HTC’s Butterfly 2 4G gets certified for Taiwan

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It’s been awhile since we’ve heard anything about HTC’s Butterfly 2, but according to Taiwan’s FCC equivalent, the Butterfly 2 4G has been certified for sale. The certification proved a lot of the rumors that we’d previously heard, including the 1080p 5-inch screen, 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, and 13 megapixel camera.

Since the device is now fully certified, it will probably go on sale in Asian markets pretty soon. Since the original Butterfly didn’t make its way to the US (outside of landing on Verizon as the Droid DNA) don’t expect this one to be much different.

source: Sogi
via: Phone Arena

Microsoft’s OneDrive now offers 15 GB of storage for free

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Microsoft has bumped up the amount of free storage you get with OneDrive to 15 GB, bringing it up to par with Google Drive’s free space. On top of that, the pricing for different tiers of space is going to see a big drop in order to stay more competitive with Google’s extremely low prices. The 100 GB tier, which used to cost $7.49, will now run $1.99 per month, which is exactly where Google has their 100 GB tier priced, and Microsoft will sell you 200 GB per month for $3.99. Definitely some big price drops.

Are these price changes enough to sway you over towards using OneDrive instead of whatever cloud service you have right now?

source: 9to5 Google

Should LG and Samsung fear the Amazon Fire Phone?

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Last week Amazon finally introduced their first smartphone to the world, which didn’t seem all that spectacular. Amazon does have a major brand, but the pricing and lack of anything compelling makes me wonder if it will succeed. However, according to a report from the Korea Times, Samsung and LG should be scared.

One industry official said, “The top appealing factor for the Amazon phone is competitive pricing and the technology that enables it to produce three-dimensional (3D) images.” What competitive pricing? $199 on contract and $650 off contract is far from competitive. Yes, the 3D, or as the call it dynamic perspective, is different, but is it something that consumers really desire?

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According to benchmarks, Exynos 5433 Galaxy Note 4 smokes Snapdragon 805

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With the newer Snapdragon 805 being all the rage as the processor to beat, other chipsets have a decent uphill battle facing them as they attempt to dethrone the Qualcomm chip. Only one has been able to do that so far, and that’s Nvidia’s Tegra K1. However if benchmarks are to be believed, the second chip to do so is the Exynos 5433. Codenamed “HelsinkiPro” the SoC is said to be an upgraded version of the Exyno 5430 — codenamed Helsinki. See what they did there?

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How to set up a wireless hotspot for tethering on Android to avoid paying carrier subscription fees

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Being able to hook up to your WiFi network with your computer or tablet is pretty convenient, but what if you’re on the road, or in an area without a wireless network in sight?

Well there’s good news — setting up a wireless hotspot on your device, which you can then connect to with your laptop or tablet, is extremely convenient. The feature is available on most smartphones these days, but carriers usually charge around $20 or more each month for a simple subscription to the service.

But what if I told you that you could experience the same service for only a one-time fee of $7.95? You’d take it, right? Well hit the break to find out how.

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Special edition Galaxy S 5 LTE-A has less dimples and more diamonds

GalaxyS5LTEADiamondOne of the biggest complaints people have had at the Galaxy S 5 — besides a “lack” of innovation — is the device’s backing.  Some people haven’t been impressed with the dimpling and some have even gone to the extreme of comparing the gold S5 to that of a Band-Aid. There’s a decent amount of memes on the matter if you search hard enough. Even so, Samsung has announced a new variant that will make those unhappy people, a little less unhappy. Read more

LG G3 Mini rumored specs leak, may feature a smaller screen than predecessor

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“Mini” variants of devices have been popping up for some time now, and cater especially to those who would like a premium smartphone, but wouldn’t mind sacrificing some of the higher-end specs so that the screen size can shrink a bit to their liking.

The LG G2 Mini, which was announced last February, has not been as successful as LG might have liked, and perhaps that’s because it wasn’t all that “mini.” The device, which featured a 4.7-inch screen, was a bit big for some users, who might have decided on another smartphone with similar specs and a smaller screen.

Now, it looks like LG has picked up on the lost potential for sales — according to rumors, it looks like the device’s successor, the LG G3 Mini, will feature a smaller screen, of 4.5 inches.

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[Deal] Nexus 7 purchase through Google Play includes 3 months of All Access

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Need a new tablet at a great price? The Nexus 7 still holds the title as one of the best overall tablets, even when not considering price. But now through September 30, purchasing the Nexus 7 through Google Play will include 3 months of All Access for free. After that, you must cancel your subscription or pony up the $9.99 per month price.

Not too bad, Google. Are you interested in purchasing the Nexus 7? Or are you waiting for something else? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Google Play [Details]

HTC UK to give away 24k gold HTC One (M7)

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It may be a generation old now, but the HTC UK team thinks the HTC One (M7) is still something special, especially after being named the “Best Phone of 2013” by an unknown source. To celebrate, they have had a 24k gold plated version of the device made and will be giving it away via a Twitter-based contest.

The full rules are available on their Facebook page. Entrants are only allowed one entry, accomplished by retweeting a specific tweet. The winner does have to be a resident of the U.K. If you are interested, you have until the end of the day on June 29th to get your entry in.

source: @HTC_UK, HTC UK on Facebook (rules)