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3 years ago

The Moto X 'Quick Capture' camera

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One of Motorola's standout features in the Moto X camera is "Quick Capture," which gets you from sleep to shooting in a mere 2 seconds, all with a simple flick of the wrist. 

The idea sounds a little silly at first — do you really want to be flipping your phone around? But in actuality, it's pretty simple, and quick. 

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the Moto X

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'OK, Google Now. Show me the Moto X'

Motorola and Google, as we like to say in the South, have done good. We've finally gotten our first look at the new Moto X today in New York City. This thing's been leaked eight ways to Sunday over the past few months — and frankly a lot of what you're about to read we saw in last week's Droid announcements — but pick up the Moto X for the first time and you know you're feeling not just another phone, but a phone looking to do things a little different.

The Moto X is the first phone designed and built from scratch since Google acquired Motorola. And the end result is a phone that's as simple as it is complex. Its design is as understated as it is attractive. There have been so many assumptions about what the first Googlerola phone should be. It should be "Pure Google." It should have NASA-level hardware. It should have at least as many features as the droid line.

What Motorola's done is taken solid hardware and attractive design and married it to a fairly stock version of Android — with some interesting features thrown in, as well as a number of customization options. It's coming to five U.S. carriers in a few weeks and worldwide later, retailing for $199 on contract.

And with that, here's our first look at the Moto X.

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3 years ago

In pictures: Moto X

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The many faces of Motorola's latest smartphone

Unlike most smartphones, Motorola's Moto X will come in a wide range of different colors, textures and materials. And today in New York City Motorola was showing off a handful of them — from textured black and white plastic, to a range of wood finishes.

The base device comes in black and white, and Motorola's promising 16 customization options for the rear panel. So check past the break to see the Moto X in various colors from various angles. We've also got side-by-side comparisons with the Nexus 4 and HTC One.

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3 years ago

Moto X specs

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Complete hardware specifications for Motorola's next big thing

After many months of hype and expectation, Motorola's Moto X handset is official, and we've got the full spec sheet for you to cast your eyes over.

The short version is you're dealing with a very sleek Android 4.2.2 handset powered by Motorola's unique "X8" processors, with a 4.7-inch RGB AMOLED 720p display and a 10-megapixel "ClearPixel" camera.

You'll find the long version after the break.

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3 years ago

AT&T officially announces the Moto X with unique customization options

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Hot on the heels of the official unveiling of the Moto X, AT&T has checked in to tell us about their variant — and it will be the one most people will want. Other carriers will of course be selling the Moto X, but only AT&T is offering the rumored customization options everyone was curious about, as well as the 32GB version of the phone. Here's a list of the AT&T-only options:

  • Color options for the front and back (2 colors for the front, 16 for the back)
  • Accent colors for the power key, volume key and camera ring (7 color options)
  • Adding your name or short message on the phone
  • Unique wallpapers
  • Wake-up message
  • Memory capacity – 16GB ($199 with 2 year agreement) or 32GB ($249 with 2 year agreement)

We've been expecting some customization for the Moto X based on all the leaked news and images, but now we're hearing that many of them — including the all-important 32GB version — will be AT&T only. It's a bit of a let-down for many.

But in AT&T's favor, they now have a very compelling option to go head-to-head with Verizon's Droid models, and this should be a popular seller. We're impressed with what we've seen so far. Expect more Moto X news to come from other carriers, and hopefully other surprises with each announcement. Follow the jump for AT&T's full press release.

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3 years ago

Moto X unboxing

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Behold, the mighty Moto X. And its box. And the stuff inside the box.

For those of you into the whole unboxing thing, we present you, here, with a glorious unboxing video.

Namaste.

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3 years ago

Sony 'Honami' leak shows G-Lens on board with a 20 MP sensor

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Possible magnetic docking pins are also pictured, along with an alleged shot by the 'Honami'

The upcoming "Honami" may be Sony's next big leap in smartphone photography, and it has decided to pose for some pictures of its own. As we saw with the previously leaked render, the "Honami" does in fact have the Sony G-Lens labeling on its back. Resolution and focal length are replaced with temporary "X" values, but a photo of the software does show a 20 MP camera setting. There is also a picture of the phone's side, with what appears to be magnetic pins for docking.

A photo that was allegedly taken using a Sony "Honami" prototype was uploaded to Facebook, but thanks to the social network's removal of EXIF data and resizing of the image, it cannot be confirmed.

Additional photos can be found after the break.

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3 years ago

Smartphone sales push Sony back into profitability in Q1

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Sony has published its Q1 2013 earnings report, showing a return to profitability for the Japanese electronics giant, partly off the back of stronger smartphone sales. Revenue increased 13 percent year-on-year to ¥1.713 trillion ($17.3 billion), and Sony made a profit of $35 million, versus a loss of $285 million in Q1 2012. The report attributed the change in fortunes to "the favorable impact of foreign exchange rates, an increase in financial services revenue, and an increase in unit sales of smartphones."

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3 years ago

LG Optimus F3 comes to T-Mobile Aug. 7 for $0 down

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Available on T-Mobile’s Simple Choice Plan for 24 payments of $10 a month

After seeing releases on both Sprint and Virgin Mobile, a GSM variant of the LG Optimus F3 will now be available on T-Mobile, starting August 7. The carrier is offering a limited-time promotion price of $0 down with 24 equal monthly payments of $10. To take advantage of this deal, customers should be on T-Mobile’s Simple Choice Plan, and are subject to credit approval.

Like the Sprint and Virgin Mobile version, this device comes with a 4-inch IPS screen offering "sharp text and crisp images," a long-lasting 2460 mAh battery, and Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with LG's own apps suite. Exclusive to this version of the Optimus F3 is T-Mobile's signature WiFi Calling.

The LG Optimus F3 can be found at T-Mobile retail stores, select retailers, and online at www.T-Mobile.com. For more about T-Mobile's latest entry-level phone, see our hands-on with the Sprint version.

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3 years ago

Pantech Discover update to Android 4.1.2 rolling out today

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The update to Jelly Bean will be sent out to users over-the-air

Pantech Discover owners should be on the lookout for update notifications, because starting today an OTA rollout has begun for Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. This is a significant update from the Discover's launch OS, Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. Pantech has outlined the key new features of this update below:

Google Now, which will allow Discover users to automatically receive relevant information when they need it based on their interests, activities and habits, including weather, sports, shopping, upcoming events and more; Voice Search, a part of Google Search, lets you launch apps or add meetings to your calendar and provides personal results based on your location, and an expandable and actionable Notification Bar which allows for easier return of calls, sending and scanning multiple emails and sharing photos directly from your notification panel.

Pantech certainly is on a roll with its Jelly Beans, with the Pantech Flex getting a similar update just last month. It's good to see such support for manufacturers.

Are there any other new and notable changes present? How about bugs and problems with updating? Those that have already received the update, sing out in the comments.

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3 years ago

AT&T Galaxy S3 getting Android 4.1.2 OTA now

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Initial reports of users receiving the update has begun, still no official change log.

After its first major update from Ice Cream Sandwich to Jelly Bean earlier this year, the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S3 is receiving another considerable update. The phone will still be on Android Jelly Bean, but it gets a version bump from Android 4.1.1 up to Android 4.1.2 (build JZO54K.I747UCDMG2).

Users are reporting an update file size of over 220 MB, which is definitely on the larger side. Some have had success downloading over LTE, while others have said they were forced to download over WiFi. It is also being reported by users that this update includes Samsung's multiwindow feature.

Keep an eye out for that update notification, and join the rest of our members in the forums to discuss the changes and fixes in the AT&T Galaxy S3's latest update.

Thanks, xisruno and Keith!

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3 years ago

Samsung to launch TDD/FDD dual-mode LTE GS4, S4 Mini

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Samsung will launch new variants of its Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S4 Mini handsets with dual-mode TDD-LTE and FDD-LTE connectivity, the company has announced. While current LTE networks are primarily based upon FDD-LTE the standard, Samsung's new devices will be able to operate on these networks in addition to TDD-LTE networks expected to launch soon in Asia and Eastern Europe.

Samsung said its new dual-mode LTE Galaxy S4s will be the first handsets to market to support "seamless handover" between the two standards, with "continuous and seamless voice and data communications even as the devices switch between two different types of LTE networks." While Samsung hasn't specified which countries will be getting these new dual-mode handsets, smooth handover between the two standards will be particularly important in markets where both TDD and FDD are deployed.

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3 years ago

Moto X may use iPhone 5-style nano-SIM

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At this point, many of the Moto X's hardware and software features have already been the subject of extensive online leaks. It's a little surprising, then, to see Motorola's upcoming handset hiding one more surprise — a nano-SIM tray. The photo on the right was snapped by GSM Insider in Hong Kong, and clearly shows a smaller SIM tray and matching nano-SIM card alongside the unreleased device. (That's as opposed to the slightly larger and more common micro-SIM standard.)

Currently the only mainstream smartphone to use the nano-SIM standard is Apple's iPhone 5. Earlier in the year ASUS' quirky Padfone Infinity became the first Android handset to rock a nano-SIM.

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3 years ago

LG G2 to feature ringtones and sounds performed by the Vienna Boys' Choir

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LG has worked with the Vienna Boys' Choir to include nine ringtones and five notifications and alarms performed by the Vienna Boys' Choir on the upcoming LG G2. These are in addition to four musical "chimes" that are included, with Bach’s Air on the G String given as an example.

The Vienna Boys' Choir has been in existence for almost 500 years, and they currently perform in over 300 venues a year all over the world. Headquartered in Vienna, most of the members are from Austria, but the choir features boys from all over the world aged between 10 and 14.

Whether it’s classical compositions or fresh a cappella music, LG has always viewed beautiful music as a great complement to our beautiful devices. As the pinnacle of international choirs and the most famous, it’s fitting that the heavenly music of the Vienna Boys’ Choir is featured on LG G2. — LG CEO Dr. Jong-seok Park

We'll be able to hear all the beautiful music and more when we have a look at the G2 in New York next month. 

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia Z Ultra confirmed for Sept. 12 release

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Soon to be available in black and white for £599.98 inc VAT

Update: We spoke to the folks at Negri Electronics about the Xperia Z Ultra, and they have models in purple and white, starting at $799 USD — and they are in stock right now. If you're interested on 6.44-inches of unlocked Sony magic, hit them up right here

Unlocked Mobiles has put up their pre-order page for the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, with launch details very to close to what we already expected. Sony's latest phone, packing a 6.44-inch Triluminos display and a Snapdragon 800 processor with Android 4.2, will be available September 12. Pricing comes in a little lower than previously thought, at £599.98 inc VAT and £499.98 ex VAT.

Following the official announcement of this monstrous phone, the official specifications were released for those interested. To get an up close and personal look at the new addition of the Xperia family, be sure to see our hands-on video.

Source: Unlocked Mobile

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