Just yesterday we got confirmation about the HTC One Mini’s name and size, but no carrier availability. If you were planning on picking a Mini up if it came to your carrier of choice, you may be in luck, because according to a source close to HTC, the device will definitely be available first on AT&T’s network sometime around August of this year. They didn’t say if the device would be available on any other carriers, but if HTC can keep up what they’ve been doing, we may see this device on several other carriers in the US. And, if they get lucky, Verizon may carry the device sometime in late 2015.
To recap, the HTC One Mini has a 720p, 4.3″ display, a Snapdragon 400 CPU, and Android 4.2 out of the box. Anybody excited for this device later this year?
source: Phone Arena
HTC finally unveiled the Butterfly S and I am officially drooling. Why this isn’t coming to Verizon as the DROID DNA S, I have no idea, but rumors have it landing on Sprint. The Butterfly S is a beefier version of the One. It has a 5-inch 1080p LCD 3 display, a 1.9GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 CPU, 2GB of RAM,16GB of internal storage, microSD, UltraPixel camera, 2.1MP wide-angle front camera, support for Miracast, a 3,200mAh battery, and Sense 5. Just like the HTC One, it features dual-speakers at the front along with BoomSound. Since the Butterfly S has Sense 5, you will get all the same features such as BlinkFeed, Zoe, and Video Highlights.
Expect a release in Taiwan in July for NT $22,900 ($766) with no announcement for other areas. Hit the break for a short teaser video and press release.
Voice commands are becoming a staple when it comes to phones and tablets these days. Apple pushed it into the lime light with Siri and Google refined it with Google Now. While some of the features seem to be for novelty sake companies like Samsung and LG are taking a look at using it for navigational purposes. With that being said it appears that LG is working on a phone that will debut some time in 2014 that will feature voice commands at the core of its system.
This functionality will be used to navigate through various system functions. This will help, for example, in the car where handsfree voice navigation is crucial. One function may include zooming in and out of maps, but from what it sounds like voice navigation will work throughout Android itself. That’s about it on the software front. On the hardware side of things the device may sport a Snapdragon 800 processor which should help the software run smoothly.
Other than that there isn’t much to go on. LG hasn’t said anything regarding such a device. Voice navigation seems to be a logical step in a hands free world. How about you folks out there? Does the idea of voice navigation on a system wide level intrigue you?
source: GottaBe Mobile
Surfacing from a long period of inactivity, the Twitter account @DroidLanding reappeared with activity this afternoon. At this point, the tweets are rather vague, though there are enough hints dropped in to stir the rumors of a new DROID device getting ready to show up on the Verizon network. That seems like a bit of a stretch unless Verizon renames the mysterious Motorola X Phone. Whatever Verizon may have up their sleeve, it looks like it will involve an augmented reality scavenger hunt game based on the latest teaser video to surface.
@DroidLanding‘s initial tweet merely announced the resumption of activity with the lead “Reactivation protocols initiated.” That was followed by another tweet announcing:
“Augmented Reality imaging matrix is online ::: Scavenge mode detected…”
The latest tweet from the account points to a YouTube video that shows footage of Transformer type combat DROIDs. The tweet mentions “wARriors” with the AR capitalized. The video includes “DROID Combat/D:COM” in the title. The last time the AR moniker was used was back in 2011 when the Droid Bionic ARena augmented reality scavenger hunt game was made available. That title was also created by MunkyFun, the developers mentioned in this latest video. Back then, the goal of the app was to win a DROID Bionic.
If Verizon is preparing to unleash a new augmented reality scavenger hunt game, what could the prize be? Hit the break for the video.
Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside announced just a few weeks ago that multiple upcoming smartphones from the company would be broadly distributed across carriers. Among this next wave of smartphones from Motorola are the “Moto X” series phones that are already gaining a ton of buzz among consumers— and now it looks as though the Moto X (XFON XT1055) has finally hit the FCC as expected. This variant will head to U.S. Cellular (LTE band 12), making that at least four variants of the phone. We already knew of Verizon’s, Sprint’s, and AT&T’s variants— now the only major U.S. carrier without an FCC filing for the device thus far would be T-Mobile.
The device is expected to have a Snapdragon S4 Pro dual-core processor clocked at 1.7GHz, hold 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, 10MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, 720p display, and Android 4.2.2. All of these specs seem pretty mid-range and they don’t exactly jump out at you over any other phones currently on the market— that’s why we’re expecting some other cool features to come with this phone, such as unique sensors and software by Motorola that will do things such as turn your camera on the moment you pull your phone out of your pocket, and of course other features as well.
More news to come as we approach launch date for this highly anticipated device(s)…
There’s finally some concrete evidence of a mini HTC One that will be called the HTC One Mini. The guys at TNW found a User Agent profile of the device on a Taiwanese website owned by HTC. Besides the name and model number (PO581) being confirmed, through the profile we also now know that the phone will come with Android 4.2 and a 720p HD screen.
Since smartphones became popular, they have been getting bigger and bigger. The Galaxy S 4 Mini and now the HTC One Mini suggest otherwise. There’s still a lot left to discover about the One Mini, and we’ll be sure to keep you updated.
via: The Next Web
DooMLoRD from XDA Developers has released version 11 of his Easy Rooting Toolkit, which allows users to easily and quickly root their handsets. However, only three devices are supported so far, including the Xperia S, Xperia Z, and the Xperia SP. The program works with both locked and unlocked handsets. If you have one of the aforementioned phones and want to use Easy Rooting Toolkit, check out the download links after the break. Read more
Last month HTC was purged of many top executives, including Michael Coombes, the former head of U.K. sales for HTC and James Atkins, a U.K. marketing head for HTC. Those two have resurfaced only weeks later with the announcement that they are launching Kazam, a new smartphone manufacturer. Coombes will be CEO for the new company and Atkins will serve as chief marketing officer. According to the two, Kazam will be about “stunning design, robust hardware, and intuitive technology, underpinned with improved customer service.”
The move is certainly a bold one at a time when we see companies like HTC, Sony and LG struggling against the twin behemoths Apple and Samsung. Considering the trouble established companies are having, it is hard to imagine a startup becoming successful. Kazam will have the challenge of both sourcing parts for the devices it plans to produce and striking deals to get connected with carriers willing to offer their devices. One glimmer of hope is the fact that the company plans to focus on the European market where unlocked devices are more popular. Kazam also promises to differentiate itself by offering support after a sale is made, although it is unclear what that means. Perhaps there will be more of a focus on keeping devices up to the most recent version of Android, assuming that is the operating system chosen for their smartphones.
AT&T launched their Street Charge program today, opening solar-powered mobile charging stations around New York City’s five boroughs. This initiative, for which AT&T partnered with solar industry leader Goal Zero, was inspired after Hurricane Sandy left so many people without power.
The charging stations, which are currently available in only four locations, are in plans to arrive in 21 additional places around the city. It will be interesting to see how successful this program will be in such a highly populated place like New York. You can see AT&T’s official press release after the break.