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2 years ago

Cricket's Muve Music now available on the Huawei Mercury

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Cricket is bringing some new life into the Huawei Mercury by now offering up its Muve Music service as an OTA download to the device. Cricket customers looking to get in on the action can bump up to the $65-a-month plan that offers unlimited song downloads, ringtones, and ringback tones from a catalog of more than five million songs. In addition, there's nationwide calling; unlimited text, picture, video messaging and 3G mobile data; mobile video; data back-up, and 411 assistance.

If you've been avoiding the Huawei Mercury due to its lack of Muve Music you can grab one now, outright for $230, and for that you'll be getting a Android 2.3 powered device with a 1.4Ghz processor along with and 8MP shooter on the back.

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2 years ago

What version of Android is the HTC EVO 4G LTE using?

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We know the EVO 4G LTE is running Android 4-dot ... something. But this was a first, at least for me. At least they didn't come at us with something like "That's for us to know and you to find out."

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2 years ago

One of the EVO 4G LTE's most important features may be one you hate the most

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I worry about my HTC One X. I live in fear that I will render its camera -- one of the more important parts of the phone -- useless by scratching the camera lens to no end. On the One X, which is made up of just a single piece of polycarbonate, there's no easy way to replace the lens cover. That's not the case with the EVO 4G LTE. The lens cover is a part of the removable cover.

And that's a bit ironic, don'tcha think? The part that is the subject of much controversy (some folks are little upset over the design) could well be the phone's savoir. The camera on the HTC One series -- as well as the HTC EVO 4G LTE -- is one of its most important features. If you're looking for another way the E4GLTE might best the excellent HTC One X, here it is.

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2 years ago

HTC One X - a second opinion

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If you’re a regular around these parts, you’ll already be well-acquainted with HTC’s latest beast, the One X. You’ve seen our pre-release coverage from MWC, read Phil’s definitive review and checked out our guide to Sense 4. The verdict seems clear -- the HTC One X is a hell of a device, and without a doubt the most impressive smartphone of 2012 so far.

But a phone worthy of this kind of praise deserves a second look, and so I’ve been spending the past few days getting to know the Vodafone UK version of the One X. Instead of re-hashing our existing coverage, I’m going to take an in-depth look at six of the phone’s most important characteristics, and offer a few thoughts of my own. Think of it as more a commentary than a review.

Join us after the break for a second opinion on the HTC One X.

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2 years ago

Unaudited HTC Q1 results show 35% drop in revenues

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HTC may be riding a wave of good publicity following the launch of the One X and One S, but things aren't looking quite so rosy on the financial side. The Taiwanese manufacturer released its unaudited financial results for the first quarter of the year today, showing of NT$67.8 billion (~$2.3 billion), down from NT$104.2 billion (~$3.5 billion) for the same quarter last year -- a 35% drop. Similarly, HTC's operating income shrank from NT$16.5 billion in Q1 2011 to just NT$5.6 billion in the last quarter.

Back in February HTC said it was expecting a weaker Q1, due to "product cycle transition", insisting this was a "temporary phenomenon." Q4 2011 and Q1 2012 were dominated by the iPhone 4S launch, along with continued strong success for HTC's main Android rival, Samsung. The manufacturer will be hoping to recapture consumers' imaginations with new "hero" devices like the HTC One X and One S, which launched in Europe yesterday.

Source: HTC (PDF)

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2 years ago

Late-night poll: About those buttons

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We're all thinking about our next phone, because that what Android fans tend to do. We know we want lots of cores, tons of RAM, lots of storage, and all the other bells and whistles that go along with. Tonight, let's talk buttons.

There's three ways to go here. Old school physical buttons, capacitive buttons, and with ICS, on-screen buttons. Each have their strengths and their weaknesses. And we can't forget the issues apps that haven't been updated have with real buttons, with that black bar and three dots hanging out there. Of course, there are fans of each kind, and we wouldn't want it any other way. We embrace the idea that there's different strokes for different folks, and glad that Android offers that choice.

So what kind of buttons do you prefer? I wish I could find a phone with a mix of physical buttons (a dedicated button to answer the phone works well for me) and capacitive buttons. Since that isn't going to happen, I'd have to pick a good set of capacitive buttons. What about you guys? Let us know in the poll!

What type of buttons do you want on your next phone?

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2 years ago

AT&T One X prototype may mean early access for hackery

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Whenever a hot new HTC device is on the way, a portion of potential buyers are only interested in one thing -- how long until it's rooted and the bootloader is cracked? The AT&T One X is no exception, and many of us drooling over it already have grand plans to hack the daylights out of the damn thing until it cries uncle. That's what we do, and we'll never stop. But that means time spent finding exploits (which very smart people at HTC are busy to prevent), bricking devices, and general headache until HTC throws us a bone with their bootloader unlocking tool. Part of me is sure they chuckle a bit when we can't get them cracked (I know I would), and they have a sly smile when they finally upload the tools to get it done. It's cat and mouse, and they likely have as much fun on their end as we do on ours -- at heart software engineers are hackers, too.

The AT&T One X may get haxxored sooner rather than later, as a lucky user ended up with a prototype with full S-OFF in the bootloader. He's currently looking for help getting things dumped and sent to the people who know what to do with these sorts of things, and should they succeed a fantastic new phone will be putty in the hands of developers. If not, we just have to wait. Here's hoping!

Anyhoo, if you can help, or know someone who can help, hit the link below and chime in. A few people looking to buy this one will be grateful.

Source: XDA-Developers

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2 years ago

Friendcaster for Facebook updated with refreshed UI, themes and realtime notifications

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For all you Facebook fans out there not overly pleased with Facebook for Android, Friendcaster for Facebook has always been a great alternative. The latest update pushes the release to v5.0 and brings some pretty nice changes along for the ride. Real-time notifications, new themes to choose from, a new check-in interface along with some Android 4.0 enhancements and memory improvements make it all a worthwhile update from OneLouder Apps. The update is available now in the Google Play Store where you'll also find the full change log. Jump on past the break for the download link.

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2 years ago

Cinemark debuts new Android app - Find theatres, purchase tickets & more

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Despite there being a ton of Android apps for movie discovery in the Google Play Store, there is still a clear demand for dedicated movie theater apps out there. With dedicated apps such as the newly released Cinemark Theaters you can find not only movies playing in your area but also purchase tickets directly from your smartphone and Cinemark has loaded their app with features:

  • Search for your preferred Cinemark theatre location
  • Purchase movie tickets securely
  • View your gift card balance
  • Search for movies Coming Soon
  • Search for movies Now Playing
  • View movie trailers
  • Share showtimes, theatre locations and movie via email, text, Facebook or Twitter

If your planning an outing to the movies, you can check out the app which is now available in the Google Play Store and you'll find the download past the break. Now, I know I won't be waiting in line when The Avengers comes out.

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2 years ago

Google CEO Larry Page on Android in 2012 - 850,000 devices activated daily, 300 carriers

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Google CEO Larry Page brought us his 2012 update on the state of Google to the Investor Relations blog today, and naturally he had a good bit to say about Android. Nestled among the status of things like search and Chrome, Page puts it plainly -- Android is on fire, and activating over 850,000 devices each day.

Android is on fire, and the pace of mobile innovation has never been greater. Over 850,000 devices are activated daily through a network of 55 manufacturers and more than 300 carriers. Android is a tremendous example of the power of partnership, and it just gets better with each version. The latest update, Ice Cream Sandwich, has a beautiful interface that adapts to the form of the device.  Whether it’s on a phone or tablet, the software works seamlessly.

He also reminisces about the early days of Google mobile products, where they had to build their services one phone at a time. Android's purpose was to bring forth a set of mobile standards that operators and manufacturers could build devices around, and with 55 OEMs, it looks like it's succeeding on that front as well.

Page also touches a bit on the acquisition of Motorola Mobility, stating that Google is "excited about the opportunities to build great devices capitalizing on the tremendous success and growth of Android and Motorola’s long history of technological innovation". But the open nature of Android, and the investment that other hardware vendors have made won't be forgotten, and he looks forward to working with everyone to continue the open ecosystem that is Android.

It's a refreshing read from the mind of Google's chief executive, and well worth the read. It's apparent that Page has his eyes on the future, and we're all in for a great ride. 

Source: Google Investor Relations

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