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3 years ago

Hands-on with the HTC Desire 601

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HTC Desire series gets LTE, BoomSound and Snapdragon 400 in new hero device

In contrast to last year, HTC has kept its premium “HTC One” branding for only its top two smartphones in 2013, leaving the Desire series to occupy the mid-range and entry-level space. We’ve already seen Desires 200, 500 and 600 arrive in various European territories over the past few months, and now it’s time for a hero device for that product line. Enter the Desire 601.

Don’t be fooled by the small numeric difference between the Desire 600 and the 601 -- the latter is a very different beast. For starters, it’s packing a dual-core Snapdragon 400 CPU at 1.4GHz. That’s backed up by 1GB of RAM, the latest HTC Sense UI and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. If that sounds familiar, it might be because that’s the same hardware and software base found within the HTC One Mini.

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3 years ago

In pictures: The 'vivid blue' HTC One and HTC One Mini

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Bright new color options for HTC's One series handsets

This morning HTC's taken the wraps off the HTC One and HTC One Mini in "vivid blue," and we can now show you exactly what the new -- and very colorful -- versions of the company's latest handsets look like. Firstly, we're still dealing with the HTC One and One Mini here, and the physical dimensions and design haven't changed at all. Like the other anodized versions of the phones (black and red on the One, black on the Mini) we're the aluminum finish has a slightly glossier feel to it compared to the untouched silver version.

Both devices are roughly the same shade of blue -- a light blue, with a slightly turquoise tint to it. (You might even call it "Holo" blue.) The blue HTC One has black accents, same as the black and red versions, while the Mini has blue plastic trim and a silver volume rocker, HTC logo and camera border. Overall, both make for striking new additions to HTC's line-up of high-end smartphones.

Check past the break for a closer look, in our full photo gallery of the HTC One and One Mini in blue.

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3 years ago

First look: HTC BoomBass

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A boxy new portable speaker for your HTC phone

Alongside a new color option for the HTC One series and a new mid-range phone, HTC’s also unveiled another member of its growing smartphone accessory family. The HTC BoomBass (yes, that’s really the name) is a small (64x64x64mm) matte plastic cube that lets you take your volume and bass a step beyond HTC’s admittedly impressive “BoomSound” front speakers.

The BoomBass is split into two parts -- the large, upper bit houses the speaker and subwoofer, while the slide-out red tray extends to give you a shelf for your phone. Pairing the speaker with your HTC phone is as simple as tapping it to the top of the accessory -- NFC kicks things off, after which a Bluetooth connection does the heavy lifting. And as it’s a Bluetooth speaker, there’s no need to keep your phone shelved when in use, although for the same reason you probably won’t want to venture too far away from it -- HTC advertises the range as up to 10 meters.

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3 years ago

HTC announces Desire 601, 300, BoomBass speaker and blue HTC Ones

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New entry-level and mid-range phones, a bassy Bluetooth speaker and the HTC One and One Mini in 'vivid blue'

HTC has taken the wraps off a slew of new devices this morning, including new smartphones, accessories and additional color options for the HTC One series.

Pictured above, the HTC Desire 601, pictured above, is a new mid-range device, positioned towards the upper end of the "Desire" family. The Desire 601 has a 4.5-inch qHD LCD display, and runs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 dual-core CPU at 1.4GHz, same as the One Mini. As such, it's inherited many of that phone's software features, including the most recent version of HTC Sense, the BlinkFeed home screen experience, HTC Zoe and video highlights.

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3 years ago

HTC Desire 601 and Desire 300 specs

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Get your full hardware specs here

HTC has just officially announced the Desire 601 and Desire 300, new mid-range and entry-level phones for the European and Asian markets. For the main details you'll want to head on over to our hands-on feature on the Desire 601, and our announcement post for all of today's new HTC stuff.

But if it's specs you're after, you've come to the right place. Head on past the break to learn exactly what makes the HTC Desire 601 and Desire 300 tick.

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3 years ago

What Microsoft buying Nokia means for Android

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New owner, same problems

In case you haven't heard, Microsoft surprised very few people tonight when it announced that it would purchase all relevant mobile-related parts of and license patents from Nokia for about $7.17 billion (€5.44 billion). Much has already been said (and will continue to be said) about the specifics of the deal, but it's interesting to think about how this purchase will affect Google and the numerous manufacturers of Android handsets.

In terms of market share, Nokia absolutely dominates the Windows Phone. You can see it in commercials and advertising, from carriers to Microsoft itself, Nokia is the premier brand for Windows Phone. Though the scales are dramatically different, this is analogous to Google purchasing Samsung's mobile handset division (and probably Sony and LG on top of that). With one small purchase — Nokia will cost Microsoft less than it paid to acquire Skype — Microsoft has just taken for all intents and purposes the entire Windows Phone marketplace into its own hands again.

Although they are overwhelmingly focused on building Android devices, major manufacturers like Samsung and HTC have been dabbling in making Windows Phone handsets for the past couple of years. It made sense for these OEMs to diversify at least slightly to ensure that they didn't have every single egg in one basket when it came to operating systems.

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3 years ago

Nexus 4 8GB sells out, reportedly won't be restocked

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$249 16GB model still on sale; no indication that more 8GB stock is on the way

Just a handful of days after Google cut the price of the Nexus 4 by $100, the phone has once again gone out of stock on the Play Store. While many of us have flashbacks to the stocking issues that hindered the device's launch, the store page prominently says to "please check back soon" for more inventory. But word is that the 8GB model may actually never come back in stock.

Sources tell The Verge that Google doesn't plan to restock the lower-capacity handset, and that as stock dwindles down in different markets they will be the last 8GB models sold. Right at this moment the 16GB model for the newly-lowered $249 price tag is still on sale, but at this point we have to wonder if it won't soon hit the same fate as the 8GB model.

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3 years ago

BBM for Android demoed on video [Updated]

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Update: And just like that, the video has been removed. Enjoy this pic instead.

Update #2: Working video (for now) after the break. Thanks, Jean-Baptiste!

A brave soul has broken BlackBerry's embargo and produced a video demo of BlackBerry Messenger running on Android

If you've been waiting to see just how BlackBerry Messenger would look and act on your Android phone, here's your chance. The app has been in a not-so-secret but tightly controlled beta test for a while, but it looks pretty much the same as it does on a BlackBerry 10 device.

The app seems to have all the same basic features on Android as it does on BlackBerry, including NFC abilities. The layout and controls are different from what we're used to as Android users though, and that may mean some adjustment time.

BlackBerry has stated that they would have the Android and iOS versions out by the end of summer, so it's good to see they are close to the finish line. 

Source: BBOS; Via: CrackBerry

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3 years ago

The PWNAGE Li game system promises to be the future of Android gaming

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A completely open platform designed for gamers, by gamers is coming

The folks behind the PWNAGE Project are working on a completely open and unrestricted Android gaming device, and they are convinced that it will be the next big thing. We've seen these kinds of devices before — some good, some not as good — and agree that there is an untapped market out there, just waiting for the right party to come along and take control of it. The folks at the PWNAGE Project think they can do so not with killer specs, but with an open model and an all-new ecosystem.

The PWNAGE Li, pictured above, isn't going to blow anyone away with it's internals. There's a RockChip quad-core A9 in there, coupled with a Mali400 GPU and 2GB of DDR3 RAM. Enough to deliver respectable performance with the right software, but nothing that will make hardcore hardware-geeks drool. But what it lacks in hardware it makes up for with the company's policies. Every PWNAGE Li ships rooted. Every PWNAGE Li uses free and open-source software. Every unit is boot loader unlockable. That's great news for some of us, but they take it one step further — the warranty stays intact if you use any of these freedoms, and they even will offer a free utility to restore everything back to stock. These folks seem to understand that what you pay for is actually yours. 

On the software front, the Li will feature a custom "stock" Android ROM built by some of the RockChip pros at FreakTab.com. While you can use only the free and open-source software, including the PWNAGE MarketPlace Community site, users will also have access to Google Play if they want it. The PWNAGE MarketPlace will offer games, apps and mods (both free and paid) like you would expect, but to make things a bit more gamer-friendly they also say they will offer things like profiles and mini-sites for members, guilds, clans and developers complete with a communication system that includes chat, VOIP and video. 

It sounds pretty damn cool. We're paying close attention to this one, and we'll keep you up to date as things develop. For more information, visit the source link.

Source: The PWNAGE Project

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3 years ago

From the Editor's Desk: What's in my Berlin gear bag

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Welcome to the Labor Day holiday! It's the unofficial end of summer (which, really, for where I am in Florida doesn't come until some time in October) — and for us the official start of the fall silly season. 

I'm headed off to Berlin, Germany, today for the IFA conference — sort of the CES of Europe. It's my first time at IFA and my first time in Berlin, so this should be fun. (And looking at our schedule, it's also going to be the usual ridiculous amount of work.) If you've yet to do so, swing by Alex's IFA 2013 preview for a look at what we're expecting.

And now, following in the footsteps of Alex, Jerry and Andrew, a look at what I'm lugging over there with me:

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3 years ago

Verizon buys out Vodafone's 45 percent interest in the company for $130 billion

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UK company Vodafone has owned a big chunk (45 percent) of Verizon Wireless since 1999, but that is about to change

Verizon has confirmed the rumor that they will be buying all of Vodafone's stake in the wireless division of their company in a $130 billion cash and stock deal that should close by Q1 2014. The deal was unanimously approved by the board of both companies, but still has to be approved by the government and company shareholders.

The executives at both companies are pretty bullish on the deal, and Verizon's Lowell McAdam says:

This transaction will enhance value across platforms and allow Verizon to operate more efficiently, so we can continue to focus on producing more seamless and integrated products and solutions for our customers. We believe full ownership will provide increased opportunities in the enterprise and consumer wireline markets.

In addition to today's news of the Vodafone buyout, Verizon has also announced an increase in the quarterly dividend of 1.5-cents to 53-cents per share. 

With $130 billion about to flow into Vodafone, and Verizon still recording a profit after announcing such an expenditure, it's obvious that the mobile industry is not about to slow down any time soon. See the full press release after the break.

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3 years ago

HTC Butterfly S Hello Kitty edition unveiled

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If the presence of cartoon felines features heavily in your smartphone-buying decision process, then look no further than this, the newly-announced Hello Kitty HTC Butterfly S, unveiled today in Taiwan. Engadget Chinese reports that the cat-centric 5-incher will go on sale in Taiwan only for NT$22,900 ($770) and come with nine matching Hello Kitty wallpapers in addition to the giant kitty face adorning the handset's rear. It's also sold with two Hello Kitty figurines and a transparent case covered in bows and stars.

The handset is being targeted at Taiwanese women, though we suspect that won't stop our own Jerry Hildenbrand from trying to import one of these when they go on sale. Hello Kitty just makes the awesome Butterfly S even awesomer.

So, any takers?

Source: Engadget Chinese, Engadget

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3 years ago

Vector 8: Sascha Segan on the fastest mobile networks

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Vector is Mobile Nation's newest show. It takes the most important topics in technology today, focuses on them from interesting angles, and then discusses the hell out of them. On this episode Sascha Segan, lead mobile analyst at PC Magazine, talks to Rene about the evolution of data connections, the annual Fastest Mobile Networks survey, the triumphs and tragedies of modern carriers, and why we can't always have nice phones.

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3 years ago

Verizon HTC One hands-on and first impressions

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The One we know with a few subtle changes

We're not going to beat around the bush — Verizon is late to the game picking up the HTC One. A full six months after it was announced, and a few months after Verizon indicated that it would get the device eventually, you can finally walk down to your local store and pick one up.

Everyone is pretty familiar with the hardware and software experience on the One at this point, but there are a few differences between this version and the others on sale out there today. Stick with us after the break and see our first impressions of the HTC One on Verizon.

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3 years ago

Acer unveils new Android tablet and all-in-one PC

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24-inch Tegra 3 PC and 10.1-inch budget tablet

Acer's other IFA 2013-related Android announcements come in the form of two new tablet-like devices -- the first a standard, low-cost 10.1-inch slate, the second a full-sized all-in-one PC running Google's OS.

The Acer Iconia A3 runs an unnamed 1.2GHz quad-core Cortex A7 chip with 16 or 32GB of storage, microSD expandability and up to 9 hours of battery life. The tablet's 10.1-inch display is a basic 1280x800-resolution panel, and it also comes with Dolby Digital 5.1 channel surround sound tech. It's slated to hit EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) in October for €249 with Wifi connectivity. A 3G version will arrive the following month for €299.

Next up, the Acer DA241HL is an NVIDIA Tegra 3-powered all-in-one PC running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean on a 24-inch 1080p display. A cross between a tablet and a desktop PC, the new "all-in-one" device can use an MHL connection to send content to an external display. Pricing for the device will start at €429 when it launches in mid-October.

Stick with this week for more Android announcements from the IFA show in Berlin.

Source: Engadget (2)

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