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3 years ago

Cricket to offer monthly phone payment plans, Muve music updated to 4.0

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Cricket has announced today that they too will be moving forward with plans to purchase devices on payments. Their new flexible financing comes in three flavors, with a category for everyone. 

For users with good credit, Cricket will be offering a plan with no financing fees. For users with questionable credit, but still qualify, there will be a plan with low financing fees, and for folks who would rather skip the credit check all together there's a plan that will still offer competitive financing rates. For some phones, these plans will require a down payment. These down-payments will start at $25. Full details will follow in a Leap Wireless (Cricket's parent company) press release.

In addition to the phone payment options, Cricket also announced a major update to the Muve Music service. The new 4.0 version of the service will feature a new user interface to access all the features, and subscribers will no longer need to have a special SD card to use the music service. The new Muve Music 4.0 will first be available on the Samsung Galaxy S3, the Samsung Galaxy S4, the Samsung Galaxy Discover and the Samsung Galaxy Admire 2. Other devices will follow later in the year.

For more details, visit the Leap Wireless site below.

Source: Leap Wireless

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S4 in Canada becomes next in line for a software update

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Galaxy S4 model SGH-M919V gets update that includes Apps2SD support

Continuing to make the rounds -- this time in Canada -- model variant SGH-M919V of the Galaxy S4 has begun its over-the-air update rollout. Reports of receiving this update are not widespread just yet, but users on carrier-branded phones in Canada are likely to start seeing the update notification very soon.

The firmware version for this new update is M919VVLUAMG1, and reportedly includes the following changes:

  • Apps2SD
  • Some new icons in the settings
  • Additional 'Smart Pause' button in quick settings
  • Stability improvements
  • Upgrades the camera firmware.
  • Storage shown as 16GB now, but 6.38 GB is occupied by System memory under 'Misc'

Screenshots of the update are also available. For the screenshots -- as well as the original forum post -- see the source link below.

Thanks arjunamin! More: XDA Deveopers

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia SP hitting Canada this summer

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Sony mid-ranger coming to Rogers, Fido, Virgin

A quick heads-up for Sony fans in Canada — the Japanese manufacturer's current mid-range offering, the Xperia SP, will be headed to Canadian shores this summer. A Sony press release brings word that Rogers, Fido and Virgin will range the device, which packs a 4.6-inch 720p display, a dual-core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU, 1GB of RAM and an 8-megapixel Exmor RS camera.

We recently reviewed the Xperia SP and found it to be a decent mid-ranger, though one with a few niggling issues concerning performance and display quality.

There's no specific release date for the Xperia SP in Canada, however Sony did confirm that it'll be offering the black version of the phone in the Canadian market.

More: Sony Xperia SP review

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3 years ago

Sprint's HTC One getting an update for HD Voice

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If you've got an HTC One on Sprint, be on the lookout for a little update starting today. Sprint's pushing software version 1.31.651.2 that has an "HD Voice enhancement" and fixes things so Sprint's ringtones will show up in the ringtones list. HD Voice, of course, requires you to be speaking to someone else who has an HD Voice-capable phone. 

Keep an eye out for it any time now.

Source: Sprint; via HTC One (Sprint) forums

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia Z Ultra expected in stock Sept. 13

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A quick heads up for those in the UK that retailer Expansys expects to have the Sony Xperia Z Ultra in stock starting Sept. 13. Priced at £639.99, the Ultra, of course, is the monstrous 6.44-inch more-than-a-phone-but-not-quite-a-tablet device we took a look at a couple weeks ago. Here's how Alex Dobie put it at the time:

Our brief time with the device has left us impressed. This isn't a mainstream phone, but just like the Galaxy Note line it's not really trying to be. Sony's aiming for a heavy hitter with the Xperia Z Ultra, a device targeted at the growing audience of buyers who want a sizeable mobile device — something larger than a phone yet smaller than a tablet. And for the moment, Sony's 6.44-incher is the best big phone we've seen.

Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean running on a Snapdragon 800? Yep, it's a beast. 

More: Expansys

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3 years ago

HTC One Mini crops up on Chinese certification site

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HTC '601e' single-SIM device with WCDMA headed to China

Adding further fuel to the HTC One Mini fire, Chinese certification database TENAA has listed a brand new single-SIM HTC device that's the spitting image of a phone we've seen in numerous leaked photos. The HTC '601e' is listed with Android software and HSDPA/HSUPA data connectivity, and looks an awful lot like a 4.3-inch HTC One — note the metallic back and trademark front-facing speakers. The volume rocker appears a little different to the HTC One in this image, as two separate buttons rather than a rocker. And the Mini's LED flash has been relocated to above the camera lens.

With HTC itself teasing the arrival of something small but mighty, hopefully it won't be too long before the One Mini is officially unveiled.

Source: TENAA; via: Engadget, ePrice

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia Z available for purchase from T-Mobile: $99 down or $579 outright

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Sony Wireless Bluetooth Speaker included with purchase while supplies last

Whether it's much of a feat or not, T-Mobile has locked up the exclusive launch of the Sony Xperia Z on its network and now is the time you can finally get your pre-order in. While the device has been available from Sony Store locations since its announcement last week, chances are many people's first opportunity to buy the device will be online from T-Mobile. Pre-orders are slated to only last for today, as the device goes on sale officially starting July 17 — tomorrow — but the added bonus of pre-odering will be a free Sony Wireless Bluetooth Speaker (valued at $69.99) and overnight shipping.

The Xperia Z will set you back $99 down and $20 per month on an Equipment Installment Plan, or an outright price of $579 for the waterproof handset. Those interested in buying the device outright can always order directly from Sony's online store as well (bypassing T-Mobile) and still take advantage of the free Bluetooth speaker bundle.

Ready to pull the trigger? Hit the source links below and get your order in.

Source: T-Mobile; Sony

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3 years ago

In pictures: The 'glamor red' HTC One

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HTC's recently taken the wraps off a new color variant for the HTC One — anodized "glamor red" — and we've had the chance to get our hands on the new, eye-catching version of HTC's latest. The red version, which is exclusive to Phones4u in the UK, is most reminiscent of the black variant, being twinned with a dark grey accents around its sides and back. The Beats Audio branding, red and white on other HTC Ones, is a lighter shade of gray on the "glamor red." The anodized finish also gives the device a smoother feel than the more common silver version.

Besides these superficial changes, we're dealing with the same phone we're already more than familiar with — quad-core Snapdragon 600 CPU, 1080p SuperLCD display, "Ultrapixel" camera — you get the idea.

Check out our gallery after the break for a closer look at this new flavor of HTC One.

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3 years ago

New render appears purporting to be Sony 'Honami'

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New render emerges claiming to be the rumored 'Honami' with specs in line with earlier reports

As is so often the way with new Sony phones, we're treated to plenty of leaks well ahead of any actual launch, and the rumored 'Honami' is no exception. The latest leak comes by way of ePrice and claims to be a press render of the forthcoming high-end Xperia smartphone. In terms of appearance, it looks pretty much in line with the earlier leaked images we've seen. 

Accompanying the image, ePrice also has a bunch of purported specs, the majority of which also fit well in line with previous leaks. A 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, 2GB of RAM, 16GB on-board storage with microSD card expansion, a 5-inch 1080p display with Sony's Triluminos technology and a 3000mAh battery. We're also hearing about a Sony G-Lens for the 20.7MP rear camera, and a BIONZ image processing engine. 

At this point in time, it looks like the 'Honami' will come to town with a heavy focus on photography. It would be in good company too with recent devices from Nokia and Samsung both having serious photography aimed credentials. At this point in time, we're anticipating that Sony's September 4 press conference at IFA 2013 in Berlin may well be the first time we get official word, and of course, we'll be on the ground in Germany if and when we get to see it. 

Source: ePrice

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3 years ago

HTC reminds us that little things can pack quite a punch in this infographic

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Sometimes, it's the little things that count.

HTC has posted this clever (and disturbing) infographic about little things that deliver more than you would think they can. While learning about Mantis Shrimp and Tyrion Lannister is always fun, we all know what they're getting at.

We've seen enough to know the HTC One Mini is real, and that it's coming. All that's left is for HTC to make it official. See the full (as in: GIANT) infographic after the break.

Source: HTC

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3 years ago

ZTE Geek announced again, this time with Tegra 4 and 1080p display

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ZTE makes good on promise of first Tegra 4 device with new internals for previously announced phone

Rather than watch its flagships be leaked over and over again, ZTE has jumped out in front of speculation and announced the ZTE Geek, the world's first Tegra 4 phone. The name "Geek" may ring a bell, and that's because ZTE had previously announced this device back in April as an Intel CloverTrail+ processor device. Following leaks of a "ZTE U988S" device that looked very similar, ZTE spilled the beans today that the ZTE Geek will indeed be a Tegra 4 device, with a few other subtle changes from the original announcement.

This updated ZTE Geek, which is headed only to China Mobile for the moment, bumps up the 5-inch display's resolution to 1080p from 720p, the camera to 13MP from 8MP and will be the first phone to run a 1.8GHz quad-core Tegra 4 processor along with 2GB of RAM. Because this red Tegra 4-powered version will be exclusive to China Mobile for the time being, we're not sure about the fate of its original Intel-powered predecessor or the international availability of either handset.

Source: Engadget

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3 years ago

What's in a name: The Droid RAZR Ultra

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A Droid RAZR Ultra, by any other name, would still smell as sweet -- and sell like hotcakes

We don't particularly put a lot of faith into leaked CelleBrite screen shots, but this is one we had to pass along. Why? Because the Droid RAZR Ultra makes perfect sense.

The Droid RAZR line was a huge hit for Verizon and Motorola, and it would be a great way to use that success to push the next big thing from the two. We've all seen how branding can help a phone go from a success to a smash hit, and Verizon loves them some branding and labeling.

We won't be surprised if this is just one of those things and the RAZR name isn't attached to the Droid Ultra, but we also wouldn't be surprised if it were. If the leaks are to be believed, we'll know more soon.

Discuss in the Droid Ultra forums

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia Z coming to Canada as a Bell exclusive

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Sony's latest flagship is scheduled for a Bell release later this month

Bell and Sony have announced the Sony Xperia Z -- our underwater friend -- is officially coming to Canada as a Bell exclusive later this month. While some carriers, like T-Mobile in the U.S., already have a solid release date, we've yet to pin down an exact date for Bell. With an expected release of this month, an official launch date should be announced very soon.

The Sony Xperia Z comes with a 5-inch full HD "Reality Display," 13MP camera with HDR, IP55 & IP57 ratings for water and dust resistance, and a 1.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor with 2GB RAM. Sony's own "WALKMAN," Album, and Movies apps come preloaded for integrated multimedia access.

For a complete walkthrough of all the Sony Xperia Z has to offer - as well as the most important pros and cons - see our official Xperia Z review.

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3 years ago

HTC One Android 4.2 update officially rolling out in UK 'from today'

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Biggest update yet for HTC's leading handset

The HTC One Android 4.2.2 update has been pushing out in parts of Europe for over a week now. However the HTC UK Twitter account has revealed that today is the official UK launch day, and that British One owners should now be able to download the new firmware.

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3 years ago

Latest HTC One Mini leak reveals front, back and specs

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1.4GHz Snapdragon S4, 1GB RAM, 16GB storage, 720p display

The HTC One Mini hasn't yet been officially announced, but thanks to a steady stream of leaks we already know a great deal about what to expect from HTC's upcoming mid-ranger. The device has appeared yet again today, over on German-based blog AndroidNext.de. The outlet scored shots of the Mini's front face and back panel — almost identical to the full-size HTC One, with a few minor differences — along with a hardware details from the CPU-Z app which confirm what many were suspecting.

The HTC One Mini is said to pack a 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 CPU, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, of which 11.2GB is available for use, and a 1280x720 display. The phone has a 4-megapixel "Ultrapixel" camera around the back, and a 1.6-megapixel front-facer, the site reports. On the software side, it's running HTC Sense 5 atop Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean — the same Android version to which the European HTC One has recently been updated.

With the device now in carrier testing, according to today's report, hopefully it won't be too long before the HTC One Mini is officially unveiled for all to see. Sources have told Android Central to expect an early August launch for HTC's "Mini," while the larger "HTC One Max" is on track for a September arrival.

Source: AndroidNext.de

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