Android 4.4 KitKat update now available for the international LG G2

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The Android 4.4 KitKat update is now available as an OTA for the international LG G2. The KitKat version has been available for the Korean LG G2 since last December, and AT&T G2 users got their hands on the KitKat update last month.

The update will be a staggered one so it might take a few days or weeks before it will be available for your device. The latest KitKat update brings an improved user interface and battery life, faster processing speed, cloud print feature, and an improved “Kock On” feature.

Source: GSMArena

Sony begins rolling out KitKat update for several Xperia devices

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Sony is beginning to roll out the Android 4.4 KitKat update for several of its Xperia devices, including the Xperia Z1, the Xperia Z1 Compact, and the Xperia Z Ultra. The update includes the latest and greatest from Google’s Android team, as well as some tweaks and updated features from Sony. Aside from updating the guts of the software to Android 4.4, Sony is including a tweaked status bar and quick notification toggles and some interface revamps to make it feel more similar to Sony’s own Playstation 4.

The update also updates Sony’s native apps on the devices, including apps like MyXperia, Smart Connect, and Smart Social Camera, and several of Sony’s other media apps are getting cloud integration with Sony Entertainment Network. » Read the rest

OnePlus unveils StyleSwap covers for its upcoming ‘One’ smartphone

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OnePlus just unveiled another feature of its upcoming One flagship. The company has announced that the device will support StyleSwap covers.

StyleSwap covers allow the user to customize the appearance of their device while still maintaining the protection. The covers will come in a variety of colors and textures including Silk, Sandstone, Denim, Bamboo, and Kevlar. The Kevlar, Denim and Bamboo covers will be made out of their original material.

This is an interesting addition by OnePlus to its upcoming device though the company hasn’t yet to unveil the cost of the StyleSwap covers. We’ve seen other manufacturers offering their devices in a variety of colors. HTC offers their own unique Double Dip cases while Moto G users can replace their device’s rear cover with a differently color.

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Leaked specs for HTC’s All New One may finally confirm dual-camera resolutions

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HTC’s All New One has passed through Chinese TENAA certification, and the listing finally confirms the last thing we didn’t know about the device; the megapixel count of the two cameras on the rear of the device.

The TENAA listing has reported two resolutions for the All New One, one of which is a 16 megapixel shooter, and the other is listed as a 4 megapixel camera. That makes it pretty clear HTC is going to try a 3D photo gimmick with this device, so the next reasonable explanation would be mixing the 4 MP Ultrapixel camera with an uber-high resolution 16 MP camera. In low-light situations, the Ultrapixel camera can take over for sharp shots, and in brighter situations, the higher resolution camera can take the crystal clear shots. » Read the rest

First gen YotaPhone now available in UK

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Although YotaPhone recently demoed their second generation YotaPhone during MWC 2014, the new device is not expected to be available until much later this year. For buyers in the U.K. who are interested in the dual-display form factor that YotaPhone has developed, they do have a new option available. The first generation of the YotaPhone can now be ordered from the company’s web site for £419 ($694 USD). If you want to get used to having a second screen on the back of your smartphone, snapping up one of these devices may be the way to go. Hit the source link below if you are interested in placing an order.

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Oppo Find 7 officially unveiled sporting a 50MP camera

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If you ever thought about buying an Oppo phone, but hesitated for whatever reason, that might change with the Oppo Find 7. After several months of leaks, Oppo finally took the wraps off, and although there really isn’t anything that surprised us, it doesn’t take away the fact that this phone is a serious beast.

The heart of this phone is in the camera, which is a whopping 50-megapixels and sports an f/2.0 aperture. 50MP samples are coming in at 8,160 x 6,120 and a size of 10MB. The signal processor, Pure Image 2.0, allows for a Super Zoom feature, which takes 10 burst shots and then automatically picks the best four shots to combine into a 50MP still. You can see a couple of really nice sample images thanks to Engadget.

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Nexus 5 and 7 now available in 20 total countries

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Nexus_5_Nexus_Logo_TAGoogle’s going global today. Following Chromecast’s release in 11 new countries, the Nexus 5 and 7 are also available in a plethora of new countries. The Nexus 5 is now available in Austria, Belgium, Portugal and Sweden, taking the total number of countries where it is available up to 20, while the Nexus 7 is available in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal and Sweden, also bringing the number of countries to 20.

The LTE-enabled Nexus 7 is still available in just 12 of the 20 total countries. Prices for the devices obviously range from country to country, but in European countries, we’re seeing 349€ for the 16GB and 399€ for the 32GB Nexus 5, while the Nexus 7 is going for 269€ for 16GB and 299€ for 32GB.

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Motorola Care app updated to become Motorola Help

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Motorola’s support application, Motorola Care, has been updated to become Motorola Help, and is only compatible of Motorola’s newest series of devices, including the Moto X, Moto G, Droid Maxx, Droid Ultra and Droid Mini.

With the app, you’ll be able to view FAQs, tutorials and tips regarding your phone. If you’re an Android-newbie, this app is a must-have.

Hit the break for some screen shots and a link to the app in the Play Store.

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Moto X coming to India tomorrow

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Motorola’s VP of Product, Punit Soni, has announced on his Google+ page that the Moto X will be launched in India tomorrow for 23999 Indian Rupees (just under $400 USD).

Not much more to say here other than it’ll be interesting to see how Motorola will be affected by its recent ownership change from Google to Lenovo. Expect the company to increase its availability to new and emerging markets as time goes on, as Lenovo’s international presence is relatively large compared to the Motorola of yesteryear.

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LG’s awkward slap-bracelet stylus leaks

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My little sister used to have tons of little slap bracelets around the house which she used on her hair to create different hairstyles. It seems as though LG thought that the same technology could be used to create a convenient way to make sure you never lose your stylus. I’ll be the first to admit that it’s pretty awkward and even bizarre.

I prefer the sleekness of a stylus that can be inserted into the top of a device, but hey, maybe they’re on to something.

We’re not sure whether this is something LG intends to really sell on the market or just give out as “party favors” at trade shows, but we’ll know soon enough. Hit the break for another photo.

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