http://androinica.com Google Android phones, news and apps Fri, 17 Jan 2014 18:41:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 HTC will Reportedly Launch One Successor in March with Improved Display and Camera http://androinica.com/2014/01/htc-will-reportedly-launch-one-successor-in-march-with-improved-display-and-camera/ http://androinica.com/2014/01/htc-will-reportedly-launch-one-successor-in-march-with-improved-display-and-camera/#comments Fri, 17 Jan 2014 18:41:45 +0000 Natesh Sood http://androinica.com/?p=47012

Fans of the HTC brand should be happy to hear that HTC is working fast on the new One model to bring it to market by March.  Since March is only a month and a half away, it is time…

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Fans of the HTC brand should be happy to hear that HTC is working fast on the new One model to bring it to market by March.  Since March is only a month and a half away, it is time to see what the rumor mill has in store for us in terms of the refreshed One device.  Bloomberg is also reporting that HTC will keep the One moniker and build off the iconic One brand.

Despite HTC not particularly performing well as a company, the One was a tremendous smartphone with excellent build quality in 2013, and we expect nothing less from HTC this time around in 2014.

According to a report from Bloomberg, HTC is said to offer a larger display on the new HTC One (somewhere in the neighborhood of 5 inches).  Secondly, the camera is going to feature “twin sensors” to couple an improved ultrapixel camera.  The changes should improve image quality greatly by offering enhanced focus and depth.  Lastly, the HTC One 2014 model should feature Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 805 processor as the logical hardware upgrade.

[Bloomberg]

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Sprint: LG G Flex Will Launch Online on January 31 for $299 on Contract http://androinica.com/2014/01/sprint-lg-g-flex-will-launch-online-on-january-31-for-299-on-contract/ http://androinica.com/2014/01/sprint-lg-g-flex-will-launch-online-on-january-31-for-299-on-contract/#comments Thu, 16 Jan 2014 17:57:39 +0000 Natesh Sood http://androinica.com/?p=47008

Starting today, Sprint customers can pre-order the unique LG G Flex smartphone for $299 online with a two year contract.  By pre-ordering between now and January 31st, customers will receive a complimentary Quickwindow Folio Case, which is valued at $60.  Sprint…

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Starting today, Sprint customers can pre-order the unique LG G Flex smartphone for $299 online with a two year contract.  By pre-ordering between now and January 31st, customers will receive a complimentary Quickwindow Folio Case, which is valued at $60.  Sprint announced that pre-orders will ship to customers by January 31st, which is the day the device officially launches online and in TeleSales.  Customers who prefer to purchase devices in-store will have to wait until February 7 to pick up the smartphone.

For those who need a quick refresher, the curved phone features a large 6 inch 720p display, 3500 mAh battery, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of onboard storage, 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, Android 4.2.2, and a 13MP rear facing camera.  On the hardware side, the G Flex is pretty good, except for the lackluster 720p display.

However, I still have reservations about the success of the LG G Flex on Sprint given its high price tag.  I am not fully convinced that a curved smartphone at last year’s hardware is worth the premium price of $299.  Granted, I haven’t held or used the device yet, so I can’t make too many claims without having used one.

If you are interested in pre-ordering the device, feel free to check out the Sprint listing below.  Again, the device launches online on January 31 and in stores on February 7 for $299 on contract.

[Sprint]

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Google Adds the Moto G to Play Edition Smartphone Lineup Starting at $179 http://androinica.com/2014/01/google-adds-the-moto-g-to-play-edition-smartphone-lineup-starting-at-179/ http://androinica.com/2014/01/google-adds-the-moto-g-to-play-edition-smartphone-lineup-starting-at-179/#comments Tue, 14 Jan 2014 19:49:55 +0000 Natesh Sood http://androinica.com/?p=47004

One aspect of the Moto X and Moto G that Motorola does well is keeping the software very close to stock Android.  In fact, that is probably the main reason we did not see a Google Play Edition Moto X…

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One aspect of the Moto X and Moto G that Motorola does well is keeping the software very close to stock Android.  In fact, that is probably the main reason we did not see a Google Play Edition Moto X — since it would hardly be different than the model already sold by Motorola.  However, today, Google went ahead and launched the Moto G by Motorola as a GPe smartphone, thus joining the Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One, Sony Z Ultra, and the LG G Pad 8.3.

In terms of hardware and pricing, the Moto G is identical to what you can expect direct from Motorola’s online website.  The 8GB model costs $179, while the 16GB model costs $199.  The fundamental difference between the Moto G GPe and Moto G sold by Motorola is a pure Android 4.4 experience and quicker updates on the former device.  My own recommendation is to pick up the 16GB model since $20 for double the storage is a pretty solid deal.

I believe Google wanted to sell the Moto G as a Google Play Edition device since it represents a low-cost option for customers.  Google now has an incredibly affordable no contract device in the Moto G for sub-$200, the Nexus line for value conscious customers at $350, and the premium line in the HTC One, Galaxy S4, and Z Ultra starting at $599.

Google is already taking orders for the Moto G and plans to begin shipping within 1-2 business days.

[Google Play]

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Motorola Announces Moto X Launch in UK, France, and Germany on February 1 http://androinica.com/2014/01/motorola-announces-moto-x-launch-in-uk-france-and-germany-on-february-1/ http://androinica.com/2014/01/motorola-announces-moto-x-launch-in-uk-france-and-germany-on-february-1/#comments Tue, 14 Jan 2014 17:22:02 +0000 Natesh Sood http://androinica.com/?p=47001

Certain European consumers interested in the Moto X smartphone from Motorola will soon have their chance to purchase the excellent handset.  Expected to launch on February 1st, Motorola will sell its iconic Moto X device in Black or White in…

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Certain European consumers interested in the Moto X smartphone from Motorola will soon have their chance to purchase the excellent handset.  Expected to launch on February 1st, Motorola will sell its iconic Moto X device in Black or White in the 16GB variety for customers in the UK, France, and Germany to purchase.

Unfortunately, MotoMaker will not accompany the Moto X at this time, since it is a U.S. only exclusive.  Even though MotoMaker is a great customization feature, the other software enhancements — such as Active Display, Touchless Controls, and Assist — can still be found on the European version.

In terms of pricing, the Moto X will debut at £380 in the UK, while selling for 399 Euros in France and Germany.  While the Moto X is still a superb smartphone, but it is going to be nearly six months old when it launches in the UK.  Customers may be better served waiting to see the refreshed Galaxy S5 or the successor to the HTC One.

[Droid-Life]

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Purchase an Off-Contract Moto X by January 14, Receive a Chromecast for Free http://androinica.com/2014/01/purchase-an-off-contract-moto-x-by-january-14-receive-a-chromecast-for-free/ http://androinica.com/2014/01/purchase-an-off-contract-moto-x-by-january-14-receive-a-chromecast-for-free/#comments Fri, 10 Jan 2014 17:56:29 +0000 Natesh Sood http://androinica.com/?p=46997

Motorola is now bundling the Google Chromecast device with orders of the full-retail price Moto X from now until January 14th for customers.  In fact, all you need to do is purchase the Moto X online using MotoMaker (or not)…

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Motorola is now bundling the Google Chromecast device with orders of the full-retail price Moto X from now until January 14th for customers.  In fact, all you need to do is purchase the Moto X online using MotoMaker (or not) and enter in the Promo Code: STREAM at the end of the purchase to receive the Chromecast for free (be sure to add the Chromecast to your cart first).

Currently, the 16GB off-contract Moto X by Motorola costs $399, while the 32GB model costs $449.  Purchasing either Moto X model will still entitle you to the free Chromecast, provided the purchase takes place prior to January 14th.

If you happened to have purchased an off-contract Moto X within the past couple of weeks, I would suggest contacting Motorola to see if they will still honor the promotion or offer some type of other compensation.

[Motorola]

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Samsung Exec Points to April 2014 Launch for Samsung Galaxy S5 and New Galaxy Gear http://androinica.com/2014/01/samsung-exec-points-to-april-2014-launch-for-samsung-galaxy-s5-and-new-galaxy-gear/ http://androinica.com/2014/01/samsung-exec-points-to-april-2014-launch-for-samsung-galaxy-s5-and-new-galaxy-gear/#comments Thu, 09 Jan 2014 20:13:06 +0000 Natesh Sood http://androinica.com/?p=46992

In an interview with Bloomberg, Samsung’s Executive Vice President Lee Young Hee revealed some interesting information regarding the company’s upcoming flagship device.

Typically speaking, Samsung launches its successor to the Galaxy S smartphone line in the Spring, and 2014 should…

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In an interview with Bloomberg, Samsung’s Executive Vice President Lee Young Hee revealed some interesting information regarding the company’s upcoming flagship device.

Typically speaking, Samsung launches its successor to the Galaxy S smartphone line in the Spring, and 2014 should not be any different according to Lee.  In fact, the exec reveals that the Galaxy S5 will likely launch by April.

One of the new standout features that could potentially make its way to the Galaxy S5 is “iris recognition technology.”  Samsung is currently investigating the feasibility of an iris scanner as a measure of security on the new device.  In addition, the Galaxy S5 will likely differentiate itself in terms of design to represent itself as a re-imagined device different from the Galaxy S III and Galaxy S4.

Coinciding with the Galaxy S5 launch, Lee hints to expect an upgraded version of Galaxy Gear that offers “more advanced functions” and improvements to the overall design.

With CES 2014 wrapping up, I’m sure the rumor mill will begin heating up for the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S5.

[Bloomberg]

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Consumers Can Purchase the $99 Moto G from Verizon Wireless Starting Today http://androinica.com/2014/01/consumers-can-purchase-the-99-moto-g-from-verizon-wireless-starting-today/ http://androinica.com/2014/01/consumers-can-purchase-the-99-moto-g-from-verizon-wireless-starting-today/#comments Thu, 09 Jan 2014 18:36:47 +0000 Natesh Sood http://androinica.com/?p=46988

If you are looking for a terrific budget-Android experience on Verizon Wireless, then look no further than the Moto G by Motorola, which can be yours for $99 without a contract.  The device is meant to be used in conjunction…

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If you are looking for a terrific budget-Android experience on Verizon Wireless, then look no further than the Moto G by Motorola, which can be yours for $99 without a contract.  The device is meant to be used in conjunction with Verizon Wireless’ two main prepaid plans.  The only difference between the two plans is the amount of data.  For instance, the $60 plan offers unlimited talk, text, and 2GB of data.  The $70 plan, on the other hand, offers the same unlimited talk and text, but doubles the data to 4GB.

Moving on, interested customers can jump on the $99 Moto G immediately through purchases online or in-store.  For casual smartphone users who do not need the best hardware or 4G LTE, the Moto G represents a valuable option since it offers capable hardware at a low-end price.

In terms of specs, the Moto G offers a 4.5 inch display, 1GB of RAM, 1.2GHz quad-core, Android 4.3, 5MP rear facing camera, 8GB of on board storage, a 2070mAh battery, and 3G connectivity.  One of the main knocks against the Moto G is the fact that the screen is mediocre, the camera is lacking, and 3G is not nearly as robust as Verizon’s 4G LTE network.  However, the cost of $99 without a contract is truly remarkable.

[Verizon Wireless]

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T-Mobile Removes ETF Customer Pain Point with UnCarrier 4.0 Starting Tomorrow http://androinica.com/2014/01/t-mobile-removes-etf-customer-pain-point-with-uncarrier-4-0-starting-tomorrow/ http://androinica.com/2014/01/t-mobile-removes-etf-customer-pain-point-with-uncarrier-4-0-starting-tomorrow/#comments Wed, 08 Jan 2014 22:32:14 +0000 Natesh Sood http://androinica.com/?p=46983

The main impediment for consumers trying to switch between various carriers in the United States is typically the ETF (Early Termination Fee).  Since most carriers subsidize the cost of a smartphone, leaving the contract early requires the customer to pay…

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The main impediment for consumers trying to switch between various carriers in the United States is typically the ETF (Early Termination Fee).  Since most carriers subsidize the cost of a smartphone, leaving the contract early requires the customer to pay a penalty that puts the carrier in the status quo for the full cost of the smartphone.

In order to help customers experience “contract freedom,” CEO John Legere and company will pay your ETF up to five lines and $650 per line to switch.  T-Mobile offers up to $350 per ETF and up to $300 per smartphone that you trade-in — totaling $650 per line.  According to a poll ran by GigaOM and cited by T-Mobile, 78% of customers would switch to T-Mobile if reimbursed for the ETF.

T-Mobile clearly sees potential in gaining new customers by reimbursing for the ETF up to five lines and UnCarrier 4.0 should be successful in its mission.  Consumers interested in taking advantage of the new offer can begin applying starting tomorrow (1/9/2013).  Feel free to chime in with your thoughts below!

[T-Mobile]

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AT&T Expects to Launch LG G Flex in Q1 2014, Price to be Revealed Later http://androinica.com/2014/01/att-expects-to-launch-lg-g-flex-in-q1-2014-price-to-be-revealed-later/ http://androinica.com/2014/01/att-expects-to-launch-lg-g-flex-in-q1-2014-price-to-be-revealed-later/#comments Wed, 08 Jan 2014 20:07:56 +0000 Natesh Sood http://androinica.com/?p=46980

Whether curved displays will be a hit among U.S. smartphone users remains to be seen, but LG is betting that it will be more than a passing fancy.  In fact, LG has already lined up AT&T to carry its unique…

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Whether curved displays will be a hit among U.S. smartphone users remains to be seen, but LG is betting that it will be more than a passing fancy.  In fact, LG has already lined up AT&T to carry its unique LG G Flex smartphone launching in Q1 of 2014.

Some key features of a curved display includes a reduction in glare and added comfort when operating the device.  In terms of specs and features, the LG G Flex will offer a 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of on board storage, a whopping 3500 mAh battery, 6 inch 1280 x 720p display, and a 13MP rear facing camera.  In terms of software, the device will run Android 4.2.2 out of the box.  Hopefully, there is an update to Android 4.4 in its near future.

All in all, the LG G Flex offers top-notch hardware, but the display resolution may not suit those accustomed to 1080p displays.  I imagine that pricing and a specific launch date will be announced in the coming weeks.

[AT&T]

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Verizon Wireless confirms LG G2 launch date for September 12, costs $199 on contract http://androinica.com/2013/09/verizon-wireless-confirms-lg-g2-launch-date-for-september-12-costs-199-on-contract/ http://androinica.com/2013/09/verizon-wireless-confirms-lg-g2-launch-date-for-september-12-costs-199-on-contract/#comments Thu, 05 Sep 2013 20:32:31 +0000 Natesh Sood http://androinica.com/?p=46976

For those who are interested in the LG G2 on Verizon Wireless, we have some good news for you.  Earlier today, Verizon Wireless announced the launch date and pricing information for the high-end G2 flagship device.  According to the announcement,…

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For those who are interested in the LG G2 on Verizon Wireless, we have some good news for you.  Earlier today, Verizon Wireless announced the launch date and pricing information for the high-end G2 flagship device.  According to the announcement, America’s largest carrier will launch it on September 12 for $199 on a two year contract.

My immediate thought is thank goodness Verizon Wireless did not delay the launch of the G2 similar to what it did to the HTC One.  In fact, September 12 is a pretty earlier, considering T-Mobile is waiting until September 25th to launch.  The price point of $199 on contract also seems fair considering the cutting edge technology the G2 employs.

As a refresher, the G2 offers a 5.2 inch 1080p display, 2GB of RAM, Snapdragon 800 2.3GHz quad-core processor, 13MP rear facing camera, Android 4.2, and a 3000 mAh battery.

[VZWNews]

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