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3 years ago

Verizon promo prices Moto X at a penny on contract

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Just use coupon code VZWDEAL at checkout

Verizon just kicked off a promotion where any online checkout made until March 2 using the code VZWDEAL will get you the Moto X for no money down. Well, okay, a penny, if that counts. Normally the Moto X costs $49.99 on a two-year term, or $329.99 with financing. There are also all of the wonderful customization options available, plus the Verizon Moto X was just recently graced with an updated to Android 4.4.2.

Motorola was hinting earlier this week that we'd see a refresh on this device over the summer, so it may be worth your while to wait and see what they'll be offering. Anybody interested in getting in on this deal can snag the Moto X from the online store here. Takers?

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3 years ago

Your Galaxy S5 wants you to know it's powered by Android

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New boot screen branding for Android on the GS5

Boot up the Samsung Galaxy S5 and you'll be presented with a new message below the usual boot-up logo. The Galaxy S5 isn't just a Galaxy S5 — it's "powered by Android," and that's exactly what you'll see at boot-up.

It's an interesting distinction for Android's biggest manufacturer, and not something we've witnessed in such a prominent place on any other handset. There's been much speculation recently surrounding developments in the relationship between Google and Samsung, and there's no doubt that an Android logo on the GS5's bootscreen will put Google's OS brand in front of a ton of eyeballs in the months ahead.

More: Samsung Galaxy S5 hands-on and initial review

Hat tip to Brian Klug

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3 years ago

LG kicks TD-LTE-enabled Optimus G Pro onto China Mobile, calls it LG-E985T

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LG's smartphones in Korea, Europe, and the Americas might get cool makes like G Pro 2 and G Flex, but in China, they get numbers. Which is all as well, considering that when you get your phone onto China Mobile you get access to 750 million potential customers. So that's where you'll find the LG-E985T, with TD-LTE and FD-LTE in tow.

All things considered, the LG-E985T is actually a fairly well-specced phone. Considering it's more or less an LG Optimus G Pro with a few alterations, it ought well be. Its heart is a 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage (plus microSD expansion of up to 32GB). The display is a 5.5-inch 1080p IPS panel (ppi: 400) and there's a 13-megapixel rear camera with 2.1 megapixels up front. It's all powered by a removable 2940mAh battery. In addition to TD-LTE, the LG-E985T also supports FD-LTE, so China Mobile customers with the phone will be able to take their phone out into the broader world and still have proper 4G coverage.

The LG-E985T will launch running Android 4.2.2 and will be available in black and white colors. Availability on China Mobile beings this week, though pricing has not yet been announced.

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3 years ago

Sony ditches permanent screen protectors for Xperia Z2 devices

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'Anti-shatter film' no longer used on Xperia Z2 and Z2 Tablet

Good news for would-be Xperia Z2 buyers today, as one of our major bugbears with previous Sony smartphones has been consigned to history. At a meeting today at Mobile World Congress, Sony confirmed to Android Central that fixed screen protectors — officially known as "anti-shatter film" — are not used on the Xperia Z2 and Z2 Tablet. Instead Sony's latest smartphone and tablet are furnished in bare glass and metal, just as nature intended.

We've long bemoaned the use of the anti-shatter film on Sony phones, which scratches more easily than the reinforced glass of the display and gives the devices a more plasticky feel, while also picking up smudges and fingerprints. So it's great to see this finally addressed as Sony launches its 2014 portfolio.

Be sure to check out our Xperia Z2 and Z2 Tablet hands-on posts for more on both devices.

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia M2 hands-on

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Xperia Z series look and feel gets more affordable in Sony's latest mid-range handset

Alongside its new Xperia Z2 flagship smartphone and Xperia Z2 Tablet, Sony's also showing off a new mid-range offering, the Xperia M2, at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Based on the look and feel of the Xperia Z series, the M2 brings Sony's high-end "Omnibalance" design language to a more affordable product. With a qHD (960x540)-resolution 4.8-inch screen, the M2 won't be winning any awards for display sharpness — but colors do at least look bright and vivid.

Performance, too, is decent across the board. The M2's 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor seems just a little snappier than rivals like the Moto G. Imaging is another area where Sony's looking to differentiate from the mid-level competition. The phone boasts an 8-megaixel Exmor RS camera alongside its modular camera app, which includes AR (augmented reality) functionality, along with Superior Auto, Manual and other shooting modes.

On the software side, the M2 is running the previous Xperia UI, not the Android 4.4-based firmware found on the Z2. So instead you're running Jelly Bean and a UI that looks just a bit dated compared to Sony's latest and greatest software. Nevertheless, the phone runs a full suite of Sony apps including Walkman with Music Unlimited, Video Unlimited and the PlayStation app.

Check out our hands-on video after the break, along with more photos.

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3 years ago

ZTE Grand Memo II LTE hands-on

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Early software and questionable build quality have us wondering what the future holds for this huge phone

ZTE has taken the wraps off of the second generation of its large device, the Grand Memo II LTE, here at MWC in Barcelona and we've had an opportunity for some quick hands-on time at the show. This device is definitely large, even in this world where 5-inch screens seem normal, with a full 6-inch 720 x 1280 display. ZTE mitigates some of the size issues with very small bezels around all sides and a 7.2mm thick body, but in the end it's still mildly unwieldy at best. While it feels pretty solid in the hand and isn't overly angular even with the lack of thickness, the build quality was really lacking on all of the units we had a chance to touch.

As a quick refresher, for specs we're looking at a Snapdragon 400 processor (although the confusion of whether or not it will eventually have an S800 still stands), paired up with 2GB of RAM, 3200mAh battery and a pair of cameras at 13MP and 5MP. The display looks pretty good to our eyes — it's an IPS panel — at the distance you usually hold large devices, although we do find the colors and brightness to be a bit lacking, at least in the trade show lighting scenario.

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3 years ago

In pictures: The Rose Gold Samsung Galaxy Note 3

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On sale now and surprisingly attractive

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is already on sale to some folks globally in the new Rose Gold color scheme, but we've only physically seen one for the first time here at Mobile World Congress. Available in a black or white version, the Rose Gold is actually a more bronze colored trim that covers the edges and trims the home button, earpiece, camera stack and the Samsung logo on the rear.

Up close, both are surprisingly attractive. The Rose Gold is tasteful and not over-the-top, and the black one inparticular is a most handsome looking thing. If you can get it, that'd be the one we'd go for.

Otherwise it's the same Galaxy Note 3 we know and love. Head on past the break to see more.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 chipsets confirmed, Snapdragon 801 on-board

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Also confirmed to be Octa-core Exynos variant for selected markets

The Samsung Galaxy S5 event passed by without too much detail on just what chipset is actually powering things. This morning, we've got word on two different versions for presumably different markets. Qualcomm has dropped word that its latest Snapdragon 801 is in fact inside the Galaxy S5, while there is also word from Samsung of an octa-core model that will launch in selected markets.

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3 years ago

Galaxy S5 ROM is a bit of a monster, taking up nearly 8GB of storage

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That SD card slot Samsung keeps including in its phones? You're going to need it.

We have to preface what we're about to show you with the following statement: Pre-release device, lacking carrier customizations, yadda yadda. But what you see here is the storage listing on the just-announced Samsung Galaxy S5

And what you can see is that on the 16GB model of the Galaxy S5, half of the on-board storage is used up before the owner even turns on the phone. It's not quite as dire on the 32GB model of course (and remember that there's a little bit of funky math anyway, and you never get as much storage as manufacturers say), and Samsung will quickly tell you that's why you have the option to use a microSD card for expanded storage. It's something that we've seen before, and it's the same scenario. You need room for all those features and apps.

Still. When we're looking to buy the Samsung Galaxy S5 this April, we'll be opting for the 32-gigabyte version. Let's hope the U.S. carriers don't throw a wrench into that plan.

See more in our Galaxy S5 hands-on, and in our Galaxy S5 forums!

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 UK availability starts to take shape

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Major carriers and high-street retailers already offering registration pages

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is official and there's bound to be a ton of people out there that want to know where to get one. Samsung announced April 11 as the grand release date for 150 countries and some of the UK carriers and retailers are starting to show their hands.

Honestly, if it wasn't available on all the major carriers and usual retail sources we'd be more surprised. But it's always good to get an early heads up, especially since we're about six weeks out from launch. At this point EE, and Vodafone have posted registration pages for the Galaxy S5, as have Carphone Warehouse and Phones 4U. Three has also confirmed its intention to carry the new phone.

We'll keep updating as and when more sources and information becomes available.

More: Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy S5

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 confirmed across major Canadian providers

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Rogers, Bell, TELUS, and many of the smaller Canadian providers will be selling the Galaxy S5.

Hot on the heels from the announcement at Mobile World Congress, we've got confirmation that the Samsung Galaxy S5 will be coming to all of the big service providers across Canada. That includes Bell, Eastlink, Fido, Koodo, MTS, Rogers, SaskTel, TELUS, Videotron, Virgin Mobile and WIND Mobile.

The Rogers reserve system is ready to go for eager Galaxy S5 owners-to-be, while TELUS has notification mailing list set up, as has Bell. Bell's confirmed that we'll see the device in April, which bodes well for the other two carriers.

Any Canadians going to be hopping on the Samsung Galaxy S5?

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3 years ago

In pictures: Official Samsung Galaxy S5 and Gear 2 accessories

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Flip covers, S View covers, batteries, wireless chargers, watch straps and more!

Samsung has unveiled its new Galaxy S5 smartphone and Gear wearable devices, and along with it the company is launching a slew of new accessories, which were on show at its Unpacked 5 event in Barcelona today. There's the standard array of cases, including wireless charging backs, S View covers and regular flip covers, together with replacement batteries and straps for the Gear devices. Some cases and straps even come in designer variants, with offerings from Samsung partner Nicholas Kirkwood.

We've got pictures of all the accessories on show at Unpacked after the break, so go check 'em out. And hit up the ShopAndroid newsletter to learn when these accessories go on sale.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S5, Gear 2, and Gear Fit launching April 11 worldwide

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You've seen the Samsung Galaxy S5's shimmering backs, you've read about the great new camera, and you've looked at your wrist, wondering what it might look like with a Gear 2 or Gear Fit strapped to it. But when will you be able to get one?

April 11, 2014, that's when. Samsung's announced their latest products unveiled at MWC 2014 will be launching in six weeks on more than 150 carriers. Pricing was not yet announced.

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3 years ago

The Galaxy S5 pictured from every angle you can imagine

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Every single inch — inside and out — of the latest Samsung flagship shown off

​Samsung has just dropped the device many have been waiting for, the Galaxy S5. And while it's worth reading all of our extensive coverage of the launch, device and features, sometimes you just want to see all of the pretty pictures. Luckily we have a whole boatload for you to check out, showing off every color of the Galaxy S5, much of its interface, several new (and wild) accessories and even what's under the back cover. (Pro tip: use the full screen button for this one — you'll find it in the bottom left corner of the gallery viewer.)

See also: Galaxy S5 hands-on | Full Galaxy S5 specs | Join the discussion in our Galaxy S5 forums

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 specs

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Full hardware specifications for Samsung's latest

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is official, and we've just posted our hands-on impressions of the device. But if you want to dig down into the nitty-gritty details and examine the GS5's hardware specs, we've also got you covered. Head on past the break for the complete Samsung Galaxy S5 spec listing.

And don't miss our complete Galaxy S5 review!

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