3 years ago

Samsung lays out which devices will get Android 4.4.2 KitKat


Samsung this morning announced which of its devices are planned to receive an update to Android 4.4.2 KitKat. The list doesn't appear to contain any real surprises, but it's good to have some confirmation.

Here's how it breaks down for devices in the U.S.:

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3 years ago

HTC Advantage: A new level of commitment for Android customers


New HTC America initiative promises free screen replacement, software updates for two years, free storage for HTC One series phones in the U.S.

Amid decreasing sales and continued financial worries, HTC America this morning announced HTC Advantage, a program that swaps out broken screens, and commits to keeping the software on its current line of HTC One smartphones (including the HTC One Mini and One Max) up to date.

The promises are twofold, and simple:

  • If you crack your display in the first six months you own the phone, HTC will fix it for free.
  • HTC will provide timely updates for two years from the date the phone launches, both for major revisions of Android as well as improvements to its own Sense software.

In addition, HTC is giving either 25 or 50 gigabytes of free storage with Google Drive for two years.

Piqued your interest yet? Read on for more details.

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3 years ago

HTC's next big thing is coming March 25


New York and London events for 'M8' unveiling

Here we go! HTC has confirmed that its next flagship phone (the rumored "M8") will be arriving at events in London and New York on Mar. 25, with "save the date" invites now going out.

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3 years ago

Samsung unveils upgraded flash for Galaxy S5 camera


Upgraded Samsung flash 'will be used in the next Galaxy smartphone'

With less than a week to go before the expected Galaxy S5 launch at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Samsung has today handed us one small piece of the GS5 hardware puzzle. In a post on the Samsung Tomorrow blog, the company has revealed a range of new LED flash parts for upcoming smartphones. The components include reflector-integrated packages, side-view LEDs and a flip-chip flash LED. And according to Samsung, one of the reflector-integrated flash LEDs — the 3432 1.8t — will be included in "the next Galaxy smartphone, which is expected to be introduced later this month." That'll be the Galaxy S5, then.

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3 years ago

Leaked Intel roadmap points to new mobile chips announced at MWC


Expected introduction of new SoCs for both phones and tablets in Spain

Intel is headed to Mobile World Congress next week in Barcelona, but before all that an apparent leaked roadmap gives us an indicator of what to expect. The document obtained by VR Zone shows two new chips for smartphones and tablets that will be discussed for the first time at MWC. One will be geared towards Android tablets, and the other is said to be a 64-bit variant of its Bay Trail-T.

Intel has had a tough time breaking into the Android space with its mobile offerings, and the roadmap shows a forthcoming refresh to many major products. We've seen Intel devices pretty sparingly running Android in the past couple of years, with ASUS and Lenovo among the biggest current partners.

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3 years ago

HTC FootballFeed app updated ahead of UEFA knockout stages


A major UEFA partner, HTC launched its FootballFeed app for Android on Google Play last November, allowing fans to keep track of European leagues on their smartphones in a BlinkFeed-ike grid. Today, in anticipation of the Champions League and Europa League knockout stages, the app's been given its first substantial update.

The new version adds support for Estonian, Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish, bringing the total supported languages up to 25. There's also a new "live dashboard" allowing fans to track ongoing games, as well as a standings page showing teams, fixtures and scores in the knockout stages of both leagues.

As before, HTC FootballFeed is available for free on Google Play for all Android devices running 4.1 Jelly Bean or above.

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3 years ago

KitKat update pushing out to HTC One Max and One Mini in India


As yet unseen update pushing out alongside the dual-sim version of the HTC One

Indian HTC One owners are in for a treat, as HTC India has announced that Android 4.4 KitKat is pushing out from now to the dual-sim variant. Not only that, but the HTC One Max and One Mini are also seeing the update to KitKat. Reports suggest similar updates in other countries in Asia such as Malaysia as well.

Only a couple of days back during its Reddit AMA, HTC stated that updates for the One Max and One Mini are in the works, but that we should be seeing them in March and April respectively. Presumably then, that applies to U.S. devices, but they sure weren't bending the truth in saying the updates were in the pipeline.

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3 years ago

Samsung launches the Galaxy Note 3 Neo in India


Trimmed down Note 3 gets another official launch following introduction in Eastern Europe

Samsung has been holding a Forum event over in India, and one of the big pieces of device news to come away from it is the launch there of the new Galaxy Note 3 Neo. First introduced in Poland in January, the Note 3 Neo a trimmed down version of the regular Note 3. With a smaller, lower resolution display, less potent internals and lower spec camera, the Note 3 Neo also comes at a reduced price over its full-fat sibling.

It isn't yet known exactly when the Note 3 Neo will go on sale in India, but to buy folks will be looking to part with INR 40,900.

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3 years ago

Martian Watches bringing the Notifier, new features to Mobile World Congress


First seen at CES, Martian's latest smartwatch also heading to Europe

The folks at Martian Watches have dropped us a line outlining some of the plans for the company at Mobile World Congress next week in Barcelona. Turns out its latest watch, the Notifier, will be coming to Europe after an introduction in Las Vegas at CES.

In addition to a more global reach for the Notifier, Martian is also going to be demonstrating some additional new features for its existing range of smartwatches. The Martian watches are different to some other smartwatches, in the sense that they look like a regular watch while still offering connected capabilities.

In any case, we're on the ground in force in Spain next week, so keep it locked to Android Central for all the best from the show. If you're curious about the Martian Notifier, head on past the break for a first look from CES with our buddies over at Smartwatch Fans

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3 years ago

ZTE to launch Grand Memo II LTE, show off new MiFavor 2.3 UI at MWC


Few details given, naturally, but we're set to see a brand-new 6-inch device and software suite

Getting out ahead of the impending flood of news out of MWC, ZTE is giving folks a better idea of what it will be showing off at the show in Barcelona. While we don't have all of the specifics just yet (some secrets are better kept until the show), we know ZTE will unveil its latest big device, the Grand Memo II LTE, with a 6-inch screen to replace the aging orginal Grand Memo. It will also show off its latest Firefox OS device, the Open C.

On the software front, ZTE will unveil the latest flavor of its interface for Android, called MiFavor 2.3. No details are given at this point about the new software, but we hope it brings a more unified experience across its devices, as the previous iterations of software have been rather disjointed depending on the phone you were using — even devices that were developed simultaneously.

ZTE already put its biggest devices for the first half of the year on display at CES back in January, so this show will likely be a bit slower for the manufacturer, but it looks like we'll be in for at least a few surprises next week.

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3 years ago

HTC's either about to do something really smart, or really dumb

3 years ago

Here's how Knock Code works on the new LG G Pro 2


LG changed things up a wee bit in 2013 when it introduced "Knock On" — its method of knocking on the display to wake the phone. And once you use it, it's tough to go back. WIth this year's G Pro 2 — which we'll get a look at next week at Mobile World Congress — LG's gone one further, adding some lock screen functionality into it.

Dubbed Knock Code, you'll be able to choose from a number of patterns with which you can unlock your phone. As you can see from this launch-event video from Seoul, the pattern appears to work in multiple locations on the phone, and at different scales. Pretty slick, indeed, and we'll knock to our heart's content next week.

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3 years ago

HTC Desire 8 may be headed to the US


Details tip versions compatible with Sprint and AT&T

We know the HTC Desire 8 is headed to China, super-super camera and all. But it looks like it could be headed stateside, too.

The folks that get this sort of information and early software builds at LlabToofer have uncovered some details that point to compatibility with Sprint and AT&T. There's a very good chance that regional and MVNO carriers, like Virgin Mobile, Boost or Aio could end up carrying the Desire 8 for folks who want a premium-styled midrange device.

Granted, nothing is official here, but the Desire line has seen some life in the states on regional carriers and Virgin Mobile before. Hopefully, we know more at Mobile World Congress when HTC is expected to show us what they have lined up for the first half of the year.

Source: LlabToofer

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Core LTE announced, mid-ranger bound for Europe and Asia


A little under one year ago saw Samsung introduce the Galaxy Core, a mid-range Android with specs from a year prior and a price to match, and today they're following up with the Galaxy Core LTE. Like its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy Core LTE isn't exactly an overwhelming device, but it's still one that will be adequate — especially in the low-cost markets at which Samsung is targeting the phone.

The Galaxy Core LTE sports a 1.2GHz dual core processor (just like its predecessor) and a 5MP rear camera (just like its predecessor). The visual language has been updated, where the Galaxy Core looked like a smaller Galaxy S III, the Galaxy Core LTE apes the design language of its more powerful bigger brother Galaxy S4.

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia Tablet Z2 tipped for MWC [update: now with image]


Rumored specs include Snapdragon 800, 10.1-inch 1920x1200 display, waterproof design

A full year after the last one, we could soon see the launch of a new Android-powered Sony tablet. Serial leaker @evleaks says the device will pack a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 3GB of RAM and a 10.1-inch 1920x1200 "Triluminos" display. Other notables are said to include 16GB of storage, expandable via microSD, 8MP and 2MP cameras, and a 6,000mAh battery. Like its predecessor, the Xperia Tablet Z, the new slate will apparently be super-thin, measuring just 6.6mm (down from the original's 6.9mm) and boast waterproof credentials; on the software side Android 4.4 KitKat is reported.

That's mostly standard high-end Android tablet fare, but the decision to remain at 1920x1200 resolution may raise eyebrows when rivals like Samsung are pushing to the dizzying heights of 2560x1600.

Though it's not explicitly mentioned, it's likely the Xperia Tablet Z2 could debut at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week. MWC was the venue for last year's Tablet Z unveiling, and this year we're also expecting to find out what's next from Sony in the smartphone space.

Update: @evleaks has now shared what is claimed to be a promotional render of the new tablet showing the KitKat UI and a something reminiscent of the original Tablet Z. You'll find it after the break.

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