Sony releases the unlocked variant of the Xperia Z1

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Sony’s Xperia Z1 which was announced late last year, has been available for sale for quite some time now, however you had to sign a contract to get your hands on it. Sony has now released the unlocked Xperia Z1 with support for US LTE on T-Mobile and AT&T’s networks as well as on Canadian LTE network. This means that you can now get a SIM free Xperia Z1 without having to sign a contract.

Everything put aside, the unlocked Xperia Z1 would cost you a whopping $620. Considering that it was released last year in September, the price is quite high.

Source: Sony

Don’t forget to reboot your Nexus or Google Play Edition device after unlocking the bootloader

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In case you were unaware, Nexus and Google Play Edition devices need to be rebooted after you unlock the bootloader. According to Android Police, changes have been made to the unlocking process and not rebooting would send your device into an infinite reboot into recovery. On the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2013), LG G Pad 8.3 GPE, and Sony Xperia Z Ultra GPE, the bootloader is not wiping the device clean as it once did. Users should be rebooting prior to installing a custom recovery.

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Unlocked HTC One and Developer Edition receiving KitKat today

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Own an unlocked or Developer Edition HTC One? Well, you’re device is going to be receiving the Android 4.4 KitKat update starting today. The HTC USA account tweeted that both of those variants will have KitKat and Sense 5.5 brought to them first. Since this is a roll out, be aware that you may not receive the update for a few days or weeks.

Source: HTC USA (Twitter)

Bootloader on Moto X locked

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At Motorola’s NYC event today they announced that the bootloader on the Moto X is not unlocked, which is a little upsetting obviously but not surprising whatsoever. However, a “SIM unlocked” version of the phone is currently being developed, but will only be available to AT&T’s LTE. More Moto X news to come.

Source: Droid Life

Deal Alert: Groupon offering the unlocked HTC One X smartphone for $349.99

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Groupon is no stranger to having some pretty sweet deals every now and then, but who would’ve guessed it would offer what some of us thought was hands-down the best phone for 2012? That’s right gang— Groupon is offering an unlocked variant of the HTC One X smartphone last year for a reasonable $349.99. Unlike the traditional unlocked version that features a Tegra 3 chip plus HSPA+ radio, it appears that this unlocked model (HTC-PJ83100) will “only” sport a dual-core Snapdragon clocked at 1.5GHz and Ice Cream Sandwich (ugh!). Fortunately, this model will have the same 4.7-inch 720p display, the sweet 8MP camera and oh yes— a built-in 4G LTE radio… though it’s probably likely it will only be made for AT&T bands should you choose to take advantage of the capability. Otherwise, the HSPA+ bands should be compatible for both AT&T and T-Mobile.

Naturally there are other $349.99 options out there like the Nexus 4, but keep this in mind: the Nexus 4 doesn’t feature LTE and an unlocked One X model is more than developer-friendly, meaning that there’s plenty of potential for you tinkerers out there. Nonetheless, interested parties will want to act soon— as of now, there’s only 8 days left for the awesome deal.

source: Groupon
via: Droid Life

NVIDIA Tegra 4i is expected to debut in Q1 2014

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Earlier this year NVIDIA announced their new Tegra 4i processor that will have LTE onboard and it looks like it will be out in just over half a year from now in Q1 of 2014. Luckily the people over at Anandtech was able to their hands on an unbranded test device running this latest processor. This unbranded device comes with a 4.7″ 720p screen and a 13 megapixel camera.

NVIDIA also mentioned that once this unnamed device hits the market we can expect it to cost around $300-$400 unlocked. Seems like Google’s Nexus line pricing is really influencing these other companies to do the same doesn’t it? What do you guys think of this new processor, are you a fan of the Tegra or do you much prefer the Snapdragon or Exynos?

source: Anandtech

HTC sells out of unlocked HTC One devices for $575

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Earlier today HTC decided to give consumers an extra option to get their hands on a new HTC One device. On their own web site, HTC was offering a special unlocked 32GB version of the HTC One that would work on any GSM network. The price is listed at $575, which is slightly less than the $650 being asked for the Developer Edition which was recently delayed. Unfortunately, HTC is already reporting the device is out of stock with next availability not scheduled for two to four weeks from now.

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Jelly Bean update for Australian Galaxy S III now available

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Any Australian Galaxy S III users waiting on Jelly Bean? We might have some good news. Reports are that the unbranded Australian GSIII can now get their hands on the 4.1.2 update via Kies. There’s no official changelog yet, but you’re likely to see that kernel exploit fixed and hopefully a resolution to that weird sudden death issue some users were having. Both of those two things are great reasons to install the update, regardless of the other features.

source: Ausdroid

Huawei to offer Ascend P1 through Amazon for US customers

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If you’ve been itching to get your hands on a Huawei Ascend P1 in the States, you’ll now be able to get one directly through Amazon without jumping through hoops to get one imported. Huawei will be offering the phone unlocked for $450 on Amazon, although without LTE. At that price point, the dual-core, 4.3 inch phone may have a hard time competing with the Nexus 4, but for those of you that can’t seem to buy a Nexus 4 no matter how hard you try, this may be a good second option. Anyone going to pick one of these up? » Read the rest

Jelly Bean Rollout Beginning For Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S III (GT-I9300) Smartphone

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Fresh off other variants getting some Jelly Bean lovin’, Sammy has begun to push the coveted Android 4.1.2 update to the international variant of the Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone. It is confirmed that the official rollout has begun worldwide, though it’s currently being pushed out in phases— so it’s unclear which GT-I9300 models will get the update first for now. The update will bring the Jelly Bean build to JZO54K and will bring the usual goodies like Google Now, Multi-View capabilities, Smart Rotation and a customizable Notification Panel among other things.

Owners of the unlocked model can check for the update through Kies Desktop software or OTA through their device’s Settings. If it’s not available don’t fret— the update will certainly be here before you know it.

source: SamMobile