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3 years ago

Taiwanese HTC One getting Android 4.3 update

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Camera fixes and custom music in video highlights also included

Right on schedule, the HTC One has started receiving its Android 4.3 update in HTC's home country of Taiwan. The 512MB over-the-air update for the Taiwanese HTC One contains the latest version of Google's OS, along with "improvements to color contrasts in low light situations" and the ability to add custom music to video highlight reels in the gallery. The latter feature was present on the HTC One Mini, but until now it's been absent from the full-sized One.

Elsewhere, HTC America president Jason Mackenzie has promised a 4.3 update for the unlocked U.S. developer edition HTC One this week, and a similar update for Canadian customers by the month's end. There's also speculation that European HTC Ones will get a different update next month containing Android 4.3 and a newer HTC Sense 5.5 software experience with additional features.

Source: @LlabTooFeR, XDA

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3 years ago

Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear now available in parts of Europe

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Ahead of the U.S. launch next week, Samsung's latest oversized smartphone the Galaxy Note 3, and its smartwatch companion the Galaxy Gear, have landed at some retailers in Europe. In the UK both are available from Samsung's flagship store at London's Westfield Stratford shopping center, which is selling the Note 3 for £649, the Galaxy Gear for £299 or both together for £848 (a saving of £100.)

Elsewhere, independent retailer Carphone Warehouse has the Note 3 for £629.95 SIM-free, or free on contracts from £47 per month. Both devices should start popping up at more UK and EU retailers over the next week, and we'll have much more Galaxy Note 3 coverage for you before the week's out, so stay tuned!

More: Galaxy Note 3 hands-on, Galaxy Gear hands-on

Source: Samsung UK, Carphone Warehouse

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3 years ago

Android 4.3 update leaked for AT&T HTC One

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AT&T HTC One running leaked version of Android 4.3 plus new Sense

Sure to be a relief to most HTC device users, the Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer seems to have kept its promise of a speedy update to its top devices. Seen here is a leaked version of HTC's Sense UI paired with Android 4.3 on an AT&T branded HTC One. Our own moderator team leader, Kevin O'Quinn, has the scoop. 

I haven't come across any deal breaking bugs, or bugs at all. I've tested BT, wifi, NFC, etc. Everything works as well as we would expect.

While he is still experimenting with this latest software, he appears to feel very certain of it's fluidity, for a leaked version at least. More time will tell for certain. Want to give it a try on your AT&T One? For the time being, an unlocked bootloader and custom recovery is needed to flash this baby, but if you meet that criteria, feel free to join us in the forums and let us know how it's running for you! A hands-on video of this beauty in action can also been seen at the forum link above.

No word yet on suspected release dates from the carriers, but as Kevin also has to say:

 If this is indeed the same as what's going to go out OTA when it finally drops I think everyone will be very happy.

The upcoming months hint at satisfaction as we all anxiously await this official update. In the mean time, we can only hope the carriers show the same urgency as HTC when releasing the OTA. That means you, Verizon.

More: 4.3 on the HTC One in the forums

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3 years ago

The LG G2 design story

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LG talks about the design decisions and the process that went into the G2

The G2, and it's odd button arrangement, isn't going to suit everybody. But I think everyone has to admit that some thought went into the way the phone was built, and for better or for worse, LG wasn't afraid to try something different. We like different. That's how we get things like the Galaxy Note series, or a 7-inch Nexus tablet. You never know how well something will be received until you just do it.

The video posted after the break goes into the year long process of designing the G2, the initial prototypes that didn't cut it, as well as what all is involved to get such tiny bezels on a big bright screen. Anytime a manufacturer wants to let us in on any inside-baseball information, we love to take a look. I figure plenty of you would as well. Check it out after the break.

Source: LG on YouTube

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3 years ago

Motorola shipping seems to have ramped up, docks and dev units on their way to happy hands

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If you've ordered a Verizon dev unit, or one of the docking stations for the Moto X from Motorola.com, you'll want to check your order status. 

We're getting reports (as well as shipping notices of our own) that Verizon Moto X and Droid MAXX developer edition phones are shipping, and accessories like docks and cases are on the way as well. We've ordered a couple of docks, which shipped today, but our GSM developer edition phone is still waiting. Moto did mention there could be up to a 7-day lead time on those, though.

Here's hoping your stuff is on the way, so you can stop checking your orders out of frustration multiple times a day. And yes, when our stuff gets here we'll show you all you need to know about it!

Thanks everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

AT&T LG G2 review

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The Optimus tag has been replaced with cutting-edge hardware and a bold button layout

LG has been on a tear as of late, releasing phones that tick all the marks for hardware aficionados, while paring back their user interface slowly but surely. The G2 is the culmination of these efforts. It's currently the hardware king with the Snapdragon S800 CPU (though that will be changing soon enough) combined with a big screen and everything else Internet phone fans have a hankering for. But we've seen enough to know that it takes more than hardware to make a great phone.

The software is equally important. This is an area where LG has historically struggled, often adding too much of the wrong stuff to Android and delivering a product that nobody ever asked for. While we admire any company who thinks outside the box, everyone here has been waiting for LG to get it just right. A perfect phone is surely something that can never be, but the G2 comes close. Read on and see where the G2 excels, where it fails, and why the former outweighs the latter.

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3 years ago

One Mini supply chain issues reportedly hit HTC

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'Casing shortage' affecting HTC's ability to meet demand for smaller handset, reports Reuters

Supply chain problems may add to HTC's difficulties this quarter, if a recent report from Reuters is accurate. The news agency reports via "sources familiar with the matter," that the Taiwanese manufacturer is facing shortages of the HTC One Mini's aluminum casing due to "design difficulties."

The report states that HTC is having difficulties meeting "consumer and telecom demand" for the 4.3-inch handset, which launched earlier this summer, although analyst estimates point to just 200,000 or so One Minis being shipped each month.

The reported difficulties come at an already difficult time for the smartphone maker, amid falling profits and recent layoffs at the firm's American wing.

Source: Reuters

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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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