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Motorola quietly adds 4G to the second-gen Moto G

Motorola quietly adds 4G to the second-gen Moto G

Lewis Curdie  Mar. 11 at 14:00

We’ve been hearing whispers of a new Motorola Moto G for some time now, consensus being that we were due what essentially amounts to a 4G version of the second-gen Moto G.

Well, that’s exactly what Motorola is quietly delivering, and in fact it’s such a non-upgrade that the US/Chinese manufacturer has made almost no noise about it whatsoever.

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LG G4 render suggests curved Flex-style design

The Samsung Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9 have finally launched, so naturally we’re now demanding more about the imminent Sony Xperia Z4 and LG G4. And heck, not forgetting the Apple iPhone 6S.

It’s LG’s next flagship under the microscope here, and as we await an official launch date, a leaked G4 render suggests we should perhaps expect a curved design, not unlike LG’s other big phone.

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Samsung Galaxy J1 launches in Europe, Moto E and Moto G needn’t worry

Samsung Galaxy J1 launches in Europe, Moto E and Moto G needn’t worry

Lewis Curdie  Mar. 10 at 14:00

Samsung might be wowing the industry at the high end of the smartphone spectrum with the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, but it still feels very much like the South Koreans are out of touch with the low end.

Take the Samsung Galaxy J1, for example. It’s just arrived in Europe priced similarly to the Motorola Moto E 2015, but with significantly worse specs. Ohhhh dear.

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Apple Watch price, launch countries and release date revealed at Spring Forward

We got a sneak preview at the Apple Watch back in September, when it popped up alongside the iPhone 6 as “one more thing”, but tonight at Spring Forward was the proper we’re-just-about-to-release-it Apple Watch launch.

All the questions have now been answered: How much will the Apple Watch cost? Where will it be released first? When will it be released? And how long will it last on a single charge? Full story below.

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Samsung bounces back with 20 million Galaxy S6 pre-orders

Samsung bounces back with 20 million Galaxy S6 pre-orders

Lewis Curdie  Mar. 9 at 16:00

It’s been mostly doom and gloom for Samsung of late, with dwindling global market share, a thoroughly uninspiring Galaxy S5, and everything Apple touches turning to gold.

But there are signs that the glass and metal Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge are about to pay off, with a record 20 million pre-orders in the bag already.

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HTC to ‘solve key pain points’ with ‘huge announcement’ in March

HTC to ‘solve key pain points’ with ‘huge announcement’ in March

Lewis Curdie  Mar. 9 at 14:00

The HTC One M9 Plus was a no-show at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015, leaving the Taiwanese manufacturer to take on the QHD Samsung Galaxy S6 duo with the 1080p much-the-same-as-last-year One M9 (left).

Unless! HTC promises to “solve key pain points” with a “huge announcement” later this month. One M9 Plus, anyone?

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LG G4 to play catch-up with fingerprint scanner?

LG G4 to play catch-up with fingerprint scanner?

Lewis Curdie  Mar. 6 at 16:00

The iPhone 5S wasn’t the first phone to include fingerprint-scanning technology, but it certainly opened the floodgates – in typical Apple fashion. Since then we’ve seen various other manufacturers jump onboard, including Samsung, HTC and Huawei.

LG has held off until now, but word on the cyber-street suggests the LG G4 might well include a fingerprint scanner.

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HTC One E9 specs: 5.5in display, QHD resolution, 8-core CPU?

For those of you crying over the relatively modest 1080p resolution on the spanking new HTC One M9, well, don’t dry those tears just yet.

We’re hearing word of a super-specced HTC smartphone from out east, with the headline feature being – you guessed it – an eye-melting QHD display.

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OnePlus Two: metal bod, more expensive than OnePlus One?

OnePlus Two: metal bod, more expensive than OnePlus One?

Lewis Curdie  Mar. 6 at 10:00

With the “Flagship Killer” OnePlus One being one of the highlights of 2014, it’s a no-brainer that one of the phones we’re most looking forward to in 2015 is the inevitable OnePlus Two.

Details are still relatively scarce at this stage, but a fresh report suggests we should expect a premium metal design, alongside a premium price tag.

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Motorola Moto G (2015) with 4G officially launching soonish

Motorola Moto G (2015) with 4G officially launching soonish

Lewis Curdie  Mar. 5 at 19:30

Hey! Are you struggling to keep up with the three different Motorola Moto Gs, with the different display sizes, and the 4G and the 3G, and the microSD slot – or lack thereof?

Well, things are potentially about to get a little more confusinger, with the introduction of a fourth model, specifically a 2015 version of the Motorola Moto G 2014.

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Huawei ‘confirmed’ as manufacturer of the next Nexus smartphone

HTC, Samsung, LG, Motorola, Asus… We’ve seen various manufacturers take the Nexus reins over the years, but one thing missing from that list is a Chinese manufacturer (no, Motorola doesn’t count).

Rumour has it we can finally expect a Chinese Nexus smartphone later this year, and once again we’re told it’ll be Huawei at the helm.

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Apple iPad Pro specs: USB 3.0 port, fast charging, optional keyboard and mouse?

Apple iPad Pro specs: USB 3.0 port, fast charging, optional keyboard and mouse?

Lewis Curdie  Mar. 5 at 16:00

Typical; you wait weeks and weeks for an iPad Pro rumour, and two come along at once. Not that we’re complaining!

The first report suggests Apple iPad Pro production has been “delayed” till later in the year, while a second report relays some rather interesting iPad Pro specs.

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Apple iPhone 6S specs: 2GB of RAM, Apple SIM for easy network switching?

Considering the massive design change introduced with the iPhone 6 (in particular: leaping from 4in on the iPhone 5s to 4.7in and 5.5in), we aren’t expecting anything particularly jaw-dropping from the iPhone 6S – not in terms of design, at least.

Inside, however, the iPhone 6S might mark two rather significant changes, specifically double the RAM of the iPhone 6, and the ability to switch networks at will.

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Samsung Galaxy S6’s ‘Galaxy Gifts’ revealed, 22 free apps

Samsung Galaxy S6’s ‘Galaxy Gifts’ revealed, 22 free apps

Lewis Curdie  Mar. 5 at 12:00

You might remember the Samsung Galaxy S5 came bundled with $500 of freebies last year, and this year Galaxy S6 adopters will get a ship-ton of free apps and subscriptions, too.

A list of 22 free ‘Galaxy Gifts’ has been revealed as we patiently await the Samsung Galaxy S6 release on April 10.

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Report: LG G4 to rock metal body, LG UX 4.0

Report: LG G4 to rock metal body, LG UX 4.0

Lewis Curdie  Mar. 5 at 10:30

The dust has just about settled on the Samsung Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9 launches, but there’s another huge smartphone debut set to take place in the second quarter of 2015, namely the LG G4.

Last we heard LG was taking its time getting the G4 right, and now we’re told the G4 will be “radically different” – that’s according to a report from the manufacturer’s home turf.

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Gartner: Apple won the smartphone race in 4Q14

Gartner: Apple won the smartphone race in 4Q14

Lewis Curdie  Mar. 4 at 18:00

At the end of January I penned Apple vs. Samsung in 4Q14: too close to call, with the iPhone seemingly shipping round about the same number as Samsung’s combined Galaxy army.

Now Gartner is chiming in with its own figures, suggesting that Apple did indeed take the top spot in global smartphone manufacturers for the final quarter of 2014.

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How many Android devices are on Lollipop? Now 1 in 30, says Google

It’s the same old story: new Android release is launched, updates take ages to roll out thanks to custom UIs and carrier shenanigans; by the time the latest version accounts for a significant portion of devices, the next new version is unleashed, and so the circle of life continues. Can you feel the love tonight?

Lollipop 5.0 has actually doubled its distribution in the past four weeks, but we’re still only talking, like, one in 30 users.

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Sony Xperia M4 Aqua price: cheaper than expected (YES!)

The Samsung Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9 might be the stars of Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015, almost by default, but there are plenty of other interesting phones over in Barcelona, not least of all Sony’s Xperia M4 Aqua.

On Sunday, Sony officially set Xperia M4 Aqua price at €299, but there are already signs on ye olde cyber-web that it'll sell for even less, and that - dear friends - is a good thing.

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HTC One M9 price: €749.99, more expensive than Samsung Galaxy S6?

The HTC One M9 is finally a reality after months and month of rumours, and while it sounds pretty slick, one thing we’re still not too sure about is the price. How much will the One M9 cost?

Well, if HTC Germany is anything to go by, One M9 price is set in Europe at a higher-than-expected €749.99, that’s roughly £544 in our money, and – crucially – more expensive than the Samsung Galaxy S6.

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MWC 2015: iPhone 6 and LG G3 share top prize at annual Global Mobile Awards

MWC 2015: iPhone 6 and LG G3 share top prize at annual Global Mobile Awards

Lewis Curdie  Mar. 4 at 10:30

We love a good, uhm, award thingy here on Mobot, and indeed we’ll inevitably put together some sort of Best of Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015 feature fairly soonish.

In the meantime, let’s turn our attention to Barcelona, and the 20th annual Global Mobile Awards – essentially the Oscars for mobile nerds.

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