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[MWC 2014] Galaxy S5 Hardware Hands-On: Play It Again, Samsung

Love it or hate it, the Galaxy S5 will almost certainly be the best-selling Android phone in 2014. Whether or not the hardware actually warrants those kinds of incredible sales figures is largely irrelevant, thanks to Samsung's marketing machine and consumers' general willingness to buy things they're familiar with. And "familiar" is certainly an excellent way to describe the phone's hardware. While it isn't quite the ho-hum upgrade that came with the GS4, and there are some significant hardware features that add to its value, the GS5's overall design probably won't win it any new fans.

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PSA: Google Wallet 'Tap And Pay' Functionality Appears To Be Working On Most KitKat Updates For Devices On Isis Carriers

As Android 4.4/KitKat updates begin rolling out to devices on all the major US carriers, one frequently asked question has to do with whether or not these devices will include Android's new "Tap and Pay" feature. This was one of the major additions in KitKat and allows almost any device with an NFC chip to be used for "tap and go" mobile payments, even if said chip doesn't have a built-in secure element.

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AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Gets Weird Pre-KitKat Android 4.3 OTA With Some Bug Fixes And Enhancements

The Galaxy S4 on AT&T started getting its KitKat update today, but the Note 3 is still on the waiting list. Some users were excited to see an OTA notification pop up on Samsung's latest phablet only to have their hopes crushed by what turns out to be another build of Android 4.3.

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Motorola Makes Up Its Mind About The RAZR i's KitKat Update - It's Coming Eventually

The Motorola RAZR i launched in late 2012 with the original version of Jelly Bean installed Ice Cream Sandwich, so it should come as no surprise that owners have been nervously waiting to see if they would get an update to Android 4.4. While the answer has been up in the air until now, Motorola's now saying that the device will eventually get bumped up to KitKat.

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Previously the page read: "This device is currently running Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Future plan coming soon."

That's all we have for now.

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Google Announces Project Ara Developers' Conference, Taking Place Online Via Live Webstream April 15-16th

Remember Project Ara? We haven't heard much about it since Motorola revealed its existence back in October, exciting us with the real possibility that one day we will be able to effectively build and customize phones to suit our tastes. As it turns out, the Advanced Technology and Projects team (now owned by Google) is still working full-steam ahead. Today they've announced the first Ara Developers' Conference, which will take place online from April 15 - 16th.

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AT&T's Samsung Galaxy S4 Will Get The Android 4.4.2 OTA Tomorrow, February 26th [Update: It's Rolling]

Update: AT&T has just posted on its blog to say the OTA is live. Check for updates, people.

Prepare yourself AT&T customers – the Galaxy S4 is about to finally get that KitKat update that's been slowly rolling out across Samsung's product lineup. AT&T just posted the update details, and tomorrow (February 26th) is the big day.

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Asus Announces Official Wireless And Wired Charging Docks For Nexus 7, Wireless On Sale Now For $90

Asus likes to take its sweet time releasing accessories for its devices, so we're just now seeing the official wireless and wired docks for the 2013 Nexus 7. Google released the updated Nexus charger a few months ago, but these are designed specifically for Asus' 7-inch slate.

The PW100 is wedge-shaped with a 60-degree angled surface. The video above only shows it charging in landscape orientation, so the inductive coils might not reach high enough to work in portrait.

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[MWC 2014] Samsung Announces New Octa And Hexa-Core Exynos Processors, Along With Improved NFC, Imaging, and WiFi Tech

Samsung usually produces both Exynos and Snapdragon variants of its flagship phones, the former mostly used in non-LTE versions. However, the company didn't mention Exynos at all during the Galaxy S5 event. Now Samsung has gotten around to announcing two new Exynos 5 chips, one of which is probably going to be in the GS5.

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The Exynos 5422 is a small spec bump over the 5420 announced last summer. It consists of four Cortex-A15 cores and four Cortex-A7 cores in a big.LITTLE configuration.

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[MWC 2014] LG Named Most Innovative Manufacturer And HTC One Deemed Best Smartphone Of 2013 At This Year's Global Mobile Awards

For nineteen years now, mobile manufacturers, software developers, and other innovators have received recognition during the Annual Global Mobile awards. This year's event, held yesterday at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, was hosted by comedian James Corden. Of more interest to us, however, are the awards.

LG walked out of the event with the Most Innovative Device Manufacturer of the Year title, having released such prominent devices as the G2, G Flex, Nexus 5, and the G Pad 8.3 this year (along with the LGGPGPE).

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GSM Moto G Receiving OTA Update (174.44.1) To Fix Multiple Bugs

The Moto G isn't a high-end phone, but it has sold extremely well for the company. So it's no surprise it continues to get some update love. This phone is already on Android 4.4.2, but it's getting a maintenance update to fix a few annoying issues.

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