AT&T Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Android 4.4 KitKat update now rolling out
Apr16

AT&T Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Android 4.4 KitKat update now rolling out

The updates to Android 4.4 KitKat keep on rolling out. The latest in line to receive the newest version of Android is AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy S4 Active. The carrier announced that the new software bits are headed out to Galaxy S4 Active devices starting today. The update is rolling out over-the-air. As such, your phone should notify you when it’s ready to download and install, but be advised that the whole process could be staggered, which means it may be a while before your particular handset receives KitKat. If you’re impatient, you can always force a manual check by going to Settings > More > About Device > Software Update and selecting Check for Updates.¬†AT&T recommends you only start the process if you have at least 50% battery left. The update brings with it all that’s new in KitKat, alongside some other improvements. You get the restyled status and navigation bars, the new full screen immersive mode, color emoji support, improved closed captioning, stronger security, smarter power use, full screen album art and media controls on the lock screen while listening to music, camera access from the lock screen, a new location menu, wireless printing built-in, and new sound...

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LG G Flex for AT&T and Sprint now just $99.99
Mar28

LG G Flex for AT&T and Sprint now just $99.99

Both AT&T and Sprint launched the LG G Flex for $299.99 with a new two-year contract, but subsequently Sprint lowered that asking price to a more reasonable $249.99. More reasonable than before, that is – not actually reasonable. Well, if you’re looking to buy the G Flex and use it on either of these carriers, we have some good news. It turns out that you don’t actually have to shell out that much cash to get one. Amazon is offering both AT&T’s and Sprint’s LG G Flex for only $99.99. Those are some great savings to be had, though naturally you’ll still need to sign a new two-year contract for it. Regardless of which of the two carriers you choose to do business with, the $99.99 price applies only to new customers or existing customers that add new lines. If you want to upgrade an existing device on an existing line, you’ll need to pay $119.99 for the G Flex. That’s more, but still a lot less than what you’d need to come up with if you went directly to the carriers. The LG G Flex surely isn’t for everybody, with its niche-y curved screen and all, but if you want one, you can now get one much cheaper than before. The Amazon listing is here for AT&T’s model and here for Sprint’s. Via Android...

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Asus PadFone X has its specs officially revealed by AT&T
Mar28

Asus PadFone X has its specs officially revealed by AT&T

On January 7, Asus announced the PadFone X for AT&T. So almost three months ago. Time has passed (a lot of it, really), yet up until this moment we didn’t even have a full spec list for the device, let alone a price or release date. Today though AT&T finally decided it’s time to at least let us know what to expect from the PadFone X in terms of specs, while still saying absolutely nothing about when it will be for sale or how much it would cost. Ah well, let’s take what we can then. The Asus PadFone X will come with a 5-inch 1080p Full HD touchscreen, a 13 MP rear camera, a 2 MP front camera, a 2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and a 2,300 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat. Its dimensions are 143.93×72.46×9.98 mm, and it weighs 150 grams. Those measurements make it bigger than the LG G2 in every way, even though that handset has a screen that’s larger by .2 inches. So this isn’t the most compact 5-inch offering, that’s for sure. The tablet dock will come with a 9-inch 1,920×1,200 touchscreen, a 1 MP front camera, and a 4,990 mAh battery. Its dimensions will be 250.4×172.25×11.63 mm, and it will weigh 514 grams. “Stay tuned for ordering and availability details”, AT&T...

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AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note 3 finally starts receiving Android 4.4 KitKat update
Mar27

AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note 3 finally starts receiving Android 4.4 KitKat update

More than two months after the internationally sold Samsung Galaxy Note 3 started receiving the update to Android 4.4 KitKat, AT&T’s version of the phablet has finally got it. The rollout has started today, so expect your Note 3 to notify you about the update’s availability any minute now (or any day now). Obviously, the update will be staggered, so you may not get it today – or even this week. It’s how these things go. If you’re impatient, however, you can always try to manually get it by going to Settings > General > About device > Software Update. Maybe you’ll get lucky. The update comes with a restyled, transparent status bar, a new full-screen immersive mode, color emoji support, better closed captioning, stronger security, smarter power use, a default messaging app choice, improved GPS performance, full screen album art and media controls on the lock screen while playing music, a camera shortcut on the lock screen, new Location menu in Settings, integrated support for wireless printing, and new sound controls. So there you have it. It certainly took its sweet time, but now the update is finally in the process of rolling out. Let’s hope that when the time comes for the next update AT&T won’t lag this far behind the international release. Via...

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AT&T’s HTC One Mini and Sprint’s HTC One Max both now getting Android 4.4 KitKat updates
Mar27

AT&T’s HTC One Mini and Sprint’s HTC One Max both now getting Android 4.4 KitKat updates

Two more handsets have started receiving updates to Android 4.4 KitKat, and they’re both made by HTC. The One Mini sold by AT&T and the One Max sold by Sprint are the lucky recipients of the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system this time around. The AT&T HTC One Mini is now in the process of getting both Android 4.4 KitKat and HTC Sense 5.5, the latest version of the company’s UI overlay (for devices that aren’t the new One M8, that is). This update brings with it the transparent status bar, the new immersive mode, color emoji support, better closed captioning, stronger security, enhanced Bluetooth, smarter power use, a phone app which lets you look up contacts straight from the dial pad and easily search corporate directories, smart caller ID that matches numbers not in your contacts with businesses that have a Google Maps listing, a new menu for BlinkFeed, new copy and paste options, a new Email UI, access to the camera from the lock screen, music controls on the lock screen, and a new clock interface. The update is rolling out over-the-air, so your phone will notify you once it’s ready to download. That, by the way, you can only do via Wi-Fi. Make sure you have at least 50% battery before proceeding. If you’re impatient, you can manually check for the update by going to Settings > About Phone > System Updates. In Sprint’s case, it’s the HTC One Max getting KitKat from today. This update also comes over-the-air and is a 343 MB affair. It features everything that’s new about Android 4.4 KitKat, as well as some unnamed security enhancements, the Cloud Print service, and new Bluetooth profiles added. Updating via Wi-Fi is recommended. Once again, your phone should notify you when the update has reached it, but if you can’t wait just use the procedure described above for AT&T’s HTC One Mini to try and manually get the update earlier. Via AT&T and Android...

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AT&T is giving away five units of the all new HTC One, hints at how much it could cost
Mar21

AT&T is giving away five units of the all new HTC One, hints at how much it could cost

The so-called all new HTC One is clearly the mobile world’s worst kept secret at the moment. The Taiwanese company will officially unveil its next flagship smartphone on March 25, which is next Tuesday, and the phone may even go on sale on the same day (at least via one retailer in the UK and at Verizon). Now AT&T is offering you the chance to win five all new HTC One units, one per day, starting today and until March 25. It’s funny that AT&T doesn’t name the handset it’s giving away, choosing only to say that it’s “about to launch an amazing new HTC device”. However, it’s obvious what we’re talking about here, especially since the sweepstakes end on the day the all new HTC One will be announced. To win, all you have to do is enter your details over on this special page, and hope for the best. You’ll be able to do that until 11:59 pm ET on March 25. Obviously, the chance is for US residents only. In the rules for the prize draw the devices you can win are priced at $639.99, so that may very well be how much AT&T will charge for an all new HTC One without a contract. That’s just $10 less than what the carrier wants for an off-contract Samsung Galaxy S5, so we can probably expect the new HTC One to be offered for $199.99 with a two-year contract, just like its Samsung-made...

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Samsung Galaxy S5 pre-orders start at AT&T and US Cellular tomorrow for $199.99, Gear 2 priced too
Mar20

Samsung Galaxy S5 pre-orders start at AT&T and US Cellular tomorrow for $199.99, Gear 2 priced too

If you’re in the US, we now have the first pre-order info for the Samsung Galaxy S5 for you. Both AT&T and US Cellular are set to start taking pre-orders for the smartphone on March 21, which is actually tomorrow. At AT&T, you’ll need to pay $199.99 for the handset and get a new two-year contract. Alternatively, you can use AT&T’s Next plan and get it for $25 per month with Next 18, and $32.50 per month with Next 12. It you want to buy one without any commitment whatsoever, you’ll need to shell out $649.99. AT&T says it will start shipping pre-ordered devices in “early April”, without mentioning an actual date. At US Cellular, the pricing situation is similar, as you’d expect. $199.99 is what you have to pay for the Galaxy S5, and you’ll get a $50 free Google Play promo code if you pre-order. This carrier is more forthcoming than AT&T, as it flat out states that the Galaxy S5 will be out on April 11. That’s the official international release date too, so it looks like Samsung is gearing up for a big launch indeed. AT&T was also kind enough to give us the official pricing for Samsung’s new wearables – the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches, as well as the Gear Fit smartband. The Gear 2 will cost $299, so exactly the same as its predecessor (unfortunately for those who were hoping for more reasonable pricing). The Gear 2 Neo and the Gear Fit are both going to go for $199. These three should also be up for pre-order tomorrow, and you might even score a $50 discount if you buy the Galaxy S5 together with a Gear 2 or Gear 2...

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HTC Desire 610 on its way to AT&T
Mar05

HTC Desire 610 on its way to AT&T

Last month during MWC, HTC unveiled two new midrange smartphones that have an emphasis on design: the Desire 816 and the Desire 610. As is usually the case at such events, the company failed to provide information as to where exactly we can expect to see either of them launched, with the exception of mentioning China as the debut market for the Desire 816. The Desire 610 is apparently going to get a ‘global’ release in May, but it’s unclear what that may mean. If you’re in the US, you’re probably not used to seeing HTC’s Desire-branded phones in your neck of the woods. That’s because these have been historically limited to emerging markets and a few European countries (though not always). That’s set to change, it seems. AT&T is going to release the HTC Desire 610 at some point in the future, according to the pretty reliable @evleaks. Unfortunately no more details about this launch are available at the moment, so we don’t know when exactly it will be out (not even a rough time frame), nor how much you’ll need to pay for the 610. That said, we don’t expect it to make its way to AT&T stores before May, when the global release is set, and the pricing should be in line with its specs – which is to say, the Desire 610 should be cheap in order to sell...

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The All New HTC One pictured for AT&T
Feb28

The All New HTC One pictured for AT&T

Ladies and gentlemen, here it is again. The All New HTC One, which is due to be unveiled officially on March 25, has been leaking like crazy over the past few weeks. We’ve already seen it in official press renders in all three of the launch colors (silver, gray, and gold), and now it’s time for yet another press shot of the upcoming superphone. Though there’s a twist: this is AT&T’s version of the device, as you can undoubtedly see by the carrier’s logo being slapped on the lower part of the back. Though we have to say, this is one of the more decent and minimal carrier brandings we’ve seen so far, especially for US-based companies (who love their logos being big on smartphones). Otherwise, obviously this will be identical to every other new HTC One out there. And though this confirms that the new HTC One is headed to AT&T, it will certainly also be sold by the other big carriers – and maybe even some of the smaller ones. That was the case for the original One last year, and there’s no reason for things to change this time around. Via...

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LG G Flex now available at AT&T and T-Mobile, where it’s joined by the Optimus F3Q
Feb05

LG G Flex now available at AT&T and T-Mobile, where it’s joined by the Optimus F3Q

Following a pre-order period of a few days, the curved LG G Flex is now finally available to purchase from both AT&T and T-Mobile. This is one of just two currently sold smartphones that come with curved displays. At AT&T, you can buy one for $299.99 with a new two-year contract, or $694.99 if you’d rather not commit to a long-term relationship with the carrier. At T-Mobile, the situation is a bit different, as you’d expect from the self-proclaimed ‘uncarrier’. You pay nothing upfront for the G Flex, but then you need to shell out $28 per month for 24 months in order to settle things. That’s on top of your service fee, naturally. As is always the case at the magenta carrier, you can cancel wireless service at any time, but when you do the balance on the phone becomes due. The LG G Flex is joined today in T-Mobile’s portfolio by the Optimus F3Q, an LG smartphone that features a side-sliding physical QWERTY keyboard – something we certainly don’t see that much in this day and age. For lovers of actual buttons, this is bound to be the one to get, because despite its rather low-end specs, it’s one of the few such options available. The Optimus F3Q can be yours for nothing upfront followed by 24 monthly payments of...

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