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3 years ago

Galaxy S4 + S4 Mini 'black edition' with leather-effect back coming to Russia

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Pitch black GS4s come with 100 percent less glossy plastic

Perhaps our biggest gripe with the Samsung Galaxy S4 — in hardware terms, at least — was its glossy, plasticky back cover. The S4's rear panel was a magnet for fingerprints and smudges, and just didn't feel very nice in the hand. So imagine our delight this morning to see the device above — the "black edition" Galaxy S4, sporting a soft-touch, leather-effect back like the Galaxy Note 3.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo gets official in Poland

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A Note 3, but not quite as we know it

We already know this one isn't coming to the UK, but Samsung has quietly announced the Galaxy Note 3 Neo over in Poland. To look at, it's virtually identical to the regular Galaxy Note 3 we know and love, but the display has been shrunk ever so slightly. The Neo has a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display, down from 5.7-inches on the regular Note 3, and the resolution is also down at 1280x720. 

What's inside depends on whether you're looking at the Note 3 Neo 3G or the Note 3 Neo LTE+ version.

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3 years ago

Moto X down to £299 at UK retailer after launch day price drop

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Clove selling Motorola's latest for £80 less than the standard price

When the Moto X was first announced for the UK market, many were less than thrilled at the initial launch price of £380, in light of the phone's highly competitive pricing elsewhere. But today there's good news for UK buyers wanting to pick up a Moto X without parting with quite so much cash, as one UK retailer has the device for £80-90 less than the price elsewhere.

Clove Technology, which initially listed the device at £330, has knocked its Moto X price down to £299 plus shipping today. Existing orders, Clove says, will have the £30 difference refunded, and devices will begin shipping from next Monday, Feb. 3. So if you can wait out the weekend, this would seem to be among the best deals around for picking up the Moto X in the UK. Clove's stock is of the 16GB black model — the white model is exclusive to Phones4u for now, and Motorola has previously told us that the 32GB version won't be coming to the UK.

More: Moto X review; Hands-on with the Moto X in London

Source: Clove Technology

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3 years ago

Red Nexus 5 appears slated for Feb. 4

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It looks like the red Nexus 5 may hit Google Play on Feb. 4, according to this week's internal Sprint Playbook.

The headline pretty much says it all — "2/4/14: Google Nexus 5 in red available in Google play stores." Still nothing official, of course, and things have changed before. But we did recently see the red Nexus 5 out of the box, So stay tuned.

So, who's buying?

Thanks, anon!

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra updated with white balance setting

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Other changes include improvements to Wifi, Bluetooth streaming and the stock email app 

Just a month after the Sony Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra were updated to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, there's a second 4.3-based firmware rolling out to both handsets. Sony has confirmed via Twitter that the update is rolling out in stages starting today, with "display, BT [Bluetooth] music streaming, email, Wifi improvements," among other changes. The only real difference we've noticed on our European Z1 is the addition of a "white balance" option under display settings, allowing users to tweak the color characteristics of their screens.

The update to version 14.2.A.1.136 seems to be available only through Sony's PC Companion and Mac Bridge apps at present — presumably an over-the-air rollout will kick off in the near future.

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact now available on O2 for £480

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But don't expect a charger with it

UK carrier O2 is has now begun selling the new Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, with the great news of availability of all 4 colors. It's a pricey little number though, costing you £479.99 on a pay-as-you-go agreement. On contract pricing however can have you leaving the store with a free phone, with the O2 Refresh tariffs for it starting from £37 a month. But don't expect a charger in the box. As O2 has done with past devices, it has decided you probably already have a USB power adaptor at home, so you don't get another one. You can still buy one at a 'discounted rate' though. 

The Xperia Z1 Compact is an exciting device, mainly because of its size. With a 4.3-inch 720p display and 2300mAh battery the only differences between this and the regular Z1, Sony has achieved what many of us have wanted for so long; a high end smartphone in a smaller frame. If O2 is your carrier, and this is the one for you, hit the source link below to order. 

More: Sony Xperia Z1 Compact hands-on

Source: O2

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3 years ago

Samsung could introduce 'Life Times' app in future phones

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Could a BlinkFeed-like diary app be coming to the Galaxy S5?

In last year's Galaxy Note 3 and Note 10.1, Samsung introduced a Flipboard-based "My Magazine" feature into its Android home screen launcher, allowing users to view social updates, news, photos and other stuff in a grid arrangement. Now there's evidence that this feature may evolve further in 2014, as SamMobile has tracked down a Samsung "Life Times" app in pre-release firmware for a phone with the model number SM-G900H — believed to be a variant of the company's upcoming Galaxy S5.

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3 years ago

AT&T HTC One X Android 4.2 + Sense 5.0 update now rolling out

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A quick heads up for all you HTC One X owners on AT&T — as expected, the phone has started receiving its update to Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and HTC Sense 5.0. It's a big update for the One X, bringing a whole new user interface similar to that of the current HTC One family. Aside from general UI overhaul there's the new Sense home screen with HTC BlinkFeed, an updated Gallery and Camera UI, and automatic video highlights.

HTC's got a full breakdown of which Sense 5 features you will and won't get on the One X — and the One X+, which has already been updated — over on its update site.

Source: Android Central forums; More: HTC UpdatesThanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Get a UK SIM-free Moto X at launch for £330

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If you look in the right place, you'll save £50 on the RRP

The UK launch of the Moto X left us disappointed with one key feature of the phone; its price. Moto announced the arrival of its current range topper with a pretty hefty price tag of £380, made worse by the current price of its American equivalent. This week the Moto X finally goes on sale across the UK, and if you know where to look you can pick one up for £50 less than that £380 RRP. 

Online retailers Expansys and Clove Technology are both offering the 16GB Moto X – in black only, white is exclusive to Phones 4U – for £330. Handtec is offering a very slight reduction on this, with a Moto X there costing you £328.80. All prices are inclusive of VAT. Clove is expecting stock from January 30, Expansys within three days at the time of writing, and Handtec is still taking pre-orders. 

So, while it's still maybe more than we'd have been hoping to pay for a 6-month old phone at this point, there are at least a few options to save yourselves a bit of cash on an outright purchase at launch. With Moto's recent – and fairly frequent – deals on the Moto X stateside, it'd be nice to see a similar promotion hit the UK at some point soon. 

More: Moto X Review, First look at the European Moto X

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia Z1, three months on

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After three months and a succession of software updates, what do we really think of Sony’s Xperia Z1?

The past year has been a pivotal one for Sony Mobile. After meandering through 2012 with a less than memorable product lineup, Sony introduced some of its strongest devices in 2013, along with a revamped design language. Among these was the company’s most impressive phone to date, the Xperia Z1, announced at the IFA conference in Berlin September and released shortly afterwards. The Z1 wasn’t a revolutionary change compared to the Xperia Z, Sony’s early-2013 standard-bearer, but it finally nailed a few important areas of the smartphone experience — specifically performance, battery life and camera.

I’ve been using the Z1 regularly over the past three months, and I’ve found that over the course of three successive software updates it’s become an even better phone than it was at launch. That said, some bugbears remain, and unfortunately many of them are longstanding issues common to Sony’s Xperia lineup.

Join us after the break for our long-term thoughts on the Sony Xperia Z1.

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3 years ago

Rose Gold Samsung Galaxy Note 3 now available on Verizon

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$249.99 on contract, $649.99 without one, available for a 'limited time only'

Having been leaked and previously pictured, the Rose Gold version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is now available from Verizon. Well, available but currently backordered, and will ship on January 30. To snag one of these which Verizon says will be available for a 'limited time only' you'll need to drop $249.99 on a two-year contract, or $649.99 without a contract on the month-to-month basis. 

The Rose Gold Galaxy Note 3 is essentially the same as the white version, but with a bronze tinged trim around the outside of the phone, the home button, and the top of the S-Pen. If this is the phone for you, hit up the source link below to get your order in, and if you're thinking of switching from another carrier, be sure to check out the Verizon coverage maps before pulling the trigger. 

Source: Verizon

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3 years ago

UK Moto X available at Phones4u from today

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Prices start at £379.95 on PAYG or £25 per month on 3G contract

Phones4u has announced that it's the first UK retailer to offer Motorola's Moto X for sale. The company says it's now offering Motorola's flagship handset on contract, pay as you go and SIM-free, both in-store and online. If you're looking to pick up a Moto X today you'll pay from £25 per month on 3G contracts or £29.99 on 4G. P4u's SIM-free price is £389.95, dropping to £379.95 if you buy on PAYG. And as previously announced, the retailer also has exclusivity over the white Moto X for the first three months of it's availability.

Phones4u's launch comes a few days ahead of the officially-announced Moto X UK street date of Feb. 1.

More: First look at the European Moto X in London, Moto X review

Source: Phones4u

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3 years ago

Leaked images claim to show LG's new G Pro 2

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Slim, rounded design with buttons on the back

We know that the LG G Pro 2, the company's big-screened follow-up to last year's Optimus G Pro, is coming next month, but for the moment that's about all the official info we have on the device. So today it's interesting to note the appearance of a couple of leaked images claiming to show the back and sides of LG's next oversized handset.

Korean site DC Inside has published two shots purportedly showing the upcoming device, and it appears LG's sticking with the G2's design language for its next big thing. The photos show G2-style back-mounted buttons, along with a camera and LED flash, and a similarly curved design. It seems loudspeaker has moved from the bottom trim, and now lives on the back panel. Besides these obvious details, it appears we're looking at a slim, curved chassis similar to that of recent LG high-enders.

Rumored G Pro 2 specs include a 6-inch Full HD display, 3GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 800 processor, though today's leak gives us no further info on the device's internals — or its software, which is said to be based on Android 4.4 KitKat. But with Mobile World Congress just a few weeks away, hopefully we won't have to wait long to learn more. Check past the break for one more photo.

Source: DC Inside; via: Engadget

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3 years ago

Canadian Moto Xs getting Android 4.4.2 update

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Moto X on Rogers and Fido in Canada getting KitKat, along with the Moto G on Boost Mobile

Motorola has announced that Canadian Moto X owners are next in line for a taste of KitKat, with Android 4.4.2 now rolling out to handsets on Rogers and Fido in the country. In a blog post today, Motorola VP Punit Soni says the Canadian phones are the first Moto Xs to get the bump up to 4.4.2 — existing Moto X KitKat builds are based on Android 4.4, remember. Though we've also heard isolated reports of some Sprint Moto X devices getting that same update in recent days.

In related news the Moto G on Boost Mobile is also being updated to Android 4.4.2, according to Motorola. And later this week the Moto X is due to launch in the UK, also running Android 4.4.2 out of the box.

Source: Motorola; via: Android Central forums

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3 years ago

LG launches QSlide SDK to bring floating windows to third-party apps

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LG has announced the release of its QSlide SDK in an effort to bring more windowed applications to its Android phones. QSlide is LG's framework for miniature windowed apps, found on the G2 and other current LG phones. Similar to Samsung's Pen Window, QSlide apps can be used in the foreground while other fullscreen apps are running in the background.

Today's SDK launch makes it possible for third-party developers to bring this functionality to their own apps. SDK features include switching between floating and fullscreen mode, adjusting window transparency levels, customizing the appearance of the window and adding a quick launch icon to the QSlide tray in the notification shade. Interested developers can pick the QSlide SDK from LG's developer site, or through the Android SDK Manager. LG's also got documentation available as a guide for developers.

You'll find more info and download links at developer.lge.com, or alternatively hit the link below for a general walkthrough of QSlide on the LG G2.

More: QSlide apps on the LG G2

Source: LG Developer

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