The HTC One M7 just might get the Android 5.1 update after all…

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It’s just a couple of days ago that we reported that the stock variant of the HTC One M7 would be marooned on Android 5.0.2 while the GPE M7 would be updated to Android 5.1. Understandably, this news upset some M7 owners who were confused about how the 5.1 update could be classed as a major update to the Android operating system as it consists mainly of tweaks and bug fixes. There may be some cause for hope though.

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ASUS is preparing an ultra-affordable Chromebook with a Rockchip processor

asus chromebookChromebooks are already incredibly affordable, but ASUS looks like they’re preparing to undercut the competition even further with a cheaper model. The ASUS C201 is listed in an education ordering brochure and mentions specs like a Rockchip processor and an 11.6″ inch screen with 4 GB of RAM, and the catalog mentions that it’s the “cheapest Chromebook ever.” Read more

Amazon’s Unlocked program will make paid apps and games free

amazon-accounts-hackedAmazon will reportedly kick off a new program for their App Store soon, called Unlocked. The Unlocked program essentially takes paid apps and games, and ones with in-app purchases, and makes them completely free. Free to download, free to buy things in-game, and free to unlock extra features without spending a dime.

An internal presentation showcasing some of the functionality was leaked, showing off how users can sort out to only see Unlocked apps, and how it’ll look when users buy apps or make in-app purchases. This will all have to be done on Amazon’s own App Store, of course, but getting that installed isn’t too tough, even if Google yanked it from the Play StoreRead more

HTC One M9+ to launch in late March or April and won’t be limited to China

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We have new information regarding the often rumored HTC One M9+, codenamed Hima_Ultra. For starters, you may have noticed that I have a “+” in the name rather than a “Plus”. Apparently HTC will be using the “+” instead of “Plus”.

If was also reported that it would only be available in China, but thankfully that information was wrong. It will also be available in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Unfortunately no word on the U.S.

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ZTE Nubia Z9 leaks in photos showing fingerprint scanner and all-metal body

zte nubia z9 3ZTE’s latest Zubia Z9 has appeared in some photos online, showcasing the general design of the device. The Z9 is supposed to use a 5+ inch screen, and it’s pretty clear that this is going to be a very large device when you see it next to an iPhone 6.

Aside from screen size, we can see the phone sports smoothed, rounded edges and an all-metal body. It looks very, very thin, too, which makes sense for a flagship device in 2015. Read more

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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