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HTC One Android Smartphone Software Update Rolling out in Europe

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

HTC released the latest update for their flagship smartphone, HTC One featuring camera, audio, and HDR improvements. Despite the competition with Samsung Galaxy S4 and Sony Xperia Z, HTC continues to devote innovation to their devices.

Owners of the international version of the HTC One are reporting that an OTA update is currently being pushed to devices in Europe. The new software version is 1.29.401.12, which makes improvements to the phone’s camera, audio, and system stability, among other things.

The update is still large for these changes, sizing up to 200MB on your device and currently being pushed to devices in Europe. Owners can select the system update in the Settings menu containing all the information regarding the upgrade and option for later download. Make sure to create a backup file for safety reasons.

United States and the United Kingdom owners of HTC One are not yet confirmed if this update will reach their devices anytime soon. No word yet from U.S. network carriers of having the same update code with the European model.

Galaxy S4 Style Mobile Phone Dual Sim Quad Core

Galaxy S4 Style Dual Sim Quad Core

HTC Zoe gets sound quality improvements, and the camera gets ‘parameter fine-tuning.’ The Beats Audio ‘sound experience’ has been improved, and the HTC One gets location service updates. System stability and miscellaneous improvements, along with bug fixes, round out this software update.

Bulk buy Surface RT and Pro tablets from Microsoft available now

Monday, March 25th, 2013
Microsoft’s new commercial website can only be accessed by employees, partners and volume licensing customers
Microsoft has launched a new website for volume licensing customers to bulk buy its Surface RT and Pro tablets.

The commercial website, which was first spotted by Mary Jo Foley from ZDNet, can be accessed by Microsoft customers with volume license agreements as well as Microsoft partners and employees.

It enables volume licensing customers to purchase Surface RT and Pro tablets as well as accessories and extended support plans, such as third-party warranties.

Businesses without a volume licensing agreement will also be able to order multiple Surface tablets, even though Microsoft has hinted that processing any deals may take longer.

“Lead times for delivery and order requirements may vary depending on inventory,” it reads on the website’s Commercial Order page. “If you do not currently have a volume licensing agreement with Microsoft, there may be additional processing time to setup account and credit terms.”

What with recent estimates putting Surface sales at just 1.5 million units and with slow Windows 8 growth expected up to 2017, this is good news for Microsoft and marks its latest attempt to do battle with Apple.

Apple is the market leader when it comes to tablets in enterprise and although it doesn’t have a progam of its own for bulk buying iPads, it does offer the volume purchase program for rolling out paid and free apps into business.

Nokia Lumia 920 vs HTC One vs iPhone 5 vs Nexus 4 vs Galaxy S4

Saturday, March 16th, 2013

Samsung’s new Galaxy S4 might look much the same as last year’s Galaxy S3, but it’s packing a whole host of updates to keep all you Galaxy-gazers happy.

To see how it stacks up against the competition, I pit its specs against the iPhone 5, the new HTC One, the Nokia Lumia 920 and the Google Nexus 4. It’s a brief comparison for now, but bookmark this page and check back soon for a full, exhaustive test once we’ve given it the review treatment.

Galaxy S4Design

The S4’s design is perhaps the most unremarkable aspect of the new phone. It hasn’t been updated much from the S3’s look, which isn’t likely to please those of you who scorned Apple for being similarly unambitious with the iPhone 5.

Crucially, it keeps the plastic construction — something of a contentious point for those who argued the S3 felt cheap. Both the iPhone 5 and HTC One use metal chassis, which feel very classy to hold and quite a lot more sturdy. The Lumia 920 uses a solid polycarbonate frame — a kind of upmarket single piece of plastic — which again feels more solid than the S3 did.

On the flipside, the plastic frame of the S3 made it very lightweight and the S4 is marginally lighter still. The S4 might be the better option if weight is an issue for you. At 7.9mm thick, it’s slimmer than the S3, Galaxy S3 MIni too and considerably more svelte than the comparatively chubby Lumia 920 and Nexus 4.

The single home button remains intact at the bottom on the front, a feature that prevails on the iPhone as well. The 920, Nexus 4 and HTC One all use touch-sensitive navigation buttons instead.

Screen

Samsung has upped the screen size to a palm-stretching 5 inches, up from the 4.8 inches of the S3. It’s only a tiny bit extra, so I doubt you’ll notice the difference. The Nexus 4 and HTC One both have 4.7-inch displays, while the iPhone 5 brings up the rear with a much more modest 4 inches. If you want screen real estate to watch video, the S4 is the one for you — so long as you have huge hands.

It’s got a Full HD resolution, which is only rivalled in this roundup by the HTC One. The One is slightly smaller though, so its screen will be marginally sharper as it’s packing in the same pixels into a smaller space. I almost guarantee you won’t be able to tell the difference though.

Software

Samsung has bundled its new blower with a handful of new software treats too. Its ChatOn messaging service now supports three-way video calling as well as screen sharing — something we’ve seen before on the new BlackBerry Z10. You’ll also get built-in translation tools for those times when you need to send a crucial email to your German buddy.

There’s also a load of gesture-based controls too. Waving your hand over the screen lets you do things like skip songs, scroll through Web pages and answer calls. Waving your hand over any of the other phones will just make you look like a fool. We’ll have to go hands-on (or hands near) with the phone to see whether this feature is any use in everyday life.

The S4 is running on the latest version of Android, known as 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. It features Google Now, Photo Sphere, built-in photo editing and a host of other treats. The HTC One uses 4.1 Jelly Bean, so you’ll be missing out on Photo Sphere, but everything else is much the same. As a reference device for new Android versions, the Nexus 4 already boasts the latest software and will be among the first to receive the next update, to Key Lime Pie. The others will likely have to wait quite a while.

Camera

Around the back of the S4 is a 13-megapixel camera, the highest number of megapixels offered by any camera in this group. The Lumia 920, Nexus 4 and iPhone 5 all have 8-megapixel snappers while the HTC One has a rather low 4 megapixels. Numbers aren’t everything though, as HTC claim its pixels are bigger and therefore better. It didn’t impress me much in my review though.

I9300 Galaxy S3 Style Cellualri Dual Sim Android
I9300 Galaxy S3 Style Dual Sim Android

The S3’s camera was good, but didn’t match the iPhone 5’s in terms of colour depth and HDR prowess. We’ll have to wait and see if Samsung has managed to up the image quality as well as the pixel count.

To help tip the scales, it’s loaded up the camera with a host of features. Drama Shot combines an action moment into one frame — exactly the same thing as we’ve just seen on the HTC One — while Cinema Photo allows you to selectively animate one portion of a scene to create a looping gif. Again, that’s lifted straight out of the Lumia 920 and can be done with the Cinemagram app on iPhone 5.

There are a bunch of other little additions too, along with the usual selection of scene modes. It’s good that Samsung has whacked in some camera goodies, but it doesn’t seem to be bringing anything new to the table that you can’t find on the other cameras. If it wants to show off its photography skills, it’s going to need to capture some great shots without relying on gimmicks.

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Outlook

The one area the S4 really stands out above the competition is its eight-core processor. It’s likely to be phenomenally powerful, but whether that power really makes it a better phone than the rest remains to be seen.

Its software tricks and its camera additions are sure to keep Galaxy fans happy for a little while, but it’s disappointing not to see Samsung play with a metal design, especially as swanky metals are in place on two of its main competitors.

The first Wii U game to support NFC: New Pokémon

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

New Pokémon Wii U game is the first to support NFC

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the first Wii U game to utilise near field communication (NFC) tech will be a Pokémon game.

Wii U Screenshot

According to scans of Japanese magazine CoroCoro, Pokémon Rumble U will launch in Nintendo’s home country on April 24.It will allow players to purchase collectible Pokémon figures from stores and import virtual versions into the game using the Wii U GamePad‘s NFC reader.

The game will be priced at 1,800 yen (£12.60) and will release alongside seven Pokémon figures each priced at 200 yen (£1.40). Apparently you’ll be able to level up and record battle information on the toys themselves.

The game’s story sees players attempting to return lost Pokémon to a toy shop, while facing various bosses such as Chandelure.

Nintendo Wii Mario Kart Pack

Western release plans for Pokemon Rumble U have yet to be confirmed.

Nintendo design guru Shigeru Miyamoto said last week that Nintendo is currently prioritising the development of NFC-enabled Wii U games over those that support dual GamePads, and that the company hopes to show off its work in this area soon.

Google bringing the Nexus 7 to Korea

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Google is expanding Play Store availability of its devices today by bringing the Nexus 7 to Korea directly. Sure the Nexus 7 has been out for some time now, but that doesn’t mean its not still one of the best options when it comes to the 7-inch form factor. And any time that you can buy Google’s products directly from them rather than a third party retailer is a bonus. Korea will have access to both 16 and 32GB versions, but there’s no indication (although we’re not great at reading Korean) that there’s a Cellulari DUAL-SIM data version right at this moment.

Nexus 7

Let’s hope that Google continues this trend of bringing the Play Store — and Nexus devices as a whole — to more countries.

Pink Motorola Droid RAZR M will hits Verizon

Thursday, January 24th, 2013
Just in time for Kansas Day or the all-important Groundhog Day, Verizon today announced that the Motorola Droid RAZR M will be available in pink starting tomorrow, Jan. 24. The pink version will be available in stores as well as online.Pink RAZR M

And be sure to read our complete RAZR M review (and just pretend it’s pink).

UPDATE: Ah. Right. Verizon also says it’ll be available for Valentine’s Day, which in hindsight makes a little more sense.

DROID RAZR M’s design and compact size drew attention from Computerworld, which noted that the large screen runs flush with the border, putting it on par with larger Android phones. Gizmodo added that DROID RAZR M is perfect for people who want to fit a 4G LTE phone into skinny jeans.

CNET’s review commented that, despite DROID RAZR M size, its fast dual-core processing, access to 4G LTE speeds and long battery life offer strong performance.

Ultimately, available for $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a two-year contract, the value of DROID RAZR M stood out for many outlets, including CNET, Gizmodo and PC Mag.

New HTC M7 images emerge showing new version of Sense

Monday, January 21st, 2013

Android Central Android Central

We’ve seen a few renders claiming to show HTC’s next flagship Android phone of late — first an image based on an on-device animation, then another mock-up render did the rounds on Twitter and elsewhere over the weekend. These latest images, however, could be the most accurate yet.

Today’s shots come from Android Police, which received them via an anonymous tipster claiming to have access to HTC’s next big thing, a phone currently known only by the codename “M7.” Based on the images, the device looks to share many design cues with the Windows Phone 8X and Droid DNA — a primarily squarish design, with rounded corners and a rounded back. Interestingly, it seems HTC has swapped the location of the home and task switching button on this device — home is now on the far right, and task-switching now lives in the middle.

Alongside these photos, screenshots from the device show what’s said to be HTC Sense 5.0, the next version of HTC’s Android UI. If this is an accurate representation of what’s next from HTC, 2013’s version of Sense certainly looks more minimalist than earlier iterations — the bright colors and faux 3D effects that’ve previously characterized Sense are nowhere to be seen here. There are new icons, new widgets, and what seems to be predetermined widget areas for social media updates, news and tutorials. The UI is also watermarked with “HTC Confidential” and a unique code, and Sense and Android versions marked as “protected.” Both are hallmarks of pre-release HTC software.

On the whole, these images look pretty promising. But we still have no way of knowing where in the prototyping process this device lies, and how close it is to the finished product. Certain anomalies, like the excessive bezel, derivative design and lack of regulatory info on the back suggest that the finished product might look a little different. Nevertheless, it’s our best indication yet as to what might be next from HTC. We’ll likely find out more at Mobile World Congress 2013, where the company is expected to officially announce the M7.

Sony release red versions of Xperia ZL

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

The Sony Xperia ZL may be coming to market in more than just black and white if these photos of a deep red model are to be believed. We had a look at the black and white versions of the Xperia ZL back at CES in Las Vegas and really enjoyed the quality of the handset, but the red version was nowhere to be found. The photo above is reportedly a prototype model handled at a South East Asia launch event, and word is that we shouldn’t expect this for a worldwide launch like the other colors. The design is apparently identical, save for a back plate that’s smooth rather than textured.

Sony Xperia ZL

This is a touch confusing considering the white and black models were shown off so extensively at the major launch event in Las Vegas. Sony may have some final tweaking to do on the red model before it’s ready for a consumer release, or it may be holding the third color as a special edition or regional device. Red version aside, we have no firm pricing or release date for the Xperia ZL (or it’s brother, the Z) anywhere in the world. If you happen to be holding out for the device to make an appearance in the states, you may want to prepare to have it imported from overseas.

Nintendo’s TVii on Wii U

Monday, January 7th, 2013

Nintendo TVii

It took a month, but Nintendo finally released TVii for the Wii U. This feature on Nintendo’s new game system turns the Wii U gamepad into a touch-screen remote and smart program guide that incorporates online services into live television for following your favorite shows, movies, and sports teams. I spent some time with TVii, and while it’s not a complete or polished service, I was impressed by how smoothly it organizes your television.

Setup
The TVii setup process is easy and direct, but it can take some time adding all of your favorite content to the system. First, you need to configure the Wii U to work as a remote control for your TV and set-top box. This is a simple process that you can go through in the Settings menu before you turn on TVii. You need to enter your TV and set-top box manufacturers, perform a few tests to make sure the gamepad is using the right remote codes, and you’re ready to go.

TVii then asks you for your ZIP code and cable or satellite provider. This lets the Wii U know what program guides to use to determine when shows are on and what channels are available at what numbers. Because TVii works by using the gamepad as a remote control, it changes channels by manually entering the number for the channel as a remote control code. There is no actual connection between the Wii U and your set-top box besides the remote, and the interactivity is little different from using an iPad remote app and a remote accessory, like the Griffin Remote.

Once your cable or satellite provider is entered, you can start teaching the Wii U your favorite shows, movies, channels, and sports teams. Shows, movies, and channels appear as a short list of popular choices, which you can click on or off to add to your favorites list. You’ll probably spend most of your time at the far end of the scrolling menu, where a magnifying glass on an empty panel sits. This is the search function, and it lets you search for your favorite shows and movies. Most shows and movies appear with their own graphic for easy organization, but there were several mysterious grey panels scattered through my searches that I couldn’t identify without loading. For the majority of shows and movies I looked for, though, the gamepad showed big, colorful panels that identified them clearly.

Channels are also organized by popular choices first, so if you want to set more targeted channels like the Food Network or the Hub you need to manually enter the channel number in the search menu. Be careful to make sure you enter the HD channel number so you get the most out of the feature.

Finally, sports teams can be selected from NFL, NBA, and NCAA basketball and football choices, presumably because these are the active sports in December. We’ll find out if TVii gets baseball teams in the spring. Adding favorite teams is as easy as adding favorite channels and movies, without the search option. Instead, each team is organized alphabetically in each conference.

ZTE impressive ultra-high-end Nubia Z5 officially unveiled

Friday, January 4th, 2013
ZTE Nubia Z5The ZTE Nubia Z5

Though it isn’t slated for the U.S. anytime soon, ZTE’s ultra-high-end device, the Nubia Z5, finally launched today.

The handset comes in black or white, and has a 5-inch 1080p touch screen with a 1,920×1,080-pixel resolution and 443ppi. The display itself is manufactured by Sharp.

Its aluminum uni-body design measures 5.43-inches tall, 2.71-inches wide, and has a thin, 0.3-inch profile. And at 4.44 ounces, it’s more lightweight than most standard 5-inch smartphones.

The Nubia Z5 runs on Android 4.1, and it’s powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core processor and a 2,300mAh battery.

On the back there is a 13-megapixel camera with LED flash, and it includes features like panoramic and continuous shooting. On the front is a 2-megapixel camera.

Other features include 2GB of memory, 32GB of storage space, Dolby sound technology, and free backup to a private cloud service.

The device costs about $554.26 (3,456 yuan) and is ZTE’s flagship phone for the season.

As previously mentioned, it doesn’t look like there are plans for the Nubia Z5 to hit our shores, but if it’s anything like the Grand S, another 5-inch, quad-core phone that ZTE is planning to unveil at CES 2013 for the U.S. market, I’ll be pretty excited.

ZTE already said it wants to heavily invest in its U.S. presence, and if it releases reliable handsets like the Nubia Z5 here, it might get the recognition it’s been trying so hard to attain.