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3 years ago

Moto G versus Nokia Lumia 625

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Nokia stands tall in the budget smartphone space right now, so how does the Moto G stack up?

The budget smartphone space is an interesting place right now, and Motorola just made a big splash with the launch of the Moto G. It's a different take on the concept of a cheaper Android phone, where low cost doesn't equate to a sub-par experience. It currently stands pretty much alone in the Android space at the around £135-160, but it doesn't mean it's the only option. 

Nokia, once the juggernaut of the mobile phone world, now stands pretty tall in the budget category with some of their Windows Phone 8 devices. Hardware aside, the experience is largely the same on the cheaper phones as it is on the top-of-the-line offerings like the Lumia 1020. So, how does the Moto G stack up in a face off with one of these? We've got the Lumia 625, currently available in the UK for £150, and we're putting it up against Moto's baby. 

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3 years ago

HTC reveals more KitKat update details

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HTC One on track to get Android 4.4 in the UK and US by end of January, Droid DNA by end of Q1

HTC has shown remarkable transparency in recent months in letting users know exactly when they can expect Android OS updates for their phones. A couple of weeks back HTC America President Jason Mackenzie revealed the company's 90-day strategy for getting KitKat onto carrier-branded handsets by the end of January, and onto unlocked/developer editions within 30 days.

Now the manufacturer has revealed a little more information update timings through its official Twitter accounts, including additional details on Android 4.3 updates and the upgrade path for Droid DNA owners. First up, HTC UK reaffirmed its commitment to begin its Android 4.4/Sense 5.5 update process by late January. (British HTC One owners started receiving their update to Android 4.3 and Sense 5.5 in the past month.)

HTC USA also addressed the question of Android 4.3 and 4.4 updates for the Verizon HTC One, which yesterday received a small update to its existing 4.2-based firmware. HTC describes this as a "compatibility update," to be followed by a 4.3 OTA in December. The delay to the Android 4.3 rollout on Verizon won't affect the planned 4.4 launch on the carrier in late January, HTC's message added. There's good news for Droid DNA owners too, as HTC says it plans to update the handset to KitKat by the end of Q1 2014, "pending certification from your carrier."

Meanwhile there's no sign of the Android 4.4 update for the Google Play edition HTC One, which HTC said it had delivered to Google late last week.

Source: @HTCUSA, @HTC_UK

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3 years ago

Verizon's HTC One has a system update today, too

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Small update to software version 1.10.605.10 has an equally small change log

Today is update day it seems, and we would be remiss if we didn't also mention today's 34MB firmware OTA update for Verizon's HTC One. You should be able to check for and initiate the OTA process through the settings on your phone, and after things get finished and you reboot fully you'll be on software version 1.10.605.10.

What's new you ask? We're glad you did. Your new update has enabled ISIS Mobile Wallet support

Huzzah!

Discuss in the HTC One forums.

Source: Verizon. Via: Android Central forums

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3 years ago

T-Mobile Galaxy S3 getting Android 4.3 update today

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486MB update brings Android 4.3 and Galaxy Gear support to original T-Mobile Galaxy S3

The Android 4.3 update may be up in the air for some models, but users with the original (T999) Samsung Galaxy S3 from T-Mobile have the new firmware ready for installation OTA or via Samsung Kies.

Right off the bat — this is for the older version that isn't LTE capable. T-Mobile has no word on when to expect any updates for the LTE version. We think this means something, but we're not going to guess what. Here's your quick and dirty change log:

Version:

  • Android version 4.3/Software version T999TUVUEMJC
  • Approved 11/19/2013
  • OTA manual pull down and Samsung Kies update available

New Features:

  • KNOX
  • Samsung Galaxy Gear support

Prerequisites

  • T999UVDMD5
  • Device software is not rooted
  • 50% battery life
  • Latest version of Kies software downloaded on PC or MAC
  • Data connection
  • File size of update is 486 MB

Check your device settings, or plug into Kies if you're daring, and give it a click!

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3 years ago

Nexus 5 QuickCover, Bumper Cases and Wireless Charger now in stock!

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Google now has the three main Nexus 5 accessories in stock — that includes the bumper cases, QuickCover and wireless charger — available for purchase.

First, the links:

  • Nexus 5 Quick Cover (white or black) for $49.99
  • Nexus 5 Bumper Case (yellow or red) $34.99
  • Nexus Wireless Charger (Works with Nexus 4, Nexus 5 and Nexus 7) for $49.99 — U.S. and Canada only, apparently.

We've yet to get a good look at the QuickCover or Wireless Charger, but be sure to swing by our full look at the Bumper Case

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3 years ago

Motorola adds six more phones to Android 4.4 update list

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List gives no indication of when updates will actually begin rolling out

Motorola was quick to refresh its software support page to indicate which devices are set to receive Android 4.4, and it has just updated the page again with six more devices. Verizon and Motorola's 2012 Droid lineup are the big new additions, including the Droid RAZR M (branded and Dev Edition), RAZR HD and RAZR MAXX HD.

Interestingly, Motorola's support page is also now indicating that AT&T's Atrix HD will also be updated to Android 4.4, along with the U.S. Cellular Electrify M. They join the ranks of the Droid RAZR HD Developer Edition, the full lineup of 2013 Droid phones and of course Moto X variants on the Android 4.4 update path.

As is typical with these changes to the software support page, there's no indication as to when the updates will be making their way out, but simply knowing that as of now Motorola plans to update the devices is good. Naturally we'll have a better indication of when the device will receive the updates officially as the process moves along.

Source: Motorola; Thanks, Ryan!

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3 years ago

T-Mobile Xperia Z receives Android 4.2.2 update

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Lock screen widgets and UI tweaks come five months after other models

Coming up on five months after over versions of the model received an update, the Sony Xperia Z on T-Mobile is getting the bump to Android 4.2.2 starting today. The software version 10.3.1.E.0.191 (coming in at 185MB) is rolling out to users over the air now, and it brings all of the same features as we saw on the Xperia Z, ZL and ZR several months ago.

That means you'll now have lock screen widgets, camera access from the lock screen, an overall facelift of the launcher and a few different styling changes through the settings and multitasking menu. You'll also have a new way to customize quick setting toggles in the notification shade, and a few other tweaks and improvements.

If you have an Xperia Z on T-Mobile you can check for the OTA now, or hook up to your computer and download the update manually via Sony's PC Companion (or Sony Bridge For Mac) software.

More: Sony Xperia Z Forums

Source: T-Mobile

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3 years ago

Motorola makes it official: Verizon's Moto X first to get Android 4.4 KitKat

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Updates, in their usual staggered order, to begin pushing today

No great surprise here, given that the soak test that just started said exactly that, but it's nice to see something official. Verizon's Moto will be the first in the line to receive Android 4.4 KitKat.

Motorola does note that you won't be able to downgrade your OS after this update, so mind your bootloaders, kids.

Source: Motorola

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3 years ago

Gold HTC One on display tonight at Harvey Nichols in London

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If you want to get up-close and personal with the 18 carat gold HTC One produced in partnership with Goldgenie and the MOBO awards, the device will be headed to London later today. HTC UK says the limited edition "real gold" HTC One will be on display alongside BassBuds earphones at high-end London department store Harvey Nichols from 6-10pm tonight.

The gold HTC One is valued at $4,400 and one of just five in existence, though, so don't expect to take it home with you. Instead you can check out our hands-on video with the gold HTC One after the break to take a closer look. (We've also got more photos in our original hands-on feature.)

Source: @HTC_UK

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3 years ago

International Galaxy Note 2 receiving Android 4.3 update

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Updates rolling out for GT-N7100 and GT-N7105 in some countries

There might be a few issues with the latest Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S3, but htat hasn't stopped Samsung pushing ahead with updates for other 2012 handsets. Today the international Galaxy Note 2 — both 3G and 4G variants, GT-N7100 and GT-N7105 — have started receiving their Android 4.3 updates in some regions, according to reports from XDA and SamMobile. As with previous 4.3 updates for Samsung devices, the new firmware brings Galaxy Gear smartwatch support, along with Samsung's KNOX enterprise security layer and all the new OS-level features you'd expect from Android 4.3.

The upgrade will be a significant jump for Note 2 owners, who have been running Android 4.1 since the phone's release more than 12 months ago. SamMobile reports that the 3G Note 2 should be getting its update in India first, while Nordic countries will be first to get the update for the 4G version. Meanwhile in the U.S., a leaked update timetable that's proved mostly accurate in recent weeks points to a rollout for the Sprint and AT&T Note 2 possibly commencing as soon as tomorrow.

Source: SamMobile, XDA

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3 years ago

Moto G video walkthrough

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Cheap and cheerful

In the smartphone world, the word "cheap" often goes hand-in-hand with "nasty" when describing entry-level products. But that's a trend Motorola's attempting to break with its latest budget offering, the Moto G. Announced last week in Brazil and already on sale in some countries, the Moto G combines a 720p display and a quad-core Cortex A7 CPU with a basic, near-stock Android 4.3 Jelly Bean software experience. And the build quality's nothing to sniff at either.

We'll have a full review published for you very soon; in the meantime Richard Devine has taken the phone for a spin to bring you the hands-on video above.

More Moto G coverage

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3 years ago

HTC Desire (601) announced for Virgin Mobile

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Virgin Mobile this morning announced that it's carrying the HTC Desire (this is the Desire 601 model, for those keeping score at home) for $279. This version of the Desire has a 4.5-inch qHD display, a 5MP camera, 4G LTE data and runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with HTC Sense. It's powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor.

For storage, you've got 8GB on board, plus a microSD card.

Virgin Mobile's  plans start at $35 a month.

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3 years ago

Sprint MVNO Ting adds Nexus 5 support

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Mobile operator Ting, which runs an MVNO service on Sprint's CDMA, 3G and 4G network, has announced that it's just added support for the Nexus 5. As with most devices on Ting, the setup process is relatively simple — first get hold of a Nexus 5 (the U.S. D820 model, which supports all the right bands) then obtain a Ting SIM by signing up on the SIM priority list. However with Nexus 5 orders still subject to delays of a few days to several weeks, and Ting SIMs still in "very short supply," would-be customers may require a little patience.

If you're still on the fence, you can check out our full review of the Nexus 5 to learn more.

More: Nexus 5 review

Source: Ting

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3 years ago

Quick look: The Sprint HTC One Max

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Armed with the new Sprint 'Spark' LTE data, this large phone is largely unchanged from the European model.

Behold, the Sprint HTC One Max! This is the first iteration of the third — and largest — member of the reborn HTC One family to grace these United States. We've already taken a pretty good look at the phone in its European form, including the new and improved Sense 5.5. And, physically speaking, Sprint's version is unchanged, save for the radios.

That means what we're looking at in the Sprint HTC One Max is what we'd generally call a "5.9-inch phone." But that's the display size and diagonally, at that. The HTC One Max is big. More than an inch taller than the original HTC One. It's more than a half-inch wider. It's bigger than the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. You have to go to the likes of the Sony Xperia Z Ultra to find a bigger "phone."

It's big.

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3 years ago

How to fix the Moto G notification LED

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No notification light on your new Moto G? Here's a quick, simple solution

Motorola launched its new entry-level phone, the Moto G, in multiple countries around the world last week. And after using ours for the past few days we've noticed a strange quirk to do with the phone's notification LED — it doesn't seem to work at all, and there's no software switch for it anywhere in the Settings app. Emails, texts and missed calls all failed to trigger the flashing white LED, nor could we use third-party apps like LightFlow to activate it.

The glitch is a side effect of restoring from your Google account to the Moto G, which is part of the setup process for the phone. The feature downloads apps and settings from the cloud, which is usually a good thing. But in some instances it can tell the Moto G to restore the notification LED setting from another phone, leaving the light disabled with no way to re-enable it.

Fortunately there's a simple fix for this issue, and it's one that apparently applies to some other Motorola phones too ...

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