HTC to update existing One device customers to Sixth Sense

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During the HTC One (M8) launch event today, HTC announced the next version of their UI overlay to Sense 6, which they are calling Sixth Sense. The new HTC One (M8) will come with Sixth Sense straight out of the box. To help support current owners of HTC One devices, including last year’s model along with the HTC One Mini and the HTC One Max, the company will be rolling out Sixth Sense to owners of those devices some time this spring.

HTC also announced during the event their HTC Advantage program, which is their commitment to ensuring their devices receive updates in a timely fashion. This commitment is to roll out major updates to Sense or Android within weeks after they are made official for up to two years after they put a new device on market.

Meizu teases its upcoming device, the Blue Charm Note featuring an octa-core processor

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The Xiaomi Redmi Note is a budget smartphone with an octa-core processor and 5.5-inch 720p display, which is set to be launched in the Chinese market tomorrow, March 26, with a price tag of $130. Hearing this news, its competitor, Meizu, has posted the above teaser image of its upcoming handset called the Blue Charm Note which sports an octacore processor as well.

The teaser image reveals the specs of the device as well. It will sport a 5.5-inch 1080p display (compared to Redmi Note’s 720p display), octacore MT6592 processor, 8 mega-pixel camera and Flyme 3.0. While the device has a lower camera sensor compared to Redmi Note’s 13 MP camera, the company says that its own camera will take better photos because of the optimizations they made. As for the price, it has been blurred but according to past rumors, the price will lie in 1000 Yuan ($161) range.

Source: Gizchina

HTC One M8 available today from Verizon retail stores, online at major U.S., Canadian carriers

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Unlike last year when HTC’s release of the HTC One was plagued by delays, the company is ready to push out the new HTC One M8 starting today on a much more aggressive schedule. As expected, the new smartphone will be available from Verizon today, including retail stores, starting at 1:00 pm Eastern time, so people could be out on the streets with the latest from HTC later this afternoon. Depending on your interest, you may want to adjust your schedule for your lunch hour.

If you are not on Verizon or don’t have time to run to a retail location, you can still get the device quickly as the major U.S. and Canadian carriers – AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, Rogers, Bell, and Telus – are all scheduled to open their online systems at 1:00 pm Eastern time to accept online orders. If you pick next day shipping, it may be possible to have the HTC One M8 in your hand as soon as tomorrow.

Along with the aggressive release via Verizon retail locations, HTC indicates the other carriers should have the devices available before April 10th for most retail customers. They are also rolling out the device to over 230 carriers in 100 countries before the end of April. We’ll keep monitoring the carriers for information on pricing throughout the afternoon.

Sony won’t use Google’s Android Wear OS for its smartwatch

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Ravi Nookala, head of Sony Mobile’s US arm, told CNET today that Sony won’t be using Google’s new Android Wear OS, an Android OS designed specifically for wearable products, for its smartwatch products. He said that they would continue to use their own Android-based platform designed for their smartwatch products.

“We’ve already invested time and resources on this platform, and we will continue in that direction,” Nookala told CNET in an interview.

Google announced its Android Wear OS designed for wearable products last week, which is heavily based on Google Now voice-recognition technology. LG will be the first to implement the Android Wear OS on its G Watch followed by Motorola’s Moto 360, while Samsung has already opted for its own Tizen OS to be run on the Galaxy Gear 2.

Source: CNET

Google Play Edition of the HTC One M8 will go up for preorder later today

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HTC confirmed that they will be releasing a Google Play Edition of their new HTC One in the coming weeks, and the preorder for the device will go up later today. It will be available directly through the Play Store for the not so low price of $699.

The GPE HTC One will feature all of HTC’s new hardware, but you’ll lose all of the Sense 6.0 features in favor Android 4.2.2, obviously. It’ll be interesting to see if the phone will be able to take advantage of the duo-camera setup on the device without Sense, but I guess we’ll know for sure in the next few weeks.

HTC announces the new One for 2014

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HTC has finally unveiled the most leaked device of the 2014. The successor to their universally praised HTC One looks like it will keep the same name, (no All New One branding anywhere yet) but improves just about everything that the HTC One did.

As far as specs go, you’ll get a premium metal unibody design, a 5-inch 1080p Super LCD3 screen, Snapdragon 801 CPU, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage and a MicroSD card slot, a nano-SIM tray, and all the standard WiFi radios, Bluetooth 4.0, etc. The IR blaster is also making a return, as well as HTC Zoe, BoomSound, and all the stuff that made the One stand out last year. The duo-camera system is still present from all of the leaks, and Peter Chou says the cameras will  “capture true depth information for your photos.” The third camera on the device will be specifically used for focusing photos, including refocusing an image after you’ve taken it. It’ll keep your photos clear and sharp, something that HTC is very proud of doing. Read more

OnePlus One gets an official announcement date

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The highly anticipated OnePlus One will be fully unveiled next month on April 23. The image above was posted by Carl Pei over on the company’s forums. Pei is the Director of OnePlus Global. So yes, this is very official. In the post, Pei reiterates what the OnePlus One will be all about — quality and benefits. The device will have a 5.5-inch 1080p display with a 3100mAh battery. Inside, you will find Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801 processor. While maintaining premium build quality, the device will have replaceable rear covers.

Here is the full post by Pei:

We’re almost ready to showcase our baby to the world. On April 23, the OnePlus One will be fully unveiled.

Forget gimmicks and bloat. It’s time to return to the product itself. Its design, its build quality. The feeling you get when using it. It’s time to return to user value, and make all the necessary choices to ensure that in the end, it’s the user that benefits.

Thanks for everyone’s patience and support over the last few months. We promise it will be worth it.

#NeverSettle

Source: OnePlus Forums

Samsung may have to move the Galaxy S 5 launch earlier due to South Korean carrier punishment

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A couple of weeks ago, we talked about the situation in South Korea in which a few carriers were punished for subsidizing devices by more than $250. The South Korean government brought down the hammer on three of the country’s biggest carriers and will not allow them to sell any smartphones for a 45-day period. The Galaxy S 5’s global launch date is April 11 in roughly 150 countries.

So what are the carriers and Samsung left to do? Reports out of Samsung’s home country suggest that the company will release the device prior to April 5. This is because it would give South Korea’s largest carrier, SK Telecom, a chance to sell the handset before its punishment (or ban) kicks in on that date. LG U+, another carrier in that country, would be able to sell the device for about two weeks if the April 11 launch sticks since their punishment does not start until the end of that month. Samsung is reportedly scrambling to move the launch date to this Thursday, March 27.

Source: Korea Herald
Via: Phone Arena

AT&T, Sprint among the carriers said to be getting the Samsung Galaxy S 5 Active

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Is the Samsung Galaxy S 5’s new design not sturdy enough for you? Good news. They are said to be releasing the Galaxy S 5 Active, model number SM-G870x. According to @evleaks, the device will be “Coming to AT&T and Sprint, among other carriers.” So if the GS5’s IP67 water resistant rating is not good enough, be on the lookout for the GS5 Active. Read more

ZTE Nubia X6 is official, boasts a 6.44-inch display and the Snapdragon 801 with 3GB of RAM

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ZTE wanted to make sure HTC was not the only company making an announcement today. While HTC’s event will go on later this afternoon, ZTE has used the morning to announce the Nubia X6. This phablet has a 6.44-inch LCD display with 1080p resolution. That means there are 344 pixels per inch. In the image above, you see just how thin the Nubia X6 is. The device is 7.9mm thin. On both the front and back of this slim handset, ZTE has provided two 13MP cameras. The back camera has optical image stabilization technology (like the LG G2).

Under the hood is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801 processor (MSM8974AB) clocked at 2.3GHz paired with 3GB of RAM. Later on, there will be another model that has a quad-core processor clocked at 2.5GHz. The Nubia X6 also supports dual-SIM and LTE connectivity. USB 3.0 and Bluetooth 4.0 are both present.

The phablet will have a massive 4250mAh battery and no microSD card slot. All of the storage will remain on the device. No release date has been confirmed and right now it seems only China will be getting the ZTE Nubia X6.