Samsung Galaxy S4 officially scores Android 4.3

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 (GT-I9505) has officially started seeing its Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update. According to SamMobile, the release is not so much visual as it is optimization and back-end stuff. The handset is said to be much faster with the update and benchmark scores are reported to be ...

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T-Mobile dishes on new Alcatel, Samsung devices

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T-Mobile today confirmed the immediate and upcoming availability of three smartphones and one mobile hotspot. Starting from today, October 16, customers can pick up an Alcatel One Touch Evolve or Samsung LTE Mobile HotSpot PRO. Next week sees the carrier offering the Alcatel One Touch Fierce; ...

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Jabra intros Solemate Max portable speaker

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Jabra on Wednesday confirmed the upcoming availability of a new member of the Solemate portable speaker family. Set to arrive later this quarter, the Solemate Max promises 14 hours of playback, charges your device, and connects via Bluetooth or NFC. Like the other models in this line, the big, ...

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KitKat’s Google+ page teases the fanboys

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Are you following the official KitKat account over on Google+? You should be.  The past few days have seen a number of posts which seem to be cryptic messages related to the impending announcement of Android 4.4 KitKat’s features. Well, that and the Nexus 5 and maybe a new Nexus 10 ...

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Samsung Galaxy Round likened to ‘prototype’

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The Samsung Galaxy Round announced last week may ultimately prove to be more of a concept device, more along the lines of a prototype. Reportedly, the smartphone will be produced in limited quantities and may not find a home outside of South Korea. According to a SamMobile source, the handset ...

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Verizon rolls out LTE on AWS spectrum in key markets

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Verizon has begun rolling out LTE in its AWS spectrum in key U.S. markets, according to new reports. Also used by T-Mobile, the spectrum gives the carrier more room to grow and expand the network to capable devices.  While Verizon hasn’t confirmed which areas have started getting the ...

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LG goes on offensive with new mobile ads

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LG has gone on the offensive against the likes of HTC, Samsung, and Apple with a series of new mobile ads. As spotted by Business Insider, the ads make light of different aspects of each competitor. Samsung is ribbed for (data) speeds, Apple is taken to task for its screen size, and HTC is ...

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HTC One Max pricing leaks for international and Chinese versions

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The unlocked international version of the HTC One Max is expected to cost RMB 5,088 ($833 US), according to a Chinese source. Further, a Chinese model will sell for RMB 5,488 ($899 US) and will be supported by China Unicom, China Telecom and China Mobile. Reportedly, the China Telecom model ...

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Verizon: HTC One Max due ‘this holiday season’

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Verizon has climbed aboard the HTC One Max train and announced that the 5.9-inch smartphone will arrive in time for the holidays. Pricing and exact availability are not known yet, however we would be surprised if the device arrived on the other side of Thanksgiving. As for cost, we’d look ...

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Amazon calls upon HTC for first foray into smartphones –report

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Amazon and HTC are fast at work on a family of smartphones, according to a recent Financial Times report. From the oft-cited “sources familiar with the project” comes word that there are alleged to be three devices in the pipeline. One of the models happens to be further along than ...

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T-Mobile simplifying, ending select rate plans

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T-Mobile is proactively migrating customers to the Simple Choice plans and should have everyone switched over by year’s end, according to new reports. Reportedly, T-Mobile is selecting the most applicable plan for customers and giving them a “take it or leave it” sort of deal. ...

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Might Google refresh the Nexus 4 with LTE for Android 4.4?

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Here we go again with yet another Android 4.4/Nexus rumor… Google could be readying a refreshed version of the LG Nexus 4 with LTE support and have it ready to go with Android 4.4 KitKat. The rumor suggests that instead of introducing one new model this fall, Google will tweak the current ...

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Angry Birds Go races to mobile on December 11

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Rovio’s next big smartphone release, Angry Birds Go, is set to hit smartphones everywhere on December 11. The game employs racing mechanics not unlike Mario Kart where each vehicle has its own abilities and specialties. Want one that handles great? You might sacrifice speed or ...

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Sony dishes availability, pricing for Xperia Z1, Xperia Z Ultra, SmartWatch 2

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Sony on Tuesday confirmed pricing and immediate availability details as it pertains to the U.S. launch of the Xperia Z1, the Xperia Z Ultra, and the SmartWatch 2. All three devices will be offered through Sony’s online store, in select retail stores, and some third-party electronics ...

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‘Google Now’ watch due sooner, not later

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New chatter hitting the internet these past days suggest that Google is indeed readying a smartwatch with Google Now functionality at its core. The word comes directly on the heels of a Google+ report from Android Police lead Artem Russakovskii  which indicates the project could be known as ...

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