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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S4 kernel source released

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Kernel source code is now available for the GT-I9500, GT-I9505, and SGH-I337M

GPL compliance is a wonderful thing -- Samsung has just posted the kernel source code for three Galaxy S4 models: GT-I9500, GT-I9505, and SGH-I337M. All three sources are currently available for download through the Samsung open source repository. While this doesn't help the average user (plus nobody actually has the phone yet), it will allow kernel developers to begin tweaking Samsung's kernel in order to get flashable zips ready for root users once the phone launches.

The Galaxy S family has been huge with the aftermarket developer community in the past, and despite some initial bad news, there is no reason that the Galaxy S4 can't reach the same level of support and popularity among ROM and kernel devs. It will be interesting to see how far this powerhouse of a phone will be pushed. The links to the source code can be found below.

Source: Samsung; via Android Police

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3 years ago

HTC apologizes, gives more details on dev edition delay

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Weather, security in wake of Boston terror attack affecting shipping nationwide

Update: I, and others in our HTC One forums, have started to get shipping notifications, backing up what HTC told us .

Original: We've just gotten some more details from HTC regarding the shipping delay for its 32-gigabyte SIM-unlocked HTC One as well as the 64-gigabyte "developer edition" with its unlockable bootloader.

The official word form HTC is still "before the end of April," but things might well not be that bad. 

We'll explain ...

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia SP hands-on

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Sony looks to follow up the Xperia Z with a worth mid-range contender

Back in March Sony announced the Xperia SP - a mid range device but still with some pretty impressive specifications. Of course the device is overshadowed by the Xperia Z, but we were reasonably impressed during our recent hands-on time with the SP, and it should give other mid range handsets a run for their money.

The Xperia SP sports a 4.6-inch 720p "HD Reality display," and combined with Sony's Mobile Bravia Engine 2 the screen looks super crisp, and the colors really pop out when viewed front-on. Sony's 8MP camera is on board with 'Exmore RS for Mobile' for producing some decent photographs thanks to its stacked image sensor. In addition, the "battery stamina mode" should improve battery life over long days, as we saw in our review of the Xperia Z.

Powered by a 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 chip performance seems fast and I didn't experience any lag with my short time with the device. The SP's aluminum frame feels great in the hand. It's not the thinnest of phones but it's still sufficiently comfortable.

We'll have a full review of the Xperia SP coming up in the near future, so if this one looks your cup of tea then keep watching Android Central in the weeks ahead.

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3 years ago

HTC One gains greater availability today - here's what you need to know

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Who's got the HTC One, and what to do with it once you've picked it up​

Today's the day many of us have been waiting for -- the HTC One is finally available. Folks in the UK and a couple other countries have had it for a week or two now, and even a few in the U.S. sneaked one out over the past few days. But today it's official. Three U.S. operators and others worldwide are now selling the phone that many believe is a must-win for HTC.

We've been using the HTC One for more than a month now -- be sure to read our full HTC One review --  and it's safe to say that this is a lot of phone. The hardware is certainly is something to crow about -- the display is gorgeous, the phone is fast and the new front-facing speakers have to be heard to be believed. The new camera has some excellent features and is capable of taking excellent photos. And HTC got some interesting new software features.

So if you're just getting started with the HTC One, or if you're just now looking at getting one, strap it. We'll explain it all for you.

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3 years ago

HTC One developer edition and unlocked editions delayed

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E-mail notification says 'slight delay' in shipping; cases won't hit until mid-May

Uh oh. If you ordered the 32GB unlocked or 64GB developer version of the HTC One directly from HTC (via Let's Talk), you might have just received the same e-mail we did, indicating some sort of delay.

Hello Phil

We have an important update about your order. Due to shipping issues with the 32G unlocked and 64G Developers Editions of the New HTC One®, there will be a slight delay in shipping your HTC One® to you. We expect to have your phone delivered to you, via overnight shipping, before the end of April. We’ll do everything we can to get it shipped to you as soon as possible.

Also, due to overwhelming demand, there will be a delay in shipping your free case. We expect to begin receiving the Double Dip cases in mid-May, and will ship them as soon as they’re available.

We understand the excitement and anticipation that comes with a new phone, and we are confident that the HTC One® will exceed that anticipation

Thanks for the support,

HTC ShopAmerica

That's no bueno, especially since HTC has had a couple dates -- April 18 and April 23 -- listed thus far, and no new shipping date is listed here. And that's to say nothing of the HTC One facing a global delay from March in the first place.

We're gonna rattle some bushes and see what we can find out. Stay tuned.

More in the HTC One forums.

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3 years ago

Verizon confirms Samsung Galaxy S4 coming in May

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No date was given, but previous leaked information points to May 30

Verizon has confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy S4 will be available on their network during the month of May via Twitter this afternoon. We've previously seen a May 30 date leaked from Staples for the Verizon version of the S4, but no actual date was given today.

As just about every other US carrier has given out release information on their version of the Galaxy S4, it' nice to see Verizon say something -- even if it is just the month. With May right around the corner, I've a feeling we'll know more soon. Of course, we'll let you know as soon as we do.

Source: @VZWnews

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3 years ago

LG Lucid 2 review

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Don't just pass this one by - Verizon's potentially got a sleeper hit on its hands with the LG Lucid 2

With a fanfare-free launch, a budget-friendly price tag, and modest specs, you wouldn’t think that the Lucid 2 means a lot for Verizon’s portfolio; in the shadow of some of the greatest Android devices ever created, it’s easy to overlook LG’s latest entry as just another filler in Big Red’s lineup.

Think again.

Not only is the Lucid 2 a spectacular device, it marks a major step in the evolution of Android. The days of having to fork over $200 for a decent Android smartphone are long gone, and the fact that this remains true even on the largest (and most expensive) wireless carrier in America is a bigger deal than you think.

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3 years ago

Archos announces new line of stock Android (and Google-certified) smartphones

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Manufacturer Archos has just announced a trio of new Android smartphones -- each with stock Android and including the full suite of Google Play services.

The three phones run the gamut in size, as well. The Archos 35 Carbon is the budget phone of the group, starting things out with a 3.5-inch IPS display and a 320x480 resolution, powered by a 1 GHz Qualcomm 7225a processor and 1GB of RAM. It's running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

The Archos 50 Platinum bumps things up to a 5-inch display and Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, powered by a Qualcomm 8225Q quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM.

And the Archos 53 Platinum takes the 50 Platinum and bumps things up to a 5.3-inch IPS display.

All three phones are 3G only -- no LTE here -- and are expected to be available in Europe by June.

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3 years ago

Vote for your favorite user-submitted video in our HTC One developer phone giveaway

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The One where you help us pick the winner of the HTC One developer edition

Last week we started up a contest with an awesome prize -- a 64GB HTC One developer edition. It wasn't an ordinary contest (this isn't an ordinary phone) where you drop your name in a hat and Mr. Random Number Generator grabs one. Instead we decided to make it fun and all of you involved and engaged by submitting a short video of yourselves and your old phone. 

Part 1 of the contest is over, so it's time to begin the next phase -- the one where you fine folks pick the winner.

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3 years ago

TalkTalk latest UK carrier to offer Samsung Galaxy S4, pre-orders begin April 22

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Samsung's latest and greatest available for free on plans starting at £30 per month

We're edging ever closer to the day that real people can get their real hands on the Samsung Galaxy S4. There's naturally no shortage of options for anyone looking to pick one up, but the latest throwing their hat in the ring in the UK is TalkTalk. The MVNO carrier is still relatively new to the mobile game, but that hasn't stopped them going all out and launching one of the hottest phones to hit this year. 

The Galaxy S4 will be available on TalkTalk from April 26, and pre-orders will begin on April 22. Price plans vary between "Small, Medium and Large" but the phone can be had free of charge on all plans from £30 per month. 

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3 years ago

US Cellular Galaxy S4 pricing and free accessory announced

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Devices will be available for purchase 'late April' for $199.99 with instant rebate

If you're preordering the Samsung Galaxy S4 through US Cellular, you'll be happy to know they just sweetened the pot. Today the carrier announced the giveaway of free S View flip covers to everyone that places a preorder using their official page. Not bad, considering the accessory retails for $59.99.

The 16GB phone will be available in White Frost and Black Mist at launch, priced at $199.99 with an instant rebate. We are still waiting for a date to be announced, but we do know that it will be sometime in late April. Hit the break for the full press release.

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3 years ago

T-Mobile launching the Samsung Galaxy S4 from April 24

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Highly anticipated Galaxy S4 to be available for $149.99 up front plus monthly payments

Improving on their initial May 1 release date for the Samsung Galaxy S4, T-Mobile has announced that Samsung's latest and greatest will be available online beginning April 24. The upfront price -- $149.99 with 24 monthly payments of $20 for the phone with their Simple Choice plan. If you're still not so sure on how the 'un-carrier' goes about selling things these days, be sure to check out Andrew's run through.

The T-Mobile Galaxy S4 will be packing the 1.9GHz Snapdragon 600 processor as with all other U.S. variants, backed up of course by Android 4.2.2.  The full press release can be found after the break. 

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3 years ago

Sprint Galaxy S4 available April 27 for $249 on contract

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Sprint has just announced that its Samsung Galaxy S4 will be available April 27 for $249 with a two-year contract. If you port your number to Sprint, however, you'll get another $100.

Preorders start April 18.

Sprint's Galaxy S4 will be available in white frost or black mist, also known as the colors black and white.

As is the case with the U.S. variants, it'll be running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor at 1.9 GHz. 

Source: Sprint

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S4 hits U.S. carriers and retailers in the next two weeks

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Individual release date details and pricing to come from carriers and retail outlets themselves

Samsung this morning has announced that the Galaxy S4 will be available in the United States by the end of the month. Individual carrier announcements are still to come, but here's what we know so far:

  • T-Mobile: Already announced its GS4 will be available May 1 for a $99 down payment. (Might we see that date shift to meet this April window? Wouldn't surprise us.) Update: T-Mobile will have it available online April 24, in stores May 1.
  • AT&T: We've got a pretty good indication that AT&T will begin to ship out Galaxy S4 orders (and presumably have them on store shelves) on April 30, but Samsung wants to remind everybody that it's going to be awfully easy to get your hands on the new Galaxy S4 in the very near future.
  • Verizon: Still no official date, but the phone did just show up on Samsung's site in black and white. (Not like we didn't know they exist, of course.) 
  • Sprint: Previously said to look for it in the second quarter, so, yeah. Update: April 27 it is, folks. Preorders start April 18.
  • Other carriers: US Cellular, Cricket and C Spire are all on the same April time frame.
  • Retailers: The Galaxy S4 also will be sold at seven retail outlets (Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile, Costco, Radio Shack, Sam’s Club, Staples, Target and Wal-Mart). You'll not be able to shake a stick without hitting a Galaxy S4 it seems -- and that's a good thing.
  • The U.S. versions of the S4 will offer the proven powerhouse of the Snapdragon 600, with a new high -res 1080p 5-inch display. That, and 2GB of RAM have been crammed into a package that's actually smaller than the Galaxy S3 by reducing the bezels on either side of the device. The folks who have had the chance to use one are saying some good things, and we're looking forward to getting one of our own to play with and put through the paces. 

We'll continue to tell you the official word from carriers and stores as they trickle out, in the meantime hit the break for the full press release from Samsung.

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3 years ago

AT&T pushing out Jelly Bean update for LG Escape

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Update to Android 4.1 also includes AT&T Drivemode app, available as an OTA

The LG Escape on AT&T is a decent enough offering for the more budget conscious smartphone buyer, but when it launched in late 2012 it still came packing Ice Cream Sandwich. Definitely not unusual, especially for an LG phone at the time, but AT&T has announced an update to Android 4.1 is now available. 

Jelly Bean of course brings with it Project Butter, Google Now and expandable notifications, but AT&T is also throwing in their Drivemode app. Drivemode is designed to help prevent phone use and driving -- which, is extremely irresponsible as we all know -- by automatically replying to text, emails and calls once you reach 25mph. 

To grab yourselves the update head into Settings>General>About phone>Software Update>Update Now and follow the on-screen prompts. 

Source: AT&T

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