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3 years ago

Use the logo on the HTC One as an extra button with a custom kernel

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While technically there is no button, ingenuity wins this round and the logo on your HTC One can be more than a pretty face

Quite a few folks were disappointed when we found out the digitizer behind the HTC logo on the HTC One was blocked, and most of us gave up hope of ever having a custom middle button in is place. But this one from the never-say-never files shows that determination and hard work can always pay off.

Just because there's no dedicated button area doesn't mean a lot when parts of the logo extend into the rest of the digitizer, and tbalden over at XDA has worked out a method that allows the top half of the logo to register touch events. As of this writing, there are two versions of his package -- one uses the Home button to wake the device and the logo to turn off the screen, and the other allows the logo to act as a menu button. 

Things are still a little shaky on some versions of the software, but if you read through the entire thread there are a couple of solutions to get everything -- including an audio routing fix for earpiece volume issues -- working, at least for the GSM versions. 

We still think HTC should have made the logo a button in the first place, but this is a reasonable substitute. Go have a look.

Source: XDA-Developers; via: Android Central forums

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3 years ago

The Lenovo Ideaphone K900 is coming May 6; looks like the best phone you'll never get to use

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Intel's Clover Trail processor is coming soon to the far east market

Remember back at CES when we looked at the Lenovo K900? Five months later and it finally has an official release date of May 6 according to Lenovo's Chinese website. There is no price or any other information attached, but it certainly looks like this one is destined for China and / or the rest of the far east only. And that's a shame.

I'm certain there are plenty of us here on this side of the world who would love to see the first Intel Clover Trail powered smartphone for sale. The 5.5-inch 440+ ppi screen hides a 2.0GHz dual-core Intel processor and 2GB of RAM, with a 13MP camera (including a Sony Exmor lens) around the back. It's all tied together with Android 4.2 inside a nice metal chassis. The whole package left us pretty impressed when we had a look.

If this one ever ends up in the Americas, I'd love to take it for a spin. In the meantime, we have some lovely pictures of it at the source link. At least Kobe gets to play with it.

Source: Lenovo; via: GSM Insider

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3 years ago

Samsung Stratosphere update coming soon with improvements and bugfixes

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Software version changes to i405.GC1, Android version remains the same

Those still rocking their Samsung Stratosphere will be pleasantly surprised today -- Verizon has announced it has a brand new update finished and almost ready to download. Although small in size, both Verizon and Samsung feel this is an important one and 'encourage you to download this update.' The new software version is i405.GC1, and includes a hand-full of enhancements:

  • Improved clarity during calls
  • Improved reliability when sending emails using Outlook
  • Improvements to Sync and Connect server have been made
  • My Verizon application has been improved
  • Improvements have been made to the Set Up Wizard to clarify what is required in the Google Setup screen
  • Correct the IMAP implementation related to the E-mail Sync and connect operation
  • The following applications have been removed as preloaded: IM, Blockbuster, Verizon Video and Verizon Vcast
  • Single Sign On application has been updated to version v3.1.9
  • VZtones version 5.1.3 has been added

We've yet to get reports of anyone receiving the OTA update just yet. If you're one of the first, hit the comments and let us know the roll out has begun.

Source: Verizon

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3 years ago

Show us your talent or hobby and you could win an AT&T HTC One!

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We wrapped up a contest yesterday and gave away a few phones, but you know us, we just can't give away enough stuff! This week we have an AT&T HTC One to give away. This contest will be much like last week's HTC One Developer version giveaway, so if you entered last week or just wish you had, this will seem familiar, with one catch. 

  • The last video contest was great, but this time we want to see you doing your favorite hobby, whether that be singing, dancing, painting, scuba diving, spelunking, animal rescue, underwater basket weaving, baking... you get the idea. If you love doing it, we want to see it. (Umm... keep it clean though folks.) Shoot a video of yourself with your current smartphone, if possible. Doesn't matter how old and crappy your phone is. Doesn't matter if it's an iPhone. Or an old BlackBerry. We wanna see your face on the screen.
  • Upload your video to YouTube. (You can leave it unlisted if you want, and you can delete it after this contest is over.)
  • THIS IS THE IMPORTANT PART: Embed your video in this forum thread. Leave us a message along with it if you want, but all you need to do is click the little video button then paste in the link to your video. Easy as pie. (See the pic in the forum thread if you need help.)
  • Do you live on planet Earth? You may enter this contest. Open to everyone BUT remember the phones are AT&T versions so if you want to enter you better make sure the device is compatible with your carrier first.
  • We'll close the contest at 12:01 a.m. May 1. Plenty of time to get creative and get entered.
  • The prize is an AT&T HTC ONE, just the device and whatever comes in the box. Accessories and service are on you.

Get it? Got it? Good. Get to it!

Enter to win a HTC One

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3 years ago

Verizon announces the Pantech Perception, available April 25 for $99 with contract and rebate

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A 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED screen and 16GB of storage round out this middle of the road offering from Pantech and Big Red

Verizon has officially announced the Pantech Perception, a new LTE device that will be available come April 25. The Perception looks decidedly mid-range at first glance, but there are some intriguing features listed on the Verizon website. Beside the 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED screen (which we're pretty sure will get some folks to give this a second look in its own right), they list what they're calling Motion Sense. According to Verizon, "The technology lets users wave a hand over the phone to answer a call, scroll through contacts, change a song being played or find a picture from their library."

The Perception will come with 16GB of storage, and has a 8MP rear camera with a 2MP one around front. It ships with Android 4.0, bu an upgrade to Jelly Bean is promised "soon". With a new agreement and after a $50 mail-in rebate, the Perception will end up costing you $99.

You can go back to waiting for the Galaxy S4 now.

Source: Verizon

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3 years ago

AOSP for Sony Xperia Z now available

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The Sony Xperia Z is now in the Android Open Source Project - a perfect place for developers and partners

Open-sourced Android code for the Sony Xperia Z has recently been released on GitHub to enable developers and partners to get knee-deep into the device. Though the promise of vanilla Android is tantalizing, Sony is quick to remind folks that the Android build they're posting isn't meant for everyday use. As you can see from the video, all of the important stuff is working, but there are a few apps and services missing - after all, they don't have the rights to open source everything. 

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3 years ago

An HTC One Developer Version and two Nexus 4 devices have new homes!

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We had a contest for a 64GB HTC One Developer Version phone. Phil then threw in a couple of Nexus 4s because there were so many awesome entries. You were excited, we were excited, everyone was just excited. Then some stuff happened, people tried to cheat, and made the whole thing less fun that it started out to be. In any case, we persevered and Lloyd has chosen some winners for these fantastic phones. Check out the entries below to see who won the phones!

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3 years ago

AT&T shipping some Galaxy S4 preorders 'early' - expected as soon as April 25

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Preorder shipping updates have gone out, and they're full of good news

If you preordered your Samsung Galaxy S4 from AT&T, keep an eye on your inbox. AT&T has sent out updates to at least a few people stating the following:

Thank you for ordering the Samsung Galaxy S® 4 from AT&T. We are excited to announce that we are able to ship devices earlier than originally expected. Customers who preordered their smartphone early can begin receiving it as soon as April 25th.

They go on to say that shipping notices will be sent as soon as devices leave the shelves, and of course thanking folks for their order. 

The actual release date for the phone is a bit of a mystery. We've heard dates from April 23 to May 1, and nothing seems to stick -- today AT&T says shipping April 30 on their own site, which matches up with what we saw originally

Update: AT&T has now slated a release in-stores of April 27 via their Twitter account.

What we do know is that official communication from AT&T says April 25, for at least some folks. If you preordered yours, did you get the same message? Shout out in the comments!

Thanks, Craig!

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3 years ago

A Netherlands court agrees HTC One may be using microphone technology exclusive to Nokia

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ST Microelectronics allegedly provided parts designed by, and for Nokia's sole use to the Taiwanese manufacturer

An Amsterdam district court has granted Nokia an preliminary injunction based on the hardware components in HTC's new One phone. It seems the dual-membrane microphone setup in HTC's latest was manufactured using technology "exclusively for Nokia" by ST Microelectronics.

According to sources at Engadget, ST used patented tech and breached an NDA between themselves and Nokia to build the microphone, which shares a common identifying number between the components used in the HTC One and the Lumia 720. While there is a very good chance that Nokia will also pursue action against ST Microelectronics, the first step is to try and put a halt to the sale of devices that have the offending parts inside. In a statement to Engadget, HTC says they are "disappointed in the decision", and "are considering whether it will have any impact on our business and we will explore alternative solutions immediately."

In Nokia's defense (though they don't need any), this is different from squabbles over software patents. If what they are saying is true, ST had no business selling the fruits of Nokia R&D to any company other than Nokia, and they deserve ample compensation. But HTC is the last company that can afford to be caught in the crossfire of this sort of mess.

Source: Engadget; via: WP Central

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3 years ago

Jelly Bean now available for the Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G

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This solid mid-range qwerty slider has an update to Android 4.1.2 ready and waiting both OTA and via Samsung Kies

The Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G now has an official Jelly Bean update ready and waiting from Samsung and T-Mobile. The update to Android 4.1.2, version T699UVBMC5 is available both over the air, and through Samsung's desktop software Kies. The OTA update will remain available until May 30, and devices must be running version T699UVMA2, T699UVLJ1 or T699UVLH1 to be able to install today's update to Jelly Bean.

This new platform update brings along the features from Android 4.1.2, including notables like Google Now and Project Butter and should make quite a nice difference in performance and reliability. If you're using one of these solid sliders, you'll want this one.

While the Galaxy S3 may have captured most of the attention from Samsung last year, the fact is they made plenty of other quality, mid-range devices. The Relay 4G is one of those, and we're glad they were able to bump the version up for the folks that picked up this one. For more information about updating, see the source link below.

Source: T-Mobile

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S4 screen weathers a flurry of blades

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Over the weekend, one Romanian reviewer put the screen of the Samsung Galaxy S4 through a gauntlet of durability tests. Three different knives, a pen, a set of keys, and a fistful of coins didn't seem able to put the slightest mark on the S4's front face. This is good news for those that are on the verge of picking up one of these bad boys. 

The Galaxy S4 is the first handset to use Gorilla Glass 3, which we've seen take a pretty harsh beating at CES, showing that it can do as well with impacts just as it can with scratches. 

After seeing the video below, are you any more convinced about picking up a Samsung Galaxy S4? How highly does screen durability rate in your purchasing decisions? 

Via: SamMobile

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3 years ago

HTC One pictured in black on AT&T site

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No details or announcement, but the black HTC One has appeared on AT&T's website

We know the black version of the HTC One was coming to AT&T eventually, but tonight we're seeing it on their website. There was no availability announcement, no details on the page and it's not available to buy just yet, but it is there. We're not sure if this means anything, but we thought a few of you might want a heads up that it's appeared. Click the link below to have a look.

Source: AT&T. Thanks, Patrick!

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3 years ago

Top HTC One forum threads

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It's big. It's bold. And people are talking about it now that they have one in their hands

The HTC One is finally out there in the hands of the people who have been waiting and wanting, and they have a lot to say about it. It's One fine piece of Android-powered equipment, and the HTC One forums is the place you want to be to talk about it. Here are a few examples of what's going on.

Of course, you'll probably want to read our HTC One review as well if you haven't already. What better way to spend a Saturday evening than talking about a great new Android phone?

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3 years ago

Quick Look: The Black Mist Samsung Galaxy S4

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At the IFA Global Press Conference 2013 in Sardinia, Samsung brought along the Black Mist Galaxy S4 to show the gathered press

I'm on the gorgeous Italian island of Sardinia this week, for the annual pre-IFA Global Press Conference. A chance for the industry and the press to get together and look ahead to the main show in Berlin in September, in a truly stunning setting. Several consumer electronics manufacturers have partnered with the conference, including Samsung -- well, Samsung Electronics, at least. So, what's this we see here, then? Looks an awful lot like the Black Mist Galaxy S4. Nestled front and center in the Samsung booth, the soon to be released Galaxy S4 is here. And, since I've not yet seen the S4 for myself, I spent a few minutes taking a look. 

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3 years ago

Verizon's Samsung Galaxy S4 sign up page now live

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Still no dates given, but a great way to show your interest in Samsung's newest on Big Red

Yesterday Verizon confirmed that their Samsung Galaxy S4 would be available sometime in May, and today they have made the sign up page for the new Galaxy S model live. We know it's not the Verizon page most of us want to see when we talk Galaxy S4, but it's a start.

Potential owners can head to the page to sign up for more information, and more importantly, show that they have interest in the device. Carriers often use this sort of thing as a way to know how many units they need to have on hand for launch day.

We expect that number to be pretty big, but there will always be the chance that your store will run out before you can get your tail there to grab yours. Take a minute, sign up, and let them know they need to order yours from Samsung. When finished, share it in the forums with the rest of us waiting for this one.

Source: Verizon 

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