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1 month ago

5.5-inch Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 priced at $199.99 for a limited time in early pre-sale

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Alcatel OneTouch is holding an early pre-sale of its 5.5-inch Idol 3 smartphone for just $199.99 from now until the end of the day on Monday, April 20.

After 11:59 pm PDT on April 20, the price of the Idol 3 will go up to $249.99. Any pre-orders for the phone will start shipping in mid-May.

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1 month ago

Sony launches LTE-enabled Xperia E4g in India for ₹13,290

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The Xperia E4g — with dual-SIM connectivity and LTE — is now listed on Sony India's website for ₹13,290 ($215), making it the most affordable handset from the manufacturer to offer LTE in the country.

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1 month ago

Should I upgrade from the Galaxy Note 4 to the Galaxy S6?

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Galaxy S6 and Note 4

Considering the timing and differences between the phone, it's a tough upgrade decision to ponder.

Samsung runs two distinct flagship lines, the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note, each offering different qualities to appeal to different kinds of users. The Galaxy S series is the phone for a broader base of users, with a more average-sized screen, a few leading features and a neat design, while the Galaxy Note series turns all of the knobs to 11 with a huge screen, S Pen input, cutting-edge features for the large screen and tons of power.

The phones are released on a staggered cycle, outdoing each other in some areas as they're released about six months apart each year — and that makes the decision a bit fuzzy on whether it's at all worth an upgrade. The phones are in different classes in terms of features and sizes, but we still want to explore the idea of upgrading from a Note 4 to a Galaxy S6 — let's talk about it.

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1 month ago

Cyanogen releases official Cyanogen OS 12 update for Micromax Yureka

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Cyanogen is now pushing out their take on Lollipop, Cyanogen OS 12, for the Micromax Yureka.

Starting today owners of the Micromax Yureka will be able to update their devices to the official Cyanogen OS 12, bringing Lollipop to their devices. Cyanogen OS 12 is the companies take on Android 5.0 Lollipop, with some customization of course.

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1 month ago

T-Mobile ZTE Zmax sales halted because people keep trying to remove the non-removable battery

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Non-removable batteries are meant to stay in the device, but since people still want to try and remove it T-Mobile has deciced to stop selling the ZTE Zmax.

People love being able to remove batteries from their phones, and some will even do it when the battery is not meant to be removed. T-Mobile has put a stop to selling the ZTE Zmax for now because people are attempting to remove the battery that is meant to stay in the device.

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1 month ago

Galaxy S6 battery life bad? This update might help

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Update April 17, 2015: Now that we've got a day's worth of use under our belts, well, results are mixed as to whether the Samsung Galaxy S6 battery life is still bad, or whether it's improved. A number of folks in this forum thread believe that, indeed, they're seeing better results after Samsung updated its Push app. That's pretty much par for the course, especially when you're looking at things in this manner. We'll continue to keep an eye on this.

Original story: If your Samsung Galaxy S6 battery life has been less than impressive in these initial weeks, well, you're not alone. We've got any number of threads in our GS6 and GS6 edge forums that point to disappointing times before needing to recharge.

An update today from Samsung might help that.

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1 month ago

Yes, this is still the LG G4

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LG G4

LG this morning on Facebook made official what LG (probably) outed over the weekend: This is the LG G4.

This marketing shot of a woman holding the G4 is the same as one used in that leaked G4 preview site, only from a different angle.

We do learn one new thing, however: the leather is apparently "vegetable-tanned."

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1 month ago

LG's latest G4 teaser focuses on the upcoming flagship's improved QHD display

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LG really wants you to "see the great" in its latest teaser video for the LG G4, which focuses on the device's QHD display.

In typical teaser fashion, LG doesn't reveal a whole lot about the G4 here. In the rather short video, LG teases a QHD display that's 25 percent brighter and has a 20 percent wider color range when compared to previous QHD displays from the manufacturer — noting that "the difference is obvious."

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1 month ago

A first look at the Huawei P8

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Huawei P8

Our first look at Huawei's flagship phone for 2015

Android outlier Huawei has put out some surprisingly solid devices in the past 12 months. The Chinese manufacturer's 2014 flagship, the Ascend P7 was a decent phone marred by stuttery performance and dated software. But the Mate 7 and Honor 6 Plus, which followed later in the year, proved that this lesser-known brand could, in some areas, compete with the big boys. Now Huawei's back with a new flagship phone for 2015, and it appears the gap is closing further.

Head past the break for our initial hands-on impressions of the new Huawei P8.

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1 month ago

AT&T updates Samsung Galaxy S5 Active and Galaxy Alpha to Lollipop

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AT&T has released the Lollipop update for both the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active and the Galaxy Alpha.

AT&T customers who own either the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active or Galaxy Alpha will be pleased to see the Lollipop update arriving on their device. The update bumps both devices up to Android 5.0, bringing along many new features.

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1 month ago

Huawei's P8 introductory video is all about the camera and igniting stuff

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The Huawei P8 was introduced today to much fanfare, and they're following it up with a video the highlights the key features of the device.

The crux of the whole thing centers around the Huawei P8's camera, a 13MP OIS number. But it's really about the software that Huawei's put in there to unlock the power of that camera.

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1 month ago

Verizon's Samsung Galaxy S6 does not have Microsoft's apps preloaded

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Verizon Wireless has chosen not to preload a number of Microsoft apps on its Samsung Galaxy S6, despite an agreement between Microsoft and Samsung to offer them out of the box.

When the Galaxy S6 was first announced, Microsoft also revealed that the smartphone would have the Android versions of its OneDrive, OneNote and Skype apps preinstalled on the device, along with the Galaxy S6 edge.

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1 month ago

US-bound Huawei P8 variant receives approval from FCC

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Huawei has received approval from the FCC on a new device which is very similar to the recently announced Huawei P8.

Huawei officially announced the P8 smartphone today, and the FCC has now approved a new smartphone which bears stunning resemblance to the device. From the image included in the FCC listing there are a few minor changes to note, such as the camera flash moving to the opposite side.

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1 month ago

OnePlus Two due in the third quarter, with a cheaper phone by end of 2015

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The OnePlus Two, the successor to the OnePlus One, is now targeted for a third quarter 2015 launch, with a cheaper smartphone from the same company planned for release by the end of the year.

Previously, the OnePlus Two was supposed to launch either in the second or third quarter but a new Bloomberg feature confirmed the later time period for the smartphone's launch.

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1 month ago

Huawei P8 Max is 6.8-inches of HUGE

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Huawei P8 Max

Besides the P8, Huawei had a surprise for us today in London. A big surprise. A freaking 6.8-inch surprise. That would be the Huawei P8 Max.

And you read that right. A nearly-7-inch phone. Huawei's not exactly immune to busting out huge phones like this — big even by today's standards — but large phone is large.

It's sporting a 4360 mAh battery that Huawei says should get you more than 2 days' use on a single charge. It's got an 83 percent screen to body ratio and is just 6.8mm thin. And 94 percent of the body is metal, with the display covered by Gorilla Glass 4.

But, really, how big is it? This big.

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