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11 hours ago

Android One phones reportedly not welcome at many Indian retailers

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A recent report claims that many brick-and-mortar retailers in India have refused to sell the three current Android One smartphones, because Google and its hardware partners decided back in September to give online sales a head start.

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13 hours ago

HTC Desire 820: The Android Central casual review

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Desire 820

HTC's second 'mid-range flagship' this year is a solid improvement in almost every area

The past year has seen the HTC Desire range — the Taiwanese manufacturer's line of mid-range handsets — expanded to cover everything from the super-cheap Desire 510 to the selfie-centric Desire EYE. And with it, HTC has introduced a new, unashamedly plastic design language, while keeping software performance and features mostly in line with the flagship HTC One.

Earlier this year we checked out the Desire 816, finding it to be a solid mid-range flagship with just a couple of minor flaws. For late 2014, the 816 has been succeeded by Desire 820, a revamped incarnation of this compelling mid-ranger boasting upgraded internals and a sharp new design. On the outside, the new two-tone chassis introduces bolder colors into the mix. And on the inside there's a faster 64-bit capable CPU, along with upped storage and RAM, and a significantly upgraded camera setup.

We'll dive deeper after the break, in a casual review of the HTC Desire 820.

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20 hours ago

OnePlus One Indian launch imminent, Amazon gets exclusive rights

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Earlier this year, OnePlus chairman Carl Pei announced that the vendor was looking to launch the OnePlus One in India in December, with country-specific invites available to consumers interested in buying the device. A teaser posted on Amazon India today indicates that the retailer will have exclusive rights to sell the handset in the country. While Amazon did not mention the device by name, the teaser corresponds to the Sandstone Black version of the OnePlus One.

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21 hours ago

Soak test invites going out for the 2014 Moto X on Verizon

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Owners of the 2014 Moto X on Verizon are beginning to receive soak test invites. We've gotten tips from several Android Central readers users that the invites are starting to roll out, and although there is no mention of what the soak test is intended for, it is possible that a Lollipop update is imminent.

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1 day ago

Sprint's offering a serious discount on a Galaxy S5 for loyal customers

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Sprint is offering their loyal customers some fairly substantial discounts for the holidays, including discounted device leasing, free service, and accessory discounts. Of course, it's Sprint defining "loyal" here, though customers that have been deemed worthy of the title have started receiving emails about the offers. Here's what Sprint's offering…

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1 day ago

Motorola's replacing AT&T's Nexus 6 stock due to bad software

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The Nexus 6 hasn't been out on the market for very long, but apparently the AT&T version has run into some issues… at least some of them have. Apparently at least a few devices had issues with bad software (the phone is one of the first to run Android 5.0 Lollipop), displaying a blank screen when turned on. As you can imagine, that makes the phone hard to use.

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1 day ago

Nexus 6 now available from Best Buy for AT&T and Sprint

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The Nexus 6 is now available at Best Buy. The device is available for either AT&T or Sprint, and comes in the Midnight Blue color. The Nexus 6 from either carrier costs $249.99 up front.

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1 day ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for November 21

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Anybody shopping for Android apps, accessories, smartphones, or tablets will want to take a skim through these sales we've scrounged up from around the web. Every day, we comb through these sales to make sure they're fresh and accurate, and try to find a few more. Latest additions will be at the top of each list.

As always, if you find any sales out out there that aren't included, let us know in the comments.

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1 day ago

The Sonim XP6 combines ruggedness, buttons, push-to-talk, and Android on AT&T

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If you've been looking for a phone that marries a modern smartphone with a classic candy-bar cellphone, all wrapped in a cocoon of toughness, you'll want to look no further than the Sonim XP6 on AT&T. At first glance you wouldn't think much of it — with its physical number pad, d pad, and call buttons it looks like any other hyper-ruggedized cellphone, complete with a little nub of a vestigal antenna sticking up in the top right corner. But then this black-and-yellow beast is turned on and that screen displays, of all things, Android 4.4 KitKat.

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1 day ago

Huawei Ascend P7 pops up on India's Flipkart for Rs. 27,999

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Huawei has yet to officially launch the Ascend P7 in India, but this hasn't halted local retailers from stocking the Android smartphone and offering it to the public. Both Flipkart and Amazon India have the Ascend P7 listed, but only the former is taking orders and shipping at the time of publishing.

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2 days ago

In pictures: Motorola Droid Turbo versus Moto X

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Droid Turbo versus Moto X

Two phones with shared DNA definitely show their differences on the outside

It's no secret that the Motorola Droid Turbo and Moto X were cut from the same cloth, but they definitely have different exterior features to them. The Moto X is smaller, sleeker and a bit more unassuming, while it's tough to not get attention drawn to you when you put the Droid Turbo on a table in any room of people. Rough dimensions, button placements and camera setups tip off that these share similar internal structures, but there's a lot to gander at here when you set the Droid Turbo and Moto X together.

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2 days ago

AT&T Galaxy Note 3 now getting an Android 4.4.4 update all its own

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Heads up, folks, Android 4.4.4 is now rolling out to users of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 on AT&T. Sure, we might be looking at Android 5.0 Lollipop on the horizon for the Note 3, but it'll likely be a little while before we see it rolling out across US carriers. So here's an update to 4.4.4 for now.

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2 days ago

Sprint cuts $50 from Nexus 6, giving bill credit to early orders

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Sprint has lowered the prices for both the two-year and no-contract plans for its version of the Nexus 6 just a few days after it started selling the smartphone. It will offer a $50 bill credit for anyone who purchased the 6-inch Android 5.0 Lollipop device ahead of those changes.

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2 days ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for November 20

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Anybody shopping for Android apps, accessories, smartphones, or tablets will want to take a skim through these sales we've scrounged up from around the web. Every day, we comb through these sales to make sure they're fresh and accurate, and try to find a few more. Latest additions will be at the top of each list.

As always, if you find any sales out out there that aren't included, let us know in the comments.

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2 days ago

Sprint starts rolling out Android KitKat 4.4.4 update for its Samsung Galaxy S5

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Sprint is currently rolling out an firmware update to its Samsung Galaxy S5 customers that finally brings its version of Android up to KitKat 4.4.4, along with some other new features.

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