AT&T HTC One X to get Android 4.2.2, Sense 5 by end of week

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HTC’s Executive Director of Product Management tweeted some good news for owners of the AT&T HTC One X this evening. He indicated that “technical approval” had been received for the release of Sense 5 with the Android 4.2.2 update for the device. The update to Android 4.2.2 will be the end of the line for Android updates on the device, but users will at least get to experience some of the features of Sense 5 like Blinkfeed and Video Highlights to go with the new user interface.

According to Versi, the updates are targeted to rollout as an over-the-air update starting on Wednesday, January 29th. Are you still rocking an HTC One X and looking forward to this update?

source: @moversi

Beats Music officially kicks off today in the U.S., AT&T customers get an extended free trial and Family Plan

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If you find yourself bored with the plethora of music apps available on Android (and iOS), then you might want to check out Beats Music. It’s finally available today, but unfortunately for the U.S. only.

Beats Music appears to be taking the Slacker approach by adding curators to make your music experience better. There is even an option to tell Beats where you are or how you’re feeling so that the service can delivery a unique stream for you, which is similar to Slacker’s “My Vibe” option. There are over 20 million songs with no ads, so you shouldn’t have a problem finding what you want to hear.

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AT&T To Launch New Program Dubbed “Sponsored Data”

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In an effort to keep up with the industry’s competition and stay fresh on the mobile scene, AT&T is offering a brand new program that will allow companies to only pay for the mobile data used by specific companies’ enterprise applications not counting against their own mobile data plan cap. Without a doubt a pretty bold move by the company. AT&T has dubbed the new toll-free calling for mobile data “Sponsored Data” and companies will now be able to promote their applications and services to businesses interested in only recieving data charges by the carrier for a specific application not by total data used by the user.  If AT&T and its on-board partners can market this product well it could mean huge gains and big success. However, there are some skeptics keeping a watchful eye on the new venture. Eddie Hold, an NPD Group analyst had this to say regarding the bold move:   » Read the rest

AT&T jumps into no contract war with new Mobile Share Value plans

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In an obvious defensive move, AT&T has just announced new Mobile Share Value plans to entice those that don’t want a contract. In a nutshell, if you buy your phone outright from AT&T, join the Next program, or buy it somewhere else, you will get a $15 discount off the fee for each smartphone in the Share Plans. They are also standardizing the fee to a flat fee of $40 for each smartphone for subsidized customers as opposed to the range of $30 to $50 depending on the data size. So this means that if you buy a phone off contract, your will pay $25 for the phone, plus whatever data package you sign up for.

Data plans are also changing a bit. The 1GB and 2GB options are going up by $5 to $45 and $55 respectively, while the 6GB plan drops from $90 to $80. Last but not least, they are adding an 18-month plan to the Next program, so you can opt for either 12-months or 18-months for upgrading your device.

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[Deal] Grab the AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon Galaxy S 4 for Free on contract at Best Buy

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Ah yes, I love this time of the year. It’s deal central and if you’re in the market for a Samsung Galaxy S 4, Best Buy has the deal for you. The best part of it is that it’s already live so you can beat the Black Friday rush. You can grab either the AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon Galaxy S 4 for Free on contract. This includes new lines as well as upgrades, plus they are offering all colors.

This happens to be one of Best Buy’s 6:00pm Thanksgiving Day doorbuster deals, but they decided to start today. The sale will run though November 30, but don’t hesitate because you don’t know when they will run out.

source: BestBuy

FCC document shows LG G Flex with AT&T and T-Mobile LTE bands

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The LG G Flex has been a source of much jealousy on this side of the ocean after it was announced that our friends in Europe and Asia were getting the device while the US was left out in the cold. Earlier this week we found out the the US might be getting their own LG G Flex, but now it’s much more official with an FCC filing that seems to suggest the device is headed to AT&T and T-Mobile. The document shows a version of the LG G Flex that is compatible with LTE Band 17 and well as LTE Band 4 (AWS).

Other details about the device surfaced, but most of those we already knew. LG is apparently in final negotiations for release dates and prices, but the device will most likely see a release in early 2014.

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LG G Flex Confirmed For T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T? (Video)

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Who would have thunk it? The LG G Flex appears to be gaining more traction than we initially thought it would. Due out in Europe this December, it appears that US carriers T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T may be getting on the flex train too. Of course, Verizon is nowhere to be found since they either tend to announce a device much later than other carriers as to be fashionably late or something, or they may not even bother carrying the handset at all, which is more likely given their track record. Our trusty boy over at @evleaks is claiming that this is a “confirmed” deal and we can definitely expect the three out of four carriers to take on the new curved smartphone.

And with @evleaks’s pretty accurate track record we have no problem believing this is most likely going to happen. And while we’re not ultimately sure how well the device will do, both over seas and in the U.S., our curiosity is still certainly piqued. Most are touting that the device is a “gimmick” and still officially in an experimental phase but we have confidence in LG as they’ve managed to deliver with their Nexus series devices for Google as well as their Optimus lineup. As always, only time will tell and will determine whether the new technology will trend well and take off or go the way of 3D on smartphones.   » Read the rest

Verizon and AT&T rank highest for iPhone users, but Samsung users prefer Sprint and T-Mobile

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An interesting report on the U.S. mobile carriers was released yesterday by J.D. Power. Apparently, when consumers rank their overall satisfaction with their carrier of choice, it might be contingent on what phone they are using. According to J.D., iPhone users are very happy with Verizon Wireless and AT&T, but Samsung users rank Sprint and T-Mobile higher. Verizon was actually chosen as the best carrier among iPhone users while Sprint was chosen as the best by Samsung users.

What’s most interesting is when you lump all smartphones together, you get an interesting picture. AT&T comes in first followed by Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon. Verizon rarely performs that badly, so I’m not sure how that happened. But I do find the type of phone by carrier very interesting. For me, it’s all about the coverage. I am an Android user obviously, and I could never rank T-Mobile or Sprint highly because their coverage in my area is dismal.

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Samsung Galaxy S 4 Zoom for AT&T leaks

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If you’re an AT&T customer and looking for a new Android smartphone that sports a really good camera, then you will be happy to know that the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Zoom is coming to the carrier soon. Unfortunately we don’t have an idea as to when, but the leaked image confirms that it’s AT&T bound.

The Galaxy S 4 Zoom will be pitted against the Lumia 1020, which might have the best camera of any smartphone. The only problem with the Lumia 1020 is that it’s a Windows Phone.

We will keep you posted as soon as we hear when it will be released.

source: @evleaks

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Mini for Sprint leaks in Black Mist and White Frost [Update: AT&T in pink too]

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It looks like Samsung is sticking with the “mini” trend, despite manufacturers having poor sales with smaller devices. Courtesy of Twitter’s favorite leaker, @evleaks, Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 Mini is heading towards Sprint. In the image attached to his tweet, the device is wearing the Black Mist and White Frost colors found on its larger sibling. Other than that, there’s no information on when the S 4 Mini could reach Sprint; however, we can assume this is the same device that passed through the FCC last month.

Update: It looks like AT&T is also jump right in as well. They will offer a pink version. Hit the break for the image.

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