Android Authority Q & A #004 – June 26, 2013

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Welcome to another installment of Android Authority Q & A. Each week we take questions from you, our wonderful readers and viewers, and answer them both here and in video form on our YouTube channel.

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Q:

Ryan asks: When is the HTC Butterfly s release date? Will it be coming to any US Carriers?

A:

To answer the first question, the HTC Butterfly s will be released in certain markets in Asia during July, with other markets following afterwards.

HTC Butterfly S

When it comes to the U.S., we don’t know anything yet. People are excited about the phone–that’s for sure–but we don’t know if it will be released in the U.S., or if it might be released with a slightly different configuration and name, like the Droid DNA was.


Q:

Gabriel asks: Will the Sony Xperia Z come to more carriers than just T-Mobile?

A:

So far, the only confirmed carrier that we know of is T-Mobile. Whether or not it comes to any other carriers will likely have a lot to do with how popular the device is. That will also decide what carriers it might come to. AT&T would be fairly easy, while Sony would have to add support for CDMA and different frequencies for Verizon or Sprint.

xperia-z-winner


Q:

Kannan asks: Will the Samsung Galaxy S5 be released with a flexible OLED display in the near future?

A:

It’s definitely a possibility. Samsung was showing off a phone with a flexible display at CES 2013, and LG is reported to have a phone with a flexible display likely to come out in late 2013. While we don’t know if we’ll actually see that this year or if it will be delayed a bit, flexible displays are definitely on the way. It just depends what your definition of “near future” is.


Q:

Emilio asks: How can I have something like HTC BlinkFeed on my Galaxy S3?

HTC One Review

A:

While it’s not exactly like BlinkFeed, there is an app called SO.HO (it stands for social home) that does something similar. The rating isn’t the highest at 3.8 stars in the Play Store, but it seems that people either really like it or really hate it. SO.HO is about the only option I could find, so it might be worth a try.


Q:

Marty says: I live in a rural area and use Verizon. Once the HTC One is released on Verizon, which phone will have better reception: the HTC One or the Samsung Galaxy S4?

A:

The HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S4 both use a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chipset which, in addition to providing the CPU and GPU, also provides the radios used in each device. Because of this, reception should be near-identical with both devices. Of course, there are things inherent in the design of the phones that can alter reception a bit, but this shouldn’t be enough to be a dealbreaker for either phone.


Q:

Rawand asks: Is there a way to connect both a keyboard and mouse to an Android device? I’ve already tried a USB OTG Cable, but it has only one slot, so I can only connect one thing at a time.

USBcable

A:

Yes, there is a way, and it’s fairly easy. You’ll just need to pick up a USB hub and plug that into your OTG cable. Make sure to pick up a USB hub with an external power supply so you don’t have to worry about the devices you hook up trying to draw power from the device’s USB port.


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