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4 years ago

Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear hitting all four major US carriers

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Specific pricing, colors and availability still under wraps

Just in case you missed it in the flurry of Samsung and Sony news today, all four major US carriers have announced officially that they will be carrying Samsung's latest phone and wearable device. Unfortunately right at the moment none of the carriers are willing to reveal specific dates or pricing information, but information provided in Samsung's announcement of the device indicate that it is slated to start hitting carriers from September 25th.

The most interesting part about this announcement is that each carrier is indicating that it will carry not only the Galaxy Note 3 but also the Galaxy Gear, indicating that the Gear will make its way to carriers as more of a regular accessory.

T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint are all offering some sort of pre-registration page for the most eager potential customers among us, but you can bet we'll be letting you know more information about pricing and availability as it comes.

More: Samsung Galaxy Note 3 hands-onHands-on with the Samsung Galaxy Gear

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4 years ago

Poetic Slimline case for the Nexus 7 (2013) review

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An affordable Nexus 7 folio case that looks as good as it protects

OK, maybe the "Official premium cover" for the new Nexus 7 (and it's premium price tag) isn't your cup of tea. But you still need something to keep things clean and scratch-free while dragging it around in your bag or bug purse. And that something needs to be well built, look good, and from a name you know. 

That's where the Poetic Slimline case comes in. It will protect your Nexus 7 well, has that look and feel you want without the big price that ASUS has listed for the more official accessory. And Poetic is a name plenty of us know.

Hit the break and see if the budget-friendly model will suit your needs.

(Note: This accessory is for the newer, 2013 Nexus 7 — not the older, 2012 Nexus 7.)

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4 years ago

Take the Talk Mobile Carriers survey for a chance to win a $100 Best Buy Gift Card!

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With carrier week of Talk Mobile done, it's time for another survey, because darnit, we love numbers here. The survey will let us pull together the numbers to put together more awesome infographics like the ones we've done for gaming and keyboards. Carriers week was full of awesome, including lots of sage and common sense advice on how to make the carriers into organizations that don't come across as so consumer-hostile.

So here is the carriers week survey - it's a few dozen questions so it shouldn't take too long. They're all multiple choice, and there's no right answer to any of them, so we don't want you to feel like you should be stressing out on whether or not you're going to pass. To sweeten the pot a bit, we're also throwing in a $100 Best Buy gift card to one lucky survey-taker. We've got your attention now, eh?

Click here to take the Talk Mobile State of Mobile Carriers Survey!

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4 years ago

Qualcomm announces the Toq smart watch

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Qualcomm is entering the wearable market with the new Toq smart watch

Update: We just found out that the device will retail for "about $300". Pre-orders start immediately, and it should enter the market in early October. Be sure to sign-up at the source link.

If the fact that the Galaxy Gear will be a Samsung device-only affair has you down, Qualcomm wants to help. They too are getting into the smart watch game and have announced the Qualcomm Toq — a wearable that has quite a bit of nice hardware features on board.

The low-power Mirasol display means no back lighting is required, and that the Toq absolutely sips the battery life. In fact, there is no power switch on the device at all. The always-on device will last days between charges, which are simple to do thanks to the built-in wireless charging in the Toq's case.

Like all smart watches, consumers will be able to manage smartphone calls, text messages, meeting reminders and various notifications from their wrist. All from any smart phone running Android 4.0.3 or higher. For developers (Qualcomm's bread and butter) the Toq app will connect to the watch, which uses the AllJoyn Notification Services Framework. This one will be a hackers dream.

Also available will be a new type of wireless Bluetooth headset that pairs with the watch, sitting outside the ear canal. The headset features individual woofers and tweeters for great sound quality. These also charge wirelessly through the Toq case.

For more information, and to sign up for all the details, visit the source link.

Source: Qualcomm

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4 years ago

Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy Gear

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The Samsung smartwatch is finally upon us

Long rumored, and frequently leaked, today the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch is finally official, and we’ve had the chance to spend some time with Samsung’s new wearable device.

First things first, if you were concerned about an overabundance of glossy plastic or a cheap-feeling design — a common criticism of some Samsung phones — don’t be. The Galaxy Gear is an attractive, well-built piece of technology that looks like a premium sports watch. The front is furnished in metal and sapphire glass, while the matte plastic body blends seamlessly into the soft-touch, rubberized strap. It’s comfortable to use and comfortable to wear.

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 hands-on

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The latest iteration of Samsung’s Note handset features new S Pen apps and a unique new back cover

When the Samsung Galaxy Note first emerged a couple of years ago, few suspected it would go on to become a cornerstone of Samsung’s Android device lineup. Yet here we are in 2013 witnessing the launch of the Galaxy Note 3, the third iteration of a highly successful device family.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 formula is a familiar one — combine a big screen with stylus input, a powerful CPU and a ton of software features. On the hardware side, the Note 3 is more or less the same size and shape as its predecessor, although it’s sporting a larger screen (5.7 inches), a larger battery (3200mAh) and a lighter weight. It’s entirely more squared-off than many recent Samsung devices, indicating a departure from the nature-inspired design language of old. If anything, the new Note resembles an old-style paper notepad — that’s mostly due to its bold new back cover design.

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4 years ago

Hands-on: Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014)

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With the new ​Galaxy Note 10.1, Samsung finally ups its tablet game

The original Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 had a storied path to release. Originally unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2012 and later redesigned, it arrived last fall to mixed reviews. Since then, Samsung has focused on mid-range tablets in the Android space, with the one major exception being the Google-backed Nexus 10.

So as the Korean manufacturer unveils a new Galaxy Note 10.1, what’s changed? Well, as it turns out, quite a lot. And the 2014 Galaxy Note, as it’s being called, is a better device for it.

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4 years ago

Samsung officially announces the Galaxy Note 3

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Coming to AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint and U.S. Cellular later this year

As expected, Samsung has in Berlin this evening at Unpacked officially introduced the Galaxy Note 3. The latest in the Note line will be available worldwide in over 140 countries beginning September 25, with an arrival on all 4 main U.S. carriers plus U.S. Cellular later on this year. Oh, and you'll be able to pick it up in black or white, or in some places even pink. Canadians will be able to find the Note 3 just about everywhere: Rogers, Bell, TELUS, and even Videotron, SaskTel, WIND, and Mobilicity. 

The Galaxy Note 3 sports a 5.7-inch Full HD 1080p Super AMOLED display, an increase on its predecessor, yet comes in slightly thinner and lighter than the Note 2 with a larger, 3200mAh battery. It's packing 3GB of RAM underneath alongside either a Snapdragon 800 or an Exynos Octa Core CPU depending on location, and whether or not you're wanting LTE. 

The real highlight of the Note 3 continues to be the S Pen, and Samsung has again incorporated a bunch of new stuff to do with it. A click of the S Pen's button while hovering over the display brings up the new Air Command menu, with 5 features including Action Memo, Scrapbook, Screen Write, S Finder and Pen Window. Multi Window now incorporates drag-and-drop, allowing you to move content between windows in just the same way you might on a regular computer. 

We've already had some quality time with the Galaxy Note 3, so be sure to check out our full first hands on with it. The official press release is right after the break. 

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4 years ago

The Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch is official

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Will only work with the Galaxy Note 3 at launch

Samsung this evening at the IFA conference in Berlin has officially taken the wraps off the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, its first real foray into the wearables game. It'll be available starting Sept. 25 alongside the Galaxy Note 3 — which for now is the only device the Gear works with.

Unlike other black-and-white e-ink smartwatches, this one's got a full color Super AMOLED touchscreen — 1.63 inches at 320 by 320. It's got a microphone and speaker for proper calls from your arm. And increasing the Dick Tracy factor is a 1.9-megapixel camera tucked into the top end of the wrist strap.

Plus, it works in conjunction with a number of applications, including eBay, Evernote, Path, Glympse, Pocket, Runkeeper and Tripit, to name but a few.

Oh, and it's a watch, available in a half-dozen colors —  Jet Black, Mocha Gray, Wild Orange, Oatmeal Beige, Rose Gold and Lime Green.

We've already gotten some quality hands-on time with the Galaxy Gear, so be sure to check that out. We've also got the official presser after the break.

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4 years ago

Samsung announces the brand new Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition)

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It's a new 10.1-inch Galaxy Note, for 2014

It isn't just all about phones and watches here in Berlin, as Samsung has just announced Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition.) An update to the previous Note 10.1, we've got a newer design that fits with what Samsung is doing on the other devices in the portfolio, and some much more pleasing hardware. It'll be available globally beginning sometime in Q3 2013. 

The display on the new Note 10.1 is a WQXGA Super Clear LCD at 2560x1600 resolution. As with the Galaxy Note 3, there's a pair of different CPU's on offer, with the 3G and WiFi only versions carrying an Exynos Octa Core, and the LTE version packs a Snapdragon 800. Both carry the same 3GB of RAM that the phone has, too. 

Of course, the Note line is all about the S Pen, and the Note 10.1 shares a bunch of the new pen related features that the Note 3 has been introduced with. 

The Note 10.1 will come with 16, 32 or 64GB of on-board storage, all expandable via microSD card. Color wise you can have any color you want, so long as it's white or black. We've had some time with the Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) already, so be sure to check out our full hands on. The official press release can be found after the break.

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4 years ago

ASUS announces New Fonepads, Transformer Pad 701,Transformer Book and new MeMO pads

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ASUS has something for everyone in their upcoming product line

ASUS has just announced six new Android-based products, and there's something here for everyone. With new Fonepads, MeMO pad budget tablets, a hot new Transformer and the new Transformer Book Win 8/Android convertible, there's a lot to cover in this small space. 

There's no official word on pricing or availability on any of these just yet, but when we get more information you'll find it right here on the blog.

We've got it broken down, and the handful of press pictures for everyone to look through after the break.

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4 years ago

Sony Xperia Z1 coming to Phones4U UK in late September

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Pre-orders eligible for free wireless speaker and other gifts

Sony has just taken the wraps off of its latest high-end device, the Xperia Z1, and Phones4U in the UK has already announced that it will have the phone along with some special promotions. The UK phone retailer has the Xperia Z1 available in both white and black up for pre-order, with plans from EE, Vodafone and Orange all ready to go. Prices range from free and £42 per month up to £79 and £33 per month, depending on the plan.

If you choose to pull the trigger on a pre-order from Phones4U, you'll not only pick up a free wireless speaker (£120 value), but also a free Sony Smartwatch 2 (£170 value) or £200 off a Sony Xperia Tablet Z. That's a pretty crazy deal if you decide to pick one of these up early.

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4 years ago

Sony announces Cyber-shot QX100 and QX10 camera accessories for smartphones

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Availability set for later this month in-store and online for $250 and $500

Sony took the stage here at IFA in Berlin to unveil its latest products that span the gap between its smart phone and camera divisions — the Cyber-shot QX100 and QX10 "lens-style cameras". We've all seen the grouping of leaks that have revealed many of the details of these devices, but now we have the cold hard facts.

The QX100 and QX10 are effectively complete point-and-shoot cameras without the actual camera body attached, stuffing all of the functions of a camera into a standard-sized lens assembly. The lens-style cameras pair to any smart phone over NFC (or manually if necessary) and connect over Wifi, turning your phone into a viewfinder and control mechanism for the camera. Pictures taken when paired with a phone are saved to both the camera and the phone, and can be instantly shared as if they were taken with the phone itself.

The QX100 packs the same 20.2MP Exmor R CMOS sensor as Sony's latest RX100M2 camera, along with Carl Zeiss optics and 3.6x optical zoom. The larger size affords it the room to have a dedicated control ring to manipulate manual focus and zoom if you choose. It will offer a variety of shooting modes, from superior and intelligent auto up to aperture priority for more advanced shooters

The lower-end QX10 has a smaller 18.2MP Exmor R CMOS sensor, but has the added bonus of 10x optical zoom instead and can be had in either black or white colors. Naturally the QX10 has fewer shooting modes than the QX100, but has an overall smaller size at just 2.5” x 2.5” x 1.3”. Helping keep photos as crisp as possible is integrated SteadyShot optical image stabilization as well.

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4 years ago

Sony officially announces the Xperia Z1 at IFA 2013

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Brand new camera experience while retaining waterproof design

We're live in Berlin with Sony at its IFA 2013 press conference, and the wraps have just been pulled officially off the new Xperia Z1. As leaks have already indicated leading up to the event, the Xperia Z1 looks to be the Japanese manufacturers late 2013 flagship Android smartphone.

The Xperia Z1 is completely waterproof, sports a massive 20.7MP camera with improved 3x lossless digital zoom and several new camera software improvements. We're looking at a 1080p "Triluminous" display on front and the latest internals backing it up inside.

We now have the full press release and a few more images after the break. We'll be going hands on with the Xperia Z1 a little later, but in the meantime keep it locked to Android Central for continuing coverage of Sony's announcements from Berlin. 

More: Sony Xperia Z1 ForumFollow the Sony Live at IFA liveblog

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4 years ago

Moto X now available on US Cellular for $199

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The Moto X (read our review) is now available on US Cellular. If you're interested in the US Cellular version, you can order it online for $199 (with a new 2 year agreement) after a rebate; it will also be available in stores on Friday, September 6th. You can currently get the Moto X in two colors: Woven White and Woven Black. 

If you have already pre-ordered it, don't worry, they have started to ship, so you should receive yours soon. 

This is great news for all of you on US Cellular who have been patiently waiting for the Moto X or for those who have been considering switching to the carrier. US Cellular is also offering a $75 switcher bonus for those switching from other providers. 

Who's getting one?

Source: US Cellular

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