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3 years ago

New HTC UI pictured, could be rumored China-centric OS

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BlinkFeed with a twist

Late last month The Wall Street Journal reported that HTC was hard at work on a "new" mobile operating system for the Chinese market, as part of an effort to expand its presence in the country. And now we have the first photo of what might be HTC's new China-centric smartphone software.

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3 years ago

Purple Galaxy Mega 6.3 outed on Samsung Hong Kong site

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Was Samsung's gigantic Galaxy Mega 6.3 just not quite colorful enough for your tastes? In that case there's good news — a purple version of the enormous handset has been spotted over on Samsung's official Hong Kong site, where it's shown in a selection of device renders.

Aside from the change in color, this looks much the same as the Galaxy Mega we reviewed for the international market and AT&T in the U.S. Which is to say it's still going to be more appealing as a small, mid-range tablet than an oversized smartphone.

There's no word on any plans to release the purple Galaxy Mega outside of Hong Kong, nor was there any sign of the new color option at Samsung's IFA booth a couple of weeks back. Given the manufacturer's fondness for bright hues, though, we wouldn't be surprised to see more colorful Megas make their way out in the near future.

More: Samsung Galaxy Mega review

Source: Samsung HK; via: SamMobile

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3 years ago

Everything you want to know about Xiaomi - 2013 edition

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An hour that will help answer the questions you have about Xiaomi and the Mi3

Quite a few of us have more than a passing interest in those gorgeous and cheap Xiaomi Mi3 phones, and now we can get a closer look. The full presentation Xiaomi put on for the press in China recently has been uploaded to YouTube, and it's worth a watch.

It's in Chinese, but has English subtitles so language is less of a barrier. You'll see features and news about MIUI (the 20 million user milestone has been reached), learn more about the Mi3 phone, and see what the upcoming MITV is all about. You'll even see a cameo from Nvidia's Jen-Hsun Huang in his trademark sneakers and black jeans. And sneaking in around the nine minute mark is none other than Hugo Barra, testing the Xiaomi VP waters.

Those phones are sexy. Something tells me I'll want to get one of the imports and see what can be done about the software. Anyhoo, have a watch if you're interested like I am.

Source: YouTube

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3 years ago

Verizon says Sense 5 coming to the Droid DNA

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Not a lot here that isn't in the headline. Verizon has listed the Sense 5 update page for the HTC Droid DNA on their site. There is no date mentioned, or no inkling of exactly which version of Android we'll be seeing (though HTC has said they are working to get 4.3 on the DNA this month), but if you want to know all about Sense 5 features like Blinkfeed or the new smart dialer, it's there.

If you're a Droid DNA user, keep an eye out for that update notification.

Source: Verizon; Via: Android Central forums

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3 years ago

LG G2 coming to Canada on September 27

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Rogers, Bell, TELUS, and others will be getting it, but we still don't know about pricing. 

We've seen plenty of the Verizon and AT&T versions of the LG G2, but what about us poor bastards in the frozen north? Don't worry Canadians, LG has confirmed that it's coming up here soon - September 27, to be exact. 

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3 years ago

LG G2 on AT&T and Verizon gets proper root treatment

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One-click method detailed for both US carrier models

A simple one click root method has been found for the AT&T and the Verizon models of the new LG G2. Using the method for the Asian version, full instructions have been posted at XDA that will allow you to root the device, and get the tools you need — like the SuperUser utility — up and running in English.

Once rooted, a wide array of utilities and basic OS hacks become available, and we expect developer support for the G2 to be pretty high. It has the power under the hood and a great display, and plenty of tinkerers won't be able to resist this one.

For more information you'll need to refer to the source link. As usual, this sort of thing is something to think about before diving in and all the risk is on your shoulders.

Source: XDA forums

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3 years ago

Google Play edition Samsung Galaxy S4 also getting JWR66Y update

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Minor update to Android 4.3 now rolling out​ for GS4 GPe

Along with the Google Play edition HTC One, it now seems the "stock" Android Galaxy S4 (GT-I9505G) is also getting its over-the-air update to build JWR66Y — a slightly newer version of Android 4.3. The bump from the earlier build JWR66V hit Nexus devices a couple of weeks ago, and includes security updates for the latest iteration of Google's OS.

As always, it may take a few days for the update to arrive on everyone's devices, so patience is advised as Google and Samsung open the latest build up to GPe handsets. If you're seeing it on your phone hit the comments and let us know how you're getting on.

Source: Android Central forums

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3 years ago

AT&T LG G2 hands-on

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The AT&T LG G2 is a little more faithful to the original — but it's got a mountain of carrier apps preloaded

Behold, the AT&T version of the LG G2. This one is a little more faithful to the Euro version we've had for a couple weeks now — save for the mountain of AT&T apps plopped on top of it.

Physically speaking, this phone's nearly identical to our pre-production European unit — all the way down to all the plastic stickers protecting the edges. We mention that up front because when you first take it out of the box, the phone is going to feel like it was slapped together, with sharp edges and all. That's just the stickers attacking you. Take them off, and you're left with a smooth piece of glass and plastic.

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia Z Ultra arrives on O2 and Three

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6.4-inch Sony handset launches on two British carriers

British mobile networks O2 and Three have started offering Sony's ginormous Xperia Z Ultra. The 6.4-inch, Snapdragon 800-powered beast is available now from the two carriers' brick-and-mortar stores, as well as online from O2.co.uk (Three's not selling the device online until Oct .18.)

On-contract prices on Three start at £34 per month and a £99 upfront charge on a two-year plan, while O2 offers a wide range of 3G and 4G contract combinations through its "O2 Refresh" program. O2's also selling the Ultra on PAYG for £599, should you wish to pick one up without a monthly plan.

The largest Sony phone we've seen to date, the Xperia Z Ultra is more akin to a tiny tablet than an oversized smartphone, though it arguably fills both roles. For more, check out our hands-on feature from the Xperia Z Ultra launch event.

Source: Three, O2

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3 years ago

Verizon LG G2 hands-on

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A few physical changes and tweaked software highlight Verizon's version of the LG G2

What's that, you say? You want the LG G2, but you want it with more logos and a skinnier set of buttons on the back? And maybe a couple fairly significant software changes? Sure thing. Verizon's got you covered with its version of the G2.

Things have changed a little bit on the physical side, and a little bit on the software side. We'll walk you through it all after the break.

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3 years ago

Our best look yet at a possible Nexus successor

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Fresh out of the FCC this morning (and first spotted by our palls at Phonescoop slipped into an LG G2 filing) we get a new look at what possibly is the next iteration of the Nexus line. In a series of (not particularly good) external shots, we get a pretty clear look at the back of this LG-made device — and it's still in line with the more finished version that made a brief appearance at the unveiling of the Android Kit Kat statue last week. 

The camera and flash certainly line up in the same spot — but there's also an interesting little window visible toward the top of the device. We're not going to read too much into that at this point — clearly this isn't a retail unit here. But we do get a good look at where the headphone jack is, so there's that.

Also confirmed in the FCC pics is that the power button and volume rocker are on either side of the phone.

We've got more pics after the break.

Source: FCC; via Phonescoop

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3 years ago

Virgin Mobile goes 'Supreme' with a new ZTE 5-incher

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Virgin Mobile this morning announced the ZTE Supreme, a 5-inch smartphone running Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. It's running for $299 on Virgin's no-contract plans, which start at $35 a month.

In addition to the 1280x720 display, the Supreme sports a 13-megapixel rear camera and is powered by a 2,500 mAh battery. It also comes preloaded with Real Racing 3.

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3 years ago

LG G2 now available on AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile

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Today sees the U.S. arrival of the G2, LG's big-screened, thin-bezeled handset with buttons on the back. The 5.2-inch LG G2 can be ordered online today from AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless — on AT&T and Verizon you'll pay $199 on a standard two-year contract, while T-Mo offers the handset on an installment plan with a $99 up-front payment. If you're looking to buy the G2 outright, it'll cost you $603.99 on T-Mobile, $599.99 on Verizon or $574.99 on AT&T.

Sprint customers will have to wait another month or so, as their version of the G2 won't be available for pre-order until Oct. 11.

Anyone ordering up a U.S. LG G2 today? Shout out in the comments!

Source: Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T

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3 years ago

Future Samsung phones will have 64-bit CPUs too, says CEO

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64-bit Galaxy handsets coming, but not in the immediate future

Hot on the heels of the announcement of Apple's iPhone 5s, which sports a fancy new 64-bit A7 CPU, Samsung boss JK Shin has told the Korean press that its future handsets will also include 64-bit number-crunching capabilities. Speaking with the Korea Times, the Samsung co-CEO confirmed that "our next smartphones will have 64-bit processing functionality," but added that these devices would not be arriving "in the shortest time." It's no secret that mobile chip giant ARM has 64-bit architectures in the pipeline, so it's possible that a Galaxy S5 might be one of the first Android devices to implement this technology.

In the same interview, Shin acknowledged that Apple was seeking to expand its mobile reach further into China and Japan with the iPhone 5s and 5c, saying that Samsung too should "try harder" in these countries. These efforts reportedly include a separate Chinese launch event for the upcoming Galaxy Note 3.

Source: Korea Times; via: Engadget

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3 years ago

Android 4.3 with Sense 5.0 RUU for the AT&T HTC One leaks out

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Latest leak purportedly the same as the eventual OTA update

A complete functioning version of Android 4.3 with Sense 5.0 for the AT&T version of the HTC One has surfaced, and to many people's liking it seems to be a near final build of the software. Following reports from an insider that Android 4.3 updates for US versions of the One are on their way in the coming weeks, the leak of this complete RUU (or separate flashable ROM and radio) of the latest update gives many folks hope that the official OTA isn't far behind.

Between this leak and previous information and leaks of the firmware for various versions of the phone, we have to think that the official update can't be far away now, provided that the US carriers get on board with the program.

If you're willing to tinker around with your AT&T HTC One and want an early taste of what Android 4.3 could look like on the handset, head to the source link below. Just be sure to proceed with caution and know what you're getting into before you click — nobody likes a bricked phone.

Source: RootzWiki

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