HTC announces the One smartphone, gives us more quad-core goodness in a Sense 5 package

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HTC has finally taken the wraps off of its worst-kept secret— the HTC One smartphone. The smartphone comes fully decked out while featuring some pretty cool enhancements giving users a unique Android experience. For starters, the smartphone features a 4.7-inch full 1080p LCD3 display, quad-core Snapdragon 600 chip, 2 gigs of RAM and Android 4.1.2 topped off with Sense 5— all in one hell of an aluminum package. HTC also aims to give users a topnotch social network and multimedia experience by introducing some neat tools including:

  • Blinkfeed – an updated stream of news and social networks featuring 1,400 content providers including ESPN. Think full-screen wallpaper/widget with a Flipboard layout displaying all sorts of custom content
  • SenseVoice – sound enhancement feature which allows users to optimize call sound when in a noisy environment by chcking the ambient sounds in the background
  • Full IR capabilities which allows the device to control a home theater unit
  • Ultrapixel – giving 300% more light with camera
  • HTC Zoe – captures video and high resolution photos automatically, while also giving you topnotch organization by bringing your gallery together. Also allows for the ability to make a slideshow  highlight with movies as well by implementing automatic transitions between scenes and it can edit on its own. Zoe also allows users to combine multiple images into one and can even eliminate people from photos at a later time

Now for the information you all really want to know— when and where the device will be available. It will be a while before we see the device in our balmy mitts, but HTC has confirmed it will be available in 80 countries by the end of March. Additionally, the smartphone will come in 32GB and 64GB variants and land in AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile stores for those of us here in the States (no Verizon?) and will also be available for customers by the end of March as well— though there’s no word on pricing just yet.

Hit the break to see HTC’s full presser.

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UK carrier Three updating Sony Xperia T to Jelly Bean

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Three, the UK wireless carrier, announced via their Twitter account this morning that they are rolling out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update to owners of Sony Xperia T devices on their network. Besides all the benefits of Jelly Bean, Sony includes some updates for their own apps like Walkman, Album and Movies. Reports indicate some new homescreen options will now be available for device owners along with improvements to the camera app.

The update does not appear to be available as an over-the-air option. Three’s support site instructs users to connect their phone to their computer and use the Sony PC Companion software on Windows PCs or Bridge for Mac on Apple PCs. This update from Three follows on the heels of the update being pushed out to unlocked devices and those on the O2 network.

source: @ThreeUK

Australian Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 WiFi Getting Android 4.1.2 Update

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It’s been about a month since the US variant of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 WiFi received its Jelly Bean update. That’s apparently how long it takes for the update to make it down to Australia. Our Aussie friends are now receiving the 505MB Jelly Bean update. The update brings the Note 10.1 to Android version 4.1.2 and includes the Premium Suite, including multi-window, found on the Galaxy Note II.

Source: Ausdroid

 

EE confirms smartphone activations fall in Q4 2012, 4G LTE to blame?

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So we thought that EE’s launch of its super-fast LTE network would be welcome with open arms, but it appears there’s a slower adoption rate than expected. According to the 2012 year-end results from the wireless carrier, there were only 201,000 new subscribers for Q4, which is a mild disappointment to say the least. Fortunately, the wireless carrier was able to utilize its growing LTE network to springboard more of its customers into embracing smartphone use, which falls in line with some studies that we’ve heard before.

It’ll probably be a while before UK mobile users shy away from those HSPA+ networks until carriers like EE come up with a compelling reason for why LTE should be used. EE will certainly have its work cut out for it in the meantime.

source: EE

HTC One press shot leaked… again

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Our own Rob Nazarian is about to lay his eyes on the upcoming HTC One (aka the M7) smartphone at any moment now, but that hasn’t stopped some folks from giving the rest of us yet another idea of what we should expect to see from HTC’s next great beast of a device. French website NowhereElse has leaked a couple of images pretty much confirming what we’ve already seen before– except this time we see a Beats Audio logo on the back and some sort of shiny band at the bottom and top of the device. So ummm yeah folks— this is pretty much the HTC One that we’re all looking forward to drooling over and have already seen before. Stay tuned with us as we give you all the up-to-date info about the device.

source: NowhereElse
via: Engadget

Marvell announces its PXA1088 SoC, gives Android fans yet another quad-core chip to salivate over

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Ladies and gents— we have ourselves yet another quad-core chip that’s on the way, this time courtesy of Marvell. The modest chipset maker its PXA1088 SoC, which is based off ARM’s Cortex-A7 quad-core architecture. The SoC will also utilize a GPU with full OpenGL ES 2.0 and 1.1 as well as OpenVG 1.1 support. Rounding out the chipset’s noteworthy features are WCDMA and TD-SCMA support plus full HSPA+ capabilities, Bluetooth 4.0 and WLAN radios built-in. Of course Marvell highlights the PXA1088 chip will be featured in several upcoming devices— though we won’t know what those devices will be until MWC begins next week.

We know you are itching for more deets, so hit the break to check out the full presser from Marvell.

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NVIDIA announces Tegra 4i LTE-based SoC and ‘Phoenix’ reference smartphone

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Sure it may be a while before we see the Tegra 4 chip, NVIDIA just made a major announcement introducing a couple of new goodies ahead of MWC next week. The first is the Tegra 4i chip is an ARM Cortex A9-R4-based chip and is NVIDIA’s first Tegra-based SoC with a built-in LTE modem. The chip will “only” feature 60 cores compared to the Tegra 4’s 72 cores, but NVIDIA is promising the same level of efficiency and power for devices based off the Tegra 4i technology. Oh and for those of you that care– the chip is capable of running at operating speeds of up to 2.3GHz.

Complimenting the Tegra 4i chip is the new ‘Phoenix’ reference smartphone. The smartphone features a 5-inch 1080p display, “the latest version of Android” (presumably stock Android 4.2) and Direct Touch technology— all in a 8mm package. The end goal really is the hope that this device will allow manufacturers to essentially build what should be the ideal smartphone should it choose to utilize Tegra 4i technology and all that good stuff.

We know you are all itching for more deets, so hit the break to catch the full presser from NVIDIA.

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Could HTC unveil a tablet alongside the One?

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The above image is yet another teaser from HTC about tomorrow’s event. Now we fully expect to see the HTC One (M7) or whatever they call it, but this image has something interesting. It shows a bunch of devices under black clothes, but the one to the bottom left looks a little bigger. Speculation is running rampant that it could be a tablet, but it could also be some sort of accessory. We did hear rumblings last July of an HTC Vertex device that was suspected to be a tablet, and then in August, images leaked of a 10-inch tablet. Unless it’s an optical illusion, whatever is under that cloth doesn’t appear to be that big.

I guess I will be surprised if it is a tablet knowing full well that we would probably have more information about it, and not to mention that back in October HTC basically said they weren’t going to concentrate on tablets, at least for the U.S. market. We are only a little over 12 hours away from finding out so keep it locked right here for all the details as we get them.

source: twitter

 

Featured Android App Review: Moment – Live Wallpaper [Personalization & Customization]

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Live wallpapers can be really cool, but wouldn’t it be even cooler if you could just make your own? With Moment – Live Wallpaper you can because it will allow you to turn any video clip into your own interactive live wallpaper. These clips can be from those special “moments” in your life such as your kids, pets, panoramic views, or just about anything you can think of. It was created by SockMonkeySolutions, which we’re already familiar with from their previous apps, Gift Wizard and Task Radar. We have already covered a video live wallpaper app previously, but this one is a little different. Because it interacts with your swipes, you can create some interesting 3D effects. For example, you could film a flower from left to right in a circular rotation so it will appear as if it’s rotating on your home screen. You could also take a panoramic shot of an awesome view, and as you swipe different home screens, you will get different vantage points. If your child just scored a goal in today’s soccer game, you can relive that “moment” every time you use your phone or tablet.

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Netgear updates Push2TV PTV3000 device to support Android devices, squelch bugs

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Last month at CES 2013 we got to spend some time with Netgear’s Push2TV display adapter, the Netgear PTV3000, checking out the Miracasting capabilities using a Samsung Galaxy S III. As impressed as we were with the possibilities of pushing the display from an Android device to a big screen TV, Netgear still had some work to do to address some issues and expand the list of compatible devices. Those efforts took a major step today with a new update released by Netgear. Support for several devices has been incorporated into the PTV3000, including the Samsung Galaxy S III, the Samsung Galaxy Note II, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, the LG Optimus G, the LG Nexus 4, and some Sony Xperia devices running Android 4.0.4 and above.

If you have one of the devices, hit the break for the full list of improvements and instructions for updating the firmware. Read more