event Stories October 4, 2016

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Just ahead of its long-awaited October 4th press event, Google has posted the live stream for the event to its YouTube channel…

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event Stories September 28, 2016

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Last night we first got word that Google was sending out some last minute invites to its October 4th press event, and now we can definitely say that the Mountain View company is opening up its big announcement to some of the public. Or perhaps not the “public,” but rather — so far, at least — some non-press that are close to Google…

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event Stories May 16, 2016

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Google I/O is right around the corner, and this year’s a bit different. Google’s holding the event closer to home — at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California. And everything’s happening outside in the cool breeze of the Bay Area. This is different scenery than the last several years that have  at the Moscone Center in downtown San Francisco, and we’re hoping that this means the event itself is going to have some fresh scenery as well.

Among many other things, this year looks like it’s going to be heavy on virtual reality, with a little bit of Android N, Chrome OS, Project Tango, ATAP, and messaging sprinkled in for good measure…

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event Stories March 25, 2016

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Chinese company LeEco, previously known as LeTV, has an event scheduled to take place in Beijing next month, but this time things are a bit different than usual — the company is making a point of inviting US media. The company has over the last couple of years sold an impressive number of Le 1, Le 1 Pro, Le Max and Le 1s handsets — as many as 4 million in 2015. And now LeEco is getting ready to make its “grand” entrance into the United States market…

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event Stories February 21, 2016

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Not more than a couple days after saying that his fans “criticized [themselves] out of any leaks for a while,” (in reference to hateful comments about the LG G5) Evan Blass is on fire once again. Now, he has shared images of a mysterious Sony “Xperia PP10” smartphone (he says that might not be its launch name), as well as Moto Hint-like accessory called the Sony Smart Ear…

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event Stories January 12, 2016

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Mobile World Congress is still more than a month away, but that’s not keeping LG from sending out invitations to its upcoming press event in Barcelona. The company’s keynote is scheduled for February 21st, according to the invite, at 14:00 local time. Beyond that, though, there’s not much to learn here. The invite shows what looks to be a jack-in-the-box along with the slogan “Play begins.”… expand full story

event Stories January 11, 2016

Google’s Ubiquity developer summit kicks off at 10 AM PT, tune in here [Updated]

Update: You can now view full video from the Ubiquity dev summit on YouTube here.

As we told you a couple of weeks ago, Google’s Ubiquity internet of things-focused dev summit is kicking off today at around 10 AM PT. Google has several technologies including Brillo and Weave that are geared for this trend in computing (which we will surely hear about), but the official schedule mentions everything from Chromecast to CloudSpin to Android Auto…

event Stories October 22, 2015

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We’re on the ground at the Big Android BBQ 2015, one of the largest Android developer events of the year. And while this is largely a developer event without much in terms of press-facing announcements, this is the first year — as we told you this past summer — that Google Developers is partnering with IDEAA to make it bigger and better than ever. We’re here to meet interesting people in the community,

If you’re a developer, or just an Android enthusiast that’s curious about what the BABBQ is like this year, we’ll be keeping this post updated with anything we stumble on that might be interesting… expand full story

event Stories October 20, 2015

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Today, HTC will take the wraps off its latest addition to the One handset family. The One A9 is expected to feature an all-metal body, but more slim-lined and without the trademark front-facing speakers of current HTC flagships. HTC’s #BeBrilliant event is going to start at 12pm Eastern/9am Pacific/5pm British Summer Time, and will be available to watch live online. You can watch the live stream on the company’s dedicated launch page, or just stay here and watch the embedded live stream below: expand full story

event Stories September 29, 2015

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Although all the Chrome and Nexus festivities are over, Google has now posted its livestream video from earlier this morning on YouTube for replay. Along with the Nexus 5X and 6P, Google also unveiled a pair of new Chromecasts, the Pixel C tablet, a new Chromecast app, new features for Google Photos, and more… expand full story

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Just as Google’s jam-packed Nexus event is wrapping up, HTC has sent invites to its own press event. The company says it will hold an event on October 20th during which it will unveil its newest One smartphone. The event itself, however, is somewhat different than your normal smartphone unveil…

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Google has just kicked off its press event, where it’s expected to unveil next-gen Chromecast and Nexus devices alongside other announcements, but it started with an update on company numbers and more.

Among the numbers, Google’s Sundar Pichai confirmed that it’s introducing around 30,000 new Chromebooks everyday with around 10,000 companies using or testing the company’s new Android for Work platformGoogle announced its new Android for Work platform back in February, opening up a dedicated Google Play store and other features specifically for enterprise users.

The company also said that it’s now at 1 billion active Google Play users with around 1.4 billion active Android devices over the last 30 days and 20 million Chromecasts sold to date. 

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event Stories September 28, 2015

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Google’s September 29th event — the company’s biggest press-facing event since Google I/O 2015 — is scheduled to kick off tomorrow. And while there are definitely some things that haven’t managed to hit the rumor mill quite yet (or maybe not?), a lot of the company’s biggest announcements for tomorrow aren’t secret. The company is planning to reveal two different Chromecast devices, we’ll certainly see the unveiling of the company’s Nexus 5X and 6P, and we’ll hear about the official launch of Android Marshmallow among many other announcements… expand full story

event Stories September 14, 2015

LG has sent out press invitations this morning for an event hosted in New York City, and it looks like there’s going to be a movie-related announcement of some kind. Besides the LG-made Nexus device that’s set to be announced by Google on September 29th, an LG “V” handset with an auxiliary ticker display has also been making rounds in the rumor mill lately. Neither one of these things are obviously movie-related, though… expand full story

event Stories September 2, 2015

Sony’s IFA press conference is about to kick off, here’s your live stream

Next up at the IFA trade show in Berlin is Sony’s press conference scheduled to kick off at 10am ET/ 3:00pm BST. And the good news is we’ll be able to watch the whole thing as it unfolds as Sony’s plans to stream the event live on its website.

What can we expect from Sony today? Judging by past leaks, some of the announcements we’d expect include the new Sony Xperia Z5 family including a Compact and Premium model alongside a refreshed design for the flagship lineup and camera improvements. Based on recent leaks, we’re expecting to see a 5.2-inch Xperia Z5, along with the larger Xperia Z5 Premium with a large 5.5-inch QHD or 4K display and the smaller Z5 Compact with a 720p, 4.6-inch display.

We’ll of course be following along and offering up coverage on the big announcements from the event. But you can check out the full live stream of the event for yourself through Sony’s website here.

event Stories August 13, 2015

Samsung has today announced at its Unpacked event the latest in the Galaxy line of smartphones. The Korean company introduced the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, as well as a larger S6 Edge called — yes, it’s a bit of a mouthful — the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+… expand full story

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Huawei has started sending out invitations to an event on September 2nd in Berlin, Germany. The invites fit in perfectly with previous speculation that the Chinese manufacturer would use IFA as its platform to launch a new smartphone. What’s interesting about these invites is that they seemingly hint at the name of the upcoming device. expand full story

event Stories July 28, 2015

The Moto X Style — called Moto X Pure Edition in the US — phones we got to play with at the end of today’s event were obviously very pure Android and with their much larger displays and heavy batteries very much reminiscent of the Nexus 6 that I’m carrying around. The one big and important difference is the Sony 21MP shooter on the back that in limited testing makes all the difference.

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event Stories July 27, 2015

After months upon months of rumors and speculation, OnePlus finally announced its highly anticipated OnePlus 2 smartphone this evening. While nearly everything was already known about the device, it’s nice to get confirmation and some rehashing of details from OnePlus. As expected, the OnePlus 2 features a 5.5-inch display at 1080p and a refreshed design. The company brags that it’s not a 2015 flagship, but rather a 2016 flagship. The device will be available August 11th in the US,  Canada, India, EU, and China. It will rollout to Southeast Asia in Q4.

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event Stories July 23, 2015

Big Android BBQ coming to Amsterdam, Netherlands in November

The Big Android BBQ is one of the biggest Android developer events of the year, and now it’s coming to Europe. Thanks an announcement over at the new Big Android BBQ Netherlands website, we know that Big Android BBQ Europe is set to take place in Amsterdam from the 12th to the 14th of November 2015…

event Stories July 16, 2015

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Motorola has announced today that it is holding an event on July 28th. And yes, this all but surely means that we’ll be seeing the much-rumored 2015 Moto X and 2015 Moto G, and maybe even the next Moto 360 as well… expand full story

event Stories June 18, 2015

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IDEAA, the International Developer Education and Advocacy Alliance, has for several years now been running the Big Android BBQ in Hurst, Texas. Featuring sessions run by some of the most knowledgable people the field, challenges, and — of course — some great food, the event has a reputation as one of the biggest and best Android developer events of the year. Now, the company says it’s taking BABBQ to new heights, as Google Developers has officially gotten on board to team up with IDEAA to make the event better than ever… expand full story

event Stories June 10, 2015

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Nest has a press conference planned for June 17th, but Tony Fadell and company haven’t mentioned—nor hinted—up to this point what they might be working on. Possibilities range from a refreshed Nest Thermostat, to new hardware for the company’s Protect CO2 and smoke alarm, to new Dropcam hardware, to a sweet new smart mailbox (maybe based on Google’s April Fools joke from earlier this year?).

Reports have claimed that the Google-owned company has an entire lineup of new hardware in the works, including new versions of all of these products (sans the mailbox, of course). We can corroborate this information, as we’ve also heard from people familiar with the products in testing that Nest does indeed have new hardware being trialled in small groups, along with a brand new app that will tie everything together… expand full story

event Stories June 4, 2015

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Nest hasn’t made any substantial announcements since the company was acquired by Google last year, but it looks like that might change soon. In a press invite that’s very short on details, the company asks a select few publications to join for “a Nest press conference” scheduled to take place Wednesday, June 17th, in San Francisco… expand full story

event Stories May 7, 2015

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It looks like all hope is not lost if you applied for a ticket to Google I/O in March and initially got rejected. Scattered reports have started streaming in that some users who were rejected at first have now begun receiving emails inviting them to purchase a ticket to the event…

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event Stories May 5, 2015

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Google released a video yesterday teasing all the exciting AdWords announcements it has in store, and today the livestream featuring them is about to be underway. Among the announcements that Google mentioned yesterday include new mobile-focused ad formats, tools to help automate and scale all the things you do in AdWords, and new measurement products to help you measure the impact of your ads across a variety of platforms.

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event Stories April 22, 2015

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Google for Work’s Chrome Live event happened today, and the Mountain View company took this opportunity to announce many new Chrome-related products for the workplace… expand full story

event Stories April 21, 2015

PSA: Big Android BBQ 2015 is scheduled for October 22-23 in Hurst, Texas

The annual Big Android BBQ is scheduled to take place October 22nd and 23rd 2015 in Hurst, Texas. The developer-focused event, which is sponsored by Google Developers, brings several programming and networking sessions across two days and—obviously—plenty of BBQ.

The Big Android BBQ (BABBQ) is a developer event like no other; an Android combo-meal that delivers super-sized portions of education and entertainment.

Learn ‘tricks-of-the-trade’ from thought leaders and senior developers in our mouth-watering sessions and get your hands greasy with newly acquired knowledge in the Code Kitchen. End each evening with fellow developers and sponsors at our exciting networking sessions filled with happy meals and frosty beverages. The 2015 Big Android BBQ delivered by Google Developers will leave you exhausted and inspired.

You can pre-order tickets for the event on Eventbrite now, with Early Bird pricing (which is $55 + fees) running until May 22nd. We’ll be there to make friends, eat some food, and have some healthy Android and tech-related discourse. It should be a good time.

event Stories April 1, 2015

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Acer has today announced the latest addition to Google’s Chrome OS lineup with a new Chromebase all-in-one desktop with a touch screen. The announcement comes following the company’s introduction of the very first 15-inch Chromebook earlier this year, which like this device, was first of its kind.

The company has also sent invites to an event taking place at the World Trade Center on April 23rd… expand full story

event Stories March 30, 2015

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LG this evening has sent invites to events being held simultaneously on April 28th and April 29th in New York, London, Paris, Seoul, Singapore, and Istanbul. At these events, LG will most likely launch its next flagship smartphone, anticipated to be the G4. The invite itself is relatively minimalist, with the tagline reading, “See the great, feel the great.”

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event Stories March 16, 2015

Reminder: Registration for Google I/O 2015 opens tomorrow (Update: Today!)

Update: Google I/O registration is now open.

Google I/O 2015 is right around the corner, scheduled to be taking place May 28th and 29th of this year at Moscone Center West. And in case you haven’t been following Google’s own countdown clock, we wanted to give you a bit of a heads up and remind you that registration for the event opens Tuesday. Just like last year, Google will be keeping registration open to the public for a couple days, and then will be holding a random lottery to see who gets to go…

You can head to the Google I/O 2015 registration page Tuesday at 9 AM PDT to register, and the cost will be the same as last year: $900 for a general attendee, and $300 for a student ticket. Before registration opens, make sure you have a Google account set up and ready to go, and it wouldn’t hurt to sign into Google Wallet to add the card that you plan to pay with. Head over to Google’s website to check out the event schedule.

event Stories March 9, 2015

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Google has published an Android Wear commercial to its YouTube channel this morning, and it fittingly features the company’s smartwatch platform on the day Apple is scheduled to kick off their “Spring forward” event—which is widely assumed to be Apple Watch-focused.

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event Stories March 2, 2015

Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked press event is now available for replay on YouTube

Samsung made several big announcements yesterday, including its new flagship smartphones, but in case you were busy over the weekend or simply forgot to tune in, the Korean company has now uploaded a video of the Galaxy Unpacked event to YouTube for your viewing enjoyment. Among other announcements, Samsung told the world about the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge, as well as its upcoming Samsung Pay service.

Check out the video below…

event Stories March 1, 2015

Watch the HTC One M9 ‘Utopia in Progress’ event here (Livestream)

The HTC One M9 is set to be announced today at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. We’re just moments away from the event kicking off, so tune in below for the latest straight from HTC…

event Stories February 12, 2015

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As we told you earlier this month, Xiaomi is holding an event in San Francisco today. While we aren’t expecting any new products to be announced, the company definitely has some interesting information to share with us as those of us stateside get an opportunity “to get to know the company and leadership a bit more.​” expand full story

event Stories February 5, 2015

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Mattel and Google have sent out press invites for an event they’re holding together on February 13th in New York City. The invitation, sporting the tagline “view what’s possible,” includes reference to what looks to be a reel from the old View-Master toy from the mid-1900s.  expand full story

event Stories October 14, 2014

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Following a number of leaks for an upcoming new DROID device from Verizon, we’ve now received word that Verizon has scheduled an Oct. 28 press event specifically to unveil its latest DROID product. While we know that the event will focus on the latest DROID device from the carrier, we can only assume it’s the DROID Turbo leaked through official Verizon channels in recent weeks (pictured above). expand full story

event Stories August 1, 2014

As expected, report says Samsung plans Sept. 3 IFA event for Galaxy Note 4 unveiling

With IFA in earlier September each year being the usual venue of a new Galaxy Note unveiling, it’s not much of a surprise that a new report claims Samsung is planning a Sept. 3 event for the upcoming Galaxy Note 4. The report comes from The Korea Times (via SamMobile), which notes that the company is planning to send out invites for the event any day now.

That would line up the event with the IFA tech conference in Berlin that week and follows a number of leaks for the device pointing to some unique features like an ultraviolet sensor. Other specs rumoured for the device include a 5.7-inch QHD (2560×1440) display, an Exynos 5433/Snapdragon 805 processor,  a 16-megapixel with a Sony IMX240 sensor and optical image stabilization, and 3GB of RAM.

We’ll be on hand for full coverage of the Samsung event at IFA next month.

event Stories June 12, 2014

Samsung is set to hold its “Tab Into Color” event tonight in New York City at 4PM Pacific/7PM Eastren, and as you’d expect, the company is live streaming the entire thing on YouTube. Given Samsung’s recent event history, the event could be quite the spectacle. You never know.

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event Stories June 4, 2014

Update: Amazon has officially announced its 3D phone dubbed the Fire Phone. You can read the full breakdown here.

Amazon has just announced that it is holding a press event in Seattle on June 18th. The company says that it will unveil a new device at the event. Amazon is also letting anyone request an invite to it by simply filling out a form on its website.

The company also posted a video showing reactions to the new device by customers. One person remarked that “it moved with” them and another claimed that they’ve “never seen anything like” it before. All the customers are essentially moving their heads around with the device. It is widely expected to be a 3d-capable smartphone, which the company has allegedly been working on for quite a while.

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event Stories August 14, 2013

A leaked image earlier this month hinted that Sony had plans to introduce its rumored Xperia i1, codenamed “Honami,” at an event scheduled for September 4th during IFA in Berlin. Today, Xperiablog points us to another set of photos posted on Digi-Wo showing what is reportedly the Honami handset in white. You get a sense of its size in some comparison shots next to the iPhone 5. The device is rumored to include a 5-inch 1080p display, 20-megapixel rear camera, and Snapdragon 800 processor as one of Sony’s new flagship devices.

Nothing is official at this point, but we’ll likely be finding out more early next month at Sony’s event. Perhaps we’ll even get a look at the rumored Carl Zeiss lens camera attachmentexpand full story

event Stories August 6, 2013

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After teasing the device in nearly every way possible, LG is finally set to introduce its new G2 flagship in New York City tomorrow. @evleaks has once again, however, taken the anticipation out of the event and leaked a clear press image of the device. The image confirms the large, 5.2-inch display, as well as rear-placed volume and power buttons.

As far as specs go, the device will have a 5.2-inch full-HD display, a Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, a microSD card slot, a removable battery, on-screen navigation keys, and Android 4.2.2 with LG’s custom skin.

We’ll be sure to bring you all the official news out of LG’s event tomorrow, but at this point, the only we don’t know is availability and pricing. expand full story

event Stories July 17, 2013

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Google has just sent out invites for an event next Wednesday, July 24th. The invite says that it is a “breakfast with Sundar Pichai,” which means that the focus of the event will probably be on Android and/or Chrome, which are the two departments that Pichai oversees. For those that can’t make the breakfast or were not invited, it will be live streamed on YouTube as well.

More than likely the event has something to do with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, which is expected to be a very minor update over 4.2. It’s also possible that it’s the Nexus 7 successor, for which we just saw leaked pricing. We’ll be sure to let you know what Google has to say next week.

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event Stories June 27, 2013

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T-Mobile has just sent out an invite to a July 10th press event in New York City. The invite doesn’t offer many details as to what we can expect, but the carrier does tease that we will see its “boldest moves yet.” It could be that announcement has something to do with its Uncarrier plans, as we’ve heard whispers of a “phase two” happening on July 14th, but it seems unlikely that an event would be held for just that. It’s also possible that the company will simply be formally announcing the Xperia Z, which we’ve heard will come on July 17th.

We’ll be sure to let you know whatever T-Mobile announces that day, no matter what it is.  expand full story

event Stories June 19, 2013

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HTC this morning announced the Butterfly S, the successor the the Butterfly flagship that launched in the fall of 2012. The device carries many of the same traits as the HTC One, however. It is packing the same 4MP UltraPixel sensor as the One, but has a slightly larger Super LCD 3 5-inch display with a 1080p resolution. It’s using the same front-facing Boom Sound speakers as the One that were praised so highly. The device is powered by a 1.9GHz Snapdragon 600 processor with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a microSD card, and a rather large 3200mAh battery.

The Butterfly S was announced at a localized event in Taiwan (via Engadget), so U.S. availability still remains up in the air. In the local market, the device will sell for NT $22,900, which is about $765 USD, and be available sometime in July. Assuming Verizon at some point releases its One variant, we wouldn’t be surprised to see the Butterfly S come to Big Red as a successor to the DROID DNA.  expand full story

event Stories May 9, 2013

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You can now download at the Play Store with a lot of new features this year:

– NEW! Scan attendee badges via NFC – NEW! Schedule changes are immediately synchronized between devices – NEW! Lock screen widget for viewing your agenda on the go – NEW! Vector-based maps with session info – NEW! Dedicated HDMI video output for livestreams – NEW! Automatic WiFi setup for attendees – NEW! Off-site attendee mode for livestream-only viewers – Use Google+ for login – Support for viewing Office Hours sessions – Improved support for devices with RTL locales
Additionally Google reminds us that if we can’t make it to Moscone, they’re streaming everything so stop complaining about not getting a ticket. expand full story

event Stories February 28, 2013

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Posted via Tweet, Samsung announced this morning that it’ll be live streaming the Galaxy S IV unveiling at Times Square in New York City.  Samsung plans on starting the event at 7AM in the Big Apple on March 14th. If you can’t make the trip there though, you can live stream the event on Samsung’s Youtube channel the day of the event.

event Stories February 19, 2013

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It’s all but confirmed the HTC One is launching in New York today, but that didn’t stop French website NowhereElse from leaking a press shot of device today. The leak shows both sides of the phone, in both black and white, with a few apps running on the screen. On one phone, a video camera app is running while a photo gallery app seems to be running on the other. The phone in the middle is presumed to be the home screen with what looks to be a new version of Sense. It’s been rumored that Sense 5.0 is going to launch today, and that may in fact be true with this new leak. While the shots don’t seem to be Photoshopped, we’ll be sure of what is announced today, as we will be there live blogging the event at 10 a.m. EST.

Update: DroidLife has two videos of the phone, with one being sourced from Phandroid.

Update 2: Engadget spotted the HTC One. The shot is a close up of the back of the device. A red band that adds a nice accent is also shown on the device, but the red band is not shown in the reported press release photos above.

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