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2 years ago

Rose Gold Samsung Galaxy Note 3 now available on Verizon

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$249.99 on contract, $649.99 without one, available for a 'limited time only'

Having been leaked and previously pictured, the Rose Gold version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is now available from Verizon. Well, available but currently backordered, and will ship on January 30. To snag one of these which Verizon says will be available for a 'limited time only' you'll need to drop $249.99 on a two-year contract, or $649.99 without a contract on the month-to-month basis. 

The Rose Gold Galaxy Note 3 is essentially the same as the white version, but with a bronze tinged trim around the outside of the phone, the home button, and the top of the S-Pen. If this is the phone for you, hit up the source link below to get your order in, and if you're thinking of switching from another carrier, be sure to check out the Verizon coverage maps before pulling the trigger. 

Source: Verizon

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2 years ago

UK Moto X available at Phones4u from today

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Prices start at £379.95 on PAYG or £25 per month on 3G contract

Phones4u has announced that it's the first UK retailer to offer Motorola's Moto X for sale. The company says it's now offering Motorola's flagship handset on contract, pay as you go and SIM-free, both in-store and online. If you're looking to pick up a Moto X today you'll pay from £25 per month on 3G contracts or £29.99 on 4G. P4u's SIM-free price is £389.95, dropping to £379.95 if you buy on PAYG. And as previously announced, the retailer also has exclusivity over the white Moto X for the first three months of it's availability.

Phones4u's launch comes a few days ahead of the officially-announced Moto X UK street date of Feb. 1.

More: First look at the European Moto X in London, Moto X review

Source: Phones4u

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2 years ago

Leaked images claim to show LG's new G Pro 2

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Slim, rounded design with buttons on the back

We know that the LG G Pro 2, the company's big-screened follow-up to last year's Optimus G Pro, is coming next month, but for the moment that's about all the official info we have on the device. So today it's interesting to note the appearance of a couple of leaked images claiming to show the back and sides of LG's next oversized handset.

Korean site DC Inside has published two shots purportedly showing the upcoming device, and it appears LG's sticking with the G2's design language for its next big thing. The photos show G2-style back-mounted buttons, along with a camera and LED flash, and a similarly curved design. It seems loudspeaker has moved from the bottom trim, and now lives on the back panel. Besides these obvious details, it appears we're looking at a slim, curved chassis similar to that of recent LG high-enders.

Rumored G Pro 2 specs include a 6-inch Full HD display, 3GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 800 processor, though today's leak gives us no further info on the device's internals — or its software, which is said to be based on Android 4.4 KitKat. But with Mobile World Congress just a few weeks away, hopefully we won't have to wait long to learn more. Check past the break for one more photo.

Source: DC Inside; via: Engadget

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2 years ago

Canadian Moto Xs getting Android 4.4.2 update

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Moto X on Rogers and Fido in Canada getting KitKat, along with the Moto G on Boost Mobile

Motorola has announced that Canadian Moto X owners are next in line for a taste of KitKat, with Android 4.4.2 now rolling out to handsets on Rogers and Fido in the country. In a blog post today, Motorola VP Punit Soni says the Canadian phones are the first Moto Xs to get the bump up to 4.4.2 — existing Moto X KitKat builds are based on Android 4.4, remember. Though we've also heard isolated reports of some Sprint Moto X devices getting that same update in recent days.

In related news the Moto G on Boost Mobile is also being updated to Android 4.4.2, according to Motorola. And later this week the Moto X is due to launch in the UK, also running Android 4.4.2 out of the box.

Source: Motorola; via: Android Central forums

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2 years ago

LG launches QSlide SDK to bring floating windows to third-party apps

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LG has announced the release of its QSlide SDK in an effort to bring more windowed applications to its Android phones. QSlide is LG's framework for miniature windowed apps, found on the G2 and other current LG phones. Similar to Samsung's Pen Window, QSlide apps can be used in the foreground while other fullscreen apps are running in the background.

Today's SDK launch makes it possible for third-party developers to bring this functionality to their own apps. SDK features include switching between floating and fullscreen mode, adjusting window transparency levels, customizing the appearance of the window and adding a quick launch icon to the QSlide tray in the notification shade. Interested developers can pick the QSlide SDK from LG's developer site, or through the Android SDK Manager. LG's also got documentation available as a guide for developers.

You'll find more info and download links at developer.lge.com, or alternatively hit the link below for a general walkthrough of QSlide on the LG G2.

More: QSlide apps on the LG G2

Source: LG Developer

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo arrives in the Netherlands

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Entry-level 5-inch handset for €260

Last year's Samsung Galaxy Grand sought to bring users a big-screen Android experience without a similarly large price tag. Now it seems we have a successor for 2014 — the Galaxy Grand Neo, a 5.01-incher with a WVGA display, quad-core CPU and HSPA+ (21Mbps) data speeds. The Grand Neo sports a traditional plastic-backed Samsung design with silver trim, along with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and Samsung's TouchWix UI. There's also 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage (expandable via microSD), an 5-megapixel camera and 2100mAh battery. Not the specciest of specs for sure, but we're looking at an entry-level product here.

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2 years ago

Android 4.4.2 rollout for HTC One begins in parts of Europe

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308MB update brings HTC's 2013 flagship up to the latest version of Android

HTC said it'd deliver Android 4.4 KitKat to European HTC Ones by the end of January, and it seems the manufacturer's about to make good on its promise. An update to software version 4.19.401.8, weighing in at 308.24 megabytes, has started hitting HTC One handsets in parts of Europe — including unlocked devices from the Nordic region, typically among the first with new software updates. If past rollouts are any indication, more regions should follow in the days and weeks ahead, so hold tight if you're not seeing the OTA on your phone just yet,

In addition to Android 4.4.2, (and unspecified security enhancements) the update adds cloud printing service and Bluetooth profiles — both parts of KitKat we've seen on other handsets — while killing support for Adobe Flash in the stock HTC web browser. The latter has been a long time coming — Flash on Android hasn't been officially supported since mid-2012.

Besides that it's business as usual on HTC Sense 5.5, with one minor cosmetic change. The battery icon is now white-on-white, like stock KitKat, rather than colored as it was on Jelly Bean. (We've got pics after the break.)

Meanwhile the KitKat update for U.S. carrier-branded HTC Ones recently entered certification, a sure sign that it's on its way too. 

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2 years ago

T-Mobile's LG G Flex lands Feb. 5

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T-Mobile today announced that its LG G Flex will be available Feb. 5. It'll be free up-front if you agree to pay $28 a month for 24 months, or you can purchase it outright for $672. In addition, T-Mobile is throwing in six months of free Netflix streaming.

The G Flex features a 6-inch curved OLED HD display, a 13-megapixel camera and a 3,500 mAh battery. It's powered by a Snapdragon 800 processor. Be sure to check out our LG G Flex preview.

For those who are looking for something a little on the lower end of things, the LG Optimus F3Q also lands Feb. 5. It's a 4-inch device with a 5-megapixel camera and a slider QWERTY keyboard, and it runs $13 a month over 24 months.

More: LG G Flex at T-Mobile

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2 years ago

Sony's noisy Xperia E1 gets a price in the UK

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A 100db speaker for £134.99 on Sony's latest budget offering

Just after CES and the Xperia Z1s, Sony dropped word of a couple of more budget oriented devices, including the Xperia E1. This 4-inch Android smartphone has a party piece around back, and has been priced – without a firm release date – for the UK by online retailer Clove Technology at £134.99. Music seems to be the focus with the Xperia E1, with that pretty insane sounding 100db speaker around back, and a dedicated Walkman button. 

The budget smartphone space has been getting pretty hot of late. With Nokia releasing low priced Lumia devices, and the current king the Moto G, folks who want to spend less are getting more bang for their buck than ever before. The E1 doesn't match the Moto G on outright hardware and software, with a Snapdragon 200, a 480x800 resolution display and Android 4.3, but Sony is offering its own unique taste on a low-cost phone.  Current estimates on UK availability suggest April, and you can pre-order a SIM free version at the source link below.

Source: Clove

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2 years ago

Red Nexus 5s on Twitter look legit

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If you're dying for a red Nexus 5, it looks like they're well on their way. We (and just about everyone else) just got pinged by @artyomstar on Twitter, who offered up a couple pics. Note the colors listed on the boxes as well.

The follows up another one that leaked last week, though that image was pretty rough.

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2 years ago

ASUS launches another Padfone, in a color named after a whiskey

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ASUS kitting out the Padfone range with this mid-range offering that comes in Johnnie Walker Black

Barely 3 weeks after dropping a bunch of new devices on us at CES, ASUS has quietly launched another new Padfone device in its native Taiwan. The Padfone E is a mid-range hybrid offering, that looks like it sits between the Padfone Mini and the more high end Padfone X. Oh, and it comes in the best named color ever; Johnnie Walker Black – and Pearl White, but that's boring!

Spec wise, the Padfone E comprises a 4.7-inch smartphone and a 10-inch tablet dock, both with 1280x720 resolution displays. As always, the internals are all packed into the smartphone, and we're looking at a 1.4GHz Snapdragon 400, 1GB of RAM, a 13MP camera and a pretty small 1820 mAh battery – though thankfully the dock has a 5000mAh power plant within. 

Details on on-board storage seem to be missing from the specs list, though we imagine it won't be anything above 8GB at best, though ASUS does provide a microSD card slot for folks that like that sort of thing. It's going on sale in Taiwan initially in dual-SIM form with a price around $560. 

Source: ASUS (translated)

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2 years ago

LG G Pro 2 is officially coming in February

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A Mobile World Congress unveiling appears likely for LG's next oversized smartphone

LG this evening officially announced that the successor to the LG (Optimus) G Pro will be unveiled in February, and it'll be call the LG G Pro 2.

The original G Pro — seen in the image above and which launched with the "Optimus" name at Mobile World Congress 2013 — was the Korean manufacturer's first step into the oversized smartphone world. It sported a 5.5-inch IPS display and was the first non-Nexus device to have Photosphere-like capability (called VR Panorama). LG dropped the "Optimus" name from its brand in 2013.

LG has not announced any specs or availability for the G Pro 2. Mobile World Congress takes place Feb. 24-27 in Barcelona, Spain.

Source: LG

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2 years ago

Nexus 5, two months on ...

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After two months of regular use, are we still enamored with Google’s latest Nexus phone?

It feels like the Nexus 5 was a long time coming. A couple of days before the IFA conference in early September 2013, I remember being huddled over a MacBook in a hotel bar in Berlin with a handful of other journalists, squinting over a few frames from Google’s KitKat unveiling video and trying to make out details on the back of this mysterious new Nexus phone. The two months that followed led us down a garden path of leaks, rumors and gossip as Google’s next flagship slowly came into focus — culminating in a couple of high-profile snafus that gave us a full-size render of the phone, along with a mostly-complete spec list, days ahead of the official launch.

Yet when the Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 finally arrived on Nov. 1 — having been announced a day earlier, on Halloween — it turned out there was more going on than the pre-release rumors had revealed. Sure, the Nexus 5 was a high-spec'd phone at a relatively low price point. But more important was KitKat, the biggest change to Android in two years, delivering a brighter, flatter, more Googley smartphone experience. It was a big step forward for Google’s OS, and one of the most important Android phones of the year.

Since launch we’ve had a good couple of months to get to know the Nexus 5 properly, using it both as a regular day-to-day smartphone, and as a daily driver during CES, one of the busiest trade shows of the year. The N5 is  still a great phone, but the extra time with it has given us a fresh perspective. Check out our long-term thoughts after the break.

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2 years ago

LG G Flex on AT&T now available to pre-order

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$299.99 on a two-year contract, shipping February 4

More good news this morning for folks in the U.S. interested in the LG G Flex, particularly those of an AT&T persuasion. The carrier has now made LG's 6-inch curved behemoth available to pre-order for $299.99 on a new two-year contract. It won't be in hand for a little while yet, with shipping dates currently stated as February 4. 

You can also pick up the G Flex on AT&T Next from $26.73 a month, or with no annual contract for $694.99. The G Flex is certainly an interesting device, with that huge display and very pronounced curve on the front, and the 'self-healing' back that LG was proudly showing off to the gathered masses at CES just a couple of weeks ago. With a Snapdragon 800 and 2GB of RAM inside, it packs the sort of internals we'd expect from a high-end Android smartphone, and we've been impressed with our earlier hands on time with it. 

Of course, we're more interested in getting hold of a proper, U.S. version and putting it through its paces. If you're considering picking one of these up on AT&T, be sure to check out the latest coverage maps before parting with your money. And for more on the G Flex, check out our hands on video after the break. 

Source: AT&T

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2 years ago

This is the 'teak finish' Moto X

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Vertical stripes are slimming, I'm told

When Motorola announced the customizable Moto X on August 1st of last year, they unveiled a series of four wood backs that would be options. Eventually. The phone launched later in August with a full range of color customizations on AT&T, which eventually spread to the other carriers. But what of those elusive backs hewn from natural materials?

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