HTC One M8 Mini May release rumored again

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With HTC’s One M8 out and available for purchase, it would only be a matter of time before we started hearing more regarding the smaller cousin to this year’s (so far) most beautiful handset. The HTC One M8 Mini is currently rumored to be releasing in May. A second rumor has leaked all but confirming the first rumor.

According to Taiwan’s ePrice, the M8 Mini is set to go on sale in Taiwan in May which correlates with UK rumor from March. There’s no official confirmation of specs but according to rumor, the device will pack a 4.5-inch screen with a 720p resolution. It will also feature 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage (expandable via micro SD), a 13MP rear camera (no dual-camera as its exclusive to the M8 flagship), a Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor and will have Android 4.4.2 with HTC Sense 6. It will also have the mostly aluminum body it’s larger cousin has.

HTC looks to make this a mid-tier device so it may come with a mid-tier price. We’ll know more next month. Stay tuned!

source: Taiwan ePrice
via: G for Games

Glass user has Glass pulled off his face and smashed

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In what should be surprising news — but isn’t — a reporter by the name of Kyle Russell had his Google Glass pulled from his face and eventually smashed. Coming from covering a protest involving a Google lawyer, Jack Halprin, who has started evicting tenants of a rental building he recently bought, Russell was heading home when a lady, who saw that he had Glass, shouted “Glass!” and tore the $1,500 wearable off his face. She then ran off and when Russell and a friend gave pursuit, turned and threw the piece of tech on the ground, smashing it.

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T-Mobile says no to overage charges, and John Legere starts petition for all U.S. carriers to do the same

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After a slight delay, T-Mobile just unveiled their 3rd and final installment of big announcements to further shake up the mobile industry. Last week brought a new Simple Starter Plan for day 1 and day 2 was that LTE tablets will be priced the same as Wi-Fi-only tablets. Day 3 is all about overage charges.

T-Mobile will no longer charge overages to their customers, which is a pretty good announcement in itself, but John Legere and team are taking it one step further. They are encouraging AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon Wireless to do the same, and they have created a petition on Change.org.

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Samsung to announce the Galaxy S 5 Zoom on April 29 with a new name

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Samsung has sent out invitations for an event that will announce the next generation Zoom. However, contrary to the belief that the device will be known as the Galaxy S 5 Zoom, the device will become the Galaxy K. It’s interesting that Samsung went with that name considering they’ve already released a Galaxy K in South Korea. Albeit that was almost four years ago. According to rumors though, the Galaxy K will be a brand in of itself and will not resemble the Galaxy S 5 in anyway.

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Google to update Android icons to more resemble web icons

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We have already heard that Android and Chrome will unite under Project Hera, so it’s no surprise that the same will happen with icons. Right now, Google has different icons for the web and Android, but Android Police is reporting that Android icons will be altered to more resemble web icons.

Of course, all Google projects have an internal name, and this one is “Moonshine.” It’s expected that Android icons will become flatter, with long, hard shadows. This change could also bring updated design guidelines because the current square or circular boilerplate icons wouldn’t fit in.

Hit the break for all the proposed Android icons.

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Android 4.4 for Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy S 3 could arrive by May

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While most of the newer devices have already received Android 4.4, owners of slightly older devices have kept waiting. For owners of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and Samsung Galaxy S 3, that wait might not be much longer. A Samsung customer managed to get a hold of someone from tech support, who confirmed that Samsung is expecting to launch the Android 4.4 update on the Galaxy Note 2 somewhere in mid-April, and for the Galaxy S 3 by early May.

These time-frames are for the Korean variants of these devices, but devices in the rest of the world shouldn’t be that far behind.

Source: Daum.net
Via: G for Games

 

 

Seven additional versions of Samsung Galaxy S5 added to list of devices that work with Chainfire’s root

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The international version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 has already been rooted by Chainfire, and that was before the device was even launched. Well now it looks like seven more versions of the device have been added to that list, as announced by the developer today.

The versions included are as follows: SM-900H (International Exynos), SM-G900M (Middle and South America), SM-G900R4 (US Cellular), SM-G900T (T-Mobile US), SM-G900T1 (Metro PCS), SM-G900W8 (Canada) and SM-G900P (Sprint). To root the devices you’ll need to use the CF-Auto-Root tool, and as Chainfire noted on his Google+ post, rooting the device will break Knox warranty and increase the flash counter. Users may also have issues with Private mode.

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Samsung’s global launch of the Galaxy S 5 was very successful

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Samsung never seems to disappoint with sales. The company’s April 11 launch of the flagship Galaxy S 5 smartphone has reportedly surpassed sales of last year’s Galaxy S 4 by more than 30%. In fact, some European markets experience sales growth of more than double when comparing the GS5 to last year’s GS4. And that number was expected to go up significantly had retailers not run out of stock. Across Europe, lines were formed despite many believing that there was no true excitement for the Galaxy S 5.

So before you go knocking Samsung for not using metal, just remember that people will still buy anyways.

Source: ZDNet Korea
Via: GSMArena

Moto X+1 backplate choices leak, leather is ready for the spotlight

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Remember the Moto X+1 name that leaked earlier this month? It is now (almost) confirmed that it will be the device to feature Motorola’s upcoming leather backplates. On Twitter, @evleaks tweeted an image that listed twenty-five varieties among five categories. The star of the show here is the Leather category as it will allow customers to choose between four differ colors. Also, Wood backplates make a return along with the usual Cool, Neutral, and Warm categories.

Rumored Moto X+1 backplates, from @evleaks:

  • Cool: Navy, Turquoise, Olive, Royal Blue, Dark Teal
  • Neutral: Slate, Purple, Smoke, Black, Chalk
  • Warm: Red, Orange, Lemon Lime, Violet, Crimson, Raspberry, Cabernet
  • Wood: Teak, Bamboo, Rosewood, Ebony
  • Leather: Black, Red, Grey, Blue

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HTC could be working on a cheaper One (M8) constructed with plastic

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It looks like HTC is working very hard on releasing a variety of devices this year. A new report out today claims that HTC is planning to release the One (M8) in plastic. While the internal specifications and overall design would be the same as the aluminum One (M8), the plastic model would undoubtedly be cheaper. The reason for this is that the HTC One (M8) costs almost $900 in China and having a plastic model would bring that number down to about $483.

Source: TMT Post
Via: G 4 Games