LG Canada says G2 will get Android 4.4 KitKat by March


LG G2 owners may have to wait a while to get the Android 4.4 KitKat software that their Nexus 5-toting counterparts already enjoy. A spokesperson for the company’s Canadian branch informs MobileSyrup that the G2 should get its KitKat upgrade late in the first quarter of 2014 — in other words, March. While that will disappoint early adopters, LG does note that every local carrier will receive the update at about the same time. Whether or not Americans will see the new OS any sooner is another matter. We’ve asked the company about its US upgrade schedule, and we’ll let you know if it can provide some details.

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Via: SlashGear

Source: MobileSyrup

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Spotify update lets iPad users browse curated playlists, follow their friends

Browse menu on Spotify for iPads

Spotify listeners with iPads no longer have to look on with envy as their Android- and iPhone-touting friends browse curated playlists with ease. An update to Spotify’s iOS app has introduced the Browse feature to Apple tablet owners, letting them quickly pick tunes that suit their mood. They can also follow artists and friends without having to turn on their PC, and there’s both a smarter search engine as well as an improved look for playlists. There aren’t many upgrades for iPhone users, although the company promises that the follow, search and playlist refinements will “soon” reach smaller iOS devices. In the meantime, iPad fans can grab the improved app from the source link.

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Via: AppAdvice

Source: App Store

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Galaxy S Duos 2 all but official after being listed on Samsung India site

Samsung has yet to make an official announcement about the followup to its Galaxy S Duos. But, if the company’s online store in India is any indication, it won’t be too long before the second-gen dual-SIM-toting handset becomes available. According to the product page, Samsung’s Galaxy S Duos 2 features a 4-inch, 800 x 480 screen, a “fast and powerful” 1.2GHz processor with 768MB RAM, 4GB of internal storage (expandable up to 64GB) and a 1,500mAh battery. The listing also notes that the Duos 2 — said to be running Android 4.2 — will be sold for 10,999 Indian rupees, which comes out to a little over 175 bucks in the US.

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Source: Samsung India

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Unlocked Moto G now up for pre-order on Amazon, expected to ship December 4th

A mere three days after Motorola started selling the Moto G unlocked online, giant retailer Amazon is bringing the budget-friendly smartphone to its shelves. Pre-orders are being accepted as we speak, with the 4.5-inch device being priced at $179 and $199 for the 8GB and 16GB models, respectively. Unlike with Motorola’s promise to ship the Moto G as early as December 2nd, Amazon has the arrival date listed for a couple days later, on December 4th. And if you’ve yet to determine whether this little guy is for you, then perhaps this here review can help during the decision-making process.

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Via: 9to5Google

Source: Amazon

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HTC One developer and unlocked models start receiving Android 4.4 KitKat in the US

HTC's Peter Chou wants you to have KitKat

If you were bold enough to buy a Developer Edition HTC One or its unlocked sibling, today is your lucky day. HTC’s US division has announced that it’s rolling out an Android 4.4 KitKat upgrade to both One variants, weeks ahead of the expected update for carrier-locked models. Sense 5.5 should also be a part of the package. While the KitKat upgrade isn’t reaching these units as quickly as it did for the Google Play Edition, it’s safe to say that many One owners will have another reason to celebrate this Thanksgiving weekend.

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Source: HTC USA (Twitter)

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A closer look at the Jolla phone: good intentions, bad delivery (video)


Jolla’s self-titled and first smartphone launched in partnership with Finnish carrier DNA this week, with a few hundred handsets finding their way to early pre-orderers. Today, a couple of familiar faces from the company stopped off in London to let us play with the final hardware and get to grips with Jolla’s Sailfish OS, which is based somewhat on Nokia’s old MeeGo platform. If you caught our tour of the Jolla prototype earlier this year then you’ve got a good idea of what the handset looks like. In fact, the only differences we can see aesthetically are slightly smaller bezels above and below the screen, and that the rear camera has moved from right flank to center stage. Internally, the core specs are: A 1.4GHz dual-core Snapdragon 400 (MSM8930), 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage space (expandable), a 4.5-inch, 960×540 (qHD) IPS LCD display, an 8-megapixel rear camera and 2-megapixel shooter on the front. We only had a few hours to probe Jolla’s first device, but head past the break for our initial impressions.%Gallery-slideshow124244%

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Engadget Giveaway: win a 55-inch 4K Ultra HD TV courtesy of Sony!

Whether you’ve decided to spend the day battling bargain hunters for an insanely low-priced wafflemaker or just chillin’ by the warm glow of your computer screen watching the mayhem unfold, we’ve got a little surprise for you. We’ve managed to snag a brand new Sony 55-inch 4K Ultra HD TV and we’re giving it away to one lucky Engadget reader. Those who passed by Sony’s booth at Expand NY earlier this month can attest to the fact that 4K really is a thing to behold. So don’t push, don’t shove, but do head on down to the Rafflecopter widget below for your chance to win. Of course, a prize of this size does have some region restrictions, so be sure to check the rules before entering. Good luck and stay safe out there!

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BlackBerry ousts marketing and operations chiefs, replaces CFO

Kristian Tear and Frank Boulben

The high-level shakeups aren’t over at BlackBerry just because the company has a new CEO. The company has just let go of Chief Operating Officer Kristian Tear (pictured at left) and Chief Marketing Officer Frank Boulben (right), both of whom had assumed their roles roughly one year ago. There’s no mention of immediate replacements. The Waterloo firm is also replacing Chief Financial Officer Brian Bidulka with the company’s Compliance head James Yersh; Bidulka will stay on as an advisor for the rest of the fiscal year to ease the transition. CEO John Chen hasn’t provided explanations for the individual departures, but he describes the executive shuffle as necessary for focusing on BlackBerry’s “core strength” in mobile device management. Let’s just hope that Chen is better at engineering a turnaround than his predecessors.

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Source: Marketwired

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