HTC One (M8) – Available Now

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HTC launched its latest flagship device the HTC One (M8) in spectacular style yesterday and you can now get this amazing new phone on Three.

This beautifully crafted, solid aluminium phone certainly feels pretty great in the palm of your hand and it looks darn good too. It’s ergonomically designed with soft curves, smooth lines and a zero edge finish. To say that it’s a premium design would be an understatement!

In 2013 the HTC One was the most awarded device in the industry, so the M8 is building on some solid foundations already. With an increase in screen size (4.7 to 5 Inch), an improved processor (1.7Ghz to 2.3Ghz) and a not insignificant improvement to the front facing camera (2.1MP to 5MP) that’s more than enough to be getting on with.

But HTC have added plenty of exciting new features as well.  The cool Motion Launch™ feature allows you to answer the phone just by putting it to your ear, no more accidentally rejecting calls when you hit the wrong button, just lift it up and put it to your ear; *simples* ;-)

The increased front camera MP’s aren’t the only improvements to the whole camera experience on the M8. The rear now includes a Duo camera. The beauty of this is that is allows you to take a picture and then re-focus it retrospectively in order to create a blurred foreground or background, for really professional looking photos. If ‘selfies’ are your thing, the ‘Selfie Mode’ will be right up your street, with its countdown tool and the wide angle lens, perfect selfies are but a tap away.

HTC Sense TV™ is a clever little feature too. Not only can you use your phone as a remote control for your TV, but it will also tell you what is being said on Social Media about whatever you happen to be watching, so there’s no need to switch between apps to find out what everyone’s saying about the latest episode of The Walking Dead or whatever your latest TV obsession may be.

The popular Zoe™ app returns in the M8, allowing you to create mini movies of your life based on the pictures and videos you’ve created. So if you’ve been to a great festival, you can make a story of the weekend in one piece of content that you can quickly and easily share with friends, who can then add their own pictures for any moments you might have missed.

Amazing sound is something the HTC One became known for, and the M8 is no different. With two high quality speakers on the front of the phone and BoomSound™ to amplify, mix and reduce distortion for a really impressive sound.

The M8 is an impressive phone all round, and when you couple it with 4G, free 0800 numbers (if you get it with any of our new plans), Feel at Home and All You Can Eat data on Three, it’s a winning combination. Get your mits on one today.

Article Source: Three Blog

Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 now available

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Got the Galaxy Note 3? Why not get the perfect companion. The Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 is one of the largest Android tablets available in a slim, light form factor. The NotePro 12.2 boasts some impressive specs which include:

  • 12.2-inch 1600 x 2560 TFT LCD display
  • 1.9GHz Exynos 5 Octa
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB Storage
  • MicroSD slot for up to 64GB extra storage
  • 8MP/2MP with autofocus and LED
  • Android 4.4 KitKat (The latest version of Android)
  • 9,500mAh battery
  • WI-Fi only
  • 204 x 295.6 x 7.95mm
  • 750g

The Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 doesn’t come cheap at £649 but this is a device for serious people who needs to get things done quickly on the move. Order your today with free next day delivery or have it delivered to your local Carphone Warehouse for collection.

Breaking News: Lenovo to buy Motorola from Google

Less than two years after Google acquired Motorola Mobility for nearly $13 billion, the company is selling Motorola to Lenovo for just under $3 billion.

Google says Lenovo is in a better position to move forward with Motorola’s hardware business, while Motorola says the move while Lenovo chairman Per Yang Yuanqing says the deal will combine the best of both companies while Lenovo tries to expand its smartphone market share.

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Motorola’s made some interesting moves in the past year. The company has vastly simplified its smartphone lineup by focusing on a small number of devices with stand-out features. The Moto X turned heads thanks to its hands-free controls, and the newer Moto G is one of the best phones you can buy (for under $180).

But overall Motorola hasn’t been a money maker for Google, and some reports suggest the company wants to get out of the phone hardware business and cut its losses.

Google will hold onto the majority of the patents it gained when the company acquired Motorola — which means that buying Motorola Mobility for $13 billion and selling it for a reported $3 billion might not actually be as ad a deal as it sounds. Google can use those patents to defend itself against lawsuits from competitors, among other things.

About 2,000 patents are included in the deal, and Lenovo will have a license for the intellectual property not included in the sale.

Lenovo, meanwhile, is just starting to get into the smartphone business. While Lenovo currently holds the crown as the world’s largest PC maker, growth in the PC sector is kind of non-existent these days, while phones and tablet shipments continue to skyrocket. Acquiring an established (if not particularly profitable) US smartphone manufacturer might be a smart move for a tech giant looking to get into the US phone market.

US and Chinese regulators have yet to approve the sale.

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Vizio Reinvents the Bluetooth Boombox by Adding a Android 4.4 KitKat Powered Touchscreen

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If you haven’t heard of Vizio yet, you will surely be seeing the company’s name popping up in the future. The company which usually sticks to affordable TVs and speaker add ons is stepping into Android territory with their new smart audio products. No, they’re not just another run-of-the mill bluetooth enabled speaker set. The new line-up includes all that you’d expect from current Bluetooth audio solutions, with one addition: an Android powered touchscreen.

“After looking very closely at the audio space, VIZIO decided it needed to be disrupted with a combination of our leading audio and smart TV technologies. Our new portable smart audio line-up reinvent the category by combining class-leading audio performance with a full touchscreen Android platform, delivering a first-class device capable of streaming music, playing games and watching video directly from the cloud or local storage.” – Matt McRae, Chief Technology Officer, VIZIO

The Vizio portable smart audio devices come in two flavors, one with a 4.7-inch touchscreen and one with a 7-inch touchscreen. Both devices run Android 4.4 KitKat, and work with pretty much any Android apps. That means streaming Netflix, Pandora or just browsing the web all from the little boombox. The device is equipped with WiFi 802.11n in addition to Bluetooth, allowing users to connect other portable devices to the boombox via Bluetooth if WiFi is not available.

Pricing and availability have yet to be detailed. Check out the video below to see Vizio’s new KitKat powered boombox.

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Sony Xperia Z1 Compact: Smaller in size, but not smaller in spec

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Sony has followed Samsung and HTC in creating a smaller version of its flagship smartphone for those that want something a little more pocketable. The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, announced at the Sony CES press conference in Las Vegas, will differ from the mini’s available from rivals in that it doesn’t skimp on specs, even though it comes in a smaller package.

The new phone, available in the UK in mid-February, will offer virtually the same specifications as the Xperia Z1 launched in 2013, but come with a 4.3-inch IPS 1280 x 720 display rather than the 5-inch 1920 x 1080 display found on the Xperia Z1, but that still makes it a screen with a relatively sharp 341ppi.

The new phone will feature the same 20.7-megapixel camera found in the Xperia Z1, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean but with the promise of Android 4.4 KitKat in the coming weeks. It has the same 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset with 2GB of RAM, and a range of colours: pink, lime, white, and black.

Sony says the “compact” name is designed to represent that the phone is a compact version of the Xperia Z1 rather than a mini and therefore sub-standard version of the phone. It’s the same marketing trick that The Times took when it moved from a broadsheet to tabloid paper and likely to work well for Sony.

“We wanted to bring all the flagship features into a compact from factor,” a spokesman for the company told Pocket-lint in a pre-briefing ahead of the announcement.

Aside from the screen, there are slight differences. The Xperia Z1 Compact will feature a 2300mAh battery due to its reduced size. That compares to the 3000mAh battery found in the Z1, but the same as the previously launched Xperia Z.

Other gems worth noting are that like all new Xperia devices the Z1 Compact will be waterproof and that it will come with 16GB internal memory and microSD card slot for expanding the storage options further.

Those really interested will no doubt want to know that the Z1 Compact measures 127 x 64.9 x 9.5mm compared to the 144.4 x 73.9 x 8.5mm of the Z1 and that it weighs 140g.

It terms of price, Sony says it will be cheaper than the Z1 but more expensive than the Xperia Z. Compact, it seems, isn’t necessarily cheaper, just smaller.

Article Source: Pocket-lint via Go Gadget News