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  • Amid the slew of smartphones being released right in time for the holiday shopping season, Google's new LG-made Nexus 4 is winning the popularity contest.


    Within hours of going on sale on the U.K.'s Google Play store on Monday, the latest nexus smartphone sold out. Same story in Australia, except that the successor to Google's Nexus 7 Tablet, the Samsung-made nexus 10, was also listed as "out of stock" before the day's end.


    Meanwhile,  BGR reported that in the U.S., it took only minutes before all available units of both the 8GB and 16GB models of the Nexus 4 sold out on Google Play. And before long, 32GB models of the Nexus 10 were out of stock, with only 10 units of the 16GB model remaining.


    To use the old adage, tehy're selling like hotcakes. But it's not hard to see why.


    Starting at $299 for the unlocked Nexus 4, the pricing is pretty competitive compared to other smartphones, especially considering its specs: Snapdragon S4 quad-core processor, 4.7-inch True HD IPS screen with a resolution of 1280×768 resolution, and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean to boot.


    However, it doesn't have LTE – if it did, people would probably be killing each other for it at that price – but TechCrunch is right in saying that it's essentially "a high-end 3G device for a mid-range price."


    Likewise, there's no reason that demand for the Nexus 10 Tablet should cool down anytime soon. Starting at $399.99, it's greatest draw is its super-sized 10.1" 330PPI display, one of the biggest tablet screens out there.




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  • Unveiled at an event in New York yesterday, HTC/Verizon's Droid DNA has already been getting rave reviews. Photo courtesy of CBS.

     


    Recently, the Pure Mobile blog reported on an upcoming HTC/Verizon event slated for November 13 in New York city. When the invitations started rolling out, most (including us) assumed only one thing – HTC's latest smartphone, the Verizon-bound Droid DNA, would be making its first official appearance. Well, we all assumed correctly.


    The event may only have wrapped up yesterday, but reviews are already in, and they're looking good. No, they're looking great, as major Tech sites start loading praise on the black and red device that may just reverse HTC's less than stellar fortunes of late.


    "I may have (finally!) found my new Android Smartphone," wrote one BGR writer, while an article from Gizmodo described the new device as simultaneously "nuts" and "sick."


    The Droid DNA is HTC's first flagship phone for Verizon in quite a while, but the company seems to have made up for lost time by putting out what Gizmodo calls "the most impressively spec-filled smartphone the world has yet known."


    at 440PPI, the Droid DNA's 5" display beats out the competition

     


    Speaking of specs, where do we start?


    TechCrunch has called out the new smartphone's screen as its "biggest claim to fame." The 5" Gorilla Glass display is unique to the Droid DNA in North America – only the Japanese HTC Butterfly J has one like it. And with a resolution of 440 pixels-per-inch, the 1080p Super LCD3 screen certainly outpaces competitors like the iPhone 5.


    Ok, so what's under the hood? The Droid DNA boasts 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a quad-core, 1.5Ghz Snapdragon Qualcomm processor, with 4G LTE sharing the same chip as the application processor. "Having one chip instead of two improves battery life," writes CNET.


    But if your battery does run out of juice, the Droid DNA has wireless charging capabilities, though as TechCrunch notes, there aren't many details yet about accessories for that.


    Powered by Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean, the device is NFC- and LTE- capable, and comes with Beats Audio. And its 2.1 megapixel front-facing and 8 megapixel rear-facing cameras are up to standard as compared with other recent devices.


    So, how much will HTC's best smartphone to date run you, and when will you eb able to get your paws on its super-sized screen? The Droid DNA is already available for pre-order, but it'll be heading to Verizon for November 21 at a price of $200 with a 2-year contract.




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  • This sparsely-worded invite to an HTC/Verizon event brings more questions than answers

     


    Amid a pre-holiday frenzy of press functions and device releases, there's yet another event slated for the season. This week, HTC and Verizon began sending out invitations for a joint event in New York City November 13.


    And while many other events have had a healthy enough rumor mill to prematurely supply answers to the inevitable questions, the HTC/Verizon to-do doesn't.


    The main speculation surrounds a possible unveiling of the new HTC-made Droid DNA handset. The Verizon-bound smartphone's existence has already leaked in pricing lists, and the assumption is that the two companies will be using their November 13 event to launch the device.


    A Minimum Advertised Pricing list obtained by AndroidCentral may confirm the existence of HTC's Droid DNA

     


    But that in itself has only raised more questions. The event invite hints at "our latest collaboration." Does that phrase refer to the Android-powered Droid DNA? if so, will the HTC smartphone be a Verizon exclusive?


    Or, as Engadget has speculated:


    "What if this is just a coming-out party for HTC's 8X Windows Phone flagship? It's not a far-fetched idea: we already know it's coming to Verizon, but the exact pricing and on-sale date have yet to be revealed. Then again, the 8X has already been shown off at a press event or two, and we're not sure a Verizon-branded variant would merit such a high-profile news conference."


    Still, with just a sparsely-worded invitation to go on, there's not much we can say for certain at the moment. It looks as though we'll have to just sit tight and wait for all to be revealed next week.


    That is, unless we catch a break and the whole thing leaks. One can always dream...



    This post was posted in HTC, News and PR and was tagged with November 13, Droid DNA, Press Event, Invitation, HTC 8X, Launch, Leaks, rumors, Verizon, Smartphones, HTC, Android

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  • "Yeah, keep your eyes on the road, your hands upon the wheel." – The Doors, 'Roadhouse Blues'


    Is there anything so sweet as a good, old-fashioned road trip?


    Traveling by car has been an American institution practically forever, a rite of passage that every young person has to go through. Good tunes, a road map, and all the time in the world – that much hasn't changed.


    But what has changed is that nowadays, we've got our music, maps and more all in the same place. Let's face it, smartphones are now a part of that tradition of hitting the open road and looking for adventure.


    And Pure Mobile is rounding up the must-have mobile accessories that'll make your road trip that much easier – nevermind safer – with some of our favorite essentials for long car rides.


    1: Car Chargers


    Moshi Revolt Car Charger for iPhone, iPad and iPod

    No matter what, every road tripper with a smartphone needs a car charger. Even if you're resting between stops, we wouldn't count on waiting for the hotel or motel to charge your device.


    In fact, once you get to a rest stop, a dead phone battery isn't such a big deal anyway. It's losing power when you're on the road that's an issue, especially if you get lost.


    If you're planning on taking multiple devices, Moshi makes a great car charger that works across al iDevices – iPhone, iPad and iPod alike.


    And if you're traveling with buddies, a universal phone charger, like Dexim's Twin USB Car Charger, will let you charge any kind of phone, from BlackBerry to Android to iPhone. It's even got two ports, so you can charge two devices at the same time.


    2. Car Holder/Mount


    Griffin In-Car Window Mount for Smartphone or MP3 Player

    Back in the day, your dad had your mom to distractingly flap a road map in his face. Nowadays, you have a passenger who waves around their smartphone with a maps app on, or you fumble between the wheel and your own device.


    On a long trip, this kind of amateur setup just doesn't cut it, and a simple car window mount or smartphone holder will easily fix all that.


    Lots of holders, like Griffin's In-car Window Mount, will work with almost every phone model and even with MP3 players. Do your so-pilot – and yourself – a favor and get one.


    3. Bluetooth Car Kit


    One quick way to ruin a road trip? Get pulled over for using your phone while driving.


    Seriously, if you haven't got a BlueTooth car kit by now, don't you think it's about time? Plantronics and Novero both offer convenient models that'll let you navigate, talk, and listen to music hands-free.


    Considering that half the fun of going somewhere by car is the time you spend getting there, you don't really want to waste the trip fumbling with your phone when you could be rolling down the windows and taking in the sights.


    Bon voyage from Pure Mobile!




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  • Carphone Warehouse leaked, well, everything about the next Nexus smartphone

     


    As writer Ernest Hamlin Abbott once put it, "rumors are not news; but they sometimes foreshadow news."


    And, boy, have the rumors ever been stacking up concerning Google's next Nexus device, even though Google's expected to be saving any official news about it until their October 29 event.


    Still, between the speculation that the new Android phone will be LG-made, the pictures, and even a premature review, we've already learned quite a bit about the upcoming Nexus 4.


    And today, a new leak from retailer Carphone Warehouse revealed pretty much everything else, right down to the LG phone's specs, price and expected release date.


    Advertising pre-orders for the phone, Carphone Warehouse has listed a price of £389.95. And their description boasts that the new smartphone has a 4.7" LCD display, and "the fastest and smoothest version of Android yet," Android OS 4.2 Jelly Bean, as well as some new features:


    "Search gets smarter with Google Now. You ask. Google answers, instantly, and with all the detail you want... Stay in touch with Gesture Typing, a faster way of typing that lets you spell words by dragging your finger across the screen from letter to letter."


    Meanwhile, Carphone Warehouse sets October 30 as the start date for delivery, just one day after Google's event. Though, after this last and possibly most comprehensive leak, there isn't much Google could tell us about their latest smartphone that we don't already know.




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  • Alarmingly Android: Pure Mobile is rounding up the best in Halloween smartphone apps

     


    This week, we started a frightening little feature on the Pure Mobile blog with a list of our favorite Halloween-themed smartphone apps.


    In our first instalment, we rounded up some eerie apps for iPhone, but today, we'll be moving along to the best Halloween apps for Android.


    From games and photo editors to real ghost detectors, your smartphone will have all the spooky it can handle come October 31, with these seasonal picks


    1. Angry Birds Seasons for Android



    Who doesn't love Angry Birds? Wll, the pigs are back for Halloween with Angry Birds Seasons, which includes special "Ham'O'Ween" levels.


    It's the same physics-based fun that has made us all addicted to smartphone gaming. But this time, it's got haunted backgrounds, pumpkins to smash, and a generally cutesy Halloween look.


    Angry Birds seasons is also available for iPhone and iPad.



     2. SpecTrek augmented reality app for Android


    If you've ever wanted to go ghost hunting, SpecTrek lets you chase spectres using your smartphone's GPS. The augmented reality game shows you "ghosts" on a map of your area and gives you a time limit to find and capture them.


    It may be kind of silly, but hey, it's probably the most fun you'll ever have using a smartphone GPS.



    3. Entity Sensor Pro app for Android



    If virtual ghosts don't cut it for you, the Entity Sensor Pro app for Android claims to let you detect "real" ghosts using a supposed EMF sensor in your smartphone to check for "paranormal" readings.



    It's essentially like playing Ghost Busters with a mobile device. Whether or not you actually believe in ghosts, the app has a pretty high rating among users.


    And even if you think it's useless as a ghost detector, you can always use it with friends as a gullibility detector.


    4. Ouija Board app for Android



    Like so many classics, the Ouija Board has been revamped for modern mobile devices.


    Use your smartphone to try making contact with the spirit world, or simply relive the fun of middle school with this Android app. In any case, it gives new meaning to "the ghost in the machine."


    5. Ghost Camera Pro app for Android



    Halloween pictures looking like dullsville? Think a specter would spice things up?


    You can add a little eerie appeal to party pics with the Ghost Camera Pro smartphone app for Android.


    The app lets you choose from a bunch of different types of ghosts and spirits (not just the cute kind pictured above) and insert them into pictures on your device. You can also edit the size, color and opacity of your ghosts.


    We consider this more of a humor app, especially if some of some of your subjects have been going at the punch bowl hard.




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  • Pics leaked of updated HTC One X
    Posted on September 29, 2012 by ewilkinson

    Pocket-Lint obtained exclusive pictures of the HTC One X's next incarnation

     


    If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Or at least, that seems to be what HTC was thinking when designing their latest version of the HTC One X.


    The new device, called the HTC One X+, isn't official yet. But pictures obtained exclusively by Pocket-Lint at least confirm its existence.


    As you may have guessed from our opening statement, the new shots of the HTC One X+ look extremely familiar, and the new device is likely to be more of a tweak or an update than a total reinvention.


    The Pocket-Lint pictures reveal mostly superficial changes to the exterior design. Pocket-Lint called the new phone “virtually identical” to its predecessor, with the exception of its black color accented by red details, and the new “b” logo for Beats Audio. Screen size, shape, and everything else appear to be the same.


    That said, a lot more than just pictures of the HTC One X+ have emerged. As MobileSyrup notes, aside from the iPhone 5, it has been “perhaps the most-leaked phone of the last six months.”


    And if you put together the rumors and conjecture from all the different sources, you begin to get a pretty good idea of what the next generation HTC phone is going to be.


    It's expected to run on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, feature a 1.7GHz quad-core processor, and have 1GB of RAM, with 64GB of internal storage.


    Again, it's not a huge overhaul. And some, like TechCrunch, are asking whether “pushing out mildly-updated versions of existing hardware could put HTC back on its original, lousy track.”


    Still, it may just be that HTC have hit upon something good with the One family and have decided to hedge their betson the HTC One X+.


    But I guess we're all just going to have to wait a little longer to find out if the odds are in their favor.




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  • One need only look to the recent iPhone 5 hysteria, the raging legal battle between Apple and Samsung, or the righteous tone adopted in ads for most of the latest smartphones to know that some people take cell phones pretty seriously.


    Thankfully, however, there are still a few good laughs to be had when it comes to mobile devices, and Pure Mobile is counting down our list of the best and funniest cell phone ads throughout the years. They're a good antidote to some of today's more buttoned-up advertising, which deals in hard facts, or promises some great technical advancement for mankind.


    As much as we like heavy hitters like Samsung, Nokia, Apple and BlackBerry, we'd rather watch a middle-aged French woman breakdance, or the little green Android mascot burp than hear about specs any day.


    Korean Android ad


    We're not really sure what's going on in this Korean ad for Android, but the OS' little green spokes-alien sure sounds like he enjoyed his sandwich.



    AT&T's Family Rollover Minutes


    A mom guilt-trip at its finest. But the funniest part of this commercial isn't even seeing mom's typical “no waste” lecture framed in the context of cell phones, it's dad's resigned and exhausted little sigh. Watch for it.



    Motorola's Stripping Wife


    This older Motorola ad works the obvious appeal of an attractive woman removing clothing piece by piece – imagine the effect on a larger Galaxy or iPhone screen – but there's also a refreshing little punchline at the end.



    Postbank's Rich Husband


    This one isn't actually actually an ad for a cell phone, but we couldn't resist including it in this list, if only for the way it leads you astray right until the end. The ad's rich also handles things like a complete boss.



    Vodafone's Mom Ringtones


    This Vodafone ad from France has a mom acting sexy, looking like a zombie, and breakdancing, all at the switch of a ringtone. Classic.



    T-Mobile's “Who's in your 5?” ads


    These two ads from T-Mobile are so hilariously awkward that they definitely make our “Fave 5” cell phone commercials. One has two buds at odds over a secret crush (note the sly “foot massage” reference to Marcellus Wallace in Pulp Fiction.)


    The other shows a teen boy hopelessly intimidated by his girlfriend's dad. Pops is a little scary, but somehow, you feel for him.




    Dutch Not-So Refreshing Dip


    This Dutch cell phone ad shows that IKEA doesn't have a monopoly on funny Scandinavian advertising. It's got an ick factor, but it's certainly, erm, refreshing.



    Vodafone's Breaking the News Quick


    Sometimes, less is more. So we'll follow the example set by Vodafone in this ultra progressive, ultra-abbreviated ad, and leave things off short and sweet. Hope this list gave you a few chuckles!





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  • Accessorizing the HTC EVO 3D
    Posted on August 22, 2012 by Pure Mobile

    Accessorizing the HTC EVO 3D


    The HTC EVO 3D is one of the newest HTC Smartphones to be released specifically by Sprint during the past year.  The HTC EVO was originally released in June 2011 but the good news remains is that is popularity has not waned. The HTC EVO 3D features a 4.3-inch, glass-free 3D display and a dual megapixel camera. The HTC EVO 3D also includes a front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera, support for 1080p video playback via the HDMI out and a Android 2.3 with Sense. With those thoroughly defined 3D features, we must also include thoroughly defined 3D accessories for the  HTC EVO 3D Smartphone.


    1)      Every beautiful and bountiful Smartphone needs protection especially if its the  HTC EVO 3D Smartphone. The Griffin View Twin Shell HTC EVO 3D Case is featured in a Majestic Red and features a two layers of protection for this majestic Smartphone. The Griffin View Twin Shell HTC EVO 3D Case also features a inner sheer silicone cushion and a hard outer polycarbonate shell for duality and durability. The “Twin Shell” name says it all as it fits snug around the HTC EVO 3D Smartphone's cutouts of connectors and controls to keep the dust and dirt out and to protect your smartphone from scratches and scrapes.


    2)      Some other skillfully crafted HTC EVO 3D Cases include the Incipio HT199 NGP for HTC EVO 3D in Matte Black and the Incipio HT200 NGP for HTC EVO 3D in a magnificent Magenta. The Incipio HT199 NGP for HTC EVO 3D and Incipio HT200 NGP for HTC EVO 3D comes accessorized with an Incipio Vanity Kit that includes a surface protector and an applicator card and cleaning cloth. Both of these cases are soft shell cases, that are slim, flexible and compact all at the same time.


    Accessorizing the HTC EVO 3D


    3)      Every good and smart smartphone needs a smart battery such as the Seidio Innocell Slim Extended Battery for the HTC EVO 3D. The  Seidio Innocell Slim  Extended Battery is specifically designed for Smartphone users who need some extra battery life without the extra weight. This particular model fits in your HTC EVO 3D existing battery space and doesn't require a replacement door and is a perfect replacement for your original HTC EVO 3D Battery itself.


    4)      The Sony Mobile Smart Wireless Headset Pro is a multifunctional Bluetooth Headset that is compatible with a variety of Smartphones including the HTC EVO 3D. The Sony Mobile Smart Wireless Headset Pro features a professional display of caller names, media titles, text messages and Email. The  Sony Mobile Smart Wireless Headset Pro also includes a MP3 player & FM radio perfect for those especially on the go.


    5)      The HTC EVO 3D Headset with Remote Controller allows its users to talk on the phone, watch video clips, play games or listen to songs in stereo without holding the phone.  The HTC EVO 3D Headset with Remote Controller features  lightweight and comfortable ear-buds that readily reduces noise in the surrounding areas and is perfect for those users who are once again on the go. Of course the built in remote controller allows you to to pause, play, fast forward and rewind on your HTC EVO 3D Smartphone.


    6)      The HTC HS U110 3.5mm Audio Adapter with Headphone is also another perfect accessory for your perfect HTC EVO 3D Smartphone. The HTC HS U110 3.5mm Audio Adapter features an audio adapter cable lets you listen to music on your HTC EVO 3D and the headphones allow you to listen to your own music selection with your own favorite headphones. The HTC HS U110 3.5mm Audio Adapter with Headphone also include an internal microphone and an answer call and end call button.


    Accessorizing the HTC EVO 3D


    7)      The BlackBerry Music Gateway for HTC EVO 3D is one of the HTC EVO 3D's newest accessories that has been released in recent months. The BlackBerry Music Gateway for HTC EVO 3D allows you to wirelessly play music from your HTC EVO 3D to your Bluetooth enabled laptops, personal computers, smartphones and tablets with just the click of a button. The BlackBerry Music Gateway for HTC EVO 3D can be connected to a speakers on the bookshelf, a car stereo system or an MP3 Player Docking Station. The BlackBerry Music Gateway for HTC EVO 3D is compatible with any devices such as tablets and smartphones supported by A2DP and AVRCP Bluetooth profiles, the devices must also be supported by a Near Field Communication connect feature and must be connected with the include 3.5mm auxiliary cables.


    8)      The HTC Scribe Digital Stylus Pen is perfect digital pen for the HTC EVO 3D that allows you to digitalize your smartphone without scratching and scraping its exterior.  The HTC Scribe Digital Stylus Pen allows you to ink on photos, notes and screen captures of your favorite websites and even allows sharing on your favorite social networks such as Facebook or Twitter. This digital pen can also be used to scribble and scribe your very own thoughts onto your HTC EVO 3D Smartphone interface.


    9)      The HTC Desktop Docking Station is perfect for your HTC EVO 3D Smartphone. The  he HTC Desktop Docking Station allows you to to quickly and easily place your phone in the dock where  it can and will synchronize your files with your PC and fully charge your device. The HTC Desktop Docking Station is specifically designed for the HTC EVO 3D Smartphone allowing you to ensure its convertibility and compatibility, it also hold your smartphone at such an angel to allow you the ease of surfing the internet, play some games or even watch movies.


    10)  The HTC EVO 3D Screen Protectors are not only designed to protect your smartphone from scrapes and scratches and clean from dirt and dust but is also meant to enhance your smartphone screen viewing. The HTC EVO 3D Screen Protectors are designed with unique materials to enhance your your screen by reducing the distracting glare that is caused by reflected light. The Screen Protectors are very easy to remove and use on your HTC EVO 3D Smartphone.




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  • Samsung is bringing a new addition to its Galaxy smartphone line called the Galaxy S Duos, and it’s got one really unique feature – the ability to operate on two wireless carriers at the same time.


    The Galaxy S Duos hardware is designed to support two SIM cards. You can have two different phones numbers running on two different networks from the same phone. In other words, even if you have AT&T for work and Verizon for personal use, you can use the same phone for both.


    As Samsung said in a blog post announcing the phone: “Its unique ‘Dual SIM Always On’ feature allows you to receive calls on one SIM number while taking a call from the other, ensuring that you can manage both personal and work commitments without ever missing a call. You also have the flexibility of selecting different billing plans for either SIM, switching between them at your convenience.”


    At first glance, the Galaxy S Duos looks a lot like the Galaxy S III, but its features are very different. The Duos has a 4-inch 480x 800 TFT touchscreen display, a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, 1GHz processor and 4GB of storage.


    In contrast, the Galaxy S III has a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED screen with 1,280 x 720 resolution, a higher-resolution 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and either 16 or 32GB of built-in storage.


    The Samsung Galaxy S Duos will be available next month in Europe. There's no word on when those of us on this side of the Atlantic will see it.




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