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4 years ago

Galaxy S4 hits T-Mobile on May 1 for $99

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Don't let this get lost in the shuffle this morning, folks. T-Mobile has become the first U.S. operator to give a date to its Galaxy S4. You'll be able to pick up Samsung's latest and greatest May 1 for a $99 "down payment." 

The "down payment" thing is new, though it's not all that different from the usual "on contract" qualifier we usually use. You pay a little up front, and you end up paying off the phone over a number of months. It's all part of T-Mobile's new "Simple Choice" plans unveiled this morning in New York City.

The important thing here is that we finally have a hard and firm date on what's sure to be one of the hottest phones of the year. May 1. Mark it, dude.

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4 years ago

T-Mobile LTE 'Simple Choice' no-contract rate plans are here

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If you haven't noticed, T-Mobile is making some big changes to the way it does business this week, including now a move to what is calling "Simple Choice" rate plans. We gave you the low-down on the new plans when they quietly released on Sunday, but T-Mobile is doing one better now by giving customers just three initial options when selecting a plan:

  • $50 per month for unlimited talk, text and web -- 2G speeds after 500MB
  • $60 per month for unlimited talk, text and web -- 2G speeds after 2.5GB
  • $70 per month for unlimited talk, text and web -- no throttle

Each of the plans includes mobile hotspot/tethering, although the unlimited plan will only let you tether for 500MB of usage -- with additional 2GB chunks of data on any plan costing you another $10 monthly. A second line costs $30 a month, with each additional line another $10. The same data plan tiers apply to each additional line in a family plan -- 500MB included, 2GB more for $10 and unlimited for $20 per month.

Of course none of these plans carry a contract, nor are there separate plans for LTE devices or different pricing for postpaid and prepaid. The data costs the same per line no matter how many you have, what devices you choose or when you decide to pay for the service.

More: T-Mobile; (2)

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4 years ago

T-Mobile's HTC One, Galaxy S4 each will cost just $99

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We've been waiting on U.S. pricing for both the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S4, and T-Mobile today became the first operator to do so. T-Mo also confirmed it'll be a launch partner for the Galaxy S4, with a launch slated for May 1.

Both the HTC One and the Galaxy S4 will cost $99 -- as a sort of down payment -- when they're available, T-Mobile said today at an event in New York City, where it announced that those two flagship phones -- along with the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 -- will be among its first LTE-capable devices. The Galaxy S4 is to be available May 1; the HTC One drops sometime in April.

That pricing comes on a 24-month payment plan, which can be canceled at any time, provided the cost of the phone is paid off.

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4 years ago

T-Mobile makes first LTE cities official

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T-Mobile today took the wraps off its long-awaited LTE network, launching in seven metro areas. There are three Android smartphones that will take advantage of the higher-speed 4G data. They are the Samsung Galaxy S4, Note 2, and the HTC One. (BlackBerry's Z10 also rocks T-Mobile LTE.) The Galaxy Note 2 is available now; the HTC One and Galaxy S4 are expected in April.

The seven cities in which T-Mobile now has LTE data are:

  • Baltimore
  • Houston
  • Kansas City
  • Las Vegas
  • Phoenix
  • San Jose, Calif.
  • Washington, D.C.

That's just the start, of course. T-Mobile didn't announce any future plans, but says it expects to "reach" 100 million people in the U.S. by mid-year, and 200 million by 2014. Those are potential subscribers, meaning more LTE-enabled cities.

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4 years ago

T-Mobile announces new Android 4G LTE devices

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T-Mobile USA has just announced its new 4G LTE services, and along with it confirmed a handful of new devices.

On the Android side, upcoming phones include the Samsung Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 2 and HTC One. The Galaxy S4 is set to arrive in Q2, while the has a HTC One "spring" launch window attached. The Galaxy Note 2, currently on sale on T-Mo, will get an over-the-air update to allow it to use the carrier's LTE network.

The Galaxy S4 and HTC One will both sell for $99 on 24-month "installment" plans.

T-Mobile's LTE network is live today in its first seven markets -- Baltimore, Houston, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Phoenix, San Jose, and Washington, D.C. 

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4 years ago

Three UK pushing out Jelly Bean update for Samsung Galaxy S2

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Following on from other carriers all over the globe, UK's Three has begun pushing out their very own Jelly Bean update to the Samsung Galaxy S2. While the link provided by Three for support goes to an ICS update page, it seems to suggest that you'll need to go via the Kies route in order to obtain it. 

Jelly Bean for the Galaxy S2 -- or any device, for that matter -- is a big deal, and besides the Google provided goodies such as Project Butter and Google Now, Samsung has also thrown in their own bag full of tricks. The Android 4.1 update brings the same Touchwiz Nature UX as found on the newer Galaxy S3, improved camera features, S Cloud and Samsung's own Smart Stay and Pop-Up Play functionality. 

The Galaxy S2 was one of the most popular devices of 2011, and it's fantastic news for all owners that it's seeing another software update. We're not sure how long they may continue going forward, but Jelly Bean marks the second major version bump for the device since it originally launched. And that isn't half bad. 

Source: Three UK

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4 years ago

AT&T's Samsung Galaxy Express getting Jelly Bean update today

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Google Now, performance improvements and other features hit this mid-level Android smartphone

AT&T this morning announced that Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is now available for its Samsung Galaxy Express smartphone.  With the update you'll get the "Project Butter" performance improvements, updates to the notification area and, most important, you'll be able to rock Google Now, with all its prediction and search capabilities.

You'll also get "Blocking Mode," which lets you turn off calls and notifications for a specific period of time. Plus, you'll get a new data usage calculator.

You can snag the update now by going to Settings>About device>Software update>Check for updates. You'll need to be on Wifi.

Source: AT&T

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4 years ago

SwiftKey update squashes a number of bugs, including HTC One fixes

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SwiftKey, the popular third-party Android keyboard, this morning announced an update that will take care of a number of nagging issues. The update is now live in Google Play.

The big news, probably, is that a number of issues regarding the HTC One have been resolved. So if you're picking up the phone this week in the UK, Germany or Taiwan, you'll be able to properly use SwiftKey. (And if you're waiting for April like most of the rest of the world, it'll be ready to go then, too.

We've got the full changelog after the break.

Source: SwiftKey

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4 years ago

HTC plans successor to 5-inch 'Butterfly'

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The HTC Butterfly (a.k.a. J Butterfly in Japan, Droid DNA in the U.S.) was one of the most compelling Android devices of 2012, with its 5-inch 1080p display and speedy internals. Now, according to comments attributed to the company's marketing chief, it seems HTC may be keen to keep the Butterfly line alive alongside its soon-to-be-launched HTC One.

Spurred by strong interest in the device from Asia, Taiwan Focus reports that CMO Benjamin Ho said the manufacturer plans to launch a "successor" to the Butterfly under the same brand name "to meet consumer demand." Speaking at a media briefing, Ho apparently didn't mention when (or where) this new Butterfly might appear, but we'd guess this model would be aimed at countries or carriers that aren't getting the HTC One.

We'll have to wait and see what form the second Butterfly might take, but given the design similarities between the original and the HTC One, we don't imagine it'll be radically different from the phones we're already familiar with.

Any crazy theories? Shout out in the comments!

Source: Taiwan Focus

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4 years ago

Gmail app updated with unknown features and no change log

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The Gmail for Android application has received a small update this evening. It probably does something faster, or better. Maybe there is a new feature or two. We have no idea, because they haven't posted any new features or changes. Google sucks at providing change logs.

We're letting you know in case it is something really cool -- though we're not seeing anything just yet, and we use Gmail a lot around these parts. And even if it is just some bug fixing, an update is an update. Grab it at the Google Play link to the left.

We'll come back and update once we know what the changes are.

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4 years ago

HTC readying Desire Q and P for the Taiwanese market

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HTC is well known for pumping out well-built and budget-friendly devices in Asian markets, and it continues that run today with the Desire P (above, left) and Desire Q (above, right). While both devices have similar design language to HTC's other 2012 offerings, the Desire P looks strikingly similar to the One SV. It has a 4.3-inch 480x800 display, dual-core 1GHz processor, 8MP camera and Beats Audio, and will reportedly retail for about $365 unlocked. The Desire Q is a bit smaller and cheaper -- similarly to the previously announced Desire U --  at $235 unlocked for similar specs but a 4-inch display. Both look from the press images to be running Sense 4 and presumably Jelly Bean underneath.

The Desire brand is still very popular in price-sensitive markets, and from our time with the One SV we came away very impressed with the build quality of the device. Don't look for these to hit Western markets any time soon, but if you're in Taiwan or China you probably have a good chance at seeing these.

Source: UnwiredView

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4 years ago

Sony Xperia Z has its own lockscreen bypass bug

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Sony's Xperia Z is joining the ranks of the iPhone and Galaxy S3 today with some tinkering that has exposed a security flaw in the lockscreen of the device. According to Scott Reed, who found the flaw on his personal Xperia Z, the lockscreen bypass only takes a few easy steps and allows full access to the device. That's a bit further than some other recent lockscreen bugs will get you, and is certainly troubling. Sony has supposedly fixed the bug that led to some Xperia Z devices randomly bricking themselves, and now they've got another fun bug to fix on their hands.

It's always a good idea to keep your phone in your sight if it has some sensitive data on it, but you may want to be extra careful until this bug is fixed up. If you want to see the flaw in action, stick around after the break for a video of Scott doing it on his device.

Source: GSMArena

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4 years ago

Hands-on with the Archos GamePad

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A couple months back, at CES 2013, we first had a look at the Archos GamePad. It's an awesome idea that fills a hole in mobile gaming -- we need good controls. The GamePad solves this by having everything you expect to see in a game controller built into the frame of a 7-inch tablet. You have dual-joysticks, directional buttons, A,B,X,Y buttons, start and select, and a pair of buttons on the left and right shoulders. This sounds like just the ticket for some of today's big, immersive games -- I'm looking right at you Ravensword: Shadowlands.

The hardware itself, both inside and out, is nothing to write home about. A dual-core A9 with a Mali MP4 GPU won't exactly get spec junkies up and moving, and the device itself is 100-percent plastic. While that will make it nice and light to hold while playing games, it certainly makes the thing feel a little cheap. The good news is that the price tag reflects this, and the GamePad will only set you back about $180.

The GamePad does more than play games, as it's basically a 7-inch tablet at heart. It runs Android 4.1.1, with very little customization done to the standard stock build of Android. But my first impressions are that it's not a very good 7-inch tablet. It seems a bit sluggish, but I'll reserve judgment here until I get everything signed in and set up. I won't hold back about the screen though -- it's terrible. You can watch movies and look at pictures on the GamePad, but you won't want to. The resolution (1024 x 600) makes things look pixilated, and the viewing angle is atrocious. The good news is that the GPU won't have to work very hard to drive the low-res screen while playing games.

I'm really looking forward to gaming on it. The controls feel excellent, and the placement is perfect. You can see a quick look at it all after the break, and after I give it the old college try I'll post a more thorough review. In the meantime, head into the forums with any questions you might have, and I'll do my best to answer them.

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4 years ago

OpenTable update brings Foodspotting photos to restaurant listings

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Restaurant reservation booking service OpenTable has just update its Android app to include images on restaurant listings from popular service Foodspotting. If you'll recall back to January, OpenTable purchased Foodspotting (which has its own app) in a natural combination of two dining-based services. Well it didn't take long to integrate the services, as now restaurant listings will show foodspotting images from other diners.

For now, if you want to participate in Foodspotting by adding your own images, you'll still need to download the Foodspotting app. We could imagine at some point in the future both apps (and services) will completely combine, but for now they're at least integrating at one point. Grab a download of the updated OpenTable app from the Play Store link above.

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4 years ago

PAC-MAN + Tournaments arrives for free on Google Play

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For the first time ever, Namco Bandai has released a completely free version of PAC-MAN, and it's exclusively available on Google Play. PAC-MAN + Tournaments offers a full-featured free-to-play version of the original game, along with a new "tournaments" feature, which lets you play online against others on new stages each week. The game also has new never before seen mazes available for purchase, along with online leaderboards and achievements.

Namco Bandai also says that it plans on releasing Google Play-exclusive downloadable content in the future as well. The game is of course free to download in the Play Store, so if you're looking to take a trip down memory lane head to the link at the top of this post.

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