Motorola’s Moto G has its first commercial, highlights the compact device’s punch

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This morning in Brazil, Motorola unveiled the Moto G. At the end of the presentation, the company gave us a look at the device’s first commercial. The layout of the spot seems to highlight the power of this compact, affordable device. Shown are the replaceable backs, Google services integration, guaranteed update to Android 4.4 KitKat (since it ships with 4.3), “all-day” battery life, a quad-core processor, and a 4.5-inch display that Motorola touts as “the sharpest in its class.” Hit the break to view the commercial. Read more

Google offers up device to developers after announcing official launch of Google Play for Education

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Google Play for Education has officially launched, and school districts will now be able to purchase applications in bulk, give out teacher-administrated Google accounts to students, remotely install applications, videos, and other education content onto students’ tablets, and provide Google’s framework of applications to its students. Schools can also pay with a pay order instead of a credit card.

Today, Google put of a a post on its developers blog to let developers know that if they’ve developed an educational application, they should mark their app for inclusion in the Google Play Developers Console for inclusion in Google Play for Education. This identifies your app as suitable for the US K-12 educational market, and queues it for educator approval, which is a process in itself.

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Sprint announces that the HTC One Max will arrive this Friday

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Likely due to Best Buy outing its release date, Sprint has announced that the HTC One Max will be available this Friday, November 15. In a press release issued by the company, HTC’s phablet will be priced at $249.99 with a two-year contract. The device features a massive 5.9-inch screen with a slew of unique features that also appeared on HTC’s flagship One device. If you’re on Sprint and interested in phablets, this could be worth your attention. Hit the break for the press release. Read more

New PlayStation app released in the Play Store to coincide with launch of PS4

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With their new gaming console being released on Friday, Sony has released a brand new PlayStation app in the Play Store. The app’s interface is nearly identical to that of the PlayStation 4 with its blue background and transparent boxes with content. And rightfully so, there is a ton of content to be toyed with. Hit the break for details and download links. Read more

ASUS readying Miracast Dongle with hopes of mirroring success of Google Chromecast

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ASUS has released a video showing a new product they are preparing to launch, the ASUS Miracast Dongle. Similar to the Google Chromecast, the Miracast Dongle plugs into your television’s HDMI port to deliver content on the big screen. Using an appropriate device, like an ASUS tablet, users then make a wireless connection and configure their device. Unlike the Google Chromecast, ASUS says their Miracast Dongle will enable users to mirror their entire tablet screen to the big screen. At the same time, it appears ASUS has figured out a way to initiate a mirroring session from an app delivering content and then letting the user access other apps on their device while content continues to play. Another difference compared to the Google Chromecast is support for dual-band wireless at both 2.4GHz and 5GHz to help reduce latency in signal delivery. Read more

LG G Flex Confirmed For T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T? (Video)

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Who would have thunk it? The LG G Flex appears to be gaining more traction than we initially thought it would. Due out in Europe this December, it appears that US carriers T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T may be getting on the flex train too. Of course, Verizon is nowhere to be found since they either tend to announce a device much later than other carriers as to be fashionably late or something, or they may not even bother carrying the handset at all, which is more likely given their track record. Our trusty boy over at @evleaks is claiming that this is a “confirmed” deal and we can definitely expect the three out of four carriers to take on the new curved smartphone.

And with @evleaks’s pretty accurate track record we have no problem believing this is most likely going to happen. And while we’re not ultimately sure how well the device will do, both over seas and in the U.S., our curiosity is still certainly piqued. Most are touting that the device is a “gimmick” and still officially in an experimental phase but we have confidence in LG as they’ve managed to deliver with their Nexus series devices for Google as well as their Optimus lineup. As always, only time will tell and will determine whether the new technology will trend well and take off or go the way of 3D on smartphones.   Read more

Xperia Z1s (Z1 Mini) Pictures Revealed, Hints At The International Version (model D5503)

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News surfaced of Sony’s mini version of the Z1 handset as more is revealed regarding specs and whether or not the device is slated for international stardom. Well, it appears as though the answer is leaning towards a resounding yes on the latter due to the fact we’re seeing leaked images of the device branded with non NTT DoCoMo nomenclature indicating this is in fact the international version. Expected to be called the Xperia Z1s, leaked images of the device have surfaced and model number D5503, Android 4.3, software version 14.2.A.0.205 and model number “SO-02F” can be seen from the device’s About screen.

In addition to the fact that these screen shots reveal that this is the mini version of the device due to its small dimensions (thanks to the ruler), we can also see there will be 2 GB of RAM on board and 16 GB of internal storage included. Hit the break to check out the screen shots of the handset and stay tuned as we expect an official announcement regarding this device very soon.    Read more

Best Buy Outs November 15th Release of the HTC One Max on Sprint

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For those patiently waiting on Sprint’s version of the HTC One Max, we’ve got some good news for you. After seeing the device pass through the FCC in late October the only question left was when? Thanks to our friends over at Best Buy, their site revealed the device should be available for purchase on November 15th. In addition, to further corroborate this, Sprint’s website lists the HTC One Max’s initial software release as being on Nov 15th. Crazy coincidence or clever timing? So hang in there Sprint fans, it’s coming, and stay tuned because we’ll be announcing it as soon as it’s available. In the meantime, check out these other posts on the giant phablet to keep you busy and feel free to let us know what you think of the monster device in the comments below.    Read more

Android 4.4 (KRT16O) for Razor WiFi-only 2013 Nexus 7 now available to download and manually install

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If you can’t wait for the OTA update for Android 4.4 KitKat (KRT16O) to hit your 2013 Wi-Fi only Nexus 7 (Razor), we have the download link and instructions to manually install

If you already have a custom recovery, you can just download the Zip file {linked below), copy it to your device, and flash. If you’re running the stock recovery, then hit the break and follow the instructions.

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Motorola officially announces the very affordable Moto G

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Motorola announced the Moto G this morning. Because of the leaks, there really wasn’t anything surprising except for on very big thing: the price. Motorola is going to sell the 8GB version for $179 and the 16GB for $199. We are talking unlocked and contract free.

The Moto G comes with a 4.5-inch 720p LCD TFT display, a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM, 5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera, 2,070mAh battery, and Android 4.3. There was a rumor that Android 4.4 might be on board, but they did announced that it will arrive in January 2014. I should also mention that LTE isn’t supported. The Moto G is only 3G.

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