3 years ago

HTC One M8 versus Nexus 5

Nexus 5, HTC One M8

How does HTC's latest match up to Google's six-month-old Nexus?

With the launch of the new HTC One M8 last week, the first major Android flagship of 2014 is finally upon us. And as we said in our full review of the phone, the M8 is one of the most impressive Android devices we've used. But Google's own flagship phone, the Nexus 5, is barely six months old, and a whole lot cheaper than an off-contract M8. (Though not that much more expensive than a subsidized M8, we suppose.) What's more, you've got two significantly divergent software and hardware experiences on both handsets — soft-touch plastic and stock Android on the Nexus versus brushed aluminum and Sense 6.0 on the M8 — running on similar internals.

But despite the hardware similarities, there are plenty of differences to mull. So join us after the break as we compared Google's Nexus 5 to the HTC One M8.

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3 years ago

T-Mobile Galaxy S5 pre-order deadline pushed back, you still have time to get it on the 11th

Galaxy S5

Same $660 up-front price or $27.50 monthly financing applies for later pre-orders

T-Mobile is pushing back the date you can pre-order a Galaxy S5 and still have it by launch day, giving everyone an extra week to get their orders in. When T-Mobile first gave details on its Galaxy S5 launch it had pre-orders available from March 24th to the 31st, and ordering in that week guaranteed delivery of the phone by April 11th. You'll now have all the way until April 6th to get that order in.

The phone will still set you back a full $660 if you want to buy it straight up, or $0 down and $27.50 per month with Simple Choice device financing. T-Mobile isn't making any indication of why it is expanding pre-orders, but we have a feeling that fewer than the purported 300,000 'pre-registrations' have turned into sales at this point.

Source: TmoNews

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3 years ago

Chromecast in the UK getting BT Sports channels


You'll have to be a BT customer, but we don't have a release date yet

It's only been a couple of weeks since the Chromecast made its way to the UK, and the content offerings for the little streaming stick have been increasing with rapid pace. The latest on the way is sports programming — yup, meaning all of your favorite football teams — from BT, which joins BBC iPlayer for UK-based content on the device.

Naturally you'll need to be a BT customer in order to get in on the sports coverage, but further information isn't yet known at this point. The Financial Times doesn't have a specific launch date for streaming sports, but you can be sure more than a few people will be making noise when it finally arrives.

Source: Financial Times; Via: Engadget

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3 years ago

TYLT Energi 10K, 5K, 3K and 2K battery packs

TYLT Energi (left to right) 10K, 5K, 3K, 2K

Four batteries to fit your needs, each with solid design and performance — just be ready to pay for them.

TYLT has made name for itself as a manufacturer that puts out high-quality mobile accessories that are both functional and completely unique in their design. You can usually spot a TYLT case or battery by its sharp lines, soft-touch materials and striking palette of amazingly bright and lively colors. Its lineup of Energi external batteries are no exception, bringing some sleek style along with great functionality and performance as well.

The Energi lineup of external batteries come in a variety of sizes and are simply named to (roughly) indicate their capacity. You have an Energi 10K that is 10,400mAh capacity, followed by a 5K (5,200mAh), 3K (3,000mAh) and 2K (2,000mAh). Each has its benefits and downsides as you go through the range, but you'll hardly be disappointed with any one you pick up — read along and see the merits of the whole range of TYLT Energi battery packs.

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3 years ago

Humble Bundle 9 lets you get Broken Sword 2, Ravensword, and more while supporting charity


Another wonderful round of Android games are being offered by the Humble Bundle today. Humble Bundle 9 offers Broken Sword 2, Bridge Constructor, Type:Rider, and Ravensword: Shadowlands for however much you’re willing to pay. Beat the average donation, and you’ll get Kingdom Rush and Knights of Pen and Paper too.

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3 years ago

LG L90 looking at an April 23 release on T-Mobile


Leaked documents are showing that the upcoming LG L90 will be hitting T-Mobile on April 29. No information on pricing was revealed in the leak from TMoNews, but the L90's a lower-end device, so set your expectations accordingly.

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3 years ago

Android camera app reportedly getting portrait and effects improvements through Play Store

Nexus 5 camera

To be updated independently of Android, gaining custom filter support

The Android camera app will soon be split off into the Google Play Store and is looking to get an update with a refreshed UI and new effects. Manufacturers have put a lot of effort into expanding the capabilities of their camera apps in recent years — just see the Duo Camera and its crazy effects in the HTC One M8 — and Google understandably wants to make sure that their offering is able to keep up. According to Engadget, Google plans to do just that by splitting the camera app itself out of Android and updating it through Google Play.

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3 years ago

Preorder the Galaxy S5, Gear 2, Gear Fit now on Telus


Canadian carrier Telus today announced that it's now putting up for preorder the Samsung Galaxy S5, Gear 2 smartwatch, and Gear Fit fitness tracker. Telus also has changed up the pricing for its GS5, lowing it by $20 to $229 on a two-year contract. Outright price remains $730.

Source: Telus

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia Z2 to be a Bell exclusive in Canada, launching in May


Canadian carrier Bell has locked down an exclusive on the upcoming Sony Xperia Z2. This bad boy’s waterproof, shoots 4K video, and packs a beefy 3200 mAh battery. We got our filthy mitts all over the Z2 when it was announced back at MWC. The Canadian launch will also include that new Michael Jackson album preloaded.

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3 years ago

Lenovo announces four new tablets

Lenovo tablets

Lenovo today announced four new "A series" Android tablets. On tap are the A7-30, A7-50, A8 and A10, with each "A" number denoting the display size. Lenovo puts it thusly:

The new range starts with the A7-30 seven-inch devices, designed for optimal music or multimedia enjoyment through exceptional Dolby®-enhanced dual-front speakers while still packing a performance punch. The A7-50 is the affordable on-the-go reading companion with a 7-inch, wide-view HD display for sharper text and web pages, while the larger screen A8 is the mobile “home entertainment” center that comes in a variety of bold colors to suit different personalities and lifestyles. Rounding up the new A-series is the A10, which is equipped with a superb 10.1" wide HD display and Dolby® enhanced dual front speakers for an amazing movie watching experience on the move.

The tablets will be available this quarter. The A750 runs £99.99. The A8-50 is £139.99, and the A10-70 tablet starts at £169.99

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia Z2 gets torn apart, insides examined


The Sony Xperia Z2 is easily one of the more anticipated phones of the year — bezels and all — and as such it’s time to tear that sucker down. Mobile China’s done the deed, stripping the phone down from its fully assembled form to something that looks like, well, it looks like a smartphone that’s been taken apart.

Source: Mobile China (translated); via: GSM Arena

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3 years ago

Sony handing out Michael Jackson's new XSCAPE album to Xperia Z1s, Z2 buyers


Michael Jackson fans that also purchase certain Sony Xperia smartphones are in for a treat come May 13. The latest album from the King of Pop, Xscape, will be made available for free on launch day through the Sony Xperia Lounge app on devices including the Xperia Z1s and Xperia Z2.

Xperia Z2 owners will be treated to an "exceptional audio experience," accessible via the ClearAudio+ mode on the phone. The audio has also been tuned specially for the headset included in the box with the phone.

For more, and a first listen to one of the tracks, hit up the source link below. If you're planning on buying a Z2, are you excited for this?

Source: Sony

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3 years ago

BBM 2.1 now available for Android with a few new tricks up its sleeve


As expected, the latest version of BBM will begin rolling out today across BlackBerry, iPhone and Android devices. BBM 2.1 brings with it BBM Stickers as well as some new features like pictures in multi-person chats and larger file transfers of up to 16MB. It isn't live at the time of writing, but you should be seeing it sometime soon.

The stickers will be available in both free and paid packs through the integrated BBM Shop. Packs will contain between 20-25 stickers and will be for brands like Shaun the Sheep and WWE.

Keep on scrolling to check out the full press release.

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3 years ago

Nuance Voiceprint brings new levels of personalization to Dragon Mobile Assistant


Dragon Mobile Assistant has been updated with new biometric features that lets you access hands-free features without having to unlock your device. The app by Nuance can now recognize users based on their "VoicePrint", and continues to offer a bunch of voice-activated controls for messaging, calling, and maps. The workflow is a bit speedier than you might be used to, as you can spout out the wake command and the task command at the same time, as opposed to waiting for your phone to initiate listening before getting on with it. The update also includes a new embedded browser which brings back web search results quicker than ever.

The last big update added the ability to automatically shift into Driving Mode (which reads messages out loud to you) when it detected you were moving above a certain speed. Before that, it added location-sharing and dictation functions.

Check out the download link above to give it a shot. Any Nuance Mobile Assistant users out there? How often do you use hands-free commands and feedback from your phone?

Source: Nuance

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3 years ago

Samsung announces Galaxy Tab 4 in 7-, 8-, and 10.1-inch flavors


Previously outed by Samsung no less, the Galaxy Tab 4 range is today official. Coming as with its predecessors in 7-, 8- and 10.1-inch form factors, the Galaxy Tab 4 is the latest lineup of mid-range tablets from Samsung.

Spec wise each has a 1280x800 resolution display, a 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU, Android 4.4 Kitkat, 1.5GB of RAM and 16GB of on-board storage with an option for an 8GB version of the 7-inch. Cameras on each are 3MP and 1.3MP and there will be options for Wifi-only and LTE capable tablets.

The Galaxy Tab 4 range will also come with the usual array of Samsung's own apps and services, including Group Play, Samsung Link and WatchON, multi window and more. All will be available in black or white beginning in Q2 2014. There isn't any indication of price at this time.

For more, drop by the source link below.

Source: Samsung

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