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4 years ago

In pictures: The HTC One Max

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An extensive photo gallery of HTC's next big thing

The HTC One Max is official, and we've got our hands on HTC's latest 5.9-inch handset. While we finish up our full review, you'll want to check out our extensive hands-on photo gallery after the break. Enjoy!

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4 years ago

HTC One Max carriers and availability

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'Max' coming to Europe first, with UK launch this week; Verizon and Sprint getting it by year's end

A little earlier than we were anticipating, the HTC One Max is official. So just when will you be able to get your hands on HTC's latest super-sized handset? Well, the good news for folks in the UK is that the Max will be launching there later this week. Vodafone UK will be the first launch partner (though no exclusive deal is in place, HTC says), with the rest of Europe following soon afterwards.

Stateside, the HTC One Max will be coming to Verizon Wireless and Sprint in time for the holidays. We don't have any pricing information for the device just yet, but we'll keep you posted as details emerge.

More: HTC One Max forums; HTC One Max specs

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4 years ago

HTC One Max specs

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Complete hardware specifications for the new HTC One Max

After many months of leakage and speculation, the HTC One Max is finally official, and we've got our hands on the 5.9-inch handset, which packs familiar internal hardware.

The short version is the One Max is, on the inside, essentially an HTC One. It's powered by a Snapdragon 600 processor with 2GB of RAM and a 1080p display. But it's also got removable storage in addition to its 16GB of onboard flash, and there's a fingerprint scanner underneath that 4-megapixel "Ultrapixel" camera. It's also the first HTC phone to launch with Android 4.3 and the new Sense 5.5 UI.

You'll find the long version after the break.

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4 years ago

HTC officially unveils the One Max

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5.9-inch screen, Snapdragon 600, HTC Sense 5.5, fingerprint scanner

HTC has just officially announced the One Max, its latest Android smartphone with a whopping 5.9-inch 1080p display. Styled similarly to the rest of its One series with an aluminum chassis, the One Max runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and the new Sense 5.5 UI, and debuts as HTC's largest smartphone to date.

On the inside, the Max is powered by a 1.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor with 2GB of RAM. Around the back is HTC's familiar UltraPixel camera, along with a new fingerprint scanner, which can be used for security or mapped to quick-start certain apps. Internal storage comes in 16 and 32 gigabyte helpings, and there's also a microSD slot behind the removable back panel, along with a non-removable 3300mAh battery. HTC will also offer a special flip cover with a built-in 1200mAh battery to augment the Max's battery life — the case connects to the phone through pogo pins on the back cover.

HTC's BoomSound front-facing speakers have made it across too, though following the end of the HTC/Beats partnership, the Max doesn't feature Beats Audio software enhancements.

HTC's Sense 5.5 software adds new features to BlinkFeed, including full Google+ support, RSS integration and searching — as well as the ability to turn off BlinkFeed if you want. The Gallery app has been expanded with more control over video highlights, as well as a new side-scrolling layout.

The HTC One Max is due to launch first in the UK later this week, followed by a wider international launch. In the U.S. it'll launch on Verizon and Sprint for the holidays.

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4 years ago

LG 'G Flex' pictured with curved 6-inch display

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Curvy smartphone could launch next month, according to reports

With Samsung's Galaxy Round now officially a thing, it's only a matter of time before LG responds with its own curved-screen handset, as has been extensively rumored. Today we're seeing a handful of renders of the "G Flex" leak out online, showing a top-to-bottom curve on a device that bears close resemblance to the LG G2. (An image of the phone lying flat even hints at the presence of back-mounted buttons, in the style of LG's latest flagship handset.)

Engadget reports that the device will sport a 6-inch display, as previously rumored, while an article on The Verge suggests that a November launch is on the cards, following the launch of the LG-made Nexus 5. Whether the "G Flex," or Samsung's competing Galaxy Round, will ever see a widespread international launch remains to be seen, however.  

Source: Engadget, The Verge

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4 years ago

Enter the 'Show Your Doodle' contest to win some great prizes

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Art is meant to be shared, and so are prizes!

A new Galaxy Note (or two) means an increase in the number of people fiddling around and drawing on their Androids. Some of you are real artists, and regularly create wonderful things on your phones and tablets, but a lot of us just like to doodle.

I'm in the latter group. While playing (yes, it's fun so it's really play) with the Note 3 and sharing some of my rudimentary "sketches" some folks decided we needed to fire up another doodle contest in the forums.

Look at the forum contest thread to read the rules and enter. And you might want to enter because the prizes are pretty darned cool. Three entries will win a box with the following inside:

Drawing is something anyone can do on any Android — see the forum post for apps that will help — and it's a lot of fun. Now you can win something awesome while you do it.

Android Central's Show Your Doodle contest

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4 years ago

So long, Big Android BBQ 2013

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A great weekend with the biggest Android fans around

For three days in sunny (and then rainy) Dallas, a group of several hundred Android enthusiasts came together to share some words, some experiences and some food. The Big Android BBQ 2013 wrapped up last night with a fantastic party full of great people and money raised for charity, but the two days prior were just as action packed.

Android fans, journalists, sponsors and event volunteers came from all over the country (and the world) to talk about our favorite mobile OS and share some like-minded discussions. The Big Android BBQ gave everyone a chance to learn a thing or two about devices of all kinds, hear some great speakers and meet with representatives from well-known companies as well.

I have to say that the BBQ was an absolute blast, and most of all I'm glad I had the opportunity to meet so many Android Central readers and fans over the past couple of days.

So to all of the great people who attended this year, thanks for making this weekend one to remember. Have a safe trip home and we'll hopefully see you again next year at another great Big Android BBQ.

Relive #BABBQ13 on Google+ | Twitter

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4 years ago

The ZOMM Wireless leash is the best Moto X or new Droid accessory ever

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This tiny Bluetooth puck works as a trusted device and works with Touchless Control

I "rediscovered" a little gadget the other day that works great with my Moto X. Like a lot of tech enthusiasts — as in a whole freaking lot — I hit sites like http://www.androidcentral.com/e?link=http%3A%2F%2Fclick.linksynergy.com%2Ffs-bin%2Fclick%3Fid%3DJAF5WzpxbKM%26subid%3D%26offerid%3D437846.1%26type%3D10%26tmpid%3D20609%26u1%3Ddac%26RD_PARM1%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.woot.com%252F%26ourl%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.woot.com%252F&token=p-6k_4K5 every night to see what little toys and gizmos are on the cheap. Yes, I end up buying a bunch of crap that I never use, and have a drawer (or two) filled with things my wife says I need to throw away, but sometimes you find a little golden nugget.

Like the ZOMM Wireless leash.

I admit, I forgot that Phil had already looked at these, but the lure of $17 off the normal price was too much to resist and I bought a couple. As a Moto X user lover aficionado, I'm really glad I did.

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4 years ago

Hale Dreamer dock with SmartSilence for Android review

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Sleep in peace knowing that the Hale Dreamer with SmartSilence will intelligently screen your calls to make your snooze as uninterrupted as possible.

If you've kept an eye on the blog the last few weeks, then we're sure you saw our entry on the Hale Dreamer dock for Android with the SmartSilence application and how the developers were looking for backers on kickstarter. Well, for those of you who showed interest, you'll be glad to know that we are back this week with a review on the pre-release hardware and software.

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4 years ago

Talk Mobile You Week: The best things you said!

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Mobile You. The last of ten weeks of Talk Mobile 2013, and it was all-too-appropriately all about you. From how to find the right smartphone for you to how to customize that phone to how to manage your family of mobile devices and mobile device users, week ten was about the mobile you.

The modern smartphone is a beast that has changed the way that we live and communicate. It's uniquely personal and yet is our gateway to the furthest reaches of the globe. Unsurprisingly, you had a lot to say about that.

4 years ago

Hands-on with the 7-inch Amazon Kindle Fire HDX

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The delivery man was working on a Saturday and delivered our 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX this afternoon, and we wanted to make sure you fine folks had a chance to see a quick peek of it.

The new 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX is extremely thin and light (9mm and 303g, respectively) and has an incredible 323ppi 1900 x 1200 pixel screen. Under the hood is a quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU clocked at 2.2GHz, and paired with 2GB of RAM the new Mojito UI absolutely flies. 

A few quick first impressions left us feeling good about what we are seeing here. The package is very well built and assembled, with a mostly soft-touch backing (it almost feels rubberized) and the few buttons are solid and functional. The screen is excellent, as are the dual stereo speakers and Dolby audio system. Of course, we'll know more about things like battery life and wireless performance after a bit of use.

I'm an unapologetic Kindle Fire user. I've found that when it comes to consuming the content I want to consume, Amazon and their hardware deliver it better than anyone else out there, and it's the tablet that sits on my nightstand and puts me to bed every night. Having said that — and yes, I realize it's likely an unpopular opinion — I'm the perfect person to review the latest and greatest Amazon has to offer.

I'll be doing just that, and I've already filled our 16GB unit with some books from my library, signed into my Amazon cloud and migrated my Amazon apps and settings from my older Kindle to the newer one. Look for further thoughts throughout the week, with a full review soon. 

In the meantime, there's a short video and some pictures after the break.

Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch at Amazon

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4 years ago

Nexus 5 appears in clearest leak yet, gets the full hands on

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It sure looks like the next Nexus in this 7 minute hands on video 

Looks like we've all got a little weekend treat here. What this is, apparently, is a full 7 minute hands on video with the LG Nexus 5. We've been seeing and hearing things for the past few weeks, but this is the clearest view yet at what we're expecting to be Google's next Nexus phone. The video is plastered with smartphones.sfr.fr whom it appears we have to thank. 

We've not had chance to digest it all yet, but jump in and take a look for yourselves in the video up top. Early thoughts are that it shows the phone to be running Key Lime Pie, so it's likely an older build of the software and doesn't show us anything new. Also, on the hardware front, the large Nexus logo we've seen repeatedly in previous leaks on the rear of the phone seems to be missing, So maybe this is an earlier prototype of the hardware too. That, plus the "not for sale" sign on the back would indicate this probably isn't a retail unit we're looking at. What do you think of it all? 

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4 years ago

Retail materials further confirm HTC One Max details

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Solid specs, huge screen and fingerprint scanner all shown on retail page

We've seen quite the grouping of leaks associated to the expected release of the HTC One Max, and the latest leak all but confirms it. The above retail material (related to purchasing the phone) was originally found on Chinese site Weibo and seems to give us further confirmation of the expected specs of the device.

Just as had been previously rumored, we're looking at a device with a 5.9-inch HD (1080 x 1920) display, a 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM, HTC's "UltraPixel" camera, 3300mAh battery capacity and 16GB of storage. Around the back of the device the associated device renders show off an all-but-confirmed fingerprint reader, which is found underneath the camera on the back.

Source: GSMPedia

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4 years ago

Apps of the Week: FBReader, PlayerPro, Headless and more!

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See what apps have made their way onto the devices here at AC

It's time again for another edition of our Apps of the Week column, where we show off the apps that are on the devices of the Android Central writers. Whether they're tools, media players, live wallpapers, readers, games or something obscure and fun, you can count on us to bring you a grouping of apps every week that are worth looking at.

This week we have a tool to help you read, a media player, a couple of great games and some odds and ends for you to check out. Read on past the break to see how the picks this week stack up against the rest.

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4 years ago

4.3 update for T-Mobile HTC One coming next week

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Update still "on-track" for middle of next week says HTC America president Jason Mackenzie

HTC One users on T-Mobile, get ready for your moment in the sun next week, as the Android 4.3 update is headed your way as scheduled according to HTC America president Jason Mackenzie.

We've seen unlocked editions, as well as Sprint and AT&T versions get the update here in the states, and folks on T-Mobile and Verizon are understandably getting a little antsy. Hopefully, no "last second issues" keep the timeline from unfolding as planned.

Mrs. Hildenbrand says "whoop-whoop!"

Source: @JasonMacHTC

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