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3 years ago

HTC One wins GSMA's top smartphone of the year at Mobile World Congress

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LG honored for its innovation, AT&T lauded as well

We're all patiently awaiting HTC's March 25 events in London and New York, where it's all but official that we'll get a new version of one of our favorite smartphones of the past year. (We did get a smaller announcement this week, with the Desire 816.) But today, at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, HTC's current (and very much still relevant) flagship is receiving a pretty major accolade by the GSMA, the group that puts on this little show that we call MWC.

The HTC One wins "Best Smartphone," breaking Samsung's two-year winning streak (for the Galaxy S2 and Galaxy S3).

For HTC and the smartphone industry, from the folks in the suits to the boots on the ground, this is a pretty big deal. 

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3 years ago

Stitcher updated with unlimited past episode listening and Listen Later

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Stitcher, a major podcast app for Android, has rolled out a new update with a few solid features. The first is the ability to mark podcast episodes to listen to later. This is perfect for lining up the listening for your commute.

Stitcher has also allowed unlimited listening on past episodes in the latest update. As always, you can listen in on live streams or enjoy offline playback, pick up listening where you left off last, see notifications for breaking news, and combine podcasts for a continuous, customized talk radio experience.

If you're into podcasts, Stitcher is hard to beat. Be sure to give it a go at the download link above. Oh, and if you do end up using Stitcher, be sure to listen to the Android Central podcast there.

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3 years ago

T-Mobile reports $20 million Q4 net loss, but adds 1.65 million customers

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T-Mobile's fourth quarter and year-end results came in today with losses but also a few victories

T-Mobile's Q4 financial results are in, and they're about what you'd expect given their recent strategies of giving away tablet data, removing device subsidies and their corresponding contracts, paying termination fees from competitors, wacky marketing campaigns, and free international data roaming. They lost money over the quarter, but gained subscribers. They're up to 46.7 million customers, which is up 1.65 million from last quarter, and quarterly revenue was up to $6.8 billion, which is a $39% increase year-over-year. Still, this resulted in a net loss of $20 million for the quarter due to the aforementioned costs.

It takes money to make money, as they say, and in that light, these losses may seem worthwhile in the long run. How many of you guys are T-Mobile customers? How many of you have switched over in the last couple of months? Do the changes they're making in wireleess merit all the marketing attitude? Highlights from the quarter and full-year results are below.

Source: T-Mobile

Fourth Quarter 2013 Highlights:

  • Total net customer additions of more than 1.6 million
  • 981,000 total branded net customer additions with 869,000 branded postpaid net additions, representing the best branded postpaid performance since the fourth quarter of 2005
  • Improving branded postpaid phone net additions of 800,000 and 69,000 mobile broadband net additions
  • Accelerating branded prepaid customer growth with 112,000 net customer additions
  • Continued low branded postpaid churn of 1.7%, flat quarter-over-quarter and down 80 basis points year-over-year, resulting in the best quarter of year-over-year churn reduction in 2013
  • Delivered third consecutive quarter of sequential service revenue growth
  • Strong Adjusted EBITDA of $1.239 billion and Adjusted EBITDA margin of 24% combined with significant customer growth
  • Successful modernization program delivers nationwide 4G LTE network coverage to 209 million people in 273 metro areas

Full Year 2013 Highlights:

  • Total net customer additions of more than 4.4 million on a pro forma combined basis
  • 2.4 million total branded net customer additions including 2 million branded postpaid and 359,000 branded prepaid customers on a pro forma combined basis
  • Branded postpaid churn of 1.7%, down 70 basis points year-over-year
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $5.317 billion and Adjusted EBITDA margin of 26% on a pro forma combined basis
  • Successful introduction and execution of major Un-carrier initiatives
  • Rapid progress with the integration of MetroPCS by expanding the brand into 30 additional markets
  • Currently 3.5 million MetroPCS customers on the T-Mobile network
  • Met or exceeded all company guidance targets for 2013

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3 years ago

Vector 32: The ultra-high definition future of television and transcoding

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Vector is Mobile Nations' cross-site, cross-platform analysis podcast where we talk about the biggest stories and issues in tech with the smartest people in the industry. On this week's episode, Don Melton and Guy English join Rene to get super geeky about 4K TV (aka UHD or 2160p), HEVC (aka H.265), VP8, and the future of televisions, physical and digital media, and transcoding.

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia M2 hands-on

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Xperia Z series look and feel gets more affordable in Sony's latest mid-range handset

Alongside its new Xperia Z2 flagship smartphone and Xperia Z2 Tablet, Sony's also showing off a new mid-range offering, the Xperia M2, at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Based on the look and feel of the Xperia Z series, the M2 brings Sony's high-end "Omnibalance" design language to a more affordable product. With a qHD (960x540)-resolution 4.8-inch screen, the M2 won't be winning any awards for display sharpness — but colors do at least look bright and vivid.

Performance, too, is decent across the board. The M2's 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor seems just a little snappier than rivals like the Moto G. Imaging is another area where Sony's looking to differentiate from the mid-level competition. The phone boasts an 8-megaixel Exmor RS camera alongside its modular camera app, which includes AR (augmented reality) functionality, along with Superior Auto, Manual and other shooting modes.

On the software side, the M2 is running the previous Xperia UI, not the Android 4.4-based firmware found on the Z2. So instead you're running Jelly Bean and a UI that looks just a bit dated compared to Sony's latest and greatest software. Nevertheless, the phone runs a full suite of Sony apps including Walkman with Music Unlimited, Video Unlimited and the PlayStation app.

Check out our hands-on video after the break, along with more photos.

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3 years ago

ZTE Grand Memo II LTE hands-on

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Early software and questionable build quality have us wondering what the future holds for this huge phone

ZTE has taken the wraps off of the second generation of its large device, the Grand Memo II LTE, here at MWC in Barcelona and we've had an opportunity for some quick hands-on time at the show. This device is definitely large, even in this world where 5-inch screens seem normal, with a full 6-inch 720 x 1280 display. ZTE mitigates some of the size issues with very small bezels around all sides and a 7.2mm thick body, but in the end it's still mildly unwieldy at best. While it feels pretty solid in the hand and isn't overly angular even with the lack of thickness, the build quality was really lacking on all of the units we had a chance to touch.

As a quick refresher, for specs we're looking at a Snapdragon 400 processor (although the confusion of whether or not it will eventually have an S800 still stands), paired up with 2GB of RAM, 3200mAh battery and a pair of cameras at 13MP and 5MP. The display looks pretty good to our eyes — it's an IPS panel — at the distance you usually hold large devices, although we do find the colors and brightness to be a bit lacking, at least in the trade show lighting scenario.

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3 years ago

In pictures: The Rose Gold Samsung Galaxy Note 3

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On sale now and surprisingly attractive

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is already on sale to some folks globally in the new Rose Gold color scheme, but we've only physically seen one for the first time here at Mobile World Congress. Available in a black or white version, the Rose Gold is actually a more bronze colored trim that covers the edges and trims the home button, earpiece, camera stack and the Samsung logo on the rear.

Up close, both are surprisingly attractive. The Rose Gold is tasteful and not over-the-top, and the black one inparticular is a most handsome looking thing. If you can get it, that'd be the one we'd go for.

Otherwise it's the same Galaxy Note 3 we know and love. Head on past the break to see more.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 chipsets confirmed, Snapdragon 801 on-board

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Also confirmed to be Octa-core Exynos variant for selected markets

The Samsung Galaxy S5 event passed by without too much detail on just what chipset is actually powering things. This morning, we've got word on two different versions for presumably different markets. Qualcomm has dropped word that its latest Snapdragon 801 is in fact inside the Galaxy S5, while there is also word from Samsung of an octa-core model that will launch in selected markets.

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3 years ago

LG G2 Mini and G Pro 2 QuickWindow cases hands-on

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Standard LG cases kick off the accessory market for these new phones

We've seen the recently announced LG G Pro 2, as well as the G2 MIni, here at Barcelona, but we haven't yet seen the range of accessories LG has on tap for its latest devices. A big feature since the launch of the original G2 is the so-called "QuickWindow" case that gives your device full protection — including the screen — while also giving you glanceable information through a cutout window on the front.

The cases come in a wide variety of colors — we have a salmon-like one on the G Pro 2 and silver on the G2 Mini — and are a nice woven cloth-like material all around for extra grip. The functionality seems to be the same as we've experienced on the G2 and G Flex as well. While cases that cover the entire front of the phone aren't always well-liked by the majority of people, the folks who want (or need) the extra protection will have this now-standard LG accessory for these new devices.

Be sure to hit the break for a closer look at the QuickWIndow cases for both the LG G Pro 2 and LG G2 Mini.

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3 years ago

Poll: Are you upgrading to the Galaxy S5?

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Is the new look and new software enough to make you go for it?

The Internet is on fire over the Samsung Galaxy S5. Generally seen as a nice device by those who have had their hands all over it, it retains the look we're familiar with, while being a little different — both outside and inside. But it seems like there is no instant "wow" factor to make everyone drop what they are doing and pull out their wallets.

This feels especially true if you're using a Galaxy S4. I'm seeing a lot of folks saying they will hold off this time, and keep the S4 in their pocket for another year. Of course, you have people complaining just for the sake of complaining, but most folks seem to be calm and genuine enough.

By now, you've had a few hours to think about it, talk about it, and complain about it if you wanted to. So we're just going to ask — are you going to upgrade to the Galaxy S5?

Hit the break, vote in the poll, chat in the comments. You guys and gals know how this works by now. 

My vote? Bring it on. Looking forward to having some one-on-one time with it.

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3 years ago

Attacking from the bottom: why Nokia's Android-powered phones make sense

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Today, at the start of Mobile World Congress, Nokia made it official. They are building Android-powered phones. I’m not going to rehash all of the data or walk you through the basics of the phone since that’s already been covered in-depth quite well today.

While some at Microsoft may be embarrassed by what Nokia is doing, I can see how it’s a smart move that will help.

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3 years ago

SanDisk intros first 128 GB microSD memory card

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Class 10 and ready for HD video

At Mobile World Congress, SanDisk announced the world's first 128 GB microSD memory card. It's Class 10 UHS-I with read speeds around 30 MB/s and should be compatible with any device that can support SDXC, which includes most Android devices launched over the last few years. SanDisk also took the opportunity to announce a 64 GB embedded NAND module tailored specifically to Android devices, though right now they're just sampling it to partners.

If we're going to be going around shooing 4K video on our devices, it's a good thing that memory is increasing so we can actually save that footage. Plus, the Samsung Galaxy S5 ROM size may also make you wish for a little bit more room. Beyond that, it's hard to imagine loading up that much music manually. Still, at times like this I really feel for those that don't have access to their SD card slot.

Amazon and Best Buy are going to be the exclusive outlets for the new cards, which are available right now for $119.99. How much room do you have free on your device storage? Are you going to pick up one of these 128 GB cards? Does having this much room enable any new use cases?

Source: SanDisk

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3 years ago

Galaxy S5 ROM is a bit of a monster, taking up nearly 8GB of storage

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That SD card slot Samsung keeps including in its phones? You're going to need it.

We have to preface what we're about to show you with the following statement: Pre-release device, lacking carrier customizations, yadda yadda. But what you see here is the storage listing on the just-announced Samsung Galaxy S5

And what you can see is that on the 16GB model of the Galaxy S5, half of the on-board storage is used up before the owner even turns on the phone. It's not quite as dire on the 32GB model of course (and remember that there's a little bit of funky math anyway, and you never get as much storage as manufacturers say), and Samsung will quickly tell you that's why you have the option to use a microSD card for expanded storage. It's something that we've seen before, and it's the same scenario. You need room for all those features and apps.

Still. When we're looking to buy the Samsung Galaxy S5 this April, we'll be opting for the 32-gigabyte version. Let's hope the U.S. carriers don't throw a wrench into that plan.

See more in our Galaxy S5 hands-on, and in our Galaxy S5 forums!

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3 years ago

LG F70 set to bring KitKat and LTE to millions of new customers

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LG leveraging their huge bank of LTE patents and a 2440mAh battery to provide high-speed all day long

LG isn't finished at Mobile World Congress, and they have just released the details about the new F70, which looks to be a mid-range device with a premium look and feel.

The F70 sports a 4.5-inch WVGA display and features KitKat running on a quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM. LG is also touting the sleek removable back, and the 2440mAh battery that resides under it. But what they really seem proud of, and rightfully so, we imagine — is the patented technology that went into the LTE radios.

LG holds over 288 industry-standard LTE-A patents, which gives them 23 percent of all patents in the category. While anyone can license them for use — they are standard essential patents — LG has easy access and can use them quickly, and cheaply. They aim to bring LTE network speeds to million of new customers with the F70.

It's an attractive, though familiar. package and with the right price they'll have great success with it.

No word of pricing or availibility just yet, but we'll be on the lookout. The full press release follows. Stay tuned to AC for the best coverage from Barcelona!

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 UK availability starts to take shape

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Major carriers and high-street retailers already offering registration pages

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is official and there's bound to be a ton of people out there that want to know where to get one. Samsung announced April 11 as the grand release date for 150 countries and some of the UK carriers and retailers are starting to show their hands.

Honestly, if it wasn't available on all the major carriers and usual retail sources we'd be more surprised. But it's always good to get an early heads up, especially since we're about six weeks out from launch. At this point EE, and Vodafone have posted registration pages for the Galaxy S5, as have Carphone Warehouse and Phones 4U. Three has also confirmed its intention to carry the new phone.

We'll keep updating as and when more sources and information becomes available.

More: Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy S5

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