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Alcatel PIXI 3 phones come with Android, Windows, or Firefox

Alcatel OneTouch, the smartphone brand for Hong Kong-based TCL Communications, has announced at CES 2015 their newest innovative offering, the Pixi 3 series. Aside from being colorful and affordable for the masses, this new smartphone line offers something other brands haven't brought (yet): a device that is platform-agnostic and can run on Android, Firefox OS and Windows. It will also be able to give users 4G LTE Connectivity (well, at least 3 out of 4).

Looking back, moving forward: 2014 in retrospect, 2015 in preview

We're just into the second day of the new year so the memories of the previous one are still quite fresh in our mind. But in case you may have forgotten some of the highlights of 2014, here's a quick recap of the unforgettable devices, names, and events that entered our mobile world. We also get to polish up our crystal balls as we try to discern movements and trends to cook up some hypotheses as to what will be coming our way this year, especially with CES 2015 just around the corner.

Alcatel rumored to be resurrecting Palm for new markets

Do you still remember your very first personal digital assistant, back when cellphones were still in its analog phase? Chances are, if you grew up in the late 90s, early 2000s, you probably had a Palm Pilot to help you digitally make sense of your life. Of course eventually, Palm died a quiet death, with HP (which acquired the company in 2010) dealing the final blow in the US market. But now speculation is ripe that Palm will be resurrected by Alcatel OneTouch, based on patent documents and website trails.

Artists inspired by cities in limited edition Xperia Z3 series

If you're a bit bored with the original casing of your Xperia Z3 devices, the folks over at Sony have a solution for you (but probably if you live in Germany). They commissioned 3 artists to create artworks to adorn the back casings of the Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, and the Xperia Z3 Compact Tablet, inspired by three major cities. However, these are very limited editions and will only be available in Berlin.

Moto X Pure Edition now with 64gb option through Moto Maker

Internal storage is always an issue for heavy mobile users and so any new device with a lot of gigabytes that comes out in the market is a cause for celebration. The Moto X Pure Edition may not be that new but its 2014 edition now has an option to have a 64gb internal storage when created through their Moto Maker. If you're a Motorola fan or in the market for a new smartphone, then that is a very viable option.

Workaround allows DRM functions on unlocked Sony Xperia devices

There are a lot of good reasons for you to unlock the bootloader of your Sony Xperia device, as there are a lot of cool aftermarket software and stuff out there that will make your cool Xperia dievice even cooler. But the downside to an unlocked bootloader is when you lose the imaging features that require DRM authentication – including the X-Reality image enhancement engine, the audio noise cancelling feature, and the BIONZ image enhancement engine among others.

Install Google Play on your Amazon Fire Phone

The Amazon Fire Phone is a neat little device, with its robust specs and proprietary but efficient Fire OS. The “proprietary” part – which means the device is locked to Amazon’s App ecosystem – also means that the phone does not have full access to the Google Play Store, until now, that is.

Vaio working on Android handsets, to compete with former parent Sony

Sony's very own Vaio laptop unit will soon be a rival of the mother company as the latter will join the mobile industry and introduce smartphones. This means Sony and Vaio will be competing in the same arena. The former laptop brand of the Japanese manufacturer is currently working with mobile carrier Japan Communications to offer its first smartphone in the country early in 2015. As the two brands go head to head, we'll see who is the best in making Android phones.

Samsung Galaxy Grand Max to be launched in Korea

Courtesy of the Samsung-specific Sam Mobile website, we are getting our first look at a very new Samsung Galaxy Grand Max – a phablet that will be launched in Korea, with no news yet if the gadget maker is bringing the said device to the international market.