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2 years ago

A video walkthrough of the Huawei Ascend Mate 7

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We've been playing with the Huawei Ascend Mate 7 for a couple of weeks now since it launched at IFA 2014 and while the full review will be posted early next week, what we've got here is a slimmed down, three minute version.

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2 years ago

In pictures: Sony Xperia Z3 + Z3 Compact versus Z2 + Z1 Compact

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Xperia Z1 Compact, Z2, Z3, Z3 Compact

The Sony Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact are upon us, with both devices now available in parts of Europe, and at least one of them likely to hit American shores next month. Sony's rapid-fire release cycle for high-end Android phones results in each generation of phones being the sum of many iterative updates upon the last. That's true of the Z3 series — both phones take their predecessors, the Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z1 Compact, and improve upon them in ways both subtle and substantial.

We'll have more to say on both new Sony phones in the next week, but for now we've rounded up both phones and their forebears for a quick photo shoot. Check it out down below.

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2 years ago

New Samsung Galaxy Note 4 video promo is long and full of 'noteisms'

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Now that the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is available for pre-order at all four major US wireless carriers, it would appear that Samsung is stepping up their promotion plans for the upcoming 5.7-inch smartphone with a new, and very long, promotional video.

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2 years ago

Sprint finally begins taking pre-orders for Samsung Galaxy Note 4

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Sprint has finally begun taking pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, becoming the last of the four major US wireless carriers to allow its customers to purchase the 5.7-inch smartphone before its release on October 17.

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2 years ago

There's a reason you're seeing more Google on new Android phones — Google wrote the contracts that way

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If it seems like Google's apps and services have been becoming more prominent on newer Android phones, it's because they are, and Google's mandated it be so. While Android is technically an open source operating system, as the likes of Amazon have shown with their own complete customizations, the version that most of us see comes with stipulations from Google. Namely, if you want the flagship Google Play Store on the new smartphone you're building, you will do as Google demands.

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2 years ago

The new Moto X, as promised, now on Verizon

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OK, folks. If you've been waiting to order a new Moto X on Verizon, today's your day. It'll run you $$499 outright, $99 on a two-year contract or $24.99 a month on Verizon EDGE, and you can a custom model via Moto Maker if you'd prefer.

Be sure to read our complete Moto X review, and swing by our Moto X forums if you've got any more questions.

Check out our picks for best phones on Verizon and best prepaid phones on Verizon!

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2 years ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for September 26

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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 discounts out in the world that isn't listed, let us know in the comments!

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2 years ago

Sony sends out invites for Oct. 9 NYC event for possible Xperia Z3 announcements

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Sony has sent out invites to select members of the media to attend a press event in New York City on October 9, where the company will likely have some US-based announcements for their new Xperia Z3 smartphone family.

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2 years ago

Archos launches budget themed Platinum Android smartphones starting at $99

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Archos continues to offer consumers new smartphones that don't have a high price tag. Today, the company revealed that it has started selling two new Android KitKat devices from its Platinum brand; the previously revealed 50b Platinum model and the new 45c Platinum smartphone.

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2 years ago

Moto X (2014) Review

Moto X in black leather

Android's most unassuming smartphone gets even more impressive in its second iteration

There's nothing overly surprising about the new Moto X. Let's just get that out of the way. There's no one real whiz-bang feature that you're going to see repeated in commercials, or hear heralded by bloggers.

No, truth be told, the new Moto X — same name as last year's model — is one of those rare phones that is a near seamless transition from one model to the next.

And you know what? That's not a bad thing at all.

And that's not to say that we don't have a lot to talk about. Because we do, both good and bad. So let's jump into it. This is the Android Central review of the 2014 Motorola Moto X.

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2 years ago

How to make a video highlight reel on the new Moto X

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Moto X video highlights

The Moto X can turn your pictures and video into a little something special

Video highlights aren't exactly new to smartphones — HTC has made a big deal out of them, and Samsung has dabbled in the past as well. And now Motorola has added the feature to the new Moto X, and with it you can take your still photos and videos and have them automatically compiled into a cool little montage, completely with soundtrack, that you can share with your friends.

Here's how it works.

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2 years ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for September 25

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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 discounts out in the world that isn't listed, let us know in the comments!

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge will be produced as a 'limited concept' device

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The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, with its unique display that curves on one side of the smartphone, may be harder to purchase than previously thought. This week, Samsung Electronics president D J Lee was quoted on ZDNet Korea as saying that the Galaxy Note Edge will be made as a "limited concept" product, rather than a mass produced device like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

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2 years ago

The Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact launch in India with hefty price tags

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At a media event in New Delhi, Sony launched the Xperia Z3 and the Xperia Z3 Compact for the Indian market. The Xperia Z3 is priced at Rs. 51,990 ($850) in the country, while the Xperia Z3 Compact will set you back Rs. 44,990 ($735). Both handsets will be available from brick and mortar stores as well as online retailers starting today.

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Alpha review

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Samsung Galaxy Alpha

Samsung finally does metal

In years gone by, Samsung phones have been synonymous with unspectacular plastic construction. At one time it was shiny, slimy plastic that the No. 1 Android phone maker utilized. More recently Samsung has veered towards faux leather and dimpled soft-touch plastic. In any case, the company seemed content leaving more exotic materials to the likes of Apple and HTC.

No more.

The Samsung Galaxy Alpha sees the Korean electronics giant finally taking premium materials seriously as a point of differentiation, while offering high-end specs in a device smaller than the typical 5-inch Android slab. It's available now in Europe; on Sept. 26 it launches on AT&T in the U.S.

Samsung calls it the future of its smartphone design language. We say it's a great phone with just a couple of tragic flaws. Read on to learn why.

Read our full review of the Samsung Galaxy Alpha

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