Unlocked Samsung Galaxy Note 4 available through Amazon

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This fall, Samsung will be launching one of the most anticipated devices of the year. The Galaxy Note 4 will have a spot on each of the nation’s four major carriers. However, some consumers want an unlocked device. For those people, we have good news. Amazon is carrying the Galaxy Note 4 unlocked in black ($859), white ($869), and gold ($904). The only catch here is that there is no warranty included since the devices are unlocked.

These are all international models, so prospective buyers on Verizon or Sprint networks are unable to use this unlocked Galaxy Note 4.

Source: Amazon [Black Model Product Link] [White Model Product Link] [Gold Model Product Link]

Unlocked 2nd gen Moto G now available through Best Buy

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Consumers interested in the latest version of the Motorola Moto G can now grab an unlocked version from Best Buy for $179.99. The retailer is carrying the 5-inch smartphone in black or white versions, though you will have to get the white version shipped to you whereas the black version is available in store or for pickup.

The Moto G (2014) is similar to the previous version of the device in offering a decent hardware package at a budget price point. Motorola did let the device grow a bit as the Moto G (2014) sports a 5-inch display versus the previous version’s 4.5-inch display. One notable missing feature for some buyers though will be the lack of 4G support.

If you are interested in placing an order, just hit one of the source links below.

source: Best Buy (white), Best Buy (black)

Sony Mobile is now set to only manufacture high-end smartphones

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The past few months have been somewhat difficult for Sony, to say the least. Following a successful launch of not one, but three Xperia-branded smartphones in 2013, the Japanese company is now facing a serious loss in profit.

As a result, the firm has cut the amount of skilled workers it employs by 15% and adjusted operational strategies to primarily focus on the development of high-end smartphones, in order to seek financial gain rather than the global market share.


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Amazon announces version 4 of Fire OS, codenamed ‘Sangria’

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Along with a slew of tablets, Amazon introduced Fire OS 4 Sangria. Fire OS 4 will come pre-loaded on the all new Kindle Fire HD (6 and 7), Fire HDX 8.9, and Fire HD Kids Edition tablets. It’s built from Android 4.4, and it’s the usual fork that we have come to expect from Amazon.

Fire OS 4 brings Firefly, Profiles, and Family Library among other software tweaks.


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Amazon unveils super cheap Kindle Fire HD 6 and Fire HD 7 tablets

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When Amazon introduced the Kindle Fire tablet a few years ago, they redefined the price. It looks like they have done it again. They just unveiled the Kindle Fire HD 6 and Kindle Fire HD 7 with super cheap pricing.

They each have 1280 x 800 displays in either the 6-inch or 7-inch variety. They also sport a 1.5 GHz quad-core MediaTek processor along with front and rear facing cameras, and all day battery life.


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Amazon introduces the all new Kindle Fire HDX 8.9

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Amazon just introduced the all new Kindle Fire HDX 8.9. It looks a lot like last year’s model, but they have included a few new features. The biggest change is it’s now powered by a 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805. It also gets a new Dolby Atmos sound engine, which should be noticeable when wearing headphones.

As far as the display, there really isn’t anything to upgrade. It sports the same 2560 x 1600 resolution that Amazon claims has 30% more pixels than the iPad Air. However, they have added Dynamic Light Control, which will automatically adjust the brightness and white balance of the display when reading books through the Kindle app. It should more closely represent an actual printed page. Unfortunately this feature won’t be available out of the box, but a software update later this year will enable it.


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Android 4.4.4 update goes out to Sprint’s Moto X

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The Moto X for Sprint will be receiving a software update in the next few days, which should bring with it some small fixes. The camera received an update which allows for better consistency of exposure, more realistic flash colouring, and improved low light front camera photos all to increase your cameras image quality. The Phone dialer has been updated with a new graphical layout and colors. Motorola Alert can now be downloaded for the device to send updates on your location to select contacts. Along with these more visible differences are a few stability and security fixes to solve minor issues that have been showing their heads recently. For instructions on downloading, follow the link below.

Source: Motorola portal