With the success of the HTC One helping reverse some troubling financial results for HTC, the company is now engaging in a strategy similar to Samsung’s in releasing versions of their top of the line device for certain target markets. The newest device that appears to be headed to market from HTC is the HTC One Mini, a smaller version of their flagship, that sources indicate should be available in August. The HTC One Mini will come equipped with a smaller 4.3-inch display running at 720p and a less powerful processor. However, it will bring design cues similar to its larger sibling, HTC’s Sense 5 overlay, and a camera incorporating UltraPixel technology.
The move by HTC will enable it to compete against the recently announced Samsung Galaxy S 4 mini and iPhone devices for buyers who are interested in smartphones that don’t come with large screens like the HTC One or Samsung Galaxy S 4. HTC has declined to comment regarding the leaked news of an August release date for the new device.
Earlier this week, AT&T expanded their LTE coverage in several cities across the country. They’ve updated that listing to include several more new markets and a handful of cities that are getting expanded coverage, which is always a nice bonus. The entire list of new coverage includes the following: Read more
For those of you that may be affected, it’s recommended that you call Verizon and try to obtain a replacement device immediately. On the flipside— those of you who haven’t received the new build just yet, DON’T update just yet until a new fix has been put in place. Just saying.
Up until now, Crayon Physics Deluxe was only available on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, iOS, and the PC, but it just landed in the Play Store for any Android device 2.2 or higher. This one is a 2D physics puzzle game. Imagine if your drawings could be magically transformed into real objects. That’s exactly what Crayon Physics is all about. You will use your S Pen, stylus, or finger to replicate a crayon to guide a red ball to touch a yellow star. You do this by drawing the solution. You might draw a bridge, a ramp, or even a pulley system. It is your artistic vision that will solve the puzzles.
It’s priced at $2.99, which is much cheaper than what’s offered on iOS. Hit the break for screenshots and download links.
Racing fanatics rejoice as Gameloft has officially taken the wraps off of its latest installment of the Asphalt series— Asphalt 8: Airborne. This latest games comes jam-packed with all sorts of goodies, starting with the insane graphics engine powering the game. The new graphics brings not only a higher number of frames per second, but the game also brings some new maps in locales like London and Tokyo with new terrain and cool effects like new slow-mo crashes or sweet flares from the exhaust pipes of the various vehicles out there. Complimenting the cool features some slick multiplayer modes that utilize both online and offline play, ensuring tons of awesome replay value.
So now that the game has been announced, it’s only a matter of time before we see it land in the Play Store. Gameloft confirmed Asphalt 8 is due for a summer release and will cost a hair under a buck. Considering summer is right around the corner, it’s not a bad wait fortunately— but while you do wait, check out full trailer vid below to get a better idea of how the game will look upon its arrival.
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.
The Galaxy S4 Zoom is now official folks. This one is for those you of that feel the camera is the most important aspect of your smartphone. As far as the camera goes, it shoots 16MP photos utilizing 10x optical zoom, an optical image stabilizer, and Xenon flash. The rest of the specs are nothing to brag about, but again the camera is the focal point. It has a 4.3-inch qHD (960 x 540) display, a 1.5GHz dual-core Exynos 4212 processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, microSD slot for expansion, 1.9MP front camera, 2,330mAh battery, and Android 4.2.2. This isn’t going to be the thinnest phone in the world. Because of the camera hardware, it’s 15.4mm thick.
They are touting the new Zoom Ring feature, which lets you access key features such as capturing and sharing a photo via MMS. It can also be used to activate Quick Launch and Shortcut features.
This one will be released overseas first, but the U.S won’t be left out in the cold. Word is that we will see it stateside during the third quarter.
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According to SamMobile, who is generally extremely reliable with Samsung leaked information, Samsung is delaying the Android 4.2.2 update for both the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note II, citing issues with the newer version of TouchWiz in a tweet tonight. Granted, Samsung has some newer, less powerful devices rolling out with Android 4.2.2 on board, so whatever problem they’re having will definitely be fixed sooner rather than later, so I think we can still expect a timeline for the update within a few months. Getting the update to the phones through the carriers is another story, but at least Samsung will have done their part.
If you are one of those smartphone buyers that has to look at devices other than top of the line devices like the Samsung Galaxy S 4 or HTC One due to a need for a rugged device, Verizon may have a smartphone on its way to help you enjoy the benefits of their 4G LTE network. A new render posted by @evleaks shows the new Casio Commando smartphone with support for 4G. The device is believed to be coming to Verizon in July if the on-screen image is an accurate indicator. The device is thought to be water and dust resistant and capable of surviving drops and other mishaps, although other specifications are not known.