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Sony is giving away the entire Xperia Z3 family along with a SmartBand Talk

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Sony has started a new contest over on its Facebook page, and the prize for this one is rather insane. One person will win the entire Xperia Z3 family, and a SmartBand Talk on top of that.

So this lucky individual will get the Xperia Z3, the Xperia Z3 Compact, and the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, as well as the new wearable. Read more »

Google details Android Wear updates for the rest of the year

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Today Google has posted an official list of features it will add to the Android Wear platform before 2014 ends. The company has also confirmed once again that all smartwatches running Android Wear will get the updates as soon as these are going to be ready.

This is no surprise, as Google is pretty much in charge of the update process for Android Wear devices, looking to avoid the fragmentation situation that’s persistent in its smartphone and tablet operating system. Read more »

Alcatel Hero 8 tablet brings LTE-connected Android in 8″ metal body

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Alcatel brought out a new Android tablet at IFA, the Alcatel Hero 8. With an 8″ WUXGA (1920 x 1200px) screen it will compete with the likes of the Lenovo Tab S8. The tablet has an aluminum body that’s just 7.3mm thick though (vs. the 7.9mm plastic body of the Lenovo).

The Alcatel Hero 8 is LTE-enabled and supports voice calls. You may want to use the new Sidekick 2, a phone-shaped Bluetooth headset. Read more »

Motomaker phone customization service arrives in the UK and France

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The Motomaker customization service started in the US and in July expanded to Germany. It will continue its European expansion later this month by adding the UK and France to its list of supported countries.

Motorola hasn’t announced the exact launch date but it should be by the end of the month. Read more »

Watch the new Moto G in the official promo video

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Motorola has announced the successor to its most popular phone to date, the Moto G. Once again, called just the Moto G, the new phone improves mostly upon the display, camera, and speakers over its predecessor while retaining the same great price.

The new Moto G has a 5.0-inch 720p display, compared to the 4.5-inch 720p display on the original Moto G. The phone, just like the new Moto X, is bigger than its predecessor. Read more »

Check out the new Moto X official video

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Motorola has finally taken the wraps off the second iteration of its popular Moto X smartphone, called, well, the Moto X. The new Moto X looks similar to the previous one but is bigger and more powerful now.

The new Moto X has a 5.2-inch, 1080p Super AMOLED display, an upgrade over the 4.7-inch 720p display on the original Moto X. This has made the phone go from measuring 129.3 x 65.3 x 10.4 mm to 140.8 x 72.4 x 9.97mm. To clarify, that’s bigger than the Nexus 5. The compact size was arguably one of the best features of the original Moto X but that’s not the case anymore. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 lands at Sprint on September 12

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The AMOLED display-touting Samsung Galaxy Tab S, in its 10.5-inch iteration, is now officially headed to Sprint in the United States.

It will be released by the carrier on September 12. Using Sprint’s Easy Pay installment scheme, you’ll be able to grab one for $0 down (plus tax), then followed by 24 monthly payments of $27.09. That said, you will obviously need to get a service plan for it. Read more »

LG G Watch R will be out on October 14

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LG’s round-faced smartwatch running Android Wear, the G Watch R, is due to become available on October 14. The news reportedly comes straight from the Korean company itself.

LG hasn’t yet officially announced pricing for the G Watch R internationally. However, the press release unveiling the new watch for the German market mentioned a recommended retail price of €299. Read more »

LG G Watch R hands-on

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Smartwatches are all the rage here at IFA 2014 with Asus, Samsung and Sony getting in the mix and now LG has shown its first rounded smartwatch – the G Watch R.

It has a rounded watch face complete with a 1.3″ rounded POLED (plastic organic light-emitting diode) display, Snapdragon 400 chipset and a battery that will reportedly be able to endure for one day and a half to two days with the always on feature enabled. Read more »

Samsung announces Galaxy Tab Active

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Samsung has announced the new Galaxy Tab Active, a ruggedized version of their Galaxy Tab 4 8.0. The tablet features an anti-shock covering that protects it from drops as high as 1.2m. It is also dust and water resistant with IP67 certificate.

The Galaxy Tab Active has a 8.0-inch, 1280×800 resolution LCD, 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1.5GB RAM, 16GB internal memory with microSD card slot, 3.1 megapixel rear camera, 1.3 megapixel front camera, C-Pen stylus, 4,450mAh replaceable battery, and Android 4.4 KitKat. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge hands-on videos

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Yesterday Samsung was set to unearth the latest Note smartphone but instead of one showed two – the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge.

Both are pretty interesting and innovative and whichever one you might like more it doesn’t really matter as we’re showing you our hands-on videos with both, in case you’ve missed our in-depth coverage of Samsung’s UNPACKED event yesterday. Read more »

LG starts mass producing rounded P-OLED displays for its G Watch R smartwatch

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LG Display has announced today that its has started development of the “the first circular Plastic OLED” display to be featured in their G Watch R smartwatch.

The rounded P-OLED display is set to have a diameter of 1.3 inches and a thickness of just 0.6mm. Read more »

Samsung shows off the new Galaxy Note 4 features in a video

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Yesterday at IFA, Samsung announced its much awaited Galaxy Note 4 smartphone. In case you missed the keynote, Samsung has released a new video that shows all the new features and specifications of the phone in brief.

One of the important changes on the Note 4 is the design. The phone now features an aluminum frame with the faux leather back from the Note 3. There is also the 2.5D glass up front that flows into the chamfered edges of the aluminum with metal buttons on the side. Read more »

OnePlus takes a poke at Samsung Galaxy Note 4 on Facebook

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OnePlus joined LG in taking a poke at the freshly announced Samsung Galaxy Note 4. The Chinese manufacturer posted a graphic, which compares its “flagship killer” to the Korean phablet royalty.

The graphic compares key features of both devices, including specifications, build-quality, and, of course price. Read more »

LG is already mocking the Samsung Galaxy Note 4

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By now you probably know that Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note 4 earlier today. Yet here we are, mere hours later, and the company’s chief competitor from its native South Korea, LG, is already mocking it.

The image above was posted on Twitter by LG’s arm in Jordan. It takes aim at a new feature that lets Galaxy Note 4 owners take selfies by placing a finger on top of the heart rate monitor on the back of the phablet, then taking said finger off of it. Read more »