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LG Starts Rolling Out The Good Looking All-Metal Midrange LG Zero To Asia, Europe, And Latin America

Smartphones are inspirational. People see me carrying an LG G4 and want a cheaper almost just as good alternative from the brand. But up until now, LG's midrange has been lacking both in terms of specs and looks. That's why it's interesting to hear about the global rollout of a new premium'ish offering from the company that is good enough for a grand majority of users. Think of this LG Zero as the answer to Samsung's Galaxy Alpha series, but in only one configuration so far.

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If the design looks eerily familiar to those of you who have had smartphones for more than 5 years, it's because the LG Zero resembles a Nokia N8 with a bit of LG thrown in.

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The HTC One Max Is Being Updated To Android 5.0 In Some European And Asian Territories

HTC seems to have forgotten about its sole entrant into the "phablet" market - they haven't released anything as large as the 5.9-inch One Max since its debut way back in 2013. But presumably the people who own it still like it, or at least use it, so the news that HTC is finally updating the device to Android 5.0 should be welcome. Numerous users have started receiving the Lollipop OTA as evidenced by posts to Twitter and XDA-Developers.

At the moment it looks like the release is limited to European and Asian territories: so far owners in Poland, the Czech Republic, France, and HTC's home country Taiwan have reported that they've gotten the OTA alert on their phones.

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HTC One M9+ Leak Looks Like Someone Took An M9 And Beat It With The Ugliest Ugly Stick Ever Snapped Off The Ugly Tree

There were a few leaks of a larger version of the M9 in advance of the announcement, but it didn't show up back at MWC. Still, it looks like this phone is still going to be released in the Asian market. New images of the M9+ have been leaked, and it's not an attractive device. I realize design is subjective, but 4 out of 5 AP staffers think this is a truly ugly phone.

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Android One Coming To Bangladesh, Nepal, And Sri Lanka In Just a Few Weeks

 

On the heels of its September launch in India, Google has announced further expansion of the Android One program into three new countries: Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. The choice of locations seems to suggest that Google’s efforts with the One initiative will radiate outward geographically from India. No precise availability date has been set for any of the new markets, but devices will be out “in the coming weeks.”

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Google Translate Gains Support For 10 New Languages Spread Across Africa And Asia

Before Chromebooks and Android, Google blew peoples' minds with its web services alone. Translate was one of them. Here was a website that took in whatever you typed and spat out something that at least kind of resembled the same words in a different language. Even now, translations aren't spot on, but it usually gets close enough to convey the message.

Google is still expanding the service, and now the company is ready to introduce support for ten additional languages. Chichewa (Malawi and surrounding areas), Malagasy (Madagascar), and Sesotho (Lesotho and South Africa) represent Africa. In Central Asia, there is Kazakh (Kazakhstan), Tajik (Tajikistan), and Uzbek (Uzbekistan).

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HTC Officially Announces The Butterfly 2 (AKA J Butterfly HTL23) For Asian Markets With A Snapdragon 801, 13MP Duo Camera, And More

We've heard about the newest HTC Butterfly before from Japanese carrier KDDI, but now HTC is officially welcoming it into the Butterfly family. That's not a name you hear much in the US, but it's one of HTC's premier brands overseas. This device will be known as the J Butterfly HTL23 in Japan and the Butterfly 2 in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and throughout Southeast Asia. It's a reasonably high end device, but it's not all metal like the M8. As a tradeoff, it's water-resistant.

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Lenovo's First LTE Phone Is The Vibe Z, And No, It's Not Coming To America [Update: Video]

Lenovo has been hanging out in the bottom end of the Android market ever since they gave up on the ThinkPad Tablet, but it looks like they're finally ready to ship some high-end hardware. Enter the Lenovo Vibe Z, a 5.5-inch smartphone with an LTE radio - a first in the company's Android lineup. As usual, Lenovo doesn't seem interested in western markets for this phone. According to the press release, it will go on sale in February in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and the Philippines for $549.

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The Vibe Z is high-end compared to Lenovo's current phones, with a 1080p LCD screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of memory, "up to" 16GB of storage, and a 13MP rear camera with an impressive F1.8 lens.

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Google Translate Adds 9 New Languages From Africa, Asia, And New Zealand, Available On The Web And Mobile

Google Translate is a pretty great tool, but it's only useful if it actually works where you need it. Today it works in even more places, as Google has updated both the web service and the Android app with nine new languages, mostly from sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.

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Here's the full list:

  • Hausa (Harshen Hausa) - Nigeria and neighboring countries
  • Igbo (Asụsụ Igbo) - Nigeria
  • Yoruba (èdè Yorùbá) - Nigeria and neighboring countries
  • Somali (Af-Soomaali) - Somalia and other countries around the Horn of Africa
  • Zulu (isiZulu) spoken in South Africa and other south-western African countries
  • Mongolian (Монгол хэл) - Mongolia
  • Nepali (नेपाली) - Nepal and India
  • Punjabi language (ਪੰਜਾਬੀ) (Gurmukhi script) - India and Pakistan
  • Maori (Te Reo Māori) - New Zealand

All together, the updated languages cover more than 225 million native speakers around the world.

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These 184 Carriers And Major Retailers Across The Globe Will Carry The HTC One

HTC this morning officially unveiled its new flagship for 2013: the HTC One. So far, we've posted the full specs, our hands-on, and the list of carriers in the U.S. and Canada, but if you live outside those territories, you might be wondering exactly which carriers and major retailers to visit to pick up the One when it becomes available in March.

We've got the current list, courtesy of HTC, right below. I imagine it may grow in the future, but in the meantime I applaud the company for itemizing it in such great detail - something you don't get to see too often these days.

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Jelly Bean OTA Rolling Out To HTC One X In Asia Starting With Taiwan

It looks like a couple of HTC's Asian One X variants are receiving updates to Jelly Bean which appear to have begun rolling out earlier today. XDA users confirm that the update carries Jelly Bean 4.1.1 (not the latest 4.1.2) along with HTC's latest and greatest version of its Sense UI, and weighs in at about 353MB.

You may remember that HTC North Asia's general manager Jack Tong promised that One X owners in Asia could expect the update to begin rolling out to the One X today, with the One S slated to receive some Jelly Bean goodness at an unspecified later date.

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