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3 years ago

Zoes, Duo effects and video highlights on the HTC One M8

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Zoe camera

Sense 6 brings changes to HTC's animated photos and highlight reels, and new artistic effects from the M8's second camera

Zoes — HTC's little animated video/photo shots — and video highlights — a 30-second compilation reel from a particular event — were two of the main photographic features of last year's HTC One (M7). For its 2014 flagship, HTC has revisited both features as part of the Sense 6 UI. You can still shoot burst shots (up to 20, in fact) and video at the same time, though Zoes are a little more flexible on the HTC One M8. It's also easier to customize your video highlights with only the images you choose. And these can also include 3D, defocused and artistic effects from regular photos captured using the phone's dual-camera setup.

We've got more on these three key features of the new HTC One's imaging setup after the break!

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 now widely available to pre-order in the UK

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Samsung Galaxy S5

Pre-order deals available from major retailers and carriers

Overnight Samsung's Galaxy S5 went up for pre-order at many British outlets, including independent retailers Carphone Warehouse and Phones4u, and carriers O2, Three, Vodafone and EE. Here's a quick breakdown of what's on offer —

  • EE has the GS5 in black, white and blue, with on-contract prices ranging between £32.99 per month (4GB "double speed" 4G, £259.99 upfront) to £47.99 per month (20GB, £9.99 upfront). The carrier is also offering free return flights to pre-order customers from airports across the UK.
  • Three also has the black, white and blue models. Prices start at £38 per month (£69 upfront) for 2GB of data plus 600 minutes. Bump up to £41 per month for unlimited data, or £44 for unlimited calls and data, and the same upfront cost.
  • Vodafone has the black, white blue, gold colors. Prices range between £47 per month (£19 upfront) for 3GB, to £62 per month for 13GB (no upfront payment.)
  • O2 also has all four colors. Prices on O2 Refresh Pay Monthly come in between £38 (2GB, £69.99 upfront) and £53 (8GB, no upfront cost). Alternatively there's another 8GB plan for £48 per month with a £39.99 upfront fee attached.
  • Phones4u has a range of contracts available from Vodafone, EE, Orange and T-Mobile starting at £47 for a free GS5 (a 3GB plan on Vodafone, though an extra 99p will get you 10GB on EE). The first 1,000 pre-orders get a free Galaxy Tab 3 7-inch and £50 Google Play credit with any 4G plan. All four colors are available, though the blue and gold won't be available on launch day. The retailer is also selling the GS5 SIM-free for £569.95.
  • Carphone Warehouse has all four colors, though only the black and white will be available on April 11. The retailer will sell you a SIM-free device for £579.95, and has contracts available with EE, Orange, O2, Vodafone, T-Mobile and TalkMobile. The cheapest plan for a free GS5 at CPW is a £42-per-month, 3GB deal from Vodafone — though more data is available around this price point if you're willing to stump up some cash upfront.

Most outlets will be able to get a GS5 in your hands on April 11, the phone's global launch day, though availability may vary for the more colorful blue and gold variants, as we've mentioned above.

So is anyone in the UK securing their Galaxy S5 pre-order today? Shout out in the comments!

Source: O2, Three, Vodafone, Phones4u, Carphone Warehouse, EE

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3 years ago

Quick comparison: HTC One (M8) versus Samsung Galaxy S5 specs

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How do HTC and Samsung's flagship smartphones compare on paper?

With the arrival of the new HTC One, and before it, the Samsung Galaxy S5 at MWC, the stage is set for one of the great Android rivalries of 2014. It's way too early to call this one — the HTC One has only just launched, and the GS5 is widely available for pre-order but won't be hitting store shelves until April 11. However we're ready to go through the basics with a quick spec comparison after the break.

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3 years ago

The new HTC One M8 is buy-one-get-one-free on Verizon

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A quick heads up that if you're in the market for a new HTC One M8 on Verizon, you can get in on a buy-one-get-one-free deal. That'd be two M8s (is in dos, not some new version of the M8 — because someone always asks) for the price of one. As for that price, it's $199 with a two-year contract, $25.22 a month on Verizon's Edge plan (which ends up around $605 over the two years), or $599 outright. [Verizon]

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3 years ago

Carphone Warehouse Galaxy S5 pre-orders go live from midnight GMT

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Black and white models available April 11, gold and blue to follow later

UK retailer Carphone Warehouse has announced that it'll begin taking Samsung Galaxy S5 pre-orders from 12:01am GMT tomorrow, Friday March 28. The retailer will be offering Samsung's latest flagship for free on contracts starting at £42 per month — that's a Vodafone 4G plan with 3GB of data — or for £579.95 outright should you prefer to go the SIM-free route.

Pre-ordered Galaxy S5s will be delivered from the global launch date of April 11 for the "shimmery white" and "charcoal black" variants, while the more colorful "electric blue" and "copper gold" models are expected by April 22 and May 20 respectively.

More: Carphone Warehouse

More: Samsung Galaxy S5 hands-on and initial review

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3 years ago

AT&T's Galaxy Note 3 getting KitKat update today

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AT&T's Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is the latest model to receive its Android 4.4 KitKat update, with the OTA now starting to push out to devices. Like previous Note 3 KitKat updates, owners can expect a slightly refreshed UI with white notification bar icons, along with standard Android 4.4 features like immersive mode, album art on the lock screen and wireless printing support. AT&T also says GPS performance should be improved in this latest update.

The carrier has the full list of changes over on its blog for those wanting more details. If you're seeing the update on your AT&T Galaxy Note 3 today, make yourself known in the comments!

Source: AT&T

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3 years ago

LG G Flex headed to Rogers on April 3

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$199.99 on a two-year contract

A quick heads-up for folks up in Canada, that LG has today dropped word that Rogers will be exclusively picking up the G Flex. It'll run you for $199.99 on a new, two-year contract when it goes on sale on April 3.

For more on the G Flex, be sure to check out our full review of the AT&T version.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 yours to try from today at Phones 4U

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Ten stores across the UK offering a sneak peek ahead of pre-orders opening

If you're anxious to see the Samsung Galaxy S5 for yourselves, Phones 4U in the UK might be able to help. Ahead of pre-orders for Samsung's latest and greatest opening there tomorrow, the retailer sends word of demo units in 10 stores across the country for folks to go and get their hot little hands on.

So, where are the 10?

  • Birmingham, Bullring
  • Cardiff, Queens Street
  • Cambridge, Thurrock Lakeside
  • Manchester, Trafford Centre
  • Newcastle, Metrocentre Gateshead
  • Glasgow, Dundee, Overgate Centre
  • Crawley, Southampton
  • London, Westfield White City
  • London, Stratford Westfield
  • London, Oxford Street

If you're close to one of those stores, head on out and take a look! Phones 4U also took the opportunity to remind us that pre-orders for the Galaxy S5 open at 00:01 tomorrow, March 28 on their website.

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia Z2 will still be available in the UK in April

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Sony working hard to deliver pre-orders made through key partners though demand might not be met across the board

There has been some talk that the new Sony Xperia Z2 may be delayed from its expected April availability in the UK and other locations. The potential issue was highlighted once more by Android Central Forums member, jiggyb21, who received an email from Unlocked-Mobiles declaring stock delays until May. But thankfully, it's not all bad news.

We reached out to Sony and they came back with a slightly less doom-and-gloom outlook:

Xperia Z2 will be available in the UK during April and we are expecting to deliver to all consumers who have placed a pre-order through our key partners. We are working tirelessly to maximise stock levels in April but currently we do not expect to meet the high demand across all our sales channels. Please stay tuned for further information and confirmed retail availability.

So, some folks might not be getting theirs in April, but largely Sony still expects to deliver on time. Since no specifics were mentioned on which sales channels may be, if you're concerned the best course of action is to speak to the retailer you lodged your pre-order with.

The Xperia Z2 was launched back at MWC in February, and there's a lot of folks eager to get their hands on one. For now at least, things are largely unchanged, and April is going to be a very, very busy time.

More: Sony Xperia Z2 hands-on from MWC

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3 years ago

Sprint's HTC One Max gets Android 4.4.2 KitKat

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According to our inbox and folks in our HTC One Max forums, Sprint today has started pushing out its Android 4.4.2 KitKat update for the HTC One Max. The changelog for software version 2.09.651.1 — which weighs in at 344MB — notes the new OS, security enhancements and cloud printing capabilities, along with new Bluetooth profiles. [Sprint]

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3 years ago

New HTC One supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0

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Faster charging for HTC's 2014 flagship, but you'll need to wait for an updated charger to take full advantage

Last year's HTC One, the M7, was great in a lot of ways. But charging speeds weren't exactly its forte. The device arrived just in time to miss out on Qualcomm's Quick Charge technology, which enabled faster charging on some Snapdragon-powered phones. But the new HTC One (M8) is set to enjoy even quicker charging speeds thanks to the device's support for Quick Charge 2.0. Only thing is, you might have to wait to take full advantage of it.

Qualcomm says charging through Quick Charge 2.0, first introduced as standard in Snapdragon 800, is up to 75 percent faster than non-Quick Charge devices. However HTC's bundled charger, a 1.5A unit, only supports Quick Charge 1.0. So it'll still be pretty fast — significantly faster than what you're used to if you're coming from last year's HTC One (M7). But for the full Quick Charge 2.0 experience you'll need to wait for a charger accessory HTC plans to release later this year, which will support 1.67A as well as the latest Quick Charge standard.

For more new HTC One hardware details, check out our M8 specs post and full review.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 and new Gear wearables priced in India

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Samsung has today officially announced its latest Galaxy S5 smartphone and Gear-series wearable devices for India, along with the first details of pricing in the country. While no exact figure is given, the manufacturer reportedly gave a price range of between Rs. 51,000-53,000 ($850-880) for its latest flagship. India will reportedly be getting the Exynos 5 Octa version of the GS5, not the Snapdragon 801-powered version heading to many Western markets, when it launches on April 11.

The Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit will also arrive in India the same day. The camera-equipped Gear 2 will sell for Rs. 21,900 ($363), while the Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit are priced at Rs. 15,900 ($265).

More: Samsung Galaxy S5 hands-on, Samsung Gear 2 series hands-on

Source: AndroidOS.in, SamMobile

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3 years ago

Vodafone UK offering Android phones on the cheap this weekend

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Vodafone UK sends word that it's reduced the price of three of its older Android smartphones on PAYG, as part of a promotion running this weekend. The deals include the last two Samsung flagships, a couple of weeks out from the global Galaxy S5 launch. The Galaxy S3, previously £170, now costs £119, and the Galaxy S4 falls from £475 to £330. Meanwhile the Vodafone Smart Mini III drops to £52, down from £75.

The deals are available in-store until next Monday, March 31.

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3 years ago

Korean carriers defy Samsung and release Galaxy S5 two weeks early

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Galaxy S5

Operators look to avoid government-imposed sales bans around planned April 11 launch window

The Samsung Galaxy S5 went on sale in South Korea today, more than two weeks ahead of the planned global launch date of April 11, as local carriers released the phone early. As we reported a couple of weeks ago, government-imposed sales bans affecting new contracts and upgrades looked set to interfere with GS5 launch plans in the country, after Korean carriers were found to be subidizing phones by more than 270,000 won, violating local laws.

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3 years ago

Some LG Optimus G models may see a KitKat update

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French carrier SFR has confirmed 4.4.2 update

Remember the LG Optimus G? It was pretty much the Nexus 4 on the component side, but came with a better camera and an LG-flavored operating system. Right now, it's sitting pretty on Android 4.1 for users who haven't abandoned all hope and went the custom ROM route. But all that could be changing.

French carrier SFR has announced the Android 4.4.2 update for the Optimus G coming sometime later this summer. We don't know what — if anything — that will mean for other carriers here in the states and abroad, but it is an inkling of hope.

The Optimus G would probably run KitKat very well. It would be nice to see it get one more big update before LG forgets about it. Let's hope this pans out, and other carriers take LG to task on it.

Source: SFR. Thanks, Adrian!

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