Tag Archive: Phones

Official FIFA World Cup theme for Xperia phones leaks out

Sony is an official sponsor of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and as such it’s prepared its very own theme for its Xperia phones in time for the start of the tournament. While the theme hasn’t been officially released just yet, it has managed to leak out online, where it’s available to download for Xperia phones running Android 4.3 and above.

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A couple of older HTC phones updated with Heartbleed fix

A quick heads up for those of you sporting the HTC One S on T-Mobile, or EVO 4G LTE on Sprint. Be on the lookout for a system update that’ll patch the OpenSSL “Heartbleed” bug. It’s a small update and takes just a minute or two to install. But it’s one you don’t want to skip.

More: HTC One S forums, EVO 4G LTE forums

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Get the best phones of 2013 for a penny on Amazon


Technology is great.  Every year devices get stronger and more powerful.  To me, last year was a breakthrough year in regards for smartphone development because we had finally reached a point where we had enough RAM and processing power to run most apps seemingly effortlessly.

In 2013, the potential customer had to pick their potential phone based on things other than specs (i.e. build quality, camera,  [Read More…]

OnePlus revises their ‘smash’ contest to allow winners to donate perfectly good phones to charity instead

OnePlus’s “smash” contest has drawn to a close, with 140,000 entrants to be winnowed down to 100 winners tomorrow — but they might not have to smash their phone after all. Responding to criticism about the campaign, OnePlus has revised the contest to state that in order to qualify for the $ 1 OnePlus One, winners will have the choice of smashing their old phone, or donating it to the Medic Mobile charity.

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Fives days, five free phones: Win with Android Central, Poweramp and Negri Electronics!

Strap in, folks. It’s time to give away some phones. Android Central is teaming up with Poweramp and Negri Electronics to give away a phone each day this week, starting … NOW!

We’ll change up the method each day, so be sure to read on through for the complete details. But the bottom line is this: Five lucky readers from throughout the world (anywhere Negri delivers, actually) are going to earn themselves a new smartphone this  [Read More…]

Sony finally brings phones to the U.S. with the Xperia Z2


Its not unknown that Sony has all but left the United States out of their flagship plans for awhile now. While they somewhat catered to the U.S. with the introduction of the Xperia Z1S, it still had been downgraded replacing a lot of its metal and glass components with plastic to save money. However, they have finally decided to bring the Xperia Z2 to the  [Read More…]

Don’t smash anything: OnePlus uses a bad idea to give away 100 phones

Upstart OnePlus is giving away 100 of its new “One” smartphones — which came out from under wraps this week — for those willing to smash a current high-end smartphone.

This is a bad idea. You should not do it. Please do not smash your phone — especially not yet.

So here’s the deal. You’ll initially be registering for a chance to smash your phone. If you’ve already smashed it, you’re SOL. Sorry, Charlie. OnePlus will randomly pick 100  [Read More…]

ARM anticipates 64-bit Android phones ‘by Christmas’

‘Big uptick in demand for mobile 64-bit products,’ ARM EVP tells CNET

With announcements earlier this year from chipmakers NVIDIA and Qualcomm, there’s clear momentum building behind 64-bit processors in mobile devices. And in an interview with CNET today, ARM’s executive vice president of corporate strategy reveals it’s recently seen a “big uptick in demand for mobile 64-bit products,” with the potential for 64-bit Android products by the end of the year.

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Google expecting $50 Project Ara phones for January 2015


Google yesterday revealed that the Project Ara modular smartphone should arrive in January 2015. Known as the “Gray Phone”, it’s deliberately designed to be a generic unit that begs for customization.  Pricing is expected to be around $ 50 for the base device.

As a refresher, Project Ara is the code name for Google’s initiative that lets users swap out components of a smartphone as  [Read More…]

Samsung’s first Tizen phones launching in Q2 2014, Android remains ‘main business’

Samsung’s first Tizen powered smartphones are set to hit the market in Q2 of this year according to a report by Reuters. Yoon Han-kil, senior vice president of Samsung’s product strategy team, said that the first phone to launch around the end of the second quarter will be a high end model, with the next a more mid-range effort. He also said that “Android still needs to be our main business.”

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