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HTC Desire U 4-inch smartphone announced in Taiwan for $275

HTC has announced the Desire U Android smartphone in Taiwan, and while the specs aren't the best out there, the price is certainly right at $275 USD. With a 4-inch display, Beats Audio, and micro-drilled rear cover art, the device certainly seems promising. Check out its specs and images after the jump to decide for yourself. Inside, users will find a decent 1GHz processor, although its product page doesn't specify more than that. There's a low 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage space, as well as a microSD expansion slot in case the internal storage isn't enough for your needs. Likewise, there is a microUSB 2.0 connectivity port. Connectivity includes Bluetooth 4.0 (aptX enabled), as well as your standard 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi. There's a 5-megapixel camera around back with an LED flash and autofocus. Maximum image resolution is the same as the display - WVGA (800 x 480). The battery is only 1,650mAh, meaning users will probably be charging it more often than they like. The Desire U runs Android with HTC Sense, although the version wasn't specified. There's GSM/GPRS/EDGE 900/1800/1900 MHz and HSPA/WCDMA 900/2100 MHz. While none of the specs are mind-blowing, this appears to be a solid mid-range handset for those wanting a combination of powerful enough hardware and a budget-friendly price. [gallery] [via HTC]

Zynga internal memo confirms layoffs, closures

The days of pulling out your phone and indulging in a moment of Words with Friends or Draw Something might be coming to an end. Earlier today, Zynga workers were greeted with a notice that they had two hours to pack up and get out. Now an internal email by the company's CEO Mark Pincus confirms that the company plans to cut 5% of its workforce and close the Boston studio.

Motorola releases RAZR i in France

Last week, Motorola launched its first Intel-powered smartphone, the RAZR i, in the UK. As of today, this high-end smartphone is now available in France. The RAZR i is the first smartphone with a processing speed of 2Ghz, and runs Android Ice Cream Sandwich, which can be upgraded to Jelly Bean.

Google’s homepage gets a new design for mobile devices

That awesome black menu bar that Google users have enjoyed when using the search engine via their computer browser? It's just been ported to the mobile version of Google's homepage, as you can see in the screenshots below. The various links nestled in the normal Google homepage are available in a hidden menu on the left side of the screen called the "Options" tab.

Google launches subscription trial feature for Play Store

Earlier today, Android Developers sent out a tweet announcing the Google Play store's newest feature: try-and-buy for in-app subscriptions. This follows the in-app subscription feature - which was announced in May - to give developers more control over their apps and how they potentially gain new customers. Try-and-buy will only be available on apps where the developer has elected to offer a free trial period.
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