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1 month ago

Unlocked LG G4 now available for the low price of $499 from eBay

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Holding out for a deal on the LG G4? Look no further, as eBay is offering the unlocked European model (H815) for just $499.

The European variant supports LTE bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 17, 20 and 28, ensuring full compatibility with LTE services on offer from AT&T and T-Mobile. The eBay deal is valid on the plastic-clad metallic grey, white and gold color variations of the device.

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1 month ago

Amazon deal cuts the price of the Fire Phone to £99 in the UK

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Amazon has cut the price of both Fire Phone models down to just £99 for folks in the UK.

Amazon apparently really wants those in the UK to pick up a Fire Phone. The company has slashed the price of both the 32GB and 64GB versions of the device down to just £99 in the UK.

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1 month ago

Samsung Galaxy S6 active review

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Samsung Galaxy S6 active

The Galaxy S6 active matches the standard GS6 in many ways, and even bests it in some crucial areas.

The quick take

The Galaxy S6 active takes a proven great device in the Galaxy S6 and beefs it up just a tad. Metal and glass are replaced by rubber and plastic, giving the GS6 active water, dust and shock resistance while only adding minimal thickness and weight. The extra space also gives the active a dramatically larger battery, which fixes one of the main issues with the original. You'll lose a fingerprint sensor and some of the sex appeal of the GS6 if you choose to buy an active, but the only real downside to be found here is that the phone is exclusive to AT&T.

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1 month ago

ZTE prepping a new 'Axon Phone' for the U.S. this summer

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A new Android smartphone that seemingly is coming out of nowhere in fact is from a very familiar place.

Those of us who wade through press releases for a living have recently found ourselves bombarded with mentions of an upcoming "Axon Phone." We hadn't given it too much thought — there are hundreds of random phones out there fighting for attention. But it turns out there's a little more to this story. PC Mag's Sascha Segan uncovered that this "Axon" thing actually comes from phone manufacturer ZTE.

So, things are a little more interesting now. And the phone itself doesn't look horrible, with Google services, 4GB of RAM and a promise of excellent audio. It's sporting dual cameras on the back, for that refocusing stuff that we've seen come (and go) on other phones.

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1 month ago

The Korea-bound LG Band Play brings the jams to life with premium speakers

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LG has unveiled a new entry into its smartphone lineup that puts the focus on music.

The LG Band Play is a new smartphone for the Korean market that puts the focus on the camera and speakers. The smartphone features rich set of 1W speakers, a 13MP rear camera with laser auto focus, and a 5MP front facing camera.

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1 month ago

US Cellular begins pushing Android 5.1.1 to the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge

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Android 5.1.1 is being pushed out by US Cellular for the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, bringing a number of fixes along with it.

If you are sporting a Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 edge on US Cellular, you will want to check your devices for an update. The carrier is now pushing out Android 5.1.1 to both devices, but unfortunately it has not released a proper change log for the update.

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1 month ago

Android 5.1 soak test begins for the 2014 Moto X on US Cellular

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Motorola has started the soak test for Android 5.1 on the 2014 Moto X for U.S. Cellular.

2014 Moto X owners on US Cellular, there's some good news afoot. Motorola has started soak testing the Android 5.1 update for the 2014 Moto X on US Cellular, which means a full rollout shouldn't be too far off.

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1 month ago

International data overseas: How the U.S. carriers stack up

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International Roaming

Oh, you'll have to pay extra for roaming data outside the U.S — the question is how much​

The editors here at Android Central tend to travel a lot for this job, and that isn't limited to staying in our home country. And when we travel, we need to have our phones with us and connected to data — that's kind of what we do. We're no strangers to dealing with roaming internationally, and thankfully for us the U.S. carriers are getting on board with everyone's tendency to get out of the country and see the world with their phones and tablets at their side.

Gone are the days of astronomical pay-per-MB rates, limited roaming carrier agreements and poor options from some of the carriers. Two of the big four carriers are now offering some sort of free international roaming, with the other two coming around to friendlier pricing structures and fewer restrictions on how we use our data we bought. Even prepaid carriers are getting in on the action with some international calling plans.

Even with all of these changes, international data still isn't cheap. Your best bet is to find a local prepaid SIM card when you travel and pop it in your unlocked phone. But that's not always easy — and there's really something luxurious about stepping off a plane, firing up your phone ... and it just works.

And so we've gathered up the international data rates for the four major U.S. carriers — Sprint, Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile. Each carrier does things slightly different, whether it's buying data ahead of time, loading up full-speed data passes once you're already gone or setting up a monthly roaming add-on.

Here's how each of the carriers handles international roaming.

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1 month ago

Android One arrives in Myanmar with the Cherry Mobile One

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The expansion of Google's Android One program continues, with the latest country being Myanmar.

Myanmar is the latest country to be added to the Android One program, with a new device coming from Cherry Mobile. The Cherry Mobile One combines high-quality hardware with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop to bring the amazing new features to more users.

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1 month ago

Samsung's upcoming Galaxy A8 promises to be its thinnest smartphone yet

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After the Galaxy A3, A5 and A7, Samsung is set to expand the A series with the launch of the Galaxy A8, which will be the manufacturer's thinnest smartphone.

The device is rumored to feature a metallic frame with a thickness of just 5.94mm. To put that into context, the Galaxy A7 comes in at 6.3mm, with the Galaxy S6 featuring a thickness of 6.8mm.

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1 month ago

Elephone P9000 may just be the first handset to run MediaTek's deca-core CPU

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According to a leak on a Chinese website, local manufacturer Elephone may be the first to launch a device featuring MediaTek's recently announced Helio X20 SoC with a deca-core CPU.

Based on the leak, the Elephone P9000 is scheduled to make its debut October 20, boasting a price tag of $500. The MediaTek hardware powering the device — the MT6797 — is the successor to last year's octa-core MT6795, and features a tri-cluster architecture that includes two Cortex A72 clocked at 2.5GHz and eight Cortex A53 cores, four clocked at 2.0GHz and four at 1.4GHz.

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1 month ago

OnePlus 2 will have a USB Type-C port for charging

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The upcoming OnePlus 2 smartphone will have a USB Type-C port for charging the device.

Last week, OnePlus revealed that it's next smartphone, the OnePlus 2, would have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor inside. Now the company has revealed that the successor to the OnePlus One will have a USB Type-C port for charging the smartphone.

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1 month ago

Grab a 128GB Galaxy S6 from T-Mobile for the price of the 64GB model

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T-Mobile is back again with a familiar promotion, giving customers the chance to purchase the higher storage Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 edge without dishing out any extra cash.

We have already seen T-Mobile offer a similar promotion, in which it offered customers the 64GB model for the price of the 32GB, but now it is including the 128GB model this time around. Customers who are interested in either of Samsung's latest flagships, the Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 edge, can get the larger storage model for the same price as the smaller one.

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1 month ago

Android M Developer Preview now available for some Sony Xperia devices

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Developers can now flash the Android M Developer Preview on some of Sony's Xperia smartphones and tablets.

Google launched the Android M Developer Preview in late May during Google I/O, but only for a select number of its Nexus devices. Sony has enabled the preview to be flashed onto a number of its Xperia smartphones and tablets that are a part of its Open devices program.

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1 month ago

Sony Xperia Z3+ now available for purchase at Clove and Unlocked Mobiles

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UK retailers Clove and Unlocked Mobiles have the Sony Xperia Z3+ ready for order in both black and white. Previously listed for pre-order, the smartphone can now be yours for £499.

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