Motorola to open pre-orders for new Moto X, restock Moto 360 on Tuesday

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Last week, Motorola finally took the wraps off of a handful of new products. The new Moto G and Moto 360 went on sale almost immediately, but the new Moto X was teased as being available later this month. Today, however, the company has officially announced that starting Tuesday, September 16th, you will be able to pre-order the new Moto X for AT&T. The unlocked, “Pure Edition” of the device will also go up for pre-order that same day.

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PSA: Samsung Galaxy Alpha now available at Carphone Warehouse

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The Samsung Galaxy Alpha is now available to purchase from Carphone Warehouse through the UK retailer’s website and brick and mortar locations. The 4.7-inch metal frame smartphone will set you back £33 a month with no upfront costs. Available today in Charcoal Black and Dazzling White, the Sleek Silver and Carphone Warehouse exclusive Scuba Blue will be ready to ship on October 3rd.

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HTC reportedly working on an Android compatible camera to compete with GoPro

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HTC is reportedly working on a new GoPro-like waterproof camera that can be used to capture footage of extreme sports and other activities, according to Bloomberg. Such a device would be the company’s first camera that’s not permanently attached to a smartphone. Little is known about the unannounced gadget, however it’s said to feature a wide-angle lens, a 16-megapixel sensor and compatibility with both Android and iOS.

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AT&T says it will roll out WiFi Calling for Android in 2015

 

526px-AT&T_logo_(horizontal).svgTelecommunications site LightRead reports that AT&T is committing to supporting WiFi Calling for its subscribers beginning sometime in 2015. The feature allows subscribers to carry voice calls over their home or office WiFi connection, for instance, when the cellular network may be poor in strength.

Speaking Friday at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference, he said the carrier would use WiFi calling in 2015, but only as a complement to voice-over-LTE and 3G voice. [...]

“We’re very focused on making sure it’s a great experience for customers, but we see it as a complement, not a replacement,” he said. “We feel good about a great nationwide network with unlimited talk and text.”

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Motorola to offer an unlocked bloatware-free Moto X later this month

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Between manufacturer and carrier gunk, Android is often weighed down by unwanted bloatware. When looking for a high-end handset, software purists are often pushed towards Nexus devices from Google, or stripped down ROMs furnished by software development communities. However, the folks at Motorola are looking to break this cycle with the release of its 2014 edition Moto X.

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Google announces first batch of Android apps available on Chromebooks

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Google announced today that it’s bringing Android apps to Chromebook users with the first four apps now available for the platform. The apps come to Chrome OS users as a result of Google’s App Runtime for Chrome (Beta) project launched earlier this year at Google I/O as an effort to bring Android apps over to Chromebooks. The first first set of apps include: Read more

eBay for Android updated with a new design and in-app notifications

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If you’re eyeing a new smartphone and plan on unloading your old gear on eBay to finance your next purchase, you’ll be glad to know that the world famous e-commerce company has redesigned its Android app. Hopping on the Material Design bandwagon, version 2.7 ships with a simple, flat, sterile look that features larger photos and refined search results.

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HTC will reportedly release an Android Wear-powered smartwatch in early 2015

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HTC is gearing up to launch an Android Wear-powered smartwatch early next year, according to CNET. Recent rumors suggested the company had canceled its smartwatch efforts due to the steep competition in the growing space, but its plans are reportedly alive and well. The Taiwanese electronics maker is taking its time to make sure its watch stands out and will focus on the device’s design and “features that consumers will more immediately gravitate toward.”

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Samsung releases new set of ads taking jabs at the iPhone 6’s battery, screen, and more

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Samsung was already taking shots at the iPhone 6 this morning with some new ads, but the Android handset maker has gone even further by releasing a set of new videos on YouTube today mocking everything from the iPhone 6 livestream problems to the device’s hardware (via Engadget). The ads are part of the “Note the Difference” campaign, and these specific videos belong to a playlist called “It Doesn’t Take a Genius.”

The ads feature two guys in blue shirts—the titular Apple Store “Geniuses”—discussing the upcoming device’s features (and lack of a stylus) and the companion Apple Watch. Each ends with a promotion for Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 smartphone. You can check out all six ads in the playlist below:

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NVIDIA inadvertently outs Google’s HTC-made Nexus 9 tablet

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Rumor has it that HTC is working on a Nexus tablet for Google and it looks a set of legal documents may have confirmed such claims. In a filing from an ongoing patent lawsuit against Qualcomm and Samsung, NVIDIA may have inadvertently revealed Google’s next purebred tablet. In a claim form discussing its Tegra K1 processor, the company stated that an “HTC Nexus 9″ is expected sometime within the third quarter of 2014.

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Android distribution numbers updated for September, KitKat usage nears 25%

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As it does at the beginning of every month, Google this evening updated its Android distribution data to reflect a 7-day period ending on September 9th. The data shows Android 4.4 KitKat reach an all-time usage high of 24.5 percent, up from 20.6 percent last month. Jelly Bean continued its consistent decline, falling from 56.5 percent to 53.8 percent.

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