Google Play Edition of the Motorola Moto G shows up in Google Play Store

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The Motorola Moto G offers users about as close to a stock Android version as you can get from one of the large smartphone manufacturers. Others, like Samsung, HTC, LG or Sony insist on putting their own UI on top of Android. Fortunately, Google has managed to work some deals with these manufacturers to produce Google Play Edition versions of the devices that come with stock Android for users that don’t want to go through the trouble of rooting and removing the extra stuff on their own. Useful for buyers that are not interested in all the extras, apparently Google and Motorola thinks there may be some purists out there that would be interested in the same treatment for the Moto G as they have released a Google Play Edition of the device.

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LG G2 gets some bling with gold version spotted in Taiwan

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While most smartphone buyers are content to get their hands on the latest, greatest devices, manufacturers have discovered there is a small contingent that is looking for something more, something with a little bling. Thus, companies like HTC, Apple and Samsung have all produced gold versions of their top tier devices. LG is joining the ranks of gold edition smartphone producers based on a listing on Taiwan site ePrice showing a gold LG G2.

According to the site, official pricing has not yet been released by LG, but the suggested retail price listed by ePrice is 16,900 yuan ($562 USD) for a 32GB model and 14,900 yuan ($496 USD) for a 16GB model. The gold LG G2 appears to be slated for release on January 31 in celebration of the Lunar New Year. No word has been released on whether the device will make its way out of the Taiwan market to other locations around the globe.

source: ePrice
via: Android Authority

Samsung releases Sochi Winter Olympic Games app

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Samsung released the Sochi 2014 WOW app today in anticipation of next month’s Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Like typical apps released for specific sporting events, Sochi 2014 WOW will let users get information on event schedules, access results, find out more about the athletes and dig into the scores they receive, and even get a quick lesson on each of the events. Read more

HP may release 6-inch phablet with quad-core CPU for $200

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After struggling in the mobile market, it really looks like HP is embracing Android to reverse its fortunes. They’ve already released several budget Android tablets, and according to the latest rumors, they’re going to be getting into the budget-phablet contest in emerging markets.

The HP Slate 6 Voice Tab, lengthy name aside, is going to be a 6-inch phone/tablet hybrid with a quad-core Marvell processor, a 720p screen, and dual-sim support. It’s also set to be released in the $200 price range. Between the price tag and the dual-sim card support, this likely means it’s going to be HP’s go-to device in places like India and China where premium flagship phones don’t account for much of the market share.

No word on release date just yet, but we’ll keep you updated.

source: Phone Arena

More information surfaces on YouTube’s new music service

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We have heard for a few months now that Google will launch some sort of YouTube Music Service. It was originally rumored to be released last year, but the most recent report has it pegged for early this year.

What exactly will the service be, and what will it offer that’s different from Play Music All Access? Well obviously YouTube is more visual so you can expect that to be a key, but rumors indicate that it will much like Spotify in that it will sport a powerful search engine for every music taste. There will also be a function called “Art Tracks” that will offer a collage with photos of the artists as well as covers.

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CyanogenMod’s GalleryNext Photo Gallery App Now Available as Beta in the Play Store

GalleryNext1If you feel that the AOSP gallery app is sorely lacking then you’re not alone. So much so in fact, that the group behind CyanogenMod  has debuted a new Gallery app for you to try. Currently in beta, you have to join the Google+ Community here, and become a beta tester here to test it out. Once you do, you’ll be able to view all your pictures in one centralized location. On top of that you’ll see various cloud services such as Flickr, Picasa (Google+), Facebook, and Dropbox integration. It features Moments support that automatically groups and classifies media based on metadata. It has video playback and GIF support.

For an app in beta, this is very much polished. Even as such, CyanogenMod isn’t resting on what it has already created. It plans on adding KitKat immersive mode, editor support, as well as whatever users let CyanogenMod know about. On top of that they plan on squashing all the bugs. Your mileage may vary as some users are getting constant force closes with the app. It works just fine on my Moto X, and we’ve already seen a bug fix update since its debut yesterday.

source: +CyanogenMod

Sony Takes on the Affordable Market with Its Xperia E1

XperiaE1As the Moto G proved, an affordable phone does not have to sacrifice quality to reach a lower price point. Sony is only reinforcing that idea with their new affordable handset, the Xperia E1. It has the same look and feel as the Z1 Compact. To reach an affordable price point, it looks like Sony is going with a 4-inch display with a 480×800 pixal (WVGA) resolution. This suggests a 233 ppi pixel density. It’s not the worst of displays but you’re not going to be blown away by it.

Other specs include a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of internal storage. No word on if KitKat will be onboard or if the handset will have expandable storage. It will have a 1700mAh battery as well. The device will come in black, white or purple. According to Sony, it will have a 100db loudspeaker and one variant of the phone will have a dual-sim slot.

No word on pricing or availability as of yet, but we’ll let you know as soon as we do. We have the presser for you after the break.

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Sony unveils two mid-range phablets, the Xperia T2 Ultra and Xperia T2 Ultra dual

Sony_Xperia_T2_Ultra_ColorsSony announced the Xperia Z1 Compact and T-Mobile-s Xperia Z1S last week at CES, but for whatever reason, they decided to hold off on a couple of phones until this week. Probably because they are mid-rangers. The Xperia T2 Ultra and Xperia T2 Ultra dual are 6-inch phablets sporting mid-range specs.

Both phones are identical other than the fact that the Dual has, you guessed it, dual-SIM capability. Specs for both phones include a 6-inch TRILUMINOS and Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 for mobile, but the resolution is only at 720p. As to the rest, they sport a 1.4 GHz quad-core processor (presumably a Snapdragon 400), 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, microSD for expanded storage, 13MP rear camera with Exmor RS for mobile, 1.1MP front-facing camera, and 3,000 mAh battery. No word on which version of Android, but you can forget KitKat.

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