If you were waiting to grab the Moto G smartphone, the latest smartphone from the now Google-owned Motorola Mobility is available for pre-order on Amazon in two varieties.
It comes in both an 8GB and 16GB model, with the former available for $179 and the latter, $199. You might have thought that those prices were on-contract prices, but they're not - this is an outright price, and at that price, it becomes an unbelievable steal!
Those of you in the wild with an unlocked or developer edition HTC One smartphone will be seeing a new update pushed to you, which includes Android 4.4 KitKat, and Sense 5.5.
The news is coming directly from HTC USA's Twitter account, which is a very nice surprise for Thanksgiving. If you have one of these handsets, and have received the OTA update, please do let us know what your thoughts are on the One with KitKat in our comments, below!
You might not have heard of Gigaset, but you have most likely heard of NVIDIA's Tegra 4 SoC, which is what Gigaset has included in one of its new tablets.
The Germany-based company has just launched two new slates, the first is an 8-inch model, the QV830. The second, is the QV1030, which is a 10-inch tablet. Both of the slates run stock Android 4.2, which is a nice change, but each slate has very different specifications.
The bigger QV1030 features NVIDIA's high-end Tegra 4 SoC, which is a quad-core part clocked at 1.8GHz. The 10-inch display includes a 2560x1600 resolution, 16GB of internal flash storage is included, which is expandable, an 8-megapixel camera is found on the back, and a 1.2-megapixel up front.
It looks like LG could be a bit behind when it comes to providing Android 4.4 KitKat for its awesome G2 smartphone, in Canada at least. The news is coming from MobileSyrup, who has been told by an LG Canada rep that Canadian G2s will receive the KitKat update around "late Q1" 2014.
The Android 4.4 update will hit all Canadian carriers, which is nice, but this is a long time to wait for the update. Even longer, considering LG made the Nexus 5, which is what the new OS debuted on. Let's hope it hits devices faster, and LG, if you're reading this, don't make people wait this long, please.
You've probably never heard of the Gionee brand at all, but the Chinese company is preparing to launch its Elife E7 smartphone, which features a 5.5-inch 1080p display and is based on Google's Android OS.
What makes it special is a two-part attack, it will be the first smartphone to feature the 2.5GHz-clocked Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC, as well as the 'most-sensitive' 16-megapixel rear-camera. This is thanks to the Largan M8 lens and 1/2.3-inch sensor with a big 1.34µm pixels. Gionee is bragging that its camera is already better than the unreleasded, unannounced Galaxy S5 from Samsung.
There's one restaurant in Israel that is offering 50% discount for its diners, if they turn their smartphones off while they dine. Restaurant owner Jawdat Ibrahim told Time that he has this offer for this diners, because he is disgusted with the changed culture of eating.
Where people will sit at the table, on their smartphones, and not paying attention to their friends, family and loved ones at the table next to, or across from them. I hope that more restaurants around the world begin to offer this, it would be a nice change.
If it's one company having issues with production lately, it's Apple. Apple's new Retina iPad mini has been having supply issues since it launched earlier in the month, with the company reportedly struggling with low display yields.
Multiple analysts have said that the Retina iPad mini production would be at around two million units for Q4 2013, but DigiTimes has something else to say about that. DigiTimes is claiming that production issues are all but ironed out, and that Apple is pushing ahead with orders scaling up to four million units for the month of November.
Obviously it is the holiday shopping season, and Apple needs something to sell, DigiTimes has said: "As bottlenecks in making components for the iPad mini with Retina have gradually been removed, Apple has increase orders in November to nearly four million units, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers. Currently, Apple's orders for the iPad mini with Retina have already surpassed those for the first-generation iPad mini, the sources noted."
AT&T pushed out an update for Android 4.3 on the Galaxy S4 earlier this month but it pulled the update, saying it would concentrate on "potential improvement." Well, the update for Android 4.3 Jelly Bean on the S4 is back.
The features in the update include OpenGL LES 3.0 support, better notification access, and Bluetooth Smart technology. AT&T is also rolling out an update for Galaxy Gear compatibility. The update for Android 4.3 on the Galaxy S4 is sized at 727MB and is up for download now.
Google has announced a "Holiday Special." If you purchase a Nexus 7 in the United States or Canada through the Google Play Store you'll receive a $25 Google Play gift card and free shipping. Google says the offer is valid for a "Limited Time." This assumingly is by the end of December. Other than the Nexus 7 there is also a deal going on for the Google Chromecast, you can get $6 Google Play movie credit with its purchase.
Fine Print: "Good for one $25 Google Play credit (excluding devices and subscriptions). Offer expires on, and must be added to a Google Wallet account by March 31, 2014. Once added, credit must be used on Google Play by March 31, 2015."
Motorola has just released an unlocked version of its budget friendly Moto G smartphone to the US market. This version of the Moto G features no contract, no SIM lock, and an unlockable bootloader. This means that the phone will work on any network, and custom ROMs will be easy to upload to the device.
This unlocked version will compete with the locked GSM version already on sale at various carriers, and comes ahead of the CDMA version that is set to launch in January. The device features a 4.5-inch 720p display, a 5-megapixel camera, and Android 4.3. The devices processor is a dual-core SoC from Qualcomm, with 1GB of RAM to keep things running. The unlocked version is available on Motorola.com with the 8GB version retailing for just $179, and the 16GB model selling for just $20 more at $199.
I've been waiting for Rocki to hit Kickstarter, but now is the time to back this awesome looking device. You might not know what Rocki is, so let's give you the quick once over: it's a Wi-Fi Music Sound System, easy, isn't it?
You just plug your Rocki "Play" device into your sound system, which it then turns into a wireless sound system - awesome. It's like putting a Wi-Fi USB dongle on your PC, turning it into a wireless receiving device. This way, you can access the Rocki device from your smartphone or tablet, and send music to it, playing it through your sound system, in amazing quality.
It's on Kickstarter for $45, which lands you the Rocki exclusive beta, and the Play device with the beta app and firmware. For just $45, Rocki is going to change the way you consume music in your house, for $45, it's a no-brainer.
Amazon will be releasing their new Kindle Paperwhite early Q2 2014. The new Paperwhite e-reader will have a high resolution 300 PPI display as opposed to the current model that has a 212 PPI. The prototype of the new Paperwhite has a screen that sits flush with the edge of the device and not recessed in, like the current model. It weighs less and has a matte-like glass screen to replace the plastic.
Amazon is upscaling the software for a better high resolution look as well as making a custom font that will be better for reading. There is no official release date or pricing for the new Kindle Paperwhite, but it will be available sometime Q2 of 2014.
Designing your smartphone hardware to cheat the benchmark system seems to be the trendy thing to do, but some benchmarks are ensuring that this form of cheating is no-longer a viable method to boost the perceived performance of you device. Today Futuremark announced that it has delisted several phones from its results.
The phones were delisted from rankings because of accusation that they feature hardware-based loopholes that allow them to run faster when benchmarking apps are activated to run test. All in all a total of six smartphones were delisted, including the :HTC One, HTC One Mini, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Exynos 5 Octa, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 MSM8974, Samsung Galaxy Note III Exynos 5 Octa, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 MSM8974. While no mention of what each device did specifically to falsely boost scores, Futuremark did release a statement about the delistings.
Samsung has officially unveiled their new Galaxy Grand 2. Samsung's new large screen smartphone comes with a 5.25 inch HD display. The Galaxy Grand 2 runs on Android Jellybean 4.3. Other specs on the device are a quad-core 1.2 GHz processor, 1.5 GB RAM, Bluetooth 4.0, 2,600 mAH battery, a 8 megapixel rear camera and a 1.9 megapixel front facing camera. The Galaxy Grand 2 comes with 8 GB of built-in storage and is expandable to 64 GB with its microSD slot. Samsung will also be releasing models with dual-SIM capabilities. Samsung has not commented about availability or pricing for the Galaxy Grand 2.
Samsung announcement: "This evolution of the Galaxy Grand series brings meaningful upgrades to its predecessor including an improved HD viewing experience, enhanced performance, and many other intuitive features."
While we are on the topic of the HTC One, we might as well introduce you to the all new gold variant of HTC's flagship. While not actually gold plated, this new color for the HTC One comes courtesy of HTC's anodizing process, and is just dyed gold the same way the blue and red versions are.
The Gold HTC one is purely a cosmetic release with all of the internal hardware staying exactly the same as its silver and black counterparts that were released at launch. In case anyone has forgotten, the HTC One features a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor that is clocked in at 1.7GHz, 2GB of RAM, and a full 1080p display. An HTC UltraPixel camera is present as well as either 32GB or 64GB of on-board storage. Unfortunately, HTC has not disclosed which carriers and retailers will be stocking the device, or when it will be available.
When Google first announced Android 4.4 KitKat, it said that Google Play versions of Android smartphones would be getting the update to 4.4 earlier than other phones. Today Google announced that the Android 4.4 update has began rolling out to the Google Play Edition of the HTC One.
Much like the Android 4.4 update the Nexus 4 received, the Over-the-Air (OTA) update for the HTC One is very light weight, coming in at just 305MB. This means that those with data caps will not be majorly impacted if they chose to download the update over their data service and not Wi-Fi.
While the HTC One is arguably the second best Android phone ever made, users should see a major boost in performance with the device running Android 4.4 as it requires significantly less RAM to run the OS. KitKat will also bring a redesigned status bar, navigation icons, text messaging system, and contact list. Additionally, the new OS ushers in native printing, and NFC payment support.
The 8-core processor smartphone market is relatively small right now, but TCL is set to become a player in that market. The Chinese company has revealed its Idol X+ smartphone, which will be a collaboration between TCL and Chinese online retailer JD.com.
The Idol X+ will feature an 8-core processor which will be produced by MediaTek, 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, and 5-inch 1080p display. As for software, the Idol X+ will be powered by Android 4.2.1, and should hopefully arrive with an update once its released. As for the price, we should expect it to be priced at $350, which is not too bad at all.
When the world was first introduced to the modular smartphone concept, many industry analyst laughed and said that it would never happen, and that it was impossible. I was one of those people. Today Motorola has stepped up and partnered with 3D Systems to begin development and production of the Ara modular smartphone.
The deal is spread out over several years and 3D Systems will be tasked with developing a unique 3D Printing system that Motorola has dubbed "the factory of the future." The question is, how realistic will it be to 3D print anything other than the case or chassis of the phone? With today's 3D Printing technology, we are nowhere near printing a nano-scale circuit board, integrated circuits or even refined transistors capable of building other electronic components. This deal is a step in the right direction however and will lead to some interesting technology advances.
Motorola announces today that they will be making a couple of changes to their Developer Edition Program. The Developer Edition phones are for users that want to mess around with their operating systems and user interface. Users that would request a bootloader unlock code would get their warranties voided on their Developer Edition device by Motorola.
Motorola has changed that policy and will be reinstating warranties on Developer Edition devices that where purchased directly from Motorola in 2012 and 2013 and that requesting an unlock code will no longer void user warranties. Motorola will also be offering return-to-factory software images so you can format it to the way it came at purchase if needed. The recovery images are available on Motorola's website.
The HTC One Max is available today from Verizon Wireless. The HTC One Max is priced at $299.99 with a two year contract or $25 a month on Verizon's EDGE plan. Verizon bundles in a ISIS-ready SIM card so you can use contactless paying.
The HTC One Max comes equipped with a huge 5.9 inch 1080p display and a fingerprint scanner that can store up to three people's fingerprints. The device comes with Android 4.3 with HTC Sense 5.5 equipped. Some other specs for the HTC One Max are a quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor with 2GB of RAM, a 4MP "UltraPixel" rear camera, a 2.1MP front camera, a 3,300mAh battery, NFC, and Bluetooth 4.0. As for storage there is a 16GB and a 32GB model, and they both feature a microSD slot which allows expansion of up to 64GB. Sprint already has the HTC One Max and has it priced at $250 in-store or $150 online.
After using Android 4.4 KitKat on my Nexus 5 for the last few days, I'm loving the new mobile OS from Google. But when exactly will HTC's flagship One smartphone receive the update?
Well, it looks like the company will be rolling the tasty-sounding mobile OS out to its One smartphone before the end of January next year. We know this because HTC USA said on Twitter that the delay of Android 4.3 for Verizon Wireless customers "does not impact delivery of 4.4 by end of January - still on track."