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1 week ago

Moto X available for pre-order in exclusive bamboo at Phones 4u

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Motorola announced the Moto X at IFA 2014 in Berlin, but Phones 4u in the UK has confirmed that pre-orders are now available through the online portal. What's more is the retailer has confirmed it will hold exclusivity on the bamboo version of the new smartphone. Pricing starts from £34.50 a month and Phones 4u expects to start shipping on October 6.

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1 week ago

Sizing up the Huawei Ascend Mate 7 and Samsung Galaxy Note 4

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Huawei's brand new Ascend Mate 7 has definitely turned some heads this week at IFA 2014, but with a 6-inch display there will no doubt be questions over its physical size. Despite boasting an 83% screen to body ratio, 6-inches is still a lot and the Mate 7 isn't a small phone. But to try and illustrate how big it actually is – or isn't, depending on your outlook – we've sized it up against the new Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

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1 week ago

T-Mobile unboxes the Sony Xperia Z3 so we don't have to

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So there's that. Look for the Sony Xperia Z3 on T-Mobile US later this fall.

For more, see our Xperia Z3 hands-on from IFA, and be sure to check out our Z3 forums.

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1 week ago

Getting fancy with the Galaxy Note 4 and Mont Blanc

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The Mont Blanc accessories for the Note 4 are pricey, but pretty fancy, too

IFA 2014 As part of the raft of Unpacked announcements this week in Berlin from Samsung was news of a partnership with Mont Blanc for the Galaxy Note 4. If you're familiar with Mont Blanc then you're also going to be familiar with the price you pay for their pens, and that part has certainly followed the brand to the Note 4. Quality, yes, but with the price to match.

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1 week ago

First look at the Huawei Ascend G7

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Ascend G7

Huawei brought a second metal phone to Berlin, and it's pretty nice, too

IFA 2014 Huawei had two brand new devices to announce during its IFA 2014, and both of them were metal. While we've already looked at the Ascend Mate 7, next up it's the turn of the Ascend G7 to step in front of the camera. Where the Mate 7 is firmly positioned towards the higher end, the G7 fits into the mid-tier market while still offering a premium feeling experience.

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1 week ago

Multitasking on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4

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Galaxy Note 4 multitasking

Samsung overhauls its multitasking features in new Note 4

IFA 2014 As we said in our hands-on feature with the device, Samsung isn't reinventing the wheel (or the S Pen) with the newly announced Galaxy Note 4 — instead it's refining the great many features that are already there. One area that's received special attention this time around is multitasking — before split into three different (and largely disconnected) methods, Samsung's multitasking setup now lets you jump freely between minimized, maximized and windowed modes, with hooks into the redesigned recents menu to boot.

Read on to find out how you'll juggle your apps on the Galaxy Note 4.

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1 week ago

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 comes in pink

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The recently-announced Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is following Samsung's tradition of a device that comes in many colors. In addition to the standards of black and white, the Galaxy Note 4 also will be available in gold (as we saw in our hands-on) and pink. It might not be for you, but it's clearly for somebody — Samsung wouldn't be releasing it if they didn't think there was a market for it. Pink has proven to be a popular color over the past several years for Samsung, so it's no surprise to see that the new Galaxy Note will come in light red as well.

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1 week ago

Sony Xperia Z3 versus Xperia Z2

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Xperia Z3 versus Xperia Z2

Sony's early-2014 flagship compared to its late-breaking successor

IFA 2014 Sony's six-monthly refresh cycle for smartphones shows no sign of stopping, with the recent announcement of the Xperia Z3 at IFA 2014. It's a minor upgrade of the Xperia Z2 in terms of pure specs, but the Z3 also represents a further evolution of the company's "OmniBalance" design language, while tweaking its 20.7-megapixel camera and introducing some subtle software changes.

Read on to learn how these two premium handsets compare.

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1 week ago

The Huawei Ascend P7: Now with sapphire glass

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We've already seen, used and reviewed the Huawei Ascend P7 but that hasn't stopped another one from coming to market. This time with sapphire glass. During our review of the original we found that the glass front and back was a little prone to scratching, but that shouldn't be the case with this one.

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1 week ago

Olloclip now makes lenses for the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S4

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Olloclip makes clip on lenses that until now have been exclusively popular with the iPhone and iPad crowd. Now, owners of the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S4 can get in on the action with the announcement of the 4-in-1 lens for both phones at IFA 2014.

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1 week ago

Android is still the top smartphone OS in the US, according to comScore

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The latest data from research firm comScore shows that the number one smartphone OS in the US continues to be Android, but it actually saw its market share go down from 52.5 percent in April to 51.5 percent in July.

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1 week ago

Huawei's Arsenal-branded Ascend P7

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Huawei Ascend P7 Arsenal Edition

IFA 2014 A few weeks back Huawei announced a new, special edition Ascend P7 for Arsenal fans. The Huawei Ascend P7 Arsenal edition comes adorned with the logo of the British football club, along with a special Arsenal-inspired themes and wallpaper for the phone's Emotion UI. And this week at IFA 2014 we were able to get a quick look at the P7 for gooners — check past the break for our photo gallery.

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1 week ago

The new Moto G is now available in India for Rs. 12,999

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Motorola has started selling the new Moto G in India, with the device on offer for Rs. 12,999 ($215) via Flipkart. Available in black and white color combinations, the 16 GB Moto G is priced lower than its first-gen equivalent, which debuted at Rs. 13,999 in the country earlier this year.

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2 weeks ago

Announcing the 2014 Android Central Best of IFA Awards!

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Android Central Best of IFA

Presenting the best of the best from Berlin's annual show!

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, gather 'round, for it's time to announce the inaugural Android Central Best of IFA Awards! We've been bringing you the best fare from Berlin's annual trade show all week, and now it's time to honor the best of the best. These are the companies and products that really stood out to us, and so they should stand out to you, too.

Enough fanfare. These are our 2014 Android Central Best of IFA Awards winners!

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2 weeks ago

Samsung Galaxy Alpha hands-on

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Samsung Galaxy Alpha

IFA 2014 For years we've been waiting for Samsung to get serious about premium materials and build quality, and last month we got the company's response — a smaller, metal-framed smartphone called the Galaxy Alpha. The Alpha goes on sale later this month, but ahead of the European launch it's making a rare public appearance at IFA 2014 in Berlin.

Read on for our first impressions of the first metal-framed Galaxy.

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