10 Reasons to Pick the HTC One M8 Over the Galaxy S5

With the introduction of the HTC One M8 on March 25, the number of true contenders for the honor of top Android smartphone of 2014 has doubled. The other contender made its debut at Mobile World Congress in February when Samsung introduced its Galaxy S5. With the Android market this year now a two-horse race, all the other competitors will either have to introduce beautiful, well-crafted devices like the HTC One M8 and the Galaxy S5 or see their wares languish on store shelves. For now, though, it’s just between those two handsets. However, deciding between the two might not be as difficult as some would argue. The Samsung Galaxy S5 is undoubtedly a good-looking device with great features, but it’s not as attractive as the HTC One M8. Granted, the Galaxy S5 does have some features that HTC’s alternative doesn’t, like a fingerprint sensor, but such features won’t be enough to put that device over the top for the vast majority of consumers and enterprise customers looking to get their hands on an Android handset this year.
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LG unveils flagship G Pro 2 smartphone

lg-g-pro-2LG has jumped the gun and unveiled its flagship G Pro 2 smartphone (or if you prefer, phablet) in South Korea ahead of its expected debut at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona later this month. The successor to the Optimus G Pro sports a larger display and 13-megapixel camera with the ability to record videos in 4K Ultra High Definition.

Running Android 4.4 (KitKat), the device is powered by a Snapdragon 800 2.26 GHz Quad-Core processor and Adreno 330 GPU, with 3 GB of DDR3 RAM and choice or 16 or 32 GB of onboard storage, expandable via microSD card.

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LG G Flex preorders available from AT&T starting January 24th

Sprint may have been the first US carrier to announce definitive availability of the LG G Flex, but AT&T is beating Sprint to offering preorders for the monstrous device. The carrier announced today that customers will be able to place preorders in stores and online starting this Friday, January 24th, a full week ahead of Sprint’s announced January 31st launch date. AT&T did not give definitive date for when the G Flex would be delivered to customers, however. T-Mobile has also said it will offer the G Flex, but it too hasn’t provided a specific release date for it. AT&T will sell the G Flex for $299.99 with a two-year contract, though customers will be able to purchase the phone on the carriers 12- or 18-month Next financing plans if they want.

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Oppo N1 gets Google’s blessing, CyanogenMod phone will run Google services

oppo-n1Google has blessed Oppo N1 by passing it in their compatibility test suite. What it means is that this will be the first phone outside Google’s Open Hardware Alliance (OHA) to run Google services and apps legitimately. The phone will be available on December 24th.

It’s good news for the CyanogenMod team who just bagged another investor with additional $23 million funding.

Oppo said that they will be bringing more Android devices to the market.

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BlackBerry gives up on sale, CEO exits

(MoneyWatch) Embattled smartphone manufacturer BlackBerry (BBRY) announced that it has received $1 billion from Canadian firm Fairfax Financial and other investors, has called off its sale, and that Thorsten Heins would be replaced as CEO and resign from the board of directors.

Technology veteran John Chen, who was until this year CEO of Sybase, will become chairman of the board and interim CEO of BlackBerry. Prem Watsa, chairman and CEO of Fairfax, will become the lead director of the company. David Kerr, who had been a BlackBerry director since 2007, will also resign his position.

The company had put itself up for sale in August after years of questionable strategic decisions, poor operations, and growing financial disaster. BlackBerry once owned the smartphone market. Now, according to market analyst firms such as Gartner and IDC, it holds less than 3 percent.

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iPhone 5c vs. Moto X

iphone-5c-vs-moto-xSometimes the rumor mill is a little off the mark. Motorola’s Moto X was originally thought to be a high-powered superphone that would make geeks salivate. When the phone actually arrived, though, it brought tame specs and more focus on the user experience. Apple’s iPhone 5c was rumored to be an aggressive play at the budget smartphone market. What we actually got there, though, was a phone that was only a little cheaper than Apple’s most expensive flagship. Are either of the phones worth taking a look at? Let Gizmag try to help, as we compare the specs and features of the iPhone 5c and Moto X.

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BlackBerry Q10 sales abysmal, says report

BlackBerry’s Q10 smartphone was supposed to bring the old days of BlackBerry’s physical keyboard into today’s touchscreen-obsessed world. But according to a new report, few people actually cared.

The BlackBerry Q10 has experienced abysmal sales since its time on store shelves, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing people who claim to have knowledge of its plans. One phone retailer, who sells handsets in the midwest across 16 stores, told the Journal that he “saw virtually no demand for the Q10,” adding that the few he sold across his locations were eventually returned by customers. Nearly all of his stock was returned to his equipment vendor, according to the Journal.

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Verizon’s New Motorola Droids Packed With Power in Slim, Tough Frames

Verizon Wireless introduced a trio of Droid-branded devices July 23, saying they put an emphasis on intelligence, strength and endurance.” Google-owned Motorola, which made the phones, calls them its “best-performing products yet.” Each new Droid has its super power: The Ultra is thin, the Maxx has an impressive battery life, and the Mini packs the perks of the larger two into a more-compact physique. All three feature the Motorola X8 Mobile Computing System, which consists of eight cores—two high-end application processors, four graphics processors and two unique cores. This unique setup, says Motorola, “makes Droid a finely tuned machine that enables amazing new software capabilities while providing improved overall performance and extended battery life.” All three Long Term Evolution (LTE) smartphones run Android 4.2.2, are wrapped in super-strong DuPont Kevlar fiber, come with a dual-core processor, near-field communication (NFC) technology and Zap—an easy way to share content with other phones in a 300-foot range—and will be available from Verizon beginning Aug. 20.

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HTC’s Bizarro World: where the maker of the best smartphone gasps for air

If you polled a roomful of smartphone pundits about the best phone you can buy right now, there’s a good chance plenty of them would say the HTC One. Hell, we might even say that. So it’s a bit strange to hear stories of the company bleeding top staff and continuing to hit hard times … while simultaneously selling one of the most important phones of the year. Welcome, HTC. You’ve officially entered Bizarro World.

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Most Popular Android Phone, 2013 Edition: HTC One

The best Android phones represent a powerhouse combination of features, specs, and all-around user experience. Last week we asked you to tell us which ones you thought were the best. Then we looked at the five best Android phones available right now, and put them to a vote. Now we’re back to highlight our winner.

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