Motorola offers off-contract Moto X for $299 for 24 hours beginning May 1st

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One of the best smartphones ever will soon be discounted for one day only! Beginning May 1st at 12:01am and running until 11:59pm ET, Motorola will discount the Moto X to as low as $299.99.

Motorola will discount the phone for Mother’s Day, which is May 11th, leaving an ample amount of time to receive the phone before the special day. Here’s more from Moto:

Join us on Thursday, May 1 starting at 12:01am ET for special pricing on a Moto X with no contract. Customize a phone for mom, or yourself, starting at:

  • 16GB starting at $299.99 (regular price $349.99)
  • 32GB starting at $324.99 (regular price $399.99)
  • Developer Edition $324.99 (regular price $399.99)

LG G3 leaked picture shows the same back mounted keys

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The upcoming LG G3 has been getting quite a bit of attention recently, and now we have a picture to go along with the details. Whilst it’s not the best quality. it does show a fair bit of detail.

From the image we can see that the upcoming LG G3 retains the same rear mounted keys as found on the previous generation LG G2, although they appear to have been given a redesign. In addition, there appears to be an additional sensor alongside the rear camera of which its function still appears to be unknown, even among all the previous leaks we’ve been hearing.

The notepad behind the device seem to indicate the specs of what can be assumed to be the LG G3, which show OIS+ as well as 16GB and 32GB storage variants. The 2GB and 3GB references seem to indicate the amount of RAM offered with the LG G3, which would put it on par/above the current flagship devices offered.

Jump around with GravyBot HD

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Ever dream of being a robot that just jumped around, free-styling it through levels? Well, GravyBot HD has the answer to fill that void in your life.

Daft Monkey Games just released a new challenging arcade game that is based on realistic physics while using unique game mechanics to create a fun and addicting game.

Basically you are a robot. You start the game by choosing your color and then you must jump your way through various levels. The robot is able to jump off the floor and certain obstacles, however, you must be sure to land on your feet. If you crash out and land awkwardly, you die and must restart the level.

Sound easy? Yeah it’s not. The unique controls for the game are two buttons. One is on the right, one is on the left and they are pretty much like spin buttons. Pressing the right one spins your GravyBot forward, while pressing the left one spins it backwards.

The goal of the game is to jump your GravyBot through the entire level reaching the teleport-like looking object at the end of the level using only the front and backward spin buttons.

GravyBot HD is a free, ad-supported game on the Google Play Store. Future updates will add more levels.

Amazon smartphone rumored as AT&T exclusive with “Prime Data”

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It seems like the rumored Amazon smartphone has been in the works for years, and the rumors just keep on coming.  This time the information comes from Boy Genius Report.

BGR claims to have received information from parties close to the matter, and that the new Amazon device will be an AT&T exclusive and carry a feature called “Prime Data”. This will essentially give the user free data while using sanctioned apps, and will not effect their monthly data allotment.  It is speculated that the “free” data will cover Amazon’s portfolio of apps including Amazon MP3 and quite possibly a Prime Instant Video app.

In January of this year, AT&T announced their Sponsored Data program, and if the rumors come to fruition, Amazon may be the first company to utilize this program or something like it for their cellular offering.

Another assumption is that you will probably have to be an Amazon Prime member to utilize the feature or service.

If all the speculation around this phone turns out to be true, it is shaping up to be a very interesting entry into the smartphone game.

Sony finally brings phones to the U.S. with the Xperia Z2

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Its not unknown that Sony has all but left the United States out of their flagship plans for awhile now. While they somewhat catered to the U.S. with the introduction of the Xperia Z1S, it still had been downgraded replacing a lot of its metal and glass components with plastic to save money. However, they have finally decided to bring the Xperia Z2 to the States in all its glory.

This doesn’t mean there won’t be a bit of a wait, though. We already have seen Sony dragging out the release of the Z2 in all markets because of shortages. Therefore, the phone will not surface in the U.S. for a few months yet. The release is simply set to happen sometime in the summer.


In some ways, it is awesome that Sony is finally shipping its flagship handsets over to the U.S. to be sold, but in other ways it is slightly disappointing. The Z2 has been one of the most anticipated smartphones of this year so far, and its a shame that they haven’t gotten on board with U.S. carriers to start spreading their powerful devices through North America.

Crystal Edition Samsung Galaxy S5 due in May

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A Swarovski crystal-clad version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 is coming next month, according to a recent YouTube video. The so-called Crystal Edition S5 figures to be encased in the glamorous and flashy gems an should find a home at least in Korea. Pricing and color options are not yet clear however we expect to learn more in the coming days. There’s no indication that this (or these) Galaxy S5 units would make their way to the United States however we do sometimes get the rare designs for Fashion Week.

Amazon giving away one dozen music apps worth $40 today

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Amazon on Friday is giving away twelve music-related Android apps as part of its Free App of the Day program. Indeed, the entire collection is worth $40 and you can grab all of them if you choose. There are a number of familiar and popular names here, including TuneIn Radio Pro and Shazam Encore. If you don’t plan to use or play with it in the short term at least grab it today. You’ll have the rights to it down the road and won’t have to worry about paying for it later.

  • TuneIn Radio Pro ($3.99)
  • Shazam Encore ($4.99)
  • WavePad Master’s Edition ($9.99)
  • Mini Piano ($0.99)
  • Ultimate Guitar Tabs ($2.99)
  • Metronome: Tempo ($1.25)
  • edjing Premium DJ mix rec studio ($9.99)
  • jetAudio Music Player Plus ($3.99)
  • iReal Pro – Music Book & Play Along ($10.99)
  • Treble Cat – Learn to Read Music ($4.99)
  • Guitar Riff Pro ($2.99)
  • G-Stomper Studio ($7.99)

 

Samsung’s new seven-inch phone/tablet hybrid surfaces, promises to be a giant mid-ranger

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Just when you thought phones couldn’t get any bigger, Samsung astounds us again. Last years Galaxy Mega wasn’t the most popular due to the sheer size of the thing, making it impossible to carry in a pocket while offering mid-range specifications. According to Mobile Geeks, a german mobile website, Samsung is working on something bigger than the Mega.

Shown in the picture above is the SM-T2558, a prototype from Samsung. It appears to have the body of a phone, just blown up to ridiculous proportions. It recently passed through TENNA, China’s equipment certification center, bringing a few specifications to the surface. The device is running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, a 720p display, quad-core 1.2GHz processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera, and a 2MP front camera. What’s more is that it includes TD-LTE and TD-SCDMA connectivity, making us much more confused than before. Oh, and it only has 8GB of on-board storage.

It’s still unclear as to whether this is a tablet with phone capabilities or a phone with huge dimensions. We’ll have to see at a later date as to what exactly this is.

 

FreedomPop offers BYOD

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FreedomPop on Thursday announced the availability of the HTC EVO 4G. Joining the Samsung Galaxy S II ($159), the classic smartphone of days gone by is only $119, and without a contract.

Those who are not interested in either of the smartphones can also bring a Sprint-supported to FreedomPop’s network. Indeed, the carrier has begun offering bring-your-own-device (BYOD) service. The MVNO relies on Sprint’s network and employs VoIP for calls. Customers take take advantage of a free plan with 200 minutes, 500 texts, and 500MB of data or the unlimited voice and text plan which is $4.58 per month. There are also a number of data options that can be used with a variety of devices

GameStop is treading into smartphone territory

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As much as we love to go dig through pre-owned games, we may be going to GameStop for something a little different soon. Their new plan of action is to open up several locations that sell Android and Apple products. They are naming this new project “GameStop 3.0.”

Having recently bought out AT&T’s Spring Mobile, GameStop is no stranger to the cell phone industry. Not only that, but they currently operate around 30 Cricket stores across the country as well. They are looking to broaden their horizons on both of these fronts, and open hundreds of Spring Mobile locations throughout the nation.


Trying to break from their gaming roots, and cater to more types of people may be one of GameStop’s greatest decisions yet, in our opinion. It could help in that period of time when those current generation consoles are starting to become outdated, and games begin to sell less. It will also be a great opportunity to offer avid smartphone users (like us) another place to shop for the latest and greatest tech gear. This is something I’m sure everyone can be glad about.