AT&T Gets The 64GB HTC One As An Exclusive In The U.S.

Back in Feburary when HTC unveiled the One, it stated that the handset will be available with two storage options – 32GB and 64GB. Considering that the One does not have a microSD card slot, a 64GB variant will definitely be appreciated by power users and the general consumers alike.

However, it looks like AT&T might have managed to nab the 64GB variant of the One as exclusive in the United States. In a video uploaded on their YouTube account, the carrier highlights twice that the 64GB One is going to be an exclusive on their network. HTC has not yet confirmed this news, but considering that the video has not yet been pulled, the news does seem to be true.

So, this means that Sprint and T-Mobile will be getting the 32GB variant of the handset in the United States. While 32GB of space should be more than enough for majority of the consumers, there will still be a few people for whom the lack of a 64GB option might turn out to be a deal-breaker.

Via – Droid-Life

Sprint’s Epic 4G Touch Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Update Available Now

Sprint and Samsung have started rolling out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for their variant of the Galaxy S2 – the Epic 4G Touch. The update will bring with it quite a bunch of new features as seen on the international Galaxy S2, including Smart Stay, Direct Call and more.

The usual Android 4.1 Jelly Bean enhancements are also present including Google Now, Project Butter for buttery-smooth UI, enhanced speech-to-text with offline mode support, and expandable notifications among other things.

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Samsung is not rolling out the update via OTA, and Sprint SGS2 owners need to use KIES on a Windows XP or Windows 7 based PC to get the update. The update needs to be manually downloaded from here, and weighs in a whopping 520MB+. Your data will be left untouched, but it is highly recommended that you make a backup before proceeding with the update. While KIES does not officially support Windows 8, the application and the update process works flawlessly on the latest OS from Microsoft.

Hopefully, AT&T and other U.S operators will soon release the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for their variant of the Galaxy S2 as well.

US Cellular Galaxy S4 Pre-Sales Begins From April 16

Earlier this week, Three UK has started accepting the pre-orders of the Galaxy S4. After some days, it was announced that AT&T will start the pre-sales from April 16 in the US. Now, US Cellular is the country’s second wireless carrier to join the bandwagon. Samsung has already announced that the Galaxy S4 will not be released before April-end.

Samsung has sold more than 50 million units of the Galaxy S III. This handset is expected to even break the record of its predecessor. If you are still unaware of the complete features, then check out the complete specs after the break.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 features a 5 inch Super-AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, 1.9 GHz quad-core processor, Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) OS, TouchWiz Nature UX, 13 megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus and flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video chats, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and more.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo FM Radio with RDS, 16 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 4G LTE Connectivity, Smart stay, Smart pause, Smart scroll, full HTML web browser, DLNA, HDMI out, Bluetooth 4.0 with EDR, 2 GB RAM, Wi-Fi Direct and a 2600 mAh Lithium-ion battery.

US Cellular subscribers can pre-order the Galaxy S4 from April 16. The price and release date has not been announced yet. You can sign-up at the US Cellular’s website to receive an email reminder about the online pre-order offer.

Verizon Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II Gets The Android 4.1 Update

Last year, Samsung launched the Galaxy Stratosphere II smartphone exclusively for the Verizon Wireless subscribers in the US. As the name suggests, this handset is the successor of the entry-level Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere. This unique smartphone comes with a touchscreen display as well as a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II was shipped with the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. Verizon has recently announced that the carrier will soon roll out the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for this device. As usual, this update will brings Google Now, Project Butter, improved voice and data connectivity, new Gallery app, offline text-to-speech, better performance in camera, improved power management and advanced notifications.

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Changelog:

Device Features and Enhancements:

  • Polaris and Verizon Remote Diagnostics has been added
  • VZ Apps, Verizon Video, Zappos, Color App, and VPN Client (icon only) have been removed
  • Quick Office application has been updated to allow users to use S-Beam without downloading any external app
  • Connectivity while streaming music on Pandora has been improved
  • Improvements have been made for sending and receiving text messages
  • Improved Wi-Fi connectivity

Verizon will roll out this update in the coming days via OTA (Over-The-Air). You will be automatically notified once the update is available for your device. If you have not yet received the update, then just go to Settings > About Device > System updates and check for the update. To learn more, head over to this page.

AT&T Galaxy S4 Pre-Orders Begins From April 16th

Today, AT&T announced that it will start taking pre-orders for the latest and greatest Samsung flagship – the Galaxy S4 – beginning from April 16th. The handset will cost users back by $249.99 with a two-year contract. This makes AT&T the first U.S carrier to announce the pre-order of the handset.

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The Galaxy S4 is the successor to the massively popular Galaxy S3, and sports a 5-inch Full HD (1080p) Super AMOLED screen inside a body that is actually thinner and smaller than the Galaxy S3. While Samsung and AT&T have not confirmed yet, the AT&T version of the Galaxy S4 will sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 SoC clocked at 1.9GHz, along with 2GB of RAM and 16/32GB of internal memory.

Other specs of the Galaxy S4 include a 13MP camera in the back, a 2MP snapper in the front, an IR blaster, NFC, GPS with A-GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, LTE and the usual bunch of sensors. The Galaxy S4 is the first handset to pack in some new sensors including a thermometer, hygroscope and a barometer. It also runs on Android 4.2.2 with Samsung’s TouchWIZ UX 2.0 on top of it that contains a truck load of software gimmicks including Air View, Multi Window, Group Play, Smart Scrolling and much more.

Google Translate Update Brings Offline Language Packs; Play Movies App Updated To Support Info Cards

Last night, Google released an update for its Google Translate app introducing the ability to translate text even in offline mode. The new feature supports more than 50 different languages including Chinese, Hindi, Arabic, French and Spanish.

Users will need to manually download and install the offline language pack for each individual language. The size of each language pack varies between 150-200MB. Keep in mind that these offline language packs won’t be as accurate as the online version, but still should be enough to get the job done. This new feature will work on all Android devices running Android 2.3 or higher.

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Apart from this, Google also updated the Play Movies and TV app to add support for info cards. Info cards automatically show relevant information about the characters on-screen, their age, recent work etc. whenever a user pauses a movie while watching it. As of now, this feature will work with hundreds of movies, but Google is working on adding support for thousands of them and on Android 4.0+ devices only.

Both the app updates are already live in the Play Store, and can be downloaded right away!

Via – Google

Samsung Galaxy S4 Up For Pre-Order At Three UK

Earlier this month, Samsung unveiled its latest flagship device, the Samsung Galaxy S4. Sadly, the Korean manufacturer will start shipping this device from April-end in Europe and Asia. I’m sure almost everyone is eagerly waiting to get their hands-on this device. However, Three subscribers in the UK can finally pre-order the much-awaited Galaxy S4 and begin the countdown. As expected, Three UK’s variant will come with the 1.9 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor instead of the 1.6 GHz Exynos 5 octa-core processor.

Tom Malleschitz, Marketing Director at Three said,
“Following the phenomenal success of the Samsung Galaxy S III we’re very excited to bring the Samsung Galaxy S4 to Three. With so many great features, the Galaxy S4 is a sure fire crowd pleaser. We have every confidence that customers will be able to enjoy great speeds and get the ultimate mobile internet experience without a hefty price tag.”

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Samsung Galaxy S4 features a 5 inch Super-AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, Corning Gorilla Glass 3, 1.9 GHz quad-core processor, Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) OS, TouchWiz Nature UX, 13 megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus and flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video chats and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo FM Radio with RDS, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 4G LTE Connectivity, Smart stay, Smart pause, Smart scroll, 16 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory, full HTML web browser, DLNA, HDMI out, Bluetooth 4.0 with EDR, 2 GB RAM, Wi-Fi Direct and a 2600 mAh Lithium-ion battery.

Three UK subscribers can pre-order the Galaxy S4 right now. However, the wireless carrier will ship this device from April 26. This handset will be available for free with a two year service agreement. You will need to subscribe to the £35 per month Ultimate Internet 500 plan or £37 per month The One Plan. What are you waiting for? Just head over to this page and pre-order the powerful Galaxy S4.

Flipboard 2.0 For iOS Brings Custom Magazines, Read Later And More

Flipboard is an extremely popular news reading app for smartphones and tablets running on the iOS and Android Operating Systems. Flipboard was originally designed for the iPad, which was later updated to add support for the iPhone and iPod Touch followed by Android smartphones and tablets. Flipboard is one of those apps which I’ve been using almost everyday on my iPad.

Flipboard recently released the version 2.0 of this amazing app. The new Flipboard allows you to collect and save articles, photos, audio and video by organizing them into beautiful magazines. You heard it right! Now you can even create you own digital magazines on Flipboard. These magazines can be made public to share them with the Flipboard community or you can choose to make your magazines private.

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What’s new in Flipboard 2.0?

  • You can now collect and save content into your own magazines, tap the new “+” button to get started.
  • Your magazines are public, but can be made private (viewable only to you).
  • Use the new bookmarklet to add items to your magazines from your browser.
  • Get Flipboard notifications when people like, comment or subscribe to your magazines.
  • Easily email or share magazines to Facebook, Twitter, G+, etc.
  • Personalized recommendations for more to add to your Flipboard.
  • Search is now front and center on your Flipboard, with new and improved results.
  • Faster page-loading and faster flipping performance.

Flipboard 2.0 has also introduced a new commenting system which allows you to comments on articles and even use @mentions to interact with other Flipboard users. Apart from that, Flipboard also brings new “Flip It” bookmarklet which lets you flip the current page on Flipboard. This update is currently available only for iPad and iPhone users. Android users might have to wait for few weeks before getting their hands-on these amazing new features.

HTC Desire P And Desire Q Specs And Pics Revealed

Last week, it was rumored that HTC will soon announce two new budget smartphones, the Desire P and Desire Q. Today, the official images as well as the specs of these devices were revealed. The mid-range Desire P and Desire Q runs on the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. HTC Desire P looks similar to the previously launched Desire SV, while the design of Desire Q is almost similar to Desire X.

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HTC Desire P comes with a 4.3 inch display, sporting a resolution of 800 x 400 pixels, 1 GHz dual-core processor, HTC Sense UI, Beats Audio technology, 8 megapixel rear camera, VGA front-facing camera for video calls, MicroSD card slot and more. This handset will be available for China Mobile subscribers in red and white colors. HTC Desire P comes with a price-tag of $365.

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HTC Desire Q features a 4 inch display, 768 MB RAM, Beats Audio and microSD card slot. This handset will first go on sale in Taiwan for just $235. Desire Q will be available in 3 colors – red, white and black. These devices are expected to be launched in other Asian markets including India in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

HTC Ditches Its “Quietly Brilliant” Tagline; Will Shift To A Bolder Marketing Campaign

In a bid to improve its marketing strategy, HTC has decided to retire its “Quietly Brilliant” tag line and instead shift to a “bolder” approach and tagline.

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HTC’s latest Marketing Officer, Benjamin Ho, says that the company has “a lot of innovations but we haven’t been loud enough.” Benjamin Ho is HTC’s third Chief Marketing Officer inside two years, and has a lot of work laid out in front of him especially now that the Galaxy S4 and HTC One are going to hit the United States in around the same time.

Ho aims to increase HTC’s digital marketing budget by a whopping 250%, while increasing the traditional marketing budget by 100%.

Regarding the delay of the HTC One, he said that “there is some shortage, because the phone’s camera was designed specifically for us, and production cannot be ramped up so quickly.”

HTC has had a rough two years, and the company is betting all its hope on its latest flagship — the HTC One — to change its fortunes this year.