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3 years ago

HTC BlinkFeed headed to other Android devices

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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

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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

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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 Tab 4 7.0 appears in poor quality render

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Unnanounced tablet shows a strong family resemblance in poor quality render

We've heard about the as yet unnanounced Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 before – outed by Samsung no less – but until now we've seen nothing more than a name. Serial leaker, @evleaks has today posted this, the apparent first image of the new 7-inch Galaxy Tab 4. But it isn't exactly a quality render, with the screen looking off center and the home button not quite, well, straight. But hey, it's a render, not a photo. Or maybe this is what the real thing is actually like. Wouldn't that be something?

There aren't any real surprises to be seen. It has the standard Samsung-style home button, flanked by the same back and task-switching buttons found on the new Galaxy S5 and the not uncommon for Samsung earpiece. The April 24 on the screen might mean something, it might not. We'll surely find out soon enough.

Source: @evleaks

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3 years ago

EE announces cheaper LTE plans and £99 'Kestrel' 4G phone

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British mobile operator EE is making a big play for the budget market today, with the unveiling of new, low-cost LTE price plans and an £99 4G phone to use them with. EE's new 4G plans start at £13.99 per month for 500MB of data and EE's new, own-branded "Kestrel" handset, built by Huawei. The device features a 4.5-inch qHD display, a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor and Cat. 4 LTE support.

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3 years ago

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

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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

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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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3 years ago

HTC One (M8) teardown leaves little hope for repairability

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Lots of glue contributes to poor score for DIY repair jobs

The New HTC One (M8) is pretty stunning on the outside, but what about inside? The folks at iFixit have got their hands on one and done their thing with it. Besides exposing all the nerdy parts inside, it also exposes a pretty poor outlook for anyone who might ever hope to carry out some DIY repairs.

Beneath the metal outside lies a world of glue, glue, more glue, tape and copper shielding. The motherboard is glued, which you have to remove first before getting to the battery, which is also glued. Oh, and iFixit also accidentally managed to cut the cable to the screen digitizer. And these are folks who know what they're doing.

But, we do get to see all the cool stuff inside the new HTC One (M8) such as the Snapdragon 801 – which looks just like a chip – and the Boomsound speakers and the plastic amplifying chamber that resides behind. The repairability score is a pretty terrible 2/10, so you might want to take care of it.

Source: iFixit

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3 years ago

New HTC One includes 'powered by Android' branding

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If you're buying a new HTC One today, you'll know you're getting an Android phone

Well how about that. Just like Samsung's Galaxy S5, the new HTC One (M8) includes a "powered by Android" message when you first switch it on. The actual "Android" logo appears a little smaller than on the GS5, but nevertheless it's prominent and very noticeable each time you power the device on. Chances are if you're buying a new HTC One today, you'll know you're getting an Android phone.

With the two biggest Android handsets of the year now displaying Google's Android branding at startup — likely at the company's behest — this appears to be something of a trend for new high-end Androids. And we'll be watching with interest to see whether future flagships from the likes of Sony, LG and Motorola also tell buyers they're "powered by Android."

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3 years ago

Gary Oldman and his HTC One (M8) ...

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DON'T LOOK HIM DIRECTLY IN THE EYE!

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3 years ago

HTC One M8 unboxing and hands-on

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Just in case you somehow haven't seen this phone yet, it's the new HTC One. Also known as the M8. It's one hell of a phone. And, of course, it comes in a box. And because it comes in a box, we shall be forced to "unbox" it, by which we take it out of the box, show you what's in the box and then continue on our merry way.

There is, however, one wrinkle here. In addition to the usual in-box items, such as a charger and a SIM tool and earbuds and papers with words on them, this UK version of the HTC One also comes with a sleek TPU case. So there's that. Anyhoo. Loads more HTC One to come today. Stay tuned.

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3 years ago

LastPass now autofills passwords in Chrome, other apps

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This, folks, qualifies as a Big Deal. LastPass (Premium) — one of our favorite apps for managing passwords — has updated its Android app and will now autofill passwords. It works for Chrome on Android 4.3 and up, and other apps starting with Android 4.1. It needs your help, though, as it crowdsources app associations with the update. [LastPass blog]

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3 years ago

Buying the new HTC One (M8)? You'll need a nanoSIM

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New HTC flagship uses smaller SIM standard

Today, after weeks of speculation and online leaks, the new HTC One — also known by its codename "M8" — is official. And in some parts of the world the device has gone on sale immediately on launch day. But if you're thinking of picking up HTC's latest aluminum-clad smartphone right off the bat, you may need to think about swapping out or resizing your current SIM card first, as the new HTC One uses a nanoSIM.

Most carriers can send you a new SIM in the mail, or switch you to a nanoSIM in-store.

NanoSIMs will be familiar to users of many of Apple's more recent iOS devices, as well as Motorola's Moto X. They're smaller than the microSIMs used by most current Android phones, meaning they take up less precious internal space in the device. In most cases your carrier will be able to send you a new nanoSIM to replace your current SIM — some will even do it in-store while you wait — though there may be a charge for this.

An alternative — though not one for the faint of heart — is to cut your larger SIM down to nanoSIM size. Our own Jerry Hildenbrand wrote a great guide to nanoSIM cutting back when the Moto X launched, and it's worth a look if you're considering this route for your new M8.

And remember that once you've switched (or sliced your way down to) a nanoSIM, you’ll need a SIM-card adapter if you ever need to size back up to a micro.

More: For the bold: Cutting your own Nano SIM card

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3 years ago

Would you get the Samsung Galaxy S5 or HTC One (M8)?

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The HTC One (M8) has made a big splash today, but would you pick one up instead of a Samsung Galaxy S5?

We've spent a week with the HTC One (M8), and have a few preliminary thoughts in our review, but what do you guys make from what you've seen? In a real purchasing scenario, what's the bottom line: would you pick up the new M8, or would the Samsung Galaxy S5 win you over? Odds are this is a real decision a lot of folks are going to have to make over the next year or so, and we want to see what the popular opinion is. No, "eh, I don't think I'll get either," or "can't I have both lol?" Pick your side, and let's see how this epic battle pans out.

We'll follow up in a couple of days summing up the results, but in the meantime, feel free to work out all your thoughts in the comments. We're eager to hear which factors weigh most heavily on your decisions. Maybe that camera on the M8 is a dealbreaker, but ooh, dat build quality. Discuss!

Would you get the Samsung Galaxy S5 or HTC One (M8)?

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