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3 years ago

HTC One S now available on TELUS

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Canadian service provider TELUS today announced the availability of the HTC One S for $99.99 on a three-year contract, or $569.99 with no contract. The HTC One S made its way to T-Mobile U.S. late last month following on the European release, but for those unfamiliar, here's a quick refresher on the specs.

  • 4.3-inch 960 x 540 SuperAMOLED display
  • Android 4.0.3 with HTC sense
  • 1.5 GHZ dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor with 1 GB of RAM
  • 42 Mbps HSPA+ connectivity

If you're thinking of picking one up from the TELUS online store, be sure to read at least one (if not two) of our reviews first. The non-removable battery and storage might be a bit of a turn off, and the PenTile display may not stack up to some of the competition, but it still feels great in the hand, and has an awesome camera. Any takers? Perhaps some testimonials from our American neighbours could sway some opinions.

More: HTC One X forums

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Nexus vehicle dock launches in the UK on May 22

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When the first official accessories for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus started appearing late last month, one piece of kit was conspicuous in its absence -- the long-awaited car dock. Today, however, we have news that Nexus owners' wait for an official vehicle mount for their phones is finally over. British online retailer Clove Technology has announced that it'll be stocking the official Samsung vehicle dock -- that's the one that connects with the gold contacts along the side of the phone -- from next Tuesday, May 22.

The price is a predictably high £49.99 (~$80) including VAT, but then expensive first-party accessories are nothing new. In the box you'll find the dock itself, along with suction cup, and a microUSB car charger that connects the dock's microUSB port to your cigarette lighter.

There's still no word on U.S. availability for this accessory, but we'll keep you posted if anything emerges.

Source: Clove Technology

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3 years ago

Crazy Optimus 4X HD trailer reminds us LG's flagship is on its way

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If you ever wanted to see a smartphone turn its cores into wheels and start flying through a Tron-like backdrop, then LG's got just the thing for you with its latest Optimus 4X HD trailer. The video highlights a few key specs and features of LG's opcoming flagship, which is due to launch internationally soon. Among the hardware clout the 4X HD brings to the table is a quad-core 1.5GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, a 4.7-inch 720p IPS "True HD" screen. There's also a thin, compact frame punctuated by a unique prism design around the trim, similar to what LG's got going on with the Prada 3.0.

As we reported a few days ago, the Optimus 4X HD is due to go on sale in Europe from next month.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S III appears for pre-order from T-Mobile UK

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Following its initial pricing announcement, T-Mobile UK has today unveiled its full line-up of Samsung Galaxy S III price plans, at the same time as putting the phone up for pre-order. Heavy users will want to check out Tmo's 24-month "Full Monty" plan, which includes unlimited texts, data, Tmo-to-Tmo calls and 2000 minutes of calls to other networks. That'll set you back £49.99 up-front, then £36 per month thereafter.

If you're after a smaller monthly bill, plans starting as low as £10.50 per month are also offered, albeit with a much heftier up-front fee of £300. And if you really want a free Galaxy S III, then the network offers the phone without any up-front fee on a £41 per month plan which includes completely unlimited calls, data and texts.

More details over at the source link. T-Mobile's site indicates that orders placed today will arrive "after May 30," so even if you're pre-ordering, you might have to wait until after launch day to receive your phone. As we reported a couple of weeks back, the Galaxy S III will launch on every major UK network, so if Tmo's plans aren't doing anything for you, you'll have plenty of other options.

Source: T-Mobile UK

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3 years ago

Late-night poll: If Google releases a Nexus line, will you jump carriers for it?

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We can't be sure that Google is really going to be selling what amounts to a Nexus line of devices, no matter how reputable the source. It's just too big of an idea to pretend to know all the particulars, and would be too big of a heartbreak should it not pan out, so being a bit skeptical is a wise choice. I'm sure something is going to happen, maybe even something wonderful, but nobody is sure exactly what that is just yet. There's a lot of speculation about this project being GSM only, at least at first. There's a pretty good reason for that, considering the last Nexus debacle.

So let's pretend that this will be the case. That means Verizon and Sprint are going to be on the outside looking in when it comes to using these mythical GSM-only Nexus phones. There's a whole lot of Android users on Verizon and Sprint, and plenty of them will be lusting after any type of pure Google offering.

If this sounds like you, will you switch? Sound off in the poll.

Will you switch carriers for the new Google Nexus line?

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3 years ago

Google addressing Music device de-authorization issues, back to 'normal' for now

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New: It might be your music, but it's still not your cloud

Google has made known that it is in the process of figuring out exactly how to handle the device authorization and de-authorization for Google Music, and for the time being they have reverted to the old method allowing unlimited device de-authorization. From Google Play's help pages:

Yesterday we made a change to our device policy for music on Google Play.  Any user can associate up to 10 devices to his or her account.  Once you have connected 10 devices, you may add a new device only by deauthorizing an existing one from your account, and you may do this up to four times per year.

We limit the number of times you can swap out new devices at the request of some of our music partners in an effort to limit abuse. We understand this has caused some issues for users who often deauthorize and reauthorize the same device, and we are currently re-implementing the solution in a way that works for our users and music partners.

We apologize for any inconvenience and will update this page as new changes are made.

We're not sure how they plan to address the issue, but we're sure glad they have given us all a chance to clear out all our old devices. Hopefully they can implement a fix that doesn't add the same device multiple times, but that still won't be a solution for folks who need to switch devices often. It's an interesting dilemma, and one that hits close to home. We'll keep our eyes on this one.

Source: Google; via The Verge

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3 years ago

Sprint customers in the US can now pay for all Google Play Store purchases using carrier billing

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For pretty much a year now, Sprint customers have been able to make use of carrier billing for app purchases on the Google Play Store but now, Sprint in cooperation with Google have gone ahead and taken it one step further. We knew it was coming but starting today, Sprint customers in the US can now use carrier billing for all their Google Play Store purchases including apps, music, books and movies. Anyone on Sprint going to be making use of this now that it is finally live? I've always been curious how many people make use of carrier billing.

Source: Google

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3 years ago

Android 5.0, Sensation ICS update [From the Forums]

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Although Verizon and Google managed to capture most of the news today, there was plenty more happening than just what came from them. If you happened to miss out on anything, get yourself caught up here on the blogs and check out some threads below from the Android Central Forums:

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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3 years ago

Verizon to kill grandfathered unlimited data plan

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Verizon has plans to kill the current unlimited data add-on and force users to a shared pool of tiered data. Speaking at today's 40th annual J.P. Morgan Technology, Media, and Telecom conference, Verizon Communications CFO Fran Shammo stated that all customers will be migrated off of current unlimited data plans and on to a new data-share plan to launch this summer. "Everyone will be on data share", according to Shammo. As people renew contracts and move to new 4G LTE smartphones and other devices, their current data plan will no longer be available. There was no mention what would happen to current LTE subscribers, but we imagine they too will be pushed towards the new sharing plans.

There is no word on exactly how these plans will work, only that  all 4G connected devices on Verizon will share the same data pool. We don't yet know how big that data pool will be, nor how much it will cost. Hopefully, Verizon realizes that they are pushing customers to use more and more data and makes them generous.

Of course, Shammo says this will be a better option for everyone involved, but I've a feeling that more than a few of you will disagree. To see the webcast in it's entirety, see the link below. 

Source: Fierce Wireless; view the webcast
Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Sony details Xperia S ICS update further, arriving 'late may or early June'

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Pretty much the only thing missing from Sony's flagship Xperia S, is Ice Cream Sandwich. For many, a 2012 Android device without Android 4.0 on board out of the box, makes it a non-starter. But, for those that did take a punt and buy an Xperia S, the ICS flavored reward is almost here. 

The update is due to hit around "late May/early June," according to a post in the Sony Xperia S support forums. While nothing specific to go on, that does suggest within a calendar month we'll be seeing it. As ever, those devices bought unbranded and carrier unlocked will likely see it first, with the usual delays presented by carriers to follow for branded devices. 

Source: Sony Support Forum via Unwired View

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3 years ago

Sprint finally acknowledges EVO 4G LTE delay on its community forums

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Sprint's community forums this morning have acknowledged that the EVO 4G LTE has been delayed, stuck in customs. It hasn't gone out and said that it won't be available for Friday morning's launch, but pre-ordered phones are "on hold," writes dshoem01. Pre-ordered phones should still arrive first. Here's the full statement:

  • HTC EVO 4G LTE availability
    The U.S. availability of the HTC EVO 4G LTE has been delayed.  HTC is working to resolve this issue and appreciates your patience as they work to get products into Sprint channels. We can’t provide specific timing for product availability at this time and we appreciate your patience as HTC works to get products on store shelves as soon as possible.
  • Pre-order status/availability
    Delivery of products for pre-order are on hold and Sprint will provide a ship date as soon as possible. Sprint will maintain the promise for the preorder customers that they will be among the first to receive their HTC EVO 4G LTE units.

Update: The author of the post has since removed pre-order cancellation info, saying it was inaccurate. To cancel a preorder, you'll need to either refuse delivery or call for a return authorization kit.

Sprint PR continues to refer questions to HTC. Check back for any updates.

Source: Sprint community forums; via EVO 4G LTE forums

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3 years ago

LG promotes Optimus UI 3.0 ahead of new phone launches

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With its new range of Android 4.0 devices, LG's make a clean break with its old user interface design, starting over with the new Optimus UI 3.0. And in the run up to the launch of its upcoming flagship phones, the Optimus 4X HD and Optimus LTE II, LG's officially announced its new UI, which it says is designed to add new features, while being "unobtrusive and simple."

Of course, we've seen LG's new ICS-based software a few times before, including during our hands-on time with the Optimus 4X HD at MWC and CTIA. But until now LG's remained relatively quiet about exactly what's new in the new Optimus UI.

Among all the new features, LG's highlighting its re-vamped lockscreen, which allows the phone to be unlocked by dragging anywhere on the screen to create a window through to the apps or launcher below. And changes to pattern lock allow common apps to be automatically loaded while security features are enabled, too.

Also of interest is the new voice shutter, which enables the phone to take photos in response to voice commands. And just like leading phones from HTC and Samsung, LG's included burst-shot mode, and the ability to automatically pick the best shot from a series of snaps.

Other additions include a "downloads" category in the app drawer , and the ability to customize icons for individual app shortcuts. All interesting stuff, and we're eager to see how these features work in practice when we get our hands on LG's new stuff.

LG says Optimus UI 3.0 will launch on the Optimus LTE II in Korea this week, and internationally on the 4X HD in June. We've got the full press release after the break.

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3 years ago

T-Mobile HTC Sensation 4G ICS update rolling out today, Amaze update coming May 21

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Good news this morning for anyone rocking T-Mobile's HTC Sensation 4G -- as we reported a couple of days ago, the Sensation's update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich begins rolling out today. So head to Settings > About phone > Software updates to see if your update is ready yet.

In addition, T-Mobile has today revealed that its HTC Amaze 4G will be joining the Sensation on ICS from next Monday, May 21. Just like the Sensation's ICS upgrade, the Amaze OTA will bring it up to Android 4.0.3 and HTC Sense 3.6. That's the same intermediary version of Sense that we've seen on other updated phones, adding many of the features we've seen on newer Sense 4.0 phones, but sticks with the visual style of the older Sense 3.x.

If you're updating your Sensation to ICS today, be sure to drop by the comments and let us know how it went!

Source: T-Mobile (1, 2)

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3 years ago

HTC Desire C arriving May 24 for £190, says retailer

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If you're after one of those new HTC Desire C's and don't want to wait until June for the carrier-branded versions, it looks like you'll be able to pick up the device SIM-free in just over a week. British online retailer Clove Technology sends word that it'll be stocking HTC's latest budget handset from next Thursday, May 24. Clove's price is £189.99 including VAT, a little higher than the £170 or so that networks will be asking for, but that's to be expected for an unlocked handset.

The Desire C, which was officially announced yesterday, revives the classic Desire brand and the in a 3.5-inch device that looks like a cross between a One S and a Wildfire S. It's powered by a 600MHz Snapdragon S1 chip, so it's hardly bleeding edge, but the inclusion of ICS, NFC and Beats Audio should give budget buyers plenty to play with.

For more Desire C goodness, check out yesterday's announcement post.

Source: Clove Technology

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3 years ago

International HTC One X gets minor bug fixes in new OTA

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According to forum reports, the unlocked, international HTC One X (that's the One rocking Tegra 3 as opposed to Snapdragon S4) has received another small over-the-air update this morning, bringing the device up to version 1.29.401.11. This one's smaller than some previous One X OTAs, at just 14MB, and according to early reports it fixes issues with screen flickering and USB storage, though the dreaded Wifi disconnection bug apparently remains.

If you're running an unlocked One X, be sure to grab the latest update (Settings > About phone > Software updates), and let us know in the comments if you're noticing any major differences.

More: Android Central forums

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