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1 week ago

Micromax's Yureka unveiled in India: LTE, 64-bit CPU and HD display for under $150

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Micromax unveiled its first smartphone in the Cyanogen OS-powered Yu series, dubbed Yureka, at a media event in New Delhi today. With a price tag of Rs. 8,999 ($142), the device is aimed at the entry-level segment, and will be available for sale exclusively on Amazon India from December 19.

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1 week ago

10 things to know about the Motorola Droid Turbo

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Motorola Droid Turbo

Get to know the ins and outs of this year's flagship Droid phone

The Droid line on Verizon is synonymous with power, features, and hyped-up branding — and the latest flagship in the line, the Droid Turbo from Motorola, is no exception. Like a Moto X with every spec bump imaginable, the Droid Turbo has a higher resolution screen, faster processor, more RAM, a bigger camera, gigantic battery, wireless charging, more storage and a Kevlar casing. It's also a poster device for Verizon throughout the year, getting the big money in terms of advertising and marketing.

So it's no surprise that it's a popular device in terms of sales and also mind share, with most everyone interested in smartphones in the U.S. aware of the Droid Turbo as a leading device. While you may have heard the name and seen the commercials, you should probably know a bit more about the phone itself if you're considering buying it — whether it's for a gift or to indulge on your own. Here are our top 10 things we think you should know about the Motorola Droid Turbo.

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1 week ago

Check out our brand new best phones guides!

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You guys may have noticed a flurry of carrier-themed guides for best phones crossing the front page of Android Central lately. We wanted to round them all up for you here and give a bit of insight to our thinking when putting them together.

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1 week ago

The BLU Studio 7.0 is a budget-conscious 7-inch smartphone

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BLU Products has introduced the BLU Studio 7.0, a smartphone with a 7-inch display with affordability in mind. It runs on Android 4.4.2 KitKat, and is available now on from Amazon for $149.99 unlocked. The BLU Studio 7.0 is compatible with U.S. GSM networks like AT&T and T-Mobile.

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1 week ago

OnePlus One banned in India after infringing on Micromax's agreement with Cyanogen

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After Xiaomi, it is now the turn of the OnePlus One to face the ire of the Indian authorities, as local vendor Micromax was able to secure an injunction from the Delhi High Court that bans all sales and advertising of the device in India. The issue is due to the Cyanogen branding seen on the back of the OnePlus One, which Micromax mentioned was a violation of its exclusive partnership with the custom ROM vendor in India.

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1 week ago

Android 5.0 Lollipop bugs got you down? Here's how you (might be able to) fix them

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Nexus 4 Lollipop

These few fixes may help you fight those Lollipop bugs

The rush to update Android phones and tablets to Lollipop has just begun. The obvious players — Google's Nexus devices and Motorola — are getting Lollipop updates to all eligible devices now, and we've already seen LG and Samsung dip their toes into the update waters.

This is a good thing. (Most of the time.) Android and the people who use it in their smart devices have a reputation for poor update practices and procedures to overcome, and pushing new software in a timely manner is what it will take to do that. We'll leave discussion about why we expect or need an OS update on our small computers for another time.

Of course, with any and all system updates come bugs. Some are universal and affect everyone. Some are device-specific, and some seem to be bad luck — the kind of bad luck that comes with every major system software update.

Luckily, there are some things you can try to alleviate some issues should you be having them. None of these are fool-proof, and they may or may not work for you, but they need to be discussed because they have worked for others.

Let's do that.

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1 week ago

Samsung rumored to launch a rival to Apple Pay for its smartphones in 2015

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Samsung is reportedly working on its own mobile payment service for future smartphones as a rival to the recently launched Apple Pay. The service could launch sometime in 2015.

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1 week ago

Huawei's Honor 6 Plus comes with dual rear 8MP cameras

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 2x 8MP cameras... on the back

Thanks to their relatively small lenses and sensors, lowlight photography can be difficult on smartphones, but Huawei thinks they have a solution with the dual rear cameras on the Huawei Honor 6 Plus. Sporting not one, but two 8-megapixel sensors, which Huawei claims combined provide an "effective pixel size" of 1.98 microns. For comparison, the HTC One M8 has 2-micron pixels on its main camera, but it's just a 4MP unit. Apart from the trick cameras, the Honor 6 Plus also sports a 5.5-inch 1080p display and is powered by Huawei's own 1.8GHz octa-core Kirin 925 chipset with 3GB of RAM and 16GB or 32GB of internal storage (plus microSD expansion), all backed up by a 3600mAh battery.

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1 week ago

10 things to know about the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

The first things to know about the Note Edge before you consider buying

With its crazy curved design and intriguing software, the Galaxy Note Edge is a sight to be seen. Thankfully Samsung has struck deals to have the Note Edge easily available, with the top U.S. carriers taking on the device, but it can't hurt to do some research before you head to a store to try one out. We've already given our comprehensive take on the device in a full review, but you can't fit everything into a single article.

Before you head out to try a Note Edge for yourself, see our top 10 things to know about the phone. The list may have you running out sooner (or even buy it sight unseen), or possibly ready to do a bit more research first. Read along with us and learn a bit.

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1 week ago

Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 on T-Mobile slated to get Android 5.0.1 today

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It looks like the Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 on T-Mobile are slated to get an update to Android 5.0.1 Lollipop today, at least that's what T-Mobile seems to think. Support docs for both phones on T-Mobile's website list December 15th (that'd be today) as the roll-out date for the 5.0.1 update.

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1 week ago

Xiaomi breaks into the ranks of the top-five global smartphone manufacturers

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Xiaomi has become the fourth biggest seller of smartphones worldwide, according to a new report from the research firm Gartner. Xiaomi pushed its way into the top five of all smartphone companies during the third quarter of 2014 with sales of 18.8 million units. It only sold 3.6 million units for the same period a year ago.

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1 week ago

Sprint says Android 5.0.1 Lollipop is coming to their Nexus 5 today

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Sprint says they will begin rolling out an over-the-air update for its Nexus 5 smartphone today with the version number LRX22C, or more popularly known as Android 5.0.1 Lollipop.

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1 week ago

Samsung's metal-clad Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3 launch in Taiwan

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Samsung is looking to reinvigorate its portfolio with new designs that are aimed at a younger audience, with the Galaxy A series said to be the starting point of that change. The manufacturer has launched the Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3 in Taiwan, and while the former handset is already available in a few countries, this is the first time we're seeing the Galaxy A3 in action.

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1 week ago

Verizon Moto X (2013) 32GB Developer Edition drops to just $199.99 on Amazon

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We stand at the nexus of affordability, openness, Motorola, and Verizon: the 32GB Moto X (2013) Developer Edition has dropped to a mere $199.99 sans-contract on Verizon, at least when purchased through Amazon. This is last year's model of the Moto X, but it's still no slouch. For your two Benjamins you get a compact and ergonomic phone that supports Big Red's LTE, plus it comes with an unlockable bootloader.

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1 week ago

Walmart is offering the on-contract Galaxy S5 for just $79

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Walmart is offering the Galaxy S5 for just $79 on a new two-year contract with AT&T, Sprint or Verizon, which is a $60 discount from the retailer's usual selling price of $139. The deal is only valid in-stores, and will be offered until December 25.

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