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4 years ago

Sprint announces the HTC EVO 4G LTE

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Sprint has unleashed their beast this evening, announcing the HTC EVO 4G LTE. It's an Ice Cream Sandwich device, much resembling the HTC One X, with a few welcome changes -- including micro SDcard and Google Wallet support. The specs are no slouch, with a dual-core Snapdragon S4, a 4.7-inch Super LCD 2 screen, a hefty 2,000 mAh battery, and of course LTE support. Of course, all the features we expect from an HTC One series device are present as well, including the advanced camera hardware and software, Beats audio, and the all-new Sense 4.0. 

All-in-all, we have a phone very much like the HTC One X, with a slightly different (yet still stylish) look, with a few very important things to differentiate it -- the kickstand, a microSD card slot, Google Wallet, and a dedicated camera button. It looks like Sprint has a real winner on their hands here, and a very worthy successor to the EVO 4G name. Hit the break for the Sprint press release.

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4 years ago

HTC EVO 4G LTE specs

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  • Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, integrated with Sense 4
  • 4.7-inch HD super LCD display
  • 1.5GHz Dual-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Processor
  • Google Play offers more than 450,000 useful applications, widgets and games and lets you upload 20,000 of your songs to the cloud for free and stream them to your device
  • Google+ Hangouts allowing video chat with a group of up to 10 friends
  • Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, which allows the device to read information from everyday objects, like stickers and posters embedded with NFC chips
  • Google Wallet enables the phone to be used like a wallet to make safe, secure purchases at hundreds of thousands of participating retailers using NFC
  • Android Beam allows users to quickly share Web pages, apps and YouTube™ videos with friends using NFC by simply tapping phones together
  • Google Mobile wireless services such as Google Search, Gmail, Google Maps with Navigation, Google Calendar, Voice Actions and YouTube
  • Messaging – personal and business email and text messaging, as well as IM through Google Talk
  • 3G/4G mobile hotspot capability, supporting up to 8 Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously
  • Wifi – 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Advanced rear-facing 8-megapixel camera with f/2.0 lens, super-fast auto-focus, digital zoom and smart LED flash; HTC ImageSense to take great photos, in adverse conditions; front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera with 1080p video recording.
  • Beats Audio enables customers to hear music the way the artist intended with unique audio tuning that delivers thundering bass, soaring midrange and crisp highs
  • 3.5 mm headset jack
  • Dimensions: 5.3 x 2.7 x 0.35 inches (LxWxT)
  • Weight: 4.7 ounces
  • Display: 4.7-inch HD 720p super LCD (1280 x 720), 16.7 million colors
  • Battery: Imbedded 2000mAh Lithium Ion (Li-ion) battery
  • Memory: 16GB internal memory (ROM); 1GB RAM; supports up to 32GB microSD card (sold separately)

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4 years ago

HTC EVO 4G LTE gallery

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4 years ago

Sprint-HTC event liveblog!

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Were here in New York City (when are we not, really) for a little get-together with Sprint and HTC. What's in store? Only one way to find out. Liveblog's after the break!

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4 years ago

Samsung Conquer 4G software update now available from Sprint

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A new software update is currently rolling out to Samsung Conquer 4G owners on Sprint. This updated is noted as just a security fix (see: CarrierIQ removal) for the device but one other thing to make note of with this release is the fact that Sprint has removed the Magic, Smoke, Many, Maps, Nexus, Spectrum, Water, and Waveform live wallpapers from the updated labeled as FC17. If you're not seeing the update as of yet, it will be along within the next 10 days due to how Sprint rolls out updates.

Source: Sprint

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note in ceramic white now arriving on multiple Canadian carriers

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Although the Samsung Galaxy Note has been out in Canada for quite some time now, there was no sign of the ceramic white version appearing until a few days ago. Since then, Samsung has issued a press release announcing the availability of the device across Canada with TELUS, Bell and Rogers all having now laid out their plans for launch.

TELUS is first out the gates with the white version being available today while Bell will follow up on April 10th with their release. Not one to miss out on the celebrations, Rogers will have their version available " as early as next week” according to a tweet they sent out.

The TELUS version is available for $200 with a three-year contact and $750 no-term. Bell will be selling their version for $200 with a three-year contract and $730 no-term. Rogers however will be the cheapest if you're looking for no contract with their version going for $200 on a three-year and only $700 no-term.

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4 years ago

Google's Project Glass shows vision of wearable mobile tech

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Rumors that Google may be working on a wearable HUD-based mobile device have been circulating for a few months now, and today the project has been revealed to the public for the first time. Project Glass is its name, and currently it's being developed at Google's secretive X Lab, or Google[x], to give it its full name.

The concept designs and demo video on Project Glass's Google+ page show sleek, stylish glasses that look like something right out of the Deus Ex universe. There's a metal frame for support, with a chunkier, plastic area and HUD (likely where the actual electronics are stored) near the right eye.

In an introductory post, the the Project Glass team says it's aiming to create technology which can be "there when you need it, and get out of your way when you don't." A demo video shows off possible uses for the tech, including messaging, navigation, video chat, social networking and photography. At this stage the team says it's looking for feedback and input from the public, and there's no information on any actual products which may spring from this project.

When they do arrive, though, it's only natural that they'd run Android in some form or other. We'll be watching Project Glass with interest as Google IO approaches, we're it's possible we'll learn more about this exciting new tech.

It's official folks -- we are living in the future. We've got the first video of Project Glass after the break, along with more photos of people with crazy futuristic eyewear.

Source: Project Glass

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4 years ago

Gmail app update brings ICS features to Honeycomb

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Google has updated the official Gmail app for Android today, with assorted changes for Android phones and tablets running Froyo, Gingerbread and Honeycomb. The most significant changes are for Android 3.2 tablets -- Honeycomb now gets access to a few handy features which until now have been reserved for ICS. These include swiping between messages, and a shortcut in the top left corner for selecting recent labels. Honeycombers also the ability to customize the way Gmail notifies you about mail with different labels.

Google hasn't forgotten that the majority of Android phones are still on Gingerbread or Froyo, however, and for them, this update will deliver performance improvements and a new labels API for  third-party app developers.

Hit that Google Play Store link and head to "My Apps" to grab your update.

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4 years ago

Dropbox referral bonuses doubled for free and paying users

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Cloud storage provider Dropbox has just doubled the referral bonus it gives users for referring friends to the service. Previously Dropbox referrals resulted in a bonus of 250MB for both the referrer and the new sign-up, but from today that's been increased to a more substantial 500MB. Similarly, the maximum amount of storage users can earn through referrals has been upped from 8GB to 16GB. If you're a paying user, that's doubled again to 1GB per referral, up to 32GB total.

There's also good news for anyone who's already referred a bunch of people  -- your bonuses from those referrals will also be doubled, so you'll likely see your Dropbox allowance increase a little.

Dropbox continues to offer generous amounts of storage for users willing to plug its services to friends, or help with the testing of new features. Recently launched an automatic camera upload feature, and credited testers with 500MB for their first upload, as well as 500MB more for each 500MB of automatic uploads. The company's also partnered with some leading smartphone manufacturers, including Samsung and HTC. The HTC One X and One S launche tomorrow with Dropbox built-in, with an extra 23GB of storage for HTC One users.

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4 years ago

SwiftKey 3 beta starts to make the spacebar obsolete

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SwiftKey -- the Android Central 2011 keyboard of the year -- has declared war on the spacebar. Never mind that its April Fool's joke actually was to introduce the world's longest spacebar. The latest update to SwiftKey -- dubbed SwiftKey 3 -- introduces, among other features, Smart Space.  

Traditionally, Android keyboards use the spacebar as a means to select a suggested word. Or, perhaps, to put a space in a sentence. Or to insert a period at the end of a sentence. Smart Space takes advantage of SwiftKey's Fluency prediction engine and goes a step further than any other keyboard we've used. You no longer have to put spaces between words when typing. (It does still do the traditional space and punctuation thing, though.) 

OK, so that's nottosayyouwantotypelikethisforanextendedperiodoftime. But for small groups of words, SwiftKey 3 can take something like "jerryistheneckbeardking" and turn it into "Jerry is the neckbeard king," all without you having to do anything but type the letters. We've been using SwiftKey 3 for several weeks now, and the results really are remarkable. 

Other additions in SwiftKey 3 are two new themes. There's "Cobalt," which matches SwiftKey's redesign, and "Holo," which was voted on by its VIP community. And we're only half-joking about getting rid of the spacebar. It's actually been made a little bigger in this release. Punctuation has been moved around, too, with the comma, period, question mark and exclamation point all sharing a key. (Some of us aren't too thrilled with that move.) Seven more languages have been added -- Korean, Estonia, Farsi, Icelandic, Latvian, Lithuanian and Serbian -- for a total of 42.

You've really got to try this one out to believe it. One slight catch here -- SwiftKey 3's still in beta, and you can only get it through their VIP community. So hit the link below and give it a shot. It's available for tablets and smartphones. Demo video's after the break.

Download: SwiftKey VIP community

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4 years ago

Win some #TeamAndroid swag from Android Central

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We want to help you show your support for #TeamAndroid, and what better way than by handing out some hot swag? Trick question -- there is no better way. If you want to win some, follow these simple instructions.

We'll sort through them and pick 10 lucky winners, who can get any #TeamAndroid item they want from Android Central's Cafe Press store. Want a T-shirt? Gotcha covered. A laptop skin? Yeah, we got 'em. A shot glass? Awww yeah.

Get a prize for showing support (and feeding the fire a little, we admit) for the winning team. That's how #TeamAndroid rolls.

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4 years ago

Leaked HTC EVO One photos confirm kickstand and chassis design

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Remember how we told you the HTC EVO One would have a kickstand, a black and red chassis design and HTC One XL-like internals? Well look what's just shown up -- pictures of the HTC EVO One, sporting a kickstand and a black and red chassic. And if the reports from Droid-Life​ are accurate, the same internals we told you about, too. It's also worth noting that the device in these pictures looks an awful lot like that leaked press photo that was doing the rounds yesterday.

The images, which leaked out hours before HTC and Sprint are due to launch the thing at an event in New York City. We'll be there, of course, bringing you full coverage of the latest addition to both the HTC One and EVO families.

In addition to a chunky design reminiscent of previous EVOs, we're expecting the HTC EVO One to include a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 chip, 1GB of RAM, Beats Audio and LTE connectivity. Join us later today for live coverage, as Sprint and HTC prepare to take the wraps off the EVO One.

Source: Droid-Life

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4 years ago

UK networks prepare to launch HTC One series

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O2 + ​Three taking first orders today; Vodafone giving free Beats earphones to first customers

The HTC One X and One S are about to launch in the UK (check out our review and preview, by the way), and as such, all the major carriers are getting in on the action. Here's a breakdown of how each of the major British networks are handling the launch of the most anticipated Android phone of the year so far.

Before we begin, remember that the HTC One X and One S should be available everywhere from April 5. so if you step into a brick-and-mortar store belonging to any of the big five tomorrow, you'll be able to pick up either a One X or One S.

  • Three: Taking first One X and One S orders online today for delivery tomorrow, the official launch day. The One X is free on-contract from £35 per month, while the One S will set you back at least £32 per month -- both plans include unlimited data. If you'd prefer a lower monthly bill, you can pick up the One X from £27 per month, or the One S from £24 per month, both with a £99 upfront payment. All of Three's contracts are 24-month deals.
     
  • O2: O2.co.uk now lists the HTC One X (in grey) as available "online only", with delivery promised tomorrow. O2 offers a number of 18 and 24-month deals, though all but the most expensive include some form of up-front fee. O2's "On & On" deals represent the best value on its network. These give you a One X for free, unlimited calls and texts and 1GB of data for £36 per month, with the option of bumping the data allowance up to 2GB for £41 per month. O2 also offers the One X on Pay-As-You-Go, for £479.99.
     
  • ​Vodafone:​ Vodafone's still taking pre-orders for the One X (white and grey) and One S (silver). The X will is available for free on 24-month plans from £41 per month, while the S is priced slightly lower at £36 per month. The first 10,000 customers to order each handset will walk away with a pair of urBeats headphones -- the same kind that shipped with the Sensation XL last year -- and 10 free tracks per month from Vodafone Music.
     
  • T-Mobile: Matches Voda's prices of £41 per month for the One X and £36 per month for the One S. T-Mo UK, though, offers unlimited data as part of the "full monty" plan. The network says it'll launch both devices online and in stores tomorrow.
     
  • ​Orange: Says both devices are "coming soon."

If you're planning on picking up a HTC One X or One S on launch day, hit the comments let us know whether you're going down the carrier-subsidized route, or if you're stumping up the cash to buy one outright.

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4 years ago

How to install CyanogenMod 9 on your TouchPad - in plain English

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So you took advantage of one of the various fire sales and picked up an HP TouchPad. Cool -- when the price is right it's a great tool and a great toy to play with. We know a good many of you guys grabbed one with the full intention of installing Android on the thing, specifically CyanogenMod. We also know it's a good bit different than flashing a zip file through recovery, and not the most user-friendly operation in the world.

The folks over at webOS Nation are here to help. Ryan has gathered all the required tools and information to help you get 'er done, and has one heck of a detailed walk through ready for you to read, read again, ask questions, then try. We know sometimes just listing the steps isn't good enough, and Ryan takes the time to lay it all out and tell you what's going on, which is always a great way to handle tutorials when they have steps that could ruin your hardware.

If you're ready to ditch webOS and install some Ice Cream Sandwich on your TouchPad, give it a look. Those fellows over at webOS Nation know their stuff.

Source: How to install CyanogenMod 9 Android on your TouchPad

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4 years ago

Late-night poll: How do you use a stylus?

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Call it a stylus, call it an S-Pen, call it what you will -- styli are making a comeback. They used to be standard issue with a smartphone, until a fellow in a black turtleneck who had a huge influence on technology said we didn't like them anymore. But that was then, this is now. Styli are coming back because they're useful in a lot of cases. Whether it's annotating notes, just cruising through the UI, or playing Draw Something, you'll see more and more people using one with their smartphone.

So what about you guys? We figure you all have your finger on the pulse of all things Android, so we want to know what, when, and how you use a stylus. Hit the poll up, let us know!

How do you use a stylus with your Android?

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