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3 years ago

LG G2 now available on AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile

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Today sees the U.S. arrival of the G2, LG's big-screened, thin-bezeled handset with buttons on the back. The 5.2-inch LG G2 can be ordered online today from AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless — on AT&T and Verizon you'll pay $199 on a standard two-year contract, while T-Mo offers the handset on an installment plan with a $99 up-front payment. If you're looking to buy the G2 outright, it'll cost you $603.99 on T-Mobile, $599.99 on Verizon or $574.99 on AT&T.

Sprint customers will have to wait another month or so, as their version of the G2 won't be available for pre-order until Oct. 11.

Anyone ordering up a U.S. LG G2 today? Shout out in the comments!

Source: Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T

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3 years ago

Future Samsung phones will have 64-bit CPUs too, says CEO

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64-bit Galaxy handsets coming, but not in the immediate future

Hot on the heels of the announcement of Apple's iPhone 5s, which sports a fancy new 64-bit A7 CPU, Samsung boss JK Shin has told the Korean press that its future handsets will also include 64-bit number-crunching capabilities. Speaking with the Korea Times, the Samsung co-CEO confirmed that "our next smartphones will have 64-bit processing functionality," but added that these devices would not be arriving "in the shortest time." It's no secret that mobile chip giant ARM has 64-bit architectures in the pipeline, so it's possible that a Galaxy S5 might be one of the first Android devices to implement this technology.

In the same interview, Shin acknowledged that Apple was seeking to expand its mobile reach further into China and Japan with the iPhone 5s and 5c, saying that Samsung too should "try harder" in these countries. These efforts reportedly include a separate Chinese launch event for the upcoming Galaxy Note 3.

Source: Korea Times; via: Engadget

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3 years ago

Android 4.3 with Sense 5.0 RUU for the AT&T HTC One leaks out

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Latest leak purportedly the same as the eventual OTA update

A complete functioning version of Android 4.3 with Sense 5.0 for the AT&T version of the HTC One has surfaced, and to many people's liking it seems to be a near final build of the software. Following reports from an insider that Android 4.3 updates for US versions of the One are on their way in the coming weeks, the leak of this complete RUU (or separate flashable ROM and radio) of the latest update gives many folks hope that the official OTA isn't far behind.

Between this leak and previous information and leaks of the firmware for various versions of the phone, we have to think that the official update can't be far away now, provided that the US carriers get on board with the program.

If you're willing to tinker around with your AT&T HTC One and want an early taste of what Android 4.3 could look like on the handset, head to the source link below. Just be sure to proceed with caution and know what you're getting into before you click — nobody likes a bricked phone.

Source: RootzWiki

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3 years ago

Trusted Bluetooth devices: A must-have for every smartphone going forward

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Securing your phone's lockscreen has never been so painless

Smartphone manufacturers are paying more and more attention to how you unlock your device — and as such, so are we. That brings us to another installment of "What do I miss?" when moving from one smartphone to another. Previously we touched on Motorola's Active Display versus LG's Knock-On. Today, we turn to Bluetooth. And, specifically, trusted Bluetooth devices. 

This is a feature that Motorola's baked into its recent line of phones — Verizon's new Droids as well as the Moto X. And, quite simply, it's a feature that needs to be baked into every smartphone going forward at the operating system level.

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3 years ago

100,000 Moto X phones coming out of Dallas each week

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Dennis Woodside: custom orders are "substantial"

From an interview with Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside, Reuters reports that 100,000 Moto X devices are being shipped out of the company's Texas facility. Woodside says that this is only the beginning, and things are going according to plan.

When you set up to ramp a factory you need a plan, and we have shipment targets we need to make with our carrier partners, and where we need to be right now is 100,000 units and that's where we are.

While this number is a good bit lower than what we would see from Samsung or Apple, it's quite a number for an American assembly plant where workers are paid between $12 and $14 per hour.

Woodside wouldn't say how many phones were destined for carriers and how many were customer-direct orders from Moto Maker, but he said the number of custom orders was "substantial."

It's sounding like Motorola under Google's guidance just may become profitable again.

Source: Reuters

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3 years ago

Motorola's Active Display versus LG's Knock-On

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Two different (but equally fun) display features highlight some of the fall's hottest Android devices

I took two main phones to the IFA conference in Berlin last week. One, familiar — the Moto X, which I've been using for a month now. The other, the LG G2. We've got a preproduction European version. The hardware is solid, but the software's not quite final, which is why we've held off of a full review thus far.

After spending a week with the LG G2 as my main device, one thing began to stand out. With it as well as the Moto X, there's been a lot more attention paid to the way we wake our devices. Both have the same goal — turn on the phone and get you to your information as quickly as possible. But both come about it in different ways. 

Is one better than the other? Both certainly add usefulness to their respective devices. But the differences are pretty apparent.

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3 years ago

Virgin Mobile rolls out the ZTE Awe for $99

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Virgin Mobile this morning announced that the ZTE Awe (aka the N800 or, apparently, "Shocker") is now available for $99 sans contract. The Awe sports a 4-inch IPS display at an underwhelming 480x800 resolution, a 5-megapixel rear camera (1MP out front) and is powered by a Qualcomm MSM8630 processor at 1.2 GHz. It's running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Virgin's no-contract plans start at $35.

More: Virgin Mobile

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia M now on sale unlocked in the US, yours for $249.99

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A low-end unlocked handset with a bit of Sony flair and four color options

We posted earlier today that Three UK and Sony teamed up to sell the new low-end offering Xperia M, and now we're seeing the phone up for sale directly from Sony's online store in the US as well. $249.99 (with free shipping) direct from Sony will get you an unlocked handset with a 4-inch FWVGA (480x854) display, dual-core 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of storage, 1700mAh battery and a 5MP camera — along with Android 4.1 and Sony's latest software features. The phone is currently on offer in four colors: white, black, yellow (which is particularly nice looking) and purple.

Now the obvious point to make here is that the 16GB Nexus 4 is still on sale directly from the Play Store for the same price with a much better spec sheet. Anyone looking to pinch pennies and get the best bang for their buck is probably better off picking it up instead. That being said, aside from Google we really haven't seen many manufacturers dabble in this $250 unlocked phone space selling directly to the US, so we have to give Sony a bit of a hat tip for making this device available.

Source: Sony; Via: XperiaBlog

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3 years ago

Insider says 4.3 coming for US-based HTC One soon, more info for Europe

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Android 4.3 and Sense 5 expected soon for US models of HTC One

Someone known to have good leads inside HTC has spoken on Twitter about the coming 4.3 update for the HTC One, and he believes we'll see it in a few weeks. This matches up with information we've already heard, but there's some more information here that we think makes it newsworthy.

According to @LlabTooFer, we will see the US versions of the HTC One get the Android 4.3 update with Sense 5 soon. After this happens, International versions should prepare for the Android 4.3 with Sense 5.5 update. After the release of the HTC T6 (the HTC One Max), all HTC Ones, the Butterfly S and the One Mini will see Sense 5.5 with the 4.3 update. Specifically mentioned as not getting the 4.3 update were the HTC One S (all variants) and the HTC EVO LTE on Sprint.

There's not much information about Sense 5.5, just this rumor that we should see it eventually. We're looking forward to finding out more, and you'll be the first ones to know.

Source: @LlabTooFer. Via: Android Central forums; XDA forums

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3 years ago

Best Buy to stock blue HTC One on Sept. 15

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Big-box retailer says AT&T to join Sprint and Verizon with the new color starting Sept. 15

Best Buy today announced that it'll carry the new blue HTC One — check out our hands-on with it — starting Sept. 15. Best Buy also lends the first semi-official confirmation that we'll see the blue HTC One on AT&T, Sprint and Verizon. None of the carriers has confirmed this yet, but we've seen Verizon's in the wild, so there's that.

Writes Best Buy in an e-mailed release:

The award-winning HTC One will be available in a stunning new Metallic Blue exclusively through Best Buy in the United States with the option of 4G LTE service from AT&T, Sprint or Verizon at the more than 1,400 Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores as well as on BestBuy.com on Sunday, Sept. 15.

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3 years ago

Three UK offering Sony Xperia M for £149.99 on PAYG plans starting Oct. 11

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A great inexpensive option with some Sony style for off-contract buyers

Three UK announced today that it is adding a new Sony handset, the Xperia M, to its low-end ranks for a great price of £149.99 on its Pay-As-You-Go plans. Announced back in June, the Xperia M brings some of Sony's latest style and design to the lower-end with acceptable specs for those who consider price first.

The Xperia M has a 4-inch FWVGA (480x854) display, a 1GHz dual-core processor, 5MP camera and 4GB of storage (with SDcard support) — all specs that are understandable considering the price — along with Android 4.1 and full NFC functionality with Sony's "One Touch" connectivity platform.

Folks looking for an affordable option when buying off-contract can pick up the Xperia M from Three UK for the aforementioned £149.99 with PAYG plans starting at 3p a minute, 2p a text and 1p a MB or on monthly plans with unlimited data along with 300 any-network minutes and 3,000 texts for just £15 per month.

Source: Three UK

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3 years ago

Samsung shipped 28 million Galaxy Notes in the past year

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Sales of the Galaxy Note series increased 280 percent in a year

Samsung is pleased with the sales of their Galaxy Note series. Speaking with the press at IFA in Berlin, CEO J K Shin said:

Galaxy Note 1 and Galaxy Note 2 were sold for a total of over 38 million. We believe Galaxy Note 3 will outdo its predecessors.

We know that the Note series sold to the tune of 10 million last August, so a little rudimentary math tells us that Samsung has seen 28 million leave their factory in the last 12 months. 

While not such a huge number when taking the over one billion Android activations total into account, multi-millions worth of sales means Samsung was right to take a gamble on an extra-large phone, and plenty of people around the world want one.

The Note 3 has the potential to be the most popular of the series so far, and we expect it to be just as popular once it's released.

Source: ETNews

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3 years ago

Moto X for T-Mobile now available direct from Motorola

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The 16GB version is available in woven black for $599.99

Motorola has announced that the T-Mobile specific Moto X is now available exclusively on Motorola.com. The phone will be initially available in woven black and with 16GB storage capacity, but Motorola says the woven white model is coming soon. The phone lists for $599.99. The T-Mobile variant will also have an unlockable boot loader for those who like to get in there and tinker.

There's no word on any T-Mobile specific software — like the ever-so-handy Wifi-calling, but the AT&T and Verizon models had the requisite carrier apps so we've not given up hope. Scary day when we want carrier-ware installed on our phones, isn't it? 

Currently, the phone is still out of stock on Motorola's page, but the information on their official blog says today is the day. If you've been waiting, you'll want to keep checking the site, which we've linked below.

Source: Motorola; Order page

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3 years ago

Sprint's LG G2 goes up for pre-order on Oct. 11 for $199 on contract

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Sprint this morning announced that its version of the LG G2 will go up for preorder on Oct. 11, for $199 on contract. An actual street date was not disclosed.

In addition to the phone, those who pre-order will receive a free Quick Window case (worth $49).

We've got a pre-production version of the G2 in hand and have been taking a look at a few of the more interesting features, including:

For more, be sure to check out our LG G2 forums!

Source: Sprint

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3 years ago

ASUS Fonepad Note 6 hands-on

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It's been a couple of months since ASUS unveiled the Fonepad Note -- its first standalone handset in a long time -- at Computex 2013. Since then the phone's undergone a bit of an overhaul, and at IFA 2013 we tracked down a slightly upgraded Fonepad Note -- or Fonepad Note 6, as it's now called -- running a faster 2GHz Atom processor and updated software with a little more ASUS customization.

Like the better-known Samsung Galaxy Note, ASUS' Fonepad Note 6 has built-in stylus functionality, and when the stylus is in use a slide-across tab allows you to easily annotate any app or web page. Overall, the device is reasonably snappy, though we did notice a few instances of lag when scrolling through widgets in the app drawer. At the same time, we're a little disappointed to see a plasticky chassis being used that reminds us of older Samsung devices, rather than the premium materials used in ASUS products like the Padfone Infinity.

Check past the break for our full hands-on video and more photos.

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