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1 month ago

HTC One M9 available online at 12:01 a.m. EDT Friday, in stores April 10

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HTC One M9

The HTC One M9 and its finely tuned Snapdragon 810 processor go on sale in the U.S. online tonight and in stores in two weeks.

The HTC One M9 will be available online in the U.S. starting at 12:01 a.m. EDT Friday morning (or late tonight, for everyone west of the Mason-Dixon, more or less) and will hit stores April 10. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon will announce their own pricing, of course, but HTC also will offer an unlocked model (banded for AT&T) for $649. Phones ordered online from HTC will start arriving next week, ahead of carrier sales.

In addition to carrier stores, you'll also be able to snag an M9 from Amazon, Best Buy, Costco and Target.

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1 month ago

ZTE officially announces the Nubia Z9 Max and Z9 mini

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ZTE has unveiled two versions of the Nubia Z9 at a press event in Beijing. Meet the Nubia Z9 mini and Nubia Z9 Max.

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1 month ago

Will fingerprint security be worth using on the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge?

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Samsung's new fingerprint tech is only really new to the platform, so there's some things you should know.

One of the best bits of news to come from Samsung announcing the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge was the new fingerprint sensor. The days of swiping your finger across the pad and hoping things worked out are gone, and in its place we find a single press scanner that promises to be both easier to use and generally more secure. This new tech raises some interesting questions, and our forums have had a lot to say about what is expected with this new tech. Whenever we get to talking about security here at Android Central, we have to make it clear that there's an ocean of difference between totally secure and relatively secure.

While Android 5.0 and the new Galaxy S6 tech work together to make you a great deal more secure, we're still basically talking about being relatively secure, and a lot of that has to do with how you choose to use your phone.

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1 month ago

A Galaxy S6 from T-Mobile will come with a free year of Netflix

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Samsung's always thrown in a bunch of free apps and subscriptions with their phones, but T-Mobile's throwing in some freebies of their own.

If you were planning on getting a Samsung Galaxy S6 or Samsung Galaxy S6 edge from T-Mobile, it'll come with a year's worth of Netflix.

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1 month ago

Best Buy 4-day sale cuts Samsung Galaxy Note 4 pricing by at least $100

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The latest four-day sale from Best Buy includes the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, dropping the price by at least $100 depending on carrier.

Best Buy is offering a sale on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 through March 29, which brings a cost savings of at least $100 to the device on contract. AT&T and Sprint models are discounted by $100, dropping the price to $199 on contract. The Verizon model is discounted by $200, making it only $99 on contract.

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1 month ago

Leaked image of alleged HTC One E9 reveals glossy back

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HTC is once again set to offer a flagship-level smartphone with a plastic chassis.

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1 month ago

How cases will affect wireless charging and Samsung Pay on the Galaxy S6

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Samsung's wireless everything strategy doesn't seem to have a downside yet, but it's still early.

There are a lot of reasons to be excited about the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge. The curved display on the edge and overall improved design with Samsung' latest Galaxy generation takes this brand to new heights, but more than that there's an opportunity to be truly wireless with this phone. The dual Qi/PMA charging solution baked into the back and Samsung's integrated payment solution are the closest thing to being able to comfortably leave the house with just your phone that we've seen yet. As we've seen in the forums this week, that wireless freedom raises some natural questions regarding accessories. Specifically, if you've got a thick case on your Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 edge, will wireless charging or Samsung Pay even be an option.

The short answer is no, but as is often the case when things like wireless charging and digital payments are involved it's a little more complicated than that.

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1 month ago

Lollipop update for Samsung Galaxy Note 3 on AT&T starts rolling out

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 owners will be happy to know AT&T has pushed out the Lollipop update.

Following the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 earlier today, the Galaxy Note 3 on AT&T has also begun receiving its Lollipop update. The update, which is just over 1GB in size, will bring the phone up to Android 5.0.

Build number LRX21V.N900AUCUE0C1 has only just started rolling out, so you may not see the update notification just yet. Over the next few days the update should hit your phone, but if you want to check for an update now you can easily. To check for an update, open your devices settings menu go to the 'General' tab, then scroll to system update and tap on update now.

Discuss the AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note 3 update in the forums

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1 month ago

Futurology 1.1: Smaller, higher-capacity batteries are closer than ever before

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Batteries

Recent advancements in Lithium Sulfur and Lithium metal anodes pave the way for smaller, safer batteries with higher capacities.

Back at the start of the year in our Smartphone Futurology series, we discussed the technology behind the battery in smartphones and what's to come in the future. This article is a quick update to that piece, looking at some of the recent developments in batteries based on Lithium chemistry — like the ones powering the vast majority of smartphones.

We'll take a closer look at what reduces your phone's battery life over time, and how high-capacity technologies like Lithium Sulfur batteries and Lithium metal anodes are closer than ever to becoming practical. Join us after the break.

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1 month ago

U.S. Cellular to start selling LG G Flex 2 on March 26 for $150 on contract

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U.S. Cellular will begin selling the LG G Flex 2 starting on Thursday, March 26 for the price of $149.99 with a new two-year agreement.

The wireless carrier will also offer LG's latest phone, with its curved display, for $0 down and 20 monthly payments of $31.50 a month. There's also the option of buying it outright for $630. U.S. Cellular will offer the 5.5-inch phone with its Platinum Silver color only.

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1 month ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 on AT&T finally receiving its Lollipop update

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The Lollipop update is now rolling out for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 on AT&T.

AT&T is pushing out the Lollipop update for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. The update, coming in at 1.16GB in size, bumps the phone up to Android 5.0.1.

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1 month ago

HTC One M9 pre-orders kick off at Three UK, available on plans starting from £39

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The HTC One M9 is now available for pre-order at Three UK, with eligible plans starting from £39 a month. Coupled with an upfront fee of £19 for the new smartphone, it's a premium price for the advanced HTC device.

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1 month ago

Oppo's upcoming phone scorns at bezels

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With zero bezels on either side, Chinese manufacturer Oppo's upcoming smartphone looks stunning.

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1 month ago

Dealing with local storage backups on the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge

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Galaxy S6 USB

No microSD card slot is a bummer, but we're not even close to calling local storage dead.

Folks who appreciate local storage are typically the most vocal supporters of microSD card slots on Android phones. We've seen a lot of unrest in the forums about it, but one post in particular stood out when it came to dealing with local backups. It's just plain convenient to be able to load 60gb of music or movies onto a single storage device and move it from place to place to suit your needs, and if you're regularly on the go or you don't have the best Internet connection in the world — to say nothing of a mediocre data plan — local storage is everything. News that the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge will be cranking up the internal storage in exchange for a profile that makes removable storage wildly impractical sounds like a huge bummer to local storage folks, but the truth is there are plenty of options out there for you still.

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1 month ago

Five things to know about the HTC One M9

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HTC One M9

Now that we've got our massive HTC One M9 review out the door, it's time to step back and take a top-down view. Because for as much as we care about the details, we get that it can be a bit much. And there are few important things about the M9 that help define it as a smartphone, as well as help put it in context with everything else that's out there — and with what's to come.

So here, now, are the top five things you need to know about the HTC One M9.

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