4 years ago

In pictures: The Motorola Droid Mini


The Droid Mini promises the features of the Ultra in a smaller chassis

It seems we're being inundated with "mini" versions of popular smartphones these days. First was Samsung with its Galaxy S4 Mini, then HTC with the One Mini. Today Motorola announced a "miniature" 4.3-inch handset of its own, the Droid Mini, promising thin bezels, an HD display and the same software suite that's found on the larger devices.  Like last year's RAZR M, Moto's calling the Mini's screen an "edge-to-edge" display, on account of its almost nonexistent horizontal bezels.

The Motorola Droid Mini lands on Verizon Aug. 22 for $99 on-contract. We've got your first look in our photo gallery after the break; stay tuned for video in the very near future.

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4 years ago

In pictures: The Motorola Droid Maxx


The Droid MAXX promises two-days of battery life in a slim design

Verizon's latest battery champ, the Droid MAXX offers an improvement from last years RAZR MAXX's 32-hours of battery life, cranking things up to a full 48-hours. It also brings along a new style and checks in thinner than previous models.

You've still get the Kevlar construction, but things like wireless charging and Motorola's new 10MP camera have been added, and to go with the new look there are some new accessories.

You can see what we're talking about after the break, where we've got a slew of photos to look through.

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4 years ago

Verizon makes the Droid Ultra, Droid MAXX and Droid Mini official


Verizon's 2013 Motorola Droid lineup

Verizon has unwrapped it's new Motorola Droid line, bringing the US the first Motorola Droids of 2013. They look to be real winners, sporting thin bodies, new designs, and an all-new Motorola X8 Mobile Computing System. Think of the eight cores on the device -- two for apps, four for graphics, one contextual and one for natural language -- working together to bring us an all-new experience.

First up, the Droid Ultra. Built with a Kevlar body and 3D design, it's the thinnest smartphone available. Following is the Droid MAXX, also built of Kevlar and 9-percent thinner than last year's model yet still delivers 48-hours of battery life (up from last years 32 hours). The Droid Mini offers the same great software in a more compact size.

All three phones offer some interesting software enhancements, including an Active Display that keeps notifications on the screen without turning everything on, Quick Capture to take fast pictures, Droid Zap -- share photos with anyone within 300 feet of you with a two-finger gesture, and the Droid Command center for Miracast support.

Pricing is as follows: The Mini checks in at $99, the Ultra at $199, and the MAXX at $299. These prices are with a new agreement, of course. The devices will be available on August 20, and pre-orders start now today at 1PM ET at droiddoes.com.

Purchasers will also receive an Ingress invite, and six months of free Google Play Music All Access.

We're heading over to the devices to have a good look -- keep an eye out. In the meantime, a gallery of pictures of the event and the official press release is past the break.

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4 years ago

Live from the Verizon Droid event


Full coverage of everything Verizon, live from New York

We're on site in New York, seeing what Verizon has to show us all. We're expecting a handful of Motorola Droid devices, and we'll be sure to let you know everything Big Red has to tell us as soon as they tell us.

Stay tuned!

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4 years ago

Another Moto X video appears, offers four minutes of clear footage


Once again the folks at the Vietnamese site Tinhte.vn are showing us what certainly appears to be the Moto X. These four minutes of video take us on a walkthrough of the phone, showing the exterior as well as a little glimpse of the software. There's nothing we haven't seen before, but we know you guys want all the Moto X news we can find. 

Anyone around who can translate? Drop anything we need to know in the comments, please!

Via: +Brian Shedrick jr.

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4 years ago

Sprint Vital mini review


The Sprint Vital offers a lot of bang for your buck, but it's not for everyone, especially given the carrier's handful of other budget-friendly options.

Things have changed quite a bit over the past year in terms of what $100 can buy you, and for those who can’t stomach dropping more than a Benjamin on a new smartphone, there’s never been a better time to upgrade. Budget-busting flagships are no longer the only devices worthy of writing a check for – Android has come a long way, and yesterday’s specs are becoming more and more evergreen.

The Vital, made by Chinese manufacturer ZTE yet sold under the Sprint moniker, isn’t cracking any glass ceilings – a game changer this is not. But it does mark a welcome new addition to the growing “high-end budget” market, which is great news for consumers. It faces some stiff competition on Sprint’s shelves, though, especially given the carrier’s recent promotions offering some of yesterday’s top-shelf phones for pennies on the dollar.  For Sprint customers looking to save some money on their next smartphone, the Vital is just one of many choices offering some serious bang for your buck.

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4 years ago

We're answering your HTC One Mini questions on the Android Central forums!

The HTC One Mini is in the house - head to the forums for answers to your burning questions

The One Mini is HTC's upcoming 4.3-inch variant of its flagship device, with a 720p display and familiar industrial design. Last week we got our hands we got our hands on the device for a quick preview, but from today we've got one all to ourselves.

We'll have a full HTC One Mini review posted in the days ahead, but until then you can hit up our Q&A thread on the Android Central forums to ask whatever burning questions you might have about the device. If you're not yet a forum member, registration is free, quick and easy.

Hit the link below to get started!

More: HTC One Mini Q&A on the Android Central forums

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4 years ago

Sonos now plays music stored directly on your phone


A quick but important update to the Sonos app today — you can now play back music and podcasts stored directly on your phone. (No, we're not sure how this wasn't an option before now, either.) Podcasts work so long as you're running at least Android 2.2, which should damn near be just about everyone reading this.

After you update your app, look for "This Mobile Device" in the menu, and you're good to go.

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4 years ago

New Sony Honami images emerge matching up to earlier leaks


Matches earlier leaked renders, looks a lot like a refresh to the Xperia Z

At this point we're somewhat used to new Sony devices leaking out ahead of their launch, and Sony's next big device, codenamed Honami, is no exception. Following earlier leaked renders, some pretty clear photographs have emerged claiming to be Honami, and they show a device that looks as though it could be a refresh to the Xperia Z line. 

The overall form factor is very similar to the Xperia Z, with the same external skeleton frame we've seen before, only colored to match the device. The back looks to possibly be glass again, and that rumored 20MP camera sits up in the top left as we've seen before. Down on the bottom edge of the device there's what looks to be a pretty hefty speaker, and round the front it looks pretty much the same as other Sony smartphones. 

Other rumors state that inside the Honami is a Snapdragon 800, 2GB of RAM, a 3000mAh battery, all sitting beneath a 5-inch, 1080p Triluminos displays. At this point none of the alleged specs are unlikely, and all that remains now is for it to finally launch. We're expecting our first look at the Honami at Sony's September 4 press conference in Berlin at IFA, where of course we'll be on the ground throughout. Hit up the links below for more images. 

Source: Gadget Helpline via Xperia Blog

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4 years ago

HTC unveils entry-level Desire 500 for Taiwan


HTC has taken the wraps off its latest budget-focused smartphone for its home market of Taiwan. The Desire 500 packs a 4.3-inch WVGA (800x480) display, and is powered by a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 200 processor with 1GB of RAM and 4GB of storage, expandable via microSD. On the software side, the star of the show is the company's latest Sense 5 UI, which complete with the BlinkFeed home screen reader. Buyers will miss out on big-name HTC feautres like BoomSound and the Ultrapixel camera, however, as the Desire 500 comes with a standard 8-megapixel shooter and single rear speaker. Engadget is reporting a MSRP of NT$11,900 ($400), which might also make the 500 a tough sell.

Elsewhere, HTC has recently expanded Desire line in Eastern Europe with the Desire 200 and Desire 600.

Source: HTC; via: Engadget

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4 years ago

Samsung's new Exynos 5 Octa 5420 brings double the GPU power of the current silicon


It should come as no surprise that next year's chips will be better than this years. Moore's Law and common sense tell us that product specification will continue to rise, even if we no longer need them to be more powerful. The CPU in your smartphone is no different.

Samsung has unveiled the new Exynos 5 Octa 5420, which has a six-core ARM Mali-T628 GPU and runs a big.LITTLE implementation with four ARM Cortex-A15 cores at 1.8 GHz, and four Cortex-A7 cores at 1.3GHz . Samsung says this new chip will boost 3D graphic processing performance to double that of the current Exynos 5 Octa, be able to run complex and computationally intensive algorithms or operations on the GPU, and fully support OpenGL ES 3.0 and Full Profile Open CL 1.1. These are the types of advancements that mean more than extra cores and more Gigahertz, and will open new opportunities for vendors who use the chips in mobile devices and laptops. 

The new Exynos is currently being shopped around to OEMs and vendors, and we should expect to see the chip go into full production in August. The full press release follows the jump.

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4 years ago

Moto X camera interface revealed with on-screen tutorial



Features include new slide-in controls, hidden buttons and slow-motion video mode

We've seen a whole lot of hardware and spec leaks of the Moto X in the past several days, and now we've got our first in-depth look at a big component of the software experience -- the camera. In several different screenshots of the UI obtained by AndroidPolice, the refined Motorola camera UI is shown to be a completely new paradigm with some small adaptations of what we see on stock Android 4.2 currently.

The main interface change at play here is that the camera controls are revealed by a swipe in from the left edge of the screen and are arranged in a wheel. Swiping from the right instead brings you into the Gallery, the same as you would expect on stock Android 4.2. Buttons to switch between front and rear-facing cameras and to toggle video mode are stagnant on the bottom of the interface. There is no shutter button on the Moto X and pictures can instead be taken by tapping -- and holding for burst mode -- anywhere in the viewfinder. Additionally, digital zoom can be done with swiping up and down on the screen with the camera launched.

If you're looking to learn even more about the Moto X you won't have to wait long, as Motorola is set to unveil the device on August 1st. For now, hang around after the break for a few more looks at the camera interface. 

Source: AndroidPolice

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4 years ago

Recon Jet Android-powered HUD glasses sell out before initial pre-order period ends


Second batch, shipping in February 2014, now available for $599

Recon Instruments' new Android-powered HUD glasses, dubbed the "Recon Jet" have sold out before the first pre-order period ended at $499 each. These early "Pilot Edition" models went on sale for $100 off retail price to entice early adopters over to the platform, and the plan seems to have worked. Even though these shipments aren't expected until December of this year, pre-orders are all sold out.

Because of the high demand, Recon Instruments has decided to open up another pre-order period at the retail price of $599. This next batch of devices will be sold on a first come, first serve basis and won't ship until February 2014 but will still get to early adopters before the devices hit store shelves officially. The order page is now live at the source link below if you're interested in picking up a pair.

More: Recon Instruments

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4 years ago

'Limited Edition' Motorola Droid Ultra leaks ahead of Verizon's NYC event


A design that checks all of the boxes for a Verizon 'Droid' phone

We're inside of 24 hours until Verizon does its thing in New York City, and we have a nice looking leak of an upcoming device expected at the event. Courtesy of HelloMotoHK, a close-up picture of a purported "Limited Edition" Droid Ultra has surfaced showing off a woven kevlar back and some special red coloring. The kevlar looks to be coated in an extremely shiny finish, and the dramatic red and black paint scheme along with prominent "Droid" branding makes sure you won't forget what carrier you're on. The red stripe is likely something reserved for the Limited Edition model -- which we've seen for previous devices -- but we wouldn't mind if some other crazy patterns were made available.

We got a nice look at a press render of the device's front a couple of weeks ago, but this is the first clear in-person look we've got of the back. We're not entirely sure where this particular device will fit into the lineup of phones we're expecting Verizon to show us tomorrow, but we won't have to wait long to find out.

Source: Droid-Life

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4 years ago

Invites for the LG G2 event in New York are making the rounds, and LG isn't keeping secrets


LG puts the G2 front and center in today's press invitation to New York on August 7.

LG's not even trying to hide it anymore, as a new round of press invites for their August 7 event in New York have went out, and they not only picture the G2, but name it in the text.

To be honest, we think this is a great thing. Everyone knows what LG has coming, everyone is excited about the new G2, and giving us pictures and dropping the name around makes us look forward to the event even more. As a refresher, what we expect to see inside the G2:

With those internals, it's no wonder that a lot of folks can't wait to see and hear more about the LG G2. We'll be there in New York, not just because it's our job to be there, but because we're also Android nerds are are pretty excited.

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