We take a hands-on first look at the new HTC One Mini, the latest upper mid-range Android phone from HTC, and a challenger to the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini.
The hotly rumoured and much leaked HTC One Mini has finally launched. It’s an upper mid-range handset that effectively replaces last year’s One S, but shares the exact same styling, software, and most of the features of the very well received HTC One.
HTC says the Mini is an attempt to take the One range to as wide an audience as possible. Yet curiously it’s unlikely to be massively cheaper, nor is it considerably smaller. It’s a tall handset, thanks to the presence of the impressive BoomSound speakers at either end, and with the same aluminium unibody chassis as the One – and the same build quality – it is a solid, weighty device too.The HTC One Mini next to the red HTC One
The device has been shrunk to fit around a 4.3″ display (720p and over 300ppi pixel density), and it does feel particularly good in the hand. It’s easy to manoeuvre your thumb around the screen, and easier to reach up to the power button still located on the top left edge of the phone.
The HTC First is the first phone to come with Facebook Home, and the Android device will be available exclusively on EE in the UK from the Summer.
HTC and Facebook have unveiled the HTC First, the first phone to come preloaded with the new Facebook Home software. It will be available in the US from 12th April on AT&T, and in the UK on EE in the summer.
The HTC First is a mid-range device with a dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 4.3″ 720p display. It runs Android 4.1, although that will be largely hidden behind Facebook Home.
Home is an all-encompassing launcher that puts Facebook interactions at the very heart of the device, primarily status updates and the Facebook Messenger service (not to mention Facebook ads everntually, too).
Grab free games for your phone with HTC and Playstation Mobile’s new promotion.
If you’re lucky enough to have one of the few devices currently running the latest installment of the HTC Sense skin, then good news, you’re entitled to some free games. HTC have teamed up with Playstation Mobile to offer a free Playstation-based game every week, and all you need to do is make sure your phone is also running Android 4.1, and that you’ve the Playstation Mobile app installed on your device.
The following devices can currently take advantage of the deal:HTC One V HTC One S HTC One X HTC One XL HTC One X+ HTC One EVO 4G LTE
This week’s free game is Cubixx, but make sure to check back every week for a new game!
MWC 2012 was a massive success, and we’re expecting even better things from this year’s event. We’ve rounded up all the rumours, hype and predictions to try and figure out what we can expect to see at MWC 2012.
February is arguably the best month to be an Android fan thanks to the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona. In 2012, HTC took centre stage by unveiling their One series, Huawei announced the Ascend D Quad, and Sony launched their Xperia P and U devices. But with the Android ecosystem constantly changing, and the tech behind devices consistently improving, MWC 2013 will hopefully be an event to remember. So read on as we round-up all the hype, rumours and promises from Samsung, Sony, HTC and the rest for what they’ve planned for MWC 2013.HTC at MWC 2013
HTC had a tremendous year at MWC 2012, with their One series stealing the show. This year will hopefully see HTC finally unveil the HTC M7 phone – a 5″ behemoth that includes a 13-megapixel camera and quad-core processor. There’s also a small chance we’ll see a few details announced about an updated version of the Sense user interface as well.Samsung at MWC 2013
Last year’s MWC wasn’t a big thing for Samsung, and they instead put together their own event to launch the Samsung Galaxy S3. Chances are we’ll see exactly the same this year with the Galaxy S4 as well. That isn’t to say it’ll be a no-go area for them, and we expect to see a few smaller devices unveiled from the current kings of the Android universe.
Android Tips, Tricks, Apps & Hacks 5 is now on sale
The new fifth volume of Android Tips, Tricks, Apps & Hacks is the most comprehensive yet. Its in-depth masterclasses cover everything you need to know to get started with your Android device, from using the phone’s camera to managing battery life and more. For those looking to expand the functionality of their Android and start using some of the cutting-edge apps and services, the Tricks section is a real treasure trove with an abundance of step-by-step tutorials. And, for the adventurers among you, the definitive guide to hacking is finally here; from flashing a Jelly Bean ROM to your phone to freezing unwanted apps. Plus there’s a comprehensive guide to all the essential apps you simply must download.
Andy Betts, Editor of Android Magazine, said: “Android Tips, Tricks, Apps and Hacks Volume 5 is an indispensable guide for all Android enthusiasts. If you’re new to the system and looking to discover what makes Android so great, or an experienced user who wants to learn how to hack and tweak your device then you will not find a more comprehensive book.”
Too good to miss, Android Tips, Tricks, Apps & Hacks 5 is available now (24/01/13) at www.imaginebookshop.co.uk and all good retailers for £9.99.
Packed with tutorials and app reviews the all new Android Book Volume 2 is the perfect companion for Android enthusaists.
Whether you’ve got an HTC, Samsung, Nexus 7, Sony, LG or any other Android device, this is the book for you.
Dedicated to showing you how to get the most out of the best apps on your smartphone, The Android Book 2 offers a wealth of features and guides to help you extend the functionality of your device. With overviews of all the default and best third-party applications and tutorials focusing on lifestyle, productivity and entertainment, there’s something for everyone.
Andy Betts, Editor of Android Magazine, said: “The Android Book 2 is a fantastic resource for all Android users. From those just starting out on the platform to seasoned users, the guides on offer are suitable for everyone. The book will not only help you get more productive with your Android, but also show you how to turn your phone into the ultimate entertainment device.”