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2 years ago

Republic Wireless' Moto X getting KitKat today

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A quick heads up for you folks running the Moto X on Republic Wireless — it looks like your Android 4.4.2 update is available as of today. Folks on Republics' forums are noting the update, which includes a new dialer and updated Google Hangouts (to say nothing of the latest update to Hangouts, we suppose). Head into your system settings and take a look.

Source: Republic Wireless; Thanks, Winston!

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2 years ago

Amazon's smartphone reportedly full of tilt features

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Because swiping is too simple and gestures have already come and gone, Amazon's upcoming (but still unannounced) smartphone will rely heavily on tilt features to interact with its user interface, according to BGR. No new images of the UI were shown, but BGR references a number of use cases — and that traditional menu buttons aren't even a part of apps. This ... should be interesting.

Source: BGR

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2 years ago

Nokia X vs Moto G

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Nokia X vs Moto G

Nokia has stiff competition in the budget Android space for its first entrant, so how does the Nokia X stack up against the current king, the Moto G?

In late 2013 Motorola knocked our socks off with the Moto G. What it delivered was a top of the line Android experience for not a lot of money. It changed the budget space for the better and set a new benchmark for how a cheap Android phone should be made. Solid hardware, excellent software, even better price.

Nokia is also well known for its more price-oriented devices. Indeed, we pitched the Moto G against the similarly priced Lumia 625 already, but now it's a straight up Android on Android fight. The Nokia X costs roughly the same as the Moto G (at current pricing), runs Android and is targeted towards the budget conscious smartphone buyer.

So which is best? There's only one way to find out.

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2 years ago

A word of caution on using the Google Now Launcher on the Samsung Galaxy S5

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Samsung Galaxy S5

Largely all is well, until you enter ultra power saving mode

Here's a quick word of caution to anyone sideloading the Google Now Launcher onto their new Samsung Galaxy S5. Largely Google's own KitKat launcher works faultlessly on Samsung's latest Android handset. It's smooth, it's snappy, and it's a great option even if the Galaxy S5 isn't officially supported. But you do run into some issues when you switch in and out of ultra power saving mode.

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2 years ago

GPe HTC One M8 for India mistakenly mentioned in local press release

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Update: Looks like the Google Play edition HTC One M8 won't be making its way outside of the U.S. just yet. In a statement issued to BGR India, HTC India says the Google Play edition M8 was "incorrectly" mentioned in its press release for today's Indian M8 launch. Instead it seems the Sense version of the phone will be the only one available in that country.

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2 years ago

OnePlus One design finally revealed, but not by the hype machine

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OnePlus One press render

If there's one thing that's driven us — and you — crazy about the OnePlus One, it's been the overhyping process of slowly dribbling out specs, pricing, sale processes, and vague hints about how the smartphone will compare with current flagship devices. We tired so much of it that we opted to ignore the noise until something cut through that was truly interesting — and a series of marketing material renders fits that bill quite nicely.

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 going for $99.99 on Amazon

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Looking to save some cash on the new Samsung Galaxy S5? Then you're in luck if you've been wanting it on Verizon. Head to Amazon where you'll be able to save over $100 off the on-contract price. Verizon offers the Galaxy S5 for $199 with a contract, while Amazon is has the same device for just $99. But you'll have to wait for it — details after the break.

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2 years ago

Android 4.4.3 tipped for Sony Z Ultra Google Play edition by Bluetooth SIG

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There are so many groups and organizations that certify devices for compatibility and safety, so it's not terribly surprising when one of those groups publishes data on something that's yet to be announced — like Android 4.4.3. Earlier this week saw Sprint announcing an update to Android 4.4.3 for the Nexus 5, and today it's the Bluetooth Special Interest Group's turn. In this case it's another "Google" device, the Sony Z Ultra Google Play edition.

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2 years ago

Verizon LG G2 getting KitKat today

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There's an update to the Verizon LG G2 on the way today, and it's bringing our most favorite of delectable software versions: Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Following in the footsteps of the KitKat upgrades that have landed in recent weeks on Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile, Verizon LG G2 owners can now expect to get the very latest that Android has to offer, along with LG's own copious customizations.

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2 years ago

Verizon's HTC One M8 getting a software update with new features, fixes

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For those of you rocking a Verizon edition of the HTC One M8, it's software update time! We've been expecting one, as the U.S. models have lagged behind their more worldly counterparts in regards to some last-minute fixes and feature additions that we saw at launch time.

Here's what's new in software version 1.55.605.2:

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 Review

Samsung Galaxy S5 Review

Samsung's 2014 flagship smartphone is bigger, faster and more polished, with water-resistant credentials and a more modern user interface. It'll sell millions and millions. But the question remains: Is it the right phone for you?

For most of the phone-buying public, Samsung's Galaxy line of phones has much broader brand recognition than the Android OS that powers them. With popular devices like the Galaxy S4 and Note 3, the Korean electronics giant has clawed its way to the top of the Android food chain, claiming the title of No. 1 phone manufacturer in the process. Look at any chart of smartphone market share and it's clear the real battle is between Samsung and Apple, with most other manufacturers left to fight over scraps.

So the launch of a new Samsung flagship is an event of huge importance to the mobile industry. With Samsung's vast marketing machinery already in full swing, it seems inevitable that the new Galaxy S5 will be the biggest-selling Android phone of the year. Indeed we've already witnessed lines forming outside Samsung stores across Europe for the April 11 global launch, and early sales figures are apparently encouraging. Tens of millions of people will buy the Galaxy S5, just as they did the Galaxy S4.

Click here for our full review.

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2 years ago

Quick tip: "OK Google" works just fine on the Samsung Galaxy S5

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A little tip worth pointing out for new Samsung Galaxy S5 owners, that the "OK Google" hotword works out of the box in the new Touchwiz launcher. It may seem obvious to some, but having spoken to a few people in the past couple of days that didn't know about it, it's worth highlighting.

It's actually the Google Search widget that takes care of things, and this is preloaded onto the homescreen when you first fire up the phone. So, without any additional downloads, just say "OK Google" while on the main homescreen. From there take advantage of the voice activated benefits it brings with it such as setting alarms, set some music off playing and, well, searching the web. Piece of cake!

OK Google isn't supported everywhere just yet, but if you're in a country that does you shouldn't have any problems putting it to use on the Galaxy S5.

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2 years ago

Verizon and AT&T Samsung Galaxy S5 to be available from Staples starting Sunday

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If you're in the market for a Samsung Galaxy S5 and just couldn't decide where to get it, or you happen to need to pick up some toner at the same time, might we suggest Staples? Starting next week, you'll be able to purchase the latest and greatest from Samsung from the office supplies and more store, specifically on April 20th (as that's Easter day, we hope this also entails getting a chocolate Galaxy S5).

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2 years ago

Moto G now available to buy from Republic Wireless, starts at $149 no contract

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The Moto G is now available order from Republic Wireless, the little MVNO that relies heavily on WiFi and VOiP to get things done. Starting at $149, the Moto G is available in 8GB and 16GB flavors. Shipments are expected to start in 1-2 weeks, so there's still a bit of a wait before Republic Wireless customers can get their hands on Motorola's budget-friendly Android smartphone, but that's not really all that much longer.

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2 years ago

LG Lucid 3 now available from Verizon

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Verizon’s introducing an entry-level handset today called the LG Lucid 3. For $299.99 off-contract (free if you sign up for one), you get a 4.7-inch 960 x 540 display, 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, and Android 4.4.2 KitKat. The last Lucid handset left us impressed with the bang-for-buck value, despite several shortcomings. Odds are we can expect more of that with the LG Lucid 3.

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