Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 28 Jan 2015 5:49 am
Looking for a more colorful variant of the Xperia Z3? If you're living in the UK, you're in luck, as Carphone Warehouse has announced that it is offering the device in a purple color variant exclusively in the country. The phone is available for sale now for £33 ($50) on a monthly plan (which lasts for 24 months), or £479.95 ($720) for the unlocked SIM-free model.
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 28 Jan 2015 4:17 am
At a media event in New Delhi, Xiaomi launched the Mi 4 in the Indian market. The device will be available for sale on Flipkart from February 6, with the 16GB model initially on offer for Rs. 19,999 ($325). The 64GB variant is set to make its debut in the country at a later stage.
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 28 Jan 2015 4:37 am
Samsung has announced that it would be bringing its metal-clad Galaxy A series phones — the Galaxy A3 and the Galaxy A5 — to the UK in February. Both devices will go on sale in the country from February 12, and will be available from high street retailers such as Carphone Warehouse, EE and O2, along with Samsung's exclusive stores. Interested customers can pre-order either device from Samsung'...
Posted by Dan Thorp-Lancaster on 27 Jan 2015 7:59 pm
If for some reason you're still mulling over purchasing an Amazon Fire Phone, now is your chance to snag one on the cheap — so long as you live in the UK and use O2's network. Amazon is currently running a lightning deal for the device that drops the price down to £99 off-contract for the 32GB version, a savings of 75 percent. Additionally, you can pick up the 64GB version for a slightly more...
Motorola will launch a new promotion on Monday, Feb. 2 that will save some people as much as $140 on their purchase of a new smartphone, smartwatch or accessories. The price cut will come in a promotional code that will be available just on Monday, but a smaller amount of savings will be available through Valentine's Day, Feb. 14.
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 27 Jan 2015 5:53 am
Xiaomi is set to continue its meteoric rise with the Mi Note and Mi Note Pro. The first batch of Mi Note devices went on sale in China earlier today, and was sold out in under three minutes. The exact number of devices sold wasn't disclosed, but a Xiaomi VP revealed that the sale received over 220 million reservations. The next batch of Mi Note devices will be available on February 3, with the...
Once expected to be just vaporware, the Saygus V2 is actually going to go on sale starting with official pre-orders this Thursday, January 29. After making a debut at CES 2015 with actual hardware that we could see and use for ourselves, Saygus has been running "pre-registrations" for those interested, but hasn't actually taken orders just yet — now we know (some of) the details.
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 26 Jan 2015 6:28 pm
Battle of the big screens
A few years ago, you had little choice if you were looking for a phone with a bigger than big screen. Phones were gradually getting larger, but until Samsung pulled the original Galaxy Note out of their hat there just wasn't a phone that bucked any and every trend and had an extra-large screen, and didn't try to hide the fact that it was a big phone for all the people...
There are a few reasons why you might want to factory reset your Nexus 6, reverting it back to its out-of-box condition. Maybe you've decided to sell your device. Perhaps you want to eliminate any problematic apps and start again from scratch. Whatever the reason, it's easy to clear out your apps, photos and other content and start again from scratch.
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 26 Jan 2015 7:49 am
The Nexus 6 was originally scheduled to feature a fingerprint sensor where the dimple is located at the back, but the idea was ultimately foiled by Apple. Motorola was working on fingerprint recognition with a company called AuthenTec, with devices from as far back as 2011 featuring the technology. However, Apple acquired AuthenTec in 2012 for $356 million to use the technology in the Touch ID...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 26 Jan 2015 6:04 am
Update: Samsung has now confirmed the pricing and availability of the device in Canada. The Galaxy Note Edge will be available in the country from February 18, with Bell and Rogers offering the device for $400 on-contract and $900 outright.
Canada is the latest country to receive the Galaxy Note Edge, with carriers Bell and Rogers set to carry the device. Best Buy has started taking pre-orders...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 26 Jan 2015 4:06 am
Motorola is making its re-entry in China with the launch of the Moto X 2014, Moto X Pro and the Moto G in the country. China will be the first market to receive an LTE-enabled version of Moto G 2014, and the first country in Asia to have access to Motorola's Moto Maker customization utility, which will be debuting in the country in a few months' time.
Posted by Dan Thorp-Lancaster on 23 Jan 2015 8:12 pm
While AT&T may have jumped the gun on posting the changelog earlier this week, it looks like the Android 4.4.4 KitKat update containing VoLTE and the Eye software experience for its HTC One M8 will be rolling out sometime early next week.
Posted by Dan Thorp-Lancaster on 23 Jan 2015 2:51 pm
If you live in the U.S. and you've been eager to get your hands on some sweet, sweet Android 5.0 Lollipop for your LG G3, your wait may be almost over. The smartphone maker recently took to its U.S. social media channels to tease the update, saying it's "coming soon."
Upstart Wi-Fi-centric carrier Republic Wireless is updating their last-generation Moto X and Moto G smartphones to Android 4.4.4 KitKat, as well as pushing a new security update for the even-more-budget-conscious Moto E. The update for the Moto G is pushing out now, while the Moto X update will roll out in February.
It's possible this pic obtained by Phandroid is the upcoming HTC One M9. It's also possible that it's what's known in the biz as a "Fake ID" — the guts of an upcoming phone in the body of something else to hide what it'll really look like. (Here's an example of that from the M7 era.)
So that third button down the right-hand side? Who knows.
Those pants? Sadly real.
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 22 Jan 2015 5:16 am
Yesterday, a report by Bloomberg stated that Samsung was ditching Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 in the Galaxy S6 due to overheating issues, with the manufacturer opting to go with its in-house Exynos processor instead. An LG executive has now come forward stating that the G Flex 2, which uses the same processor, does not suffer from any such issues.
Posted by Dan Thorp-Lancaster on 21 Jan 2015 9:36 pm
The LG G Flex 2 was arguably one of the most intriguing announcements to come out of CES, and now it looks like the Korean manufacturer is gearing up to release the phone in its domestic market. The company says it will release the phone in Korea on January 30 for a price of 800,000 won (roughly 738 US dollars).
Using Smart Lock on Android 5.0 is a great way to balance security and convenience, using a trusted location, Bluetooth device or NFC tag to bypass lock screen security without entering a PIN or lock pattern. However it's possible you might not want your phone completely unlocked all the time, which is why there's a simple way to manually lock your device — requiring your PIN, pattern or...