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3 years ago

First HTC M8 photo shows dual rear cameras

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Leaked image reveals design similar to last year's HTC One

Rumors have been circulating for some time surrounding HTC's next flagship phone, the successor to the almost year-old HTC One, however until now we've yet to see anything concrete of the hardware of the purported "HTC M8." Today we're getting what's very likely our first look at HTC's next flagship phone, courtesy of an image posted on Twitter by Russian site HTCFamily.ru. The shot above shows a design very similar to last year's HTC One, the M7, with a one major, intriguing difference — dual rear-facing cameras.

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3 years ago

Nexus 5 now available in red

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New color option launches on Google Play

After a flurry of recent online leaks the Nexus 5 is now available in "bright red" through the Google Play devices store.

The new color has launched on the Google Play Store at the same price point as the black and white versions — $349/£299 for 16GB, rising to $399/£339 for 32GB. The new colored Nexuses look set to ship in the next 1-2 days.

On the retailer side, British outlet Carphone Warehouse will have exclusivity over the new color option in the UK, with the device going on sale tomorrow at 6 a.m. Carphone's website has reduced its SIM-free Nexus 5 price to match the Google Play store, too.

LG says the new color will be available from this month in the U.S., Canada, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Australia, Hong Kong, India, Japan and Korea," with broader European availability by the end of the month.

Hit up the Play Store link above to buy, then drop by the comments and let us know if you're picking up a new red Nexus!

More: Nexus 5 review; Nexus 5, two months on

More: LG blog; Thanks Kris!

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3 years ago

Sony calls it a day with software updates for a host of older devices

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It's the end of the road, but not totally unexpected

In not totally un-expected news, Sony has announced that a bunch of its older – read mostly 2012 – devices won't be getting any more software updates. It's a pretty hefty list, but all things have a shelf life. As it stands the Xperia Arc S, Xperia S, Xperia SL, Xperia Ion, Xperia Acro S, Xperia Go, Xperia P, Xperia J, Xperia Miro, Xperia Sola, Xperia Tipo and Xperia U are done. 

If you're still holding on to one of these devices then it's sure to be a bit of a blow. But phones coming up on two-years old and with Snapdragon S3 chips inside were always going to reach this day sooner or later. Some, like the Xperia S, made it to Jelly Bean having launched on Gingerbread, which isn't a bad run all told.

More: Solving the impossible problem of Android updates

via Xperia Blog

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3 years ago

LG G Flex now available online from AT&T, shipping tomorrow

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After a little over a week of pre-orders, AT&T's LG G Flex is available to buy online, with orders placed today due to ship tomorrow, Feb. 5. For the uninitiated, the G Flex is LG's curvy, bendable phone with a 6-inch screen and funky back-mounted buttons. Full price is a whopping $694.99, or $299.99 on a two-year plan; on AT&T's "Next" installment plan you'll pay $34.75 per month over 20 months, or $26.73 over 26 months.

Meanwhile, pre-orders placed over the past week or so should start shipping today. Next up is T-Mobile's G Flex, which arrives tomorrow.

Source: AT&T

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3 years ago

BLU Life One X hands-on and impressions

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Great specs and price, but the performance falls short

BLU is working hard to make a place for itself in the affordable unlocked phone market, and one of its latest offerings is the Life One X. Although it may not be a name that immediately comes to mind when thinking about major Android device manufacturers, Miami-based BLU offers a good range of compelling devices that can appeal to the right person who puts cost high on their list of necessities when buying a phone.

The Life One X (yes, exactly the same as the HTC One X) brings a pretty incredible set of specs to the table along with nearly-stock Android 4.2 and support for dual SIM cards for a mere $279 unlocked. And just like other recent BLU products, it wraps it up in a solid but uninspiring design that'll get the job done but won't win any design awards. But again, the phone is $279. Hit the break to see a bit more of what the BLU Life One X has to offer and what we think of the device overall.

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3 years ago

Leaked S Health app showcases new, flatter Samsung UI

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Health app UI hints at software design changes for the Galaxy S5

Samsung's next smartphone UI may be flatter, with a focus on lighter fonts and brighter colors, if leaked screenshots of the next version of its fitness app prove accurate. SamMobile, the outlet that released leaked shots of the "Life Times" app last week, has today released a couple dozen images of what it says is the next version of the S Health app.

Like the existing version, the new S Health seems to be able to track your calorie intake, step count and heart rate. And the screenshots show a section for connected accessories too, including scales, treadmills and exercise bikes. There's also a new screen for running, allowing you to view location and workout data alongside whatever music is currently playing. The "audio guide" option suggests some kind of automatic verbal feedback, too.

But perhaps more interesting are the visual changes in the app. The new S Health uses a white-on-green color palette with larger, lighter fonts, flatter icons and attention to Android's design guidelines. Specifically, today's shots show use of slide-out "hamburger" menu bars and overflow action menus at the top of the screen. All in all, it appears closer to Google's vision of Android than the TouchWiz of old.

The new look for S Health ties in with what we've already seen from a couple of previous leaks, so it's looking more and more likely that an overhaul of Samsung's UI is coming with the company's next flagship phone. We'd take any and all leaks with a pinch of salt, however, until we have the finished device in our hands.

Source: SamMobile

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3 years ago

Canadian HTC One receiving Android 4.4.2 update

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KitKat update reportedly rolling out on Rogers, TELUS, Bell, Virgin, SaskTel, Wind

HTC One owners in the U.S. might have another week or two to wait for their KitKat update, but it seems there's no such delay for their northern neighbors. MobileSyrup reports that an update weighing a little under 600MB is rolling out now to Canadian HTC Ones on Rogers, TELUS, Bell, Virgin, SaskTel and Wind, bringing devices up to Android 4.4.2 KitKat and HTC Sense 5.5

If you've got an HTC One in Canada, now's the time to head to Settings > About phone > Software update and check for that OTA. Earlier this week HTC America president Jason Mackenzie said the company expected to narrowly miss its self-imposed target of getting KitKat onto phones in the U.S. and Canada within 90 days of the code drop, however it seems Canada has just managed to make that deadline. HTC's updates site still shows the U.S. HTC One update as being in certification with the carriers.

Elsewhere, HTC started pushing out Android 4.4.2 to the HTC One in some European countries a few days ago.

Source: MobileSyrup

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3 years ago

Galaxy S4 + S4 Mini 'black edition' with leather-effect back coming to Russia

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Pitch black GS4s come with 100 percent less glossy plastic

Perhaps our biggest gripe with the Samsung Galaxy S4 — in hardware terms, at least — was its glossy, plasticky back cover. The S4's rear panel was a magnet for fingerprints and smudges, and just didn't feel very nice in the hand. So imagine our delight this morning to see the device above — the "black edition" Galaxy S4, sporting a soft-touch, leather-effect back like the Galaxy Note 3.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo gets official in Poland

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A Note 3, but not quite as we know it

We already know this one isn't coming to the UK, but Samsung has quietly announced the Galaxy Note 3 Neo over in Poland. To look at, it's virtually identical to the regular Galaxy Note 3 we know and love, but the display has been shrunk ever so slightly. The Neo has a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display, down from 5.7-inches on the regular Note 3, and the resolution is also down at 1280x720. 

What's inside depends on whether you're looking at the Note 3 Neo 3G or the Note 3 Neo LTE+ version.

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3 years ago

Moto X down to £299 at UK retailer after launch day price drop

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Clove selling Motorola's latest for £80 less than the standard price

When the Moto X was first announced for the UK market, many were less than thrilled at the initial launch price of £380, in light of the phone's highly competitive pricing elsewhere. But today there's good news for UK buyers wanting to pick up a Moto X without parting with quite so much cash, as one UK retailer has the device for £80-90 less than the price elsewhere.

Clove Technology, which initially listed the device at £330, has knocked its Moto X price down to £299 plus shipping today. Existing orders, Clove says, will have the £30 difference refunded, and devices will begin shipping from next Monday, Feb. 3. So if you can wait out the weekend, this would seem to be among the best deals around for picking up the Moto X in the UK. Clove's stock is of the 16GB black model — the white model is exclusive to Phones4u for now, and Motorola has previously told us that the 32GB version won't be coming to the UK.

More: Moto X review; Hands-on with the Moto X in London

Source: Clove Technology

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3 years ago

Red Nexus 5 appears slated for Feb. 4

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It looks like the red Nexus 5 may hit Google Play on Feb. 4, according to this week's internal Sprint Playbook.

The headline pretty much says it all — "2/4/14: Google Nexus 5 in red available in Google play stores." Still nothing official, of course, and things have changed before. But we did recently see the red Nexus 5 out of the box, So stay tuned.

So, who's buying?

Thanks, anon!

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra updated with white balance setting

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Other changes include improvements to Wifi, Bluetooth streaming and the stock email app 

Just a month after the Sony Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra were updated to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, there's a second 4.3-based firmware rolling out to both handsets. Sony has confirmed via Twitter that the update is rolling out in stages starting today, with "display, BT [Bluetooth] music streaming, email, Wifi improvements," among other changes. The only real difference we've noticed on our European Z1 is the addition of a "white balance" option under display settings, allowing users to tweak the color characteristics of their screens.

The update to version 14.2.A.1.136 seems to be available only through Sony's PC Companion and Mac Bridge apps at present — presumably an over-the-air rollout will kick off in the near future.

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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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