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3 years ago

HTC Butterfly gets a new pink paint job for Taiwan

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HTC's international 5-incher gets a new coat of paint for Taiwan, due to drop this month

This is the HTC Butterfly. It's exactly the same phone that launched late last year in selected international markets, and is in essence the Droid DNA without the Verizon input. Only now, in Taiwan at least, there's set to be this new, pink version released for anyone who desires a large pink smartphone. 

The pink Butterfly is reportedly set to drop on April 30. It isn't the first time we've seen a 5-inch+ device get the pink makeover either. Samsung released pink versions of both generations of the Galaxy Note, with the Note 2 having landed -- also in Taiwan -- earlier this year. 

Source: ePrice (Translated)

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3 years ago

LG Optimus G Pro coming soon in black

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Value Pack update rolling out now, brings new camera/playback features

The LG Optimus G Pro may yet be the year's best oversized smartphone -- but it's also one that not many of us here in the U.S. have gotten to play with yet. We've been enjoying the 5.5-inch phone in its Korean form for a while now (be sure to check out our review), and there's a strong possibility we'll see it on AT&T in the coming weeks.

Today, however, LG's teasing a black version of its latest and greatest (on Korea's U+ network) on Facebook. Looks like it's got the same sort of reflective design on the battery cover, but otherwise everything else is the same.

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3 years ago

Caterpillar B15 ruggedized handset launches in the UK

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£299 gets you a ruggedized smartphone running vanilla Android 4.1

Not traditionally associated with the smartphone market, construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar has launched its own Android phone, the Caterpillar B15. As you might expect, the B15 is a ruggedized handset, bearing a slight resemblance to the Kyocera Torque that recently saw release on the other side of the Atlantic.

As is often the case for these kinds of handsets, the Caterpillar B15 isn't packing bleeding-edge hardware, but there should be enough horsepower for most mainstream users. Inside there's a dual-core MediaTek CPU, 1GB of RAM and a 4-inch WVGA display, and on the software side it appears to run vanilla Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. There's also a 5-megapixel camera around the back.

The handset is available today from British online retailer Unlocked-Mobiles, priced at £299. There's no word yet on whether any of the major networks plan to range the B15; given Caterpillar's outsider status, we're not holding our breath.

Source: Unlocked-Mobiles; via: Eurodroid

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3 years ago

DISH Network gives Sprint a $25.5 billion offer

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Satellite provider outbids Japan's Softbank by $5 billion

DISH Network and Sprint this morning announced that the satellite TV operator has submitted a bid worth $25.5 billion, very likely scuttling the $20.1 billion deal proposed last fall by Japan's Softbank.

DISH's proposal -- $17.3 billion in cash and $8.2 billion in stock -- would give Sprint shareholders $7 per share (actually, a mix of $4.76 in cash and the rest in DISH stock), based on the April 12 closing price. Sprint would then have access to some 45 MHz of spectrum.

The two companies have set up a joint microsite for the process, touting that "this combination will create an industry-leading spectrum portfolio and the only company that can offer customers a fully integrated, nationwide bundle of in- and out-of-home video, broadband and voice services.

There's a conference call set for this morning to break it down even further. We'll be kibitzing. 

Source: CompleteDishSolution.com

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3 years ago

ASUS 'Cube' loses the Q, appears for pre-order

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Qube no longer; renamed streaming box due for release Apr. 24 for $140

First announced at CES, ASUS' Google TV-powered streaming box is set to go on sale in just over a week, according to listings at Newegg. What's more, it'll do so with a pretty reasonable $139.99 price tag and a brand new name.

The ASUS Qube is no more -- behold the ASUS Cube. With a C. Because that's how you spell "cube." Packaging over on the retailer's website confirms the name change, as does a promo video on its YouTube channel.

The Cube runs Google TV with a customized "cube" interface, and support for streaming services like HBO Go and Netflix (not to mention YouTube, of course.) Other key GTV apps like Google Chrome are present and accounted for too.

No word on any international release plans just yet, but readers in the U.S. can pre-order over at the source link.

Source: Newegg; via: AndroidOS.in

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3 years ago

Leaked Staples doc show Galaxy S4 coming to AT&T April 26, T-Mobile and Verizon later

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The new 5-inch Galaxy S4 to be tentatively available for AT&T on April 26, T-Mobile on May 1, and Verizon on May 30 says leaked Staples training sheet

So far nobody has given a firm date for the release of the Samsung Galaxy S4, but this document from Staples that was leaked to Engadget may hold the answers. Clearly marked as tentative, the sheet says the S4 will hit AT&T on April 26, T-Mobile on May 1, and Verizon on May 30. There is no mention of the Sprint model, and the leaked materials give no pricing for phones sold at Staples.

The S4 brings a larger 5-inch display to the Galaxy S family, and it comes in slightly smaller that its predecessor. With all new internals and updated software and features, it promises to be more than your new phone -- it will be your new "Life Companion"

While we're not so sure we would call a smart phone a life companion, plenty of folks are looking forward to the release of the S4, including all of us here at AC. According to this, we won't have to wait too much longer. With two great new top-tier devices releasing this month on AT&T, it's going to be a tough choice. 

Source: Engadget

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3 years ago

AT&T branded HTC One bootloader unlocked via HTC Dev, rooted, CWM recovery installed

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Using tools from HTC and existing methods for the international version, the AT&T HTC One has cracked open

Good news for some folks interested in the AT&T version of the HTC One -- the HTC Dev site will unlock your bootloader, and the methods used to root and install ClockWorkMod recovery are the same as the international version.

We mentioned a few days ago that a few people were lucky enough to get their HTC One early from AT&T, and of course that means that people have been working at opening it up. Some have been concerned that AT&T would have the device blocked from using the standard HTC bootloader unlocking tool, but that doesn't seem to be the case. 

There are a few things to keep on mind if you plan to try this for yourself as soon as you get your HTC One. This procedure will wipe everything off your phone as part of the bootloader unlock process. Also, the Calculator, Flashlight, Ringtone Trimmer and Sound Recorder apps are deleted in the process. This doesn't sound like a very big deal, but the absence of these apps means the device won't pass a file integrity check and can no longer receive OTA updates.

In any case, this is good news for those waiting on their new HTC One from AT&T, and also like to tinker with things. 

Source: XDA developers

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3 years ago

Radarscope for Android

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We try out a $10 weather application that's way too much app for most of us

Radarscope probably is too much app for you. Let's be perfectly clear about that. (I usually use the screws in my left leg to tell me when the rain's a-comin'; this is way too much app for me, too.) Radar apps are a dime a dozen on Android, and there are some really good ones, available free, or for just a buck or two. Radarscope, on the other hand, is meant for weather professionals -- meteorologists -- or the serious weather nerd. 

It costs $10. But it's also really good. 

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3 years ago

Don't forget your $25 Google Play credit with your Galaxy Note 8 purchase

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Register your new tablet with Samsung for $25 to spend at any of the Google Play stores

If you already picked up a Samsung Galaxy Note 8, or are considering it, don't forget that Samsung has $25 worth of Google Play credit they want to give you with your purchase. All you need to do is register your new device with Samsung, which is usually a good idea anyway for warranty issues.

Doing so is easy. You'll need the box your Note 8 came in, and have the device powered up and connected to Wifi. Follow the form's instructions and fill in your model, serial number, and MAC address. A few minutes later, you should get a gift code in the Gmail account you specified.

Half the fun of getting a new Android device is shopping at Google Play, and $25 free makes it even better. Click the link below to get started.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 perks page 

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3 years ago

Apps of the Week: The Masters Golf Tournament, Impetus Interval Timer, OfficeSuite Pro 7 and more!

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It's that time of the week where each of the Android Central writers chimes in with an app that they've been using on their own devices. Every post seems to have a good bit of variety, and this week follows along on that trend. We've got a very topical app for the golf lovers out there, a couple of great tools and a few games to keep you busy through the week.

Stick around after the break to see how this week's picks stack up -- you may just find a few apps that you'll want to install for yourself.

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3 years ago

Your guide to Facebook Home

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So what exactly is Facebook Home? We're going to break it down for you

This may not be the extreme Android forking that some would have expected, but Facebook Home is still a pretty dramatic change to the way you will use your phone. With the installation of just one app, you're faced with what looks on the surface like a completely new operating system. From the main home screens to the app drawer and navigation, Facebook has certainly gone its own way with the design.

And for most users out there, Facebook Home will be their first foray into "custom" launchers -- whether they know what that is or not -- and it's not the easiest concept to understand. Get past understanding technically what it is, and you've still got to explain what it does. So what is Facebook Home? Stick around with us after the break and see if we can help clear things up a little bit.

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3 years ago

What mutant surgery is this Nexus 4 about to undergo?

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Well, would you look at that. Someone went and dissected their Nexus 4

But that's not just any someone. That's Rod Whitby of webOS Internals fame who's taken apart his Nexus 4, with the intent of swapping out the Qi wireless charging for the tried and true, old-school (and now defunct) Palm Touchstone. (As we showed last year, the Nexus 4 and Touchstone are not compatible.)  "Qi charging (or at least the physical implementation of it on current devices) is inferior to Palm Touchstone charging," Whitby wrote recently on Google+.

Nexus 4 wireless charging became a bit of a thing this week when webOS Nation editor -- and like many of us here a multi-platform tinkerer -- expressed his loathing for the Nexus 4's official wireless charging orb. So Whitby, as any good Android hacker should appreciate, is doing something about it. And he's no stranger to this sort of mod, having performed it on the Galaxy Nexus as well as on the Nexus 7.

Will this one be successful? It's going to be a tight fit, Whitby writes. But if anyone can do it, it's him. 

Source: +Rod Whitby

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3 years ago

Ouya details their shipping schedule for early backers of the console project

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All backers still on-track to receive their unit by May 25, one quarter of which will come before the end of April

Ouya founder and CEO Julie Uhrman has sent out a message to the Kickstarter backers of the Ouya console that gives a peek at their projected shipping schedule. We see a sharp uptick today, and another near the end of the month when "larger-scale" weekly shipments are expected.

She also mentions that they have made a tweaks to the process that could shave days off the shipping time. We imagine building, sorting, and shipping out consoles to all the backers is not an easy job. Things can (and often do) go wrong, throwing off projections. Here's hoping everything goes smoothly and backers have their unit in hand soon.

Source: Kickstarter

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3 years ago

How to uninstall Facebook Home from your current phone

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Facebook wants you to use its new Android launcher - but it's also made it easy to get rid of

Want to remove Facebook Home from your phone? Maybe you tried it and it's just not for you? It's OK. It's pretty easy to get Facebook Home off your phone, and it only takes a few seconds.

(In fact, kudos to Facebook for making the process so simple.)

You can safely and easily remove Facebook Home from your current phone without losing anything. The normal Facebook app will still be there. You won't lose any chats, or any of your e-mail or contacts. Removing Facebook Home simply means you're going back to whatever "launcher" (that's the name for the home screens and app drawer on your phone) you were using before.

It's quick and easy, and we'll walk you through it.

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