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1 month ago

Cyanogen setting up an office in India, mulls acquisition of local talent

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Cyanogen is setting up a 50-member team — a third of the company's current employee base — in India that will work on localizing Cyanogen OS, along with quality assurance testing.

Part of Cyanogen's latest $80 million funding round — led by India's Premji Invest — will be used toward establishing an office in India, as well as any potential acquisitions of local startups.

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1 month ago

Inside the ZenFone 2 with ASUS and Intel (Part 2)

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Hot on the heels of Part 1, we bring you more of our interview (in partnership with Tom's Guide) with ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih and Intel's Aicha Evans.

In these closing questions we get deep inside what it took to design and build the ZenFone 2, which brings quite a lot to the table despite merely costing consumers $299.

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1 month ago

LG G4 camera tips and tricks

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LG G4 camera

The LG G4 has one of the best cameras on an Android phone. Make your photos even better by following a few basic steps.

The LG G4 is one of the best Android phones available right now, and the camera experience is a big part of that. LG's latest flagship includes a 16-megapixel sensor with 3-axis OIS (optical image stabilization), a color spectrum sensor and LG's trademark laser-assisted autofocus. And on the software side, the G4 is one of the first mainstream phones to offer RAW photo capabilities out of the box.

That's a great deal of camera technology inside a seriously impressive phone, but what's more important is how you'll use it. Head past the break for a few simple tips to get the most out of the LG G4's main camera.

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1 month ago

Alcatel Idol 3 to start shipping in the US on May 21

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The Alcatel Idol 3 will be available for consumers to purchase in the US beginning May 21, and pre-orders will also begin shipping at the same time.

Pre-orders of the budget friendly Alcatel Idol 3 are set to begin shipping on May 21, the same day that the company will officially begin selling the device in the US. Featuring a 5.5-inch 1080p display, 16GB of internal storage, 2GB of RAM along with a 1.7GHz processor, the Idol 3 will run Android 5.0.2 out of the box.

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1 month ago

Getting inside the ZenFone 2 with ASUS and Intel (Part 1)

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We've reviewed the ASUS Zenfone 2. We've seen the phone's launch in North America. And you can now purchase the ZenFone 2 for a completely reasonable price of $299. (Or even a little less if you want to skimp on the specs.)

But that's really just the start of the story for ASUS, which is teaming up with Intel for this new Atom-based phone. There are a lot of firsts here for both companies. And to get the full scoop we (along with our pals at Tom's Guide) sat down with ASUS chairman Jonney Shih and Intel Corporate VP Aicha Evans at the ZenFone 2 launch event in New York City.

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1 month ago

Get a 64GB Galaxy S6 for the price of the 32GB model with T-Mobile's Memorial Day sale

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This weekend, T-Mobile will be offering customers who purchase the Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 edge the ability to grab the larger storage capacity model for the price of the lower one.

In celebration of the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, T-Mobile is offering customers the 64GB version of the Samsung Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 edge for the same price as the 32GB model.

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1 month ago

These are the top Xiaomi phones you need to know

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Xiaomi

The manufacturer you may have rarely heard of is making some great devices.

Xiaomi is a smartphone manufacturer that is growing in stature day-by-day, despite having virtually no physical presence outside of Asia. Sales of its phones in territories including its native China and India have propelled the relatively young OEM into the top 5 smartphone manufacturers in the world. Impressive, certainly, and sees Xiaomi going toe-to-toe with the likes of Apple and Samsung at the higher reaches of the league table.

And yet while so many have heard the name, the phones are still relatively alien to many in the west. Xiaomi has a reputation for building devices that are extremely good value for money without cutting corners on the specs. If you're interested in picking up a Xiaomi phone or just interested in the brand, these are the phones you'll need to know about.

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1 month ago

Oppo officially announces the R7 and R7 Plus

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Oppo has announced two new smartphones, the Oppo R7 and R7 Plus. The former is a 5-inch handset, while the latter is a 6-inch phablet.

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1 month ago

LG looking to boost smartphone sales, may launch another flagship later this year

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LG will continue to offer two flagship devices a year as the South Korean manufacturer aims for a larger chunk of the smartphone market share.

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1 month ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 4, six months on

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Galaxy Note 4

Half a year on, Samsung's most recent Note still ranks among the best Android phones of the moment.

Five months into 2015, and halfway through its shelf life, it's time to take a look back on Samsung's best phone of 2014. The Galaxy Note 4 arrived at a pivotal time for the Korean giant. Along with the Galaxy Alpha, it signaled the beginning of the end for the plasticky, blooping and whistling Samsung phones we'd come to know and eventually tolerate.

It's sometimes said among fans of the series that the only thing that can replace a Note is another Note. And having used the Galaxy Note 4 extensively since its launch, I'm beginning to see why.

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1 month ago

Buy a Moto G and Moto 360, save $129 during four-hour sale

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For a very limited time Motorola will be offering a savings of $129 when combining the purchase of a Moto G and Moto 360.

Motorola is hosting a four-hour sale today on the Moto G and Moto 360, that reduces the total price by $129 down to only $299 for both. The sale runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. CT, so you will want to act quick.

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1 month ago

Droid Turbo gets three new metallic accent colors from Verizon, available starting May 28

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Verizon will begin offering a Grey Ballistic Nylon Droid Turbo on May 28, with your choice of three new limited edition metallic accent colors.

Beginning on May 28, Verizon will offer customers the Motorola Droid Turbo in a Grey Ballistic Nylon color along with their choice of three metallic accent colors. Customers will be able to pick from metallic blue, metallic orange, or metallic violet accents at no additional cost.

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1 month ago

Where to buy the ASUS ZenFone 2 in the U.S. and Canada

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ASUS ZenFone 2

The new ASUS ZenFone 2 goes on sale today in North America. And it's a bit of a monumental phone not just for ASUS — which for the first time is making a major marketing push in this part of the world, but for partner Intel as well. The Z3580 Atom processor in the ZF2 is the first to to use a CPU and modem from Intel. Combine that with up to 4GB of RAM, a good camera, decent design — and above all an affordable off-contract price, and the Zenfone 2 is very much in the conversation when it comes to an alternative to the big-named (and higher-priced) phones.

You'll have a choice to make. But for our money we'd go for the ZE551ML version — that's the $299 model with the full complement of RAM and 64GB of on-board storage. In Canada, the phone costs slightly more, coming in at $379. If you'd rather go for the model with 16GB storage and 2GB RAM, it'll set you back $199 in the U.S. and $249 in Canada.

And finally: Where to buy the ZenFone 2. These are your official options.

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1 month ago

YotaPhone 2 now on sale in the US, via Indiegogo, with special prices for early birds

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You can now buy the dual-screen YotaPhone 2 smartphone in the US, thanks to the Indiegogo website.

As promised a few days ago, Yota Devices has started selling the dual-screen YotaPhone 2 in the US, via the Indiegogo crowdfunding website. The first 100 people who buy the phone can get it for just $500.

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1 month ago

ZTE brings the Nubia Z9 mini to India for ₹16,999

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ZTE has launched the Nubia Z9 mini in India, marking the debut of the Chinese manufacturer's Nubia brand in the country.

The Nubia Z9 mini was announced along with the Nubia Z9 Max in the month of March, which were joined by the bezel-less flagship Nubia Z9 earlier this month. In India, the Z9 mini is sold exclusively via Amazon, with the device available for ₹16,999 ($267).

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