HTC’s mid-range Desire 510 is coming to Cricket, Sprint, Virgin and Boost Mobile

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HTC is mostly known for its high-end devices that are built with premium materials, however the Taiwanese electronics manufacturer is starting to make a splash in the mid-range smartphone space. Today, the company announced the launch of the Desire 510, a new budget-friendly LTE-capable phone that’s coming to Sprint, Cricket, Virgin and Boost Mobile in the coming months.

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Samsung champions metal frame, curved corners & finish of Galaxy Alpha in new blog post

Samsung has put together a blog post extolling the virtues of the metal frame, curved corners and finish of the handset it created to go head-to-head with Apple’s iPhone, the Galaxy Alpha. It follows an earlier post on the making of the phone.

The prose is best described as stilted, but the general idea is that every element of the design has a reason behind it. Metal, we are told, offers “thinness, style and a comfortable grip.” And just in case anyone should accuse them of copying the iPhone in switching from plastic to metal, Samsung is quick to point out it started making metal phones back in 2006 – a year before the first iPhone …  Read more

Google reportedly set to launch first Android One devices in India next week

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At Google I/O in June, Google announced a new line of Android One smartphones that it said would be affordable and marketed at emerging markets, such as India. The Economic Times is now reporting that Google is planning to launch its first smartphones of the Android One program as early as next week in India. The report also claims, however, that the devices will be more expensive than the initial $100 price point Google announced at I/O.

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Alleged Sony Z3 gets a partial teardown prior to its official reveal

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Sony has yet to officially announce an Xperia Z3 smartphone, however that hasn’t stopped the leaks from coming. Expected to debut next week during IFA, alleged teardown pictures of the device have surfaced, giving a closer look at what we might be seeing in a few short days. Rumor has it that Sony’s next premium smartphone will feature a 5.3-inch 1080p HD display, a Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and a 20.7-megapixel rear-facing camera.

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Estimates say the Fire Phone hasn’t passed 35,000 units sold

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According to numbers crunched by The Guardian‘s Charles Arthur and based on data from Chitika and comScore, it appears as if the Amazon Fire Phone isn’t exactly setting hardly anything on fire. In fact, if this report is to be believed, Amazon hasn’t sold more than 35,000 total Fire Phone units since the much-hyped unveiling of the device in June.

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Verizon rolling out VoLTE in coming weeks via software update

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Verizon announced today that it plans to roll out support for Voice over LTE (VoLTE) in the coming weeks following the early stages of roll outs from both AT&T and T-Mobile. The news will enable the higher quality voice calling on Android handsets with support chipsets, but the news comes just ahead of Apple’s expected introduction of the feature alongside iOS 8 and iPhone 6. Our sister site 9to5Mac first reported back in April that Apple is targeting voice-over-LTE support for iOS 8 and future iPhone models: Read more