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2 weeks ago

It's official: Xiaomi Mi 5 is launching on February 24

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It's official folks. Xiaomi will be launching its flagship phone — the Mi 5 — on February 24. Xiaomi's head of global operations Hugo Barra confirmed the date via a tweet, stating that the phone will be "everything you imagined, and more:"

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2 weeks ago

Samsung announces its latest security update — the question is when you'll see it

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Vague announcements of monthly security updates mean nothing if we don't know when (or if) phones will see updates.

Perhaps we should thank last year's "Stagefright" security freakout. The vulnerability deep inside the Android operating system was dubbed a "unicorn" by the researches who discovered it (never mind that it's not known if anyone was ever actually affected by it) and sent Google and its downstream partners scrambling for fixes. And within a matter of days, Google announced that the Android Open Source Project and Google's own Nexus line would see monthly security updates independent of major maintenance releases. You can find up-to-date information on those updates here.

That is a good thing (in addition to all the server-side protections Google has in place), and is no small undertaking.

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2 weeks ago

Weekly poll results: Simple wearable tech wins out

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Last week we asked what kind of fitness tracking you want in your life. There are plenty of options out there to track your fitness, however you want to do it. This includes new products like the Under Armour HealthBox or tried and true apps like Google Fit.

We gave you four simple choices for last week's poll. You could choose between "I want to track as much as possible," "a simple easy to wear accessory that I don't have to think about," "something I can use on my smartphone," or "nothing."

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2 weeks ago

Goosebumps VR takes you on a wild ride while trying to escape the giant praying mantis

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If you've ever wanted to try and escape a giant praying mantis in virtual reality, you'll want to check out Goosebumps VR immediately. Whether you have a virtual reality viewer, like Google Cardboard or not, you'll be able to use the app without issue. Once installed, you'll select 360 video to participate without a viewer, or virtual reality to participate with one. You'll then need to be sitting down, and prepared to follow the instructions on the display.

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2 weeks ago

The best cheap Android phones

There's never been a better time to buy a cheap Android phone and still get a top quality experience.

It used to be the norm that to get a good phone you'd have to spend a good chunk of change. But while the high end continues to progress at a predictable rate, the mid-tiers have suddenly become where the action is at. It's easier than ever to get a quality Android smartphone without paying too much for it. We daresay you can call it a "cheap" Android smartphone at this point and not feel bad about it.

For around $250 it's now possible to get a good phone by any standard. Here's our roundup of the best you can get right now.

Article updated for February 2016 adding in the new Honor 5X in place of the Honor 7.

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2 weeks ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 versus iPhone 6s Plus: Big screens and bigger expectations

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Apple's jump to big phones was clearly aimed at the company that started the trend.

Samsung has been making big phones for a long time now, and through all the ridicule and mockery the company saw a clear market for folks who wanted a bigger screen in their pockets. While the Galaxy Note line has always been set up as the phone for people who want to do more work and be more productive, the reality of this line as an entertainment machine can't be ignored. In fact when Apple stepped up to the plate with their bigger "Plus" iPhone variants, it was painfully clear that was exactly why Apple was aiming at larger screens.

With Samsung's massive visual identity switch and Apple's push into new technology to take advantage of their bigger screens, it feels like the Galaxy Note 5 and the iPhone 6s Plus exist purely to compete with one another in the hearts and minds of folks looking for a new phone. With that in mind, lets see what happens when you put these phones side by side.

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2 weeks ago

Spotify will add video content to its Android app this week

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Spotify Android users in some markets will be able to watch videos, in addition to streaming music, later this week. The app will be updated to support video content for users in the U.S., the UK, Germany and Sweden.

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2 weeks ago

LG G5 case listing shows a fingerprint sensor on the rear, power and volume buttons on the side

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According to a new accessory listing, the LG G5 may move the power and volume buttons from the back of the phone to the side of it. A case listing on Mobile Fun seems to indicate that the rear of the phone will have just a fingerprint sensor unlike the LG G4 and V10, which had all the buttons on the rear.

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2 weeks ago

OxygenOS 2.2.0 for the OnePlus X brings manual camera mode and a bunch of fixes

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OnePlus has announced that OxygenOS 2.2.0 is now rolling out for OnePlus X owners. This latest release of the operating system – developed by the company – adds some cool new features like manual mode for the camera, as well as the ability to save to SD card. There are also some security patches, bug fixes and general improvements to boot.

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2 weeks ago

What we need from YouTube Music, two months on

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I had high hopes for YouTube Music. They have not been met.

I'm a big music fan. I was happy when I could finally listen to that music with the screen of my phone off in the YouTube app. I was even happier once we got a dedicated YouTube Music app launched for users like me who could honestly listen to YouTube for hours.

And while YouTube Music is usable, it is not nearly ready for heavy listeners like me, especially users who like to have some control over their music.

Here's what needs to be done.

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2 weeks ago

Everything you want to know about the upcoming Galaxy S7

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It's not yet official, but that doesn't mean there isn't a lot to talk about. Tap here find everything Galaxy S7!

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2 weeks ago

Samsung commences the global launch of the Gear S2 Classic, kicks things off in China

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Samsung has announced that the company has commenced the worldwide launch of the Gear S2 Classic New Edition, kicking things off in China. Should you reside in the country, you'll now be able to purchase the wearable. The Classic New Edition of the Gear S2 was unveiled back at CES, offering a more premium option for those who have more expensive tastes.

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2 weeks ago

Leaked photos show the LG G5 locked inside a secure case

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The LG G5 is soon to be upon us — we're at least expecting to see something at MWC — and already new photos are making their way online to reveal just what LG's next flagship smartphone will look like. Kind of. Unfortunately, the shots that are reportedly of the phone show the unit secured in a case. That said, one can still gaze at the USB Type-C connector, massive display and more.

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2 weeks ago

Samsung opening a studio in New York to create immersive experiences for VR

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Samsung is about to open a VR studio in New York, which will produce immersive experiences centered around virtual reality. The South Korean vendor made the announcement at the Sundance Film Festival, where it is showcasing the Gear VR headset.

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2 weeks ago

AC editors' apps of the week: Crashlands, Touchnote, Folio and more

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Our weekly app picks

It's Appday Sunday and that means we're back with more of our favorites to share. Every week we bring a handful of great apps to the table and share them with everyone. Sometimes they are new apps, sometimes old standards, but every time they are apps we love to use.

Give these a look and then take a minute to tell us all about the apps you are using and love so we can give them a try. We all find some of our favorites right in the comments on these posts!

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