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4 years ago

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact preorder info comes rolling in for UK customers

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Sony's new compact, waterproof-coated phone now available for preorder

It seems like just a few short hours ago that the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact was announced. Now the world can preorder it from at least a couple different places, including Phones4u and Unlocked-mobiles.com.

The latter will have it available SIM-free with stock expected around the second week of February. It will be available in black, white, pink and even lime in the UK. The Unlocked-mobiles.com preorder page can be found here.

Phones4u is offering some promotions with the preorder of the phone. With each preorder, Phones4u will throw in a Sony SRS-BTX300 wireless speaker for your listening pleasure. Some lucky ducks will also receive £65's worth free movies and music. You can find more info on the Phones4u preorder page here.

Carphone Warehouse has also announced that it will stock the phone. At the moment, it just looks like interested parties can let Carphone Warehouse know of their interest. Carphone Warehouse will then inform interested parties when their bouncing baby smartphone is available. The form to register interest is here.

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4 years ago

Logitech announces new cases for Samsung's Galaxy Note Pro and Galaxy Tab Pro devices

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Enhance your productivity on Samsung's new tablets with a Bluetooth keyboard case

Earlier today Samsung announced two new tablets, the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro and the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro, and now Logitech is announcing two new cases for these devices. The Logitech Pro is their latest keyboard case that features several design tweaks to make it work best with Samsung's new devices. With Samsung bringing these devices in a 12.2 inch form factor Logitech was able to get a full sized Bluetooth keyboard inside the case which is something many people will enjoy. 

Some of the other features of the case are the ultra slim design that Logitech was able to pull off by using state of the art materials. They have also added protection for bumps, spills, and scratches with near full protection once inside of the case. Utilizing a SecureLock system Logitech is able to ensure that the tablet won't come loose once clipped in, and they have added the ability to have two different viewing angles depending on how you are using the device. When it comes to battery life Logitech has gone way above and beyond and they claim that the device will last for up to three months on a single charge with around two hours of use each day.

Logitech has announced that they will begin selling the Logitech Pro in February 2014 for a suggested retail pricing of $129. 

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4 years ago

Hands-on with the ASUS Padfone Mini

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One of the many products to come from ASUS in its CES 2014 press conference was the Padfone Mini, a smaller device device based upon its phone/tablet docking hybrid system. So, unlike previous Padfone devices, the Mini has a 4-inch smartphone that docks into a 7-inch tablet. 

From the front, it's extremely reminiscent of the ASUS Fonepad. Powering the device is a 1.6GHz Intel Z2560 CPU backed up by 1GB of RAM. On the software front we're coming with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean out of the box, though as with other new devices ASUS is promising an update to Android 4.4 KitKat. 

The Padfone Mini isn't positioned at the high-end of the spectrum, with a pretty average 480x800 resolution display on the phone, and a 1280x800 resolution panel on the tablet dock. Internal storage is limited to 8GB but with microSD card expansion, and a pair of cameras rated at 8MP on the back, and 2MP on the front. The Padfone Mini will also come in a range of colors, including this striking red variant, as well as black, white, blue and yellow.

For a few more hands on photos, and a video runthrough, head on past the break.

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4 years ago

Welcome to #CESLive!

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Today's the day! #CESLive formally kicks off at 12 noon PST with live coverage of CES 2014 straight from our stage on the show floor. Check it out!

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4 years ago

Watch this: CrackBerry Kevin drops $2,000 in Vegas on something young, hot and sexy!

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I just ... I don't ... Wow. In what world does this makes sense?

Hey, Kevin. At least be sure to install the official Android Central BlackBerry app from BlackBerry World, will ya?

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4 years ago

#CESLive morning brief: Tuesday, January 7

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While the rest of the country is waking up underneath a polar vortex, our team on the ground in Las Vegas is already warming up for another day of CES 2014. It may be zero degrees on your thermometer, but it's a balmy 70 on the show floor, which officially opens to the public today.

With yesterday's big news from Samsung, LG, Sony, Huawei, and ASUS, what's left to see? A lot. We'll be meeting with representatives from Motorola, Sony, Samsung and NVIDIA, among others, to take a closer look at their newly-unveiled wares. And that's just this morning.

At 1 p.m. PST (4 p.m. in the east), we'll be dropping by one of the day's opening keynotes headlined by Yahoo's Marissa Mayer. As in years past, she'll speak on the state of the tech industry, the importance of CES, and her company's role in the ever changing tech landscape. Later at 6 p.m. PST, we'll be dropping by Showstoppers at the Wynn for a consolidated look at some of the show's coolest products.

Oh, and did we mention #CESLive? We're kicking it off at 12 noon PST with a busy day of on air interviews and features all coming to you live from our mega stage on the show floor. You really, really don't want to miss this. Check out today's full schedule at our #CESLive hub, where you'll also find all the CES news fit to print from every Mobile Nations site. 

Fire up that space heater, cuddle up under your desk, and keep it locked here all day for all of your CES news as it happens. 

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4 years ago

CES Day 0 round-up: Samsung, Sony, Huawei, Pebble, and more!

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CES officially kicks off on Tuesday, January 7th, but when it comes to the big press announcements, Monday's the day. Today saw press events from Sony, Audi, Samsung, Huawei, LG, and more. The day wasn't short on drama or hilarity, nor new product announcements. Lots of TVs, lots of phones, lots of tablets, and an impending avalanche of smartwatches and fitness trackers. CES hasn't even officially begun yet, but let's dive in! (Tomorrow we'll have a podcast to go here as well — CES be crazy!)

4 years ago

T-Mobile LTE network expands to 14 new markets

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Plenty of work left to do on the magenta coverage map

T-Mobile's LTE network is pretty expansive and hits many major markets across the country, but there's still plenty of room for expansion. The so-called Uncarrier is expanding its new high-speed network to over a dozen new markets today, hitting several different areas of the country including many smaller cities.

Check the full list below to see if T-Mobile's network is hitting a new market near you:

  • Ocala, FL
  • Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL
  • Punta Gorda, FL
  • The Villages, FL
  • Valdosta, FL
  • Coeur d'Alene, ID
  • Twin Falls, ID
  • Bay City, MI
  • Holland, MI
  • Saginaw, MI
  • Gulfport-Biloxi, MS
  • Las Cruces, NM
  • Thomasville-Lexington, NC
  • Olympia, WA

Source: T-Mobile

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4 years ago

Polaroid announces Socialmatic, the Android powered camera and printer in one

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Android powered camera / printer makes sharing memories fun

Polaroid has taken an idea that many have had in the past, and they are bringing it to consumers with their latest creation, Socialmatic. This crazy looking device looks quite similar to the Instagram icon but it is actually a camera and printer, all in one. Beyond just being any camera, it is powered by Android, and on the back of the device it features a 4.5 inch touch screen to allow for easy navigation.

On the front of the device Polaroid has included a 13MP camera, and on the back there is a 2MP camera in case you really need to take yet another selfie. The Socialmatic will also include built in wifi, so sharing the pictures that you take on it to your favorite social media networks will be quick and easy. 

One of the neatest parts of the device is that it features a built in printer which doesn't even require ink. Printing pictures is quick and easy making use of Polaroid's 2 X 3 inch ink-free paper which they call Zero Ink (ZINK) paper. The images that are printed are smudge-proof as well as being water and tear resistant.

No more snapping images on your mobile device of your family and having to email them off, instead you can just print them right then and there, with no worries.

Polaroid has yet to announce a price for the Socialmatic but they have stated that the device will ship in the fall of 2014, so we're going to have to wait a bit.

Source: BusinessWire

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4 years ago

New Magellan navigation announced with Android OS running underneath

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Navigation unit relies on Android to improve experience

In hopes to enhance the user experience and bring a more powerful navigation experience Magellan has released an all new Personal Navigation Device (PND) that has Android running underneath. The first of the units released will be the 5430T-LM which will feature a 5 inch display that they hope will offer the same touch screen controls as a mobile phone. If you have ever used a navigation unit before you have likely become frustrated when you pressed one thing and a different thing displayed. 

"These new models will have the advantage of the Android operating system's superior handling of navigation data and Magellan's record of proven safety and performance," commented Stig Pedersen, associate vice president of product management at Magellan. 

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4 years ago

Eyes on the Sony Core, its first entry into the wearable activity tracking space

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Alongside the announcement today of Sony's new Lifelog application was this, what Sony claims may be the tiniest gadget the company has ever produced. Known simply as Core, the diminutive dongle sits at the heart of Sony's first foray into the wearable technology space, and will be available with a companion wristband, or Smartband as Sony labels it.

Beyond the regular – and honestly, pretty boring looking – plain bands that come from Sony, some more fashionable options are being dreamt up through various partners for the project. After all, you're expected to wear this all day, why shouldn't it match your outfit? 

The Core itself will be installable in various types of wearable accessory, and beyond just tracking things like fitness and sleep, with the companion Lifelog app the Core will keep track of your entertainment and social activities too. Making every day a little more fun, as Sony says. 

The Core and the wristband are scheduled to go on sale this spring, but we were told in the press conference to expect more in Barcelona next month at Mobile World Congress. So lots to look forward to after CES already. Head on past the break for a few more snaps of Sony's new wearable. 

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4 years ago

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact hands-on

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Sony's flagship gets miniaturized into a new, smaller form factor while keeping its high-end specs

Following months of teasing, rumors and leaks, Sony today unveiled the Xperia Z1 Compact at its CES 2014 press conference. As expected, the Z1 Compact makes waves by maintaining the same high-end internals found in its larger brethren, the 5-inch Xperia Z1; essentially it's a version of the Z1 f, which recently launched in Japan, for global markets.

While other manufacturers' "mini" smartphones tend to sacrifice hardware muscle in order to pack everything into a smaller, it's impressive that Sony has managed to cram the same internals into a smaller body. The only real downgrades are the screen and battery — both understandable due to the size constraints of this 4.3-incher. You'll get a 720p panel on the Z1 Compact versus 1080p on the regular Z1, and a 2300mAh battery instead of 3000mAh.

Elsewhere you'll find a familiar set of specs — a 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2GB of RAM and Sony's excellent 20.7-megapixel Exmor RS sensor that works so well on the Z1. The software, too, is essentially identical to that of the Z1 and Z1s — Android 4.3 Jelly Bean topped off with Sony's customizations, including integration with the company's content ecosystems. That means you've got Video Unlimited and Music Unlimited built into the movies and Walkman apps.

The Z1 Compact is also a bit more colorful than Sony's other handsets — in addition to the standard black and white, you also get bright lime and pink color options, which keep the black trim around the display, but sport vivid tones on the outer trim and back panel.

Head on past the break for more photos and hands-on video.

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4 years ago

First look at the T-Mobile Sony Xperia Z1s

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Sony just got done with its CES 2014 press conference leaving us with plenty to talk about. One such discussion point is this, the brand new Xperia Z1s, exclusive to T-Mobile. We've had chance to take a quick first look at the new arrival, and on the whole it's a lot like the current Xperia Z1 that we're familiar with.

The first difference between the two is the weight; the Z1s is lighter than the Z1, and it's a little more plasticky in construction compared to its sibling. The design remains largely the same, with the same power button on the side, magnetic charging dock connectors and SIM slot. Cosmetically they're virtually identical then, with only the headphone jack being noticeably different in location on the Z1s. 

Of course, one of the improvements T-Mobile customers can enjoy over the Z1 is the bumped 32GB of internal storage. Inside the Z1s runs a 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800, has 2GB of RAM, and a 20.7MP G-Lens camera just as on the Z1, and we're coming out of the box now with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.. Oh, and you get a little T-Mobile logo on the rear. 

And that's about it. It's a lot like the Xperia Z1, but a little different in a few areas. For a quick video run through and a few more snaps, head on past the break.

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4 years ago

OnePlus reveals official partnership with CyanogenMod

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Tech startup looks to CyanogenMod to power their device

OnePlus, a new technology startup, has just announced they will be partnering CyanogenMod to bring the best custom Android experience to their devices. The OnePlus One will be the first device from OnePlus to launch running a specifically customized version of CyanogenMod that will take advantage of all the devices features.

With OnePlus' vision of creating devices that feature premium and sleek designs along with high end performance, and CyanogenMod's ability to release an amazing user experience the two companies are extremely excited for this device.

“What’s coming is one of the most popular mobile operating systems specifically developed for the best hardware, with a unique twist,” said Lau. “The smartphone industry is ripe for disruption, and 2014 should prove to be a huge year for the future of the market.”

As of right now both OnePlus and CyanogenMod are hoping to release the device in the first half of 2014 in select markets, with global availability to follow. Unfortunately there is no information at this time on pricing or any specific specs about the device hardware but we hope to find out more soon.

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4 years ago

Sony announces Lifelog application for Android

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From capturing to recommending Sony wants to inspire you

Sony has just announced their new and innovative way to keep track of your life through your device with the Lifelog application. With various applications available to capture your movements, achievements, and images from throughout the day the issue is that none of them do it all in one place. Sony hopes to change this by allowing you to capture your physical, social, and internet activities all in one location.

This information is great to have to look over, but Sony is actually going to take it one step further. Sony will be using the information that is captured by the application to help inspire you. Sorting through the information Sony will be able to help inspire you with ideas and recommendations of what to do in the future, based on what you have already done.

Working with partners for hardware and software Sony hopes that they are able to inspire your future through the data that they help collect for you.

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