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3 years ago

Snapdragon 800-powered Galaxy S4 with LTE-A coming to parts of Europe

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Faster LTE speeds and a more advanced CPU for Samsung's upgraded GS4

We managed to track down Samsung's LTE-Advanced-capable, Snapdragon 800-powered Galaxy S4 (GT-i9506) last month at IFA 2013, but until now there's been little in the way of official info from Samsung on the device. Today press releases have been issued by Samsung Sweden, and the handset has popped up on the company's German site, dubbed simply "Galaxy S4 with LTE+."

Based on our experienced with the Snapdragon 800-powered Galaxy S4 at IFA, the overall user experience is much the same as what we know on the Snapdragon 600 model. The new device is advertised with Samsung KNOX support, however, so it Samsung's latest enterprise software package should be included. Besides that, the faster chip should bring the GS4 in line with the Galaxy Note 3 in terms of raw computational horsepower and 4G LTE data speeds, with download speeds of up to 150Mbps supported on the new model. According to the Swedish press release, the new S4 ships with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

The Galaxy S4 with LTE+ is due to arrive in Sweden this November, priced at 6,000 Krona (around $940). There's no word on availability or pricing for any other countries, however a similar device has been available in Samsung's native South Korea for the past several months.

More: Hands-on with the Snadragon 800-powered Galaxy S4

Source: PhoneArena, Press Release (Swedish), Samsung (German)

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3 years ago

Alcatel One Touch Fierce review

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Arriving on T-Mobile shelves on Oct. 23, the One Touch Fierce is proof that OEMs are only able to go so far with $164. 

In the flurry of recent top-notch Android releases, you might have missed the announcement of T-Mobile's latest budget-friendly devices, the One Touch Fierce and One Touch Evolve. No, they're not blood glucose monitors, but rather the latest installments from Alcatel, a company that has struggled to find its place here in the US.  But with its Evolve and Fierce, Alcatel hopes to make waves in the entry-level market, beckoning T-Mobile customers with dirt-cheap price tags of $100 and $164 respectively.

But if we've learned anything from 2013, it's that the current state of entry-level Android has finally reached a balance of affordability and usability, and the days of settling for cheaply-made Gingerbread-powered devices are behind us. But in the case of the One Touch Fierce, it appears that Alcatel made all the wrong cuts in all the wrong places.

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3 years ago

Here's the changelog for the Verizon Moto X update

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Motorola, as it's done for the other carriers, has released the full changelog for the most recent update to Verizon's Moto X. The camera improvements are the big strokes, of course, but there's a good bit more to the update.

Here's what's new in version 139.15.1:

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Express 2 hits Vodafone UK on October 23

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Updated mid-ranger exclusive to Vodafone at launch, other operators coming later

Samsung UK has announced an updated version of the mid-range Galaxy Express handset it launched earlier in the year, the Galaxy Express 2. The LTE-capable handset features a 4.5-inch qHD LCD display, a 1.7GHz dual core processor, 1.5GB of RAM and a 5-megapixel rear camera. Based on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and Samsung's latest TouchWiz UI, the Galaxy Express 2 also features some of the software features from higher-end Samsung phones — Smart Stay, Group Play, Motion UX, S Travel, StoryAlbum and S Translator.

The Galaxy Express 2 will launch tomorrow, Oct. 23, at Vodafone UK, with other carriers to follow at a later date. It'll come in "ceramic white" and "rigel blue" color options, with the latter being exclusive to Vodafone.

We've got specs and the full press release after the break.

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3 years ago

Red HTC One Mini launching at Phones 4u in November

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'Glamor red' HTC One Mini exclusive to Phones 4u in the UK

Phones 4u has announced that it'll exclusively carry a new "glamor red" variant of the HTC One Mini. The retailer, which also exclusively carries the red HTC One, expects the red One Mini to go on sale next month online and in its brick-and-mortar stores.

Right now there's no firm pricing information available for the red HTC One Mini, however the black and silver versions are available for free on-contract from EE, Vodafone, T-Mobile and Orange, starting at £26 per month. P4U's SIM-free price is £389.95.

If you really must have an HTC One Mini in red, there's a pre-registration link below.

More: Phones 4u

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3 years ago

T-Mobile HTC One Android 4.3 update now live

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Big update for HTC One owners on T-Mobile US

Right on schedule, the Android 4.3 update for the HTC One on T-Mobile US has begun rolling out, bringing T-Mo's version of HTC's flagship up to the latest platform version. The update also brings some extra features to HTC's Sense 5 UI, including new video highlight themes, Instagram support in BlinkFeed and greater control over the way "home" and "menu" button functionality works.

If you're rocking an HTC One on T-Mobile, hit the comments and let us know how you're getting on. Next up is Verizon's HTC One, which launched with Android 4.2 and already has many of the new Sense features. That device is due to get Android 4.3 around the end of the month.

Source: Android Central forums

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3 years ago

Euro HTC One Android 4.3 update coming in '3 to 5 weeks'

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Official estimate from HTC UK Twitter account

HTC One devices across the U.S. and Canada have been receiving updates to Android 4.3 over the past several weeks, but so far we've yet to hear anything official on release timing for the European version of the device. Today, however, the official HTC UK Twitter account has given us our clearest indication yet as to when we can expect the update on UK devices — and unfortunately there's still a bit of waiting to be done.

"We are expecting to release #JellyBean 4.3 update in the UK in 3–5 weeks," tweets @HTC_UK. That'll be mid-to-late November, then.

Android Central understands that when the update arrives it'll bring with it HTC's latest Sense 5.5 UI — as opposed to the Sense 5.0-based software rolling out to U.S. devices — which might explain the additional time required to get everything finalized. So HTC One owners in Europe might have to hold on just a little longer, but the update should be worth the wait in the end.

Source: @HTC_UK

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3 years ago

Sony 'Xperia Z1S' could be a mini Z1 for the rest of the world

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International version of Japan's Xperia Z1 f inbound?

Ever since Japan's NTT Docomo got the Xperia Z1 f — a 4.3-inch version of the Xperia Z1, with all the juicy specs left intact — we've been hoping for news of a wider international launch. Now there's the first sign that such a device might be headed our way, as the usually reliable @evleaks has published images of a Sony "Xperia Z1S." The shot appears to show a smaller Xperia Z1 with similar button placement and software, but right now that's all we have to go on.

If it's anything like the version due to be sold in Japan, this handset should pack a Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2GB of RAM and a 20.7-megapixel Exmor RS rear camera — in essence, all the internal hardware that matters — along with a smaller 4.3-inch 720p display. Time will tell what form the "Xperia Z1S" eventually takes, but the shortage of high-end Android phones with top-level specs right now means there's definitely an audience for this kind of device.

Source: @evleaks

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3 years ago

HTC One Max pictured for AT&T

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Complete with frontal carrier logo

We already know the HTC One Max is headed to Sprint and Verizon — and on the latter, you'll naturally be dealing with some additional carrier signage. But the same might also be true of an eventual AT&T HTC One Max, as evidenced by a new image from Twitter leaker @evleaks. Sure enough, the image reveals AT&T's globe (or Death Star, if you prefer) sitting between the "home" and "back" keys, where before there was an HTC logo. That's in addition to a AT&T text in the notification bar — standard practice for the carrier's Android phones.

There's still been no official confirmation that the Max is headed to AT&T, but this latest render leak makes it look more likely than ever.

Besides the obvious differences, AT&T's HTC One Max is presumably the same handset we've been getting to know in recent weeks — a 5.9-inch version of the HTC One Mini's design, sporting the original HTC One's internals and a fingerprint sensor of questionable value. For more on the One Max check out our full review, linked below.

More: HTC One Max review

Source: @evleaks

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3 years ago

White Nexus 5 spied on alleged retail packaging

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Someone in Korea has a Nexus 5 box

Last night the Google Play Store gave us a pretty good look at the Nexus 5 in black, and today a leak from Korean site UNDERkg (since pulled) purports to show us the device's retail packaging — along with a tantalizing hint at a possible white version. The couple of images showing the outside of the box reveal Google and LG branding, along with the Nexus 5 name. What's more, the device is pictured with a white back panel, as you can clearly see in the second image.

The box certainly fits with earlier Nexus branding, and though the leaked images are small, it looks legit to us. That said, there's no guarantee of any white model being available at launch, and we'll wait on the official word from Google before reaching for our wallets.

Also see: Nexus 5 render leak

Source: iTechTriad; via: Android Central forums

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3 years ago

HTC One down to £375 SIM-free on Amazon UK

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Silver HTC One now £375, black model £389

Update: Since we published this article the price for the silver model has been reduced even further to £375.

Despite the deluge of great new phones we've experienced in recent months, the HTC One is still one of the best out there, and picking one up off-contract in the UK just got a bit cheaper. Amazon UK has the 32GB silver HTC One for £375 inc. VAT, while the black model is just a little more, at £389. Either price is a considerable saving on the £440-450 you'd usually pay for an unlocked European HTC One with LTE support.

Check out our review (and two-month redux) for more on the HTC One, or hit the link below to pick one up for yourself.

Buy: HTC One on Amazon UK

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3 years ago

Join the Nexus 5 discussion on the Android Central forums

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We're getting closer and closer to the inevitable launch of the Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 KitKat, and with the device's image recently slipping out on Google Play — along with a $349 price point — there's more buzz than ever around this year's Nexus handset.

The Android Central forums are a great place to chat it up and share your Nexus 5 thought, hopes, fears and expectations as we wait for the device's arrival. Here's a quick rundown of some of the top threads at the moment:

More: Nexus 5 forums

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3 years ago

International Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 rollout begins

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Unlocked German and Russian devices getting new version of Android, as Euro Note 3 receives 'stability' updates

The international LTE and HSPA+ versions of the Samsung Galaxy S4 (GT-i9505 and GT-i9500) have started receiving their Android 4.3 updates, marking the first major OS upgrade for Samsung's flagship.

Among all the standard under-the-hood changes brought in Android 4.3, the update reportedly includes Samsung KNOX for improved enterprise security, along with Samsung Wallet, some color tweaks for the device's display, and a smoother home screen experience. Other changes include new versions of the Samsung keyboard and browser and a reading mode, which tweaks the display in certain apps for easier reading. The new 4.3 firmware also adds support for Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch.

According to SamMobile the Galaxy S4 LTE update is pushing out through Kies and over-the-air in Germany, while HSPA+ devices in Russia are also getting the update. As always, the new version will take a while to reach all devices, so hit the comments and let us know if you've gotten it already.

Meanwhile the European Galaxy Note 3 LTE (SM-N9005) has received a string of "stability" updates over the past week, eventually landing it at build XXUBMJ3. We're not seeing any noticeable changes on our device, but an early OTA to deal with any niggling stability issues is certainly welcome.

Source: SamMobile

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3 years ago

Nexus 5 makes a brief appearance on Google Play, listed at $349

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The link is dead(ish) now, but there it is, folks. The Nexus 5, for $349.

The tag line, as you can see, reads:

"Capture the everyday and the epic in fresh new ways. Starting at $349."

That's a pretty good sign that we'll see more than one SKU (aka retail version), meaning we'll (obviously) see more than one storage size. The defunct link took us to a 16-gigabyte version, so that's a pretty good starting point. The URL also points to a "black" version — a pretty good indication we might see other colors as well. Figure white, of course.

Thanks, @BWFfeldy!

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3 years ago

Cricket announces ZTE Source coming Oct. 20 for $219

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Basic features with an affordable price and great plan pricing

Another affordable off-contract phone is headed to Cricket, and this time its the ZTE Source at an MSRP of $219.99. At this price you can't expect too much, but the Source is offering a 4.5-inch 480 x 854 display, 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of storage and a 5MP camera that can handle 720p video recording.

On the software side we're looking at just Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, but for what it's worth the experience seems to be generally Stock, as has been the case on many low-end ZTE devices.  As with other Cricket devices, the Source is eligible for the carrier's $45 unlimited plans with 2.5GB of full-speed data, as well as access to the Muve Music service.

The Source goes on sale both in-store and online this Sunday — you can take a look at a couple more images of the device after the break.

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