We know there have been some specific questions floating around about the HTC One Nexus User Experience since it was announced earlier this morning, and we've been working to get those questions answered. HTC has been kind enough to answer some of the questions we found most pertinent, so here they are.
Root Explorer is a favorite among power users, including yours truly, for its no-nonsense approach to file management on Android. That said, the app was getting a bit long in the tooth before today, with a stale UI and a lack of new features. Developer Speed Software has released a major update to Root Explorer with a ton of new content, including a revamped user interface, networking and cloud storage options, and background processing.
As confirmed by Hugo Barra on Google+ and the official HTC blog, a version of the company's One phone with stock Android 4.2.2 software is coming: on June 26th, you'll be able to buy the "Nexus User Experience" HTC One through the (US) Play Store for $599. The phone was actually announced by Sundar Pichai at AllThingsD's D11 conference this morning.
The hardware is essentially the SIM-unlocked 32GB version of the device you can buy on HTC's website, meaning support for LTE on both T-Mobile and AT&T.
Good news for Sony fans: the company is finally starting to roll out Jelly Bean updates to some of its more notable 2012 smartphones. The former headliner Xperia S, its brother the SL, and the camera-focused SL all have Android 4.1 waiting for them. Users will need the a Windows PC and the Sony PC Companion to download and install the updated software, which includes a refreshed kernel as well.
If you haven't seen Dony Permedi's 2006 student animation Kiwi!, then I pity your wasted years on the Internet. The short cartoon has amassed more than 34 million YouTube hits, countless tributes and ripoffs, and taught all of us that suicidal optimism can be ingratiatingly cute. One Android developer was so moved that he created a game based on the video, wherein the lovable protagonist can live out his dreams forever, without the heartbreaking splat at the end.
I have many fond memories of sitting around the kitchen table with my family and playing Uno as a child. The thrill of getting down to one or two cards, hoping that no one throws down a Reverse, Draw Four, or changes the color is still one that I readily recall (and miss). Alas, life goes on, people get older and move away, and before you know it, those simple games of Uno are nothing but a memory of something that you had no idea you'd miss so much.
In South Korea, the market for smartphones is vicious: Samsung leads the pack, as is the case almost everywhere, with fellow Korean company LG behind them in second place. It's strange, then, that the Play Store has not sold LG's own Nexus 4 to the Republic of Korea itself. That changed yesterday, as the Nexus 4 goes on sale in the Play Store in South Korea for the first time... just six and a half months after it launched.
It looks like we won't have to wait until Samsung's June event for an official reveal of the Galaxy S4 Mini after all. This morning Samsung's press department officially unveiled the smaller, budget brother of the Galaxy S4, though "cousin" might be a more appropriate term; the phone does indeed look like its namesake, but that's about where the similarity ends. Like the Galaxy S III Mini before it, the internal hardware makes this device a horse of a different color.
If you're in the market and don't need the most cutting edge device, Amazon has a solid deal on the LG Optimus G for Sprint. The price for this handset has fallen to a single penny on a 2-year contract. This deal is open to all interested parties, whether it's for a new line of service or not. The Optimus G was previously only this cheap for new customers.
The LG Optimus G came out last fall, but it has since been overshadowed by the likes of the HTC One and Galaxy S4.