Is there a compelling reason to buy an Android smartphone now that the iPhone 6 is upon us?

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In case you were living under a rock, you probably know by now that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were both introduced yesterday. Just like every other iPhone that preceded them, Apple added specs that have been enjoyed by most Android users for a while now. Android faithful love to make fun of Apple in that they seem to always play catch up with Android, which is one of the biggest reasons why Android smartphones have enjoyed so much success. Consumers who might have bought an iPhone in the past, didn’t because of certain things that Apple failed to provide. However, it appears the gap is just about closed with the introduction of the new iPhones, and I am wondering if there is a compelling reason to buy an Android smartphone now?


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Hands on with the all new Moto G

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Last year’s Moto G was the best selling smartphone for Motorola. Now 10 months later, they are already improving the device. With a bigger display, stereo sound, better camera, removable storage, and new software, the all new Moto G can still be had for the same price as before. $179 off contract is an absolute bargain, and you can buy it starting today at Motorola.com. Hit the break for our quick hands on video highlighting this great phone.


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Motorola unveils Moto Hint, a new discreet Bluetooth earbud [Hands on Video]

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Bluetooth headsets work well in general, but they are still clunky. Well here comes Moto Hint to solve that problem. It’s so small and discreet, you almost don’t know it’s there. It fits in your ear comfortably with no bulk.

What’s even cooler is that it will work in conjunction with Moto Voice on the Moto X. So you can easily respond to texts or even find out who won that big game without whipping out your phone. Of course, you can still use it with any other smartphone sans those capabilities.


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Why wasn’t the Motorola Moto X commercially successful?

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When Google gained control of Motorola in 2012, the expectation was that Google was ready to release a smartphone of its own. That never happened. The blame can perhaps be put on Google’s engineering team or even the CEO’s lack of wanting to work with Motorola. Instead, Motorola pushed on its own and produced its flagship that was announced and released in August 2013: the Moto X. It was the return of Motorola, eliminating its massive amount of devices to just focus on a single one. Google was now holding an umbrella over Motorola, making sure nothing could go wrong and nurse it back to health. Everyone thought that this device would bring together a superb, unchanged software experience along with cutting edge specifications. For some reason, hardly anyone bit.
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Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S

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Samsung unveiled their newest set of tablets tonight in New York City. The Galaxy Tab S comes in either 8.4-inches or 10.5-inches. It’s highlight is the Super AMOLED display which has a 2560 x 1600 resolution, but don’t forget about how thin it is. Measuring 6.6mm thick, it’s thinner than the iPad Air. It also includes SideSync 3.0  that will let you receive phone calls and texts as well as transfer files from your Galaxy S 5. Papergarden is also new. It includes a various magazines from Condé Nast, National Geographic, and Marvel that are tailored for the Tab S. They even include video. If books are more your thing, Kindle for Samsung will get you one free book each month. Quick Briefing appears to be a revamped version of the Magazine UX found on the TabPROs. You will also get some of the other familiar features like Adaptive Display, Ultra Power Saving Mode, Fingerprint Scanner, Private Mode, Knox, and Kids Mode. Finally, don’t forget about the Galaxy Gifts. The 8.4-inch version will go for $399 (WiFi-only) and the 10.5-incher will be $499 (WiFi-only). Hit the break for our hands on video.


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Contest: Win 1 of 10 tickets to Lookout’s Annual Kickoff party at Google I/O 2014 [updated with winners]

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It’s hard to believe that Google I/O is only a couple of weeks away. The conference itself is always a exciting, but you can’t forget the parties. Lookout’s Annual Kickoff party is always a blast, and we are excited to offer our readers a chance to get a ticket because it’s one you don’t want to miss. If delicious food, unlimited drinks, great entertainment and cool giveaways from Lookout and T-Mobile sounds like fun to you, then you will want to enter this contest right now. We have 10 tickets (plus one guest) to give away and the details are as follows:


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Hands on with the Moto E

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The Moto G is the best selling smartphone in Motorola’s history, and with good reason. It made the smartphone more affordable to more people. Motorola has now taken it a step further with the introduction of the Moto E. Simply put, it’s made to last and priced for all. Priced at $129 / £89 off contract and unlocked, Motorola thinks this is the beginning of the end for flip phones and feature phones.

I will be spending a lot more time with it over the coming week, but my initial impression is this is one solid phone for the money. It feels very much like a Moto G, only smaller. It certainly isn’t the most powerful phone in the world, but it’s buttery smooth.

Hit the break for our quick hands on video highlighting the specs with a concentration on the new Motorola Alert app.


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Win a Galaxy S 5, HTC One M8, LG G2, Nexus 5, or Note 3 courtesy of Poweramp, Negri Electronics and TalkAndroid [updated with winner]

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We have held a number of contests with Poweramp in the past, but this one is by far the biggest. Poweramp is celebrating build 555 by giving away 5 premier smartphones during a 5 day contest with their 5 favorite Android blogs. The phones up for grabs include the Samsung Galaxy S 5, HTC One  (M8), LG G2, Nexus 5, and Samsung Galaxy Note 3.  An amazing group indeed.

Here’a how it works. All you have to do is comment at the bottom of this post telling us what your first Android phone was (or is)? You will have until Friday, May 2, at 11:59PM PST to get your entry in. Once the contest is over, we will select one random winner and submit it to Poweramp. The other four sites will do the same, and Poweramp, in association with Negri Electronics, will hold a random drawing for each phone. We will let our winner know which phone they have won next Monday, May 5, which is when Poweramp version 555 will be released. Be sure that your account has a working email address because that is how we are going to contact you.


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