Rumor: Sony ‘Honami’ to go by the name “Z1″ in retail stores, expected launch date of Sept. 4

 

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We’ve heard the code-name ‘Honami’ so many times that at this point, most would have expected that Sony come right out and announce it as the official name for their next flagship.

However a well-known XDA-developer, “DooMLoRD,” says that the Honami very well may be known as the Sony Z1 (Z One) in just a few short weeks, as the device’s official retail name.

There are so many One’s, Z’s, X’s, etc. that it’s almost getting hard to keep track of the latter part of the alphabet at this point…

Either way, we would tell you to take this rumor with a grain of salt for now, but as soon as “DooMLoRD” posted the rumor on XDA’s forums, Sony’s Mobile PR division followed him on Twitter— that counts for something, right?

More to come soon as we approach the rumored September 4th unveiling date.

Source: GforGames

 

[Deal] Staples offering coupon deal on 16/32GB 1st-generation Nexus 7 models

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It looks like Staples wants to clear out stock of their first-generation Nexus 7’s before the mad rush for the new Nexus 7, as they’re offering a coupon deal which expires this Sunday, August 18.  By ordering online, on the phone, or at the store, you can use the coupon code to get a 1st-generation 16GB Nexus 7 for $139.90, or a 1st-generation 32GB Nexus 7 for $179.90. If you plan on taking advantage of the offer, now is the time to do it because it expires soon! Official coupons after the break.

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Amazon could launch an Android-based gaming console by the end of the year

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I was just thinking the other day that Amazon should probably come out with their own console since they refuse to offer their Prime Instant Video streaming app to all of Android. Now today, news is coming out of Game Informer that Amazon is readying a gaming console for later this year. This is according to sources so nothing is official, but if you think about this, it makes a lot of sense for Amazon. Amazon is all about their ecosystem and if they pair it with multimedia capabilities such as the Prime Instant Video, it could be pretty successful. Sources say that it will include a gaming controller as well.

With companies like Ouya, BlueStacks, GameStick, and Mad Catz, this should be an interesting battle. Lets also not forget that Google will likely release their own gaming console as well.

Thanks Michael!!

source: Game Informer

 

Next generation Kindle Fire HD specs leak

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The fall is usually the time when Amazon shows off their new Kindle tablets. It was two year’s ago that they introduced the original Kindle Fire for $199 changing the tablet scene forever. Last year, they upped the ante with three varieties, again at very competitive pricing. For 2013, expect more of the same. Let’s start with the new 7-inch Kindle Fire HD tablet. It will have a 1,920 x 1,200 display and it will sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC clocked at 2GHz along with an Adreno 330 GPU. It will have 2GB of RAM, a front-facing camera, WiFI, and optional cellular connectivity. Storage sizes will be aplenty, 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB.

Next up is the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD. It’s display will have a resolution of 2,560 X 1,600 and have the same specs as the 7-inch version, but with an added 8MP rear-facing camera.

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Deal Alert: Groupon offering the unlocked HTC One X smartphone for $349.99

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Groupon is no stranger to having some pretty sweet deals every now and then, but who would’ve guessed it would offer what some of us thought was hands-down the best phone for 2012? That’s right gang— Groupon is offering an unlocked variant of the HTC One X smartphone last year for a reasonable $349.99. Unlike the traditional unlocked version that features a Tegra 3 chip plus HSPA+ radio, it appears that this unlocked model (HTC-PJ83100) will “only” sport a dual-core Snapdragon clocked at 1.5GHz and Ice Cream Sandwich (ugh!). Fortunately, this model will have the same 4.7-inch 720p display, the sweet 8MP camera and oh yes— a built-in 4G LTE radio… though it’s probably likely it will only be made for AT&T bands should you choose to take advantage of the capability. Otherwise, the HSPA+ bands should be compatible for both AT&T and T-Mobile.

Naturally there are other $349.99 options out there like the Nexus 4, but keep this in mind: the Nexus 4 doesn’t feature LTE and an unlocked One X model is more than developer-friendly, meaning that there’s plenty of potential for you tinkerers out there. Nonetheless, interested parties will want to act soon— as of now, there’s only 8 days left for the awesome deal.

source: Groupon
via: Droid Life

Google to open Android Nation retail stores in India

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Google took a step today to improve its presence in India with the announcement that it will be opening brick and mortar stores called Android Nation. Google’s retail locations in India will follow the opening of two such stores in Jakarta, Indonesia last year. The stores carry Android powered tablets and smartphones from several manufacturers like Samsung, Sony, LG, HTC and ASUS. Besides buying the latest in Android devices, customers can visit Android Nation locations to get expert help with their devices and the Android operating system, get info and help with the latest apps, or browse the aisles and shelves for accessories. The stores in India will be opened in partnership with Spice Global. Read more

Amazon to have one-day sale on the HTC One

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Have you been eyeing the HTC One but haven’t wanted to drop a full $200 on it? Keep on eye on Amazon tomorrow, June 14th, as they’re having a one-day sale on the device for both AT&T and Sprint. New customers can pick up the One for $79.99, and upgrading customers will pay $99.99. Either way you look at it, you’re getting at least a 50% discount. They’re offering both color variations of the device, (silver and black) and you will, of course, have to sign a two-year agreement for the discount pricing. If you’re still on the fence, check out our HTC One review and see if it sways you one way or the other.

Hit the break below for the Amazon links.

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[Deal] Grab the Verizon Galaxy S 4 for $119 at Amazon

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If you are looking to switch to Verizon or you can open a new contract for someone else in your family, you might want to look at Amazon’s latest deal on the Galaxy S 4. You can grab it for $119.99, but this price is only good for new customers. If you’re an existing customer, don’t fret because they are offering it at $169 for those looking to upgrade. That still isn’t a bad deal. Just head over to the source link to get started.

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U.S. Cellular announces the latest edition to its mid-range family, the LG Optimus F7 smartphone

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U.S. Cellular customers looking for a sweet mid-range device are in luck as the wireless carrier has officially announced its latest offering— the LG Optimus F7 smartphone. In case you’ve forgotten about the basics of the phone since its original launch a while back, let’s give you a little refresher: the Optimus F7 comes with a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of on-board storage, microSD slot and a spiffy 4.7-inch 1,280 x 720 display. And yes— the device’s software is up-to-date for the most part as it not only features Jelly Bean loaded up, but some of LG’s awesome software too such as the implementation of the QSlide multi-window feature. The device will also come jam-packed with with the usual 3G and LTE radios built-in, giving users of the device quality network speeds when available.

The device is available now on the U.S. Cellular website and at U.S. Cellular retailers for a smooth $99 on-contract or customers who don’t want to feel tied down will have the option of purchasing the device for $399 outright. You’ll find more deets once you hit the source link below.

source: US Cellular

HTC One set to launch in T-Mobile stores on June 5th

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We know that many of you T-Mobile customers have been itching for that HTC One smartphone for some time now, but as with other wireless carriers— there have been some minor shipping and stocking delays, so you may not have had a chance to grab the device just yet. Fortunately T-Mo has been working to get its stock filled up and is seemingly ready to offer the popular smartphone to its customers in the immediate future. According to the gang at TmoNews, sources at T-Mo believe that the wireless carrier will re-launch the device next Wednesday, June 5th, at various T-Mo locations nationwide. This means that customers will finally be able to get their hands on the intriguing device featuring a quad-core processor, gorgeous display, UltraPixel camera and Beats Audio, among other things at long last.

The device should run customers about $100 for you UNcarrier plan holders— so it certainly makes the device just a wee bit more appealing than it already was before. If you’re a T-Mo customer and are in the market for a new phone, will you grab one?

source: TmoNews