TCL (Alcatel) Idol X+ leaks in high quality close-up images, sports dual SIM support

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Right on the heels of its last leak comes new images of the Idol X+ from TCL (Alcatel). In the image above, you can see clearly there is dual SIM support due to the “SIM 2″ slot. According to GSM Insider, the Idol X+ has “a front-facing camera together with light sensor to trace the brightness. On the rear-side, there is a camera lens and also single LED flash.” Also, the Idol X+ is going to have MediaTek’s new octa-core processor that we’ve been seeing plenty of as of late. The power button is on the top of the handset and there is a 3.5mm audio jack up there as well.


Hit the break to see the front of the Idol X+.


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Source: GSM Insider




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SMS exploit reboots Nexus phones, app available to fix it while Google analyzes situation

Nexus_5_Nexus_Logo_TA An IT administrator named Bogdan Alecu has discovered that Nexus phones receiving a flood of texts may start to function a little bit differently. The Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, and Nexus 5 are all effected by this new exploit that causes those phones to reboot, crash the messaging app, or even disable a network connection. While other devices seem to be safe, Alecu advises that he hasn’t tested many others. The bug is coming from Class 0 SMS messages that are not regularly stored on a handset.


A developer has already taken to the Play Store to release a fix. Class0Firewall is a free app that prevents the Class 0 SMS messages from sending your handset into a tailspin. Google has told PCWorld that they are looking into the issue; however, we have no timetable on when to expect a patch.


Source: DefCamp, Class0Firewall (Play Store)

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Deal Alert! Nexus 7 2013 for $189 on eBay

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Nexus 7 holiday ribbon Been waiting for some really good deals on Nexus devices? eBay has you covered, at least in the case of the 16GB Nexus 7 2013, offering this amazing little tablet for just $189, with free shipping. Considering buying from Google only gets you a $25 Play Store card, I think it’s pretty clear which of the two is a better deal.


But hurry, since the eBay post says there’s only limited quantity available.


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Red and Rose Gold Galaxy Note 3 variants appear on Samsung Argentina’s website

Following the Galaxy Note 3′s debut in Blush Pink, Classic White and Jet Black earlier this year, Samsung’s Argentinian arm has officially added two more outfits to its phablet’s wardrobe. Images of new red and “Rose Gold” versions of the Galaxy Note 3 have appeared on Samsung Argentina’s website, complete with shots of the front and rear of both models. The red version is completely red, while the Rose Gold variant sports a mostly white body with gold accents, including on its stitching, outer edge and S Pen stylus.


Samsung has refreshed its hardware with new paint jobs several times in the past, including with the Galaxy Note II, Galaxy S III and Galaxy S 4, and so it’s no surprise to see the Galaxy Note 3 get the same treatment. Consumers hoping for a totally new hue that’s drastically different from the Galaxy Note 3′s existing duds may be a tad disappointed with Samsung’s choices of red and Rose Gold, but it’s still nice to have some more color options available. The one big downside is that there’s no word yet on exactly when or where these new Galaxy Note 3 models will actually be available for purchase. At least we’ve got these images to ogle in the mean time, right?


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Moto G now available for pre-order on Amazon – same low $180 price, ships Dec 4th

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Should you find yourself with a few Amazon gift cards this holiday, and have been eyeballing the super affordable Motorola Moto G, good news. The device has just popped up on Amazon, where it is currently available for pre-order. A very capable entry-level Android smartphone, $180 will snag you the 8GB model, while the 16GB goes for $200 (same price as direct from Motorola).


Moto G quick specs:



  • Quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor (1.2GHz), Adreno 305 GPU (450MHz)

  • 4.5-inch 720p display

  • 5MP/1.3MP cameras

  • 2,070mAh battery

  • 50GB free Google Drive storage

  • micro SIM slot

  • AT&T HSPA+ network (no LTE)

  • Android 4.3 Jelly Bean


The difference is that Amazon’s Moto G wont become officially available until December 4th, a full 2 days later than if purchased directly through Motorola. In any case, if you’re looking to pick up a new Android smartphone for the holidays, start hitting up friends and family for those Amazon gift cards.



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LG D830 appears in user agent profile, but what is it?

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A mysterious new device going by the model number “LG D830″ has been discovered in a user agent profile by @evleaks . Posted to his Twitter earlier today, he’s about as stumped as we are on what the device could possibly be. Details are scarce, but what we do know is the display resolution weighs in at 1920×1080 and it appears LTE is on board.


If we compare the D830 to LG’s current lineup, the LG G2 falls under the LG D802 model number, while the LG G Flex falls under DX6xx. That leaves the closest model number being the Nexus 5 which, in the US, is also known as the LG D820, or D821 in the rest of the world.


It’s way too early for Nexus 6 rumors, right? Any guesses?




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Verizon marks down full priced LG G2, HTC One Max, Motorola Droid Ultra by as much as $100

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We’re not sure if it’s simply a coincidence that Verizon happened to mark down the full, off-contract prices of a few of their handsets on Black Friday, but take it as you will. Jumping onto Verizon’s site, you’ll notice the LG G2 and HTC One Max can now be purchased for $500 outright, while the Motorola DROID Ultra has been discounted to $450. For those keeping track, that’s about a hundred bucks off. We’re not sure how long this will last, as it doesn’t appear to be apart of any temporary Black Friday sale.


Verizon Wireless: HTC One Max | LG G2 | Motorola Droid Ultra




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[New Game] The Staggeringly Beautiful Side-Scrolling Action Game Badland Comes To Android

b Just in time to help you unwind after a few days with the family, Badland has arrived in Google Play with a ton of free content. This is an atmospheric side-scrolling game that has some action elements along with a little dash of platforming. It's also incredibly pretty.



In Badland you simply press on the screen to make your little fuzz-ball character flap its... wings? It's not entirely clear what this thing is, but it's definitely flying.





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[Bonus Round] Micro Miners, Ski Challenge 14, Crazy Horses: Unstabled, And Sports Car Challenge 2

nexusae0_bonusicon_thumbWelcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got the latest pixelated title from Noodlecake, a game that rides Olympic coattails, a game for insane pony enthusiasts, and a (possible) driving sequel.





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Nvidia Shield on sale for $249 with free case and shipping, promo ends on December 2nd

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It’s Black Friday and that means U.S. customers can find sales on just about anything under the sun, both in-store and via the web. Not wanting to be left out, Nvidia has joined the Black Friday madness by slashing down the Nvidia Shield to just $249.99 ($50 off). If that’s not enough value for you, Nvidia is also including a free carrying case, free shipping and two games: Sonic 4 Episode II THD and Expendable: Rearmed.


Although the deal is meant for Black Friday, the promo actually runs through the weekend and into Cyber Monday, with the offer expiring at 11:59 PST on December 2nd, 2013. It’s worth noting that Nvidia isn’t the only one offering the Shield for sale, though it’s promotion appears to be the best one out there.


Is the Shield worth picking up? It really depends on what you’re looking for. The idea of a portable Android gaming system with built-in physical controllers isn’t for everyone, but $250 is certainly a steal if you’re into the idea.


For those wondering what kind of “meat” the Shield brings to the table, the gaming device is powered by an Nvidia Tegra 4 CPU with 2GB of RAM. Other specs include a USB port, HDMI output, microSD slot, and a battery rated for about 5 to 10 hours of gaming, or as many as 24 hours of HD video playback. For PC gamers, the Shield also has the added value of offering PC game streaming.


What do you think, anyone planning on picking up the Nvidia Shield this weekend?




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Preorders up on Amazon for the Moto G, will ship December 4

moto_g_preorder_amazon After becoming available a few days ago through their own website, Motorola’s Moto G is now available to preorder on Amazon. Whether you decide on the 8GB or 16GB storage size, it will ship in just a few days on December 4. The 8GB and 16GB sizes will set you back $179.99 and $199.99, respectively. Not bad for decent specs, right? But remember if you’re on Verizon, this device will not work for you just yet. Big Red is set to carry the Moto G in January when it operates on their prepaid network.


Source: Amazon




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[Deal] Verizon’s One Max, G2, and DROID Ultra full retail prices drop

verizon_blackfriday_retail_drop_one_max The latest deal for Black Friday is a price drop for the full retail price on three of Verizon’s best devices. The HTC One Max, LG G2, and DROID Ultra by Motorola are all seeing their full price drop. The One Max and G2 can be bought off-contract for $499 each and the DROID Ultra is available for $449. What is is interesting is that this may not even be a Black Friday-only deal. This could actually be a permanent drop on some great devices. To get your hands on these discounted off-contract phones, hit the source link to be taken to Verizon’s page.


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Moto G available for preorder on Amazon, ships in a week

After originally being slated for a January release in the US, Motorola has rushed to get the Moto G ready for the holiday season. It went up for sale, to be shipped on December 2, on Motorola’s website last week, and now the device has come to Amazon.


Quite possibly the most intriguing handset in the Android landscape right now, $180 out-the-door will get you a 4.5-inch 720p HD display, a quad-core Snapdragon 400, Adreno 305 GPU, 1GB of RAM, a 5MP camera, 8GB of storage (16GB for $20 more, well worth it) and a guaranteed update to Android 4.4, KitKat. The Moto G easily bests every other phone in its price bracket, and takes on more expensive phones with ease. Aside from the Nexus 5, there simply isn’t much that can compete with the Moto G on all fronts.


Yes, it lacks LTE, and yes, the camera is pretty lackluster, but don’t let that deter you if you’re considering picking one up. At $180 tax and shipping free (for some), it’s a steal of a deal. And will make for a fantastic gift. Pick up either the 8GB or 16GB model today.





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The Gionee Elife E7 is the first smartphone to feature a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 800

The Gionee Elife E7 is a very interesting device for many reasons. First of all, it is the first phone to feature the 2.5GHz Snapdragon 800 MSM8974AC chip, which already makes it desirable. On top of that, it has many other hardware features that make it really catch the eye.


Gionee claims that the camera in the Elife E7 is better than the 16MP sensor on the Galaxy S 5, which hasn’t even been announced yet. It features a 16MP camera with a Largan M8 lens and an OmniVision 1/2.3-inch sensor with 1.34┬Ám pixels. Those specs could make the camera the best balance between pixel size and resolution, though amazing camera claims are made by all, and only a few smartphones have truly good cameras.


Other specs include an 8MP front facing camera (with the same sensor as an iPhone 5 main camera), a 2,500 mAh battery, and a co-processor to keep the main processor from wasting battery. Co-processors are starting to take off with the Moto X and iPhone 5S, so we should see them in more phones soon. It is 9.5mm thick at its thickest point, but its curve goes down to 6.2mm on the sides.


In terms of software, it isn’t completed but it’s running Android 4.2 right now. It’s a highly customized build with features like auto marking of spam texts, live task cards for some apps, and even a full manual camera.


The device, in a 2.2GHz original Snapdragon 800 variant, goes on sale in China on December 12th, while the 2.5GHz new Snapdragon 800 model will go on sale sometime in Q1 of 2014. The original model will be available in a 16GB variant with 2GB of RAM for CN¥2,699/US$440, while a 32GB model with 3GB of RAM will go for CN¥3,199/US$530. The new, 2.5GHz model will go for CN¥3,499/US$570 and will feature 32GB of memory and 3GB of RAM. Gionee claims it will launch in 40 countries, so we might just see it close to home. Would you buy this device? Leave a comment!





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Get $5 off a Chromecast and $6 Google Play Store credit when purchased through Amazon [DEALS]

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You’re probably going to see a lot of Black Friday deals around the net, and while not everyone has the money to purchase $300 tablets for their friends and family, $30 should fit just about anyone’s budget. One such purchase I will be making for everyone on my shopping list is Google’s very own Chromecast.


Normally $35, the tiny video streamer has been marked down to $5 on Amazon for Black Friday and still comes with $6 Google Play Store credit promo along with free shipping. Together, that amounts up to some pretty nice savings for a device that wont break the bank. My Chromecast grand total is currently resting at 4 devices since launch (2 for myself, 2 as gifts). How ’bout you?



Chromecast on Amazon: $30 with $6 Google Play credit and free shipping





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PowerUp 3.0 paper airplane gets Android app, as it passes $150,000 in Kickstarter funding


The PowerUp 3.0 smartphone-controlled paper airplane is a new Kickstarter project that has reached its funding goal of $50,000 with 56 days to go, and it has also surpassed a $150,000 stretch goal that triggers support for Android 4.3 devices – initially it only had support for iOS smartphones and tablets.


The PowerUp 3.0 is a very interesting, yet simple, smart module. All you have to do is to make a paper plane, attached the Smart Module with its special clips, launch the paper plane into the sky and then control it with your smartphone. Various plane designs are supported, as long as you know how to make them.


The PowerUp 3.0 connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth 4.0 and offers 10 minutes of flight on one charge, having a 180 feet (55 meter) range. The device’s 1000mAh Lithium Polymer battery charges via USB.


In case you want to contribute to the project – which surpassed $230,000 at the time this article was written – you can submit a pledge from $1 to $500. In order to get the PowerUp 3.0 Smart Module, you’ll have to pay at least $30. The device will be shipped to all backers by May, and will be commercially available starting with June.


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HTC One Android 4.4 KitKat update released for U.S. Unlocked and Developer editions

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Good news, HTC One owners in the USA, the handset is ready to receive its Android 4.4 KitKat update, although only certain versions of the phone will get it right away.


The company announced via its U.S. Twitter account that the Unlocked and Developer Edition versions of the HTC One are ready to receive the KitKat update with Sense on top, which means that carrier versions – and the phone is available from various carriers in the region including AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon – will be upgraded at a later date.


Considering that the HTC One Google Play edition handset has already received its KitKat update, it only makes sense to see HTC eager to update more versions of its flagship device, especially those that it can update without waiting for approval from carriers.




HTC was one of the first Android device makers to announce KitKat rollout plans for some of its devices, revealing that the HTC One will get the Android 4.4 by the end of January, at least in some regions. In the same note, HTC said that the Google Play edition of the HTC One will get the update in late November, and the company certainly kept its word on that promise.


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White Motorola Droid Mini and Droid Ultra appear in Verizon’s online store

Remember that time that images of white versions of the Motorola Droid Mini and Droid Ultra made their way online? Well I’ve got some good news for folks that liked what they saw in that leak! Verizon is now selling both the white Droid Mini and white Droid Ultra on its website, offering consumers a third color option in addition to the black and black/red variants that’ve been available for a while now. Pricing for the white Droid Mini is set at $49.99 with a two-year contract, $16.81 per month on Verizon Edge or $399.99 without a contract. Meanwhile, the pale Droid Ultra will set buyers back $99.99 with a two-year commitment, $18.97 on Verizon Edge or $449.99 without a contract.


As I mentioned when these white Droids first leaked, the white versions of the Mini and Ultra are a tad different than the red models that Verizon has been selling. Rather than sporting a two-tone white and black look like some other “white” smartphones, the white Droid Mini and Droid Ultra feature chassis that are totally white, which should please those folks that aren’t into the whole panda/Stormtrooper smartphone look. If you’re interested in snagging either of these snowy white handsets to help get you in the winter spirit, you can find their “Add to Cart” buttons awaiting your click at the links below.


Source: Verizon Wireless: Motorola Droid Mini, Motorola Droid Ultra


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