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4 years ago

HTC One X - a second opinion

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If you’re a regular around these parts, you’ll already be well-acquainted with HTC’s latest beast, the One X. You’ve seen our pre-release coverage from MWC, read Phil’s definitive review and checked out our guide to Sense 4. The verdict seems clear -- the HTC One X is a hell of a device, and without a doubt the most impressive smartphone of 2012 so far.

But a phone worthy of this kind of praise deserves a second look, and so I’ve been spending the past few days getting to know the Vodafone UK version of the One X. Instead of re-hashing our existing coverage, I’m going to take an in-depth look at six of the phone’s most important characteristics, and offer a few thoughts of my own. Think of it as more a commentary than a review.

Join us after the break for a second opinion on the HTC One X.

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4 years ago

Google-branded, ASUS-made tablet reportedly arriving in July

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We've been hearing rumors of an ASUS-manufactured Google "Nexus" tablet for the past few months, mostly from unconfirmed or dubious sources. Today, though, The Verge​ is reporting that such a device is in the works, and is slated for a July launch at the earliest. Apparently the 7-inch ICS tablet is being redesigned in an effort to reduce its cost (and price tag), resulting in the release window being pushed back from May.

The old design would've made it to market at a $249 price point, but Google is apparently pushing for an even lower price. Current specs are said to include a 7-inch screen, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor. Of course, if this thing's going back to the drawing board, some of that may change, at least on the hardware side.

If a July launch is indeed in the cards, there's every chance we'll see this thing at Google IO in late June. However, as some of us have pointed out, it'll need to be more than "just another Android tablet" if it's to have any hope of making a dent in Apple's market share.

Source: The Verge

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4 years ago

Unaudited HTC Q1 results show 35% drop in revenues

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HTC may be riding a wave of good publicity following the launch of the One X and One S, but things aren't looking quite so rosy on the financial side. The Taiwanese manufacturer released its unaudited financial results for the first quarter of the year today, showing of NT$67.8 billion (~$2.3 billion), down from NT$104.2 billion (~$3.5 billion) for the same quarter last year -- a 35% drop. Similarly, HTC's operating income shrank from NT$16.5 billion in Q1 2011 to just NT$5.6 billion in the last quarter.

Back in February HTC said it was expecting a weaker Q1, due to "product cycle transition", insisting this was a "temporary phenomenon." Q4 2011 and Q1 2012 were dominated by the iPhone 4S launch, along with continued strong success for HTC's main Android rival, Samsung. The manufacturer will be hoping to recapture consumers' imaginations with new "hero" devices like the HTC One X and One S, which launched in Europe yesterday.

Source: HTC (PDF)

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4 years ago

Late-night poll: About those buttons

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We're all thinking about our next phone, because that what Android fans tend to do. We know we want lots of cores, tons of RAM, lots of storage, and all the other bells and whistles that go along with. Tonight, let's talk buttons.

There's three ways to go here. Old school physical buttons, capacitive buttons, and with ICS, on-screen buttons. Each have their strengths and their weaknesses. And we can't forget the issues apps that haven't been updated have with real buttons, with that black bar and three dots hanging out there. Of course, there are fans of each kind, and we wouldn't want it any other way. We embrace the idea that there's different strokes for different folks, and glad that Android offers that choice.

So what kind of buttons do you prefer? I wish I could find a phone with a mix of physical buttons (a dedicated button to answer the phone works well for me) and capacitive buttons. Since that isn't going to happen, I'd have to pick a good set of capacitive buttons. What about you guys? Let us know in the poll!

What type of buttons do you want on your next phone?

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4 years ago

AT&T One X prototype may mean early access for hackery

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Whenever a hot new HTC device is on the way, a portion of potential buyers are only interested in one thing -- how long until it's rooted and the bootloader is cracked? The AT&T One X is no exception, and many of us drooling over it already have grand plans to hack the daylights out of the damn thing until it cries uncle. That's what we do, and we'll never stop. But that means time spent finding exploits (which very smart people at HTC are busy to prevent), bricking devices, and general headache until HTC throws us a bone with their bootloader unlocking tool. Part of me is sure they chuckle a bit when we can't get them cracked (I know I would), and they have a sly smile when they finally upload the tools to get it done. It's cat and mouse, and they likely have as much fun on their end as we do on ours -- at heart software engineers are hackers, too.

The AT&T One X may get haxxored sooner rather than later, as a lucky user ended up with a prototype with full S-OFF in the bootloader. He's currently looking for help getting things dumped and sent to the people who know what to do with these sorts of things, and should they succeed a fantastic new phone will be putty in the hands of developers. If not, we just have to wait. Here's hoping!

Anyhoo, if you can help, or know someone who can help, hit the link below and chime in. A few people looking to buy this one will be grateful.

Source: XDA-Developers

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4 years ago

Friendcaster for Facebook updated with refreshed UI, themes and realtime notifications

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For all you Facebook fans out there not overly pleased with Facebook for Android, Friendcaster for Facebook has always been a great alternative. The latest update pushes the release to v5.0 and brings some pretty nice changes along for the ride. Real-time notifications, new themes to choose from, a new check-in interface along with some Android 4.0 enhancements and memory improvements make it all a worthwhile update from OneLouder Apps. The update is available now in the Google Play Store where you'll also find the full change log. Jump on past the break for the download link.

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4 years ago

Radio issues after updating to 4.0.4, Sprint EVO 4G LTE [From the Forums]

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Since we'll be podcasting tomorrow instead of tonight, now would be a great time to get caught up on all the things we'll be discussing from the past few days. You can do so by jumping back a few pages here on the blogs or heading on into the Android Central forums to some more chat to hold you over:

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4 years ago

Cinemark debuts new Android app - Find theatres, purchase tickets & more

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Despite there being a ton of Android apps for movie discovery in the Google Play Store, there is still a clear demand for dedicated movie theater apps out there. With dedicated apps such as the newly released Cinemark Theaters you can find not only movies playing in your area but also purchase tickets directly from your smartphone and Cinemark has loaded their app with features:

  • Search for your preferred Cinemark theatre location
  • Purchase movie tickets securely
  • View your gift card balance
  • Search for movies Coming Soon
  • Search for movies Now Playing
  • View movie trailers
  • Share showtimes, theatre locations and movie via email, text, Facebook or Twitter

If your planning an outing to the movies, you can check out the app which is now available in the Google Play Store and you'll find the download past the break. Now, I know I won't be waiting in line when The Avengers comes out.

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4 years ago

Sega title Football Manager finally heading to Android

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Football Manager is one of those blockbuster PC titles that, year after year, attracts huge numbers of players. The handheld version has been available on iOS for a while now, but Sega has finally decided to bring it to Android, further bolstering their ever developing catalog.

The launch of this premium title will also come with a premium price. In the UK, it'll cost £6.99 when it launches in the Google Play Store on April 11. 

So what does £6.99 actually get you? A pretty full featured Football Manager experience, that's what. Leagues are included from 12 countries, as is full control over transfers -- vital in getting your local, lower league team to Premier League glory. In match live control is also along for the ride, with an adjustable match speed. 

While initially available from the Google Play Store, Sega have said that it will likely be available from other Android app stores in the coming weeks. 

via Eurogamer

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4 years ago

Google CEO Larry Page on Android in 2012 - 850,000 devices activated daily, 300 carriers

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Google CEO Larry Page brought us his 2012 update on the state of Google to the Investor Relations blog today, and naturally he had a good bit to say about Android. Nestled among the status of things like search and Chrome, Page puts it plainly -- Android is on fire, and activating over 850,000 devices each day.

Android is on fire, and the pace of mobile innovation has never been greater. Over 850,000 devices are activated daily through a network of 55 manufacturers and more than 300 carriers. Android is a tremendous example of the power of partnership, and it just gets better with each version. The latest update, Ice Cream Sandwich, has a beautiful interface that adapts to the form of the device.  Whether it’s on a phone or tablet, the software works seamlessly.

He also reminisces about the early days of Google mobile products, where they had to build their services one phone at a time. Android's purpose was to bring forth a set of mobile standards that operators and manufacturers could build devices around, and with 55 OEMs, it looks like it's succeeding on that front as well.

Page also touches a bit on the acquisition of Motorola Mobility, stating that Google is "excited about the opportunities to build great devices capitalizing on the tremendous success and growth of Android and Motorola’s long history of technological innovation". But the open nature of Android, and the investment that other hardware vendors have made won't be forgotten, and he looks forward to working with everyone to continue the open ecosystem that is Android.

It's a refreshing read from the mind of Google's chief executive, and well worth the read. It's apparent that Page has his eyes on the future, and we're all in for a great ride. 

Source: Google Investor Relations

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4 years ago

Sprint Nexus S 4G finally gets its Ice Cream Sandwich update

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Sprint as announced the availability of Ice Cream Sandwich for the Nexus S 4G this afternoon. The version will be IMM76D, and it has the same 4.0.4 features as we've come to expect from the GSM versions of phones running it. Sprint hasn't gave an official timeline for when to expect the rollout, but we would suggest checking right about now to everyone who has been waiting. And don't forget -- if you get the update notice, hit one of the developers or forums advisers before you click anything if you want to help the community out by providing a download link.

For help getting back to stock, preparing for the OTA, or any questions about getting Ice Cream Sandwich on your NS4G officially, just hit the forums and holler. 

Source: Sprint; via +Steve McHenry

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4 years ago

Heads up: We be podcastin' on Friday this week!

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Due to circumstances entirely in our control, we're going to forgo our usual Thursday night podcast this week and instead move it to Friday afternoon! (Those circumstances being Phil's gonna be fresh off one of them whirlybird things and wants to see his wife and kids. You understand.)

But a little procrastination on our part's going to mean that you folks of the European persuasion will be able to join us without having a double espresso beforehand. We'll be going live at 9 p.m. BST, 4 p.m. EDT or 1 p.m. on the west coast. And that gives us plenty of time to collect our thoughts on all the HTC news we've seen this week, and it gives you folks some more time to send your e-mails and voicemails. We'll see you then!

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4 years ago

Sony Mobile celebrates 'Night of Imagination' with Labrinth and iLuminate

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Previously we mentioned that Sony Mobile would be taking on some new inspiration for the launch of their latest devices being the Xperia S, Xperia P and Xperia U by heading up a new promotion called 'Night of Imagination'. To help kick things off right in London, they teamed up British singer-songwriter Labrinth and a group called iLuminate who have created the world’s first and only wearable, wireless lighting technology, using LED and EL-wire.

The 'Night of Imagination' was quite a success for Sony Mobile with Labrinth performing songs from his latest album, Electronic Earth and iLuminate providing stunning on-stage visuals for the audience. If you're looking to check out some of the footage, you can jump past the break for a video from the event itself.

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4 years ago

HTC EVO 4G LTE promo video released, offers glimpse of possible 3D variant

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We've already explained how the EVO 4G LTE just might be better then the HTC One X and by now, you've already checked out our complete coverage from Sprints event yesterday but have you seen the EVO 4G LTE promo video yet? If not, go ahead and click on play above to dig in.

In a separate video (see it after the break), eagle-eyed viewers might also notice a few frames of what seems to be a 3D version of the new EVO, sporting the trademark dual rear camera setup. See this screenshot to the left? Skip to 25 seconds in, and you'll see what certainly looks like a 3D variant of the EVO 4G LTE was on the table at one point. 3D was nowhere to be found on the phone we saw saw in New York City yesterday, though, which instead sported the same 720p  SuperLCD 2 panel as the One X.

Souce: The Verge

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4 years ago

UK Motorola RAZR MAXX pre-order price emerges

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The Motorola RAZR MAXX is coming to the UK and Europe, without the battery-guzzling LTE radios of the Verizon version, but complete with the gianormous 3300mAh battery. Today British retailer Clove Technology give us the first indication of when we'll be able to get hold of the RAZR MAXX in the UK, and how much cash we'll be expected to part with.

Clove expects to stock the RAZR MAXX from mid-May, and lists a pre-order price of £359 (~$570) without VAT, or £430.80 including VAT. So it's clear that if you want the privilege of getting multiple days' usage on a single charge, you'll be expected to pay a significant premium over the the original GSM RAZR. That device currently sells for around £380 including VAT off-contract.

Pricing concerns aside, we're interested to see how long a plain old GSM/HSPA device on the MAXX's substantial battery pack. If anyone's interested in importing it into the US, the GSM RAZR MAXX's specs indicate it supports HSPA on 850 and 1900MHz, meaning it'll work on AT&T's 3G and "4G" network.

Source: Clove Technology

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