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1 month ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for October 27

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Anybody shopping for Android apps, accessories, smartphones, or tablets will want to take a skim through these sales we've scrounged up from around the web. Every day, we comb through these sales to make sure they're fresh and accurate, and try to find a few more. Latest additions will be at the top of each list. For apps, Google Play stuff is at the top, and Amazon App Store sales are at the bottom.

As always, if you find any sales out out there that aren't listed, let us know in the comments!

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1 month ago

OnePlus One pre-orders now open for the next 60 minutes [Update: link is down]

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The floodgates are now open, at least for the next hour, for folks who want to pre-order the OnePlus One smartphone without the customary invite for this device.

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1 month ago

OnePlus to offer India-specific invites soon, official launch slated for later this year

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After announcing plans to launch the OnePlus One via an e-commerce partner in the country later this year, OnePlus is now stating that the device in India will be initially sold through the invite-only system followed by other launch countries. The silver lining is that the invites will be specific to India, and that they will be "neither scarce nor impossible to come by."

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1 month ago

Xiaomi addresses privacy concerns, outlines plans for Indian data center

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In a statement provided today, Xiaomi has outlined measures it is undertaking to allay user concerns after it was revealed that devices like the Redmi 1S were sending user data back to the vendor's servers in China.

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1 month ago

Verizon's Motorola Droid Turbo leaks its full retail form

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Motorola Droid Turbo

We've already seen much of what's to come in the Verizon Motorola Droid Turbo thanks to some marketing leaks (you can see the full Droid Turbo specs as we currently know them), but this weekend we're getting one of our best looks at the upcoming phone in proper physical form thanks to Motofirmware — and in its full retail duds at that.

Along with a great look at the phone itself, we get confirmation that it'll ship with the Motorola Turbo Charger, which quickly gets a dead phone to a partial charge.

The Droid Landing countdown ends on Tuesday. We're in New York City on Tuesday. Stay tuned.

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1 month ago

Two more new Samsung Galaxy Note 4 TV ads focus on the S-Pen and camera

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Samsung has been busy promoting its new Galaxy Note 4 with recent short and long form TV ads. Now the company has released two more commercials for the recently launched 5.7-inch smartphone.

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1 month ago

The Verizon Xperia Z3v video review

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We're not quite done with the Verizon Sony Xperia Z3v just yet. You've already seen our complete written Z3v review. But do yourself a favor and spare us 3 minutes for our video review. The short take? Verizon's got a decent phone here in terms of specs and features, but we just can't get over the ho-hum design that it stayed with when it shunned the proper Z3.

It's a mystery, or something. Enjoy.

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1 month ago

10 more things to know about the Samsung Galaxy Note 4

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Can't get enough Note 4 info? Here's the next 10 things you should know about this phone.

The Galaxy Note 4 is a huge device for Samsung that will undoubtedly sell tens of millions in the next couple of years, so we're sure more than a few of you are curious about it. After rounding up our thoughts into a comprehensive review and also a solid list of the first 10 things you need to know about the Note 4, we now have another great lineup of 10 more things you really should know about this phone.

Whether you've already picked one up and just want to learn all you can, or are still on the fence and need a little more info before making up your mind, this is going to help you along the way. Read along for our list of the next 10 things you should know about the Note 4 — let's dive in.

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1 month ago

A 32-bit Nexus in a 64-bit world: Why Google's new phone isn't already obsolete

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Nexus

A 32-bit phone released in the 64-bit age rouses some questions — let's answer them

New Nexus time, baby! It's the time of the year when hardcore fans of Google's version of Android get excited. We see new hardware, new OS versions with sweet features, and we start to think about how we're going to fund our new purchases and the things we're going to do with them. It's #420ROOTIT all day for some, enjoying "pure" Android as-is for others.

With every launch of new Nexus hardware comes a little controversy, though. This year it's mostly the size — the Nexus 6 is a big beast of a phone — and the price — the Nexus 6 is priced like a big beast of a phone. (Or like every other phone. Just unlike previous Nexus phones is all.) Division exists on both counts, but in the end the people who really want the new Nexus will buy one in spite of, or because of, both issues.

But there's one not-so-little thing that has more than a few scratching their heads and a little worried. Lollipop is built for 64-bit processors, and the Nexus 9 tablet is a 64-bit device. But the Nexus 6 uses a 32-bit processor. Does that mean it's obsolete before it even gets released?

Let's rap.

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1 month ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for October 24

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Anybody shopping for Android apps, accessories, smartphones, or tablets will want to take a skim through these sales we've scrounged up from around the web. Every day, we comb through these sales to make sure they're fresh and accurate, and try to find a few more. Latest additions will be at the top of each list. For apps, Google Play stuff is at the top, and Amazon App Store sales are at the bottom.

As always, if you find any sales out out there that aren't listed, let us know in the comments!

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1 month ago

Samsung launches the Galaxy Mega 2 in India

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Samsung has launched the Galaxy Mega 2 in India, displaying the massive handset on its online store. The 6-inch display touting giant of a phablet will set purchasers back Rs.20,900 ($340).

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1 month ago

LG G3 Screen sports a 5.9-inch display and LG's own application processor

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LG G3 Screen

LG tonight took the wraps off LG G3 Screen (as previously expected), marking the first smartphone to be powered by LG's own processor.

The NUCLUN is an 8-core ARM-based big.LITTLE processor pushing four Cortex-A15 processors at 1.5GHa and (that's the high-power, lowercase "big") and four Cortex-A7 processors at 1.2 GHz (that's the low-power, uppercase LITTLE — get it?) that also supports LTE-A for max theoretical download speeds of 225 Mbps.

The Screen's design is in line with the LG G3, only bigger, with this new processor, and a lower-resolution display. It's running Android 4.4.4 KitKat.

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1 month ago

Samsung Netherlands confirms Galaxy S5 Plus pricing at €599

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Remember that Galaxy S5 Plus that's launching in the Netherlands? It looks like we can now confirm official pricing on the handset. According to a press release issued by Samsung's Netherlands branch, the device will land in the country in late October for €599.

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1 month ago

The Verizon Xperia Z3v review!

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Verizon Sony Xperia Z3v

Most of us here in the U.S. have had to look at our European neighbors in envy when it comes to high-end Sony devices. For whatever reason, the Japanese company just hasn't seemed to break in to the U.S. market. That ends today, with the availability of the Xperia Z3 on Verizon.

Actually, it's the Z3v were talking about here today. We've already reviewed the proper Z3 and Z3 Compact, and it turns out that little difference in the name denotes quite a big difference in look and feel. We're only a half-year beyond the Xperia Z2, and the Z3v strangely sort of finds itself stuck between the last generation and this newer update.

So is the phone in No Man's Land? Or is it worth your time and money? Late's take a look in this, our Verizon Sony Xperia Z3v review.

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2 months ago

We're answering your Verizon Xperia Z3v questions in the forums!

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Today's Sony's big day on Verizon, with our Xperia Z3v review going live. (Verizon's started selling the phone today, which we suppose is also a big thing. But seriously. Read our review.)

Anyhoo. Folks have questions. We have answers. And I'll be hanging out in this forum thread today, spilling my guts after a week with the Xperia Z3v. So come swing by if you've got something you'd like to ask.

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