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1 month ago

Galaxy S7, S7 edge pick up minor update in India

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Following the touchscreen and camera fix update, Samsung is rolling out a minor update to the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge in India. Coming in at just 1MB, the update includes bug fixes and stability improvements.

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1 month ago

Watch our HTC 10 video review!

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If you've got a few minutes, we've got everything you need to know about the HTC 10. From the camera to the battery to the beautifully chamfered edges to the software, it's all there, in one video.

Enjoy.

More: Read our comprehensive HTC 10 review!

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1 month ago

Hands on with the shampoo-sounding Acer Liquid Zest Plus

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Acer only announced one Android smartphone at its New York event, but it's memorable... for the wrong reasons.

It's safe to say the Acer Liquid Zest Plus won't be coming to North America anytime soon, but the mid-range smartphone has a couple of interesting specs that may pique your interest.

The 5.5-inch device runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow (with the April 1st security update, natch) on a skin that is as close to stock Android as we've seen from the Taiwanese company. Inside, a MediaTek MT6735 SoC and 2GB keep things running smoothly, while the 13MP rear camera boasts laser focus and phase-detection autofocus, for reasons not divulged by the company's executives — though more is better in this case, we hope.

The plastic phone feels its sub-$249 price: creaky and uninspired, in either white or black hues. A window cover, which replaces the traditional snap-on back cover and wraps around the phone's front, offers quick access to notifications and other shortcuts, but the implementation feels half-hearted at best.

Indeed, the only notable thing about this phone is the three-day battery life, facilitated by the included 5,000mAh cell. Like Lenovo's ZUK lineup, phablets targeting the Asian market are beefing up their uptime as users grow even more dependent on their pocket supercomputers.

Specific pricing and availability won't be known for some time, but rest assured we'll keep you informed if the Liquid Zest Plus should grace our carriers — or grocery stores.

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1 month ago

LG V10 Marshmallow update now available from AT&T

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If you're rocking the AT&T variant of the LG V10, you'll be happy to hear that the Marshmallow update is now rolling out. The update weighs in at just over 1GB in size, so you will want to make sure you have enough battery power, and a strong Wi-Fi connection before attempting to download it. The update brings a number of new features to the phone, like enhanced permission controls, Doze and much more.

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1 month ago

LG releases official bootloader unlock for European LG G5

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LG has released an official bootloader unlock for the European variant of the G5. That's right, if you have the H850 variant of the LG G5, you can now unlock the bootloader thanks to LG.

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1 month ago

Sprint Galaxy S7 review: The start of your 'Galaxy Forever' journey

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Sprint Galaxy S7

How does adding the Sprint network change the experience of one of the best Android phones around?

By now, most of us know the story on the Galaxy S7. Samsung really doubled down on everything that made its 2015 flagships great, while fixing a few of the main pain points like battery life, expandable storage and waterproofing. And since you can get the same basic Galaxy S7 from just about any carrier in the U.S., each one is trying to do things a little different to get customers in the door.

Thankfully for us the carriers haven't customized the hardware on the Galaxy S7, and Sprint in particular didn't even put its name or logo on the phone. Obviously the software differs slightly between the carriers, as do the pre-installed apps, but what really differentiates them is their offerings in terms of network, features and pricing.

If you haven't done so already, it's worth reading our complete Galaxy S7 review for the full take on the phone, regardless of which carrier you choose to go with. Beyond that, I've spent a couple weeks with the Sprint version of the Galaxy S7, seeing how it differs from the other carrier versions and where Sprint has made changes to try and differentiate itself. Here are all the details.

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1 month ago

Android N Developer Preview is now available for Sony Xperia Z3

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Sony's Xperia Z3 is one of the first non-Nexus device to support the Android N Developer Preview. It was previously rumored that Google would allow other manufacturers to begin testing the software, and that appears to have proven true. You will need to flash the first image (of Developer Preview 2) and then Sony will push future updates over-the-air to the phones.

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1 month ago

Acer's Liquid Zest Plus has a 5,000mAh battery for under $250

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That's a lot of juice!

At its next@acer event in New York City, Acer announced its latest Android device, a mid-tier smartphone with a funny name: the Liquid Zest Plus.

Sporting a 5.5-inch HD display and a 13MP rear camera with laser autofocus, and a wide-angle 5MP front camera, the Liquid Zest Plus may have a memorable name (and not in a good way), but it does have one particular standout feature: its 5,000mAh battery.

Acer notes that the Liquid Zest Plus has one of the largest integrated batteries on the market, and certainly in its sub-$250 price range.

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1 month ago

Why an HTC Nexus phone in 2016 makes perfect sense

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New Nexus phones would be a natural fit for HTC as it looks to secure the future of its smartphone business.

Google's Nexus phones don't have the instant recognition of a Samsung or LG handset, but they do play an important role in the Android ecosystem. As such, they draw a special kind of attention from Android enthusiasts. Each year sees a fresh cycle of rumors, speculation and leaks as a new generation of Android device, showcasing the latest the OS has to offer, comes into focus.

This year, many of the most credible rumors surrounding the 2016 Nexus phone (or phones) points to HTC being the manufacturer of choice. And aside from just how likely these individual reports are, there are plenty of logical business reasons why HTC might want to hop onboard the Nexus train. Let's take a look at why it almost makes too much sense to not happen.

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1 month ago

Lenovo's ZUK Z2 Pro offers Snapdragon 820, 6GB RAM and 128GB storage for $420

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Lenovo's mobile-only sub-brand ZUK hasn't garnered much attention, but that's about to change with its latest offering, the ZUK Z2 Pro. Unveiled in China earlier today, the phone features a 2.15GHz Snapdragon 820 SoC, 6GB of LPDDR4 RAM, 128GB UFS 2.0 storage, USB Type-C (3.1), Bluetooth 4.2, and a 3100mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0.

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1 month ago

Micromax Canvas Spark 2 Plus offers Marshmallow for just ₹3,999

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Micromax, India's leading handset brand, has announced the latest addition to its Canvas Spark series of affordable smartphones. The Canvas Spark 2 Plus is the first smartphone from the vendor to run Marshmallow out of the box, and it's available for just ₹3,999.

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1 month ago

LG G5 se briefly appears online in Russia

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The LG G5 se has been rumored before, with some saying that it would be a smaller version of the LG G5. After appearing online in Russia, it doesn't appear as though the size rumors played out to be true, but it does have downgraded internals. It won't have the Snapdragon 820 processor, and instead will sport the Snapdragon 652. Another notable difference is that it is said to be a 3G phone, even though the processor has an integrated LTE modem.

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1 month ago

Xiaomi Mi 5 review: Incredible hardware, irritating software

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Xiaomi Mi 5 review

The Mi 5 offers great hardware, but software drawbacks and availability issues continue to hold the device back.

Quick take:

Xiaomi was quick to roll out the Mi 5 in the Indian market, with the vendor trying to make a statement in the country after seeing sluggish sales over the course of the last 12 months. However, the Mi 5 available is the 32GB edition with 3GB of RAM and an underclocked 1.8GHz Snapdragon 820, and not the Pro model with 4GB of RAM and 128GB storage. Combine that with a confounded flash sales model and software that's reminiscent of the KitKat era, and you get a phone that feels overpriced at ₹25,000.

The good

  • Great display
  • Premium design
  • Fast hardware

The bad

  • Annoying flash sales
  • Software niggles
  • Camera not great in low-light
  • No microSD slot

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1 month ago

AT&T rolling out April security patch to Galaxy S7, S7 edge

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AT&T Galaxy S7 and S7 edge users are seeing an update that brings the April security patch. The update comes in at 173MB, and includes the latest security fixes from Google.

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1 month ago

Oppo's selfie-focused F1 Plus goes up for sale in India for ₹26,990

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Oppo F1 Plus is now available in India. Pre-orders for the phone kicked off on April 11, and the handset is now available for purchase in retail stores across Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Chennai for ₹26,990.

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