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Date: Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 22:07

19757 htc logo HTC schedules August press event
HTC has scheduled a press event that will take place Tuesday August 22 in New York City, although the company has not confirmed what product it will be launching. Considering speculation surrounding numerous HTC devices has been rife, there are a number of different things that could be landing in three weeks' time.

For a start, the codenamed HTC Volantis is almost certainly going to launch soon, especially as it supposedly missed its Google I/O launch date. The Volantis is a high end tablet with dizzying specs and a metal body, it is also due to be Google's own Nexus 8, a flagship alternative to the Nexus 7 tablet. It was widely reported that Google and HTC shelved plans to launch the Nexus 8 at I/O because it would be in danger of being overshadowed by the buzz surrounding Android Wear and its smart watches.

That leads us nicely to another oft rumoured HTC product, and one the company has actually confirmed will be arriving, a smart watch. Since the company has already said a wearable is imminent, it seems reasonable to think this is the most sure bet for the August launch. It is interesting that the HTC smart watch is said to be the device Google will use to carry the Nexus name for wearable devices. Could HTC and Google be about to launch both the Nexus 8 and Nexus smart watch together?

The Taiwanese company is also said to have a super version of its One M8 flagship in the works, the so-called HTC One M8 Prime. Speaking of the M8, it has been rumoured this week that HTC will launch that particular handset on the Windows Phone platform. However, we doubt either of those moves would warrant their own dedicated press event, so we assume that something a little more impressive is on the way.
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Author: "Luke Jones" Tags: "Featured, HTC, google, HTC One M8, Nexus..."
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Date: Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 20:47

lg g vista front back render 630x501 LGs new G Vista lands on Verizon this week
LG has been pretty busy in the United States over the last few weeks as the company's G3 flagship has been rolled out to the major carriers. However, the Korean company has another handset in store for the US market and it has been confirmed for a launch this week. There will be no bells and whistles media event, but the new G Vista will arrive on Verizon tomorrow.

The largest carrier in the US confirmed the device for an August 31st launch and beat rival AT&T to the punch as it had previously been rumoured that the LG G Vista would land there first. It is now unclear if the smartphone will be a Verizon exclusive or whether it will roll out to AT&T eventually.

The LG G Vista may look a lot like the G3 flagship, but it is actually quite different under the hood. In fact, we could perhaps class this as a watered down phablet version of the G3, but it is better to see the G Vista as a standalone smartphone, design language aside. The specs here are entirely on the mid-range side, which is fine as the price point of the Vista points it in that direction and it does seem to be a solidly spec’d device.

Running the show is a quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, a 5.7-inch 720p display, and an 8 megapixel rear camera. For reference the G3 sports a Snapdragon 801 chipset, a 5.5-inch Quad HD screen, and a 16 megapixel camera. The G Vista will be available for $99 on a Verizon contract while free from a plan it will cost $499 from Big Red.
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Date: Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 17:13

Android1 Androids market share grows around the world
Kantar Worldpanel's results for the performance of mobile platforms through the month of June have been released and make extremely happy reading for Android. Google's OS recorded widespread growth around the world as it continued to be the comfortable market leader. Microsoft's Windows Phone also enjoyed growth in key markets, while Apple's iOS continued to lose ground.

The monthly survey uses market trends, sales records, and consumer feedback to find the amount of devices sold running a particular OS. The results are global, but we will focus on key countries such as the USA, China, Australia, Brazil, and the EU5 nations (The UK, France, Germany, Spain, and Italy). Kantar Worldpanel compares the data against the same period last year (in this case June 2013) for a year on year record.

Android grew by over 11% in both China and the United States, two nations that are considered the biggest in the world in terms of economy. In the US the platform now accounts for 62% of the market, up from 51.5% this time last year, while in China things look even more impressive with 84.3% of all devices sold last month being Android (up 14.4% from last year). It was a similar story around the world, although among Europe's top markets Android's growth slowed and even dropped by 7.2% in Spain.

Windows Phone is continuing to make gains into several key markets, but is finding others impossible to crack. For example, the platform grew to nearly 10% market share across all EU5 nations, but fell dramatically in China to account for just 0.9% of the market. The platform stayed more or less steady in the US and Brazil and overall Microsoft will probably be pleased that Windows is moving in the right direction.

Whether Apple is moving in the right direction is hard to say. The company builds high end devices and makes a lot of money from the margins, so record iPhone sales through the spring and early summer can only spell good news for Cupertino. From a hardware perspective Apple remains in rude health, but iOS has seen over 10% drops in both China and the US, but did manage to hold steady in Europe.

You can check out all of the results in detail by hitting up the source link.
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Author: "Luke Jones" Tags: "Android, Featured, iOS, Windows Phone 8,..."
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Date: Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 15:56

android security  Androids apps can be mimicked by hackers
Android is hardly known as the most secure of mobile platforms, no matter how much Google tries to say it is. Five million infected Android devices sort of tells us that, but just in case we needed more proof a new security flaw in the OS has been found, and this one could have some fairly wide implications.

Security firm BlueBox Security has found a very big flaw in the way Android approves apps and the result is a bug that means hackers could install imposter versions of legitimate apps onto a device and have access to the files. The issue arises because of the way Android's package installer identifies applications on the Google Play Store. Digital certificates are used to verify apps, with the publisher having to use these certificates as a sort of signature. Unfortunately, Android does not check to see if the certificate comes from the legitimate publisher or not, which kind of voids the point of the process in the first place.

This means that a hacker could theoretically mimic the signature on an imposter app and place it in the store as a seemingly legitimate version. The user will then give the fake app the same access and authority they would the legitimate version, possibly compromising security along the way. BlueBox Security summed it up as such:

We basically discovered a way to create fake ID cards. There are different vectors. They all come down to: I can create a fake ID card. The question is, which fake ID card do I create?

The bug is universal and it could potentially be used on any app on the Google Play Store. The interesting thing is that Google has known about the issue since April and has even built a fix through the Android Security team. However, highlighting how fragmented Android is and ultimately how little control Google has over third parties, the fix has not been implemented.

Google said the solution should be implemented within 90 days, but oddly BlueBox Security found that only one from forty manufacturers tested has used the fix. In the meantime Google says it has scanned every app in the store and found no problems, but now the bug is known about it will be interesting to see what happens.
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Date: Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 14:00

back s5 500x321 Samsung hiring like crazy to be innovative
After a poor (by the company's standards) third quarter and IDC confirmation that sales and market share has declined, Samsung is in its stickiest situation for some time. The company has yielded market share to a slew of rivals from China and beyond, while sales of its current flagship, the Galaxy S5, have failed to inspire. To combat this the Korean giant is looking to bring in new talent in an attempt to hit gold and get another industry defining smartphone.

The last three months through spring were supposed to be massive for Samsung, after-all the company released its core handset, the Galaxy S5, during the period. However, instead of the GS5 driving growth, the company actually saw a decline in profit, market share, and sales. Samsung needs a hit, and while the Galaxy Note 4 is sure to fit the bill from a hardware perspective, it has never sold as well as the S range of devices.

That means this poor quarter is unlikely to be a one off, and it is well known that some inside Samsung are genuinely worried. According to Business Week, one way for the company to get back on top is to "hire like crazy" and pool top talent in an attempt to build another massively successful smartphone.

Samsung has never been known as an innovative brand and certainly lacks Apple's and Google's history in that respect. However, by recruiting scores of the best people in the industry and building a new $300 million, 1.1 million sq ft. facility in the Bay Area in the US, the company is hoping that it can build a reputation as an innovator.

Of course, with the facility still in the works and the recruitment drive only now moving into motion, it will be a few years at least before we see any results. In the meantime Samsung will have to pull something else out of the bag, something like its YOUM folding screen technology, which we would admittedly love to see land on an inbound smartphone.

Until that happens we expect that Samsung will continue to lose market share, even if the Note 4 becomes the bon-a-fide success we all think it will be.
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Date: Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 08:30

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Date: Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 21:20

g3 header 500x304 New colors coming in August for the LG G3
LG launched the G3 flagship last month to much acclaim and like any other big launch there were dozens of press shots of the device released. Some of these renders had the G3 decked in five different hues, but six weeks after its release there are only three colors available for the handset. LG is going to change that in August by rolling out the remaining two.

Of course, this is nothing new as smartphone companies typically hold off a few colors to be released post launch. The LG G3 has landed in just about every major global market with color options of metallic black, white, or the opinion dividing Shine Gold. Now LG is ready to treat us to Burgundy Red and Moon Violet, with an August roll out in the pipeline.

Additional G3 colors such as Moon Violet and Burgundy Red will be rolled out in select markets starting in August and continuing over several weeks. Exact colors and dates will be decided locally in conjunction with carriers. Announcements will be made in each market at the time of availability.

This is probably not going to be the most revelatory news you will ever see here at Daily Mobile, but hey if you have been craving that red G3, now’s your time to shine.
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Date: Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 20:25

nokia superman 500x326 Microsofts Selfie Phone Superman Outed by Stephen Elop

 

It has been reported that Microsoft's head of devices Stephen Elop has shown off the upcoming Windows Phone code named Superman. This device is rumored to be the follow up device to the Nokia Lumia 720 with the newer design language of the Lumia 930 and a 5mp front facing camera. This feature has seen this device dubbed "the selfie Lumia". Check out the other rumored specs below.

 

5-inch, 720p resolution display

Quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor

Adreno 305 GPU

8 MP Carl-Zeiss

5mp front facing camera

Running Windows Phone  8.1 GDR1

This device is rumored to come out in late August or early September first on Verizon and AT&T then it will slowly be released in the rest of the world in the 4th Qtr.

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Author: "Kevin Everett" Tags: "Featured, Microsoft, Nokia, lumia, micro..."
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Date: Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 20:21

amazon fire phone official 1 500x332 Heres why the Amazon Fire Phone is expensive
When Amazon launched its Fire Phone, the company's first smartphone, earlier this month, there was a lot of confusion as to why the handset cost so much. Sure, this is a flagship device with some cool new tech (3D screen anyone?) but ultimately the device goes against Amazon's previous hardware model of selling affordable products to get consumers into the wider ecosystem.

Or that is at least how it first appears. The Fire Phone costs $199 on contract in the US, the same amount as flagship standard bearers such as the LG G3, HTC One M8, and iPhone 5s. Yes, the Fire Phone is a flagship too and Yes it has some nice features, but when all is said and done it is not as good as its rivals. So with that in mind, why is Amazon charging top dollar for the device?

Actually, it turns out the company needs to sell the Fire Phone at a premium and has not abandoned its model of selling hardware at a loss. The Fire Phone is so expensive simply because it costs a lot of money to build, more than $200 in fact. Now, we don’t need to be math geniuses to see that the $205 it costs to build the Fire Phone is more than the $199 on contract selling price (off contract the device is $649).

Most of the Fire Phone's specs are standard at the high end, such as the Qualcomm Snapdragon professor under the hood. In some cases, like with the 720p screen, the component is cheaper than other flagship rivals (the 720p panel costs $27 while the screen on the Galaxy S5 is double that price). What tips the Fire Phone over the edge in terms of production costs is its standout features, namely the sensors that help to control the 3D screen.

The smartphone adjusts its screen when a user moves their head by using five built in sensors. It is these sensors that drive the cost of the device over $200 and are probably the reason why the handset is on a par with other flagships in terms of price.
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Date: Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 14:35

DSC06408 500x332 Verizon rolls out new Moto X update
Getting a software update from Verizon can sometimes be like pulling teeth as the biggest carrier in the US is hardly known for being quick with roll outs. However, Big Red seems to be on the ball this time and has announced that it has received the Android 4.4.4 update from Motorola and is rolling it out to the company’s flagship device, the Moto X.

That of course means if you are packing a Verizon Moto X you can now download the very latest addition to Google's Android mobile platform. We contacted Verizon and double checked if the roll out would begin today for Motorola's 2013 handset and the company confirmed that it had and should be available over the air.

Android 4.4.4 brings with it minimal fixes to the Android 4.4.3 build, so you will need to already have the older version to get this. If you have not already downloaded Verizon's previous 4.4.3 roll out then you can still do so before updating to 4.4.4. Aside from Google's own Android bug fixes, Motorola has taken the time to make some minor changes of its own for this update.

The company has improved lighting quality in the camera app for better shooting conditions in low light, while a pause button has also been added for video recording. Obviously the now obligatory bug fixes have also been taken care of and Motorola has also redesigned the Dialer App.

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Date: Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 14:00

g watch 2 The LG G Watch is eroding
The LG G Watch is suffering issues with its charging after consumers complained that the smart watch is eroding and not functioning. The news mirrors a similar problem that LG's compatriot Samsung suffered with its Gear Live wearable earlier this month. Both devices run on Google's newly launched Android Wear platform and were used as launch devices for the OS.

Users of the G Watch are complaining that the device is already falling to wear and tear just weeks after its launch. The main issue seems to be that the charging contacts are eroding, resulting in the G Watch not charging and ultimately not working. Other consumers are reporting that they are experiencing skin irritation because of the wearable, but LG has said no allergy causing materials are used in the manufacturing process.

It appears that cleaning the charging contacts of the erosion seems to work, but needless to say that can only be viewed as a temporary fix. LG has yet to comment on the issue, but we hope the company gives a better response than Samsung did a few weeks ago.

Samsung's Gear Live also had problems with charging when the component overheated to the point of melting. The company said there were not enough cases for it to be deemed a serious issue and that users facing the problem should contact customer services.

As the two launch devices for its Android Wear (the G Watch was the launches test device), Google will be less than impressed that both wearable products seem to be falling to poor build quality. The Android Wear platform has enthused many because it is a robust OS for the nascent wearable market, but it will clearly need strong products to build a user base.

With LG and Samsung failing it seems that even more attention will be focused upon the Motorola Moto 360. That smart watch has already excited the tech and consumer markets with its round face and high end materials. If Motorola can deliver a robust package that does not break down after a few weeks then the company could have a defining product in the early wearable market.
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Date: Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 13:20

lenovo k920 teaser Lenovos K920 will land next week
Lenovo's latest smartphone flagship has only been rumoured over the last few weeks, with the odd leak emerging revealing a high end device. However, the handset was all but confirmed today and the launch date has been nailed on, meaning we will see the Chinese company's latest handset soon.

The K920 will pack some killer specs and will boast a high end build quality as Lenovo continues its assault on the smartphone world. The company has enjoyed huge success all over the world with its tablets and PC products, but has found smartphones harder to crack. Sure, Lenovo is properly huge in China, but in other key markets it lags behind the likes of LG, Samsung, HTC and more.

However, Lenovo handsets seem to find their way to the US and Europe more frequently than other Chinese devices from the likes of Xiaomi, ZTE, and Huawei. Whether that means the K920 will be available in Western markets or not remains to be seen, but with its good specs and seemingly elegant design we think that it may leave Asia eventually.

Lenovo's Marketing General Manager, Wang Yan, posted the official launch invite on his Weibo page and it reveals that the device will land next week; August 5th to be exact. The handset itself can also be seen in the image, showing that it has a weaved pattern on the rear plate, although it is hard to judge if it is metal or plastic. Also revealed in the image is the K920’s 16 megapixel rear camera and the good news is it comes with optical image stabilization (OIS).

The handset will be on a par with some of the best devices currently on the market and indeed its reported specs seem to mirror the LG G3 pretty closely. There will be a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor paired with 3GB of RAM and also a 2K Quad HD screen, while Android 4.4 will be running the show.

The K920 seems to be one of those Chinese smartphones that could have some crossover appeal in other markets. We will be interested to see if Lenovo confirms a global roll out when it launches the handset in China next week.
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Date: Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 08:30

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Date: Monday, 28 Jul 2014 23:33

galaxy alpha 3 631x354 The Galaxy Alpha will not be Samsungs iPhone 6 killer
Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Alpha is shaping up to be a strange smartphone after it was all but confirmed that the handset would be packing a 720p screen today. The confirmation arrived in an official Samsung Developer Console that revealed the display resolution as a 720p HD panel, while an image of the purported device was shown by SAMMOBILE.

That may seem okay for a mid-range handset, but if you have been following the saga like progress of the Galaxy Alpha (once known as the Galaxy F or S5 Prime) then you would think it is anything but a mid-range smartphone. This is a device that was once rumoured to pack a Quad HD display with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 with 3GB of RAM under the hood.

Those explosive innards may still be around sans the QHD screen, but with a 720p panel in tow it seems unlikely. This is Samsung's first metal smartphone and early reports said it would go toe to toe with Apple's upcoming iPhone 6 in terms of design and specs. If a 720p is Samsung’s answer to the iPhone 6 then we suspect Apple has very little to worry about.

The Samsung Galaxy Alpha is apparently going to launch in September, but considering just how many leaks have come from this device we suspect this is not the last you will see of it before launch.

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Date: Monday, 28 Jul 2014 23:07

images HTC’s One M8 will land on Windows Phone
If you have your heart set on the Windows Phone platform and want a flagship device you have some choice. You can either have a Nokia, a Nokia, or a Nokia. The Finnish company now owned by Microsoft cornered the Windows market and is the only current manufacturer building true flagship quality devices. It is a credit to Nokia that it has managed to flavour its smartphones differently enough that there is choice, but soon WP users may have a true alternative.

It could come in the form of one of the most widely respected smartphones currently available, the HTC One M8. According to source at PhoneArena, the Taiwanese company is preparing a Windows Phone version of its acclaimed Android flagship and it will be ready for release as a Verizon exclusive in September.

For HTC it would be a wise move as it would give the company another avenue from which to sell its admittedly fantastic smartphone, and an avenue free from traditional Android rivals such as Samsung and LG. It is not that left field a move either as HTC has built on the Windows Platform before and turning out some M8’s running the OS wouldn't be a problem. In fact, looking at the prospect it is a wonder the company hasn't explored this earlier as it really has nothing to lose.

As for Microsoft, the company that now owns Nokia smartphones, HTC's arrival on Windows Phone would be a double edged sword. On the one hand it would give the company's mobile platform more presence in key markets, helping it to gain more market share away from emerging economies where it has thrived so far. On the other hand, HTC's flagship would give the Nokia handsets a real run for their money and give consumers arguably the best smartphone on the market to the detriment of Microsoft's Nokia Lumia devices.
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Author: "Luke Jones" Tags: "Featured, HTC, Windows Phone 8, microsof..."
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Date: Monday, 28 Jul 2014 22:14

lg tab book LGs Tab Book 11 is a little bonkers
LG has added to its growing tablet line up today with a large screen slate that is a hybrid between a traditional tablet and a laptop. It even has the specs to boast and the new LG Tab Book 11 is arguably the most powerful Android tablet on the market.

Yes, that's right, this is a laptop bothering tablet that runs on Android. Of course, using specs reserved for full computing seems a little pointless for a tablet running a mobile platform, and in that respect we do not really know why LG opted for Android instead of a Chromebook or dare we say Windows platform.

The result we feel is a tablet with blazing specs, but one that will ultimately be limited by its operating system and the pitfalls that come with it. Sure, on your smartphone or normal tablet Android is close to perfect, but when you want to get some serious computing done it is not the first platform we turn to.

And that is exactly what the LG Tab Book 11 can do, serious computing. That's thanks to Intel's Haswell Core i5 processor purring inside, while that has been helped with a dollop 4GB of RAM. Elsewhere the Tab Book has a 128GB SSD, HDMI-in USB 3.0 (two ports) and a microSD card reader. For the time being this is a Korea only release, but we would love for LG to repackage it with Windows or Chrome and roll it out around the world. Although, we doubt that is going to happen.
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Date: Monday, 28 Jul 2014 17:07

Nokia X 500x333 Nokia X Devices to get Update

Less then a week after announcing that they will no longer produce the Nokia X line of devices, Microsoft has announced a firmware update for the smartphones. Some of these updates include a new App Switcher feature and improved Outlook experience. While I release this announcement doesn't affect too many of you out there, it is nevertheless worth talking about since it shows continued support for a DOA product. This leads me to wonder how long Microsoft will be supporting these devices. You can check out all the updates below.

 

nokiaximprov Nokia X Devices to get Update

 

New Multi-tasking:

Move smoothly from one open app to another with the all-new App Switcher feature. And if you need to free up resources from your phone, you can close any unused apps from the same view with a single tap.

Several great Microsoft services now come pre-installed:

Enjoy a more powerful experience to using email and taking notes. The new built-in Outlook.com app makes it easy to read and write emails and alerts you with push notifications about any incoming email and adds support for multiple Outlook accounts. And to help you organize your life, sync important notes on the cloud with the OneNote app and access them on any internet enabled device.

Improved Store:

The improved Nokia Store makes it easier to search, find and download games or apps onto your Nokia X. The world of Android™ apps is now closer than ever. Partner stores are now integrated into the Nokia Store’s search, so you can find the app you are looking for from different stores with a single search. And to discover more apps you’ll love, install the Spotlight live widget on your home screen as it conveniently recommends new apps to download.

 

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Author: "Kevin Everett" Tags: "Featured, Microsoft, Nokia, Android, mic..."
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Date: Monday, 28 Jul 2014 17:04

samsung galaxy w 7 inch Samsungs Galaxy W shows up in China as the TabQ
If you remember Samsung's Galaxy W you will recall that it is a hybrid device that blurs smartphone and tablet, but like most hybrids it is a bit of a mess. But hey, it has passed through the FCC so will be arriving at some point maybe, although we are not sure which carrier would want to run with the category defying product. That's for another day though as Samsung is pushing the device further and has launched it in China as the Galaxy TabQ.

The device follows other phone/tablet mash ups such as the Asus Fonepad 7 and HP VoiceTab and is equally as baffling as those products. At 7-inches it pushes the boundaries of the phablet ideology, but this is Samsung, the company that started the trend, so we are not entirely surprised by the W. So far, the biggest Samsung built smartphone comes in at 6.3-inches (the Mega), but the trick is that this is not a smartphone despite its calling functionality.

The Galaxy W/PadQ is actually marketed as a tablet, one that could theoretically replace your smartphone and current slate. However, its entirely modest specs are unlikely to make you want to do that, although Samsung seems to think there is a market for this slate. Under the hood there is a 1.2GHz quad-core processor (either an Exynos or Qualcomm Snapdragon 400), while the display is of the 720p HD variety. There is 16GB of on board storage and a MicroSD slot, while the rear snapper is 8 megapixels and the front facer just 2 megapixels.

Hardly specs that jump off the screen, but maybe Samsung knows something we don't.
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Date: Monday, 28 Jul 2014 15:55

smartphone unlocking Phone unlocking to be made legal once more
The complicated road of legal phone unlocking is reaching an end after a few years of back and forth as it seems that it will once again be legal to unlock a phone in the United States. The Cellphone Unlocking Bill has passed through the House and President Barack Obama has said he will sign it to pass. That means unlocking your device and switching carriers will now be legal for every consumer in the US.

This will not be the first time that it will be legal to unlock a smartphone, handset unlocking was possible under a Library of Congress Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) exemption from 2006 to 2012. Problems and widespread protest arose early in 2013 when the Library of Congress changed the law to make device unlocking illegal. Several rounds of fighting ensued before carriers (including the Big Four, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile) agreed to make it easier for users to unlock their devices after the term of a contract.

However, these carrier unlocks were still frustrating as ultimately the companies did not want a consumer to leave. It also meant that users had to have their handset unlocked by their carrier; unlocking away from the carrier resulted in legal action and possibly jail. The new law will once again put into practice the ability to unlock a smartphone (or any mobile phone) away from the carrier. Further copyright laws are due to be reviewed in 2015 and the law could even extend to tablets and other traditionally carrier bound devices.

This is something that Americans have been asking for and I am pleased that we were able to work together to ensure the swift passage of legislation restoring the exemption that allowed consumers to unlock their cell phones," House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte said.

The bill congress passed today is another step toward giving ordinary Americans more flexibility and choice, so that they can find a cell phone carrier that meets their needs and their budget," Obama said. "I commend Chairmen Leahy and Goodlatte, and Ranking Members Grassley and Conyers for their leadership on this important consumer issue and look forward to signing this bill into law.

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Date: Monday, 28 Jul 2014 15:11

htc m8 34 European HTC One M8 gets Android 4.4.3
The HTC One M8 has already had the Android 4.4.3 treatment in the USA, while the Google Play Edition of the handset has also been updated. However, users packing the flagship smartphone in Europe have yet to get 4.4.3 KitKat, but that has changed today as HTC is now rolling out the update.

As is normally the case, Android 4.4.3 brings with it Google's platform while HTC has added its own enhancements and changes too. The patch is fairly comprehensive and the file weighs in at 613MB so you may want to be Wi-Fi connected or have a strong data connection before reeling it in. The patch has been rolled out by HTC today all around Europe, but of course you may be subject to waiting for your carrier to release it.

Android 4.4.3 is the latest major release of Google's mobile platform. Yes, Android 4.4.4 has followed, but that is a tiny patch to solve some niggles with 4.4.3, so with that in mind we expect HTC to follow up this release quickly with 4.4.4. This European update is the same as the earlier US version and comes with Android 4.4.3 and bug fixes.

HTC's own changes include performance optimization for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Mobile Network connectivity. Several applications have been updated, including the Camera, Gallery, Settings, and HTC Sync Manager apps. The Taiwanese company has also spruced up its Sense UI by optimizing BoomSound, Extreme Power Saving Mode, Motion Launch, and Quick Setting.

That bevy of enhancements should tide you over until Android L arrives on HTC's flagship early in 2015.
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