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2 years ago

Snapchat 'Micro' will be coming to the Galaxy Gear

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Now you'll be able to take self-destructing 1.9MP photos from your wrist

When Samsung announced the Galaxy Gear it rolled out a solid list of well-known apps that will be supported on the device, and now Snapchat is announcing it will have a "Micro" version of its app for the smartwatch. The spontaneous use of Snapchat really does lend itself to the always-on nature of a small camera on your wrist, and it's good to see Samsung getting together with popular app makers to have these types of apps ready for launch.

There's no indication of how Snapchat Micro will differ in terms of functionality from the full version of the app on Android, but we have to hope it'll be a full experience. We won't have to wait long though, as Samsung's latest wearable device is ready to hit retailers in just a few weeks.

Source: Engadget

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2 years ago

Hexage's new title Reaper looks like a great new action RPG and is available on Google Play

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If you're an Android gamer, you have to take a look at Reaper from Hexage. Released today on Google Play, it's an action side-scroller with heavy RPG influence, and incredible graphics and smoothness. You play as the Black Swordsman, and move through quests and levels slaying monsters both easy and hard.

The controls are a little complicated on a touch screen, but the good news is that the game is optimized for other input methods. Designed for controllers like the NVIDIA Shield or MOGA controller, as well as asdf / space bar controls for dockable tablets like the ASUS Transformers or the HP SlateBook X2 pictured above.

The first 10 levels are completely free — meaning no in-app purchases required — but after that you'll need to upgrade to the premium edition. There are three packages available, with the basic full game starting at $2.99 and the full Dark Legend edition, with item sets and new gameplay modes checking in at $4.99.

This one looks like an excellent, immersive little game and I'm enjoying it quite a bit. Grab the free version at the link above, and check the video and screen shots after the break.

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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 years ago

Vodafone UK offering 4GB of bonus data on 4G-ready plans

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Customers moving to 4G plans also receive unlimited data for three months

Gearing up for the expansion of its 4G LTE network in late September, Vodafone UK is offering new plans in a promotion it is calling "4G Bonus". Customers signing up for new 12 or 24 month contracts with Vodafone on its new "4G-ready" plans will receive double the standard amount of data it offers, plus an additional 4GB of data for the life of their contract.

This means for someone who goes for the entry-level plan and opts to be 4G-ready will get 6GB of data per month instead of the standard 1GB on a regular plan — and the starting price for such a plan with 6GB of data and unlimited talk and texts is just £26 per month.

As a gesture to those who signed up for its 4G-ready plans before this point, Vodafone is extending the 4GB of additional data to anyone who is already a customer at no additional cost. For those wanting to switch carriers or plans starting with this promotion, you have until the end of October to get on-board. You can find a full chart breakdown of the new plans and prices after the break.

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2 years ago

@evleaks: LG D820 just a CDMA G2 variant

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Habitual leaker says D820 is not the next Nexus phone

Remember that LG-D820 that showed up at the FCC a few days back? Complete with code names and a OS version that has everyone convinced that it is the next Nexus phone, it has the specs everyone wants listed. However, one of the Android world's perennial leakers, @evleaks, says that it's just another G2.

This was quickly followed by an image showing other model numbers, including the 821, as you can see above.

Fans are quick to believe @evleaks when he gives information they want to hear, but plenty are skeptical over this information. We have a few ideas, but nothing we're willing to talk about just yet. The jury is still out on exactly what's what, as there is really nothing we can be sure of with the information we have. Hopefully, we know more soon.

Source: @evleaks (1); (2)

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2 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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2 years ago

The mobile photography revolution - Talk Mobile

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The camera. If there's any part of the smartphone that's seen its usage rate skyrocket over the past few years, that'd be it. Smartphone cameras have gone from little VGA shooters barely worthy of being called a camera to 12, 20, and even 41 megapixel beasts with image quality unfathomable just a few short years ago.

2 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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2 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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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Gear up for pre-order in the UK

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Clove Technology now taking pre-orders for all six colors, £282 to make one yours

We've literally just landed back home after IFA 2013 in Berlin, and one of the headline acts is starting to see retail information in the UK. The Samsung Galaxy Gear is now up for pre-order at online retailer Clove Technology, but it's going to cost you to get one. £282 plus delivery to be precise. 

Honestly we're not too surprised the Galaxy Gear is commanding a high asking price, but even so, that does feel like too much of a high asking price. Especially since to use one initially you'll also be handing over for a new Galaxy Note 3 as well. 

It's just one retailer, but it's an indicator of something we feared last week when we first saw Samsung's first smartwatch. If you're interested, head on over to the source link below to get your pre-order on.

More: Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy Gear

Source: Clove

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2 years ago

The Dead Trigger 2 tease continues: Release date to be announced at Tokyo Game Show

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We're not really fans of announcements that serve only to announce future announcements — but we know there are more than a few of you out there waiting ever so patiently for the release of Dead Trigger 2, so here goes.

The game that we've seen glimpses of (and played ourselves) going all the way back to CES in January will finally have its release date revealed at the Tokyo Game Show in a couple weeks — Sept. 19-22. Nothing more specific, unfortunately, but we can't imagine that the actual release will be too far behind that.

So, yeah. We're getting closer. We're just not there yet.

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2 years ago

Quick comparison: LG G2 versus the Samsung Galaxy Note 3

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The LG G2 and Samsung Galaxy Note 3 are two of the hottest Android devices around right now. And while neither is available in the U.S. just yet, we recently had the chance to pit these two juggernauts against each other at IFA 2013 in Berlin.

While the two devices' hardware is closely matched -- Snapdragon 800, oodles of RAM, plenty of pixels — they're a world apart in physical size — the 5.7-inch Note 3 dwarfs the G2's mere 5.2 inches. And the choice between these two phones is going to come down to whether you want a traditional smartphone with a large screen or a half phone, half tablet hybrid, as we're looking at two different classes of handset here.

Check out our hands-on comparison above, and be sure to check out our preview of the Galaxy Note 3 and  hands-on redux with the G2.

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2 years ago

Microsoft makes Xbox Music available on Android

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It's here, but it's short on some features next to the Windows Phone version

Microsoft has today made their Xbox Music streaming service available to Android device owners for the first time. The app requires an Xbox Music account to use, but essentially it gives you access to all the same music that Windows, Xbox and Windows Phone users have had for some time now. But, while it's great that Microsoft has made it available, it's lacking in a couple of key areas when compared to its Windows Phone sibling. It also doesn't seem to like the idea of tablets, since the Play Store is highlighting a lack of compatibility with them all. 

The first of those is the lack of artist based radio. It's not the end of the world, but it does mean you're basically limited to searching for music to listen to. The bigger omission, at least for now, is offline music. Unless you're connected to an Internet connection, you won't be able to listen to your music. Microsoft has said it will be hitting iOS and Android in "coming months" but for some, the lack of it now could be a deal breaker. 

Otherwise it's not a bad app to use. It's not exactly Holo, but it looks pretty nice, with a distinct flavor of Xbox to it. It's not mimicking the Windows Phone app, though, so it's more within the user experience we're familar with on Android. Grab the app for free now from the Play Store at the link above. Besides not liking tablets, it will also only be available in regions supported by Xbox Music. 

Source: Microsoft via Windows Phone Central

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