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2 years ago

Picture of Amazon's first smartphone leaks

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Want a better idea of what Amazon's first smartphone is going to look like? Previous live images included a developer casing that masked any interesting details, but this new one shows the device in all its glory.

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2 years ago

Verizon Sony Xperia Z2 outed on official Google+ page (Update)

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Sony Xperia Z2 on Verizon

What have we here? It sure looks like a Sony Xperia Z2 with a big old Verizon logo up top. The image above was published (and since deleted) on the official Sony Xperia Google+ account along with a promotional blurb about the phone. And from what we can see, it's the same Xperia Z2 that's currently available in parts of Europe5.2-inch display and all.

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2 years ago

Sony Xperia Z2 arrives at UK retailers today

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Following a somewhat staggered rollout across some UK mobile operators, independent retailer Phones 4u has today launched Sony's early 2014 flagship, the Xperia Z2. The 5.2-inch rectangular behemoth costs around £540-550 outright. It's also available on contracts from Vodafone and EE through Phones 4u, for £37.99 per month and £49 upfront (for this weekend only), and on EE, Orange, T-Mobile, O2 and Vodafone through the Carphone Warehouse, with prices for a free Z2 starting at £42 per month.

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2 years ago

Sprint starts rolling out Android 4.4 KitKat for Samsung Galaxy S3

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Sprint's Samsung Galaxy S3 is getting an update to Android 4.4.2 KitKat today. Back in February, Samsung listed the devices that would get KitKat, with the Galaxy S3 being on that list, followed shortly by confirmation from Sprint . The one thing missing from both promises of updates was a timeline. Turns out that timeline, at least for Sprint Galaxy S3 owners, comes to a head today.

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2 years ago

Verizon HTC One M8 now $99 on contract

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Verizon's buy-one-get-one-free deal for the HTC One M8 may be over, but with the end of that promotion comes a price cut for all on-contract customers. Verizon's M8 is now $99.99 on a standard two-year plan, down from $199.99 previously. The price on Verizon Edge has also fallen slightly to $24.99 per month (from $25.22), saving you a whole five dollars and 52 cents over two years. If you're buying off-contract you'll still pay the full $599.99.

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2 years ago

Q1 2014 smartphone market share stats show Samsung still riding high

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While increasing market saturation and fierce competition in the smartphone space may be a concern, the latest market share stats from IDC show no evidence of Samsung's global lead evaporating anytime soon. Numbers published for the first quarter of the year show the Korean electronics giant with a clear lead over its biggest rivals, having shipped 85 million devices in the first three months of 2014.

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2 years ago

Off-contract Moto X on sale for $299 for today only

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Motorola's Mothers' Day sale is has begun, and you can now grab a Moto X off-contract for as little as $299.99 off-contract. But if you're planning on picking up a Moto X for mom — or yourself — you'll need to be quick about placing your order, as the sale ends at 11:59 p.m. E.T. today, May 1. Here's how the pricing breaks down —

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2 years ago

HTC 'One Mini 2' name tipped for miniature M8

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With the HTC One M8 on store shelves, attention is turning to other devices in the "M8" family. Aside from the supposedly plastic M8 Ace, a smaller version, similar to last year's One Mini, has also been rumored. And today Twitter leaker @evleaks is suggesting it might come to market as the "HTC One Mini 2."

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2 years ago

Verizon Galaxy S3 update to enable roaming on Canada's Telus

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Verizon Galaxy S3 update

Verizon's Galaxy S3 — yes, that old salt — is getting an update today. And this update, apparently, gives the phone roaming access on Canada's Telus network. And ... well, that's it. You'll be up to Build JSS15J.I535VRUCNC1 with this one. So update at your leisure, if you're the kind who has to update all the things. (Like some of us around here.)

Source: Verizon support (pdf); Thanks to Ryan and everyone else who sent this in!

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2 years ago

Motorola to unveil their next smartphone on May 13th

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Motorola invitation

Motorola has set May 13th as the date that they will unveil their next smartphone, and we'll be there to tell you all about it. The event, which will take place in London, will see the introduction of "the next smartphone from Motorola to make these connections happen." The phone is said to be "made to last" and "priced for all", though the invitation is mum on any specifics about the phone. We have no indication that there will be a companion event in the United States, as we've seen several manufacturers do recently — HTC had simultaneous events in New York and London when they were unveiling the HTC One M8 — but considering that it's set for the morning in London, we doubt there will be one.

Motorola's current flagship, the Moto X was only revealed in August 2013, and the less expensive Moto G in November. Rumors have been swirling about a successor to the Moto X to be dubbed the Moto X+1, with leather being added to the current stable of colorful and wood backs available on the Moto X.

Whether the Moto X+1, an even thinner and more affordable Moto E, or another device is what we'll see in two weeks is unknown, but we'll definitely be on hand to bring you the best coverage of whatever Motorola's latest smartphone will be.

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2 years ago

OnePlus One general availability slated for mid-to-late June

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The much anticipated OnePlus One will see general availability in mid-to-late June according to a post in its official forums. The initial batch of phones will be allocated to folks who enter the phone smashing contest and to folks who get invited to buy, with the 16GB white version being first available.

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2 years ago

Latest Samsung Galaxy S5 ads focus on features

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 marketing train continues to roll with a series of new ads that focus on individual features of the phone. There's one for the selective focus feature in the camera – up top – as well as one for the ultra power saving mode and for the S-Health application.

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2 years ago

Huawei Ascend P7 photos leak a week ahead of official launch

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A week out from Huawei's launch event in Paris, photos of what's claimed is the new Ascend P7 have made their way out onto the Internet. Design wise the P7 looks to be an iteration on its predecessor, the Ascend P6, but with some subtle changes and a bump in hardware and software.

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2 years ago

LG sends out media invites for G3 launch on May 27

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Save the date, May 27 is when we'll see what's next from LG

The LG G3 is going to be with us very soon, as LG has started sending out invites to press for an event on May 27 in 6 cities around the world. London, New York, San Francisco, Singapore, Istanbul and Seoul will all see the introduction of LG's newest flagship smartphone for 2014 on the very same day. LG's going big this time.

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2 years ago

OnePlus One hands-on and first impressions

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OnePlus One

Surprisingly high-quality build and subtle design choices with an industry-leading price point have us intrigued

We've just wrapped up an event here in San Francisco with CyanogenMod and OnePlus, where we finally have our hands on the much-awaited OnePlus One. This much-hyped device has drawn a good number of followers (and critics) over the past few months with an interesting marketing campaign, and now we have the hardware (and software) to look at for ourselves and see how things stack up.

Be sure to hit the break for an extensive gallery of the OnePlus One hardware, along with a few comparisons of other devices and our first impressions, after the break. We've got more on the software and its new version of CyanogenMod as well.

Naturally, we'll be bringing more in-depth coverage of the OnePlus One as we spend more quality time with it.

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