Moto X eventual update to Android L confirmed by Motorola’ VP of Product Management on Google+

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It was a bit obvious already, but Motorola has confirmed that the Moto X will be upgrading the device to Android L when it is available.

The phone is only (roughly) a year old, so it’s well within its two-year support window. Either way, if anyone was questioning it, Punit Soni, Motorola’s VP of Product Management, has confirmed the news on Google+ to a follower. Hit the source link to see for yourself.

Via: GSM Arena
Source: Google+

 

Pictures of Galaxy Alpha alongside iPhone 5s leak online

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Oh boy, Samsung’s really asking for it here.

The upcoming Samsung Galaxy Alpha has some more leaked photos, this time alongside an iPhone 5s. We previously thought the new device looked a bit familiar, and now it’s pretty obvious where Samsung took its design cues from.

Of course they’re not exactly alike — the Alpha is 7.6mm thin (thinner than the iPhone),  features a removable, 1,850mAh battery, an Exynos 5 Octa chipset with four Cortex-A15 cores and four Cortex-A7 cores, 32GB internal memory and a Super AMOLED display with 720p resolution. The phone also has a 12MP camera with LED flash and ships with Android 4.4.4 KitKat.

Hit the break for the photos of the device alongside the iPhone 5s.


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LG’s 5.9-inch ‘G3 Stylus’ makes appearance in promotional video, will compete with Samsung’s Note 4

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It looks like LG will soon be introducing a competitor to Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4.

In a promotional video by LG for the G3 Beat (the “mini” G3 s for China), a “G3 Stylus” makes a clear appearance at the end. The Stylus supposedly features a 5.9-inch display (and will have a stylus).

The device is also expected for arrival around the same time as the Note 4. We have no clue whether the phone will only be available in China or the rest of the world as well, so we’ll keep you updated on more information regarding the device. Hit the break for the promotional video for the G3 Beat which features the G3 Stylus at the end.


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Motorola sending out soak test invites to Moto X owners on AT&T

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Owners of the Moto X on AT&T should be expecting a software update soon. Readers that own the Motorola flagship have notified us that the company has sent out soak test invitations to Motorola Feedback Network members.

While we do not know exactly what this update is for, chances are Android 4.4.4 is incoming. The update should be pushed to everyone else within the next two weeks.

Cheers Josh and Mark

Xiaomi’s sales in China soar at Samsung’s expense

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Samsung’s been experiencing a financial slide here in the United States, and it seems that it’s experiencing some poor sales overseas as well.

According to Q2 statistics, Xiaomi now represents a bigger chunk of the pie than Samsung, which was not the case just a few months ago.

This trend certainly has to do with Xiaomi’s low price points on their devices, something the Chinese market values highly. We’ll soon see if the trend continues in other countries as well.

Source: Canalys 

 

Oppo N1 Mini teaser hypes small size, big potential

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The Oppo N1 Mini was announced way back in May, but it has yet to be released. Consumers have been waiting around for months not only to get the device, but to here when they will be able to get the N1 Mini. A new teaser image (above) that was posted by the company’s Indian Facebook page could be an indication that Oppo will be making it available soon. The teaser claims that although the N1 Mini will be smaller in size, it still packs the same punch as a larger device. The caption attached to the image within the Facebook post says the device will have a “Revolutionary 24 Mega Pixels Ultra HD Camera.”

Source: Oppo Mobile India (Facebook)

Huawei Ascend D3 could sport a fingerprint scanner

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The metal shell for the upcoming Huawei Ascend D3 has leaked online and it has a mysterious cutout. As you can clearly see, it’s below the main camera lens so it could very well be a fingerprint scanner or it could even be a secondary camera lens, similarly to what is on the HTC One (M8). It’s also possible that it could be some sort of rear power and/or volume controls.

The Ascend D3 will most likely be unveiled next month at IFA, and is rumored to feature a 6-inch (1920 x 1080) display, a homegrown Huawei octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 920 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal memory, 13 MP rear camera, 5 MP front-facing camera, and Android 4.4 KitKat.


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Samsung’s Galaxy Alpha in white gets photographed, looks very familiar

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Photos of Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Alpha have appeared giving us the best look yet, and it looks awfully familiar to another phone. I will give you three guesses and the first two don’t count. That’s right, you guessed it, it’s the iPhone. Did Samsung not learn their lesson from all the time and money spent in the courts?

As you can see, the white Galaxy Alpha has chamfered edges made from polished metal just like the iPhone. It also appears much smaller than the Galaxy S 5, which lines up with rumors that it will sport a 4.8-inch display, among other subpar specs.


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Alleged Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro Mini gets photographed

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On August 5, Lenovo is expected to announce the Vibe Z2 Pro. But that may not be the only handset the company announces on that date. The image above is claimed to be the Vibe Z2 Pro (left) alongside what is allegedly the Vibe Z2 Pro Mini. Being a true miniature version of the Vibe Z2 Pro, the handset on the right does have a smaller body that retains the same design.

The person posting the image on Weibo also included at least one part of its specifications. Although it is a mini, the Vibe Z2 Pro Mini is said to feature a 5-inch display. The larger Vibe Z2 Pro will boast a massive 6-inch display.

Source: Weibo
Via: GSM Insider

Microsoft files lawsuit against Samsung for Android royalty payments

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It may come as a surprise, but Microsoft owns a lot of patents used in Android devices. In 2011 after a dispute over licensing fees, the tech behemoth entered a cross-licensing agreement with Samsung, allowing the allies to share one another’s intellectual property at a cost. Today, Microsoft has filed a lawsuit in an attempt to force Samsung to hold up their end of the bargain.


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