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5 years ago

How to cut down a SIM card for the HTC One X (and any other phone)


This one's important for those of you looking to switch to the HTC One X (as well as a number of upcoming phones). You're going to need a micro-SIM, which as the name suggests is smaller than a larger (and more prevalent today) mini-SIM card. If you're rocking a GSM phone right this second, there's a good change you're using a mini-SIM. If you've got an iPhone 4/4S on AT&T, you've already got a micro-SIM. 

So, a couple of ways to go about getting a micro-SIM. One is to just ask. Head to AT&T or T-Mobile or whomever your carrier happens to be, and tell 'em you need a micro-SIM. (If they don't know what one is, it might be time to consider switching carriers. :p )

The other way is to cut your own. Sounds scary. Sounds dangerous. 

It is neither. 

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5 years ago

Samsung throws in free extended battery if you buy the Galaxy Nexus from it


Just a quick heads up that if you buy the Verizon Galaxy Nexus directly from Samsung, ol' Sammy's gonna throw in a free 2100 mAh extended battery and battery door. That's with a two-year contract, of course, and the phone itself costs $299. Use the link below if you're in the market.

More: Samsung Direct

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5 years ago

Rogers LTE network now live in Calgary and Halifax


Over the past few months, Rogers has been rapidly deploying LTE throughout Canada and today, they've gone ahead and announced two new regions that are LTE enabled. The cities of Halifax and Calgary are the latest additions to Rogers LTE offerings.

“We’re thrilled to offer our LTE network to even more Canadians in the east and the west,” said John Boynton, Rogers Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. “Now, Calgarians and Haligonians can enjoy the benefits of speeds on their mobile devices comparable to what they would get at home. And, they can do it on an LTE network that is Canada’s fastest and largest for a robust and reliable experience.”

Given that I personally live in Halifax, I find this to be great news but even better then the addition of LTE is the fact that Rogers will also soon be adding the HTC One X to their device lineup. This will of course build on their already existing LTE device offerings such as the HTC Raider, Samsung Galaxy S II LTE and the Samsung Galaxy Note. You can check out the full press release past the break.

Source: Rogers

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5 years ago

HTC One X review


Don't call it a comeback. HTC certainly was in the running for King of Mobile World Congress 2012 (an award that would be way cooler if it existed) with the new HTC One line, and the HTC One X specifically. When you stop and think about it, however, it's also a logical progression.

HTC started 2011 with the eventually disappointing Verizon ThunderBolt, which was thick, heavy and a battery hog — due in no small part to its LTE radio. The prevailing winds started to shift later in the year, however, with the likes of the Sensation and Amaze 4G, and you started to get a sense (pardon the pun) that the Taiwanese manufacturer was starting to regain its footing. (That shift was further indicated by the likes of the Windows Phone HTC Titan line.)

And that brings us to 2012 and the HTC One X, the pinnacle of the trio of Android smartphones that make up the HTC One line. (The others are the HTC One S and HTC One V.) There actually are two versions of the One X — the GSM version with a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, and another with a dual-core Qualcomm Krait processor and an LTE radio for 4G data.

The HTC One X review that follows is of the international quad-core version. We'll follow up with AT&T dual-core, LTE version of the One X when it becomes available.

A great camera, equally great display, and all the power of NVIDIA Tegra 3 that we've come to expect. Sense 4 meshes nicely with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Free 25GB of online storage thrown in via Dropbox. Impressive design and build quality. Battery life is pretty good.

That said, the non-removable battery and lack of microSD card may be a sticking point for some. The 4.7-inch phone may be too large for small hands. The protruding camera lens can be easily scratched and isn't easily replaceable.

The leader of the next-generation HTC One series of smartphones has been a breeze to use. Android 4.0 has been improved upon with HTC Sense 4 while still retaining the overall look, feel and function of Ice Cream Sandwich, which in and of itself has an excellent user experience. The camera is a high point, Beats Audio makes music sound better, and you get a bunch of online storage thrown in for free. HTC easily has a winner in the One X.

Inside this review

More info

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5 years ago

How HTC Sense 4 handles your private data - a Q&A


Privacy is on the tip of everyone's tongues these days, whether it's news about breaches, or applications overstepping their bounds, or buggy operating system-level software that could possibly give a peek into your data. Regardless, it's more important than ever for us, the users of these devices, to at least attempt to understand how our data's being used, and how it's being protected.

HTC found itself in the midst of the privacy firestorm on several occasions in 2011. Most of that was in conjunction with the Carrier IQ analytics software, which some U.S. carriers used to track network and device usage, to the chagrin of many. HTC, responding to a congressional inquiry, said that some 6.3 million devices included Carrier IQ code. The crux of the hatred toward the likes of Carrier IQ and other analytics and tracking tools is that users never explicitly gave their permission for them to be used. Only, that's not exactly true. Every phone ships with a privacy policy. And every setup sequence asks you to agree to terms before using the device.

To that end, we've been poring over the Tell HTC (Experience Log) Privacy Statement that's included in the HTC One S. Following is a Q&A based on what we've seen.

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5 years ago

HTC One camera effects


Filtered pics are all the rage these days. All the kids are doing it. There's some newfangled app called Instagram or something that's a big hit on iOS and is eventually coming to Android. There are numerous effects applications already available for Android.

HTC Sense 4 and HTC One add a number of filtering effects to the camera app that you can preview and apply in real time. You've got 15 effects from which to choose (16 if you count vanilla.) They are: 

  • Distortion
  • Vignette
  • Depth of Field
  • Dots
  • Mono
  • Country
  • Vintage
  • Vintage Warm
  • Vintage Cold
  • Grayscale
  • Sepia
  • Negative
  • Solarize
  • Posterize
  • Aqua

Set the effect using the big blue button in the camera app, and you're good to go. We'd prefer to have an option to simultaneously save an unfiltered version along with the filter effect, but it's not a deal-breaker. 

We've got a full range of examples of all the effects in a gallery after the break.

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5 years ago

HTC Sense 4: The definitive guide


$jump = Jump to a sectionBack to the topSetting up Sense 4Sense 4 Privacy PolicyPhone SecurityWifi and Mobile SettingsPersonalize Sense 4Home ScreensNotification BarThe New App DrawerAdding Apps and Widgets in Sense 4Home Screen FoldersSense 4 Menus and ButtonsThe Sense 4 Lock ScreenE-mailWeb Browser and Adobe FlashMusic and Beats AudioSense 4 Car DockSense 4 Phone and ContactsContacts (aka People)Sense 4 WeatherOther Sense 4 apps of noteDeveloper optionsConnecting to a Computer EOT; ?>

Looking for some HTC Sense 4 help? You've come to the right place​

Welcome to HTC Sense 4, the latest version of HTC's custom user interface. Sense started back in the day as a way to make Windows Mobile actually usable, and from there it made the leap to Android on the venerable HTC Hero. Sense is mainly known as a pretty heavy reworking of the way Android looks, but then it's always been more than just a reskinning of the launcher. Large, colorful, well-designed widgets are the norm — the flip clock is Sense's signature piece — menus are made more attractive, and various apps and services are baked into HTC's software from the ground up.

Sense has never been just about making Android look​ better. Sense has always been about making the entire mobile experience better.

And that brings us to Sense 4, announced in February 2012 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. This latest version of Sense actually is a step backward (or forward, depending on who you ask) in that HTC has ditched the completely custom launcher, instead going with a more traditional (and customizable) scheme, more akin to what's in stock Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Some features native to ICS have been allowed to shine through, and others have been enhanced. And many of the customizations we've come to know and love in previous versions remain.

Welcome to our Sense 4 walkthrough, your definitive source for what to expect from the current generation of HTC phones. Hit the links below to jump to a specific section, or read straight through. We've got you covered.

Setting up Sense 4 | Privacy Policy | Phone Security | Wifi and Mobile Settings |
Personalize | Home ScreensNotification Bar | The New App Drawer |
Adding Apps and WidgetsHome Screen Folders | Menus and Buttons | Search |
The Lock Screen | E-mailWeb Browser and Adobe Flash | Music and Beats Audio |
Camera | GalleryCar Dock | Phone | Contacts | MultitaskingCalendarWeather |
Other Apps of NoteDeveloper optionsConnecting to a Computer

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5 years ago

HTC One S preview


There's a belief that being the middle child brings awkwardness. The "Middle Child Syndrome," it's called. Chances are if you have (or are) a middle sibling, you'll find a way for this to be true. The HTC One S is the middle child of the HTC One family, flanked by the HTC One X and the HTC One V. But this guy's no awkward little brother.

Before diving into our HTC One S preview, be sure to hit up our HTC One X review, as well as our Sense 4 walkthrough. Any order is fine, it's just that they all share some common traits that will aid your understanding of the following:

The One S probably is the sleekest, sexiest phone you've seen to date, with a birth story that sounds more like it came from of "Game of Thrones" than a traditional glass-and-plastic smartphone manufacturer. This phone wasn't just "made." It was forged. Or fried. Or something.

This isn't our full HTC One S review. Think of this one more as a preview of what's to come in the weeks ahead (no, we don't have an official date yet) on T-Mobile. Time, tides and the lack of proper radio frequencies here in the States prevent it. But that's why we've got a European desk, and we'll have tons more coming up on the HTC One S.

Got all that? Good. Let's get to it.

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5 years ago

Flash Ice Cream Sandwich leak on your Droid RAZR with this sketchy method


If you're game for risking a brick, don't mind some questionable practices and are itching for Ice Cream Sandwich on your Droid RAZR, you'll want to pay attention here. A potential Ice Cream Sandwich OTA is sitting pretty on Motorola's staging server, waiting for testers to download, flash and test. Normally, folks like you and me can't get to those staging servers (Moto Matt has to get you hooked up) but there's a method floating around that gives you access, if you're into that sort of thing. Using that method, and a completely stock .173 CDMA RAZR you can download the official release candidate of Ice Cream Sandwich for your Droid RAZR. Note -- this is CDMA only, as in not GSM -- don't try it, it won't work. We're not going to lay out the method, but yalkowni over at XDA has it all worked out for ya. Hit the link and have a look.

I'm here to report this type of news, whether I approve of it or not. I've no problem with risky procedures that will brink your phone, in fact I've bricked a few of my own. But I wouldn't do this if I had a RAZR. Yes, yes, Blur sucks (though we haven't really seen the new ICS Blur yet) and Moto really should provide a method to unlock the bootloader on phone computer hardware users paid good money for, but I draw the line at network shenanigans. Motorola has always been a little loose with their soak tests, and aren't too concerned about keeping things a secret. Now that this method has been made public, and 20,000 or so people are hitting the staging server, that may very well change. 

If rumors hold true, we'll see ICS for the RAZR in a couple days, and we won't judge if you go on and give this a try. Our job is to tell you as much as we can.

Source: XDA-Developers

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5 years ago

Android Central weekly photo contest winner: Flowers


Shalom Veffer; taken with the Samsung Galaxy S II

The winner of this week's photo contest is Shalom Veffer, who gave us this great picture with his Samsung Galaxy S II. We chose it because it's clear, captures the subject perfectly (this week was flowers) and provides a great contrast between the yellow flower and the scrubby landscape behind it. Beautifully composed, Shalom. Be on the lookout for information about your prize!

This week was the hardest ever to decide a winner. There were so many entries worthy of winning, it was hard to even pull out the 10 best let alone decide on a winner. If anyone ever says Android phones don't take excellent pictures, send them my way show I can show them at least a few hundred reasons why they are wrong. And you guys are some very skilled photographers. It's both humbling and awesome to look through them all each week!

We've got a gallery of 10 other awesome shots after the break to look at and enjoy. Keep taking and sending those pictures each week -- you make me love my job.

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5 years ago

Android Central Forums app now available from the Amazon Appstore


Just a quick heads up that the Android Central Forums app is now available in the Amazon Appstore, for those of you who roll like that. It's all the same incredible forums content you get right here on the site, packaged in a handy free application. If you're rocking a Kindle Fire, it works just fine on that bad boy, too. 

Thousands have already downloaded the Android Central Forums app. What are you waiting for?

Download from: Amazon | Google Play


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5 years ago

Nexus S 4G gets a new 4.0.4 leak


Android 4.0.4 has leaked for the Sprint Nexus S 4G, and is ready to flash with Odin. It bumps the system up to IMM76D, like the rest of the devices running 4.0.4, and contains a new set of images as well as a new radio. We've seen Ice Cream Sandwich leak before for the Nexus S 4G, and this ROM looks to be pretty much the same type of case.

It's officially signed off by Google with release keys, but that doesn't mean anything for the radio and Sprint specific network code inside the ROM itself. You'll be flashing this one at your own risk -- but should be able to roll back to stock in case of any issues easily enough. The folks in the forums are giving it a go, and early reports are looking good. Be sure to chime in with your own experience if you give it a shot.  As for when we'll see anything official from Google and Sprint, nobody that knows is saying. 

Source: Brief Mobile; via Android Central forums

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5 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Nexus my way: Jerry Hildenbrand


The other night on the Android Central podcast a great idea was born. Someone, and forgive me for not remembering who, wanted to know how our phones are set-up. I promised to kick off a series from the various AC staff members showing just what software we have running on our devices. I trade back and forth between the Samsung Galaxy Nexus or the T-Mobile Galaxy S II (dat cam!), but both are set up the exact same way. One is just more TouchWizzy than the other. Hit the jump and I'll break it down.

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5 years ago

SAWS | The Puridium War - first look


A couple days back we mentioned that SAWS | The Puridium War (which I'm going to just call SAWS from here on out) couldn't get here fast enough. Turns out it got here pretty fast after all, and is now available in the Google Play Market for download. We've been fooling with it for a couple days, and let me tell ya, if you're a mobile gamer you have to give it a try. Think part tower defense, part third-person shooter, and part space adventure and you'll have an idea of how it all works.

You're PFC Lucas 11, and it's your duty to protect the Puridium crystal from a horde of monsters hell bent to eat it. You have an assortment of weapons and special items at hand in the store, a few are in-app purchases but most are obtainable by just playing, and turrets to help you fend them all off. It's flat out fun, and as I mention in the video after the break, it hits the right spot between hard and easy to be enjoyable to play. You'll get good at it, but the endless maps keep getting harder until you die. If you find it's your style of game, it's one you'll keep installed and play. And a big shout out to the developers for making great extras available in the store for an average player. Nothing there costs so much that you'll never be able to get it, even if you're a casual player. That's something we rarely see beside paid in-app purchases.

Mobilwerx has designed the game to play an a laundry list of devices, with versions for Open GL 1.1 devices like the HTC Desire, to a full HD version for the latest quad core devices like the Transformer Prime. I've tested it on the Transformer Prime and the Galaxy Nexus, and it works great. Hit the break and have a look at a video and some game screens, and click the download link.

More: Mobilwerx

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