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HTC All New One leaked video gives a hardware and software tour

This close to the expected reveal date, we’re getting a another unofficial look at the All New One, HTC‘s successor to the One. This video highlights, among other things, a microSD slot and an all new Blinkfeed.

The hardware design pretty much follows that of previous leaked photos, with a second camera near the top edge, dual LED flash, and two front-facing speakers. On the front side, you also have the sensors moved to the right side beside the camera. At the end of the day, however, the All New One looks like the same old One, except a bit larger and, if the rumors are true, would come with other color options right off the bat.

Going to the user interface part, the HTC One successor comes with HTC Sense 6, also the latest version of HTC’s custom UI. With it comes a revamped Blinkfeed that shows up from the left side as an additional homescreeen instead of a total homescreen replacement, somewhat similar to how Samsung implemented the My Magazine feature on the Galaxy Note 3. Noted in the video are the on-screen navigation buttons that replace the capacitive buttons found on the HTC One. Strangely, Beats Music app is still on the device even though HTC and Beats already severed their times some time back.

HTC scheduled a press event later this month and they will be expected to officially announce this smartphone. We will then see if the All New One will be as good as HTC is hyping it to be.

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New images of the Nokia X leak, gives us a better look at the tiled UI

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At this point there’s no denying that the Nokia X is a real thing and its pretty much guaranteed that the handset is destined for a MWC unveiling. So what do we know about the Nokia X? Quite a bit actually. Not only have we heard the rumored specs, but we have also seen press renders and Nokia’s own official teasers. Now several actual photos of the device (and its UI) have allegedly be leaked as well.

The phone in the pictures looks exactly like what we’ve seen from the leaked press renders, and the same pretty much goes for the UI. As expected, the interface is very reminiscent of Windows Phone, which can be a good or bad thing depending on your tastes.

One thing you’ll also notice is that not a single Google app is listed on any of the tiles we can see but there is a Nokia HERE maps icon and a ‘Store’ icon, which falls in line with the idea that Nokia will be pushing its own apps and services (as well as Microsoft’s) and will not be Google certified. In short, this means that Google apps won’t be available for the handset and the Android app selection will be limited to whatever Nokia’s store offers.

Overall, the Nokia X is an attractive enough looking handset device, but it’s clearly marketed at those looking for an entry-level smartphone judging by its lack of flash and its dual-SIM support. According to the rumor mill, the Nokia X is expected to feature a Snapdragon 400 CPU, 512MB RAM, a 4-inch low-res display, 4GB storage, microSD, a 1500 mAh battery and a 5MP camera.

What do you think of the Nokia X, can it compete against other Android budget devices that are Google Play certified or is it likely to be a niche product with limited support? Regardless of what happens, we’ll be sure to bring you all the official details related to the Nokia X during MWC, so stayed tuned!


    








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FreedomPop introduces new BYOD plan: gives you free voice, text and data

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Back in October, FreedomPop unveiled a free cellular service that offered 200 voice minutes, 500 texts and 500MB of data for absolutely free.  The Sprint-based MVNO carrier even introduced an optional .99 plan that adds unlimited voice and texts to the mix.

The only real catch for FreedomPop is that you previously have had to buy the HTC Evo Design to try out their offering, but that changes today.

FreedomPop is now adding the ability to bring your own device over to their free service, though only a select number of handsets are currently compatible with the BYOD option:

  • Samsung Galaxy Nexus
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
  • Samsung Nexus S
  • Samsung Boost PrevailSamsung Epic 4G
  • Samsung Epic 4G Touch
  • HTC EVO 4G
  • HTC EVO 3D
  • Motorola Photon 4G
  • LG Optimus S

While none of the devices listed are exactly bleeding edge, there are some heavier hitters in there including the Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy S3.

If you were hoping to use a newer device, Freedompop’s co-founder and CEO Stephen Stokols promises they are working to enable all Sprint compatible devices on their network in the hopefully not-too-distant future. This means a time might even come when you can buy the Nexus 5 via the Play Store and bring it over to FreedomPop!

Like the idea of free service, but not so keen on using Sprint’s network? Stokols mentions that they are currently exploring the possibility of supporting multiple carrier networks down the road.

For more details on FreedomPop and to see if you are currently in a supported area, you’ll want to head on over to FreedomPop’s official website.

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Galaxy Note 3 Experience app gives an interactive tour of Samsung’s phablet

If you have ever wished you could somehow try out a phone’s fancy new features first before purchasing one without even walking to a store, then Samsung‘s new Galaxy Note 3 Experience app might just be your thing. That is, of course, if you’re curious about Samsung’s latest Note phablet, or as Samsung would like everyone to call it, “fonblet”.

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The Galaxy Note 3 does have things to be interested in, such as the high-end hardware, which includes a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor or an octa-core Exynos in some regions, 3 GB of RAM, a 3200 mAh battery, and, of course, the star of the show, the S Pen. But aside from that, it also packs software features, mostly revolving around the stylus, that, in some ways, could make you forgive or forget about Samsung’s bloatware and customizations on the device. You might even fancy, or abhor, the faux leather back cover that minimally addresses criticisms about the manufacturer’s plastic fetish.

But knowing specs is one thing, seeing features in action is a whole different ballpark. But in the absence of an actual device to play with, Samsung’s app might be the next best thing. The Galaxy Note 3 Experience provides an interactive introduction to the best features of the device, letting users see and, to some extent, feel what the features do. It also has some videos to give users a better idea of what they’re in for if the make a purchase. And when they do, they can also use the app to see what accessories are available for the device.

The Galaxy Note 3 Experience app is available for free on Google Play Store and can be installed on any device running Android 4.1 or later. It does, however, recommend at least a 1.4 GHz processor and a screen resolution of 1920

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Sony Honami-based ROM gives preview of what the real thing could feel like

With all the attention being given to upcoming models like the LG G2, the HTC One Max, or the Samsung Galaxy Note III, it is easy to overlook yet another rumored phone. The Sony Honami, which is touted to be the successor of the Xperia Z, already had a lot of leaks, mostly images and renders. But now, we get a chance to see what the Honami might really look and feel like thanks to a custom ROM developed over at XDA.

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The Honami, also known by the name Xperia i1, is rumored to be running on a Snapdragon 800 chip and 2 GB of RAM, which seems to be the standard for this year’s generation of high-end smartphones. It is said to have a 5.0-inch full HD display with a 1920

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Boingo offer gives hotspot access to Galaxy Tab 3 and Note 8.0 users

Samsung has announced a special perk for those planning to buy a Galaxy Note 8.0 or Galaxy Tab 3 tablet. This perk is being announced in conjunction with Boingo and means one year of free hotspot access. This offer is available for those in North America and includes access to any of the 35,000 hotspots that are located between the US, Canada and Mexico.

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Those considering a purchase should look towards any of the Galaxy Tab 3 models including the 7.0, 8.0 or 10.1. The Galaxy Note 8.0 offer will apply to the WiFi-only model and not the cellular connected carrier branded model. With that, the Boingo offer will be included in the box.

Details coming from Samsung instruct customers to look for the in-pack instructions to get up and running. Otherwise, while this offer is giving free Boingo access, it is arriving as part of Samsung’s Galaxy Perks program. Bottom line here, those planning to purchase either a Galaxy Note 8.0 or Galaxy Tab 3 now have an additional perk that may help shift them from thinking to buying.

On the topic of the Galaxy Tab 3, this family of devices came available for sale in the US as of yesterday, July 7th. As mentioned this family includes the 7.0, 8.0 and 10.1 models and they are priced at 9, 9 and 9 respectively. They can all be found with various retailers including Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart and others.

The Galaxy Note 8.0 arrived for sale in the US back in April. This tablet is priced at 9 and happens to be one that we spent some hands-on time with. Those considering the Galaxy Note 8.0 may benefit from our in-depth review we published shortly after the release.

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Xiaomi CEO gives us a look into Xiaomi’s grand plans

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Xiaomi may not be a household name just yet, but company founder and CEO, Lei Jun has some lofty aspirations for the budding smartphone maker. Speaking at the Global Mobile Internet Conference in Beijing, Jun outlined Xiaomi’s past, present and its future.

The near future

For a company which was essentially born only three years ago, Xiaomi’s rise to the limelight can only be described as meteoric. You may remember the sales record of the Mi-2S, that recently made headlines around the world, after 200,000 smartphones were sold in 45 seconds. (Are you listening Google? Now that’s how you sell smartphones!)

But Xiaomi is expecting much bigger things, with Jun recently claiming he expects to sell 15 million smartphones this year, double the amount Xiaomi sold in 2012. With a loyal fan base and some incredible devices it certainly isn’t outside Xiaomi’s reach.

With its two-phone strategy, Xiaomi hopes to cover both sides of the market. Jun said that the 0 Mi-2S is aimed at students, while the 1 Mi-2A is a “simplified version” with a lower price.

One small step for Xiaomi, one giant leap for Chinese smartphone makers

One question that comes to people’s lips when they see brilliant devices from Chinese smartphone makers is: when will we see it in international markets? ZTE, Huawei and Lenovo are both struggling with this problem, as it is simply more difficult to cut your own path in crowded international markets.

After announcing plans for launching its devices in Taiwan and Hong Kong, rumors lit up, suggesting that Xiaomi was ready to move into international markets. However, Jun brushed off the rumors, explaining that Xiaomi is just testing the waters to see how its phones compare against smartphones from larger companies like Samsung and HTC.

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However, should the waters in Taiwan and Hong Kong taste syrupy sweet, well who knows where Xiaomi will be headed?

“Chinese Apple”?

Xiaomi is often described as the “Chinese Apple,” with its loyal fan base, however, Jun said he sees his company in a different light.

Jun mentioned that Xiaomi began by making the MiUi software before moving into the hardware business and pointed out the difference in the way Xiaomi builds its software. While Steve Jobs once famously claimed that Apple build products that its employees like to use, Xiaomi is constantly listening to its customers input, with Jun claiming: “Fans are a huge part of me.”

Wrap up

Xiaomi is in a brilliant position, with a loyal fan base and great products, we expect to see more from the company in the future and hopefully that means we get to see them outside of Asia as well.

Interested in an Xiaomi smartphone? Hope Xiaomi will branch out into international markets?

    

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Google gives Nexus 4 bumper case the axe

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It was only last week that the grey cover for the Nexus 7 was pulled from Google Play, now it looks like the Nexus 4 bumper case will be heading off to the sunset as well. After briefly returning to the Play Store yesterday (did you manage to get one?), the official bumper for Google’s flagship handset is now listed as “no longer available for sale”.

Has Google lost interest in selling accessories on its online store? It sure seems like it to us. However, there’s still a chance that Google will restock the bumper, but not just in the same color. A few days ago, the white variant of the bumper has been spotted at a retail store in Canada.

Maybe, just maybe, Google will have the white bumper up on the Play Store. But we wouldn’t hold our breath. If you don’t want to wait too long to find out, it’s best to venture elsewhere to accessorize your precious Nexus 4.

So long, official Nexus 4 bumper in black! It’s like we hardly knew ye at all, but that’s entirely your fault.

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