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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy J gets official in Japan

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NTT Docomo unveils Japan-centric handset with Snapdragon 800 CPU

An announcement by Japanese carrier NTT Docomo has today confirmed anew Samsung handset which leaked out last week — the Galaxy J. A Galaxy S4 variant with a Snapdragon 800 CPU, the Galaxy J appears to be targeted specifically at the Japanese market, meaning it's unlikely we'll see a wider international release. In addition packing Qualcomm's latest mobile chip, the J has 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and microSD expandability.

The device also has a 5-inch Full HD SuperAMOLED display and a 2600mAh battery, and runs the latest Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. It'll be available in "coral pink," "satin white" and "lapis blue" color options when it launches on Docomo in late October.

Source: ​Docomo

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4 years ago

ABI Research: Moto X 'outpaces competition with new innovations'

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Firm says the Moto X is 'a step above the rest'

It's no secret that plenty of people are loving their Moto X phones. I'm one of them. The "less is more" philosophy and tight software integration make for a pretty unique experience among all the different smartphones out there, both Android and otherwise. ABI Research has just torn the Moto X apart and done a complete analysis of it, and they think a big part of it is because the Moto X is the clear leader when it comes to innovation.

They say things like the form factor, the "much underrated" display and the always-on voice commands and notification system are pretty spectacular feats in power management, and "are a few of the attributes that set the Moto X a step above the rest."

Specifically when compared to the iPhone 5s, the Moto X uses about 2.5 times less battery power to do the same things, and has 20 percent more pixels to account for. To the folks at ABI research, this is more innovative than a new casing, new colors or a fingerprint sensor that they mention was originally a Motorola idea on the Atrix. 

Around here, we use all sorts of different phones. We like some more than others, but feel that any of the latest are a great choice. But when someone comes out and says why one is better than the others in such a bold manner, we're going to tell you and let you decide.

Source: ABI Research; Via: Forbes

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4 years ago

US Cellular's Moto X next in line for OTA update

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Software update promises to "make your Moto X work even better"

US Cellular's Moto X has that big update everyone wants ready, and Motorola has posted the full change log and installation instructions. It's the same update we've already seen for T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T, and while the camera improvements take center stage there's a little more at play here that's just as important. Click through for the full list.

Thanks for the tip, Beth!

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4 years ago

SketchBook for Galaxy puts the S Pen on the Note 3 to work

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Whether you're an artist or a doodler, you'll love SketchBook on your new Galaxy Note

The biggest feature of the Samsung Galaxy Note series to me is the S Pen. It's an awesome input device, making things like filling out forms or signing documents easy, but it's also great when you want to get creative. Once you get used to things, it really is just like holding a real pen or pencil.

When you pair this with just the right app, things get pretty special. The great news is that just the right app is included on your new Note — whether you picked up the Note 3 or the Note 10.1 - 2014 edition. I'm talking about the SketchBook Pro application, which comes in a special Galaxy edition as part of your factory firmware. It's a lot like the retail version of the product (which you can try via the Google Play link above for $4.99), but it's specialized with a pen mode that can work with the pressure-sensitive S Pen perfectly.

It's a complete, dare I say professional-level, drawing and sketching application. It's come a long way since its launch on Google Pay back in 2011. You can add layers with varying degrees of transparency, choose from hundreds of different brushes and styles, and pick any color in the spectrum to use in your art. It's a lot like Photoshop for your phone or tablet, but better designed for the smaller screen, in my opinion.

If you picked up a new Note, you'll find the stub in your app drawer. Be sure to open it and give the full app a try. I think if you like to create any sort of doodle or picture, you're going to love it. Hit the break to see a selection of screenshots.

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4 years ago

Snapdragon 800-powered Samsung flip phone headed to China

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It appears there's a successor to Samsung's quirky W789 "Hennessy" handset on the way. Chinese certification authority TENAA has published images and other details of the unannounced Samsung "SM-W2014" — another Asia-bound flip phone from the Korean manufacturer. The device, which looks a lot like earlier Samsung forays into the world of "smart" flip phones, packs the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2GB of RAM and dual 3.67-inch, WVGA (480x800) SuperAMOLED screens. There's also a 13-megapixel rear camera and 2-megapixel front-facer, and interestingly it's reportedly running the latest Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.

Flip phones won't be making a comeback in the West anytime soon, and as such we wouldn't expect to see the W2014 outside of China.  Nevertheless, we're left wondering what exactly a flip phone is going to do with all that horsepower.

Source: Engadget, TENAA

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4 years ago

Hands-on with the real gold HTC One

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18 carat handset manhandled in London

At an event in London today, we were able to spend some quality time with the 18-carat gold-plated version of the HTC One — one of a very small number in existence. Produced in conjunction with Goldgenie to celebrate the 18th MOBO music awards, one of five final gold models will be given to the the MOBO winner for Best Newcomer at the ceremony on Oct. 19. Not that you'll be able to buy one, but the real gold HTC One is valued at £2,750 — a little over $4,400.

The unit we handled was already scuffed up pretty good — perhaps a demonstration of why aluminum and plastic, rather than more precious and less durable metals, are used in smartphone chassis construction. HTC says the guilded shell adds four grams in weight to the handset.

We've got hands-on video and more photos after the break.

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Mega could be headed to MetroPCS

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6.3-inch handset spotted wearing prepaid carrier's branding

Following the gigantic smartphone's launch on AT&T this summer, it appears the Samsung Galaxy Mega (6.3) might be going prepaid with a launch on MetroPCS. TmoNews has acquired a couple of shots of what appears to be a Metro-branded Mega, which it says will be SIM-locked to the MetroPCS network.

We've reviewed both the international and AT&T versions of the Mega and found that it makes more sense as a miniature tablet than an oversized phone. It's got a 6.3-inch 720p display, a 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon 400 CPU, 1.5GB of RAM and 8 or 16GB of storage, expandable via microSD. The Galaxy Mega will reportedly launch on MetroPCS before the holidays.

More: Samsung Galaxy Mega review

Source: TmoNews

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Round specs

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What's under the hood on Samsung's latest big, curved phone?

The latest boundary-pushing form factor coming out of Samsung is the Galaxy Round, a phone with a display that is notably curved on the vertical axis. With a curve that is much more pronounced and technologically impressive than previous "curved" phones, Samsung is definitely taking things to a new level.

Under the hood the story is much the same as what we've seen on the recently announced Galaxy Note 3, however, and that's not a bad thing. You'll find the same screen resolution and internal specs that are nearly identical, with the tradeoff for that curved display being a lack of S Pen functionality.

Hit the break for a full list of internal specifications — note that some parts may change when the device comes to other markets outside of the initial launch in Korea.

More: Samsung Galaxy Round Forum

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4 years ago

Samsung makes Galaxy Round official, 5.7-inch curved display and all

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Just in case you wanted a phone that was shaped like a Pringles chip

A mere handful of hours after press images of a purported curved device from Samsung leaked out, the manufacturer has released initial details on the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Round. The device packs a 5.7-inch 1080p display just like the Galaxy Note 3, but this one has a not-so-subtle curve to the entire device that distinguishes it from other "flat" phones.

Samsung says that it has also developed new software experiences to take advantage of the curved design such as tilting the phone while it's sitting on a table to check notifications, battery life and the time. Throughout the interface Samsung is working to make the software feel more at home on a curved display, offering tilt-based interfaces for some apps. Hit the break for more pictures and video of the new device from Samsung's official blog.

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4 years ago

Android 4.3 update for AT&T HTC One now pushing out

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It's AT&T's turn to ride the HTC One 4.3 update train

As promised by HTC America president Jason Mackenzie, the Android 4.3 update for the AT&T HTC One is now pushing out to users. It appears to be the same version that was previously leaked, checking in at 565.7MB and bringing the phone up to the current version of Android.

As we saw with the unlocked and Developer Editions, as well as Sprint models and phones from Canada, the update brings everything from Android 4.3 as well as further enhancements to Sense 5, with features like custom music and more themes for Highlights and dreaded black bar removal. Users who have updated on the other models seem pleased.

To see if your phone is ready for the update — they go out in stages — open the settings and look under About phone. Remember, AT&T limits the number of times you can check in a day. You'll find ways to work around this and more discussion in the HTC One forums.

More: AT&TThanks everyone who sent this in!

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4 years ago

HTC 'Sense 5.5' leaked shots show easy BlinkFeed toggle, camera changes

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An easy way to disable BlinkFeed, customizable quick settings, 'dual capture' and 'Panorama+' in camera app

High-profile HTC ROM maker mike1986 has produced screenshots purporting to be from the next version of HTC's Android-based UI, Sense 5.5. Among the most significant changes in the gallery of 15 images are the presence of an easy toggle for BlinkFeed — HTC's home screen reader, which currently cannot be disabled on HTC One devices. Elsewhere in BlinkFeed, there are new categories to select, and a custom topics tab.

More details after the break.

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4 years ago

HTC and Goldgenie unveil 18ct gold HTC One for 18th MOBO awards

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Just five of the limited edition phones, valued at £2,750, will be produced

To celebrate the 18th anniversary of the MOBO music awards, HTC has announced that it's partnered with gold phone producer Goldgenie to create an 18-carat gold-plated HTC One. Just five of the limited edition handsets, valued at £2,750 ($4,416), will be produced, with one going to the winner of the MOBO award for Best Newcomer at the ceremony on Oct. 19. There's no word on what's going to happen to the other four, but you can bet you probably won't find them hanging around your local carrier store.

It's the first time Goldgenie has partnered directly with a handset manufacturer, although the company did release its own, unofficial 24-carat gold-plated HTC One earlier in the year.

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4 years ago

HTC Asia invites point to possible One Max launch dates

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Hong Kong event on Oct. 16, Taiwan on Oct. 18

The HTC One Max is almost upon us, with a slew of recent leaks having brought to light much information about the unreleased 5.9-inch handset. Previous reports have pointed to an unveiling on or around Oct. 15, and now a couple of invites sent out to the Asian press suggest that date might prove close to the mark. Engadget has received details of events taking place in Hong Kong on Oct. 16, followed by HTC's native Taiwan on Oct. 18.

"One finger opens up a big view. You are invited to immerse in the sound with us," states one of the invites. That certainly sounds a lot like the HTC One Max we've been getting to know through various leaks in recent months. Naturally, we'll keep you apprised of any further developments.

Source: Engadget

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4 years ago

Verizon HTC One gets the S-Off treatment

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A seemingly reliable one-click S-Off method now available for those who need it

A little over a month after its release, the Verizon HTC One now has a working S-Off method for willing tinkerers to give a try. The method, which was put together by a couple of users over at XDA, takes a bit of setting up and checking for prerequisites but is otherwise generally a one-click affair. You'll need to be running a 32-bit Linux or Windows install and have the proper drivers installed, as well as a 100 percent stock device that hasn't been tampered with at all.

Once you've checked all the boxes, it seems as though this S-Off method is providing the desired result for folks who have replied to the forum thread. If you're not sure why you'd want S-Off, it opens up the door for future hacking on the device, such as custom recoveries, RUUs from different models and all sorts of good frustration fun.

If you're willing to give it a run, be sure to do all of the required reading before diving into achieving S-Off on your device. We want fewer bricked devices out there if at all possible.

More: Verizon HTC One Forums

Source: XDA

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4 years ago

Using the Galaxy Note 3 with a Pebble? Remember to turn your TouchWiz features on again [Updated]

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Update: Despite the warning message, you can use use a Pebble with the Note 3 and keep your favorite TouchWiz features

Here's a quick, updated PSA for anyone hoping to use the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with one of the leading non-Samsung smartwatches. The Pebble watch will work just fine with Samsung's latest oversized phone, despite the scary warning message that appears when you enable the accessibility service.

By default the Galaxy Note 3 disables a bunch of features when an accessibility service is enabled. And because of the way the Pebble smartwatch uses Android's accessibility features, this gives the impression that you can't use the Pebble and many of the Note's cooler features at the same time. In fact, it disables Air gestuer, air view, assistant menu, smart screen, interaction control, multi-window and direct pen input when you first enable the accessibility service.

Aside from being pretty confusing — and yes, it had us convinced that we had to choose between our Pebble and favorite Note 3 features like multi-window, for a while — it's actually possible to just go and re-enable all the TouchWiz features it turns off. Many of them can be found in the settings dropdown. Others, like Direct pen input, you'll need to search for in the Settings menu.

So hopefully that clears things up for Note 3 owners who also use a pebble smartwatch. Happy Pebbling, folks.

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