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Amazon Now Accepting Pre-Orders for Unlocked Moto G

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Motorola's comeback phone the Moto X was met with mostly positive reviews except for one thing, its price. So the Google-owned company responded by launching the more affordable Moto G smartphone a few months later, and now the 4.5-inch device has landed at Amazon.com. The online retailer is accepting pre-orders for both the 16GB version and 8GB version. The unlocked 16GB model is only $200, and the unlocked 8GB model is only $180. Both will begin shipping on December 4th.

16GB Unlocked Moto G

The Moto G is equipped with a 4.5-inch 1,280 x 720 display, a 5MP rear camera, a 1.3 front-facing camera, a .2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and a 2,070mAh battery. It ships with Android 4.3, but Motorola has promised it will roll out an Android 4.4 upgrade for the handset early next year.

Angry Birds Star Wars 2 Telepods Now Available

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Angry Birds Star Wars 2 quietly slipped into the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store one day early. The interactive tie-in action figures and playsets, or "telepods," are also now available for purchase at several retailers. The telepods allow you to "teleport" your favorite characters into the Angry Birds Star Wars universe on your mobile device, but they are not required to play the game. They're just an extra fun bonus. Unlike Activision's popular Skylanders series, the telepods use your device's camera, not NFC technology to make their magic work. Below is a complete list of available Angry Birds telepods and retailers where you can buy them.

Angry Birds Star Wars 2 Telepods

As for the actual game, Angry Birds Star Wars 2 features more than 30 playable characters, and allows you to choose between the Pork Federation or the Pork Side. New characters include Yoda, Pod-Racing Anakin, Mace Windu, Jango Fett and Jar Jar Binks! You can download the free version or the $0.99 full version now from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

Sony Officially Announces DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 Smartphone "Lens Cameras"

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Out of all the products Sony announced today at IFA , the Sony lens cameras for both Android and iOS devices may be the most interesting and hardest to describe. The Sony DSC-QX10 and Sony DSC-QX100 are basically mini-cameras that attach to your smartphone to improve your device's picture taking capabilities. Both lens cameras connect to your mobile device via Wi-Fi/NFC, and allow you to access all their features using Sony's PlayMemories app. The cameras can also be used separately on their own to snap DSLR-quality pictures or capture 1080/30p HD video in MP4 format.

Sony Lens Cameras for Smartphones

The DSC-QX10 transforms your smartphone into a 10x optical zoom camera, and features a back-illuminated 18MP 1 / 2.3" Exmor R CMOS sensor with image stabilization. The DSC-QX100 is equipped with a 20.2MP sensor and a Carl Zeiss f/1.8 lens. Sony promises that both lens cameras will work well in low light situations, and will help you to capture higher quality images and video with your smartphone. The lens cameras also support many popular iOS and Android photo applications.

Ironhide Game Studio Working on Kingdom Rush Frontiers Android Release

Kingdom Rush Frontiers, arguably one of the best Tower Defense game ever released for iOS devices, is finally getting an Android release. Fans of the medieval TD game were disappointed when developer Ironhide Game Studio did not release the second game of the hit Kingdom Rush franchise to Google Play. Even worse, Ironhide decided to release a major update entitled Rising Tide for iOS devices instead of working on an Android version of the game. This did not sit well with Android fans who made their voices heard of Ironhide's Facebook wall and Twitter feed. Ironhide responded a few days later by posting a preview video of the beta of Kingdom Rush Frontiers for Android, however no release date has been announced. You can check out the video below, and follow Ironhide on Facebook or Twitter for future updates.

First Look at Sony's Lens Camera for Apple and Android Devices

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Sony's DSC-QX10 "lens camera" for iOS and Android devices was leaked in a press photo on Monday. The DSC-QX10 is rumored to be a camera-like device that attaches to a smartphone or tablet, or can be used as its own separate digital camera. According to SonyAlphaRumors, Sony will announce two lens cameras very soon. The Sony rumor blog reports that both devices feature built-in sensors, Bionz processors, WiFi/NFC wireless capabilities and an SD card slot. Users will be able to control the lens cameras with their smartphone or tablet using a WiFi connection or NFC.

Sony Lens Cameras

One model is rumored to feature a RX100MII sensor and Carl Zeiss lens, and the other will ship with a 10X zoom lens and 18MP CMOS sensor. Pricing is unknown at this time.

Verizon Opens Pre-Orders for New Motorola Droid Lineup

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Motorola has teamed up with Verizon Wireless to revive their DROID lineup of smartphones. The company announced today the Droid Maxx, Droid Ultra and Droid Mini at a press event held in New York City. All three devices feature a thin and lightweight design with a glossy, unibody Kevlar shell. They all ship with Android 4.2 and Google's Now app which "Touchless Controls" and "Active Display."

The Droid Maxx is the successor to the RAZR Maxx HD. It is powered by a 3500 mAh battery with an impressive 48 hours of usage. The Maxx is equipped with a 10MP camera, built–in wireless charging, a 1.7 GHz dual-core CPU with quad-core graphics, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory. The Droid Maxx is currently available for pre-order for $299 with a new two-year agreement from VerizonWireless.com.

Motorola 2013 Droid Lineup

The Droid Ultra is one of the thinnest 4G LTE smartphones currently one the market. It measures in at 7.18mm while boasting a 5-inch HD display. It also features a long-lasting 2130 mAh battery for up to 28 hours of usage. It is powered by a 1.7 GHz dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of on board memory. The Droid Ultra is currently available for pre-order for $199 with a new two-year contract from VerizonWireless.com.

More Moto X Images Leaked Before Launch

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After several leaked images and videos, the Moto X has once again popped up in two new photos. Evleaks posted images of a black and "unicorn white" Moto X, alongside the first profile image of the handset. The Moto X is far from a secret, Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside confirmed its existence back in May, but Motorola hasn't officially released any details about the new device. However, leaks have shown it will be an exclusive to Rogers in Canada, and that it is headed to Verizon in the U.S.. A video posted on Google+ also revealed some of the Moto X's hands-free voice features.

Moto X Images

Other leaked images suggest that the Moto X will feature a 4.3-inch 1280 x 720 pixel resolution display. It is also expected to ship with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, 2GB of RAM, a 10MP rear-facing camera, and 16GB of internal storage.

MoDaCo. ROM Allows You to Switch Between Sense and Stock Android on the HTC One

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There is already a stock Android 4.2.2 ROM for the HTC One available, but a new ROM from MoDaCo gives you the best of both worlds. The MoDaCo Switch allows you to have both the Sense or stock Android interface on your HTC One handset at once. However, switching between ROMs is not seamless, and having two ROMs on your device requires a lot of storage.

Flashing the stock Android 4.2.2 ROM to your regular HTC One sounds a lot better than switching back and forth between two interfaces, but the adventurous may want to check out MoDaCo's Switch when the public beta is released next week. Non-adventurous types can just buy the HTC One Google Edition from the Play Store.

5 Case Options For Your New Samsung Galaxy S 4

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Four major carriers are getting set to launch the Galaxy S 4 from Samsung in a few days. The device will be available to T-Mobile customers on April 24th, followed by Sprint on April 27th, and AT&T and US Cellular subscribers can expect their handsets to arrive around April 30th. There has been mention that AT&T has bumped up its release date, but its official GS4 page reads April 30 at the time of this post.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Cases

No matter who your carrier is, you're going to want a new case for when your handset arrives. Here is a quick look at some available cases for the GS4. All five accessory makers mentioned in this article are well-known and trusted smartphone manufacturers.

First Image of Samsung Galaxy Note 8

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A blurry picture of Samsung's new 8-inch tablet has been published on several Android blogs. Earlier this month, Samsung Mobile vice president JK Shin confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 would be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February. The new tablet was also spotted in a leaked 2013 Samsung rodmap, along with the Galaxy Xcover 2, Galaxy Pocket Plus and the new entry-level Galaxy Young,

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The Galaxy Note 8.0 is rumored to feature an 8-inch display with 1280×800 resolution, a 1.6GHz quad-core processor. Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, 2GB RAM, 16GB/32GB of internal storage, microSD card slot, 4,600 mAh battery, S Pen, 5MP rear-facing camera, 1.3MP front-facing camera, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS.

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