Phandroid Android Phone News, Rumors, Reviews, Apps, Forums & More! Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:18:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Galaxy Note 4 said to come with “ultrasonic cover” to help the visually impaired Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:15:28 +0000 samsung galaxy note 4 4

As we do with each passing iteration of the Samsung Galaxy Note, we expect Samsung to go all out with the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 in terms of specs and unique features. Rumors are already telling us to expect ridiculousness such as 4GB of RAM and 4K video recording, and now you can add another one to the list.

According to info received by SamMobile, Samsung is planning to introduce an “ultrasonic cover” that can help visually impaired people make their way around. The ultrasonic sensor will send waves out in front of the user for purposes of identifying objects ahead of them. It could detect a wall or a pole and help you avoid it, for instance.

We’re not sure how accurate the technology is, but Samsung’s nowhere near confident enough to suggest you ditch a good ol’ cane or a seeing-eye dog. Here’s a quick alleged excerpt from the Note 4′s user guide about the thing:

The Product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. This Product is a non-medical device.

It cannot replace a cane and should never be used as a mobility aid or substitute for any mobility aid tool. It must always be used in combination with a cane, a dog guide, or a human guide because, by itself, it does not provide information necessary for safe travel.

The manual goes on to detail some of the pitfalls, including the accessory’s field of vision narrowing the further you set the sensor’s distance (you can set it to detect stuff from a short, medium or long distance). They also warn of objects dropping off at certain angles and distances, meaning it might miss an upcoming object if it’s not positioned or angled the right way.

It certainly doesn’t sound safe enough to be used alone, but it could be a pretty nice companion to your typical medical solutions. The feeling is that Samsung will look to introduce this thing alongside the Note 4 at their upcoming Unpacked event on September 3rd, so we’ll have to wait to see it for ourselves before passing final judgment.

Would this accessory help you or someone you know in their day-to-day life? Let us know in the comments below, and let us know if that alone would move you to buy a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 over any other phone this year!

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ZTE announces the Nubia 5S Mini with LTE for $279 Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:22:27 +0000 nubia_hero

ZTE has announced a new variant of the Nubia 5S Mini, with this release coming with LTE radios for folks who prefer to do their mobile bidding on connections that don’t feel like the AOL days. Coming in at just $279 unlocked, the device doesn’t sound half bad under the hood. ZTE’s hoping to entice you with the following:

  • Processor: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 400 Quad Core with Adreno 305 GPU at 1.2 GHz
  • Display: 4.7″, HD 720 x 1280, 16.7M color
  • Memory: 16GB expandable to 32GB via micro SD
  • Camera: 13 megapixel backside-illuminated rear sensor, 5 megapixel front sensor
  • Network Compatibility: LTE, GSM, WCDMA
  • Operating System: Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
  • Battery: Li-ion 2,000mAh 
  • Dimensions: 134.8 x 65.8 x 7.6mm

ZTE’s making particularly loud noise about the device’s camera, which they say is easy enough for starters and provides enough quality and control for those teetering on the edge of pro. Set the camera to “Pro” mode and you can change settings like white balance, focus and light metering independent of each other. It’s not the first time we’ve ever seen this level of control for a smartphone camera, but it’s nice to see ZTE getting serious about their devices’ capabilities.

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The Nubia 5S Mini LTE is supposed to be available for pre-sale on Amazon at some point today, though the link hasn’t gone live as of the time of this writing. We’ll be keeping tabs on the digital storefront, though, and will update this post once those details go live. Hopefully we’ll learn about a solid release date at that time, as well.

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Tumblr teams up with Ditto to turn your photos into a marketing data goldmine Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:04:24 +0000 Tumblr Starbucks Millenial hipster

Once a place for posting erotic black and white images (or as some would call it, “hipster porn”), Tumblr will soon find itself a haven for multinational corporations looking to find new ways of marketing their goods. Tumblr recently inked a deal with Ditto, a company who specializes in the scanning of photos for brand images — everything from the Nike “swoosh,” to the logos like Coco-Cola, and more — selling that information back to those corporations. The deal will give Ditto “wholesale access” to Tumblr’s vast repository of user generated content (read: photos). All those images of girls sharing their Starbucks drinks? Ditto certainly has plenty to work with.

In a statement to Motherboard, Ditto CEO David Rose said:

“Twitter and Instagram have been suppliers of data to us for over a year and we’re able to look on behalf of brands at what the conversation about them looks like through photos. What’s different about Tumblr is that they’re supplying us with the entire firehose of all photos that we’re then able to interpret.”

Ditto’s unique image identifying algorithm doesn’t just identify brands, but even the expression of faces in photos to indicate the general feelings towards a specific brand. And although Ditto says they don’t identify individual people, they can pinpoint top “influencers” on any given social network, handing off this information to corporations looking to team up with these influencers for promotional campaigns (see the spammy sh*t show Vine has turned into in recent months).

While Ditto and Tumblr’s new agreement isn’t likely to raise any privacy concerns, if the Instagram fiasco of 2013 has taught us anything, it’s that the internet has some major trust issues. Tumblr and Ditto wouldn’t comment on if this was a money-changing-hands kinda deal, or if users would be notified of how Tumblr is planning on using these photos. User data is a lucrative business. We’ve all seen what Google and Facebook has done with it. Now it seems Tumblr — and parent company Yahoo — are looking to cash in on photos and the unspoken data therein.

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Google stock is up 1,293% since its IPO 10 years ago (happy anniversary) Wed, 20 Aug 2014 00:49:06 +0000 Schmidt-Brin-Page-Google

In case you almost missed it (we wouldn’t blame you if you did) today actually marks the 10 year anniversary of Google’s IPO. Although one of the most influential companies the world has ever seen, things got off to a bit of a rocky start back on August 19th, 2004, the day Google officially went public.

Still seen by many as a one trick pony, Google seemingly only had one product to sell: search. This is largely what lead to an initial public offering of 19.6 million shares at the price of $85 a share, still a success, but short of Google’s original $108-$135 estimate. In his 2004 post, value investor Whitney Tilson didn’t believe Google had staying power saying:

“Just as Google came out of nowhere to unseat Yahoo! as the leading search engine, so might another company do this to Google… I am quite certain that there is only a fairly shallow, narrow moat around its business.”

But as we all learned, archiving the internet and all of its data would later prove to be more lucrative than anyone would guess, and although selling ads is still Google’s bread and butter, we’re seeing the internet search giant branch out into software development (Android, Chrome OS) and even more recently, dabbling into robotics and self-driving cars.


While there’s no question of the value of Google’s stock — rising 1,293% during their first 10 years — it may surprise you to find companies like Monster Beverage Corp performing  better with a 6,406% increase during that same time span, or even Apple at 4,274%.

Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin originally agreed to only work together for 20 years and while 2024 is just around the corner, it’s interesting to see the huge strides Google has made in just a short amount of time. And where nobody could have guess Google would take over the smartphone market, it’s almost scary to think of where they (and us) will be another 10 years from now.


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Hands-on: Sharp Aquos Crystal for Sprint [VIDEO] Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:48:30 +0000 sharp-aquos-crystal-10

We already learned pretty much everything there was to know about the Sharp Aquos Crystal, when the phone was officially announced for Sprint earlier today. But tonight, or own Kevin Krause is reporting live from a Sprint event where he was able to get up close and personal with the phone everyone is talking about.

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Touted as having virtually no bezel (despite its unsightly large chin), the Sharp Aquos Crystal is a departure from the standard cookie-cutter smartphone design we’re all used to. Because the top portion of the phone is solid LCD display, there’s not even room for an earpiece. Instead, the entire display acts as an earpiece, allowing users to place their ear anywhere they like for crystal clear calls. Here’s a quick rundown of the specs before we get to our hands-on:

Sharp Aquos Crystal hardware specs

  • 5-inch edge-to-edge HD display
  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat
  • Sprint Spark LTE
  • 8MP rear-facing and 1.2MP front-facing cameras
  • HD Voice
  • Embedded 2,040mAh battery (3-day battery life)
  • 1.2GHz quad-core processor
  • 1.5GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage
  • Harman’s Clari-Fi audio technology

The Sharp Aquos Crystal will be available later this year in either black or white varieties from Sprint for $240 straight up, or $10 a month with Sprint Easy Pay. Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile will also get their versions of the phone, with the black model headed to Virgin and white to Boost — both for only $150+tax. Not bad.

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Android Deals: Save 50% on Samsung tablets, 92% off Android Hacker Bundle, and more! Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:04:42 +0000 deals

We’re back with more awesome deals for your Android device! This week we have a bunch of accessories on sale, some huge discounts on app packs, and some hilarious movies on the cheap. There is no better feeling than saving money on things you love. We’ve compiled a bunch of great deals from across the web so you can enjoy that feeling all day long.

Hardware & Accessories


Save 36% on the Limefuel Lite USB Battery Pack
With a whopping 1500 mAh battery, this compact battery pack has the power to charge two devices at once. Normally priced at $55, you can get this sweet little gadget for $34.99 from

Save 46% on the WiQiQi Galaxy S5 Charger
Wireless charging is one of the most convenient features of the Samsung Galaxy S5, as long as you have a wireless charging pad to go with it. The WiQiQi pad for the Galaxy S5 usually costs $75, but you can get it for just $39.99 from

Save 13% on the ChargeKey, a key-sized charging cable
Sometimes your phone is dying and all you need is a cord. The ChargeKey is a simple charging cable that is small enough to go on any keychain. All you need is a USB outlet and you can charge your phone with ChargeKey. Get it now for just $24.99 from

Save big on Samsung MicroSD cards from Amazon
A great thing about Samsung devices is they usually include MicroSD card slots. This has become a rarity in modern smartphones. If you’re looking for more storage check out the huge sale Samsung is having on MicroSD cards from 16-64GB at

Save 39% on a factory unlocked LG Nexus 5 16G
The Nexus 5 is still one of the top Android devices available today. It has a great display, nice minimal design, powerful processor, and of course stock Android straight from Google. Normally the unlocked version of the Nexus 5 is $599, but for a limited time you can get it for just $364 from

Save 50% on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3
If you’re looking for a great Android tablet you should look no further than the Samsung Galaxy Tab line. These device have great displays, and they work similarly to the Samsung Galaxy S phones. You will feel right at home with this tablet. For a limited time you can get the Tab 3 for $150 off the original price for $149.99 from

Save 33% on a Samsung  55-Inch 4K Ultra HD 3D Smart LED TV
Okay, enough with the small stuff. Let’s talk big. 4K is all the rage these days, but getting a 4K TV in your home can be expensive. Amazon has a massive 55-inch Samsung 4K TV on sale for $1000 off the original price. It will still cost you a pretty penny, but it’s considerably cheaper than many 4K TVs. Snag this TV for $1997 from

Apps & Games


Save a whopping 92% on the The Elite Android Hacker Bundle. If you’re looking to learn Android development from the ground up, this is the deal for you. This course contains 74 lectures with over 10 hours of content which cover all of the advanced skills necessary for developing applications for Android. You can get all of this for $39 from

Save 90% on The Amazing Android App Kit. Get your Android app idea off the ground without the expensive and time-consuming design and development phase. These templates are the perfect place to start. With a functional native Java code base, eye-catching artwork, and excellent UX, it’s everything you need to make your app shine in the Play Store. Get it now for $49 from



Music & Video


Sometimes the best thing to do with your Android device is to chill out and enjoy some music, a TV show, or movie. The Play Store and Amazon are constantly putting movies, TV shows, and music up for sale. We’ve compiled some of the best deals to pop up this week. Enjoy!



TV Shows

If you know of any awesome deals that popped up this week tell us about them! Did you take advantage of any of these deals? Let us know in the comments below! Happy saving!

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Google gives iOS users another awesome Android feature: Photo Spheres Tue, 19 Aug 2014 19:57:15 +0000 Google Photo Sphere Camera screenshots

While much could be said about Android users and their general distaste for all things Apple, Google sure doesn’t feel the same way. Today, Google has launched their “Photo Sphere Camera” app in the iTunes App Store and gives iPhone users the ability to capture full 360-degree panorama images (in all directions).

Before anyone gets up in arms over Google giving iOS users this at one exclusive Android feature move, keep in mind Google doesn’t see iOS users as the competition, but as another dollar sign, targeting them with their own apps and services (same with Android users). And in an effort to continue building out photo spheres on Maps, bringing iPhone users into the fold makes perfect sense. In fact, in order to share photo spheres with friends and family, they’ll first need to be uploaded publicly to a Google Maps’ “Views” profile. After that, they’ll await approval before showing up on Google Maps for the world to see.

Maps Views Profile screenshot

While your first instinct is to take a photo sphere of your current surroundings, Google encourages new Photo Sphere users to get out capture outdoor environments or public places — not just the inside of your house (or else everyone can easily find out where you live). This will help increase the value of Maps and others as they travel whether it’s in person, or from the comfort of their couch.

I guess the only question left is what next great Android feature will Google bring to iOS users next? We also can’t help but wonder if Google’s open embrace of iOS will negatively affect the amount of Android users who may be enticed by Apple’s hardware?

Google Photo Sphere Camera on iTunes

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Sony Xperia M2 Aqua brings waterproof to the mid-range market Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:56:17 +0000 sony xperia m2 aqua

Looks like Sony was the first to ask the question: why should you have to pay half a grand for a smartphone that’s waterproof? Thankfully they’ve introduced an affordable, capable option to market that’ll net you a good looking smartphone with decent internals. It’s the Sony Xperia M2 Aqua, and it’s not going to change your smartphone life — it’s run of the mill through and through — but should be able to fit any modest needs.

Featured inside is a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 chipset, 1GB of RAM, a 4.8 inch 960 x 540 display, 8GB of internal storage w/ microSD, an 8 megapixel rear camera, 1.1 megapixel front camera, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, aGPS, a 2,330 mAh battery and Android 4.4. KitKat. On top of that KitKat is a good helping of Sony’s custom user experience, which features Battery Stamina mode, social camera features and more.

So when and where? Latin America, Asia Pacific and Europe for starters, and Sony’s only given us a “Fall” timeline to look forward to. That means folks in North America will have to import from afar to get in on the fun, though we imagine some of you would sooner find better options in your own backyards (especially once Sony reveals their latest wares at IFA Berlin). 

[via Sony]

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Contemplate your existence with MOUNTAIN simulator now available for Android Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:41:52 +0000 MOUNTAIN Image5

After gracing iOS devices back in July, the critically acclaimed MOUNTAIN has now arrived for Android. Charging $1, the self-described “mountain simulator” challenges normal gaming conventions in that… well, you really don’t do much. You are mountain. You are god. And without getting too deep, this means you stare at a fairly well-detailed mountain as it exists in time and space and contemplate your life.

There aren’t any real controls per se. Sure, you can spin the mountain around, take a look at some of it’s trees, or even zoom out to see the mountain existing in space. There’s also an invisible keyboard along the bottom of the screen can be tapped to play sounds.

If you “play” the MOUNTAIN long enough — probably the most challenging aspect of the game — you might even exist long enough to see random debris fall from the sky. Occasionally the mountain will provide players with its thoughts as the weather and seasons change. This is simply put, the life out of a mountain.

When all is said and done, this is what $1 will get you. But if you give it a chance, you just might learn something about yourself. In our busy day to day lives, stuck in the rat race trying to make ends meet, I’m not ashamed to admit that at the end of my half-hour romp with MOUNTAIN… I cried.


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ASUS begins teasing smart watch announcement for IFA Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:51:39 +0000 asus smart watch

We weren’t sure how accurate reports of ASUS wanting to bring a new smart watch were, but it appears they were spot on if the Taiwanese company’s latest Tweet is anything to go by. A new teaser posted to their account shows the following caption atop a shadowy watch figure:

Time has been transformed, and we have changed.

It’s a quote by Khalil Gibran, a Lebanese artist and poet. We’re not sure if the origin of said quote is relevant to whatever smart watch ASUS will unveil, but there it is anyway. If rumors are to be believed, ASUS will employ Android Wear for their software needs. That’s not too surprising considering they were named as one of the first Android Wear partners back when the platform was first unveiled.

From what we can tell the smart watch will boast a square-ish aspect ratio with rounded corners, though that’s all we can gleam from the teaser. For software we can expect ASUS to line up with Google’s mandate that prohibits OEMs from deeply customizing Android, so there shouldn’t be many surprises on that front.

ASUS has been known to undercut their competitors in terms of price in various arenas, including tablets, notebook computers and even computer monitors. We certainly hope they’ll look to do the same with their Android Wear smart watch. The unveiling happens September 3rd in Berlin at IFA, so be sure to wake up nice and early to get all the details if it’s something you’ve been anticipating.

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Sharp Aquos Crystal officially announced for Sprint; $239 off-contract Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:18:35 +0000 sprint sharp aquos crystal

Yesterday we learned of the Sharp Aquos Crystal, the latest smartphone by the Japanese company. It’s an edge-to-edge smartphone with a border so thin it almost doesn’t look real. But it is real, and it’s headed to Sprint here in the United States. In case you missed the specs rodeo yesterday here’s a quick recap:

  • 5-inch edge-to-edge HD display
  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat
  • Sprint Spark LTE
  • 8MP rear-facing and 1.2MP front-facing cameras
  • HD Voice
  • Embedded 2,040mAh battery
  • 1.2GHz quad-core processor
  • 1.5GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage
  • Harman’s Clari-Fi audio technology

Nothing terribly exciting going on there, but for the $239 Sprint is looking to sell it for (that’s $10 per month with $0 down on Sprint’s Easy Pay upgrade program) you can’t ask for a whole ton. Sharp may not be the most solid name in the phone industry, but the company has established itself as a pretty good electronics OEM over the years and it’s nice to see them finally breaking into the United States wireless market.

Now let’s just hope the bigger, more powerful sibling Sharp Aquos Crystal X will follow right behind it. No release date details for the Aquos Crystal just yet, but you can bet we’ll be passing that info along as soon as we get it. We’re in New York City to test the thing out for ourselves so stay tuned to Phandroid if you’re looking for some hands-on coverage.

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Well, this is interesting. HTC has just announced that they’re launching their flagship Android device – the HTC One M8 – with Windows Phone. This would be the first time that a device of this magnitude being is launched with two different operating systems. The HTC One M8 with Android was tasked with helping to bring HTC back in the black after a string of troubling quarters, and it did just that when it launched late April.

This is a pretty big deal in the world of Windows Phone. To date, OEMs have struggled to launch new brands and product lines with Microsoft’s operating system. Only Nokia has been successful with their strong Lumia lineup, though that’s to be expected when they’re owned by Microsoft and almost exclusively builds phones for Windows.

HTC effectively kills two birds with one stone here. For themselves, they’re able to continue to support Windows Phone by launching a device in a successful product line that’s already received substantial marketing and is relatively well-known by the general public. For Windows Phone, it’ll help the platform by showing other OEMs that one product can exist with two different pieces of software on board.

Speaking of software, HTC’s bringing many of the same features you can find on their Android offering. BlinkFeed comes in the form of Windows Live tiles that update with the information you crave. There’s BoomSound with the full audio profiles that deliver nice sound. You’ll even get full support for the HTC Duo camera that allows you to manipulate photos using post-snapshot focusing. HTC Zoe, Dotview and more are also represented quite while.

It’s the same old song and dance as far as specs go. Here’s the rundown on that in case you’ve forgotten:

  • Quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor @ 2.3GHz
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 5-inch 1920 x 1080 display
  • 32GB of internal storage w/ microSD up to 128GB
  • UltraPixel Duos Camera w/ 5 megapixel front camera
  • Dual-band WiFi ac, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS w/ GLONASS
  • 2,600mAh battery

This is a pretty huge precedent set by HTC, and if successful it’ll be interesting to see if any other big competitors follow suit. Perhaps it’d inspire Samsung to ditch Android exclusivity for their Galaxy brand (especially considering their attempt to branch off to Tizen hasn’t exactly worked out well for them).

The Windows Phone version of the HTC One M8 will be exclusive to Verizon here in the United States, and can be had for $99.99 with a new two-year contract, or $30 per month on Verizon Edge. As much as we all liked the HTC One M8 with Android, let us know if you wouldn’t mind trying out the same exact phone with Windows as the driving operating system. Press release is straight ahead.



HTC offers Windows platform on flagship device, blends premium hardware with unique software experience


BELLEVUE, WA — August 19, 2014 — HTC, a global leader in innovation and design, today unveiled the HTC One® (M8) for Windows®, marking the first time an iconic flagship device offers multiple operating systems.


This new smartphone combines the stunning, award-winning design and experiences of the HTC One (M8) with the latest Windows Phone software on America’s largest and most reliable network. Verizon Wireless is the exclusive launch partner for the HTC One (M8) for Windows and it will be available in stores and online, with online sales beginning at noon EDT today and in stores tomorrow.


Unmistakably the One

The HTC One (M8) for Windows offers the same premium design of HTC’s award-winning HTC One (M8), which features an all-metal unibody design and an elegantly curved back to match the hand’s contours.


The unique experiences of the original HTC One (M8) have been brought to the Windows Phone version, including HTC BlinkFeed®, HTC BoomSound™, Duo Camera with UltraPixel™, Video Highlights, a 5MP wide-angle front-facing camera and support for the HTC Dot View™ case.

-          HTC BlinkFeed is uniquely integrated into the Live Tile layout and provides quick access to the content and social networks that matter most.

-          HTC BoomSound features dual front-facing speakers and a unique sound profile that deepens bass, enhances vocals and fine tunes track details for a rich, immersive listening experience.

-          The signature HTC One Duo Camera with UltraPixel technology captures remarkable low-light images and offers a variety of after-effects for added artistic flair or humor.

-          Video Highlights offer consumers an easy and entertaining way to easily create mini-movies and animated picture reels set to music*.

-          A 5MP front-facing camera with wide-angle lens excels at taking personal pictures that let you capture more in the shot – more people, more scenery.

-          The uniquely designed HTC Dot View case provides consumers with instant phone access while the case is still closed. Users can answer calls, receive email & text notifications, check weather and more. And with the Dot View Case for the HTC One (M8) for Windows, personal digital assistant Cortana can help with reminders, queries and chit chat without having to open the case.


The HTC One (M8) for Windows is also covered by HTC Advantage™, which provides the industry’s only free cracked screen replacement program, along with a commitment to support timely software updates.**


“Consumers love the HTC One (M8) and today’s introduction extends that enthusiasm to new audiences hungry for choice in their mobile experience,” said Jason Mackenzie, president of HTC Americas. “HTC fills a gap in the market for unique devices that put a premium on form and function. Microsoft shares our vision, and that’s why we committed to bringing the Windows Phone platform to the
HTC One (M8).”


HTC One Plus a New OS Experience

Under the hood is Windows Phone 8.1 Update, which incorporates a host of meaningful innovations:

  • Cortana, Windows Phone’s truly personal digital assistant, makes her HTC debut in this phone. Adept at searching for sushi and setting calendar appointments, Cortana also offers the ability to proactively warn you when it’s time to leave for your next appointment or remind you to pick up milk on the way home.
  • Action Center provides one swipe access to all your recent notifications and messages, as well as programmable quick settings.
  • Apps Corner sandboxes apps and folders into a protected area of the phone.
    • Small business owners can use their HTC One (M8) for Windows as a point of sale device without making personal information available.
    • Users can separate personal and professional information, creating distinct experiences for work and pleasure in a single device.
  • Windows Phone takes on the chores of battery, data and storage management, and keying in passwords for known Wi-Fi networks, allowing users more time to explore the phone’s innovative functionality that truly puts consumer needs first.


“The HTC One (M8) for Windows is true to the flagship product’s award-winning design and unique experience while also taking the best of what Windows Phone has to offer,” said Darren Laybourn, corporate vice president of engineering for Microsoft. “We succeeded in offering customers the best of both our worlds with this phone.”



The HTC One (M8) for Windows is available beginning at noon EDT today, exclusively through Verizon Wireless online for a promotional price of $99.99 with a new two-year contract for a limited time or $29.99 per month on Verizon Edge, and available in stores tomorrow. Additionally, Microsoft Stores will sell the device with Verizon Wireless service and a special offer for a free HTC Dot View Case and screen protector for $25. The retro styling of HTC Dot View, HTC’s intuitive and eye-catching case that shows calls and alerts through a protective shell, is available as an accessory for the HTC One (M8) for Windows.


For more information about the HTC One (M8) for Windows, please visit

For press materials and images of the HTC One (M8) for Windows, please visit:



About HTC

Founded in 1997, HTC Corp. (HTC) is the creator of many award-winning mobile devices and industry firsts. By putting people at the center of everything it does, HTC pushes the boundaries of design and technology to create innovative and personal experiences for consumers around the globe. HTC’s portfolio includes smartphones and tablets powered by the HTC Sense® user experience. HTC is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TWSE: 2498). For more information, please visit

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Sprint unveils new affordable family plan with 20GB of data for $100 Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:01:21 +0000 sprint-logo

It hasn’t been long since Brightstar founder Marcelo Claure was named Sprint CEO and it seems they’re already making key moves that’ll help get their name back in the positive limelight. Sprint has revealed a new family plan that promises more value than any of the competitors.

For $100 per month through the entirety of 2015, you and up to 9 other folks can share a pool of 20GB of 3G and 4G data, plus an extra 2GB per line on all devices. Sprint contends it’s even better than T-Mobile’s newest $100 4-line plan, which gives you 10GB to split between those folks. Here’s how they’re breaking it down against similar offerings from other carriers:

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Of course, the value slowly diminishes as you add more than 4 lines, but it still turns out to be a pretty good deal no matter how many lines you have. We’re not entirely sure where these prices will end up after 2015 expires, but we’ve reached out to Sprint to find out. We imagine both Sprint and T-Mobile’s prices will hike to the realm of the other two big carriers at that point. For now, though, there isn’t a much better deal out there if you and a big group of family or friends don’t mind sharing a large pool of data.

The most exciting thing about this announcement is that Sprint says they’re not through yet — we’re asked to keep our eyes peeled for even more goodness in the weeks or months to come. For that, we tip our hats to Sprint, their new CEO and the benefits that tough competition breeds.

[via Sprint]

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Deal: get a free wooden back upgrade when you buy a Moto X through August 21st Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:52:27 +0000 Motorola-Moto-X-10

Motorola’s giving folks another great reason to buy a Moto X. Their latest deal gives you the option to upgrade to a wooden back cover at no additional cost, a $25 value over its typical retail price tag. This doesn’t amount to more savings than some of their mid-summer promotions, but as those have since expired we imagine it’s better than not having another deal at all.

You’ll have the choices of Walnut, Bamboo, Ebony and Teak if you opt to take Motorola up on their deal. The front and sides of the phone will remain as they always have, so you’ll still need to settle on a pair of cool colors to complement the wood.

Oh, and you only have 3 days to get in on this deal — it’ll be nowhere to be found once August 21st comes and goes. Think it’s a little too late for a Moto X? You’ll want to pay close attention to Motorola on August 4th as they’re sure to announce the more impressive successor at their event in Chicago that day.

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Stump Root is a 1-click root app for the LG G3 (T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T, and Verizon versions) Tue, 19 Aug 2014 01:17:14 +0000 LG-G3-Software

We’ve noticed that with the growing number of high-performance Android devices equipped hexa-core processors and gobs of RAM, there’s an ever growing number of Android fans who feel they no longer NEED to root. This wasn’t always the case. Back during Android’s “early days,” rooting was almost necessity to keep underpowered Androids feeling new.

But even today, there’s no denying that with all the new tools available — Xposed, full featured custom ROMs, themes, etc. — root is still an appealing for those that want FULL control over their Android device. Of course, rooting an Android is rarely an easy processor, requiring at least some knowledge of ADB with the off chance that you could somehow turn your Android device into a very expensive paperweight. Enter Stump Root.

An app created by Android developer extraordinaire JCase over on XDA, Stump Root brings 1-click root access to the LG G3 on T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T or Verizon. Rooting doesn’t get any easier than this, with the instructions on XDA showing the following:

  1. Install Stump Root
  2. Run Stump Root
  3. Reboot after app tells you to
  4. Install SuperSU APK from market
  5. Uninstall Stump Root

To grab the app, head over to the original post here on XDA, but be careful. As easy as this app makes rooting, there’s always some level of risk involved when making system level changes to your device. Proceed with caution.


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