HTC One M8 available today from Verizon retail stores, online at major U.S., Canadian carriers


Unlike last year when HTC’s release of the HTC One was plagued by delays, the company is ready to push out the new HTC One M8 starting today on a much more aggressive schedule. As expected, the new smartphone will be available from Verizon today, including retail stores, starting at 1:00 pm Eastern time, so people could be out on the streets with the latest from HTC later this afternoon. Depending on your interest, you may want to adjust your schedule for your lunch hour.

If you are not on Verizon or don’t have time to run to a retail location, you can still get the device quickly as the major U.S. and Canadian carriers – AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, Rogers, Bell, and Telus – are all scheduled to open their online systems at 1:00 pm Eastern time to accept online orders. If you pick next day shipping, it may be possible to have the HTC One M8 in your hand as soon as tomorrow.

Along with the aggressive release via Verizon retail locations, HTC indicates the other carriers should have the devices available before April 10th for most retail customers. They are also rolling out the device to over 230 carriers in 100 countries before the end of April. We’ll keep monitoring the carriers for information on pricing throughout the afternoon.

Sony won’t use Google’s Android Wear OS for its smartwatch


Ravi Nookala, head of Sony Mobile’s US arm, told CNET today that Sony won’t be using Google’s new Android Wear OS, an Android OS designed specifically for wearable products, for its smartwatch products. He said that they would continue to use their own Android-based platform designed for their smartwatch products.

“We’ve already invested time and resources on this platform, and we will continue in that direction,” Nookala told CNET in an interview.

Google announced its Android Wear OS designed for wearable products last week, which is heavily based on Google Now voice-recognition technology. LG will be the first to implement the Android Wear OS on its G Watch followed by Motorola’s Moto 360, while Samsung has already opted for its own Tizen OS to be run on the Galaxy Gear 2.

Source: CNET

HTC announces the new One for 2014

HTC One 2014 Press render

HTC has finally unveiled the most leaked device of the 2014. The successor to their universally praised HTC One looks like it will keep the same name, (no All New One branding anywhere yet) but improves just about everything that the HTC One did.

As far as specs go, you’ll get a premium metal unibody design, a 5-inch 1080p Super LCD3 screen, Snapdragon 801 CPU, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage and a MicroSD card slot, a nano-SIM tray, and all the standard WiFi radios, Bluetooth 4.0, etc. The IR blaster is also making a return, as well as HTC Zoe, BoomSound, and all the stuff that made the One stand out last year. The duo-camera system is still present from all of the leaks, and Peter Chou says the cameras will  “capture true depth information for your photos.” The third camera on the device will be specifically used for focusing photos, including refocusing an image after you’ve taken it. It’ll keep your photos clear and sharp, something that HTC is very proud of doing.

OnePlus One gets an official announcement date


The highly anticipated OnePlus One will be fully unveiled next month on April 23. The image above was posted by Carl Pei over on the company’s forums. Pei is the Director of OnePlus Global. So yes, this is very official. In the post, Pei reiterates what the OnePlus One will be all about — quality and benefits. The device will have a 5.5-inch 1080p display with a 3100mAh battery. Inside, you will find Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801 processor. While maintaining premium build quality, the device will have replaceable rear covers.

Here is the full post by Pei:

We’re almost ready to showcase our baby to the world. On April 23, the OnePlus One will be fully unveiled.

Forget gimmicks and bloat. It’s time to return to the product itself. Its design, its build quality. The feeling you get when using it. It’s time to return to user value, and make all the necessary choices to ensure that in the end, it’s the user that benefits.

Thanks for everyone’s patience and support over the last few months. We promise it will be worth it.


Source: OnePlus Forums

AT&T, Sprint among the carriers said to be getting the Samsung Galaxy S 5 Active


Is the Samsung Galaxy S 5’s new design not sturdy enough for you? Good news. They are said to be releasing the Galaxy S 5 Active, model number SM-G870x. According to @evleaks, the device will be “Coming to AT&T and Sprint, among other carriers.” So if the GS5’s IP67 water resistant rating is not good enough, be on the lookout for the GS5 Active.

ZTE Nubia X6 is official, boasts a 6.44-inch display and the Snapdragon 801 with 3GB of RAM


ZTE wanted to make sure HTC was not the only company making an announcement today. While HTC’s event will go on later this afternoon, ZTE has used the morning to announce the Nubia X6. This phablet has a 6.44-inch LCD display with 1080p resolution. That means there are 344 pixels per inch. In the image above, you see just how thin the Nubia X6 is. The device is 7.9mm thin. On both the front and back of this slim handset, ZTE has provided two 13MP cameras. The back camera has optical image stabilization technology (like the LG G2).

Under the hood is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801 processor (MSM8974AB) clocked at 2.3GHz paired with 3GB of RAM. Later on, there will be another model that has a quad-core processor clocked at 2.5GHz. The Nubia X6 also supports dual-SIM and LTE connectivity. USB 3.0 and Bluetooth 4.0 are both present.

The phablet will have a massive 4250mAh battery and no microSD card slot. All of the storage will remain on the device. No release date has been confirmed and right now it seems only China will be getting the ZTE Nubia X6.

HTC follows Motorola and releases core apps in the Play Store [Updated – Google Play Edition incoming]


Big news for HTC fans. It looks like HTC is going to release core apps into the Play Store. They already released BlinkFeed, SenseTV, HTC Gallery, HTC Guide, and HTC Service Pack. What does this mean exactly? It means that you will get updates a lot quicker than waiting for main system and Sense updates. For now, these apps aren’t really compatible with much, so we are assuming that will change after today’s event. We also expect to see more additions, such as the Camera, HTC Zoe, and Video Highlights.

Motorola launches the Test Drive software program, starts with the DROID RAZR M


Motorola is taking active members within Motorola Feedback Network one step closer to software updates. With Test Drive, Motorola is giving the keys to the software update car to members that have remained active and participated in previous soak tests. And being active in the Motorola Feedback Network is not the only area you need to have a checkbox in. Quality feedback previously provided is also key.

So what device gets the nod to start the Test Drive program? The DROID RAZR M. According to the person that tipped Android Police, the device is going to receive Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Why the DROID RAZR M can have KitKat and the Galaxy Nexus cannot, I will never know (but just blame Texas Instruments).

Source: Android Police

OnePlus One to come equipped with Snapdragon 801


OnePlus continues to march toward a release of their CyanogenMod powered smartphone, the OnePlus One, during the second quarter of 2014. Certain to be a much sought after device by developers and others who prefer more control over their devices than the typical manufacturer allows, this same crowd is likely to be interested in rocking the latest hardware. When it comes to chips from Qualcomm, although powerful, the Snapdragon 800 is not the most recent release from the company. Instead, the Snapdragon 801 gets that label and is sure to be the chip preferred by buyers who want whatever is most “current.” With the Samsung Galaxy S 5 and the new HTC One getting the Snapdragon 801, OnePlus fans were crying out for OnePlus to do the same. It appears they have obliged based on their +OnePlus Google account.

LG will cut the price of the G2 and G Pro 2 when the Galaxy S 5 releases


LG and Samsung are two of the most competitive Android OEMs, so it’s not uncommon to see the two base some of their strategies around what the other company is doing. LG is making the latest move in the form of some price drops right around the launch of Samsung’s Galaxy S 5.

According to an LG official, the LG G2 and the G Pro 2 will see some international price cuts. The devices aren’t ancient by any stretch, but they aren’t on quite the same level as 2014 flagships, so a price drop will make them very desirable for the forseeable future. It’s probably not going to deter many people away from getting the latest and greatest devices if that’s what they’re after, but for someone that’s trying to get the most bang for their buck, they could very easily be swayed towards a cheaper 2013 high-end phone.

Is President Obama switching to Android?


Last week it was reported that the White House was testing both Samsung and LG smartphones for what could be the end of BlackBerry. You really didn’t think that would happen did you? I am almost certain that if the White House ever dumped BlackBerry, it would be in favor of the iPhone. Even so, it doesn’t look like either is up for the challenge because a White House spokesman has made it clear that the Executive Office of the President is not testing non-BlackBerry phones.

I think the White House is BlackBerry’s last customer. The Pentagon, Capital Hill Offices, the State Department, the National Security Agency, and the Department of Homeland Security all allow employees to use a Samsung Android phone or iPhone. I guess we will have to wait until 2016 for BlackBerry to leave the White House.

source: Washington Post

Galaxy S 5 gets unboxed courtesy of T-Mobile


You can pre-order your Galaxy S 5 at T-Mobile today, and just in case you’re not excited enough for it, T-Mobile released an unboxing video. Yes, it is a box with a phone in it along with a power cable and a battery. It usually works out that way. Surprisingly, there is even a big “5” on the box. Wow!!

Anyways, if you want to pre-order your Galaxy S 5, you can do so now. The Un-Carrier is offering it for $0 down along with payments of $27.50 per month for 24 months. Check out the video after the break before you run over to your local T-Mobile store.

All New HTC One (M8) camera functions get detailed in new hands on video


We are only two days away from the unveiling of the All New HTC One (M8) so why not another thorough hands on video review? I have good news and bad news. First, the good news, this video is much better than previous ones. The bad news is that it’s in German, and Google’s closed caption translator isn’t all that effective. Still, you can get a pretty good idea of the new Sense 6.0 and some of the new Duo Camera features.

The video is a total of 14:02, but the camera section is pretty thorough and starts at about 5:30. The reviewer says the main lens is 4.1 UltraPixel and the secondary lens is 2MP. This contradicts with an earlier report indicating at least one lens is 16MP. As expected, the front-facing camera comes in at 5MP. The review does show how you can re-focus images in certain spots, and he even shows a tilting 3D effect, which I still don’t get.

LG announces new Smart Lamp light bulbs


Just when you thought everything was ‘smart,’ a company announces something new. This time around is LG with the all new Smart Lamp light bulb. The light bulb will connect to your Android device as long as it is running at least Android 4.3 or iOS 6 devices. LG says the Smart Lamp light bulbs will run for ten years if they remain on for around five hours per day.

So what do the light bulbs actually do? There is a security mode to turn on when you are not home in order to imitate someone actually being present. Also, unsurprisingly, the bulbs can enter a mode that matches the songs streaming from your Android device. And when someone calls, the light bulbs will let you know courtesy of some flashes. When available, LG’s Smart Lamp ligh bulbs will retail for around $32 in the United States (or 35,000 won in South Korea).

Source: LG
Via: Ausdroid

The All New HTC One (M8) could be available exclusively at this major U.S. carrier on March 25


There was a report that the All New HTC One (M8) would be available in the UK right after HTC’s official unveiling this Tuesday. Of course everyone in the U.S. wanted to know where the love is, and we have an answer. A very “trusted source” has confirmed that Verizon Wireless, yup that’s right, Big Red, will offer the phone this Tuesday, March 25, at 1:00pm which is right after the unveiling. I guess that marketing poster we saw a couple of days was real.

For those of you on AT&T, Sprint, or T-Mobile, your day will come, but it won’t be for another two weeks. Earlier reports indicated the global launch for that exact timeframe, so it looks that rumor will hold.