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6 days ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for September 26

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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 discounts out in the world that isn't listed, let us know in the comments!

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6 days ago

Sony sends out invites for Oct. 9 NYC event for possible Xperia Z3 announcements

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Sony has sent out invites to select members of the media to attend a press event in New York City on October 9, where the company will likely have some US-based announcements for their new Xperia Z3 smartphone family.

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6 days ago

Archos launches budget themed Platinum Android smartphones starting at $99

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Archos continues to offer consumers new smartphones that don't have a high price tag. Today, the company revealed that it has started selling two new Android KitKat devices from its Platinum brand; the previously revealed 50b Platinum model and the new 45c Platinum smartphone.

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6 days ago

Moto X (2014) Review

Moto X in black leather

Android's most unassuming smartphone gets even more impressive in its second iteration

There's nothing overly surprising about the new Moto X. Let's just get that out of the way. There's no one real whiz-bang feature that you're going to see repeated in commercials, or hear heralded by bloggers.

No, truth be told, the new Moto X — same name as last year's model — is one of those rare phones that is a near seamless transition from one model to the next.

And you know what? That's not a bad thing at all.

And that's not to say that we don't have a lot to talk about. Because we do, both good and bad. So let's jump into it. This is the Android Central review of the 2014 Motorola Moto X.

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1 week ago

How to make a video highlight reel on the new Moto X

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Moto X video highlights

The Moto X can turn your pictures and video into a little something special

Video highlights aren't exactly new to smartphones — HTC has made a big deal out of them, and Samsung has dabbled in the past as well. And now Motorola has added the feature to the new Moto X, and with it you can take your still photos and videos and have them automatically compiled into a cool little montage, completely with soundtrack, that you can share with your friends.

Here's how it works.

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1 week ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for September 25

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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 discounts out in the world that isn't listed, let us know in the comments!

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1 week ago

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge will be produced as a 'limited concept' device

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The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, with its unique display that curves on one side of the smartphone, may be harder to purchase than previously thought. This week, Samsung Electronics president D J Lee was quoted on ZDNet Korea as saying that the Galaxy Note Edge will be made as a "limited concept" product, rather than a mass produced device like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

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1 week ago

The Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact launch in India with hefty price tags

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At a media event in New Delhi, Sony launched the Xperia Z3 and the Xperia Z3 Compact for the Indian market. The Xperia Z3 is priced at Rs. 51,990 ($850) in the country, while the Xperia Z3 Compact will set you back Rs. 44,990 ($735). Both handsets will be available from brick and mortar stores as well as online retailers starting today.

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1 week ago

Samsung Galaxy Alpha review

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Samsung Galaxy Alpha

Samsung finally does metal

In years gone by, Samsung phones have been synonymous with unspectacular plastic construction. At one time it was shiny, slimy plastic that the No. 1 Android phone maker utilized. More recently Samsung has veered towards faux leather and dimpled soft-touch plastic. In any case, the company seemed content leaving more exotic materials to the likes of Apple and HTC.

No more.

The Samsung Galaxy Alpha sees the Korean electronics giant finally taking premium materials seriously as a point of differentiation, while offering high-end specs in a device smaller than the typical 5-inch Android slab. It's available now in Europe; on Sept. 26 it launches on AT&T in the U.S.

Samsung calls it the future of its smartphone design language. We say it's a great phone with just a couple of tragic flaws. Read on to learn why.

Read our full review of the Samsung Galaxy Alpha

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1 week ago

How to hide that annoying network name on the Moto X

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Motorola Moto X — kill the network name

This one's not exactly new (you'll find it on the 2013 phone as well), but it's one of the first things you're going to want to do when you get your new Moto X, and so it's worth a reminder here. When you first boot up, you're going to see the name of the network you're on in the status bar up top. And you're going to wonder why it's sitting there, doing absolutely nothing of use. You bought the phone. You know damned well which network it's on.

Well, you can get rid of it. Here's how.

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1 week ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 Active now available on TELUS

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 Active is now available from Canadian carrier TELUS. The device will cost CA$250 with a two-year commitment, and CA$750 if purchased outright.

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1 week ago

T-Mobile taking pre-orders for Galaxy Note 4 for $749.76 or $31.24 a month

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T-Mobile has become the third of the four major US carriers to start taking pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, showing a no-contract price of $749.76 for the 5.7-inch smartphone and a ship date of October 17,

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1 week ago

Accessibility features on the 2014 Moto X and Moto G

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Moto X and Moto G accessibility options

We continue our look at accessibility options on today's latest phones with the 2014 editions of the Moto X and Moto G. Motorola's phones, as we've been saying for the last year or so, mostly stick with the "stock" builds of Android, only adding some select features here and there. And the Moto X is going to have more of those than the more bare-bones Moto G.

So it's not a huge surprise that we don't see as many accessibility options in the Moto X and Moto G as we do, say, in the LG G3 or Samsung Galaxy S5.

There is, however, a little bit to talk about here.

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1 week ago

Uniquely designed Lenovo Vibe X2 set to make its way to India soon

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After an official unveil at the IFA, we haven't heard much about the Lenovo Vibe X2 — a mid-range handset boasting a unique multi-layered design — until now. Lenovo has listed the device on its Indian website, signifying an imminent launch in the country.

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1 week ago

Xperia Z3 and its smaller sibling are now available in the UK

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Sony's Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact are now available for purchase in the UK, with a variety of retailers like Amazon, Clove, Unlocked-Mobiles and Carphone Warehouse offering both devices.

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