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4 years ago

Sony officially announces the Xperia Z1 at IFA 2013


Brand new camera experience while retaining waterproof design

We're live in Berlin with Sony at its IFA 2013 press conference, and the wraps have just been pulled officially off the new Xperia Z1. As leaks have already indicated leading up to the event, the Xperia Z1 looks to be the Japanese manufacturers late 2013 flagship Android smartphone.

The Xperia Z1 is completely waterproof, sports a massive 20.7MP camera with improved 3x lossless digital zoom and several new camera software improvements. We're looking at a 1080p "Triluminous" display on front and the latest internals backing it up inside.

We now have the full press release and a few more images after the break. We'll be going hands on with the Xperia Z1 a little later, but in the meantime keep it locked to Android Central for continuing coverage of Sony's announcements from Berlin. 

More: Sony Xperia Z1 ForumFollow the Sony Live at IFA liveblog

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4 years ago

Moto X now available on US Cellular for $199


The Moto X (read our review) is now available on US Cellular. If you're interested in the US Cellular version, you can order it online for $199 (with a new 2 year agreement) after a rebate; it will also be available in stores on Friday, September 6th. You can currently get the Moto X in two colors: Woven White and Woven Black. 

If you have already pre-ordered it, don't worry, they have started to ship, so you should receive yours soon. 

This is great news for all of you on US Cellular who have been patiently waiting for the Moto X or for those who have been considering switching to the carrier. US Cellular is also offering a $75 switcher bonus for those switching from other providers. 

Who's getting one?

Source: US Cellular

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4 years ago

We're live in Berlin for Samsung Unpacked 2013: Episode 2!


Follow our live coverage of everything Samsung has to show us from their Unpacked 2013 event in Berlin

We're here, and by here I mean we're live on location at the Tempodrom in Berlin where Samsung is going to take us on one of their wild rides that is Unpacked. And what a show we're expecting it to be. The Berlin Unpacked event has become something of a tradition in recent years, with the headline launch having always been the Galaxy Note. This year is no exception, the invite on its own is reason enough to expect the Galaxy Note 3 to be officially unveiled here today. 

But, Samsung is also pretty good at throwing us a few curveballs, such as the Galaxy Camera and a bunch of ATIV Windows stuff last year. This year we could possibly be looking at the rumored Galaxy Gear smartwatch. Whatever happens, we'll know soon enough and we'll be bringing you with us every step of the way. The action kicks off at 19:00 local time (18:00 BST, 13:00 EDT, 10:00 PDT). Click on past the break for our Samsung Unpacked liveblog! 

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4 years ago

We're live in Berlin with Sony at IFA 2013!


Live coverage of all Sony's IFA 2013 announcements as they happen

We're live in Berlin today with Sony, as they kick off the IFA 2013 excitement with their press conference from the halls of Messe Berlin. What to expect, then? We're expecting to see the much leaked Xperia Z1 officially introduced today, and also the interesting looking 'Lens Camera' attachments that have leaked out in recent days and weeks. And, since this is Sony, and this is a consumer electronics show, there's sure to be some non-mobile announcements, including some likely very sexy — and very expensive — 4K televisions.

The show kicks off at 16:00 local time (15:00 BST, 10:00 EDT, 07:00 PDT) so remember to bookmark this page for full live coverage. You'll find our liveblog after the break. 

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4 years ago

HTC One Mini gets the David Koma design treatment in Twitter contest


HTC's UK arm this morning announced a special edition of the HTC One Mini, designed by British fashion guru David Koma. 

It's a limited run of 10 handsets, HTC says, and HTC UK is giving them away through Sept. 24 when you tweet with #htckoma along with a design of your own making as inspired by Koma, and with "the idea of 'change'," HTC says. One overall winner will also take away a signed print of the original artwork.

Says HTC:

The special edition collection sees HTC and David Koma working together to explore the ideas of change and innovation – traits that both are synonymous with in their respective fields – in a project that celebrates the power of design to bridge material and format. Each special edition HTC One mini handset features one of two exclusive designs by David Koma, printed onto the phone’s aluminium back panel. One of the unique abstract designs is inspired by his Autumn/Winter 2013 collection, while the other gives a flavour of what is to come in the Spring/Summer 2014 show, taking place on the 14th September, during London Fashion Week.

We've got the full presser after the break, and be sure to check out our HTC One Mini review if you've yet to do so.

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4 years ago

Samsung to include Lookout on future devices for increased enterprise security [update]


Another layer of security aimed at the enterprise could help BYOD efforts

Update: Naturally, as soon as the rumors are swirling, Lookout has just announced on its official blog that it has struck a deal with Samsung to be included in its KNOX security system on future devices. This partnership is part of a bigger move towards the enterprise for Lookout, and the security company clarifies that it will only be bundled on Samsung devices that have KNOX installed.

Original story: The idea of whether or not Android devices would benefit from third-party antivirus and security software is still being debated, but Samsung is potentially thinking it is a necessity. According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Samsung is expected to announce that it has penned a deal with Lookout to have its antivirus software pre-installed on devices going forward.

Indications are that the partnership with Lookout will span across all of Samsung's future devices, but the aim is to further its enterprise security rather than to protect average consumers. Building on its Samsung KNOX program, which works to silo enterprise data on personal devices, the inclusion of Lookout antivirus will potentially add yet another layer of security.

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4 years ago

Google's Larry Page enjoying his KitKat


Breaking off a piece

When you're the CEO of a company who knows how to have fun, even your candy bars are special. Here's A KitKat bar Larry Page is enjoying this evening to prove it.

We have no idea if these will be available for us "normal" people, but you can bet we're trying to find out. And if you were curious, Page used a Moto X to snap this not a fancy unknown Nexus.

Source: +Larry Page

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4 years ago

We're on the ground in Berlin for IFA 2013 - things are going to get busy!


This week is going to be a good one if you're an Android fan!

Phil, Alex and Richard are in Berlin gearing up for IFA 2013, and it looks like there will be plenty to keep Android fans interested. Between beers and bratwurst, we're going to be seeing what's new and coming from folks like Sony, Samsung, LG and Ford Motor Company, to name just a few. Mix in the great gadgets and interesting things you find on the floor at the Showstoppers and Pepcom events, and you've got the makings of a great week for everything Android and mobile.

We're busy with meetings and the important stuff like getting details just right today, but starting tomorrow the fun begins. Here's a quick look at the events, with times so you know exactly when to be online and watching. 

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4 years ago

Mysterious Nexus phone shows up in Google KitKat statue video


Phone looking much like a shrunken New Nexus 7 makes a cameo

Update: Well that didn't take long, it looks like the video has gone private. We at least have the above screenshot for you to take a look at.

Original story: Google took the unveiling of Android 4.4 KitKat seriously today by putting up one of its trademark statues of a KitKat-shaped Android on the Google lawn, and released a promo video showing the setup. The most interesting part of this video may not be the statue itself, but what one Googler is using to take a picture of the event.

As seen in the still we've grabbed from the video (seen above), someone is holding onto a phone unlike we've seen before. It's big, flat, says "Nexus" on the back in landscape orientation and looks a heck of a lot like a shrunken Nexus 7 (2013) — the materials and camera lens look nearly identical to the latest tablet.

Not much more can be seen from the video aside from a few frames and a nearby Nexus 4 for size comparison, but we know this isn't any phone available today. You'll find the video after the break, you can scrub forward to about 35 seconds if you want to cut to the Nexus phone action.

Via: Reddit

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4 years ago

Greetings from Berlin and IFA 2013


Greetings (finally, for some of us) from beautiful Berlin, Germany! I'm here with Alex Dobie and Richard Devine this week for the annual IFA conference, basically the CES of Europe.

We've already walked you through everything we expect to see this week, but we wanted to take a second and just say hi. And stay tuned for some fun this week!

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4 years ago

Vector 9: Ben Thompson on Microsoft's mobile dilemma


Ben Thompson of stratēchery joins Rene to talk about Microsoft in a post-Ballmer mobile market, the IBM analogy, whether they need to be more like Apple, and why Google and Samsung were so damn smart. Also: Nokia sale!

Note: This was originally supposed to be next week's episode of Vector, but due to Microsoft buying Nokia, we decided to fast-track. (It's especially interesting given Thompson, until recently, worked at Microsoft on the Windows 8 apps team, and previously interned at Apple on the Apple University project.)


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4 years ago

Android KitKat 4.4: Confectionary perfectionary


We all know that Android 4.4 will officially named KitKat, but what features will it bring?

Every corner, every edge has been carefully considered and crafted.

It really does taste as good as it looks.

With adjustable orientation that works perfectly in portrait or landscape.

Sure, it's a little tongue-in-cheek fun poking at overly-lofty technology commercials, but you're crazy if you don't think this is a brilliant marketing campaign. Let's hope we find out the true features of the operating system side of things sooner rather than later.

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4 years ago

Sony lens camera ad leaks, insists your life will be better with this attachment


NFC pairing, stand-alone functionality and sharing all shown off

It seems there are few details about Sony's upcoming QX10 and QX100 "lens camera" attachments that haven't been leaked, and we now have a full-length video ad for the accessories to watch. The lens cameras, which are expected to be revealed soon at this point, are shown off in this ad as a seemingly life-changing photography accessory.

The main points shown off here are simple one-touch pairing of the devices to phones over NFC, remote viewing of the camera without it being attached to the phone and easy sharing functionality between the camera and phone. Once paired with a phone, the camera can seemingly operate independently with its own shutter key and controls.

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4 years ago

Android passes 1 billion activations


An amazing milestone just a handful of years after its inception

Ever since Google announced that the total number of Android device activations had passed 900 million back at Google I/O we've been waiting for that magical 1 billion stat to become official. Taking to his Google+ page, head of Android, Chrome and Apps Sundar Pichai revealed today that over 1 billion Android devices had been activated to date.

That's a serious number, and at the rate of at least 1.5 million more activations per day, the milestones are going to keep on coming.

Source: +Sundar Pichai

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4 years ago

Kit Kat statue joins the crew at Google HQ


Sundar Pichai just showed us an absolutely awesome picture. A giant, chocolaty, delicious Kit Kat bar Android statue has joined the rest of the bunch on the lawn at Google HQ in Mountain View.

Does this mean what we think it means? Apparently it does, as it has been announced that Android Kit Kat is the next name for Android. We've got a live page already, and the folks who make the candy bars are getting in on the action and offering Android limited-edition versions that may contain coupons for a Nexus 7 or Google Play credit. Major props for pulling off the licensing on this one, Google.  (Update: Turns out no money changed hands in this deal, it's just mutual goodwill. Kit Kat's already got the Android branding out in force.)

Now who's ready for Android 4.4 KitKat?

Source: +Sundar Pichai

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