the Z1 certainly has the specs to impress — but hardware alone doesn't tell the full story. So check past the break to find out more about the phone in our complete video guide. You'll find that, and a hands-on photo gallery after the break.

Got questions? Hit the Xperia Z1 Q&A thread in the Android Central forums.

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3 years ago

Republic Wireless gets the Moto X in November for $299 outright

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Fledgling operator Republic Wireless — which has some of the more interesting plans we've seen in some time — today announced that it'll carry the Moto X starting in November. It'll cost $299 outright — as in no contract — with plans starting at $5 a month.

Yeah, you read that right.

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3 years ago

Update rolling out for the Verizon LG G2

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Attention, Verizon LG G2 owners: There's an update awaiting you this morning. We're trying to track down a changelog — "enhancements and improvements" is all we've got so far —  but you're up to Software version VS98011A, so there's that.

Please stand by.

More: Verizon; Thanks, Cory, Jason and iLLusive!

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3 years ago

We're answering your Sony Xperia Z1 questions on the Android Central forums!

Got questions about Sony's latest handset? Hit up the forums!

We've got the Sony Xperia Z1 in-house, and we're busy giving it the full review treatment. In the meantime if you've got questions about Sony's latest and greatest smartphone, you'll want to hit up our Xperia Z1 forums, where we're serving up the answers you crave.

Maybe you're wondering about how that 20.7-megapixel camera stacks up against the competition. Or how fast that Snapdragon 800 CPU really is. Maybe it's the 1080p "Triluminos" display that's piqued your interest. Whatever you need to know about the Xperia Z1, post in the forum thread linked below and we'll do our best to clue you in.

More: Sony Xperia Z Q&A in the Android Central forums

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