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HTC One Release Date Officially Announced [AT&T and Sprint]

Tue, 04/02/2013 - 14:11 -- Alex Gardner

Both AT&T and Sprint have announced that the HTC One will be available on April 19. AT&T will start accepting pre-orders on April 4, and Sprint will open pre-orders on April 5. AT&T's exclusive 64GB model will retail for $300. The 32GB model will cost $200 with a two-year contract through both AT&T and Sprint. AT&T customers who pre-order the device on April 4 will also receive a free HTC Media Link HD. Both the AT&T HTC One models will feature DriveMode, Ready2Go and other AT&T bloatware.

HTC One Pre-Orders

T-Mobile will also be carrying the HTC One under its new "uncarrier" plan. Complete pricing and availability are unknown, but the HTC One is expected to follow the same pricing model as T-Mobile's newly announced iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 is $99 with 24 monthly payments of $20 (or $580 over two years) through T-Mobile.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Rooted Before Launch

Tue, 04/02/2013 - 10:25 -- Sammy Snyder

A few developers have already rooted the Samsung Galaxy S4 before its official April launch. Early adopters can check out the video below for all the necessary information one will need to gain root access to the unreleased device. The root is only for the Exynos 5 Octa model, not devices sporting Qualcomm's Snapdragon 600. According to rumors, this eliminates 70% of the initial Galaxy S4 batch shipping in a few weeks. The "octa" units are being reserved for European countries with poor LTE availability.

Samsung Galaxy S4

Both AT&T and regional carrier US Cellular announced they will start accepting Galaxy S4 pre-orders on April 16th. T-Mobile will offer the GS4 contract free, but locked, starting sometime in May. The flagship handset from Samsung will cost $250 with a two year contract. It is unknown how much the unsubsidized T-Mobile model will cost.

AT&T to Offer Exclusive 64GB HTC One

Sun, 03/31/2013 - 15:24 -- Marshall Walker

AT&T has announced it will be carrying an exclusive version of the HTC One. According to a video released through its YouTube page, AT&T will be the only carrier offering a 64GB version of the flagship smartphone. Pricing and availability have still not been announced, but it is expected to launch sometime in April. The five-minute video mostly highlights the smartphone's new features like HTC BlinkFeed, the HTC UltraPixel camera and more.

HTC One

HTC announced the HTC One at simultaneous events in London and New York on Tuesday, February 19th. HTC previously planned to launch the phone in March, but delays have caused its release date to be pushed back until April.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Coming to AT&T and US Cellular in April

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 14:33 -- Sammy Snyder

Both AT&T and US Cellular will open pre-orders for the Galaxy S4 on April 16th. AT&T announced the GS4 from Samsung will be priced at $250 with a two year contract. US Cellular did not announce pricing, but the regional carrier did open a page for customers to register for a pre-order reminder.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Pre-Orders

CEO John Legere mentioned the GS4 will be available though T-Mobile around May 1st. T-Mobile has stopped subsidizing phones, meaning customers will have to pay full price for the flagship Samsung handset. However, this also means T-Mobile subscribers will not have to agree to a two-year contract. T-Mobile did not mention how much the Galaxy S4 will cost, but the carrier is selling the iPhone 5 for $99 with 24 monthly payments of $20 (or $580 over two years). T-Mobile is also offering the Blackberry Z10 for $532 ($99 down / 24 monthly payments of $18). It is safe to assume that the GS4 will feature a similar pricing plan.

Iron Man 3 Game Announced For Android Devices

Wed, 03/27/2013 - 17:35 -- Alex Gardner

Gameloft has officially announced its Iron Man 3 game will be available for Android devices on April 25th. Unfortunately it is being a described as an "endless runner" (think Temple Run), and is not the story-driven, multi-level game fans were hoping for.

Android Games Iron Man 3

The game is being released a little over a week before Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man 3 hits theaters on May 3rd. Check out the trailer for both Iron Man 3 the game and movie below.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Coming to T-Mobile in May

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 14:45 -- Alex Gardner

While T-Mobile mostly focused on Apple's iPhone at its "Uncarrier" event in New York on Tuesday, T-Mobile CEO John Legere did mention the Galaxy S4 from Samsung will be available around "May 1st". T-Mobile will offer the GS4, iPhone 4/4S/5, HTC One and BlackBerry Z10 without any contracts. Customers will be able to buy any of the smartphones with a small down payment, and make additional monthly payments until the device is paid off. For example, you can nab an iPhone 5 for $100 and pay $20 a month for the next two-years. The $20 payments will be added on top of your normal service plan. It is expected that the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One will cost around the same amount.

Samsung Galaxy S4

All new phones will be sold locked, so customers will need T-Mobile's help if they want to move their phone to a different carrier. Customers who opt to leave T-Mobile early will need to keep making monthly payments until the device is paid off. Those looking to upgrade to a newer model can keep paying for the older device, or trade it in for "fair market credit".

Pre-Order the Sony Xperia ZL

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 14:04 -- Sammy Snyder

Sony is now accepting pre-orders for the Xperia ZL through the Sony Store. The 5-inch smartphone sports a Full HD Reality Display, 13MP camera and it is powered by an 1.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB RAM, and Android 4.1.2. It's NFC-enabled, infra-red capable, and features improved battery standby time thanks to Sony's new customizable Battery STAMINA Mode. This feature saves battery power by disabling functions you don't need while your display is turned off.

Sony Smartphone

The ZL also features HDR technology for taking high quality pictures and video under any lighting conditions, easy one-touch functions for sharing with other NFC-enabled devices, and "WALKMAN", Album, and Movies apps for accessing online and offline content.

Griffin Announces New Lineup of Galaxy S4 Cases

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 13:04 -- Marshall Walker

Griffin technology has announced four new cases for Samsung's Galaxy S4. The Survivor is a tough military grade case built with a shatter-resistant polycarbonate frame, and shock-absorbing silicone. It also features a built-in screen protector, and is sand and waterproof. The Survivor Skin for the Samsung Galaxy S4 is a thick silicone skin that protects the back, sides and edges of your phone. Last but not least, the Reveal is a thin shield with a slim rubber lining that cushions your phone from bumps and falls. The Survivor with heavy-duty belt clip is $50, the silicone Survivor skin is $20, and the Reveal is $25. You can sign up for stock updates for all three cases at GriffinTechnology.com.

Galaxy S4 Accessories

Sony Launches Xperia L and SP Smartphones

Mon, 03/18/2013 - 12:31 -- Penelope Wang

Hot on the heels of Samsung's Galaxy S4 announcement, Sony has unveiled two new Android smartphones to join the Xperia line. The L and the SP will sport different specs and price points when they arrive sometime in the second quarter of 2013. The Xperia SP will feature Sony's Transparent Element, with customizable illuminations.

Different colors can be set to appear along one edge of your Xperia SP to indicate an incoming call or email, or to pulse in sync with the current music track. Specs include a 1.7 GHz Snapdragon S4 processor with 1 GB RAM, a 1280 x 720 resolution 4.6-inch display, NFC and 4G LTE. The camera includes HDR image capabilities and features an 8 megapixel Exmor RS image sensor.

HTC One Not Coming to Verizon

Sun, 03/17/2013 - 13:02 -- Alex Gardner

HTC has confirmed the HTC One will not be coming to Verizon. AllThingsD claimed Verizon would be offering the handset along with AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile, but HTC put a quick end to the rumor via Twitter.

HTC One

HTC suggested Verizon customers check out the Droid DNA instead, but most will probably now consider buying the Samsung Galaxy 4. However, some Verizon subscribers may want to wait and see if the HTC DLXPLUS rumors are true before going with Samsung. The possible successor to the M7 and DNA is rumored to feature a 1.7 GHz quad-core processor, 2 GB of RAM, Android Jelly Bean, a 13 MP camera and a 4.7-inch 1080p display.

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