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More images of the Sony Xperia Z3 emerge

Posted: 24 Jul 2014 03:05 PM PDT

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We know you still haven't seen enough of the Sony Xperia Z3, so here are some new images for you! These come from leaks extraordinaire @evleaks and give us a good look at the back and side of the mysterious smartphone.


The rounded edges and familiar back are in tow. We are seeing a smartphone that looks more polished than its predecessor, but keeps that iconic Sony design we can recognize from a mile away. Also on board is the volume rocker, a prominent power button, a dedicated camera button and what seems like a microSD or SIM card slot.


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The surplus of Sony Xperia Z3 rumors and leaks may numb your excitement for such photos, but we must point out these do stand out in the crowd. The first set of images didn't offer great quality, and the second group was nearly as bad (but still better).


Rumored specs include a Snapdragon 801 processor, 3 GB of RAM, a 5.15-inch 1080p display, 16 GB of internal storage, 20.7MP/2.1MP cameras and Android 4.4. Those are some stunning components. And while Sony doesn't seem to be joining the QHD display party, 1080p is nothing to scoff at.


Do remember these are all leaks and rumors. Though they have all been pretty consistent, nothing is official until it is. Take it all with a healthy dose of sodium and let's stay tuned for more details.




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Chromecast’s first birthday sparks 90 free months of Google Play Music All Access offer

Posted: 24 Jul 2014 09:49 AM PDT

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It's been a year since the launch of Chromecast, which has taken the world by storm as 2013′s top gadget and one of the hottest selling items on Amazon and Google Play. To celebrate all of that goodness Google has decided to give users a nice treat for being part of the early wave of consumers to get in on the fun.


They're offering 90 days of Google Play Music All Access, a premium subscription that gives you unlimited access to a library of over 20 million tracks. You can easily add these tracks to your library and playlists or listen to radio stations based on them. They won't be there for you once your subscription ends, though you obviously have the option of paying for each individual track or album you want to keep should you decide to give up your membership.


The offer is good for anyone who has bought a Chromecast, and is available from today's date all the way through September 30th. You'll have to fork up about $10 per month at the conclusion of the offer if you want to keep on listening, though that's not a terribly high price to pay for unlimited access to such a big library of music. Of course, the offer doesn't apply to you if you already have a subscription so feel free to continue enjoying it as you always have. You can head right here to get started.




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Updated version of Sony Xperia Z3 pays a visit to the FCC

Posted: 24 Jul 2014 09:34 AM PDT

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Last week a Sony device carrying model number D6603 was spotted in an FCC filing. A new device going by model number D6653, which has been identified as the Sony Xperia Z3 has surfaced in a new filing with a new FCC ID number, PY7PM-0806. It is suspected this is the international version of the Xperia Z3 which will surface in Asian markets, notably in Japan with NTT DoCoMo. Like the filing for the D6603, this latest update does not provide much in the way of useful information other than serving as an indicator that the device is very close to being released to the market. Sources suspect Sony is shooting for a September release date.


source: Blog of Mobile




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Sprint invites us to “take the edge off” on August 19th

Posted: 24 Jul 2014 09:24 AM PDT

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Another Sprint event is on the horizon, with the Now Network inviting us to "take the edge off" come August 19th in New York City. In typical invite fashion we don't get any clue as to what they'll be announcing, though the word "EDGE" being emphasized in the invitation could give a hint.


If it's not some sort of network announcement, we might guess that this could be a follow-up device to the Kyocera Hydro EDGE from yesteryear. That particular phone was also revealed in August of its respective year, prime timing for its ability to stand up to summertime swimming, beach walking and other elements-filled activities.


Of course, your guess is as good as ours with no rumors suggesting anything. The only other hint the image gives is in the image name: "Sprint_Ranger_Invitation.jpg" is what they've decided to call it. Whether that means anything remains to be seen. Whatever it may be you can be certain we'll be stamping our calendar and waiting for that day to arrive. Circle back at that point if you're just as curious as we are.




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Moto G on Android 4.4.4: Get to grips with the new update on the AC forums!

Posted: 24 Jul 2014 09:09 AM PDT






Motorola's Moto G recently made the jump to Android 4.4.4 KitKat in some countries, and over on the Android Central Moto G forums, our community members are getting to grips with the update, which adds a new dialer app, Motorola Alert and video recording tweaks.


Here's a quick breakdown of some of the top threads for Android 4.4.4 on the Moto G right now...





















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Google offers Chromecast users three free months of All Access

Posted: 24 Jul 2014 09:09 AM PDT






Google has is celebrating the one-year anniversary of everyone's favorite dongle, Chromecast, by offering up All Access subscriptions free for 90 days. That means current Chromecast owners can forego the $9.99/month fee and rock out for three months straight, saving $30 in total. If you pick up a new Chromescast and take advantage of the offer, math tells us that it will only cost you $5 in the end — not a bad price for a new toy.





















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HTC One M8 announced in pink and red for Europe

Posted: 24 Jul 2014 08:53 AM PDT

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If you're not satisfied with the current collection of colors available for the HTC One M8 a couple of new eye-popping options are coming your way. HTC has revealed the red and pink HTC One M8. The former of those two colors is actually already available, albeit as an exclusive for Verizon Wireless customers. Today's announcement could indicate that other carriers will finally get in on the fun, though.


And for those who find themselves attracted to the traditional pink color of bubble gum, a pink version could be really nice (and could also be the most expensive Breast Cancer Awareness Month item you'll ever carry in a few months). So when and where can you get these, then?


The red version will be exclusive to O2 folks when it comes to the UK, while the pink version will be available tomorrow, July 25th (opting to pre-order that option will net you a free Dot View case, so there's a bit of incentive there if pink isn't normally your style). Let's hope these colors make their way to every corner of the globe imaginable sometime soon.


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How to take a note on Android Wear

Posted: 24 Jul 2014 08:24 AM PDT






Taking a note is easy, but there are options for what you can do with it


This should be simple, right? Taking a note on your Android Wear smartwatch should be as easy as telling the watch to "Take a note." And you can do that. But, no, it's not really that simple. Or at least it might not be.


See, taking a note with your Android Wear watch is easy. What happens to that note is another story.


We'll explain.





















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Lenovo teams up with Vuzix to offer M100 Smart Glasses in China

Posted: 24 Jul 2014 08:24 AM PDT






Lenovo has teamed up with Vuzix and will soon be offering the M100 Smart Glasses in China. With sales beginning in September, Lenovo will begin marketing the connected eyewear as part of their New Business Development (NBD) brand.





















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Instagram may be working on one-touch photo messaging app called Bolt

Posted: 24 Jul 2014 08:24 AM PDT






A few Instagram users have received notifications to download a free app from the developers called Bolt, which is described cryptically as a one-tap photo messenger. That sounds an awful lot like Snapchat, though we'll have to wait to see if that's the case. Unfortunately the download link pointed to a dead end and the notification was quickly removed.





















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Sprint plans to 'Take the edge off' in August

Posted: 24 Jul 2014 08:24 AM PDT






Your guess is as good as ours as to what this is, but Sprint plans to "Take the edge off" at an event Aug. 19 in New York City. That the "edge" is bolded possibly points to more network news, but new devices are certainly possible as well. The image we've received has "Ranger" in the name, which could mean everything. Or nothing.


Only one way to find out.





















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Xbox One SmartGlass Beta App Updated With Ability To Purchase Games Remotely And Other New Features

Posted: 24 Jul 2014 08:22 AM PDT

XboxThumb Microsoft may have its own smartphone platform, but when so many Xbox gamers walk around with Android phones in their pockets, it would be a shame to ignore them (or their wallets). So the company has rolled out another update to its Xbox One SmartGlass beta app, and this one introduces the ability to purchase games and add-ons for the console remotely. It's a nice feature for people who have run out to buy the console with or without Kinect.





Xbox One SmartGlass Beta App Updated With Ability To Purchase Games Remotely And Other New Features was written by the awesome team at Android Police.




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[New Game] The Official Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie Tie-In Game Is Here To Mock Your Childhood, But At Least It's Not An Endless Runner

Posted: 24 Jul 2014 08:22 AM PDT

t Have you heard? Michael Bay actually hates every single person who grew up in the late 80s and early 90s. This is the only explanation for what he is doing to our beloved Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in the upcoming film reboot. Setting aside this insult to history, there's a new game to go along with the move launching in the Play Store today, and it looks better than most of the movie tie-in games.





[New Game] The Official Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie Tie-In Game Is Here To Mock Your Childhood, But At Least It's Not An Endless Runner was written by the awesome team at Android Police.




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Two more alleged photos of Sony Xperia Z3 show off its side and back

Posted: 24 Jul 2014 07:42 AM PDT






Noted Internet gadget rumor source "evleaks" has posted two new image that he says are of the still unannounced Sony Xperia Z3 Android smartphone, showing off one of its sides and its back.





















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Google's Latest Play Store Promotion Highlights Games That Don't Need An Internet Connection

Posted: 24 Jul 2014 07:15 AM PDT

nexusae0_play_store_thumb Google sells a lot of games, but often, the ones downloaded from the Play Store require Internet access even in single-player modes. (Square Enix, Gameloft, we're glaring at you.) So for the latest promotion, they've decided to highlight games that don't require such frivolities. You can play them on a train. You can play them on a plane. You can play them in a box. You can play them with a fox.





Google's Latest Play Store Promotion Highlights Games That Don't Need An Internet Connection was written by the awesome team at Android Police.




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Reminder: Verizon HTC One Remix (One Mini 2) available today

Posted: 24 Jul 2014 07:07 AM PDT

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In case you've already forgotten, here's another friendly reminder: Verizon's latest smartphone — the HTC One Remix — is available today for $50 on a new two-year contract, $22.49 per month for 20 months with $0 down on Verizon Edge, or $450 outright. The HTC One Remix might sound like a souped up version of the HTC One M8, but it's actually just a rebranded version of the HTC One Mini 2 (which doesn't quite match the same prowess as the phone it's based on, but does provide a decent smartphone experience for its cost.


The HTC One Remix features a 4.5-inch 720p display, 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 13 megapixel camera with LED flash, 5 megapixel front camera, Bluetooth 4.0, dual-band WiFi N, GPS w/ GLONASS, a 2,100mAh battery and Android 4.4 KitKat with HTC Sense 6. Sounds like quite a bit for the low stack of cash you'd be forking over. You can purchase one now by stopping in at your local Verizon store or ordering one online right here.




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Verizon launches the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 for $360 on contract

Posted: 24 Jul 2014 06:54 AM PDT






If you're on Big Red and are itching to buy a 10-inch tablet, today is your lucky day, as Verizon is now offering the 10.1-inch variant of the Galaxy Tab 4 series. The tablet is available for $360 on a new two-year contract, or $460 if you'd rather buy it outright.





















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Google Voice can now handle website calls via Hangouts without Google+

Posted: 24 Jul 2014 06:54 AM PDT






Google has just revealed that web surfers can make Google Voice calls via Hangouts without the need for a Google+ account, in the latest move towards an eventual merge of Google Voice and Hangouts.





















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Top app, device and accessory sales for July 24, 2014

Posted: 24 Jul 2014 06:54 AM PDT






Looking to gear up for the summer? We've got some new sales on Android devices, accessories, and apps that you may be interested in...





















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OnePlus One will officially come to India after company signifies interest

Posted: 24 Jul 2014 06:54 AM PDT






OnePlus announced on its forums that it is interested in launching the OnePlus One in India someday, citing the device's popularity in the country. The hardware vendor mentioned that India currently ranks eighth in terms of overall traffic, outweighing several launch countries.





















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HTC offloads its clock app to Google Play, is finally available

Posted: 24 Jul 2014 06:27 AM PDT






HTC recently added its Clock to the list of apps it's moved into Google Play, and it looks like it's finally available for updating. (It had been floating around in Google Play for a few days but wasn't actually able to be updated for most folks.) Not sure if that's an offshoot of the Android 4.4.3 update the HTC One M8 is receiving, but the app quickly jumped from 5 to 10 downloads to the 5,000 to 1,000 range.


Snag it at the link above. And also be on the lookout for a HTC Service Pack update in Google Play as well.





















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Don’t like CyanogenMod? OnePlus launches a stock Android ROM for the One

Posted: 24 Jul 2014 05:48 AM PDT

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One of the key strengths of the OnePlus One is its software, developed by Cyanogen. But there are folks out there that prefer bone stock Android, just as Google intended it. For them, OnePlus announced today the availability of a stock Android ROM for the OnePlus One.


The ROM is based on AOSP, and is currently a "work in progress" meaning that there are some issues that need to be ironed out. Among them are issues with the gyroscope on some units, and broken encryption and VPN, but OnePlus warns that other problems may crop as well.


Flashing this ROM will not void your OnePlus warranty, however, the company will not fix your phone for free in case you brick it. You can find basic instructions on how to install the AOSP ROM on OnePlus' forums here, as well as a link to a repository of Google apps, that you will need to install separately.


So, what's the difference between stock Android and CyanogenMod? In terms of appearance, you get largely the same experience, but CM packs additional features and customizations, such as a powerful theming engine, a private messaging feature, and more.


OnePlus promised it will update the One to Android L within 90 days of the new release's availability. The company has not specified how it will handle updates for the AOSP ROM.




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Skype 5.0 for Android makes it easier to find your friends

Posted: 24 Jul 2014 05:37 AM PDT



Skype has just dropped version 5.0 of their Android app. Despite a huge version change, this update only brings us a couple of new features (though some very key ones if you have previously had trouble finding your friends and family members who may or may not be on Skype).


Specifically new to the Android version is the ability to finally find contacts by linking your address book to Skype. Skype will eventually ask you to verify your real phone number in order to use this feature, but that shouldn't be much of an issue if you're looking forward to pain-free methods of finding friends who have Skype accounts.


The feature is even more robust for people who use a Microsoft account to sign in. Like the phone address book functionality, Skype will look to match contacts from your Microsoft account's address book to people on Skype.


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Thankfully none of this is being forced on the user if they want no parts of it — simply head into settings and disable it. And if you want to use the functionality but don't want to make your phone number known you'll have the ability to hide that from public view. It sounds like a pretty solid update, though we're more interested in hearing about the return of full group chat functionality without the excessive battery drain.






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Unlocked HTC One M8 Android 4.4.3 update now rolling out

Posted: 24 Jul 2014 05:34 AM PDT






Latest M8 OTA is Android 4.4.4 in all but name


Right on schedule, the U.S. unlocked HTC One M8 is today receiving its update to Android 4.4.3 KitKat. The upgrade, which according to HTC includes the security fixes rolled out in 4.4.4, is being pushed out over the air in the form of a 592MB update package.





















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Deal of the Day: Amzer Silicone Jelly Case for Samsung Galaxy S5

Posted: 24 Jul 2014 05:34 AM PDT





This Galaxy S5 skin is made out of 100% premium silicone and is a great lightweight option for protecting against drops. The smooth silicone gives you a sure and lasting grip and even leaves access to the ports and buttons of the device.


The Amzer Silicone Jelly Case is available for just $6.95; that's 54% off the list price! Colors include black, blue, red, green, orange and pink.





















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