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1 month ago

O2 UK to start selling the Nexus 6 from later today

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UK carrier O2 has announced that it will commence sales of the Nexus 6 from later today. First stock of the device was scheduled to be available from December 1, but it looks like it may be a while before residents in the country are able to get their hands on the Nexus 6.

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1 month ago

YotaPhone 2 hands-on

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YotaPhone 2

Pure Android on the front, e-ink goodness around the back

At an event in Central London today, YotaPhone unveiled its second Android handset, the appropriately-named YotaPhone 2. Like the original YotaPhone, the second-gen device features a standard smartphone display on the front and a unique e-ink panel around the back, and it's that "always-on display" which forms the YotaPhone 2's main point of differentiation.

From the front you're looking at a relatively pedestrian Android handset — there's a year-old Snapdragon 800 processor running the show, paired with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage and a 4.7-inch 1080p SuperAMOLED panel. Physically, it's a relatively nondescript Android slab, with curved corners and a matte-textured back. And on the software side it's basically vanilla Android 4.4.3 KitKat with very few modifications, right down to the Google Now Launcher as the default home screen setup. The main difference on the software side comes in the slide-up menu containing the Google Now shortcut, and this is one of the ways in which you interact with the rear display.

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1 month ago

YotaPhone updates its two-faced phone; in Europe now, U.S. in 2015

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YotaPhone 2

New secondary display promises to be 7 times more power efficient than its AMOLED face

YotaPhone today in London unleashed the second version of its dual-screen phone — and this one's looking to get in more hands. Available now in 20 countries in Europe, the Russian-made Android phone will make its way to Hong Kong by the end of the year, Taiwan, China and other Asian markets in the first quarter of 2015 — and the United States, Canada and Latin America after that.

If you're unfamiliar with the YotaPhone — the first was pretty much exclusive to Russia — it's got a traditional 1080p display on one side, and a low-power, always-on display on the other for what it says will give five days of e-book reading on a single charge. It also provides a glance view for things like notifications, clock and calendar info.

It's powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 at 2.2 GHz, with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of on-board storage. It's got an 8-megapixel camera with flash, and a 2MP front-facing shooter. It's got 4G LTE connectivity, NFC and Wifi.

It's also pricey, running £555 in the UK and 700 Euros elsewhere.

We're live at the event in London, so stay tuned for more. We've got the full press release below.

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1 month ago

Yotaphone 2 global launch event liveblog!

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Yotaphone 2 launch event

Today is global launch day for the Yotaphone 2, the second-generation dual-screen handset by the Russian manufacturer of the same name. Like its predecessor, the Yotaphone 2 boasts a standard LCD on the front, paired with a unique always-on e-ink display around the back. It's been a while since we first saw the Yotaphone 2 back at Mobile World Congress, but today the handset will be officially launched at an event in London. Naturally, Android Central will be on the ground to bring you live coverage of the Yotaphone 2 event, along with hands-on reports on the phone itself.

The action kicks off at 5:30 p.m. GMT — that's 12:30 p.m. EST, or 9:30 a.m PST. You'll find our live coverage right here, so keep it locked to AC for all the details.

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1 month ago

Upcoming Galaxy A7 promises to be Samsung's thinnest smartphone to date

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Following the launch of the metal-clad Galaxy A5 in China last month, Samsung is getting ready to unveil the Galaxy A7 in the country. The device was seen undergoing certification at TENAA – China's equivalent of the FCC – which revealed a thickness of just 6.3 mm.

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1 month ago

AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note 4 gets HD voice, bloatware in update

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AT&T has started rolling out an over-the-air firmware update for its version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, but at the moment there's no changelog available from AT&T. (Update: Yes there is! Keep reading.) The new firmware version is N910AUCU1BNK3.

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1 month ago

Get the Level Box mini for free when you buy a Galaxy Alpha from Samsung UK today

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If you haven't picked up a phone during Black Friday or Cyber Monday, Samsung is here to woo you. The vendor is offering the Level Box mini wireless speakers for free with every purchase of the Galaxy Alpha. The deal is valid for all purchases made on Samsung UK.

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1 month ago

Cricket's Cyber Monday 50% off Galaxy S4 sale extended one more day

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AT&T's no-contract subsidiary Cricket Wireless has extended its 50% Cyber Monday price cut for its Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphones to today, citing high demand for the offer. Both it and the Samsung Galaxy S5 were on sale yesterday, but Cricket tells us they're all sold-out of the Galaxy S5, so there's just the S4 on sale for now.

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1 month ago

Soak test invites going out to 2013 Moto G customers in India

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Lollipop rollout for the 2014 Moto G is already underway, and now it looks like Motorola is set to bring additional devices into the fold. In what may be indicative of an imminent Lollipop rollout, the handset manufacturer has started inviting 2013 Moto G customers in India to try out a soak test that offers "an early preview of a new software release."

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1 month ago

Lollipop update reportedly rolling out to Sony Z Ultra GPe

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We've been receiving reports from readers that the Lollipop update is rolling out to the Sony Z Ultra GPe. While there's no official confirmation yet, it looks like the update brings features like lock screen notifications, battery saving mode, Smart Lock and more.

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1 month ago

OnePlus One makes its official debut in India for Rs. 21,999

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OnePlus has launched the OnePlus One in the Indian market today in collaboration with Amazon India, who has exclusive rights to sell the device in the country. The 64 GB Sandstone Black variant is priced at Rs. 21,999 ($355), and customers interested in purchasing the device can request an Indian-specific invite from OnePlus' official forums. Both Amazon and OnePlus will be offering invites via their social media channels starting today.

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1 month ago

Galaxy Note 4 or Note Edge: Which should you buy?

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Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge

Two Galaxy Notes with many similarities, but one big difference — we're going to help you decide which to buy

When Samsung refreshed the Galaxy Note series this year, it gave people an interesting decision to make — Note 4, or Note Edge. With so many similar hardware specs, design elements and software features between the two, it can be tough to understand which model is right for each person. All of the major U.S. carriers carry both the Note Edge and Note 4, as is the case with retailers in other areas, and if you're buying unlocked the price difference of $150 is notable but not a complete deal breaker in itself.

Heading to the store, having narrowed it down to one of the two leading Notes from Samsung, which one should you buy? We're going to break it down and help you choose between the Note 4 and Note Edge.

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1 month ago

Motorola's $359 Moto X (2014) Cyber Monday deal is now live in the US

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As promised, Motorola has now launched the U.S. version of its Cyber Monday online sales event, where residents can, among other things, buy the off-contract version of the 2014 Moto X for just $359, a $140 discount from its regular price.

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1 month ago

The Moto X 2014, two months on

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Moto X 2014

See what we think of the new Moto X after using it for two months

Many of us were eagerly awaiting the next version of the Moto X. Motorola took its time to follow the lead of their then-parent company Google, and produced a clean and simple version of Android on their flagship devices. Ask anyone who bought a Moto X and they'll likely tell you that the software was great, even if they have other issues with the device itself.

Motorola carried that through in 2014 with the release of the new Moto X. It looks and feels like a "stock" Android device, and the Pure Edition is completely free of any carrier-ware to bring you an unadulterated Android experience. While we see the value in the changes manufacturers make to Android, we also know that plenty of us want that "pure" Android feel.

We've been having those feels for a while now, and it's time to revisit the Moto X so we can share our thoughts. And we have plenty of them to share.

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1 month ago

Motorola's Cyber Monday deal is now live in the UK, get £100 off the Moto X (2014)

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Motorola's Cyber Monday deal is now live for UK residents. The promotion sees the price of the 2014 Moto X slashed by £100 ($155), which means that you can now get a 16GB model for £319.99 ($500) and the 32GB variant for £359.99 ($560).

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