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3 years ago

Watch the Moto G livestream here!

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Here's the live livestream from Brazil as we await the unveiling of the Moto G. And we're also at a satellite event in London, so stay tuned for more from that.

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3 years ago

AT&T Galaxy Note 3 receiving small OTA update today

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Update brings more stability and enhancements to the Note 3

Folks using an AT&T branded Note 3 are seeing a small OTA update this afternoon. Preliminary reports say things seem a little more responsive, and the keyboard background has changed colors to a pleasing blue-back look. Also, important to many, this update breaks root — you've been warned. We reached out to AT&T for a change log, and as soon as we hear back we'll update things here.

Getting the update is easy enough — your update will appear in the status bar when it's your turn, or you can try your luck and manually check in the settings. 

Discuss today's update, and all things Note 3 in the forums.

Source: AT&T Note 3 forums. Thanks everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

You can now design a custom Moto X on all four major U.S. carriers

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Custom inscriptions return to Motorola's design tool as well

So long, exclusivity. AT&T's had it for months. Verizon went live overnight. And now everyone's gotten in the game and you can design your own custom Moto X for Sprint and T-Mobile as well with the Moto Maker online studio.

What do you get with this newfound power? A whole bunch of permutations, that's what. Choose from 18 back colors. A black or white front. Seven accent colors. And — making its long-awaited return — you can have a custom message inscribed on the back.

We are, however, still waiting on wood.

More at motomaker.com.

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3 years ago

HTC Desire 500 launches in the UK

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Mid-ranger available in Carphone Warehouse stores starting today

Originally announced for the UK market back in August, HTC today sends word that its mid-range Desire 500 handset launches today at the Carphone Warehouse. CPW has exclusivity over the white version, and will also sell the Desire 500 in the standard black, seen above.

The Desire 500 packs a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 CPU, 1GB of RAM and an 8-megapixel rear camera with HTC's ImageChip tech. On the front is an 800x480-resolution 4.3-inch display, and there's 4GB of internal stroage, expandable via microSD by up to 64GB. As you might expect, the Desire 500 runs HTC's Sense UI, with the same BlinkFeed home screen reader found on high-end HTC phones.

A quick glance over the Carphone Warehouse's online store reveals on-contract prices starting at £15 per month, and a very reasonable SIM-free price of £199.99. More details at the link below, and in the press release after the break.

More: Carphone Warehouse

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3 years ago

The Nexus 5 vs. the HTC One

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Two different approaches to making a great phone

Each time a Nexus device is released, it garners quite a bit of attention. And rightfully so, when Google releases its own phone once a year it's a pretty big deal for Android enthusiasts. Once the dust settles on all of the new device news, we start to compare it to other top-notch devices that are at the top of everyone's minds.

We kicked things off with a comparison that most were drawing before the Nexus 5 was even released — the LG G2. Next up, I'll be looking at the Nexus 5 side-by-side with one of the most popular devices of the year, the HTC One. These are very different devices, each with their own strengths — let's take a look at how they compare.

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3 years ago

Waterproof Kyocera Hydro XTRM headed to MetroPCS

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Available today for $169

Japanese manufacturer Kyocera continues to carve out a niche for itself in the world of waterproof entry-level smartphones. We've already seen devices like the Hydro Elite on Verizon and Hydro Edge on Boost; today sees MetroPCS announcing the Kyocera Hydro XTRM. Like its siblings it doesn't boast top-end hardware, but it is IP57 certified to protect against dust and water submersion for up to 30 minutes. It's also shock-resistant, rated MIL-STD-810G, and includes Kyocera's "Smart Sonic Receiver" tissue conductivity tech for improved hearing in noisy environments.

On the inside it's powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon chip and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, with a 5-megapixel camera, 1.3-megapixel front-facer and 2,000mAh battery. The display is a 4-inch WVGA (800x480) panel. So nothing fancy, but you wouldn't expect it for the price.

The Kyocera Hydro XTRM is available on MetroPCS from today, priced at $169 plus tax.

More: Hands-on with the Hydro Edge and Hydro XTRM

Source: MetroPCS

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3 years ago

Nexus 5 now available from Canadian carriers

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TELUS, Videotron, Rogers, Fido, Bell and Virgin now offering latest Nexus phone

If you're in Canada and weren't able (or willing) to pick up a Nexus 5 from the Google Play Store, you can now buy the phone directly from six of the major Canadian carriers. TELUS, Videotron, Rogers, Fido, Bell and Virgin are now offering the LG-made Nexus phone subsidized and on-contract, with prices starting at $99.

All six will sell you a Nexus 5 outright for within a dollar of C$500, while TELUS, Rogers, Bell and Virgin will give you one for a little under C$100 on a two-year plan. On Fido you'll pay a little more on-contract — C$200 on a two-year plan. On Videotron it's just C$49.95.

Picking up the KitKat-powered handset from any of the Canadian carriers will certainly be more expensive than buying it from Google directly. However with Nexus 5 orders placed from the Canadian Play Store today not expected to ship for several weeks, it might be the best option for Canadians who don't want wait around.

Source: TELUS, Videotron, Rogers, Fido, Bell, Virgin; via: MobileSyrup

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3 years ago

Oppo N1 'CyanogenMod Edition' will run CM out of the box

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Limited edition N1 comes with CM as standard

Chinese manufacturer Oppo has announced that it'll ship a limited edition version of its new N1 handset with aftermarket firmware CyanogenMod as the default operating system. Regular Oppo N1 devices, which run the company's Android 4.2-based ColorOS as standard, will already support the ability to install CM through the stock recovery, but the difference with the CM edition is it'll arrive running CyanogenMod software out of the box. In addition to all of CM's features and a visual style closer to stock Android, the device will also include "extra CyanogenMod accessories" — stickers, packaging and cases featuring the CM and Oppo mascots.

As you'd expect from the close partnership between Oppo and CM, CyanogenMod on the N1 will fully support the device's array of wacky features.

"The CyanogenMod team has tailored their software to specifically support all of the unique features of the OPPO N1 including the O-Touch back touch panel, O-Click Bluetooth remote control, the revolutionary rotating camera, and also unique features from ColorOS such as double tap to wake and screen-off gestures."

The Oppo N1 CyanogenMod Edition will debut internationally in December, priced the same as the regular N1 — that's 3498 yuan in China, which translates into around $570 or £360.

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3 years ago

The Nexus 5 vs. the LG G2

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The newest Androids from LG are similar, but there are still plenty of differences

Google releases one Nexus phone each year, and there is always plenty of competition from Android vendors to compare it to. We're going to have a look at how the new LG Nexus 5 stands up against the best of the competition, and the LG G2 seemed like the logical place to start.

A lot of folks are under the impression that the Nexus 5 is just the G2 with the buttons moved to the "normal" location. While they certainly share some of the same components, and have some of the same hardware features, they are two very different animals. 

Hit the break and have a look.

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3 years ago

Best Buy doing a blue Galaxy S4 for AT&T, Sprint and Verizon

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Best Buy this morning announced that it'll carry a "Blue Arctic" (no, not Arctic Blue) Samsung Galaxy S4 starting Nov. 18. Preorders begin Nov. 10. You'll be able to get one for use on AT&T, Verizon or Sprint.

Here's how pricing breaks down:

  • Verizon: $249.99 with a two-year contract.
  • AT&T and Sprint: $199.99 with a two-year contract.
  • Outright: $749.99

The phone will be available online or in stores.

Source: Best Buy

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3 years ago

The Nexus 5 speaker: Yes, there's only one — and software may be hurting what you hear [updated]

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Audio output sounds great in some apps — and lousy in others​, especially with spoken-word playback

Two things you need to know about the the speakers on the Nexus 5: First, there's only one speaker. Never mind that you see a pair of speaker grilles — there's only one speaker hidden back there. As we first learned on the LG G2 — a close cousin, insofar as the hardware goes — there's a speaker, and there's a microphone. Not two speakers. That's been confirmed by iFixit's teardown, as well, not that it was a surprise. Stick your finger over one of the speakers and it's readily apparent.

There other thing we've discovered is that the Nexus 5 speaker can be pretty decent, or it can be downright horrible — and it appears that software may be to blame here.

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3 years ago

Samsung plans own CPU core tech, 560ppi displays for future phones

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Details revealed at analyst event point to 2014 phones with 64-bit CPUs and 5.25-inch 1440p displays

In its first analyst event of the smartphone era, Samsung revealed a few juicy details about the technology behind its future smartphone plans. In slides released in conjunction with the event, the electronics giant confirmed plans to develop its own CPU core technology, as opposed to licensing designs from ARM as it does now. The slide on Samsung's 64-bit CPU plans shows a two-step approach, first developing 64-bit cores based on ARM designs, then moving to its own bespoke designs, similar to the way Qualcomm operates. The plans could be seen as a way for Samsung's phones to become even more vertically-integrated. Some current Samsung phones use Exynos SoCs manufactured in-house, but these use Cortex A15 and A7 designs licensed from ARM.

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3 years ago

Carphone Warehouse no longer selling Nexus 5 SIM-free

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'Limited number' of SIM-free handsets now sold out

If you wanted to get hold of a Nexus 5 from Carphone Warehouse at the staggeringly good SIM-free price of £295 then hopefully you were quick off the mark last Friday. The UK retailer is no longer offering the device without a contract, and as such its online store no longer lists a SIM-free price. A spokesperson told Android Central that only a "limited number" of SIM-free Nexus 5s were available and that these have now sold out. From this point forward all of Carphone Warehouse's Nexus 5 stock will be contract-only, with prices starting at £21 per month.

While that's bad news for anyone wanting to get hold of a Nexus 5 immediately, some variants of the device are still available from the UK Google Play Store, albeit with a short delay. The white models are marked as ready to leave Google's warehouse by this Friday, Nov. 8. Meanwhile the black 32GB model is sold out, and orders for the the 16GB version in black won't be despatched for another 2-3 weeks.

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3 years ago

How to unlock the Nexus 5 bootloader

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It's easier to unlock your Nexus 5 bootloader than it is to decide if you want to do it

If you're receiving your shiny new Nexus 5 in the near future, you'll want to think about unlocking the boot loader. It's a bigger undertaking than the folks on the Internet make it out to be, and doing it later is a huge pain in the kiester, so it's worth talking about. 

First things first. Since it's a Nexus device, it was designed to be easily unlocked. There is no extra encryption layer, no signing your life and warranty away at the website of the people who made your phone, and no software hacks to try to bust your way around things. You only need the SDK and be able to use the command line — which are things you need to know about before you ever decide to unlock your phone anyway.

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3 years ago

HTC One Mini now available on Rogers

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Today sees the launch of the HTC One Mini on Canada's Rogers network. Starting today the One Mini can be yours for C$99.99 on a two-year plan, or C$399.99 on a month-to-month deal.

As the name suggests, the One Mini is a smaller version of the HTC One with cut-down internal hardware. It's got a 4.3-inch 720p display, a Snapdragon 400 CPU and 1GB of RAM, coupled with 16GB of internal storage. Around the back is the same "Ultrapixel" sensor found on the HTC One, only without optical image stabilization. Software-wise, it's HTC Sense 5 and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean running the show.

When we reviewed the international HTC One Mini over the summer we found it to be one of the best small form factor Android phones out there. For more details, check it out at the link below.

More: HTC One Mini review

Source: Rogers; via: MobileSyrup

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