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3 years ago

HTC announces mid-range Desire 500 for the UK

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4.3-inch WVGA display, quad-core CPU, 8MP camera, coming later this month

HTC has confirmed that the latest addition to its Desire family, the mid-range Desire 500, will be headed to the UK. Originally announced for Taiwan last month, the device packs a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU, a 4.3-inch WVGA (800x480) display and an 8-megapixel camera, and runs the latest Sense 5 software from HTC. That includes the BlinkFeed home screen reader and automatic video highlights — although Zoes, the three-second photo/video clips, aren't mentioned in today's presser.

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3 years ago

LG G2 press render surfaces, let this tide you over until tomorrow

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As a famous Hollywood socialite would say, That's Hawt. This leaked press image of the LG G2 makes us look forward to tomorrow's LG event even more. On-screen buttons, some fancy volume do-hickey on the back, and a Snapdragon 800 under it all. And probably Leprechaun magic. 

Join us tomorrow at 11 AM ET, when we can all learn more and have a good long look at LG's next.

Source: @evleaks

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3 years ago

Motorola giving friends and family of employees $200 off a Moto X if they test the configurator

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Saving a couple hundred bucks is always a good thing

Know someone who works for Motorola? If so, you might want to hit them up about a new promotion Motorola is having, where friends and family of employees can receive a couple hundred bucks for trying out the Moto X customization program.

Users in this promotion will receive $100 on checkout after using the configuration site, and another $100 if they complete a survey and give Moto some feedback about how the process went. This pretty much negates the $199 on-contract up front cost of the phone, leaving you to pay the multi-thousand dollars of the contract or to pay an ETF and opt-out.

Anyone out there with contacts at Motorola, and going to give this a look? Holler in the comments, and let us know how it all went when you're finished.

Source: All Things D

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3 years ago

Verizon's Moto X to launch Aug. 23 says leaked inventory screen

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Leaked inventory screen points to stores receiving inventory on August 15, with an August 23 Street Date

We've heard nothing official from Verizon about when to expect their Moto X to hit the streets, but according to this picture of an inventory screen, August 23 is the day. Taken from a major retailer, we see that stock is set to arrive on August 15 with a "Street Date" of August 23, which puts it out three days after the Droid Ultra, MAXX and Mini. It's also the same date that was leaked in an earlier roadmap, so it has our attention.

There's no indication of pricing, though we expect it to be competitive with AT&T pricing at $199 for the 16GB version, with a new two-year contract. 

Of course, this is not official and doesn't take into account anything like a carrier-store exclusive. It does, however, let us know that Verizon plans to get this one out the door relatively quickly — something folks waiting for the HTC One on Big Red wouldn't know anything about.

We're keeping our eyes and ears open for anything we can dig up about the Moto X, and will pass it along as it's uncovered. 

Thanks, Anon!

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3 years ago

Inside the Moto X Active Display

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Easy on the eyes and easy on battery life, Active Display is a great addition to the Moto X

It's easy to overthink Active Display on the Moto X. It's also easy to underestimate its impact. What we've got here is a quick and easy way to get information onto your display without having to hit the power button and firing up the whole screen. From there you can decide whether the notification is important enough to act on — Oh, no! Timmy's stuck in a well! — or or whether it can wait till later — Yes, I'll take out the trash. Later.

Think about that for a minute. How many times a day do you pull your phone out of your pocket to check the time? Or to check for a notification? Each time you're hitting the power button. On LCD displays, that's what you're stuck with. AMOLED displays let you fire up individual pixels, and that's what Motorola's doing here. And it's done it pretty well. 

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3 years ago

LG G2 could land in Korea on Aug. 8, all four major U.S. carriers tipped

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Fast-tracked release in Korea and a launch on the big four in the U.S., according to Korean press reports

We're gearing up for tomorrow's big LG G2 unveiling in New York City, but it seems the first country to see a retail release for the phone could be South Korea. According to reports from Korea's MK News, the device will launch in the Korean market this Thursday, Aug. 8, the day after the NYC launch event.

In the United States, the publication adds, the G2 will launch on all four major carriers — AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint — while Japan's NTT Docomo will also get the new LG flagship.

Fortunately we won't have to wait too long to learn whether these reports pan out, as we'll be live from NYC tomorrow to bring you full coverage of the LG G2 launch.

Source: MK News (Korean); via: UnwiredView

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3 years ago

Hot-tub Tickling Champion

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... Is just one of the many things HTC could stand for.

As HTC continues to hint at "big things ahead" — which may or may not involve a collaboration with Robert Downey Jr — HTC.com plays host what you might call a Humorous Text Combinator.

Hit the source link to try it out, and share your favorites down in the comments.

More: 'HTC' Generator

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3 years ago

HTC One Max gets sized up in new leaked photo

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Large phone is large

We got our first look at what's probably HTC's big-screened One Max over the weekend, and now the source of that leak, Taiwanese site ePrice, is back with another comparative photo. In the latest image, the 5.9-inch HTC phone is pitted against the Motorola XT882, a device with a humble 4-inch display. As you can see, the difference in size is pretty ridiculous — the Motorola phone doesn't even cover the enormous screen of the One Max.

The image also gives us a closer look at the Max's hardware, and it seems HTC may have opted for a One Mini-style plastic trim rather than the chamfered metal edges of the regular HTC One. We can also see what might be a SIM tray on the left edge, and an off-center microUSB port is revealed by the presence of a charging cable.

Purported specs for the One Max point to it being the most powerful HTC phone we've seen so far, with Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 800 chip running the show. Android Central understands that the Max is targeted for a September release, so we're still around a month out from actually being able to buy HTC's largest handset yet.

Source: ePrice

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3 years ago

Samsung's latest flip phone shows up in clear pictures

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Samsung to continue their tradition of alternate form-factor Android for the far east.

We all remember the Jackie Chan-endorsed $3,000 quad-core flip phone from Samsung from last year, or the more affordable W899 from the year before, right? Samsung is at it again, releasing another version of their Android folder which is likely headed to the Asian market. 

While we're not exactly sure why so many folks in the west are interested this time around, we know that Samsung is loving the attention. It has received a little more yesterday, as the first photos of it in the wild have appeared on the Korean Clien.net forum. According to a Korean language user manual found for the phone, we expect to see a 3.7-inch AMOLED panel at 800 x 480, a Snapdragon 400 dual-core chip, 2GB of RAM and LTE support.  

Like the rest of the Android flip-phones, chances are we'll never see this one in the west. We'll have to be satisfied with just pictures, and there are two more after the break.

Source: Clien.net; Via: Engadget

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3 years ago

ASUS Fonepad now available from Three UK

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£29.99 up-front plus £12.49 per month, or £179.99 outright

British mobile operator Three has today launched the ASUS Fonepad on its network. The 7-inch Intel-powered Android tablet/phone hybrid is available for £179.99 outright when bought with a £5, £7.50 and £15 data top-up, or £29.99 up-front on a 24-month, £12.49 per month contract.

So Three is positioning the device as a tablet rather than an Android phone, which is probably a good thing considering its enormous size. Here's what Richard Devine had to say in our review of the Fonepad —

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3 years ago

Samsung Unpacked event set for September 4 - Galaxy Note 3 inbound

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New Note device strongly hinted for pre-IFA Samsung event in Berlin

It's been rumored, and now we now for sure. Samsung is hosting an Unpacked event in Berlin, Germany on September 4 just before the annual IFA show begins in the city. The star of the show? Looking at this we're certainly looking at a new Galaxy Note device, possibly the Note 3. On the same day too, Samsung will be hosting an experience in New York City, for those not able to get to Berlin.

Samsung has used a pre-IFA event for the past two years to unveil the first two Galaxy Note smartphones, so the third generation model has long been expected for the same treatment. Whatever happens though, we'll be on the ground in Berlin next month to bring you the whole thing.

Check out the invite after the break.

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3 years ago

LG G2 manual leak reveals rear buttons, nano-SIM, microSD slot

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The LG G2 is almost upon us, and we'll be live from New York City this Wednesday for LG's big announcement event. Between LG's pre-launch announcements and a healthy flow of leaks, we already know a reasonable amount about the G2, however a leak of the device's manual has a couple more secrets to spill.

Firstly, cluster of buttons on the back of the device is confirmed to contain volume up, volume down and a power button — not a fingerprint reader as had been speculated. In addition, the manual shows a nano-SIM slot, making the G2 only the third Android phone to support this standard. (After the ASUS Padfone Infinity and the recently-announced Moto X.)

Also revealed are a microSD slot for expandable storage, and a removable 2610mAh battery.

The LG G2 may no longer be much of a mystery, but we're looking forward to finally getting our hands on the phone this Wednesday regardless. Keep it locked to AC for full coverage.

Source: Nowhereelse.fr; via: Engadget

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3 years ago

HTC One Max for Chinese market pictured

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A bigger screen and faster processor set the one Max apart from the current HTC One models

A Chinese variant of the HTC One Max has been spotted by the folks at ePrice. Looking very much like the HTC One the world already knows, the Max (also known as the T6) does have some key differences. Besides the removable back cover, dual-SIM variation, and SD card support we would expect in an Asian version, the processor and screen have both received a major bump compared to the current model. The HTC One Max is said to have a Snapdragon 800 running at 2.3GHz, and carry a 5.9-inch screen. 

We're not sure how closely this will resemble any models that may be released in the west, but we know a lot of folks are interested in what HTC is doing with the bigger One. There's another picture after the break, and some pricing and availability speculation (spoiler: Asia) at the source link.

Source: ePrice

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3 years ago

Google Play edition HTC One and Galaxy S4 start to see Android 4.3 OTA

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The latest version of Jelly Bean seems to be on it's way, giving us a better idea of what "timely" updates are

Scattered reports of users with both the HTC One Google Play edition and the Galaxy S4 Google Play edition phones seeing an OTA update to Android 4.3 are coming in this evening. We've seen the kernel source for both devices uploaded to the web — a legal requirement before any software is delivered — so we've been expecting the updates.

Users should see the same basic experience that Nexus users have been playing with, plus the few minor additions that Samsung and HTC have made with Boomsound and Flipcover support. 

There are bound to be a few bugs, but perhaps the most exciting part of the whole thing is that we've got a good idea what "timely" updates means, at least this time around.

If you've got either of the Google Play edition devices, start hammering that button.

More: Android Central forums. Thanks, everyone who sent this in! 

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3 years ago

Galaxy S4 Mini leaked for Verizon

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Verizon may be getting a Galaxy S4 Mini of their own

For Big Red customers looking for a new phone that's a bit more svelte than today's average Android phone, The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini with a big fat Verizon logo has been outed in some leaked pictures over at Engadget, We're going to assume that the SCH-i435 will be the same basic Mini as the world version Alex had a look at last June, though it's always possible Verizon has done a little tweaking here and there.

While the Mini won't satisfy anyone's need for raw specs, we found it a decent performer, though slightly hampered by a less than stellar screen. But being one of the few phones available under 4.5-inches, that may be a trade-off many are willing to make. It looks like Verizon is betting on just that, and the S4 Mini should be a great seller if it's priced accordingly with a new agreement. 

Of course, nothing is official until Verizon says it's official, and we'll keep an ear to the ground for more news on this one. After the break there's one more picture that gives a good impression of the overall size compared to the iPhone 5. For more images and details, including comparisons to its bigger bother, be sure to have a read of our Galaxy S4 Mini review.

Source: Engadget

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