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1 year ago

Google+ SMS connectivity extended to 41 new countries

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When Google+ launched last summer, users in India and the United States were able to interact with their circles via SMS, however other territories have so far been left out of the text-based fun. That changes today, as Google+'s SMS features are rolled out to 41 new countries, mostly in the developing world --

Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Bahrain, Benin, Cambodia, Cameroon, Congo (DRC), Cote D'Ivoire, Egypt, Ghana, Guinea, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zambia.

The idea is to allow G+ members to interact in places where standard voice and SMS coverage is available, but mobile data is not. By texting a particular number on a supported carrier, users can post to their stream, either publicly, or to a specific circle. Likewise, any responses are fed back by text message.

A list of networks supporting these new SMS features can be found over on the Google+ support page.

Source: Google India Blog

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1 year ago

HTC One X now available on Rogers in Canada

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As expected, Rogers' LTE version of the HTC One X is now available to order online. The Canadian version of HTC's new flagship is available from Rogers off-contract for C$624.99, or C$169.99 with a three-year service agreement. The LTE One X, known internationally as the HTC One XL, swaps its quad-core Tegra 3 chip for a dual-core Snapdragon S4, as Tegra 3 doesn't currently play nice with LTE. Nevertheless, we've been impressed with the S4's performance in other phones, including the One X's 4.3-inch sibling, the HTC One S, so don't dismiss it on core count alone.

In the U.S., this version will launch on AT&T on May 6, for $199 on a two-year contract.

For more on the HTC One X, be sure to check out our exhaustive review of the international version. And if you're in Canada and looking to pick up the LTE version today, be sure to let us know in the comments.

Source: Rogers; via: MobileSyrup

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1 year ago

Samsung S-Cloud rumored to be unveiled alongside new flagship phone

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With the May 3 Samsung Mobile Unpacked event less than two weeks away, we're starting to hear more about what the manufacturer may be unveiling alongside its next flagship. The latest rumor to hit is that Samsung is planning to launch its own cloud storage service, dubbed "S-Cloud" in tandem with the Galaxy S III in London on May 3.

According to Korean news site MK.co.kr, the "S-Cloud" service will offer upwards of 5GB of storage, with no restrictions on the types of content that can be uploaded. "Free and paid" entertainment content is also reported, including TV shows, movies and music. The move could put Samsung into competition with the rumored Google Drive service, expected to be launching soon, as well as more established players like Apple and Dropbox.

Whether Samsung announces a new cloud storage service, or just that other thing we're expecting to see on May 3, we'll be on the ground in London to bring you full coverage.

Source: MK, via: The Verge

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1 year ago

'Samsung Galaxy S III' sighted in leaked video, hiding in plastic dummy case

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Leaked video claims to show 4.6-inch, 720p display, quad-core 1.4GHz chip encased in temporary plastic shell

Update: The original post on Tenhte.vn seems to have been pulled, but you can still check out the embedded video (and photos) after the jump.

​Original story: Behold, the Samsung Galaxy S III! Only, it's probably not the Galaxy S III we'll be seeing in London on May 3, as it seems Samsung's taken to encasing demo units in a temporary plastic shell to to keep the final design of its next flagship top-secret. We've previously heard, as others have, that the earlier purported images of the Samsung "GT-i9300" were in fact final hardware placed inside generic plastic chassis to protect the phone's finished design. And that seems to be exactly what we have here, in the latest leaked images and videos from Vietnamese site Tinhte.

​Tinhte's video provides a fairly thorough tour of the (dummy) hardware and software, and there's a selection of photos to back up their claims, too. In terms of specs, here's what the device seems to be packing --

  • A quad-core CPU running at up to 1.4GHz with 1GB of RAM
  • 4.6-inch SuperAMOLED 720p display (320 DPI) with on-screen buttons
  • Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich with TouchWiz
  • 8MP rear camera with LED flash, 1080p video recording
  • 16GB internal storage plus microSD card support
  • 2050mAh battery
  • NFC support
  • MicroSIM card support

A worthy spec list to be sure, but nothing too surprising, if it turns out to be accurate. Much of the mystery of the Galaxy S III -- or whatever it ends up being called -- now surrounds that elusive final retail design, which so far has remained hidden behind chunky plastic exteriors. Rumors of a micro-arc oxidation finish persist, but with security around the device likely to be even tighter following this latest leak, we might now know for sure until we see this thing in London on May 3.

Check out the photos and video for yourself after the break.

Source: Tinhte

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1 year ago

HTC One X disassembled

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See that beautiful display?  It can come out of the phone, but it's not something you'd want to do to yourself.  XDA China ​has posted instructions on how to disassemble the HTC One X.  It's not for the faint of heart, and the translation isn't perfect, but it's there for those of us that care about such things.

For someone like me (a self-professed hardware junkie) this is extremely interesting.  The One X is definitely one of the most desirable pieces of hardware to come from HTC in a while, and seeing how they package the components in the thin, one-piece polycarbonate shell really makes you realize how much work goes into the engineering of these things.

We get a good look at the display, which is the Super LCD 2 variety (learn more about display tech in our display tech discussion), Tegra 3 chip, and all the other various boards, chips, and cameras that make this phone awesome.

And see, the battery CAN be removed.  

Source: PCOnline; Thanks, garfnodie!

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1 year ago

Hands-on with the LG Optimus Elite

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Sprint and LG were at tonight's Pepcom event in New York City, where the theme was eco-friendly technology. On hand was the upcoming Optimus Elite, the entry-level "green" device scheduled for an April 22 release. The Elite will not be the device of your dreams, but for $29.99 on contract, there really isn't much here to complain about. 

The Elite's got 3.5-inch display with a 320x480 resolution-- if you've gotten used to an HD display, this one's going to feel like a punch in the forehead. There's an 800 Mhz single-core processor pumping Gingerbread under the hood, and a 5 megapixel camera around back. The Elite is NFC-enabled, which means you'll have access to Google Wallet without breaking your wallet. Performance wise there's nothing truly remarkable, nor is there anything disappointing. I didn't notice any slowdowns or stutters, but if you're looking to do some heavy-duty computing, look elsewhere. The Elite will ship in two colors: white and titan silver.

The Elite will launch on Sprint.com on Earth Day-- a fitting release date for this ULE Platinum and CarbonFree-certified device. If you want to pick one up in stores, you'll have to wait until May 18th. Oh, and if prepaid is your preferred flavor, you're in luck-- the Elite will be heading to Virigin Mobile in the near future, though how near is yet to be announced. Hit the break for some photos and a quick video.

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1 year ago

Sprint Samsung Galaxy Nexus preorder inventory already sold out

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Just in case you never got around to preordering your Samsung Galaxy Nexus on Sprint, you won't really have to worry about it any more. As noted on the Sprint website, they've already sold through their allotted preorder inventory and are advising folks to just pick one up on April 22nd in stores. That is, assuming you can find one. Anyone want to speculate what helped preorder sales? We have a small idea that certainly could have helped a little.

Source: Sprint; Thanks, Zachary!

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1 year ago

Path adds camera lenses to their Android app bringing it more in line with their iOS offering

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When Path first launched on Android it was, for the most part, on par with that of its iOS version. However, there were some small things left out and then one really big item that you may or may not have noticed, depending on your device history. Lenses otherwise known as filters, were not present in the Android version at launch despite having been available on iOS for quite some time.

That all changes today though, the now updated version of Path brings lenses to Android with a selection of seven in total to choose from -- Pro, Ansel, Instant, Diana, Lomo, Country and Lake. The updated version is available now in the Google Play Store of which, you can find the link to after the break. Go on then, what are you waiting for? Start checking them out.

Source: Path

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1 year ago

HTC One X case: As slim and sleek as the phone itself

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We're in meetings this week with HTC in Seattle. And along with some great candid conversation with the smartphone manufacturer, we've gotten a look at an extra slim case that's in the works for the HTC One X. It's a plastic deal that adds just a tiny bit of thickness to the phone, wrapping around the side of the device. We've seen the orange case on one of the white One X's, and it's a pretty stark contrast. The white phone becomes an orange phone with hints of its former self poking through. Note the cutout for the camera, of course.

No word on when and where these will be available, so stay tuned.

More in the HTC One X forums

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1 year ago

Xperia P and U pegged for early May launch in the UK

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Hot on the heels of the Xperia S come Sony's mid-range and entry-level offerings, the Xperia P and Xperia U. We got to see both devices at the announcement event at Mobile World Congress a couple of months back, and if you're interested in picking either up, you should only have another 2-3 weeks left to wait.

UK retailer Clove Technology now lists both upcoming Xperia phones for pre-order, with an expected release date during the week commencing May 7. The Xperia P is available in black and silver, and will set you back £330 off-contract, the Xperia U comes in black and white, and sells for £204.

Pre-order pricing and release dates are always subject to change, but Clove has a proven track record when it comes to this sort of thing. And given the closeness of the purported release dates, we're inclined to believe them in this instance.

For more on the Xperia P and Xperia U, check out our hands-on coverage from MWC.

Source: Clove Technology (1, 2)

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