Rounding up the nationwide carriers Black Friday, Thanksgiving Day specials

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Keep it locked here for all the updates as new Android-related carrier deals are announced for Cyber Monday. More importantly, keep your homepage loaded with 9to5toys.com this holiday season for a look at all of the seasons best tech-related specials.

AT&T:

Thanksgiving day:

  • Samsung Galaxy S® 4 – $29.995
  • Samsung Galaxy S® III mini – FREE5
  • Samsung Galaxy Mega™– $49.995
  • Samsung Galaxy S®III – FREE5

Black Friday:

  • 50 percent off JAMBOX.
  • 75 percent off Grandoe touchscreen Gloves.
  • 60 percent off a JBL PowerUp Wireless Charging Speaker for Nokia, JBL PlayUp. Portable Wireless Speaker for Nokia and JBL OnBeat Micro Portable Speaker Dock with Lightning Connector.
  • $20 off on select XPAL cases.
  • 50 percent off a ZAGGkeys FLEX keyboard.
  • 25 percent off Martian Voice Command Smartwatches.
  • 50 percent off a Polaroid Bluetooth printer.
  • $249 for a BIG JAMBOX.
  • 10 percent off all JBL and Harman speakers. (Excludes items already discounted.)
  • One Black Friday deal extends through Dec. 31, online only. Customers can save and score a Samsung ATIV smart PC for FREE6 with a new two-year agreement with qualifying plans. Activation and upgrade fees apply.

Verizon:

Verizon’s full Black Friday ad has already been previewed here.

  • Motorola DROID MAX for $199
  • Galaxy S 4 for $99
  • HTC One for $99
  • DROID RAZR HD for $0
  • Motorola DROID Ultra for $99
  • Ellipsis 7″ tablet for $0
  • $150 savings on all Samsung tablets
  • Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 for $299

T-Mobile:

  • LG G2 on sale for $0 down with G2Promo
  • Galaxy S 4 is $48 off with GS4DEAL
  • Galaxy Note 3 is $48 off with SAVENOTE3
  • Nexus 5 is $30 off with 30NEXUS
  • Save $40 on the Galaxy S III ($18 monthly)
  • $0 down on the Sony Xperia Z ($19 monthly)
  • $0 down ($23 monthly) on the HTC One plus free urBeats earbud

Sprint:

  • Nov. 22-27: Customers who bring a line to Sprint from another carrier will get up to a $100 instant discount on the purchase of any phone with a new two-year service agreement. Customers who switch their number to Sprint and choose Sprint One Up to finance their smartphone with $0 down and 0 percent financing will receive a $100 Visa Prepaid Card.
  • Nov. 28-Dec. 2 (Retail stores are closed Thanksgiving, but customers can start early and shop online or Telesales): Customers can visit http://www.sprint.com/holiday or call 1-800-SPRINT1 to purchase Samsung Galaxy S® 4 mini for FREE (after a $50 mail in rebate via reward card) – a $99.99 savings with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement. Customers who shop online or call on Thursday can also purchase LG G2 for $49.99 – a $150 savings with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement. These offers will continue through Monday, Dec. 2, in Sprint retail stores across the country, online and Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1).

Best Buy offering Samsung Galaxy S4 in various colors for FREE on contract (AT&T, Sprint, Verizon)

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Ahead of some big Black Friday deals coming this week from Best Buy and just about every other retailer, the best deal to get your hands on a new Galaxy S4 on contract is already available. Starting today, Best Buy is offering the device on most major carriers for $0 on the usual two-year contract. If you already planned on signing up with the devil for two years to avoid the $600+ retail cost of the S4, you definitely won’t be able to find a better deal than this. Currently available for Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T, BestBuy has the S4 in Blue Arctic, Black, Purple, Red and White, and is also offering the rugged Galaxy S4 Active on AT&T in both blue and gray. The deal is available to new customers, but also for those adding a new device to an existing account or upgrading with a two-year contract extension. These devices usually run $199 – $249 on contract, so you’ll want to take advantage of this deal today while it lasts. Read more

How Google reconfigured the Nexus 4 to optimize KitKat for the world

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A new report courtesy of the folks at ReadWrite is shining light on the steps and process Google’s engineers undertook to optimize Android 4.4 KitKat before its introduction to the world.

As Google’s engineers believed they reached a “feature parity” point, they turned their attention to performance and optimization, something that began with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and “Project Butter.” The hope was that Android would be faster, more reliable and devoid of the crashes that plagued many Android users.

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Google releases “OK Google” Chrome extension for hands-free voice search on the desktop

Google announced today on Google+ that it’s releasing a new extension for Chrome that will enable hands-free activation of the voice search features it rolled out earlier this year. Google announced the conversational voice search features for Chrome back in May and has been updating it on various platforms since, but previously users had to actually click a microphone icon to activate voice search on the desktop.

Now, like on Android 4.4 devices and within the Google Now mobile apps, using the extension users will be able to simply say “OK Google” to initiate a search: Read more

Acer’s C720P 32GB Chromebook is touch-screen enabled, Haswell-powered, and $300 cheap

Acer has just announced its new C720P Chromebook, a touchscreen variant of the C720 model that it introduced earlier this month. The C720P will be available in early December from Amazon, Best Buy, and the Acer Store for $299.99.

This is Acer’s first touchscreen Chromebook and is capable of all the normal multi-touch features, such as pinch-to-zoom. As far as specs go, the device is packing an 11.6-inch LED “ComfyView” display with a 1366 x 768 resolution. Acer touts that the device will give up to 7 and a half hours of battery life and boot upon just 7 seconds, thanks in large part to the 32GB SSD. Powering the laptop is an Intel Celeron 2955U, which is based off of the Haswell architecture, as well as 2GB of DDR3 RAM. As you would expect, it supports 802.11a/b/g/n wifi as well.

Along the sides of the laptop, you’ll find USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports and an HDMI connection. The laptop weighs in at 2.98 pounds and is just .78 inches thick.

Finally, Google is offering 100GB of free cloud storage with Google Drive for 2 years and 12 free Gogo wifi passes to anyone who purchases the C720P.

At $299.99, the C720P is a very compelling option for users who want a touchscreen Chromebook and don’t want to shell out the money for a Pixel. I could very well see this being one of the most popular gifts this holiday season.

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Scroogled, Chromebook edition: Microsoft’s attack ads are somehow getting worse

The holidays have hit Microsoft land and along with your Scroogled paraphernalia, you now have the Chromebook attack ad. Microsoft plays up the “no offline access” card even though many of Chrome’s most useful features can be used without access to the internet. Anyway, you’ve got the Pawn Star dude saying you can’t get to LA on the cost of a trade in Chromebook. Considering that new ones typically cost between $200-$300 new, that part might actually be the truth.

If these ads rub you the wrong way, you aren’t alone. Microsoft isn’t showing much taste in this campaign.  Read more

Motorola: No Moto X wood in time for Thanksgiving

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Moto X with wood back case via phonesreview.com

If you had high hopes of matching the back of your smartphone with the oak tree table on which you dine in time for Thanksgiving, then Motorola might have just ruined your holidays.

Well, not so fast, the company is selling Moto G handsets much sooner than previously announced (holiday money grab much?), but Motorola won’t be supporting those wood backplates for the Moto handsets for a few more weeks, according to a Reuters reporter.

Did Motorola just give its customers the shaft or save countless Moto rockers from certain buyers’ remorse? You be the judge. Read more

Canalys: Android tablets will continue tablet charge to overtake PC sales in 2014

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I’m sure we’re all “tired” to hear about the tablet/PC debate and which format will outsell one another next year. That being said, a new Canalys report caught my eye as it projects that in 2014 tablets will account for 50 percent of the PC market. I consider projections that indicate tablets will become half of the desktop, notebook, and tablet devices that make up the entire PC market to be notable because of the sheer size.

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Moto G now available to purchase in the US for $179

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I love good news in the morning and that’s why the opportunity to purchase the Moto G direct from Motorola’s website well before January has us smiling. Our very own Seth Weintraub was able to successfully purchase the device and receive a shipping order for two days. It’s a great surprise from Motorola, especially when the company originally indicated the US would be a part of “Wave 2″ and ship sometime after Christmas.

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