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3 years ago

HTC reveals new Desire handsets for Taiwan

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Desires 300, 501, 601 and 700 fill out HTC's entry-level and mid-range lineup

HTC has today expanded its mid-range and budget portfolio for its home market of Taiwan, announcing the HTC Desire 300, 501, 601 dual-SIM and 700 dual-SIM. We've already become acquainted with the Desire 300 and 601, recently introduced in Europe as single-SIM phones, but the 501 and 700 appear to be new members of the Desire family.

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3 years ago

Moto G available for just £99 on Tesco Mobile

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UK Supermarket chain offering the Moto G for quite a bit less than competitors on its own network

The Moto G isn't exactly an over-priced Android smartphone as it is, but Tesco Mobile has already slashed the price down to just £99 for the 8GB version. That's a saving of £36 over list price for what frankly is already the best budget smartphone in town. 

The 16GB Moto G can also be had, and this one will cost you just £129. Better still, since it's being sold at Tesco, Clubcard points and vouchers can be gained and used by buying the Moto G here leaving a real possibility for an insane bargain as we head towards the holiday season. It'll be locked to Tesco Mobile, but at this price it's even harder to resist picking one up. Head on over to the source link for more and to buy your own. 

More: Moto G Review

Source: Tesco

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3 years ago

YouTube update improves search results, channel pages

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Channel discovery on mobile just got a bit easier

A small update to the YouTube app is being pushed out tonight to improve search and channel functionality. The changelog is brief here, but these are some important small tweaks. First up you'll now see channel results when you search for keywords along with video results — channels will show up at the top of the search results when a match is found.

Additionally, when you tap into those channels you'll now make use of the standardized "tab" layout on the page, which you can easily swipe left and right between Activity, Videos and Playlists. Google says that the app update has various bugfixes as well, including a bizarre issue where the Cast button would be on top of the current video when Bluetooth was connected.

You can snag the latest updated version (5.3.23 on our devices) at the Play Store link above.

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3 years ago

Sonic Dash hits the Play Store - an endless runner with your favorite SEGA characters

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Android players receive special score multiplier this weekend only

SEGA is launching another Sonic game on Android today, an endless runner called Sonic Dash. This new title is an "endless runner" kind of game (think Temple Run) set in the wonderful old-school 3D Sonic world, with all of the fun associated. You'll jump, slide and roll your way through enemies, collect rings and see how long you can go without dying.

The game runs on both phones and tablets in portrait mode, and is a blast to play — even more so if you're a Sonic fan. The big downside here is the intense focus on upselling you to buying more rings, unlocks and power-ups. You'll watch video ads between runs and generally be nagged to make purchases, so if you plan on playing for long you'll want to make at least one in-app purchase with a minimum price of $3.99 to remove the ads.

Beyond the weird freemium model, SEGA seems to have another great title on its hands here, and we're glad it's made its way to Android. You can grab a download at the Play Store link above.

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3 years ago

The best Android phone you can buy

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It’s time fo​r another look at the best Android handsets out there

It’s been a busy three months since we brought you our last roundup of the best Android phones on the market. In that time we’ve witnessed the launch of important devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, LG G2 and Nexus 5, along with the new Android 4.4 KitKat — and important updates for existing phones. The Android smartphone landscape has altered considerably, with the established flagship phones released in earlier months facing new challengers as we approach the end of the year.

So it’s time to take a fresh look at things as 2013 draws to a close. Just about everything that’s going to land in Q4 has done so, and so the current selection of Android phones will be sticking around until the first wave of 2014 handsets arrives in early Spring.

Join us after the break, where we’ll crown the best Android phone overall, the best oversized phone and the best value phone — and look at a few runners-up and honorable mentions.

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3 years ago

Google Voice Search hotword detection extension comes to Chrome

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Saying 'OK Google' will now get your Nexus phone and your computer ready for input

Google is first and foremost a search company, so we can never act surprised when they extend functionality of their search platform. That's what we're seeing today, with the release of a new Chrome Extension that enables the OK Google hotword detection via your computer microphone while on the Google Search page.

Using it should be familiar — say "OK Google," followed by a string to search for or a command. Things like setting timers or asking math problems seem to work well, and we have no doubt folks will soon discover all manner of cool things you can do here — like barrel rolls.

Getting it is easy enough. You'll need a microphone, and Google Chrome on your computer. Then just visit the Chrome Store and install the extension. Have fun, and try to be at least a little productive, OK?

Via: +Google

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3 years ago

Acer unveils touchscreen version of C720 Chromebook for $299 [update]

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Less RAM, more storage accompanies touchscreen with price bump

Update: The new C720P Chromebook is now up for pre-order on amazon at the link below.

Original story​: Acer is building out a third version of its latest Chromebook platform, and this time the biggest notable feature is the addition of a touchscreen. This new C720P model is all but identical to the other C720's currently available, with the same chassis, screen size and ports, with just a few internal tweaks and of course the touchscreen. That screen is the same 11.6-inches across and 1366 x 768 resolution, but now has capacitive touch.

As for internals you're getting the same Haswell micro-architecture Celeron 2955U processor as the original C720, 32GB of storage rather than the 16GB found in the other models but a bump down to just 2GB of RAM from 4GB found in the original. For ports you have one USB 2.0 port, one USB 3.0 port, SDcard slot and HDMI out.

While performance of the touchscreen is yet to be known, it's a big deal to see Acer shipping a touchscreen Chromebook for such a low price. The Chromebook Pixel gave us an early look at what it's like to use Chrome OS on a touchscreen device, but at $1000 more than this upcoming C720P, it isn't much of a mass-market device.

Acer says the C720P will be on sale from Amazon, Best Buy and from Acer directly in early December.

More: Pre-order the Acer C720P Chromebook from Amazon

Source: Acer

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3 years ago

Humble Mobile Bundle 3 adds more games to the above-average donation list

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Nine games now on offer for a donation of just over $5

The Humble Mobile Bundle 3 is expanding its game offerings with three new games today. As it regularly does, at the midway point of the sale the Humble Bundle is expanding to now offer four games for donations at any amount, and another five games if you donate above the average thus far. The three new titles are as follows:

  • Hundreds
  • Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor
  • Desert Bus

That builds on the other set of great games, some of which are making their debut on the Android platform. If you're looking to pick up nine games at a great price and help out charity in the process, hit the source link below. Currently, the average donation is sitting at $5.26 — a killer deal for nine DRM-free games.

Source: Humble Bundle

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3 years ago

Get $25 in Google Play credit when you buy a Nexus 7 from the Play Store

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Google's making it easy to get a few apps or some media for your new Nexus 7

Google wants to make your holiday gift of a Nexus 7 a little bit better, as they are giving away $25 in Google Play credit with a new purchase from Google Play.

Holiday Special: $25 Google Play credit and free shipping.

For a limited time, you will receive a $25 Google Play credit when you purchase a Nexus 7 from the Play Store. Your Google Play credit will be emailed when your Nexus 7 ships.

This goes along with free shipping for the tablet, which makes one of the best purchases even better. The offer is good for all sizes, and for LTE or Wifi models. See the Play Store for the full details.

If you'd rather not order from the Goog, Amazon also has a pretty good deal going on where you can save 10-percent on any Nexus 7 purchase. Either way, we win.

Via: @GooglePlay

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3 years ago

You can now see the inside of select airports and train stations with Google Street View

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Over 60 new indoor locations added to the Street View project bring your travel destination to your screen

Traveling to visit loved ones this holiday season? If so, Google may have something you'll be interested in as a slew of airports, train, subway and even a cable car station have been added to Street View. No longer will you have to hit the nice lady at the information desk to find your gate or platform, because you can bury your head inside your Android phone and see things for yourself.

Of course, the usefulness of any of this remains to be seen. But for those of us who can't be jaunting off to Rome or Rio can pretend we're there — or at least in the airport. 

The full list of locations — mostly in North America and Western Europe — can be found in a neat interactive map right here. If nothing else, it's cool to browse through.

Source: Google

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3 years ago

Canadian Galaxy S3 and Note 2 receiving Android 4.3 update

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Another group of devices make the jump to Android 4.3

We're hearing from multiple Canadians with Galaxy S3's and Galaxy Note 2's today that are receiving the big update to Android 4.3. Falling in right behind those with the Galaxy S4 and S4 Mini that received the update up north, those with the last-generation handsets aren't being left out in the cold.

As we're sure you're aware by this point, the big 700MB+ update brings all sorts of improvements to the two phones, including support for the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, Samsung's KNOX enterprise software and a visual refresh of some menus and icons throughout the system.

If you haven't received the update on your own Galaxy S3 or Note 2, now's a good time to start checking more frequently.

More: Samsung Galaxy S3 Forums | Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Forums

Thanks, Michael and William!

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3 years ago

Galaxy Gear update with improved notifications hitting U.S. models this week

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Improving core functionality of this wearable

Those of you in the U.S. with a Samsung Galaxy Gear are about to receive a good bit of extra functionality with an update hitting this week. We caught a glimpse of this update when it came to European variants, and it seems the same functionality will now be making a wider release. The update is primarily focused on improving rich notification support, which at launch was limited to a handful of Samsung's own first-party apps.

Post update, the Gear will show notifications with more information from "most third party apps," Samsung claims, including Facebook, Messenger, Gmail, Hangouts, Twitter and Foursquare. Not having these notifications give any useful information in the shipping software was quite a shortcoming of the smartwatch, so we're excited to see how the feel of the Galaxy Gear improves.

Beyond notifications, the update will also improve the "Smart Relay" function, which lets the Galaxy Gear do more on its own via your connected smartphone rather than pushing functions for you to handle on the phone itself. Further, the gesture response for lifting your wrist to display the watch face has been tweaked.

Samsung tells us that the update is on its way this week, so if you've made the leap to pick up a Gear and are ready for some improvements, be on the lookout for that update through Gear Manager.

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3 years ago

Rejoice, T-Mobile Galaxy S4 users, you're getting an OTA to 4.3 today

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780MB update brings Android 4.3, Knox, and Galaxy Gear support

If you're using a Galaxy S4 on T-Mobile, you've had your patience tested the past few months. The same phone on other carriers (without Wifi calling, which everyone expects is the reason for the delays) has seen updates come and go to improve the laggy behavior of the S4, while we had to sit back and wonder when it would be our turn.

Our turn is today. The Android 4.3 update for the T-Mobile Galaxy S4 is pushing out right now. I fired up mine and mashed a few buttons and see it for myself. It seems like a very slow download, but I can wait another hour for the 780MB file.

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3 years ago

BBM will be preinstalled on some Android smartphones, BlackBerry says

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BlackBerry this morning announced that BBM will be preloaded on some Android smartphones starting in December. The specific models weren't named — BlackBerry said "from leading [original equipment manufacturers]" — but you'll be able to find them in Africa, India, Indonesia, Latin America and the MIddle East.

Parties involved include Be, Brightstar, Celkon, EVERCORSS, IMO, Micromax, Mito, Snexian, Spice, TECNO, TiPhone and ZEN.

Via CrackBerry

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3 years ago

Moto G now available directly from Motorola, shipping December 2

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Global and U.S. versions selling for $179-199 SIM-free

A little earlier than expected, Motorola's entry-level Moto G is now available to purchase directly from the manufacturer's U.S.-based website. The 4.5-inch Android 4.3 handset is available for $179 (8GB) or $199 (16GB) SIM-free, with U.S. and global-optimized versions of both available. (Moto's site says both devices can roam globally, but the U.S. version is optimized for American networks, and vice-versa for the global model.) In the U.S. you'll be able to use this unlocked Moto G on T-Mobile or AT&T HSPA+, but there's no CDMA or 4G LTE support on this particular model — a CDMA version will be coming in January, Moto says.

The Moto G is one of the most impressive budget handsets to pass across our desks this year. It sports a Moto X-like polycarbonate exterior, a 720p LCD display and a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 CPU. On the software side it's near-stock Android 4.3 Jelly Bean running the show, with a few Moto software tweaks.

Here's a snippet from our recent review of the Moto G:

"Depending on your perspective, the Moto G can be seen as a ridiculously cheap phone considering its quality, or a ridiculously good phone for its price. Either way, it’s a lesson to other manufacturers in how to make a good, cheap Android phone. The screen is the best you’ll find on a budget handset, the CPU, while by no means high-end, strikes a great balance of performance and energy efficiency, allowing the built-in battery to drive the device through a fully day of use with ease."

Moto G orders placed today on Motorola.com should start shipping from Dec. 2.

More: Moto G review

Source: Moto G on Motorola.com

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