Behold, the HTC One M9. And the HTC One M9 specs. A lot of this should look familiar, as the phone is fairly iterative over 2014's HTC One M9. But that's not to say there aren't some exciting new things under the hood. All new chipset. New camera tech. And a number of other bells and whistles.
Three new Android Lollipop models have joined Acer's lineup, boasting Magic Selfie software and stylish hardware.
This year at Mobile World Congress, Acer is unveiling a trio of smartphones aimed squarely at the same markets the company has been focused on for the last couple of years, which is to say budget focused European tiers of smartphones. The new Liquid Z220 and Liquid Z520 are breathing new life into the Liquid Z-series with the addition of quad-core processors and new textile patterns on the casing, while the new Liquid Jade Z focused on a higher tier through the use of a 64-bit processor and a new Zero Air Gap display. The one big thing all three phones have in common is lots of Acer-made software and new features that focus on selfies and media consumption.
HTC has released the Android 5.0 Lollipop kernel source for the HTC One M7 Developer Edition on its developer site. The download file size is 558 MB and should help app developers in their efforts to find bugs on their Lollipop software.
Archos has announced its smartphone lineup for MWC 2015 next week in Barcelona. The new phones include the multimedia-focused Archos 52 Platinum, 59 Xenon, and 62 Xenon, as well as the super-slim 50 Oxygen Plus.
Motorola's bottom-rung budget phone — the Moto E — has gotten a much-needed upgrade to keep up with the times.
Motorola surprised us this morning with a shiny new upgrade to its least-expensive smartphone, complete with an itty bitty cardboard press conference and everything we need to get to know this new budget phone. Like its predecessor, the new 2015 Moto E isn't meant to compete with the heavyweights in Android land. It's a $150 no-contract experience designed to offer a better experience than the often aging and outdated models that fill this space. Last year's model blew us away by how great the experience was at such a modest price tag, and now that Motorola is boasting a quad-core processor and an LTE variant (which is the model we're using) there's an expectation of greatness despite the admittedly meager offering.
Now that we've had the phone for several hours, however, it seems unlikely that this new Moto E is going to live up to that expectation.
The original LG G Flex was a unique, quirky phone that grabbed headlines back in late 2013, being the first flexible Android handset to hit the mainstream market. It was also a device of many compromises — an unwieldy 6-inch form factor, a lackluster 720p display resolution and iffy rear camera. It was an interesting technical showcase, if not a phone we could readily recommend.
So when it first emerged that the successor would pack higher-end internals and a better display into a smaller form factor, hopes were high. Perhaps this wouldn't just be a neat technical showcase, but also a decent, usable smartphone. The G Flex 2 also gave us our first hands-on opportunity with a real, actual retail device running the 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, the next big thing from the mobile chip giant.
So now, after a week with the G Flex 2, how does it hold up? Well, it turns out the path to a bendy smartphone remains paved with compromises. Read on to find out more, in the Android Central LG G Flex 2 review.
Motorola's latest budget-priced Moto E (2015) packs a lot of tech into an affordable package. Here's what's inside.
There are, technically, three versions of the 2015 Moto E: US GSM+ LTE, US GSM, and global GSM. The LTE version has a more powerful processor and a different (though basically the same) GPU, but otherwise is the same (apart from costing more). Each of the three versions offers a different set of supported frequencies, so check them out to be sure about which version you'll need.
The first Moto E was a budget-level success, and now it has a budget-level successor: the new Moto E (2015). It's in most every way an upgrade over the previous phone, all while keeping the same low cost that made it so popular in developing countries.
The new edition of the Moto E offers a larger 4.5-inch qHD display (960x540), and when you opt for the LTE version, a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor (the non-LTE version has a quad-core Snapdragon 200 chip inside). In addition, the Moto E has gained a front-facing camera, something that was missing from the first version of the phone. It even runs Android 5.0 Lollipop. All of this for just $149.99.
HTC has today announced a new smartphone in its UEFA Collectors Edition range, called the Champions. It's the HTC One M8 with every UEFA Champions League winner engraved on the aluminium back. A perfect choice for European football fans looking for a new premium smartphone.
LG served up a new video extolling the curved form factor of the G Flex 2. In the video, LG mentions that the reduction in size from the original G Flex to the G Flex 2 – which saw the screen go from 6 inches to 5.5 inches – was done to maximize comfort and provide the "most ideal screen size." The handset vendor also mentioned that the curve adds to the durability of the device, with LG's P-OLED display combined with the "Dura-Glass Guard" making the handset 20 percent more durable.
Although you can run Android 5.0 Lollipop on your OnePlus One right now by flashing a nightly build of CyanogenMod 12S, those looking for a more stable verison have to wait until March. That's according to OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei, who revealed on Twitter that the Lollipop update would be available for both the global variant, which would receive a stable build of CyanogenMod 12S, as well as the Indian model, which will get the vendor's own OxygenOS.
Ahead of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, LG announced that its latest curved screen phone, the G Flex 2, is rolling out globally. The handset will be available from major carriers in the United States, Hong Kong, Singapore, France, Germany and the U.K.initially, with other markets across Asia, North and South Americas and Europe getting access to the device in the weeks following MWC.
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