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3 years ago

HTC One VX unboxing and video walkthrough

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Behold, the HTC One VX on AT&T. More than a One V, less than a One X, and dancing right around the noble One S without giving it as much as a mention in its already convoluted name. We've gone hands-on with the One VX a couple times since it was announced in early October, and it's now available for purchase, having missed its original launch date by a few weeks.

More: Full HTC One VX specs

So what, exactly, is the One VX? In a single sentence, it borrows bits and pieces from the entire HTC One line for a mid-range smartphone that as of now is exclusive to AT&T.

Physically speaking, it's a tad smaller than the One X, but less of a curvy box and more of a sleek and sexy One S. The back is done in the same white polycarbonate shell as AT&T's original One X. (Remember that the One X+ moved to a soft-touch coating.) And the One S is more svelte than the One VX, about 2 mm slimmer, with different curves, and it's a tad shorter and narrower, too. The One VX its between the One S and One X in screen size, too, at 4.5 inches. And while it only has a 540x960 qHD resolution, the move to Super LCD 2 from AMOLED makes a noticeable difference.

Our full review is on the way. For now, hit the break for our HTC One VX unboxing and video walkthrough.

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3 years ago

Motorola said to be working on the 'X Phone' to bring the ultimate Android eXperience

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Motorola's handset division is rumored to be hard at work building not just the next big thing for the smartphone market, but Google's "X Phone," according to a post earlier this week in the Android Central forums. That post has grown some legs with a story today from the Wall Street Journal. The "X Phone," undoubtedly a code name (but that'd be a kick-ass retail name) is rumored to encompass everything from a bendable screen for durability to a ceramic unibody (though that might possibly be along the lines of that micro-arc oxidation treatment we've seen on the likes of the HTC One S), it is to be the phone to change the way we interact with our smartphones.

This might not be a Motorola Nexus, but something new and different. Running stock Android at its core, there will be a set of applications and a UI that is modular and runs on top of the OS -- meaning no extra time for updates, according to our tipster. These features are said to be things like new voice commands and gestures, and the "ultimate" camera software plus -- get this -- buttons on the back of the phone -- one for the camera, plus volume buttons.

Google and Motorola can freely play and innovate here, without having to modify the stock Android build underneath. This is huge, as current OEM layers are deeply built into the Android system and are not stand alone. This causes plenty of delay when it comes to software updates. 

From our rumored devices forum:

Apparently this phone is called the "X Phone" or something along those lines and has buttons on the back of the phone. He said that a camera button is in the middle of the phone with volume up and down buttons on both sides of it all on the back face of the phone. He said it is supposed to be more ergonomic while holding the phone.

He also talked a lot about the phone having a ton of new voice command features and swiping gestures to accomplish tasks. He said the idea of this phone is to completely change the way we ergonomically have to interact with our phones. I.e. that it would take less than two seconds from the phone being in the pocket to using the camera. These features would be built on top of android as a stand alone proprietary suite app so that moto can be dedicated to updating to all new google updates in 3 months or less.

The hardware is said to be no slouch either, with "every premium piece of technology that Moto has" being used. We can expect a quad-core processor, 2GB RAM minimum, a huge battery, and Motorola's legendary cellular radios. 

While this is still just a rumor, it makes sense for Google to use Motorola to finally take the reigns of Android and release a consumer oriented device that fills their vision of what that device should be. We see and hear about the benefits of controlling both the hardware and the software from Apple and Microsoft, and we think Google can do it better. If things turn out as rumored, expect a big push in mid-2013, and the device we've all dreamed about to follow soon after. Google I/O might be pretty interesting this year.

Source: Android Central forums. More: WSJ

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3 years ago

Sony C660X 'Yuga' rumored to emerge as Xperia Z

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Sony's extensively-leaked C660X 'Yuga' smartphone is to come to market as the Sony Xperia Z, according to reports from XperiaBlog. The blog, which before the last major Sony release cycle correctly called the 'Hayabusa' as the Xperia TX, also claims to have a few new details about the device's hardware.

The 'Xperia Z' will apparently have water and dust resistance ratings of IP55 and IP57, same as some earlier high-end offerings from the Japanese manufacturer. And the phone's 1080p screen is said to include 'OptiConrast' tech, of the sort usually found in Sony TVs. Amongst other benefits, OptiContrast reduces on-screen reflections through its use of a special resin coating on top of the display.

We'd also imagine the Sony (Mobile) Bravia Engine, another holdover from Sony's TV tech, will be included, just as it has been on previous Sony phones.

Based on the large amount of information that's leaked over the past month, the Yuga, or Xperia Z, looks set to include a 5-inch, 1080p display, with Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean running the show on a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU. Sony traditionally announces its first wave of new smartphones at CES, so it's likely we'll get our first proper look at the device in Las Vegas in just a few weeks time.

Source: XperiaBlog

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3 years ago

UK gets Samsung Galaxy S3 premium suite update

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Following launches in Poland and Korea, Samsung has announced the UK rollout of the 'premium suite' upgrade for the Galaxy S3.

The update, which we've covered in some detail previously, brings Android 4.1.2 and a slew of new TouchWiz features to the S3, including full screen multitasking through the 'multi-window' mode.

Other highlights in this software update include a new gallery app, the context sensitive 'page buddy' home screen page, and new group cast features for photo sharing, among other features.

Samsung says the update will start hitting UK handsets today, so if you're a Brit with a Galaxy S3, then it's time to start hammering that 'check for updates'  button. If you've already received the new software, hit the comments and let us know.

More details in the press release after the break. 

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3 years ago

AT&T Galaxy S II getting a 4.0.4 update

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The AT&T Galaxy S II got updated to Ice Cream Sandwich this past June, but tonight there are reports of users getting a slight version bump to Android 4.0.4. The LK3 update can be retrieved from Kies, but luckily users are saying they downloaded it OTA as well.

There is no change log available, and so far nobody has found much difference from 4.0.3. We doubt that the Exynos patch is included, but we'll have to wait until more people get it installed so someone can check. Of course even the smallest bug fixes and security adjustments are appreciated.

Source: XDA. Thanks, Matt!

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3 years ago

Samsung outs Verizon Galaxy Note 2 Developer Edition with product page

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Samsung has just put up an official product page for the "Developer Edition" of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 for Verizon on its website. This is the 16GB variant, and just like previous Developer Edition handsets (like the Galaxy S3,) things should all be the exact same except for the bootloader, which will be easily unlockable. Most of Verizons handsets come out of the box with an encrypted -- and tough to unlock without some leaked help -- bootloader, so its nice to see Samsung come through on its promise to start offering Developer Edition versions.

Unlocking the bootloader on this thing still won't fix that Verizon logo on the home button, though. There's no pricing and availability just yet, but we can assume that you'll see it soon enough.

Source: Samsung; Via: Droid Life

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3 years ago

AT&T and Rogers One X get Jelly Bean port thanks to One XL update

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Rocking an AT&T or Rogers One X, and tired of watching the International One X users have all the Jelly Bean fun? If you're not afraid to get your hands a little dirty, this ported ROM from the One XL update will hook you right up. 

It's the stock Sense 4+ ROM, with all the Asian language stuff removed and SuperUser added in. There isn't a lot more to say, because everything seems working as intended. Of course you'll need to be rooted and unlocked, but after that it's fairly easy to flash. Have a look at the source link to get the files you need, and happy Jelly to everyone!

Source: XDA

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3 years ago

LG and Google show off Nexus 4 in new commercial spots

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LG has just put a new commercial up on its official Youtube page showing off the design and features of the Nexus 4. In two minutes of gloriously edited and produced footage, LG shows the device being handed off between multiple people, each accomplishing something new. Photo Sphere, Google Maps Navigation, Google Now and Wifi display mirroring are all shown off here, along with several nice shots of the rear panel's crystal reflective process. The commercial spot definitely has some of LG's style in it, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Google has also just put up a new Nexus 4 commercial of its own, specifically highlighting the use of Android 4.2's Photo Sphere at a holiday family get-together. It's just a minute long rather than two like LG's, and you can check it out after the break.

What do you think about the commercials? Do they do the Nexus 4 justice? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Camera review

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It's a camera. It's Android. It's an Android camera!​ And it's the best one yet, but not without room for improvement

On a sweltering August afternoon, Samsung ushered a handful of tech journalists into a conference room in Berlin, Germany, to show off two new mobile devices. The first, the Galaxy Note 2, was much as we’d expected it to be. But the second would’ve come as a complete surprise were it not for a last-minute online leak. As we frantically took notes, Samsung reps doled out what seemed to be a Galaxy S3 bolted to the back of a digital camera. This, we were told, was the Samsung Galaxy Camera.

An unusual product, the Galaxy Camera was introduced as a “convergence device,” a smart camera powered by the latest version of Android, but with sufficiently advanced optics to push it beyond the performance of high-end smartphone cameras. All the imaging, sharing, video and photo editing prowess of Android and Samsung’s TouchWiz software were present, put behind a real dedicated camera with a 16-megapixel sensor, 21X optical zoom and optical image stabilization. The popular reaction was split into two camps -- some dismissed it out of hand, others, like ourselves, were cautiously optimistic.

Days later, I wrote that the Galaxy Camera makes perfect sense. I still think it does, but Samsung’s initial implementation is not flawless. And the finished product, though promising, is some way off being a perfect union of smartphone and camera.

Read on to find out why.

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3 years ago

T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2 multi-window update now live

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Here's your reminder that the promised software update for T-Mobile's Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is now available. The 73-megabyte update brings the following improvements:

  • New multi-window feature
  • Resolves Exchange calendar events not appearing on device Calendar
  • Resolves issues with being unable to swipe through Gmail messages

If you've yet to see the multi-window thing, check out our full video of it from a couple months ago. It's definitely worth tapping a couple buttons and updating your phone -- which ... erm, is pretty easy to do anyway. 

More: T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2 forums

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3 years ago

UK gets the Motorola RAZR i in white for pay monthly contracts

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Been pining for a white Motorola Razr i? Well, UK, your time has come. Phones 4U is getting that little slice of sexy. White Christmas, white phone. Get it? If you need a refresher on the specs (and you really should read our full Razr i review), this is a 4.3-incher with an AMOLED display, a 2000 mAh battery, and it's running Intel's internals. We're still waiting for Jelly Bean on the RAZR i, but Motorola says it's on track for the first quarter of 2013. The phone's free from £20.50 on pay monthly contracts starting Dec. 22.

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3 years ago

Australian carrier Telstra pushing out Jelly Bean update to Samsung Galaxy S3

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Australian Samsung Galaxy S3 owners on the nations Telstra network have cause for celebration today. The carrier has begun what is a staggered Jelly Bean rollout that will see all devices become 'eligible' over the course of the next 14 days. Over on the Telstra support forums the details of how the update will roll out have been posted.

Just a quick one to let everyone know that the Galaxy S 3 Jelly Bean 4.1.1 update has commenced deployment early (as at 2:30PM EDT today). As with all Samsung updates the FOTA deployment is staggered. The “staggered” deployment means that the FOTA update will be progressively rolled out to customers over a two week period. The deployment schedule is:

Day 1-3 : 10k of devices selected at random to be eligible for update, users are either alerted via FOTA Push Message or by manually checking
Day 4-13: An additional 10% of devices are selected per day
Day 14: All devices are now eligible for update

The FOTA update should be downloaded via Wi-Fi as data usage charges will apply if downloaded via the mobile network. The update will be available to all customers via Kies from 2:30PM EDT Wednesday 19 December.

If you're rocking one of these, be sure to check your updates in the settings menu on your Galaxy S3, or plug into Kies. If you manage to grab the update, drop into the comments below, or our Samsung Galaxy S3 forums and share your thoughts with us. 

via Ausdroid

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3 years ago

Huawei set to launch 5 inch, 1080p D2 at CES

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OK, so the one on the left is a Windows Phone 8 device, more specificially, the much leaked Huawei W1. The device on the right however it the one we're interested in. We've heard talk of Huawei releasing a 5-inch device to the world, and according to an SVP at the company, we're going to see it at CES. 

Taking to Sina Weibo, Richard Yu confirmed that the Chinese OEM will be launching their latest high end effort, the D2, at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next month. 

According to some specs which have appeared in the TENAA database, the D2 will sport a 1920x1080 display, a 2900mAh battery, a 1.5GHz quad-core chip -- likely produced in house -- 2GB of RAM and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Perhaps more interestingly, Mr Yu has also expressed his concerns that the specifications, and therefore the cost, of the device is too high. Price is still to be mentioned, but we're sure the specs are just fine. Whatever the eventual outcome, Android Central will be on the ground from Las Vegas to bring you everything you'll need to know. 

Sources: Sina Weibo, TENAA via Engadget

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3 years ago

Samsung extended battery for Galaxy S3 up for pre-order, 3000mAh for £40

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Update: Thanks to @PDTechHD who has sent us this picture of the Samsung Galaxy S3 extended battery in its retail packaging!

If the 2100mAh battery that comes stock with the Samsung Galaxy S3 still isn't quite enough for you, you'll be pleased to hear that Samsung appears set to launch an extended battery pack for the device. The extended battery hits 3000mAh, and has appeared for pre-order at British retailer, MobileFun. 

There are no images, or release date offered at this time, but the price for the battery is currently set at £39.99. Included is a replacement battery door -- in white or blue only it seems at the moment -- and the new battery will still come complete with NFC as with the standard one. 

The new battery will no doubts increase the overall thickness of the device, but many will take that for such a large battery. It isn't overly priced either for an OEM accessory, but for now we'll have to watch and wait to see when they appear. 

Source: MobileFun

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3 years ago

LG Spectrum 2 review

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It has been quite a year for LG, which despite its top spot among dumbphone sales has had a bit of a difficult time making it big in the Android world. Faced with stiff competition from fellow Korean handset maker Samsung, as well as HTC and Motorola, LG has struggled to create a brand for itself-- despite solid hardware, it has consistently failed to catch the attention of those who decide which Android devices sell and which ones flop-- the consumer. 

Then came the Optimus G and, subsequently the Nexus 4, both of which helped LG get back in the game. The Nexus 4 is widely considered to be the best Nexus to date, and the Optimus G has been called one of the best smartphones of 2012, besting even the Galaxy S 3 and the One X.

Not all of LG's releases this year have been as stellar, though, and unfortunately for Verizon customers, two of LG's misses have landed on Big Red's network. The LG Intuition was too "groundbreaking" for its own good with its awkward 4:3 display, and the Spectrum 2, despite its best efforts, manages to feel like an outdated afterthought and a slap in the face to Verizon loyalists who have had to watch LG's comeback from the sidelines. 

Read on for our full review.

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