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HTC One Unveiled

HTC One 2

The moment HTC fans have been waiting for has finally arrived, as the company has officially announced the HTC One.

The HTC One is wrapped in a zero-gap aluminum body, has a 4.7″ LCD display at 1920 x 1080 pixels, 1.7 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 4 megapixel (UltraPixels) rear camera, 2.1 megapixel front-facing camera, 2,300 mAh battery, LTE support, Sense 5 and runs Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean).

The UltraPixel camera is definitely a different take on cameras as most manufactures are upping the pixels. HTC has another take on giving their users a great experience.

In regards to the camera HTC stated:

“For years, people have been misled about what is important in a camera, what matters is not pixel count, but pixel size. Bigger pixels let in more light, it’s simple physics… We’re trying to balance out what a lens can support and what a sensor can support. We’re talking about real image quality, not just megapixels for the sake of megapixels. The era of the megapixel is over.”

Below are specifications on the UltraPixel camera:

  • BSI sensor, Pixel size 2.0, Sensor size 1/3′
  • Dedicated HTC ImageChip 2
  • F2.0 aperture and 28mm lens
  • Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)
  • Smart Flash: Five levels of flash automatically set by distance to subject
  • Front Camera: 88 wide angle lens with HDR capability
  • 1080p Full HD video recording for both front and back camera
  • HDR Video
  • Continuous shooting and VideoPic
  • Slow motion video recording with variable speed playback
  • HTC Zoe with highlights and HTC Share
  • Retouch with Object Removal, Always Smile, and Sequence Shot


The HTC One also introduces HTC BlinkFeed, HTC Zoe and HTC BoomSound. These key new features innovate the mobile experience and will set a new standard for smartphones.

HTC BlinkFeed: is a bold new experience that transforms the home screen into a single live stream of personally relevant information such as social updates, entertainment and lifestyle updates, news and photos with immersive images so that people no longer need to go to separate applications to find out what’s happening.

HTC Zoe: gives people the ability to shoot high-res photos that come to life in three-second snippets. These Zoes, photos and videos are then displayed in a unique way that brings the gallery to life and transforms the traditional photo gallery of still images into a motion gallery of memories. It also automatically creates integrated highlight films from each event comprised of Zoes, photos and videos set to music with professionally designed cuts, transitions and effects.

HTC BoomSound: introduces for the first time on a phone, front-facing stereo speakers with a dedicated amplifier and an amazing full HD display that immerses people in music, videos, games and the YouTube clips they love. Beats Audio integration is enabled across the entire experience for rich, authentic sound whether you’re listening to your favorite music, watching a YouTube video or playing a game.

Three of four major carriers in the U.S. will be offering the HTC One AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. There is no release date or price, but rumors are hinting at March. Below is a video on the HTC One.

Samsung Unveils Wi-Fi Only Version Of Galaxy Camera

GALAXY Camera 2

Samsung has announced they will be offering the Samsung Galaxy Camera in a Wi-Fi only version.

This is perfect for Samsung fans that were interested in buying the Galaxy camera, but didn’t want to cough up the extra money for a cellular enabled camera or data plan.

With the Galaxy camera users are able to share pictures through email, social networks or other mobile communications with family and friends. The camera has the same features of the existing cellular version. This includes 21x optical zoom, 16.3 effective megapixel 1/2.3″ BSI CMOS, 4.8″ HD Super Clear Touch display, 1.4 GHz quad-core processor running Android 4.1.


You have access to applications from the Google Play Store that allow you to customize your camera. The camera will already come pre-loaded with photo and video editing tools.

Other specifications on the Samsung Galaxy camera (Wi-Fi):

  • 8 GB+ memory slot (micro SDSC, micro SDHC, micro SDXC)
  • JPEG format 16M, 14M, 12M Wide, 10M, 5M, 3M, 2M Wide, 1M
  • MP4 (Video: MPEG4, AVC/H.26, Audio: AAC), Full HD 1920×1080 30fps, Slow motion Movie 768×512 120fps
  • HDMI 1.4
  • Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi HT40
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • 1,650 mAh battery
  • Dimension (WxHxD): 128.7 x 70.8 x 19.1
  • Weight: 300g

No release date or price has been giving with the announcement.

Samsung Announces The Galaxy Grand


Samsung has unveiled another smartphone that will join the Galaxy series, the Samsung Galaxy Grand. The Galaxy Grand will be running Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and sporting a vivid 5-inch display.

Other features include a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, an 8 megapixel rear camera, 2 megapixel front-facing camera, Bluetooth 4.0 + LE, 8 GB of internal memory and 1 GB of RAM. The Grand will also be available in two different versions a dual SIM version (GT-19082) and a single SIM version (GT-19080).

Of the two versions the first to arrive will be the dual SIM version that provides total communication flexibility, allowing users to manage two different numbers from the one device. Not announcement yet if the Galaxy Grand will make it to the United States.


Android 4.2 Announced

Google has announced the latest version of Android, 4.2. This version is retaining the Jelly Bean name. The new Nexus devices will be running this latest flavor come November 13th.

Whats new in 4.2

Photo Sphere Camera: Snap pictures in every direction that come together into incredible, immersive photo spheres that put you right inside the scene. View your photo spheres right on your phone, share them on Google+ with your friends and family, or even add them to Google Maps for the world to see.

Smarter keyboard, now with Gesture Typing: Google has implemented a SWYPE style keyboard into the OS. Just glide your finger over the letters you want to type, and lift after each word. You don’t have to worry about spaces because they’re added automatically for you. The keyboard can anticipate and predict the next word, so you can finish entire sentences just by selecting suggested words.

Multiuser Experience On Tablets: With support for multiple users, you can give each person their own space. Everyone can have their own homescreen, background, widgets, apps and games. It’s a snap to switch between users without having to logout.

Follow this link for a complete listing of features from Google.

Google Announces The Samsung Nexus 10 And LG Nexus 4


Google’s press event was cancelled today due to Hurricane Sandy, but that didn’t stop the company from making their announcements online as they have unveiled the Samsung Nexus 10 and the LG Nexus 4.

The Samsung Nexus 10 has a 10-inch WQXGA display (2560 x 1600 pixel), a dual-core A15 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 5 megapixel rear camera, 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera, available in 16 GB or 32 GB of internal memory, a 9000 mAh Lithium polymer battery and running Google’s new Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean).

The other device is manufactured by LG, the Nexus 4 has a 4.7-inch WXGA IPS display (1280 x 768 pixel), Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 8 megapixel rear camera, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, available 8 GB or 16 GB of internal memory, 2 GB of RAM, NFC (Android Beam) and also running Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean). The Nexus 4 does lack LTE. This is noted as being due to size and battery constraints.

Both the Nexus 10 and Nexus 4 will be available through Google’s Play Store starting November 13th in United States and other countries. The Nexus 10 will be priced at $399 (16 GB) and $499 (32 GB) Wi-Fi version only.

The Nexus 4 will be available for $299 (16GB) or $349 (32 GB) unlocked in the Play Store, or if T-Mobile is your carrier the 16 GB versions will go for $199.99 on qualifying two-year agreement starting November 14th.


Sprint Is First To Push Out Jelly Bean To Galaxy S III Users

If you’re a Galaxy S III user on Sprint N, you’ll be happy to know that the company has started pushing out updates for Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). Sprint is the first U.S. carrier to offer the upgrade to Galaxy S III users. Notoriously GSM (AT&T / T-Mobile) customers get them first.

An OTA (Over The Air) updates have began rolling out to users today. When your Galaxy receives the update it will automatically download, once it’s finished you will be prompted to install the update. It will take a few minutes to install and you won’t be able to use your Galaxy S III until the installation is complete.

If you haven’t received your update yet, hold tight Sprint hasn’t forgotten about you. These updates go out in waves to not overload the servers.

The Samsung Galaxy S III mini

Samsung has unveiled the Galaxy S III mini, which according to Samsung is a compact yet powerful smartphone. The compact part comes from the fact that it’s a mini version of the Samsung Galaxy S III, powerful smartphone because it comes equipped with some impressive features.

“The GALAXY S III introduced a new concept of smartphone that has proven hugely popular around the world. We’re now delighted to bring its revolutionary design, intuitive usability and intelligence to the GALAXY S III mini in a more compact form,”said JK Shin, President and Head of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics. “We continue to make every effort to provide extraordinary mobile experiences to meet a wide variety of user needs.”

The Galaxy S III has a 4.0 inch WVGA Super AMOLED display, 1 GHz dual-core processor, 5 megapixel rear camera with LED flash, VGA front-facing camera, 8 or 16 GB of internal memory with up to 32 GB via microSD card, a 1,500 mAh battery and will be running on Google’s Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean).

We are awaiting details on pricing and availability. Until we get that you can follow this link for more details from Samsung.


Hands On With The Galaxy Note II

Last night at Pepcom / MobileFocus we were able to get our hands on the Samsung Galaxy Note II, we know the phablet is heading to T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T. At the show T-Mobile was displaying the 5.5-inch beast running Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). It was nice to experience this smartphone in person.

The Galaxy Note II was surprisingly more form fitting in my hand then I expected, as an iPhone user I was expecting the device to feel more like a tablet than a phone. With being 9.4 mm in thickness it made it easy to wrap my fingers around the device and hold it (even having small hands).

There isn’t much on the negative side of things I can say about the Galaxy Note II, as the device is already going to be running the latest version of Android (Jelly Bean), it has 5.5 inch HD Super AMOLED display and a 1.6 GHz quad-core Exynos processor. How can you wrong with specs like that? You either love the size or hate it. Size is the biggest decision for Android users when it comes to this device.

Here are a couple more pictures from last night. You can follow this link for more details on the Samsung Galaxy Note II.

Samsung Galaxy Note II Coming Soon To T-Mobile

T-Mobile and Samsung have announced the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note II will be available this fall. The Android powered device will come in your choice of Titanium Gray or Marble White.

“The Samsung Galaxy Note II is the latest innovative device to join T-Mobile’s portfolio. It takes the all-in-one device concept to the next level and we anticipate it will replace many standalone devices consumers have today,” said Brad Duea, senior vice president, product management, T-Mobile USA. “When combined with our Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan, the Galaxy Note II is a true powerhouse device with exclusive features, amazing 4G experiences and superior value that only T-Mobile can deliver.”

Key features:

  • 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED display
  • Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • 1.6 GHz quad-core Exynos processor
  • 8 megapixel rear camera with auto focus
  • 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera
  • 3100 mAh battery

If you want to learn a little more about the Samsung Galaxy Note II follow this link. No release date or price was giving at this time, but tune back in for more information to come.

T-Mobile And Sprint Welcome The Samsung Galaxy Note II

Sprint and T-Mobile both announced that the Samsung Galaxy Note II is coming to their networks. As we reported when the Note II was announced this device comes with a 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED display, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), 1.6 GHz Samsung Exynos quad-core processor, 8 megapixel rear camera, 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera and the famous S Pen.

At this time neither of the carriers have stated a release date or a price to go with the Galaxy Note II. This is an awkward time of year for manufacturers as they attempt to position their products around the iPhone launch.