AT&T to Sell the HTC 8X November 9
Updated: rewrote the post to reflect the actual availability of the handsets.
AT&T today announced that the HTC Windows Phone 8X will be available for purchase in stores beginning November 9. The 8GB California Blue model should be available in most AT&T stores. In-store availability of the 8GB Limelight and 16GB California Blue models, however, will be scattered. Customers will be able to purchase the 8GB Limelight and 16GB California Blue versions in stores, and those purchases will ship by next week. AT&T is charging $99.99 for the 8GB Limelight and California Blue models, and $199.99 for the 16GB California Blue model.
More Carriers and Phone Makers Agree to Adopt Google's RCS-Based 'Android Messages' Service
Google today said more wireless network operators and handset manufacturers will use Android Messages, its RCS-based messaging service, as the default SMS/MMS tool on their phones. (Android Messages was previously known as Google Messenger.) Some of the features of RCS, which is a global standard, include group chat, high-resolution photo sharing, advanced calling features, and read receipts.
Samsung to Bring Blue Coral Galaxy S7 Edge to US
Samsung said it will expand the availability of the blue coral version of the Galaxy S7 Edge to more markets beginning November 1. Samsung didn't specify exactly which regions will have access to the new color other than to say at least one U.S.-based carrier will sell the phone before the end of the year.
Best Buy Scores Electric Blue Galaxy S5
Best Buy today announced the August 17 availability of an electric blue Samsung Galaxy S5, a color exclusive to the big box retailer. The blue GS5 will be available to AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon Wireless customers for $99 with a new two-year contract, which represents a savings of $100 off the normal contract price.
Nexus 5X from LG Rounds Out Google's Smartphone Offering
Google today announced the Nexus 5X, a less-costly alternative to the Nexus 6P. Where the 6P is made by Huawei, the 5X is made by LG.
OnePlus Drops 16GB Variant of the OnePlus 2
OnePlus has ceased offering the 16GB version of its OnePlus 2 smartphone in the U.S. and the U.K.