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Sony, Wake Up: Selling A Boring Mid-Range Phone For Nearly $500 In The US Is The Definition Of 'Doing It Wrong'

Hey Sony. It's been a while since I last ranted about how you're kinda-sorta screwing up that whole smartphone business of yours. In fact, it's been almost a year to the day. I had really hoped that by this year everyone's favorite Japanese electronics mega-corporation would have figured out the smartphone market to a reasonable extent in the US, but surprise: they haven't!

I really don't mean to single out Sony, but sometimes, it's very difficult to watch a company that is very clearly capable of making good products make such terrible decisions.

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Running Native Android Apps On Google Glass: INGRESS! (And Other Stuff) [Video]

Let's have some fun.

We always kind-of expect Glass to be Android based, but I was surprised to find just how Android based it was when I did a teardown of a Glass system dump. "Android based" is selling things a little short, Glass is Android, with just a few APKs piled on top. It reminds me a lot of Facebook home.

So, while I am still plugging away at my full review, I decided to take a bit of a break and see what happens when you try and run real Android apps on Glass.

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T-Mobile Releasing Minor Update For Galaxy S4 On May 7th (M919UVUAMDB)

Though it's been little more than a week since the Galaxy S4 hit T-Mobile airwaves, the carrier's showing the newest member of its smartphone family some love with an incremental update. Rolling out OTA and via Samsung's Kies software, the focus of the patch (version M919UVUAMDB) seems to be on T-Mobile's pre-installed applications, rather than the system software as a whole.


The Visual Voicemail and ISIS apps are set to receive "improvements," whatever that means.

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AT&T Will Sell 32GB Samsung Galaxy S4 Starting May 10th, $249.99 On Contract

If you've been eyeing up the 16GB Galaxy S4 but just haven't been able to pull the trigger, AT&T's newest announcement might be of interest to you. The 32GB variant of the GS4 will be on sale this Friday, May 10th. It's the same phone in every other way, though.

Many excited buyers were shocked to see how bad the Samsung bloatware problem had become when firing up the 16GB GS4 in recent weeks.

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[Updated] Bluetooth Filing Reveals LG LS980 Running Android 4.2 - Is This The Snapdragon 800-Powered Sprint Optimus G 2?

Update: Turns out this probably isn't the Optimus G Pro - it looks a heck of a lot more like what is being collectively dubbed the Optimus G 2. It seems an official Sprint page with build.prop info for the LS980 has been dug up (by our commenters), and it reveals a few tasty tidbits -namely, confirming Android 4.2[.2], and an MSM8974 chipset. That's no Snapdragon 600 - that's a Snapdragon 800.

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HTC First Review: The Phone You Didn't Realize You'd Actually Want

Facebook phone. Those two words in that order have been repeated over and over again for the last couple of years, simply as rumors for the longest time. Then the HTC Status hit the scene with an integrated Facebook button – still, Zuckerberg himself claimed that it wasn't Facebook's phone.

Many months later, the rumor mill started whirring once again about an alleged phone designed just for Facebook. This time, for some reason, the rumors held more water.

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[Initial Impressions] Google Glass Explorer Edition - I Feel Like Tony Stark [Video]

My Google Glass unit has finally arrived. I've had a few days to play with Google's fancy new heads-up display, so it's probably time for some first impressions. A full review will be coming at some point.

One of the most striking things about Glass is just how well put together the whole package is. Everything about the design, from the hardware, to the typography, to the cool little whoosh noises it makes just oozes polish.

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[Deal Alert] 64GB ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T Tablet For $440 + $5 Shipping From Woot

A couple of weeks ago, we tipped you off to a pretty great deal on a 32GB Transformer Pad Infinity from Woot. The first sale must have been a success because Tech.Woot is back with the 64GB model for just $440 + $5 shipping. Amazon's price has never dipped below $480 for this exact model, and it currently resides at $530.



  • 10.1" Super IPS+ Display @ 1920x1200
  • nVidia Tegra 3
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 64 GB Flash storage + MicroSD slot
  • 8 MP rear camera, 2 MP front camera
  • Approx 9.5 hours battery life (25 Wh)
  • 1.3 lbs
  • Android 4.2.1

Like before, these are brand new units without the keyboard dock, which can be found for $126 here.

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[Deal Alert] Unlocked International 16GB Samsung Galaxy S4 (I9500) Available For $679 With Free Shipping From DailySteals

How would you like to score a pretty sweet deal on a Galaxy S4? For today only, DailySteals is offering the international variant of Samsung's flagship phone for just $679. The same model appeared on eBay Daily Deals a couple of weeks ago for $700, but only stocked 200 units and sold out before most people could get their orders in. Amazon's current lowest price is $710 + $5 shipping.



  • 5" 1080p Super AMOLED HD display (441 PPI)
  • 1.6GHz octa-core Exynos processor 
  • 2GB DDR3 RAM
  • 13 MP Rear shooter, 2MP front camera
  • 16GB Storage, microSD card slot with support up to 64GB
  • Android 4.2.2 (Jellybean)
  • 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi
  • IR Blaster
  • MHL 2.0
  • Temperature and humidity sensors
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • 2,600mAH battery
  • 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm, 130g
  • Available in 2 colors: Black Mist, White Frost

This is the factory unlocked international version, which means it isn't tied to any specific carrier.

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Samsung Aims To Block Root Exploits And Tighten Up Security With Latest Exynos Galaxy S4 Update, But This Is A Good Thing

Note from Artem: The post's author, Justin Case, also known as jcase in the Android community, is an xda Elite Recognized Developer, AP team member, and an all-around knowledgeable guy when it comes to Android's internals. When he speaks, I tend to listen.

The Android world was slapped in the face when well-known developer AndreiLux made a post in the XDA Galaxy S4 forum titled [Info] Rooting will be impossible on newer stock kernels.

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