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3 years ago

HTC Desire 8 may be headed to the US

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Details tip versions compatible with Sprint and AT&T

We know the HTC Desire 8 is headed to China, super-super camera and all. But it looks like it could be headed stateside, too.

The folks that get this sort of information and early software builds at LlabToofer have uncovered some details that point to compatibility with Sprint and AT&T. There's a very good chance that regional and MVNO carriers, like Virgin Mobile, Boost or Aio could end up carrying the Desire 8 for folks who want a premium-styled midrange device.

Granted, nothing is official here, but the Desire line has seen some life in the states on regional carriers and Virgin Mobile before. Hopefully, we know more at Mobile World Congress when HTC is expected to show us what they have lined up for the first half of the year.

Source: LlabToofer

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Core LTE announced, mid-ranger bound for Europe and Asia

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A little under one year ago saw Samsung introduce the Galaxy Core, a mid-range Android with specs from a year prior and a price to match, and today they're following up with the Galaxy Core LTE. Like its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy Core LTE isn't exactly an overwhelming device, but it's still one that will be adequate — especially in the low-cost markets at which Samsung is targeting the phone.

The Galaxy Core LTE sports a 1.2GHz dual core processor (just like its predecessor) and a 5MP rear camera (just like its predecessor). The visual language has been updated, where the Galaxy Core looked like a smaller Galaxy S III, the Galaxy Core LTE apes the design language of its more powerful bigger brother Galaxy S4.

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia Tablet Z2 tipped for MWC [update: now with image]

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Rumored specs include Snapdragon 800, 10.1-inch 1920x1200 display, waterproof design

A full year after the last one, we could soon see the launch of a new Android-powered Sony tablet. Serial leaker @evleaks says the device will pack a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 3GB of RAM and a 10.1-inch 1920x1200 "Triluminos" display. Other notables are said to include 16GB of storage, expandable via microSD, 8MP and 2MP cameras, and a 6,000mAh battery. Like its predecessor, the Xperia Tablet Z, the new slate will apparently be super-thin, measuring just 6.6mm (down from the original's 6.9mm) and boast waterproof credentials; on the software side Android 4.4 KitKat is reported.

That's mostly standard high-end Android tablet fare, but the decision to remain at 1920x1200 resolution may raise eyebrows when rivals like Samsung are pushing to the dizzying heights of 2560x1600.

Though it's not explicitly mentioned, it's likely the Xperia Tablet Z2 could debut at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week. MWC was the venue for last year's Tablet Z unveiling, and this year we're also expecting to find out what's next from Sony in the smartphone space.

Update: @evleaks has now shared what is claimed to be a promotional render of the new tablet showing the KitKat UI and a something reminiscent of the original Tablet Z. You'll find it after the break.

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3 years ago

US Cellular's Galaxy S4 to get KitKat on Feb. 19, internal doc shows

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Staggered rollout will require valid Google account and WIfi access

Next in line for some crunchy-good KitKat upgrade magic will be US Cellular's Samsung Galaxy S4. The OTA, which they're calling a maintenance release — they just don't understand the power of KitKat, apparently — should start to arrive February 19. Like most things that are good, some will have to wait as this is another staggered rollout. The good news is that 10 days after it starts, everyone should have it. Hooray!

Besides the update to Android 4.4 (we're not exactly sure of the point number here), the Daily Perks and MobiTiles apps will be removed from the operating system. Users who want to continue using either of these apps can find them in Google Play for download and installation, just like they should be. More hooray!

Anyhoo, if you're a USCC customer with a Galaxy S4, you've got one day to get prepared for the OTA if you've hacked your phone to oblivion. You'll need to be on the approved current version, and have all your Google and Samsung ducks in a row. Be sure to holler when you start seeing this one.

Thanks, Anon!

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 to have fingerprint scanner, report claims

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Swipe style scanner embedded in the physical home button

We're just 7 days away from what we expect to be the grand unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy S5, and we're hearing yet more apparent details about the new device. The folks at SamMobile have reportedly got their hands on some juicy inside information that claims there will be a swipe style fingerprint scanner embedded into the home button. Oh, and that there will still be physical buttons.

It's also claimed Samsung's fingerprint scanner will have increased functionality when compared to something like Apple's Touch ID. You'll be able to link up 8 fingerprints, but you can also assign said prints to certain tasks like launching apps. Swipe sensors aren't perhaps as user friendly as the static sensor in Touch ID, perhaps even less so on the home button. But they are secure.

In addition, SamMobile goes on to state there will also be a Personal folder and a Private Mode where you will be able to hide apps and content that can only be accessed by a password or by your fingerprint. Of course, until we see it all for ourselves in 7 days treat it with the usual dose of skepticism, and we'll be live from Barcelona to tell you all you need to know.

Source: SamMobile

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy NotePRO and TabPRO first impressions

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The latest entries into the Galaxy tablet lineup deserve the PRO moniker

When the Galaxy TabPRO and Galaxy NotePRO line of tablets was first introduced in Las Vegas last month, it was met with a subdued reception: Samsung, after all, seems to announce tablets in brand new sizes and spec configurations on an increasingly-regular basis, leading critics and consumers alike to dismiss yet another set of Galaxy tablets with an incremental bump in specs. But a closer look at the new PRO line revealed something exciting — this wasn’t just one of Samsung’s run-of-the-mill refreshes, but rather an exciting overhaul of both its Tab and Note lineups. With a fresh new UI, the best spec sheet in the business, and a few new sizes added for good measure, the PRO line just might include some of Samsung’s best tablets to date.

Our Galaxy TabPRO 8.4 and Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 arrived on Saturday, and we spent the snowy weekend curled up getting to know what it takes to be a PRO. We’ll be spending much more quality time with the tablets in the coming weeks, but ahead of our full in-depth review, here are a few of our initial takeaways.

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3 years ago

Koush teases Android mirroring to Chromecast

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Flappy Bird on your TV

Now that the Google Cast SDK is out in the open, developers are free to conjure up all kinds of ways to take advantage of Chromecast, Google's inexpensive streaming dongle. And today developer Koushik Dutta, of CyanogenMod and AllCast fame, has teased an implementation of the SDK that enables system-level mirroring of an Android device's screen onto Chromecast.

The minute teaser video shows Chromecast enabled in the Cast screen menu, before hopping into a game or three of Flappy Bird. The mirroring isn't quite instantaneous, but at this early stage it's impressive nonetheless. It's also not quite clear whether this is an upcoming CM feature or a new app, though the former is more likely since we're talking about system-wide mirroring.

Source: +Koushik Dutta

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3 years ago

Healthy Android accessories roundup; enter to win $50 in store credit

Your Android device shouldn't restrain you from your active lifestyle, which is why we're highlighting our favorite fitness items to make your workouts more enjoyable and manageable.

Jump over to the ShopAndroid Blog and see how you can stay in shape with healthy Android accessories and get a chance to win $50 in store credit!

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3 years ago

HTC set to unveil Desire 8 in China on Feb. 24

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Name and launch event detailed on HTC's Weibo account

Having leaked out last week, today it seems HTC's next Android device is going to be the Desire 8. The other good news is that it seems those pretty hot looking leaked images are in fact the real deal. It all comes about from a post on the HTC Weibo account in China, talking up a Feb 24. launch event in Beijing.

It also teases a "super-super" camera for the Desire 8, though equally that could be a rough translation. In any case, no specs or other firm details about the phone are available at this time. Purported specs line this up as a giant 5.5-inch mid-range handset, with a 13MP and 5MP combination of cameras – which could account for the "super-super" part.

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3 years ago

PSA: Our wallpaper gallery is back online

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A quick heads up for everyone who's been trying to download wallpapers through the wallpaper gallery in our app: We broke things just a bit last week when we upgraded some servers. We've since fixed things, and all should be back to normal.

You don't need to update the app or anything — it'll just work now.

If you've yet to give our app a shot (and, really, what are you waiting for?!?!) you can download it here! Apologies for the down time.

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3 years ago

Huawei launches Ascend Y530 for the UK with new smartphone users in mind

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New 'Simple Android Interface' makes things easier for new Android users

Huawei has today introduced its latest entry level offering for the UK, the Ascend Y530. While the specs won't bowl anyone over, Huawei is making a play for the new smartphone user with the inclusion of its new Simple Android Interface. The option to switch to this from the regular Emotion UI is designed to make the phone easier to interact with for those new to Android, or smartphones in general.

Both interfaces are layered on top of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, residing beneath a 4.5-inch 854x480 display. A 1.2GHz dual-core CPU is accompanied by 4GB of onboard storage with microSD card expansion, a 5MP rear camera and a 1700mAh battery.

The biggest issue with the Y530 is its price. At £149.95 it's quite a bit more than you can find a Moto G for these days, and less smartphone for that money. While we'd still recommend Motorola's effort, it is still great to see Huawei offering something attractive to those new to smartphones. It's available to buy now from Argos in black, and will hit Carphone Warehouse in March in black and white. Head on past the break for the full press release.

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3 years ago

Grab a deal on a UK 32GB WiFi Nexus 7 right now

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£15 off list price and a free travel cover at Expansys

If you're a Brit looking to pick up a 32GB WiFi Nexus 7 (2013) at the moment, it's worth pointing your browsers at Expansys. Right now you can snag yourself a £15 discount on the tablet as well as collect a free ASUS Travel Cover in one of five different colors.

You need to enter a voucher code to take the price down to £219.99, but you'll find it handily posted on the product page. Google is still selling the same variant of the Nexus 7 for £239 and with the added bonus of a free case, you'll be getting a decent deal. Hit up the source link below for more.

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3 years ago

Acer teases new Mobile World Congress bound smartphone

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Acer's next Liquid smartphone dropping into Spain

We're just 7 days removed from the official start of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and Acer is the latest OEM to tease its new products. Posting this image to its Google+ page, Acer is tagging this as a new smartphone in its Liquid line without giving any further details. Beneath the camera is some kind of sensor, possibly an IR blaster? Something else, perhaps?

Acer's last big release was the Liquid S2 which we saw first hand at IFA 2013 in Berlin. Overall it wasn't a bad device, and was probably one of the nicer Android phones we saw there that sadly few were probably going to buy. Whatever Acer is taking to Spain next week, we'll be on the ground throughout to take a look.

Source: Acer (Google+)

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3 years ago

Google starts rejecting 'Flappy' titles from the Play Store

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Won't stop games being made but should reduce Flappy spam

After Flappy Bird's rampant success, the inevitable rush of clones and 'Flappy' everythings started to emerge. The Play Store – and iOS App Store – is full of them, but it looks now as if developers will at least have to be more creative in naming their apps. According to a report by TechCrunch, Google and Apple are both starting to reject apps with Flappy in the title.

Developers on both platforms have been reporting rejection and suspension notices because of the references, and will be forced to re-submit with a new, more original title. From their perspective discovery of their app may be reduced – since Flappy is the key word – and from our perspective the Play Store top apps should at least appear less irritating.

But it doesn't change the actual content of the apps. For now. Eventually the fad will pass, but in the meantime our eyes should become Flappy free.

Source: TechCrunch

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3 years ago

Latest Xperia Z2 'Sirius' hands-on leak shows hardware and software

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New Sony software features revealed

As Mobile World Congress approaches, we're getting to see even more of Sony's next high-end Android phone, the D6503 "Sirius," a device which might come to market as the Xperia Z2. Today yet another hands-on video with prototype Z2 hardware has emerged online, showing the new phone's hardware and Android 4.4-based software. YouTube user Rimas Flyil — the source of another recent leak — has published a twelve-minute hands-on video showing the phone's hardware and software in detailed (if slightly dark) footage.

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