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3 years ago

T-Mobile says it'll carry the Nexus 5, forgets to give a price or date


If you're looking to get the new Nexus 5 through T-Mobile, you're in luck. The carrier has announced that it, too, plans to carry Google's latest Android smartphone, the first to run Android 4.4. KitKat.

T-Mobile neglected to say when, or what the price will be.

More at T-Mobile.

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3 years ago

Sprint Nexus 5: $149 for 16GB on contract; preorders Nov. 1, available Nov. 8


Nexus is returning to Sprint. After skipping the Nexus 4 — and after suffering the pains of being a CDMA carrier with an openy phone in the Galaxy Nexus (it finally got Android 4.3 today) — Sprint has offered up its Nexus 5 plans. You'll be paying $149 on contract for a 16GB version (after $50 rebate). Pre-orders start Friday, Nov. 1. And, yes, it'll use Sprint's new "Spark" tech for LTE data.

If you're into Sprint's One Up service, the phone will run you $18.75 a month.

Full presser after the break.

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3 years ago

Nexus 5 official specs


Complete spec listings for Google and LG's five-inch Nexus phone

The Nexus 5 is finally official, bringing a top-level smartphone hardware paired with stock Android 4.4 KitKat at an affordable price point. Though pre-release leaks have told us a great deal about what's lurking beneath the Nexus 5's hood, it's worth taking a glance down the spec sheet now that everything's official, announced and finalized.

The short version: 5-inch 1080p screen, Snapdragon 800, 2GB of RAM, 16 or 32GB of storage, an 8-megapixel camera and 4G LTE connectivity over a whole bunch of different bands.

You find the longer version after the break.

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3 years ago

The Nexus 5 is official, Play Store now taking orders


Here comes Google and LG's next big thing

Today brings an end to all the rumors, leaks and speculation — the LG-made Google Nexus 5 is finally official and the Google Play Store is now taking orders.

Here's the long and short of it: This year's Nexus handset is a 5-incher with a 1080p display, a 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU and 2GB of RAM. Storage comes in 16 and 32GB configurations. The Nexus 5 is the first Nexus device to ship with an OIS (optical image stabilization) camera — an 8MP unit — which should compensate for hand motion in photos. It's also packing a 2300mAh battery and wireless charging capabilities.

Two Nexus 5 models will be offered, a North American version with CDMA support, 7-band WCDMA and 9-band LTE, and an international version with 6-band WCDMA and 6-band LTE. For a full list of radio bands and other technical info, check out our full Nexus 5 specs post.

Prices in the UK start at £295; in the U.S. it's $349 for 16GB and $399 for 32GB. It's available to order now on Google Play Store in several countries with 1-2 day shipping times; brick-and-mortar stores in the UK should have it tomorrow (Nov. 1).  The first thousand UK buyers who pick up a Nexus 5 from Carphone Warehouse on-contract can claim a free 16GB Nexus 7 (2012). Carphone's on-contract prices start at £32 per month on 3G and £37 on 4G, both from O2.

Naturally, the Nexus 5 runs the all-new Android 4.4 KitKat, which we're still in the process of learning about amid today's announcements. Stay tuned for additional info just as soon as we get it.

Keep it locked to Android Central for more on today's Nexus and Android 4.4 KitKat news as it breaks.

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3 years ago

Phones 4u to carry pink Samsung Galaxy Note 3


Pink Note 3 arriving from Nov. 1 exclusively at Phones 4u

UK retailer Phones 4u has announced that it'll soon be offering the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 in its "blush pink" color option. The pink Note 3, which we saw at IFA 2013 in Berlin a couple of months back, swaps out the handset's monochrome front and back panels in favor of a more colorful tone. It's even bundled with a stylish pink S Pen, too.

To sweeten the deal, Phones 4u will throw in a free wireless speaker, valued at £120, to those buying the Note 3 in any color. Phones 4u will begin carrying the pink Galaxy Note 3 from Nov. 1 from all of its brick-and-mortar stores. On-contract prices start at £47 per month for a free Note 3.

For a closer look at the "blush pink" Galaxy Note, check out our photo gallery from IFA 2013.

More: In Pictures: The pink Galaxy Note 3

Source: Phones 4u

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3 years ago

The roundup: Nexus 5 leaks all over the place ahead of anticipated launch


It's coming; here's a last-minute look at everywhere the Nexus 5 has cropped up in the past 24 hours

In case you hadn't been paying attention, there's a new Nexus phone due to arrive very soon, and this week has seen the LG-made device make its way out to all corners of the world ahead of its anticipated release. There's evidence that devices are already in the hands of carrier and retailer reps, so naturally this has led to an acceleration in the pace of online leaks. Join us after the break for a rundown of some newly-unearthed images of this still unannounced handset.

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3 years ago

Sprint Galaxy S4 getting Android 4.3 update


Galaxy Gear support and Samsung KNOX in latest update for Sprint's GS4

As predicted by a recently-leaked update timetable, the Sprint Samsung Galaxy S4 is today getting its Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update. Sprint's GS4 is the second U.S. model to get the upgrade, following Verizon's rollout on Monday. In addition to bringing the GS4 up to what is, for the moment, the latest version of Android, the update also adds support for the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, while implementing Samsung's KNOX enterprise security layer.

If the leaked timetable is to be believed, updates for AT&T and T-Mobile's Galaxy S4s should follow on Nov. 13 and 18 respectively.

Sprint subscribers, hit the comments and let us know how you're getting on with the new firmware.

via Android Central forums

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3 years ago

Testing the voice-activated 'find my phone' feature on the Moto X


'You can't find your phone? Where's the last place you had it?'

More often than not, that's the answer I get when I can't find something and ask a human being where it might be. Helpful, right? Yeah, not so much.

Motorola this week added in a voice-activated (ahem, "Touchless Control") feature that helps you find your phone if you've left it laying around somewhere. Speak the words "OK, Google Now." (And then wait a few seconds, because there's still a wee bit of latency there.) Then follow up with "Find my phone." Providing that your phone can hear you, you'll be rewarded with an active sonar-sounding ping

That's all fine and dandy if your phone's out in the open somewhere — it's just that you don't know where it is. 

But what if your phone's fallen into the couch cushions? Or slipped between the sheets? Only one way to find out.

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3 years ago

SIM-free HTC One Max arriving at UK retailers


Prices for the 5.9-incher start at £585

The HTC One Max has been available from Vodafone UK since shortly after its announcement, and now we're starting to see stock trickle through to SIM-free outlets. Unlocked Mobiles has the device in stock today, priced £584.98 inc. VAT; Clove, MobileFun and HandTec are expecting stock in the next day or so, and offer similar price points.

The One Max is a competent enough big-screened phone, but it's a tough sell at its current SIM-free price, which is perilously close to the higher-spec'd Samsung Galaxy Note 3. For a complete walkthrough of the Max, hit up our full review.

More: HTC One Max review

Source: Unlocked Mobiles

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3 years ago

Nexus 5 specs outed on Wind Mobile pre-registration page


Smaller Canadian carrier lifts lid on Google and LG's next Nexus phone

Update: Unsurprisingly, the Wind pre-reg page has now been pulled.

Original post: The Nexus 5 leaks continue, and today it's Canada's Wind Mobile that's let the cat out of the bag a little early. Wind's newly-published pre-registration page shows the render we remember from earlier leaks, alongside a full spec sheet for the unannounced device. 

There's no guarantee that the spec sheet is 100 percent accurate, however it is an official carrier registration page, and what it's saying lines up with previous Nexus 5 leaks. In any case, the short version is we're dealing with a 4.95-inch 1080p display with Gorilla Glass 3, a Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2GB of RAM, 16 or 32GB of storage and an 8-megapixel OIS (optical image stabilization) camera. You'll find the longer version after the break.

We're expecting things to become officially official with regards to the Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 KitKat towards the end of the week.

Source: Wind Mobile

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3 years ago

Verizon Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 update landing today with Gear support, Band IV LTE


As we speculated earlier today, Verizon's Samsung Galaxy S4 will indeed be the first U.S. model to be updated to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, which brings with it Samsung's "premium suite" software. Samsung has updated its support page indicating that the new software version I545VRUEMJ7 should begin rolling out today.

Alongside the new version of Android, today's update includes support for the Galaxy Gear smartwatch and Samsung's KNOX enterprise security layer to Galaxy S4 owners on Verizon. There's also a new version of the Group Play media sharing app and support for Band IV LTE, allowing VZW GS4 owners to take advantage of their carrier's recent 4G LTE deployment on those frequencies.

If you're updating your Verizon Galaxy S4 today, hit the comment and let us know how you're getting on.

Source: Samsung; via: Droid-Life

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3 years ago

'Premium suite' with Android 4.3 + Galaxy Gear support headed to U.S. Samsung phones


Galaxy S4, S3, Note 2 getting 4.3 + Gear support 'in the coming weeks;' Gear update for Galaxy S4 Active, S4 Mini and Mega 'in the coming months'

Following the emergence of a leaked update timetable on Friday, Samsung has confirmed that the "premium suite" update pack for the Galaxy S4, S3 and Note 2 will be arriving on U.S. devices "in the coming weeks." The update includes Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, support for the Galaxy Gear smartwatch and Samsung's new KNOX enterprise security layer. According to today's press release some devices will start receiving the update today — and although no specific devices or carriers are mentioned, the leaked timetable points to today being the day for the Verizon Galaxy S4.

Elsewhere, international Galaxy S4s started receiving their Android 4.3 updates a couple of weeks back, and these also included Galaxy Gear and KNOX support.

Samsung also tells us the U.S. Galaxy S4 Active, S4 Mini and Galaxy Mega will receive similar updates "in the months ahead."

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3 years ago

LG officially releases the G Flex, a 6-inch curved OLED smartphone


Features include a curved display, self-healing rear skin and back-mounted buttons 

We've had our fair share of looks at the then-unannounced G Flex, and now LG has made its curved phone official. Unlike the recently-revealed Samsung Galaxy Round, the G Flex is curved on the horizontal axis (think Galaxy Nexus) and seemingly more dramatically based on the pictures LG has released. Aside from the curve, the G Flex follows LG's design language found on its other "G series" devices, including the rear-mounted buttons we first saw on the LG G2.

In terms of specs, the G Flex has an OLED display, as we'd expect for such a curved panel, but is unfortunately only 720 x 1280 resolution — at 6-inches diagonally, that pegs the pixel density at 244 ppi. Inside, we're looking at a MSM8974 (Snapdragon 800) processor clocked at 2.26GHz, 2GB of RAM, a 13MP camera, 32GB of internal storage and Bluetooth 4.0. As expected, for now this is a South Korea-only affair. Also interesting, LG says the rear of the G Flex will feature a self-healing coating, designed to automatically fill small scratches in the finish.

As you'd expect the G Flex is running Android 4.2.2 with LG's own software customizations. LG seems to be crafting its software to take advantage — or at least be accommodating — of the curved screen, shifting elements on the screen based on how the phone moves. Beyond that, it isn't entirely known what new software features will be G Flex-specific. See the press release after the break.

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3 years ago

Leaked docs show U.S. Galaxy Gear support rollout dates, concern over high return rate


Best Buy documents leaked to show Gear support slated for Galaxy S4, Note 2, S3 and S4 Active by end of year — but return rate could be higher than 30 percent

It's fair to say the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch has had a mixed reception, with early reviews, including our own, complaining of poor support for non-Samsung apps and the fact that the Galaxy Note 3 was the only phone supported at launch. Today newly-leaked documents from a major retailer show that Samsung appears ready to bring Galaxy Gear support to other U.S. handsets before the of the year, while also revealing a potentially troubling return rate for the wearable gadget.

The internal Best Buy documents obtained by show that like their international counterparts, U.S. Samsung phones will get Galaxy Gear support with their Android 4.3 updates. They also show tentative launch dates for the Gear-enabling updates on the Galaxy Note 2, S3, S4 and S4 Active across all major carriers. The documents underscore the fact that these dates are subject to change, so don't consider them set in stone just yet. But as it stands, it looks like Samsung wants these devices up-to-date with Android 4.3 and Galaxy Gear support by the year's end, in line with its earlier statements.

Perhaps more intriguing, the leaked material also states:

The Galaxy Gear attachment rate within Best Buy is the highest among all channels; however the overall return rate is trending above 30%

That means Best Buy is selling a lot of Galaxy Gears to Note 3 customers, but almost a third of them are returning the smartwatch. In today's report, says Best Buy "have asked that Samsung employees on site help try to figure out why this is." Samsung has yet to release any Galaxy Gear sales figures, but if accurate, a 30 percent return rate at a big-name retailer is far from ideal.

Elsewhere, Samsung began rolling out the international Galaxy S4's Android 4.3 update in the past week, which includes Galaxy Gear connectivity. The international Galaxy S3, S4, Note 2, S4 Mini, S4 Active, Mega 5.8, Mega 6.3, and S4 Zoom are also set to receive updates with Gear support, with some devices' updates slated for the end of October.


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3 years ago

ZTE Nubia 5 review


A solid set of specs and features taken to their logical conclusion and sold for a good price - is that enough to make a sale?

With a string of carrier-commissioned and cheap unlocked handsets, ZTE has been struggling to work its way into the U.S. market. The same can actually be said for most areas outside of Asia and its home country of China, as ZTE has tried to expand its mainland success out into the rest of the world. It can likely be said that the unveiling of the Grand S LTE was its best shot back at CES in January of this year, but that launch was generally fumbled and the device really didn't make any waves.

But as the Grand S finally makes its way to the U.S. in an unlocked form sold directly by ZTE, another handset with similar specs but a new design has emerged — the Nubia 5. With a nice display, simple look and an adequate spec sheet, the Nubia 5 actually seems as though it might have a few things going for it. And at $450 unlocked with a full U.S. warranty, it may just be a handset sold in the states that ZTE can be proud of. Read along after the break for our full review of the ZTE Nubia 5.

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