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3 years ago

Camera shootout: HTC One M8 vs. the iPhone 5s!

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Facts is facts: The HTC One M8 camera remains a controversial subject, with its 4-megapixel "Ultrapixel" camera. It's a different sort of shooter, aiming to let in more light and adding some interesting post-processing features, at the expense of total resolution. So how's it stand up to other current top-ranked smartphone cameras? Our sister site iMore put the M8 up against the iPhone 5s to do exactly that. As for the results? Well. ... [iMore]

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia Z1 compact launches on Three in the UK

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Sony fans in the UK have a new option if they want a smaller handset: the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is now available on Three. Launching today both in stores and online, the Xperia Z1 Compact can be had for £29-a-month on a contract plan, or upfront for a relatively affordable £359.99 if you go for the pre-paid option.

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3 years ago

KitKat rolling out for LG G2 on Sprint

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Congratulations, LG G2 owners on Sprint, it's a KitKat. Today Sprint is pushing an update for the G2 smartphone that brings the handset up to Android 4.4. We don't have a changelog yet, but we can expect the update to bring several under-the-hood improvements as well as support for Google Cloud Printing. Or at least that's what happened when KitKat was pushed out earlier this week for the LG G2 in Canada. LG G2 owners, if you're seeing KitKat today, let us know what you think!

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3 years ago

OnePlus CyanogenMod OS screenshots leak, finally something more than hype

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If there's one thing that the OnePlus gang has been good at over the past few months, it's been pushing the hype for their One smartphone (the other one, not the HTC One) with mere words. They can state the specs all they want, but in the end what we really want is something we can grasp. And a pair of leaked screenshots that show how the Android-based CyanogenMod OS that will power the phone is a good start.

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3 years ago

HTC One M8 proving popular in Taiwan as demand exceeds supply

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The HTC One M8 launched last week around the globe, and early indications are that sales have been strong. In Taiwan — where HTC is headquartered — local retailer Pdaking reported that demand was outstripping supply, with orders doubling on a daily basis.

The HTC One M8 launched in Asia in Taiwan at a hefty price of NT$21,900 (around US$720) for the lower-tier 16GB model. That price is lower than both the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5, which clocks in at NT$22,900 and the Sony Xperia Z2 at a whopping NT$23,900.

A customer by the name of Lin at Pdaking said that the HTC One M8 "is definitely a bargain", and he was unsurprisingly impressed by the Ufocus features of the smartphone. Elsewhere demand for the M8 does seem to be strong, with the copious leaks leading up to the launch a good sign that HTC learned from the supply issues of the last time around and made sure they had enough devices on hand to meet demand before the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S5 later in April mutes some of the thunder.

Source: Focus Taiwan

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3 years ago

Xperia Z2 up for pre-order on O2 + Three UK, availability still a month out

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Further signs of Xperia Z2 stock shortages

Sony's new flagship smartphone, the 5.2-inch Xperia Z2, is now available to pre-order from British networks O2 and Three — though customers may not receive their devices before late April or early May.

O2 has the purple and black Z2 available for pre-order on O2 Refresh Pay Monthly, priced between £609.99 and £19.99 depending on the monthly price and data allowance you choose. And Three is offering the black and white models up for pre-order on contracts costing between £38 (for 2GB) and £44 (for unlimited data) per month, with a £49 upfront fee. To sweeten the deal, Three is also offering free noise-cancelling headphones and a Sony portable speaker, while O2 throws in £80 worth of Sony entertainment and an Xperia Tablet Z for £99.99.

Pre-order buyers will have a few weeks to wait before getting their handsets, however, as Three is listing a shipping date of May 1, while O2 is expecting to have devices on their way sometime in the week of April 28. Local rival Vodafone has been taking Xperia Z2 pre-orders for the past couple of weeks, with a launch apparently scheduled for April 10. Meanwhile, smaller UK retailers have been telling customers not to expect stock until early May.

In a statement given to Android Central last week, Sony said it was "working tirelessly to maximise stock levels in April," but did not "expect to meet the high demand across all our sales channels."

Source: O2, Three

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3 years ago

Moto G reportedly boosts Motorola to six percent UK market share

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Moto Gs

£135 handset takes 'significant numbers of low-mid end customers from Samsung and Nokia,' according to report

The affordable Moto G, already Motorola's most successful smartphone ever, has powered the manufacturer to a six percent share of the British smartphone market, according to new data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. Kantar's stats are significant given that Motorola was a relative non-player in the UK market prior to the Moto X's November 2013 launch.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 baby monitor mode revealed

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Galaxy S5 baby monitor

'Baby crying detector' beams notifications to your Gear smartwatch

Samsung smartphones are all about the features, but one unique capability we didn't hear about at the Galaxy S5's Barcelona launch event is its apparent ability function as a baby monitor. Tracked down by Malaysian site SoyaCincau, the feature, dubbed "Baby crying detector" lives under the Accessibility menu and lets you alert a paired Samsung Gear smartwatch if the phone picks up the sound of a child crying.

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3 years ago

Vudu app updated with Chromecast support

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Vudu brings another entertainment choice to your Chromecast with the latest update

In early March we mentioned that the streaming video service Vudu was working to get Chromecast support baked into their Android app, and the recent update quietly did just that. Early reports and user reviews seem positive, and it looks like plenty of folks are enjoying the service through the Chromecast.

Google released the official Chromecast SDK in February, and we've seen plenty of entertainment applications take advantage of it. Streaming video and audio to the big screen is a great experience when it's easy to set up, and while the Chromecast isn't without its share of small bugs from time to time, the ease-of-use factor is pretty high.

If you're a Vudu user, you should have an update waiting in Google Play. If you're not a Vudu user, now would be a great time to check the service out — especially if you have a Chromecast.

Thanks, Gary!

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3 years ago

About that Dropbox DMCA thing ...

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Dropbox ToS

Dropbox (or any other service) complying with DMCA takedowns isn't really a new thing

There's a bit of a to-do this weekend over Dropbox and the DMCA and whether your files are being scanned, even though they're your files. Twitter user Darrell Whitelaw's post is getting shared all over the place, noting that sharing was disabled under some DMCA rules. The folder was private, contained copyrighted material, and a share link to the folder was shared, albeit not publicly.

Here's the thing, though:

Yes, Dropbox can limit sharing access to your files. And, no, this isn't exactly new. (Update: TechCrunch's Greg Kumparak has a great explainer on how all this works.)

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3 years ago

From the Editor's Desk: And for our next trick ...

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Android Central

Probably my favorite part of covering a major new device isn't the long-form review. It's not the "hands-on," and it's certainly not the gratuitous unboxing videos. It's not the page-view whoring "drop test" — spoiler: phones break when you drop them — and it's not battery tests that in no way reflect real-life use. No, for me where things really get fun are when we start to break down a phone feature by feature, explaining them in even more detail than we do in reviews.

We do it this way for a number of reasons. One of them is "space." Our HTC One M8 review weighed in at 6,000 words. (In the newspaper world I came from, stories were measured by length in column inches. I'd joke, badly, that really long stories had to be measured in pounds.) It simply becomes too unwieldy to go into great depth about every feature that needs to be explored for any phone. So, we break things out into separate stories. Volumes of reference material, if you will.

A side-effect of this is that anytime a new phone launches, there's a deluge of stories on that one device. It's happened before, it's happening now with the HTC One M8, and it'll happen again — in two weeks, in fact, when the Samsung Galaxy S5 goes on sale. It'll happen again later this year with new fare from Motorola and LG and, we presume, new Nexus tablets and phones.

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3 years ago

Mind your clocks and calendars today

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A quick reminder that while the U.S. switched over to Daylight Saving Time a few weeks ago, much of the rest of the world makes the change today. And while our Android phones usually handle the transition with ease, it's still possible to see issues. So keep an eye on those clocks — and, more important, any calendar entries — today, to make sure you don't end up off by an hour.

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3 years ago

Apps of the Week: Cut the Rope 2, Shattered Planet, HTC Power to Give and more!

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Apps of the Week

More great apps than you can shake a stick at

Here we are again wrapping up another great month of Apps of the Week columns. This week is no different than any other, though, as we're still bringing together a selection of app picks from each of the writers here at Android Central and putting them on display all in one place. There are no restrictions at play here — if it's an app that we use on our Android-powered phones, tablets, TVs or ovens, it's fair game to show up in this list.

This week we have a more standard collection of apps, comprised of a couple new games to try out, an app that can make you feel like you're helping out without lifting a finger and some utility apps to boot. Read along and see how this week's picks stack up with the rest — you may just find one that works for you.

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3 years ago

Moto G Forte leaked, improved durability for Latin America

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The Moto G has proven to be an important device for Motorola, and if the latest leak has truth to it, a more rugged version is bound for Latin America: the Moto G Forte. Meaning 'strong', the name Forte would be an appropriate one for what @evleaksES described as a phone with "improved durability."

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 acquired by Russians, promptly torn apart

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 isn't due to start sales until April 11th, but that's never been cause to pause for those that would take it apart. In this case, Russians. The comrades over at Ferra.ru got their hands on the upcoming smartphone from Samsung and tore it asunder. Well, more accurately they meticulously disassembled it.

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