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3 weeks ago

Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 receiving build LMY48I with Stagefright fixes in tow

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According to Sprint, the Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 should be receiving build LMY48I beginning today, with security fixes for the Stagefright exploit in tow. Being as there is no specific SKU for Sprint on either of these phones, the update should apply to all Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 models.

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3 weeks ago

T-Mobile reduces Galaxy S6 and S6 edge pricing by up to $200

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T-Mobile is the first US carrier to lower the price of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge following Samsung's efforts to maintain momentum. With the price reductions, you can now save up to $200 on the purchase of either model.

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3 weeks ago

Samsung and LG now account for 78 percent of all Android sales in the US

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The latest numbers from Kantar WorldPanel show a strong rise in Android growth around the world, with LG making big strides in the US. Currently, Samsung and LG account for 78 percent of all Android sales in the US, which is huge. LG has doubled its share in the US market again, and was able to attract more first time smartphone buyers than Samsung.

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3 weeks ago

Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact leak shows off possible fingerprint sensor

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It looks like Sony is set to refresh the Xperia Z lineup with new offerings later this year. With the Xperia Z3+ turning out to be an iterative update, it is possible the manufacturer is looking to deliver the long-overdue refresh at IFA, where Sony launched its flagships in years past.

The latest leak from ViziLeaks reveals that Sony will be sticking to its dual-flagship strategy, offering the Xperia Z5 and a smaller Xperia Z5 Compact. An image leaked earlier this week showed either handset next to an iPhone 5s, with a possible fingerprint embedded into the power button on the side.

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3 weeks ago

OnePlus is auctioning off OnePlus 2 invites on eBay for charity

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OnePlus has announced that it is teaming up with eBay's Giving Works initiative to auction off 100 invites for the OnePlus 2, with the proceeds going to the UNICEF Tap Project, a charity that provides clean drinking water to millions of underpriveleged kids around the world.

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3 weeks ago

LG's Lollipop-powered flip phone goes global as the Wine Smart

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Late last month, LG announced the Gentle, a flip phone running Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. The manufacturer is known to launch several clamshell phones in its home market, with the handsets usually restricted to South Korea. That's changed with the Gentle, as LG is now stating that it will make the Gentle — which will be branded the LG Wine Smart — available in select markets around the world later this month, starting with France, Italy, Poland, Spain, Kazakhstan, Japan and the United Kingdom.

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3 weeks ago

30 minutes with the new Moto G, flagship killer

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Moto G orders are beginning to arrive, and I just got mine. Of course I stopped everything and opened up the box to get it all in order, and I'm already pleased.

I liked the 2014 version of the Moto G, so I'm a little biased. And that's OK — people who blog about phones on the Internet are allowed to like things. I just want to say it up front. Anyhoo, I've been listening to all the gushing from the guys and gals who went to see the announcement live and walked out with a Moto G of their own, and have had high expectations. It's like neckbeard Christmas up in my office.

After dropping in my AT&T SIM card and a 64GB SD card (no issues, regardless of Motorola's 32GB maximum on the spec sheet — and Phil's got a 128GBer in his) and setting things up with my Google account, I'm sitting here scrolling through the app drawer, opening all the settings and touching all the things and I see why everyone who has one of these things loves it.

It's fast and fluid. More so than those phones that cost $500 more. It's not doing a bunch of stuff, so I get why it's faster, but still — it's nice to see something this responsive. That might change when I load it up with apps, and maybe then it'll be a more fair comparison. But out of the box, it's a better experience than just about any phone you can buy from your carrier.

I'm in love with the app drawer. Specifically, that it's only two pages and not chock full of shit like you see from others. No AT&T family navigator. No Sprint Zone. No T-Mobile TV. No Verizon Whatever. Even better, no unnecessary junk like multiple note-taking apps or extra browsers or other apps nobody wants or uses. I've got an FM radio app, an app to help migrate settings and media from another phone, and the Moto app to adjust settings for things like Moto Assist and Moto Display. And every one of them can be disabled and out of my sight if I so choose. Of course Google Play is a tap away if I want to add anything I feel is missing. The only "bloat" here are the Google apps that many of us will never use, and they too can be disabled.

The screen's a little small coming from the Nexus 6, but I'm not complaining. It was hard to get used to the gianticness of the Nexus 6, and I already love the way the Moto G feels in my hand and in my pocket. Will 720p bother me when I need to waste some time with a game or watching a video or two? Maybe. It's been awhile since I've used any phone with a lower resolution for that sort of thing. I can say that it looks great for $200. I wasn't expecting a screen as good as Samsung's latest, so I'm not disappointed.

I'm going to carry my little green Moto G as my daily driver. Jerry's personal phone, if you will. I'm pretty sure I'll find things about it that I don't like. Nothing's perfect. We're going to use and abuse the Moto G here at AC, and we'll tell you the bad things as we come across them. For now, I'm just happy to have a little Moto in my pocket again.

Moto G 2015

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4 weeks ago

Android One makes its way to Thailand with the i-mobile iQ II

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The expansion of Google's Android One program is still continuing as Thailand becomes the latest country to join. The i-mobile iQ II will be the country's first device. Featuring a 5-inch HD display, along with an 8MP rear camera, and 2MP front-facing camera, the iQ II is a 4G-compatible phone.

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4 weeks ago

HTC One M9 now receiving Android 5.1 update in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa

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Following yesterday's announcement, HTC has started rolling out the Android 5.1 Lollipop update — coming in at 831.88MB — to the One M9 in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA).

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4 weeks ago

OnePlus will launch another smartphone before the end of 2015

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In an interview with USA Today, OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei revealed that the manufacturer will release another handset by the end of the year:

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4 weeks ago

Customize your Moto G with Moto Maker

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Moto G

Take one of the best mid-range Android phones ever in the Moto G, add in one of the most-loved options from Motorola with Moto Maker for the Moto X, and combine the two together to make a lot of people happy.

Some designers of popular products may scoff, but the ability to easily customize the looks of your new phone has proven to be a popular idea. We, as well as most people who have used it, consider Moto Maker a success. Bringing it to the Moto G — Motorola's mid-ranger, but their best selling line of smartphones ever — is a pretty big deal.

It's up to you how you want your new phone to look. And that's the way we like it.

There are a couple of caveats, of course. You don't have the "natural" options like wood or leather, and the color palette is a little smaller than we've seen for the Moto X line. Having said that, there are a handful of choices and you can create a phone that's subdued and simple, or screaming with color. It's up to you how you want your new phone to look. And that's the way we like it.

I created my Lime colored beauty recently, and wanted to walk you through the process. Of course, you can always play with it yourself, too at Motorola's website.

All in all, it's quick and easy to "design" your own Moto G. If you went through the process and created one of your own, be sure to share the design in the forums!

Build your own Moto G with Moto Maker

Moto G 2015

Motorola Amazon Best Buy

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4 weeks ago

2015 Moto G 16GB now sold out on Moto Maker

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If you had your eye on the 2015 Moto G with 16GB of storage and 2GB of RAM, you may be out of luck for the moment. The higher-end version of the smartphone is now sold out on Moto Maker, leaving just its smaller-storage, lower-memory brother as the only option for purchase for the time being.

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4 weeks ago

HTC One M9 in Europe, the Middle East and Africa to receive Android 5.1 starting August 4

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HTC One M9 owners who live in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) will begin seeing the Android 5.1 update hitting their devices beginning August 4. Graham Wheeler, HTC's Product and Service Director of EMEA tweeted information about the update.

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4 weeks ago

Galaxy Note 4 on Sprint now receiving Android 5.1.1

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 on Sprint is now receiving its Android 5.1.1 update. Weighing in around 615MB in size, the update also brings along some performance improvements and new multi window features. At this time, Sprint has yet to post an official change log with all of the changes found in this build.

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4 weeks ago

Huawei's Honor records revenue of $2.63 billion, 20 million shipments in first half of 2015

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Huawei launched its Honor sub-brand last year, aiming to offer unlocked devices through an online-only business model to reduce overhead costs. The Chinese manufacturer has announced today that the Honor brand accounted for 20 million shipments during the first six months of 2015, netting $2.63 billion in revenue.

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