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3 years ago

HTC One: Your guide to the 2013 Android reboot

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Next-generation hardware meets bold software changes as HTC forges ahead after a tumultuous 2012

Take a seat, folks. This is going to take a little explaining. HTC today at simultaneous events in London and New York once again rebooted itself. Yes, it did so a year ago at Mobile World Congress with the launch of the HTC One line. Only what was to be a singular brand built with low-, mid-range and high-end phones (the HTC One V, One S and One X) was diluted into any number of variants in any number of markets. It was business as usual, and HTC paid the price for it financially in a 2012 that saw Samsung bring more chips to the table than anyone while playing the same winning hands over and over with the Galaxy S3 and the Galaxy Note 2.

Also: HTC One specs; hands-on with the HTC One

Something had to change. Of that there should be no disagreement. And so today we have the HTC One, which until today has been going by its nom de plume, M7. HTC has taken its 2012 sigil -- which never really worked as an overarching brand name for multiple devices -- and recast it, literally and figuratively, in a single body. One phone. One vision. And, as we said at the outset, a good bit of explaining is required.

On one hand, HTC is continuing down the trail it's walked (or blazed, company execs will remind you) for years. Custom software. Powerful hardware. And in a more recent discovery for HTC, quality audio and optics. All of these things continue with the HTC One. But they're going to require letting go some of the old ways of thinking about smartphones in general, and with the Android experience in particular. You'll know your way around the HTC One just fine, but there's also a lot more to explore.

What follows is a preview of things to come. We've got the usual initial hands-on posts and, later, our full review. But consider this your guide. A roadmap to what's new, what excites us -- and what concerns us -- in the HTC One.

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3 years ago

HTC One carrier availability

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The newly-announced HTC One is HTC's most-ranged handset ever, debuting from this March on some 185 carriers in 80 territories. That includes T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T in the U.S. and all the major UK networks. But if you're wondering exactly which networks around the world will be selling the device, then we've got a big ol' list after the break.

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3 years ago

Official HTC One specs

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There's a lot to take in on HTC's 2013 flagship Android smartphone - and we've got your official HTC One specs

Behold, the HTC One, previously known by its code name, M7. We've been crawling all over the manufacturer's 2013 offering today in New York and London. There are a ton of new features to pore over, so be sure to swing by our HTC One preview before you do anything else.

But if you want raw HTC One specs, we've got you covered there as well. From platform basics to what's behind the new camera technology to the front-facing dual stereo speakers to supported radio frequencies.

So ease on past the break for the complete HTC One specs.

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3 years ago

HTC One gets official - metal chassis, 1080p display, 'Ultrapixel' camera

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After much speculation, a lot of hype and just a few leaks, HTC has today officially announced the HTC One, its leading Android handset for 2013. A metallic beast fashioned from a single slab of custom aluminum, the new HTC One sports a unique design not dissimilar from that of the Droid DNA. Major design features include dual front-facing speakers, a unique antenna placement around the edge of the device and the switch to a two-button setup. The phone will be available in silver and black color options.

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3 years ago

NVIDIA announces Tegra 4i with integrated LTE modem

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Smaller than Tegra 4 but still boasting some serious processing power

NVIDIA this morning took the wraps off the Tegra 4i, the next iteration in its recently announced Tegra 4 family. In a nutshell, Tegra 4i is smaller package than its Tegra 4 cousin. It's got 60 GPU cores instead of 72, but it's also got NVIDIA's new i500 LTE modem built into it. The processor is an ARM Cortex A9-R4, which was specially designed and optimized for the Tegra 4i. The processor clocks out at up to 2.3 GHz, for what that's worth. (OK, a lot of cycles is what that's worth.)

Before you get too hot and bothered by all this CPU/GPU talk, NVIDIA says we likely won't see any production devices until the toward the end of the year. So for now you'll just have to whet your appetite with the "Phoenix" reference platform NVIDIA's seeding. NVIDIA plans to show off Tegra 4i next week at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

We've got NVIDIA's full presser and complete specs of Tegra 4i after the break.

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3 years ago

NVIDIA announces Phoenix reference phone for Tegra 4i platform

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Following on from today's Tegra 4i announcement, NVIDIA has unveiled the reference smartphone for its new platform, dubbed "Phoenix." Described as a blueprint which manufacturers can use in designing their own Tegra 4i-based handsets, NVIDIA's Phoenix incorporates the quad-core Cortex A9-based CPU with battery saver core, as well as 60 GeForce GPUs and NVIDIA's programmable i500 modem core. NVIDIA's "Chimera" camera tech is on-board too, boasting such features as always-on HDR and HDR panoramas.

This isn't a product you're going to find in your local carrier store, nor is it something you'll be picking up online. Instead, it's designed to demonstrate what's capable with NVIDIA's new chips. Other specs include a 5-inch, 1080p display, a chassis thickness of 8mm and 4G LTE support, and NVIDIA says it runs the latest version of Android.

It's also likely the chipmaker will be showing off its new platform at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week, so keep it locked to AC in the week ahead for full coverage of NVIDIA's spicy new chips.

More: NVIDIA announces Tegra 4i

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3 years ago

Three UK pushing out Jelly Bean update for Sony Xperia T

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The Jelly Bean update for the Sony Xperia T first started pushing out at the very beginning of February to unlocked devices. Since then, in the UK, O2 started pushing it out around a week later, and next up is the turn of fellow uk carrier Three. Announced this morning via their official Twitter account, Three has begun pushing out the Android 4.1.2 update to owners of the Xperia T on the network. Interestingly, Three's official support pages state that the update requires the latest version of the Sony PC Companion software, with no official mention of an OTA update. Sony themselves initially said that in some instances the update may only be available in this way, so it's definitely worth making sure you have the software installed on your computer. 

Beyond the standard Jelly Bean features such as Project Butter and Google Now, Sony's update brings about changes to some of their own pre-installed apps. Walkman, Album and Movies all see redesigns, the homescreen has new personalization options and improvements are also made within the camera application.  

Source: Three UK (Twitter, Support)

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3 years ago

LG teases its 2013 line at MWC

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LG this morning sent out a teaser for its offering next week at Mobile World Congress. L Style and G style (get it? LG Style?) have been around for some time, but the Korean manufacturer is tossing a couple of other letters into the mix: F and V. 

From the looks of the promo video, we've got a feeling we'll see an push for using NFC to connect to LG's other products, much like Sony did at CES last month.

We'll find out next week from Barcelona. Check out the promo video after the break.

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3 years ago

Droid DNA finally gets the S-Off treatment

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Thanks to some resourceful users over at XDA, the HTC Droid DNA now has full a full S-OFF exploit tool. Having S-OFF (basically) means that the NAND storage of the device is opened up and able to be freely written to. With full S-OFF access, users can write custom ROMs, recoveries and other firmware hacks to the device, as well as obtain permanent root access. The exploit requires both root and superCID, and won't work on the latest update according to the poster (they're aware and working on it). You'll need to be somewhat handy with a command prompt or terminal, ADB and Fastboot to get it done.

If you're interested in going through with obtaining S-OFF on your own Droid DNA, hit up the source links below. Remember that while the process seems to be working, no tool is perfect and there are risks associated with any hack of this level (above and beyond the warranty issues).

Source: XDA; More: Droid DNA ForumsThanks, Shamrock!

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3 years ago

Live from HTC in London and New York! 3 p.m. GMT/10 a.m. EST

We're coming at you live Tuesday morning not just from two cities, but from two continents. HTC has beckoned us to London and New York for what what should be a pretty major event for the struggling smartphone manufacturer. We've seen weeks of leaks and leaks for weeks. But today it all becomes official.

We're liveblogging after the break. Alex Dobie in London, and Phil Nickinson and Anndrew Vacca from New York. It all kicks off at 10 a.m. EST, or 3 p.m. GMT.

Keep this site open, folks. It's on. 

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3 years ago

Jelly Bean rolling out to the Samsung Galaxy Note (N7000)

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The international versions of the Samsung Galaxy Note are seeing a Jelly Bean update today. Users in the far East and Germany are reporting that they're seeing an OTA to 4.1.2, namely the same JZO54K build that leaked out last November. As a refresher, meet the new change log (same as the old change log) .

  • Android 4.1.2 – Build JZO54K
  • Project Butter
  • Multi-View (can also be disabled)
  • Page Buddy
  • Notification Panel can now be customized
  • New Additions in Notification Panel
  • Smart Rotation
  • New Samsung Keyboard
  • Samsung’s Cloud services
  • Direct Call, Smart Stay and Pop-up Play Features
  • New Widgets From the Galaxy S III
  • 2 Home screen modes
  • New Notifications bar
  • Google Now

Of course this leaves the question of when or if the AT&T and semi-defunct T-Mobile versions here in the states are going to see such a thing. The answer is a resounding "we don't know". The US versions are essentially a Note in name only, and whether or not AT&T and Samsung want to update them is anyone's guess. 

If you have the N7000 version though, keep an eye on your status bar or fire up Kies and see if you have an update waiting.

Source: SamMobile

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3 years ago

HTC Rezound and Droid Incredible 2 getting a small 'Device Enhancement' update

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Verizon and HTC have announced a small update for the Rezound and the Droid Incredible 2 today. Listed only as a "Device Enhancement", no one is yet sure exactly what is getting updated, only that said updates should be making their way to handsets soon. Keep an eye on the forums to find out more.

Source: Verizon (Rezound), (Incredible 2)

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3 years ago

Xperia Z now on sale at Sony Mobile France store

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It looks like Germany isn't the only country getting an early chance to pick up the Sony Xperia Z. The phone has just gone up for sale on the Sony Mobile France online store. Purchased SIM-free, the 5-inch, 1080p-toting handset will set French buyers back €649 -- that's not cheap, but nor is it significantly more expensive than the average high-end smartphone.

The phone is available in black and white -- the purple version isn't being offered unlocked, as it's exclusive to the SFR network in France.

The Xperia Z should start appearing in brick-and-mortar stores before long, starting with the Sony Store in Berlin. Other European territories are expected to follow around the end of the month.

Source: Sony Mobile France; via: XperiaBlog

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3 years ago

LG finally reveals Optimus G Pro specs, price, availability

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Update: LG expects to begin rolling out the new Optimus G Pro in overseas territories including the U.S. during the second quarter.

LG technically officially announced the Optimus G Pro for the Korean market a few days ago, but now we've got all of the gritty details on the device. As we saw before, the new device will sport a full HD 1080x1920 5.5-inch (that's 400 ppi) display, with seemingly tiny bezels. Under that screen will be a 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage (SDcard expandable) and a removable 3,140mAh battery with wireless charging support. We're looking at 13MP rear and 2MP front cameras, LTE connectivity and shipping software of Android 4.1.2 with LG's latest UX customizations.

The press release indicates availability of "next week" for the Korean market. Pricing is quoted at 968,000 won, which with a quick currency exchange calculation is just shy of $900 (although that's not always indicative of eventual U.S. pricing). The Optimus G Pro will be on display at MWC in just a week, so you can bet we'll have our hands on one soon.

Source: LG

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3 years ago

AT&T Galaxy Note 2 receiving small security fix OTA update

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The AT&T Galaxy Note 2 is receiving a small update today that has updated the baseband on the device and made what AT&T is calling a "chipset security enhancement". The update is small -- just about 8.5MB -- so as you'd expect we're sticking with Android 4.1.2 for the time being. The only front-facing change will be the software build number and basedband version. We're looking at a movement to build and baseband MA4, from LK7 previously. The security enhancement is likely a fix related to the Exynos security vulnerability that was recently discovered.

Some members in our forums are having the update hit their devices, and say that it is only available to download over Wifi. Have you received the update and are seeing something new on your device? Head to the forums and let us know.

Source: AT&T Support; More: AT&T Galaxy Note 2 Forums; Thanks, Garrett!

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