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T-Mobile and MetroPCS today announced the availability of the LG L90 and L70, devices that fall into LG’s L Series III lineup. Both phones were revealed by LG earlier this year. The L90 and L70 run Android 4.4 KitKat with LG’s user interface enhancements. The hardware puts LG’s minimalistic design esthetic to use. Shared features include support for Bluetooth, GPS, and Wi-Fi.

  • L90:The L90 is being sold by T-Mobile and supports the carrier’s LTE 4G network. It has a 4.7-inch qHD display, quad-core 1.2GHz processor with 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, 2,540mAh battery, and an 8-megapixel/1.3-megapixel camera configuration. It will be available beginning April 30 for $0 down with 24 equal monthly device payments of $9.50, or the full retail price of $228.
  • L70:┬áThe L70 will be sold by MetroPCS. It steps the display down to 4.5 inches and 800 x 400 resolution, a dual-core 1.2GHz processor with 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, a 2,100mAh battery, and a 5-megapixel/VGA camera configuration. The L70 is available beginning today for $49 after a $100 instant rebate. For a limited time, MetroPCS will offer an additional $49 rebate to customers who pay for two months of service in advance. The L70 supports HSPA+, but not LTE.

Motorola today said that it is working on a new wearable device that it expects to debut within the next few months. Motorola exec Rick Osterloh said the device will be a smartwatch “that people will actually want to wear.” Osterloh didn’t provide any other specifics about the device. Motorola made the MOTOACTV smartwatch several years ago, but has since discontinued it

Google today announced that it intends to sell Motorola to Lenovo for $2.91 billion. Google CEO Larry Page said that Google will hold onto the vast majority of Motorola’s mobile-related patents, and will continue to use them to defend Android’s position in the smartphone ecosystem. Lenovo plans to keep the Motorola brand alive, just as it did with the ThinkPad brand it acquired from IBM in 2005. According to Page, Google believes Motorola needs a hardware company to truly succeed. “Lenovo has the expertise and track record to scale Motorola into a major player within the Android ecosystem. They have a lot of experience in hardware, and they have global reach,” said Page in a blog post. “This move will enable Google to devote our energy to driving innovation across the Android ecosystem, for the benefit of smartphone users everywhere.” The deal will need to be approved by regulators in China and the U.S., and will take some time.

Samsung and Google today announced that they have struck a wide-ranging patent-licensing agreement. According to the terms of the agreement, both companies will license both their existing patent portfolios, as well as patents to be filed over the course of the next 10 years. The patents are not limited to mobile technology, and instead cover a number of different product categories. “By working together on agreements like this, companies can reduce the potential for litigation and focus instead on innovation,” said Google deputy general counsel Allen Lo.

Motorola reduced the cost of the wood-backed Moto X by $75. The wooden backs are now a $25 upgrade rather than a $100 upgrade. Further, three more wooden options will become available beginning January 25. Motorola is issuing $75 rebates to those who already paid $100 for the custom wood backs.

HP today announced that it is re-entering the smartphone market and debuted two new devices that are headed to India. The HP Slate6 VoiceTab and HP Slate7 VoiceTab are large-screened phones that are meant to consolidate the smartphone and tablet experience into a single device. The Slate6 has a 6-inch 720p HD LCD screen and the Slate7 has a 7-inch 1280 x 800 LCD screen. Both offer quad-core processors, voice-calling capabilities, and user-facing stereo speakers. They each include a 2-megapixel user-facing camera and 5-megapixel main camera with flash and 720p HD video capture. The Slates include 16GB of built-in storage and support microSD cards up to 32GB for additional storage. The Slates are equipped with dual SIM card slots, and support 3G networks. They run Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. Pricing and availability were not immediately disclosed. HP has been in and out of the smartphone market over the years. A decade ago it sold Compaq-branded Windows Mobile smartphones. It eventually abandoned those and purchased Palm and webOS. It failed to develop new Palm and webOS devices, however, and eventually shuttered Palm and sold webOS to LG. HP hasn’t said if it will offer smartphones to U.S. buyers.

Google has updated its Chrome browser for both the Android and iOS platforms. Chief among the new features of the browser is a better compression algorithm that should, claims Google, reduce the amount of data consumed by the browser up to 50% when surfing the web. Both platforms also gain better protection against malicious web sites. The Android version of Chrome now allows users to create web shortcuts on the home screen, and the iOS version lets users see and access the automatic translation bar. Chrome is free to download from the Google Play Store and iTunes App Store