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4 years ago

HTC One Max available on Sprint this Friday

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Sprint this morning announced that it'll carry the HTC One Max — that's the larger one in this picture here, folks — starting this Friday., Nov. 15. It'll run $299 on contract with a two-year deal, or $25 a month with the Sprint One Up program.

As you'll recall from our HTC One Max review, this is a mondo 5.9-inch phone, with a 1080p display, HTC's Ultrapixel camera, a 3,300 mAh battery and the new Sense 5.5 user interface.

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4 years ago

Video: Hands-on with the Moto G!

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So many thoughts to be thunk about the Moto G. Relatively unimpressive specs — save for that price. Not quite a Moto X, but will that matter to most folks in this target market? And will such a low cost to consumers — under $200, off contract and unlocked — finally spur some sort of change in the industry? 

We'll see. For now, enjoy this quick hands-on from Alex Dobie from Motorola's satellite event in London. And be sure to check out the full Moto G specs here, and swing by our Moto G forums!

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4 years ago

AT&T fires up 10 more LTE markets

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AT&T this morning announced the addition of 10 more markets to its LTE roster, bringing its total to 471 markets nationwide.

New on the list are:

  • Dothan, Ala.
  • Vail, Colo.
  • Kalispell, Mont.
  • Utica-Rome, N.Y.
  • Prineville, Ore.
  • Clarksville-Hopkinsville, Tenn.-Ky.
  • Eagle Pass, Texas
  • Kerrville, Texas
  • Mount Pleasant, Texas
  • Uvalde, Texas

You can check out AT&T's coverage where you live at AT&T's coverage map.

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4 years ago

Moto G specs

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Motorola's Moto G looks to make a name for itself worldwide by being a mid-spec'd but properly priced Android smarpthone. 

Here are the complete Moto G specs:

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4 years ago

Motorola officially announces the Moto G!

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Moto G starts at just $179, off-contract and unlocked

Motorola this morning at an event in Sao Paulo, Brazil, announced the lower-cost Moto G Android smartphone. 

It's a smartphone that has a premium experience but has a fraction of the cost," said product manager Charlie Tritschler.

Moto G's got a 4.5-inch display at 720p. It's powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor at 1.2 GHz and sports 1GB of RAM. Motorola's pushed a 2070 mAh into this thing, noting 14 hours of talk time. Moto's touting that "all day" battery life line again.

And as you'd expect, it's running Android 4.3 out of the box, with an update to Android 4.4 "guaranteed" by January 2014, Moto's Punit Soni said.

For those who want some customization, Moto G is available with a number of removable backs — "Moto Shells." And there's a "Flip Shell" that is exactly what it sounds like — a flip cover to protect the displays.

And most important — an off-contract price of just $179 for 8GB. For 16GB, you'll pay just $199. It'll go on sale this week in Brazil and parts of Europe. After that come Latin America, Canada and parts of Asia.

Moto G will be available in the U.S., India, the Middle East and more of Asia in January. 

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4 years ago

Moto X to get Android 4.4 KitKat 'in a matter of weeks'

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Motorola's already confirmed that the Moto X will be upgraded to Android 4.4 KitKat. No surprise there. And today, at the Moto G event in Brazil, we get at least a vague idea of when we might expect it. 

Motorola Mobility CEO Dennis Woodside at today's event said the Moto X can expect to be updated "in a matter of weeks." Nothing more specific than that, unfortunately. But for now, we'll take it.

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4 years ago

Watch the Moto G livestream here!

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Here's the live livestream from Brazil as we await the unveiling of the Moto G. And we're also at a satellite event in London, so stay tuned for more from that.

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4 years ago

Sony launches new PlayStation App in the Play Store for eager PS4 users

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Push games to your console, chat with friends and keep up with stats on the go

It's that time of year (decade, really) where folks can get their hands on next-generation consoles, and to match up with its PS4 launch Sony has just put a new PlayStation App in Google Play. For those who want to stay in the loop even when they're not at home playing, the PlayStation App lets you keep in the loop. Once connecting your accounts and your PS4, you can push games to your console at home, chat with your friends and keep up with all of your stats.

The app also opens up chances for second-screen features when games make them available, expanding gameplay possibilities. You can cut down on the clutter with system guides, manuals and the PlayStation Blog right at your fingertips as well. If you are eagerly awaiting your PS4 arrival, you can head to the Play Store and grab a download of the PlayStation app and be ready for when it arrives.

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4 years ago

Plague Inc. adds new CDC content, game features

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Speed runs, new events and news are all included

Ndemic Creation's infectious title Plague Inc. is receiving an update today that brings a whole bunch of new game content. The so-called "Mutation 6 warning" update includes a new game mode called "speed runs," which as it sounds has the single goal of seeing how fast you can kill the entire world. It also includes new CDC content — the Centers for Disease Control is now inside the game.

You'll also find a rebalanced NAZG achievement, new events and news with more back stories and other general performance and game improvements throughout. You can grab the latest version of Plague Inc. at the Play Store link above, if you're so inclined.

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4 years ago

Android 4.4 KitKat rolling out to Nexus 7s, Nexus 10

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Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 with mobile data to receive update 'soon'

Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013 Wifi models) and Nexus 10 users may want to start checking for the big update right about now, as the OTA to KitKat has been released into the wild according to the official Android Google+ account. To accept the OTA as-is, you'll need to be running the latest stock build from Google, though an unlocked boot loader should pose no problem.

If you didn't go back to stock so you were ready, you've a couple options. The easiest, and recommended, is to sit tight and wait for someone to convert things into a zip file that can be flashed with any recovery, which will follow shortly after the OTA gets into plenty of hands. You could also quickly flash the last factory image, or you could just wait and see if Google releases a new 4.4 factory image.

Source: +Android@Android

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4 years ago

Verizon CFO admits network isn't up to speed in big cities

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Customers getting dropped from LTE to 3G because of 'capacity constraints'

Speaking at an investor conference, Verizon CFO Fran Shammo admitted that his carrier's network isn't offering a high enough quality of service in big cities. Although it reminds everyone regularly that it has the nation's largest LTE network, the admission that Verizon is coming up short in data speeds and experience is a surprising one.

"There are certain pockets where we're absolutely going to experience that down tick from the LTE network down to 3G because of capacity constraints."

Said Shammo, acknowledging the problem. In our own experience in the Seattle area, we've seen Verizon's network regularly become unusable on LTE, dropping to 3G and even 1X just to try and hold a signal — and it turns out we're not alone. Verizon has been selling LTE handsets for the longest of any carrier and well over half of its data traffic is moved over LTE, putting serious strain on the network. Shammo says that an average LTE customer uses over double the data of a 3G customer.

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4 years ago

Amazon rolls out Kindle store and devices in Australia

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Amazon wants to deliver more smiles to the land down under

Amazon has announced the availability of both the Kindle store and Kindle devices for their Australian customers. The new store will offer more than 2,000,000 eBooks, with more than 26,000 being free English-language titles. Customers will be able to choose from more than 700,000 books priced at $3.99AU or less, and more than 1,400,000 titles at $9.99AU or less. To round out the news, independent authors can now use Kindle Direct Publishing to make their books available, and earn the standard 70-percent royalty in the Kindle store.

To read all these books, you need a capable device, and for accessing the Kindle store none are more capable than a Kindle proper. The Kindle Fire HD is available now at Dick Smith and Big W stores across Australia for $189AU. The Kindle Fire HDX in both the 7 and 8.9-inch models will be available from Dick Smith and Big W as well, with the 7-inch model coming November 26 for $329AU, and the 8.9-inch version coming December 10 for $479.

While most of what we call Android has been stripped from the Kindle family, the devices themselves are great for reading. We're happy to see Amazon expanding into Australia. For full details, see the source links.

Source: Amazon (1); (2); (3)

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4 years ago

AT&T Galaxy Note 3 receiving small OTA update today

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Update brings more stability and enhancements to the Note 3

Folks using an AT&T branded Note 3 are seeing a small OTA update this afternoon. Preliminary reports say things seem a little more responsive, and the keyboard background has changed colors to a pleasing blue-back look. Also, important to many, this update breaks root — you've been warned. We reached out to AT&T for a change log, and as soon as we hear back we'll update things here.

Getting the update is easy enough — your update will appear in the status bar when it's your turn, or you can try your luck and manually check in the settings. 

Discuss today's update, and all things Note 3 in the forums.

Source: AT&T Note 3 forums. Thanks everyone who sent this in!

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4 years ago

CyanogenMod Installer hits the Play Store to help you flash your phone

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App still needs to be paired with a Windows component to install firmware

In its push to make installing its custom firmware easier for the average user, CyanogenMod has just launched its installer app in the Play Store. You'll need more than just the app to get through the process, however. After installing and going through a few basic instructions related to turning on USB debugging and the like, you'll be pointed to its get.cm website to download the desktop software to initiate the install.

You'll still need a Windows PC (running Vista or later) and a good USB cable to get your phone flashed with CyanogenMod, which adds another wrinkle of complication to the process. The combination of apps on your phone and computer should make it pretty simple though, provided your phone is on the list of compatible devices.

Although the app doesn't do a whole lot on its own, you can grab it from the Play Store if you're willing to also download the software on your PC and move through the process to bring CM to your device.

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4 years ago

Halloween 2013 Contest Winners

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