When we first heard about the Samsung Fonblet, it was rumored to have a 5.8-inch display. Then last week, a 6.3-inch version showed up in Samsung’s Global Download Center. Word is they aren’t going with the “Fonblet” name, and instead going with “Galaxy Mega.” It also appears that there will indeed be two devices. The smaller 5.8-inch version has a model number of GT-i9152, and the larger 6.3-inch version will be GT-i9200. Expect the 5.8-inch version to only be offered in white and to be available by the end of May. The 6.3-inch should be available by the middle of June and will be offered in both white and black.
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The complete listing of Google’s April Fools Jokes for 2013
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T-Mobile recently updated their sign-up page for the HTC One. They have announced a special offer for online orders of the HTC One, a free official Car Kit. The offer comes as an addition to their “$100 Prepaid Visa Card or the trade-in value of your old handset – whichever’s greater” offer announced the beginning of February.
T-Mobile has gone to great lengths to ensure they maximize the number of qualified buyers, which is great for those of you out their waiting in the wings for the official release. To qualify, buyers need only pre-register for information on the site by Apr 04, purchase the One by Apr 26 (which supports a possible early April pre-sale launch date), and trade-in their current, working smartphone by May 31.
TuneIn Radio, a popular radio and music streaming app, has been updated to make discovering new music easier. Called “TuneIn Live”, the update presents consumers with a new tab on the homepage of the app. Upon tapping the live tab, album art in the form of tiles appears that represents the music playing on each respective station. By default, the live feeds will display stations from the country, hip hop, jazz, news, rock and sport genres, but allows for user customization beyond these. This UI leaves behind confusion and brings forth an intuitive new design that allows users a better experience of discovering new music. The update comes for both the free and pro versions of TuneIn Radio and is available after the break.
As the curtain starts to drop on April Fool’s Day 2013, we have witnessed all sorts of pranks from Google Blue to treasure maps to the shutting down of YouTube. However, most of these are far too easy to immediately identify as an April Fool’s joke. Fortunately, online camera rental site BorrowLenses.com has come to the rescue with an item on their site that makes you pause and consider whether it is real or not. BorrowLenses has a listing for the rental of Google Glass devices which they indicate are expected to be available on April 30th.
It would make sense for BorrowLenses to make Google Glass devices available for videographers. Their catalog includes other point-of-view and wearable devices, so why not Google Glass. However, the listing includes several hardware details that have not been previously disclosed. If BorrowLenses actually got their hands on some of the devices, releasing this information seems like it might get them in some hot water with Google.
What do you think – April Fool’s joke or real item listing? If you don’t think it is real, do you wish it were true?
AT&T has announced that the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 will be available on their 4G LTE network beginning on April 5th, 2013. Customers can choose plans for the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 starting as low as $10 per month on AT&T’s Mobile Share plan. According to AT&T, “with Mobile Share, new and existing customers can share a single bucket of data across smartphones, tablets, and other compatible devices.”
RSS reader Feedly has been on a roll ever since Google announced it was shutting down Google Reader, and the alternative reader has rolled out a new mobile app. In this new version, users will benefit from a new search and discovery engine, visual tweaks for easier reading, and better sharing. The new search engine taps into over 50 million feeds and Feedly claims “No other news reader comes even close to offering this breadth of choice.” Using smart topic completion, it automatically updates your search with feeds that are relevant to what you’re looking for.
If you’ve been holding out and waiting for preorder information on the HTC One, we’ve finally got some news for you. There’s no official release date, but if you’re on AT&T, you will supposedly be able to preorder the 32 GB variant of the HTC One in a retail store on April 5th, or online on the 4th. Pricing is $249 for the 32 GB base model, which is a bit higher than what we’re used to, but you do get a big chunk of storage. The 64 GB model is rumored to be $299, but those models won’t be available in time for preorders.
The 5th is just a few days away, so I think we can expect some official news from the carriers pretty soon. Hopefully we’ll get a release date out of them, too.
Reports surfaced over the weekend that Chinese phone maker Ding Xuan may be preparing a smartphone that will boast one of the largest batteries available in the market. Equipped with a 5000mAh battery, the device is expected to have a 4.5-inch display and run Android. Such a large battery may help the phone get through a whole day of use even with the screen brightness set to the highest level. It does not appear the monster battery is going to add much to the size of the device either. Images show what appears to be a slim body for the smartphone which is described as a “classy ‘business phone’ design.”
If you like to watch a lot of online videos from various sites, you will want to check out DivX Stash. DivX Stash lets you create a “stash” or locker of all your favorite videos so you can quickly call them up at anytime from your desktop or Android device. You can do something similar with YouTube favorites, but DivX stash lets you add videos from not only YouTube, but also Hulu, Vimeo, TED, CollegeHumor, Dailymotion, Howcast, BREAK, Funny or Die, The Daily Show w/John Stewart, and The Colbert Show. You can even categorize them in your own playlists. For example, you could create a playlist for all funny videos and one for music videos. The possibilities are endless.
All you need to do is install and enable the Chrome extension and sign in via Facebook. When you see a video that you want to “stash”, just click the “Stash It” icon just below the video.
Last week we talked about Sony working on smartphones with Cyber-shot quality cameras and according to a new report, the One Sony line will start with a 20 megapixel Cyber-shot camera. Codenamed Honami, the flagship smartphone is rumored to have a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, 5-inch full HD display, and either a 2700 or 3000 mAh battery. According to the source, it’s not fully decided upon yet, although design could be finalized by the end of April. Sony’s One line is part of the electronic giant’s initiative to better differentiate itself from the competition. Like Samsung with the Galaxy S line of devices, Sony hopes to leverage that winning concept.
Via: Phone Arena
If you’ve been looking to upgrade your Verizon phone but don’t need the latest and greatest, or you just want something on the cheaper side, Verizon has something in store that you’ll definitely like. The follow up to last year’s LG Lucid is slated to hit stores on April 4th, and will have the exciting name of the LG Lucid 2. It’s essentially LG’s Optimus F5 with Verizon branding, but it’s a more than capable mid-range phone, so nothing wrong there.
It sports a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, a 4.3 inch 540 x 960 display, and comes in weighing just 4.5 ounces. Plus, it has a 2460 mAH battery compared to the original Lucid’s 1700 mAH, and that’s always a nice addition. There’s also a inductive charging backplate being featured with the device.
All in all, the Lucid 2 is a very solid mid-range phone, and with a wallet-friendly $1 price tag (on a 2-year agreement, of course) it’s bound to sell fairly well. Anyone planning on picking one of these up?
It’s officially April, so if previous rumors hold up, we should see the HTC One hit shelves in the US by the end of the month. RadioShack appears to be one of the first to get some promotional materials for the big launch, though, and they’re beginning to market the device in stores with some eye-catching signs. The signs are specifically for the AT&T and Sprint versions of the phone, though, so if you’re a Verizon customer hoping for a last minute change of plans, sorry.
The signs do show a promo for a free $50 Google Play credit if you purchase the One with a two-year agreement, as well as $10 off the $199 price of the phone. The Play credit nice, and the $10 off isn’t much, but it’s a nice gesture. (and if everyone else launches it at $199, why not get it at RadioShack?)
There’s no official release dates on any of the signage, unfortunately, but I can’t imagine it’ll be too much longer. We’ll be sure to keep you updated as soon as anything else pops up.
Apple may wish this was an April Fool’s joke, but new data released today from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech shows Android has taken a lead in the U.S. market for smartphone sales for the quarter ended February 2013. The U.S. market has been a stronghold for Apple, which managed to maintain control of the market despite the growth of Android throughout other parts of the world. However, Kantar’s latest consumer panel, which focuses on sales, shows Android had 51.2% of smartphone sales for the period compared with 45.4% for the same period a year ago.
We already know that Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 mini is very much real and on the way, but it’s looking like the general public is going to see the smartphone much sooner than expected. Notorious info leaker SamMobile recently received a major tip containing much more information regarding the intriguing new device and claims it may be unveiled as early as this week. The tip alleges that we will see the device arrive in two colors (black mist and white frost) and will come in either single or dual-SIM variants. Additionally, the single-SIM variant will be identified as the GT-9190 and will feature a quad-core chip— while the dual-SIM variant will be identified as the GT-9192 and feature a dual-core processor. Aside from those differences, each variant will feature a 4.3-inch qHD display, 8MP camera and Android 4.2.2.
No word on pricing yet, but the Galaxy S 4 mini should arrive by the end of may or the start of June.