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2 years ago

MoDaCo Switch for Galaxy S4 in testing among Indiegogo backers

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Toggle between TouchWiz and vanilla Android on the international GS4

After the Indiegogo campaign to bring MoDaCo Switch to the Galaxy S4 raised more than double the intended £1000 ($1500) target amount, the first private beta build of the custom ROM is being distributed to backers via email.

Similar the HTC One version, MoDaCo Switch allows owners of the international LTE GS4 (GT-i9505) to seamlessly switch between TouchWiz and stock Android, effectively allowing users to run two ROMs on the same device. Even better, apps and app data are shared between the two ROMs. It's a pretty awesome way to try out the "pure Android" experience while keeping the ability to escape back to TouchWiz if needed.

Creator Paul O'Brien has emailed those who backed the project with download instructions for the first private beta build, and a public release should follow before too long. In the meantime, you can check out the video above for a quick demo of Switch in action on the GS4.

More: MoDaCo forums

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2 years ago

Moto X now available on AT&T

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Black and white Moto X launches on AT&T

Update: The Moto Maker site is now live, too.

Today's the day, Moto fans. You can now pick up the Moto X from AT&T in the U.S., where it's available in black and white for $199 on a two-year plan, or $579.99 outright.

The Moto X is Motorola's much-hyped flagship phone, one of the first to arrive since Moto became "a Google company." It's sporting near-stock Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean on a 4.7-inch, 720p display with a host of new software capabilities; voice controls, active notifications and Motorola Assist are just a few of the features designed to make it easier to use.

You'll want to check out our definitive review of the Moto X to learn exactly why this is one of the most anticipated Android launches of the year.

So will you be picking up a launch-day Moto X? Let us know in the comments.

More: Moto X review

Source: AT&T

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2 years ago

AT&T launches the Samsung Galaxy Mega

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6.3-incher arrives for $149.99 on a two-year plan

Today's a big day for AT&T phone launches, and alongside the One Mini and Moto X, the carrier is also getting one of Samsung's more unusual handsets, the Galaxy Mega.

Announced for AT&T just a few days ago, the Samsung Galaxy Mega packs a 6.3-inch 720p TFT LCD display and mid-to-high-end internals. There's a 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon 400 CPU inside, with 1GB of RAM, a 3200mAh battery and an 8-megapixel rear camera. Like the Galaxy S4, it's running Android 4.2.2 and Samsung's latest TouchWiz UI.

AT&T is offering the Galaxy Mega in (dark) blue with 16GB of storage, which is expandable via microSD card. For that, you'll pay $149.99 on a two-year plan or $479.99 upfront.

We've recently reviewed the international version of the Galaxy Mega, and we'll be bringing you some thoughts on the AT&T version before long, too. For more info, hit the links below.

More: Samsung Galaxy Mega review

Source: AT&T

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2 years ago

HTC One Mini now available on AT&T

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Miniature metal handset sells for $99.99 on-contract or $429.99 outright

The first of today's AT&T phone launches is the HTC One Mini, the smaller version of HTC's flagship handset that arrived in Europe earlier this month. The One Mini packs a 4.3-inch 720p display and an aluminum chassis, and it's running HTC's latest Sense 5 UI, backed up by Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. Internally, there's a dual-core 1.4GHz Snapdragon 400 CPU running the show, along with 1GB of RAM. The Mini also boasts HTC's "Ultrapixel" camera, albeit without the Optical Image Stabilization of the HTC One.

AT&T's HTC One Mini comes in silver with 16GB of internal storage.

The carrier is selling the HTC One Mini for $99.99 on a two-year plan, $349.99 with a one-year agreement or $429.99 outright. If you're still on the fence, be sure to check out our full review of the One Mini, linked below.

More: HTC One Mini review

Source: AT&T

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2 years ago

Facebook beta gets beefy update

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A pretty hefty update to the beta track for the Facebook app has landed, bringing with it a number of bugfixes and the ubiquitous "better battery life" line.

Here's the full changelog:

  • Improved battery usage and efficiency
  • App can now be opened in landscape
  • Album covers always displayed instead of the photo you tapped to view
  • Crash when uploading multiple photos
  • Crash after deselecting a photo from the photos composer
  • Caching bug on Timeline (so it should load faster for some users now)
  • Infinite spinner on 'Nearby Places' category selector
  • Album names won't flicker in composer view
  • Resized some stickers that were previously too big
  • Music controller notifications now responsive after dismissing in cover feed
  • High-resolution artwork now loads in music controller
  • Various crashes occurring in Home

Facebook also notes a known issue in which the "most recent" setting won't stick in the news feed.

If you're not on the beta track for Facebook, you can join here.

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2 years ago

Moto X review

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Motorola is back with one of the best designed and built phones we've seen in a while — and it's customizable. (Eventually with wood!) But it's got one seriously disappointing feature, too.

Once a year or so you get one of those smartphones that’s supposed to change everything. Maybe it’s so full of features it’s hard to know where to start. Maybe it beats the price of every other phone available, but it’s just not a mainstream device. Maybe it does one or two things extremely well but lacks in other areas.

For many, Moto X is supposed to be that phone in 2013. The rebirth of Motorola, under Google’s umbrage. Android for everyone. Pick your platitude, attach the “Moto X” name to it and watch the excitement build.

Thing is, it’s just a phone, folks. Moto X is a damn good phone, too. It’s comfortable. Familiar. Beautifully designed. And deceivingly simple. It alleviates some concerns we’ve had with other devices — battery life, namely — while falling short in other areas. But at the end of the day, does it really represent some sort of paradigm shift in the Android smartphone space?

We’ve spent three solid weeks with Moto X as the only phone in our pocket. Will it ride out the rest of the year there until the Next Big Thing?

Let’s dive into it — this is the Android Central Moto X review.

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Mega (6.3) review

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Is there space in the market, or your pocket, for a 6.3-inch smartphone​?

Think of a screen size between 3 inches and 10 inches, and chances are Samsung has a matching mobile device. The Korean manufacturer has come to dominate the Android space with a diverse portfolio of phones, tablets and everything in between.

And “in between” is where we find the Samsung Galaxy Mega — the 6.3-inch version, in this case, not to be confused with the slightly smaller 5.8-inch variant. With such a large display, it’s not quite a phone or a tablet, but one of a class of hybrid devices that also includes handsets like the Galaxy Note and LG Optimus G Pro.

We’ll say right off the bat that this kind of device isn’t going to enjoy the mass appeal of a traditional smartphone like the Galaxy S4. But after a week with the Galaxy Mega, we’ve come away convinced that there’s a place in the world for freakishly large smartphones like this. Join us after break to find out why, in our full review of the Samsung Galaxy Mega.

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2 years ago

Verizon HTC One now available

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$199.99 on-contract or $599.99 outright, running Android 4.2

After what seems like an eternity in pre-release limbo, Verizon Wireless has officially launched its version of the HTC One, and you can actually go out today and buy it. Pick up an HTC One on a standard two-year plan and you'll pay $199.99, buy it outright and you're looking at a $599.99 fee.

Besides the extra branding on the back, and Verizon 4G LTE support lurking within, it's essentially the same HTC One we've been talking about since the announcement back in February — a phone with exceptional build quality, speedy software and a gorgeous 1080p SuperLCD3 screen. Verizon's HTC One comes in the "glacial silver" color with 32GB of storage.

Verizon's version also has the advantage that it launches with Android 4.2 and a slightly updated version of HTC's Sense 5 software, compared to the Android 4.1-based firmware on most U.S. HTC Ones. For what it's worth, HTC has said it hopes to get the newer Android 4.3 release onto all U.S. versions of the phone by the end of September.

If you need a quick refresher, check out our full review of the HTC One. If you're already sold, hit the Verizon link down below to visit the carrier's online store.

More: HTC One review

Source: Verizon Wireless

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2 years ago

Verizon LG Enact launched with slide-out QWERTY keyboard

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Leaked just a day ago, Verizon has today launched the LG Enact, which we're pretty sure is the first Android-powered QWERTY slider to land on a major U.S. carrier this year. The Enact is a budget handset, selling for $20 (after a $50 mail-in rebate) on a two-year contract or $349.99 outright.

That'll get you a device with a 4-inch WVGA (800x480) display, a dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus CPU at 1.2GHz, 8GB of internal storage and microSD expandability. There's also a 5-megapixel rear camera. The software suite is powered by Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, on top of which sits LG's own custom interface.

So it's not the most advanced handset, but it looks like something that'll handle the smartphone basics without too much trouble. Anyone still in the market for a QWERTY slider? Check the source link for more details.

Source: Verizon Wireless

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2 years ago

International HTC One updated with Google Keyboard fix, Mini+ support

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Minor update starting to roll out in parts of Europe

The international HTC One has today received a minor firmware update addressing one of the bugs with the previous Android 4.2-based ROM, and adding support for an upcoming accessory.

The update to version 2.24.401.8 (from 2.24.401.2) fixes support for the Google Keyboard — previously impossible to use due to a software bug — and enables support for HTC's upcoming Mini+ accessory. The Mini+ is the successor to last year's HTC Mini — effectively a smaller companion handset that pairs with your smartphone over Bluetooth and allows you to make calls.

The update weighs just over 31 megabytes and doesn't appear to change anything else. (It's still based on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.) The new firmware is live now for HTC One users in Scandinavia, and should be rolled out to other countries in the near future. Check under Settings > About > Software updates to see if your update is ready.

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Golden flip phone is official

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Dual 3.7-inch displays, Android 4.2 and TouchWiz, heading to Korea

A week after Samsung announced the W789 Android-powered flip phone for China, we're seeing a higher-end version making its debut in the company's native South Korea. The Samsung Galaxy Golden has two 3.7-inch SuperAMOLED screens — one outside, one inside — alongside a traditional dial pad and call buttons. Powering the device is a 1.7GHz dual-core CPU, and there's also 8-megapixel camera. Android 4.2 Jelly Bean is onboard too, as is Samsung's own TouchWiz software.

Interestingly, the Galaxy Golden comes with many of the features of the Galaxy S4, including S Health, Easy Mode and the Optical Reader app, which can automatically parse business cards using the camera. (If the image above didn't give the game away, Samsung's going for a business-centric theme here.)

The Galaxy Golden will be made available through the SKT and KT carriers, priced at a rather eye-watering 790,000 won ($700.)

Source: Samsung Tomorrow (Korean); via: Engadget

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2 years ago

Verizon-bound LG QWERTY slider pictured

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It's been almost a year since we've seen a high-profile Android-powered QWERTY slider launch on a U.S. carrier, but it seems LG and Verizon might attempt to revive the form factor. According to Twitter leaker @evleaks, the "LG Enact," pictured on the right, is just "days away" from launch, and it'll pack a 4-inch WVGA display and a 5-megapixel camera.

As such, we're not looking at a high-end slider to succeed the Droid 4, more a budget slider for those on Verizon's 4G network that'll probably go for under $100 on-contract.

Any takers?

Source: @evleaks

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2 years ago

LG G2 to arrive in the U.S. by mid-September

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G2 scheduled for Verizon launch on Sept. 12, AT&T on Sept. 13

Apparently keen to get its new flagship phone on American store shelves before the next iPhone hits, LG plans to launch the G2 on the two largest U.S. carriers by the middle of next month, Android Central can reveal. Sources familiar with LG's plans tell us that Verizon is currently scheduled to launch the G2 on Sept. 12, while AT&T will ship the next day, Sept. 13. For the latter, pre-sales will open on Sept. 3, and pre-order customers will get a free folio case.

The G2 will also be headed to Sprint and T-Mobile, however we weren't able to track down any firm release dates for these carriers.

In addition to most likely launching ahead of Apple's new iPhone (or iPhones, as the case may be), a mid-September launch could see the G2 available in the U.S. before rival devices from HTC and Samsung, including the One Max and Galaxy Note 3. It's also a relatively quick turnaround for LG, which has previously taken its time when it comes to bringing phones to the U.S. market.

Elsewhere, the G2 is pegged to arrive in the UK around the end of September, having already gone on sale in South Korea.

So will you be picking up an LG G2 in the U.S. next month? Shout out in the comments!

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2 years ago

New Motorola Droids available from Verizon today

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Today's the official street date for two of Motorola and Verizon's new Droid phones, the Droid Ultra and Droid MAXX — and posters on the Android Central forums are already picking up their handsets. The devices are going on sale in brick-and-mortar VZW stores today, and you can also buy them online with an Aug. 27 shipping date.

The Droid Ultra and Droid MAXX are Moto's flagship devices for Verizon, with 5-inch displays and similar internals to the Moto X. They also boast all the software features from Motorola's customizable handset, including active notifications, voice controls and Motorola Assist.

The smaller Droid Mini is listed as shipping by Aug. 29, though some readers are reporting it's already available to buy in certain stores.

We're currently putting the new Droids through their paces, but you can find more on the Droid Ultra in our hands-on feature and initial review.

Source: Verizon, Android Central forums

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2 years ago

Motorola Droid Ultra: First look video and pictures

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We've found the Droids, but we're not sure yet if they're the ones you're looking for

Verizon's Motorola Droid Ultra hits stores tomorrow, August 20th, and we've got our hands on the device a little early for you guys to look at. For all intents and purposes, the Droid Ultra is a larger, more plasticky and generally more Verizon-ized version of the Moto X with most of the same DNA (no, not that other phone) inside.

In general, you're getting the same software experience as the Moto X — plus some extra Verizon bloat — wrapped in a different shell, hitting the same price point to boot. Hang on after the break for a few more impressions, hands-on video and several pictures of the middle entry into the latest Droid lineup on Verizon.

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