American customers of the Galaxy Note 4 were quite excited when Samsung and AT&T officially launched the Gear VR a couple of days ago. However, their excitement was very short lived as it was revealed that carrier branded units of the Galaxy Note 4 weren’t compatible with the Gear VR. Samsung’s support page mentioned that the Galaxy Note 4 needed a software update to bring support for the company’s head mounted wearable. Well that changes today with Sprint and Verizon officially sending out the update for the Galaxy Note 4, thus bringing official support for the Gear VR.
OnePlus has just kicked off its second no invite necessary promotion of the year and this time it’s entitled “The Gift of One”, and is targeted at residents in the United States who are eager to get their hands on the One, but haven’t yet had the good fortune to obtain an invitation. Starting today, the handset is available for anyone to order on the OnePlus website.
Earlier today, Vivo unveiled the X5 Max, which is undoubtedly the world’s thinnest smartphone measuring in at just 4.7mm thick. The handset is constructed from a single sheet of aluminium and although immensely thin, it still manages to pack some pretty impressive specifications.
Earlier this year, HTC started its Power To Give initiative to benefit research programs. The initiative is literally powered by mobile devices. The Power To Give app uses the computing power of a device while it is unused, plugged in, and connected to a WiFi network on behalf of the research programs. Basically, it creates a grid throughout the world full of processing. The app was updated recently and it provides Power To Give with a fresh design that is much nicer. The new look provides a clean look of research programs benefited and how much time a device has contributed. In addition to the redesign, HTC included single sign-on for multiple projects as well as a sharing function for social media accounts.
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There are two great promotions going on right now at Best Buy. The electronics retailer is discounting one of the year’s best handsets while attaching a gift card to a newcomer with serious benefits.
Better get moving, folks! It is Tuesday and that means HTC is hosting another round of Hot Deals. Today, the company is discounting each and every smartphone case offered in its online store. That means you can add style or protection your One (M8), One (M7), One Mini, One Remix, Desire 816, and Desire 610 at a very low cost. For example, the Double Dip Case for the One (M7) costs just $1. The Flip and Dip cases for the One (M8) have 75% taken off of. All other cases are available with 50% discounts.
The promotion ends tonight at 12:00AM ET / 9:00PM PT.
A trio of devices from Samsung operating on T-Mobile’s network are receiving software updates. The Galaxy S 4, Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 LTE, and Galaxy Avant are the devices getting attention today.
The updates for the Galaxy S 4 and Galaxy Avant are identical. Both devices added Chinese as a supported language. The build for the Galaxy S 4′s update is M919UVUFNK2 while the Galaxy Avant’s is G386TUVU1ANK3.
The Galaxy Tab 4, though, is getting a heavier update that stabilizes the user experience. The build is T337TUVU1BNK4.
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At the beginning of December, HTC announced two new mid-range smartphones, the HTC Desire 620 and the HTC Desire 620G. Although the phones are very similar, there are a few hardware specs that differ, notably the processors used in each and the lack of 4G LTE support for the Desire 620G. When the devices were unveiled, HTC did not share any information regarding market availability outside of Taiwan. New information from HTC indicates the device will be sold in the U.K. starting in early 2015. Along with the U.K., HTC is also making the devices available in India later this month and other Asian markets may see the device this month as well.
According to an anonymous tipster, Samsung is preparing to launch yet another market dependant variant of the Galaxy Note 4. At present, the South Korean company’s flagship phablet is available with one of two different processors on board, the first is its own Exynos 7 Octa chip and the other is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 805, but if this speculation turns out to be true, we could be seeing a Snapdragon 810 model of the Galaxy Note 4 on the market as soon as January, 2015.
The Moto X is about to launch on another carrier’s network. On December 10, Republic Wireless will be adding the Motorola flagship to its lineup. And the carrier is celebrating the launch by taking $50 off the price when purchasing directly through the online store or Moto Maker. So, through this promotion, the Moto X will cost $349 without a two-year contract from Republic Wireless. The only variant available through the carrier’s online store is 16GB in black with silver.
When the Moto X is available from Republic Wireless, it will be found on this page.
Source: Republic Wireless