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Hands-On With The Oppo N1

I'm here in Beijing for Oppo's launch event for the new N1 smartphone, and last night I had a chance to spend some time with the up-and-coming Chinese OEM's super-sized flagship, as well as learn a bit more about it from a couple of Oppo's engineers and PR team.

As far as basic impressions, the N1 does feel like quite a premium phone. It has a similar painted plastic outer shell to the Find 5, while the internal structure of the phone is actually supported by an anodized aluminum frame.

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T-Mobile Moto X Gets Big Camera-Improving Update, Probably Coming To Other Versions Later [Update: Full Changelog And More Improvements]

The Moto X is still rolling out to all corners of the (American) Android world, but the T-Mobile variant is getting an update that improves camera performance dramatically. The difference is noticeable in a variety of situations, most notably in backlit and low-light settings. Presumably the update will hit other Moto X variants once testing and certification is completed by the carriers.

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The Moto X uses a fairly large sensor with 1.4µm pixels with an RGBC color array and F/2.4 aperture.

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[New Game] FIFA 14 For Android Finishes Rollout, Should Now Be Available All Over The Globe

We know some of you have been dying to get your hands on a mobile version of FIFA 14, and you probably hated to find out that the game was now available, just not in your country. When we first posted earlier today, this game was only out in several countries. Well, patient soccer fans, it's time to check the Play Store again. EA has taken an awkward approach to rolling out this title, but it should now be available in most countries.

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CyanogenMod 10.1.3 Stable Is Rolling Out Now

CM stable users, it's time to update your ROM – the final build of 10.1.3 is rolling out to get.cm right now. We saw the last version bump to the stable channel back in July with 10.1.2, and this update brings about "numerous bug fixes, new devices, and privacy guard" according to Cyanogen Inc. community manager Abhisek "ciwrl" Devkota.

Update: The CM Account functionality is also included.

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Android 4.3 To Come To The HTC One Developer Edition This Week, Canadian HTC One Before End Of The Month

According to HTC Americas President Jason Mackenzie, a bunch of HTC One owners across North America will soon receive an update to Android 4.3. He just sent out the following tweet.

This news comes more as confirmation than as a surprise.

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Full Remote Device Lockdown Is Now Live In The Android Device Manager, Instantly Overrides Previous Lock Settings With Specified Password

In our recent APK/website teardown, we unearthed Android's upcoming remote device lock functionality through Google Play Services, and now it has quietly gone live in the Android Device Manager. Just head to the management interface and you'll have a new Lock button. Click it, and your lost device can be secured instantly.

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The functionality is incredibly robust. Even if you have your device locked with a pattern, PIN, or other method, the Device Manger will instantly override it.

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[Deal Alert] Amazon Drops Sprint HTC One All The Way To $0.01 For New Lines Of Service

The HTC One is getting on toward middle age, but it's still one of the top Android devices you can buy. What's more, you can buy it for next to nothing on Sprint. Amazon previously dropped the price to $49.99, but now it's almost free at just $0.01.

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As with most Sprint deals, this one is only available on new lines of service. That means new accounts, or new lines on a family plan.

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[Deal Alert] Amazon Has Sprint's Galaxy S4 For $49.99 On-Contract For New Customers, Available In Black, White, Or Purple

If you have your eyes set on the Galaxy S4 and you aren't turned off by the quality of Sprint's network, Amazon's new price for Samsung's flagship handset might just make your day. The retailer is currently offering the Sprint Galaxy S4 for $49.99 with a new two-year contract. This deal is available regardless of whether you want the phone in black, white, or purple.

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Amazon's previous offer for the Sprint Galaxy S4 used to be $99.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear Will Be Available From Sprint Both In Stores And Online Starting October 4th

Since Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note 3 earlier this month, we've heard of launch dates from Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile. Now it's Sprint's turn. The carrier will start selling the Note 3 and the Gear smartwatch on October 4 both in stores and online. It's not yet available for pre-order, but you can at least register for more information on the two devices if Sprint's your only option.

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[New Game] EA Launches FIFA 14 For Android, But Most Of The World Can't Play It Yet

If you've been waiting for Electronic Arts to release the latest version of its monster soccer franchise FIFA for Android... well, you'll probably have to keep waiting. FIFA 14 is available in the Play Store, but the only place that we've confirmed it can actually be downloaded is in Romania (and possibly Singapore). There's no sign of a North American release, which usually comes in a separate listing. 

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The new FIFA 14 includes 33 football leagues and over 600 teams, all with licensed player names and stats.

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