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According to a screenshot taken by the folks at Engadget, it looks to us like the cheapest HTC One on contract will be priced at $250.  Engadget did not receive any official information regarding the flagship's pricing or specific availability.  But this should give you some idea what the plans of AT&T will likely be.


The 64GB model looks like it will take a bit more time to get out of the gate, though the tipster says it will cost $299.99 when it's ready.


Other than AT&T, T-Mobile has announced that the HTC One is "coming soon" for $99 up-front, and rumors earlier today suggested Sprint's model would cost $199.99 with a two-year contract. AT&T's rumored $249.99 price-point would place the HTC One in direct competition with Samsung's Galaxy S4, which is already the clear winner when it comes to popularity.


Source: engadget


 




HTC One is currently available in grey, black and red. some also have seen it in 24-carat gold.  But now you can get it in blue, if press images leaked out by @evleaks are to be believed, a blue variant of the HTC One will be hitting store shelves some time this year.


Last week we heard that Verizon may get an exclusive on this particular hue in the United States which still seems odd, as we would have expected the carrier nicknamed Big Red to go for, you know, the red One as an exclusive - but alas that seems to have been grabbed by Sprint.


As you can see above the phone looks no different than your standard HTC One, but all of its aluminum is now a fine matte blue color with black plastic accents and a silver "Beats Audio" branding on the bottom. We personally think it looks quite stylish, but who knows where or when it will be made available.




LG has just announced plans to roll out android 4.0 Jelly Bean update to the Optimus G globally this month. According to a press release today by LG. The first country to receive the upgrade will be Singapore "at the end of January," then slowly work their way through the other countries with LTE networks.


Back in November, the Optimus G landed in the states, along with Canada, Korea and Japan. Since then LG has sold over 1 million units. That number still lags when comparing against the 10 million Galaxy Note 2s sold or the 2 million iPhone 5 pre-orders seen in 24 hours, but it's still a phone worthy of a global stage.


There's no official date on when Canada will get graced with Jelly Bean, but you can bank on it hitting Rogers, Bell, TELUS and SaskTel with the promised Q2 timing.


Press Release:


SEOUL, Jan. 22, 2013 - The Optimus G, LG's most premium and powerful 4G LTE smartphone, will begin its global roll-out into over 50 countries this month. The Optimus G has already been launched in the United States, Canada, Korea and Japan to very favorable reviews and LG is aiming to build on the excitement already generated to launch the device in other LTE markets.


"As 4G LTE availability expands on a global scale, we will leverage our strong LTE technology and expertise to offer consumers the best 4G experience through our devices," said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. "With the latest Jelly Bean OS and improved software, Optimus G will make a strong case for the title of ultimate premium 4G LTE smartphone."


Since the launch of Optimus G last September, the smartphone has been enthusiastically received by audiences as one of the most advanced 4G LTE devices currently available. Optimus G has been receiving accolades from consumers and industry thought leaders alike for its powerful performance and thoughtful user experience. Optimus G's unrivaled power originates from its innovative hardware design which includes Qualcomm's advanced SnapdragonTM S4 Pro Quad-Core processor. The device also delivers blazing fast data transfer speeds using today's 4G LTE telecommunication network.


"LG's long history of LTE know-how is evident in the DNA of the Optimus G," said Dr. Park. "As such, we hope consumers will take a deep, hard look at Optimus G when deciding which smartphone will give them the best 4G experience."


The Optimus G will be available starting at the end of January in Singapore followed by other markets worldwide offering 4G LTE service.

 



Floating YouTube Popup Video


Tired of being interrupted by text messages, emails or other alerts on your device while you're watching YouTube videos? Well, Floating YouTube Popup Experience is the app for you! Similar to Samsung's MultiView MultiWindow feature, this app allows continual play of a YouTube video (as a re-sizeable pop-up style window anywhere on your screen) while you're texting, browsing the net, emailing, using other apps, or even checking maps. Best of all, the audio and volume control from your YouTube video will remain even if the screen of your device is off.


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Memedroid

 

Memedroid is a meme reader that lets you watch, create, comment and rate in a social and amusing way memes (rage comics, advice animals and much more) Pro features included in this version.


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SanDisk Memory Zone

 

Take control of your memory: On your phone. On your card. In the cloud.

 

SanDisk Memory Zone offers you more memory management functionality than any other application available for the AndroidTM phone.


SanDisk Memory Zone puts you in complete control. Manage and backup both your local and cloud memory with one free app. Move files back and forth from your memory card to select cloud services, or from the cloud directly to your phone. Cloud services supported: Box, Dropbox, Google Docs, Picasa, SugarSync, SkyDrive and Facebook.


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Trapster

 

Trapster is a free app that alerts you as you approach speed traps, red light/speed cameras, accidents, and other roadway hazards. Join the world's largest drivers network, with over 16.5 million users worldwide!


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Photaf - The best Android App for creating panoramas


Create beautiful, seamless 360 panoramic photos easily by utilizing the camera and the orientation sensor to know the exact angle each picture was taken.


When done, you can move your phone around to see the complete panoramic view by using the phone's compass or the touch screen.


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Home Remedies (Free)


Natural home remedies are safe and useful for the common ailments. Most of the non life threatening illness can be treated at home. Learn how you can use natural cures to replace many of the most commonly used over-the-counter drugs in the treatment of common ailments. If you use home remedies wisely, it will save your time and money. Hope this app helps you to find your own path of healing through natural remedies.


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Smart Voice Recorder

 

Smart Voice Recorder designed for high quality long-time sound recording with skipping relative silence on-the-fly. For example, you can use it for record night sleep talks (or snoring:)), business meetings, a regular day of your babysitter, how you singing or play the guitar and so on. It's fantastic! And you may use it as regular voice recorder with simple and nice user interface. Give it a try! :)


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Audubon Butterflies


Audubon Butterflies is your essential guide to over 600 butterflies of North America. Now you can identify every species in your backyard, parks, gardens, the woods or fields with thousands of professional color photographs.


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OpenSignal


The simplest tactic to improve your reception is to walk in the direction of your signal. Not foolproof, but worth a shot!

Option to contribute to the OpenSignalMaps.com project: we're TRUE coverage maps of cell phone networks & wifi data points freely available to all.


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Sitegeist


Sitegeist helps you to learn more about your surroundings in seconds. Drawing on publicly available information, the app presents solid data in a simple at-a-glance format to help you tap into the pulse of your location anywhere in the United States.


From demographics on the people and housing to the latest popular spots or weather, Sitegeist presents localized information visually so you can get back to enjoying the neighborhood. Sitegeist was created by the Sunlight Foundation with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and is the third in a series of National Data Apps.


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Samsung has officially announced the Galaxy Premier smartphone in Taiwan, at a price of around $549 dollars or 14,900 Taiwanese dollars, a little lower than when it was first announced back in October.

 

ePrice Taiwan was at the event for the Galaxy Premier introduction, (see screenshot below from ePrice). The new smartphone has a grey version, alongside the white one that was initially presented by Samsung. The white Galaxy Premier will be available in Taiwan starting this month, while the grey version is going to be released in February. Most probably, European ones will be available this month.

 

Full specs for the Galaxy Permier, looks like a smaller version of the Galaxy S3, weighs 130 grams. Its features include a 4.65 inch Super AMOLED display with 1280 x 720 pixels, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the latest TouchWiz UI, NFC, HSPA, dual band Wi-Fi, GPS with Glonass, Bluetooth 4.0, dual-core 1.5GHz TI OMAP 4470 processor, 8MP rear camera with 1080p video recording and LED flash, 1.9MP front-facing camera, 1GB of RAM, 8GB / 16GB of internal memory, support for MicroSD cards, and a 2,100 mAh battery.

 

 

Thanks to Unwiredview for this report

 




Verizon looks to introduce the Samsung Galaxy S4 to its customer base and subscribers will surely be anticipating this 5-incher to come out soon. A benchmark report exists and it shows that the Galaxy S IV has a 1.9 GHz processor, but is not the latest Exynos version.


It is highly likely that its processor would be a Qualcomm Snapdragon and Adreno 320 graphics. There are also other improvements from the S III and Verizon will surely be able to take advantage of the popularity and following of the Samsung Galaxy S IV.


It is also quite surprising that the smartphone may not be running the latest Android version and that it may not be introduced at the Mobile World Congress as is mostly speculated. Instead, there are rumors that it might not actually come out until May. Fans will surely have to wait a little longer if they want the Verizon Galaxy S IV

 

Source: nena.se




A bigger smartphone will apparently come out this year from Samsung, that is according toa report from the Korean media. The phone is said to be almost 6 inches and it will either be a Note 3 or possibly even an entirely new model for Samsung.


Many people complain about bigger phones and how they seem awkward to use for calling and sending text messages, however, they have actually gained a huge following. Just take a look at Samsung's popular phablet, the Note 2. Every month since September, Samsung has sold over 1M units of this device and with the updates from Android, it looks like the figure will just go higher.


Furthermore, many are speculating that the potential 5.9-in device will also feature Samsung's processor, the Exynos Octa. Whatever happens, Samsung already got its hands full with their goal of selling 100M units of S IV that is due to come out on March 14th.


Link: Koreatimes


 


People are really rooting for the Samsung S IV to be the best smartphone to come out this year and rightfully so. It seems that Samsung has already perfected their formula for making hit devices like the Galaxy Note and Note II. However, companies like HTC and Apple, never fail to spoil the fun. For example, currently, the iPhone series is still the most popular smartphone in the US.


The S series is responsible for Samsung's rapid increase in Android users share. And Samsung has earned the loyalty of these consumers despite many complaints of the S III's plastic-y feel. The company has already reached a high level of popularity, even surpassing its main rival, Apple. People now commonly have two choices. Should I go with iPhone or Samsung? All of a sudden LG or HTC seem to be far options even though devices like HTC One or the Optimus G Pro could compete with these devices.


The success of the previous S series along with Samsung's huge slice of the Android pie can almost ascertain that the S IV will be the best selling S series phone this year.



In the following weeks or months, the next most anticipated device from Samsung, the Galaxy Note III, will get its fair share of rumors and news until it gets launched. First up is its pilot testing, which will be attended by AT&T executives, according to Koreatimes insider.


A prototype will be demonstrated in front of a select panel, including the Chief Marketing Officer for the US carrier. New marketing strategies will reportedly be laid out for the 5.9-incher.


Although this proves the possible release of a new Galaxy Note version in the near future, others are quite peeved because a rumor is going on that another phablet was going to be introduced that was 6.7 inches in size.


Others think that Samsung should focus more on their core high-end products than setting out to create various versions for their mid- and low-range clients and making various sizes of their devices. Whatever the Korean giant's plan is with the Note 3 still remains to be seen and should be revealed to us little by little in "staged" or even "accidental" leaks, much like it was with the S 4. Just sit tight.


source: KoreaTimes



Last week, we revealed the details and the specs of the Galaxy S IV mini to you.  Now we have words that the Galaxy S IV could be announced by Samsung this week, if you are interested in the Mini instead the regular version, this news is for you.


the Galaxy S4 Mini features a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED display with 960 x 540 pixels, 8MP rear camera, front-facing camera, MicroSD card support, and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with TouchWiz Nature UX.


The regular Galaxy S4 Mini which comes with a quad-core processor has the model number GT- i9190, while the dual SIM version with dual-core CPU is the GT-i9192. There will also be an LTE versions with model# GT-i9195, and one with TD-SCDMA connectivity made for China Mobile GT-i9198.


The smartphone could go on sale starting late May, or early June, in two color versions: black and white. We still have no idea about the exact costs of the models, so we will keep you all posted.


Source: unwiredview

 



According to DRAMeXchange, a division of global research firm TrendForce, in the first quarter of 2013 smartphone shipments increased steadily worldwide, with total shipments reaching 216.4 million units, 9.4% Quarter on Quarter growth. Since the beginning of 2012, smartphone shipment figures have been up every quarter despite seasonality, indication the electronic device is here to stay.


Looking at first-tier manufacturers' shipment volumes, Samsung continues to take the lead in the first quarter as the maker uses its vertically integrated supply chain, global marketing, and various sales channels to its advantage. Samsung's smartphones series is expected to see 65M units shipped this quarter, which accounts for 30% of the global market.


As for Apple, the iPhone 5 has been unable to satisfy consumers' desire for innovation, and shipments were unsatisfactory as Android manufacturers have stepped up to the plate. The Cupertino company shipped a mere 37.5 million units in the first quarter, giving them 17.3% market share, a decrease of 1.2% from the previous quarter. Currently, circumstances surrounding the announcement of Apple's new device are unclear, while Samsung, HTC, Sony, and other global corporations are planning product unveilings for the second quarter, which will likely lead to another dip in Apple's shipments.


Nokia and HTC are other companies who have found themselves having smaller shares in the beginning of this year, with Nokia down 0.9% and HTC down 0.4%. Sony and Lenovo seem to be among the few companies that have actually registered a growth. Sony, which recently launched its Xperia Z smartphone, has climbed all the way from 3.5% to... 3.8%, while Lenovo currently controls 3.9% of the market, up from 3.3% in 2012.


Source: dramexchange

 




According to Korean site ET News, bothSamsung Display and LG Display will ship flexible displays this coming November, and they are considering expanding production capacity thereafter. As the first product will be introduced as an `unbreakable and light' concept phone, the production capacity of the current pilot lines of the two companies will be enough. However, if the response is good, the production capacity is so insufficient that it cannot handle a single mega-class model.


Besides being flexible, why should you be interested in this new display technology? The screens themselves are not made out of glass, they're made out of a plastic substrate that's far more resistant to damage. You'll hear the term "unbreakable" get thrown around a lot, and while I think that's pushing it, you'll definitely be able to drop your flexi-phone to the ground and not have to worry about it getting a nasty hairline fracture.


In addition to Samsung Display and LG Display, Japanese and Taiwanese companies are developing flexible OLED, but they seem to have a long way to go until mass production.


 



What will the Samsung Galaxy S5 look like and what new features will it include? In the first in of the new concept feature videos in association with T3, Tech Radar & Gizmodo we use 3D rendering to envisage what the follow up to the Galaxy S4 might look like as well as reporting on some of the rumoured new features.


Here's a quick list of what the Galaxy S5 proposes in terms of specs:


  • 5-inch flexible 2K HD Super AMOLED display (2560 x 1440 resolution and 587 ppi)
  • flexible chassis - up to 30 degrees
  • 64-bit octo-core processor
  • at least 3GB of RAM
  • 16-megapixel camera with 4K video capture support
  • quad front-facing speakers with S Beats audio technology
  • 4000mAh battery
  • Android 4.4 KitKat with next-gen TouchWiz on top


When the Galaxy S4 was unveiled back in March, Samsung said that it listened to consumers when designing the phone - let's hope it's watching now as well.



Samsung introduced the Galaxy Gear smartwatch at IFA last year, and said it would release a second generation of the device along the Galaxy S5 this spring.


This year, Samsung has been rumored to be working on wearable glasses similar to Google Glass, supposedly under the Gear Glass name, and according to a report from The Korea Times, Samsung will unveil Gear Glass this year at IFA in September.


The new smart glass to be introduced by Samsung is a new concept of wearable device that can lead to an exciting culture of communication. The smart glass will present our aim to lead the new market with proven capability. Wearable devices can't generate profits immediately. Steady releases of devices are showing our firm commitment as a leader in new markets.


The report suggests that functionality will be similar to that of the Galaxy Gear, allowing smartphone users to view notifications, take phone calls, shoot pictures and control and listen to music, though hopefully, it will be compatible with more devices out of the box than Samsung's first smartwatch.


 



Sony is just spot on with their Prague promotion and attracted a big crowd with their campaign. Hot models displayed the Xperia Z, wet and speaking over the phone. In the shower. This marketing campaign draws quite the attention away from smartphones that are making bigger waves this week, such as the Galaxy S 4 or even the HTC One. We wonder how much the campaign actually draws the attention away from the Xperia Z. Men and women were seen taking their pictures beside the models, who acted nonchalantly wet with the Sony smartphone.


This campaign highlights the water resistance of the Xperia Z. This smartphone features a quad core processor running at 1.5 GHz each, Adreno 320 (GPU), 16GB internal with card slot that can support up to 32 GB extra memory, 2 GB RAM and it comes in Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2. Its best feature arguably is its being water resistant for 1 meter and for as long as 30 minutes (the reason for the shower promo probably).



Source: xperia.cz




SONAR Find friends and like-minded people nearby. Have more fun navigating the world! By alerting you to friends nearby and other interesting people, Sonar reveals small world moments you’d have otherwise missed. Download it now



RELISH DAILY DISH Fresh recipes & old favorites from the pages of Relish straight to your phone. From the most widely read food magazine in the country comes thousands of original and classic recipes straight to your phone. Browse, read, savor and save your favorite recipes and articles for easy access any time, any place (the grocery store comes to mind). From drinks to dinner to dessert, Relish Daily Dish is a moveable feast. Download it now



LYFT We make sure you never get stranded in the city. Lyft is a sweet new on-demand ride service that’s a fraction of the cost of a cab. Now available for Android, you can instantly request a pickup, and a safe, friendly driver will be there within minutes. We select awesome, trustworthy drivers from the community who swiftly get you to your destination (they’re background-checked AND personality-checked, too!). Download it now



TRANSPARENT CLOCK AND WEATHER Transparent clock & world weather is a full featured, totally customizable digital clock and weather forecast application and widget. It comes in 3 sizes, 4x1, 4x2 and 5x2 and is easy to setup and customize. Download it now



OMEGA STATUSBAR Omega StatusBar is so much more than just another statusbar replacement. It takes statusbar customizability to the next level. With tons of themes available from many developers, you will have an endless supply of looks, styles, and layouts to choose from. On top of that, Omega StatusBar also offers many built-in settings and preferences to get the statusbar look just how you want it! Omega StatusBar offers features that no other statusbar replacement on the market has done! Download it now



MOBILE ALARM SYSTEM Mobile Alarm System is a burglar alarm system with many features. It protects your phone from theft and nosey people or can also be used simply as a prank. Download it now



SWATCHMATIC SwatchMatic, the point-and-shoot color palette maker . . . with robots! You need colors — for your website, your company logo, your wedding, your kitchen makeover, whatever. Fortunately, they’re everywhere, and SwatchMatic helps you artfully combine and share them. Download it now



SLEEP TIME ALARM CLOCK Introducing Sleep Time by Azumio, the next generation sleep cycle alarm clock that will leave you feeling rested after every night’s sleep! Sleep Time uses the sensitive accelerometer in your Android to detect movements during the night. Our advanced algorithm determines your phase of sleep, and sets off the alarm at the perfect moment. You will never wake up from a deep sleep feeling groggy again. Download it now



AIR CALC AirCalc is the only floating calculator for Android. AirCalc allows you to keep your calculator above any running applications. Enjoy the desktop experience! Download it now



ALL CLEAR NO false cleaning, All Clear makes it thoroughly! Your handset cannot enjoy a thorough cleaning? Running more and more slowly? Some cleaning-featured app cannot help you so much? And perhaps you are tired of fake clear report? Don’t ever worry about these problems, now! Download it now


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One of the biggest advantages Android has always had over iPhones is just how much customization you can cram into your device. What follows is a guide on how to make your phone look sleek, and what apps you'll need to replicate designs put together by our personal layout designers.

 

The following details are only the ingredients that you can use to imagine your own unique setup, everyone will have a slightly different experience.

This layout provides the user with exceptionally clean, and is so well done you'd have to look twice to verify whether this was directly from Google or not.

 

The quick access to common settings is a great boost to the overall design as well. The sharp clock and weather widget are right up front, and the color choices really stand out against the backdrop in a way we've never really seen before.

 

One of our absolute favorite things about Android is the fact that you can bend and tweak the platform to your needs. Sure, there's rooting and modding for deep level personalization, but that stuff does not always concern the everyday user. Some of just want to change the home screen around a bit and create a new user experience. To that end, we present our weekly series of Get This Look posts.

 

In a nutshell we will show you a new look for your Android handset and tell you which apps you'll need if you want to mimic the feel. Note that the following details are but the ingredients to which you can create your own delicious Android dish - results will vary. But that's awesome. In fact, many of the designs we highlight tend to use the same apps.


Source: Holo Cards



No matter what Android device you have, we all face the same problem, our battery dies. Smart battery saver by Bitdefender promises to helps save your precious batter life.


Download Bitdefender's Smart Battery Saver! It's a 100% FREE Android app that understands your smartphone's usage trends, and adapts your device's settings to maximize battery performance! It features predefined profiles and allows you to create your own custom ones, to squeeze every second of battery life of your device. Also, Bitdefender Smart Battery Saver allows you minimize your Android's battery drain without having to disable the functions you use the most!


Source: Google Play Link

 

 



The Google Glass Explorer edition is said to be coming out before the month ends, according to ABC News. This will give people an opportunity to better decide whether or not they'll need the Google Glass and to try its features from stores and showrooms. However, for those who want to own this special piece of gadget, be prepared to pay $1500 to be one of the first people to own it. Eventually, if a bigger demand for the Google Glass emerges, then the price might possibly go down a little.


First Google Glass owners will surely not be disappointed; since Google has made sure that the initial shipment of glasses has been manufactured in the US. Furthermore, there is no information yet about who gets to have the glasses first-developers or non-developers. We can't wait to hear more of actual Google Glass reviews from developers and non-developers alike and here's to hoping that it will become available at a significantly lower price in the very near future.


Source: ABCNews


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