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3 years ago

Android Central 127: Xperia Z, Galaxy S4, HTC One

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Audio-only stream below

We sneaked in a quick podcast before we hit the road again for the Samsung Galaxy S4 event in New York City. On tap -- the Sony Xperia Z, Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One and the LG Optimus G Pro. Join us! Note: Audio only this week!

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3 years ago

EE confirms Galaxy S4 coming with 4G LTE support, we feign surprise

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If there were a flagship phone launching in the UK -- or anywhere, for that matter -- without 4G LTE capabilities, we'd be a little concerned. That's why we're not terribly surprised to see EE, the UK's only LTE operator, revealing that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S4 will come with support for its burgeoning LTE network.

"Ready for #TheNextGalaxy? It's coming to superfast 4GEE," the company tweeted out this morning. EE's also got a pre-registration page up for those wanting to show their interest in the Galaxy S4. (As we reported yesterday, other carriers and retailers are doing the same.)

Not long to go now -- we'll be live from New York City tomorrow evening to bring you full coverage of Samsung's big Galaxy S4 launch.

Source: EE, Twitter

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3 years ago

Vivid Games' Real Boxing now available for Tegra 3 devices

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Real Boxing.

Get ready to rumble boxing fans, because Real Boxing is now available for Android devices running NVIDIA's Tegra 3 chip. A smash hit on iOS, Real Boxing has been updated for Android, and optimized for Tegra devices with enhanced textures, increased poly count and animations, per pixel specular effects and true depth of field.

And it really kicks ass. It's powered by the Unreal Engine which means very realistic looking graphics, fluid gameplay and animations, and a fully 3D immersive experience. You fight in four different arenas, and you can see the differences in the way they are laid out and how they look. Your opponents each have a unique fighting style, and their movement is ultra-lifelike because the movement was captured from professional boxers using real-life motion capture. Extras like career mode and character customization using different combinations of hair, skin, tattoos and clothing, and a gym where you can train your abilities really take things over the top and put you in the game. Simple on screen gestures are used for controls, with punches and defensive moves performed with just one finger or thumb. 

We've been playing with the press demo for a while on the Nexus 7 and the Transformer Prime, and I think our Moderator Team Leader and part-time game tester Kevin O'Quinn pretty much nailed it:

O. M. G.

It really is something special on Tegra 3 devices, and proof positive that wonderful things can be done with optimized software. It brings back that same "wow" factor we all had when we first saw a Tegra-optimized game. It's really that good looking, and playing. And it's going to get better. NVIDIA tells us that work is being done that will further optimize the game and assets to take advantage of the Tegra 4 and Project Shield. I know what I'm trying the minute I get my hands on a Tegra 4 powered device.

Real Boxing costs $4.99, and you can download it at the Google Play link above, and hit the break to see a handful of screenshots and the release trailer. We'll be taking a closer look at this one in the next few days.

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3 years ago

A mystery Motorola phone leaks that's not the rumored X Phone

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Motorola phone

An unannounced Motorola phone has leaked out, and it really shows Google's influence over the software. Carrying the XT912A model number, the folks at the Vietnamese site Tinhte are quick to tell us that they are sure this one isn't the rumored X Phone based on the screen size, but it does have some impressive specs -- a 4-inch 720p screen, Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro (possibly better) CPU, an Adreno 320 GPU, 2GB of RAM and a 2,000mAh battery.

The back is beveled and very thin at the edges, with a non removable plastic battery cover. They also note that the speaker holes lack the precision you would see from a phone like the Lumia 920 or the HTC One X. Probably the most important thing to note is the mostly stock Android 4.2 experience the video shows us -- lock screen widgets and all. It certainly looks like a 4-inch stock Android device. That should make plenty of folks happy. There's a four minute video after the break showing it all off, be sure to have a look.

Source: Tinhte (Vietnamese)

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3 years ago

HTC One Developer Edition announced with unlocked bootloader and SIM slot

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As rumors swirl that the HTC One may or may not be delayed, the company announced today that it will make a Developer Edition of the device available as well. Following up on HTC's continued commitment to its HTCdev program, the Developer Edition handset will have identical hardware to those sold by carriers and retailers, but will have both its SIM slot and bootloader completely unlocked out of the box. Regarding that SIM slot, HTC's announcement post reiterates that the radio frequencies of this device will be those most often used in the U.S.:

  • HSPA/WCDMA: 850/1900/2100 MHz
  • GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • LTE: 700/850/AWS/1900 MHz (US)

This device is a big deal for those who want to use the HTC One for android application and software development, giving them easier access to the hardware. HTC says the Developer Edition One will be available in "limited quantities" in the U.S. as soon as the carrier models are released, and will have the expectedly high price tag of $649.

Source: HTC

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3 years ago

Google I/O 2013 registration: Get it before it's gone

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Registration for Google I/O, Google's yearly developer conference held in San Francisco, opens Wednesday morning at 7 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time (to check your local registration time, go here). The event is set to be held May 15-17 at the Moscone Center. It has been extremely difficult to buy tickets the last few years, with I/O 2012 tickets completely selling out in a mere 28 minutes.

General tickets will set you back $900 apiece, while student and educational faculty tickets get discounted to $300. There will only be a limited number of academic tickets, and they can only be used by currently enrolled (or 2013 graduating) full-time students and faculty. If you do not fall into one of these two categories, do not buy an academic ticket, because academic tickets can not be changed to general admission and are non-refunable.

Hit the break for how to prepare for registration day, and some tips to maximize your chances of grabbing some of this year's I/O tickets.

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3 years ago

The HTC Sense 5 app drawer: Making simple complicated

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If there's one feature of HTC's new Sense 5 that's taken us extra time to get used to, it's the new app drawer. HTC's attempt to simplify things has, in fact, made them more complicated. That's partly due to the new home screen scheme, with BlinkFeed anchored to the far left at all times (even if you never use it). It's also partly due to the app drawer itself. 

That's not to say it's without some interesting new features. But they almost seem forced together in a way that makes sense once you're familiar with them. Good luck explaining all this to a first-time Android user, though.

We'll explain.

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3 years ago

HTC Droid DNA gets a taste of Sense 5

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If you've got an HTC Droid DNA, and are feeling a bit left out seeing all this Sense 5 talk about the HTC One, you might want to take a good look at this one. Using a software dump from the HTC One, Sense 5 has been ported over to the DNA, and folks are saying good thing about it.

There are a few bugs (some camera stuff and MMS for Verizon users isn't working) but most of the features (including BlinkFeed) are up and running. In addition, the features you expect from any custom ROM, like proper root and busybox, are included and good to go in the latest version.

Of course you'll need to have a DNA that's rooted (or running a software version that can still be rooted) and unlocked with a custom recovery in place. This may be the only way you'll ever get to experience Sense 5 on the DNA (this is Verizon we're dealing with, after all), so it's definitely worth looking at. Hit the source links below for all the information you need.

Source: XDA-Developers; via: Android Central forums

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3 years ago

Humble Bundle 5 adds three more games to the list

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The Humble Bundle 5 has been out for a few days now, and after raising over $1 million in donations, the bundle is growing with three more games. The updated bundle adds the following three games, which were part of Humble Bundle 4:

  • Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP by Capybara Games
  • Splice by Cipher Prime Studios
  • Crayon Physics Deluxe by Klooingames

The titles are part of the "locked" portion of the bundle, which can be accessed by donating more than that average of previous donations. At the time of writing, the average sits at just $6.67. If you were to donate that amount or more, you'd receive nine DRM-free games in total. That's a heck of a deal and worth a look even if you just want a couple of them. If you haven't seen, we've been reviewing the games in Humble Bundle 5 and they've got quite the lineup here. You can learn more about the Humble Bundle 5 at the source link below.

Source: Humble Bundle

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3 years ago

FCC Approves T-Mobile/MetroPCS Merger

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A very important piece of the T-Mobile/MetroPCS puzzle has fallen into place today: getting the approval of the Federal Communications Commission. Citing increase in competition and the consumer benefits, the merger of T-Mobile and MetroPCS now has the FCC's official blessing. With this formality out of the way, the shareholders will now vote on March 28th to make this marriage a reality.

T-Mobile's previously proposed merger with AT&T was withdrawn from the FCC before approval, after meeting opposition from the Department of Justice. The DOJ feared that the elimination of the smaller, more budget-friendly T-Mobile would leave too little competition in the mobile marketplace for the much larger AT&T.

With the 4 billion dollars T-Mobile received from its breakup with AT&T, and now the potential merger with MetroPCS, things are going to get interesting between the big GSM carriers. What will AT&T do in response to a larger, more resourceful T-Mobile? What will happen to existing MetroPCS customers post-merger? Come speculate with us in the forums.

Source: FCC

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3 years ago

HTC responds to reported European HTC One delay

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UK retailer Clove Technology is reporting that the flagship HTC One's European launch has been held back to Mar. 29, two weeks later than Clove's expected date of Mar. 15. Though HTC has not publicly announced a specific release date for the phone in any territory, Clove insists it's been "officially informed by HTC UK."

We've reached out to HTC, which has provided us with this statement on HTC One availability --

"We will start fulfilling pre-orders by end March in certain markets and will roll out to more markets as we approach April."

That's almost exactly what we were told around the launch event in February, so it appears little has changed from the manufacturer's perspective.

So we'll have to wait and see when the HTC One eventually becomes available in Europe, but we imagine that wait shouldn't be a long one. O2 Germany, for example, is already shipping the HTC One on contract, so we wouldn't discount the possibility of devices showing up for sale elsewhere before the month's end.

Specific details on U.S. availability are still unavailable -- we suspect we'll be waiting on announcements from individual carriers.

Source: Clove

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3 years ago

Reviewing Humble Bundle 5: Dungeon Defenders Second Wave

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Dungeon Defenders has been out on Android for some time now. The latest update, "Second Wave" is available in the Play Store but also as part of the Humble Bundle 5 as one of the two games received for donating over the average amount. It's a big download, but there's a lot of content in this game to warrant the size. If you purchase it through Humble Bundle, you'll be receiving all available DLC (downloadable content) included as well which adds even more gameplay.

Stick around after the break for a quick refresher on the Dungeon Defenders series with a look at the Second Wave update.

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3 years ago

British carrier, retailer remind us they'll sell the Galaxy S4

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In case you were wondering, yes, Three UK and Phones4U will sell the Samsung Galaxy S4 Next Galaxy handset. As was the case last year, carriers and retailers are hopping aboard the Galaxy hype train with pre-launch pages allowing customers to register interest.

EE is playing its cards a little closer to its chest by merely tweeting one of Samsung's promotional posts.

Honestly, though, we'd be amazed if the Galaxy S4 wasn't available across every major UK network and retailer on launch day. That's the way things tend to roll out with any major handset in the UK.

Sit tight. We'll know more about the Galaxy S4 and when it'll be launching around the world after Samsung's NYC event on Thursday evening.

Source: Three, EE, Phones4U

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3 years ago

DoubleTwist launches Magic Radio streaming service, we go hands on

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doubleTwist needs little introduction really. Charting over 10 million downloads from the Google Play Store, it's without question one of the finest and most popular music players available on the Android platform. The ability to interact with Apple's iTunes and Airplay services provides a path many iTunes users rely upon to manage their music on their Android device with minimal fuss. Besides the iTunes integration, doubleTwist also offers -- albeit via in-app purchases -- a range of add-ons such as full podcast support, an equalizer and high quality artwork. 

Today, doubleTwist launches their latest add-on package, Magic Radio, their answer to a music streaming service. Subscriptions to Magic Radio cost just $3.99 per month through Google Wallet and come with a 7 day free trial, so you get a good chance to put it through its paces before committing your money. But, the music streaming space already has some heavy hitters with the like of Sony, Spotify and Rdio all having their own offerings. Does Magic Radio have enough to provide a compelling experience? We've been playing with it for a few days now, and the tl;dr version is this; It's really good. Well designed, well executed and pretty good value for money. However, the Magic Radio approach may not be for everyone. So, click on past the break and we'll take a look. 

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3 years ago

HTC One retail unboxing

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One downside to being the dude who's dead set against unboxings is that you occasionally find your self taking a phone out of a box and filming it for all the world to see. But seeing as how we're now in possession of an actual retail unit, box and all, of the new HTC One, we thought we'd give you a look-see.

So after the break is a brief HTC One unboxing -- again, an actual retail unit -- for those who are into that sort of thing. Mazel tov.

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