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3 years ago

Geeksphone Revolution now on sale, €222 gives you the choice of Android or Firefox OS

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Mozilla's Firefox OS is still in its early fledgling stages, and Spanish manufacturer Geeksphone has probably been its biggest proponent. But getting people to commit to spending the cash for a phone that runs the unproven OS with primarily only webapps available has proven a challenge, and thus Geeksphone's going the dual-booting route with the new Revolution.

On sale today, the Geeksphone Revolution costs €222 (before tax) ($305 USD) and is capable of booting into either Android or Firefox OS. So you can try out the open source Mozilla OS without making a full commitment. Maybe you'll like it, maybe you'll just spend your time on Android.

Now, €222 doesn't get you a highly impressive phone, though what you get for the price isn't bad. The Revolution spots a 4.7-inch qHD (540x960) iPS display with an 8 megapixel camera on the back and 1.3 megapixels on the front. Chipset-wise there's a dual-core Intel Atom Z2560 clocked at 1.6GHz, 1GB of RAM, and 4GB of storage (expandable via MicroSD). There's a standard compliment of Wi-Fi b/g/n radios and Bluetooth 3.0, though the HSDPA radio is a bit of a bummer. But, again, at that price it's not a deal-breaker.

The Revolution is actually an Android phone first, booting to Android (version number is unspecified, though by the press images it's 4.x of some sort, and it appears to be running Google apps) on first activation. Though you can switch to Firefox OS whenever you like. The question is, though, would you?

Source: Geeksphone

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3 years ago

Android at Mobile World Congress 2014 — What to expect from this year's show

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Samsung Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z2, LG G Pro 2 and new wearable devices

One of the largest mobile shows of the year is about to kick off on Spain’s Mediterranean coast. This weekend — and for much of next week — we’re at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, where we’ll be covering some of the biggest mobile announcements of the year. Highlights are expected to include Samsung’s Galaxy S5, new Xperia devices from Sony, and Nokia’s first Android handset. And possibly new fare from HTC as well.

For the second year running the show itself is taking place at the futuristic Fira Gran Via, a new venue in Central Barcelona, and attending companies will also be holding press conferences all over the city. We’ll have six Mobile Nations editors on the ground — myself, Phil Nickinson, Andrew Martonik, Richard Devine, Kevin Michaluk and Daniel Rubino — so you’ll want to keep track of all our MWC coverage across Android Central, Windows Phone Central, CrackBerry, iMore and Smartwatch Fans.

MWC runs from Monday, Feb. 24, until Thursday, Feb. 27, with most of the big news happening on the 24th and 25th during the morning U.S. time. We'll have constant coverage through our massive Mobile World Congress hub page, which is where you'll find our latest news, articles, videos and behind-the-scenes stuff.

We’re in for a busy week at this year’s MWC, so let’s break down what we’re expecting from the major Android players ...

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3 years ago

Verizon Moto X getting Android 4.4.2 update today

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Yesterday's soak test be damned, Verizon's pushing out Android 4.4.2 KitKat for the Moto X today. This brings the Verizon Moto X right up to date with the latest version of Android, inline with the rest of the Moto X family, the HTC One (for some carriers), Google Play Edition devices , and Nexus devices. This is also ahead of Samsung, who has committed to updating an array of devices from the past two years to 4.4.2, but provided no timeframe for those updates.

The update to Android 4.4.2 brings relatively minor improvements to the Moto X, including improved 3G and 4G data stability and bug fixes related to call volume and MMS. The camera software has also been improved with better sky detection and auto-HDR.

Got Android 4.4.2 on your Moto X? Let us know how it's treating you.

Source: Verizon (pdf)

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3 years ago

LG G2 KitKat update hitting the UK from mid-March

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Speed boost promised with latest Android OS update

Android 4.4 KitKat for the LG G2 will bering rolling out to devices in the UK from mid-March, a video uploaded by LG UK reveals. The manufacturer says that the KitKat update brings performance improvements to the G2, alongside standard Android 4.4 features like cloud printing and the Chromium browsing engine for web views.

In the video above, LG uses a high frame rate camera to capture the performance differences between Jelly Bean and KitKat in a variety of tasks, including KnockOn wake-ups, app load times, camera startup and web page rendering. All in all, the company says KitKat makes the G2 17 percent faster, which is nothing to sniff at.

Thanks, gonk24!

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3 years ago

'The Next Galaxy' is coming at Samsung Unpacked 5

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New teaser shows the power of five

Continuing its focus on the "power of five," Samsung's teaser for its Unpacked 5 event next Monday in Barcelona leaves little doubt that we'll see the Galaxy S5 on the first day of MWC. Intercut with buzzwords, artsy photos and gratiutous use of the number five, it's not immediately clear what many of these slogans have to do with "The Next Galaxy," but you can bet we'll be on the ground to find out on Feb. 24.

Check the teaser out after the break, and don't forget to share your thoughts and theories down in the comments!

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3 years ago

Huawei MediaPad X1 and Ascend G6 leak ahead of MWC

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7-inch tablet and mid-range phone revealed

Thanks to its bizarre MWC teaser trailer, we know Huawei wants to make a splash at Mobile World Congress next week. And now we have a good idea what two of its new products will look like, as the Huawei MediaPad X1 and Ascend G6 have leaked out online ahead of their expected arrival in Barcelona. The MediaPad X1 is Huawei's latest 7-inch Android tablet, with previous leaks suggesting a the presence of a 1.6GHz quad-core CPU, a 1920x1200 display resolution, 6,000mAh battery, optional LTE connectivity and a price tag around $200. Images leaked today on Weibo show a white chassis with relatively trim bezels and an S View-like cover for the device.

Meanwhile Twitter leaker @evleaks has gotten hold of renders of the Huawei Ascend G6 — pictured after the break — the company's latest mid-range smartphone, which sports an Ascend P6-like look. Specs for the slim, multicolored handset are said to include a quad-core 1.3GHz CPU from Mediatek, 1GB of RAM, an 8MP rear camera and 5-megapixel front-facer.

We're still waiting for a good look at Huawei's new high-end handset, the Ascend P7, said in the company's teaser video to include all-day battery life, a high-quality front-facing camera, and support for next-gen LTE networks. No doubt we'll learn more at the Huawei MWC press conference this Sunday.

Source: Engadget

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3 years ago

I could watch this LG G Pro 2 teaser all day long

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Not that I have any idea what they're saying. It's just that Korean commercials are just so much more fun than what we usually get in the U.S.

The LG G Pro 2 launched in Korea this week for around $900 U.S. We'll get a better look at it next week at Mobile World Congress, and it's a good bet we'll see it in the U.S. at some point.

More: LG

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3 years ago

Archos announces new phones, tablets for Mobile World Congress

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Archos today announced four new devices ahead of Mobile World Congress — a tablet and three phones. Here's what we're looking at:

  • Archos 80 Helium 4G: An 8-inch Android 4.3 tablet powered by a quad-core Qualcomm MSM8926 processor and sporting 4G LTE data. It'll have full access to Google Play and costs $249.
  • Archos 50c Oxygen: Thus guy is a 5-inch phone (at 720p) running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. It's got an 8MP camera and is powered by an eight-core Mediatex processor at 1.7 GHz. It costs $199.
  • Archos 64 Xenon: As the name implies, this Xenon is 6.4 inches at 720p, powered by a Mediatek quad-core processor at 1.3 GHz. It's running Android 4.2 Jelly bean, has 4GB of storage and costs $199.
  • Archos 40b Titanium: And finally we've got a 4-inch (480p) phone running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, a half-gigabyte of RAM, 5MP camera and 4GB of storage. It costs$119.

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3 years ago

Verizon's Moto X entering soak-test phase for Android 4.4.2

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And that, folks, says it all. E-mails are going out inviting folks to a soak test for Verizon's Moto X, with an update to Android 4.4.2 on the way. Not in the soak test? You shouldn't have to wait too terribly long for an official update.

More in our Moto X forums.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

LG G2 Mini gets a video teaser

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LG just officially announced the LG G2 Mini, and we'll get a good look at it next week at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Now we've got a very brief teaser video to go along with it. Nothing particularly stands out, other than apparently it turns you into a shredderiffic skater boy.

More: LG G2 Mini specs

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 could go on sale in just three weeks

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 hasn't even been announced yet, but already focus is beginning to turn to when we'll actually be able to buy the phone. Today our first clue comes from GSMArena, which says it's been told by an unnamed Samsung executive that the GS5 will be arriving in three weeks time. The outlet says it's received corroborating information from other "trustworthy sources," which would point to Samsung's next big thing hitting store shelves in mid-March.

If this is accurate, the interval between launch and retail release would match the relatively quick turnaround of the Galaxy Note 3, which was available three weeks after its announcement. It might also see Samsung going to market ahead of HTC, which has scheduled the launch events for its new HTC One for Mar. 25.

The official word on Samsung's Galaxy S5 launch plans should come at the Unpacked 5 event next Monday, and we'll be live from Barcelona to bring you full coverage.

Source: GSMArena

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3 years ago

New HTC One (M8) leaks out in gray and silver [Updated]

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Update: @evleaks has followed up with another M8 render, this time showing the device in silver. You'll find it after the break.

Original story: Following yesterday's leak of the 2014 HTC One — also known by the codename "M8" — in gold, leaker @evleaks has today published a render of the device in gray. The chassis design appears the same as in the earlier leak — an HTC One-like design with dual rear cameras, on-screen buttons and a wraparound metal chassis. The dark gray color is one of five rumored for the M8 — others include gold, silver, red and blue — and it's a little lighter than last year's "stealth black" HTC One.

The 2014 HTC One is expected to be unveiled at launch events in London and New York on Mar. 25.

Source: @evleaks (2)

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3 years ago

Nokia X shows its tiled face before Mobile World Congress

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Nokia's first Android device has a whiff of the Windows Phone about it

The Nokia X – or Normandy as it has been known – leaks continue, with this claiming to be an actual full front on shot of the device. The image is one of a series that has appeared in China at Coolxap and shows the design we've seen many times before along with a very Windows Phone-esque user interface.

As we'd expect, there's no sight of anything Google related, but Nokia's own Here Maps are present and correct. There's also a Store clearly shown, so providing everything is legit, Nokia it seems has decided how the X will be getting its apps.

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3 years ago

Sprint Galaxy Note 3 KitKat update now rolling out

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Right on cue, Sprint's Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is starting to receive its update to Android 4.4 KitKat, with a 503MB over-the-air update now going out to some devices. The update brings the Sprint Note 3 up to Android 4.4.2 KitKat and introduces some minor visual tweaks, such as white status bar icons in place of the colored graphics of old.

KitKat's arrival on the Sprint Note 3 is part of Samsung's U.S. release plans for Android 4.4 — the latest version of Android is due to hit 14 phones and tablets on U.S. carriers in the near future.

Source: Android Central forums

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Samsung teases 'Exynos Infinity' ahead of MWC

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New mobile processors on the way?

We're just a few days away from Mobile World Congress, and this year's show is a big one for Samsung, with the Galaxy S5 expected to debut at the "Unpacked 5" event on Monday evening. But there's more to Samsung's MWC plans than just phones, it seems. The Samsung Exynos Twitter account has posted the image above, teasing its "latest innovations" ahead of next week's show.

It's unclear what exactly "Exynos Infinity" is at this stage, but the company already detailed some of its CPU plans for 2014 at last year's analyst day. Slides revealed plans to first launch Samsung-branded 64-bit processors based on ARM core designs (as it does with current Exynos chips), before moving onto processors with custom core designs, similar to the way Qualcomm operates.

We're sure to find out more next week in Spain, so stay tuned!

Source: @SamsungExynos

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