Verizon will start throttling its unlimited data users on October 1st

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Verizon launched their “Network Optimization” policy back in the Fall of 2011, which at the time meant the company could throttle 3G data speeds for their heaviest users in congested service areas. Unfortunately Verizon is now updating that policy to include wireless users on their 4G LTE network with unlimited data plans. Just how long Verizon will throttle affected users depends on a long list of criteria, in their words, “The customer may continue to be impacted for the rest of the current billing cycle and through the next billing cycle, but only while on a cell site that is experiencing high demand.”

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Amazon Fire Phone proves difficult to repair in iFixit teardown

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Amazon has packed a lot of cool new features into their Fire Phone, but apparently this has come at the cost of repairability. The fine folks over at iFixit have done their traditional teardown of Amazon’s first foray into smartphones and its not looking good, earning a repairability score of 3 out of 10 (with 10 being the easiest to repair). Everything starts out simple enough with the use of standard screws and the lack of adhesive holding the casing together, but once you get inside, things get a bit more tricky.

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Leaked photos of Motorola’s X+1 show wooden back, no MicroSD slot

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Motorola’s current flagship, the Moto X, turns a year old in less than a month and Motorola seems plenty eager to get rid of their remaining stock, which generally means its time for a new flagship. We’ve been hearing all sorts of rumors about Motorola’s upcoming phone, the Moto X+1, but today we may finally have a good look at a pre-production model of the mysterious device. 

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Moto 360 to include ambient light sensor, a first for Android Wear

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For those of you anxiously awaiting the Moto 360 (myself included), a new tidbit of information has come out regarding Motorola’s most recent foray into the world of smartwatches. In a hands-on video posted to TechCrunch’s YouTube page,  a representative for Motorola lets slip that the Moto 360 includes an ambient light sensor, a feature that is sorely missing from the Samsung Gear Live and the LG G Watch (the only two Android Wear devices to be launched so far).

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Motorola launches Back to School Sale with discounts of over $100 on all Moto X variants

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Hot on the heels of an identical discount, Motorola have announced their Back To School sale, offering savings of up to $125 on all three variants of their Moto X flagship. The 16GB model is going for $299 (down from $399), 32GB for $324.99 (down from $449.99) and the 64GB model for a measly $374.99 (down from $499.99). All three options come unlocked and can be customized via Motorola’s Moto Maker.

The sale, which runs until July 31st or while supplies last, is likely an attempt by Motorola to unload some inventory in anticipation of the upcoming Moto X+1. If you’re looking for a great smartphone with constant updates, personalized colors and a stock Android experience rivaled only by Nexus devices, this is the perfect opportunity. Follow the source link to purchase yours today!

Source: @Motorola

 

Chinese manufacturer BBK to release Vivo X3, the world’s thinnest smartphone

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Chinese phone manufacturer BBK is plotting to dethrone Huawei as the king of slim smartphones. Their newest offering, the Vivo X3, is the first smartphone thinner than 6mm (0.236 inches) making it slimmer than an iPod Touch 5th Gen and Huewai’s record-holder, the Ascend P6, which measures at 6.18mm.

BBK, while not a wildly popular brand, release extremely solid, cutting-edge phones with an emphasis on high-fidelity sound. Expected to launch in China sometime in August, we still know very little about BBK’s ultra-thin device, although we can assume that it will have a low-capacity battery and will be more expensive than your average Chinese smartphone. Let us know what you think in the comments and hit the break for more pictures of the Vivo X3 next to other smartphones.

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ZTE U988S images leak, could be world’s first Tegra 4-powered handset

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A little while ago a ZTE phone with a 1.8 GHz Tegra 4 processor made its way through AnTuTu benchmarks. Today, that device has shown its face in the form of the ZTE U988S, and when launched, it will be the first handset available that is powered by Tegra’s new beast of a processor.

 

On top of having that 1.8 GHz Tegra 4, the U988S also packs 2 GB of RAM and a microSD card slot under the hood, a 5″ Full HD 1080p display with a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front camera on the outside. At around 9-millimeters thick, ZTE’s new device is rather slim. No word on an official name for the phone, but it is reported as running Android 4.2.1.

 

Source: Phone Arena

HTC One “Google Edition” passes Bluetooth SIG again, this time with Android 4.3 and Bluetooth 4.0 LE

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HTC’s flagship device, the HTC One, has made its way through Bluetooth SIG again, this time its the “Google Edition” and its running Android 4.3. As we can tell from the model number (PN071) this is a stock device available exclusively from the Google Play Store.

As to why this phone is going through Bluetooth SIG again, its likely related to Android 4.3′s inclusion of the exciting new Bluetooth 4.0 LE (Low Energy), which allows phones to sync with everything from your Bluetooth headset to heart monitors and the like. Bluetooth 4.0 LE is also said to be far more efficient on battery life.

Are any of our readers planning on snagging a “Google Edition” HTC One, or does this news just get you more excited to get your hands on Android 4.3. Let us know in the comments!

Via: Phone Arena
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Widgets Everywhere is a new app that allows you to access your widgets on top of any application

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Developers have been getting more and more creative with how they look at widgets, constantly thinking up new functions and designs. A couple months back we told you about a slick new app called Overlays that brings widgets front-and-center no matter what application you are running. An excellent idea, Overlays is only available for Android 4.0 and above. Thanks to XDA Senior Member sak-venom1997, an alternative to Overlays called Widgets Everywhere has been released.

Currently in public beta version 2.32, Widgets Everywhere is a very useful application with some innovative features. Incorporating  XDA Senior Member pingpongboss’s StandOut libraries, users are able to float and move widgets over any running application using pinch-to-zoom gestures to resize. Widgets can overlap each other, and users can float as many widgets as they can fit on their screen.

Planned features for the future include a custom widget-picker, independent of Android’s built-in tool and enhanced resizing options. Widgets Everywhere is compatible with any device running Android 2.1 or newer and is ad-free and free to download at the link below.

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