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Motorola Announces The Moto X Force, Coming To Various International Markets Starting In November

Motorola has officially announced the Moto X Force, the international version of the DROID Turbo 2 that became available from Verizon Wireless earlier today. You might remember it by its codename, Bounce.

The company didn't say much in the announcement. Actually, it didn't say anything. We're treated to a 'coming soon' page on Motorola's UK site (pictured above) and this YouTube video highlighting the phone's Moto ShatterShield display. Watch it fall. See how much better it sticks the landing than those other guys.

Oh, underneath that is a note: the phone is coming to Africa, the Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America starting in November.

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Blu Announces The Massive 7-inch Studio 7.0 HD LTE For Those Who Want A Tablet Trapped In A Phone's Body

Sometimes in a person's life, they just need a huge phone. And I'm not talking Nexus 6 huge — think bigger. Like, sometimes you just want to be able to talk on something more along the lines of a Nexus 7, right? I mean, even if that's not something you actually want to do, it's now an option with the new Studio 7.0 HD from Blu. Yes, this is a 7-inch phone.

Seven. Inches.

Specs:

  • Display: 7-inch 1280x720 with Blu Infinite View Technology
  • Processor: 1.2GHz Snapdragon 410
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Camera: 8 MP rear camera; 2MP front
  • Storage: 16GB internal with microSD card slot
  • Wireless: 4G LTE bands 2/3/4/7/12/17/28; 3G 850/1700/1900/2100; BT 4.0, Wi-Fi, Hotspot; dual SIM
  • Dimensions: 190 x 99.8 x 8.5 mm; 266g
  • Battery: 3,700 mAh
  • OS: Android 5.1.1
  • Price: $199
  • Available Colors: Ceramic White, Midnight Gray, Rose Gold, and Navy Blue
  • Buy: Amazon

So it's a big phone with otherwise underwhelming specs.

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The OnePlus X Is Official, (Kind Of) Coming November 19th For $250

We've been hearing mumbles and whatnot about a new, smaller OnePlus handset called the X for the last few months. Well, it's a real thing, and it's finally official.

The company took wraps off of the X just a little while ago, and being as completely objective as possible, it actually looks like a pretty nice phone for the money. Here's a quick look at what this 5-inch phone is packing under its hood:

  • Display: 5-inch 1920x1080 Active Matrix OLED
  • Processor: 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 801
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Camera: 13 MP f/2.2 rear; 8 MP f/2.4 front
  • Storage: 16 GB with microSD card slot
  • Dimensions: 140 x 69 x 6.9 mm; 138g/160g (depending on configuration)
  • Battery: 2,520 mAh
  • OS: OxygenOS based on Android 5.1.1
  • Price: $250
  • Available Colors: Onyx, Ceramic
  • Buy: Available in the US via invite-only starting on November 19th for $250

So there you go — the OnePlus X in bullets.

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Google App v5.5 Beta Points To Upcoming Support For Chrome Custom Tabs, Concert Tickets, And New Status Cards [APK Teardown]

The Google app now has its own beta channel, and the first official version dropped last week. Of course there are a number of bug fixes and probably some fine tuning for performance, but no notable features seemed to turn up between the two releases. However, like most other updates, there are new clues about features we've yet to see. This time around, there is evidence of Chrome's Custom Tab feature coming to search results, a new event card for concert tickets, and a pair of new cards for system status toggles.

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Disclaimer: Teardowns are necessarily speculative and usually based on incomplete evidence.
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The DROID Turbo 2 And Maxx 2 Are Now Available For Purchase From Verizon

You can't get the new Moto X from any of the carriers directly, but Verizon does have two Motorola devices ready to go right now. The newly announced DROID Maxx 2 and Turbo 2 are on sale through Verizon's website and in stores. The Turbo 2 is the more expensive of the two, but the Maxx 2 isn't what I'd call cheap, either.

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BlackBerry's Intro Video For The PRIV Makes A Case For Why You Might Want It Over Other Android Phones

The PRIV is BlackBerry's first true Android device. It's something that we, and a considerable portion of die-hard BlackBerry customers, have been looking forward to for a long time. But there are a couple of things that might make potential buyers trepidatious: one, a relatively high price tag of $699, and two, well, it's BlackBerry's first entry on a new software platform. So what are the highlights, aside from the obvious slide-out QWERTY keyboard? BlackBerry would like to show you. The video below is a highlight reel of what makes the PRIV different from other Android flagship phones.

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Newegg's Android App Gets A Major User Interface Overhaul

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Nintendo's First Mobile Game, Miitomo, Scheduled To Hit Smartphones In March Of 2016

Gamers have been alternately salivating and sweating at the prospect of Nintendo games coming to Android and iOS. News has been scarce since the initial announcement of a partnership between Nintendo and mobile publisher DeNA earlier this year, but Nintendo's president Tatsumi Kimishima announced details of the first game yesterday at a press briefing in Japan. Wired reports that the first title will be Miitomo, an extension of the Mii gaming-social platform Nintendo has been building and expanding since the launch of the Wii console in 2006.

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Snapseed Updated To v2.1 With Support For RAW Photo Editing [APK Download]

A number of Android phones can capture RAW photos now, but editing them on Android is tricky. There are a few apps that do it, but they're clunky or as in the case of Lightroom, cost money. Now Google's free Snapseed editor has been updated to v2.1 with RAW editing tools. We've got the APK on APK Mirror if you want to take it for a spin.

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[Update: APK Download Enables Recording] Google Adds Gameplay Recording To Play Games App

Google launched YouTube Gaming a few weeks back, but you need lots of content to make that service work. Now you can easily record your Android games and upload them to YouTube with the Play Games app (which we spotted in a teardown). However, this feature is only coming to the US and UK for the time being.

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