Customers of Verizon who pre-ordered the HTC 10 should check their in-boxes. Big Red started shipping out the pre-orders already so you will likely have received a notification if one of yours is in the first shipping run. Tomorrow (Thursday) is the day you might have your shiny new HTC 10 on your doorstep.
As a side-note, HTC had previously promised that their pre-orders for the HTC 10 would ship out before all the carriers. Unfortunately for them, that obviously turned out to be untrue. Customers on Reddit have been expressing their frustration that HTC didn't keep their promise.
We have to hand it to the marketing department over at T-Mobile... they sure know how to come up with clever and funny marketing gimmicks sometimes. For those who haven't heard of it, today is unofficially called Star Wars Day. That's because someone once coined the term, "May the 4th be with you," as a play on words referencing the famous phrase "May the force be with you," from the movies.
Today is the day that folks across the country celebrate the Star Wars franchise by dressing up, re-watching the movies and/or hold various other activities. T-Mobile decided to take advantage of this pseudo-holiday by poking some fun at AT&T. Frequently AT&T has been compared to The Empire in the Star Wars saga, and their logo has been photoshopped into a Death Star countless times over the years. The folks at T-Mo just decided to take that theme up a notch by creating an ad campaign that replaces AT&T with the word DeATTh Star. They even created a Chrome extension that does that for you across all your web browsing!
The Nextbit Robin has moved beyond just a niche kickstarter device. It is now available for sale on Amazon. There is even a $100 discount being offered on the cloud-centric smartphone, bringing its price down to $299.99. This sale will continue through May 4th to May 10th.
For the most part, the only things which stand out about this device is its unusual aesthetic design and the fact that it primarily uses the cloud for most of its apps, freeing up storage. Here's a recap of internal specs:
5.2-inch 1080p LCD display
Snapdragon 808 processor
3GB of RAM
Internal storage is 32 gigs
Here's a link for folks who want to check out this Amazon sale: Amazon. *Fair Warning* - The Nextbit Robin will NOT work on Sprint or Verizon's CDMA network.
Here's a bit of news that will have you scratching your head. Dish Network, the beleaguered satellite TV competitor to rival Direct TV is moving into a new business to supplement their revenue. Your first instinct might be to assume that they are getting into streaming, or music or some other content delivery project. That would make sense, but that would be wrong.
Dish Network is thinking way outside the box with their latest business venture. They are actually getting into the iPhone repair business. Dish's Executive VP of Operations, John Swieringa, explains that Dish technicians are "uniquely positioned with the technical know-how" to fix broken screens and batteries for iPhones. As you can see in the graphic in the thread below, Dish will repair any iPhone from the iPhone 5C forward, and their prices are fairly competitive.
Dish has also shared they are planning to provide repairs to other devices in the coming months. Whether that means they will work on older models of the iPhone, or they plan to offer Android repair too, is unclear at this time.
The latest intel from the rumormonger @evleaks might be intriguing for fans of Android Wear devices. Supposedly HTC is working on finally launching their own Android Wear smartwatch in June of this year. Of course, this rumor has been floating around for quite some time, and the dates keep getting pushed back into vaporware land.
Technically HTC already released a pseudo-smartwatch. They teamed up with Under Armor on the UA Band fitness tracker. Of course, this rumored device will be a true Android Wear smartwatch instead of just a fitness band, if the rumors are accurate. We will keep an eye out because an HTC smartwatch could be something cool to behold. It has the potential to have some unique and premium aesthetics.
This was a bit of a shock from out of left field late yesterday. Intel announced they will be cancelling their SoFIA platform and the next gen Broxton chips. That basically means they have effectively killed the Atom processor, which has been struggling to make any headway in the mobile world.
Intel did not clarify if this means they are exiting the mobile market altogether or if they are simply planning to move in a different direction with some unknown future tech. The principal reason for Intel's lack of success in the mobile chipset market isn't even just the heavy competition from Qualcomm, Samsung and MediaTek in the space. The fact of the matter is that the Atom chipset never lived up to Intel's media hype in performance or battery efficiency.
Now we are left wondering about future and current tech that utilizes the Atom processor. What does this mean for various mid-range smartphones and the upcoming Microsoft HoloLens? Apparently, they will need something new to power them in the future. Will it be Samsung, Qualcomm or someone else entirely?
For Microsoft at least, retooling the HoloLens for something shouldn't be too tough. In fact, most of the current rumint indicates that Microsoft was already planning on using Qualcomm's upcoming Snapdragon 830 for the Surface Phone. If they are already partnered up with Qualcomm on this device, it seems like it would be easy to replace the internals of the HoloLens with a Qualcomm chipset. This is...
Here's a decent deal alert for a Samsung Galaxy Tab E 9.6 16 GB Wifi Android tablet. Amazon knocked $50 off the normal price, bringing this solid tablet down to a very affordable $199.99. Here's a recap of specs for this Sammy tab:
Qualcomm Tablet Processor 1.2 GHz
Spacious and bright 9.6-inch screen
Long battery life; stream video for up to 12 hours before recharging(2)
Sleek, portable design
16 GB(3) internal storage with up to 128 GB expandable storage(1)
Front and rear cameras for photos and video chat
Kids Mode offers a safe and secure experience for children
Premium, complimentary apps from Samsung Galaxy Essentials
Sprint released their most recent financial report, and it's mostly good news for the Now Network. The biggest take away from their report is that they posted their first annual profit in 9 years! Sprint’s operating income grew 36% when comparing 2015 to 2014.
Another surprise is that Sprint actually out-performed AT&T and Verizon in postpaid additions in the fourth quarter of 2015, with Sprint adding 447,000 postpaid customers. This brought Sprint's yearly total up to 1.2 million, which is also the third consecutive quarter of positive postpaid additions.
It will be interesting to see if Sprint can keep this momentum going. T-Mobile is a competitive force to be reckoned with in the US mobile carrier market at the moment. Plus, if AT&T and Verizon seriously decided to start getting more competitive, it would be tough for Sprint to keep these trends.
It looks like Motorola is using Mother's Day as a good excuse to blow out old inventory on their Moto X Pure Edition on MotoMaker. They are offering their user customized versions of the Moto X Pure on MotoMaker for only $300 dollars. That's $100 off the regular price, and the sale lasts right up until May 9th (Mother's Day - you didn't forget did you?).
Here's a refresher of specs for the Moto X Pure Edition:
5.7-inch Quad HD display
Snapdragon 808 processor
3GB of RAM
3000 mAh battery
Nearly stock Android
While the specs are definitely not the cutting edge of flagships, they are definitely significant enough for most users to have a solid experience with the Moto X Pure Edition. Here's a link to check out this offer: MotoMaker.
Don't forget to drop by our dedicated Moto X Pure Edition section for further discussion: Moto X Pure Edition
JCase and TheRoot.Ninja team have released S-Off for the HTC 10 prior to the phone's release! For now the app will only S-Off your HTC 10. You will still need to unlock the bootloader using the HTCdev website. This is still big news as S-Off allows you to flash whatever you like to the phone. This means you will be able to run any Rom you choose.
Unlocked HTC 10 units should be shipping this week. If you decide to go ahead and S-Off your device you should know that once you are S-Offed if you change the lock status or the s-on/s-off status the phone won't be able to decrypt data until you wipe your data.