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Mobile Nations Community Update, January 2016

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Mobile Nations Community Update

Hope you had a very happy new year, and things are going great for you in 2016. Time again for our Community Update - where we take a quick look at some of the best stuff happening around Android Central, Connectedly, CrackBerry, iMore, and Windows Central.

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Exploring the ASUS ZenFone Zoom's camera

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With a camera this big, it needs to take nice pictures.

It couldn't be more clear that ASUS has positioned the ZenFone Zoom to be all about the camera. This 3X optical zoom sits like a small hockey puck in the body of a ZenFone 2, with a special camera grip on the back and shutter buttons for both photo and video on the side of the phone. This was clearly designed to bring out the professional phonetographer in all of us, but you need more than a camera-themed outer shell to make a phone into a decent camera.

Here's a look at the software that drives this hardware, and some camera samples to give you an idea of what this phone is capable of.

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1 week ago

Get the ZTE Grand X 3 from Cricket Wireless for $129

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The ZTE Grand X 3, announced earlier this month at CES 2016, is now available at Cricket. Exisiting Cricket customers can purchase the Grand X 3 both in stores and online for $129.99, while customers switching to Cricket can get the special price of $79.99.

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1 week ago

Moto X Play's Marshmallow update makes it a phone worth considering

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Moto X Play Marshmallow

An update to Android 6.0 has given the Moto X Play — the global version of the Droid Maxx 2 — a much-needed performance boost.

The Moto X Play was kind of a mess at launch. And our original review, published in late August, wasn't entirely positive. The Play — the international version of Verizon's Droid Maxx 2 — had an enormous battery, correspondingly impressive longevity, and a surprisingly good camera for the price. But it was absolutely mired in performance issues, at least on its out-of-box firmware. (And in the first few months following release, the Play didn't receive a single over-the-air update.)

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1 week ago

The Affordable Wileyfox Swift is now available in white from Amazon UK

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Affordable smartphones of today are a vast improvement compared to what was available years back. The Wileyfox Swift is a highly-rated option for those who don't wish to break their bank on a new mobile device. This particular smartphone is now available in white from Amazon UK.

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1 week ago

BT completes its acquisition of EE

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BT has successfully escaped the gauntlet of regulatory approvals and is now able to complete the company's purchase of EE. Picking up and absorbing the largest UK mobile operator, the £12.5 billion deal is a victory for BT, which has plans to enter the competitive mobile industry once more. 31 million EE customers will be included in the deal, which will put BT in a strong position against the competition.

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1 week ago

Samsung Gear S2 Classic available for pre-order at Mobile Fun in the UK

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Samsung has finally started to make the Gear S2 Classic available worldwide, kicking things off in China. Now, UK retailer Mobile Fun has made it possible to pre-order the new wearable for £399.99. It's essentially the Galaxy S2 but wrapped inside a more luxurious exterior.

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1 week ago

Sony posts $1 billion profit, but mobile sales take a tumble

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Sony has posted its Q3 2015 earnings, and while the manufacturer has done significantly better from Q2 2015 on account of strong PlayStation sales, mobile sales have fallen 14.7 percent. Overall, Sony made ¥2.58 trillion ($21.5 billion) in revenue, with an operating profit of ¥202.1 billion ($1.69 billion). Net profit was at ¥120.1 billion ($1 billion), 33 percent higher than Q2 2015.

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2 weeks ago

Facebook is shutting down its Parse developer platform

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Facebook is shutting down Parse, a mobile development platform that it acquired in 2013 for $85 million.

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2 weeks ago

Registration now open for IDEAA's 2016 DC Code Kitchen and Meat & Greet

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If you're a developer interested in a day of learning, coding and more alongside other coders, registration is now open for the DC Code Kitchen and Meat and Greet on April 9.

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2 weeks ago

Amazon says Prime memberships jumped by 51 percent in 2015

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Tucked away inside of its Q4 2015 earning report, Amazon noted a pretty significant increase in Amazon Prime memberships around the world in 2015. Overall, paid Prime memberships jumped by 51 percent over the course of 2015, with the U.S. seeing a 47 percent increase alone.

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2 weeks ago

Future Alphabet earnings reports will separate Google from 'Other Bets'

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Ahead of its fourth quarter 2015 earnings report on February 1, Alphabet, Google's holding company, has provided insights on how it will disclose earnings for its businesses.

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2 weeks ago

First 5 things to know about the ASUS ZenFone Zoom

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If it feels like we've been talking about the ASUS ZenFone Zoom for over a year now, it's because we have. There's been delays on top of delays, but now that the phone is days away from being available to the public there's some reason to get excited. ASUS has done some impressive things with budget-focused hardware over the last year, and the Zoom takes that idea and adds a 3X optical zoom lens on the back.

If you're looking at this phone as something you'd consider picking up for your next phone, there's a few things you should know.

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2 weeks ago

NVIDIA's Shield Winter Sale offers LEGO games and more for up to 75 percent off

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A number of games for NVIDIA's Shield hardware are on sale this week, both on NVIDIA's GeForce Now game streaming service and Google Play. The discounts on the seven titles range from 50 to 75 percent off.

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2 weeks ago

Google's Vulnerability Reward Program paid out more than $2 million in 2015

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Google has released a quick overview of its Vulnerability Reward Program in 2015, showing that the company paid out more than $2 million to security researchers throughout the year.

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