Battery cover image leaks for unknown Motorola device

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An image of a battery cover supposedly meant for a Motorola smartphone has surfaced on the Facebook account for HellomotoHK. The cover is made out of a kevlar-like material or has been designed to give that appearance and is reminiscent of some recent Motorola Droid device covers.

The cover includes several access holes on the back with two large ones seemingly configured in a manner similar to the HTC One (M8) duo camera. According to HellomotoHK, the cover may be meant for the Motorola Moto X+1 or a Google Play Edition version of the same device. It is also possible it may be intended for an updated version of a Motorola Droid device for 2014.

source: HellomotoHK
via: Phandroid

Amazon launches inaugural Fire Phone commercial, focuses on free Prime subscription

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The best way to launch a new phone is to show its features. That way, consumers can see what makes it a differentiator. Amazon, though, completely disagrees. In the first commercial for the Fire Phone, Amazon instead focuses on the handset’s free one-year subscription of the Amazon Prime service. The rest of the Fire Phone is left to just be there.

Amazon’s Fire Phone launches exclusively with AT&T on July 25. Hit the break to watch the video. » Read the rest

LG’s G3 Beat will go on sale July 18th in South Korea

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LG has finally announced some details about when and where you’ll be able to get your hands on the G3 Beat. The budget device will be released in South Korea on July 18th with a global rollout to many European countries over the next few weeks.Pricing will be announced in individual markets when it becomes available.

As a reminder, the G3 Beat sports a 5-inch, 720p display, a Snapdragon 400 CPU, 8 GB of internal storage and an 8 megapixel rear shooter. It has many of the great design features of the bigger G3, including the Floating Arc design of the device and laser auto-focus for the camera, LG’s Smart Keyboard and QuickMemo+, and the UX from the G3.

As far as budget devices go, this one definitely looks like a solid contender, especially if you like some of the things LG does on their high-end devices.

source: LG Newsroom

Details brought to light about Samsung Galaxy Note 4 ultraviolet sensor

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When Samsung released the Samsung Galaxy S 5, one of the pieces of hardware they included in the device to try to differentiate it from the market was heart rate sensor. This was part of a larger effort by Samsung to capitalize on health and fitness features as selling points for mobile devices. Continuing down this path, Samsung’s next step is to include an ultrviolet (UV) sensor in the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 4. » Read the rest

Microsoft killing off future Nokia Android-based smartphones

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As Microsoft finalizes its acquisition of Nokia by fully merging Nokia into the larger Microsoft organization resulting in layoffs of 18,000 employees, they indicate they will also be putting an end to Nokia’s efforts to produce Android-based smartphones. This move comes as Microsoft has been expending some effort to ensure their software offerings are available across a wider range of platforms. When it comes to hardware though, especially smartphones, the company has decided to make Windows Phone the only platform that fits in their strategy.

Nokia had two Android-based smartphones in its portfolio, the Nokia X released earlier this year and the recently announced successor, the Nokia X2. Microsoft indicates they will continue to support those devices, but all future phones will be built for the Windows Phone operating system. This decision is part of an effort by Microsoft to target the budget and mid-tier portions of the market with their Lumia line of devices. According to a letter released by Microsoft,

“We will be particularly focused on making the market for Windows Phone. In the near term, we plan to drive Windows Phone volume by targeting the more affordable smartphone segments, which are the fastest growing segments of the market, with Lumia. In addition to the portfolio already planned, we plan to deliver additional lower-cost Lumia devices by shifting select future Nokia X designs and products to Windows Phone devices. We expect to make this shift immediately while continuing to sell and support existing Nokia X products.”

Microsoft is implementing a new phone business unit, based on the former Smart Devices and Mobile Phones business units, that will be responsible for both the Lumia line of smartphones and devices as well as the transition of Nokia X over to the Lumia line.

source: Microsoft

LTE-A Galaxy S 5′s 2k screen gets reviewed, shows improvement over current models

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Last year, we saw Samsung release a slightly tuned-up version of the Galaxy S 4, complete with LTE-A support. The same thing happened this year, with the GS5 Broadband LTE-A getting released in South Korea with a Snapdragon 805, 3 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of internal storage, all slightly better than what comes with the standard Galaxy S 5. The most important difference, however, is the 2k screen that comes with the LTE-A version of the device. » Read the rest

LG G3 S (or G3 Mini) receives certification in China, user manual leaks

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Every flagship smartphone gets a miniature sibling to go along with it. All of the cool manufacturers — Samsung, HTC, LG, and Apple — do it! The launch these smaller devices usually happens a few months after the flagship’s launch. LG, though, does not seem to be choosing to wait very long to release the watered-down version of the G3. The G3 S believed to be this device and it has received certification in China. » Read the rest

HTC Desire 610 to hit AT&T on July 25th

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HTC has officially announced the HTC Desire 610 will be available on July 25th through AT&T. As expected based on previously leaked information, the Desire 610 will come with a 4.7-inch running at 854 x 480 resolution. Powering the device is a Snapdragon 400 processor running at 1.2 GHz with 1GB of RAM and at least 8GB of onboard memory. The device does have a microSD slot that will support 64GB of additional memory.

Along with the announcement, AT&T has setup a page for customers to sign up to be notified when the device is available. However, no pricing information has been released. AT&T indicates the device will be available on their regular plans as well as through their GoPhone prepaid service.

sources: @HTCUSA, AT&T

Android One program to hit India this October

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Google’s Android One program, which is aimed at bringing affordable devices to developing markets, will be making its first stop in India later this year.

Google’s Sundar Pichai will be heading to India to promote and officially launch the program this October — the devices are expected to sell for only $100 each,  and will be manufactured by Micromax, Karbonn, Spice, Intex and Celkon. Pre-installed apps will be allowed, although Google will be handling the OTA updates.

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