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2 years ago

'HTC Zeta' renders appear, rumored to be a 2.5GHz quad-core, ICS-powered beast

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A few days ago we were introduced to the Tegra 3-powered HTC Edge, rumored to be one of the first quad-core Android smartphones. Today sees the emergence of renders showing another rumored quad-core HTC phone, the "HTC Zeta". According to Engadget, the Zeta's striking design isn't the only remarkable thing about the device, as it reportedly packs a quad-core Qualcomm APQ8064 CPU at a whopping 2.5 GHz.

Other reported specs include 1GB of RAM, a 4.5-inch 720p display of some sort, 32GB internal storage and an ample 1830 mAh battery. The phone is also said to include an 8MP rear camera capable of 1080p recording, along with the standard 1.3MP front-facer. As you'd expect from a premium HTC handset that's likely to launch in 2012, Sense and Beats Audio are also included, along with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Interestingly the phone is said to weigh just 146 grams, significantly less than many other HTC devices around the 4.3-4.7-inch mark. To put that into perspective, the recently-launched Rezound weighs in at 170 grams, while the Thunderbolt tips the scales at 175.

For the moment, of course, all this is well within rumor territory, and that'll remain the case until such time as HTC announces this device. It could turn out to be little more than a fanciful render of a product that might never come to market. But if it isn't, we certainly look forward to getting our hands on the Zeta, most likely at CES or Mobile World Congress next year.

Source: Engadget

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2 years ago

Dungeon Hunter III gets teased by Gameloft

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Gameloft this week dropped more deets on Dungeon Hunter III, coming soon to an Android (or iOS) device near you. It's promising better graphics and gameplay, plus co-op multiplayer. No word on when it'll be available, or what it's going to cost, but judging from the scant few seconds of gameplay teased on its podcast, it's going to be a worth upgrade.

Skip to 2:36 in the video after the break to take a gander.

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Nexus strolls through the FCC, shows off its Verizon LTE and more

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Earlier today we saw some more proof of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus in Verizon's internal systems, and here we have the device passing through the FCC. While we patiently wait for Verizon's big announcement of the device, we can be happy to see the device moving along the approval path. The device comes complete with an LTE radio, as well as a CDMA radio, but no GSM radio in sight here. Now we sit and patiently wait for Big Red to bring us an official launch date so we can get our hands on it!

Source: FCC; Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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2 years ago

HTC Rezound review

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It's going to be a very busy holiday season for Verizon Wireless. With last week's release of the Droid RAZR, Big Red has made it very clear that it wants to be, at least for a few months, atop the Android heap. Now, with this week's release of the HTC Rezound, Verizon has upped the ante even further with a powerhouse of a device that skimps not on the specs. The Galaxy Nexus will close out the trifecta, leaving consumers with a pretty difficult choice. Of the three new releases, which one is worthy of your money? And which one is worth signing over the next two years of your life for?

I can't help but think of the HTC Rezound as the awkward middle child in Verizon's three-sibling family. If the RAZR is the oldest with a reputation of being able to take care of itself, and the Galaxy Nexus is the youngest who gets all the attention, where does it leave the Rezound? Is it the silent star who'll go on to outshine its siblings, or will it be the brother who lives with its parents till he's 40? I think it'll manage to avoid both extremes, and you should read on to see why. 

 


Jaw-dropping display. Beats Audio is the real deal and it sets a new bar for music on a smartphone. Verizon's LTE is still unbelievably fast.


It's really, really hefty. HTC seems to have overlooked style for function. Battery life could be better. Oh, and did we mention it doesn't have Ice Cream Sandwich?



If the Galaxy Nexus weren't right around the corner, I'd be singing the Rezound's praises from the rooftops. If you are a music junkie and want a beautiful display atop a powerhouse device (with LTE!) right this instant, the Rezound is for you. For the next few weeks, it'll be the best Android device on the market. If you could care less about Beats and are even contemplating the Galaxy Nexus, I'd wait it out.

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2 years ago

Galaxy Nexus inches ever closer to Verizon stores

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This is way, way inside baseball, but what we've got here is a look at a whole mess o' Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphones en route to Verizon. This gives us absolutely no idea of when -- or if, actually -- we'll see phones in stores (presumably an order like this means in-store sales, and not direct fulfillment only), but it's yet another step in the process, no?

Thanks, anon!

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2 years ago

EVO Design 4G review

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Since the EVO 4G came out many moons ago, Sprint promised us we'd see more in their EVO brand, and it delivered. Soon after we saw the EVO Shift 4G, then the EVO 3D, and now the EVO Design 4G.

So how does the newest in the EVO line hold up? Can it hang with the best of them or will it be relegated to the discount rack? Is one processor enough? Will it come in white? Does it blend?

If you're looking for answers to these questions, strap yourself in, buckle up, and join me after the break.


Aluminum unibody feels solid and the screen is bright and gorgeous. Phone is easily pocketable and lightweight.


Battery life can leave some in the lurch, and the aluminum body can lead to some unwanted slippage.



The EVO Design 4G is another good Android phone on Sprint. The smaller screen and single processor all justify the lower price tag, but there's no qualities that make this phone stand out as the phone to buy for the cost.

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2 years ago

UK Galaxy Nexus availability updated -- some delayed until next week

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As the confirmed (and re-confirmed) UK Galaxy Nexus launch date approaches, we're hearing more and more reports of delays in shipping handsets out to customers. British online retailer Clove, which is usually pretty accurate with its release dates, now expects its first batch of Nexii next Wednesday, Nov. 23. Clove says "this will be part of the first batch of SIM-free stock that is available in the UK". Many of the other retailers we spoke to said the most recent date they had from Samsung was Nov. 17, but that they had yet to receive stock, and couldn't guarantee that they'd have any on launch day.

Meanwhile, Three UK -- which started taking pre-orders yesterday -- has said it won't be able to fulfill its pre-orders until next Tuesday, Nov. 22, due to "stock delays". Three adds that it's still expecting its retail stores to receive stock on the 18th, but that it can't fully confirm this yet.

So far the only place that's definitely stocking the Galaxy Nexus on the official launch date of Nov. 17 is Phones4U. However it seems you'll need to jump on a 24-month service agreement to get your launch-day Nexus, as the retailer isn't selling any unlocked or Pay As You Go stock.

We'll keep you updated with any more details in the hours and days ahead.

Source: @ThreeUK, Clove Blog

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2 years ago

Sony Ericsson confirms its 2011 Xperia line will get Ice Cream Sandwich

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Sony Ericsson today confirmed that its entire "2011 Xperia portfolio" will receive an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich -- an bold move considering the Xperia line was once more or less a model of how not to launch with current software. But those days are gone, and the past year's phones have been promised updates.

Included in the portfolio are:

  • Xperia Arc
  • Xperia Arc S
  • Xperia Play
  • Xperia Neo
  • Xperia Neo V
  • Xperia Mini
  • Xperia Mini Pro
  • Xperia Active
  • Xperia Ray
  • Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman

No word yet (obviously) on when updates will begin, so stay tuned.

Source: Sony Ericsson

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2 years ago

New Gingerbread OTA for the Droid Incredible being pushed out

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Remember back a few months when a lot of Droid Incredible users were so stoked to see a Gingerbread OTA arrive on their device? We remember it as well but we also remember that build was rather buggy for some while being perfectly fine for others. However, the powers that be thought it best to pull it and until now -- there has been no word of its return. But, finally -- a new build -- Build number 4.08.605.2 is pushing out from Verizon so for those of you who haven't already gone ahead and got Gingerbread through other methods, go ahead and hit that update button. You should find it there waiting for you.

Droid Incredible Forums; Thanks, everyone who tipped us!

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2 years ago

Droid Bionic getting ready for some sort of 'project'

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Remember that maintenance update for the Motorola Droid Bionic that's due sometime before 2012? Looks like it might happen sooner rather than later, with e-mails going out calling for one of Moto's familiar "soak tests." It's possible this "project" Moto Matt's referring to is something else altogether -- remember that the Bionic is slated for an Ice Cream Sandwich update -- but while the Android 4.0 code just started dropping for the Galaxy Nexus, it's probably a bit early yet for Motorola to be testing ICS on the Droid Bionic.

Here's the skinny:

Thanks for joining the Motorola Feedback Network. We are preparing a
project for owners of the Motorola Droid Bionic on Verizon, and would
like to invite you to participate. Click this link to take a short
enrollment survey for this project. Please note that you must be a
member in good standing of the Motorola Owners' Forums to take part.

If you are no longer using your Droid Bionic and wish to update your
Motorola Feedback Network profile so you can be part of projects for a
different Motorola phone, please click here. If you use the same
computer as previous registrations, you can update your profile. If
you do not, simply re-register with your current Motorola product. To
opt out of the MFN see the link at the bottom of this email.

This is a confidential project under the terms of the Motorola
Feedback Network. Do not post any details or information about this
project on any public sites.

Thanks -- we hope to be in contact with you soon.

- Matt
Motorola Owners' Forums
Motorola Feedback Network

So, we're expecting that maintenance update anytime now, more or less. Huzzah.

More in the Droid Bionic forums; thanks, C!

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2 years ago

HTC Rhyme review

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The HTC Rhyme is a mid-range Android phone from Verizon, that is or isn't aimed at the female smartphone market, depending on whom you ask.  It's purple, on the smaller side, and comes with a unique accessory that's perfect for life inside a purse or other handbag.  That doesn't mean it's not a solid Android device, so we can't just write it off as a sub-par phone designed and built with fashion in mind instead of function.  When Verizon sent it to us, I handed it off to my wife (a smartphone nerdette in her own right) for a week of her busy life, then I went at it with the mind of a real Android geek.  See what we thought about it after the break.


It's a "fashion-forward" device that will appeal to those tired of the black slab.  The single-core CPU handles things well and the HTC Sense user experience is smooth.  The included accessories are a great touch.  The build quality and materials are superb.


Battery life is a bit poor, especially when using the included HTC Sense features.  The battery is not removable, and charging on the go is difficult because of the microUSB port design.  The hardware is a bit dated, and not very future-proof.



The Rhyme is a great phone, had it been released in Q3 2010.  Today's users, who are looking for features like 4G and dual-core innards are going to be left wanting.  HTC has done a nice job keeping the Rhyme smooth with it's slightly dated hardware, but as things progress this one won't be very future proof.  I do have to give respect to the build and design, which is as good or better than the Nexus One, and we haven't seen that since.

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2 years ago

Ice Cream Sandwich source code now being pushed to git servers

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It's a great day to be an Android geek -- the Ice Cream Sandwich source code is now being pushed to Google's git servers!  This is the full release of Android 4.0.1, which is the version that will ship on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.  Most readers won't need to do anything here except wait for their favorite developer to get things rolling (hi, Beezy!), but those who are technically inclined and feel like cooking up a bit of their own ICS can find new build instructions here at Android's source project pages.

Two things worth noting here -- the code is huge, and it's going to take a couple hours to transfer over.  If you try to sync now, you'll get something that is never going to build.  As Jean-Baptiste Queru points out, it's best to wait for word from Google that it's finished pushing out.  Also, as-is the code will only build for the Galaxy Nexus, and it's going to take some tinkering to get it to build for other phones.  Builds for other products will be coming from Google shortly.  We're excited, and as soon as the code is done pushing, we'll be at work to get a version built for the Nexus S.

Source: Android Building Google group

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2 years ago

Rogers taking reservations for the Galaxy Nexus starting Nov. 15

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Not wanting to be left out of all the fun, Rogers has now announced they will also be releasing the Galaxy Nexus in Canada. Their release time frame simply states January for now but as of tomorrow the Rogers reservation system will be loaded up with the device so that anyone wishing to be among the first to get their hands on one can do so with ease. When the system goes live we'll be sure to let you all know -- hopefully, it may offer some indication of price as well.

Source: @RogersBuzz

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2 years ago

AT&T gets LTE Galaxy Tab 8.9, sweetens the deal with a free smartphone

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Samsung just announced that the Galaxy Tab 8.9 (read our full review) will be available on AT&T as an LTE-capable device starting Nov. 20. It's got a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 1280x800 display and 3.2 (rear) and 2MP cameras.

It'll cost $479.99 with a two-year contract, but AT&T's sweetening the deal by throwing in either the LTE-capable Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket, or an original AT&T Galaxy S II (read our full review). Not a bad deal, really, if you're looking for a smartphone/tablet combo.

In addition, AT&T announced further expansion of its LTE network, which will cover the following locations:

  • Athens, Ga.
  • Atlanta
  • Baltimore
  • Boston
  • Charlotte
  • Chicago
  • Dallas-Fort Worth
  • Houston
  • Indianapolis
  • Kansas City
  • Las Vegas
  • Oklahoma City
  • San Antonio
  • San Juan
  • Puerto Rico
  • Washington, D.C.  

AT&T's got a few options for LTE data plans on its tablets, with 250MB for $14.99, 2GB for $25, or 3GB for $35. Smartphone plans start as low as $15 a month for 200MB of data, or $25 a month for 2GB, with an additional 1GB costing $10.

Full presser's after the break.

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2 years ago

AT&T bringing the Pantech Pocket, Samsung Doubletime and Captivate Glide on Nov. 20

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AT&T in October dropped a whole mess of devices on us with nary a release date. That changes today, however, as AT&T announced on Twitter that the Pantech Pocket and Samsung Doubletime and Captivate Glide will be available starting Nov. 20.

The Pantech Pocket, as you'll remember from our hands-on, is an interesting mid-level device with a 4-inch display with an unconventional 600x800 resolution.

The Samsung Doubletime sports a flip-open dual display with full QWERTY keyboard, and the Captivate Glide follows on the original Captivate with a slide-out keyboard.

Source: @ATT

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