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Samsung Announces New Dual SIM Smartphone

Mon, 05/06/2013 - 16:07 -- Sammy Snyder

Samsung announced today the Galaxy Core smartphone with dual SIM technology and a 1.2 GHz dual core processor. The 4.3-inch handset features 8GB of internal memory, 1GB of RAM and a microSD slot for memory expansion. The Galaxy Core sports a long-lasting 1,800mAh battery, a 5MP camera, and it ships with Motion UI, Smart Stay, Smart Alert and S Voice.

Samsung

Motion UI allows users to activate certain functions with "simple motion commands". Smart Stay saves battery life by powering down the device's display when a user looks away, and Smart Alert warns a user about missed calls when they pick up their phone. S Voice gives the Galaxy Core voice command functionality.

HTC Offering up to $350 for Old Smartphone Trade-Ins

Thu, 05/02/2013 - 15:27 -- Marshall Walker

HTC is looking to boost sales of its flagship One handset by offering up to $350 for trade-ins. The limited time offer begins today and ends on Sunday, May 5th. Smartphone users looking to nab a brand new HTC One can trade in their Apple, BlackBerry or Android device for a $100 to $350 prepaid Visa card.

HTC One Trade-InYou can head on over to HTC.com for all the details, fine print, and a complete list of devices they're accepting. You might also want to do a little shopping around before accepting HTC's offer. A third-party company like NextWorth may pay you a little bit more money for your old device, and you could just use the extra cash to pay for a new HTC One anyway.

LG Optimus G Pro Lands at AT&T on May 10th

Wed, 05/01/2013 - 16:28 -- Marshall Walker

The LG Optimus G Pro will be an AT&T exclusive for $200 on-contract starting on May 10. The new handset is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.7GHz quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM, and features Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. The G Pro also boasts a 5.5" 1080p full HD IPS display, a 13MP full HD rear-facing camera, and a 2.1MP front-facing camera.

LG Optimus G Pro AT&T Exclusive

Other features include a long-lasting 3,140 mAh battery, VuTalk, QSlide 2.0, QuickRemote and Bluetooth 4.0. The LG Optimus G Pro will be available with 32GB of on-board storage, with support for up to 64GB of expandable memory.

Premium Samsung Galaxy S4 Cases Now Available

Wed, 05/01/2013 - 12:21 -- Sammy Snyder

If you're looking to add a little bling to your Samsung Galaxy S4, Case-Mate has launched its premium line of GS4 accessories. The new GS4 lineup includes the popular Silver Mother Of Pearl, Tortoiseshell, and many other elegant GS4 covers. The Case-Mate Premium line of GS4 accessories start at $50 and go all the way up to $150 depending on your taste.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Case

The Mother Of Pearl case has been a popular accessory for the iPhone 5 for quite some time. However, it's only currently available in Silver for the GS4. The Glam Rose Gold and Madison cases are geared towards fashion-forward women, and the Rosewood case is a popular choice for vintage automotive fans. There is also a Brushed Aluminum case in Black/Rose and in Gunmetal/Black for $50.

Pre-Order the Sony Xperia Tablet Z

Mon, 04/29/2013 - 15:57 -- Marshall Walker

Sony is now accepting pre-orders for its Xperia Tablet Z. The Xperia Z weighs only 17.5 ounces, making it one of the lightest 10-inch tablets on the market. The new Sony slate features a 1,920 x 1,200 display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 technology, and it's powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and 2GB RAM. It sports an 8.1-megapixel Exmor R camera, S-Force virtual surround sound and it is available with 16GB or 32GB of internal storage.

Sony Xperia Tablet ZOther features and specs include NFC, LTE, a water resistant design and STAMINA Mode for longer battery life. The 16GB Xperia Tablet Z from Sony is $500, and the 32GB model with charging cradle is $600. The tablet is expected to start shipping on May 24.

Android Laptop? Not So Fast

Mon, 04/29/2013 - 11:49 -- Penelope Wang

Last week the Android world was abuzz with talk of a $200 laptop running none other than the Android mobile operating system. The conversation was sparked by a CNET report quoting Intel executive vice president and chief product officer Dadi Perlmutter. The exec told the site that $200 level notebooks would "predominantly" be Android products making use of the Atom mobile processor from Intel.

Google Chromebook

So when can we expect this flood of cheap, touch screen Android laptops to hit the market? It could be a while, because as PCWorld notes even as the free licensing of Android makes it attractive, some features are lacking. To put it simply, Android needs work to be practical as a notebook operating system. Another factor is the rise of Chrome OS, which has already made its way onto a $199 Asus notebook.

Video Sharing App Vine Coming to Android Devices

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 13:49 -- Marshall Walker

The popular iOS video sharing app Vine is finally coming to Google Play. While discussing the app's rise to the number one spot in Apple's App Store, Vine co-founder Dom Hofmann told The Verge that an Android app is coming "soon".

Vine Android App

Vine is a lot like Twitter but with videos. Users can create six seconds clips to share with their family, friends and other Vine users. The app also features direct Twitter integration, an easy to use tagging system and the ability to like other people's uploads. Actors and comedians like Adam Goldberg are already populating the Vine community, and it's becoming the must have app for bored teens who like to over share.

Verizon's Samsung Galaxy S4 Pre-Orders Open Tomorrow

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 13:04 -- Alex Gardner

Soon after both Sprint and T-Mobile announced their Galaxy S4 launches would be delayed, Verizon took to Twitter to announce they would be opening pre-orders for the new Samsung handset tomorrow. Verizon did not give any estimated shipping date, but the carrier did previously mention the GS4 would be available "sometime in May".

Samsung Galaxy S4 Verizon

Pre-orders and shipping dates for the GS4 have been all over the map since it was announced. AT&T has changed their estimated shipping date a few times, and T-Mobile has delayed their launch until Monday, April 29. Sprint also scrapped its planned Saturday, April 27 release due to unforeseen shortages of the device.

Sprint and T-Mobile Delay Galaxy S4 Launch

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 12:38 -- Marshall Walker

"Unexpected inventory challenges from Samsung" have forced both Sprint and T-Mobile to change their release schedule for the Galaxy S4. T-Mobile's model was supposed drop today, but has been delayed untli Monday, April 29. Here is the official statement released by T-Mobile on Tuesday:

"We know customers are really looking forward to getting their new Samsung Galaxy S 4 soon. However, due to an unexpected delay with inventory deliveries, the Galaxy S 4 will not be available on www.T-Mobile.com as planned on Wednesday, April 24. Instead, online availability is expected to begin on Monday, April 29. We apologize for any inconvenience and are working with Samsung to deliver the device to T-Mobile customers as soon as possible."

Samsung Galaxy S IV

Sprint had planned to launch their GS4 model on Saturday, April 27, but the same unexpected inventory shortage has forced them to delay their release as well. Unlike T-Mobile, Sprint did not announce a new release date, but promised they are working with Samsung to launch the device through all Sprint channels "as soon as possible". Here is their official statement:

HTC One 32GB Unlocked Model Now Available

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 10:22 -- Marshall Walker

HTC is now accepting orders for the unlocked 32GB model of the HTC One. The carrier-free version features all the same specs as the other models. It's powered by a 1.7Ghz quad-core CPU, and ships with 2GB of RAM and Android 4.1.2 with Sense 5. The unlocked model is $575, which is cheaper than the 64GB developer edition that sells for $650.

HTC One Unlocked

Both the unlocked and developer models have been listed as "out of stock" on HTC's website since HTC One pre-orders opened. So if you've been waiting for the unlocked model, now is the time to nab it. You can buy the unlocked model through HTC's website.

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