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3 weeks ago

HTC One M9 to be carried by AT&T, EE, and more

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AT&T, T-Mobile US, and Sprint have all announced their intent to carry the new HTC One M9. UK carriers EE and Vodafone UK have also announced that they will carry the device. The phone will arrive at some point in spring 2015, with specific availability and pricing information to be announced at a later date.

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3 weeks ago

Alcatel Idol 3 series hands-on

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Alcatel Idol 3

Do not look down upon the affordable smartphone any longer. Alcatel OneTouch at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, has unveiled the Idol 3, bringing some high-end specs to and some serious design to a pair of phones that shouldn't get anywhere close to breaking the bank.

The two phones in the Idol 3 line — a 4.7-incher with a 720p display and another at 5.5 inches and 1080p — bring Android 5.0.2 Lollipop, a couple of excellent displays tuned by Technicolor, and front-facing speakers that put the expertise of JBL to work.

In a day and age in which we see more metal and glass than ever, the Idol 3 definitely stands out as a plasticized phone. But that's to be expected when you're not paying above $250 off contract. After just a few minutes with the phones, however, you definitely get the feel that you're getting a lot of bang for those few bucks.

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3 weeks ago

Alcatel Idol 3 specs

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Alcaltel's Idol 3 line, announced at Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona, brings LTE speeds and high-end specs at a fraction of the cost you'd usually expect. Here are the complete specs for the two phones.

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3 weeks ago

HTC One M9 specs

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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.

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3 weeks ago

The HTC One series specs

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The HTC One is a storied line of smartphones. They're not the best selling, but they're arguably the best designed, and best engineered of the ever-growing Android stable. Here, now, is their lineage.

The HTC One M9 is the third member of the HTC one family, and unarguably the best. (Also being the newest version certainly aids in that title.) The phones have come a long way in two years, though obviously they've been in the works for far longer than that.

We've talked a bit in our hands-on preview about how each has built on the last. The physical differences between the M7, M8 and M9 are easy ways to show that. The M7 borrowed from the likes of the Droid DNA and the Windows Phone HTC One 8X. The leap from M8 to M9 is much more subtle on the physical side, but nonetheless important on the inside.

Here, now, is a look at how the basic specs of the three phones have grown over the past few years.

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3 weeks ago

This is the HTC One M9!

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HTC One M9

And there it is, folks. Live from Mobile World Congress.

More in our HTC One M9 liveblog!

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3 weeks ago

Acer announces new Liquid Z and 64-bit Liquid Jade Z

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Acer Liquid Jade Z

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.

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4 weeks ago

The Lollipop kernel source is now available for the HTC One M7 Developer Edition

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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.

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1 month ago

Archos unveils smartphone lineup for MWC 2015

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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.

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1 month ago

Hands on with the new Moto E with LTE

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Moto E 2015

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.

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1 month ago

AT&T begins Android 5.0.2 Lollipop soak test for 2014 Moto X (updated - not just a soak test!)

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Update: According to these release notes, it looks like this rollout is full blown, not just a soak test. Happy updating!

Original Story: As promised a few days ago, AT&T has started a soak test for the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update for invited owners of the 2014 Motorola Moto X.

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1 month ago

Moto E (2015) specs

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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.

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1 month ago

Android 5.0 Lollipop begins its rollout for Canadian LG G3 smartphones

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LG G3 owners in Canada should start looking for a big software update. LG has announced that the Android 5.0 Lollipop over-the-air rollout has begun for the smartphone in the Great White North.

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1 month ago

The new Moto E: LTE, Lollipop, and a quad-core processor

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The all-new LTE-toting Moto E 2015

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.

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1 month ago

HTC announces special edition UEFA football One M8, engraved with every league winner

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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.

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