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Date: Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 23:44

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We may be looking forward to the Moto 360 smart watch more than we are the new Moto X+1 flagship, but we are still interested to see Motorolas latest high end smartphone when it launches next month. Actually, we do not have to wait so long now as a fresh leaked image of press quality has found its way online, showing the X+1 in all of its glory, and in detail.

The leak came from @Evleaks. Yes, he who retired from the leaking game earlier in the month, but is signing off with one last gem. And a gem it is too as it seems to show a Verizon marketing shot for the Moto X+1, and we have to say that this is a nice looking handset. Moto Maker enhanced the original Moto X by letting you design it how you wanted, but the actual X handset was always a little boring.

Moto Maker will be present for the Moto X+1 too, but at its core it is a smart looking handset. Sure, the design hasn’t been overhauled by any means, but there are enough differences here, such as the Moto E like metal speaker strips, and much less bezel.

The handset will land at Motorola’s Moto event in Chicago on September 4th.
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Author: "Luke Jones" Tags: "Featured, Motorola, Flagship, Moto X+1, ..."
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Date: Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 23:26

gsmarena 004 Sonys Xperia Z3 leaks early
Sony's Xperia Z3 has been leaked in a huge way today, with regulatory body TEENA passing the handset through and showing off all the specs and even press quality images in the process. Ouch, especially for Sony as the company is due to unveil the smartphone at a press gathering at the IFA trade show in Berlin early next month.

The company will of course still do that, but the cat is very much out of the bag regarding the Xperia Z3.

The smartphone is Sony's latest flagship, a fresh assault on other Android rivals such as the HTC One M8, Samsung Galaxy S5, and the LG G3. This can be seen as the incremental update from the Xperia Z2, as Sony usually holds its best models for an early year launch. That said, the now un(official) specs reveal a very capable smartphone, one that likely continues Sony's trend of good build quality.

The design is nice, like all Sony devices are, but there is no getting away from the fact that this looks the same as the Xperia Z2, and in my humble opinion is too bezel happy. The specs include a 1080p 5.2-inch display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 clocked at 2.5GHz and with 3GB of RAM, and a 20.7 megapixel rear camera.

Sure, the Xperia Z3 misses out on the Snapdragon 805 and a Quad HD screen, but this looks another solid effort from Sony.

Author: "Luke Jones" Tags: "Featured, Sony, IFA, Smartphone, Xperia ..."
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Date: Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 22:42

samsung sign galaxy note 3 11 Samsung Galaxy Note 4 camera explored
Samsung has a solid reputation for making good cameras for its flagship, while the accompanying software is normally of the highest quality. That trend will continue with the upcoming Galaxy Note 4, the company’s new phablet smartphone that will launch at IFA next month. The Korean company is making the camera a main attraction, giving the device a 16 megapixel rear lens that is simply chock full of software. Take a look at the Galaxy Note 4 camera module in detail here:

PICTURE RESOLUTIONS

• 16MP (5312×2988 | 16:9)
• 12MP (3984×2988 | 4:3)
• 9MP (2976×2976 | 1:1)
• 8MP (3264×2448 | 4:3)
• 6MP (3264×1836 | 16:9)
• 2.4MP (2048×1152 | 16:9)

VIDEO RESOLUTIONS

• UHD (3840×2160 | 16:9 | 30FPS)
• WQHD (2560×1440 | 16:9 | 30FPS)
• Full HD (1920×1080 | 16:9 | 30/60FPS)
• HD (1280×720 | 16:9 | 15/30/120FPS)
• VGA (640×480 | 4:3 | 30FPS)

CAMERA MODES

• Wide Selfie: Take wide-angle selfie shots to fit more people into your pictures.
• Selfie: Take selfies easily by smiling or winking without the need to reach for the camera button.
• Selfie Alarm: The rear camera will automatically detect and focus on your face when you take self-portrait pictures.
• Create A GIF File: Create animated images by taking pictures continuously.
• Beauty Face: Take flawless portrait pictures with an airbrushed effect.
• Shot & More: Explore the various effects available for burst shots.
• Sound & Shot: Enrich your pictures by adding a few seconds of background sound.
• Best photo: Select the best from a series of pictures.
• Best face: Select the best picture of each person from a series of pictures.
• Drama: Take a series of pictures of a moving object, then merge them.
• Eraser: Erase unwanted moving objects from your picture.
• Panning shot: Capture a sense of motion when taking pictures of moving objects.
• Dual Camera: You can take pictures and record videos using the front and rear cameras at the same time.
• Animated Photo: Create a picture containing selected moving objects by animating certain parts of the picture.

CAMERA EFFECTS
Grey-scale, Sepia, Negative, Emboss, Outline, Watercolour, Monochrome, Sketch, Washed Out, Posterise, Solarise, Vintage, Cold Vintage, Warm Vintage, Blue, Green Point, Red/Yellow, Nostalgia, Faded Colour, Retro, Sunshine, Old Photo, Cartoon, Oil Pastel, Moody, Engraving, Vignette, Rugged, Tint, Turquoise, Fisheye, Noir Note and Vincent.
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Author: "Luke Jones" Tags: "Featured, Samsung, Camera, Galaxy Note 4..."
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Date: Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 21:49

moto G photo4 Motorolas 8 smartphones by the end of the year
Motorola will have a very busy end of 2014 as the company could be planning on releasing as many as eight smartphones to the market. On top of that, the company is also releasing its Moto 360 wearable smart watch during September, while there are also persistent rumours of a Motorola tablet. However, with eight smartphones on the way, the end of the year will be the company's busiest yet, so let's have a look at the potential smartphones on the way.

DROID, the DRIOD Maxx, DROID Turbo
The 2013 line of DROID smartphones is over a year old, which in the mobile world means these perfectly usable devices are screaming for a refresh. Motorola has hinted several times through the summer that new DROID handsets are in the works, so it seems entirely likely that the company will roll those out later in the year. They will likely remain Verizon exclusives though, so their appeal and availability will still be relatively limited, but hey, you can unlock your handset in the US legally these days.

Moto X+1
This handset is nailed on to launch during Motorola's Moto event in Chicago on September 3rd. The invite all but revealed that this handset would land alongside the new Moto 360 smart watch, giving last year's Moto X a revamp. Eight handsets in 2014 rumour or not, this one is coming.

Moto G 2
Speaking of smartphones that are guaranteed to arrive, you can add the new Moto G to that list too. This product is also scheduled to land alongside the X+1 and the 360 at that Moto event in Chicago next month.

Moto X Play
The Moto X may be getting replaced by the X+1, but Motorola still has plans for its current flagship. The play sounds to us like it could be a rugged/waterproof version of the Moto X, or could the Play means some kind of media enhanced version?

Moto S and Nexus 6
Some reported are pegging these as two separate handsets, but my sources tell me that the Moto S (currently known as Shamu) is actually going to be Google's new Nexus device. It is pretty common knowledge that Motorola is working on the Nexus 6, and the Moto S with its reported high end specs and build quality fits the bill.
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Date: Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 20:58

gsmarena 001 440x314 Exynos packing Galaxy Note 4 dominates rivals in benchmark
Samsung's soon to be launched Galaxy Note 4 phablet flagship has shown up in a benchmark test and blitzed every other smartphone on the market, and just about every other product in the mobile space period.

Samsung is set to launch the Note 4 at its press event during the IFA trade show in Berlin on September 3rd. The tech community is waiting for the latest iteration of the phablet series that started the trend and has continued to be the best large screen smartphone. Simply put, a new Galaxy Note is a great way to see the kind of hardware and specs that will dominate the smartphone world for the next six months, at least on Android.

As always, the Note will come in two variations, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 for the United States and Samsung's own 64-bit Exynos 5433 for the rest of the world. An AnTuTu benchmark has shown the Exynos packing Galaxy Note 4 is going to be another beast, arguably the most able smartphone on the market. It trumped every other smartphone chip, but failed to match NVIDIA's Tegra K1, but of course that is only available in NVIDIA's own Shield tablet.

As mentioned, another variant of the Galaxy Note 4 will also sport the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, so you may be interested to see how that chipset performs against the Exynos. It turns out it loses out to Samsung''s chipset, but as you can see from the results in the main image, there was not a lot in it. Besides, the Galaxy Note 4 with the Qualcomm chip may well match or even beat the Exynos, but we will have to wait to see.

Of course, real world performance can often reveal differences from benchmarks and how the device feel and works in hand. Previous Galaxy Notes have always been especially fast, even when Samsung was tinkering with benchmark results, so we expect nothing short of that again this year. The Note 4 was widely reported to be getting 4GB of RAM, but new specs suggest the handset will pack a more standard 3GB of RAM.

The device will launch in just under two weeks' time and we will be on hand at IFA to bring you all the news as it breaks.

Author: "Luke Jones" Tags: "Featured, Samsung, AnTuTu, Benchmark, Ex..."
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Date: Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 17:18

LG+G3+Premium+UX+Expansion20140819085107441 LG to roll out simple UI to more devices
The LG G3 surprised a great many in the tech world when it launched because for the first time the Korean company has done everything right. LG has been making good smartphones for a few years, but the G3 was a shift to making arguably the best, with cool design, blazing performance, and even a decent price. The G3 also addressed one of the things that has plagued previous good smartphones from LG, such as the G2, and that's software.

Previous LG takes on the Android platform have been a little messy, often bogging down handsets that should be superfast. The company has attempted to follow Samsung's TouchWiz and HTC's Sense and failed, bearing in mind that even those two divide opinion. Instead, on the G3 the company decided to take a different route, toning back its UI to deliver a slick, unobtrusive, light take on the Android experience. The simple UI proved a huge hit with G3 users, so much so that LG is now spreading it to other devices.

The company confirmed this week that it will roll out its new simpler UI from the G3 to devices launched during the second half of this year. That LG includes a number of mid-range and low end smartphones and tablets, as well as flagship high end products. The company did not confirm specific devices, or whether older units like the already mentioned G2 would be updated to the UI. LG said its simpler take on Android would make all of its coming products have a better user experience.

"With the basic principles of the G3’s UX features rooted in making complex technologies simple and convenient, our goal was to provide consumers with a user experience they genuinely need and want," said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. "Standardizing these features across our entry- and mid-tier mobile products is just a natural extension of our desire to make every LG device feel premium and unique."

Included in the UI is an improved camera module that simplifies photo taking with the Touch & Shoot feature, while the Gesture Shot selfie feature will also be included. Other perks with the new UI include a Smart Keyboard.

Author: "Luke Jones" Tags: "Featured, LG, Android, LG G3, Software, ..."
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Date: Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 15:39

galaxymega2 Galaxy Mega 2 to launch at IFA
Samsung is padding out its launch schedule for its IFA event on September 3rd and will roll out the Galaxy Mega 2, a sequel to the biggest smartphone the company has ever made. The phablet will be launched alongside Samsung's flagship large screen device, the Galaxy Note 4, while the Korean company is also rumoured to be rolling out a new Galaxy Gear smart watch.

The original Galaxy Mega was a dividing device, one that summed Samsung up in many ways. It was a phablet handset with distinct mid-range hardware, design, and specs, but Samsung made it a very expensive proposition. The company says it has learned from those kinds of marketing ploys as Chinese companies have pinched demand. The Korean giant said recently that it would now produce more affordable smartphones with a mark of quality, so is the new Galaxy Mega 2 going to live up to that?

Well, its specs will certainly be middle of the road again. It will get a 6-inch 720p HD screen, a 1.5GHz processer from Qualcomm (likely the Snapdragon 400) with 1.5GB of RAM, and a 2,800mAh battery. Other hardware includes an 8 megapixel rear lens and a 2.1 megapixel front facing camera, while the Mega 2 will get Android 4.4 KitKat. In terms of storage there will be 16GB of on board space, while Samsung will typically add a microSD card slot to expand the storage capacity.

We will be interested to see if Samsung will offer the latest iteration of the Galaxy Mega as two separate screen sizes. The original Mega was available as a 5.8-inch phablet or a 6.3-inch behemoth, the latter of which went against giant devices from Sony and HTC. The 6.3-inch Mega lived up to Samsung’s reputation as the company that started the phablet niche, but it was a little bit of a let-down as an overall package.

With the Galaxy Mega 2, we could live with the mid-range specs, but Samsung simply must get the price right to make the device affordable for what it is. The handset will launch at IFA in Berlin, Germany early next month alongside the Galaxy Note 4 flagship phablet.

Author: "Luke Jones" Tags: "Featured, Samsung, Galaxy Mega 2, IFA, p..."
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Date: Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 14:41

lg duo LG unveils two new budget smartphones
LG has never been a major player in the budget end of the market, letting the likes of Nokia, Samsung, and Motorola take the limelight. However, the Korean company has always just moved along and sold solid amounts of its budget handsets, such as the L Series. I have always like the L Series for what it is, a collection of nice looking, well made, and solidly spec'd low end phones. Now the range has a got a new design language that could ruffle a few feathers at the entry level.

The new LG L Bello and L Fino are a couple of new additions to the L Series line up and they have taken inspiration from another of LG's market crashing devices. The LG G3 was released two months ago and put the company on the flagship map and gave it arguably the company the best smartphone on the market for perhaps the first time. More than that, the G3 drove LG to record sales and is a true competitor to Samsung.

LG is clearly eager to capitalize on that, and it is hardly surprising to see that the L Bello and L Fino look almost identical to the flagship G3. This design is clearly one that the company will be using across most of its smartphone and tablet ranges. Of course, I can see why as the G3 looks stunning and for budget phones so do these new L Series additions. However, we hope LG does not dilute its variations by making everything look the same, a little like HTC is doing with its One M8 design language.

As I said though, the Bello and Fino look extremely good for entry level devices, and I would say they are instantly among the best looking devices at this price point. LG has even added little flourishes like the brushed metal style plastic look of the G3 and of course the company's rear button configuration. As for colors, the Bello will come in white, black and gold, while the Fino will be available in white, black, gold, red and green.

The design will make these desirable in emerging markets and to the budget conscience, but how do the specs hold up? Again, everything is what you would expect at the low end. The smaller Fino comes with a 4.5-inch WVGA screen, 1.2GHz quad-core chip, 1GB of RAM, 8-megapixel camera, HSPA+ connectivity, 1,900 mAh battery and 4GB of expandable storage. The Bello gets a larger 5-inch FWVGA (854 x 480 pixels) screen with a 1.3GHz quad core, and 8GB of storage, while both handsets run Android 4.4.2 KitKat.

Considering the processor bump from the Fino to the Bello is small, the only differentiating thing is screen size, so it will come down to personal preference which one to get. LG has said the new smartphones will land in Latin America, USA, Europe, Australia, and Asia this fall, with prices being unveiled per region upon launch.

Author: "Luke Jones" Tags: "Featured, LG, L Bello, L Fino, L Series,..."
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Date: Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 13:35

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Microsoft and Opera have announced a new partnership today that will see the Opera Mini web browser placed on Nokia features phones around the world. The companies have agreed a licensing agreement that will see one of the most popular mobile browsers land on a slew of entry level Nokia handsets, including the successful ASHA range.

The Windows platform has enjoyed steady growth in emerging markets, and in some cases even outsells the iPhone. While budget Lumia handsets have played their part, it is Nokia's old feature phones that have driven that growth, and in many cases kept Nokia ticking over through some of its harshest times. Microsoft dropped a bombshell last month when it said that it would cease operations on feature phones in the next 18 months. That was a surprising move considering the popularity of these handsets in all-important emerging markets.

However, the software giant turned Nokia owning hardware company is still giving those lower end device new features though, and the latest is this Opera collaboration. The deal will put the Opera Mini browser on most Nokia feature phones, replacing the current Xpress browser currently on those devices. If you happen to be toting one of those Xpress packing devices, you will be prompted to update to Opera, while new devices will now come with Mini pre-installed.

We continue to sell and support classic first and feature phones as well as the Asha range, which have performed well with millions of people who want new mobile experiences at lower price points. The agreement with Opera will enable us to provide continuity of service as we transition from Xpress Browser to Opera Mini." said Rich Bernardo, head of legacy business, Phones, Microsoft.

Opera Mini is used on some 250 million devices, including 100 million Android smartphones. Android is of course Microsoft's biggest rival in emerging markets.
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Date: Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 09:16

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Date: Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 14:42

zte nubia 5s mini lte 01 ZTE debuts the Nubia 5s Mini LTE in the US
Chinese companies do not get much success in the US despite doing great business in Asia, so much so that many brands do not launch devices in Western regions. ZTE is making the rare move of rolling out a new mid-range handset today, the Nubia 5s Mini LTE, a smartphone that comes with a good all-round package and according to ZTE a unique selling point.

The Chinese giant claims that the Nubia 5s Mini LTE is the only smartphone that costs less than $300 that comes with a 13 megapixel rear camera and a 5 megapixel front facer. The company may well be right as we can certainly not think of another, not a new device at least, we would love to hear from you if you know another handset with this camera configuration at the price point.

In terms of specs, the Nubia 5s Mini LTE follows the blueprint we have come to expect from Chinese company. That is a nice design, solid specs, but also some clear compromises, although the latter on the Mini LTE is truly confusing (we’ll get to it soon). In terms of looks, the new ZTE smartphone is good looking, certainly nice enough for its humble price tag.

Under the hood the device is sporting a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 clocked at 1.2GHz and with 1GB of RAM, while the screen is a 4.7-inch 720p panel. Other specs include 16GB of on board storage with microsSD expansion possible up to 32GB, while there is also a Li-ion 2000mAh .

I mentioned that there is one truly confusing compromise in evidence on the Nubia 5s Mini LTE, and that’s its software. For some inexplicable reason the handset is running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, a generation old version of Google's mobile platform. We just cannot understand why ZTE did not use Android 4.4 KitKat, it is a true mystery to us and the inclusion of Jelly Bean instead will probably be a deal breaker for many people. It basically means you can forget about any Android updates in the future if you get the Nubia 5s Mini LTE.

The price may ease those software worries though, as the new ZTE is available now on Amazon for $279.99, making it a pretty solid overall package.

Author: "Luke Jones" Tags: "Featured, ZTE, Amazon, Nubia 5s Mini LTE..."
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Date: Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 13:45

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 630x374 Samsung Galaxy Note 4 in depth
Samsung is going to launch the Galaxy Note 4 phablet at the company's IFA press event in Berlin, Germany on September 3rd. As one of the most anticipated handsets of the year, the Note 4 has been subject to plenty of rumours and leaks, so we thought we would do the right thing and gather them all into one place.

Of course, the Note 4 has not yet been released, with that in mind almost everything you see here is rumour, so if that is not your particular thing then you should probably stop reading about now.

Hardware and performance
The simple fact is, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is going to be a blazingly fast smartphone with a sumptuous screen and stunning features. How do I know this? Well, every previous Note smartphone has been the most spec'd handset on the market at launch, and reported specs for the Note 4 suggest it is going to be a similar story again this year.
The dizzying specs just slip off the page, 5.9-inch Quad HD screen with a 515ppi for example, or a 2.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor with an Adreno 420GPU and a frankly enormous 4GB of RAM. Elsewhere the Note 4 will get Android 4.4.3, a 16 megapixel camera on the rear, an 8MP snapper on the front, and of course the beautifully productive S Pen stylus (sorry Samsung, but it is a stylus).

So a blockbuster handset in terms of hardware this is going to be. If older Note devices are anything to go by, those explosive specs should translate to some pretty beefy performance, so do not be surprised to see that the Galaxy Note 4 is a bit of a performance beast. Samsung also does good screen, so we are excited to see the Super AMOLED QHD panel when it's fired up.
One side not though. We would expect the device to pack a fairly large battery to deal with all of this hardware, but that has always been the case with other Note smartphones so we are not worried. Besides, Samsung often uses removable units in its smartphones.

Design
The reports surrounding the Galaxy Note 4 have been... well bonkers on occasion. For example, the phablet was first reported to be landing with a three panel folding screen, much like the Project YOUM prototype from Samsung. This would have been amazing of course, but wholly improbable. So when the Note 4 leaked (main image), it was hardly a shock to see it retained the same design ethos of all Samsung Galaxy handsets.

There are incremental changes from the Note 3 to the Note 4, but not enough to call this device a radical overall. Samsung is committed to a design language at the moment and it is not necessarily a bad thing in this case as the Note series has always been among the best designed in Samsung's considerable range of mobile products.

As for that folding screen Note product, while it was unlikely for the Note 4 it is not science fiction. It just transpired that the Galaxy Note 4 arrives a little too early for the tech, but Samsung is working on a Note device that will get three panels (the main screen and two edge panels) and do not bet against it arriving in 2015. Just to be clear, a folding screen is not a bendy smartphone, but even that tech is well into development, with Samsung among the leaders in the nascent field.

Apple
Samsung has always launched the Galaxy Note around the same time that Apple rolls out a new iPhone, but that has never mattered before. The iPhone has been 4-inches, while the near 6-inch Note series operates in a separate niche. This year it is different as Apple is rumoured to be launching an iPhone phablet just a week after Samsung debuts the Note 4 at IFA.

A large screen iPhone will provide Samsung with its first true sales rival in the phablet market, and Apple is almost guaranteed to sell millions of units, because that's just what the company does. The question for Samsung is whether the iPhone phablet will simply find its own market, or whether it will start taking potential consumers away from the Note 4?

The Korean company is sufficiently worried, not least because during last quarter demand in its devices dropped and a lot is riding on the Galaxy Note 4 to drive sales for the remainder of the year. The iPhone phablet will steal thunder, there is no doubt about that, but how much it will steal could be the key to how the Note 4 performs on the market.

Author: "Luke Jones" Tags: "Featured, Samsung, Galaxy Note 4, phable..."
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Date: Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 08:30

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Date: Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 23:58

z3tabletcompact Sony to deliver a full Xperia Z3 line at IFA?
Sony knows how to make a good tablet, its Xperia Z2 Tablet proves that. Hey, don't take our word for it, but the slate was chosen as "Tablet of the Year" by specialist magazine group EISA. The company is even preparing a new slate and it showed up today in the most unlikely of places, and this is straight from Sony, albeit accidently.

In a support book for an upcoming Sony Bluetooth speaker there is a list of devices that are compatible with the sound unit. Most of these products are known and come from the Z1 or Z2 family of smartphones and tablet, but there is one device that is a mystery. The Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact is one of the listed products compatible with the Bluetooth set, a slate we have never heard of before.

This throws up a few interesting things. Sony has not even announced its Xperia Z3 smartphone flagship yet, with the handset due to be launched at the company's IFA event in Berlin next month. It seems that Sony is readying a whole line around the Z3, including a couple of slates. The reason I say a couple of tablets is because for there to be an Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, there must also be an Xperia Z3 Tablet without the Compact part.

In other words, if the Compact is an 8-inch device, there must be a larger slate for it to get its Compact name. That would be a replacement for the current Xperia Z2, the EISA tablet of the year. It is almost certain that Sony now has at least three Xperia Z3 variants in the works, the smartphone flagship, the normal tablet, and the Compact. There is also the possibility that there is a Z3 Compact smartphone also in the pipeline and we are getting all excited just thinking about the company launching all of them at IFA.

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Date: Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 22:02

HTC One M8 Gunmetal Silver Gold Verizon delays Android 4.4.3 for the HTC One M8
T-Mobile plans to roll out Android 4.4.3 to HTC's One M8 flagship smartphone might have gone well, but over at Verizon they are having typical issues. It has been confirmed today that the biggest carrier in the US has now delayed the 4.4.3 patch and will not roll it out until mid-September.

Verizon was supposed to be sending out the Android 4.4.3 to HTC's all metal flagship on roughly the same timetable as T-Mobile, after-all both carriers received the software at the same time. However, Big Red is having issues and has delayed the launch to re-spin the update, that much was confirmed today by HTC's US president Jason Mackenzie on Twitter.

Verizon hardly has a stellar reputation for being quick in rolling out Android updates, and often times the company is unfashionably late to the party. It seems that will be the case again as customers rocking the HTC One M8 on the biggest network in the country will have to wait a few more weeks for the latest Android update.

As with the T-Mobile update, the Android 4.4.3 software packaged by HTC also includes all of the bug fixes and security enhancements made in Android 4.4.4, but simply retains the previous versions release number. Android 4.4.3 comes with a decent sized changelog that reads as follows:

Frequent data connection dropout fix
mm-qcamera-daemon crash and optimization fixes
Camera focus in regular and HDR modes fixes
Power Manager display wakelock fix
Multiple Bluetooth fixes
Fix for a random reboot
App shortcuts sometimes got removed from launcher after update
USB debugging security fix
App shortcuts security fix
Wi-Fi auto-connect fix
Other camera fixes
MMS, Email/Exchange, Calendar, People/Dialer/Contacts, DSP, IPv6, VPN fixes
Stuck in activation screen fix
Missed call LED fix
Subtitle fixes
Data usage graph fix
Internet telephony fix
FCC compliance fix
Miscellaneous fixes

HTC has also changed its Sense UI, with the Camera, Gallery, and Quick Settings apps getting notable enhancements, while the Taiwanese company has also tweaked the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.

In case you missed the memo, Verizon, HTC, and Microsoft announced the One M8 would be arriving on the carrier packing the Windows Phone OS. It will arrive next week as a Verizon exclusive.
[VIA]

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Date: Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 21:27

xperia Xperia M2 Aqua is Sonys budget waterproof smartphone
Sony was among the first mainstream companies to start waterproofing its smartphones, with the Xperia Z arriving as the first major flagship with such a feature. The Japanese company has hardly been a trend setter in the mobile space, but on this occasion it was, with Samsung, HTC, and other following Sony's path down a waterproof road. Today the company has added a new waterproof and dustproof device to its line up in the form of the Xperia M2 Aqua.

Yes, as the name rather suggests, this is an updated version of the current Xperia M2 and will be sold as a different variant alongside the vanilla version. We have come to expect good things from Sony's waterproofing and we are sure the IP65/68 waterproofing on this handset will live up to expectations. Indeed, we now expect even a little more than what Sony says is safe after a recent report of an Xperia Z2 flagship staying submerged in sea water for six weeks at a depth of 10 meters and still working.

Just to be safe though, it is probably best to keep the Xperia M2 Aqua to Sony's recommended guidelines, so no deeper than 1.5 meters and for no longer than 30 minutes. As for the rest of the handset, it comes with the exact same hardware that makes the normal M2 such a steady budget effort.

Nothing here will blow you away, but the 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 with 1GB of RAM, 4.8 inch 540 x 960 pixels TFT screen, 8GB of on board storage, 8 megapixel rear camera, and microSD card slot should please those on a tight budget. Of course, you will likely have to stretch your budget slightly if you simply must have waterproofing, because the M2 Aqua is expected to cost more than the normal devices $220 retail price.

Aside from its modest specs and affordability, the Xperia M2 Aqua also retains the slick looks of the original M2 and is even good looking despite its humble position in the market. As for availability, the handset will arrive in Latin America, Europe, and Asia later in the fall, but once again Sony is ignoring the US market.

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Date: Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 20:37

asus ASUS to launch smart watch at IFA
Some of the mobile heavyweights may have already booked their press events at the IFA trade show in Berlin next month, but some are leaving it later. ASUS for example has held off until today, with the Taiwanese company announcing its launch event for September 3rd. Of course, the mobile space is not just about smartphones and tablets anymore, so ASUS will be launching a wearable device.

The company's smart watch has been long rumoured and was discussed as being a budget entry into the wearable market. That still appears to be the case, with the ASUS smart watch said to cost between $100 and $150 (so that’s $125?), which would make it the most affordable Google approved Android Wear device to date.

The other devices running Google's platform so far are the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live, both of which retail for around $200. The ASUS will seriously undercut those two devices and is thought to include much of the same hardware and definitely the same software in Android Wear. If ASUS can nail the design then the company could have a winning device on its hand.

The company's IFA invite (main image) points to the wearable being a square smart watch like the G Watch and Gear Live. It appears to have a metal band running along the face edge, but considering the humble price tag we imagine it is just plastic.

It is interesting that ASUS is introducing this product a day before Motorola launches the Moto 360 in Chicago, but the company is probably not trying to directly against the much anticipated 360. The round face, metal, and premium Moto 360 will cost at least $100 more than the ASUS and is probably not exactly a direct competitor.

ASUS is clearly trying to stick to the ethos of a smart watch, where they are just smartphone companions that people purchase as impulse buys. At $150, the company's smart watch seems to fit that particular remit nicely, while ASUS has a solid reputation for building nice looking products too, so we are looking forward to what the company unveils at IFA in two weeks' time.

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Date: Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 17:31

IMG 2242 HTC One M8 launches on Windows
We have known about the HTC One M8 for Windows Phone for some time, but today the device went official in the US and instantly became the best Windows smartphone you can buy. The handset will launch with Verizon in the country and is available for $99 on a two year plan, or for $600 off contract.

For that money you get an awful lot of smartphone, one of the very best on the market in fact. The HTC One M8 is widely regarded as among the best Android handsets and is certainly at the top of the pile in terms of design, its metal construction winning plenty of fans. As we expected, the Windows Phone versions looks identical to the Android one, aside from Microsoft and Verizon's logos.

This is also an identical smartphone in terms of specs, with the hardware being borrowed wholesale from the original One M8. That means the Windows One gets a 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processer with a 2GB dose of RAM, the same configurations as the Android device. The screen is also the same, a 1080p Full HD 5-inch LCD Panel, while the 4MP UltraPixel rear camera is also retained, as are the dual lenses that help with depth sensor. The front facing camera is of the 5 megapixel variety and of course the front also boasts HTC's BoomSound stereo speakers.

Of course, the true differences with the Android and Windows HTC One M8's is the platform. Windows Phone 8.1 has never looked as good as it does here, and it is also a performance joy on the new M8. Simply put, this has instantly elevated itself to the pinnacle of the Windows market and is the best available. Windows 8.1 is present in all of its glory, with Microsoft's Cortana voice assistant also along for the ride, while HTC has added its own software. That includes the Zoe camera suite and the BlinkFeed skin, although the latter is now a Live Tile app and not an Android skin. Those are among HTC's standout features, but needless to say anything that the company puts on the Android device also finds its way to the Windows version, for better or for worse.

There has been a feeling that the HTC One M8 poses a threat to Microsoft while also giving the company a new weapon to fight iOS and Android. This is the most high profile smartphone on the platform so far and has the potential to reel in new customers, while also possibly giving Windows a bon-a-fide hit. However, ay success the One M8 for Windows enjoys could come at the price of Microsoft's own Nokia Lumia flagships.

Redmond does not seem to think that though and if marketing the One M8 aggressively with the help of Verizon and HTC, and Microsoft is even talking the handset up as the flagship of Windows Phone.

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Date: Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 15:27

HTC One M8 schwarzer Balken1 T Mobile rolls out Android 4.4.3 to HTC One M8
The Android 4.4.3 KitKat update has been rolling out to the HTC One M8 recently, with the new version finding its way to the European and Indian variants of the handset. Now HTC's flagship smartphone in the US is gearing up for Android's last major update. If you are rocking a T-Mobile version of the HTC One M8 then you can get Android 4.4.3 now as the carrier has started sending out the patch.

While Android 4.4.3 is the latest major addition to the Android canon, it is not the newest patch for Google's mobile platform. It has been succeeded by Android version 4.4.4, a tiny update that fixed security issues and other bugs in the 4.4.3 patch. HTC has been good enough to include those incremental changes in the 4.4.3 roll out, so you get two updates in one.

The file size weighs in at a little under 600MB and T-Mobile says you will need to have over 50% in your battery, while we advise a strong Wi-Fi connection or fast data speeds for the download.

The Android 4.4.3 changelog is quite extensive and includes:

Frequent data connection dropout fix
mm-qcamera-daemon crash and optimization fixes
Camera focus in regular and HDR modes fixes
Power Manager display wakelock fix
Multiple Bluetooth fixes
Fix for a random reboot
App shortcuts sometimes got removed from launcher after update
USB debugging security fix
App shortcuts security fix
Wi-Fi auto-connect fix
Other camera fixes
MMS, Email/Exchange, Calendar, People/Dialer/Contacts, DSP, IPv6, VPN fixes
Stuck in activation screen fix
Missed call LED fix
Subtitle fixes
Data usage graph fix
Internet telephony fix
FCC compliance fix
Miscellaneous fixes

The HTC One M8 is one of the best flagship smartphones on the market, and the all metal device is even rolling out on Windows Phone later this month. It is now up to date with the Android platform and HTC has even made a number of changes to its own software as well as Google's update. Bluetooth and phone connections have been improved, while modules on the company's Sense UI (Camera, Gallery, and Quick Settings) have also been enhanced and improved.

The update is available now over the air if you are a T-Mobile user.
[VIA]

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Date: Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 14:20

nexus2cee HTC Butterfly 2 HTC J butterfly blog thumb HTC debuts Butterfly 2 across Asia
The latest HTC Butterfly has been with us for some time as a Japanese exclusive (the Butterfly J) and today the Taiwanese company has rolled it out to the rest of Asia. Now rebranded as the Butterfly 2, the device gives HTC another flagship quality presence in the market, although we doubt it will ever come to US or European shores.

There are plenty of people who think that the Butterfly 2 is actually a better handset than HTC's true flagship, the One M8. We are not sure about that, but the M8 has become such a standard bearer for the company that almost all handsets it releases are compared to it. The Butterfly 2 deserves that comparison too as the smartphone does pack plenty of the hardware found in the HTC One M8.

For example, there is the same Super LCD 1080p 5-inch screen found on the M8, while the Butterfly 2 also get the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 clocked at 2.5GHz coupled with 2GB of RAM. The similarities continue as the Butterfly also gets HTC's BoomSound front facing speakers and the company's newest version of the Sense Android UI.

While the hardware is the much the same, there are also huge differences and most of those are in the design. There is little doubt that the all metal HTC One M8 is a much nicer looking handset than the Butterfly 2, which is to be expected as the M8 is among the best looking smartphones available. The Butterfly is far from ugly, but it is a little bezel heavy to make room for the BoomSound speakers that are not as visible against the black front panel as on the One M8.

The handset also comes with polycarbonate plastic as opposed to metal, and while that premium touch is lost from the M8 the Butterfly is far steadier in hand. The One M8 is one of the most slippery smartphones on the market, but the Butterfly is likely to feel far more solid and secure in your palm. The handset is also plastic because HTC has made the device waterproof, with the Butterfly able to sit submerged in 1 meter of water for 30 minutes.

The other major difference between the M8 and the Butterfly 2 is the camera, with the new handset losing HTC's 4 megapixel UltraPixel snapper. Instead there is a higher res 1080p lens, with the duo depth sensor cameras found on the rear.

Unfortunately, there is little chance that the Butterfly 2 will find its way outside of Asia in the near future. HTC tends to keep its Butterfly devices in its home market, and we do not expect that to change.

The best HTC? No, but neither is the One M8. Instead the HTC One M7 is still the best device the company has ever made.
[VIA]

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