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PlayStation Mobile Store now available for Sony Xperia, PS Vita, Android phones

Tokyo-based major video game company, Sony has just launched its brand new service called PlayStation Mobile – an online store that piles various game titles for selected Android phones, PS Vita and Xperia devices. This latest store app officially launched on Wednesday, exclusively in nine countries including Australia, Italy, Japan, Canada, Germany, Spain, France, US and UK, Game Arena reported Wednesday.

Replacing the long-standing PlayStation Suite, Sony’s new PS Mobile Store service is an online one-stop shop destination where users of PS Vita, Xperia smartphones and tablets and selected Android phones purchase their favorite mobile games and relevant contents from Sony and third-party developers, including HTC.

Among the devices attuned with Sony’s newly-launched service are the following:

  • Xperia
  • Xperia S
  • Xperia Ion
  • Xperia Play
  • Xperia Arc
  • Xperia Acro
  • Xperia Acro HD
  • Sony Tablet P
  • Sony Tablet S
  • HTC One X
  • One S, One V
  • One X+

Accordingly, PlayStation Mobile store can now be downloaded by users of any of the aforementioned devices and have access to overall 20 launch title games. Nevertheless, the initial launch titles are not really the big PS titles most gamers are expecting to roll out. Available game titles are subsequently listed (in alphabetic order:

  • Aqua Kitty
  • Beatdown
  • Beats Slider
  • Beats Trellis
  • Defender
  • Everybody’s Arcade
  • Flick Hockey
  • Frederic – Resurrection of Music
  • Fuel Tiracas
  • Hungary Giraffe
  • Incurvio
  • Loot the Land
  • Magic Arrows
  • Numblast
  • Nyoqix
  • Rebel
  • Samurai Beatdown
  • Super Crate Box
  • Tractor Trails
  • Twist Pilot
  • Underline
  • Wipe!
  • Word Blocked

In order to purchase games, users must first install the Sony PlayStation Mobile catalog directly, similar to that of Amazon’s Appstore for Android.

Any game purchased on the PlayStation Mobile store can be played on three different devices, utmost. So those who owned any of the compatible phones, tablet or Vita can take advantage of this offer. Sooner or later, the devices can extend, yet a specialized PlayStation will still be necessary to play these games.

An on-screen virtual DUALSHOCK controller is also needed to play the games on an Android device. Users of Vita, on the other hand, will need the Vita controls when playing. For sure, PS fanatics are already looking forward to have a more refined and comfortable controls on touch-screen-only devices.

Hopefully in the coming months, Sony would consider expanding the PlayStation Mobile store application’s accessibility, as well as the range of devices it supported.

Source: Phone Arena | Game Arena

TC Media Link HD comes to HTC One V

HTC One V, a smartphone from HTC with design similar to HTC Legend and is marketed under the HTC One series. The phone runs Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box and comes with a HTC Sense 4.0 overlay. The phone is great and comes with an aluminum unibody construction. Featuring a 5 megapixel camera, 3.7 inch touchscreen at 480×800 resolution, 512 MB RAM, a 1 GHz processor, and Beats audio, it gives good value to money. It may not be as good looking or clever like its elder siblings, but it is good at its price point. HTC has now released a new official update for HTC One V. The new version of software, 2.08.401.2, will allow the phone to support HTC Media Link HD.

HTC Media Link HD isn’t anything innovative, but just adds a little value to the device. The “technology” was previously supported and reserved for HTC’s high end phones from the HTC One series, but now it seems like HTC has decided to share the goodness with One V too. Media Link HD is basically a device that is small and simple and allows phone to stream content to a bigger display. It is as big as a regular credit card, a dongle that easily fits in the palm of your hand. In order to pair it with HTC One X, HTC One S or now HTC One V, all it takes is a smooth three-finger gesture, and it is paired. Once connected, you can watch movies or videos on your HDTV which is connected to the Media Link HD dongle, while being able to perform other tasks on your phone simultaneously. The phone connected to the device over wlan and the fun part is that you can play a game on your 55 inch HDTV, all wireless. The video on the top shows how the HTC Media Link HD in action. HTC Media Link HD is a great device as lot many people are switching to HDTV, however it is left to the buyer to decide whether it is worth the $90 price tag.

In order to update your HTC One V device to 2.08.401.2 over the air, follow the procedure below:
1. Go to Setting by tapping on the Apps icon from the Home screen.
2. Scroll down to find System updates
3. Tap on the HTC software update option
4. Tap Check now
5. Your phone will check for available updates
6. If a newer version of software is found, you will be prompted to download and install it. It is normal for phone to switch off and on during the update process, so do not panic.
7. If there are no newer updates available, the device will prompt that the phone is Up To Date.
8. Pressing the Home button takes you back to Home Screen.

The update is 46.77MB and is helpful only if you own a HTC Media Link HD dongle.

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HTC One V from Virgin Mobile for $199.99 without contract

Virgin Mobile has launched [easyazon-link asin=”B007NYHYFA” locale=”us”]HTC One V[/easyazon-link] for $199.99. HTC One V has been touted as an entry level Google Android device and is available at that price without any contract!

Though an entry level smartphone, it houses some impressive features including the latest Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. A 3.7 inch WVGA display takes care of the display department while a 1GHz Snapdragon S2 single core processor does the processing job.

The phone features a rather decent 5 megapixel camera with HTC ImageChip technology and 4GB of internal storage. For users wanting more storage, a microSDHC memory card slot has been provided. The selling point of HTC One V however is that it supports Beats Audio technology, a technology from lifestyle audio company in which HTC owns a majority share and is really popular among youngsters, but is it actually a decision maker? Well, it’s just an enhancer and requires buyers to pair the phone with Beats Audio earbuds in order to feel the difference.

Talking about the hardware, the foundation of One V can be traced back to HTC Desire, which is a bit old and currently, most of the new smartphones launching have a dual core processing unit and fancy features like floating touch and NFC as seen on Sony’s Xperia Sola, but the clear advantage of One V over other smartphones is that you can use ICS right out of the box, nevertheless, a phone having 512MB of RAM and HTC Sense 4 technology is a real steal deal at $199.99. What makes the deal sweeter is the pricing plan offered to Virgin Mobile users. The plan for HTC One V costs just $35 per month which will include 300 minutes of voice calling, unlimited messaging and data. The unlimited Virgin Mobile data though comes with throttling after 2.5GB of usage.

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Optus To Bring HTC One S And V To Australia Soon

Presently, of the HTC One series phones, only the top end, HTC One X is widely available on the island continent of Australia carried on by the major carriers there. The HTC other One series phones lower down the order, the HTC One S and the HTC One V, are not not yet reached their shores via any of the major carriers. The three major carriers, of which Optus and Vodafone offer the HTC One X and Telstra provides the HTC One XL device.
An anonymous source has now tipped that HTC’s other two lower-end phones, the One S and the One V, will soon be made available by the carrier Optus.

Optus is Australia’s second largest carrier and it currently offers the HTC One X without any initial payment for a charge, starting at, $44 per month with a two year contract. The anonymous source offers no other information other than, that it will soon be available via Optus. We can however speculate a reasonably accurate figure, of $35-40 per month for the One S and a $25-30 monthly payment for the One V, comparing the rate at which the One X is available with Optus. It could also be possible that Optus is not the sole carrier that might offer the One S and the One V.

Coming to the tech specs of the two HTC phones. The One S model will share most of the specifications with the One S available in the U.S. with a few changes. The 4.3-inch Super AMOLED touch screen with 960 x 540 pixels resolution, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal memory, an 8 MP rear-facing camera, the running of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and a 1,650 mAh non-removable battery all remain the same. The changes are that, it will come without a microSD card slot. Also, it will not come with the dual-core 1.5 GHz S4 processor, instead with the 1.7 GHz S3 CPU which powers the European and the Asian models.

The HTC One V on the other hand will be powered by a 1 GHz single-core CPU coupled with a  512 MB RAM, 4 GB of on-board storage can be extended with via a microSD card slot, the OS is  Android Ice Cream Sandwich, a 5 MP rear-facing camera, and a 3.7-inch 480 X 800 touchscreen.

HTC One V Now Headed at Koodo Mobile for Just $175

Koodo Mobile is now offering the HTC One V Android phone at a discounted price. From its original price of $225 CAD, it is now for sale at only $175 CAD. Koodo Mobile is even adding a bonus of $50 CAD Visa gift card for buyers who purchase online. Limited stocks of the product  are available however. The promo is also only open for new activations. The entry-level HTC One V is also available for just $25 CAD when bought with the Tab 150.

For interested buyers, the HTC One V Android phone comes with Android OS, v4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It has a Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon chipset with 1 GHz and Adreno 205 graphics processor. There is internal memory of 4 GB and RAM of 512 MB. It supports GSM 850, 900, 1800, and 1900 2G networks, and HSDPA 850, 900, and 2100 3G networks.

Moreover, the device has a capacitive touchscreen with 16 million colors. The display has a size of 3.7 inches and a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, with ~252 ppi pixel density. It supports multi touch input and has touch-sensitive controls on its surface. Accelerometer and proximity sensors are also installed.

The HTC One has a pre-installed browser that carries support for HTML and Adobe Flash features. Users can read SMS, email, MMS, and Push-email messages in threaded view. There is also support for GPS and Java. For multitaskers, there is Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, Youtube, Calendar, Google Talk, and a Document Viewer. Predictive text input and voice memo/dial can also be found.

For entertainment purposes, this handset comes with Beats Audio, and a built-in MP3, eAAC+, WMA, WAV, MP4, H.263, H.264, and WMV player. This phone as well has various alert types including Vibration, MP3, and WAV ringtones. A loudspeaker and a 3.5 mm jack give users options on how they will enjoy their music.

HTC One V Android was officially released on April 2012.



CTIA 2012 Amzer Debuts The Shellster Case Lineup For The HTC One Family

Amzer is back at it again. This time they are introducing their new Shellster line of cases for the HTC One Family. The ruggedized holster/case combo provide front and back protection and an easy to use and comfortable holster.

The Shellster family is available for a variety of phones already including the iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Now they’re also available for the HTC One X, One V and One S. Check out the video below and check out to get your own. They’ll cost you just $14.99 when you get them direct at Amzer and about $30 at a carrier store.

HTC One V arrives at “her majesty’s shores”, No just the UK, actually!

It was back in February at MWC 2012 when we first set our eyes on the stunning HTC One V, which would settle between it’s more expensive siblings, the One S and One X. Well we have great news today, because mobile retailers such as Carphone Warehouse, who are based in the UK, will start to put the device up for pre-order. The device will also be priced at around only £20.50 per month, on mobile networks such as, O2, Orange and Vodafone. Deliveries will not take place until April the 23rd, at the earliest, but at least we are starting to see the device become available!


Virgin Mobile Getting HTC One V For Just $200

When HTC originally announced their new One series smartphones in Barcelona last month, soon after, we knew that we would see the HTC One V on Virgin Mobile, MetroPCS and US Cellular. Now that’s become even more solid.

Pocketnow is reporting that Sprint’s prepaid unit Virgin Mobile will offer the HTC One V for $200 when it comes out later this spring.

The HTC One V features a 3.7″ WVGA display, 1ghz processor, Android 4.0 and Sense 4.0. It will also feature Beats Audio and the bad ass camera functionality that’s baked into Sense 4.0. Of course the thing that attracts many long time Android enthusiasts to the HTC One V is the reintroduction of the chin.

Look for the HTC One V at Virgin Mobile retailers in the coming months.

source: PocketNow

HTC One V To Come In Purple And Black

The HTC One V is the lower end device in HTC’s new One series of smartphones that were announced at Mobile World Congress last month. Although it’s the device with the lower end specs, it does bring back the familiar “chin” that we saw on the original HTC G1 when Android first came out.

The One V features a 3.7″ SLCD2 display with a pixel density of 251ppi. It’s running on a 1ghz single core Qualcomm SnapDragon processor and 512mb of RAM. It runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with HTC Sense 4.0 on top.

We are expecting the HTC One V at a number of regional US carriers including Virgin Mobile, Metro PCS and US Cellular. It was announced on Wednesday that it will also be available in purple and black but we’re not sure which carriers will get these colorful versions.

source: Phonearena

Virgin Mobile, US Cellular And Metro PCS To Get HTC One V

Typically when a new device is released it takes a little bit of time on the market before the device, or a revised version of it, hits carriers like Virgin Mobile, Metro PCS and US Cellular.  That’s not the case with the new HTC One series of Android smartphones.

On Sunday at Mobile World Congress HTC went ahead and released carrier information for their new flagship line of phones. 140 carriers are on board for the release of the HTC One phones, and Virgin Mobile, US Cellular and Metro PCS are part of that list.

Sprint’s Virgin Mobile, prepaid carrier Metro PCS and regional carrier US Cellular will get the HTC One V.  The One V builds on a legacy design for HTC, with a “boot” or curved bottom reminiscent of earlier HTC devices.

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