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4 years ago

Kyocera Hydro Edge coming to Sprint and Boost Mobile this month

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Coming to Sprint July 19 and Boost Mobile July 23

We first spotted the successor to the Kyocera Hydro at CTIA 2013 in Las Vegas a few months back. Now, the Kyocera Hydro Edge has become official, joining the underwater leagues of such phones as the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active and Sony Xperia Z. As its name would suggest, the Hydro Edge was made for water resistance — up to 3.28 feet in water for 30 minutes to be exact.

On Sprint, the Hydro Edge is available on new lines and eligible upgrades with two-year service agreements for $19.99 before tax after a $50 mail-in-rebate (which comes in the form of a reward card). Boost Mobile subscribers will have to shell out more up front since they are no-contract customers, with the total coming to $149.99 before tax. The Hydro Edge is the first phone to ever be available for pre-order on Boost Mobile.

For more, see our Kyocera Hydro Edge hands-on. We've got official specs after the break

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4 years ago

Follow full coverage of Nokia's Lumia 1020 on Windows Phone Central

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2013 is, among other things, the year of camera-centric smartphones. On the Android side, we've already witnessed the launch of the Galaxy S4 Zoom, and Sony is rumored to be joining the cameraphone party later in the year with the Xperia i1 "Honami."

But today all eyes are on Nokia in New York City, with its announcement of the Windows Phone-powered Lumia 1020. Rumors — and a number of reliable leaks — suggest it'll pack a massive 41-megapixel PureView sensor with advanced optics.

Our friends over at Windows Phone Central are live from NYC today with full coverage of all Nokia's announcements, so check the link below for all the details as they emerge. 

More: Nokia Lumia 1020 event liveblog on Windows Phone Central

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4 years ago

Google Play edition HTC One bootloader and recovery now available

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The first step of turning your HTC One into a Google Play edition is now ready

Hey there sports fans, if you're thinking of taking your existing HTC One and converting it into a bona fide Google Play edition HTC One, the work has already begun. The stock bootloader and stock recovery have been pulled off the device, and they're uploaded with all the instruction you need to get them flashed.

Doing this, along with using a complete system image (which I'm told is coming soon) on your HTC One will turn it into a Google Play edition device -- and get it on the track for OTA updates along with the new One's people are recieving today.

Of course you'll be giving up a lot by losing HTC Sense, but you have the choice if you're willing to take the chance and understand the risks. You'll find full instructions at the source link below. Happy flashing!

Source: XDA; via: Android Central forums

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4 years ago

The Xperia Z on T-Mobile: a watershed moment for Sony smartphones in the U.S.

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Sony finally has the smartphone it needs to become a major player in the U.S. mobile market.

Since its sweep at CES 2013, The Sony Xperia Z has become known in some circles as the best phone Americans can’t buy — thankfully, that changes next week when T-Mobile will add Sony’s flagship to its portfolio. Our own Alex Dobie put the Xperia Z through its paces back in March with a thorough review, and seeing as though the domestic version of the device is almost identical to the international one, we won’t waste your time with yet another teardown. We will, however, discuss how the Xperia Z fits into T-Mobile’s summer lineup — one of the more robust of all the major carriers — and examine what its addition means for Sony’s mobile footprint in the U.S. Hit the break for our thoughts and impressions.

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4 years ago

T-Mobile launches Sony Xperia Z, available July 17 for $99 down

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Sony's waterproof flagship handset hits the magenta network

T-Mobile is finally taking the stage in New York to (among other things) announce the Sony Xperia Z for its network, and it will be available next week on July 17th. This is the same Xperia Z we know and love from before that has been available unlocked, with full waterproofing and top-end specs.

The Xperia Z hits T-Mobile for $99 down on an installment plan, with 24 monthly payments of $20. That breaks down to $579 in total if you'd prefer to buy outright. Customers buying online -- starting with a July 16th pre-order date -- will also get a free Bluetooth wireless speaker while supplies last.

Interestingly, Sony's own stores and online store will sell the T-Mobile branded Xperia Z starting today, something that Sony hasn't historically done. These orders are also up for the free Bluetooth speaker deal.

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4 years ago

LG Optimus G Pro 'Value Pack' now available via OTA update

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New tools include Smart Video, Dual Camera and Pause & Resume Recording

Update: detailed software information and what is needed to update have been added after the break.

Original:

LG Optimus G Pro owners on AT&T should be on the lookout -- an over-the-air update is coming your way. Dubbed the 'Value Pack,' this update brings features very reminiscent of another popular flagship phone. We've been expecting this update for a few months, so it's good to hear the rollout has begun. New features are detailed as follows:

New Tools:

  • Smart Video intelligently recognizes the position of a user's eyes, automatically pausing the video when the user looks away and then restarting it once they resume active viewing.
  • Dual Camera, an extension of the Dual Recording feature, lets users simultaneously capture photos of the subject and the shooter using both the front and back cameras for a picture-in-picture composition, so both sides of an experience are snapped and saved.
  • Pause & Resume Recording allows user to pause video in record mode and then restart the recording to create one continuous video file. 

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4 years ago

Huawei Ascend Mate headed to Vodafone UK

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Huawei 6.1-incher confirmed for Voda UK — no release date or pricing yet

It's been more than six months since we first laid eyes on the Huawei Ascend Mate back at CES 2013. At the Huawei presser in Las Vegas, the Mate turned heads mainly due to its gigantic 6.1-inch screen, at the time one of the largest we'd seen on a smartphone. Half a year later the device is about to make its way to the UK market, and it's been picked by major UK operator Vodafone.

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4 years ago

Motorola Droid Mini, Ultra and Maxx pictured

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We're starting to hear more and more about Motorola and Verizon's new Droid devices — in recent days we've revealed promotional materials and a possible release date for the Droid Ultra and Droid Maxx. Now prolific Twitter leaker @evleaks has published an image of all three new Droid devices — Droid Mini, Droid Ultra and Droid Maxx.

Unsurprisingly the Ultra and the Maxx are almost identical from the front, as history would suggest the Maxx merely being an Ultra with a larger battery. Meanwhile, the smaller Droid Mini sports a similar design with a reduced screen size — 4.3 inches, according to our source. With Aug. 8 being tipped as a possible launch date, hopefully we won't have to wait much longer before these new Droids are officially unveiled.

More: Motorola Droid Ultra forums

Source: @evleaks

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4 years ago

Latest Droid Ultra leak points to August 8 release date

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Get ready to say Hello Moto on August 8, according to this leaked commercial story board

Update: We've had to pull the leaked image. A handy Google search may help if you missed it.

The Droid Ultra, complete with a Gorilla Glass screen and Kevlar encasing, will launch August 8 according to this leaked television commercial story board that appeared in our inbox. The commercial itself will feature what sounds like a very tough phone, taking a beating and coming through without a scratch.

There's also a hint at some sort of customized voice control software, as the actor will tell the phone to play some smooth jazz tunes by saying "Hello Moto. Open Spotify. Play Coltrane mix." We've no clue if this refers to some special blend of Motorola's software, or part of Google Now's ever-increasing functionality.

What we do know is that there are a lot of people excited to see Motorola's latest come to their local Verizon store. If all goes as planned, we'll be seeing just that in about four weeks. Head into the Droid Ultra forums and join the discussion while we wait.

[LEAK] 8-8-13 at Android Central forums

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom arriving in the UK SIM-free tomorrow

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16-megapixel camera/phone hybrid priced at £442.80

Hot on the heels of the Galaxy S4 Active, the Galaxy S4 Zoom is about to become available in the U.K., through independent retailer Clove Technology. Clove is expecting its first stock of the device tomorrow, July 11, and it's priced the device at £442.80 inc. VAT (£369 exc. VAT.)

That'll get you a mid-range Android smartphone with a mid-range point-and-shoot camera strapped to the back of it. The Zoom packs a 4.3-inch qHD SuperAMOLED display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 CPU, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and most importantly, a 16-megapixel rear camera with 10X optical zoom. For more on the Galaxy S4 Zoom, hit the link below for our hands-on feature.

More: Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom

Source: Clove

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4 years ago

New Droid MAXX leak claims 48 hours of worry-free battery life

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Leaked commercial story board for Verizon's Droid MAXX is big on battery life

Update: We've had to pull the leaked image. A handy Google search may help if you missed it.

We got this leaked storyboard for an upcoming Droid MAXX commercial in our inbox this evening, and one thing really stood out to us. No, it wasn't the scantily clad beautiful people in the pictures, or the idea of a tropical paradise, or even an exotic speedboat. All those things are nice, and will make for yet another great commercial from Verizon, but what really hooked us was this line:

48 hours of worry-free battery life, the new DROID MAXX.

It makes us think of Google CEO Larry Page, who told us that battery life was one of the important things Google wanted to showcase in Motorola's upcoming phones last April. And one of the most common complaints from any smartphone user is about their battery life. It's important, dammit and the folks making our phones have got to start working on it in a meaningful way. 

While we're a little skeptical about claims of 48 hours battery life on any smartphone (see those outlandish talk-time estimates) just making a statement like that has us believing that someone at Motorola has gotten serious about  how long our batteries last between a charge. 

We're pretty sure the next Droid is going to have some pretty nice internals, but it looks like someone finally cares about one of the most important specs of all. We've dropped this one in the forums for discussion, so be sure to join in the fun while we wait for more information.

[LEAK] "48 hours of worry-free battery life" at Android Central forums

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4 years ago

LG Optimus G2 shown off in clearest photos yet [update: video]

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Svelte design, thin bezels and on-screen buttons coming to future LG flagship

Update: A video of the handset has also surfaced on Youtube, with a better view of the hardware and software. You can catch it after the break with the additional photos.

Original: A set of extremely clear photos has just leaked out of what is reportedly the LG Optimus G2, a successor flagship device to the original Optimus G from last year. The photos, obtained by Engadget, show a large plastic device with extremely small bezels all around the screen which is rumored to be a 5.2-inch 1080P panel. Helping the bezels remain small are on-screen navigation buttons, although it worries us a bit that a software "menu" key seems to be taking place of the traditional multitasking key.

On the inside we're looking at the (previously confirmed) Snapdragon 800 processor at 2.3GHz, with 2GB of RAM alongside it. Around back we're looking at a 13MP camera sensor, along with an interesting volume button configuration underneath the camera pod on the back of the device.

Stick around after the break for a couple more views of the front and back of the device, with a full picture gallery at the source link below.

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4 years ago

Verizon, AT&T Galaxy S4s also getting software upgrade [Updated]

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New firmware includes apps-to-SD, Samsung Knox

Update: Looks like AT&T is pushing out a similar GS4 update over-the-air.

Original story: Following the international and Sprint versions of the phone, Verizon's Galaxy S4 is today receiving a software update with a couple of significant new features. While a full changelog isn't yet available, the new "VRUAME7" firmware update seems to include apps-to-SD card support as well as Samsung's Knox security software for BYOD — both features found in the recent Sprint GS4 update. In addition, the same firmware update for the international GS4 brought improved performance, so that's something else to watch out for.

Knox in particular might be of concern to rooted users wanting to maintain superuser access to their devices, so if you're rooted you might want to hold off applying this update for the moment. Right now it seems the new firmware is only going out through Samsung's Kies desktop app, rather than over-the-air, as a hefty 1.8GB download.

Source: Android Central forums; Thanks, Jason!

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4 years ago

Google Play edition phones now shipping

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A quick heads up that, as promised, the Google Play edition Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One have begun shipping directly from Google. 

In case you've been living under a rock the past couple weeks, these are the (mostly) "stock Android" versions of the phones. Same hardware, with the software as God and Google (HOLOYOLO) intended, for better or for worse. They're SIM-unlocked, with full LTE support here in the U.S., and with just a superficial control over the bootloader, so they're developer-friendly.

Be sure to check out our full review if you haven't already.

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4 years ago

How to get rid of the on-screen menu bar on the HTC One with Android 4.2

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On the newest firmware, a simple setting change will banish one of this phone's major annoyances

The HTC One's unsightly on-screen menu bar was never the most elegant way to handle apps that still use Android's legacy "menu" key. We said as much in our review of the phone back in March. Thankfully with the new Android 4.2 update that's now rolling out in some countries, it's now possible to get rid of it entirely, and use a long-press of the home key to access menu functionality instead.

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