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Moto X wood panels get discounted to $25, new finishes are on the way

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Motorola gave a drastic price reduction to the natural wood finish back covers for the Moto X. The fashionable option for the smartphone now costs only $25 in Moto Maker, compared to $100 when initially announced last month.

In addition to the currently available bamboo finish for the Moto X, Motorola announced three new wood options on the way. Read more »

Motorola launches Moto G Grip Shell cases

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Motorola has launched five Grip Shell cases for the affordable Moto G. Available in royal blue, lemon lime, chalk, black and cherry, the cases are certainly going to get the phone noticed.

The accessory costs $19.99 and is sold directly from Motorola via their website. It’s ruggedized and snaps directly on the back of the Moto G as a replacement for the phone back cover. Read more »

Huawei makes the MediaPad 7 Youth2 official

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Today Huawei announced the successor to the affordable MediaPad 7 Youth tablet it launched last year. Predictably called the MediaPad 7 Youth2 (the lack of space is not a typo), the slate sports a metallic frame surrounding its 7″ display of 1024 x 600 pixels resolution.

Under the nice looking aluminum gold back, there’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 chipset with quad-core 1.2GHzCPU and 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal memory. Thankfully, there’s a microSD card slot on board. Read more »

LG G Flex screen plagued by bumps

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LG G Flex owners have started reporting a bizarre defect that is plaguing the screen of the curved smartphone. Bumps have reportedly began to appear on the surface of some of the 6″ curved OLED displays.

According to a salesclerk at Yongsan Electronics Market in Seoul, who has spoken with KoreaTimes in a telephone interview, all LG G Flex smartphones he has encountered come with small bumps on the screen. LG has acknowledged the problem, which boils down to the elastic features of various components. Read more »

JOdin3 flash tool for Samsung Androids runs on Windows, Mac and Linux

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If you’ve flashed a Samsung Android device then you’ve encountered Odin and you’ve done it through your Windows PC. CASUAL recently launched JOdin3, which is written in Java and supports Linux, Mac OS X and even Raspberry Pi. You can run it in a web browser, too, if you like.

JOdin3 looks mostly like Odin3, which people are familiar with, but uses the Heimdall as a base. This means the app will require a PIT file, but it can automatically grab it for itself if you don’t have it at hand. Read more »

Google Play Store debuts Final Fantasy VI today

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One of the most beloved iterations of the Final Fantasy series is coming to the Google Play Store today: Final Fantasy VI.

Originally debuting for the Super Nintendo on April 2nd, 1994 (in Japan), Final Fantasy VI was an instant hit with fans and was one of the most critically acclaimed games of its time. Even today, it stands as one of the most memorable role-playing games to have ever been released. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Gear overclocked to 1.6GHz

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Being a mere smartwatch doesn’t save the Samsung Galaxy Gear from the developers’ desire at getting deep into the gadget’s core. And now, courtesy of XDA Developers, comes the first custom kernel for the Gear.

The Samsung Galaxy Gear has already got its first custom ROM, showing that developers aren’t afraid to get creative, but the new kernel finally shows that they are also now ready to go one level deeper. The first custom kernel allows for the Gear to run at the maximum frequency of its dual-core Cortex-A9 CPU, which is 1.6GHz. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite specs confirmed by leaked manual

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The user manual of a yet-to-be announced Samsung tablet has surfaced on the company’s website. Samsung’s Polish website has listed the user manual of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite with the model number SM-T110 that is said to be the Wi-Fi variant of the upcoming slate.

According to the manual, the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite will sport a 7-inch display with a resolution of 600 x 1024 pixels. The tablet will be powered by 1.2 GHz dual-core Marvell PXA986 processor and the Vivante GV1000 GPU. Read more »

Nokia mocks HTC over Twitter

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Nokia once again engaged into somewhat childish banter over Twitter. This time around it’s HTC which takes heat from the Finnish company on the social network.

HTC Russia has asked its users over Twitter how they will use a One smartphone without taking their gloves off in cold weather. Read more »

Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics get an official Samsung app

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Samsung has released an official app for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, which will kick off next month. As a partner of the event, the global market leader has designed an exclusive app for the upcoming games.

The app that is named WOW for Wireless Olympic Works and offers one of the easiest ways to keep track of what’s happening at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Read more »

European Motorola Moto X hands-on

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Motorola finally announced its Moto X flagship smartphone for the European countries earlier today. The latest smartphone from the Google owned company is quite popular in the US for its intriguing user experience and the European variant isn’t any different from the American version.

We got our hands dirty with the European variant of the Motorola Moto X at its launch event in London. Read more »

Here’s the Android gallery by the CyanogenMod team

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It’s a well documented fact that the stock Android gallery isn’t the most feature-rich out there. Many have resorted to third party apps (like QuickPic and others) and now the CyanogenMod team has entered the conversation with its very own concept of what the gallery on stock Android should look like.

GalleryNext can be installed through the free-for-all community for beta testers, which can download the beta app on Google Play and begin testing. For now features include a gallery with cloud integration (Flickr, Picasa, Google+, Facebook and Dropbox), grouping images by Moments, video playback, GIF support (yay!) and more. Read more »

Android KitKat-powered LG G2 demoed on video

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While native Korean owners of the LG G2 have basked in KitKat glory for some time now the rest of the G2 faithful around the globe are still waiting for the update to drop in this year’s first quarter.

To help the time pass, you can check out a video of the fresh new software running on an LG G2, recorded with Android SDK’s ADB utility. Check it out after the break. Read more »

Sony releases official promo videos for Xperia T2 Ultra and T2 Ultra Dual

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Sony has taken the wraps off its Xperia T2 Ultra and T2 Ultra Dual phablets. As tradition goes on such occasions, a couple of promotional videos of the 6-inch smartphones have gone live.

The first video runs for about 90 seconds and features the single SIM variant of the Xperia T2 Ultra in action. Read more »

Weekend poll results: The hots and nots of CES 2014

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This weekend we set out to get your thoughts on the hottest products from this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas and now that we have the results it’s time to see what you guys liked and what disappointed you.

While the overall tone remained excited there were things you guys weren’t really thrilled about. This year’s CES brought the first real non-compromises mini smartphone from the Android camp, some exciting slates from Samsung, a new take at smartwatch design by Pebble and more. Read more »