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3 years ago

Huawei Ascend P6 down to £199 in the UK

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Carphone Warehouse cuts SIM-free price by £80

With the arrival of phones like the Moto G and Nexus 5, pricing in the mid to high-end Android smartphone space has become more competitive than ever. Now we're starting to see other handsets creep down in price to meet this new challenge. UK retailer Carphone Warehouse has dropped the price of one such contender, the Huawei Ascend P6, to £199.95 off-contract, down £80 from its previous price.

Though it lacks LTE connectivity the Ascend P6 is a solid mid-range Android phone with a good-looking screen and decent build quality, including an aluminum-framed design. But we're less enamored by Huawei's software design and performance. Here's what our own Andrew Martonik had to say about the P6 in his review —

In terms of physical design and manufacturing prowess, Huawei has a winner on its hands with the Ascend P6. It has managed to take a well-made and good-looking body that is impossibly thin, fill it with some high-end components and cap it off with a really great screen. 

But none of that matters when you turn on the device and the software stutters and skips through even general app usage, and crumbles when you try to play games or record 1080p video. If the software performance was better we may even be able to look past the interface customizations that Huawei has included on the Ascend P6.

Still want to take the plunge? You'll find more details at the source link.

Source: Carphone Warehouse; via: Eurodroid

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3 years ago

T-Mobile's Moto X getting Android 4.4 KitKat today

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First Verizon, now T-Mobile for Android 4.4 on the Moto X. And remember that AT&T's about to get its soak test on.

We've got the full changelog after the break.

Oh, and Jerry sends word that the developer version of the Moto X is also getting its update right now.

Source: Motorola

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3 years ago

MetroPCS announces Samsung Galaxy Mega, available Nov. 25

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6.3-incher will go for $349 with instant rebate, says carrier

MetroPCS has announced that it'll carry the 6.3-inch Samsung Galaxy Mega from next Monday, Nov. 25. The Mega is the largest Samsung smartphone that can reasonably still be called a phone, with a 6.3-inch, 720p LCD display. Powering the device are Galaxy S4 Mini-class internals — a 1.7GHz dual-core CPU, 1.5GB of RAM and an 8-megapixel rear camera. There's also a sizeable 3200mAh removable battery to keep things running. On the software side you're looking at Android 4.2.2 and Samsung's current TouchWiz UI and software suite.

Here's what we had to say about the Galaxy Mega in our full review of the international version —

"The Galaxy Mega isn’t for everyone. And unless you have very specific needs, and (literally) deep pockets, you probably won’t be able to use this 6.3-incher as your primary smartphone.  Yet we've found our time with the Mega surprisingly enjoyable, and somehow we've come away convinced that there is indeed a place in the Android world for this kind of device."

The regular price for the Samsung Galaxy Mega on MetroPCS will be $399, but new customers will get an instant rebate of $50, bringing it down to $349 plus tax.

Today also sees MetroPCS expanding into fifteen new markets today, expanding its reach to 45 markets.

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3 years ago

Verizon launches Samsung Galaxy S3 + S4 Minis

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New Verizon home buttons now available

If you want a pint-sized Samsung phone with a full-sized carrier logo on the home key, Verizon Wireless has launched two new devices that may pique your interest. As foretold, the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini and Galaxy S4 Mini are available today from Verizon, both packing Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and Samsung's latest software tricks. The S3 Mini, originally released in the UK over a year ago, is a tough sell in late 2013, particularly at Verizon's asking price of $49.99 on a two-year plan, $10.56 per month on Verizon Edge or $249.99 outright. The more up-to-date S4 Mini will set you back $99.99 on a two-year agreement, $16.81 per month on Edge or $399.99 in full.

Even then you've got some fairly obnoxious carrier branding to deal with, though maybe some enterprising individuals will offer stickers to mask the logo, as they did for the Verizon Galaxy Note 2.

More: Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini review

Source: Verizon (S3 Mini), (S4 Mini); via: Phonescoop

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3 years ago

Verizon now selling the HTC One Max for $299

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With exactly zero fanfare, Verizon today has begun selling the HTC One Max. It'll cost you $299 on contract, or $25.22 a month with the Verizon Edge plan. Outright, you'll be paying $599.

The HTC One Max is a large — 5.9-inch display, but the phone itself is a bit bigger than that thanks to the front-facing speakers — version of the HTC One, with the new Sense 5.5 software and a fingerprint sensor on the back for unlocking. You can open up the back to get to the SIM card and (yes!) the microSD card slot.

Here's how our own Alex Dobie put things in his official HTC One Max review:

So the One Max is more than a big HTC One, but also a lesser phone than the HTC One. If you’re after the full HTC experience on a larger display, well, for the most part, this is that device. And right now it's the closest you're going to get to an HTC tablet. But for most buyers the smaller, better-looking HTC One, or the higher-end and more manageable Galaxy Note 3 will be better options.

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3 years ago

AT&T Galaxy S3 receiving its Android 4.3 update, too

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Yet another Galaxy S3 gets the bump to the latest Jelly Bean

Not to be left out in the cold for too long, AT&T has started pushing out the Android 4.3 update for its own Galaxy S3. Falling in line behind the international version, U.S. Cellular version and T-Mobile version, AT&T's update brings a whole host of new goodies, not the least of which is support for Samsung's latest accessory the Galaxy Gear.

There's already a good bit of discussion on the good and bad of the update in the forums, so if you've already pulled down the update hop in with the other members and get the discussion going.

More: AT&T Galaxy S3 Forums

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Sprint's Samsung Galaxy Note 2 getting Android 4.3, Galaxy Gear support

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A heads up for you folks rocking the Sprint Samsung Galaxy Note 2 — a software update is headed your way. Sprint has posted the changelog for version PAMK4, which brings Android 4.3 Jelly Bean to the device.

In addition, you'll also be getting improvements for HD voice, Samsung KNOX, and compatibility for the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch.

Sprint notes that it'll be a staggered rollout, so you might not get it first thing. (And with the way updates have been going lately, that's not necessarily a bad thing.)

Source: Sprint; More: Sprint Galaxy Note 2 forums

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3 years ago

Moto G versus Nokia Lumia 625

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Nokia stands tall in the budget smartphone space right now, so how does the Moto G stack up?

The budget smartphone space is an interesting place right now, and Motorola just made a big splash with the launch of the Moto G. It's a different take on the concept of a cheaper Android phone, where low cost doesn't equate to a sub-par experience. It currently stands pretty much alone in the Android space at the around £135-160, but it doesn't mean it's the only option. 

Nokia, once the juggernaut of the mobile phone world, now stands pretty tall in the budget category with some of their Windows Phone 8 devices. Hardware aside, the experience is largely the same on the cheaper phones as it is on the top-of-the-line offerings like the Lumia 1020. So, how does the Moto G stack up in a face off with one of these? We've got the Lumia 625, currently available in the UK for £150, and we're putting it up against Moto's baby. 

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3 years ago

HTC reveals more KitKat update details

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HTC One on track to get Android 4.4 in the UK and US by end of January, Droid DNA by end of Q1

HTC has shown remarkable transparency in recent months in letting users know exactly when they can expect Android OS updates for their phones. A couple of weeks back HTC America President Jason Mackenzie revealed the company's 90-day strategy for getting KitKat onto carrier-branded handsets by the end of January, and onto unlocked/developer editions within 30 days.

Now the manufacturer has revealed a little more information update timings through its official Twitter accounts, including additional details on Android 4.3 updates and the upgrade path for Droid DNA owners. First up, HTC UK reaffirmed its commitment to begin its Android 4.4/Sense 5.5 update process by late January. (British HTC One owners started receiving their update to Android 4.3 and Sense 5.5 in the past month.)

HTC USA also addressed the question of Android 4.3 and 4.4 updates for the Verizon HTC One, which yesterday received a small update to its existing 4.2-based firmware. HTC describes this as a "compatibility update," to be followed by a 4.3 OTA in December. The delay to the Android 4.3 rollout on Verizon won't affect the planned 4.4 launch on the carrier in late January, HTC's message added. There's good news for Droid DNA owners too, as HTC says it plans to update the handset to KitKat by the end of Q1 2014, "pending certification from your carrier."

Meanwhile there's no sign of the Android 4.4 update for the Google Play edition HTC One, which HTC said it had delivered to Google late last week.

Source: @HTCUSA, @HTC_UK

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3 years ago

Verizon's HTC One has a system update today, too

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Small update to software version 1.10.605.10 has an equally small change log

Today is update day it seems, and we would be remiss if we didn't also mention today's 34MB firmware OTA update for Verizon's HTC One. You should be able to check for and initiate the OTA process through the settings on your phone, and after things get finished and you reboot fully you'll be on software version 1.10.605.10.

What's new you ask? We're glad you did. Your new update has enabled ISIS Mobile Wallet support

Huzzah!

Discuss in the HTC One forums.

Source: Verizon. Via: Android Central forums

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3 years ago

T-Mobile Galaxy S3 getting Android 4.3 update today

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486MB update brings Android 4.3 and Galaxy Gear support to original T-Mobile Galaxy S3

The Android 4.3 update may be up in the air for some models, but users with the original (T999) Samsung Galaxy S3 from T-Mobile have the new firmware ready for installation OTA or via Samsung Kies.

Right off the bat — this is for the older version that isn't LTE capable. T-Mobile has no word on when to expect any updates for the LTE version. We think this means something, but we're not going to guess what. Here's your quick and dirty change log:

Version:

  • Android version 4.3/Software version T999TUVUEMJC
  • Approved 11/19/2013
  • OTA manual pull down and Samsung Kies update available

New Features:

  • KNOX
  • Samsung Galaxy Gear support

Prerequisites

  • T999UVDMD5
  • Device software is not rooted
  • 50% battery life
  • Latest version of Kies software downloaded on PC or MAC
  • Data connection
  • File size of update is 486 MB

Check your device settings, or plug into Kies if you're daring, and give it a click!

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3 years ago

Nexus 5 QuickCover, Bumper Cases and Wireless Charger now in stock!

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Google now has the three main Nexus 5 accessories in stock — that includes the bumper cases, QuickCover and wireless charger — available for purchase.

First, the links:

  • Nexus 5 Quick Cover (white or black) for $49.99
  • Nexus 5 Bumper Case (yellow or red) $34.99
  • Nexus Wireless Charger (Works with Nexus 4, Nexus 5 and Nexus 7) for $49.99 — U.S. and Canada only, apparently.

We've yet to get a good look at the QuickCover or Wireless Charger, but be sure to swing by our full look at the Bumper Case

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3 years ago

Motorola adds six more phones to Android 4.4 update list

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List gives no indication of when updates will actually begin rolling out

Motorola was quick to refresh its software support page to indicate which devices are set to receive Android 4.4, and it has just updated the page again with six more devices. Verizon and Motorola's 2012 Droid lineup are the big new additions, including the Droid RAZR M (branded and Dev Edition), RAZR HD and RAZR MAXX HD.

Interestingly, Motorola's support page is also now indicating that AT&T's Atrix HD will also be updated to Android 4.4, along with the U.S. Cellular Electrify M. They join the ranks of the Droid RAZR HD Developer Edition, the full lineup of 2013 Droid phones and of course Moto X variants on the Android 4.4 update path.

As is typical with these changes to the software support page, there's no indication as to when the updates will be making their way out, but simply knowing that as of now Motorola plans to update the devices is good. Naturally we'll have a better indication of when the device will receive the updates officially as the process moves along.

Source: Motorola; Thanks, Ryan!

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3 years ago

T-Mobile Xperia Z receives Android 4.2.2 update

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Lock screen widgets and UI tweaks come five months after other models

Coming up on five months after over versions of the model received an update, the Sony Xperia Z on T-Mobile is getting the bump to Android 4.2.2 starting today. The software version 10.3.1.E.0.191 (coming in at 185MB) is rolling out to users over the air now, and it brings all of the same features as we saw on the Xperia Z, ZL and ZR several months ago.

That means you'll now have lock screen widgets, camera access from the lock screen, an overall facelift of the launcher and a few different styling changes through the settings and multitasking menu. You'll also have a new way to customize quick setting toggles in the notification shade, and a few other tweaks and improvements.

If you have an Xperia Z on T-Mobile you can check for the OTA now, or hook up to your computer and download the update manually via Sony's PC Companion (or Sony Bridge For Mac) software.

More: Sony Xperia Z Forums

Source: T-Mobile

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3 years ago

Motorola makes it official: Verizon's Moto X first to get Android 4.4 KitKat

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Updates, in their usual staggered order, to begin pushing today

No great surprise here, given that the soak test that just started said exactly that, but it's nice to see something official. Verizon's Moto will be the first in the line to receive Android 4.4 KitKat.

Motorola does note that you won't be able to downgrade your OS after this update, so mind your bootloaders, kids.

Source: Motorola

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