HTC doubles Google Drive storage for One, Max, and Remix

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If you’re trying to choose between this year’s powerful options for your latest device, perhaps HTC can sway you with its latest addition to its HTC Advantage program. Now, whenever you purchase an HTC One M8, Max, or Remix, you will get 100 GB of Google Drive storage for free. Upon activating the device, simply open the preloaded Google Drive app and press redeem. Google has said that the Desire 826 and 610 will also be eligible for the extra large storage. For those of you that have already activated your free 50 GB of storage, you are still able to get your next 50 GB free. Howeverm if you still have last year’s HTC One or Mini, you’ll unfortunately be stuck with 25 GB of Drive storage still.

Source: HTC
Via: Android Police

Verizon’s @DroidLanding Twitter account awakens from slumber before Motorola’s launch event

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Verizon has used the @DroidLanding Twitter account since 2010 to post cryptic messages regarding the release of different DROID devices.

Seeing as the release of the newest Motorola DROID devices are imminent (Motorola has a scheduled event for Sept. 4), the Verizon employees running the account took to the page to send out a new tweet, about nine months since its last tweet.


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Press image of Sony’s Xperia Z3 and SmartBand Talk leaks

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Two devices from Sony are exposed in the image above. The smartphone in the woman’s is the Xperia Z3 and the wearable on her wrist is the SmartBand Talk. The Xperia Z3 is shown in copper and the handset will also be available in black, white, and mint green. An image showing the color options can be seen after the break. The SmartBand Talk on the model’s wrist has an interface that does resemble something from Android Wear. And the image above confirms the curved e-ink display for this fitness tracker.


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Samsung SM-A500 makes another appearance online

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A few days ago the Samsung SM-A500 turned up on the Bluetooth SIG web site after getting its certification from that group. The device is part of a new series of phones from Samsung based on the Samsung Galaxy Alpha. A new sighting of the device on the GFXBench site gives us much more information about the SM-A500. According to the information on GFXBench, the SM-A500 will have a 4.8-inch screen running at 1280 x 720 resolution. That is slightly larger than the Galaxy Alpha’s 4.7-inch screen. The smartphone appears to be driven by a Snapgradon 410 processor running at 1.19 GHz. This is not the most powerful of processors, but it does come with support for 64-bit computing, so it should be able to tap into the benefits of Android L.

The SM-A500 as tested was equipped with 2 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal memory. The rear-facing camera is listed as a 12 MP unit while the front-facing camera is a 4.7 MP shooter.

Expect to see more of this device leak over the coming weeks, along with siblings SM-A300 and SM-A700.

source: GFXBench
via: phoneArena

Specs for Sony Xperia Z3 surface on back of training device

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A picture of a Sony Xperia Z3 from a training event appears to have revealed the specs for the device. The Xperia Z3 that was being used for training purposes had a sheet with specs affixed to the back of it. Although the image could be a fake, the specs seem to line up with previously leaked information. Assuming the image is real, there are a couple bits of new information we learn from the pic.
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Sony Xperia Z3 Compact pictures show color options while specs leak

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The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact will finally get revealed tomorrow at IFA, but for an appetizer, we have some pictures and what could be the final specifications of the device.

As you can see in the images, Sony will be offering the phone in white, black, mint and orange. As for specs, you can expect a 4.6-inch 720p (1280 x 720) display, a 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, microSD for expanded storage, 20.7 MP Sony Exmor RS rear camera with the capability for 4K video, 2.2 MP front-facing camera, stereo speakers, IP68 certification for dust / water resistance, and a 2,600 mAh battery. It will measure 127 x 64.9 x 8.6 mm (5 x 2.55 x 0.33 in) and weigh 129 g (4.55 oz).


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Meizu MX4 officially released for pre-order

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Meizu has made the Meizu MX4 official by launching the pre-order page on their web site. Consumers can “book” their device with shipment expected to occur on September 20th. The MX4 comes with a 5.36-inch IPS display running at 1152 x 1920 resolution. The odd display resolution accounts for a row of controls that will be part of Meizu’s Flyme 4.0 interface, leaving a full 1080p HD space available for apps. Meizu also claims they are first to market with an 1100:1 contrast ratio, 500cd/m2 brightness and 85% of the NTSC color gamut.
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Samsung expanding Smart Home with new products and services

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Samsung has announced the expansion of its Smart Home family just in time for IFA 2014. The new products are designed to benefit a home with improvements in security and energy management. Everything from digital door locks to smart plugs will be a part of Samsung’s new Smart Home portfolio that also includes third party devices. The new hardware is capable of being controlled from a smartphone or tablet and even with voice commands.

The updated Smart Home portfolio will be fully detailed and showcased at the Samsung Developer Conference in November. For now, the Smart Home SDK is currently available to developers.

Hit the break for the full press release.


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Estimated Indian pricing for Motorola Moto G2 revealed

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The Motorola Moto G2 is expected to be announced at a Motorola event on September 5th in New Delhi. We have already seen information indicating the device will go for approximately €250 ($328 USD) when it goes on sale in European markets on September 10th. A new entry on Indian shipment tracking site Zauba indicates the price of the Moto G2 in India will be approximately ₹13,000 ($215 USD) for a 16 GB version.

The shipping information also reveals 70,000 units of the Moto G2 have been imported. The only colors that appears to be available are black and white. Reports indicate Flipkart will be the exclusive reseller for the Moto G2.

source: Zauba
via: GSM Arena

Asus ZenWatch to get sub-$199 price when released

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Asus CEO Jerry Shen recently spoke at a media briefing in advance of this week’s IFA 2014 trade show and revealed the company’s upcoming smartwatch device, the ZenWatch, would sell for less than $199. Shen also indicated the device will come with voice recognition for English speakers when initially launched in October. Chinese voice recognition will come later, hopefully before the end of the year.

Shen also revealed the ZenWatch would be capable of working alone or paired with an Android smartphone. He said pairing the device with a smartphone would enable additional functionality, but did not elaborate. Shen also revealed the device would come in one size only.

source: Focus Taiwan