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3 years ago

Geeksphone Revolution now on sale, €222 gives you the choice of Android or Firefox OS

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Mozilla's Firefox OS is still in its early fledgling stages, and Spanish manufacturer Geeksphone has probably been its biggest proponent. But getting people to commit to spending the cash for a phone that runs the unproven OS with primarily only webapps available has proven a challenge, and thus Geeksphone's going the dual-booting route with the new Revolution.

On sale today, the Geeksphone Revolution costs €222 (before tax) ($305 USD) and is capable of booting into either Android or Firefox OS. So you can try out the open source Mozilla OS without making a full commitment. Maybe you'll like it, maybe you'll just spend your time on Android.

Now, €222 doesn't get you a highly impressive phone, though what you get for the price isn't bad. The Revolution spots a 4.7-inch qHD (540x960) iPS display with an 8 megapixel camera on the back and 1.3 megapixels on the front. Chipset-wise there's a dual-core Intel Atom Z2560 clocked at 1.6GHz, 1GB of RAM, and 4GB of storage (expandable via MicroSD). There's a standard compliment of Wi-Fi b/g/n radios and Bluetooth 3.0, though the HSDPA radio is a bit of a bummer. But, again, at that price it's not a deal-breaker.

The Revolution is actually an Android phone first, booting to Android (version number is unspecified, though by the press images it's 4.x of some sort, and it appears to be running Google apps) on first activation. Though you can switch to Firefox OS whenever you like. The question is, though, would you?

Source: Geeksphone

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3 years ago

Android at Mobile World Congress 2014 — What to expect from this year's show

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Samsung Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z2, LG G Pro 2 and new wearable devices

One of the largest mobile shows of the year is about to kick off on Spain’s Mediterranean coast. This weekend — and for much of next week — we’re at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, where we’ll be covering some of the biggest mobile announcements of the year. Highlights are expected to include Samsung’s Galaxy S5, new Xperia devices from Sony, and Nokia’s first Android handset. And possibly new fare from HTC as well.

For the second year running the show itself is taking place at the futuristic Fira Gran Via, a new venue in Central Barcelona, and attending companies will also be holding press conferences all over the city. We’ll have six Mobile Nations editors on the ground — myself, Phil Nickinson, Andrew Martonik, Richard Devine, Kevin Michaluk and Daniel Rubino — so you’ll want to keep track of all our MWC coverage across Android Central, Windows Phone Central, CrackBerry, iMore and Smartwatch Fans.

MWC runs from Monday, Feb. 24, until Thursday, Feb. 27, with most of the big news happening on the 24th and 25th during the morning U.S. time. We'll have constant coverage through our massive Mobile World Congress hub page, which is where you'll find our latest news, articles, videos and behind-the-scenes stuff.

We’re in for a busy week at this year’s MWC, so let’s break down what we’re expecting from the major Android players ...

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3 years ago

Verizon Moto X getting Android 4.4.2 update today

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Yesterday's soak test be damned, Verizon's pushing out Android 4.4.2 KitKat for the Moto X today. This brings the Verizon Moto X right up to date with the latest version of Android, inline with the rest of the Moto X family, the HTC One (for some carriers), Google Play Edition devices , and Nexus devices. This is also ahead of Samsung, who has committed to updating an array of devices from the past two years to 4.4.2, but provided no timeframe for those updates.

The update to Android 4.4.2 brings relatively minor improvements to the Moto X, including improved 3G and 4G data stability and bug fixes related to call volume and MMS. The camera software has also been improved with better sky detection and auto-HDR.

Got Android 4.4.2 on your Moto X? Let us know how it's treating you.

Source: Verizon (pdf)

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3 years ago

LG G2 KitKat update hitting the UK from mid-March

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Speed boost promised with latest Android OS update

Android 4.4 KitKat for the LG G2 will bering rolling out to devices in the UK from mid-March, a video uploaded by LG UK reveals. The manufacturer says that the KitKat update brings performance improvements to the G2, alongside standard Android 4.4 features like cloud printing and the Chromium browsing engine for web views.

In the video above, LG uses a high frame rate camera to capture the performance differences between Jelly Bean and KitKat in a variety of tasks, including KnockOn wake-ups, app load times, camera startup and web page rendering. All in all, the company says KitKat makes the G2 17 percent faster, which is nothing to sniff at.

Thanks, gonk24!

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3 years ago

Vector 31: Facebook, WhatsApp, and the value of mobile messaging

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Kevin Michaluk of Mobile Nations joins Rene to talk about Facebook’s $16 billion WhatsApp acquisition, not mistaking products for businesses, the value of user-base, the mobile hierarchy of needs, BBM’s missed opportunity, LINE, WeChat, Kik, and more.

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3 years ago

Get on the Google Cast beta track with new Chrome extension

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Public beta available for developers and those who like living on the bleeding edge

A quick heads up for Chromecast fans everywhere, that Google has released a public beta track of the Google Cast extension for Chrome. It's aimed at developers working with the newly released public Chromecast SDK, but it's available for anyone who wants to use it from the Chrome Web Store.

The Google Cast beta will gain early access to new APIs and features in advance of the regular consumer version and will update automatically. For more, hit up the Google Developers portal or download from the Chrome Web Store at the link below.

Download: Google Cast beta for Chrome

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3 years ago

Sprint announces free Wifi calling for two Android smartphones, more coming this year

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Confirming news we broke in January, Sprint this morning announced that it's bringing free Wifi calling to the Samsung Galaxy Mega and Galaxy S4 Mini. An over-the-air update is required before you'll be able to use the free Wifi calling, and Sprint says that'll be pushed out over the next few weeks.

The Wifi calling will be expanded to other devices this year, Sprint said.

Source: Sprint

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3 years ago

Jolla announces Android launcher for Sailfish OS

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You'll be able to pop the gesture-friendly Sailfish onto your Android device as a launcher or an OS replacement

The folks at Finland-based Jolla announced that their mobile OS Sailfish is now commercially available for distribution after hitting their 1.0 release and will soon be available as a launcher for Android. For those unfamiliar, Sailfish uses a lot of what was left behind by MeeGo, an operating system built by Nokia before they went all-in with Windows Phone.

They've adapted it to run Android apps not unlike BlackBerry 10's set-up and what Windows Phone is reportedly considering, which is an experience Jolla claims to have polished since a limited release in November. For those that have a spare Android device kicking around and are looking for more than a launcher, Sailfish can work on popular Android-based hardware, including Samsung, Nexus, and Sony handsets.  

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3 years ago

NVIDIA announces Tegra Note 7 with LTE connectivity

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Both Tegra Note 7 models updated to Android 4.4 with Gamepad Mapper functionality

Those looking for a portable 7-inch tablet with mobile data access now have another option — the Tegra Note 7 LTE. While it may not be the hottest-selling tablet out there, the Tegra Note 7 offers a pretty solid set of specs — Tegra 4 processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and a quality stylus setup all for $199. This new version with HSPA+ and LTE capabilities will set you back just $299, and as an added bonus it's shipping with Android 4.4.2 — which brings new Gamepad Mapper functionality — as well.

Providing the connectivity is a new NVIDIA i500 LTE modem, which is just 40 percent the size of the average modem but is four times as powerful as its predecessor. That pairs up with the Tegra 4 perfectly, of course, to provide speed and efficiency when connecting to mobile networks.

The Tegra Note 7 LTE will be available in a variety of regions in the second quarter of 2014: North America, U.K., Western Europe, Ukraine, Japan, Korea, India, Brazil and China. The original Wifi-only Tegra Note 7 is also expanding to Western Europe, Brazil and Ukraine to match the new model's availability.

There will be three different models, depending on where you purchase the Tegra Note 7 LTE, with the following radio bands:

  • LTE-US: LTE: 700/850/1700/1900/2600 (Bands 2,4,5,17,7); HSPA+: 850/1900/2100 (Bands 1,2,5); EDGE
  • LTE-EU: LTE: 800/1800/2600 (Bands 3,7,20); HSPA+: 850/900/1900/2100 (Bands 1,2,5,8); EDGE
  • 3G (non-LTE markets): HSPA+: 850, 900, 1900, 2100 (Bands 1,2,5,8); EDGE+Voice

Source: NVIDIA

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3 years ago

'The Next Galaxy' is coming at Samsung Unpacked 5

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New teaser shows the power of five

Continuing its focus on the "power of five," Samsung's teaser for its Unpacked 5 event next Monday in Barcelona leaves little doubt that we'll see the Galaxy S5 on the first day of MWC. Intercut with buzzwords, artsy photos and gratiutous use of the number five, it's not immediately clear what many of these slogans have to do with "The Next Galaxy," but you can bet we'll be on the ground to find out on Feb. 24.

Check the teaser out after the break, and don't forget to share your thoughts and theories down in the comments!

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3 years ago

Huawei MediaPad X1 and Ascend G6 leak ahead of MWC

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7-inch tablet and mid-range phone revealed

Thanks to its bizarre MWC teaser trailer, we know Huawei wants to make a splash at Mobile World Congress next week. And now we have a good idea what two of its new products will look like, as the Huawei MediaPad X1 and Ascend G6 have leaked out online ahead of their expected arrival in Barcelona. The MediaPad X1 is Huawei's latest 7-inch Android tablet, with previous leaks suggesting a the presence of a 1.6GHz quad-core CPU, a 1920x1200 display resolution, 6,000mAh battery, optional LTE connectivity and a price tag around $200. Images leaked today on Weibo show a white chassis with relatively trim bezels and an S View-like cover for the device.

Meanwhile Twitter leaker @evleaks has gotten hold of renders of the Huawei Ascend G6 — pictured after the break — the company's latest mid-range smartphone, which sports an Ascend P6-like look. Specs for the slim, multicolored handset are said to include a quad-core 1.3GHz CPU from Mediatek, 1GB of RAM, an 8MP rear camera and 5-megapixel front-facer.

We're still waiting for a good look at Huawei's new high-end handset, the Ascend P7, said in the company's teaser video to include all-day battery life, a high-quality front-facing camera, and support for next-gen LTE networks. No doubt we'll learn more at the Huawei MWC press conference this Sunday.

Source: Engadget

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3 years ago

LG G Flex arrives in Canada this Spring, will be exclusive to Rogers

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Phone will have full access to 2100 and 2600MHz spectrum for fastest Rogers LTE

LG has announced that its latest big device, the G Flex, will be making its way up to Canada in short order. The wrinkle here is that it will be exclusive to Rogers, with no talk of expansion to other carriers at this point. If you are (or are willing to be) a Rogers customer, the G Flex will bring a full-speed LTE experience by utilizing both 2100 and 2600MHz spectrum for theoretical speeds of up to 150mbps (although we'll never see those in the real world).

Everything else about the device seems unchanged from the other variants that have been released — 6-inch flexible 720 x 1280 display, Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 3500mAh battery and of course a 13MP camera.

Rogers isn't spilling the beans on the exact pricing or release date — other than "this Spring" — for the G Flex, but you can head to its website to put in your reservation ahead of release, if you're so inclined.

Source: LG; Rogers

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3 years ago

I could watch this LG G Pro 2 teaser all day long

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Not that I have any idea what they're saying. It's just that Korean commercials are just so much more fun than what we usually get in the U.S.

The LG G Pro 2 launched in Korea this week for around $900 U.S. We'll get a better look at it next week at Mobile World Congress, and it's a good bet we'll see it in the U.S. at some point.

More: LG

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3 years ago

Seinfeld on smartphones and texting: 'I could have called you and I chose not to'

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Stand-up comedian Jerry Seinfeld's been back on the prowl recently with his oddball and descriptively-titled Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee, though his eponymous "show about nothing" has never been far from the public consciousness (see: iToilet and Google Wallet). Seinfeld himself showed up on The Tonight Show this week and he, as he's prone to do, talked about how we use our smartphones and the way they've changed how we communicate.

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3 years ago

Ingress introduces ancient artifacts and glyph puzzles for #Recursion event

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Google's location-based game, Ingress, kicked off another global event recently dubbed #Recursion, and as a part of it, the're introducing some new gameplay mechanics. The first is ancient artifacts. Enlightened and Resistance agents have limited windows in which to claim, move, and deliver these items between portals in a #Recursion city. Sounds like a massive co-operative globe-spanning relay. Neat.

The other addition is Shaper Glyph puzzles. Now when you long-press the hack button on a portal, you can get the chance to decode a glyph through a puzzle mini-game. If you do it, your portal-hacking ability is improved for a short time. Glyphs have been buried in the game lore for some time already, with players already deciphering the meaning out of many. If you'd like to practice the glyph mini-game, there's an app in the Play Store where you can start training.

As for #Recursion, it's spanning 28 cities over the next 9 weeks. You can see more info on the event at the video below or get downloading Ingress at the Play link above. Anybody playing in the #Recursion cities? Anyone attend the first events over the weekend? Eager to get going on those ancient artifacts? Anyone have a good time with the last event, #13Magnus?

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