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3 years ago

Sony Xperia ZL headed to Cincinnati Bell, available May 1

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The Xperia ZL from Sony will be available from Cincinnati Bell online and in stores by May 1 for $249.99 after rebate with a two-year equipment agreement.

Sony has already put the unlocked Xperia ZL for sale in the US via their website, but now we see a contract version with Cincinnati Bell. The 5-inch Mobile Bravia Engine equipped phone will be available by May 1, and cost just $250 (after mail-in rebate) with a two-year agreement.

It's the same Xperia ZL we see on the Sony store (though this version may be SIM locked) with the quad-core Snapdragon S4, 5-inch 1080p display, and 13MP Exmor RS rear camera that has everyone excited. It's also equipped with the same pentaband HSPA (bands 1,2,4,5 and 8) radio as the unlocked version, which means 3G 4G/HSPA+ service will work on just about every GSM carrier in the world. There's no word if LTE bands are still supported (1, 2, 4, 5 and 17) but we would be surprised if they were changed for this model. 

The Xperia ZL looks like a real stunner, and we're happy that Cincinnati Bell customers have this one to choose from. The full press release is after the break.

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3 years ago

T-Mobile's Samsung Galaxy S2 getting Jelly Bean update

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Android 4.1.2 update available through Kies application today

Good news for owners of the Samsung Galaxy S2 on T-Mobile USA -- your update to Jelly Bean is due to start rolling out today. The update weighs a hefty 756MB and is available through Samsung's Kies software utility, bringing the phone up to Android 4.1.2.

In addition to new TouchWiz bits, T-Mo S2 owners can look forward to smoother performance thanks to the "Project Butter" performance enhancements, Google Now predictive search capabilities and support for offline voice recognition. To see if your update is ready, fire up Kies on a PC or Mac, and connect your Galaxy S2.

Be sure to hit the comments and let us know if you've got the new firmware.

Source: T-Mobile; via: Android Central forums

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3 years ago

Leaked Galaxy Mega 5.8 specs seem to confirm mid-range leanings

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5.8-inch qHD display, dual-core Exynos CPU

It's around a week since we first heard of the Samsung Galaxy Mega series -- supposedly two big-screened devices due to launch later this year. Now oft-reliable Samsung rumormonger SamMobile says it has more details on exactly what kind of hardware will be found within the 5.8-inch variant (GT-i9152), and unfortunately for those hoping for a Galaxy Note 2 successor, it's a rather mid-range affair.

The Galaxy Mega 5.8 is said to pack a dual-core Exynos CPU, a qHD (960x540) resolution LCD display, 1.5GB of RAM and an 8-megapixel rear camera. Other vital stats include a 2600mAh battery and dimensions of 164x83.8x9.7mm; on the software side it's TouchWiz'd Jelly Bean running the show.

With the exception of the screen, that's pretty close to the internals of the original Galaxy Note, which is nothing to sniff at. But we're unconvinced by the prospect of qHD on a screen of that size. As reported last week, the Mega 5.8 will supposedly come in single and dual-SIM variants.

No word yet on how the rumored Galaxy Mega 6.3 will compare, but our money is on similarly middling specs.

Source: SamMobile

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3 years ago

Samsung announces Galaxy Win - a mid-ranger that's almost a Galaxy S3

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Quad-core processor, 4.7-inch WVGA screen, 5-megapixel camera

Another day, another mid-range Samsung phone. Today sees the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Win -- a middling Android handset that looks like a cross between a Galaxy S3 and a Galaxy S4. The internals are decidedly less high-end than either of those handsets. There's a 4.7-inch WVGA (800x480) LCD TFT screen on the front, a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU inside, coupled with 1GB of RAM. On the software side, it's running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and Sammy's TouchWiz UI. Around the back there's a 5-megapixel rear camera.

Connectivity is limited to plain old HSPA speeds -- 7.2Mbps down, 5.76Mbps up -- suggesting that the Galaxy Win might be intended for emerging markets. It'll also be offered with dual-SIM capabilities, a common feature for smartphones in emerging markets. So while it might not check all the boxes for Western consumers, that's not necessarily the target audience here.

No details on pricing or availability for the Galaxy Win just yet. We'll update this post with release info as it becomes available.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia Z may be headed to T-Mobile USA

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Sony flagship currently being tested, ac​cording to reports

It looks like the Xperia ZL might not be the only high-end Sony phone headed to the U.S. this spring, as fresh images and reports from TmoNews suggest its international counterpart, the Xperia Z, may be coming to T-Mobile USA. The site reports "via three separate sources" that the Xperia Z, codenamed 'Yuga,' is currently in testing on T-Mobile, and offers the image above as evidence.

That's no guarantee that it'll ever see the light of day -- carriers often test devices before deciding not to release them. But at least now there seems to be a non-zero chance of T-Mo finally getting a high-end Sony phone to call its own.

The Xperia Z packs a 5-inch, 1080p display, and is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU, with 2GB of RAM and a 13-megapixel Sony Exmor RS rear camera. It's also water and dust-resistant, unlike the Xperia ZL. In our review of the device last month, we praised its performance and build quality, but raised some concerns over its less than ergonomic design and slightly buggy camera software.

T-Mo fans, hit the comments and let us know if you'd be interested in a magenta Xperia Z.

More: Sony Xperia Z review

Source: TmoNews

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3 years ago

Bootloaders have been unlocked on the Droid RAZR HD, Atrix HD, RAZR M

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The locked and encrypted bootloader on several popular Motorola phones has been exploited, but OMAP powered phones need not apply

If you're using a Droid RAZR HD, RAZR MAXX HD, Atrix HD, or RAZR M here's a potentially good piece of news -- researcher Dan Rosenberg has found a method to unlock the bootloader of your device. He's not yet released the method, but testers have shown results (like the one above) and given Rosenberg's past work with Motorola devices we've no doubt this is legitimate and should be ready for public consumption shortly.

For the bad news -- if your device has an OMAP processor, like the Bionic or the OG RAZR / MAXX, this isn't going to work for you. Those devices use a different security method which has so far remained uncracked.

We do know a little about today's exploit. You have to be rooted of course, and users are advised to not take the 4.1.2 OTA for the RAZR HD if they haven't yet. Expect more when the methods get released, in the meantime head to the forums and discuss.

Source: Droidrzr.com

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3 years ago

Kyocera Torque review

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Some people need a phone they don't have to worry about breaking, and the Kyocera Torque was made just for them

Sprint has a long history of offering capable Direct Connect and Push-To-Talk devices to a specific set of customers. The Kyocera Torque is the logical progression of these phones into 2013 with a capable set of internal components, wrapped in gratuitous amounts of hard plastic and rubber to make it water, dust, shock and vibration proof -- all running a lightly skinned version of Android. 

There are certainly sacrifices made in terms of usability when it comes to making a phone next to indestructible, but those of you looking for these features probably know that going into it. Read along with us after the break and see how the Torque can make you consider that tradeoff for a rugged phone.

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3 years ago

Facebook shows us what life can be like with Facebook Home front and center

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You'll never be lonely when all your friends are just a tap away, but Facebook thinks you'll have more fun when they are right up front

A long plane ride is a pretty boring thing. Sure, you could get out your laptop and work, or keep handing over your plastic for those tiny bottles of entertainment, but Facebook has another idea -- with Facebook Home and the HTC First you can bring along all your friends. And cats.

While we imagine the average Facebook user's feed will be slightly different (and a lot less safe for work), this is a good ad that gets the idea across. I have a feeling we're going to see a lot more like it.

Source: YouTube

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3 years ago

Facebook addresses privacy concerns over Facebook Home

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Facebook answers important user privacy questions. Read them before you install or buy anything.

A lot of folks have serious privacy concerns about Facebook's new Home application. Questions about location gathering, message reading, and the general "safeness" of Facebook tracking what you do on your Android phone. We have our own here as well, and have had plenty of internal discussion.

Facebook doesn't want folks to worry, so they released a privacy FAQ about the new product. It's a short read that everyone who might install the app needs to look at, but here are some highlights:

  • You can use Facebook without using Facebook Home
  • Facebook Home is just another app you install from Google Play. You can uninstall it at any time.
  • Facebook Home collects your Facebook activity, location, Facebook messages, and the apps in your Home app launcher. This data is user-identifiable for 90 days.
  • Facebook can not collect any data outside of the Home app, unless you use the HTC First  -- then it can track what apps generate notifications, but not the content of the notification.

We're not going to judge any of these policies -- that's for you to do. We are going to tell you about them and direct you to the full statement so you can read it and discuss. And you should.

Read Facebook's FAQ on Home and privacy

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3 years ago

U.S. Cellular's Galaxy Axiom gets Jelly Bean

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Galaxy S3's little brother gets over-the-air update to Android 4.1.2

U.S. Cellular has announced that the Galaxy Axiom -- its version of the Galaxy S3 Mini -- is today getting its update to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. The Axiom first launched back in November, with a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU, a 4-inch WVGA display and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

The upgrade to Jelly Bean should bring a performance boost to the handset thanks to Google's "Project Butter" enhancements, while also unlocking the ability to use the new Google Search app with predictive "Google Now" capabilities.

To grab the update, Galaxy Axiom owners will need to be connected to Wifi. Then it's just a case of heading to Settings > About Device > Software update.

Any Axiom owners out there? Hit the comments and let us know how you're liking the newer version of Android.

Source: U.S. Cellular

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3 years ago

HTC launches 'HTC One Live Experience Tour' in the U.S.

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Manufacturer will tour major U.S. cities as new flagship launches

HTC has announced new marketing efforts in the U.S. ahead of the HTC One's North American launch. Like the HTC One City tour in Europe (pictured above), the U.S. tour will see HTC bringing its new handset to 11 "major U.S. markets" in the run up to its launch. It'll also be bringing a new strapline along for the ride, as it seeks to convince buyers the HTC One is "Everything Your Phone Isn't."

The tour will consist of the three main parts. First up, and launching today in Columbus Circle in New York, Embarcadero Plaza in San Francisco, Hollywood and Highland in Los Angeles, Wrigleyville in Chicago, Franklin Square in Philadelphia, and Perimeter Mall in Atlanta, HTC BoomSound Lounges will give members of the public the chance to demo the HTC One's prominent front-facing speakers for themselves. The BoomSound Lounges will also serve as a connection for three Live Nation-produced concerts for HTC Fans, including performances by Pharrell in New York, Grouplove in Chicago and Manchester Orchestra in Los Angeles. Tickets are available to buy now at HTCOneConcerts.com.

Next up, HTC One showrooms will start appearing in eight cities -- Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. -- from next Thursday, Apr. 11, where they'll be deployed for a minimum of three months. As was the case on the HTC One's European tour, these showrooms will be used to demo the handset's major features, such as the new BlinkFeed home screen reader, UltraPixel camera, HTC Zoe and Sense TV. 

The HTC One will also be making an appearance in movie theaters across the U.S. as part of the "HTC Live Cinema Experience," which aims to showcase the phone's entertainment chops.

So it's an extensive and concerted marketing effort for HTC, quite unlike anything seen for any of its previous U.S. handset. But the HTC One will face strong competition from Samsung over the coming weeks as it prepares for this important launch. If you're near any of the venues, hit the comments and let us know if you plan on attending.

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3 years ago

HTC One now available to pre-order on Sprint

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Silver model only for now, $99.99 with 'bring your number' discount

If you're looking to secure yourself an HTC One on Sprint, you can now do just that over on the carrier's website. A Sprint HTC One will usually set you back $199.99 up-front on a two-year plan, but new lines can get it for $99.99 with a $100 'bring your number' discount. An up-front price of $549.99 is listed, though it's not possible to pre-order at this price.

Currently Sprint is only offering the silver model for sale -- the black one is said to be coming soon. (We've seen similar delays of the black model in Europe, where wide availability isn't expected until mid-April.)

Order today and Sprint says it'll endeavor to deliver you shiny new handset by the Apr. 19 launch date.

Rival AT&T opened its pre-orders yesterday, and will also begin shipping Apr. 19.

Source: Sprint

More: HTC One review, HTC One forum

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3 years ago

HTC One developer edition preorders start in a few short hours

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It's the same HTC One you know and love, with a healthy dose of unlocked

Fancy getting yourself a developer edition HTC One? The official word from HTC is that they will be available for preorder starting at 10 am Eastern time today (April 5). The phone will have identical hardware to it's carrier-provided brethren, but have the SIM card and bootloader unlocked out of the box. The price is set at $649 for the 64GB version. You'll find more information when it goes live at HTC.

On the radio side, the developer model will support AT&T HSPA+, T-Mobile HSPA+ in the 1900 MHz band, and LTE on 700/850/AWS/1900 Mhz. Users on T-Mobile in areas where 1900 MHz hasn't been repurposed (read: most everywhere) will only be able to get EDGE or LTE (if available). 

It's important to note that we don't know if the carrier version in the US will be supported on the HTC developer unlock site, so this may be the answer you're looking for. Also we don't yet know when these will ship, but the unofficial word is April 19. 

Source: +HTC Dev

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3 years ago

Of course you'll put up with ads in your Facebook Home

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It was a simple, direct question asked more than once today at Facebook HQ in Menlo Park in Silicon Valley. There are ads on Facebook. Will there be ads in Facebook Home, the new Android home screen replacement (along with its snazzy if underwhelming new phone) that'll be available starting next week?

Apparently those of us in the audience needed a little clarification, despite the answer having been delivered just minutes before.

"Yup," said Mark Zuckerberg, this time leaving absolutely no doubt.

At some point, Facebook Home will have ads. Not next week, but somewhere down the road.

And you'll be perfectly OK with that. And if you're not, it won't matter.

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the 'HTC First'

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A couple quick thoughts on the "HTC First," aka the first Facebook phone.

First off, the hardware most definitely isn't the most important part of this phone. If you're the kind of nerd who lives for specs -- the speeds and feeds crowd -- head elsewhere. In fact, there was very little talk at today's event at Facebook HQ (and same for the ensuing press releases) about the nuts and bolts of the HTC First. And that's because it's Facebook Home that's the star of the show.

We did get an answer to the burning "Why!?!?!" regarding Facebook doing its own hardware. It's pretty simple, in fact, and it's something we should have thought of. While using Facebook Home on an existing device is a pretty damn good experience, there are certain low level things -- particularly regarding notifications -- that you can't do with a launcher. You need deeper hooks into the existing operating system. And, so, we have the HTC First.

The phone itself is unassuming. It's got the usual HTC curves, and a 5MP camera out front your usual "did I really just use that" front-facer out front. It's deceptively light, and and thin to boot. (OK, for the speeds and feeds folks, it's got a dual-core Snapdragon 400 processor and it's running on Android 4.1.)

But it's Facebook Home that's the real star, and for good reason. It looks good. If you don't live in Facebook -- and chances are if you're a regular reader of this blog -- you may well not have a great need for it. But on the other hand, it's still a full-fledged Android smartphone, complete with all the Google apps -- and, more important, access to Google Play -- that you're used to. That was almost certainly a necessity, and it means all of your existing applications should still work, and they're completely accessible through a normal app drawer.

We'll have deeper looks in the coming days and weeks as Facebook's HTC First comes to market. Video hands-on and more hands-on pics are after the break.

More: HTC First forum

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