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3 years ago

Win a 64GB HTC One developer edition from Android Central!


What's all this then? We're not just giving away an HTC One. Oh, no. If we're going to give away one 2013's hottest smartphones, we're going to give away one of the most desired versions of it. So you, dear reader are not vying for a mere HTC One. You're going to get the chance to win your very own developer version of the HTC One. That's the one whose bootloader is beyond the reach of meddlesome carrier politics. That's the one with the full 64 gigabytes of storage. 

You're probably dying to read ahead, looking for bullet points on how to enter. Fine. They're coming up next, right after this.

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3 years ago

Carphone Warehouse 'Super Value' line offers free smartphones for £7.50 p.m.


HTC Desire C, Sony Xperia Tipo, Samsung Galaxy Ace part of new entry-level line-up

We tend to focus on the high-end stuff here on Android Central, but there's a lot of decent smartphone hardware at the entry level too. Today UK retailer Carphone Warehouse has announced 'Super Value,' a new range of entry-level handsets offered on contract (and PAYG, if you're after a dumbphone). Starting at £7.50 per month on contract, Carphone offers devices like the Sony Xperia Tipo (above), HTC Desire C and Samsung Galaxy Ace with no up-front charge.

At the slightly higher end, the Sony Xperia U is available for £11 per month with a humble 100MB of data on O2. £12.50 per month gets you a more substantial 500MB on TalkMobile, Carphone's own MVNO.

We've got reviews of many of the phones in this new line, check 'em out below.

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3 years ago

HTC releases new kernel source for the Droid DNA and Vodafone France/UK HTC One


3.4.10 kernel source released, time for developers to see how easily it builds

HTC has released a bit of source code this evening, and developers working with the Droid DNA on Verizon, and the HTC One on Vodafone France and Vodafone UK, now have some new toys to play with. When they get it all figured out (and they will) it's step one for serious ROM development.

Being compliant with the GPL is a hot topic among the Android community. It seems like nobody besides Google is capable of it, and when we see partial compliance after the fact we act relieved. Hopefully this is a portent of good things to come and we see what we've been promised, when we're supposed to see it.

If you need the kernel source, grab it at the link below. If you're just excited about what can be done with it, kick back and assist when you can. 

Source: HTC; Via: @htcdev

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3 years ago

Jelly Bean for the Galaxy S II Skyrocket now available via Samsung Kies


The update brings Google Now, Project Butter, and all the Jelly Bean treats -- along with some device specific fixes and enhancements

When we saw the T-Mobile Galaxy S II get it's Jelly Bean update, we knew the Skyrocket couldn't be far behind. They're essentially the exact same phone, and folks are using them interchangeably between T-Mobile and AT&T. We also figured it would be done via Kies, and sure enough, there's an update ready and pushing out to folks who connect to Samsung's desktop utility.

The update to I727UCMC1 (Android 4.1.2) has plenty of Jelly Bean goodies, like expandable notifications, Google Now, and Project Butter. It also has a few fixes specific to the Skyrocket, like the removal of Qik and MSpot, and call quality should be a bit better.

Grab you cables, fire up Kies and plug it in if you're using a Skyrocket. For more details, hit the source link, and to discuss the good and bad of this one, the forums are right here.

Source: Samsung. Thanks, Angela!

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3 years ago

New exploit roots Droid RAZR HD on Android 4.1.2, among others


This latest root method works on all current Android versions of multiple Motorola phones

Yesterday we witnessed a Motorola milestone (no pun intended) when Dan Rosenberg announced he had found a method to unlock the bootloaders of multiple non-OMAP Motorola phones, including the Attrix HD, Droid RAZR HD/HD Maxx, and the Droid RAZR M. The unlock method would require root access, which unfortunately left Droid RAZR HD users out in the cold if they had already accepted the latest OTA update to Android 4.1.2.

Coming to the rescue of those disenfranchised Droid RAZR HD owners, Dan has released a new exploit that roots the following Motorola phones, regardless of what Android version they're currently running:

  • Droid Razr HD
  • Droid Razr Maxx HD
  • Atrix HD
  • Photon Q
  • Droid Razr M

The above phones are the only ones that are officially supported with this new root method. However, Dan has stated that this exploit will likely work with other phones -- including non-Motorola devices. For a complete list of instructions and links to the required files, follow the source link below.


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3 years ago

ASUS FonePad arrives in the UK April 26, priced £179.99


Pre-orders for the 7-inch hybrid device to begin this Friday, Apr. 12

The ASUS Fonepad is one of the few smartphone/tablet hybrid that's actually marketed as a dedicated phone. And although we weren't blown away by the device during our hands-on time at MWC, at least it won't cost too much when it comes to market. TechRadar reports that the 7-incher will sell for £179.99 -- just £20 more expensive than the 16GB Nexus 7, though that tablet lacks the cellular connectivity and expandable storage offered by the Fonepad.

The Fonepad is powered  by a 1.2GHz hyperthreaded Intel Atom CPU, with 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean running the show.

Right now Carphone Warehouse has a pre-registration page up, and it's reported that from this Friday, Apr. 12 pre-orders will begin being taken for an Apr. 26 launch. Other official retail partners include and UK supermarket Sainsbury's.

More: Hands-on with the ASUS Fonepad

Source: TechRadar, Carphone Warehouse

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia ZL headed to Cincinnati Bell, available May 1


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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3 years ago

Kyocera Torque review


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


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


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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