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3 years ago

Moto G Flip Shell review

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Plenty of color options and durable construction are highlights of this official accessory

Part of the charm of the little Moto G is the assortment of candy-colored back shells you can buy. It's a veritable rainbow of choice, and you'll find one to suit your tastes if you want more than the basic black that comes with the phone. Moto has carried much of this over to the official flip shell case as well.

It attaches the same way the normal, non-flippy case backs do. Stick your fingernail under the shell at the USB cut-out, and peel back like a banana. The current case back will pop off, and the new one snaps in using plastic clips around the edges. It's pretty simple.

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3 years ago

The best free Android games

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Did you just pick up a new Android device? Maybe you’re looking for a new, cheap way to kill time? You’re in luck - we’ve got some games here that look and play great on the big and small screen alike, and they’re all available for the low, low price of free.

It’s worth keeping in mind that just about all of these employ in-app purchases of some kind or another. We know there are plenty of you that would willingly pay up front for a quality game, but there are plenty of good free games out there too. We’re trying to avoid “lite” games, since you won’t get a lot of replay value by only having the first couple of levels and being pestered to upgrade (pay) for the rest. That said, if the freemium model is a dealbreaker, this probably isn’t the round-up for you. Developers gotta eat.

Without further ado, here’s our list of the best free Android games.

3 years ago

Moto X holiday sale now live [Update: sold out!]

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Moto X $150-off promotion sells out almost immediately

Update, 12:10pm ET: That's it. Motorola is out of codes for today. The next chance to buy a Moto X at the promotional price is 12 noon ET next Monday.

Original story: As promised, Motorola has opened up its Moto X holiday sale, following the ill-fated Cyber Monday promotion that saw many customers unable to place orders. To make up for this, Moto X buyers in the U.S. can head over to motorola.com/holiday2daysale now and get a coupon code to claim a $150 discount code for a customized Moto X through Moto Maker. (Developer editions are excluded from this promotion.)

As outlined by the manufacturer yesterday, you'll receive your code within a couple of hours, and you'll then have seven days to complete your customizations, meaning you don't have to rush through the process.

If you're trying to get your hands on a discounted Moto X today, hit the comments and let us know how you get on. There'll be another chance to bag an off-contract Moto X at a reduced price next Monday, Dec. 9.

More: Motorola Holiday Sale

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3 years ago

Amazon shaves $10 off Belkin WeMo light switch

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Looks like Amazon's deals just keep coming. As part of its Cyber Monday Deals Week, Amazon is offering the Belkin WeMo light switch for $39.99. That's about $10, or 20 percent, off the normal price.

This little doo-dad allows you to do what its name suggests: switch lights on and off. The thought is enough to send many a gadget geek's heart racing. This is done by installing the receptacles you get from Belkin, hooking them up to your Wi-Fi network, and you're good to go.

Just in case you're having a hard time imagining the possibilities, some recommendations from the manufacturer include turning your lights on and off from anywhere your tablet or smartphone has an Internet connection and programming your lights to turn on and off at certain times.

Our very own Jerry gave it a little spin. Here's a little excerpt from his review:

...The ability to control and automate your home right from your Android opens up a world of convenience. I've already ordered two more switches for my front porch light and the lights on my patio, and the wife and I are discussing how and where we might find a use for the receptacles. If you're interested, find out all about the WeMo switches and get ordering information from Belkin.

It seems as if it works pretty well. If you're thinking of making the plunge, you should seriously consider checking out the review. It has more details about the installation process, how it works and even a video demo.

Just be sure to seek your friendly local electrician's help if you have doubts about installing it yourself. We do not want to hear of any incidents. Once the installation has been safely and successfully completed, the fun can begin!

You can find Amazon's ordering page here.

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3 years ago

Amazon offering 50GB of free cloud storage with a bunch of Android phones

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Top phones from Samsung, LG, HTC and Motorola with free cloud storage for 12 months

Amazon.com is hoping to tempt smartphone buyers with the offer of free cloud storage in the run up to the holidays. The online retail giant is offering customers 50 gigabytes of free Amazon cloud storage for 12 months with the purchase of a raft of different Android smartphones on various U.S. carriers. To name but a few —

  • Samsung Galaxy S4
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  • LG G2
  • Moto X
  • HTC One
  • Droid MAXX
  • Nexus 5

You get the idea — many of the current top Android phones are included. (And most of the devices on our recent list of the best Android phones are represented.) To claim your free storage, just buy any of the phones listed on Amazon's portal page, and 50GB will be added to your Amazon cloud account with in 10 days.

Hit the link below to browse the full selection; the offer runs until Dec. 31.

More: Android phones with 50GB free Amazon cloud storage

via: AndroidPolice

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3 years ago

Good read: Andy Rubin now heading up Google's robotic moonshot

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Former Android head Andy Rubin has been busy since he stepped down to explore a "new chapter at Google." The New York Times reveals in an article today that Rubin has been heading up a new venture at the tech giant, and it's all about robots. Following the acquisition of seven companies over the past six months, Google is looking to create "a new generation of robots." For the moment the project isn't aimed at consumers, but at industry — specifically, electronics manufacturing, supply chain and logistics work, much of which is currently done by humans.

There are more details about possible uses for Google's future robot army in the full article, linked below. And while the project is admittedly a "moonshot," with a decade or more of development time ahead of it, it's easy to see the potential it brings. Rubin himself likens it to Google's self-driving car project — still in development, but now closer to reality than science fiction.

Read more: Google Puts Money on Robots, Using the Man Behind Android

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3 years ago

Sky Go tablet app now available

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Dedicated tablet app looks just like the phone equivalent 

British satellite broadcaster BSkyB has launched a dedicated tablet version of its Sky Go app, which allows subscribers to stream live TV and on-demand content to their Android devices. Sky says the app, like its smartphone counterpart, also gives customers access to more than 800 movies and a library of "hundreds" of entertainment shows and kids' content.

The launch of an official tablet app follows the gradual rollout of the Sky Go smartphone app over the past year — that app is available for a selection of popular Android devices sold in the UK. However the design of Sky Go for Android hasn't changed markedly in the tablet version — in fact it's almost identical to the phone version, leaving a lot of dead space on a 7-inch screen.

Sky Go for tablets is available now on Google Play for free, though you'll need a Sky subscription to use it. The app is compatible with "the majority of Android tablets that are 7 inches or larger and running Android 4.0 or later," according to the Play Store listing.

via: TheNextWeb

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3 years ago

LG: Nearly half of all smartphones will be curved, bendable by end of decade

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The LG G Flex is seen as just the first step in new direction for smartphones

Why make a flexible, bendable, curved phone, you ask? 

"Probably we got bored," LG's Ramchan Woo joked at a small press gathering Tuesday night in a San Francisco hotel. And you sort of get a sense of that when you hear LG talk about the G Flex. The company certainly isn't against trying something new. In September in Berlin we got our first look at the LG G2, which moved the power and volume buttons to the back of the phone. 

Now we have the G Flex. (Check out our hands-on.) The 6-inch Android smartphone bends. It curves. It's flexible. You can smash down on it with up to 88 pounds of force — about what you'd get if you sat on it, LG says — without causing any real damage. Hell, the thing heals itself from minor scratches.

And Dr. Woo — and LG along with him — see this as the future.

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3 years ago

Two-sided YotaPhone goes on sale in a handful of countries

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Initial launch in Russia, Austria, France, Spain and Germany, more to follow in 2014

It seems like an eternity ago that we got our first look at the YotaPhone, a quirky little Android handset with a regular LCD display on the front and e-ink on the back. Our interest was piqued by our time with the device at Mobile World Congress back in February, and now the phone is available to buy in five European countries, with 15 more European, CIS and Middle Eastern territories following in the first quarter of 2014. In addition to the online launch, the YotaPhone will go on sale in retail stores in Russia and Germany this month, according to today's press release, priced at 19,990 RUB and €499.

The YotaPhone features a 4.3-inch 720p LCD display on the front, with swipe gestures being used in place of regular Android buttons. Around the back is a similarly-sized e-ink panel at 360x640 resolution, which can be used to display secondary information, such as the weather and calendar alerts. It's also possible to send images to the rear display with a two-finger gesture.

The device powered by a dual-core 1.7GHz Krait processor with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, with support for the main HSPA and LTE bands used in Europe. There's also a 13-megapixel rear camera, an 1800mAh battery, and on the software side it's Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean running the show.

For more on the YotaPhone, check out our hands-on feature from Mobile World Congress.

More: Hands-on with the YotaPhone at MWC 2013

Also see: YotaPhone official site

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3 years ago

Three UK eliminates U.S. roaming charges

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Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Macau also joining 'Feel At Home' program

Three has become the first major UK network operator to allow its customers to roam freely in the U.S. by adding the country to its "Feel At Home" program. The operator is also adding Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Macau to the list, bringing the total number of supported territories up to 11. Other Feel At Home countries include the Republic of Ireland, Australia, Italy, Austria, Hong Kong, Sweden and Denmark.

Feel At Home debuted in late August, and allows Three UK customers use the local network as if they were still in the UK at no extra cost. Their UK data allowance can be used, and calls and texts to UK numbers are handled in the same way too — though calls and texts to non-UK numbers are charged separately. Similarly, tethering is not allowed through Feel At Home.

The deal is open to all Three Pay As You Go, pay monthly, SIM-only, mobile broadband and business customers with roaming activated on their accounts.

The addition of the U.S. to the list is a significant step, as UK carriers often charge extremely high roaming rates to roam in states. The fact that the offer is open to PAYG customers also goes against the norm, as those on prepaid are often excluded from roaming deals.

Other operators have stepped up with more reasonable travel deals recently, but the prospect of unlimited roaming data in the U.S. is a new development for the UK market, and something that'll be of great interest to transatlantic travelers. More details in the presser after the break.

Source: Three Media Center

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the LG G Flex

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Pick up the LG G Flex for the first time, and it's tough to tell which is the cooler feature. For one thing, this phone is curved. Not just "Oh, the glass is curved against your face." But "Holy crap, the entire phone is curved."

But that's just half the story. Because what good is a curved phone that's rigid? That's just asking for trouble. No, the LG G Flex also bends. From the glass atop the display, to the display itself, to the all-new battery, this phone is meant to withstand up to 88 pounds of pressure in its most sensitive of areas, moving just enough to keep things from breaking while providing what LG believes to be the most ergonomic fit yet.

But you're not supposed to be able to bend your phone, right?

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3 years ago

Here's how Motorola plans to manage its refreshed holiday sale

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Sale gives you a whole week to order your custom Moto X

Motorola's first attempt at a "Cyber Monday" sale didn't work out so well, but it's coming back strong with what it's calling a "2-day Holiday Sale." Although we were tipped off by Motorola's social media channels yesterday of the new sale, now we know how the whole process will go down.

Motorola plans to open up its new sale at 9am PT / noon ET Wednesday, but you won't have to worry about clicking the "place order" button right away. The new system will let you go to a specific sale page, motorola.com/holiday2daysale, and sign up to receive your $150 Moto Maker discount. Rather than be locked into customizing and ordering right then, you'll receive a promo code for the discount via email within a few hours.

You'll then have a full week to head to Moto Maker and go through your order process at any time, and apply the one-time promo code to receive $150 off your order. (Unfortunately the discount can't be applied to Developer Edition devices.) You can also use the general promo code "THANKS" on your order to receive 30 percent off accessories of any kind.

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3 years ago

LG G Flex availability dates announced for Singapore and Hong Kong

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Global rollout coming 'soon' says LG

Though it's been available through importers for a while, The LG G Flex will soon be on store shelves in Singapore and Hong Kong. A preorder date of December 8 has been announced for Singapore, and a general availability date of December 13 means the phone will be for sale at carrier stores and electronic retailers in Hong Kong.

LG says this is just the beginning, and we should soon expect a global rollout of the G Flex. We've no time frame for any western releases, but we assume LG wants to get the flexible, self-healing phone into as many hands it can as fast as it can. When LG has something to tell us, we'll be sure to tell you!

Follow through for the full press release.

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3 years ago

EE expands LTE footprint to 10 new markets, more to come by end of year

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29 total markets to be lit up from today to Christmas

It has been just over a month since EE's last LTE expansion, and now the U.K. carrier is adding 10 more markets to the network. Going live today are the following markets:

  • Bath
  • Bournemouth
  • Brighton
  • Cambridge
  • Darlington
  • Newcastle-under-Lyme
  • Northampton
  • Poole
  • Portsmouth
  • Redcar

Now this doesn't come as a huge surprise to us, as our own Alex and Richard have been seeing EE LTE in some of the above markets prior to today, but it's always good to know when the expansion is official. EE is claiming that the expansion isn't done this year though, and that 19 more markets will be lit up with the higher-speed data by Christmas. Hit the break for the full list of areas.

Source: Engadget

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3 years ago

Moto G versus Moto X

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A look at Motorola's low end, and how it matches up against the high end

It's time to compare apples to oranges. One of these things is not like the other. Insert your own dry, not very witty and overused nugget of colloquial wisdom here. But we're going to compare the Moto X against the new Moto G.

The Moto X — even without all the cores and other numbers that send the spec-conscious all in a tizzy — is Motorola's high-end device for the high-end market. It's well-built, fast, loved by just about everyone who has used it — and is our pick as the best smartphone you can buy at the moment. It's everything that the old Motorola wasn't, and a fresh, new offering from the company that invented the cell phone.

The Moto G is the other end of the Android spectrum. It's inexpensive, accessible all over the world and targeted at blossoming smartphone adopters in countries without the high market penetration rates we see in the west. The good news is, unlike the usual budget handsets with fairly shoddy craftsmanship and plain bad performance, the Moto G is a damn good phone. It's solid, dependable and speedy — all for under $200.

Follow along, and we'll see where these two are similar and where they aren't.

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