HTC’s “Uh-Oh” service will offer a one-time replacement of your broken device

HTC_One_M9_Gunmetal_BackHTC will be hosting an event tomorrow called “Uh-Oh,” and if it’s anything like HTC Advantage that they did last year with the M8, this will be another program to offer you a one-time replacement of your device in case you bust it up. The “Uh-Oh” program goes a bit beyond six months of cracked screen replacements, though. Read more

Here’s your first look at the Sony Xperia Z4

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If you thought that Sony would be drastically changing the design of the Xperia Z4, think again. We have the first image of the device, and although it doesn’t show the entire body, it’s clear that Sony isn’t changing too much with their next flagship.

We still don’t know when Sony will unveil this phone. Based on past practice, it would have been Mobile World Congress. Will Sony wait until IFA in September or will they host a launch event over the summer?

source: @onleaks

Latest tip indicates April 11 for Galaxy S6 U.S. launch, but it’s probably April 10

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You might be wondering when you can purchase your shiny new Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge. Phone Arena has received a tip that the U.S. launch will be April 11. Supposedly the tipster works for one of the four major carriers and was told this by a Samsung rep.

The only problem with April 11 is that it happens to be a Saturday, which is traditionally not a launch day at any carrier. Furthermore, Samsung already revealed the global launch in their press release, which we posted at the bottom of our Galaxy S6 official announcement post.

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Lollipop testing on Moto X 2013 Developer’s Edition commences

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Some owners of the first generation Motorola Moto X smartphone are reporting they have received emails alerting them to a forthcoming soak test for their devices. The update that will be rolling out to those who choose to participate is expected to be an update to Android Lollipop.

This is welcome news to owners of the device since Lollipop has been delayed due to issues with the processor used in the Moto X 2013. The soak test is a good sign that Motorola is very close to rolling out an official update. However, owners of the device that purchased them through specific carriers will have to wait a while longer for carrier certification to be completed.

source: reddit

Samsung B550 Xcover 3 may be old school rugged phone

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Although it is not clear the latest moves by Samsung were coordinated, with the release of the Samsung Galaxy S6 without water resistance qualities Samsung appears to be taking some steps to address consumers who need something a little more rugged. There have been rumors of a Galaxy S6 active model and now a source has revealed Samsung is planning to release a couple phones that revive their Xcover 3 branding. Read more

Samsung needs an additional supplier to help produce Galaxy S6 Edge 3D Thermoforming glass

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Reports indicate that Samsung has been upping production targets for both the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S Edge. Obviously the Galaxy S6 will be the bigger pull, but the Edge won’t be a slouch either.

Samsung’s initial plans were to manufacture roughly 8.5 million glass units for the Edge phone during the 2nd quarter of this year. We detailed the 3D Thermoforming process that’s involved in making the Edge glass so we aren’t surprised that the current supplier might not be able to keep up. The latest report says they can produce roughly 6.5 million units.

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A render of a mysterious new Sony device has surfaced; Possible Z4 design?

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For the past year or two, I’ve always felt Sony’s Xperia Z line has been the most underrated of Android flagships. Thus, I’ve been eagerly waiting to see what they have in mind for their Xperia Z4 device – which brings us to the image above. As you can see, a new Sony render has surfaced and could possibly be our first look at the upcoming Xperia Z4 that’s slated to be unveiled this April with a Summer release. Read more