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3 years ago

HTC-Beats by Dre announcement liveblog

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Well, the cat's pretty much out of the bag for HTC's teleconference this morning for what it's billed "a major news announcement" by CEO Peter Chou in Los Angeles. If you haven't heard, HTC and Beats by Dre have teamed up in a $300 million partnership that will bring the audio giant to HTC smartphones starting this fall.

But let's assume we don't yet know it all. Join us after the break as we liveblog the teleconference. The show gets going at 11:30 a.m. EST / 8:30 a.m. PST.

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3 years ago

HTC Merge now available on Cellular South

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Read our complete HTC Merge review

Have a hankering for the HTC Merge? (We know you do.) And having a hankering for it on Celluar South? The little Android slider most of you will never get to have has hit the regional carrier. It's running $99 with a two-year contract. Sure, it's not the latest and greatest. But the 3.8-inch display is nicely done, and the keyboard is killer. That and you can show it to all your friends on Verizon and watch them slowly slink away, head bowed in disappointment. And who can put a price on that?

Source: Cellular South, Facebook; Thanks, Robin!

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3 years ago

White Galaxy S II heading to O2, Three, Vodafone and Orange in the UK next month

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British networks O2, Orange, Three and Vodafone are now listing the sleek white version of Samsung's Galaxy S II on their "coming soon" pages, with a September release planned across all four networks. This fits with Samsung's plans for of the SIM-free white Galaxy S II, which is due to begin shipping from Sep. 1. T-Mobile UK is the only major network not yet listing the white version, but given its connections to Orange, we'd expect TMo to carry it alongside the currently-stocked black version.

So what's the verdict, would-be Galaxy S II owners? Buy the black model now, or wait a month, save a few more pennies and opt for the white version?

Source: O2 UK, Three UK, Vodafone UK, Orange UK

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3 years ago

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc 4.0 firmware update now rolling out

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Before you get too excited, that's not Android 4.0 or anything crazy like that, it's software version 4.0.A.2.368 got Sony Ericsson's 2011 Xperia phones that's now being pushed out to European Xperia Arcs. This follows a slightly premature announcement on Sony Ericsson's support site last week. To grab the update, plug your Arc in and fire up the PC Companion software, or head to Settings -> About phone -> Software update on the phone itself.

Highlights in this new firmware version include --

  • xLoud – boosts your music when played through the speaker
  • Stereo recording – shoot video with high-quality stereo sound
  • Digital home – enjoy entertainment content stored in your phone on DLNA certified media devices
  • New themes and Landscape mode for your home screen

If you've got this new software on your Arc, be sure to hit the comments and let us know how the update went.

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3 years ago

ROM review: Senseless ROM 1.1 for EVO 3D

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Since Revolutionary came out, I've been waiting for a good Senseless ROM to tie me over until CM7 gets an official port. My prayers seem to have been answered in scrosler's very own Senseless ROM 1.1. Being the vanilla loving, flashaholic I am, I factory reset and installed Senseless 1.1 today.

If anyone else is interested in going this route, (remember, you'll need S-OFF and twrp), here's what I've seen thus far.

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3 years ago

Samsung i927 passes through the FCC, looks to be headed to AT&T

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A new Samsung phone has passed through the FCC today, and based on the radios approved it looks to be headed to AT&T -- possibly as the Galaxy S II Attain, or whatever name they have picked out for this one.  Like most FCC documents, all the juicy details are under a confidentiality agreement, but we know for sure this one runs on the 850 and 1900 frequencies, is GSM/GRPS/EGDE/WCDMA/HSPA compatible, and packs a 1500 mAh battery.  Then there's the label location diagram, and this one sure looks like the Galaxy S II we all know and love. 

Why all the confusion?  Well we have seen more than one new Samsung destined for AT&T in the near future -- in a qwerty and non-qwerty version.  Safe money says this will be one of them.  Or maybe it won't.  We do know it's the i927, and someone is now allowed to sell it in the United States.  The rest is anyone's guess.

Source: FCC; via Android Central forums

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3 years ago

And now HTC officially announces partnership with Beats by Dre; devices coming this fall

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From left: Music mogul Jimmy Iovine, HTC CEO Peter Chou and Dr. Dre

That's it. We've got a sneaking suspicion tomorrow's "major news announcement" is going to have something to do with a partnership with Beats by Dre. First there was the tease. And then the official leak. And then the Beats by Dre blog post. And now, HTC has officially announced "a strategic partnership and investment with Beats Electronics LLC." 

The obvious question at this point is, what device will we first see with Beats by Dre? This fall, says HTC.

As far as the terms of the partnership, no official dollar amount was listed, though $300 million was mentioned by AllThingsD. Meanwhile, Beats Electronics will remain an independent company, and it appears that Best Buy (we assume among other retailers) will be involved on the sales side.

So, that's it. Full press release is after the break. Join us for the conference call and liveblog Thursday morning, if you still want more.

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3 years ago

Beats by Dre blog officially announces partnership with HTC

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That's it, folks. Cat's officially out of the bag. The Beats by Dre blog has officially announced its partnership with HTC, ahead of HTC's official "major news announcement" Thursday but after CEO Peter Chou spilled the beans. Here's the skinny:

Today marks an incredible day for sound and Beats by Dr. Dre. We are announcing a partnership with HTC, one of the world’s leading wireless manufacturers. With this announcement, our two brands are coming together to redefine the smart phone category and redefine the way that sound is heard.

Over the past year, Beats by Dr. Dre has continued to evolve from a headphone company to a cultural movement that is redefining the way sound is heard. We have strived to take studio-quality music into the hands of you, our consumers, across the globe. This partnership with HTC represents the next phase of our vision, placing the utmost importance on giving smart phone fans the opportunity to hear the highest-quality of sound possible. The Beats team, still led by Dr Dre and Jimmy Iovine, will continue to manage Beats autonomously.

There will be a lot more exciting news to come and we will continue to keep you on top of all of the wonderful things happening within the Beats World. This is truly an incredible chapter for Beats and we are proud to have you with us. Let’s Go!

So there you have it. Beats by Dre and HTC, hand in hand.

Source: Beats by Dre Tumblr; Thanks, andyp714!

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3 years ago

And HTC's 'major news announcement' is ... Beats Audio

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The rumors are running rampant as to what Thursday's "major news announcement" from HTC CEO Peter Chou will be.

  • Bootloader unlocking? No.
  • Honeycomb tablets? No.
  • When your phone will get Gingerbread? No.

Seriously, folks. You don't hype a "major news announcement" for that stuff. You send a press release.

That said, All ThingsD is reporting that the big news is a $300 million collaboration with Beats Audio. As in Beats by Dre, and the same Beats Audio you'll find in a smattering of HP products -- including the HP TouchPad. The collaboration will be exclusive to HTC smartphones.

Now, that's nothing to turn your nose up at -- there's definitely a market for a proper Android MP3 player. (So long as it's priced right.) But with all the patent nonsense floating around and the world still waiting for its first Honeycomb tablet from HTC, the timing for a "major news announcement" sure came at an interesting juncture.

Anyhoo, whether or not the cat's out of the bag, be sure to join us for the liveblog Thursday morning.

Source: AllThingsD

Update: Added the picture you now see above, from the Beats By Dre Facebook page. Guess that makes it official. Thanks, andyp714 and rfmike!

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