AT&T customers can expect to pay a little more every month. The carrier has decided to add a 61-cent charge to each of their customers’ bills. Beginning May 1, the “Mobility Administrative Fee” is considered a “below-the-line” fee, meaning it appears with taxes and other surcharges at the bottom of a customer’s phone bill, below the service charges.
A charge of less than a dollar might sound insignificant, but when multiplied by all of the number of customers they have, it could add more than a half-billion dollars of revenue for AT&T. AT&T is quick to say that below-the-line charges are “consistent with similar fees charged by other carriers,” and that the revenue will “help cover certain expenses, such as interconnection and cell site rents and maintenance.”
Source: Wall Street Journal
There’s a lot to like about the HTC One. Now there’s more. HTC has announced that their HTC One is the first HTCpro certified smartphone in the United States.What exactly does this mean? It means the HTC One is enterprise-ready and meets the Federal Information Processing Standard 140-2 certification, offering 256-bit encryption, and level-one government-grade security. As part of the distinction, the One also offers built-in VPN functionality to offer data protection and security, and in the future will offer multiheaded Internet Protocol Security (IPSEC) VPN support from Mocana. Aimed obviously at business professionals, this is an important step for HTC.
Source: Laptop Mag
Once again thanks to evleaks’ Twitter account, Huawei’s Ascend P6 has been leaked through various screen shots. With the thickness of just 6.2 mm’s, this should be the worlds thinnest smartphone upon release. The device will have a 4.7 inch 720p display. Not much else is known about the device, but it should be announced sometime next month during an event in London.
Looks like there’s news that Verizon and AT&T will both receive a developer edition of Samsung’s Galaxy S4. Both of these versions of the S4 have a locked down bootloader, so it makes sense for a developer edition to come out on both of these companies. While developers over at XDA have already dismantled and un-locked the bootloader in both of these respective devices, it is still nice to see Verizon and AT&T releasing an unlocked version for those who wish to purchase one.
Lets not get confused with the Google Edition of the S4 that’s due out to be released next month, these two developer phones are still running TouchWiz and not stock Android. The only difference is that the bootloader is unlocked compared to the regular versions of it that Verizon and AT&T currently sell.
Anyone on AT&T or Verizon nabbing this?
Remember during Google IO when an HTC employee hinted at a “stock Google experience” HTC One in response to Samsung’s Galaxy S4 Google Edition? Well, that seems to be inching closer and closer towards the truth as even more “tipsters” have confirmed such a device is indeed coming. Now before you write this out as just another rumor, keep in mind where this rumor comes from. Russel Holly from Geek.com first outed the Google Edition of the S4 the night before it was announced, and now he claims the same sources that gave him that information are now providing the same in regards to a “Sense-less” HTC One.
No actual date has been given, but he did say that one of the sources said the device should be announced in the next two weeks or so with a summer release. Of course, this is still a non-factual rumor so take it for what it is. The Sense software helps make the HTC One as great as it is in my opinion, thus I’m not sure if having a stock Android HTC One device would make it any better. Either way, having it out there as a choice is certainly a great thing and something plenty of people will be excited for.
What do you guys think of a Google Edition HTC One?
With the popularity of Android on smartphones and tablets, Google has a big platform to help push their other products and services. One of those is the Chrome browser for Android. As users surf the net with Chrome, they are able to enjoy the benefits of having their sessions sync with installations of Chrome, say on their desktop and laptop computers. To help capitalize on this and make the use of Chrome and Google services even more attractive, Google announced today the introduction of richer notifications for the Beta channel version of the Chrome browser.
The user interface for notifications and the underlying framework have both been reworked and expanded to be available for developers of Chrome apps and extensions to capitalize on. From an interface perspective, the new notifications adopt a Google Now card-like look. Mimicking capabilities of the notifications available on Jelly Bean Android devices, the new notifications can include the ability to interact directly within the pop-up.
The notification center will display several notifications at once if a user is away from their computer for a while. Along with the usability improvements, notifications can now include formatted text and assets like images. Google provides a panel for users to select which notifications which display.
Google has new versions available for both Windows and ChromeOS. They indicate an OSX version for Macs is on the way. If you want to try out the Chrome Beta, hit the source link for more information.
source: Google Chrome Blog
Since the Verizon S 4 is officially available today, we’re also getting the official bootloader unlock method today. Dan Rosenberg, who has been responsible for unlocking many Snapdragon powered devices lately, was waiting for Verizon to drop their variant of the S 4 before releasing his work so Verizon couldn’t work a patch in. This method works on the Verizon and AT&T models, but now that the exploit is out in the open, a patch may come with a future update.
Right now, the tools aren’t really easy to use. Fortunately though, we can probably expect some friendly tools to show up for the less tech savvy soon. In case you do want to get your hands dirty and unlock your new S 4, you can check out the links below to download the tools.
Amazon announced today that they are making their Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HD 8.9 devices available in more than 170 countries and territories around the world starting June 13th. Customers who are interested in one of the devices can go ahead and place a pre-order now by visiting Amazon.com. Along with access to the hardware, buyers in the new countries will get access to the Amazon App store and all of the content contained therein, including more than 300,000 books that are exclusive to the Kindle Store.
Dave Limp, vice president of Amazon Kindle notes the Kindle Fire HD “is the #1 best-selling item in the world for Amazon since its launch.” The 8.9-inch version of the device is available for $284 while the 7-inch version is available for $214. The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 can be preordered by visiting www.amazon.com/global-kindle-fire-hd-8.9 and the Kindle Fire HD is available at www.amazon.com/global-kindle-fire-hd. Interested buyers can also visit retailers who sell Kindle devices.
UK “Facebook phone” fans will have to wait to see if they ever get the HTC First. A spokesperson for carrier EE in the UK confirmed in a statement that Facebook has “recommended holding off launching the HTC First in the UK” as they work on a better Facebook Home experience with new customization features.
Facebook’s prized phone is not having much success in the United States, with the price dropping from $99 to under a dollar, followed by news that the phone will reportedly be discontinued by AT&T. It will be interesting to see if the improvements Facebook makes to Home will spark a renewed interest in users who had previously given up on the app.
Source: Android Central
At the end of the day, Google is first and foremost, a company driven by advertisements, not necessarily awesome Android sales. Considering Google has one heck of a track record when it comes to how advertisements are subtly
stuffed down our throats viewed by the masses, it should come as no surprise that Google is out to revolutionize how we consume ads thanks to its work behind the scenes of implementing haptic feedback technology. The USPTO went ahead and published a patent application “Providing information through tactile feedback”, which at its absolute core deals with haptic feedback on touchscreen devices (smartphones and tablets).
Google recognizes this technology is still very much in its infancy, so it’s utilizing its all-star team of researchers and developers to dig deeper and recognize the true potential of haptic feedback, by quietly working on a “Tactile Interface Engine“, which allows Google to ensure its ads are more effective thanks to the implementation of feedback. The concept alone is fascinating, but it’s how the technology works that will be a real eye-opener for the masses. Essentially Google would hypothetically separate an advertisement displayed on a webpage with a border by having a distinct tactile feel, which is completely noticeable as the finger approaches the advertisement. In the case of multiple ads, the ad with the “most relevance” would give the most feedback as your finger hovers around it, while the other ads would give less feedback— though each ad could be moved around to a different place on the screen if needed.
It’s too early to tell what sort of impact this implementation will have for the Android brand, but it probably wouldn’t be a surprise if it were to end up being revolutionary. Of course it would be nice to see some improved haptic feedback for our displays (and specifically our keyboards), but any cool innovation from Google would be a welcome one nonetheless. We’ll be sure to keep an eye out for you all on whether or not this intriguing development can eventually become a reality.
Following Samsung’s announcement that it has sold 10 million units of the Galaxy S 4 in less than a month’s time, HTC has some news to share as well— they have sold 5 million units of the HTC One in almost the same time-frame.
This surprisingly high showing comes in a time where HTC is suffering from a shortage of components and manufacturing supplies, as well as a dramatic reshuffling of execs.
“Orders are pretty good so far and are still more than what we can supply. This is partly due to the shortage of components. When the issue is resolved next month, we will have a better idea if it’s doing really well or not,” an anonymous HTC executive said.
This is all pretty encouraging news for the company which had been recently slipping in the minds of consumers— they should be just fine if sales figures can keep this pace in the coming months. (And of course if they can resolve their issues with manufacturing and disgruntled employees.)
Source: The Wall Street Journal
One of the best phones on the market right now, the HTC One, has done a pretty decent job in terms of sales, but possibly not as well as it could have done. Many questions remain about why the device isn’t coming to Verizon, and why there aren’t any microSD card slots in the US and UK models. HTC’s Senior Global Online Communications Manager, Jeff Gordon, finally gave us an answer to our questions.
MicroSD Drama— Many consumers were confused at why Asia’s version of the HTC One included microSD slots and the US and UK models did not. Apparently, this decision came down to a factor of space. The Chinese version of the HTC One is designed specifically for the smaller Chinese radio bands, and therefore there was additional space in the device to add microSD slots. This was seemingly the case with the Japanese version as well. This space was not available in the global version, and therefore, the lack of microSD card slots.
Why No Love for Big Red? — Gordon didn’t really give a full answer here as to why the HTC One isn’t offered on America’s most popular carrier. He said that “it’s always a great thing to have our phones on as many operators as possible, but we’ve got nothing to announce in terms of Verizon.”
While this doesn’t mean the device will never come to Verizon, it certainly does put a dark cloud over rumors that the HTC One would be coming to Big Red. There are some rumors saying that perhaps Verizon wanted its own special version of the One but HTC wasn’t willing to comply. Only time will tell.
AT&T has announced that they will be offering an “Aurora Red” version of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 starting on June 14. If you can’t wait until then to make your purchase, you’re in luck because pre-orders start tomorrow, May 24. The phone will cost $199.99 with a new two-year contract, the same price as the already available “White Frost” and “Black Mist” colors currently offered by the carrier. Anyone in love with this new color? Let us know below!
Source: AT&T Official Blog