OnePlus One delayed again due to CyanogenMod issues

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It was all too good to be true, wasn’t it?

OnePlus, a small start-up which planned to release its first mobile device this summer, has delayed the project, dubbed the “One,” once again.

Invites for the OnePlus One were supposed to be sent out in May, but there were software bugs that held back the device from release. It looks like there’s been another bump in the road — there are more problems with the software. The device will come running CyanogenMod, the popular Android-based operating system.

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OnePlus One to be released in 16 countries including Austria & Germany

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The OnePlus One has garnered quite a lot of attentions in the past few weeks. Just two weeks left to its announcement, the company has now posted a teaser image on its official Facebook account hinting that the device will be released in Austria and Germany along with 14 other unnamed countries.

According to the image posted, the device will be released in a total of 16 countries, two of which have been already mentioned. We expect more countries to be announced before the launch and undoubtedly, China will make it to the list. The company previously hinted on the “Ask Me Anything” Reddit session that it will launch the device in the US as well and will start selling the smartphone in the second quarter of 2014 in more than 10 countries. » Read the rest

Nest launches the Learning Thermostat in the UK for £179

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Nest, acquired by Google for $3.2 billion in February, is launching its Learning Thermostat in the UK today.

To launch the product in the UK, Nest had to create a new device with a different voltage and heating system. That said, the company came up with the Heat Link device that fits directly between the Learning Thermostat and the boiler and receives commands from the thermostat while controlling the boiler.

You can get the Learning Thermostat now for £179 from the company’s website or from outside retailers such as Apple, John Lewis, Amazon, and B&Q. However, with the recommended professional installation, it will cost you £249. » Read the rest

UK retailer aiming to launch Chromecast on March 1

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Folks over in the United Kingdom still do not have access to Google’s Chromecast, but according to a listing by retailer Currys, that is about to change. The UK retailer has March 1 as a potential release date. We say potential because a Google spokesperson told The Next Web that it is merely a provisional date that has yet to be confirmed. Hopefully the wait will be worth it for people in the United Kingdom as Google just opened up the Cast SDK to everyone.

Source: The Next Web

Meizu targeting 2014 U.S. launch, will showcase devices at CES next month

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In a very brief press release issued this afternoon, Chinese manufacturer Meizu announced that they are targeting their United States launch to be next year. In doing so, they will preview a new line of smartphones at the Consumer Electronics Show next month in Las Vegas.

Why is Meizu entering the United States? Because they feel they can bring together elegance, functionality, and price in a smartphone. For now, we do not know what carriers Meizu plans on working with. We’ll be there to get a hands on experience with whatever Meizu has up its sleeve. » Read the rest

LG G2 announced this morning at NYC launch event

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LG announced their newest flagship, the G2, this morning at their NYC launch event, and we were there to get you the full scoop.

Unsurprisingly, the specs that were announced are pretty much in line with all of the details that were leaked earlier, throughout the weeks and months leading up to this event.

The phone features innovative design elements such as volume and power buttons on the back of the device, where your index finger is located when you are in a phone call. This gives the user easy access to “Quick Memo” as well as the ability to snap a “selfie” using a button on the back. This new feature comes with promises of less smartphone drops. Instead of operating the smartphone with the same fingers that are holding it in your hand, you will now use your fingers which reside on the rear of the device.

Now let’s get to the specs:

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Verizon HTC One launch bumped to August 15th?

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It’s no secret that Verizon customers have been waiting quite sometime for HTC’s flagship One device to finally hit the Big Red. Sadly, it’s launch seems to be continuously delayed. It was supposed to be August 1st, but it looks like is has been pushed back to August 15th.

How many of you Verizon customers have been patiently, or impatiently, waiting for this device to finally drop?

source: Droid Life

T-Mobile confirms HTC One’s April 24th release date

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As we inch closer and closer to the imminent release of the HTC One smartphone on T-Mo’s network, we finally have a concrete date of when to expect the device to hit store shelves. The wireless carrier has confirmed via Twitter that it will begin selling the flagship device in stores and online from April 24th, which falls in line with what we previously expected anyways. T-Mo doesn’t overtly mention anything about how much the device will cost in its tweet, but it already told us it will offer the device for a smooth $99 on-contract, which can be cancelled at anytime so long as the device is fully paid for.

So now that everything is confirmed and good to go– let’s all hope there’s not too much pandemonium will ensue since well you know, T-Mo will be offering a few goodies and all.

source: T-Mobile Twitter

OUYA to Launch in 59 Days, Brings with it Software and Hardware Improvements

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ouya_consoleOUYA has done a great job of listening to early adopters of their developer consoles, and has worked rigorously to address issues and concerns that have been reported. According to OUYA, they have fixed identified issues for their upcoming June roll out. Their promise to consumers, to “continue to obsess over quality and performance“.

Some of the overall improvements to the final product include both hardware and software improvements.  Here is a list OUYA has for each:

HARDWARE

Problem: Battery Covers on front of unit fell off easily during shipping.

Fix: Add additional magnets to cover plats to improve security.

SOFTWARE

Problem: Current software iteration has a few key components issues, such as lack of storage, complicated installation processes, and a lack of controller support for video players.

Fix: Added numerous software fixes, to include options not necessarily addressed by developers, such as:

  • External storage for games
  • Simpler game install process
  • More metrics for developers
  • Controller support for video players
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OUYA shipping to early backers, retail launch on June 4th

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Early backers of the OUYA game console got a nice surprise this week when Julie Uhrman, the project’s founder, announced consoles had shipped already. If you were one of those supporters, your unit should be arriving any day now. When the units arrive, new owners will find:

  • 104 titles will be immediately available with many more on the way
  • OUYA will require an update on first launch but it will be ultra quick
  • You’ll need a credit/debit card to download games… even free ones
  • OUYA supports up to 4 controllers and although you can buy more, it’ll work with Xbox/PS3 controllers among others

The folks at OUYA indicate they will be launching at retail locations starting June 4th. In an interesting little twist,they also announced plans are available for anyone who wants to 3D print an OUYA for themselves.

source: Phandroid