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3 years ago

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact now available on O2 for £480

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But don't expect a charger with it

UK carrier O2 is has now begun selling the new Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, with the great news of availability of all 4 colors. It's a pricey little number though, costing you £479.99 on a pay-as-you-go agreement. On contract pricing however can have you leaving the store with a free phone, with the O2 Refresh tariffs for it starting from £37 a month. But don't expect a charger in the box. As O2 has done with past devices, it has decided you probably already have a USB power adaptor at home, so you don't get another one. You can still buy one at a 'discounted rate' though. 

The Xperia Z1 Compact is an exciting device, mainly because of its size. With a 4.3-inch 720p display and 2300mAh battery the only differences between this and the regular Z1, Sony has achieved what many of us have wanted for so long; a high end smartphone in a smaller frame. If O2 is your carrier, and this is the one for you, hit the source link below to order. 

More: Sony Xperia Z1 Compact hands-on

Source: O2

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3 years ago

Samsung could introduce 'Life Times' app in future phones

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Could a BlinkFeed-like diary app be coming to the Galaxy S5?

In last year's Galaxy Note 3 and Note 10.1, Samsung introduced a Flipboard-based "My Magazine" feature into its Android home screen launcher, allowing users to view social updates, news, photos and other stuff in a grid arrangement. Now there's evidence that this feature may evolve further in 2014, as SamMobile has tracked down a Samsung "Life Times" app in pre-release firmware for a phone with the model number SM-G900H — believed to be a variant of the company's upcoming Galaxy S5.

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3 years ago

AT&T HTC One X Android 4.2 + Sense 5.0 update now rolling out

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A quick heads up for all you HTC One X owners on AT&T — as expected, the phone has started receiving its update to Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and HTC Sense 5.0. It's a big update for the One X, bringing a whole new user interface similar to that of the current HTC One family. Aside from general UI overhaul there's the new Sense home screen with HTC BlinkFeed, an updated Gallery and Camera UI, and automatic video highlights.

HTC's got a full breakdown of which Sense 5 features you will and won't get on the One X — and the One X+, which has already been updated — over on its update site.

Source: Android Central forums; More: HTC UpdatesThanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Get a UK SIM-free Moto X at launch for £330

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If you look in the right place, you'll save £50 on the RRP

The UK launch of the Moto X left us disappointed with one key feature of the phone; its price. Moto announced the arrival of its current range topper with a pretty hefty price tag of £380, made worse by the current price of its American equivalent. This week the Moto X finally goes on sale across the UK, and if you know where to look you can pick one up for £50 less than that £380 RRP. 

Online retailers Expansys and Clove Technology are both offering the 16GB Moto X – in black only, white is exclusive to Phones 4U – for £330. Handtec is offering a very slight reduction on this, with a Moto X there costing you £328.80. All prices are inclusive of VAT. Clove is expecting stock from January 30, Expansys within three days at the time of writing, and Handtec is still taking pre-orders. 

So, while it's still maybe more than we'd have been hoping to pay for a 6-month old phone at this point, there are at least a few options to save yourselves a bit of cash on an outright purchase at launch. With Moto's recent – and fairly frequent – deals on the Moto X stateside, it'd be nice to see a similar promotion hit the UK at some point soon. 

More: Moto X Review, First look at the European Moto X

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia Z1, three months on

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After three months and a succession of software updates, what do we really think of Sony’s Xperia Z1?

The past year has been a pivotal one for Sony Mobile. After meandering through 2012 with a less than memorable product lineup, Sony introduced some of its strongest devices in 2013, along with a revamped design language. Among these was the company’s most impressive phone to date, the Xperia Z1, announced at the IFA conference in Berlin September and released shortly afterwards. The Z1 wasn’t a revolutionary change compared to the Xperia Z, Sony’s early-2013 standard-bearer, but it finally nailed a few important areas of the smartphone experience — specifically performance, battery life and camera.

I’ve been using the Z1 regularly over the past three months, and I’ve found that over the course of three successive software updates it’s become an even better phone than it was at launch. That said, some bugbears remain, and unfortunately many of them are longstanding issues common to Sony’s Xperia lineup.

Join us after the break for our long-term thoughts on the Sony Xperia Z1.

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3 years ago

Rose Gold Samsung Galaxy Note 3 now available on Verizon

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$249.99 on contract, $649.99 without one, available for a 'limited time only'

Having been leaked and previously pictured, the Rose Gold version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is now available from Verizon. Well, available but currently backordered, and will ship on January 30. To snag one of these which Verizon says will be available for a 'limited time only' you'll need to drop $249.99 on a two-year contract, or $649.99 without a contract on the month-to-month basis. 

The Rose Gold Galaxy Note 3 is essentially the same as the white version, but with a bronze tinged trim around the outside of the phone, the home button, and the top of the S-Pen. If this is the phone for you, hit up the source link below to get your order in, and if you're thinking of switching from another carrier, be sure to check out the Verizon coverage maps before pulling the trigger. 

Source: Verizon

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3 years ago

UK Moto X available at Phones4u from today

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Prices start at £379.95 on PAYG or £25 per month on 3G contract

Phones4u has announced that it's the first UK retailer to offer Motorola's Moto X for sale. The company says it's now offering Motorola's flagship handset on contract, pay as you go and SIM-free, both in-store and online. If you're looking to pick up a Moto X today you'll pay from £25 per month on 3G contracts or £29.99 on 4G. P4u's SIM-free price is £389.95, dropping to £379.95 if you buy on PAYG. And as previously announced, the retailer also has exclusivity over the white Moto X for the first three months of it's availability.

Phones4u's launch comes a few days ahead of the officially-announced Moto X UK street date of Feb. 1.

More: First look at the European Moto X in London, Moto X review

Source: Phones4u

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3 years ago

Leaked images claim to show LG's new G Pro 2

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Slim, rounded design with buttons on the back

We know that the LG G Pro 2, the company's big-screened follow-up to last year's Optimus G Pro, is coming next month, but for the moment that's about all the official info we have on the device. So today it's interesting to note the appearance of a couple of leaked images claiming to show the back and sides of LG's next oversized handset.

Korean site DC Inside has published two shots purportedly showing the upcoming device, and it appears LG's sticking with the G2's design language for its next big thing. The photos show G2-style back-mounted buttons, along with a camera and LED flash, and a similarly curved design. It seems loudspeaker has moved from the bottom trim, and now lives on the back panel. Besides these obvious details, it appears we're looking at a slim, curved chassis similar to that of recent LG high-enders.

Rumored G Pro 2 specs include a 6-inch Full HD display, 3GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 800 processor, though today's leak gives us no further info on the device's internals — or its software, which is said to be based on Android 4.4 KitKat. But with Mobile World Congress just a few weeks away, hopefully we won't have to wait long to learn more. Check past the break for one more photo.

Source: DC Inside; via: Engadget

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3 years ago

Canadian Moto Xs getting Android 4.4.2 update

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Moto X on Rogers and Fido in Canada getting KitKat, along with the Moto G on Boost Mobile

Motorola has announced that Canadian Moto X owners are next in line for a taste of KitKat, with Android 4.4.2 now rolling out to handsets on Rogers and Fido in the country. In a blog post today, Motorola VP Punit Soni says the Canadian phones are the first Moto Xs to get the bump up to 4.4.2 — existing Moto X KitKat builds are based on Android 4.4, remember. Though we've also heard isolated reports of some Sprint Moto X devices getting that same update in recent days.

In related news the Moto G on Boost Mobile is also being updated to Android 4.4.2, according to Motorola. And later this week the Moto X is due to launch in the UK, also running Android 4.4.2 out of the box.

Source: Motorola; via: Android Central forums

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3 years ago

LG launches QSlide SDK to bring floating windows to third-party apps

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LG has announced the release of its QSlide SDK in an effort to bring more windowed applications to its Android phones. QSlide is LG's framework for miniature windowed apps, found on the G2 and other current LG phones. Similar to Samsung's Pen Window, QSlide apps can be used in the foreground while other fullscreen apps are running in the background.

Today's SDK launch makes it possible for third-party developers to bring this functionality to their own apps. SDK features include switching between floating and fullscreen mode, adjusting window transparency levels, customizing the appearance of the window and adding a quick launch icon to the QSlide tray in the notification shade. Interested developers can pick the QSlide SDK from LG's developer site, or through the Android SDK Manager. LG's also got documentation available as a guide for developers.

You'll find more info and download links at developer.lge.com, or alternatively hit the link below for a general walkthrough of QSlide on the LG G2.

More: QSlide apps on the LG G2

Source: LG Developer

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo arrives in the Netherlands

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Entry-level 5-inch handset for €260

Last year's Samsung Galaxy Grand sought to bring users a big-screen Android experience without a similarly large price tag. Now it seems we have a successor for 2014 — the Galaxy Grand Neo, a 5.01-incher with a WVGA display, quad-core CPU and HSPA+ (21Mbps) data speeds. The Grand Neo sports a traditional plastic-backed Samsung design with silver trim, along with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and Samsung's TouchWix UI. There's also 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage (expandable via microSD), an 5-megapixel camera and 2100mAh battery. Not the specciest of specs for sure, but we're looking at an entry-level product here.

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3 years ago

Android 4.4.2 rollout for HTC One begins in parts of Europe

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308MB update brings HTC's 2013 flagship up to the latest version of Android

HTC said it'd deliver Android 4.4 KitKat to European HTC Ones by the end of January, and it seems the manufacturer's about to make good on its promise. An update to software version 4.19.401.8, weighing in at 308.24 megabytes, has started hitting HTC One handsets in parts of Europe — including unlocked devices from the Nordic region, typically among the first with new software updates. If past rollouts are any indication, more regions should follow in the days and weeks ahead, so hold tight if you're not seeing the OTA on your phone just yet,

In addition to Android 4.4.2, (and unspecified security enhancements) the update adds cloud printing service and Bluetooth profiles — both parts of KitKat we've seen on other handsets — while killing support for Adobe Flash in the stock HTC web browser. The latter has been a long time coming — Flash on Android hasn't been officially supported since mid-2012.

Besides that it's business as usual on HTC Sense 5.5, with one minor cosmetic change. The battery icon is now white-on-white, like stock KitKat, rather than colored as it was on Jelly Bean. (We've got pics after the break.)

Meanwhile the KitKat update for U.S. carrier-branded HTC Ones recently entered certification, a sure sign that it's on its way too. 

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3 years ago

T-Mobile's LG G Flex lands Feb. 5

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T-Mobile today announced that its LG G Flex will be available Feb. 5. It'll be free up-front if you agree to pay $28 a month for 24 months, or you can purchase it outright for $672. In addition, T-Mobile is throwing in six months of free Netflix streaming.

The G Flex features a 6-inch curved OLED HD display, a 13-megapixel camera and a 3,500 mAh battery. It's powered by a Snapdragon 800 processor. Be sure to check out our LG G Flex preview.

For those who are looking for something a little on the lower end of things, the LG Optimus F3Q also lands Feb. 5. It's a 4-inch device with a 5-megapixel camera and a slider QWERTY keyboard, and it runs $13 a month over 24 months.

More: LG G Flex at T-Mobile

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3 years ago

Sony's noisy Xperia E1 gets a price in the UK

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A 100db speaker for £134.99 on Sony's latest budget offering

Just after CES and the Xperia Z1s, Sony dropped word of a couple of more budget oriented devices, including the Xperia E1. This 4-inch Android smartphone has a party piece around back, and has been priced – without a firm release date – for the UK by online retailer Clove Technology at £134.99. Music seems to be the focus with the Xperia E1, with that pretty insane sounding 100db speaker around back, and a dedicated Walkman button. 

The budget smartphone space has been getting pretty hot of late. With Nokia releasing low priced Lumia devices, and the current king the Moto G, folks who want to spend less are getting more bang for their buck than ever before. The E1 doesn't match the Moto G on outright hardware and software, with a Snapdragon 200, a 480x800 resolution display and Android 4.3, but Sony is offering its own unique taste on a low-cost phone.  Current estimates on UK availability suggest April, and you can pre-order a SIM free version at the source link below.

Source: Clove

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3 years ago

Red Nexus 5s on Twitter look legit

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If you're dying for a red Nexus 5, it looks like they're well on their way. We (and just about everyone else) just got pinged by @artyomstar on Twitter, who offered up a couple pics. Note the colors listed on the boxes as well.

The follows up another one that leaked last week, though that image was pretty rough.

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