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Amazon Fire phone to launch exclusively with O2, deals from £33 a month

Former British Telecom mobile phone network O2 has unveiled that it will solely be selling the Amazon Fire mobile phone.

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This will also be with a full year’s access to Amazon Prime, with its Prime Instant Video, Kindle owner’s lending library and the one-day shipping.

It has a feature called Dynamic Perspective that uses a new sensor system. This responds to the way you hold the fire, view, and move it around – thanks to the four cameras, in each corner – that display a 3D effect.

This is all on its 4.7-inch HD screen, quad-core 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor; 2GB of RAM and 32 or 64GB of storage.

There is also integration with the electronic retailers 33 million tracks, TV shows, movies, apps, games – and of course, books.

“We’re proud to be partnering with Amazon to bring Fire to the UK,” said Nina Bibby, Marketing and Consumer Director at O2.

“Both O2 and Amazon share a passion for putting customers at the heart of everything we do, whilst driving innovation to deliver outstanding experiences.”

“That is why, through this partnership, we’re so excited that O2 customers will be the first in the UK to get their hands on Fire.”

O2 has said the Amazon Fire Phone will be available from £33 a month, with a 2GB data allowance.

Apple Watch announced: Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition

Cupertino based iDevice maker Apple has taken the lid off its smartwatch, called Apple Watch – at the same event that launched the Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

Its screen is a flexible Retina display, with a machine polished sapphire screen – coming in at two different sizes, 38 mm and 42 mm.

Powering it is a bespoke S1 chip, with WIFI and Bluetooth, plus it has many sensors integrated.

These are along the lines of a taptic engine, with four LED lenses that detect pulse rates, where there’s an accelerometer, and gyroscope built-in.

The watch dial can be used to zoom in and out of the screen, ideal for the likes of maps.

It is also used as a home button, plus a way to access Siri – and it works in conjunction with an iPhone, – with message and voice dictation.

Six different straps are said to be offered, noted to be leather, stainless steel, polymer and a metal mesh.

Notifications can be actioned on the screen, where its digital touch dial can be used to bring up contacts, with access to fitness apps and much more.

Apple’s Watch is due out early 2015, with a cost of $349.

Apple iPhone 6 and Apple iPhone 6 Plus announced with 4.7 and 5.5-inch screens

Cupertino based iDevice maker Apple has unveiled its new flagship mobile phones – the Apple iPhone 6 and Apple iPhone 6 Plus – with a larger screens.


Apple’s 4.7-inch iPhone 6 has a 1,334 x 750 resolution screen, whereas the 5.5-inch version comes with a 1,920 x 1,080 display.

The 6 is 6.8mm thin, whereas the 6 Plus comes in at 7.1mm.

Running the phones is the Apple A8, second generation, 64-bit processor and the iOS 8 operating system (arriving on supported iPhones, 18th).

That is said to be 20 per cent faster than what has come before, with 50 per cent more graphics power.

Onboard is a new M8 coprocessor, with new distance and elevation fitness tracker features.

It supports 20 different 4G LTE bands around the world, with 802.11ac WIFI – said to be three times as fast.

There is an 8-megapixel camera built-in, with a new f/2.2 aperture sensor, boasting faster autofocus – with a 43-megapixel panorama mode.

It also has a new payment method, where you can use your thumb to make payments – with Apple Pay, NFC and the TouchID sensor.

These will be available in 16, 64 and 128GB version – with pre-ordering opening on the 12th of September, where it will be around to own on the 19th

Motorola Moto 360: hands-on pictures

Omio is publishing these hands-on images of the new Motorola Moto 360 – its round screen smartwatch.

It comes with an edge to edge 1.56-inch display, running Android Wear with its ‘OK Google’ voice, hands-on free, interaction for sending texts, getting directions and more.

There is also a heart rate monitor build-in, plus an array of sensor, in a wearable that has an IP67 rating – allowing it to be caught in the rain.

Onboard is 4GB of storage, with wireless charging in under 2 hours, plus a full day battery.

Our pics show the watch on a wrist, with various screens such as notifications for a flight – with the QR code boarding pass.

We also have captured calendar birthday reminders; its fitness and heart rate monitor, and finally, the silver and black versions of the Moto 360.

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The new Moto X: hands-on pictures

We have spent some time with the new Moto X mobile phone, ahead of its official unveiling - and are now running these hands-on shots.

They are of an updated Moto X, with a 5.2-inch full high definition 1080p screen, with a quad-core 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 CPU – which allows its 13-megapixel, flash-ring camera, to record video in 4K.

There are updated voice commands and better hands-free interaction with the Moto X,  plus it can soon be customised before ordering – in over 4,000 different ways.

Below are images of the phone, showing its new aluminium frame and the bamboo rear. That moves on to the home screen, apps, and ends with the three options at launch, black, black leather and the bamboo finish.

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The new Moto G: hands-on pictures

Omio caught up with Motorola at Berlin’s IFA event, ahead of the new Moto G launch – where we captured these hands-on shots of the updated phone.

It now comes with a 5-inch-inch 720p screen, with front-facing stereo speakers, where it’s running a clean version of Android KitKat.

It’s backed by a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 CPU, 8 or 16GB of storage, microSD card support and with an 8MP camera on the rear.

Our pics show the phone, its curved rear and camera, plus a number of shots of the Moto apps – ending with the original Moto G Vs the new Moto G.












Motorola launches the new Moto X and Moto G mobile phones, plus round Moto 360 smartwatch

Former Google owned company Motorola has unveiled its latest lineup of devices at Berlin’s IFA – the second generation of its voice activated Moto X and the affordable Moto G, in addition to its round Moto 360 wearable device.

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The new Moto X has seen a design and screen enhancement, now offering a 5.2-inch FHD 1080p display – from a 4.7-inch screen.

This is backed with premium materials, such as its aluminium frame and an initial choice of a bamboo, black leather and black rear covers.

It is powered by a quad-core 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, with 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage.

There is a 13-megapixel camera on the rear with a flash-ring, where the phone is capable of 4K video recording – with limits beyond 5 minutes.

Its voice activation and sensors have been enhanced, where you can address the phone by name, and with new commands such as the likes of taking a selfie, and saying good night, to turn off its ringer.

That’s along with holding a hand towards the phone, which shows notifications.

It will even recognise the sound of your car, and then offer to read out incoming messages.

The new Moto G (1)Also announced, is the new Moto G. This comes with a display increase of 5-inches, closely matching the Moto X – only with a 720p resolution.

There is the inclusion of front-facing stereo speakers, and an 8-megapixel camera on the rear.

Powering it is a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 CPU, with access to microSD cards.

Running the Moto G and Moto X is an unaltered Android KitKat OS, where it’s guaranteed an update to the next generation of the OS.

Motorola has now officially launched its round wearable: the Moto 360.

It has an edge-to-edge 1.56-inch display; 4GB of internal storage, with a full-day battery life; an IP67 waterpoof rating; wireless charging, in just 2 hours.

Android Wear is running the 360 with voice activation, where just moving the watch towards you powers up the screen, to show the time.

Messages and notifications appear, in conjunction with any Android Jelly Bean, and beyond, phone.

Its screen has an ambient light sensor, adjusting the display to indoor and outdoor conditions, plus there’s a built-in heart rate monitor and motion, fitness, tracking sensors.

Motorola has said the new Moto X will be around from the end of September, costing £419.99; the Moto G is available now – at £144.99, whereas the Moto 360 hits the stores early October, priced at £199.

Motorola’s Moto Maker, with its beyond four thousand ways to customise your phone, is coming to the UK soon.

Its costs vary from £439.99, with wood or leather finishes, to a 32GB model with the same additions, for £479.99.

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Nokia Lumia 830: hands-on pictures

We caught up with the new affordable flagship phone from Nokia – the Lumia 830.

It comes with premium materials, such as its metal frame, 10-megapixel camera, wireless charging and 5-inch  HD screen.

Only that’s with a cost of 330 Euros, or around £260 – minus any taxes – but it’s cheaper than the Samsung Galaxy S5, and Apple iPhone 5s.

Below, we start with the glance, lock, screen to the 830, whereas the next few highlight its design and screen. Also covered is the camera quality, about screen and Cortana.








Nokia Lumia 735: hands-on pictures

Omio is now running these hands-on pics of the new Lumia 735, with its larger front facing 5-megapixel camera.

That’s ideal for the group selfie, with its wide-angle lens, where its rear 6.7MP snapper fulfills all the other picture taking needs.

These are all viewable on its 4.7-inch HD screen, where its powered by a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, with 1GB of RAM; 8GB of internal storage and support for 128GB microSD cards.

These pics show its design, the front of the screen and live tiles, along with the about screen, and the Cortana personal assistant.

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Nokia Lumia 830 announced as the first affordable flagship phone

Microsoft owned mobile phone manufacturer Nokia has unveiled the Lumia 830, 730 and 735 – with the 830 being billed as the first affordable high-end mobile.


It comes in a metal chassis, first seen the Lumia 930 – only it sports at 5-inch 720p screen, not full 1080p.

The camera is an 10-megapixel snapper with OSI, plus it has a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 CPU with 1GB of RAM; 16GB of internal storage; support for 128GB microSD cards and wireless charging.

Its 8.5mm thin and 150grams light, where that’s thinner and lighter than the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Apple iPhone 5.

It will also be cheaper than those two, coming it at just 330 Euros – compared to 440 and 515, respectively.

The mid-range dual-SIM 730 and 4G Lumia 735 were also made public, with their front-facing 5-Megapixel camera.

This is with 4.7-inch 720p screens; 6.7MP rear snapper and the same CPU as the 820, only with 8GB of RAM.

It will ship with a three month subscription to Skype worldwide, when it arrives this month – along with the 830.

There was also news of an update coming to Windows Phone 8.1, called Lumia Denim.

This will arrive in Q4 of this year, with Cortana in Beta – plus the launch phrase of ‘Hey Cortana’ (930 and 1520, only).