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3 years ago

Samsung unveils the large, mid-range Galaxy Grand 2

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Pretty big, pretty average specs define Samsung's latest Galaxy Grand

If we weren't already offered plenty of large smartphones to choose from, Samsung has thrown yet another new device into the pot with this, the Galaxy Grand 2. The successor to the original Grand sees a bump in hardware specs, but this is still a distinctly mid-range device.

The 5.2-inch display has a resolution of 1280x720, and underneath Android 4.3 is pushed along by a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU and 1.5GB of RAM. On-board storage is limited to just 8GB but there is at least a microSD card slot to go with that, and a reasonably sized 2600mAh battery. 

Round the back there's an 8MP camera, and since the Galaxy Grand 2 is running the latest version of Touchwiz, a bunch of Samsung's own apps and services can be found on the Grand 2 including S-Translator, S-Travel and the Samsung Hub. 

The Galaxy Grand 2 will come in black, white or pink in selected regions, and comes in a dual-SIM variety for folks that sort of thing is important to. What we don't have is any word on price or availability. The full press release can be found after the break. 

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3 years ago

HTC announces the HTC One in gold

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After the 'real gold' HTC One, this one's more of a 'champagne' version

Following the (very) limited arrival of the HTC One in 18-carat gold, HTC has announced a new "golden" version of the HTC One to go alongside the silver, black, red and blue versions. As a mainstream color option, this version isn't plated with the precious metal — rather the aluminum chassis has been treated with a "champagne" color, similar to the "gold" iPhone 5s. Besides the eye-catching exterior, it's basically the same handset we've been using since the spring, with a Snapdragon 600 CPU, 1080p display and Android 4.3 plus HTC Sense 5.5.

The gold HTC One will be released across Europe "with a number of partners," HTC says, adding that details of local availability will be revealed later today.

So is anyone tempted by this new color option for the HTC One? Shout out in the comments!

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3 years ago

U.S. Cellular now offering Galaxy S4 Mini for $50 on-contract

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Ludicrous $500 off-contract price likely won't entice many to forgo the service agreement

Although the carrier didn't make much noise about it, U.S. Cellular is now selling the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini. While we knew the smaller (and lesser-appointed) Galaxy S4 was headed to the carrier at some point in November, no new information was known until the phone just popped up on its online store.

The Galaxy S4 Mini can be yours on U.S. Cellular for $50 with a two-year contract or (a frankly absurd) $500 without any service agreement. You'll have your choice of white or black for the color, and in either case you'll be getting much the same experience as those who have the S4 Mini internationally or in the states on Verizon.

If you are considering the S4 Mini on U.S. Cellular, you may want to shop around just a bit, however. The carrier is currently running promotions that peg devices like the Moto X at free on-contract. 

Read: Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini Review

Source: U.S. Cellular; Via: AndroidPolice

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3 years ago

Galaxy S4 and S4 Mini from Canadian carriers receiving Android 4.3 update

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Three big Canadian carriers are pushing updates

Just when you thought that every version of the Galaxy S4 had received its Android 4.3 update, now Canadian carriers are having their turn. Users with Galaxy S4 and S4 Minis on Rogers, TELUS and Bell are all reporting that the big 'ol 790MB update to Android 4.3 is hitting their phone today.

You'll be seeing much the same as every other Galaxy S4 owner that has received the update, including slight visual refreshes to some icons and menus and support for the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. If you haven't received the update on your Canadian carrier-branded S4 or S4 Mini, now's the time to start checking.

More: Samsung Galaxy S4 Forums

Source: MobileSyrup

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3 years ago

Updated HTC One Max Power Flip Case will also serve as a stand

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When we first showed you the HTC One Max Power Flip Case — this is the one with the 1,200 mAh battery tucked into the cover — we did so with a caveat. It wasn't final hardware, and the ability to use the case to prop up the large phone like a stand would be added.

We now have that updated version of this $90 accessory, submitted for your approval.

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3 years ago

Moto G shells and flip covers now available from UK retailer

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Brighten up your new Moto G with a colorful back and matching flip cover

Since the Moto G went on sale, one of the most frequent questions has been surrounding availability of the different colored backs and flip covers. UK retailer Clove Technology now has a range of both on sale to buy now, with the backs costing just £8.99 and the flip covers a very reasonable £18.99. 

Red, blue, violet and the rather fetching yellow are all available in the back covers, while the flip cover has a turquoise and white option to add to those in place of the yellow. The Moto G is a ridiculously affordable Android smartphone, and the accessories are equally so. Head on over to the source link below to get your order on. 

More: Moto G Review

Source: Clove

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3 years ago

Moto X KitKat update brings enhanced 'touch to focus' mode to the camera

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Touch and drag to focus and expose your images, and it really works

The camera on the Moto X is not going to win any awards. It won't turn you into Trey Ratcliff, it won't get you paid for your pictures by National Geographic, and it won't keep you warm in the evenings. But it opens fast, and with the new enhanced "touch to focus" mode that came with KtiKat it takes pictures a bit better than it did before.

Previously, something was broken with touch to focus. Things seemed to focus on the center of the viewfinder no matter where you tried to move it to, and a lot of pictures showed this by being blurry and grainy. Focus and exposure are two of the most important things we need out of a small sensor camera (the third being good white balance and color correction) and part of the reason why pictures from your phone always look like pictures from your phone.

Motorola wants the camera to be good. They used relatively good components, and are working on the software little by little. Hit the break to see what I mean.

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3 years ago

AT&T's Moto X officially getting its Android 4.4 KitKat update!

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Another Moto X is added to the KitKat stables

Motorola has just confirmed that the AT&T Moto X is getting its Android 4.4 update.

Shortly after the soak test began, the KitKat update is on it's way to everyone with a Moto X on AT&T. This makes the third (fourth if you count the developer edition) Moto X to be updated to KitKat. We're excited, We know you're excited. Heck, we're also excited that you're excited. 

The release notes are after the break.

Source: AT&T

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3 years ago

Sprint Galaxy S3 having a turn at the Android 4.3 update

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It seems Samsung has ironed out any issues with the Galaxy S3 4.3 update, at least in the US

Sprint has joined the fray and the Android 4.3 update for the Galaxy S3 is now pushing out hard and heavy on all three of the four major US carriers. Besides the improvements and stability that should come with 4.3, this one will add support for the Galaxy Gear if you've been eyeing Samsung's smartwatch but don't feel like buying a Note 3.

As usual, results for the OTA will be mixed and at least a few folks will hit a snag or two. Everything you need to know will get talked about in the forums, so that's where you should be.

Thanks everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Moto G review

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Motoro​la's latest is the best cheap Android phone you can buy, by a surprisingly wide margin

Outside of Google's Nexus line of products, good, inexpensive Android phones have been hard to come by. Instead, the word "cheap" has frequently gone hand in hand with "nasty" when describing handsets in the £100-150 (or $160-200) price range. That's outright, with no contract signed. But with its new budget phone, the Moto G, Motorola is seeking to change this.

In its recent presentation from Brazil, the new, fully Googlified Motorola took aim at both the low-cost competition and rival Android device manufacturers in general. The former, it said, typically consisted of compromised, out-of-date hardware that in turn delivered a lackluster user experience. And the latter had a wrongheaded approach to smartphone design, according to Moto VP Punit Soni, loading Android down with unnecessary bloat and features that compete with Google's ecosystem.

Instead the manufacturer insists its entry-level plan makes more sense by focusing resources on key specs like the display and CPU — and building apps, not intricate new UIs atop Google's OS. Moto G is the result — a budget Android phone unlike any other in its price range, and one that looks set to shake up the low-cost Android space.

Let’s see how it shapes up, as we give the Moto G the full review treatment.

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3 years ago

Moto G now available in Canada

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Low-cost Motorola phone arrives on TELUS and Koodo Mobile

Following its launch in parts of Europe and Latin America last week, Motorola's new low-cost handset, the Moto G, has arrived on Canadian shores. The device has gone on sale today at TELUS and Koodo Mobile — on TELUS you'll get the Moto G for free on a 2-year contract, or for C$200 outright; on Koodo it's between C$200 and C$50 on the carrier's sliding "tab" payment system.

The Moto G delivers a 4.5-inch, 720p display and a quad-core Snapdragon 400 CPU, and runs near-stock Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with a handful of Motorola software additions. Stay tuned to Android Central later today for our full review of the device.

Source: TELUSKoodo Mobile; via: MobileSyrup

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3 years ago

Sprint Spark: theoretical speeds are theoretical

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A step in the right direction for Sprint coverage and data speeds

When Sprint first launched its Spark LTE technology earlier this month, our curiosity was piqued. Utilizing 800MHz, 1.9GHz and 2.5GHz frequencies, supported devices would be capable of reaching speeds of up to 60 Mbps in any of the five rollout markets, including New York, LA, Chicago, Miami and Tampa. With the carrier’s god awful 3G speeds and bumpy initial LTE rollout, the promise of being the fastest network in five of the largest consumer markets in the country seemed too good to be true.

Unfortunately, at least for now, it is.

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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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