Samsung appears to be rolling out firmware update to improve Samsung Galaxy S 5 performance

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According to reports, owners of the unlocked European version of the Samsung Galaxy S 5 are starting to receive a firmware update that promises general performance improvements. Sources indicate the update not only includes several “under-the-hood” improvements, it comes with a new kernel and baseband. The firmware version for this update is XXU1ANG2. No specific details are available, but at least one user has reported the amount of useable RAM was reduced after receiving the update. There is no word on when the update may roll out to devices in markets outside of Europe.

source: phoneArena

Design choice delays OnePlus One in Europe

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OnePlus_One_Official_01If you were one of the people in Europe who ordered the OnePlus One, you may want to check your email this morning. According to androidworld.it, the company is sending out emails to people in Europe explaining that the OnePlus One is delayed due to a design choice. Basically what it boils down to, is the company modified the CE logo to match other icons in an attempt at being as “minimalistic as possible.” Apparently, this was unacceptable and orders that were shipped to soon-to-be owners, were sent back. The email that was sent is as follows:

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Acer rumored to be releasing 5-inch device on AT&T

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Acer has announced a new 5-inch phone for AT&T — although most of the specs (internals) are expected to be midrange, it still features a full-HD display.

The device will also have an 8MP sensor for its main camera on the back.

We don’t have any pictures or pricing for the device, but it should be pretty inexpensive. Expect more information when AT&T makes the phone official, most likely in the coming weeks.

Keep in mind that this is a pretty rare appearance by Acer on North American shores, as the company has focused mainly on European and Asian markets in the past. This could be Acer testing the waters for perhaps something bigger to come, or it could be simply nothing at all. Stay tuned.

Source: @evleaks

Netflix announces European expansion for late 2014

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In a statement released this morning, Netflix announced that it will be expanding to a number of European countries in late 2014, including Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium and Luxembourg.

This is great news for those of you overseas who have been wanting to take advantage of Netflix’s services since its popularity has grown here in the U.S.

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LG’s L35 leaks, sports low-end specs for a low-end price

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Low-end devices are gaining popularity for those preparing to ditch their flip phones and get into the smartphone market, as seen with Motorola’s success with the Moto G.

LG will be getting into the low-end mix as well with the L35 (D150), which will be extremely similar to what Sony is offering in the Xperia E1. Hit the break for more details.

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Geeksphone Revolution now available for sale on Amazon in the Europe

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Geeksphone, a spain-based smartphone manufacturer, released it’s new flagship, the Revolution, back in February which dual-boots Android and Firefox OS.

A few weeks ago, you could get the device through the company’s website, however, it is now available for sale on Amazon in the Europe. If you’re interested to get your hands on it, you can order one from Amazon Spain, Germany, France and the U.K and it will be available in Italy soon. If you order it before April 15, you’ll get a 30% discount reducing the price to €240 which is equivalent to $330. 

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Sony SmartBand now available for pre-order for European markets

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After announcing the Sony SmartBand at MWC 2014 this week, Sony has wasted no time in starting the retail blitz to get the devices into the hands of buyers. On the Sony Mobile Store, the device has already shown up for pre-order for £79.99 ($134 USD) in the U.K. and €99 ($136 USD) for other European markets. Although, Sony indicated the devices would be available in a variety of colors, thus far black appears to be the only choice available for early adopters that want to be the first to get the devices onto their wrists.

The first units of the Sony SmartBand destined for European markets and the U.K. are expected to be delivered in early April. That will give buyers an opportunity to spend some time with the Lifelog application prior to having the device in hand as Sony says the app should be available in Google Play sometime in March.

source: Xperia Blog

LG’s G Flex will launch in over 20 European countries

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Whether or not you’re into the whole curved display trend, it’s definitely up and coming, and will continue to grow in the near future.
It has been confirmed that the LG G Flex will be launched in over 20 major European markets— some of these countries include the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, Austria and more. The device should hit all of these markets by the end of February. Expect more LG devices to start coming to Europe after their initial launches in Asia and the United States— it’s a growing market and the manufacturers are starting to recognize that.

Motorola hosting January 14th event in London, possibly to unveil European Moto X

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When Motorola announced the Moto X, they said that they were working on eventually bringing the Moto X to European countries. Well, that still hasn’t happened, but Motorola has scheduled an event for January 14th in London to “welcome a new addition to the European Motorola family of products.” Since the Moto G is available in European countries, it would make sense for Motorola to finally offer their flagship device in countries besides the US. Obviously there’s still the issue of handling MotoMaker in other countries, but I think Motorola and Google have something up their sleeve if they plan on making an entire event out of it, as opposed to just announcing something at CES.

Any guesses on what the announcement will be?

source: Cult of Android