Recently In an official report HTC confirmed the rumours about the HTC ONE’s delay and also revealed some additional details. For starters it was revealed that some regions will still be getting the HTC ONE on the earlier release date, these regions include United Kingdom, Germany and Taiwan. So naturally apart from these three lucky countries the rest of the world will have to wait in order to get their hands on HTC’s upcoming device. However HTC assured that they are doing everything that they can in order to supply their new device all over the world and will bring the HTC One to Europe, North America and Majority of the Asia Pacific countries before the end of April.
Check below for HTC’s official statement
“HTC has seen unprecedented demand and interest in the new HTC One, and the care taken to design and build it is evidenced in early reviews. The new HTC One will roll out in the UK, Germany and Taiwan next week and across Europe, North America and most of Asia-Pacific before the end of April. We appreciate our customers’ patience, and believe that once they have the phone in their hands they will agree that it has been worth the wait’
Though we are sure that people won’t mind waiting a few days in order receive a good smartphone this delay may turn out to be huge problem for HTC as they will be losing their head start against Samsung’s Galaxy S4.
Recently we have had most of our focus on the new Samsung Galaxy S4, but something very interesting surfaced today that shifted out attention towards it. Apparently a photo was leaked of something the analysts has named the future Galaxy S4 mini, though at first we were not sure if they were legitimate, However SamMobile later acquired some photos of the Smartphone that confirmed the leak.
As you can see in the pictures above the Galaxy S4 mini greatly resembles the Samsung Galaxy S4 and as the name suggest is the mini version of Samsung upcoming flagship. The Galaxy S4 mini will bear the number Gt-19190 will be also be available in a dual SIM version which will be called Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini Duos and will bear the number GT -19192 as the model number. We also got some specification details about the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini and as it turns out the specifications are also greatly downgraded from the Samsung Galaxy S4. The Galaxy S4 mini will be powered by a 1.6 GHz dual core CPU and a 4.3 inch SAMOLED display of a resolution of 960 x 540 which gives the screen a pixel density of 256ppi. Also from what we can see from the pictures it will run Androids latest 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and will probably receive similar update schedules as the Samsung Galaxy S4. There is no official release date yet but some sources suggest that it will be launched sometime in late June or early July this year.
After countless reports of Sony Xperia Z suddenly dying, Sony finally released an update the fixes this problem and also offer some other improvement as icing on top. This is also the first official update that has been released for the Sony Xperia Z and will be bearing the build number 10.1.A.434 while the Android version stays at 4.1.2. Reportedly after this update the Sony Xperia Z won’t be suffering from any sudden death issues anymore and will be more stable than ever before. This new updates will also include improved performance, smoother transitions, and better battery life, so it’s basically icing on top of the cake for Sony Xperia Z users.
Sony is releasing this update in both platforms, meaning you can get this update via PC Companion as well as over the air. However it’s not yet globally available and will take a few days to be available worldwide, so if you still haven’t received this update then don’t worry, it will surely pop up in a few days. But for those who do not like wait, you can choose to flash it manually as well, but keep in mind that flashing this update manually will void your warranty so waiting is probably the better idea if it’s not available in your region yet
Recently Asus announced a new software update for their Asus Padfone 2, it brings in a lot of new features and overall improved performance. The update bears the version v10.4.12.24 while the Android version remains the same. According to the changelog this update will offer numerous changes such as Improved Wi-fi performance, new camera firmware, improved lock screen function and NFC file sharing from Asus Studio and the new Asus Story application. The update will also update many of the existing applications such as Contacts, Email, and Weather and also the Battery Widget. However this update is not yet available globally and you won’t be getting in through the network like most devices do, in order to get this update for your Asus Padfone 2 you must check the SKU of your device, then depending on your SKU you can select the proper update from their official website. Make sure that you choose that right one, one of them is 760 megabytes and other one is 880 megabytes, if you end up getting the wrong update it won’t be installed and can lead to malfunctions for your Asus Fonepad 2.
Up until recently we were lead to believe that Motorola X would be a single smartphone that Google acquired smartphone makers were working on. However Motorola confirmed this rumor to be false and confirmed that the Motorola X will be a brand. Reportedly this is going to the first ever lineup from Motorola that is going to be directly influence by Google. This also explains why the first smartphone from the X lineup is planned to be announced at this year’s Google I/O. It was also confirmed that Motorola’s X series smartphones will be available for purchase through the Google Play Store in addition as well as usual carrier and retail stores. This is also the first lineup that Motorola has guaranteed at least one full Android version update and also confirmed that they will be overseeing the update themselves as opposed to the carriers. Also Motorola reported revealed that they will allow customers to customize their X series Smartphones before purchasing, this customization process will allow users to specify how much ram and internal storage they would like in their X series smartphone and will also allow them to have the bootloader unlocked as well have the SIM configured for every any carrier they want. Motorola also guaranteed that these custom tweaked devices will reach their owners in one week’s time. Lastly it was revealed that Motorola’s X series smartphones will be highly subsidized by Google themselves and will match the base Nexus 4’s price of $300. Further details will be revealed at Google’s I/O which will be starting may 15th 2013.
During Thursday’s official Samsung Galaxy S4 announcement in New York, Samsung Mobile chief JK Shin revealed some hints about the release date but cleverly avoided all the questions related to the upcoming flagships pricing. However it seems that Samsung intentionally leaked them on their official website in terms and condition of an ongoing giveaway. According to the leak The Samsung Galaxy S4’s approximate retail value (tax free) is $579. Even though the leaked price is without any kind of taxes it still gives us a rough idea about the eventual pricing and even with the tax added it probably won’t surpass iPhone 5’s $649 price tag, making it a great alternative for smartphone lovers all over the world. But keep in mind that the price is yet to be released officially so the final pricing may differ from the leaked one.