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Moto E specs allegedly leak, thinner body and low-price inbound

The Moto G is as of now Motorola's lowest-priced smartphone offering, but the highly-popular G might soon be looking down at an even cheaper phone: the Moto E. Since its launch in November last year, the Moto G has gone on to be Motorola's best-selling smartphone in history, thanks in no small...
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Samsung Galaxy S5 going for $99.99 on Amazon

Looking to save some cash on the new Samsung Galaxy S5? Then you're in luck if you've been wanting it on Verizon. Head to Amazon where you'll be able to save over $100 off the on-contract price. Verizon offers the Galaxy S5 for $199 with a contract, while Amazon is has the same device for just $...
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Android 4.4.3 tipped for Sony Z Ultra Google Play edition by Bluetooth SIG

There are so many groups and organizations that certify devices for compatibility and safety, so it's not terribly surprising when one of those groups publishes data on something that's yet to be announced — like Android 4.4.3. Earlier this week saw Sprint announcing an update to Android 4.4.3...
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We already knew that the Samsung Galaxy S5 would be coming to Rogers, but the carrier is sweetening the deal today by offering a steep discount on the Gear 2 Neo if you purchase the phone and wearable at the same time. If you agree to buy the Galaxy S5 on a two-year contract, you'll be able to pick up the Gear 2 Neo for just $49.99, a solid discount off of the $219.99 MSRP Rogers has listed.

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Project Ara

Three sizes of phones with various layouts will give several device style options, module configurations.

With its first developer conference on the horizon, Google has just released the first public version of the Module Developers Kit (MDK) for Project Ara. While things are still very early, the MDK gives us our first in-depth look at how Google is leading third parties into creating Project Ara devices and modules, and how everything will fit together.

The main point of the MDK at this stage is to make third-party manufacturers aware of the guidelines that will soon apply to them for making Project Ara pieces. From what's shown now, we know there will be three sizes of phones — Mini, Medium and Large — with Large being released at a later date. Each size will start with a basic "skeleton" that will then accept components to build a phone, primarily sourced from third parties. There will be different device layouts available within each size category, each giving you room for specific components.

Source: Project Ara

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Motorola

Free phones, cheap accessories and reward points all up for consideration

Motorola is sending out surveys to its current device financing customers indicating that the company plans to take the service a bit further in the future. Available since November of last year, Motorola's financing program works much the same as any other retailer — you are offered $0 down and 0% interest financing for your phone purchase, with somewhere between six and 18 months to pay off the bill. According to surveys of current customers, Motorola is considering throwing in even more incentives for buying your next phone on credit.

Extras such as discounts on Google products, cheap Motorola accessories, "points" for exchanging your phone and rewards for being a loyal Motorola customer are all up for consideration, though it isn't clear which ones are front-runners at this point.

Source: Droid-Life

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For many of us around the world, April is a time where the flowers really start to come out and show off their beautiful colors. But no matter where you live, there are always chances to see some amazing foliage and flowers whether it's in a manicured garden or a public space. We want to see what you can do to show off the flowers you find this week.

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Facebook Messenger

Low-end devices with constrained resources can keep using in-app messaging

Facebook is working on transitioning users somewhat forcefully to using their dedicated Messenger app. Warning messages have been sent out to some European users that in about two weeks time, they wouldn’t be able to use the core Facebook app to do their chatting. Though this change will be rolling out globally, there will be exceptions in place for lower-powered Android devices that apparently can’t handle the Pure Awesome of the Facebook Messenger standalone app, and for Facebook’s relatively fresh news app, Paper.

Though this means you’ll need to install and manage two apps, hopefully it will result in greater performance individually. What do you guys think of the change? Do you already have Facebook Messenger installed, or would you rather keep your Facebook chats bundled in the core experience?

Source: The Verge, TechCrunch

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HTC Flip Case for One M8 now in stock at ShopAndroid!

Got a new HTC One M8 and you're wondering just how to protect it? Fret not, for ShopAndroid.com is here to save you with a shipment of brand new HTC One M8 Flip Cases! This case, made by HTC for their brand new flagship, wraps your precious in a colorful and protective layer of premium material, while also allowing access to important features like buttons and cameras. There are even cut-outs for the speakers so you can pump out the tunes while rocking out in style.

ShopAndroid has the HTC One M8 Flip Case in stock and shipping now in Warm Black, Light Brown, and Sweet Lilac (otherwise known as "pink"), and you can pre-order Imperial Blue, Poppy Red, Orange Popsicle, and Atlantis (i.e. "green"). And should you want something that shows a bit more of what's happening with your HTC One M8, the [HTC One M8 Dot View Case is also available for pre-order).

Order Now: HTC One M8 Flip Case from ShopAndroid

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Clash of Clans has had one of its biggest updates in the infamous game’s history today. Now players can raid without any risk to their resources, shield, or trophies, and work towards two new achievements. This is done with a new system called war bases, where multiple players can lump all of their troops together in the same place and, once attack day arrives, they all head out to raid other war bases together. In the meantime, your village stays entirely separate from the whole affair. The full details on the update are available at the SuperCell forums.

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If you've been online at some point in the last 36 hours, chances are you've heard of 'Heartbleed', a flaw in OpenSSL that has exposed data to theft on approximately 2/3 of servers in use around the globe over the past two years. It's not known how bad the damage may be, but the revelation of the vulnerability sent server teams around the world scrambling to patch their systems. Among them: Google. In a posting today on the Google Online Security Blog, Google revealed that they had patched OpenSSL vulnerabilities in a number of their services.

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This week's photo contest was focused on taking great pictures of architectural features, and as usual the turnout was great. We saw dozens of great entries come into the forums over the last week, all showing off great architecture in an artistic fashion. No two pictures were alike this week, each making use of great vision and some clever editing.

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The tri-band Galaxy S4 (that's the one with Sprint Spark capabilities) is the latest Sprint device to get the recently-introduced Wifi Calling feature. This means after the update you'll be able to make completely free calls when connected to Wifi without the potential of using up your minutes if you don't have an unlimited talk plan.

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Dropbox today announced a brand new app for handling photos called Carousel. In it, you’ll be able to instantly back up pictures as you take them to the cloud, share photos with friends, view images by date and location, and leave comments on photos shared by friends.

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A couple of quick improvements are hitting the Microsoft OneNote app on Android today, bringing it closer to parity with the app on other platforms. It's a short changelog, but the biggest thing to note here is that you can now create Notebooks and Sections directly on your OneDrive account on your Android devices. That's one less step to having synced notes across devices, and a big deal for Android users.

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Mailbox for Android

Popular iOS email client and Dropbox property Mailbox is coming to Android. The app, which was purchased by Dropbox a year ago, will include an "auto swipe" feature that will allow users to archive an email now and automatically archive similar emails that arrive in the future. Mailbox is launching today on Google Play and you can find it at the Play Store link above.

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Motorola Mobility has a new President and COO: Rick Osterloh. Formerly SVP of Product, Osterloh is taking over the helm of Motorola from form CEO Dennis Woodside. Woodside, if you'll recall, stepped down in September to take a position as COO of Dropbox, following Google's selling of Motorola to Lenovo.

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Another batch of screenshots featuring significant UI updates to Google Android apps has surfaced. The first few were looking at Gmail, and now it’s Google Calendar. Besides the obvious visual overhaul, there’s a new view for birthdays and a daily agenda. There’s also some fresh social integration.

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Odin Mobile sells wireless devices and service for the visually impaired, and just started carrying the Nexus 5. For $399, subscribers get the handset and a month of usability support over the phone, though you can skip the service and save $40. Devices are preloaded with a smattering of accessibility apps set up, which is a nice touch. One of them is Talkback, which is actually baked into Android, and allows users to get audio queues about which apps their finger is hovering over.

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There's an update available for Sony's Xperia Z1, Z1 Compact, and Z Ultra that promises to fix a speaker issue that cropped up when the handsets were updated to Android 4.4.2 KitKat. The new firmware build 14.3.A.0.757 corrects the bug that sent audio through the handset speaker (the one you use when using the phone as a phone) instead of the louder external speaker.

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Samsung is boasting “meaningful innovation” in its latest Galaxy S5 TV commercial. The video goes over the device in slow, sexy pans, highlighting the “state-of-the-art camera”, heart rate sensor, IP67 water and dust resistance, 5.1-inch HD display, and dimpled back. The first Galaxy S5 ad aired during the Oscars last month.

We're not quite sure what the tagline “Real innovation begins when inspired by what matters to you” means, but maybe you guys can offer your take in the comments.

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The Uncarrier is striking again with a new bottom-tier plan: T-Mobile's new Simple Starter plan starts at just $40 a month. For that rate, customers will get unlimited talk and text, plus 500MB of LTE data. The plans are set to be available starting on April 12, and customers will be able to take advantage of T-Mobile's pay-your-old-carrier's ETF deal, purchase phones on installment plans, and enroll T-Mobile's Jump! upgrade plan.

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Samsung is opening up some new retail Experience locations across the U.K., similar to what’s launched this time last year at Best Buy locations in North America and existing stores in Spain, Germany, Portugal, Netherlands, Sweden and Ireland. These locations are opening today and being operated by Carphone Warehouse. There are nine locations total across England.

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