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Moto G Lollipop upgrade coming soon

Moto G Lollipop upgrade coming soon

In "upcoming weeks" says Motorola on the first-generation Moto G's next big upgrade. This update will bring the smartphone up to Android 5.0 Lollipop, a software that many devices - some of which cost several times as much at the Moto G - haven't gotten yet. It's up to the manufacturer how these updates come - when and if - and most manufacturers have opted not to upgrade phones more than a year old, much less one that cost most users under $200 USD, and has a second generation on the market.

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Sony’s Xperia E4 available for UK pre-orders

Sony’s Xperia E4 available for UK pre-orders

When it was announced, Sony’s Xperia E4 wasn’t quite what we were expecting from Sony. After announcing they’d be dedicating themselves to flagship offerings, a decidedly mid-range phone was a shock to the system. Still, the E4 will find favor with many smartphone users, and the low price point might have Sony’s latest in more hands than their flagship Xperia devices. With big promises like two-day battery life and a pretty respectable spec sheet, UK fans can now pre-order an Xperia E4 via Clove.

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Toshiba creates Project Ara’s first 5 MP camera module

Toshiba creates Project Ara’s first 5 MP camera module

"We did it!", says Toshiba. And given the difficulty and significance of their achievement, it's not difficult to imagine their pride over it. The company has just been able to develop the first working camera module for the Project Ara module smartphone. Though only 5 megapixels in size, Some might initially belittle it because of its 5 megapixel sensor size, but given certain requirements and idiosyncrasies of a Project Ara module, even just a little bit like this already counts a long way towards a consumer-usable device.

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WonderCube accessory has everything except the kitchen sink

WonderCube accessory has everything except the kitchen sink

How many "smart" keyrings and chargers have you come across lately? Three? Five? A dozen? If you've lost count, here's one more to add to your list. WonderCube is frighteningly true to its name because it is such a wonder to behold. This tiny cube that can fit on the palm of your hand has almost everything, and we mean everything, you'll need for a mobile phone accessory: charger, external storage, stand, or even a torch. All it's missing is the kitchen sink. Well, that and some location-based features.

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LINE@ app launches to mix users with their fans

LINE@ app launches to mix users with their fans

LINE Corporation, the company behind the popular chatting app LINE, has announced the launch of a new option called LINE@. With LINE@, companies, brands, and popular users can communicate with their fans (or clients, customers, etc.) by posting things like business content and promotional materials, among other things. LINE@ users can chat individually with those they've friended, post messages for everyone who is following to see, and more. It is available now for both Android and iOS. Users can have multiple LINE@ accounts, says the company.

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Smart home, smartphone, smart selling: Xiaomi’s power plan

Smart home, smartphone, smart selling: Xiaomi’s power plan

Xiaomi's schemes for smart home domination rest on a three dollar gizmo and a willingness to practically give it away, a warning note for rivals that, should a US launch happen, the Chinese curiosity could upset the game considerably. The Xiaomi Mi Module is a 22 yuan add-on linking regular appliances - whether they be heaters, rice cookers, or, as Xiaomi has already created for smog-heavy China, an air purifier - to the cloud, but rather than trying to fence the whole thing in, the company hopes to offer them at cost. It's a strategy that's at odds with how many of Xiaomi's competitors do business, and one which symbolizes quite how well a different approach can resonate with consumers.

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Xiaomi Mi Note hands-on: More than just an Apple clone

Xiaomi Mi Note hands-on: More than just an Apple clone

Xiaomi is on a charm offensive, and that means setting the record straight. Outspoken VP of International Hugo Barra returned to San Francisco alongside Xiaomi President Lin Bin to introduce the MIUI flavor of Android, not to mention the latest Mi Note smartphone, to a curious - if a little skeptical - tech press. Wildly popular in China and other countries, but known more for the inspiration it's accused of taking from Apple and others in the West, Xiaomi isn't quite ready for a US launch but thought it was high time we saw just what Chinese users are enjoying.

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Xiaomi’s Mi coming to US, just not how you’d think

Xiaomi’s Mi coming to US, just not how you’d think

It would appear that Xiaomi is coming to the United States to sell devices after all. Just not smartphones. Or tablets. Much of the rest of their wide variety of odd electronics from all corners of the electronics industry are on their way, on the other hand. Instead, they'll be bringing their Mi dot com sales website to the United States for sales of products on the accessories side of things - and other oddities. As far as smartphones and tablets go - they've got no plan in place for those as of now.

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Windows 10 update for phones starting now

Windows 10 update for phones starting now

This morning Microsoft's Gabriel Aul made it official: the Technical Preview for Windows 10 for smartphones will be beginning today. Today is the day, at last, and finally - the button has been pressed, and the update is, indeed, happening. While we're not 100% certain of which devices will receive said update first, we have gotten some clues - if you purchased a phone in the past year from the higher end of Windows Phone, you may be in luck. Unless you have a Lumia 1520 or 1020, sadly.

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BLU Studio Energy has a 5000mAh battery, good for 4 days

BLU Studio Energy has a 5000mAh battery, good for 4 days

A smartphone that lasts 4 days with standard usage and an impressive 45 days on standby. Such numbers are quite rare with today's feature-packed smartphones. But that is exactly what BLU Products is trying to sell with the Studio Energy. And it's selling it with a very low price tag to boot. That is, if you are willing to accept some compromises along the way as the smartphone won't exactly have flagship specs. But if you're looking for a long lasting, affordable prepaid option, this might be it.

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