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3 years ago

Huawei Ascend Mate launches as a Vodafone UK exclusive

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Free for £29 per month for pay monthly customers and £300 for pay as you go customers

After it was confirmed just over a week ago that Vodafone would be carrying Huawei's newest phablet, the Huawei Ascend Mate has launched as a Vodafone exclusive. We first saw this device at the Las Vegas CES 2013 in January.

Packing a generous 6.1-inch screen, the Ascend Mate uses an IPS display with 280 x 720 resolution. A 1.5 GHz quad-core processor is powered by the 4050 mAh battery inside. Internal memory comes in at 8 GB, which is expandable via micro-SD for an additional 32 GB. Android Jelly Bean 4.1 will be the shipping OS.

As for pricing, Vodafone states the "Huawei Ascend Mate is free for £29 per month (including 600 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of data) for pay monthly customers and £300 for pay as you go customers." The full press release can be found after the break.

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3 years ago

Verizon's new 'Edge' program allows no-contract upgrades every 6 months

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Verizon Edge starts for customers on Share Everything plans August 25

Competition is definitely a good thing. Following the lead of other carriers (and not so much others), Verizon is introducing a new phone upgrade policy. Dubbed "Verizon Edge," this program will allow customers to upgrade their phones more frequently, as long as they meet certain requirements.

Basically a phone payment plan, Edge will enable customers on Share Everything plans to upgrade their basic phone or smartphone, spreading the full retail price over 2 years of monthly payments. Through this program, upgrades every 6 months are possible -- as long as 50 percent of the retail cost has been paid.

The first month's payment will be due at the time of the upgrade. Verizon states that customers will have no finance charges or upgrades fees when using this program. Verizon Edge will be open to eligible customers starting August 25th.

Source: Verizon

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3 years ago

Android 4.3 on the Nexus 4: A second look at the next version of Android

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Bluetooth LE, OpenGL ES 3.0, new Wifi location settings and improved touch response

A week out from the likely announcement of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, we've just come across a second leak of the next version of Google's mobile OS. Android 4.3 (build JWR66N) originally leaked out for the Google Play edition Galaxy S4 a few weeks back, and today the same build is floating around for the Nexus 4. So we've decided to take it for a spin, and bring you some a quick look at how the next version of Android handles on Google's reference phone.

Check out our hands-on video after the break.

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3 years ago

HTC One Mini hands-on preview

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HTC's new 4.3-inch handset is no lightweight​

As much as we might like to believe otherwise, not every phone buyer is after a gargantuan slab of glass and plastic. And if you're the sort of person who likes your smartphones to be hand, pocket and wallet-friendly, it's not always possible to work the latest features and the fastest performance into that formula. So here's HTC with the HTC One Mini, a device that promises most of the features of the larger, more expensive 4.7-inch HTC One in a smaller chassis at a lower price point.

Despite recent successes with the HTC One, the past year hasn't been kind to HTC, and the manufacturer's mid-range efforts in particular have failed to impress. Last year in particular saw the HTC One brand being applied to phones which, if we're honest, probably didn't deserve it. This summer, then, the Taiwanese manufacturer will be looking to make a splash in the mid-range space its latest handset, officially announced today.

We've had the chance to spend some quality time with the HTC One Mini, and you'll find our full video walkthrough, along with more photos and words, after the break.

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3 years ago

In pictures: The HTC One Mini

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Check out our HTC One Mini photo gallery

The HTC One Mini is finally official, and we've had the chance to get our hands on HTC's latest miniature marvel. The One Mini packs many of the features of the full-sized One into a dinky 4.3-inch chassis, with a 720p display and re-tooled internals. At a glance, the Mini's design is much the same as its big brother — but take a closer look and there are plenty of subtle differences to see.

So be sure to check past the break for our HTC One Mini photo gallery, including side-by-side shots with the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini.

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3 years ago

By the numbers: HTC One Mini versus HTC One

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HTC's One Mini brings the already iconic look and style of its big brother the HTC One in a slightly smaller package. While a few seasons ago nobody would have considered the 4.3-inch phone a "mini", in today's landscape anything under 4.5-inches certainly qualifies. 

While the internals are scaled down as well, the Mini looks to be a very capable performer. But of course, the inevitable comparisons between what's under the glass of the "normal" HTC One against the specs of the Mini are going to happen. And we're going to kick it off.

Hit the break, have a look.

HTC One Mini hands-on | HTC One Mini in pictures | HTC One Mini forums

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3 years ago

HTC One Mini official specs

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The HTC One Mini is officially official, finally, and it's coming your way (maybe) pretty soon. The short version is that we've got a 4.3-inch Android 4.2 smartphone powered by a Snapdragon 400 processor at 1.4 GHz. The longer version is that it's a smaller, slightly less powerful version of the HTC One with most — but not all — of the bells and whistles on HTC's flagship phone for 2013.

Specs aren't everything, but they're still important. And we've got 'em all listed after the break.

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3 years ago

HTC One Mini officially announced

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New 4.3-incher packs 720p display, 'Ultrapixel' camera and latest versions of Android and Sense

HTC has just taken the wraps off the HTC One Mini, its new leading phone for the mid-range space. The One Mini packs a 4.3-inch 720p display and shares much of its design language with the full-sized version of the HTC One. The pack panel is furnished in brushed aluminum, and the phone uses the same "Ultrapixel" image sensor as the larger device (though without optical image stabilization.)

On the inside, the One Mini is powered by a dual-core 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 CPU, backed up by 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. And it's running much the same software that was recently pushed to the HTC One — Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and HTC Sense. Like the larger One, it features the BlinkFeed home screen reader and "Zoe" shooting capabilities, as well as automatic video highlights. So essentially, you're getting the full-blooded Sense experience here.

The HTC One Mini will launch in select countries in August and globally from September. Head past the break for more official renders, and be sure to check out our extensive hands-on preview.

More coverage: HTC One Mini hands-on preview

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3 years ago

Android 4.3 build for Nexus 4 leaks

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Build JWR66N has made its way out into the wild for the LG-made Nexus

Update: Check out our hands-on video with the new version of Android on the Nexus 4.

A few weeks after Android 4.3 leaked for the the Google Play edition Galaxy S4, today we're seeing the same pre-release build — JWR66N — leaking out online for the Nexus 4. The unofficial firmware comes to us from Jeff Williams on Google+, who bought his Nexus 4 on Craigslist from a Googler, only to find it running the pre-release software. With a little help from the Google+ community, IRC users and XDA, Jeff was able to create a system dump and backup of the ROM. Currently the radio and bootloader are missing from this package — word on the forums is that they'll be provided at a later date.

The files can be restored through TWRP ​(TeamWin recovery) if you know what you're doing, giving you a working version of Android 4.3 ahead of the official release. Though with any leaked pre-release firmware of unknown origins, we'd advise caution if you decide to put this firmware on your own device, as unknown bugs and other nasties may be lurking. (What's more, the official 4.3 launch is probably less than a week away.)

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3 years ago

Download the Mobile Nations Forums app to keep up with every site!

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Download the app that Apple wouldn't approve for the App Store

We all love Android around here, but we also recognize that there are other platforms that hold a special place in many user's hearts. That's why we have different sites that focus on the other platforms -- iMore, CrackBerry, WPCentral -- as well, and now we've also released an app that lets you access the forums for every site in Mobile Nations. The Mobile Nations Forums app is now available in the Play Store for you to download and participate in all things Mobile Nations, meaning that you can keep up with every platform without downloading individual apps for each.

And remember that if you just need access to the fantastic Android Central forums, you can look no further than our new Android Central app, which has just been updated with even more interface and feature improvements.

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3 years ago

Pocket releases great new Chrome app

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Keep up with your top stories from any device running Chrome

Pocket (formerly known as Read It Later) has carved out quite a market for itself as a great bookmarking and reading service, and is expanding the number of clients available today with a new Chrome app. The new app is far more than just a web page, and actually opens properly in its own window to display your queue of unread stories. You can browse through stories in either a list or grid format, with a nice view of the article title, headline image and source name. You can also sort by articles, videos or images and use the universal search to find things if you need.

As always, there is a great Pocket app for Android available that syncs everything with your account across your devices, including when you're signed into Chrome. You can download the Android app from the Play Store at the link above, and grab the Chrome app from the Chrome Web Store at the source link below.

Download: Pocket

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3 years ago

So long, 'Optimus' — LG G2 up next

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LG on occasion has announced products before actually announcing the products, and the trend continues today with the "LG G2." This should be (is) the successor to the Optimus G, and should (will) get our hands on it in a few weeks in New York City. It also marks the end of the "Optimus" name for LG's flagship devices.

Google's translation points to "a user-friendly and innovative new mobile experience" — which can mean whatever the hell LG wants to it, but consider our interest piqued. LG has already said to expect the Snapdragon 800 SoC and have a theoretical speed of 150 Mbps — LTE-A. But most of us won't see that anytime soon.

In addition to dropping the "Optimus" name from this line, LG also said its 4:3 aspect ratio Optimus Vu will now just be called "Vu." So there's that.

See you in NYC next month.

More: LG

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3 years ago

Motorola Droid Ultra pictured in red

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A big red phone may be headed to Big Red.

The Motorola Droid Ultra is expected to be announced in just a few short days, and above you see what a red model would look like. We don't know if this will be an employee only model -- as Verizon is keen to do -- or a special edition, like say a pink RAZR M, or if this one will be available for general release.

It appears like the full back plate is done up in a red weave carbon fiber, and if nothing else it gives us one lore look at how the Ultra is built. We'll be front and center when Verizon says what they have to say on July 23, so it's likely we'll have all the answers then.

Source: The Unlockr

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3 years ago

Koush open-sources 'Babel' Google Voice integration for SMS apps

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Third-party messaging apps now have access to Google Voice; CyanogenMod to include 'Babel' soon

Likely best known for his work on all things ClockworkMod, Android developer Koush has been working for the past few weeks on a tool he currently calls "Babel" to integrate Google Voice into third-party messaging apps. Following a development cycle with some ups and downs, he has decided to completely open-source the project for anyone to use and implement. Babel (although this is only a temporary name) works alongside code in the latest nightly builds of CyanogenMod to seamlessly integrate your Google Voice messages into the stock Messaging app.

Nothing is perfect just yet, but the latest versions of the Babel apk along with the latest nightly builds of CM give users a relatively seamless integration option for the stock messaging app after a little bit of hackery to get things set up just right. In his latest post on Google+, he notes that it is going through review to be included in CM completely as well, which should cut down on the hassle for users to get things working.

The hope is that going forward more messaging apps will take advantage of this code to integrate Google Voice using Babel (or whatever it is called going forward) as the back-end. Enterprising developers among us can take a look at everything available on GitHub at the source link below.

Source: +Koushik Dutta (Google+); GitHub

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3 years ago

Evernote adds OfficeSuite document editing, improved reminders

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Evernote users get a one-week free trial of the full OfficeSuite features

Evernote has just introduced a few points of new functionality in its latest app update ranging from document editing to new widget options. First up is a new partnership with popular document editor OfficeSuite, which now lets Evernote users edit documents in their library with the OfficeSuite app. While it does require that the OfficeSuite app be installed separately, you can now fully view and edit office documents and have the changes replace or append documents in Evernote. OfficeSuite is currently $14.99 in the Play Store, but Evernote users get a 1 week free trial to give it a shot first.

Beyond office documents, the latest update makes managing your reminders even easier. Now from the main notes listing, you can add, reorganize and mark reminders as completed without entering a special menu or individual notes. Additionally, the Evernote widget has been improved to add lock screen support, a swipable "list view", quick reminders and even more customizability.

It's a big update that Evernote users are likely to want right away. Grab a download of the latest version from the Play Store link above, or learn more about the features at the source link below.

More: Evernote Blog

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