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3 years ago

HTC One accessories on sale ahead of UK launch

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The HTC One may not yet be on sale anywhere in the world, but that hasn't stopped the official OEM accessories arriving. UK retailer, Clove Technology, has already received stocks of three accessories for the forthcoming new hero device from HTC. 

First up is the 'Double Dip' hard shell case. Made of a soft touch polycarbonate, the phone slides into the main portion of the case then the 2 differently colored caps snap on at each end keeping the One nice and secure. It also seems to offer a slight lip around the front edges, so as to give a little extra protection when placed face down. The Double Dip costs £14.99. 

There's also a pack of 2 screen protectors, which do pretty much what you'd expect them too. Specific to the device, these cost £6.00

And last, but by no means least, the official HTC One car dock. Of all smartphone accessories, a good car dock is one often coveted by many users. HTC had some pretty nice car docks in the past, and this latest shouldn't disappoint either. When the phone is docked, bluetooth automatically activates so as to connect to your in-car bluetooth system. The design is somewhat unique too, with the actual cradle only covering the lower half of the phone. It's not the cheapest item at £44.99, but it's surely a fine way to utilise your new HTC One in the car. Full details and some early snaps of all three can be found at the source link below. 

Source: Clove Technology

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3 years ago

Apps of the Week: HootSuite, TVCatchup, Solar 2 and more!

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Apps of the Week

Ahh yes, the Apps of the Week. We meet here every Saturday afternoon to bring you an app from each of the Android Central writers. But not just any apps, these are the apps that we're using day-to-day and have found useful enough to keep on our devices. We have some tools, games and everything in between on the list today.

Stick around with us after the break and see how we did with our app picks this week.

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3 years ago

HTC One is in the house

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Finally, we've got our hands on the HTC One for official one-on-one time. This is finished hardware, and nearly complete software, so it's time to get our official HTC One review under way.

Before all that, though, it's worth reading over our HTC One preview. While things have been simplified, there's still a lot to go over. And if you've yet to visit our HTC One forums, there's a lot of good stuff going on in there as well.

A now a few quick thoughts, now that we've got the HTC One away from the show floors and into a more intimate setting. (We've turned down the lights and lit a few candles for this guy.)

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3 years ago

Netflix shutting down public API program, current third-party apps will continue to function

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While third-party Netflix applications are somewhat limited as to what they can offer anyway, some folks still love to use them. Netflix is putting an end to any future third-party clients however, by killing off the public API program. 

Currently active clients will continue to function, as all API keys currently issued will remain active. What it does mean is that no new keys will be issued to third-party developers, so what we've got today is as far as it goes. Additionally the developer portal is being set to read-only, and the OData catalog will be retired in April. 

Netflix says that the changes are being made so as to focus on the products and features most used by its subscribers -- or in other words, the official Netflix clients. It's still a little sad to see future third-party apps killed off completely, but given the times we live in -- Twitter being the obvious example -- it isn't all that surprising either. 

Source: Netflix

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3 years ago

International roundup: HTC One launch prep, Galaxy S4 leakage and our first week with the Sony Xperia Z

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What a week we’ve got ahead of us. In the next seven days we’ll have seen the HTC One launch in Europe, and the unveiling of the Galaxy S4 at Samsung’s big event in New York City. But before we launch ourselves right into yet another smartphone silly season, there’s just enough time to look back over the past week’s international news.

And there’s been a lot to talk about. Retailers and carriers in Europe are preparing for the launch of the HTC One. We got what looks like our first legitimate screenshot leak from the AT&T Galaxy S4. And we gave you our first impressions of the Sony Xperia Z, including a camera comparison with Sony’s earlier flagship. Check out this week's international roundup after the break.

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3 years ago

Optimus 4XHD Jelly Bean leaked, bootloader unlock achieved

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The Optimus 4X HD was a really well built device with great 2012 specifications released in the middle of last year. But it had some severe software problems, and was locked down so tight nobody could do anything hackish to try and fix them. Glaring software bugs and lack of third-party support is a recipe for a dud in the Android community, and the phone languished away with very few folks paying any attention to it.

Today, all that changes. Jelly Bean has been leaked, the bootloader has been unlocked, and there's already a ClockworkMod recovery built and ready to go. I warn you -- it's not as straight forward as some of the things you'll see, and you'll want to read, read, and read some more before you get started. Find all the information you need at the source link below. 

Source: XDA

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3 years ago

Reviewing Humble Bundle 5: Solar 2

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Our coverage of the games offered in Humble Bundle 5 continues with a look at Solar 2, which has just made its debut on Android. This is an interesting game centered around the life of an evolving planet, flying around the solar system trying to grow and stay alive. Solar 2 has a neat gameplay idea wrapped in solid visuals and an appropriate soundtrack, all of the components necessary for a great game.

Read on past the break for a more in-depth walkthrough of Solar 2, a new game now available as part of Humble Bundle 5.

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3 years ago

Wet swimsuit models remind us we want the Xperia Z

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A T-Mobile store in Prague has found a way to make everyone interested in the Xperia Z -- putting it in the hands of swimsuit models. Taking advantage of the Xperia Zs water-resistant design, both male and female models (look after the break, ladies) took turns in the showers with the Zs, and we assume the crowd was pleased with both the phones and the show.

The Xperia Z looks like a very impressive phone on its own, but advertisement like this certainly can't hurt. Hit the break to see the rest of the pictures.

via: Xperia Blog

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3 years ago

Google Play's birthday continues with deals in every part of the store

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Google Play has turned one year old, and although it kicked off the celebration slowly on day 1 the flood gates are now open to hundreds of deals across the store. There are special deals now for TV rentals, discounts on popular books, free games and a whole lot more. Here are the landing pages that group them all up:

There's a whole lot of free and severely discounted content available for the next few days, so get in there and see what you can find. See anything particularly worth while? Sound off in the comments and let us know.

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3 years ago

Latest Project Shield demo from Nvidia shows off Riptide GP 2, looks insane

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Riptide GP is somewhat of a favorite among the Android Central staff. Its excellent graphics, combined with superb controls and a great pick up and play approach make it to this day one of Android's finest game titles. We don't need to tell you that we're eagerly awaiting Nvidia's Tegra 4 platform, and with it the follow up title, Riptide GP 2. Thankfully, to help keep us going in the meantime, Nvidia's latest Android Thursday video shows off the new game running on Project Shield

And it looks; amazing. Besides showing off the gameplay, Nvidia also talks us through some of the special graphical touches that have been brought to the table thanks to Tegra 4. We're talking enhanced water effects, motion blur, improved reflection shaders, all designed to immerse the gamers ever further. 

Gameplay wise looks like a continuation from the original -- no bad thing. There's some pretty sweet looking tricks too like the Superman and something called a Nak Nak -- right? -- to perform. Combined with Project Shield, Riptide 2 looks like an absolute blast. Naturally we're excited for both, but we'll take Riptide 2 on anything that'll play it at this point. 

Source: Nvidia (YouTube)

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3 years ago

LG Optimus G Pro mini review

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Better than the Galaxy Note 2? Is that even possible? Yes, it is. And it is. (But for how long?)

The LG Optimus G Pro is, shall we say, inspired by the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. Let's just get that part over with. There's absolutely no way not to see it, nor has LG really done anything to make us want to think otherwise. One begat the other. End of story.

And I don't care. 

I've never been a huge fan of the larger Android smartphones. That's not to say there's not a place for them (there is), and that's not to say they haven't sold well (in Samsung's case, they've sold very well). But they've always been just too wide for me. And the display resolution never did it for me, given the size of the screen itself. (We'll save the whole pen input thing for another time.) But after getting an intimate, sit-down look at the Optimus G Pro in a restaurant in Barcelona, Spain, well away from the bustle of the show floor, it started to grow on me. Maybe it was the wine (I don't think so). Maybe it was meat (possible). Maybe it was the flashing neon ringing the home button. (OBEY.)

More: The Optimus G Pro at Mobile World Congress

But, no. There's something about the Optimus G Pro that didn't make me want to put it down like other oversized phones of similar design. 

What follows is a sort of mini review of the Optimus G Pro. We've got a Korean version here. That means we can't really test real-world battery use. Or data speeds and network connectivity. (Suffice to say, if you're in Korea, it'll be fast.) One of those things directly affects the other, of course. The other thing is that we have absolutely no idea if and when the Optimus G Pro will ever come to the United States. The official line is yes, sometime in the second quarter. Until we hear it from a mobile operator's lips, however ...

But I'd love to see it here.

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3 years ago

HTC Facebook phone specs appear once again, now sporting 'Myst' codename

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Rumors of a second HTC-built Facebook phone have been circulating since the middle of last year, and now there's further evidence to support reports of the new Facephone's eventual appearance. The usually-accurate @Evleaks writes on UnwiredView that the Facebook phone -- codenamed "Myst" -- is now set to carry a dual-core Qualcomm MSM8960 CPU, an upgrade from the previously-reported MSM8930 SoC reported for the earlier "Opera UL" model.

Other specs are said to include a 4.3-inch 720p display, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of non-expandable storage, a 5MP rear camera and 1.6MP front-facer, as well as LTE and HSPA connectivity options. On the software side, it's Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean running the show, likely with some heavy skinning going on. Naturally, Facebook and Instagram are said to be pre-loaded too.

These details would seem to confirm info revealed in tweet form by insider @LlabTooFeR back in January.

There's still no news on when the device will eventually make its appearance, but earlier rumors have suggested a mid-2013 launch is on the cards. HTC's previous Facebook-centric efforts, the Salsa and ChaCha (Status) failed to inspire smartphone buyers, so it'll be interesting to see how HTC and Facebook's tactics might chance this time around. Anyone out there think deep Facebook integration could become a credible selling point? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Source: UnwiredView

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3 years ago

What's that weird new symbol on the AT&T HTC One X?

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A few folks have written in, asking about that weird symbol that's in the status bar of their AT&T HTC One X following the recent update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

The answer is a simple as it is useless: It's the NFC logo. And it doesn't do a damned thing.

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3 years ago

EE offering chance to win Champions League final tickets with HTC One pre-order

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HTC's affiliation with the UEFA Champions League should be well-known to anyone who follows European football (all right, soccer, if you insist) and now British operator EE is offering a unique prize for HTC One pre-order customers. Those who pre-order HTC's new handset before 11:59pm on Mar. 14 will be entered into a draw to win a pair of tickets to the Champions League final at Wembley on May 25.

We're not going to lie here -- EE's HTC One plans are expectedly pricey, starting off at £31 per month for a mere 500MB data bucket, with a £240 up-front fee, all the way up to an eye-watering £76 per month for the 20GB plan. But if you're already committed to picking up HTC's latest on the UK's only 4G LTE network, there's an added bonus in the Champions League prize draw.

The HTC One is expected to become available in the UK late next week, though EE isn't confirming any specific delivery date for the handset just yet.

Source: EE, Facebook

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3 years ago

Ask AC: Do I need to do anything about Daylight Saving Time?

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We've hit that point on the calendar again which marks the beginning of Daylight Saving Time. The point in which we "spring forward" and set our clocks ahead 60 minutes in the wee hours of Sunday morning.

So what will you have to do with your phone? The answer probably is this: Nothing. Nothing at all.

So long as you don't have an iPhone, which is notorious for issues with Daylight Saving Time, your phone should automatically adjust, assuming your using network-provided time. That's where your phone periodically checks in with whatever operator you're using to see what time it is. (It's also how your phone knows when you've changed time zones while traveling.)

Wake up Sunday morning, and you should see a little message about how it's adjusted for Daylight Saving Time. The bad news is you probably just lost an hour of sleep.

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