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3 years ago

Larry Page on the Moto X: 'I'm very excited'

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Three simple words today from Google CEO, speaking on the long-awaited return of Motorola with the Moto X:

"I know you're all eagerly anticipating what Motorola is launching soon. Having been a tester for a while. I'm very excited."

Google's got an event laid on next Wednesday in California

More in our Moto X forums.

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3 years ago

LG Optimus F3 available today from Virgin Mobile for $179

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Price valid for customers with a Beyond Talk plan, starting at $35 per month

Previously announced on parent company Sprint for $29.99 on-contract, the LG Optimus F3 is now available off-contract for Virgin Mobile customers. The Optimus F3 can be purchased for $179.99 with Virgin's "Beyond Talk" no-contract plan, which offers unlimited data and messaging starting at $35 per month.

This budget-friendly phone comes with LTE connectivity on Sprint's network, with a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and up to 16 hours of talk time on a single charge. A 4-inch display with Gorilla Glass 2 and a 5 MP rear camera are powered by the Android 4.1.2 operating system.

For more details and photos, see our hands-on with the LG Optimus F3 from Pepcom. A complete list of features and specifications are also available after the break.

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3 years ago

Huawei Ascend Mate launches as a Vodafone UK exclusive

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Free for £29 per month for pay monthly customers and £300 for pay as you go customers

After it was confirmed just over a week ago that Vodafone would be carrying Huawei's newest phablet, the Huawei Ascend Mate has launched as a Vodafone exclusive. We first saw this device at the Las Vegas CES 2013 in January.

Packing a generous 6.1-inch screen, the Ascend Mate uses an IPS display with 280 x 720 resolution. A 1.5 GHz quad-core processor is powered by the 4050 mAh battery inside. Internal memory comes in at 8 GB, which is expandable via micro-SD for an additional 32 GB. Android Jelly Bean 4.1 will be the shipping OS.

As for pricing, Vodafone states the "Huawei Ascend Mate is free for £29 per month (including 600 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of data) for pay monthly customers and £300 for pay as you go customers." The full press release can be found after the break.

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3 years ago

Android 4.3 on the Nexus 4: A second look at the next version of Android

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Bluetooth LE, OpenGL ES 3.0, new Wifi location settings and improved touch response

A week out from the likely announcement of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, we've just come across a second leak of the next version of Google's mobile OS. Android 4.3 (build JWR66N) originally leaked out for the Google Play edition Galaxy S4 a few weeks back, and today the same build is floating around for the Nexus 4. So we've decided to take it for a spin, and bring you some a quick look at how the next version of Android handles on Google's reference phone.

Check out our hands-on video after the break.

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3 years ago

HTC One Mini hands-on preview

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HTC's new 4.3-inch handset is no lightweight​

As much as we might like to believe otherwise, not every phone buyer is after a gargantuan slab of glass and plastic. And if you're the sort of person who likes your smartphones to be hand, pocket and wallet-friendly, it's not always possible to work the latest features and the fastest performance into that formula. So here's HTC with the HTC One Mini, a device that promises most of the features of the larger, more expensive 4.7-inch HTC One in a smaller chassis at a lower price point.

Despite recent successes with the HTC One, the past year hasn't been kind to HTC, and the manufacturer's mid-range efforts in particular have failed to impress. Last year in particular saw the HTC One brand being applied to phones which, if we're honest, probably didn't deserve it. This summer, then, the Taiwanese manufacturer will be looking to make a splash in the mid-range space its latest handset, officially announced today.

We've had the chance to spend some quality time with the HTC One Mini, and you'll find our full video walkthrough, along with more photos and words, after the break.

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3 years ago

In pictures: The HTC One Mini

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Check out our HTC One Mini photo gallery

The HTC One Mini is finally official, and we've had the chance to get our hands on HTC's latest miniature marvel. The One Mini packs many of the features of the full-sized One into a dinky 4.3-inch chassis, with a 720p display and re-tooled internals. At a glance, the Mini's design is much the same as its big brother — but take a closer look and there are plenty of subtle differences to see.

So be sure to check past the break for our HTC One Mini photo gallery, including side-by-side shots with the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini.

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3 years ago

By the numbers: HTC One Mini versus HTC One

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HTC's One Mini brings the already iconic look and style of its big brother the HTC One in a slightly smaller package. While a few seasons ago nobody would have considered the 4.3-inch phone a "mini", in today's landscape anything under 4.5-inches certainly qualifies. 

While the internals are scaled down as well, the Mini looks to be a very capable performer. But of course, the inevitable comparisons between what's under the glass of the "normal" HTC One against the specs of the Mini are going to happen. And we're going to kick it off.

Hit the break, have a look.

HTC One Mini hands-on | HTC One Mini in pictures | HTC One Mini forums

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3 years ago

HTC One Mini official specs

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The HTC One Mini is officially official, finally, and it's coming your way (maybe) pretty soon. The short version is that we've got a 4.3-inch Android 4.2 smartphone powered by a Snapdragon 400 processor at 1.4 GHz. The longer version is that it's a smaller, slightly less powerful version of the HTC One with most — but not all — of the bells and whistles on HTC's flagship phone for 2013.

Specs aren't everything, but they're still important. And we've got 'em all listed after the break.

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3 years ago

HTC One Mini officially announced

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New 4.3-incher packs 720p display, 'Ultrapixel' camera and latest versions of Android and Sense

HTC has just taken the wraps off the HTC One Mini, its new leading phone for the mid-range space. The One Mini packs a 4.3-inch 720p display and shares much of its design language with the full-sized version of the HTC One. The pack panel is furnished in brushed aluminum, and the phone uses the same "Ultrapixel" image sensor as the larger device (though without optical image stabilization.)

On the inside, the One Mini is powered by a dual-core 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 CPU, backed up by 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. And it's running much the same software that was recently pushed to the HTC One — Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and HTC Sense. Like the larger One, it features the BlinkFeed home screen reader and "Zoe" shooting capabilities, as well as automatic video highlights. So essentially, you're getting the full-blooded Sense experience here.

The HTC One Mini will launch in select countries in August and globally from September. Head past the break for more official renders, and be sure to check out our extensive hands-on preview.

More coverage: HTC One Mini hands-on preview

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3 years ago

Android 4.3 build for Nexus 4 leaks

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Build JWR66N has made its way out into the wild for the LG-made Nexus

Update: Check out our hands-on video with the new version of Android on the Nexus 4.

A few weeks after Android 4.3 leaked for the the Google Play edition Galaxy S4, today we're seeing the same pre-release build — JWR66N — leaking out online for the Nexus 4. The unofficial firmware comes to us from Jeff Williams on Google+, who bought his Nexus 4 on Craigslist from a Googler, only to find it running the pre-release software. With a little help from the Google+ community, IRC users and XDA, Jeff was able to create a system dump and backup of the ROM. Currently the radio and bootloader are missing from this package — word on the forums is that they'll be provided at a later date.

The files can be restored through TWRP ​(TeamWin recovery) if you know what you're doing, giving you a working version of Android 4.3 ahead of the official release. Though with any leaked pre-release firmware of unknown origins, we'd advise caution if you decide to put this firmware on your own device, as unknown bugs and other nasties may be lurking. (What's more, the official 4.3 launch is probably less than a week away.)

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3 years ago

So long, 'Optimus' — LG G2 up next

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LG on occasion has announced products before actually announcing the products, and the trend continues today with the "LG G2." This should be (is) the successor to the Optimus G, and should (will) get our hands on it in a few weeks in New York City. It also marks the end of the "Optimus" name for LG's flagship devices.

Google's translation points to "a user-friendly and innovative new mobile experience" — which can mean whatever the hell LG wants to it, but consider our interest piqued. LG has already said to expect the Snapdragon 800 SoC and have a theoretical speed of 150 Mbps — LTE-A. But most of us won't see that anytime soon.

In addition to dropping the "Optimus" name from this line, LG also said its 4:3 aspect ratio Optimus Vu will now just be called "Vu." So there's that.

See you in NYC next month.

More: LG

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3 years ago

Motorola Droid Ultra pictured in red

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A big red phone may be headed to Big Red.

The Motorola Droid Ultra is expected to be announced in just a few short days, and above you see what a red model would look like. We don't know if this will be an employee only model -- as Verizon is keen to do -- or a special edition, like say a pink RAZR M, or if this one will be available for general release.

It appears like the full back plate is done up in a red weave carbon fiber, and if nothing else it gives us one lore look at how the Ultra is built. We'll be front and center when Verizon says what they have to say on July 23, so it's likely we'll have all the answers then.

Source: The Unlockr

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3 years ago

HTC teases 'little' bit of news tomorrow

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HTC One Mini on the horizon?

The rumor mill would certainly seem to suggest HTC's got a new pint-sized phone on the way, and now the company itself is teasing an announcement tomorrow through its UK Twitter account. Posting the image above, HTC UK says it's got "a 'little' bit of news tomorrow." The device in the photo might seem to be an HTC One, but upon closer inspection the rear mic — the black dot on the plastic trim — is on the opposite side. And if you take a close look at some of the recent leaks, you'll see the mic matches up exactly with the device in the shot.

So it looks like a new, smaller HTC One series device could indeed be headed our way soon. We'll be watching, so keep it locked to AC for all the latest.

Source: @HTC_UK

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II software update brings improved performance and many bug fixes

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Software version JZO54K.I415VRBMF1 is going out over-the-air in Verizon's latest update

Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II owners should be on the lookout -- a new software update is on the way, care of our good friends over at Big Red. The Galaxy Stratosphere II's newest software version, JZO54K.I415VRBMF1, includes numerous small bug fixes and improvements.

Reliability and stability enhancements were made to the Data Usage Meter, mobile hotspot connectivity, and Kindle App (when downloaded separately from the Play Store) connectivity. Bugs that were addressed include the internet browser reset issue, blue/monotone screen requiring reboot, and text message deletion during word correction.

New features and improvements include the following:

  • Caller Name ID is now supported as a downloadable (from Google Play Store) application
  • SIM pin entry screen now displays the correct number of remaining attempts
  • Lock screen functionality has been improved when in Emergency calling mode
  • Enhanced lock screen security
  • Custom ringtones for the contact list have been improved

Update notifications should be appearing on users' devices soon. For those that want to be a bit more proactive, updates can be initiated by the user as well. To check for available updates, the 'Check New' menu button must be pressed. It can be found by going to: Settings > About Device > Software updates > Check New.

If anyone has received this update, hit the comments and let us know.

Source: Verizon

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3 years ago

Cricket announces Samsung Galaxy Discover for $129

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Latest low-end device hits the right price point with modern features

Along with announcements of new device payment plans and updates to Muve Music, Cricket announced that it will be carrying a new low-end device, the Samsung Galaxy Discover. The Galaxy Discover ticks some boxes but isn't going to wow anyone -- with a 3.5-inch display, 3MP camera and few extra features, it's clearly meant for the first-time smart phone buyer. It still has access to Google Play, along with Cricket's Muve Music service and most modern features.

The Galaxy Discover is available starting July 21st for $129.99 on Cricket's unlimited plans, which start with talk, text and 1GB of high speed data for $50 per month.

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