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3 years ago

Custom engraving won't be available on the Moto X at launch

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A little bit of disappointing news for those who were hoping for a bit of custom engraving on their Moto X, at least initially. Motorola has confirmed to us that the option won't be available when the phone and its Moto Maker custom designer go live later this week. "We love this feature. We're going to make it happen," a Moto spokeswoman told us this evening. We'll just have to wait a bit. No ETA was given.

Moto X will be available on AT&T starting Friday, and the carrier currently has an exclusive on the Moto Maker customization. (Verizon will get it later this year, it says.) All the custom colors we showed you in our preview last week will be available, as will a custom boot message. If you want engraving, you'll have to wait.

And, actually, waiting might not be the worst idea in the world. There are 18 design options currently available for Moto X, but it'll gain more later this year — including a wood back.

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3 years ago

HTC president: Working hard to get 4.3 on devices by end of Sept

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Company is in process of getting HTC One and Droid DNA phones across the US and Canada on Android 4.3 next month

Jason Mackenzie, president of global sales at HTC, has taken to Twitter to give an update on the recent news that some HTC phones will be skipping Android 4.2.2 and jumping straight to Android 4.3. The quote, in all its 140 character glory:

Lots of questions re 4.3 release for One. We r wrking hard (needs cert) to release 4.3 across all US, Canada skus by end Sept. DNA as well.

Abbreviations aside, this is good news for everyone on this side of the world waiting for an update on their HTC One or Droid DNA. In Europe and Asia, HTC One units as well as the DNA's twin the Butterfly are already running Android 4.2.2 and Sense 5, but here in the Americas even the unlocked Developer Edition is still on Android 4.1.2. 

We've no idea what changes HTC will bring with the 4.3 update, but we expect them to address the dreaded black bar as well as make a few changes to the camera software like they have done with the 4.2.2 update. For now, we'll all be patiently waiting.

Source: @JasonMacHTC

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3 years ago

OPPO launches the R819 for Europe and the US with an interesting side-order

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The unimaginative name hides the true secret of OPPO's mid-ranger which will have a stock Jelly Bean option available

OPPO may not be the first OEM you think of when looking for a new Android smartphone, but their latest unveiling may at least make you look twice. The R819 is a solid new mid-range device from the folks who brought you the Find 5, and it comes with a rather interesting side dish; the option of a stock Android ROM. That's right, OPPO is giving its customers a choice of their own stock ROM, their new Color ROM when it launches, or plain old, honest-to-goodness Google fresh Android. 

The R819 will come to market running Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean, housed over a set of respectible hardware specs. We're looking at a 4.7-inch 720p display, a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of on-board storage. Round the back there's an 8MP f/2.0 Sony Exmor shooter, with a 2MP camera round the front, all powered by a not-so-massive 2000mAh battery. And, as is so often the case with Chinese devices, there will be the option to use dual SIM cards as well. 

And the price for all this? The OPPO R819 will cost $349/£229/€269. A very reasonable asking price for what we're getting, especially considering that stock Android option as well. Pre-orders are being accepted at the OPPO Style website from now, with a shipping date estimated for early September. 

Source: OPPO

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3 years ago

HTC One Mini coming to AT&T on Aug. 23

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The same features and look of the HTC One in a slightly more diminutive package

The HTC One Mini is headed to AT&T this week. The more compact version of the HTC One line will be available August 23 for $100 with a new two-year contract, or just $21 monthly with AT&T Next.

Smaller and lighter than it's bigger brother, the One Mini should appeal to folks who want or need something a little smaller, and while the specs and internals have also been cut back (1GB of RAM, Snapdragon 400 and a 4.3-inch 720p display) during normal use we found the performance to be just fine — have a look at our review for details.

Of course, the UltraPixel camera and all the camera software features from the larger version are present, along with HTC Boomsound and BlinkFeed. If you've been eyeing the Mini, now's your chance. See the link below for the full press release, and there's a short video after the break.

Source: AT&T

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3 years ago

HTC One Max pictured again, sized up next to One and One Mini

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Mystery blob under camera

There's most likely a month or so to go before HTC's 5.9-inch One Max becomes official, but we've already seen enough evidence to suggest that the phone is real, and coming soon. Today a fresh image has leaked out over on Taiwanese blog ePrice showing the Max alongside its smaller siblings, the HTC One and One Mini. And while it more or less confirms what we already know — specifically, that it'll look like an oversized HTC One — a couple of features on the device's back warrant further investigation.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Mega coming to AT&T, Sprint and US Cellular

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6.3-incher headed to the U.S. market this month

Samsung's Galaxy Mega handset, which carries a whopping 6.3-inch display, is heading to the United States on AT&T, Sprint and US Cellular, the manufacturer has confirmed.

The Galaxy Mega is Samsung's largest handset, with the aforementioned gigantic display, a 720p LCD panel, a dual-core 1.7GHz CPU and 1.5GB of RAM. It's also got an 8-megapixel rear camera, and Samsung says the U.S. version will be available with up to 64GB of storage, in addition to microSD expandability. On the software side, you're looking at Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and the latest TouchWiz UI. The Mega's software includes many features from the Galaxy S4, such as the WatchON TV app, Air View and multi-window. Protective flip covers and a special windowed S View cover will also be offered for the device.

Samsung says the Galaxy Mega will be available in Nova Black and Polaris White color options from this month. As is often the case with U.S. launches, we'll have to wait on specific carrier announcements to find out exactly when the launch will take place.

Update: Sprint has chimed in with an announcement that it'll range the Galaxy Mega "later in the year."

And here's AT&T's as well — with the Mega available Aug. 23 for $149 on contract.

More: Galaxy Mega video walkthrough

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3 years ago

HTC One X getting Android 4.2 + Sense 5 update in Europe

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Tegra 3-powered One X receiving update with new OS version, BlinkFeed, video highlights and more

Not long after the HTC One X+ started getting its Android 4.2 update in parts of Asia, HTC Europe has followed suit with an update for the original NVIDIA Tegra 3-powered One X. Reports from the XDA forums show that the update to version 4.18.401.2 weighs in at a little under 380 MB, and includes Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and the new HTC Sense 5 UI. As such, the update also adds many features from the HTC One, including the BlinkFeed home screen experience, the new Gallery and Camera apps, and automatic video highlights.

It's worth underscoring that this update is for the European HTC One X (codename Endeavor), not the AT&T One X, known internationally as the One XL (codename Evita). So far there are reports that the update is hitting Nordic countries and parts of Eastern Europe first, including Slovakia and Denmark; other European countries should be getting the OTA in the hours and days ahead.

HTC insider @LlabTooFeR tweets that the European HTC One X+ should also be getting a similar OTA, to software version 2.18.401.2, however we've yet to see any signs that that update is rolling out.

If you're seeing the update on your HTC One X or One X+ this morning, hit the comments and let us know how you're getting on.

Source: XDA, @LlabTooFeR

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3 years ago

HTC One Developer Edition will jump straight to Android 4.3

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Will the U.S. carrier editions follow suit?

The HTC One Developer Edition — that's the developer-friendly, 64-gigabyte model sold directly by HTC — will skip Android 4.2.2 and go directly to Android 4.3, according Jason Mackenzie, president of global sales at HTC. Mackenzie was responding to questions on Twitter when he dropped that little nugget.

The reason, Mackenzie said, is that Android 4.2.2 "is [a] minor update, so [we] decided to go straight to 4.3."

Some non-U.S. versions of the HTC One have been updated to Android 4.2.2, which in addition to the core Android improvements brought new features to BlinkFeed and Video Highlights.

The next question is whether the U.S. carrier-branded versions of the HTC One — which launched earlier this year with Android 4.1.2 — will go the same route and update directly to the newest version of Android, which was released just last month. Cincinnati Bell has already said that's what will happen with its phone. And you can't help but think that if a regional operator is doing it, the majors might as well.

One outlier is Verizon, which will finally make its HTC One available this Thursdaybut running Android 4.2.2.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 pictured for AT&T

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6.3-inch handset could be headed to to the U.S. carrier

The Samsung Galaxy Mega -- Samsung's 6.3-inch monster phone -- has been available for some time in Europe and Asia, and how it seems it could be heading to the U.S. A leaked render from the usually reliable @evleaks on Twitter reveals a Mega with AT&T branding in a dark blue color.

The Mega 6.3 packs reasonably quick, but not cutting edge hardware -- the gigantic screen is a 720p LCD panel, and it's powered by a 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon 400 CPU with 1.5GB of RAM. There's also an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 3,200 mAh battery.

While we wait on an official AT&T announcement, you can lean more about the Galaxy Mega by checking out our video walkthrough.

Source: @evleaks

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3 years ago

Trade in a stock Moto X for a custom job? A nice idea, but unlikely

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Ki11ak3nn in our Moto X forums writes,

I'm pretty sure this device will fly off the shelves when Moto Maker is offered to the other carriers. I'm just curious though about all the people who get a black or white Moto X before Moto Maker is available.

Do you think Motorola/The Carriers will give like a discount or trade-in program for people who bought a black or white X at launch and now want a custom X??

I can't wait to check out this phone and if I like it I'm probably going to get a black one because I don't think my GNex will make it until the exclusive with AT&T is over.

So I was wondering if you think Motorola would let me trade-in my black X for a custom one?? Maybe pay a small fee, like $50 or something, totally fine with me. I'm thinking it's not gonna happen though.

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3 years ago

Verizon HTC One to come with Android 4.2.2

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Latest firmware from HTC will ship on Verizon's version

Good news for anyone planning on picking up the HTC One on Verizon when it finally launches next Thursday. VZW spokesperson Albert Aydin has confirmed on Twitter that Verizon HTC One will ship with Android 4.2.2-based firmware. That means Big Red's HTC One will benefit from new OS features like Daydreams and lock screen widgets, as well as the latest software enhancements from HTC, including Instagram feeds in BlinkFeed, more video highlight themes and the option to turn off the horrible on-screen menu bar.

Aydin also confirmed that Verizon will be getting the 32GB version of the phone in silver — so no word on higher storage capacities or alternate colors just yet.

While European and Asian HTC One handsets were updated to Android 4.2 last month, the U.S. versions of the phone remain on 4.1.2. For a quick tour of what's new in the latest HTC One firmware, check out our hands-on feature, linked below.

More: What's new in Android 4.2 for the HTC One

Source: @VZWalbert

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3 years ago

AT&T's Moto X available Aug. 23

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AT&T this morning announced that its Moto X will be available Aug. 23. The 16-gigabyte version will cost $199 on contract, and the 32GB model will be $50 more.

If you're looking to customize your Moto X, this will be the one you want, as AT&T currently has an exclusive on Moto Maker and its numerous permutations of colors for the Moto X. We recently took Moto Maker for a spin and found it to be a quick and easy way to design a custom Moto X.

Those of you who pre-registered through AT&T will get first dibs on the Moto Maker experience starting Aug. 19, and you'll also get your phone before the general public, AT&T says. (Those lucky few will be chosen at random.)

And if you order a custom-designed Moto X, you'll get Moto's new "Skip" NFC unlocking tool free, for a limited time.

Source: Press release

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3 years ago

Verizon's HTC One hits stores Aug. 22 for $199 on contract

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It may be late, but it'll run Android 4.2.2 out of the box

Verizon Wireless just dropped word via Twitter that its HTC One finally will be available Aug. 22, for $199 on contract. Better late than never we suppose, but the release comes some five months or so after every other U.S. operator. And, more important, it comes smack in the middle of a couple other major releases — namely the revamped Motorola Droid line and the Moto X. We don't have street dates for those just yet, but they can't be too far off.

Update: A bit of good news here from Verizon spokesman Albert Aydin. Big Red's HTC One will run Android 4.2.2 at launch — no other U.S. carrier can claim that update yet — and you'll be able to get it in a 32-gigabyte flavor.

More discussion: Verizon HTC One forums

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3 years ago

Customize your Moto X: A Moto Maker Preview

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We walk you through customizing your Moto X with the new Moto Maker website

Never mind the specs. Never mind the software. Your Moto X is a beautiful butterfly, unique in the world. Rather, it will be, once you get done designing it.

That's where Moto Maker — eventually live at www.motomaker.com — comes in. 

We caught a very brief glimpse of it at Motorola's launch event in New York City a couple weeks ago. Now, we've gotten a better look at how you'll be able to add some color to your Moto X, with a preview of Moto Maker. 

The good news is that everything's pretty self-explanatory, and as easy as can be. You pick your colors for the back, front and accents on the phone, add an inscription on the back, and a custom message on the boot screen (or don't, if that's not your thing), choose some accessories if you want, and you'll have your one-of-a-kind phone within four days.

Motorola hooked us up with a preview code for Moto Maker. We'll walk you through it.

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3 years ago

LG G2 coming to Canada across most carriers

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Rogers, Bell, TELUS, SaskTel, WIND, and Videotron will all have the G2 available this fall. 

Following on announcements for the UK and US, Canadian carriers have chimed in with their plans for the upcoming LG G2. The big guys like Rogers, Bell, and TELUS are all going to get it, but you'll also see the LG G2 available on regional providers like WIND, SaskTel, and Videotron. There's no information on specific dates or prices, but the end of September seems to be a likely launch window. Only TELUS has a landing page in their store right now, but no doubt the others will be showing up soon.

For those unfamiliar, the LG G2 is turning a lot of heads with its super-slim bezel, high-brightness display, and a unique hardware button placement. If you're thinking of getting one, be sure to check out our hands-on video from the launch event last week. Any Canadians in the house thinking of snagging the G2 this fall?

Source: LG Canada

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