Amazon spends $205 on every Fire Phone built

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Unlike the Kindle Fire tablets, Amazon’s Fire Phone retails for a fairly high price. It currently runs $199 with a two-year contract and $649 without a contract, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Samsung’s Galaxy S 5, Apple’s iPhone 5S, the HTC One, etc. For a company that thrives on getting customers into its ecosystem, the Fire Phone has a pretty high barrier for entry, unlike the other hardware Amazon sells. As it turns out, though, Amazon has to sell the phone for a higher price because the device itself costs quite a bit to make. » Read the rest

Verizon pushing Android 4.4.4 update to all Moto X users

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Each and every Verizon customer that owns the Moto X should be expecting a software update. Motorola transferred the update over to Verizon and, after being approved, it is being pushed out starting today. The 2013 flagship is getting some fixes and improvements aside from the Android 4.4.4 boost. The camera quality has been improved to handle lighting and range better. And users can now pause video recording. The only other change is the redesigned Dialer app. The Moto X is now running the latest version of Android, proving carriers are getting better at making sure updates are issued as quickly as possible.

Source: Verizon

LG G Watch charging contacts wearing away for some users

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Across the internet, there are reports that the LG G Watch is experiencing some wear and tear breakdown at an accelerated rate. The charging contacts on the underside of the co-inaugural Android Wear device are apparently corroding and thus the charging cradle is rendered useless. Users have scraped away some corrosion in order to get the charging cradle to work once again. Some users have even experienced skin irritation, but LG is claiming that no allergy-causing materials are used with the G Watch.

Are you experiencing this issue with your G Watch?

Source: Reddit
Via: 9to5Google

Motorola Nexus likely as Android Silver plans come into question

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Over the weekend, news broke that a Nexus device codenamed Shamu would be coming from Motorola. In addition to the rumor of a massive 5.9-inch display, this opened the eyes of many as the Nexus program has been in limbo and Android Silver is approaching as soon as next year. A new report from The Information confirms that Motorola is indeed working on a Nexus device and that Android Silver is really the one in limbo here. » Read the rest

Samsung’s Galaxy Gifts commercial showers people with happiness

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galaxy_tab_s_commercial_galaxy_giftsDoes bloatware make people happy? Probably not. Galaxy Gifts, though, really make people happy. So happy that they cannot contain themselves. Galaxy Gifts just has that kind of effect. In a new commercial promoting the Galaxy Tab S, people are showered with joy due to the freebies and promotions that Samsung includes with its latest tablet.

Some of the people in the commercial are savoring the enjoyment for themselves or with a friend, but one man loses control and giggles outside of an office with others nearby. Folks, that is the power of nearly thirty promotional items at work. The lesson here is that if you are going to purchase Samsung’s stunning tablet, be prepared to endure the joy that happiness that comes with it.

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HTC provides free One (M8) to owner of melted Galaxy S4

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Talk about free upgrades…

Reddit user TweektheGeek’s Galaxy S4 overheated and partially melted overnight — he contacted Samsung, and was told he’d be receiving both a new device and a mail-back box to send his old device back for inspection.

While the mail-back box came, no new device ever showed up. Enter HTC product manager Leigh Momii.

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Possible photos of the upcoming Moto G successor have leaked sporting a slim design

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While Motorola’s upcoming flagship, the Moto X+1, is generating a lot of buzz as of late, it looks like a successor to the Moto G is starting to make appearances as well. About a week ago we shared a photo of the device in the wild, and today we have what appears to be the rear panel for the upcoming budget device (or possibly its smaller brother the Moto E).

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