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X Phone specs, and why you shouldn’t care.

Moto X PhonePurported Google X Phone prototype | Image credit: TinhteThe Motorola X Phone has gained a lot of traction, and a has just about everyone curious. The original scuttlebut involved some sort of device which would shift the Earth’s axis, but the reality is much more subdued. While it wasn’t the monster we’d all hoped for, many remain sanguine a...

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Nokia Lumia 1020 Released: a Contender for the Galaxy S4 & iPhone 5?

nokia lumia 1020 3Today, Nokia is presenting the Lumia 1020 in New York, the company's new camera smartphone which is a definite step up from the Nokia PureView 808, thanks most importantly to the ultra-potent camera technology, which sets it apart from worldwide competitors. But what makes the Lumia 1020 so great and how it beats out the Galaxy S4 and iPhone 5...

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Network Changes and New Tech Needed to Get More From Batteries

Android phone battery drain fixThere is only so far we can go as far as having increasingly thinner smartphones with long battery life. These are the noises eminating from Qualcomm's John Stefenac. Stefenac believes that there is an enormous amount of pressure for being put on smartphone manufacturers to deliver cool, sexy, ultra-thin devices that have a long battery life. ...

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Win 730 Galaxy S4 units with T-Mobile’s JUMP #Hate2Wait campaign

T-Mobile JUMP Galaxy S4After announcing its new JUMP program, T-Mobile has started a #Hate2Wait online promotion campaign that has 730 Galaxy S4s as prizes.Short for “just upgrade my phone,” JUMP is a very interesting T-Mobile initiative that goes to show the carrier is willing to go to great lengths to distance itself from the others.In addition from waiving contrac...

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Sony sends out invites to its press conference at IFA 2013. Is Sony bringing the Honami with it?

Sony logo aa (1) - 600pxSony has been very busy this year in both the smartphone and tablet markets, hoping to recapture its former glory. Now Sony is starting to send out invitations for its press event at IFA 2013 on September 4 (2 days before the official event begins).Remember how Sony had an event in Paris earlier in the month, and we were all adamant that the Honami...

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Watch out Samsung, Motorola can spend half a billion to market the Moto X

dennis woodside motorola ceo Ricardo Bilton/VentureBeat To be successful in the smartphone business, it’s not enough to make the best hardware or the prettiest looking device. Marketing is just as important, and, some say, the biggest factor that decides the ultimate fate of a product. The living proofs are Samsung and Apple, the two behemoths of the smartphone industry and...

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“Value Pack” update rolling out to AT&T Optimus G Pro customers

The LG Optimus G Pro is a brilliant smartphone, and if there’s one thing we as consumers love to see, it’s updates to make our smartphones even more brilliant. Originally announced in March, LG has now begun rolling out the “Value Pack” to AT&T customers.The update is still Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, so no change in the Android version, ...

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LG outs world’s thinnest full HD LCD panel, basically confirms display on LG G2

LG Display 1 The LG G2, also known as the LG Optimus G2, is one of the more anticipated smartphones coming out in the second half of 2013. So far the rumors are plentiful but not much has been set in stone yet. This may have changed as LG recently sent out a press release for a full HD smartphone panel. Given that the LG G2 is the next big thing coming out of ...

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High-end device, low-end price: the race to the middle

Best smartphones 2013With so much going on in the world of Android, it’s often hard to sleep  at night. Lovers of mobile tech around the world, with visions of even better devices, dancing in their heads. And why not? There is not a single other industry that is as intensely competitive, that yields massively improved technology each and every year.Anyway, I dig...

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Samsung and HTC may be supporting ZigBee home automation

Zigbee home automationHome automation sounds sublime; everything we want, at the push of a button. Whether at home or away, we could control the lights, set the temperature, and who knows how many other household tasks can be accomplished remotely.ZigBee or not, an industry standard moving forward would be ideal.The problem? We don’t have a unified service. Samsung ap...

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AT&T asks us to “get ready for what’s next in wireless” on July 16th

AT&T logo [aa] (3)In just a few hours T-Mobile will take the stage in New York City to discuss some of its “boldest moves yet”. Not to be outdone, AT&T is now sending out a teaser for an announcement on July 16th, asking us to “prepare for what’s next in wireless”. Similar to T-Mobile’s event, we really don’t know for sure what to expect from ...

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20nm ARM processors could be 30% faster, pushing for the 3GHz mark

Cortex A15WaferCredit: Extremetech Semi-conductor manufacturing firms TSMC and Globalfoundries are both expected to have their 20nm mobile chip foundries up and running by 2014, which means that a new wave of faster and more energy efficient ARM processors should be heading our way sometime next year.According to TSMC, the shrink down to 20nm could see clock for...

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Samsung looking to supply chips to Amazon, NVIDIA and Sony

Samsung processor chipAccording to industry sources, Amazon, NVIDIA, and Sony are emerging as potential new clients for Samsung’s semiconductor business. Samsung could certainly do with finding some new buyers for its chips, as the company not too long ago lost its smartphone rival Apple as one of its key buyers.Samsung and Apple have an agreement whereby Samsung will...

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Korean report: “Nexus 5” to be based on LG G2, to come in early October with Android 5

Google LG Nexus 4 Logo aa 1 1600It’s looking more and more likely that the next Nexus smartphone will be manufactured by LG. The latest report that supports this prediction emerged today on the Korean tech site Daum.If the report is accurate, the successor to the Nexus 4 is currently being developed based on the hardware platform of the LG G2, the follow up to the Optimus G.The...

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Galaxy S4 Zoom Will Be Available In The UK From Clove Tomorrow For £369

Zoom-ThumbThe Galaxy S4 Zoom should become available in the UK tomorrow, July 11. Clove has announced that they will sell the joint smartphone-camera for £369 excluding VAT (£442.80 including). The Zoom will only ship in white and comes with 8GB of internal memory, though just 5GB of that is accessible to the user. Like most digital cameras, you're expecte...

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AndroidPIT visits a Repair Shop: what's inside of the Galaxy S4

galaxy s4 teardownWe went on a field trip today to a smartphone repair store in the heart of Berlin where tearing down smartphones is the meat and potatoes of their every-day workflow. We wanted to see what these experts fix on a daily basis and what kind of things I might be able to fix myself without breaking my expensive handset. The expert we met took a look ins...

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Google Maps for Android update rolling out, brings new design and features

Google Maps for AndroidGoogle is rolling out the Google Maps update for Android devices, one of the Google services that was given a new look, but also new features, As Android Police explains, the update may not be available to download on all devices just yet, but the publications offers links to software-specific APKs.In the Google Play Store, Google says ...

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Droid Maxx to offer “48 hours of worry-free battery life”? Yes, please!

Click to enlargeMotorola has been one of the few companies that have stubbornly insisted to offer devices with long battery life, when most manufacturers decided that Click to enlargeDon’t mind Daniel Craig and Halle Berry making an appearance on the storyboard, those were probably just some random hot people pics used for illustration. The same goes for the dev...

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Samsung concept video shows off the future of wearables and phone displays

Samsung Logo aa 600px 2Mobile tech has come a long way from the early era of cellphones and massive laptops. Today we have extremely fast yet thin smartphones, powerful tablets and even wearable devices such as Google Glass and the next-gen Sony smart watch. Where are we going next? It’s hard to say for sure, though today Samsung gave us a brief look at their vision o...

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HTC One on sale for just $49.99 from Amazon

htc one vs sony xperia z on design back in hand aa There’s certainly plenty of choice if you’re in the market for a new high end smartphone right now, especially considering that the Google Edition HTC One and Galaxy S4 are now shipping out. But if you’re on the hunt for a really good deal, then perhaps this is the one for you. Amazon has lowered the price on both its AT&T and Sprint sub...

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Active now on sale in the UK, prices start at £495 sim-free

galaxy s4 vs galaxy s4 active aa active water resistance If you’re in need of a more rugged smartphone to suit your lifestyle, but still want some top of the line hardware specs, then the Galaxy S4 Active might give you everything you need. The handset is now on sale in the UK, sim-free, with prices starting at £465 from Unlocked Mobiles, and the high-street retailer Carphone Warehouse is stocking t...

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The Moto X’ Clear Pixel camera could feature a RGBW sensor

Moto X ad According to Taylor Wimberley, the founder of Android and Me and a person that leaked stuff from Google’s kitchen before, the upcoming Moto X will feature a Clear Pixel camera. Wimberley revealed the info on Google Plus, and, when asked what Clear Pixel actually is, he said “It means ‘dark, blurry pics and lack of details’ will be things o...

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Google Edition Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One handsets are now shipping

HTC One Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition Here’s some good news if you’ve been eagerly awaiting the arrival of your new smartphone, the Google Edition Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One handsets have begun shipping out from Google, right on schedule. If you pre-ordered one, then you should receive an email with a tracking number sometime today. As you probably already know, the Google Edit...

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Motorola’s PRIP push-to-talk service launches in the US

PRIPCredit: Ubergizmo Motorola has now officially launched its PRIP service in the US in conjunction with NII Holdings, and it’s now available for downloaded from the Google Play Store. Motorola’s push-to-talk service was already available in Mexico, Brazil, and across Latin America, so now US users can connect to the 11 million subscribers alrea...

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Jelly Bean overtakes Gingerbread to become most popular Android version in use today

Google Lawn Statues of Android versionsJelly Bean now used on just under 38% of active Android devices. The latest set of numbers showing which versions of Android are actually being used in the real world have been published by Google. The new data shows that Android 4.x, which includes Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly bean, runs on over 61 percent of devices, while Jelly Bean itself (Andr...

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Android 4.3 Google Play edition OS version ported to Sony Xperia Z

Xperia Z Android 4.3 The leaked Android 4.3 Jelly Bean version has been successfully ported to Sony’s flagship smartphone, although the port is still in beta. Xperia Z owners that are confident enough to perform the installation can head on to xda-developers (links at the end of the post) and read more details about this Android 4.3 ROM made for their handset by Tay...

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Burst Into Flames While Charging

galaxy s4 fireIt seems that modern day smartphones are a fire hazard all by themselves - although the number of spontaneously combusting handsets are far and few in between, but cases of exploding phones have been reported in the past, and it looks like the buck will not stop anytime soon. The first reported case of a Samsung Galaxy S4 catching fire has happened...

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Sprint Galaxy S4 update available, brings apps-to-SD card installs and Knox support

Galaxy S4 Sprint is apparently rolling out a Galaxy S4 update that brings some new features including Samsung Knox support but also the ability to move apps to the microSD card. The update comes about a month after the European Galaxy S4 has been similarly updated – although Knox support was not part of that particular software release. The Sprint Galaxy ...

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