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2 years ago

HTC One XL coming to Germany on Vodafone, O2 and T-Mobile

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The HTC One XL has graced the Far East, Australia and North America (under the name HTC One X), and now it's headed to Europe, with today's news that Vodafone Germany will launch the device next month. The One XL is almost identical to the international One X, except that it sports a 4G LTE radio and dual-core Snapdragon S4 chip instead of the Tegra 3 found in the One X. (That's due to Tegra 3's lack of support for LTE.)

Basically, this is an AT&T One X for Europe, with European LTE bands. In addition to dual-band HSPA on 900 and 2100MHz, the Euro One XL supports LTE on 800, 1800 and 2600MHz bands. This means it'll also run on the UK's 4G LTE networks, whenever they're launched.

The One XL will launch in Germany on Vodafone, T-Mobile and O2, and there'll also be unlocked SIM-free version available. Prices reportedly start at €659 (~$830).

via: TheUnwired

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2 years ago

Win a tablet or smartphone with SwiftKey and Mobile Nations

SwiftKey and Mobile Nations (hey, that's us!) are giving you the chance to win a phone or tablet of your choice. SwiftKey is one of the leading aftermarket keyboard for Android, and in return for letting the SwiftKey guys know how you use your phones and tablets, you could bag the device of your choice, up to a value of $800.

Head over to swiftkey.net/survey to begin, complete the survey. If you're one of the lucky three (yes, three) winners, you could get your hands on your dream phone or tablet, even if it doesn't run Android. In fact, even if you don't currently own a device that supports their kick-ass keyboard, SwiftKey still wants to hear from you, and you could still be a winner.

The survey is open internationally for smartphone and tablet owners aged 18 and over, and it runs until midnight on Wednesday, June 6.  Be sure to check SwiftKey's site for the full terms and conditions.

Head over to SwiftKey's survey page to get started!

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2 years ago

Sony Walkman Z Series review

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Remember MP3 players? You know, those small electronic devices that old people used to keep their music on? They didn't make phone calls. They didn't play Angry Birds. If they're before your time, you’re not alone: after reaching the height of their popularity with Apple’s iPod, digital music players saw a sharp decline in sales, due in large part to the meteoric rise of smartphones. As phones became more and more capable of becoming your sole device, the need for MP3 players quickly faded away. Why carry around an extra device when you’ve got your entire music collection, Spotify, Rdio, Pandora, and even FM Radio right on your Android phone?

But don’t call digital music players dead just yet. Enter the Sony Walkman Z, a revitalized Walkman that Sony is calling the “ultimate portable media player.” It’s powered by Android and it’s got a heck of a set of specs, but where does this device fall into your daily life? And is its $249 starting price tag justified? Despite its delightful music experience, it’s hard to recommend dropping so much money on a device that is so limited, especially when tablets start at around the same price. If you’re holding onto your dumbphone, though, and are constantly within wi-fi coverage, the Walkman Z is a nice option for housing your music collection.

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2 years ago

Samsung releases Galaxy Note ICS source code

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As required under the open source rules, Samsung has released its Linux kernel source code -- and other open-source bits -- for the recently-released Android 4.0 firmware for the international Galaxy Note. While the source code itself isn't much for regular users (or even power users) to get excited about, ROM developers will undoubtedly be pouring over this code in the weeks ahead with the aim of bringing better, faster custom firmware to the international Note. Not that this code is for the international Galaxy Note (GT-N7000), not the North American version that goes by a different name -- GT-i717.

To grab the Ice Cream Sandwich code for the Note, head over to the source link, then enter "N7000" in the search box.

Source: Samsung Open Source Release Center

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2 years ago

Late-night poll: Which carrier will offer the best Samsung Galaxy S III?

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There's a neat discussion going on in the forums about the Samsung Galaxy S III, and how carriers will screw it up -- or not screw it up. To our pals in Europe and elsewhere who may not know, in North America carriers have pretty much had their way with all the previous Galaxy phones. Different shapes and sizes abound, and I don't think any of them have the same software as any of the others. Some changes were welcome (the Epic 4G had a damn nice sliding QWERTY), some not so much (hello there locked down NFC). 

We're all expecting to hear word from Samsung about more carrier releases soon, and with that will come the big question -- who will get it right? Let us know what you think in tonight's poll.

 

Which carrier will build the best Samsung Galaxy S III?

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2 years ago

Electronic Arts brings Mass Effect Infiltrator to the Google Play Store

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If you're a fan of the Mass Effect series then you'll now have to decide whether or not you want to immerse yourself into more of the experience. You see, Electronic Arts has now taken the covers off of Mass Effect Infiltrator and placed it in the Google Play Store. Didn't like the ending of Mass Effect 3? Maybe you can change it:

  • You're a Cerebus Agent, gone rogue! - As Commander Shepard battles Reapers across the galaxy, veteran Cerberus agent Randall Ezno procures aliens for illicit experiments at a secret facility. But when the Director of the facility goes too far - Randall fights back and vows to bring Cerberus down! Can you fight your way off the hostile Cerberus base and deliver their secret research to the Alliance?
  • Enter a new dimension of Android Gaming - Move freely through massive exteriors and a fully realized Cerberus base. Featuring groundbreaking graphics and intensified audio, enjoy a console-like experience that marks the next leap in Android gameplay.
  • Engage enemies with swipe & tap combat - Featuring both manual and assisted aiming, use intuitive tap controls and for fast-paced fighting. Fluidly dive and roll for cover with a simple swipe. Engage in epic boss battles against Cerberus Mechs and twisted experiment victims.
  • It's you against an army - Harness the fury of high-tech armor and weapons. Unleash biotic powers, stealth cloak abilities and devastating melee attacks. Upgrade your gear and performance with credits – the quicker and more stylish your kills, the more credits you’ll earn. Also, access the bonus Turian mission and escape the medical bay...alive!
  • Impact your Mass Effect 3 experience - Gather valuable intel and upload it to Galaxy at War to boost your Galactic Readiness Rating in Mass Effect 3. Complete the game to increase your War Assets. Improve your chances in the final Mass Effect 3 battle – on the go! Crush Cerberus and shape the future of the galaxy. The outcome depends on YOU in Mass Effect: Infiltrator!

Electronic Arts has set the price a little high with this one plus, the size of the download may sway some users from grabbing it. Mass Effect Infiltrator is set at $6.99 with the download and additional content coming in at over 450MB once all is said and done. That said though, if you're a fan of the series it might be worth the buy in cost for and SD Card space to you. Download link is below for you all.

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2 years ago

HTC EVO V 4G now available for pre-order at Radio Shack

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The EVO V 4G, Virgin Mobile's answer to the EVO 3D, is now available for pre-order from Radio Shack. For $299.99 you get a more than capable high-end Android handset, that you own outright, runs on the Wimax 4G network, and can use on Virgin's ubercheap prepaid service. That's hard to beat, no matter who you ask.

The EVO V ships with Ice Cream Sandwich and Sense 3.6, has all the hardware bells and whistles it's Sprint counterpart had -- including the stereoscopic 3D cameras and screen, and will be available at the end of this month. While it's not exactly state of the art when compared to the upcoming Android phones, this one is a great upgrade for all those Wildfire S' and Optimus V's out there. If you're thinking of making the jump, rest easy knowing that some of the best Optimus hackers are doing the same

Pre-order the HTC EVO V 4G from Radio Shack. Thanks,  GreyCelt!

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2 years ago

Sony Xperia S update to ICS actually further off than first thought

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Literally, less than a week from hearing that Sony Xperia S owners would be tasting some Ice Cream Sandwich by 'early June,' do we hear new information refuting that information completely. 

The story lies in the Sony Xperia S support forums. The initial post was in response to a customer query, but left everyone -- quite rightly -- reason to get excited. Now though, it seems the gentleman in question -- going by the name of Marcus -- has "mixed things up" with the dates for the rest of the Xperia line.

Before we're too hard on Marcus though, he still says that the Xperia S will be updated during Q2. The latter part of Q2 to be more precise. By our maths, that basically says it'll be late June rather than early June. It's still coming, and it's still coming in Q2. It's just going to be an extra couple of weeks potentially before it lands. We're all human, and Marcus has had the decency to own up to an honest mistake, and to apologize for it. Can't say fairer than that. 

via Xperia Blog

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2 years ago

HTC adds some timelines to its ICS device update list

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HTC in the past, hasn't made any bones about telling us all which of their devices will be getting Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in the future. Granted, they've made some changes here and there to the list as testing has gone on but overall, they've been doing good at keeping folks in the loop for better or worse, depending on which device you may own. Now, they've gone ahead and take it all one step further by adding some official timelines to the newly minted Android 4.0 Update FAQ page:

  • DROID Incredible 2 by HTC - To be determined (by the end of August)
  • HTC Amaze 4G - May-June
  • HTC Desire S - June-July
  • HTC Desire HD - July-August
  • HTC EVO 3D - June-July
  • HTC EVO 4G+ - May-June
  • HTC EVO Design 4G - June-July
  • HTC Incredible S - June-July
  • HTC Sensation - March-June
  • HTC Sensation 4G - March-June
  • HTC Sensation XE - March-June
  • HTC Sensation XL - April-Jun
  • HTC Rezound - June-July
  • HTC Rhyme - June-July
  • HTC Thunderbolt - July-August
  • HTC Velocity 4G  - March-June
  • HTC Vivid  - March-June

Looking at the list, you can easily spot the devices that have already had ICS rolled out to them over the past little while. Nothing overly surprising, and HTC does note things are always subject to change but it's nice to see some official timelines placed beside all those devices.

Source: HTC

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2 years ago

David Beckham and the Galaxy Note get official

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In case you missed the leaked version last week.

(And I could totally do that.)

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