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2 years ago

Watch Huawei's promo videos for the new Ascend P6

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Huawei showed the gathered press a number of different videos during todays official unveiling of the new Ascend P6. While we hope you enjoyed the liveblog coverage, we appreciate that describing a video isn't quite the same as seeing it with you own eyes. So, here they are, all the videos that Huawei used to show off the Ascend P6. Enjoy. 

More: Hands on with the Huawei Ascend P6

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2 years ago

Aurora Red Samsung Galaxy S4 now available for AT&T

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Samsung and AT&T have made the Aurora Red version of the Galaxy S4 available today. The 16GB version is identical to the black and white versions, and will have the same 2GB of RAM, 1080p display and Snapdragon 600 under the glass. It's also priced the same, $200 with a new two-year contract or $640 if you buy it outright.

The Galaxy S4 is one of the years best selling phones, and has broken just about every sales record Samsung keeps track of. With 10 Million units sold in black or white, this is your chance to get your hands on one with a little more flair. 

Source: Samsung

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2 years ago

Virgin adds Samsung Galaxy Ring to its lineup for $179

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Low-end specs and a familiar design hit a great off-contract price point

Virgin Mobile has quietly announced that it will be carrying a new entry-level device, the Samsung Galaxy Ring, starting today for just $179 without a contract. In both design and specifications, the Galaxy Ring slots right in with other low-end Samsung handsets -- with a 4-inch 480x800 display, 1.4GHz single-core (MSM8655) processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of storage (with SDcard support), 1750mAh battery and 5MP/1.3MP cameras. On the software side, we're looking at Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with Samsung's software enhancements along with it. The Galaxy Ring is a 3G (CDMA)-only device, which you would expect at a price point like this.

Virgin offers the Galaxy Ring on any of its no-contract plans, which are very price competitive at $35, $45 or $55 for 300, 1200 or unlimited minutes, respectively, along with unlimited data. The Galaxy Ring is available starting today, and can be purchased online at the source link below.

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2 years ago

Humble Bundle 6 now available, get 7 great games and support some great charities

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Buying the latest Humble Bundle is easy, it's cheap, it's fun, and it helps some important causes.

The Humble Bundle is back, and with version six you're able to get up to seven great games for your Android device at one low price. It's a pay-what-you-like affair, and any amount will get you these five great games:

  • Aquaria
  • Fractal
  • Organ Trail: Director's Cut
  • Stealth Bastard Deluxe
  • Pulse (Android-only)

If you opt to pay more than the average payment, you also will unlock Frozen Synapse and Broken Sword: Director's Cut. Right now, the average payment is just $4.50, but that changes as more people pay (it's the average).

Besides getting a handful of great cross platform games, a portion of the price will be donated to the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Child's Play Charity, two very worthy organizations.

Have a look at the video, then head to the source link to grab the latest Humble Bundle. They accept PayPal, Amazon payments, Google Wallet and Bitcoin. 

Source: Humble Bundle

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2 years ago

Spring cleaning: Win an LG Nexus 4

No matter how hard I try, I can't find a way to use three Nexus 4 phones. Maybe a radioactive spider will bite me one day and it will be possible, but for now I have one Nexus 4 too many. That means this little fellow has to find a new home.

Ideally, we're looking for someone who will love him forever and feed him every day (he likes Apples). If this sounds like you, apply by leaving a comment below. At midnight Pacific, I'll kill the comments and pick a winner. Good luck, and #HOLOYOLO.

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2 years ago

Killing apps: The Talk Mobile Hangout!

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One day. Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow. But one day, your favorite app may be no more. That's the topic of today's installation of Talk Mobile, and that's what we're talking about in our follow-up hangout.

Come join us!

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2 years ago

How to use the Google Play Wishlist feature

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The Wishlist feature is a part of Google Play that doesn't get much exposure. Added in the fall of 2012 during the first Play Store refresh, it's a handy tool to help you keep track of all the stuff you want from Google Play. Apps, books, movies, TV shows, magazines and music can all be added to your Wishlist, and while there is no way to share your list with friends and family just yet, it does put everything into one easy to manage spot on your phone or tablet.

Adding and removing items is easy, you'll find the Wishlist icon at the top of every item in Google Play. It's like a toggle switch, so if an item isn't on your list tapping will put it there, and if it is on your list a tap will remove it. To manage your list, the Google Play app menu has an entry for its page, and a tap takes you there. From your Wishlist page you can buy, rent, install or delete any item.

The Wishlist hasn't made its way to the web interface yet, so this is something you'll need to do from your phone or tablet. We have a feeling that's going to change when Google releases the new Play Store website, but for now know that you need an Android device to take advantage.

We've got a short tutorial after the break that will help it all make sense if you're not following. Have a watch, then grab your phone and start making that list!

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2 years ago

Racing to the app grave: the dead, the zombies, and the parasites - Talk Mobile

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Your finger hovers over the download button in your smartphone's app store. Maybe it’s free, maybe it’s not. Even if it costs only 99 cents, you spend four times that much at Starbucks every day. Yet you hesitate, haunted by the memories of that app you downloaded a few years ago, fell in love with, and then watched as the servers shut down and the app was abandoned and left to wither and die on your launcher.

2 years ago

Huawei Ascend P6 hands-on

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Huawei fields another ridiculously thin Android phon​e

We're live from London, where Chinese manufacturer Huawei is showing off its latest Android smartphone, the Ascend P6. An insanely svelte little handset, the P6 measures in at just 6.18mm thick, making it the thinnest Android phone we're aware of. (In fact, Huawei claims that the P6 is the world's thinnest smartphone.)

It's also a good-looking piece of kit, with an iPhone-like metal trim around its top and sides, and a featureless back panel save for the Huawei logo and rear-facing camera. It comes in white, black and pink color options -- the white and pink versions have a soft touch pack panel, while the black has a more granular texture. The main camera is an 8-megapixel unit, and In today's presentation Huawei was keen to talk up its wide range of software capabilities designed to boost dynamic range and improve color vibrancy. But it's actually the front-facer that's most unique here, as it packs a 5-megapixel sensor, far beyond what's offered by most competitors.

On the front there's a 4.7-inch 720p display -- no longer cutting edge, but equally nothing to sniff at. Once again, Huawei's sporting on-screen buttons as part of its Emotion UI, which brings a unique, highly themable user interface to the P6. As with previous Huawei handsets, there's a central focus on the big "Me" widget containing weather details and other pertinent info. There are plenty of customization options too -- the manufacturer boasts 100 custom skins out of the box, and more than 1000 more online, including seasonal variants. The software experience is speedy, with no sign of lag whatsoever, on account one-two-punch of Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and Huawei's custom-built 1.5GHz quad-core CPU.

One thing you won't be enjoying on the P6 is 4G LTE connectiity -- the current model is HSPA+-only, though Huawei boss Richard Yu did mention that an LTE-capable version would be launching around October or November.

Check out our hands-on video and gallery after the break.

More: Huawei London liveblog

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2 years ago

No 'Google Edition' Ascend P6 in the works, Huawei says

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Huawei is pretty proud of the new flagship Ascend P6 and its Emotion UI, which it unveiled today in London. And while we're seeing the likes of Samsung and HTC -- and probably Sony -- get on board with "Google Edition" versions of their top-shelf phones, Huawei has no plans to do so with the Ascend P6, Richard Yu, Chief Executive Officer for the Huawei Consumer Business Group, said at Tuesday's event.

That sentiment was echoed in the press release.

“The HUAWEI Ascend P6 is a star among smartphones with its industry-leading design, high-quality camera, and intuitive user interface. Building on the success of our Ascend P series of fashion smartphones, the HUAWEI Ascend P6 provides unsurpassed technology and a design that is simply stunning.”

"Stock" versions of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One will go on sale June 26 at Google Play.

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2 years ago

Former HTC executives create, Kazam, their own smartphone startup

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Former head of sales at HTC Michael Coombes, and former U.K. marketing director James Atkins may have left HTC during this tumultuous spring, but that doesn't mean they plan to stop making smart phones. The two high level HTC execs have joined together to create the startup Kazam, and they plan to keep building phone hardware with a "stunning design, robust hardware, and intuitive technology, underpinned with improved customer service" for the European market.

While there is no news about any actual hardware just yet, CEO Coombes says they will be focused on support after the purchase. This should allow them to differentiate themselves in a very competitive market, but it will be easier said than done.

We're assuming Android will figure big into their plans, and we're going to keep a close eye on the duo and their new company.

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2 years ago

T-Mobile gets the Sony Xperia Z this summer

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T-Mobile U.S. has announced that (as was rumored) it'll carry the Sony Xperia Z "in the coming weeks." No pricing was announced. It'll be available in black and, for a limited time, in purple.

The phone looks to be the same that we reviewed some weeks ago -- 5-inch display at 1080p (and with Sony's Bravia 2 engine), 13-megapixel camera and, more important -- it'll work just fine on T-Mobile's fledgling LTE network.

More: Xperia Z at T-Mobile

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2 years ago

Huawei announces the Ascend P6

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Huawei this morning from London announced the Ascend P6 smartphone, a ridiculously thin 4.7-inch Android device.

The thinness is Huawei's lead bullet point here, with the phone measuring in at a mere 6.18 mm. It's sporting a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor and runs Android 4.2.2. The LCD display proclaims to have "MagicTouch" -- basically meaning you can rock gloves with this guy.

Camera-wise, the Ascend P6 has an 8-megapixel shooter out back with an f/2.0 aperture. It's also sporting a full 5-megapixel camera out front, so your duckface pics will have a higher resolution than ever before.

We're live from the launch event in London. Be sure to check our liveblog!

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2 years ago

Samsung to live-stream its Galaxy & ATIV event from London

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A quick heads up for those of us who can't make it to London on Thursday for Samsung's Galaxy & ATIV event -- it'll be streamed live on YouTube. Specifically, you can find it at youtube.com/SamsungMobile.

Start time is 7 p.m. BST, or 2 p.m. on the east cost of the U.S., or 11 a.m. out west.

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2 years ago

HTC Desire 200 gets official with 3.5-inch display

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HTC this morning took the wraps off the diminutive Desire 200, sporting a look that mostly is a throwback to the pre-HTC One days but still has hints of its flagship line.

This is decidedly not a high-end device. The 3.5-inch display has a 480x320 resolution -- nearly unheard of these days but not unexpected for a phone this small. It's rocking a Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 processor running at 1 GHz, and it's got a mere 4 gigabytes of internal storage and 512 megabytes of RAM. (The included SD card slot lets you bump that up, of course.)

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