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3 years ago

We're answering your Moto G questions on the Android Central forums!

The Moto G is official, and it's available to purchase today in some countries. With a1.2 GHz quad-core processor, near-stock Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and a 4.5-inch 720p LCD display, the Moto G offers more hardware bang for your buck than the majority of other devices at this price point. U.S. buyers will have a little longer to wait before they can pick up Motorola's new, low-priced version of the Moto X, but in the meantime we're here to answer your questions. Hit the link below to pose them on the Android Central forums.

More: Moto G Q&A on the Android Central forums

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3 years ago

In pictures: The Moto G

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Hands-on photo gallery​

Motorola has just unveiled its latest smartphone, the wallet-friendly Moto G, which goes on sale today in parts of Europe and Latin America. We're just getting acquainted with Moto's new affordable wonder, but along with our initial hands-on preview, we've had time to get a good look at the device. And you too can see more of the device in our hands-on gallery after the break...

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3 years ago

Verizon says it'll carry the Moto G on prepaid next year

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If you're looking to get the new Moto G — be sure to check out our quick-look video — on Verizon when it's available here in the U.S. in early 2014, it looks like you're going to have to go prepaid to do it.

The official VZWNews Twitter account this morning confirmed as such.

The move to prepaid isn't overly surprising, given that Verizon has led the push for LTE data in the U.S. (though it did recently admit things are tough in metro areas) — and the sub-$200 Moto G is a decidedly non-LTE device.

Again, nothing more specific than early in the first quarter, though Moto today at its even in Brazil said to expect Moto G in the U.S. in January.

More discussion in our Moto G forums!

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3 years ago

HTC One Max available on Sprint this Friday

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Sprint this morning announced that it'll carry the HTC One Max — that's the larger one in this picture here, folks — starting this Friday., Nov. 15. It'll run $299 on contract with a two-year deal, or $25 a month with the Sprint One Up program.

As you'll recall from our HTC One Max review, this is a mondo 5.9-inch phone, with a 1080p display, HTC's Ultrapixel camera, a 3,300 mAh battery and the new Sense 5.5 user interface.

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3 years ago

Video: Hands-on with the Moto G!

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So many thoughts to be thunk about the Moto G. Relatively unimpressive specs — save for that price. Not quite a Moto X, but will that matter to most folks in this target market? And will such a low cost to consumers — under $200, off contract and unlocked — finally spur some sort of change in the industry? 

We'll see. For now, enjoy this quick hands-on from Alex Dobie from Motorola's satellite event in London. And be sure to check out the full Moto G specs here, and swing by our Moto G forums!

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3 years ago

Moto G specs

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Motorola's Moto G looks to make a name for itself worldwide by being a mid-spec'd but properly priced Android smarpthone. 

Here are the complete Moto G specs:

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3 years ago

Motorola officially announces the Moto G!

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Moto G starts at just $179, off-contract and unlocked

Motorola this morning at an event in Sao Paulo, Brazil, announced the lower-cost Moto G Android smartphone. 

It's a smartphone that has a premium experience but has a fraction of the cost," said product manager Charlie Tritschler.

Moto G's got a 4.5-inch display at 720p. It's powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor at 1.2 GHz and sports 1GB of RAM. Motorola's pushed a 2070 mAh into this thing, noting 14 hours of talk time. Moto's touting that "all day" battery life line again.

And as you'd expect, it's running Android 4.3 out of the box, with an update to Android 4.4 "guaranteed" by January 2014, Moto's Punit Soni said.

For those who want some customization, Moto G is available with a number of removable backs — "Moto Shells." And there's a "Flip Shell" that is exactly what it sounds like — a flip cover to protect the displays.

And most important — an off-contract price of just $179 for 8GB. For 16GB, you'll pay just $199. It'll go on sale this week in Brazil and parts of Europe. After that come Latin America, Canada and parts of Asia.

Moto G will be available in the U.S., India, the Middle East and more of Asia in January. 

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3 years ago

Moto X to get Android 4.4 KitKat 'in a matter of weeks'

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Motorola's already confirmed that the Moto X will be upgraded to Android 4.4 KitKat. No surprise there. And today, at the Moto G event in Brazil, we get at least a vague idea of when we might expect it. 

Motorola Mobility CEO Dennis Woodside at today's event said the Moto X can expect to be updated "in a matter of weeks." Nothing more specific than that, unfortunately. But for now, we'll take it.

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3 years ago

Watch the Moto G livestream here!

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Here's the live livestream from Brazil as we await the unveiling of the Moto G. And we're also at a satellite event in London, so stay tuned for more from that.

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3 years ago

AT&T Galaxy Note 3 receiving small OTA update today

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Update brings more stability and enhancements to the Note 3

Folks using an AT&T branded Note 3 are seeing a small OTA update this afternoon. Preliminary reports say things seem a little more responsive, and the keyboard background has changed colors to a pleasing blue-back look. Also, important to many, this update breaks root — you've been warned. We reached out to AT&T for a change log, and as soon as we hear back we'll update things here.

Getting the update is easy enough — your update will appear in the status bar when it's your turn, or you can try your luck and manually check in the settings. 

Discuss today's update, and all things Note 3 in the forums.

Source: AT&T Note 3 forums. Thanks everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

You can now design a custom Moto X on all four major U.S. carriers

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Custom inscriptions return to Motorola's design tool as well

So long, exclusivity. AT&T's had it for months. Verizon went live overnight. And now everyone's gotten in the game and you can design your own custom Moto X for Sprint and T-Mobile as well with the Moto Maker online studio.

What do you get with this newfound power? A whole bunch of permutations, that's what. Choose from 18 back colors. A black or white front. Seven accent colors. And — making its long-awaited return — you can have a custom message inscribed on the back.

We are, however, still waiting on wood.

More at motomaker.com.

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3 years ago

HTC Desire 500 launches in the UK

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Mid-ranger available in Carphone Warehouse stores starting today

Originally announced for the UK market back in August, HTC today sends word that its mid-range Desire 500 handset launches today at the Carphone Warehouse. CPW has exclusivity over the white version, and will also sell the Desire 500 in the standard black, seen above.

The Desire 500 packs a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 CPU, 1GB of RAM and an 8-megapixel rear camera with HTC's ImageChip tech. On the front is an 800x480-resolution 4.3-inch display, and there's 4GB of internal stroage, expandable via microSD by up to 64GB. As you might expect, the Desire 500 runs HTC's Sense UI, with the same BlinkFeed home screen reader found on high-end HTC phones.

A quick glance over the Carphone Warehouse's online store reveals on-contract prices starting at £15 per month, and a very reasonable SIM-free price of £199.99. More details at the link below, and in the press release after the break.

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3 years ago

The Nexus 5 vs. the HTC One

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Two different approaches to making a great phone

Each time a Nexus device is released, it garners quite a bit of attention. And rightfully so, when Google releases its own phone once a year it's a pretty big deal for Android enthusiasts. Once the dust settles on all of the new device news, we start to compare it to other top-notch devices that are at the top of everyone's minds.

We kicked things off with a comparison that most were drawing before the Nexus 5 was even released — the LG G2. Next up, I'll be looking at the Nexus 5 side-by-side with one of the most popular devices of the year, the HTC One. These are very different devices, each with their own strengths — let's take a look at how they compare.

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3 years ago

Waterproof Kyocera Hydro XTRM headed to MetroPCS

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Available today for $169

Japanese manufacturer Kyocera continues to carve out a niche for itself in the world of waterproof entry-level smartphones. We've already seen devices like the Hydro Elite on Verizon and Hydro Edge on Boost; today sees MetroPCS announcing the Kyocera Hydro XTRM. Like its siblings it doesn't boast top-end hardware, but it is IP57 certified to protect against dust and water submersion for up to 30 minutes. It's also shock-resistant, rated MIL-STD-810G, and includes Kyocera's "Smart Sonic Receiver" tissue conductivity tech for improved hearing in noisy environments.

On the inside it's powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon chip and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, with a 5-megapixel camera, 1.3-megapixel front-facer and 2,000mAh battery. The display is a 4-inch WVGA (800x480) panel. So nothing fancy, but you wouldn't expect it for the price.

The Kyocera Hydro XTRM is available on MetroPCS from today, priced at $169 plus tax.

More: Hands-on with the Hydro Edge and Hydro XTRM

Source: MetroPCS

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3 years ago

Nexus 5 now available from Canadian carriers

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TELUS, Videotron, Rogers, Fido, Bell and Virgin now offering latest Nexus phone

If you're in Canada and weren't able (or willing) to pick up a Nexus 5 from the Google Play Store, you can now buy the phone directly from six of the major Canadian carriers. TELUS, Videotron, Rogers, Fido, Bell and Virgin are now offering the LG-made Nexus phone subsidized and on-contract, with prices starting at $99.

All six will sell you a Nexus 5 outright for within a dollar of C$500, while TELUS, Rogers, Bell and Virgin will give you one for a little under C$100 on a two-year plan. On Fido you'll pay a little more on-contract — C$200 on a two-year plan. On Videotron it's just C$49.95.

Picking up the KitKat-powered handset from any of the Canadian carriers will certainly be more expensive than buying it from Google directly. However with Nexus 5 orders placed from the Canadian Play Store today not expected to ship for several weeks, it might be the best option for Canadians who don't want wait around.

Source: TELUS, Videotron, Rogers, Fido, Bell, Virgin; via: MobileSyrup

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