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1 day ago

Lollipop delayed for some carrier versions of HTC One M8 and M7

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After releasing Lollipop for the M8 on a few Canadian carriers just yesterday, HTC has announced today that it won't be able to hit the promised 90-day window for a rollout to some carrier versions of the HTC One M8 and One M7.

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1 day ago

Even the Tizen-powered Samsung Z1 doesn't avoid Google's ecosystem

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Samsung Z1

Samsung's first Tizen phone ships with Google Search and YouTube apps, and Google as its default search engine

Following delays of over a year, Samsung finally shipped its first Tizen-powered handset, the Z1, earlier this month in India. The arrival of Tizen on smartphones — remember it's been on Samsung's Gear smartwatches for almost a year now — has been a long time coming, and there's been plenty of speculation among press and mobile industry watchers that Tizen could emerge as a viable alternative to Android for the Korean electronics giant.

What we've found during our initial hands-on time with an Indian Samsung Z1, however, is a phone that's very much at ease with Google's ecosystem.

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2 days ago

Google confirms Nexus 6 supply constraints

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Nexus 6

It's hardly been a secret that the Motorola-manufactured Nexus 6 has been a hard phone to get ahold of since its release. It's been MIA for many moon on Google Play, and the 64-gigabyte model is pretty much a White Whale. Today on its Q4 earnings call, Google Chief Financial Officer Patrick Pichette confirmed the scarcity.

"We also faced a few real challenges as well" for the quarter, Pichette said. "While the Nexus 6 was very well received as a new phone, we had real issues and were unable to secure sufficient inventory to meet the demand that we had forecasted." [Ed note: Pichette mistakenly said "Nexus 7" on the call and clarified things at the start of the Q&A.]

So it wasn't just you. The Nexus 6 is a rare bird.

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2 days ago

Saygus V2 pre-orders will be $549, registration deadline extended until Feb. 2

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The Saygus V2, the upcoming Android smartphone that can support up to 320GB of storage, now has a firm pre-order price of $549. The company behind the device also announced that pre-order registration for the phone has been extended from today until Monday, Feb. 2.

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2 days ago

Blu Vivo Air specs

The Blu Vivo Air is many things. It is very affordable at just $200 off contract, and absurdly thin at just 5.15mm from front-to-back. But there are things it is not — it's not a barn-burning high-powered flagship device, not that you should expect it to be so at that price. For the nitty gritty on one of the world's thinnest smartphones, head on past the break for the complete specs list of the Blu Vivo Air.

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2 days ago

Android 5.0 Lollipop now rolling out to some HTC One M8 phones in Canada

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Owners of the HTC One M8 in Canada might want to check their devices. The company announced today that an over-the-air download for the smartphone that will update it to Android 5.0 Lollipop has begun for Bell, SaskTel, and WIND Mobile customers.

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2 days ago

Over 1 billion Android smartphones reportedly shipped worldwide in 2014

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A new report from the research firm Strategy Analytics claims that over 1 billion Android smartphones shipped worldwide in 2014. That's compared to "just" 800 million smartphones using some version of Google's mobile OS that shipped in 2013.

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2 days ago

LG says Snapdragon 810 issues have been fixed and won't delay LG G Flex 2 launch

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LG executives have admitted today there were issues with the first batch of the Snapdragon 810 chips from Qualcomm. However, the smartphone company said those issues have been fixed and won't delay the launch of their recently announced LG G Flex 2 smartphone.

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2 days ago

Samsung's Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5 up for pre-order at Carphone Warehouse

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Samsung's Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5 – which will be launching in the UK on February 12 – are now available for pre-order at Carphone Warehouse. The Galaxy A3 is available on monthly plans starting at £22.50 ($35) a month for 24 months, with the Galaxy A5 available from £26.50 ($40) a month.

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2 days ago

Looking to buy the Nexus 6? T-Mobile is offering a discount of $48 on the handset

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After offering a $36 discount on the Galaxy Note 4 earlier this month, T-Mobile is now slashing prices of the Nexus 6. Both 32 and 64GB versions of the Midnight Blue Nexus 6 are discounted by $48.

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3 days ago

Qualcomm: Snapdragon 810 won't be in 'large customer's flagship'

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Qualcomm today reported their first quarter 2015 earnings, and while we don't usually pay too much attention to the financial ticks and tocks of the chipmakers, Qualcomm today flat-out stated that their Snapdragon 810 processor had been snubbed by "a large customer" for their flagship device, and that it would have a material impact on their earnings for the second half of the year. Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800-series processors powered every flagship Android smartphone of last year, but it was reported just last week that the one customer that could have a serious impact on Qualcomm's bottom line wouldn't be using the newest 810 processor in their newest phone, and that customer would be Samsung.

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3 days ago

The ZTE Blade S6 will come with Lollipop and an octo-core chip for $249.99

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ZTE has just revealed a new mid-range Android smartphone, the 5-inch ZTE Blade S6, that will use Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box. It will also have Qualcomm's Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor inside for a price of $249.99.

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3 days ago

HTC One M9: Leaked image offers peek at two new HTC flagships

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HTC One M9 leak

Notorious phone leaker @evleaks has temporarily stepped out of retirement, presenting what might be our first proper look at two unannounced, high-end HTC phones — one of which may be the HTC One M9. Today's tweet, which shows two hitherto unseen handsets alongside leaks of the M8, M7 and the abandoned HTC Edge, strongly suggests these could be HTC's new flagship phones.

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3 days ago

HTC One M8 is now receiving Android 5.0 Lollipop in Europe

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HTC One M8 Lollipop update

Both the developer and unlocked editions of the HTC One M8 have received Lollipop updates, but now it's time for owners in Europe to receive the sweet goodness. Jeff Gordon, Senior Global Online Communications Manager at HTC, has confirmed on Twitter today that the software update is now rolling out for the handset in Europe.

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3 days ago

UK retailer Carphone Warehouse starts selling the Sony Xperia Z3 in purple

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Looking for a more colorful variant of the Xperia Z3? If you're living in the UK, you're in luck, as Carphone Warehouse has announced that it is offering the device in a purple color variant exclusively in the country. The phone is available for sale now for £33 ($50) on a monthly plan (which lasts for 24 months), or £479.95 ($720) for the unlocked SIM-free model.

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