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3 years ago

Moto Maker rumored for Verizon November 11

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You may soon be able to build a red Moto X on Big Red

Motorola has said time and time again that the Moto X Moto Maker customization options would not be an AT&T exclusive forever, and long-time leaker of things @evleaks says that will come true November 11, when the service debuts for Verizon. 

There's no word on other carriers, or more customization options like wooden or unicorn-hide backs. Of course, Verizon and Motorola have made no announcements. 

What say you? Have you been waiting for Moto Maker on Verizon, or has the wait ruined it and your eyes are on another prize?

Source: @evleaks

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3 years ago

AT&T HTC One Android 4.3 update passes certification, pushing out next week

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HTC America President Jason Mackenzie has confirmed on Twitter that the Android 4.3 update for AT&T's HTC One has passed carrier certification and will be pushing out "early next week."

HTC is in the midsts of pushing out its Android 4.3 update for various regions and carriers. Sprint's HTC One got Android 4.3 this week, while the U.S. developer version and Canadian versions got it last week. T-Mobile is expected to get the 4.3 update by mid-October, while Verizon is slated for the end of the month.

The update brings HTC's flagship up to the latest version of the OS, while adding in new (to the U.S.) HTC Sense features like additional video highlight templates, Instagram support in BlinkFeed and the ability to disable the on-screen menu button.

More: AT&T HTC One forum

Source: @JasonMacHTC

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3 years ago

Droid DNA update brings support for the TalkBack feature

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This is not the Droid update you are looking for

Verizon is pushing out a small update for the HTC Droid DNA today, but it's not the Sense 5 update that everyone is waiting for. Instead today's small update to version 2.07.605.1 710RD does one simple thing — enables support for the TalkBack feature so folks who need an audio version of what's on the screen can now have it.

Yes, that's an important consideration that should be enabled, but it's not quite what everyone using a DNA is wanting. There's still no word on when we should expect to see the Sense 5 update that Verizon has promised, but we hope it's sooner rather than later. 

Source: Verizon; Via: Android Central forums. Thanks, Doug!

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 hits the UK on October 5

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Entry-level handset finally gets a UK launch

First announced way back in June, the humble Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 is due to arrive in the UK tomorrow, Saturday Oct. 5. The entry-level smartphone features a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU, 1GB of RAM, a 5-megapixel camera and a 4-inch WVGA display. It's running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with many of the Galaxy S4's features, including S Travel, S Translator and S Voice.

Samsung says the Galaxy Ace 3 will launch first on EE, followed by other "selected retailers," including Tesco and Carphone Warehouse.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 + Gear now available on AT&T and Sprint

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$299 each on AT&T; Sprint has the Note 3 for $249.99 with a new line

As per previous announcements, today's the day you can pick up the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear on AT&T and Sprint in the U.S. AT&T's Note 3 runs $299 on a standard two-year plan, or if you're buying outright it's $724.99. Similarly, AT&T will sell you a Galaxy Gear in lime green, wild orange, jet black, rose gold or oatmeal beige colors for $299.

Sprint's Galaxy Note 3 can be yours for $249.99 on-contract, which includes a $100 discount for opening a new line; the regular price is $699.99. Sprint's online store doesn't seem to be listing the Galaxy Gear just yet, but it too should also be available today for $299.

T-Mobile got the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear on Wednesday, and Verizon is set to launch the devices next Thursday, Oct. 10.

If you're picking up a Note 3 or Gear today, let us know how you're getting on with your new toys. Still on the fence? We've got reviews linked below.

More: Galaxy Note 3 review; Galaxy Gear initial review

Source: Sprint, AT&T

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3 years ago

Microsoft wants HTC's Android phones to dual-boot into Windows Phone

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Software giant reportedly willing to cut licensing fees to get Windows Phone on HTC Android devices as a second OS

Microsoft is in talks with HTC to get its Windows Phone operating system loaded onto the manufacturer's Android phones as a second OS, according to reports from Bloomberg. Terry Myerson, head of the software giant's operating systems unit, is reported to have reached out to HTC over allowing its Android devices to dual-boot into Windows Phone, with the reduction or elimination of licensing fees purportedly being offered as an incentive. Myerson is planning a visit to Taiwan to meet with HTC execs over the proposal, the outlet's sources say.

Additionally, one Bloomberg source claims HTC has no current plans to release any more standalone Windows Phone handsets, which might explain Microsoft's apparent desire to shoehorn its OS onto future HTC phones through a dual-booting option. 

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3 years ago

ZTE to bring Grand S and Nubia 5 to the US market Oct. 5

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Two competitively-priced unlocked handsets coming to the US

A full 10 months after it was announced, ZTE is finally ready to bring the Grand S, and another device the Nubia 5, to the US market. Following launches around the world — and even on Sprint in the US under a different name — this is the same Grand S we've seen before. We're looking at a 5-inch 1080p display in an extremely thin chassis, powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, 1780mAh battery and with a 13MP camera.

The Nubia 5 is a new device, and shares the same 5-inch 1080p screen, Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and camera with the Grand S — but has a larger 2300mAh battery, 2GB of RAM and a new design. Both devices run Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with a few of ZTE's own tweaks as well.

ZTE says that both devices will go up for "preorder" starting on October 5th from "Amazon and other channels," with pricing of $399 and $449, respectively, for the unlocked HSPA+ (sorry, no LTE) handsets. Hit the break for a few press images and full specs on these two phones.

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3 years ago

HTC elaborates on Android 4.3 plans for HTC One on other U.S. carriers

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HTC One 4.3 update coming to AT&T + T-Mo mid-October, Verizon by month's end; no firm date for UK yet

After yesterday's Android 4.3 rollout for the Sprint HTC One, the official HTC USA Twitter account has revealed that One owners on other U.S. carriers shouldn't have too long to wait. The update is being targeted for mid-October on AT&T and T-Mobile, while owners of the fashionably late Verizon version will see 4.3 by the month's end. (The Verizon version, it should be noted, launched on 4.2 with many of the new Sense features already included.)

Meanwhile HTC UK has told Twitter followers to expect more info on Android 4.3 "soon," adding that it's "currently working with our partners" to bring the update to UK customers.

The U.S. developer edition and Canadian HTC Ones were updated to the new version of Android last week.

Source: @HTCUSA, @HTC_UK

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3 years ago

WSJ: LG 'G Flex' with curved 6-inch display coming next month

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Concave handset with curvy OLED screen reportedly coming soon

Samsung has long been rumored to have a curved handset in the pipeline, with recent hints from the Korean electronics giant pointing to a release sometime in October. But it seems that device won't be alone, as The Wall Street Journal reports rival LG will debut its own curvy smartphone not long afterwards.

The newspaper says the phone, dubbed the "LG G Flex," will have a 6-inch concave display with a "plastic OLED screen," giving it the flexibility to curve in this way. Sketches obtained by the WSJ show something very similar in appearance to the LG G2, only much less flat. It's unclear from the images whether the G Flex will have back buttons like the G2, or more traditional side-mounted keys, however.

The LG "G Flex" is due for launch sometime next month, the Journal reports.

Source: WSJ (Paywall)

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3 years ago

HTC One Mini on AT&T also getting an update

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289MB file said to deliver performance enhancements

HTC is literally raining down the updates today, with the Sprint HTC One and EVO 4G LTE seeing updates, and now the One Mini on AT&T is having a turn.

It's a fairly sizable update at 289MB, but the listed changes are simply device performance enhancements. Your new build number will be 1.32.502.3, and you're still on platform version 4.2.

Any One Mini users out there seeing this one? Head into the forums and share your experiences and maybe we can find out just what's in this update.

Source: AT&T; via: Android Central forums

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3 years ago

Here's a great way to show off that HTC One screen and BoomSound

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Your HTC One has one of the best LCDs in the business, and some pretty amazing front-facing stereo speakers. Put it to the test with the new trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug that director Peter Jackson is sharing. 

The movie should be epic, but watching the trailer on one of the premiere entertainment devices out there is pretty epic in its own right. Click through to give it a look.

More: +Peter Jackson

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3 years ago

HTC EVO 4G LTE also getting minor update today

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Minor update brings stability improvements and HD voice by default

While it's not the big Android 4.3 update many are wanting, the HTC EVO 4G LTE also has an update pushing out today. The 3.17.651.4 update is a maintenance release, and the listed change log says HD voice will be enabled by default to go along with the requisite bug fixes and stability improvements to Sense.

This is yet another staged release, and not all users will see the update today. To see if you've got a seat on the OTA carousel, pop into the settings and check for a software update.

Source: Sprint. Thanks, @sanders_llc!

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3 years ago

Sprint HTC One getting Android 4.3 update

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First U.S. carrier-branded HTC One to get the OTA

Following rollouts for the U.S. developer edition and Canadian HTC Ones, the Sprint device has become the first U.S. carrier-branded version to get its Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update. HTC America president Jason Mackenzie took to Twitter to confirm that the update is now pushing out, and AC reader Tony tells us he's already got it on his Sprint-branded device in New Orleans.

In addition to the latest version of Android, the update brings new Sense features including Instagram support in BlinkFeed and new video highlight templates. If you're rocking an HTC One on Sprint, jump in the comments and let us know if you've gotten the update.

More: Sprint HTC One forum

Source: @JasonMacHTC; Thanks, Tony!

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3 years ago

T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear now available

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Samsung's latest Galaxy devices arrive in the U.S.

T-Mobile subscribers are the first in the U.S. to be able to get their hands on Samsung's latest Android products, the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear. The Note 3 can be had for $29.50 per month with no down payment for qualifying customers, or $21 per month with a down payment of $199.99. If you want to buy T-Mo's Note 3 outright, the full retail price is $708. The carrier is offering the Note 3 in "jet black" and "classic white" colors.

Meanwhile, the smartwatch accessory sells for $299.99 and is available in "wild orange," "jet black" and "oatmeal beige". (Curiously, T-Mobile's site also lists the Gear as being compatible with its Galaxy S4, which as far as we're aware isn't the case yet.)

The next stops for the Note 3 and Gear are AT&T and Sprint this Friday, Oct. 4. Verizon follows next week, with pre-orders due to ship by Oct. 10.

For more on the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear, check out our reviews, linked below. If you're picking up a Galaxy Note 3 (or Gear) today, hit the comments and let us know how you're getting on.

More: Galaxy Note 3 review, Galaxy Gear initial review

Source: T-Mobile (Note 3), T-Mobile (Gear)

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3 years ago

How to shrink the Galaxy Note 3's display into a tiny window

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Can't reach across the Galaxy Note 3's enormous screen? Samsung's got a software trick to help you out

We may live in a world of 6.3 to 6.4-inch smartphones, but the Samsung Galaxy Note 3's 5.7-incher is still pretty big. And getting around it using only your thumb can be a challenge. Samsung has always offered "one-handed mode" software tricks on the Note series — for example, letting you shrink and rearrange the keyboard, dialer, and other areas for easier thumbing.

On the Galaxy Note 3, though, it's taken this to an all-new level. The new "Use for all screens" option, found under "Settings > Controls > One-handed operation," lets you shrink the entire display in to a moveable, resizable window a fraction of the screen's true size. Crazy!

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