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1 month ago

Accessibility features on the Samsung Galaxy S5

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Galaxy S5 Accessibility features

Accessibility features may not be important to the vast majority of users out there, but for those who need them, these tweaks deep in the settings can be a make-or-break features for whether a new Android phone will work for them on a daily basis. It's the inclusion of accessibility settings in these phones that allows Android to have such an amazing reach, and we want to highlight where they are and what they do.

We've been looking at the differences in accessibility features across various popular devices, and now it's time to dive through the Galaxy S5's options and see how they differ from others out there.

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1 month ago

OnePlus One pre-orders will be open for limited time

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The folks behind the OnePlus One will be temporarily accepting traditional pre-orders for a limited window in late October. If they have the devices in stock, they'll ship right away, and if they don't, they'll put you on pre-order status. If you manage to get an invite while on pre-order status, you can bump up to the top of the queue. Of course, you can always cancel the pre-order at any time if you're sick of waiting.

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1 month ago

Motorola reportedly will unleash the Droid Turbo next month

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Although Motorola is all about the Moto X, the Moto G and the Moto 360 these days, the manufacturer is not neglecting its exclusive partnership with Verizon with regards to the Droid line of smartphones. We may not have to wait long to see a new device added to Big Red's roster, as CNET mentions that Motorola is working on launching a new Droid smartphone next month.

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1 month ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 pre-orders kick off tomorrow, available in the US on October 17

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will be available in the US on October 17th, with preorders starting September 19th, i.e. tomorrow. Every major US carrier has committed to carrying Samsung's new large-screen stylus-equipped smartphone, and will all likely be offering pre-orders of their own at the same time. Additionally, Samsung is offering a $200 guaranteed trade-in on any working smartphone.

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1 month ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for September 18

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We've dug up some solid deals on apps, accessories, smartphones, and tablets. If there's something you've been wanting to get your hands on, check out the list below. As always, if you find any discounts out in the world that isn't listed, let us know in the comments!

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1 month ago

Here's when you will be able to buy the Galaxy Note 4 in the UK

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Galaxy Note 4 launching in the UK on September 19

Samsung has today announced that the Galaxy Note 4 will be available to pre-order in the UK from this Friday, Sept. 19. Samsung retail stores in the UK will get first dibs on Note 4 pre-orders, while Three, Carphone Warehouse and other outlets will open up pre-orders the following Friday, Sept. 26. The Galaxy Note 4's general UK release is slated to take place in just over three weeks, on Friday Oct. 10.

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1 month ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for September 17

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We've dug up some solid deals on apps, accessories, smartphones, and tablets. If there's something you've been wanting to get your hands on, check out the list below. As always, if you find any discounts out in the world that isn't listed, let us know in the comments!

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1 month ago

LG launches G3 Beat in India for Rs. 25,000

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Samsung launched the Galaxy S5 Mini in India earlier this month, and now LG is following suit by offering its smaller-sized version of the LG G3, the G3 Beat. The device is available for sale in the country on ecommerce sites and will be sold via offline channels for Rs. 25,000 (roughly $420).

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1 month ago

We go hands-on with the ZTE ZMAX

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ZTE ZMAX

Ready for another phablet? ZTE has just announced the ZMAX. It's a value-priced LTE smartphone with a 5.7 inch HD screen. It will be exclusively available with T-Mobile beginning September 24th for just $252 outright. It runs a nearly stock version of Android KitKat 4.4 on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor.

We got our hands on the device during a ZTE press event in New York City. Go watch our video!

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1 month ago

New Moto X TV commercials show off its camera and voice commands

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Motorola has started pre-orders for the new version of the Moto X, and it's also kicked off its promotion campaign for the smartphone with a new series of TV commercials.

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1 month ago

Show off your Moto Maker designs in the forums!

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With today's pre-order-slash-release of the AT&T and unlocked "Pure" edition of the new Moto X 2014, we know that a lot of us are going to be making great looking designs for our new phones. So wood. Much leather.

The forums is a great place to share yours, as well as see what other like-minded people are doing. Even if you didn't order, feel free to get creative and show off your best looking Moto X 2014.

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1 month ago

Accessibility features on the HTC One M8

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HTC One M8 accessibilty

Accessibility is one of those areas of the settings menu that most of us gloss over, unless there's some specific setting we need to enable manually for a specific app, usually to allow devices like smartwatches to piggyback on notifications.

But for a good many folks out there, accessibility features allow for smartphones to be used more easily — or at all. Maybe you need bigger text. Or some audible readouts.

We're taking a look at the various built-in accessibility features on some of the most popular phones available. Today, we're looking at the HTC One M8.

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1 month ago

Moto X 'Pure Edition' plays fine with T-Mobile and AT&T LTE

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Moto X backs

Good news, everyone! If you're looking to go the carrier-free, "Pure Edition" route with your new Moto X, Motorola says it'll work on both T-Mobile and AT&T LTE bands. (Last year's unlocked model was more TMo-friendly.)

The bad news? Motorola's website is still getting hammered.

Commiserate in our Moto X forums if you'd like.

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1 month ago

HTC Desire 510 hitting Sprint for free Sept. 19, Boost and Virgin next week

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Following an announcement a few weeks ago, we've got release dates for the HTC Desire 510 on Sprint, Boost Mobile, and Virgin Mobile. Sprint is getting it on September 19 for $0 down on contract ($199.99 without a contract) or $8.34 monthly on Easy Pay. Boost will have the Desire 510 starting September 22 for $99.99. Virgin Mobile will have theirs out a day after on the 23rd. for $99.99.

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1 month ago

What is Google TalkBack?

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Google Talk Back

Google's TalkBack service is a great way for the vision-impaired to use all of Android's features

Most of us take being able to see everything on our high-resolution Androids for granted. We peep at pixels, discuss the merits of display technology to death, and even tend to turn our nose up at devices that don't have the ultra-high-res "true" HD screens some of today's flagships offer. But that's not the case for the large segment of us who have impaired vision.

Folks who have a hard time seeing the overload of information that a modern smartphone has to offer will need some assistance, and Google provides a really comprehensive set of tools in TalkBack. TalkBack is an Accessibility Service that helps vision-impaired users interact with, and enjoy, their devices. It uses spoken word, vibration and other audible feedback to let you know what's on your screen, what you're touching, and what you can do with it.

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