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Motorola Trademarks "Moto Maxx" Name For An Upcoming Phone

We suspect Motorola is cooking up a few devices to be revealed in the next few months, but the company's newest trademark is a bit of a head-scratcher. Motorola filed for a trademark on the name "Moto Maxx" just a few days ago, but that could mean several things.

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Google Play Gift Cards Will Be Available Soon In Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Norway, And Sweden

Update, December 16th: Google Play gift cards are now available in all five countries. Good things come to those who wait.

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Good news, European readers: physical gift cards for the Google Play Store are coming to more of you soon. Google updated its list of supported countries for gift cards today, marking Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden as "coming soon." We can't say exactly when - a few other countries like Greece, Poland, and Portugal got the same treatment earlier this month, and they're still marked as coming soon instead of linking to the relevant page.

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Yahoo Launches Completely Redesigned Yahoo Finance App With Real-Time Quotes And Interactive Graphs

Yahoo has really been upping its Android game with the acquisition of Aviate and the launch of apps like Yahoo Weather. Now the company has finally shown its finance app some love. Yahoo Finance has been completely rebuilt from the ground up with new features and a more modern UI. Frankly, I don't see as developers had any choice other than to start over—the previous app was incredibly outdated.

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Virgin Mobile US Announces Custom Mobile Plans Starting At $6.98 Per Month

Sprint's Virgin Mobile pre-paid brand is announcing a new plan option today called Virgin Mobile Custom. Can you guess what the hook is from the name? Yes, it's a cell phone plan that you can customize. The plans come with a basic level of service, then you choose what extras to add. The catch is that you'll only be able to get these plans at Walmart stores.

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FreedomPop Adds The Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 LTE With Free Voice And Text Service To Its Hardware Lineup [Update]

Update: It looks like FreedomPop ran out of stock on its refurbished tablets almost immediately, and at the moment the links below default to various hotspot gadgets. Given the limitations of Sprint service, it's not a surprise that the company's secondhand hardware stockpile wouldn't be huge.

Also, several prospective customers have told us that they've been given the run-around when trying to sign up for the free plan, instead being placed on the free trial for paid service and almost immediately charged.

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Sprint Galaxy S4 To Receive OTA Software Update (L720VPUFNG2) Bringing Minor Enhancements

Sprint has announced that an over-the-air software update is due out for its version of the Galaxy S4 going by the name of version number L720VPUFNG2The changelog for this one is pretty minor, so there's little reason to start abusing that update button. Galaxy S4 owners should be on the lookout for an HD Voice icon (which they might be able to notice), and a number of security patches (which they won't).

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New IDC Report Shows Huawei Doubling Smartphone Shipments, Samsung Shrinking But Still Way Out Front

The IDC has released a snapshot of the state of the industry following the end of the second quarter, and as always, some players are doing better than others. In this case, Chinese manufacturers are the biggest winners, benefiting both from growth at home and increasing success abroad.

Despite offering a bajillion different types of devices, Samsung saw its market share drop seven full percentage points down to 25.2% of the market.

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T-Mobile Launches The Samsung Galaxy Avant, A Respectable Low-End KitKat Phone For $216 Up Front

Not everything in the Android world is super-high-end, and if your carrier is building a brand on being cheaper than the other guys, perhaps having a few cheap phones around isn't a bad idea. Say hello to the Samsung Galaxy Avant, the latest addition to T-Mobile's hardware lineup. The internal specs won't blow anyone away, but with an off-contract price of just $216 (or $9 a month for two years on Jump), they don't need to.

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Nabi DreamTab HD8 Gets An Over-The-Air Update To Android 4.4 With Extra NFC Goodies

As far as we can tell, today's over-the-air update for Fuhu's top-of-the-line DreamTab HD8 is the first time the company has published an Android 4.4 device build. Not that the kid-friendly target demographic is likely to care that their tablets are running the latest and greatest KitKat build, but heck, newer is better, right? According to Nabi's support website, the update is going out to tablets today, and can be initiated with the usual manual check in "Mommy or Daddy mode."

In addition to the extras in Android 4.4., the update adds a basic calendar app designed to let children start learning their Gregorian.

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[Bonus Round] Jacob Jones, Chuck's Challenge 3D Reloaded, And Might & Mayhem

Welcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got a pair of graphically-intense puzzlers and a multiplayer party-based combat RPG.

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