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3 years ago

SIM-free Nexus 4 now available at Carphone Warehouse

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After a week or so of selling the phone on contract, UK retailer Carphone Warehouse has placed the LG Nexus 4 up for sale SIM-free, but with a hefty price tag. Carphone is selling the 16GB version of Google's latest Nexus for £389.95 outright, a price hike of more than £110 over the Google Play Store price for the same model. Of course, the crucial difference is that Carphone Warehouse actually has stock, whereas Google's own store is expected to be fresh out of Nexii for the next few weeks.

The £389.95 price tag sounds familiar, it's because it appeared in several pre-release leaks from the retailer, including website listings and in-store displays.

As always, CPW offers home delivery, as well as the option to reserve a phone to collect from your local store. It's also likely that the retailer will begin selling Nexus 4s at this price in its brick-and-mortar stores, though as it's outside business hours in the UK, we've been unable to confirm this.

So Brits now have an easy (though expensive) way to pick up a bona fide SIM-free Nexus 4 without signing a contract. Despite the price, it's an improvement on the situation in the U.S., where the phone is sold out on the Google Play Store and as of this morning, on T-Mobile USA's website too.

Source: Carphone Warehouse

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3 years ago

Nexus 4 sells out on T-Mobile USA website

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It might've taken a matter of days and not minutes, as was the case on the Google Play Store, but the LG Nexus 4 has now sold out on T-Mobile USA's website. Tmo had been selling the latest Nexus handset, which includes support for its 42Mbps HSPA+ network, for $199 with a two-year service agreement. The carrier's site offers no details as to when additional stock is expected, but given the difficulties experienced by Google's own device store, we could be looking at weeks rather than days of waiting. (So much for Google's efforts to nudge would-be N4 buyers in Tmo's direction.)

In the meantime, there's a chance that brick-and-mortar T-Mobile stores might still have Nexus 4s in stock, so it might be worth checking your local store if you're after a Nexus 4 this Black Friday.

Overwhelming demand has already resulted in the Nexus 4 selling out on Google Play in Australia, Canada, Europe and the U.S. Google says it expects more stock to arrive "in the coming weeks". Meanwhile, customers with outstanding Nexus 4 orders were last week told to expect delivery within 3 weeks.

More: LG Nexus 4 review

Source: T-Mobile USA

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3 years ago

Samsung Stratosphere 2 quietly goes on sale - here's your first look!

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When Verizon and Samsung announced the Stratosphere II (full annoying name is Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere 2) a couple weeks ago, the only clue we got as to availability was the ever-ambiguous "coming soon." Turns out, it's available now. In addition to being listed on Verizon's website ($129 on contract, $449 outright), Android Central reader Steve picked one up at his local Radio Shack for his wife, who "loves it," he writes. "She has to have a keyboard phone so she's thrilled to finally have a new phone."

Steve brings us a pretty good look at the QWERTY smartphone, with its five-row silder keyboard hidden behind the display when not in use.

Note that it's running Android 4.0.4 out of the box, is sporting a 4-inch Super AMOLED display powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and has NFC and is ISIS-ready, plus a microSD card.

We've got more pics of the Stratosphere 2 after the break.

Thanks, Steve!

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3 years ago

Aussie carrier Telstra publishes new update schedule

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Australian network operator Telstra has published an announcement on the status of software updates for some of its major Android handsets, including the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Nexus. Many handsets can look forward to receiving ICS or Jelly Bean updates before the end of the year, however some have slipped into early 2013.

Here's a breakdown of what Telstra customers can expect in the weeks ahead --

  • Galaxy S2 4G - Ice Cream Sandwich update expected Dec. 10
  • Samsung Galaxy Nexus - Jelly Bean (4.1) expected to be approved in December. Availability TBC.
  • HTC One XL - Jelly Bean (4.1) expected to land before end of year.
  • HTC One S - Jelly Bean (4.1) due in early 2013.
  • Samsung Galaxy S3 - "Showstopper" bug uncovered in testing the Jelly Bean (4.1) firmware means this update isn't expected before early 2013.
  • Sony Xperia U - ICS update to launch Dec. 17.
  • Motorola RAZR HD - Jelly Bean (4.1) update expected Dec. 17.
  • Motorola RAZR M - Jelly Bean (4.1) update expected Feb. 8, 2013.

Many of these updates lag behind the international versions of these handsets -- for example, the international Galaxy S3 got Jelly Bean over a month ago, while the Galaxy Nexus is already on Android 4.2 in other territories. In any case, hopefully Aussies can take solace in the fact that update schedules are available to them -- that's more than many other carriers offer.

Source: Telstra, via: Ausdroid

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3 years ago

Virgin Mobile offering holiday discounts on handsets

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Virgin Mobile is all about deals for service and handsets, and it's adding some limited-time special deals for the holidays. The Samsung Galaxy SII (S2) has been $70 off since Monday, now just $299 off contract, and will stay that way through next Monday. The venerable HTC EVO 4G will be on sale for $199 and the Samsung Galaxy Reverb just $99 through Monday also, both $100 off.

You'll see the EVO 4G go on sale starting Friday, and the Galaxy Reverb starting Thursday. Virgin offers all of these devices off-contract, with monthly plans starting at just $35.

Source: Virgin Mobile

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3 years ago

Play Store now pushing potential Nexus 4 buyers to T-Mobile

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If you've given up refreshing the Play Store listing for the Nexus 4, we wouldn't blame you at this point. There's no indication when these will be back in stock from Google directly, and that's really unfortunate. If you do happen to go to the Play Store though, you'll be greeted with a "Special Offer from T-Mobile" notice. If you follow the link, you're taken to T-Mobile's online store to buy it on-contract for $199. Curiously enough, this is showing up on both the 8 and 16GB models -- odd considering that 16GB is the only capacity sold by T-Mobile.

This really doesn't make any sense to us. Google has put the Nexus 4 at an extremely aggressive price point, one that's meant to show the great value of buying it directly from the Play Store. Pushing users to the more expensive on-contract option just because its out of stock at the moment is very odd. Google pushing the device with a contract from T-Mobile seems to go directly against what it's trying to accomplish with the "Devices" section of the Play Store.

Source: Google Play Store

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3 years ago

Judge grants Samsung's request for a look at HTC and Apple settlement agreement

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A few days back Samsung asked the courts for the terms of the settlement agreement between HTC and Apple, and this evening US Judge Paul S. Grewal granted the request. Samsung is curious because they believe that some of the licenses cover those special user experience patents that Apple is quick to claim are infringed. Samsung claims that their determination of whether or not those patents were licensed will help decide if they need to stop production of devices named in prior lawsuits.

Simply put, Samsung believes that if this agreement shows that Apple is fine with another company using these patents after a payment, then that billion dollar judgment awarded to Apple ought to cover it and no further proceedings are needed.

This one isn't going away any time soon, folks.

Source: The Verge

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3 years ago

Announcing the winners of the Mobile Nations Passport Contest Ultimate Android Prize Pack!

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Last week, in celebration of the successful rollout of Mobile Nations Passport, we were given the opportunity to pass on some amazing prize packs to our awesome readers. With over 51,000 entries across the Mobile Nations sites, it was obvious how excited you all were to win these incredible prizes. So without further ado, the winners of the Ultimate Prize packs, courtesy of Gogo and Mobile Nations are...

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3 years ago

Did you get your Droid DNA today? [From the Forums]

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The HTC Droid DNA debuted on Verizon today, and I know a lot of people are saying goodbye to their current phone and have pre-ordered this beauty. There's a lot to love with its amazing screen (and I'm not talking pixels here) and speedy innards, and that transitions well to the smooth lines and quality materials used on the outside. It should be one heck of a phone. 

Of course, the way things work on Verizon is that plenty of people who did pre-order get their phone on release day, and the DNA is no exception. The forums are filling with excited people posting thoughts and opinion of their new baby, and that's always worth checking out. And you'll definitely want to read what Phil thinks of the DNA in his review (spoiler alert -- I can tell he likes it) as well.

If you're waiting to grab this one, or just curious, the Droid DNA forum is the place to be. Jump in and join the fray, or just lurk and read -- either way you'll be glad you did.

Anyone get theirs  [DNA] yet?

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3 years ago

Asus Padfone 2 spotted in white in a series of press shots

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It's an Asus Padfone 2. But, it's an Asus Padfone 2 in white. That's really all there is different here, but as a series of press shots obtained by VR-Zone show, there's a white version of Asus' phone/tablet combination on the way. The phone is all white, and the tablet dock shares the coloring too. Reportedly though the front face of the tablet -- not shown in any of the images -- retains the original black bezels. 

Considering the official looking nature of these shots, it's likely we'll be seeing this line up alongside the black Padfone 2 pretty soon. There's no mention of availability, but since nothing else changes but the color, it's safe to assume the price will remain the same. To see the rest of the images be sure to visit the source link below. 

Source:  VR-Zone via Unwired View

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3 years ago

Atrix HD soak test to get underway soon

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Motorola Atrix HD users enrolled in the Motorola Feedback Network are getting a message about an upcoming soak test that should commence soon. There's no news about what version being tested, so we can't say this is the promised Jelly Bean update, but we certainly can hope. Officially, the communication is pretty generic, and pretty standard as far as soak test invites go. 

We are inviting owners of the Motorola ATRIX HD on AT&T to participate in an early preview of a new software release, and provide feedback. If you are not currently using a Motorola ATRIX HD, please excuse and ignore this email.

The Atrix HD is one of the handful of phones that Motorola says they will continue to support past ICS, so any mention of a software update gets us interested. When the push goes out to testers, I imagine we'll know a little more.

Thanks, Anon!

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3 years ago

Verizon Droid DNA review

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You got something against large, high-resolution displays and the most powerful processor we've used thus far? What's wrong with you?!?!?!

The Verizon Droid DNA has too many pixels, they said. It'll run too slow. The battery's too small, they said. It'll never last. The screen's too big, they said. It'll be too unwieldy. There's not enough on-board storage, says everybody.

Poppycock. (OK, except for that last one.)

After keeping HTC on the sidelines for most of 2012, Verizon's ending the year with a powerhouse of an Android smartphone in the Droid DNA. All the usual boxes are checked here. Powerful processor. High-resolution display. (The highest we've tested, actually). Great camera. Verizon's fast LTE data.

So what has everybody so worried, and are their concerns really valid? Or is it just the usual "SMARTPHONE SKY IS FALLING!!!" jitters before anyone's actually used the device?

Let's rap, shall we? Read on for the full Android Central Verizon Droid DNA review.

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3 years ago

TELUS One X+ on-contract pricing tipped at $129

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The HTC One X+ is already available in Europe, the U.S. and parts of Asia, but has yet to make its debut in Canada. That may be about to change, as leaked promotional materials for the TELUS version appears to show subsidized pricing for the Canadian carrier. The image, obtained by MobileSyrup, indicates that it'll go on sale for C$129.99 on a three-year contract. No details on unsubsidized pricing was offered.

The One X+ is a re-vamped version of HTC's earlier premium handset. With a redesigned chassis furnished in soft-touch plastic, a faster quad-core Tegra 3 CPU, 64GB of storage and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box. In North America, the phone also includes 4G LTE connectivity.

For more on the HTC One X+, check out our full review of the European version.

Source: MobileSyrup

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3 years ago

Verizon launches the Droid DNA by HTC

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As was promised at the launch event a week ago today, Verizon has released the latest handset in its Droid series, the Droid DNA by HTC. The phone is available to order right now on VerizonWireless.com, where it'll run you $199 on a two-year contact, or $599 if you want to buy the device outright.

We'll have a full review coming up soon, but we don't think we're spoiling much when we say the DNA is one of the most impressive phones in Big Red's line-up. Packing a quad-core Snapdragon S4 CPU, 2GB of RAM, an 8MP ImageSense camera and Retina-beating 1080p SuperLCD3 display, it certainly trounces just about everything else in terms of hardware specs. And on the software side, you're running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, so you're not missing out on newer Android features like Google Now and "Project Butter" performance enhancements.

Anyone planning on picking up a launch day Droid DNA? Shout out in the comments!

More: Verizon Wireless

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3 years ago

Pixel wars: HTC One X versus Droid DNA

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Click the image above to enlarge.

When the HTC One X arrived earlier in the year, it easily took the smartphone display crown, blowing us away with its high pixel density and super-clear zero-air-gap screen. Fast forward six months and we already have a successor in waiting, in the form of Verizon's Droid DNA. The DNA rocks a 1080p SuperLCD 3 screen versus the One X's 720p SuperLCD 2, and that means it boasts a whopping 440 ppi (pixels per inch) compared to the One X's 312.

It shouldn't be surprising to hear that the Droid DNA produces incredibly crisp images -- after all, it matches the pixel count of the average HDTV.  But the One X's screen is impressive in its own right, despite packing less than half as many pixels in total. As you can see in our close-up shot above, the differences between the Droid DNA and One X are noticeable but subtle -- when viewed up-close, icons, text and other on-screen elements do appear crisper. The perceived difference isn't anywhere near as great as going from WVGA to 720p, though.

Pixels aside, the two phones are pretty closely matched in color quality and brightness, too. The Droid DNA's screen is ever so slightly cooler and a little darker than the One X at maximum brightness, though these aren't differences you'll  notice unless you've got both devices sitting side by side. For general day-to-day use, both of these screens look stunningly good.

You'll be able to see for yourself when the HTC Droid DNA goes on sale tomorrow -- stay tuned for our full review. In the meantime, be sure to sound off in the comments, and stop by our Droid DNA forums for more great discussion.

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