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1 month ago

Android 7.0 Nougat is now making its way to the Xperia XZ

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Nougat goodness is coming to the Xperia XZ.

After rolling out Nougat to the Xperia X Performance yesterday, Sony is now making the update available on the Xperia XZ. The update brings build number 39.2.A.0.327, and is rolling out initially to the unlocked variant (F8331) as well as the dual-SIM model (F8332).

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1 month ago

Samsung works with Australian carriers to block the Note 7

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Note 7 will be cut off from accessing mobile networks in Australia.

At this point, I thought we were done with the Note 7 saga. Turns out that isn't the case, as Samsung is now announcing that it is working with Australian carriers to disable services for Note 7 units in the country. Samsung did the same with New Zealand carriers last month, so it isn't surprising to see the company resort to the same measures in other regions as it tries to get back the few units still out in the wild.

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1 month ago

Moto Z may get a Google Tango Moto Mod in 2017

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Let's Tango, Moto.

Right now, Google Tango is a great idea trapped inside mediocre hardware. As we saw in Lenovo's Phab 2 Pro, there is a lot of potential in the camera-reliant augmented reality technology, but right now there's really no reason for a consumer to invest in it.

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1 month ago

Best Android racing games

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Speed your way past the competition in these outstanding racers for Android!

We've rounded up the best racing games to be found in the Google Play Store. With so many options to choose from, we've compiled a list that covers a whole slew of sub-genres — from stylized arcade racing to highly realistic racing sims — so no matter your preference, you should find an outstanding game that's right for you. Let's hit the road!

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1 month ago

'Gooligan' Android malware used to compromise Google accounts

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Android security

Malware used existing root exploits to target Jelly Bean, KitKat and Lollipop devices, racking up fake installations and reviews on Google Play.

Security firm Check Point has revealed a new malware campaign involving using malicious apps to root Android devices, steal Google authentication tokens and illegitimately rack up installation numbers and review scores for other apps.

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1 month ago

Huawei Mate 9 gets major software update as release nears

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Update to build B126 fixes notification bugs and improves performance and photo quality.

Up to now we've been using the Huawei Mate 9 on pre-release firmware, as we noted in our review. Today, ahead of its December launch in Europe, the global dual-SIM version (the model reviewers currently have) has received a major software update, essentially putting it on retail-quality software.

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1 month ago

BlackBerry DTEK60 review: A great Android phone and the best BlackBerry

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DTEK60

The BlackBerry DTEK60 isn't getting much attention outside of the hardcore BB audience. That's a shame because it's one of the best phones of 2016.

No, I haven't lost my marbles. The BlackBerry DTEK60 really is that good.

Like a lot of Android fans and people who write words about phones for a living, I chuckled and instantly dismissed the DTEK60 before it even arrived. BlackBerry having Alcatel make a phone for them and deigning to charge a premium price for it sounded like a recipe for disaster much like the Priv. Good phone, great phone — none of that matters when you're competing against the Samsung juggernaut, especially when you have BlackBerry's reputation (mostly unfair, in my opinion). I mean, come on. Is BlackBerry even still in business? They lost about 99% of their market in the past five years and everyone outside a small group of the BlackBerry faithful has written the company off. What could they possibly do to turn things around?

You start by making a phone like the DTEK60, that's what.

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1 month ago

Meizu unveils the Pro 6 Plus with 5.7-inch QHD display, Exynos 8890 SoC

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So. Many. Features.

At an event in Beijing, Meizu rolled out its latest flagship, the Pro 6 Plus. The phone is an upgrade to the Pro 6, offering a 5.7-inch QHD Super AMOLED display with 3D touch. It is powered by the 14nm Exynos 8890, the same SoC used in international models of the Galaxy S7.

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1 month ago

Nougat OTA starts rolling out to the Xperia X Performance

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Nougat is now available for unlocked U.S. and global variants.

Sony has started rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat to the Xperia X Performance. The update is now available for the unlocked U.S. model (F8131) as well as the dual-SIM global variant (F8132). As spotted by Xperia Blog, the update increments the phone's firmware to 39.2.A.0.327.

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1 month ago

Pixel grabs 10% of the premium smartphone market in India, but there's a long way to go

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The Pixels are off to a great start in India.

The Pixel and Pixel XL made their debut in India on October 26, retailing for ₹57,000 ($830) and ₹67,000 ($975) respectively. The launch was followed by an advertising blitz by Google that saw billboards plastered across major urban centers and commercials on major channels. With a Note 7-sized hole waiting to be filled, Google shipped 33,000 units of the Pixels in the country, catapulting the phone to the third spot in the premium segment (devices over ₹30,000) with a market share of 10%.

That's according to data from market research firm Counterpoint Research, cited by ET Tech:

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1 month ago

Honor 8 community review: Simply the best small phone right now

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What do three Android Central community members think of the Honor 8? Here it is, in their own words!

The Honor 8 is a great phone. We've previewed it and reviewed it; we've spent time with its camera and evaluated it against other phones in its price category.

But we use a lot of phones, and that often leads to a slightly different take on what's important to the average phone user. So we decided to pass along a few Honor 8s to dedicated Android Central Forum members, people who have experience with devices but could offer a fresh perspective on a popular handset. With the Honor 8 reduced to under $300 in some cases for the holiday, let's take a look at what forum members Sam (lumivalo), Joice (libra89), and Dan (dpham00) thought of the phone.

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1 month ago

LeEco partners with AT&T for free DirecTV Now promotion

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LeEco takes another step towards relevance in the U.S.

Self-proclaimed technology "disruptor," LeEco, is taking steps to flesh out its relatively sparse content lineup by partnering with one of the biggest technology companies in the U.S., AT&T.

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1 month ago

Lenovo K6 Power unveiled in India with Snapdragon 430, 4000mAh battery for ₹9,999

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Lenovo is on a roll in India.

Lenovo rolled out the Z2 Plus to a lot of fanfare last month, and the Moto E3 Power, Moto G4 as well as the Moto G4 Plus continue to top the charts in the budget segment. The company is now the second-largest smartphone vendor in the country behind Samsung with a market share of 9.6%, with quarterly shipments going up by 46.1% from Q2 2016.

The company is now launching the K6 Power, a budget handset to go up against the Xiaomi Redmi 3S. The K6 Power features a 5-inch Full HD display, 1.4GHz octa-core Snapdragon 430 SoC, Adreno 505 GPU, 3GB of RAM, 32GB storage, microSD slot (up to 128GB), 13MP camera, 8MP front camera, Cat. 4 LTE (Bands 3/5/40), VoLTE, dual-SIM, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, and a huge 4000mAh battery.

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1 month ago

Android 7.0 Nougat update now rolling out to T-Mobile's LG G5

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Nougat OTA is now rolling out to T-Mobile LG G5.

T-mobile's variant of the LG G5 is now picking up the Android 7.0 Nougat update. The update weighs in at 1.2GB, and includes the November 1 security patch.

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1 month ago

Moto M with metal chassis and 4GB RAM coming soon to India

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Moto M is a metallic Moto G4 with a few design tweaks.

Lenovo unveiled the Moto M earlier this month in China, and the company is all set to bring the device to India soon. A tweet posted by Motorola India suggests we'll see the phone make its debut in the market sometime next month.

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