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BLU Products Announces New Life One And Play Models, The View Tab Tablet, Price Drops, And Android 4.4 Updates

Samsung, LG, HTC, Google, and select others may attract most of the attention when it comes to Android devices, but they're far from the only choices. There is a wide range of handsets available from brands you may have forgotten about, but not because they aren't any good. BLU Products has been upping its game as of late, pushing out products with competent specs and great prices. Now the company is introducing several new models in its "Life" series of devices.

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Motorola To Announce New European Device On January 14th

Google-owned Motorola has sent out press invites in Europe to an event in London happening January 14th. The company says it is announcing an "addition to the European Motorola family of products." Specifics are hard to come by, but we have plenty of rampant speculation.

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Google Play Carrier Billing Comes To US Cellular, Tele 2 In Sweden, Megafon In Russia, T-Mobile In Czech Republic, And Rogers/Fido in Canada

It just got slightly easier to blow money on apps and games through Google Play all over the world. Google has updated the list of carriers that support carrier billing with six new entries. Going to buy yourself a little something?

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Verizon Details OTA Update That Will Bring Samsung WatchON And S Educate To Its Galaxy Note 10.1

Verizon has shared details for an upcoming Galaxy Note 10.1 software update that will bring Samsung's WatchON app to the device. The service, which comes pre-installed on many Samsung devices, turns your phone or tablet into an interactive TV guide. It comes with a universal remote for channel surfing, simplifies searching for shows, and enables you to watch some content across multiple devices. This functionality comes bundled as a part of software version JZ054K.I925VRAMK1.

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PSA: CyanogenMod Builds For AT&T, T-Mobile, And Unlocked HTC One Have Been Unified As 'm7'

Any HTC One owners who spend the day anxiously biting their nails in anticipation of the newest CyanogenMod nightly will be in for a surprise today. The popular ROM has unified several versions of the device under one heading. The AT&T, T-Mobile, and unlocked versions of the One are now on a single m7 ROM.

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[CES 2014] Hands On With Samsung's New Galaxy NotePRO And TabPRO Tablets

While mobile announcements aren't generally a major thing we expect to see at CES, Samsung decided it would be generous and throw out a handful of new tablets in between its 4K TVs and new smart appliances. I'm talking of course about the new Tab Pro and Note Pro series – a premium lineup of new Samsung kit in a variety of sizes with a fresh new UI.

This quartet of tablets should look pretty familiar for anyone who's seen Samsung's 2014 Note 10.1 or Note 3 – they're stylistically identical, including the faux leather backing, stitching, and aluminum banding.

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[CES 2014] Hands-On With The Huawei Ascend Mate 2 4G: 6.1", 4050mAh, Other Big Numbers

After yesterday's Huawei press event, I had an opportunity to briefly go hands-on with the company's newest super-sized phone, the Ascend Mate 2 4G. The original Ascend Mate also made its debut at CES, and this newest iteration really doesn't break the mold its predecessor set.

The new Mate 2 does boast a smaller size overall than last year's model, giving it a screen to bezel ratio that Huawei claims is the industry's best among large phones.

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Leaked Screenshots Suggest Samsung May Be Considering A Flatter, Artsier TouchWiz UI

Samsung devices are selling like gangbusters, and while this could be taken as a sign that many people are fine with TouchWiz as it is, that hasn't stopped a flood of critics (including us, on occasion) from lambasting the company's sense of design. Either the icons are too childish, the interface is overly cluttered, or it just feels bloated. The interface hasn't had a makeover in quite some time, but the latest image shared by @evleaks suggests that things may be about to change.

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[CES 2014] Sony Announces In-Dash Cradle That Transforms Phones Into In-Car Multimedia Systems

Amid all the gadgets and gizmos at CES, Sony has quietly announced a new in-car entertainment system, the XSP-N1BT. It was announced so quietly, in fact, that everyone seemed to miss it until @evleaks pointed it out. It seems like Sony should have made a bigger deal, because it looks neat.

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Feedly For Android Beta Adds A Speedy Tap Advance Function, Gets Rid Of Annoying Back Button Issue

Feedly has become the new darling of the RSS world after Google threw itself out of the market last year, but there are still plenty of users (including yours truly) who aren't crazy about the Feedly app itself. Hopefully the changes shown off in the newest beta release will change that. You can check out the beta via the usual Google+ community method: join this community on Google+, then head to this page in the Play Store.

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