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4 years ago

HTC 'One X 5' purportedly revealed in press render

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Update: Ausdroid has pointed out that this is nothing more than a fan-inspired render. See the original at Danny Tu's Flikr stream. Maybe HTC should hire Mr. Tu, as everyone seems to love his design!

HTC’s mysterious Verizon-bound 5-inch smartphone has been the subject of numerous rumors over the past several months, and we’ve seen purported blurry-cam shots of the device in the past. However, today, we might have our first clear look at the large-screened device, as the image above has surfaced on Chinese social network Sina Weibo. In the top left corner it's labeled as the 'HTC One X 5,' which is the first time we've heard this name associated with the rumored device.

The image is low resolution, but it’s detailed enough to reveal a few key points -- a black design with red accents, Beats Audio branding, and both rear and front-facing cameras. The simulated image on the screen seems to have been taken from earlier HTC One X renders, as it displays Barcelona and Feb. 26 in the clock widget, as well as the old Android Market icon on the home screen. We’ve seen fake (and prototype) press renders leak out before, so there’s certainly no guarantee that this image is legitimate. The low resolution alone means it’d have been relatively easy to forge.

HTC has a big event lined up in New York City this Wednesday, so it’s possible the One X 5 -- or Droid Incredible X, as the Verizon version’s rumored to be called -- will make its debut there. It’s equally likely, however, that Big Red will want to save such a flagship device for CTIA, or some standalone event. We’ll have to wait and see. Whatever happens, we’ll be live from NYC this Wedneday to bring you all of the day’s HTC news.

Source: Engadget

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4 years ago

International LTE Galaxy S III Jelly Bean kernel source now available

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A couple days ago we told you about the European LTE Samsung Galaxy S3 (Galaxy S III) being launched with Jelly Bean, and today Samsung has released the kernel source for it. The GT I9305 is the quad-core Exynos version with on-board LTE that we've already seen in the far east, which should be getting its own Jelly Bean update next month.

Like we always say, this code won't be very helpful to the average user. Its value to the fellows building custom ROMs for the US LTE versions of the SGS3 is also a bit up in the air, as the hardware is quite different. Right now, we just need to wait and see what the community can do with it. 

Source: Samsung

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4 years ago

Telenav Scout offers another option for free GPS navigation

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Today Telenav launched Scout, their newest GPS navigation app. It has the usual plethora of live traffic conditions, points of interest, and estimated times of arrival for various routes. Voice-activated commands are also included, which is something of a necessity when you've got your hands on the wheel. The app itself is free, but there are a handful of features that are available through an in-app purchase, such as alerts to speed traps, improved lane assist, and connectivity with select Ford vehicles through AppLink. That extra stuff costs $4.99/month. 

Here's a video showing what Telenav is like. Are you happy with Google's Navigation app for Android, or do you find you need something more robust when going from point A to point B? Is there really anything particularly remarkable about Scout?

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4 years ago

Aston Martin gets in on the luxury smartphone act, high on price, low on specs

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Not content with producing some of the the worlds most beautiful cars, Aston Martin has decided to get in on the luxury smartphone space with this. Known as the Aspire, the device packs Android 2.3.5, an 800MHz processor, a paultry 256MB of RAM and a 3.2 inch HVGA display. Right.

Choice of colors is broad, with black, white, silver, gold, and rose gold all on offer. The gold variants are in actual fact made with real 24 carat gold, and command an increased price over the other three. So, what about that price then. Well, the non-gold versions are a staggering $1290, with the gold ones running you for $1590. This one firmly resides in the fashion over function section of the market then. 

Even to a die hard Aston Martin fanatic -- like a certain British writer -- it's almost impossible to recommend the Aspire. The choice to use outdated hardware, and software, in what is priced as a luxury device is bewildering. RIM didn't skimp out on the specs with the Porsche Design P'9981, yet whenever such an Android device in this category appears it disappoints on practically every level.

Source: ePrice 

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4 years ago

Google acquires developer of Snapseed photography app

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Last January, Snapseed made its debut on Android, and though it never made its way into Play, we will likely see the photo editing suite bundled in very tightly into the core Android experience. The developer, Nik Software, has announced that they have been acquired by Google. 

Beyond the usual batch of artsy photograph filters, Snapseed includes selective adjustments, auto-correction tools, creative blurring add-ons, and lots of others. The UI is very finger-friendly, which has earned the app an excellent reputation. 

It's great to see Google picking up talented developers to keep Android fresh. Which app devs would you like to see Google acquire next? Now one can only imagine how long it will take before Snapseed disappears from the iOS App Store... 

Source: Nik Software

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4 years ago

Oppo Find 5 may be the first Android handset with 1080p screen resolution

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Chinese manufacturer Oppo has recently announced the Find 5, an Android phone that may very well be the world's first handset with a 1920 x 1080 screen resolution. Here's a run-down of the specs.

  • 5-inch 1080p 1920 x 1080 (441 ppi)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 1.5 GHz quad-core processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 12 megapixel camera
  • Android 4.1
  • Wi-Fi as/a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 4.0

The Find 5 looks a little too good to be true, and I'll believe it when I see something more than a rendering. Even if it does pan out, the odds of seeing it here in North America are pretty slim. That screen resolution sounds great, but is it overkill, or are we still looking for something sharper on our phones? Would it be worth a significant hit in battery life to use a screen that dense?

Via: AusDroid

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4 years ago

Amazon's Kindle Fire HD tablet found to contain tablet parts

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The good people over at iFixit have done what they do best to the new 7-inch Kindle Fire HD, they took it apart. Their first observation was that the guts of the HD version differ pretty greatly from the original Kindle Fire.

Their teardown has confirmed the TI OMAP processor that Amazon touted and 1GB RAM. They also found the battery to be removable, if you happen to have a screwdriver. The good news is that they gave the device a reparability score of 7/10. While the battery is fairly easy to access, the CPU is rather difficult.

If you'd like to see Amazon's latest tablet in various states of undress, you can hit up the source link for more pictures.

Source: iFixit

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4 years ago

Reminder: We're live in London for Motorola and Intel's big event tomorrow morning!

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A quick reminder that we'll be live in London early tomorrow morning for Motorola and Intel's big "Edge" event, where we're expecting to see the smartphone maker and chip giant unveil the first Intel Atom-powered Motorola phone. A likely candidate is an international version of the Droid RAZR M, only with Euro-friendly HSPA+ radios and a Medfield chip in place of the Droid's Snapdragon S4.

Whatever happens, we'll be liveblogging the whole event, and Moto will be running a live stream too, which is mighty generous of them. The fun kicks off at 10am UK time (5am EDT, 2am PDT, 11am CEST), and you'll be able to find our live coverage here on Android Central, as well as live.mobilenations.com. After the event's done, keep watching for hands-on coverage of Moto's new devices.

The following 24 hours will be packed with more events, and we'll be live in New York City on Wednesday, Sept. 19 for LG and Qualcomm's do, and later HTC's big unveiling. Stay tuned to AC for full coverage of all the week's announcements!

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4 years ago

Scosche's new Rhythm pulse monitor includes Android fitness app

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Scosche has launched this cool new pulse monitor called the Rhythm that relays workout information over Bluetooth to your phone so you can monitor intensity, set schedules, and check progress through an app. Though Scosche previously only supported iOS, their newest app is now on Android with all of the same good stuff. Scosche Rhythm also includes a lot of audio functions, including the ability to set a Power Song to help you get through the most grueling parts of your workout, control music tracks from the armband buttons, and recieve audio prompts to pace your progress. 

It's definitely a neat idea, and for those that are serious about fitness, I could see this app and the accessory getting plenty of usage. What are your favorite smartphone accessories to use during a workout? Any suggestions for stereo Bluetooth headphones?

If you're interested, the Scosche Rhythm armband is available over here for $99.99. You can check out a video of the new app below.

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4 years ago

Shazam updated for universal TV show tagging

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Shazam, the classic music ID app for Android, is expanding its presence in television. Now activating the app while your show's on can instantly pull up information about soundtrack, cast information, trivia, related celebrity gossip, and links to helpful IMDB, Wikipedia, and official sites. As always, Shazam can share tags out to Facebook or Twitter. The downside? It's U.S.-only for now. 

 

Shazam had previously tested these waters with a few select TV programs, but they've obviously expanded their database enough to handle any show on any network. Tablets are quickly finding their calling as a second screen during TV-watching, and being able to pull up relevant show info without having to type in a thing plays into that role perfectly. Of course, expanding geographic coverage of the service is the next step and making sure the ID database is deep enough to be reliable is going to be a perpetual challenge. Plus there's a bit of competition from existing TV companion apps, such as IntoNow, but I trust Shazam will be able to give them a run for their money. 

How often are you guys checking your phone or tablet while watching TV? Do apps like this enhance the experience, or is yet another distraction from what's going on on-screen?

Source: Shazam

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4 years ago

Xperia U available for free this week as part of Carphone Warehouse's Smart Deals

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Carphone Warehouse has announced its most recent Smart Deal, featuring the Sony Xperia U (see our review). Until Thursday, September 20th, it is available for free on Talk Mobile with an upgrade or if you're a new customer for a monthly fee of £10/month. With this deal, you'll get 200 minutes of talk time, 5000 texts and 250MB of data.

In addition, if you're on Orange, 3, or T-Mobile, you can get the device on a prepay deal for £99.99, or £94.95 if you're upgrading.

The Xperia U sports a 3.5-inch, 854 x 480 display, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), a 1GHz dual-core processor and a 5MP camera. While it isn't going to set the world alight, the Xperia U is a pretty solid little device and at these prices could be a good choice for somebody shopping for an Android phone on a budget.

Source: Carphone Warehouse

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4 years ago

LG shows off Pocket Photo mobile printer, claiming to be the smallest of its kind

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Does anyone truly still print digital photographs all that often? LG thinks so, and has just pulled the wraps off their new mobile printing solution, the Pocket Photo, which claims to be the smallest device of its kind. The printer itself sizes up at just 2.8- x 4.7- x 0.9-inches and images are transferred via a combination of NFC and an Android application. 

The app can also be used to apply filters, a la Instagram, and also add items such as text and QR codes to the images before printing them. The printer also comes with a selection of colored accents, including silver, pink and orange. Hitting the shops in Korea the Pocket Photo will be priced around $169, although there is no word as yet on any potential release outside Korea. Click on past the break for a demonstration video.

Source: LG (translated)

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4 years ago

T-Mobile-bound Samsung Galaxy Note 2 gets additional confirmation by tipsters

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We had seen some pretty solid hints that the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 would be arriving on T-Mobile as the SGH-T889, but some additional sources have confirmed that it's still on the way, despite other reports that the phablet's plans for TMo had been canceled. In fact, some of the software currently in testing for the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has leaked. The firmware is labeled T889UVALIC,  and is fresh out of the oven, having been compiled on September 15. 

According to the sources, the specs are pretty much identical to the European version, which include: 

  • Network: 3G: HSPA+ 21Mbps (HSDPA 21Mbps / HSUPA 5.76Mbps)
  • Processor: 1.6 GHz quad-core processor
  • Display: 5.5” HD Super AMOLED (1,280 x 720)
  • OS: Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • Camera: Main (Rear): 8 Megapixel Auto Focus Camera with LED Flash, BSI; Sub(Front): 1.9 Megapixel VT Camera, BSI; Best Photo, Best Faces, Low light shot

T-Mobile customers itching to pick up the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 can live vicariously through our hands-on video from IFA over here

There hasn't been a lot of talk about dates, but with the back-to-school season quickly winding down, it's hard to imagine T-Mobile not releasing the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 before the end of the month. Any of you T-Mobile customers ready to go (really) big?

Source: SamMobile

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4 years ago

HTC One X cut to £379 at UK retailer for today only

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As HTC's likely to show off new devices in New York City on Wednesday, here's a chance to pick up one of the company's earlier stand-out products at a knock-down price. UK retailer Expansys is offering the international HTC One X in white for today only for £379.99, almost £200 less than the original launch price. The version on offer is the unlocked Tegra 3-based HSPA+ model, with 32GB of internal storage.

HTC is rumored to be preparing a spec-refreshed "One X+" for launch in the coming weeks, but If you're looking for a chance to pick up the original at a cut-down price, you'll probably struggle to find a better deal than this for the next few months. The deal is available for the next twelve hours or so at the time of writing, and runs until 11pm UK time today, Sept. 17.

You can find more details at the source link below. And remember we'll be live in New York City this Wednesday to cover whatever's next from HTC.

Source: Expansys

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