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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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2 months ago

Samsung Galaxy Alpha teardown reveals razor thin display assembly

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A full disassembly of the Samsung Galaxy Alpha gives us a peek under the hood. The most noteworthy aspect of the device's internal hardware is the super-slim 1.4 mm display, which is half the width of the iPhone 6 front panel. This actually makes repairing fairly difficult given how much adhesive Samsung uses. There's also a gasket around the headphone jack, which hints that all-around waterproofing may have been a consideration at some point.

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2 months ago

Vertu's latest luxury phone offers exotic materials and high-end specs for $6,900

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The $10,300 Signature Touch out of your budget range? Vertu understands your plight, which is why the luxury phone manufacturer just announced the Aster, a $6,900 hand-crafted smartphone constructed out of titanium.

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2 months ago

This is Android One

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Android One

Pure Android in a Google-backed $100 smartphone

This year's Google IO developer conference wasn't just about the upcoming Android L release and the design changes coming with that version. One of the keynote's most important announcements was packed into a two-minute segment at the start of the event. Android One, as Android chief Sundar Pichai explained, was designed to level the playing field for smartphones in developing markets, making it easier for smaller phone makers in these countries to ship relatively high-quality stuff at relatively low price points.

Three months later we're seeing the first fruits from this endeavor, as Android One arrives in India. We've got our hands on the Micromax Canvas A1, one of the first Android One phones to go on sale. And what we've found is a surprisingly speedy vanilla Android handset with a few tweaks for the Indian market.

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2 months ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for October 1

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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

Sony Xperia Z3 heading to Canada starting on October 31

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Sony has today announced plans to launch the Xperia Z3 in Canada on October 31, with support from Bell, MTS, Rogers, SaskTel, TELUS and WIND Mobile. Should folk wish to purchase the new flagship smartphone without heading down to their local carrier store, Sony stores will also be stocking the same device for purchase on launch day.

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2 months ago

Moto X 2014 available in the UK, limited supply shipping from Unlocked Mobiles

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Unlocked Mobiles has confirmed with us today that the UK retailer has the Moto X 2014 currently in stock, but supply is limited. Should you be looking to get your hands on an unlocked version of the new smartphone, this may well be your opportunity to grab one for £395.

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2 months ago

Hands-on with the rugged Cat S50

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Cat Phones has announced their S50 model earlier this month. It's a rugged LTE smartphone designed specifically to be used outdoors and in challenging environments. It's waterproof, scratch-resistant, dustproof and can withstand more than just a few bumps and scrapes. We first played with the Cat S50 at IFA, but we met with them again last night to have a closer look. Watch our hands-on video.

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2 months ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8 versus iPhone 6 camera shootout!

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Increasingly the camera on a smartphone figures into a buying purchase. The iPhone 6 is the new kid on the block but here in the Android space we've got plenty of competition. Our pals at iMore have put two of the big Android devices of this year, the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the HTC One M8 up against Apple's latest and greatest.

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2 months ago

Huawei Ascend Mate 7 review

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Huawei Ascend Mate 7

Huawei is back with another crack at the oversized smartphone, and it might be the Chinese manufacturer's best device yet

Huawei has been stepping up its game of late, with modern Android devices that are significantly better than its earlier offerings. The world's No. 3 smartphone vendor is more of a household name in Asia than in Western markets; nevertheless it's shown it's serious about making inroads in Europe and North America.

The Ascend Mate series, it's fair to say, hasn't dazzled us yet, and it takes more than a "me too" approach to make a great oversized smartphone. Earlier in 2014 the Ascend P7 arrived and was the best Huawei device to date, with a premium design and high-end specs. Then the Ascend Mate 7 landed at IFA 2014 in Berlin. And as we've discovered in recent weeks, it's actually pretty good. Read on to find out why.

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