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2 years ago

Fitbit expands sync compatibility, now includes 44 devices

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18 new devices added in latest update

Fitbit has expanded the sync capabilities of their wearable fitness trackers, and now 44 Android and iOS devices are fully supported. Devices that can wirelessly synchronize with Fitbit products require Bluetooth 4.0 on-board, but in the past even devices with the required hardware we not officially supported, and users were forced to try a reverse-engineering approach to get sync up and running. With today's news, that should no longer be an issue for folks with recent Android phones.

In addition to the new devices — we've got the full list below — Fitbit was pretty pumped to announce that their app will come pre-installed on the new HTC One (M8). This should expose more people to their products, which leads to more sales and happy customers.

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2 years ago

Synology DiskStation NAS drives can now talk to Chromecast

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Use the mobile apps to get your stuff from your drives to your TV

Synology makes some pretty kick-ass NAS (Network Attached Storage) drives – the DiskStation – that make a pretty good storage hub for a home media collection. Now, they're making it even easier to get your content to your TV by adding Chromecast support to their mobile apps.

So, how do you do it? Synology describes it better than we ever could:

Using our 2 mobile apps: DS audio and DS video, on either Android or iOS. After upgrading to DSM 5.0 (as well as upgrading the Video Station package), you’ll notice your Chromecast listed alongside your AppleTV and DLNA players. A tap later the Chromecast will be ready for action, and you, geared up for an exciting movie night.

For more, head on over to the source link below.

Source: Synology

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2 years ago

Developer and unlocked HTC One M8 ready to order

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Heads up, folks! You can now order "developer" and "unlocked" versions of the HTC One M8. Both run $649. You can get the SIM-unlocked model in gunmetal gray (the sweet brushed finish), silver or gold. The developer version comes in gray or gold. Overnight shipping is currently free, but they won't actually ship for a week or two.

Why would want either of these models? For one, they lack the carrier bloatware that you'll get from Sprint or AT&T or Verizon or T-Mobile. That's good if you like things lean. The developer version makes it easy to unlock the bootloader. And the SIM-unlocked model is, well, SIM-unlocked, making it easier to work on multiple networks.

And speaking of networks, HTC has confirmed to us that the developer and unlocked versions are based off the AT&T SKU, meaning the bands line up in the following manner:

  • 2G: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • 3G WCDMA: 850/1900/2100 MHz with HSPA+ up to 21 Mbps
  • 4G LTE: 700/850/AWS/1800/1900/2600 MHz

For more, be sure to check out our complete HTC One M8 review!

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2 years ago

HTC BlinkFeed headed to other Android devices

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HTC BlinkFeed

Following 'popularity with HTC users', company will bring its home screen reader to non-HTC phones 'soon'

Tucked away in a corner of HTC's new HTC One (M8) press release is a rather interesting nugget — the Taiwanese manufacturer plans to bring its BlinkFeed home screen launcher to other Android phones "soon," through the Google Play Store.

A footnote from the presser reads —

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2 years ago

ZTE's Nubia X6 for China is one for the spec junkies

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13MP front facing camera and up to 128GB on-board storage

ZTE has announced a new smartphone for its native China that really is one for the spec junkies. The 6.44-inch display is 'only' 1080p, but everything else gives cause for excitement. It packs the latest Snapdragon 801 CPU, 3GB of RAM, upto an incredible 128GB of on-board storage and a pair of 13MP cameras. That's right, front and back.

The front facer has an f/2.2 lens with backside illumination and video auto-focus to help you take possibly the best selfies around. The rear camera has an f/2.0 lens with OIS and dual-flash.

We're not likely to see the Nubia X6 officially launched in Europe or the U.S., but at the equivalent of $640 for the top end model it also looks like great value for money.

via Engadget

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2 years ago

HTC One (M8) in gold expected in the UK by April 7

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One major retailer claims orders delivering by then

With all the focus – and the pictures – having been on the Gunmetal Gray HTC One (M8) during yesterdays launch events, it's easy to forget there are two other colors available. While Silver is already in stock, the gold seems more elusive at present. Carphone Warehouse in the UK says that orders for the gold phone are expected to be delivered by April 7.

Rival retailer, Phones 4U, is also selling the gold HTC One (M8) but is claiming a longer lead time of 3-4 weeks on delivery. So if this is your preferred choice, you'll have to wait a little while. While you're waiting, be sure to check out our photo gallery from the event in London!

More: In pictures: The HTC One (M8) in silver and gold

Source: Carphone Warehouse

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2 years ago

We're answering your HTC One (M8) questions on the Android Central forums!

HTC One M8

The new HTC One (M8) is upon us, and depending on where you live you might even be able to buy one already. Our full review is a great place to learn more about HTC's latest flagship. But if you've still got burning questions, you'll want to head over to the Android Central forums, where Phil and I — with devices in-hand — are answering your questions on the M8.

More: HTC One (M8) Q&A on the Android Central forums

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 appears in poor quality render

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Unnanounced tablet shows a strong family resemblance in poor quality render

We've heard about the as yet unnanounced Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 before – outed by Samsung no less – but until now we've seen nothing more than a name. Serial leaker, @evleaks has today posted this, the apparent first image of the new 7-inch Galaxy Tab 4. But it isn't exactly a quality render, with the screen looking off center and the home button not quite, well, straight. But hey, it's a render, not a photo. Or maybe this is what the real thing is actually like. Wouldn't that be something?

There aren't any real surprises to be seen. It has the standard Samsung-style home button, flanked by the same back and task-switching buttons found on the new Galaxy S5 and the not uncommon for Samsung earpiece. The April 24 on the screen might mean something, it might not. We'll surely find out soon enough.

Source: @evleaks

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2 years ago

EE announces cheaper LTE plans and £99 'Kestrel' 4G phone

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British mobile operator EE is making a big play for the budget market today, with the unveiling of new, low-cost LTE price plans and an £99 4G phone to use them with. EE's new 4G plans start at £13.99 per month for 500MB of data and EE's new, own-branded "Kestrel" handset, built by Huawei. The device features a 4.5-inch qHD display, a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor and Cat. 4 LTE support.

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 launched in Australia, pre-orders start March 27

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On sale April 11 as with many other launch markets

Samsung has been throwing a little shindig down in Australia where it has officially announced the new Galaxy S5 for launch there. Pre-orders will go live tomorrow, March 27, and an outright purchase will cost $929 ahead of launch on April 11. Pre-orders will be taken first in the Samsung Experience Stores in Melbourne and Sydney.

Besides buying outright, the Galaxy S5 will be available on all the country's major carriers for differing prices on different deals. Our buddies at Ausdroid have crunched all the numbers you'd need to know, so check them out at the source link below.

Source: Ausdroid

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2 years ago

LG G2 Android 4.4 KitKat update pushing out in Canada

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Bell and Rogers customers reporting update pushing out

A quick heads up for our LG G2 owning friends in Canada that a KitKat flavored update looks to be pushing out now. Reported by MobileSyrup, Bell and Rogers customers are starting to see a 635.99MB update to Android 4.4 arriving on their devices.

You can check for yourselves whether or not your G2 is ready by heading into Settings>About Phone>Update Center>Software Update or by jumping into the Update Center app in your app drawer if you have it. KitKat for the G2 adds a number of under-the-hood improvements as well as support for Google Cloud Printing.

Source: MobileSyrup

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2 years ago

HTC One (M8) teardown leaves little hope for repairability

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Lots of glue contributes to poor score for DIY repair jobs

The New HTC One (M8) is pretty stunning on the outside, but what about inside? The folks at iFixit have got their hands on one and done their thing with it. Besides exposing all the nerdy parts inside, it also exposes a pretty poor outlook for anyone who might ever hope to carry out some DIY repairs.

Beneath the metal outside lies a world of glue, glue, more glue, tape and copper shielding. The motherboard is glued, which you have to remove first before getting to the battery, which is also glued. Oh, and iFixit also accidentally managed to cut the cable to the screen digitizer. And these are folks who know what they're doing.

But, we do get to see all the cool stuff inside the new HTC One (M8) such as the Snapdragon 801 – which looks just like a chip – and the Boomsound speakers and the plastic amplifying chamber that resides behind. The repairability score is a pretty terrible 2/10, so you might want to take care of it.

Source: iFixit

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2 years ago

New HTC One includes 'powered by Android' branding

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If you're buying a new HTC One today, you'll know you're getting an Android phone

Well how about that. Just like Samsung's Galaxy S5, the new HTC One (M8) includes a "powered by Android" message when you first switch it on. The actual "Android" logo appears a little smaller than on the GS5, but nevertheless it's prominent and very noticeable each time you power the device on. Chances are if you're buying a new HTC One today, you'll know you're getting an Android phone.

With the two biggest Android handsets of the year now displaying Google's Android branding at startup — likely at the company's behest — this appears to be something of a trend for new high-end Androids. And we'll be watching with interest to see whether future flagships from the likes of Sony, LG and Motorola also tell buyers they're "powered by Android."

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2 years ago

Gary Oldman and his HTC One (M8) ...

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DON'T LOOK HIM DIRECTLY IN THE EYE!

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2 years ago

HTC One M8 unboxing and hands-on

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Just in case you somehow haven't seen this phone yet, it's the new HTC One. Also known as the M8. It's one hell of a phone. And, of course, it comes in a box. And because it comes in a box, we shall be forced to "unbox" it, by which we take it out of the box, show you what's in the box and then continue on our merry way.

There is, however, one wrinkle here. In addition to the usual in-box items, such as a charger and a SIM tool and earbuds and papers with words on them, this UK version of the HTC One also comes with a sleek TPU case. So there's that. Anyhoo. Loads more HTC One to come today. Stay tuned.

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