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2 months ago

Galaxy Note Edge announced for Japan, pre-orders now live

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Japanese users looking for an edge can look no further than Samsung's curved display-toting Galaxy Note Edge. At an announcement made at the Galaxy Note Edge World Tour 2014 in Tokyo, Samsung stated that the handset will be available in the country by the end of October through KDDI and NTT Docomo.

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2 months ago

Sony Xperia Z3 + Z3 Compact review

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Xperia Z3

Sony returns with its best high-end smartphone yet — in two sizes

Over the past year, Sony has shown a quiet determination to claw its way to the top of the smartphone food chain. The Japanese electronics giant may be in a sticky financial situation at present, but in 2014 it's fielded some of the most compelling high-end smartphones on the market. At CES this January it was the first big Android player to offer a true flagship smartphone in a smaller form factor with the Xperia Z1 Compact. A few months later it improved on the Z1 in a few important areas with the Xperia Z2, one of the most balanced Android flagships of the year.

Six months later, Sony's back with another fall refresh, and two new smartphones in different form factors. There's the Xperia Z3, the latest iterative update for Sony's Z series, and the Xperia Z3 Compact, which takes the guts of the Z3 and transplants them into a smaller chassis.

Given the similarities between the two, the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact call for a different kind of review, and as such we're going to present a mega-review of sorts, covering all the usual areas, as well as the differences between the two.

Read on to find out how Sony's latest handsets shape up.

Click here to read our full review of the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact!

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2 months ago

CyanogenMod 11 successfully ported to Android One devices

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Traditionally, devices powered by MediaTek processors have had little to no support when it comes to the availability of custom ROMs, but all that is changing as CyanogenMod 11 has been successfully ported over to the first wave of Android One devices.

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2 months ago

ZTE announces the giant Grand XMAX for Cricket at $199

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Fresh off the launch of the ZMAX, ZTE is back with another giant phone, the Grand XMAX which comes in at 6-inches and is bound for Cricket priced at $199.99. It'll be available online and in store from October 10, and for your money you're getting a 1280x720 resolution display, a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 200 CPU, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of onboard storage with a microSD card slot.

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2 months ago

How to set 'do not disturb' on the Moto X

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Shhh!

One of our favorite features that manufacturers and developers have brought to Android the past couple of years has been a way to set a "do not disturb" mode. When we want to get a little bit of sleep, or any sort of a rest from the constant beeping and chiming our wee electronic masters use to rouse us, it's nice to be able to set things up so that the phone will shut up, then come back to life when we want it to.

On the Moto X, this is easy to do through the recently rebranded Moto app. Here's how it's done.

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2 months ago

Alcatel Onetouch Idol 2s mini-review

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This mid-ranger from Alcatel won't set the world on fire, but it's not without its charms

Alcatel isn't a huge name in smartphones in the U.S. and Europe. Years ago in the UK you'd see many of their phones offered by carriers at low prices and, targeted mainly at younger users looking for basic functionality.

Today, however, Alcatel has a whole range of Android smartphones in its portfolio targeted at different sectors of the market. We've seen a couple of the higher-end offerings at various events this year, now it's time to look at one of the mid-rangers.

Read on for our take on the Alcatel Idol 2s.

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2 months ago

AT&T to sell old Moto G with LTE on October 10 for $179.99 without a contract

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Update: The original story included some information provided by AT&T that was incorrect. We have updated the story with the correct information.

AT&T will start selling the older version of the Moto G smartphone from Motorola, but with support for LTE networks, on Friday, October 10 for the no-contract price of $179.99. It will also offer it for just 99 cents with a two year contract.

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2 months ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for October 6

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We've dug up some solid deals on apps, accessories, smartphones, and tablets. If there's something you've been wanting to get your hands on, check out the list below. As always, if you find any sales out out there that aren't listed, let us know in the comments!

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2 months ago

Battle of the X's: Moto X 2014 versus 2013

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Battle of the X's

Comparing one of last year's best phones to its successor

We've had the new 2014 model Moto X from Motorola in our hands for a week or so now. Plenty of time to see how we are liking it (or not liking it — people have different wants and needs) and check out how it handles the things we want it to handle. Of course, we're not too surprised after the epic and informative review that Phil gave us, but still. We need it in our own hands to sort out all the little things.

Of course, what a lot of people need to know is how it matches up against the original Moto X. Everything inside is updated, there's a new form-factor and look on the outside, and the software still looks and feels a lot like the "pure" Android you'd find on a Nexus phone. That means plenty of us are thinking about upgrading from one X to the next.

Let's get these two together and see how they match up. See what's different, what's the same, and decide which one is for you.

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2 months ago

Motorola's seasonal boot animation goes autumnal for October

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Across the Northern Hemisphere the days are growing shorter, the nights colder, and the leaves are turning various shades of gold and amber and crimson and all manner of color — and so is the Motorola boot animation. In typical Motorola fashion, the calendar has ticked over to October and a new seasonal boot animation has kicked in; this time it's a bear frolicking in the fallen leaves of autumn. How do you get to see this adorable display of superflouness? Just reboot your Moto X or Moto G and watch the leaves fall.

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2 months ago

Sony Xperia Z3 + Z3 Compact video walkthrough

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Xperia Z3 + Compact

Hands-on with Sony's latest

Sony's latest handsets, the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact, landed in Europe recently, and at least one of them is expected to make its U.S. debut at an event in New York City next week. Weren't spent the past week getting to grips with both flavors of Z3, using the phones side by side as daily drivers, and we'll have a full review for you early next week.

Until then you can find our complete video walkthough of the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact after the break. Enjoy!

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2 months ago

New Moto X launches onto U.S. Cellular for $99.99

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The new Moto X is now available for customers of U.S. Cellular. The phone, which is pretty much our new favorite launched last month on AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon, as well as unlocked direct from Motorola. The launch on U.S. Cellular follows the same pricing — $99.99 for the black model on a two-year contract.

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2 months ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for October 3

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We've dug up some solid deals on apps, accessories, smartphones, and tablets. If there's something you've been wanting to get your hands on, check out the list below. As always, if you find any sales out out there that aren't listed, let us know in the comments!

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2 months ago

Huawei announces the affordable Ascend Y550 with 4G LTE for under £100

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Huawei has today announced the affordable Ascend Y550 will be heading to the UK later this month for under £100. The smartphone is powered by Android KitKat 4.4 and comes with 4G connectivity, perfect for 2014 in the UK. It's a sleek looking device, equipped with some advanced components to ensure the user experience isn't hindered by the affordable price point.

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2 months ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for October 2

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We've dug up some solid deals on apps, accessories, smartphones, and tablets. If there's something you've been wanting to get your hands on, check out the list below. As always, if you find any sales out out there that aren't listed, let us know in the comments!

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