Phandroid » Handsets http://phandroid.com Android Phone News, Rumors, Reviews, Apps, Forums & More! Wed, 23 Jul 2014 01:21:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Amazon Fire Phone now shipping, arrives on doorsteps this Thursday July 24th http://phandroid.com/2014/07/22/amazon-fire-phone-now-shipping/ http://phandroid.com/2014/07/22/amazon-fire-phone-now-shipping/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 01:06:10 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=145392 Amazon Fire Phone shipping confirmation

After years of countless rumors and speculation, Amazon finally did the tech world a favor and made their upcoming smartphone — the Amazon Fire Phone — officially official. Launching this Thursday, July 24th on AT&T, the phone appears to be shipping right on schedule.

Our own Rob Jackson received his confirmation email from Amazon, showing the phone scheduled to arrive before 8PM Thursday evening. Accompanying the shopping confirmation was an email notifying him that, as promised, his Amazon Prime membership had been extended for another year (a $100 value).

Amazon Fire Phone shipping schedule

 

Amazon has also posted a user guide for new Fire Phone owners, although the single page PDF has only 1 quick suggestion at the moment: plug in the phone. We assume additional pages will be added as the phone nears its official release. In the meantime, you, your friends or family members can check out the handy Amazon Fire Phone FAQ on Android Forums for help on getting started with their shiny new investment.

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[Android Forums 1, 2]

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Android Deals: $100 off Kindle Fire HDX, discounted KEMCO RPGs, west coast hip hop sale, and more http://phandroid.com/2014/07/22/android-deals-kindle-fire-hdx/ http://phandroid.com/2014/07/22/android-deals-kindle-fire-hdx/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:23:42 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=145347 deals

Plenty of great hardware deals abound this week as quite a few outlets are offering sweet savings on devices like the Kindle Fire HDX, Google Play Edition phones, and more. Also going at clearance rates are a few of KEMCO’s RPG titles as well as a solid collection of west coast hip hop albums at Google Play. Act quick — these deals are fleeting. All prices represented below were active and accurate as of the time of publishing.

Hardware & Accessories

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX

$100 off Kindle Fire HDX 4G LTE tablet at Amazon with prices starting at $229 for a 16GB model with special offers. The discount puts the LTE edition of the tablet at the same price point as its WiFi-only counterpart, making the purchase a no-brainer for those in the market. The 7-inch tablet features a hi-res HDX display,  quad-core processing, and access to Amazon’s full library of digital content. [Amazon]

Save up to $125 on the purchase of a Moto X smartphone when using coupon code MBXISMOT at checkout. Buyers can save $100 on a 16GB model (final price of $299.99) or $125 on a 32GB (final price of $324.99) or 64GB (final price of $374.99) edition. Act fast, though, as this deal will expire tomorrow, the 23rd of July. [MotoMaker]

Steep discounts on older Galaxy Play Edition phones at Expansys USA while supplies last. Those in the market for a sweet deal on these stock Google Experience phones can snag an HTC One M7 or Samsung Galaxy S4 for $399.99 each or a Sony Xperia Z Ultra for $349.99. The LG G Pad 8.3 GPE is also on sale for an easy $224.99. eBay is getting in on the savings as well, offering the Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition for $425 with free shipping. [Expansys (One M7, GS4, G Pad 8.3, Z Ultra), eBay]

Get these Mpow Muse wireless noise canceling headphones for $69 at Amazon. Featuring Bluetooth 4.0 and active noise cancellation, these headphones pair perfectly with your smartphone and eliminate annoying cord tangles by doing away with the wire altogether. [Amazon]

Apps & Games

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Today’s app and games deals couldn’t be much better. Get great utilities like Today Calendar Pro and gps4cam at discounted rates or lose a few hours to one of several KEMCO RPG titles now experiencing steep summer savings.

Apps

Games

Music & Media

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Kick back with Google Play’s great selection of discounted west coast hip hop albums or take the opportunity to own the classic martial arts flick Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon as just a couple of the many deals going on this week from Google and Amazon. Plenty of options here to beat the heat or kick up the party to the next level.

Music Albums

Music Singles

Movies

TV Shows

[Find any great deals not included here? Be sure to send them our way or share in the comments below!]

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LG G3 Cat 6 is now official, comes equipped with a Snapdragon 805 processor http://phandroid.com/2014/07/22/lg-g3-cat-6-snapdragon-805-official/ http://phandroid.com/2014/07/22/lg-g3-cat-6-snapdragon-805-official/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:02:01 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=145343 LG G3 Cat 6 official

Yesterday, rumors that LG would officially announce the long rumored Snapdragon 805 toting version of their flagship later this week may have had some truth behind them. In a smartphone arms race for market share dominance, the Korean manufacturer has officially unveiled the LG G3 Cat 6, a phone nearly identical to their original flagship that launched only a few short weeks ago.

Before you get too upset, it appears this model is only meant for the device’s homeland of South Korea and the few networks therein who have deployed LTE-A services. With Category 6 LTE, the phone is faster than your average run of the mill LTE device, capable of 225Mbps data speeds — faster than what you’re paying for back home. Cat 6 is made possible thanks to the very latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor and the Qualcomm Gobi 9×35 embedded modem.

Other than that, it’s the same LG G3 that launched a few short weeks ago so don’t feel too left out (although we admit, the prospect of a Snap 805 has us drooling). Maybe things will change once our networks get up to speed with South Korea.

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OnePlus announces Bamboo StyleSwap Cover and a 5,000 invite giveaway http://phandroid.com/2014/07/22/oneplus-one-bamboo-cover-giveaway/ http://phandroid.com/2014/07/22/oneplus-one-bamboo-cover-giveaway/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:59:44 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=145328 oneplus one styleswap bamboo

Some pretty big news has rolled out of the OnePlus camp this morning. For starters, they’ve unveiled their new Bamboo StyleSwap Cover. If you don’t remember, StyleSwap allows you to customize the backplate of your phone and they aren’t just for show. Bamboo, for instance, will feature a nice smooth surface and a woody design. They’ll also have kevlar backings made out of actual kevlar, and a denim option has been confirmed, as well.

The Bamboo option will be here by the end of August says OnePlus, and you’ll need to pay $50 if you want one. That’s pretty steep for half a case, but they have to make money somehow because they are certainly taking a loss on the phones themselves. And if you didn’t get the color you wanted at launch, you’ll be happy to know that the Sandstone Black and Silk White covers will be available for $30 each.

The second bit of news is even more exciting — more invites! If you haven’t already grown tired of the OnePlus One invite circus show, you’ll be happy to know that they have over 5,000 on tap in the coming days. Here’s what you need to do to enter for one:

  1. Go to the contest page: http://oneplus.net/blizzard-of-invites
  2. Log in with your email or Facebook account.
  3. Perform at least one of the listed actions before the deadline.

The contest closes tomorrow, July 23rd, at 9:15PM CST/3:15PM CET/9:15AM EDT/6:15AM PDT, so you should have plenty of time to enter if you’re interested in one. We’re not sure how large demand still is for these things, but 5,000 seems to give you way better odds than the 100 invite contests they were doing before. Let us know if you’ll be trying for one of your own.

[via OnePlus 1|2]

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Xiaomi officially announces the Mi 4 http://phandroid.com/2014/07/22/xiaomi-mi-4-official/ http://phandroid.com/2014/07/22/xiaomi-mi-4-official/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:42:11 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=145296 xiaomi mi 4 6

Xiaomi has been drumming up to the release of their latest flagship for quite some time, but it’s time for the full wraps to come off: the Xiaomi Mi 4 has been officially unveiled. This device is quite the looker for the low price points of $320 and $400 for 16GB and 32GB respectively. Here’s why:

  • Stainless steel frame with “unbelievable craftsmanship & polish”
  • Snapdragon 801 chipset and 3GB RAM
  • 16/64GB internal storage
  • 5-inch 1080p IPS display
  • - 13MP rear camera f1.8 with real-time HDR and 4K video recording
  • - 8MP front camera f1.8
  • - 3080mAh internal battery
  • - UMTS & TDD-LTE support (international FDD-LTE availability TBA)

Whew. The device will also feature swappable backplate options for those who want to show off their sense of style. You’ll be getting the standard black backplate by default, but options will range from wooden and fur patterns to exotic reptilian skins. Don’t expect Moto X-like quality (otherwise we’re sure Hugo Barra would have made a bigger deal about these swappable backplates) but they sure do look nice.

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If you are someone who doesn’t mind importing goods that likely won’t see widespread availability then this certainly sounds like one to look out for. Unfortunately we get no early details on software and features, but it would be a bad bet to suggest it’s running the latest version of MIUI atop some version of Android 4.4 KitKat. We’ll have to fish for more information in the moments to come, but there it all is laid out on the table. Thinking about grabbing one?

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Samsung answers 4.7-inch iPhone 6 rumors with the 5.2-inch Galaxy S5, but does bigger always mean better? [VIDEO] http://phandroid.com/2014/07/21/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-iphone-6-rumors-video/ http://phandroid.com/2014/07/21/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-iphone-6-rumors-video/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:39:45 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=145271 Samsung Galaxy S5 vs iPhone 6 commercial

We can’t pinpoint a specific phone launch or event, but we know at some point during the last few years, the tables quickly turned on Apple. No longer was Jobs and Co. leading the pack when it came to smartphone hardware and software, but instead, they were playing catch up with Android and her many manufacturing partners.

Take a quick look at current high-end Android devices and you’re sure to find smartphones with better multitasking, huge batteries and full HD 1080p displays — all key areas where the iPhone can still be found lacking. We know this. We’re sure many of your friends or family know this. It’s no secret. Apple’s strategy is the long term, and in order to keep consumers crawling back for more they purposely hold back many hardware features in order to introduce them in later models, piece by piece.

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For those that haven’t been keeping up with Apple news as of late, the manufacturer is gearing up for yet another “major” hardware redesign in the upcoming iPhone 6. It wasn’t too long ago Apple was prosecuting leakers, but it seems current management is much more lenient. As a result there have so many leaks of the upcoming iPhone 6, we now have a pretty darn good idea of what to expect. So what is the single feature that will blow everyone’s minds come this September? Just like with the iPhone 5, Apple fans can finally look forward what else, but a larger display.

Enter Samsung who is now capitalizing on current iPhone rumors in their latest ad spot. In order to keep consumers from once again waiting for the next big thing, they need to convince people not only is it not that great, but it’s already here. The commercial depicts a situation almost eerily similar to one I’ve experienced myself. On one side you have an iPhone user excited about rumors of the iPhone 6 (finally) having a larger display.

In typical Samsung fashion, his friend dickfully reminds him the next big thing is already here, showing him the gargantuan display of the Samsung Galaxy S5. Like in Samsung’s previous ad spots, the ad once again attempts to drive home the point that iPhone fans are silly/ignorant/dumb and if only they’d allowed them, Samsung would gladly free them from playing catch up the rest of their lives under Apple’s reign. But are we comparing apples to oranges?

Look no further than the Samsung Galaxy S3 or HTC One X to find Android users have been enjoying larger devices with 4.7-inch displays since early 2012, at time when the iPhone 4s and its 3.5-inch display was still dominating the market. Android has long remained ahead of Apple when it came to giving consumers what they wanted: bigger display sizes. This much is true. But bigger doesn’t necessarily mean better.

Some of you may remember a study from a few years back that showed that for many consumers, a 4.5-inch display was ideal screen size. For us, we’re hoping Apple’s choice to make the incremental jump to 4.7-inches for the iPhone 6 means a resurgence of similar sized devices from Android OEMs, a market largely untapped by current manufacturers. You can’t throw a Chevy Suburban at a Porsche and claim that it’s better. For some, a smaller screen size is is what affects their next smartphone purchase — why not face Apple on even ground?

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Sony Xperia Z2 (D6503) now available in the US direct from Sony, supports AT&T and T-Mobile networks http://phandroid.com/2014/07/21/sony-xperia-z2-d6503-now-available/ http://phandroid.com/2014/07/21/sony-xperia-z2-d6503-now-available/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:16:24 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=145261 Sony Xperia Z2 now available D6503

Call it a sign of the times, but for some diehard Android enthusiasts, this year’s current crop of flagships has been rather lackluster one area or another. Perhaps the only exception was Sony who was first out the gate with their 2014 flagship, the Sony Xperia Z2, introduced back during Mobile World Congress in February.

The phone packed many of the specs we thought would come standard in this year’s flagships: Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, beefy 3,100mAh battery, and a high-res 20.7MP camera. What more could you ask for? Unfortunately for those of us in the US, we’ve been stuck in limbo awaiting any word on availability ’round these parts.

According to the most recent wave of leaks, it now appears the Sony Xperia Z2 could be headed to the states as a Verizon exclusive — not exactly the best news for those of us on networks like AT&T or T-Mobile. But we now have a way out. The GSM compatible Sony Xperia Z2 (D6503) is now officially available for purchase online (sort of, it’s backordered) direct from Sony. While it’s true the phone has been available for quite some time via 3rd party retailers, this marks the first time it’s finally available from Sony.

Pay no mind to the listing of a Snapdragon 800 processor on the device’s Sony listing, we’re sure it’s only a slip up. As for the rest of the specs, you’ll find the device has everything it needs to operate on both AT&T and T-Mobile networks, LTE included: UMTS HSPA+ 850 (Band V), 900 (Band VIII), 1700 (Band IV), 1900 (Band II), 2100 (Band I) MHz GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 20).

Of course for many, a $700 smartphone isn’t something they can justify to the wife after seeing next month’s statement. Guess it’s the best we can do until the phone is officially available for purchase from other carriers, whether subsidized or through early upgrade offers. That’s if it ever launches outside of Verizon. We’ll continue keeping our fingers crossed. In the meantime, I have some buying to do…

Buy the Sony Xperia Z2 on Sony Store

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HTC One Remix said to launch this Friday July 24th on Verizon Wireless [RUMOR] http://phandroid.com/2014/07/21/verizon-htc-one-remix-leak/ http://phandroid.com/2014/07/21/verizon-htc-one-remix-leak/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:48:43 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=145249 htc one remix evleaks

HTC unveiled the HTC One Mini 2 way back in May, but we’ve been waiting for word on exactly what the Taiwanese manufacturer had in store for the device here in the states. With HTC and Verizon getting all buddy-buddy for the launch of the M8, it only makes sense they’ll do it again for the One Mini 2.

As revealed by @evleaks,it appears the HTC One Mini 2/ HTC One Remix is scheduled to launch this Friday, July 24th on Verizon, only a few short days time. The phone has been the subject of almost countless leaks these past few months, discovered in a recent FCC filing and even Verizon Wireless’ own YouTube channel after the carrier inadvertently posted the phone a bit early on their account showing a 4.5-inch display and “cutting edge features. Guess it’s no surprise then to hear a release was only around the corner.

Word on the street is this device might throw in an extra GB of RAM for good measure (the price of Verizon branding on its face?), giving fans of smaller smartphones even more reason to rejoice. Well, those on Verizon anyway.

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Is this the next version of the Moto G? http://phandroid.com/2014/07/21/moto-g2-leak/ http://phandroid.com/2014/07/21/moto-g2-leak/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:13:39 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=145235 moto g2 leak

A successor to the Moto G might not be the most exciting Motorola product we’re on the lookout for this year, but it doesn’t keep us from getting a bit giddy about the latest rumor to have surfaced. Mellando No Android claims that the image you see above is a prototype for the next Moto G.

Not surprising is that the device is expected to be named the Moto G2, but will it be worthy of a nice, bug “successor” tag? Here are the specs that it’s said to pack once it finally sees the light of day:

  • 720p display with 320 PPI (which would be roughly 4.6 inches)
  • Quad-core processor with Adreno 305 GPU (Snapdragon 400?)
  • 8MP camera (up from 5MP on the original Moto G)

That isn’t going to turn a ton of heads alone, but we have a feeling this will look impressive up alongside an inexpensive price tag (which is likely what Motorola is going for if the original is anything to go by). The rest of the device reveals a design language akin to what we got on the Moto E — it’s rather conservative and ordinary, but does include front-facing speaker grills. It’s not meant to be flashy, but it should look good enough that anyone who wants one won’t feel bad to carry one. Let’s hope an announcement isn’t far off.

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Sprint LG G2 update finally brings KnockCode http://phandroid.com/2014/07/21/sprint-lg-g2-knockcode/ http://phandroid.com/2014/07/21/sprint-lg-g2-knockcode/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:27:57 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=145232

When LG first showed off KnockCode, their tap-based pattern unlocking mechanism for devices that support KnockOn, they promised it’d be headed to many of their latest smartphones. The LG G2 certainly wasn’t going to be left out as it was their 2013 flagship, but it seems to be taking quite a bit of time to make its way to all of the variants swirling about.

Sprint’s version can finally add itself to the list as KnockCode is the feature attraction in a new software upgrade going out today. You can see the feature in action on the LG G Pro 2 in the video above. While not mindblowingly different from a traditional swipe to unlock pattern, LG touts KnockCode as more secure because it doesn’t leave drag marks that can tip a would-be snooper off to your lock-screen pattern.

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The software version for the upgrade is ZVD, and aside from the aforementioned addition of KnockCode we aren’t treated to much. We’re sure there are many under-the-hood changes that users won’t really notice, but whatever they are Sprint didn’t feel it necessary to list them. 

You can check for the upgrade by heading to Settings > About Phone > System Updates > Update LG Software. We can’t imagine the upgrade is very big, but it’s worth charging your phone up a good deal and hopping onto a WiFi network just in case.

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ZTE partners with Google to preload the Google Experience Launcher on upcoming devices, starting with the Blade Vec 4G http://phandroid.com/2014/07/18/zte-blade-vec-4g-google-experience-launcher-gel/ http://phandroid.com/2014/07/18/zte-blade-vec-4g-google-experience-launcher-gel/#comments Sat, 19 Jul 2014 00:09:47 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=145216 SoshPhone-Blade Vec 4g ZTE 630x540

In an interesting announcement earlier today, Chinese smartphone maker ZTE announced the impending arrival of a still unnamed premium handset and the reintroduction of a mid-range device dubbed the ZTE Blade Vec 4G (already available in China and Europe).

Where you’re probably not too excited to hear about another mid-range handset, here’s where things get really interesting: the Blade Vec 4G (as well as their unnamed premium Android device) will be the first Android smartphones (outside the Google Nexus/Google Play edition devices) to offer the Google Experience Launcher out of the box.

In a new partnership with Google, ZTE will now pre-load the Blade Vec 4G with Google’s launcher for its Hong Kong debut later this year and says it’s the first of many of their new devices to feature a stock Android experience free from the UIs that normally muddying up the user experience. This will help give ZTE’s devices the added benefit of having GEL’s hands-free hotword detection.

Custom manufacturer UIs have long been Android’s greatest strength, as well as its greatest weakness and something many Android enthusiasts have taken issue with since their introduction. With ZTE making a commitment to keeping the UI free from excessive customizations, it just might be the little something they need to help give them the edge over the competition.

No word on when ZTE plans on updating existing ZTE Blade Vec 4Gs with the Google Experience Launcher, but we’re sure to learn more come July 24th when both devices are scheduled to be officially unveiled/re-unveiled.

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The Best Samsung Galaxy S5 accessories http://phandroid.com/2014/07/18/best-galaxy-s5-accessories/ http://phandroid.com/2014/07/18/best-galaxy-s5-accessories/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:16:36 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=144983 Samsung Galaxy S5 DSC05766

When it comes to Android smartphones, Samsung’s Galaxy S line is about as ubiquitous as it gets. With the launch of the Galaxy S5 earlier this year, the market has become swamped with accessories and add-ons. It’s enough to make your head spin. We’ve waded through the mire to track down the best Galaxy S5 accessories out there — the ones that will help you get the most out of your smartphone. Let’s jump in.

Best Galaxy S5 smartwatch

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Samsung Gear Live

Samsung’s Gear family of smartwatches were designed as companion devices for the popular Galaxy line of Android smartphones, so they are a no-brainer for our list of best accessories for the GS5. We’re particularly fond of the Gear Live, which runs on Google’s recently released Android Wear platform. A highlight of the device is its deft handling of voice commands. Also worth consideration are the Android Wear-powered LG G Watch and upcoming Moto 360. [Samsung Gear Live ($199.00), LG G Watch ($229.00) Motorola Moto 360 (coming soon)]

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Best Galaxy S5 expandable memory

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64GB SanDisk MicroSDXC Class 10 memory card with SD adapter

You can’t got wrong with a bit of extra storage. We’re recommending a 64GB microSD card for its combination of storage space and pricing, but the Galaxy S5 can support cards with up to 128GB of storage. Use the extra space to store music and other media, apps and games, or whatever else you can think of. The bonus? Because the card is removable and includes a standard SD adapter your data is even more portable. [SanDisk 64GB Mobile Ultra MicroSDXC Class 10 Memory Card with SD Adapter ($39.99)]

Other options:

Best Galaxy S5 replacement battery

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Galaxy S5 Spare Battery Charging System

The Samsung Galaxy S5 already boasts some impressive battery life, but it never hurts to have a little bit of extra juice. A replaceable power cell makes an extra battery pack a must-have accessory for those times when getting a charge just isn’t convenient. You can snag the spare 2800mAh battery alone for $29.99. [Galaxy S5 Spare Battery Charging System ($49.99)]

Other options:

Best Galaxy S5 charging system

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Galaxy S5 Wireless Charging Cover and Charging Pad

You can buy an extended battery to delay the need for connecting your Galaxy S5 to a charger, but you can’t avoid the issue forever. When it does come time to re-up on power, what’s more convenient than wireless charging? With Samsung’s wireless charging accessories you get everything you need to make powering up as simple as placing your phone on the provided charging matt. [Wireless Charging Cover ($29.99), Wireless Charging Pad mini ($49.99)]

Other options: 

Best Galaxy S5 case

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Galaxy S5 S-View Flip Cover case

The S-View Flip Cover is the rare combination of  protective case with added functionality, namely the S-View window that highlights a small portion of the Galaxy S5’s display to give users quick access to the date and time, notifications, as well as the ability to accept or reject incoming calls. Also available in a wireless charging-compatible version. [Galaxy S5 S-View Flip Cover ($49.99)]

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Best Galaxy S5 Bluetooth wireless speaker

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Braven BRV-X Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

When it comes to pumping up the jams, the Braven BRV-X is one of the best on the market. Pair it with your Galaxy S5 and you have a portable party in your pocket. The BRV-X has great sound performance both indoors and out and features a ruggedized construction that is resistant to water, dust and dirt, and shock. Check out our full review for the lowdown. [Braven BRV-X Bluetooth Speaker ($189.00)]

Other options: 

Best Galaxy S5 headphones

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Audio Technica AX5iS SonicFuel over-ear headphones

If you’re looking for a killer set of headphones you might consider the over-ear AX5iS from Audio Technica. From their SonicFuel line, you’ll get great sound reproduction from these headphones designed specifically for smartphones. Bonus features include playback controls as well as an in-line mic for taking calls [Audio Technica AX5iS SonicFuel headphones ($89.95)]

Other options:

Best Galaxy S5 vehicle dock

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Universal Car Mount for Galaxy Devices

Samsung’s universal car mount for Galaxy devices makes it easy to go hands-free while driving or to use your GS5 as a powerful navigation device. The dock can be positioned both horizontally and vertically and will fit all Android devices with screen sizes ranging from 4 to 6.3 inches. [Galaxy Universal Vehicle Navigation Mount ($49.99)]

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Want to get even more out of your Galaxy S5? Become the master of your own Galaxy with our extensive list of tips and tricks. If that’s still not enough, join the countless others debating and dissecting the GS5 over at Android Forums now.

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Verizon Moto X soak test participants receiving invites to test new firmware http://phandroid.com/2014/07/18/vzw-moto-x-soak-test/ http://phandroid.com/2014/07/18/vzw-moto-x-soak-test/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:55:00 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=145111 Motorola Moto X DSC00695

Verizon and Motorola appear to be testing out new firmware for their version of the Moto X as soak test invites are going out to the adventurous folks not afraid to sign up for these things. As usual we don’t get any idea what to expect, though we wouldn’t expect them to roll out new firmware without also jumping to a new version of Android.

You obviously won’t be expecting Android L, but Android 4.4.3 or 4.4.4 are still on the table for this phone. The latter is already confirmed to be headed to Verizon’s DROID phones so we wouldn’t be surprised if the Moto X is in line for a similar upgrade.

In either case we wouldn’t expect many sweeping changes as this is likely a bug fixing and stability improvement upgrade. As unexciting as it may be, though, we’ll be keeping an eye on it. Be sure to check your email to see if you’ve been invited (and if you aren’t signed up to test Motorola firmware, head here to figure out how you can get in on all the fun).

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in!]

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First Amazon Kindle Fire Phone commercial airs, forgets to show off a single cool hardware feature [VIDEO] http://phandroid.com/2014/07/17/first-amazon-kindle-fire-phone-commercial-airs-forgets-to-show-off-a-single-cool-hardware-feature-video/ http://phandroid.com/2014/07/17/first-amazon-kindle-fire-phone-commercial-airs-forgets-to-show-off-a-single-cool-hardware-feature-video/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:56:21 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=145098 Amazon Fire Phone commercial banner

Amazon and AT&T are busy gearing up for the release the Amazon Kindle Fire Phone next week, but before then, they gotta get the word out. The phone’s first commercial has been uploaded to YouTube and features 2 young children (acting like adults) bragging to nearby adults about their new Kindle Fire Phones.

It’s cute, but doesn’t show off any of the phones unique hardware features — like Firefly which scans over 100 million products, movies, songs, books and more — choosing instead to focus on media content and Amazon’s free 1-year subscription to Amazon Prime. A nice value, but one we don’t imagine will help move units from store shelves.

The phone will be available next Friday, July 25th at your local AT&T store, or through Amazon here. Check out the new video down below.

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Mysterious Motorola battery cover leaked with Kevlar material and 2 large holes – could it be the Moto X+1? http://phandroid.com/2014/07/17/motorola-moto-x-plus-1-battery-cover-leak/ http://phandroid.com/2014/07/17/motorola-moto-x-plus-1-battery-cover-leak/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:06:36 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=145093 Motorola Droid X Plus 1 leak hellomotoHK

The folks at HellomotoHK stumbled upon a mysterious batter cover for an alleged Motorola device, posting the image to their Facebook page for all to see. The image — which we’ve color corrected — shows black battery cover with kevlar-like material woven throughout. It’s not too unlike the back covers we’ve seen on the Motorola Droid line, currently exclusive to Verizon.

Although there appears to be 2 HTC One M8-style camera holes, we wouldn’t go that far in our assumptions. More than likely, the bottom hole will be used for the Motorola logo (which is absent on this battery cover), although we will admit it’s a bit strange to have a cutout for what is normally a printed logo.

Now, exactly which device this leaked battery cover belongs to is anyone’s guess. HellomotoHK lists off a few possible devices, naming the Motorola Moto X+1, a Google Play edition of the same phone, or some upcoming Motorola Droid 2014 device as likely candidates.

We hope this is only the beginning of a flood of leaks that will begin pouring out like we saw with last year’s Motorola Moto X.

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