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7
Mar

HTC One M9 Plus allegedly poses for happy snaps in leaked photos


The conference room from the announcement of the HTC One M9 is still warm, yet we’re already hearing rumours of another HTC flagship device. The informally named “HTC One M9 Plus” has allegedly been spotted on camera, and from the sounds of it, will be an even more beastly device than the M9. Previous rumours said […]

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7
Mar

Makes sense: Google’s cell service will only work with Nexus 6 devices


Google has been reportedly working to bring its own flavor of cell service to consumers the not so distant future. It would use Wi-Fi for much of its connection, but deals are in place with T-Mobile and Sprint for when Wi-Fi is not available. Android 5.0 Lollipop has the technical functionality to handle this quite […]

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7
Mar
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Kemco’s Alphadia Genesis 2 lands in the Google Play Store


Alphadia Genesis 2 is the latest RPG from Kemco Games, who is widely known as one of the best jRPG creators on Android. The game has just been released to Google Play, and is currently being offered at a 50% discount. It features a long, detailed storyline, great graphics and a handful of unique battle mechanics.

In the followup chapter to the original Alphadia Genesis game, the Empire has launched a campaign against the infected Atramian population who continue to remain a threat to the world. The population is infected by “black energi”, an evil source of power, and it’s your job to ensure nobody escapes. You can also customize your characters through the use of “job orbs” which include fighter, healer, knight and mage. There’s also a fifth job orb hidden somewhere in the game, but we’ll leave that up to you to find out what it is.

Since this game just launched, it does have a few release date bugs, but we’re sure they’ll be ironed out in no time. There are also a few in-app purchases, but the developer assures us that none are required to beat the game in its entirety. Alphadia Genesis 2 is normally priced at $9.99, but for right now, Kemco is offering it for only $4.99! We’re not sure how long the sale will last, but considering the length and the amount of detail in the game, this is a steal. If you’re interested in picking it up, head to the Play Store link below.

Get it on Google Play



7
Mar

Reports coming in that the Samsung Galaxy S6 may have a problem with touch sensitivity


No device is without issues and it appears Samsung‘s new flagships aren’t going to be the exception to the rule either. Asia Today is reporting that the Samsung Galaxy S6 may have a problem with touch sensitivity and that the millions of devices already built and waiting to be sold could already have this issue. The […]

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6
Mar
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Zombie Highway 2 steers its way into the Google Play Store


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The first Zombie Highway game has been a long-time favorite here at Android Authority, even making its way to a number of our Best Apps lists. And now, the much-anticipated zombie survival game, Zombie Highway 2, just come to the Google Play Store this last week. It uses many of the same mechanics as the first Zombie Highway game, and features improved graphics and sound effects, new cars and weapons, and even the addition of nitro.

Even though the game has received a big overhaul, the aim of the game hasn’t changed one bit. You and your passenger, armed with boatloads of weapons, need to survive as long as you can. So what exactly does ZH2 offer over the first game?

  • Completely overhauled, intense gameplay featuring NITRO!
  • 6 redesigned cars
  • 17 -upgradable- weapons, 100% redesigned. 4 completely new super-weapons!
  • 10 Zombie types, 4 all new!
  • 58 challenging objectives!
  • The Daily Challenge! A unique challenge every day!
  • A new, randomly generated road with multiple, super-detailed environments every game.
  • Your friends appear on your highway near their best score!

Just like the original game, Zombie Highway 2 features a few in-app purchases. However, the developer explains that everything in the game can be unlocked with a reasonable amount of effort, so you won’t be at a huge disadvantage if you opt out of them. Also, this game just launched, so there are a few release day bugs to watch out for. Even so, they likely won’t interrupt the gameplay at all. If you’re interested in picking up this new game, head to the Google Play Store link below.

Get it on Google Play



6
Mar
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YotaPhone 2 will get new accessories, apps and a white variant in the coming months


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The YotaPhone 2 is certainly one of the most unique Android handsets on the market right now, and it’s about to get even more interesting. Yota Devices has just announced that in the coming months, the YotaPhone 2 will be updated to Android 5.0 Lollipop and will also gain some new accessories, including special bumper cases and a wireless power bank. Additionally, a white variant of the phone is in the works, and is set to launch by the end of March.

Yota has also partnered with a few companies in order to bring more apps and services that will integrate with the e-paper display. Here is the full list of services we can expect to see on the handset in the coming months:

  • Spritz: The ongoing integration of their focused reading technology will help readers get their email, books and notifications faster, with less effort on the ‘always on’ EPD display.
  • Psy(x) Audio: Using a proprietary neural process, the customized “always on” Earprint application is the world’s only universal adaptive audio technology that improves your hearing and reduces listening fatigue from compressed audio up to 192kHz.
  • StayTuned: This app concierge will add context awareness to YotaPhone by automatically organizing the user’s apps and displaying the most relevant apps and services, depending on where they are, time and personal habits. The solution learns from the user behavior in different contexts and is able to predict the user needs, providing a real-time personalized mobile experience.
  • Graphite Software: Secure Spaces increases choice and security for businesses and users to dedicate each screen for multiple possible environments – work, personal, kids, gaming.
  • Everypost: The easiest way to create, customize, schedule and post content to Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn and many other social network.
  • Emberify: A start-up working on contextual technologies, developing Instant, the most comprehensive Quantified Self platform for tracking app/device usage, fitness & travel.

The phone has been available in select markets for a few months now, and Yota plans to bring the device to both AT&T and T-Mobile via an Indiegogo campaign this Spring. We’d imaging that the accessories listed above will likely be available as extra incentives on the crowdfunding campaign, but that’s just us speculating for now. There’s no official date as to when these accessories and services will come to the device, so we’ll have to wait for an official announcement from the company sometime soon.



6
Mar

Verizon will take Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge pre-orders April 1


Anytime I see April 1st as a date from a carrier, manufacturer or pretty much anyone else, I immediately think it is an Aprils fools joke. I highly doubt it is a joke when it comes to pre-ordering of Samsung’s new flagship devices on the biggest carrier in the US though. A tweet went out […]

The post Verizon will take Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge pre-orders April 1 appeared first on AndroidSPIN.

6
Mar

Moto E launches on Boost Mobile and Sprint Prepaid for $99.99, Virgin Mobile on March 9th


At the tail end of February Motorola announced the 2nd gen Moto E. The budget device packs a 4.5-inch qHD screen at 540 x 960, a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor, 1 GB of RAM, a 5MP rear camera a lower res front facing camera, 8GB of storage and a 2390 mAh battery. It comes […]

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6
Mar
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Sony Xperia Z4 chassis allegedly leaked, reveals thinner design


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Since the debut of the Xperia Z series, we’ve grown accustomed to twice a year flagship releases, even if not everyone thinks that is the best business model. That’s why it was a bit of a surprise when Sony made it clear that the Xperia Z4 wouldn’t be showcased at MWC 2015. While plenty of rumors and reports have popped up claiming Sony is moving to a more traditional 12-month release cycle, this isn’t necessarily accurate. Sony Mobile’s VP of Global Communications & PR, Tim Harrison, recently revealed that Sony hasn’t exactly moved to a 1-year release cycle, hinting that we should expect to see the Z4 sometime before September.

In other words, the VP’s comments suggest Sony might not be aggressively keeping its 6-month cycle, but instead will simply release phones whenever their ready — whether that’s six months, nine months or a year after their predecessors. We can’t say for sure whe the Xperia Z4 might surface, but a new a new alleged leak of the Z4’s chassis suggests, if accurate, that the Xperia Z4 will be thinner than its predecessor. Reportedly the Z4 is 1mm thinner than the z3, which would mean the phone is even thinner than the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge.

Sony’s Omnibalance language is still very much present, looking at the frame, but Sony has switched a few things up. For starters, the microUSB port has been moved to the bottom and appears to be exposed, taking on the same capless design seen with the Xperia M4 Aqua and Xperia Z4 tablet. The Xperia Z4 will apparently have only one port flap, which will likely contain the microSD and nano-SIM slots. For what it is worth, some tech publications are speculating that Sony might be dropping microSD, but we wouldn’t rush to that conclusion just yet.

It goes without saying that we can’t confirm the validity of the Z4 frame leak, but the big takeaway is that Sony isn’t necessarily waiting until September to release its next flagship phone. However, they do appear to be taking their time to ensure that the Z4 is a more impressive upgrade than say the Z2 to the Z3. What would you like to see from the Sony Xperia Z4? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.



6
Mar
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AT&T tells T-Mobile to stop complaining about spectrum auction after AT&T complained for years


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AT&T wants T-Mobile to stop complaining about the results of the recent AWS-3 spectrum auction. While AT&T spent $18 billion for 251 licenses in the recent auction, T-Mobile paid $1.77 billion for 151 licenses and Verizon spent $10.4 billion for 181 licenses (Dish also spent $13.3 billion for 702 licenses).

As T-Mobile CEO John Legere noted recently, the results of this auction show that yet again AT&T and Verizon are using their financial power to take over any and all available spectrum.

Now, Joan Marsh, AT&T’s vice president of federal regulatory, is telling T-Mobile to stop complaining because the process showed how spectrum was being “efficiently deployed to bring substantial additional data capacity to U.S. wireless consumers.” Additionally, Marsh writes that the money received during the auction will now pay for the country’s interoperable public safety broadband network.

“T-Mobile is a big proponent of competition unless they are facing it in an auction–there they prefer protection…But we didn’t set the prices at auction–the auction competition did.” - Joan Marsh, AT&T’s vice president of federal regulatory, FierceWireless

In terms of this specific argument, both AT&T and T-Mobile have arguments that make sense. While I agree with T-Mobile that AT&T/Verizon are simply purchasing everything in sight with their financial war chest, I agree with AT&T that it is a bit rich coming from T-Mobile who reportedly put down almost $4 billion in bids.

It also doesn’t help AT&T that in this letter telling T-Mobile to stop complaining, AT&T also complained about the spectrum rules which allowed for Dish’s Network to secure such a substantial number of licenses through smaller companies (and therefore save billions).

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But why is AT&T even commenting on another company who is complaining about the spectrum auction? Does AT&T realize that nobody complained more consistently and loudly as AT&T in the last year about the new spectrum rules?

As we have written about several times here at Android Authority, AT&T has quite the history complaining about the rules for spectrum auctions. In 2012, AT&T claimed that if they weren’t able to purchase T-Mobile, they would face an absolute spectrum catastrophe and would have to scale back network investment substantially. A year later, AT&T had a change of heart. After pulling off nearly forty spectrum deals in the previous 12 months, AT&T’s CFO John Stephens told investors that AT&T had enough spectrum to last the next five years.

It wasn’t even two years ago that the Department of Justice (DOJ) warned the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that they should potentially cap the amount of spectrum that AT&T and Verizon could acquire moving forward to prevent the two companies from hoarding spectrum anti-competitively.

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When T-Mobile asked the FCC to set aside portions of future 600 MHz broadcast spectrum for smaller or new entrants last year, AT&T responded by threatening the DOJ and FCC with lawsuits and by spending most of 2014 threatening to stay out of the upcoming spectrum auction. Thankfully, the FCC called AT&T’s bluff and AT&T crawled back to their corner until the auction started.

According to AT&T, the FCC’s new rules restricting AT&T and Verizon from completely hoarding important spectrum was supposed to “force AT&T to decide to spend its money elsewhere, which could undermine the FCC’s congressionally mandated goal of raising enough cash from the auction to … help pay for a new $7 billion public safety network.”

$40 billion later and AT&T yet again looks completely foolish with their predictions.

 



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