Nexus 6 will run $199 on contract with major carriers

Nexus 6 pressWe knew Google’s latest flagship was going to see a release on all major US carriers, but none of the carriers, nor Google or Motorola, said much about pricing. Since the device retails for $649 with no type of service contract, many people assumed it pick up a $199 price tag with a 2-year agreement. Turns out that was a pretty smart guess, as Google confirmed the price point yesterday.

If you’re interested in purchasing a Nexus 6 with a carrier like Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint, you can sign a 2-year contract to get the massive Nexus for about $200. Of course, all major carriers are now offering some type of device installment plan, so you can also opt for a monthly payment for the device, too. Decisions, decisions.
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Xiaomi takes 3rd place for world’s largest smartphone manufacturer

xiaomi-pageXiaomi has been aggressively selling phones since the company was founded just three years ago, and according to the latest shipment metrics, they’ve finally got something to show for it. The company moved about 19 million smartphones in the third quarter of 2014, which officially makes them the third largest smartphone manufacturer in the world. That puts it above other large companies like Lenovo and LG.
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HTC may abandon M* naming convention for flagship in 2015

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A new leak posted via Twitter user @upleaks claims HTC will abandon the M* naming system for flagship devices when their next iteration is released in 2015. After the HTC One M7 in 2013 and the HTC One M8 in 2014, it seemed likely HTC would go with the HTC One M9 for their next device. However, if this latest leak is accurate, the next flagship will use something else.

HTC recently released a new smartphone, the HTC Desire EYE, which abandoned a familiar naming scheme for Desire devices. They had previously used a numbering system, like HTC Desire 820 or HTC Desire 610. If HTC decides to abandon the M* convention, it would not be inconsistent with this latest marketing move.

Do you think HTC should stick with their current naming scheme or would a change be welcome? If you could suggest a name to HTC for their flagship line of devices, what would it be?

source: @upleaks

Nexus 6 pre-order window closes just as fast as it opens, another one could open soon

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The Nexus 6 arrived in the Play Store today just as scheduled. The unfortunate part is that many people were not able to place a pre-order because Google quickly ran out of inventory. The switch from in-stock to being out of inventory was so quick that there is speculation the Nexus 6 was not yet supposed to be available. So keep an eye on the Play Store to see if the Nexus 6 returns to be available at some point today. We will be doing the same and update you accordingly.

The options in the Play Store are as follows:

Samsung likely to launch A Series in China to compete with mid-range competitors

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The Chinese market favors competitively priced, high-quality smartphones, and for that reason Samsung has been losing ground for a long time. The Korean tech giant is hoping that changes with the launch of the A series (Galaxy A3, A5 and A7), mid-range devices with premium build quality that are rumored to be priced around 500,00 Won ($475). 
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Samsung launches Verizon-exclusive Galaxy Note 4 Developer Edition for $699

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As previously announced, Samsung have launched the Verizon-exclusive Galaxy Note 4 Developer Edition for purchase off-contract. Aside from an unlockable bootloader, the Developer Edition of the Note 4 is identical in every way to Samsung’s recently released phablet. The Developer Edition Note 4 will set you back $699 and can be purchased from Samsung’s website. What ROMs are you most excited to see make their way to the Note 4? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: Samsung
Via: Android Central

New Project Ara prototype shown off along with dates for upcoming conferences

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Next year could bring the birth of the modular smartphone with Project Ara, which is developed by Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) team. The latest working prototype, the Spiral One, is being built by a team at NK Labs in Boston, and Phonebloks put together a video showing us the device along with the background from the development team.

One thing to note is that the Spiral One uses off-the-shelf chips, so developer functionality is limited. The Spiral Two will feature custom chips made by Toshiba, thus improving developer function. That device will be shown in January at the next Project Ara developer conferences. They will take place in the U.S. and Europe on January 14th and in the Asia Pacific on January 21st.

The video after the break not only shows you the phone, but a decent amount of the development background with NK labs.


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A global version of the DROID Turbo is on the way

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After yesterday’s DROID Turbo unveiling, many people felt left out in the cold since it’s not only exclusive to the U.S. but it’s also on one carrier, Verizon Wireless. Have no fear because it looks like Motorola will release a variant of the phone for the global market.

Turns out Motorola is sending invites for an event in Brazil on November 5. Taking a look at the back of the phone in the invite, it looks just like the same ballistic nylon that the DROID Turbo sports.


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LG shipped a record-breaking 16.8 million smartphones during the 3rd quarter

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Well it looks like the G series for LG is starting to pay off. The company just announced that their operating profit doubled during the third quarter. Looking at the mobile division, LG shipped a record-breaking 16.8 million smartphones during the quarter and enjoyed their best operating income (KRW 167.4 billion) since 2009.

That’s now two consecutive profitable quarters, and LG expects even better numbers even though the smartphone market might be saturated.

These numbers are no doubt from the success of the G3. We reviewed it  and think it’s a strong candidate for the smartphone of the year.

You can see the full presser after the break.


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