Verizon finally launches HTC One sign up page


Would you look at that! Verizon has finally revealed the sign-up page for the HTC One, just in time for a bunch of other great flagship devices to be released in just a few weeks. Unsurprisingly, we still don’t have a formal release date from Big Red— an early leak had said that the phone would come out on August 1. That date has come and gone… The release date was then seemingly pushed to August 15, and now we’re looking at either a launch on August 23 or 29 according to some sources.

Source: Verizon Wireless 


Sleeve for Nexus 7 released on Google Play for $29, available in both US and Canada



Just as Google announced that the Nexus 7 would be available to customers in Canada as well as the United States, they simultaneously released a sleeve for the device, which will of course be available in both countries. It’s got a pretty basic design, with a black outside and a gray-cloth interior. A pouch is located on the outside which can hold cables and accessories for the device.

This new case will also fit the older model of the Nexus 7 as well, and is on sale for $29.99— according to the site, it will ship in 1-2 days. The cheapest shipping price is $17.98 which is certainly a bit too pricey for my taste.

Any of you guys planning on getting one?

Source: Google Play

Press images of the clamshell Samsung Galaxy Hennessy SCH-W789 leak


I know you have been secretly desiring a clamshell phone with Android haven’t you? We have already seen a few leaks of an upcoming Samsung clamshell phone with a model number of SCH-W789. It has been referred to as the Hennessy and the Golden. Now we have a couple of clean press shots to show you. It actually looks like a cool phone, but I am not sure I would want it to be my only device for two solid years. It’s going to have two 3.3-inch HVGA (480 x 320) displays, a 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU, 1GB of RAM, microSD slot, 5MP rear camera, and Android 4.1

Interestingly enough, this isn’t the first clamshell Android phone Samsung has offered. They had the SCH-W999 about a year and half ago. That one never made it to the U.S. and I suspect the same result for the SCH-W789. One more pic after the break.

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LG VU III rumored to have a 5.2-inch 4:3 display and a Snapdragon 800


Ah yes, the phone that just won’t go away. Sometimes you have to wonder why companies insist on producing products that no one wants. Take the LG Optimus Vu for instance.  It was the only phone to feature a 4:3 display. LG thought it was great for magazines and Web browsing, but the phone was too big. Nobody was interested in it, but that didn’t stop them from making a second edition, which again, nobody bought. Will the third time be a charm? Most likely not. The only real difference this time will be better specs and the “Optimus” name is dropped.

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HTC possibly gearing up for a Q4 2013 launch for the One Max


Excited to finally get your hands on an HTC One Max? Hopefully we won’t have to wait too much longer, as the latest rumors suggest HTC will be releasing their first phablet in Q4 of this year. HTC Chief Marketing Officer Ben Ho said the company was going to release a variant of their latest flagship One series in the fourth quarter, according to Focus Taiwan. Since we’ve already seen the One Mini, the One Max is the only device left that he could’ve been referring to.

He also said that the company has released too many devices in the past, so they’re now going to focus on just a handful of quality devices. The One Max will be their only flagship for this part of the year alongside just two or three midrange devices. We’re close to the fourth quarter of this year, so the wait is almost over, folks.

source: Focus Taiwan

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Successor to Archos GamePad in the works, filings for device appear at FCC


It’s only been about five months since Archos launched their “GamePad” Android-powered gaming tablet, and it looks as though the company is already working on a follow-up device, according to a recent filing that showed up at the FCC. Surprisingly, we don’t have any valuable information from the filing, as it has a confidentiality letter with it which essentially keeps the FCC from publicly releasing any of the hardware information, user manuals or any related details regarding the GamePad 2 for 180 days.

What we do know, however, is that the tablet comes with 802.11 b/g/n single-band WiFi and Bluetooth capabilities. We wouldn’t expect to see anything ground-breaking in the new device considering that its predecessor was “so-so,” but who know? Maybe Archos took the time to really step up their game with this one…

Source: Droid Gamers

Verizon training materials reveal marketing strategy for DROID vs. Moto X question


Later this month Verizon is slated to start delivery of the DROID MAXX and DROID ULTRA, with the DROID MINI following later, as part of their big push to capitalize on the DROID brand. In an interesting twist, the new Motorola Moto X is slated to hit the market that same week if Verizon can keep things on schedule. Since the DROID line of devices is also being produced by Motorola, Verizon is in a bit of a unique situation having several devices all from one manufacturer vying for selection by customers. Some new training materials from Verizon reveal a little bit about how the carrier may go about selling the devices.

In one table that shows some of the differences between the devices, Verizon made sure to use some bright red checks to highlight all of the “benefits” of the DROID line of devices. These include qualities like the Kevlar unibody design, wireless charging, and some special software offers, like six months of Google Play Music All Access for free. Astute buyers may also notice all of the DROID devices are thinner than the Moto X.

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LG shows off the “Rear Key” functionality in latest video


A good soundtrack, nice cars, and a couple of good looking people are in LG’s recent video showing off the functionality of their rear key button in their upcoming G2 flagship device. The video shows off how the rear keys can be used to lower or raise the volume, how easy it is to take selfies, and how to access the quick memo pad. Check out the video after the break!

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Images of upcoming Sony ‘Lens Camera’ smartphone accessories leaks along with Honami i1

Sony_Lens_Camera_QX10_with_XperiaZ_1Last month rumors started flying about a new smartphone accessory from Sony called a Lens Camera. It’s basically a lens with full camera hardware that you can attach to the back of your phone. The Lens Camera is paired via NFC and images are transmitted via WiFi. At the time of the leak, we didn’t have any images to go on, but now we do.

There are two models, the DSC-QX10 (pictured above with the Xperia Z) and the DSC-QX100 (pictured below with the Honami i1). The DSC-QX10 is the more economical version and features a 1/2.3-inch 18MP sensor along with a f/3.3-5.9 Sony G Lens. It also sports 10X optical zoom. The higher end DSC-QX100 features a RX100MII sensor and a Zeiss lens.

Word is that these Lens Cameras will not only be compatible with Android phones, but with the iPhone as well.

We have no idea on pricing or when they will be unveiled officially. Hopefully at next month’s IFA. Hit the break for a couple of more images. The last one has the DSC-QX100 attached to the upcoming Honami i1.

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Galaxy Note III could sport a 3,450mAh battery


As we get closer to the September 4th introduction of the Galaxy Note III, more and more details are starting to surface. We already got confirmation that it will launch with Android 4.3, but what about the battery? It has to be bigger than the Note II right? Rumor has it with a 3,450mAh battery, which is pretty hefty and larger than the Note II’s 3,100mAh battery.

I do have to point out that the new DROID MAXX will have a 3,500mAh battery and is a smaller phone. On the other hand, its battery isn’t removable. Still. don’t expect 48 hours battery life with the Galaxy Note III since it features a larger 1080p display and a quad-core CPU.

source: PhoneArena