HTC ditching HTC Watch support in 6 countries on May 31

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It looks like HTC is going to be refocusing its efforts this summer, starting with announcing that it will be dropping HTC Watch support in 6 European countries come May 31.  These countries include Spain, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and the Netherlands.  Due to the massive unpopularity of this application, this won’t affect too many of you. HTC released this comment:

“As we continue to deliver new content for HTC Watch, we’ve made the decision to focus our efforts on markets with the highest engagement. After May 31, we’ll discontinue support for HTC Watch in countries with less application traffic”.

There is a solid alternative in Google Play Movies, which would obviously be a solid fallback plan— however, the Google service is only available in Spain, with none of the other countries listed above.

If you’re from one of the above countries and know of some good alternatives, let us know below in the comments!

 

 

Samsung Galaxy Note III rumored to have octa-core processor, octa-core GPU, and 3GB of RAM

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There’s some new information that has surfaced regarding Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note  III smartphone, courtesy of our friends at SamMobile. According to an insider, the upcoming phablet will come with all sorts of bells and whistles including a 5.99-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display with diamond pixel structure, a 13MP camera, Exynos 5 octa-core chip with Mali 450 GPU (also featuring 8 cores), a whopping 3GB of RAM and the latest version of Android (presumably Android 4.3?). In other words— the device will roughly be a larger variation of the existing Samsung Galaxy S 4 smartphone. Design-wise, it is expected the G-Note III will follow a similar look to the Galaxy Mega 5.8, though the bezel will probably be reduced in order to accommodate the larger display— though no one knows yet if the device will feature the oh-so-mouthwatering flexible display technology we’ve been hearing more about lately.

While there’s no concrete date of the device’s release, it’s looking like we will see the device by late summer (August or September), so we’ll just have to sit tight and play the waiting game for now.

source: SamMobile

T-Mobile/MetroPCS merger is complete, new company now known as T-Mobile US

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At last, the T-Mobile/MetroPCS marriage is officially complete. After seeing a few signs that the merger was closer to being finalized, Deutsche Telekom AG and T-Mobile US, Inc. announced the newly-formed T-Mobile USA entity— which officially began public trading under the NYSE ticker TMUS as of today. With the new company fully established, Deutsche Telekom AG will effectively hold a majority stake in the company (at 74%), while the combined subscriber base grows to over 40 million. Additionally, the completed merger also expands the total 4G footprint as 228 million are currently served with 4G, with an additional 200 million expected to be covered with 4G LTE by the end of 2013.

You’ll find more details once you hit the break and check out the full presser.


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More details emerge for Sony’s ‘Honami’ handset, includes Snapdragon 800 and 20MP Cybershot G lens

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As we at Talk Android have reported before, Sony has two flagship devices set for release in 2013 including a new phone and a 6.44″ phablet. The phone, codenamed “Honami”, is rumored to be a proper follow-up to the popular Xperia Z that was released in February, and today we have an almost complete rundown of what to expect in the Honami.

With a focus on photographs, the Honami’s 20-megapixel camera with feature a Sony Cybershot G Lens along with an Exmor RS 1/1.6″ sensor that is larger than most available smartphones, promising excellent photos even in low-light situations (a rumored dual-LED flash won’t hurt matters either). Sony apparently plans to improve their camera’s software algorithms and interface, hinting at a photo-taking experience previously only dreamed about in smartphones. Hit the break for even more details on this exciting device.


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AT&T and LG make the Optimus G Pro official, pre-orders start May 3

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We already knew that tonight’s LG party was all about the Optimus G Pro for AT&T so they decided to just go ahead and make it official. The Optimus G Pro will finally land in the U.S. with AT&T on May 10. It will be priced at $199 and pre-orders start this Friday, May 3. This is the same phone that has already been available internationally and features a 5.5-inch 1080p IPS display, a 1.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600, 2 GB of RAM, 32GB of internal memory, microSD slot for expanded memory, 13MP rear camera, 2.1MP front facing camera, 3,140mAh battery, and IR blaster. Let’s not forget the Value Pack update as well.

One thing I will say is kudos to AT&T as they now offer the three best phones on the market, the Galaxy S 4, the HTC One, and now the Optimus G Pro. On the other hand, Verizon Wireless will only offer the Galaxy S 4, and that won’t be out until the end of May. Full presser and video after the break.


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Motorola XT1055 shows up in benchmarks with Snapdragon 600

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According to rumors, Motorola’s next phone will be the X phone. Unfortunately the rumors have flip flopped in so many ways, it’s hard to determine if there will be only one X phone or several. What we do know is that Motorola is working on new phones, not surprisingly. We recently saw a Google X phone in an AnTuTu benchmark, which we can only assume is made by Motorola. Now we have some details about another Motorola device with the model number of XT1055.

We don’t know if this will be an X phone or something entirely different. To be honest, we don’t even know if the image above is real since these kinds of things can be fabricated pretty easily. If this phone is indeed real, it will have a 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 CPU with Android 4.2.2. The AnTuTu benchmark of 18,252 does seem a little low, but lets not forget this result is most likely not from final hardware. We will let you know as soon as we hear more.

source: PhoneArena

HTC M4 looks like a smaller HTC One with mid-range specs

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Based on the leaked image above, it looks like HTC is going to build upon their One design with a mid-range version, codenamed the M4. Identical in looks and smaller in size, the M4 packs 2GB of RAM, a dual-core processor and 16GB of internal memory behind a 4.3-inch 720p display (compared to the quad-core processor and 32GB of memory of the One).

The M4 will ship with a 1,700 mAh battery which cannot be removed from the device. As with the HTC One, the M4 will reportedly include HTC’s UltraPixel camera and Beats Audio-powered front-facing speakers. If the HTC One has piqued your interest but eluded your budget, or you’ve just been waiting for a smaller phone with decent specs, then the M4 may be the device you’ve been waiting for. The device is expected to ship near the end of Q2, and will sport Android Jellybean 4.2, which even the One has yet to see.

Source: PhoneArena

 

 

 

AT&T bumping up LTE coverage in 9 regions, adding 17 new regions

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AT&T is about to ramp up the competition to become the most widely-covered LTE network in the country.  The company recently announced that it has added 17 new regions for LTE coverage and is expanding coverage in 9 regions. AT&T’s stated goal of having 300 million LTE points of presence by the end of the year is certainly getting closer to becoming very doable and its new coverage additions clearly help their case.

AT&T currently features 207 regions with their LTE coverage.  The 17 added regions include: Cullman, AL, Decatur, AL, Huntsville, AL; Mountain Home, AR; Lake City, FL, Ocala, FL; Shreveport-Bossier City, LA; Lansing, MI; Biloxi-Gulfport, MS; Henderson, NC; Chattanooga, TN; Athens, TX, Corsicana, TX, Huntsville, TX, Lufkin-Nacogdoches, TX, Paris, TX; and Centralia, WA.


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Google I/O 2013 full schedule released

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It’s almost that time of year again- the equivalent of Christmas morning for Android developers and fanatics alike: Google I/O 2013.

On Tuesday night, Google released its session schedule for the conference, which will last three days (May 15-17) and will deal with not only Android, but Chrome & Apps, Google+, Google Cloud Platform, Google Maps, YouTube, and many other Google products as well. Google makes it pretty easy for you to know exactly what’s going on at what time, where it’s going on, and who the speakers will be.  When you click on any specific session, a summary page about it opens and gives more details than you’ll ever need.

Of course if you’re not going to Google I/O, the schedule will give you a good idea when the latest products/updates may be coming out, so you’ll know when to be watching for I/O coverage from us. As usual, the main keynote will be streamed live via YouTube, so definitely tune in to get a firsthand look at the newest releases.

Who else is excited? We know we are!

source: Google Developers

 

 

HP SlateBook 10 X2 leaks, packs Jelly Bean and NVIDIA Tegra 4

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It looks like HP is going to be making a big splash in the tablet market pretty soon, as it may be launching what seems to be a higher-end device by the name of SlateBook 10 X2.

There aren’t too many specs available right now, but what we do know is that it’s got a 10-inch display.  The resolution is unfortunately unknown, but it’ll definitely be pretty speedy with a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor onboard clocked at 1.8GHz.  The device will also be running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, Google’s most up-to-date OS release.

The tablet included in the image above is of HP’s first tablet released to the US, the Slate 7, which is available at only $169.99. Maybe it’s a way for HP to test the market before releasing a more stable product like the SlateBook 10 X2.

We don’t know when the HP SlateBook 10 X2 will be released, but we’ll be sure to be the first ones to let you know!

What do you guys think?  Leave us some comments below.

source: UnwiredView