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Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge hands-on preview

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The Galaxy S5 was hardly a flop. Tens of millions have sold since its introduction last year and you’d be hard-pressed not to see one in use on the street in any populous city around the world. But despite its success relative to other devices in the market, the prevailing feeling about the GS5 is that it didn’t live up to the expectations of a flagship smartphone in 2014. Those shoes were instead filled by the Note 4 launched later in the year, with its superior materials, more refined design and improved camera performance.

Samsung, naturally, is hoping to put the Galaxy S series back on people’s radar as a top device, and it’s doing so by starting afresh with the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge. Though it numerically follows the GS5, the Galaxy S6 bears little resemblance to the previous model, and marks a pretty significant change in the way Samsung designs phones. At the same time, the S6 edge picks up the fun parts of the Galaxy Note Edge and leaves behind the poor software experience.

There’s a brand new design philosophy in play with the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, starting with the radical hardware change and flowing into a more considered software experience. These are the phones that Samsung’s hoping will change the perception of its devices in 2015 — let us show you what they’re all about.

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6 hours ago

Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge: Everything you need to know

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Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge

Samsung released quite the fury of announcements surrounding the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, but we've rounded everything up.

It's a special time each year when a company as big as Samsung can put its full weight behind an set of product announcements, and of course at MWC 2015 it was the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge. The news is far larger than just two models of a phone — we also learned about Samsung's new payment system, a new Gear VR model and generally a new direction in design and features for Samsung with the announcements.

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8 hours ago

HTC One M9 hands-on preview

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HTC One M9

It's hard not to have high hopes for the HTC One M9. Its immediate predecessor and the first phone in this rebirth of the HTC's flagship line — that'd be 2014's HTC One M8 and 2013's M7 — were fan favorites, and highly regarded by those of us who critique phones for a living.

But those phones were not without their flaws. And as we've seen HTC slowly address its devices' shortcomings (while growing and innovating in other areas), it's been difficult to not expect it to finally get things — all the things — right.

At least that's what we've been hoping, especially when it comes to its one tragic feature: The inconsistent performance of its UltraPixel camera.

And that brings us to this. The HTC One M9. We've spent a little time with HTC's latest, and this is what we've found thus far.

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24 min ago

For your eyes only: ZTE Grand S3 can be unlocked with eye-based biometric solution

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Today at MWC 2015, we played with the ZTE Grand S3. ZTE's new flagship device lets users unlock their phones by looking at the front-facing camera. The cutting edge solution, called Eyeprint ID, works by scanning unique vein patterns in the human eye. See how it works in our brief hands-on video.

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1 hour ago

Weekly poll results: which Android navigation app do you use?

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Getting from A to B, most users still trust Google.

Navigation apps are some of the most important apps we use from a safety standpoint.

Just think about it. A navigation app that sends you into off on some wild goose chase, into the sticks, or worse, off-road completely can cost you time and endanger you and anyone else you're driving around. You want an app in your pocket you can trust, and so this week we asked you what navigation app you trusted with your route and your safety, and the results are in. And while these results are not surprising, they did bring us a spirited discussion on what matters to you — our readers — in your navigation apps.

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4 hours ago

Withings Activité wearables getting Android compatibility March 2

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Withings has announced that their Activité devices will be adding compatibility with Android beginning tomorrow, March 2. The original Activité is already available on the Withings website, while the Activité Pop will come to the company's website and Best Buy stores later this month.

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4 hours ago

Sandisk's new 200GB microSD card brings massive storage in a tiny size

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SanDisk bills their latest microSD card has having the world's highest capacity, and at 200GB we have little trouble believing them.

The just-revealed 200GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I "Premium Edition" is indeed the most capacious card we've seen, topping the 128GB we've previously seen from several manufacturers, including SanDisk.

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5 hours ago

The first Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge promotional video is all about its design

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The first promo video shows a lot of the sleek looks for both smartphones, but shows little about the hardware inside.

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5 hours ago

INRIX works with Samsung with driving-based apps for Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge

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INRIX will help owners of Samsung's newest smartphones get around in their vehicle with a number of apps and services.

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5 hours ago

Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 edge headed to AT&T, Sprint, and more

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AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile US have announced that they will carry the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge. AT&T prepaid brand Cricket Wireless also announced that it would carry the device, as did UK carriers Vodafone and Three.

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6 hours ago

BlackBerry to bring SecuSUITE enterprise service to Samsung Galaxy S6

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BlackBerry wants to make the newly announced Samsung Galaxy S6 more secure for enterprise customers in collaboration with Samsung KNOX

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6 hours ago

Lenovo's new TAB 2 Android tablets are both under $200

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Lenovo has introduced the TAB 2 A10-70 and TAB 2 A8 Android tablets for the budget crowd.

Lenovo is taking the wraps off two new tablets at Mobile World Congress that aim to offer great value for your money. The TAB 2 A10, starting at $199, is Lenovo's 10-inch model with a full HD display, a soundbar built into the back using some new Dolby Atmos speaker technology, and ten hours of battery life. The A10 is powered by a 64-bit 1.5 GHz quad-core MediaTek processor and has 2 GB of RAM. It's 8.9 mm thin and 509 grams, which is pretty good, but unfortunately runs Android 4.4 (for now). There's an 8 megapixel camera on the back, and it will be available in blue or white color schemes when it launches in April.

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6 hours ago

BBM Custom PINs, Android Wear support arriving March 2

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BlackBerry has announced the arrival of new customization options for BBM. While in testing for awhile, tomorrow, March 2, will see the debut of custom BBM PINs. Also arriving tomorrow is BBM for Android Wear.

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6 hours ago

Samsung Pay: Smartphone giant enters the world of mobile payments

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Following its acquisition of mobile payments firm LoopPay, Samsung has today announced its own mobile payment platform, Samsung Pay. Utilizing both NFC and MST (Magnetic Secure Transmission), Samsung Pay will enable customers to use their smartphones to pay using existing magnetic strip readers. The service will take on Apple Pay, which launched late last year on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

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