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HTC Begins Pushing KitKat OTA Software Update To HTC One Owners In The UK [Update: Other European Countries Too]

Update: Some owners have also reported to us that the update is rolling out in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and other European countries as well.

HTC is steadily dishing out KitKat to HTC Ones all over the place, and now it's the UK's turn. The company has started the Android 4.4 rollout today, which will continue over the next several weeks. It might not yet be your turn in line, but that doesn't mean there's any harm in checking right away.

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[MWC 2014] ZTE Shows Off The Grand Memo II LTE: Bigger, Thinner, With A Side Of KitKat

The phablet market is exploding, and just about every manufacturer wants a piece of the oversized pie. Here at Mobile World Congress ZTE has just announced the Grand Memo II LTE, the successor to last year's Grand Memo. It ups the screen size to a full 6 inches of IPS goodness. Well, maybe goodness  - they aren't saying what the resolution is just yet, just "HD," which I'll assume means 720p.

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[MWC 2014] Triple X: Nokia Unveils The X, X+, And XL Smartphones - All Based On AOSP, Zero Google To Be Found

Nokia unveiled its long-awaited Android-powered phone today, but in something of a twist, it turned out to be not just one device, but three! As expected, the Nokia X, X+, and XL all run software based on the Android Open Source Project, but that software looks very little like Android in most respects. Like Amazon's Fire OS, Nokia's "X" Android fork eschews all of Google's various products and services in favor of a heavily modified user experience and custom app ecosystem.

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[MWC 2014] Sony Reveals The Xperia Z2 Tablet With A Snapdragon 801 Processor And A 6.4mm Frame

Along with a new flagship phone, Sony has raised the curtain on a new high-end tablet at Mobile World Congress. Like previous Sony designs, the Xperia Z2 Tablet takes its name, looks, and general hardware from the Z2 smartphone. The most impressive part is the Snapdragon 801 processor, which should be able to take all comers with its 2.26Ghz quad-core architecture.

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The rest of the tablet is lagging a little bit when compared to newer offerings from Samsung.

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[MWC 2014] Sony Officially Announces The Xperia Z2 Flagship Phone And The M2 Dual-SIM Phone

We've been seeing quite a lot of Sony's "Xperia Sirius," and it looks like Sony is ready to take the wraps off of it here at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. As expected, it's the flagship successor to the Z1, somewhat disappointingly named the Xperia Z2. Sony is also announcing the Xperia M2 today, a more midrange phone with Sony's standard industrial design and dual SIM card slots.

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The Z2 improves on the Z1 with a 5.2-inch 1080p LCD display, matching LG's G2.

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[MWC 2014] Sony SmartBand SWR10 And Lifelog App Launching Worldwide In March

Sony's SmartBand is a little more than a fitness tracker, but it's not a smart watch either. This device ties into the Sony Lifelog app to track your movement and connect the dots between your physical and digital activities. Interested? The SmartBand and Lifelog app are hitting the market in over 60 countries next month. That means only a few more weeks of using your dumb brain to remember things that happen to you.

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[MWC 2014] Yota Devices Announces The New YotaPhone, Now With Full Touch-Enabled Rear E-Ink Panel

I honestly think the YotaPhone was one of the coolest smartphone innovations of 2013, and while I wouldn't exactly be the first in line to buy a device from an unproven OEM, Yota Devices has once again piqued my curiosity with their announcement of the "next generation" YotaPhone here at MWC.

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The new YotaPhone solves what was arguably the biggest problem with the original's otherwise innovative concept - interacting with the e-Ink display.

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[MWC 2014] Qualcomm Announces New 64-Bit ARM Chips – The Quad-Core Snapdragon 610 And Octa-Core Snapdragon 615

File this under more is better – Qualcomm has just announced new ARM chips with more bits and more cores than ever before. The Snapdragon 610 and 615 are the chip maker's new 64-bit mobile processors, and the 615 packs eight CPU cores. Despite the big headlining features, these aren't intended to be flagship chips.

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Qualcomm is in the habit of making custom CPUs for its ARM chips – those are the Krait cores you hear so much about.

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Qualcomm Announces The Snapdragon 801 Because Presumably Still Using The 800 Is For Losers

Snapdragon 800, you say? Old hat, dear readers. Meet Snapdragon 801 - it's the Snapdragon 800 you've come to know and love, plus one. With Qualcomm's flagship mobile chip having had over a year since its announcement at CES 2013 - and no definitive successor in sight - it seems the world's #1 ARM chip vendor thought it would be wise to give the 800 a bit of a facelift for the first half of 2013.

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[MWC 2014] New SanDisk iNAND Extreme Embedded Flash Storage Could Make Future Android Devices Dramatically Faster

When a new Android device comes out, we spend a lot of time obsessing over which ARM chip it runs and how much RAM there is, but the storage speed often has a significant impact on performance too. Although, mobile flash storage controllers haven't been been improving at the same rate as other hardware. SanDisk hopes to fix that with the iNAND Extreme embedded storage platform, which offers three times the random write speed and twice the sequential read speed of current solutions.

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