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2 weeks ago

ZTE announces the giant Grand XMAX for Cricket at $199

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Fresh off the launch of the ZMAX, ZTE is back with another giant phone, the Grand XMAX which comes in at 6-inches and is bound for Cricket priced at $199.99. It'll be available online and in store from October 10, and for your money you're getting a 1280x720 resolution display, a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 200 CPU, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of onboard storage with a microSD card slot.

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2 weeks ago

How to set 'do not disturb' on the Moto X

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Shhh!

One of our favorite features that manufacturers and developers have brought to Android the past couple of years has been a way to set a "do not disturb" mode. When we want to get a little bit of sleep, or any sort of a rest from the constant beeping and chiming our wee electronic masters use to rouse us, it's nice to be able to set things up so that the phone will shut up, then come back to life when we want it to.

On the Moto X, this is easy to do through the recently rebranded Moto app. Here's how it's done.

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2 weeks ago

Alcatel Onetouch Idol 2s mini-review

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This mid-ranger from Alcatel won't set the world on fire, but it's not without its charms

Alcatel isn't a huge name in smartphones in the U.S. and Europe. Years ago in the UK you'd see many of their phones offered by carriers at low prices and, targeted mainly at younger users looking for basic functionality.

Today, however, Alcatel has a whole range of Android smartphones in its portfolio targeted at different sectors of the market. We've seen a couple of the higher-end offerings at various events this year, now it's time to look at one of the mid-rangers.

Read on for our take on the Alcatel Idol 2s.

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2 weeks ago

AT&T to sell old Moto G with LTE on October 10 for $179.99 without a contract

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Update: The original story included some information provided by AT&T that was incorrect. We have updated the story with the correct information.

AT&T will start selling the older version of the Moto G smartphone from Motorola, but with support for LTE networks, on Friday, October 10 for the no-contract price of $179.99. It will also offer it for just 99 cents with a two year contract.

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2 weeks ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for October 6

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We've dug up some solid deals on apps, accessories, smartphones, and tablets. If there's something you've been wanting to get your hands on, check out the list below. As always, if you find any sales out out there that aren't listed, let us know in the comments!

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2 weeks ago

Battle of the X's: Moto X 2014 versus 2013

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Battle of the X's

Comparing one of last year's best phones to its successor

We've had the new 2014 model Moto X from Motorola in our hands for a week or so now. Plenty of time to see how we are liking it (or not liking it — people have different wants and needs) and check out how it handles the things we want it to handle. Of course, we're not too surprised after the epic and informative review that Phil gave us, but still. We need it in our own hands to sort out all the little things.

Of course, what a lot of people need to know is how it matches up against the original Moto X. Everything inside is updated, there's a new form-factor and look on the outside, and the software still looks and feels a lot like the "pure" Android you'd find on a Nexus phone. That means plenty of us are thinking about upgrading from one X to the next.

Let's get these two together and see how they match up. See what's different, what's the same, and decide which one is for you.

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2 weeks ago

Motorola's seasonal boot animation goes autumnal for October

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Across the Northern Hemisphere the days are growing shorter, the nights colder, and the leaves are turning various shades of gold and amber and crimson and all manner of color — and so is the Motorola boot animation. In typical Motorola fashion, the calendar has ticked over to October and a new seasonal boot animation has kicked in; this time it's a bear frolicking in the fallen leaves of autumn. How do you get to see this adorable display of superflouness? Just reboot your Moto X or Moto G and watch the leaves fall.

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2 weeks ago

Sony Xperia Z3 + Z3 Compact video walkthrough

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Xperia Z3 + Compact

Hands-on with Sony's latest

Sony's latest handsets, the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact, landed in Europe recently, and at least one of them is expected to make its U.S. debut at an event in New York City next week. Weren't spent the past week getting to grips with both flavors of Z3, using the phones side by side as daily drivers, and we'll have a full review for you early next week.

Until then you can find our complete video walkthough of the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact after the break. Enjoy!

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3 weeks ago

New Moto X launches onto U.S. Cellular for $99.99

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The new Moto X is now available for customers of U.S. Cellular. The phone, which is pretty much our new favorite launched last month on AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon, as well as unlocked direct from Motorola. The launch on U.S. Cellular follows the same pricing — $99.99 for the black model on a two-year contract.

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3 weeks ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for October 3

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We've dug up some solid deals on apps, accessories, smartphones, and tablets. If there's something you've been wanting to get your hands on, check out the list below. As always, if you find any sales out out there that aren't listed, let us know in the comments!

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3 weeks ago

Huawei announces the affordable Ascend Y550 with 4G LTE for under £100

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Huawei has today announced the affordable Ascend Y550 will be heading to the UK later this month for under £100. The smartphone is powered by Android KitKat 4.4 and comes with 4G connectivity, perfect for 2014 in the UK. It's a sleek looking device, equipped with some advanced components to ensure the user experience isn't hindered by the affordable price point.

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3 weeks ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for October 2

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We've dug up some solid deals on apps, accessories, smartphones, and tablets. If there's something you've been wanting to get your hands on, check out the list below. As always, if you find any sales out out there that aren't listed, let us know in the comments!

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3 weeks ago

Samsung Galaxy Alpha teardown reveals razor thin display assembly

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A full disassembly of the Samsung Galaxy Alpha gives us a peek under the hood. The most noteworthy aspect of the device's internal hardware is the super-slim 1.4 mm display, which is half the width of the iPhone 6 front panel. This actually makes repairing fairly difficult given how much adhesive Samsung uses. There's also a gasket around the headphone jack, which hints that all-around waterproofing may have been a consideration at some point.

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3 weeks ago

Vertu's latest luxury phone offers exotic materials and high-end specs for $6,900

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The $10,300 Signature Touch out of your budget range? Vertu understands your plight, which is why the luxury phone manufacturer just announced the Aster, a $6,900 hand-crafted smartphone constructed out of titanium.

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3 weeks ago

This is Android One

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Android One

Pure Android in a Google-backed $100 smartphone

This year's Google IO developer conference wasn't just about the upcoming Android L release and the design changes coming with that version. One of the keynote's most important announcements was packed into a two-minute segment at the start of the event. Android One, as Android chief Sundar Pichai explained, was designed to level the playing field for smartphones in developing markets, making it easier for smaller phone makers in these countries to ship relatively high-quality stuff at relatively low price points.

Three months later we're seeing the first fruits from this endeavor, as Android One arrives in India. We've got our hands on the Micromax Canvas A1, one of the first Android One phones to go on sale. And what we've found is a surprisingly speedy vanilla Android handset with a few tweaks for the Indian market.

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