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Ubuntu Phone goes global – cheap and special, but do you really want one?

Ubuntu Phone! They’re a new thing this year, and they just got viral globally. It appears that the smartphones are finally set to launch everywhere, not just in Europe and China. The Spanish manufacturer BQ will start shipping the Aquarius E5 Ubuntu everywhere, and other manufacturers using the OS on their phones may soon follow.

 

Ubuntu phone

Why should you be excited about the Ubuntu phone?

 

Let’s be honest, most of us will not remember this device by its name but by its OS, at least for now. The E5 Ubuntu edition has a rather low cost at €199.90; price tag which mirrors its tech specs: 5” 720 x1280p screen, 1.7 GHz quad core MediaTek chip with 1 GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory. But it’s not all about the specs, right? It’s all about the joy and exclusive feeling of having a Linux-OS smartphone.

 

The OS is selling itself on the change in app-to-app user function as it uses some customizable scopes to bring related contents to a single home screen. You won’t be using as many apps because you would plug in your services to a scope.

 

If you’re in the US, you may just want to pass on this device if you are really connected to your virtual world. The $200 Ubuntu phone has no LTE and the HSPA+ antennas don’t support AT&T and T Mobile frequencies. Even if you live in other countries, you may want to check if your preferred carriers have 900 and 2100 MHz HSPA+ support if you need the device to work on the Internet.

 

Source: The Verge

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Sony announces Xperia E4g – the E4 with 4G LTE and a stronger processor

Sony just released some info regarding its Sony Xperia E4g, but don’t expect a brand new device, you’ll be getting a regular Xperia E4 with 4G LTE. Apart from the connectivity upgrade, the device is a little bit more different than the previous device announced a few weeks ago.

 

Xperia E4g

 

Xperia E4g shares the same design and name with the E4, but you will find some differences between the two. Below you can see the specs:

  • Display: 4.7-inch 960×540 LCD
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Processor: MediaTek MT6732 1.5GHz quad-core
  • Storage: 8GB
  • Camera: 5MP, 2MP
  • Size: 133 x 71 x 10.8 mm, 135g
  • battery: 2300mAh
  • OS: Android 4.4.4

 

 

Xperia E4 has a slightly bigger display at 5” with the same resolution whereas this device has a faster processor. Below you can see the video for this new budget device. E4g will be available for purchase starting April and its price will be $143 or €129. There will also be a dual-SIM variant on sale soon, but pricing and availability have not been disclosed yet.

Source: Sony Mobile

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Motorola Moto E Verizon to launch soon with LTE and secondary camera

Motorola Moto E is back, with LTE support for Verizon. If the previous generation did not have a front camera OR LTE; this time around this budget device is near perfect. The device is branded to Verizon’s liking because it will apparently be an exclusive – or at least this version of it will – , and the above image is proof that this is what it looks like. There’s no information regarding its price tag or launch date so far.

 

Moto E Verizon

 

Considering that Moto E has LTE, the slower Snapdragon processor is the safest bet to consider, along with a front facing camera and a noise-cancelling microphone. The Sprint variant has a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm chip, 1 GB of RAM, and a 4.5” 960x540p display. This could be what the Verizon variant looks like on the inside.

Source: AndroidPolice

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AT&T and Verizon to work on interoperable VoLTE calling

AT&T and Verizon are finally teaming up, and not for any project, but to develop VoLTE calling interoperability! The US carriers are working together to bring the voice over LTE feature work across carriers. This could possibly mean that soon™ you will be making calls from one carrier to another by using LTE rather than 3G technologies.

VoLTE is an all-IP technology meant to improve voice quality and add other services to the mix. VoLTE currently works within a carrier network which means, when you call to a number in another carrier, you will switch back to 3G networks, even if they are VoLTE capable.

Why would AT&T and Verizon work with one another? Because it may benefit them both on the long run. What would be the point of creating interoperable VoLTE calling if you can’t test it or use it with another carrier? This way they may get more customers and fewer complaints, along with better call service. The feature is expected to come live sometime in 2015.

Source: Verizon

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T-Mobile quadruples Simple Starter data plan to 2 GB for $5 extra a month

T-Mobile is quadrupling its data plan for $5 extra per month starting September 3rd. Sprint and T-Mobile are always in a war of prices, services and quality and this time T-Mobile is trying to get ahead on all aspects by enlarging its Simple Starter Plan Data allotment… at a price, of course!

For $5 extra a month, customers will get an upgrade from 500 MB to 2 GB of LTE data. This limited-time offer will debut on September 3rd and it does not interfere with the Simple Choice Plan, which is supposed to remain the same.

Why would you choose a $50 plan when you can pay $45 for twice the LTE data?

The answer is rather simple: with the Simple Choice Plan, you get unlimited data with the reduced speeds after 1 GB and unlimited music streaming from certain music services that don’t count against the plan. With the Simple Starter, the data service gets cut off after you finished your allocated 2 GB of data and you cannot access free music and tethering.

Sprint has just introduced a $60 plan with unlimited data and T-Mobile reached out to its clients with a similar offer. We shall see which proves to be the more popular offer. 

Source: T Mobile

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Blu Life Pure XL – a mid-range smartphone at an affordable tech build

Blu launches a new mid-range device that doesn’t cost that much but has one of the best tech build on the market. Life Pure XL is a fairly cheap phone with great specs including a 16 MP rear camera and a QUALCOMM Snapdragon 8000 quad-core processor. Its display is not that bad – 5.5 inch full HD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection and a decent battery.

Sadly, Blu Life Pure XL doesn’t have LTE connectivity but the quad core processor along with 3 GB of RAM or 2 GB for the 16 GB version will sustain pretty much any app you try. The device will get on Amazon on May 2nd at the price of $399 for the 32 GB + 3 GB of RAM version and at $349 for the 16GB + 2 GB of RAM version.

The device is available in white, black, pink and blue color variants.

Source: PRNewswire