3 years ago

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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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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3 years ago

AT&T's HTC One Mini gets Android 4.4 KitKat


AT&T today announced that its HTC One Mini has begun receiving its update to Android 4.4 KitKat. Along with that you'll be getting Sense 5.5, which brings about some much-improved elements to the user interface, including BlinkFeed, the lock screen and the dialer app.

To get the update, go to Settings>About Phone>System Updates>Download.

Source: AT&T

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3 years ago

Developer and unlocked HTC One M8 ready to order


Heads up, folks! You can now order "developer" and "unlocked" versions of the HTC One M8. Both run $649. You can get the SIM-unlocked model in gunmetal gray (the sweet brushed finish), silver or gold. The developer version comes in gray or gold. Overnight shipping is currently free, but they won't actually ship for a week or two.

Why would want either of these models? For one, they lack the carrier bloatware that you'll get from Sprint or AT&T or Verizon or T-Mobile. That's good if you like things lean. The developer version makes it easy to unlock the bootloader. And the SIM-unlocked model is, well, SIM-unlocked, making it easier to work on multiple networks.

And speaking of networks, HTC has confirmed to us that the developer and unlocked versions are based off the AT&T SKU, meaning the bands line up in the following manner:

  • 2G: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • 3G WCDMA: 850/1900/2100 MHz with HSPA+ up to 21 Mbps
  • 4G LTE: 700/850/AWS/1800/1900/2600 MHz

For more, be sure to check out our complete HTC One M8 review!

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3 years ago

HTC BlinkFeed headed to other Android devices

HTC BlinkFeed

Following 'popularity with HTC users', company will bring its home screen reader to non-HTC phones 'soon'

Tucked away in a corner of HTC's new HTC One (M8) press release is a rather interesting nugget — the Taiwanese manufacturer plans to bring its BlinkFeed home screen launcher to other Android phones "soon," through the Google Play Store.

A footnote from the presser reads —

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3 years ago

ZTE's Nubia X6 for China is one for the spec junkies


13MP front facing camera and up to 128GB on-board storage

ZTE has announced a new smartphone for its native China that really is one for the spec junkies. The 6.44-inch display is 'only' 1080p, but everything else gives cause for excitement. It packs the latest Snapdragon 801 CPU, 3GB of RAM, upto an incredible 128GB of on-board storage and a pair of 13MP cameras. That's right, front and back.

The front facer has an f/2.2 lens with backside illumination and video auto-focus to help you take possibly the best selfies around. The rear camera has an f/2.0 lens with OIS and dual-flash.

We're not likely to see the Nubia X6 officially launched in Europe or the U.S., but at the equivalent of $640 for the top end model it also looks like great value for money.

via Engadget

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3 years ago

HTC One (M8) in gold expected in the UK by April 7


One major retailer claims orders delivering by then

With all the focus – and the pictures – having been on the Gunmetal Gray HTC One (M8) during yesterdays launch events, it's easy to forget there are two other colors available. While Silver is already in stock, the gold seems more elusive at present. Carphone Warehouse in the UK says that orders for the gold phone are expected to be delivered by April 7.

Rival retailer, Phones 4U, is also selling the gold HTC One (M8) but is claiming a longer lead time of 3-4 weeks on delivery. So if this is your preferred choice, you'll have to wait a little while. While you're waiting, be sure to check out our photo gallery from the event in London!

More: In pictures: The HTC One (M8) in silver and gold

Source: Carphone Warehouse

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3 years ago

We're answering your HTC One (M8) questions on the Android Central forums!

HTC One M8

The new HTC One (M8) is upon us, and depending on where you live you might even be able to buy one already. Our full review is a great place to learn more about HTC's latest flagship. But if you've still got burning questions, you'll want to head over to the Android Central forums, where Phil and I — with devices in-hand — are answering your questions on the M8.

More: HTC One (M8) Q&A on the Android Central forums

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 launched in Australia, pre-orders start March 27


On sale April 11 as with many other launch markets

Samsung has been throwing a little shindig down in Australia where it has officially announced the new Galaxy S5 for launch there. Pre-orders will go live tomorrow, March 27, and an outright purchase will cost $929 ahead of launch on April 11. Pre-orders will be taken first in the Samsung Experience Stores in Melbourne and Sydney.

Besides buying outright, the Galaxy S5 will be available on all the country's major carriers for differing prices on different deals. Our buddies at Ausdroid have crunched all the numbers you'd need to know, so check them out at the source link below.

Source: Ausdroid

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3 years ago

LG G2 Android 4.4 KitKat update pushing out in Canada


Bell and Rogers customers reporting update pushing out

A quick heads up for our LG G2 owning friends in Canada that a KitKat flavored update looks to be pushing out now. Reported by MobileSyrup, Bell and Rogers customers are starting to see a 635.99MB update to Android 4.4 arriving on their devices.

You can check for yourselves whether or not your G2 is ready by heading into Settings>About Phone>Update Center>Software Update or by jumping into the Update Center app in your app drawer if you have it. KitKat for the G2 adds a number of under-the-hood improvements as well as support for Google Cloud Printing.

Source: MobileSyrup

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