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3 weeks ago

Sony Xperia Z1 compact launches on Three in the UK

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Sony fans in the UK have a new option if they want a smaller handset: the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is now available on Three. Launching today both in stores and online, the Xperia Z1 Compact can be had for £29-a-month on a contract plan, or upfront for a relatively affordable £359.99 if you go for the pre-paid option.

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3 weeks ago

KitKat rolling out for LG G2 on Sprint

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Congratulations, LG G2 owners on Sprint, it's a KitKat. Today Sprint is pushing an update for the G2 smartphone that brings the handset up to Android 4.4. We don't have a changelog yet, but we can expect the update to bring several under-the-hood improvements as well as support for Google Cloud Printing. Or at least that's what happened when KitKat was pushed out earlier this week for the LG G2 in Canada. LG G2 owners, if you're seeing KitKat today, let us know what you think!

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3 weeks ago

HTC One M8 proving popular in Taiwan as demand exceeds supply

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The HTC One M8 launched last week around the globe, and early indications are that sales have been strong. In Taiwan — where HTC is headquartered — local retailer Pdaking reported that demand was outstripping supply, with orders doubling on a daily basis.

The HTC One M8 launched in Asia in Taiwan at a hefty price of NT$21,900 (around US$720) for the lower-tier 16GB model. That price is lower than both the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5, which clocks in at NT$22,900 and the Sony Xperia Z2 at a whopping NT$23,900.

A customer by the name of Lin at Pdaking said that the HTC One M8 "is definitely a bargain", and he was unsurprisingly impressed by the Ufocus features of the smartphone. Elsewhere demand for the M8 does seem to be strong, with the copious leaks leading up to the launch a good sign that HTC learned from the supply issues of the last time around and made sure they had enough devices on hand to meet demand before the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S5 later in April mutes some of the thunder.

Source: Focus Taiwan

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3 weeks ago

Xperia Z2 up for pre-order on O2 + Three UK, availability still a month out

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Further signs of Xperia Z2 stock shortages

Sony's new flagship smartphone, the 5.2-inch Xperia Z2, is now available to pre-order from British networks O2 and Three — though customers may not receive their devices before late April or early May.

O2 has the purple and black Z2 available for pre-order on O2 Refresh Pay Monthly, priced between £609.99 and £19.99 depending on the monthly price and data allowance you choose. And Three is offering the black and white models up for pre-order on contracts costing between £38 (for 2GB) and £44 (for unlimited data) per month, with a £49 upfront fee. To sweeten the deal, Three is also offering free noise-cancelling headphones and a Sony portable speaker, while O2 throws in £80 worth of Sony entertainment and an Xperia Tablet Z for £99.99.

Pre-order buyers will have a few weeks to wait before getting their handsets, however, as Three is listing a shipping date of May 1, while O2 is expecting to have devices on their way sometime in the week of April 28. Local rival Vodafone has been taking Xperia Z2 pre-orders for the past couple of weeks, with a launch apparently scheduled for April 10. Meanwhile, smaller UK retailers have been telling customers not to expect stock until early May.

In a statement given to Android Central last week, Sony said it was "working tirelessly to maximise stock levels in April," but did not "expect to meet the high demand across all our sales channels."

Source: O2, Three

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3 weeks ago

Moto G reportedly boosts Motorola to six percent UK market share

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Moto Gs

£135 handset takes 'significant numbers of low-mid end customers from Samsung and Nokia,' according to report

The affordable Moto G, already Motorola's most successful smartphone ever, has powered the manufacturer to a six percent share of the British smartphone market, according to new data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. Kantar's stats are significant given that Motorola was a relative non-player in the UK market prior to the Moto X's November 2013 launch.

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3 weeks ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 baby monitor mode revealed

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Galaxy S5 baby monitor

'Baby crying detector' beams notifications to your Gear smartwatch

Samsung smartphones are all about the features, but one unique capability we didn't hear about at the Galaxy S5's Barcelona launch event is its apparent ability function as a baby monitor. Tracked down by Malaysian site SoyaCincau, the feature, dubbed "Baby crying detector" lives under the Accessibility menu and lets you alert a paired Samsung Gear smartwatch if the phone picks up the sound of a child crying.

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3 weeks ago

Moto G Forte leaked, improved durability for Latin America

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The Moto G has proven to be an important device for Motorola, and if the latest leak has truth to it, a more rugged version is bound for Latin America: the Moto G Forte. Meaning 'strong', the name Forte would be an appropriate one for what @evleaksES described as a phone with "improved durability."

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3 weeks ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 acquired by Russians, promptly torn apart

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 isn't due to start sales until April 11th, but that's never been cause to pause for those that would take it apart. In this case, Russians. The comrades over at Ferra.ru got their hands on the upcoming smartphone from Samsung and tore it asunder. Well, more accurately they meticulously disassembled it.

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3 weeks ago

Zoes, Duo effects and video highlights on the HTC One M8

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Zoe camera

Sense 6 brings changes to HTC's animated photos and highlight reels, and new artistic effects from the M8's second camera

Zoes — HTC's little animated video/photo shots — and video highlights — a 30-second compilation reel from a particular event — were two of the main photographic features of last year's HTC One (M7). For its 2014 flagship, HTC has revisited both features as part of the Sense 6 UI. You can still shoot burst shots (up to 20, in fact) and video at the same time, though Zoes are a little more flexible on the HTC One M8. It's also easier to customize your video highlights with only the images you choose. And these can also include 3D, defocused and artistic effects from regular photos captured using the phone's dual-camera setup.

We've got more on these three key features of the new HTC One's imaging setup after the break!

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3 weeks ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 now widely available to pre-order in the UK

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Samsung Galaxy S5

Pre-order deals available from major retailers and carriers

Overnight Samsung's Galaxy S5 went up for pre-order at many British outlets, including independent retailers Carphone Warehouse and Phones4u, and carriers O2, Three, Vodafone and EE. Here's a quick breakdown of what's on offer —

  • EE has the GS5 in black, white and blue, with on-contract prices ranging between £32.99 per month (4GB "double speed" 4G, £259.99 upfront) to £47.99 per month (20GB, £9.99 upfront). The carrier is also offering free return flights to pre-order customers from airports across the UK.
  • Three also has the black, white and blue models. Prices start at £38 per month (£69 upfront) for 2GB of data plus 600 minutes. Bump up to £41 per month for unlimited data, or £44 for unlimited calls and data, and the same upfront cost.
  • Vodafone has the black, white blue, gold colors. Prices range between £47 per month (£19 upfront) for 3GB, to £62 per month for 13GB (no upfront payment.)
  • O2 also has all four colors. Prices on O2 Refresh Pay Monthly come in between £38 (2GB, £69.99 upfront) and £53 (8GB, no upfront cost). Alternatively there's another 8GB plan for £48 per month with a £39.99 upfront fee attached.
  • Phones4u has a range of contracts available from Vodafone, EE, Orange and T-Mobile starting at £47 for a free GS5 (a 3GB plan on Vodafone, though an extra 99p will get you 10GB on EE). The first 1,000 pre-orders get a free Galaxy Tab 3 7-inch and £50 Google Play credit with any 4G plan. All four colors are available, though the blue and gold won't be available on launch day. The retailer is also selling the GS5 SIM-free for £569.95.
  • Carphone Warehouse has all four colors, though only the black and white will be available on April 11. The retailer will sell you a SIM-free device for £579.95, and has contracts available with EE, Orange, O2, Vodafone, T-Mobile and TalkMobile. The cheapest plan for a free GS5 at CPW is a £42-per-month, 3GB deal from Vodafone — though more data is available around this price point if you're willing to stump up some cash upfront.

Most outlets will be able to get a GS5 in your hands on April 11, the phone's global launch day, though availability may vary for the more colorful blue and gold variants, as we've mentioned above.

So is anyone in the UK securing their Galaxy S5 pre-order today? Shout out in the comments!

Source: O2, Three, Vodafone, Phones4u, Carphone Warehouse, EE

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