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3 years ago

The best Android phone you can buy, as of August 2013

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See which phones get the nod from Android Central as the best you can get

We've hit a point in the year where most of the major manufacturers have had their biggest devices out in the market for a bit, and even the late-comers have dropped their entry into the 2013 smartphone game. This is about as "mature" as the market is going to get in the year before a new wave of devices gets ready to hit, so it really is a great time to evaluate where each one stands.

Manufacturers have started to focus a bit less on specs in 2013 (or so they'd like you to believe) and have really pushed forward new features and experiences on their devices, giving a variety of interesting outcomes. There are a robust number of great choices in the market, and we're also reaching a point where U.S. consumers have a variety of options regardless of their carrier.

It's been almost three months since our last "best Android phones" roundup, and now it's time to re-evaluate the ranks in late August. In the end there has to be one winner, so read along with us after the break and see which phone comes out on top.

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3 years ago

HTC One X and One X+ getting Android 4.2 update in the UK

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OTA also includes new Sense 5 UI, BlinkFeed, video highlights

The Android 4.2 and Sense 5 updates for the HTC One X and One X+ have been pushing out in parts of Europe and Asia over the past couple of weeks, and today they've landed on British shores. Users are reporting this morning that updates to version 4.18.401.2 on the One X, and version 2.18.401.2 on the One X+ are now hitting unlocked handsets in the UK.

The updates, both of which weigh around 400MB, bring the newer version of Android, and all the various goodies associated with it, along with new HTC features like the BlinkFeed home screen experience, a new Gallery/Camera app with video highlights, and various new lock screen styles.

If you're seeing the new software on your One X or One X+ today, hit the comments and tell us how you're getting on.

Thanks, Shen Ye!

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3 years ago

Blue HTC One casing spied in factory photo

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Here's the first evidence that the elusive blue HTC One exists as more than just a press render. The shot above was taken by a Chinese factory worker and posted on the Sina Weibo social network, showing a slightly more vivid shade of blue than witnessed in recently-leaked promotional images. Besides that, it's an HTC One in blue — same design as the silver, black and red versions.

There's no indication as to when the blue HTC One might make its way out onto the market. But as devices already seem to be rolling off the production line, hopefully buyers seeking a more colorful version of HTC's flagship won't have too long to wait.

Source: Sina Weibo; via: Engadget

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3 years ago

Sony teases 'Honami' flagship device again, miniature 'Itsuki' rumors gather pace

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Could Sony release a 4.3-inch handset with a Snapdragon 800 CPU and 20-megapixel camera?

Sony's continuing to tweet out crafty close-up pictures of its upcoming "Xperia Z1" (or "Honami") flagship handset, and today's focuses on one of the phone's most-hyped features — its purported 20-megapixel camera with Sony G Lens. Sure enough, that's exactly what we see above — there's even a big "G" printed next to the lens. Previous Twitter teasers have included a look at the phone's metal-framed design and hints that it will be water-resistant.

But while a new flagship with a five-plus-inch screen is all well and good, a more curious Sony rumor has started doing the rounds in recent days. A blurry-cam picture leaked onto XDA a few days back appeared to show a smaller version of the "Honami" next to a BlackBerry Q10, and now Japanese site Blog of Mobile claims to have a spec sheet for the phone, which it says goes by the codename "Itsuki."

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3 years ago

Now you can look at the Moto X Dev. Edition on Moto's website

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Bootloader-unlockable Moto X to have 'a look all its own'

While you can't actually buy it just yet, there's a tantalizing still image of the Moto X Developer Edition on Motorola's U.S. site, showing its unique two-tone design.

Moto promises the 32GB, bootloader-unlockable version of its new flagship will have "a look all its own," and the image shows a chassis with a black front and white weave back, and "Developer Edition" engraved down below.

There's no launch date for the Developer Edition Moto X just yet — and it won't be customizable when it launches — but Moto VP Punit Soni recently said it should be arriving within a matter of days.

Anyone planning on picking one up?

Source: Motorola

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3 years ago

HTC Mini+ is a phone for your phone

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HTC launched the HTC Mini companion handset in China last year, and now it appears the next version of the device is heading for a wider launch.

Following a recent update for the European HTC One which added support for the "Mini+," the second-gen "phone for your phone" has been listed on HTC's international site.

The HTC Mini+ (not to be confused with the One Mini, a standalone smartphone) connects to your HTC phone and has a 1.5-inch 4 gray OLED display with 128x128 resolution. (Yep, that's a slight step down from the HTC One's 1080p SuperLCD3 with 468ppi.)

Once paired, the Mini+ can be used to make calls, control your TV (through IR, presumably), view text messages and even take pictures from your phone's camera at a distance. There's also a built-in laser pointer and "slideshow remote control" for controlling PowerPoint presentations. A built-in 320mAh battery provides up to 9 hours of talk time, or 95 hours on standby.

The device is listed as being compatible with the HTC One mini, HTC Butterfly s, HTC Desire 200, HTC Desire 500 — presumably the full-sized HTC One isn't on that list yet because the required software update hasn't reached all the countries in which it's sold.

There's no word on when the Mini+ will be available to buy, nor how much it'll cost — but given that it's already on HTC's site, we're guessing the wait won't be too long.

Source: HTC; via: the::unwired

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3 years ago

Leaked render outs Sony Xperia Z1 in black, white and purple

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Xperia Z, with a side of bezels

Thanks to a wealth of pre-release leaks, there's not much we haven't seen of the Sony Xperia Z1 (or "Honami") at this point. But now there's an official-looking render of the device to confirm what we've been seeing for the past few months -- a phone very similar in design to the older Xperia Z, complete with hefty bezels.

The image from Chinese forum Digi-Wo shows the Z1 in the standard Sony tricolore -- black, white and purple -- the same colors used by the Xperia Z and Xperia Z Ultra. The back of the purple device shows off one of the Z1's most talked-about features, its 20-megapixel rear camera with Sony G Lens. On the inside, the Xperia Z1 is rumored to pack similar hardware to the Z Ultra -- a Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2 GB of RAM and microSD expandability.

We're expecting to see the Xperia Z1 unveiled at Sony's big pre-IFA press conference on Sept. 4, and we'll be live from Berlin to bring you full coverage of the phone.

Source: Digi-Wo; via: GSM Insider

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3 years ago

Motorola 'Droid 5' appears in leaked images

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Could yet another Motorola phone be headed for Verizon?

As evidenced by the recent LG Enact launch, Verizon clearly thinks there's still a market for smartphones with slide-out keyboards. And now it seems the flagship Droid line might get another QWERTY slider, if leaked images from China are to be believed. The shots above appeared on Chinese social network Weibo, and appear to show a slider with Motorola and Verizon branding.

The phone purportedly includes a shock, water and dust-resistant design, NFC support and a 4.3 to 4.5-inch display. An image of the (partially disassembled) back panel also seems to show wireless charging hardware. Curiously it's got on-screen keys, as opposed to the latest Droid phones, which use capacitive buttons — and a screenshot of the camera app also shows the old-style Motorola camera layout, suggesting this device is a prototype running older software.

If the images are accurate, the "Droid 5" release could come some 18 months after the Droid 4, which launched in February 2012. On the other hand, there's the possibility that this is merely a prototype of a phone that'll never see the light of day. Hit the comments and let us know which you think it is.

Source: NewCellphonesBlog; via: Engadget

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3 years ago

Motorola Droid Ultra review

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For a phone with so many great parts about it, why do we question its existence?

"Droid". The word that Verizon has spent millions of dollars marketing, built a highly-successful line of phones on and confused general consumers across the country about what an Android phone actually is with. But with the release of the latest lineup of Droid devices from Motorola, "Droid" doesn't mean what it used to. Sure Verizon has managed to sprinkle in its own bits of crazy lightning bolt and robot eye branding and commercialization, but the general theme of Droid devices in late 2013 is a much nicer, consumer-friendly experience.

But on a carrier that offers this exact same device with a substantially larger battery and double the storage for just a $100 more and the Moto X with a more appealing design and ergonomics for the same price, why would someone consider buying the Droid Ultra? We're not entirely sure that that question can be answered, but we've come to a few conclusions about the device nonetheless. Read on for our full review of the middle price point entry for the 2013 Droid lineup, the Motorola Droid Ultra.

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3 years ago

Moto VP: Moto X dev editions and other carrier models coming 'in days'

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Developer editions and models for other carriers coming soon

Want to get your hands on a Moto X, but not feeling the part where it's attached to AT&T? I hear you. The good news is that according to Punit Soni, vice president of product management at Motorola Mobility, we won't have to wait very long.

Step 1 of rollout. Dev editions, other carrier versions rolling out in days.

We've known that developer editions and other carrier versions were coming, but this is the closest thing we've heard to a real date so far. Of course, the Moto Maker coolness is still an AT&T exclusive (for now) but if you're jonesing for a black or white Moto X and not an AT&T customer, your time is coming soon.

Source: +Punit Soni

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3 years ago

Motorola hedges a bit on getting your custom Moto X to you in 4 days

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'High demand' may cause shipping times to vary, Moto says

Motorola's a wee bit excited about finally launching the Moto X today, and rightfully so. It's a big deal. And part of that big deal was the ability to design your own phone and have it in your hands within four days.

Now comes the hedging.

In a blog post this morning, Motorola cautions that because of "high demand, initial shipping times may vary." So much for under-promise, over-deliver.

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3 years ago

Share your Moto X Moto Maker design in the Moto X forums

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Not a banana

With the Moto X launching today on AT&T, we imagine more than a handful of folks will be heading to the Moto Maker site to design their own colors. It's a cool perk that's only available for AT&T customers and it adds not a penny to the $199 contract cost (for the 16GB model) of the Moto X.

Phil has shown us how it all works in a short video, but getting in there and playing with the service is fun — even if you have no plans to buy today. You can choose from 18 different colors for the back of the phone, white or black for the front, and from seven different colors of anodized aluminum for the accents around the camera and the buttons. There's also 20 different wallpapers to pick from in addition to the ones included on all Moto X phones, and you can even add a little message to the boot splash animation. 

I've been tinkering with it, designing phones with colors of sports teams, or trying to make the ugliest phone in the world, but I finally settled on the "not a banana" look above. Head to the Moto Maker site, play around with it, and be sure to share your creation with everyone in the forums!

Moto Maker site | Share your Moto Maker designs | Moto X review

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3 years ago

Sony teases 'Honami' phone ahead of IFA reveal

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Given the breadth and consistency of leaks surrounding Sony's upcoming late 2013 flagship phone, codenamed "Honami," there seems little doubt we'll see the device at the company's IFA 2013 press conference on Sept. 4. The handset is rumored to be marketed as "Xperia i1" or "Xperia Z1," and feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU and a 20-megapixel camera with Sony G Lens.

And now Sony's getting in on the pre-release antics, with a couple of Twitter-based teasers.

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3 years ago

Moto Maker customization site for Moto X now live

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... But you'll need a Moto X card from AT&T to get yours

Following this morning's Moto X launch on AT&T, the Moto Maker customization site is now live at MotoMaker.com. Moto Maker allows you to choose your Moto X's color, storage size, add matching accessories, and even link it to your Google account before having it shipped to your door -- a process Motorola says will take just four days from start to finish.

But right now there are a few noteworthy limitations to the service. Online purchasing isn't available yet, so you'll need to get a Moto X card from an AT&T store to get started with the process. (Remember, Moto Maker is exclusive to AT&T at launch.) Engraving is also unavailable for the moment, as are the wooden back panels.

Nevertheless, if you're willing to walk into an AT&T store to get the required code, you could be unboxing your very own customized Moto X just four days later.

If you're using Moto Maker to create your personalized Moto X today, hit the comments and let us know how you get on.

More: Moto Maker preview

Source: MotoMaker.com

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3 years ago

MoDaCo Switch for Galaxy S4 in testing among Indiegogo backers

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Toggle between TouchWiz and vanilla Android on the international GS4

After the Indiegogo campaign to bring MoDaCo Switch to the Galaxy S4 raised more than double the intended £1000 ($1500) target amount, the first private beta build of the custom ROM is being distributed to backers via email.

Similar the HTC One version, MoDaCo Switch allows owners of the international LTE GS4 (GT-i9505) to seamlessly switch between TouchWiz and stock Android, effectively allowing users to run two ROMs on the same device. Even better, apps and app data are shared between the two ROMs. It's a pretty awesome way to try out the "pure Android" experience while keeping the ability to escape back to TouchWiz if needed.

Creator Paul O'Brien has emailed those who backed the project with download instructions for the first private beta build, and a public release should follow before too long. In the meantime, you can check out the video above for a quick demo of Switch in action on the GS4.

More: MoDaCo forums

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