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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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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