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LG G2 vs Galaxy S 4 vs Moto X: hero phone war

LG G2 vs Galaxy S 4 vs Moto X: hero phone war

Now that LG has released its 2013 hero smartphone in the LG G2, it's time to hit the specifications battleground. What we're doing here on SlashGear first is taking on not just the Samsung Galaxy S 4, but the Motorola Moto X as well, aiming to give you an idea of the range of devices that are now sitting up on top of the game from several of the smartphone universe's top brands. We'll be saving the HTC One for a separate, individual battle - coming up not long after this one.

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Galaxy S4 Active water damage replacement unit confirmed by Samsung

Galaxy S4 Active water damage replacement unit confirmed by Samsung

Earlier today it was tipped by several sources (and confirmed this afternoon by Samsung) that the Galaxy S4 Active was being prepared for a one-time exchange deal for anyone who had suffered water damage to their unit. While it's true that the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active is water resistant, there have been a number of users who have complained about having damage from water - and one notable review which suggested the device wasn't waterproof at all.

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HTC One and GALAXY S 4 Google Play Editions receive Android 4.3 OTA update

HTC One and GALAXY S 4 Google Play Editions receive Android 4.3 OTA update

The HTC One and Samsung GALAXY S 4 Google Play Editions feature pure Android sans the common Sense and TouchWiz interfaces, and for some users, that Android has been bumped to version 4.3 with an OTA update this evening. Though not all owners have received the update yet, reports are starting to roll in from those who have, and we've got the details on it for you after the jump.

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Samsung Galaxy S 4 artificially tuned for benchmarks research spots

Samsung Galaxy S 4 artificially tuned for benchmarks research spots

Samsung tailored its Galaxy S 4 to deliver the best possible scores on popular Android benchmarking tools, investigations have revealed, despite apps potentially not getting the same power for real-world use. The AnandTech research was sparked by claims Samsung was reserving its fastest graphics chip speeds for select benchmarking apps alone, with games and other software only ever seeing slower performance from the Exynos 5 Octa processor found in select models of the Galaxy S 4. The motivation behind the tinkering appears to be to ensure the flagship smartphone posts consistently high benchmarking numbers for comparison with other devices, even if that doesn't necessarily translate to its everyday abilities.

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Samsung vs Apple Mobile Profits: the big Strategy Analytics mix up

Samsung vs Apple Mobile Profits: the big Strategy Analytics mix up

It should be clear at this point that Samsung's profits in the mobile sector have not, as a report by Strategy Analytics last week suggested, taken over Apples'. According to Strategy Analytics, "Samsung's operating profit for its handset division stood at US $5.2 billion in the second quarter of 2013" while Apple "recorded an estimated iPhone operating profit of US $4.6 billion". And that's essentially the extent of their basic report - this is not just far too limited to have covered the claim they've made, it's simply inaccurate.

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HTC One’s MoDaCo.SWITCH coming to Galaxy S 4 as well: change-up!

HTC One’s MoDaCo.SWITCH coming to Galaxy S 4 as well: change-up!

The original HTC One works with HTC's own "Sense" user interface, while the Google Play edition works with Googles' - MoDaCo.SWITCH allows you to choose which of the two you like better at any given time. This system is a hack, at heart, requiring that you root your device before you allow yourself the freedom to choose either the HTC Sense or Android Jelly Bean Vanilla iteration at the tap of a button (and a few seconds' wait). What you get, though, is a completely unique set of controls.

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T-Mobile “Zero Down” deal broken down: initial thrift at what cost?

T-Mobile “Zero Down” deal broken down: initial thrift at what cost?

Having a deal such as the one T-Mobile is running starting this month, one that offers smart devices for "zero down" before charging a certain amount of cash each month should raise red flags for the average consumer. It did for SlashGear, and here we're going in to take a closer look at a few key devices - and their prices - before and after that discount takes effect. What this means for the consumer is more than just one cost here or there; it's about clarity.

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