Verizon Wireless is discounting flagship phones for Mother’s Day

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Looking for a new phone for Mom, or maybe yourself? Well then head over to Verizon Wireless because they are knocking $100 off of the Samsung Galaxy S 5, HTC One (M8), HTC One Max, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.  The Galaxy S 5, HTC One (M8), and HTC One Max are now $99, while the Galaxy Note 3 is $199. These are of course contract pricing, so you will need to open a new line for 2-years or be eligible for an upgrade to an existing line.

You will also find deals for the iPhone 5S, Windows Phones, and BlackBerry if you or Mom desires them.

The sale runs through May 12, so you have a little time to think about it.

source: Verizon

HTC One (M8) Mini to be called the HTC One Mini 2

HTC One Mini 2In a world where smartphone manufacturers used long obnoxious names for their devices, one phone stood up against the norm. Ah, who are we kidding. Most phones these days have longer names, and most of them are a mouthful. Well if evleaks is right — and he typically is — the next generation HTC One Mini will be the HTC One Mini 2. Like we said, a mouthful.

The device is said to have a 4.5-inch screen with a 720p resolution. It features a Snapdragon 400 clocked at 1.4GHz, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory. It will have a 13 MP rear shooter accompanied by a 5 MP camera in the front. It will have Android 4.4.2 with Sense 6.0 onboard and is currently slated for Verizon right now.

source: @evleaks

Image of possible HTC One (M8) Mini surfaces

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There was no shortage of rumors and leaks leading up to the launch of the HTC One (M8). Now that it has been out for a bit, HTC is working on variants of the device to help entice buyers who did not jump on the initial bandwagon. Just like with the main device, the rumors and leaks surrounding these variants are starting to flow throughout the Internet. We’ve already seen reports of an even higher-end HTC One (M8) Prime and a cheaper, possibly plastic-bodied HTC One (M8) Ace. Today’s latest image is for an HTC One (M8) Mini.
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New HTC One M8 Ace to have plastic unibody, high-end specs with low price

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In the past HTC has made comments leading people to believe they don’t like flagship plastic devices, but new reports suggest that they are on their way to making their own. According to sources, the company’s new HTC One M8 Ace will feature a plastic body instead of aluminum. In addition, the device will have specs almost identical to Samsung’s Galaxy S 5, with a 5-inch 1080p display plus a 2.5GHz, quad-core Snapdragon 801 SoC, but a much lower pricetag.

We’ll just have to wait and see, as the device may be announced sometime next month.

Source: Engadget

Android 4.4 update for Verizon’s DROID DNA starts rolling out right on time

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Earlier this week, we learned that the Android 4.4 KitKat update (with Sense 5.5) would be rolling out to the DROID DNA on Thursday. And that is exactly what started yesterday. The device that hit the market back in 2012 is getting the software update in two stages. The first is 18.3MB and preps the DROID DNA for the massive 618MB download.

Hit the break for Verizon’s changelog.
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New report shows HTC One (M8) attracting Apple, Samsung owners

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A new report from CompareMyMobile, a phone recycling website, shows that over 40% of the people trading in smartphones with intentions of buying the new HTC One (M8) were upgrading from an Apple or Samsung device. Specifically, almost a quarter of these individuals, 23.74%, were moving from an Apple device to the HTC One (M8) while another 21.29% were coming from Samsung devices. HTC is also enjoying significant loyalty from owners of their older devices as 46.8% of the trade-ins came from that group of consumers who are trading up.
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HTC design team receives a major blow

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HTC has been a leader in terms of smartphone design over the last few years, and the man mostly responsible for that has announced his departure from the company. Scott Croyle has been the SVP of Design and User Experience since 2008, but he will now concentrate on his own projects moving forward.

If there is any good news out of this, it’s the fact that Croyle isn’t leaving them cold turkey. According to HTC, it’as a “long term transition” and he will still be involved with HTC product development as a consultant for a few more months. No word on who will take over, but the speculation is that it will be Jonah Becker, which is the second-in-command.

HTC has also promoted Drew Bamford to heading up HTC software and services. He was overseeing the Sense user experience.

source: The Verge

Picture of red Verizon HTC One M8 leaked

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Earlier this month a rumor started floating around that claimed that the HTC One M8 would be released on Verizon in red. Well it seems like that rumor has some weight behind it now, with an image supposedly being leaked of the special edition device.

At first glance of the device, it seems pretty much what we would expect, but upon taking a closer look at it, some things seem a little off. For example the official renders of the device show the dual LED flash as being round, while on this image the flash is square. The render also shows the plastic strips as being a little curved, while on the official shots they’re straight. These things add up, and the render could be a fake after all.

Source: @evleaks

50GB Google Drive offer on AT&T HTC One M8 down because of glitch

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HTC‘s Advantage program has a number of great selling points, including the free Google Drive space that you get with it. HTC has just posted a message on the Advantage website alerting customers to a bug with the AT&T HTC One (M8) Google Drive deal.

The message states the issue as being a “minor technical error”, and there’s really no other details except that HTC is working on fixing it. We don’t really know who exactly is to blame, but the feature will reportedly be back up in mid-May. To see the notice for yourself hit the source link below, and then click on “AT&T HTC One (M8) ALERT” under the free storage column.

Source: HTC

HTC One (M8) mini said to be landing on Verizon

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Verizon has generally been a carrier that is very selective when it comes to carrying certain devices. This has changed over time, though. Last fall, Verizon had many flagships and even carried spinoffs like the HTC One Max. And it looks like Big Red will be continuing to widen its horizons in 2014.

Courtesy of @evleaks, we can expect the HTC One (M8) mini to make its way to Verizon at some point this year. Simply put, @evleaks said on Twitter that the “HTC One M8 mini going to Verizon.” People wanting something a little smaller than HTC’s 5-inch stud will be happy to hear the One (M8) mini is expected to still pack some punch, even with a downgraded processor. This little guy is slated for a May release.
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