2 years ago

Moto X may use iPhone 5-style nano-SIM


At this point, many of the Moto X's hardware and software features have already been the subject of extensive online leaks. It's a little surprising, then, to see Motorola's upcoming handset hiding one more surprise — a nano-SIM tray. The photo on the right was snapped by GSM Insider in Hong Kong, and clearly shows a smaller SIM tray and matching nano-SIM card alongside the unreleased device. (That's as opposed to the slightly larger and more common micro-SIM standard.)

Currently the only mainstream smartphone to use the nano-SIM standard is Apple's iPhone 5. Earlier in the year ASUS' quirky Padfone Infinity became the first Android handset to rock a nano-SIM.

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2 years ago

LG G2 to feature ringtones and sounds performed by the Vienna Boys' Choir


LG has worked with the Vienna Boys' Choir to include nine ringtones and five notifications and alarms performed by the Vienna Boys' Choir on the upcoming LG G2. These are in addition to four musical "chimes" that are included, with Bach’s Air on the G String given as an example.

The Vienna Boys' Choir has been in existence for almost 500 years, and they currently perform in over 300 venues a year all over the world. Headquartered in Vienna, most of the members are from Austria, but the choir features boys from all over the world aged between 10 and 14.

Whether it’s classical compositions or fresh a cappella music, LG has always viewed beautiful music as a great complement to our beautiful devices. As the pinnacle of international choirs and the most famous, it’s fitting that the heavenly music of the Vienna Boys’ Choir is featured on LG G2. — LG CEO Dr. Jong-seok Park

We'll be able to hear all the beautiful music and more when we have a look at the G2 in New York next month. 

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2 years ago

Sony Xperia Z Ultra confirmed for Sept. 12 release


Soon to be available in black and white for £599.98 inc VAT

Update: We spoke to the folks at Negri Electronics about the Xperia Z Ultra, and they have models in purple and white, starting at $799 USD — and they are in stock right now. If you're interested on 6.44-inches of unlocked Sony magic, hit them up right here

Unlocked Mobiles has put up their pre-order page for the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, with launch details very to close to what we already expected. Sony's latest phone, packing a 6.44-inch Triluminos display and a Snapdragon 800 processor with Android 4.2, will be available September 12. Pricing comes in a little lower than previously thought, at £599.98 inc VAT and £499.98 ex VAT.

Following the official announcement of this monstrous phone, the official specifications were released for those interested. To get an up close and personal look at the new addition of the Xperia family, be sure to see our hands-on video.

Source: Unlocked Mobile

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2 years ago

Galaxy S4 MoDaCo Switch Indiegogo campaign quickly reaches its fundraising goal


Over £1,000 raised on Indiegogo with 17 campaign days still remaining

After initially being announced only for the HTC One, an Indiegogo fundraising campaign was started to bring support for the MoDaCo Switch to the Samsung Galaxy S4. The MoDaCo Switch will enable one set of user data and apps to be shared by two different versions of the Android operating system: the Samsung TouchWiz version of Jelly Bean, and the "Google Edition" version of Android Jelly Bean. This allows one phone to switch back and forth between software versions, making changes to one side (like installing apps) that are also reflected on the other.

A goal of £1,000 was set on Indiegogo to bring the Switch to the Samsung Galaxy S4, which was exceeded with over two weeks still left in the campaign. The following update was given in response to the donators' support:

Thanks to everyone who has pledged so far, you're all awesome and it's fantastic we've hit the target already. I'm not setting stretch goals per se, but all subsequent donations help get us towards the ultimate goal of making Switch available for all ROM developers to use and thereby all devices. Switch is for you - Android fans. :-)

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S4, three months on


How has Samsung’s ‘life companion’ weathered three months in the hands of an AC editor?

It’s been a little over three months since we first reviewed the Samsung Galaxy S4, and a great deal has changed in that time. The phone has launched on countless carriers around the world, allowing us to experience Samsung’s latest on different networks and in different settings. Its firmware has been updated, eliminating most of the niggling performance issues we pointed out in our original review. And the Google Play edition GS4 has given us a fresh perspective on the device, as well as a new option for Android purists.

In recent months I’ve been hopping back and forth between the Galaxy S4 and the HTC One, but the GS4 has never been far from my side. And it’s fair to say my overall opinion of the phone has changed since we wrapped up our review. So check past the break for some long-term thoughts on Samsung's Galaxy S4.

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2 years ago

ASUS could enter the U.S. smartphone market in 2014


Chairman Jonney Shih suggests ASUS could push into the U.S phone market next year

Taiwanese manufacturer ASUS is a big player in the Android tablet world, having seen success with the dockable Transformer series as well as Google's Nexus 7 tablets. But despite the launch of gimmicky smartphone devices like the Padfone and Fonepad, ASUS has yet to enter the phone market in a big way, particularly in the United States. But that may be about to change, according to company chairman Jonney Shih.

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2 years ago

LG gives another sneak peek at the G2 — and its 'QuickWindow' case


Never mind that we've got a little more than a week to go before the LG G2 is unveiled in New York City — the Korea manufacturer is letting loose let another teaser.

What you see here is what appears to be a flip case with a transparent window — yes, just like what Samsung's got on a couple of its models — that'll add a bit of functionality to the G2. In fact, it's got a good half-dozen features packed in there. Through the window you'll be able to see a clock, the current weather, an alarm clock, music player, incoming call details and text messages.

And, as you see, it'll be available seven colors.

LG is set to launch the G2 on Aug. 7 — if it can wait that long.

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom now available on Three UK


Free from £26 per month or £399.99 up-front on PAYG

UK network operator Three sends word that it's now stocking the Galaxy S4 Zoom in "selected Three stores." The handset, which couples Galaxy S4 Mini-like internals with a 16-megapixel camera and 10X optical zoom, is available from Three on contract and Pay As You Go.

Contract deals start at £26 per month for a free GS4 Zoom and a monthly allowance of 100 minutes, 500 texts and unlimited data. That increases to £32 per month if you're after Three's "One Plan," which includes 2,000 minutes, 5,000 texts, 5,000 Three-to-Three minutes, 5,000 Three-to-Three texts and unlimited data, as well as tethering.

On the PAYG side, you can pick up the Zoom for £399.99 up-front. Three's recently re-vamped its PAYG offerings, allowing those not using monthly add-ons to pay 3 pence per minute, 2 pence per SMS, 1 pence per MB of data.

For more on the Galaxy S4 Zoom, check out our hands-on feature from the London launch event. 

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2 years ago

Need help updating your Nexus 4 to Android 4.3?


It's important to remember that not everyone's a whiz when it comes to the command-line aspect of Android. And to that end, the fine folks in our forums — 1.6 million strong and growing — have you covered. 

The over-the-air update that brings the Nexus 4 to Android 4.3 is pushing out now. But if for some reason you haven't gotten it yet and you don't want to wait any longer, Phalgun Gujjar in our forums has a nice little tutorial for sideloading the update. No, it doesn't root your phone, and it's really no different than just waiting for the update to push out. It's quick and it's easy and it's a great way to learn one of the basics of working with your Android phone with the command line.

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2 years ago

Get the Samsung Galaxy S4 on Sprint for under $100 from Amazon


The promotion lasts Sunday 7/28 through Thursday 8/1, includes waived activation fee

Those looking to make the switch over to Sprint have a chance to land a nice deal on one of the hottest phones of the season. Amazon will be offering the Samsung Galaxy S4 to new Sprint customers for $99.99, down from the current price of $139.99. To sweeten the pot even more, they will even waive the $36 activation fee.

The deal starts this Sunday, 7/28, and will continue through Thursday, 8/1. The Galaxy S4 comes with 16GB of internal storage (with less than you'd expect available to the user, but there's an update for that) and is being offered in both the white and black varieties.

For those still undecided if this is the phone to get when switching to Sprint, get out the full Samsung Galaxy S4 review.

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2 years ago

Review: The HTC One Mini


Can HTC squeeze the essence of its best phone yet into a smaller, more affordable package?

We’ve made no secret of the fact that the HTC One is our favorite phone of the year so far. Back in March HTC knocked it out of the park with exceptional build quality, a stunning display and fast, well-designed software. And though not entirely perfect — we took issue with image quality from the camera, for instance — it’s been hard to find another device that’s as consistently fast, beautiful and enjoyable to use.

In previous years, HTC’s sold different devices with substantially different designs and features for the mid-range and high-end. However 2013 sees the Taiwanese manufacturer adopting a more consistent approach. As such, this year’s leading mid-range phone is the HTC One Mini, a device which aims to distil the essence of the HTC One into a smaller form factor with a lower price tag.

But as we’ve seen from previous mid-level offerings, it’s easy to make one compromise too many, resulting in a lackluster device. So has HTC succeeded where others have faltered? Find out after the break, in our definitive HTC One Mini review.

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2 years ago

MoDaCo Switch public beta for HTC One now available


Dual-boot between Sense and Google edition ROMs on your HTC One, with a single set of app data

Update: For those interested in having similar capabilities on the Galaxy S4 (GT-i9505), MoDaCo has an Indiegogo project set up to raise £1000 ($1500) to bring Switch to the GS4.

MoDaCo Switch, revealed a couple of weeks ago, is a unique custom firmware allowing you to switch between HTC Sense and vanilla Android on the HTC One. The software comes as two ROMs in one, with a "Switch" app in the app drawer allowing you to hop between the two flavors of Android. Even more useful, MoDaCo Switch does all this with a single set of user data, meaning apps and accounts are shared between Sense and stock.

It's been in private testing for a few days, but today creator Paul O'Brien has released the current build — beta 8 — to the public. There's a little bit of initial setup to go through, so you'll want to check out the full list of installation instructions before you get started, even if you're familiar with flashing custom ROMs. It's also worth noting that right now only the GSM HTC One is officially supported in MoDaCo Switch.

We've been testing MoDaCo Switch on the European HTC One for the past couple of days, and we've found it works just as advertised. It's a great way to live in the Google Play ROM if you prefer the look and feel of vanilla Android, while having the ability to escape back to Sense if you need to use a certain feature, or if you just fancy a change. And when you do switch over, all your app data and accounts are preserved.

To get started, hit up the link below for download links and installation instructions. Good luck!

More: Download links and installation instructions

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2 years ago

'Arctic blue' Galaxy S4 now available in the UK


British retailer Phones4u sends word that from today it'll be stocking the Samsung Galaxy S4 in a new "arctic blue" color option. The blue GS4, which until now we've only seen in Asia, sells on contracts with Vodafone, EE, T-Mobile and Orange, with prices starting at £37 per month for a free phone. Besides the color change, you're getting the same Galaxy S4 we've been using since late April — a speedy, feature-packed smartphone that's been getting better with recent software updates.

Unfortunately Phones4u doesn't seem to be offering the "arctic blue" GS4 without a contract, but if you're in the market for a monthly deal you can check out price plans over at the source link.

Source: Phones4u

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2 years ago

Ubuntu Edge questions? Ask the founder of Ubuntu anything today


Founder Mark Shuttleworth to discuss the Ubuntu Edge and its fundraising campaign

A few days ago Canonical announced a fundraising campaign on Indiegogo for a future super-phone, the Ubuntu Edge. The phone will dual-boot, being powered by both the Ubuntu operating system and Android. The Ubuntu Edge will have specifications powerful enough to make it a full-fledged Ubuntu desktop PC. To make this dream a reality, Canonical is asking for $32 million in 30 days.

To help ensure this goal is reached, Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth will be answering questions today live via a Reddit AMA (ask me anything). If you've been on the fence about donating to this Indiegogo campaign, now is the time to get those burning questions in by visiting the link below. The AMA is underway now.

Reddit AMA; Thanks trickedoutdavid!

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2 years ago

Latest LG G2 leak shows 2610 mAh battery


We're still a couple of weeks out from LG's New York launch event for its new G2 smartphone, but we already know quite a bit about the device, thanks to LG's teasing and a number of recent leaks. And the latest G2 leak, which came to light through a (now deleted) post on a Korean forum, shows us the the front face and back of the device.

The front is a familiar sight — all screen, with virtual home, back and menu keys. But the back shot reveals a 2610mAh battery tucked behind the phone's back cover, above the trademark rear volume rocker. How do we know its capacity? Well, like most LG batteries, it's printed right on the front.

Battery aside, the LG G2 is said to pack a massive 5.2-inch 1080p display, and run Qualcomm's speedy new Snapdragon 800 CPU, putting it clearly at the high end of the smartphone spectrum. We'll be live from NYC on Aug. 7 for the launch event, so stay tuned for more G2 news.

Source: Duam; via: PocketNow

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