Moto G Devices In the UK Are Getting Android 4.4.2 Starting Today

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Motorola is on a roll these days. The popular Moto X beat out both the GPe devices and Nexus 4 in getting KitKat, Their newest device, the Moto G, the budget device that we’re even excited about, has received Android 4.4.2 ahead of schedule. However, even as such that update was limited to being stateside. That’s no longer the case though.

Starting today, Moto G devices in the UK will be receiving the latest verison of KitKat. With the update you’ll see most of the benefits that comes along with KitKat. That includes the smart dialer, Hangouts SMS as the default SMS handler, and printing support. Once the update takes, the build will be KLB20.9-1.10-1.9. If you haven’t received the notification for the update yet you can go to Settings>About phone>System updates. .

source: Motorola UK

Hands on with the Acer Iconia B1 tablet at CES 2014

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Although many attendees and followers of CES 2014 event may be checking out all of the top-end gear announced by manufacturers, that doesn’t mean other market segments are left out. Case in point, Acer showed up at CES 2014 with their new, updated versions of the Acer Iconia line of tablets. In this video, we found the Acer Iconia B1-720, a 7-inch device that is at the bottom of the product line. Still, the Iconia B1-720 comes equipped with a 1.3GHz processor and a 1024×600 resolution screen. Acer ships the unit with Android 4.2.2 without any additional UI. There are no plans to update the unit to newer versions of Android. The suggested MSRP is $129, so street prices should be significantly lower. It may not be a device to knock anyone’s socks off, but it should perform basic tablet duties quite well.

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Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 8.4, 10.1 and 12.2 at CES 2014

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Along with the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 announced by Samsung at CES 2014, the company also announced three other tablets sans a stylus – the Samsung Galaxy TabPRO series with devices in 8.4, 10.1 and 12.2 sizes. All three of these tablets run at 2560×1600 resolution and ship with Android 4.4 KitKat. In our hands on video, you can get an idea of how Samsung’s new Magazine UI works along with the “window” system used for running up to four applications at one time. That latter function could prove useful for buyers that opt for the larger sized tablets.

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Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy NotePro 12.2 at CES 2014

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The Samsung Galaxy NotePro and TabPro series’ went through a number of leaks, but the tablets have finally been made official after Samsung announced them at CES on Monday. A total of four new tablets were announced, with the LTE version of the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 featuring a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800, and the WiFi only version featuring an Exynos octa-core processor. It also has a 2560×1600 display resolution and will ship with Android 4.4 out of the box.

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Hands on with the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact at CES 2014

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One of Sony’s biggest announcements at CES 2014 was the addition of the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact to the Xperia family. The Xperia Z1 Compact is exactly what you would want out of a device with that name – it’s an Xperia Z1 with a smaller body. Some people just don’t want a 5-inch display, and 4.3 inches is perfect! Fortunately for those people, the specs of the device are still great, with a 20.7MP camera and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor.

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Hands on with the Sony Xperia Z1S at CES 2014

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Sony had a pretty big year at CES this year, releasing a number of new phones as well as a few wearable devices in the Sony Smartband and the SBH80 Bluetooth headset. The Sony Xperia Z1S is basically just T-Mobile’s variant of the Xperia Z1, and it features a Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB of RAM. It also features a 5-inch display which makes use of Sony’s TRILUMINOUS technology. It has 32GB of onboard storage, but if that’s not enough it also has a microSD card slot. The Sony Xperia Z1S will be available from T-Mobile on January 13.

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Sony wraps up day one of CES 2014 with launch of multiple wearables

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Sony’s new Smartwear products include a bunch of really neat devices— included are the SmartBand and the wireless SBH80 Bluetooth headset. They even released some information regarding the SmartWatch 2.

The all-new SmartBand is a bracelet (seen above) that keeps track of the user’s activities throughout the day. Not only is it comfortable, but you can also wear it in the water, and the battery lasts up to five days. You can toggle music using the button on the bracelet, and a companion application called LifeLog lets you look at all of the data being collected by the SmartBand.

The SBH80 Bluetooth headset features NFC, HD voice, and aptX. It surely makes a great companion for exercising or multitasking throughout your day.

As for the SmartWatch 2, there were some minor updates to the device, and more apps are now available, bringing the total to around 300 globally and 250 in the U.S.

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Hands on with the ASUS Transformer Book Duet TD300 at CES 2014

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ASUS had just about every kind of device you could think of at CES 2014. The new ZenFone series, PadFone Mini, and Transformer Book Duet TD300 were all announced. The Transformer Book Duet is a Dual OS device, meaning it can switch between Android and Windows at the press of a button. Inside is a powerful Intel processor and the 13.3-inch display is Full HD. Through our hands on, we found that ASUS was correct in saying it takes roughly four seconds to perform the switch.

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Hands on with the ASUS ZenFone 4, ZenFone 5, and ZenFone 6 at CES 2014

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Today, ASUS announced a slew of new devices. First there was the Transformer Book Duet. Then the PadFone Mini was made official. But ASUS also announced three smartphones that make up their ZenFone series. The ZenFone 4, 5, 6 are all devices that have displays sized at their respective numbers. While they do not feature high-end specs, they provide an excellent low-cost option. We spent some time after this CES 2014 event to see what ASUS has to offer in 2014 with their Intel-powered smartphones.

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Hands on with the ASUS PadFone Mini at CES 2014

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At their CES 2014 keynote, ASUS announced the PadFone Mini. The device packs a 4-inch smartphone inside of a 7-inch tablet. A dual-core Intel Atom processor powers the PadFone Mini and it ships with Android 4.3 covered by their ZenUI skin. We were able to get some hands on time after the keynote to play with this interesting combo.

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