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4 years ago

The Lenovo Ideaphone K900 is coming May 6; looks like the best phone you'll never get to use

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Intel's Clover Trail processor is coming soon to the far east market

Remember back at CES when we looked at the Lenovo K900? Five months later and it finally has an official release date of May 6 according to Lenovo's Chinese website. There is no price or any other information attached, but it certainly looks like this one is destined for China and / or the rest of the far east only. And that's a shame.

I'm certain there are plenty of us here on this side of the world who would love to see the first Intel Clover Trail powered smartphone for sale. The 5.5-inch 440+ ppi screen hides a 2.0GHz dual-core Intel processor and 2GB of RAM, with a 13MP camera (including a Sony Exmor lens) around the back. It's all tied together with Android 4.2 inside a nice metal chassis. The whole package left us pretty impressed when we had a look.

If this one ever ends up in the Americas, I'd love to take it for a spin. In the meantime, we have some lovely pictures of it at the source link. At least Kobe gets to play with it.

Source: Lenovo; via: GSM Insider

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4 years ago

Samsung Stratosphere update coming soon with improvements and bugfixes

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Software version changes to i405.GC1, Android version remains the same

Those still rocking their Samsung Stratosphere will be pleasantly surprised today -- Verizon has announced it has a brand new update finished and almost ready to download. Although small in size, both Verizon and Samsung feel this is an important one and 'encourage you to download this update.' The new software version is i405.GC1, and includes a hand-full of enhancements:

  • Improved clarity during calls
  • Improved reliability when sending emails using Outlook
  • Improvements to Sync and Connect server have been made
  • My Verizon application has been improved
  • Improvements have been made to the Set Up Wizard to clarify what is required in the Google Setup screen
  • Correct the IMAP implementation related to the E-mail Sync and connect operation
  • The following applications have been removed as preloaded: IM, Blockbuster, Verizon Video and Verizon Vcast
  • Single Sign On application has been updated to version v3.1.9
  • VZtones version 5.1.3 has been added

We've yet to get reports of anyone receiving the OTA update just yet. If you're one of the first, hit the comments and let us know the roll out has begun.

Source: Verizon

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4 years ago

Show us your talent or hobby and you could win an AT&T HTC One!

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We wrapped up a contest yesterday and gave away a few phones, but you know us, we just can't give away enough stuff! This week we have an AT&T HTC One to give away. This contest will be much like last week's HTC One Developer version giveaway, so if you entered last week or just wish you had, this will seem familiar, with one catch. 

  • The last video contest was great, but this time we want to see you doing your favorite hobby, whether that be singing, dancing, painting, scuba diving, spelunking, animal rescue, underwater basket weaving, baking... you get the idea. If you love doing it, we want to see it. (Umm... keep it clean though folks.) Shoot a video of yourself with your current smartphone, if possible. Doesn't matter how old and crappy your phone is. Doesn't matter if it's an iPhone. Or an old BlackBerry. We wanna see your face on the screen.
  • Upload your video to YouTube. (You can leave it unlisted if you want, and you can delete it after this contest is over.)
  • THIS IS THE IMPORTANT PART: Embed your video in this forum thread. Leave us a message along with it if you want, but all you need to do is click the little video button then paste in the link to your video. Easy as pie. (See the pic in the forum thread if you need help.)
  • Do you live on planet Earth? You may enter this contest. Open to everyone BUT remember the phones are AT&T versions so if you want to enter you better make sure the device is compatible with your carrier first.
  • We'll close the contest at 12:01 a.m. May 1. Plenty of time to get creative and get entered.
  • The prize is an AT&T HTC ONE, just the device and whatever comes in the box. Accessories and service are on you.

Get it? Got it? Good. Get to it!

Enter to win a HTC One

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4 years ago

Verizon announces the Pantech Perception, available April 25 for $99 with contract and rebate

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A 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED screen and 16GB of storage round out this middle of the road offering from Pantech and Big Red

Verizon has officially announced the Pantech Perception, a new LTE device that will be available come April 25. The Perception looks decidedly mid-range at first glance, but there are some intriguing features listed on the Verizon website. Beside the 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED screen (which we're pretty sure will get some folks to give this a second look in its own right), they list what they're calling Motion Sense. According to Verizon, "The technology lets users wave a hand over the phone to answer a call, scroll through contacts, change a song being played or find a picture from their library."

The Perception will come with 16GB of storage, and has a 8MP rear camera with a 2MP one around front. It ships with Android 4.0, bu an upgrade to Jelly Bean is promised "soon". With a new agreement and after a $50 mail-in rebate, the Perception will end up costing you $99.

You can go back to waiting for the Galaxy S4 now.

Source: Verizon

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4 years ago

AOSP for Sony Xperia Z now available

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The Sony Xperia Z is now in the Android Open Source Project - a perfect place for developers and partners

Open-sourced Android code for the Sony Xperia Z has recently been released on GitHub to enable developers and partners to get knee-deep into the device. Though the promise of vanilla Android is tantalizing, Sony is quick to remind folks that the Android build they're posting isn't meant for everyday use. As you can see from the video, all of the important stuff is working, but there are a few apps and services missing - after all, they don't have the rights to open source everything. 

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4 years ago

The ASUS CUBE with Google TV review

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A bold design and great software additions make the ASUS CUBE unique, but is that enough to push Google TV to mainstream living rooms?

The ASUS CUBE with Google TV is the latest premium Google TV box to come out, and it’s also one of the most anticipated. It has a unique look and design, a nifty rotating-cube user interface, and plenty of features both in the hardware and software. We’ve been waiting for it since it was first unveiled in January at CES, and now it’s here.

I’m convinced that the Google TV platform is “almost there”, and one key component to get it from a cool toy for enthusiasts to something you would find in a mainstream consumer’s living room is great hardware. The $140 price tag will help -- you can grab one from various e-tailers including Newegg --  provided the unit provides a good experience with the current Google TV software.

The ASUS CUBE is certainly unique, but is it great? Hit the break and we’ll have a look.

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4 years ago

T-Mobile website, computer systems down over the weekend

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High demand to blame for the outages; wireless network was not affected

If you had trouble accessing the T-Mobile website over the weekend, you weren't the only one. Not only were other customers having issues with the site, but also customer service reps in stores trying to operate internal computers. The sporadic outage, which seemed to take place for most of Saturday, was confirmed today by T-Mobile. In a statement to FierceWireless, the carrier said the issues were the result of extremely high demand -- with no further elaboration provided.

With the launching of a completely new plan and carrier strategy, along with some high profile device launches, it's not surprising that T-Mobile's website was under some serious pressure in the last couple of days. While the carrier thanks customers for their patience with the issue, it says that an apology is in order for the services being temporarily unavailable. It has also been confirmed that the wireless network did not experience outages over the same period.

Source: FierceWireless

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4 years ago

Netflix $11.99 plan will allow simultaneous streaming on 4 devices

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Company is 'shortly adding' new plans for US customers

Netflix subscribers who are liberal about sharing their login information with family and friends may have run into the 2-stream cap before. As of now, Netflix accounts can stream content on 2 devices at the same time; any more, and you'll get denied until someone else stops their online viewing.

Netflix has recognized that some customers need more than the current 2-stream maximum, and are planning to roll out $11.99 plans that will allow for 4 streams at once. Although Netflix thinks the need is there, they expect less than 1% of members to take them up on this new offer. While the numbers don't quite speak to the current need of the new plan, continuation of the company's recent growth could make this a more widely used option in the future.

There is no official date just yet, but if your family falls in the 1% that wants the ability to watch Netflix shows on your Google TV, computer, tablet, and phone all at the same time, these plans should be available very soon.

Source: Netflix, via: The Verge

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4 years ago

Texas Instruments Q1 2013 results: $362 million in income on $2.89 billion revenue

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Smart phone and tablet products officially winding down, revenues expected to decline appropriately

Texas Instruments is reporting its Q1 2013 earnings today, and the overall numbers are looking quite good. Although revenue for the quarter was down slightly, TI has posted net income and EPS that were near the top of their expected range. Here's a quick breakdown of the high points:

  • $2.89 billion in revenues, down 8-percent year-over-year
  • $362 million in net income, up 37-percent y-o-y
  • $0.32 Earnings Per Share, up 45-percent y-o-y
  • $3.9 billion in cash and short-term investments on hand

If it wasn't clear last year that TI is shifting away from the business of consumer chipset products, it should be after reading this earnings release. On its segmented earnings, TI has officially pushed its wireless business -- now dubbed "legacy wireless products" -- into the "Other" category of the sheet, which should give you an indication of where it is headed. Looking forward for Q2 2013 and beyond, TI is advising that its revenues will continue to decline in the legacy wireless business.

TI now says that a full 77-percent of its revenues come from "Analog and Embedded Processing", which means products aimed at the consumer space are far from the priority now. Aside from a cheap alternative to the more popular processors out there right now, don't look for OMAP processors to be making their way into too many products in the coming months.

Source: Texas Instruments

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4 years ago

An HTC One Developer Version and two Nexus 4 devices have new homes!

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We had a contest for a 64GB HTC One Developer Version phone. Phil then threw in a couple of Nexus 4s because there were so many awesome entries. You were excited, we were excited, everyone was just excited. Then some stuff happened, people tried to cheat, and made the whole thing less fun that it started out to be. In any case, we persevered and Lloyd has chosen some winners for these fantastic phones. Check out the entries below to see who won the phones!

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4 years ago

T-Mobile Unlimited Plans may get tethering bundled starting Wednesday

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Value and Classic plans could get tethering pre-packaged with 500MB, 2.5GB, and 4.5GB options

In a screenshot recently obtained by TmoNews, it appears T-Mobile may be doing further restructuring of its post-paid plans. If true, unlimited data for both the Value and Classic plans will come pre-bundled with various tethering options starting on Wednesday. Basically, instead of buying unlimited data and a separate tethering bucket, subscribers will buy unlimited data with 500MB, 2.5GB, or 4.5GB of included tethering.

Currently, 500MB of tethering is already included with unlimited data. Instead of subscribers getting a $10 add-on for 2.5GB of tethering with their $20 unlimited data plan, the same plan will start at $30 and include tethering. For $40 a month, there is also a 4.5GB tethering option. Classic Plans will get the same changes: a $30 base plan with 500MB of tethering, a $40 plan with 2.5GB of tethering, and a $50 plan with 4.5GB of tethering.

It makes sense to see further simplification of T-Mobile's plans, making customer choices easier and less confusing (and in some cases cheaper). We'll be waiting for the official announcement in the coming days to see if these changes pan out.

Source: TmoNews

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4 years ago

AT&T shipping some Galaxy S4 preorders 'early' - expected as soon as April 25

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Preorder shipping updates have gone out, and they're full of good news

If you preordered your Samsung Galaxy S4 from AT&T, keep an eye on your inbox. AT&T has sent out updates to at least a few people stating the following:

Thank you for ordering the Samsung Galaxy S® 4 from AT&T. We are excited to announce that we are able to ship devices earlier than originally expected. Customers who preordered their smartphone early can begin receiving it as soon as April 25th.

They go on to say that shipping notices will be sent as soon as devices leave the shelves, and of course thanking folks for their order. 

The actual release date for the phone is a bit of a mystery. We've heard dates from April 23 to May 1, and nothing seems to stick -- today AT&T says shipping April 30 on their own site, which matches up with what we saw originally

Update: AT&T has now slated a release in-stores of April 27 via their Twitter account.

What we do know is that official communication from AT&T says April 25, for at least some folks. If you preordered yours, did you get the same message? Shout out in the comments!

Thanks, Craig!

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4 years ago

Minuum keyboard fundraiser a runaway success - coming soon to Android

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Supporters will get access to the first beta version in June

Whirlscape started an Indiegogo campaign about a month ago to raise funds for development of their new keyboard. The fundraiser started with a goal of $10,000, and ended today with a total of $87,369 raised (almost 900% of the original goal). The solution to the problem that this keyboard proposes to deliver resonated with over 9,500 financial supporters.

The goal of the Minuum Keyboard Project is to create a keyboard that is both effective in typing and small in screen real estate. Taking down keyboard rows to just one, the Minuum keyboard allows for highly imprecise typing by using a specialized auto-correction algorithm. A magnifying function will allow for precise typing when needed, such as when entering passwords.

A second 'stretch goal' was hit once the fundraiser reached $60,000. This money will be put towards the wearable development kit (WDK). In the demo video, the potential of typing using wearable items was shown, which could be extended to peripherals like watches, glasses, or even rings. This could be the perfect complement to the upcoming Google Glass.

It's too late to get access to the early beta, but it shouldn't be long before we see a general release as well. If this keyboard delivers the functionality it promises, this could be the biggest thing in mobile typing since Swype.

Source: Indiegogo

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4 years ago

Google Glass could be up to a year away for consumers, says Eric Schmidt

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Feedback from Explorer Edition to help fix issues before consumer release

Speaking to BBC Radio 4's "World at One" today, executive chairman of Google Eric Schmidt fielded among other things a few questions about Google Glass. While the shipping of "Explorer Edition" Glass units last week has the new gadget in the news cycle, Schmidt was a bit less optimistic about the availability of a general release to consumers. His official wording was that Glass for consumers "is probably a year-ish away". While Schmidt isn't exactly well-known for giving perfect predictions on products, you have to assume he has some knowledge of the timetable on a consumer Glass release.

This seems to be a bit of a flexible window at this point, however, as previous statements pegged a consumer release for the end of 2013. Surely as more developers get their hands on the Explorer Editions of the devices, the feedback to Google should help with the final tweaking before a broader release. Google I/O 2013 is just around the corner as well, where we could certainly be given more information.

Source: BBC Radio 4 Via: The Verge

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4 years ago

A Netherlands court agrees HTC One may be using microphone technology exclusive to Nokia

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ST Microelectronics allegedly provided parts designed by, and for Nokia's sole use to the Taiwanese manufacturer

An Amsterdam district court has granted Nokia an preliminary injunction based on the hardware components in HTC's new One phone. It seems the dual-membrane microphone setup in HTC's latest was manufactured using technology "exclusively for Nokia" by ST Microelectronics.

According to sources at Engadget, ST used patented tech and breached an NDA between themselves and Nokia to build the microphone, which shares a common identifying number between the components used in the HTC One and the Lumia 720. While there is a very good chance that Nokia will also pursue action against ST Microelectronics, the first step is to try and put a halt to the sale of devices that have the offending parts inside. In a statement to Engadget, HTC says they are "disappointed in the decision", and "are considering whether it will have any impact on our business and we will explore alternative solutions immediately."

In Nokia's defense (though they don't need any), this is different from squabbles over software patents. If what they are saying is true, ST had no business selling the fruits of Nokia R&D to any company other than Nokia, and they deserve ample compensation. But HTC is the last company that can afford to be caught in the crossfire of this sort of mess.

Source: Engadget; via: WP Central

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