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1 month ago

Amazon lightning deal cuts Sony Xperia M4 Aqua to $150

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If you're looking for a good deal on Sony's Xperia M4 Aqua, Amazon is currently running a lightning sale knocking the price of the smartphone down to $150.

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1 month ago

Spec showdown: Pixel C vs. Galaxy Tab S2 vs. iPad Air 2 vs. Surface 3

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Google Pixel C

What makes all of these large tablets tick?

With the release of the Pixel C, we have yet another big Android tablet that's looking to challenge the other offerings out there. But this one's just a little different, as it has the choice of two different keyboards that are aimed directly at turning the tablet into something capable of handling some more productive tasks. The goal is not unlike the other tablet-masquerading-as-a-laptop devices from Samsung, Apple and Microsoft.

There's far more to a comparison of these devices than just specs — particularly when you start looking at productivity aspects of each — but knowing that you have enough power under the hood to get things done is always important. We've rounded up the specs for the Google Pixel C, Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7, Apple iPad Air 2 and Microsoft Surface 3 to see how they all stack up.

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1 month ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 5, S6, S6 edge, S6 edge+ receiving security update from T-Mobile

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T-Mobile is currently pushing an update to a number of Samsung phones on its network that includes a security update, as well as now displaying which security patch your phone has. The updates are rolling out to the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge and Galaxy S6 edge+, and it's quite small in size.

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1 month ago

Moto X Pure Edition owners: How's Marshmallow treating you?

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It's been just over a week since Motorola started pushing the Android 6.0 update to Moto X Pure Edition users on US carriers, so by now there's a decent number of you Pure Edition users enjoying all of the benefits of Marshmallow. This means it's time to check in and see how Motorola did delivering this update, and how you as users are enjoying the experience so far.

Anyone who lived through the Android 5.0 update on the Moto X 2014 and continued to suffer until things were fixed in the significantly delayed Android 5.1 update knows that occasionally these updates don't always go as planned. At the same time, one of the things that separates Motorola from the other manufacturers is the way most of their core apps and services are delivered through the Play Store so the big focus for this update is the underlying OS and not a ton of new features. This update is all about Doze, Now on Tap, and the star of the show — app permissions.

There's clearly a lot going on with this update, so share your thoughts and experiences so far! Has Doze given your Pure Edition any increase in longevity? Do you notice Moto gestures behaving more or less responsively? Are you using Now on Tap? Let us know!

Join the discussion in the Moto X Pure Edition forums!

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1 month ago

Nexus 6P said to be headed to Best Buy, gold variant to launch in the US

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According to a new report, Best Buy may begin selling the Nexus 6P, and the exclusive for the gold version may be ending as its rumored to be headed to the U.S. as well. Recently, Best Buy began carrying the Nexus 5X, so it's not a complete surprise to hear that it will also be carrying the bigger brother. Having more buying options is always a plus, and with the ability to visit Best Buy locations and potentially see it on display and get your hands on it before purchasing may persuade some buyers.

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1 month ago

Xiaomi Redmi Note Prime is not the upgrade you've been waiting for

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Xiaomi has launched the Redmi Note Prime in India. The second device from the vendor to be locally manufactured in the country, this year's offering is similar to the original Redmi Note, with a slight bump in the specs.

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1 month ago

The LG V10 camera quick share bar is awesome

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Sometimes, simple features can be the best features. Case in point — the quick share feature in the LG V10 camera app.

Sharing pictures on Android isn't hard. Take your picture, find it in the gallery, open it and press the share button. You'll find most every application that can be used to open, share or send a photo to social media, the web or a specific person. Sharing intents are one of Android's most powerful features. LG has a method to cut out most of those steps and make it even easier.

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1 month ago

Huawei Mate 8 specs

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Huawei has released their biggest and baddest phone ever to the public with the new Mate 8, and the on-paper specifications look impressive.

Featuring the new Kirin 950 processor and i5 coprocessor, we're promised better performance and better battery life. Of course, everything else needed to power a high-end Android phone is on-board as well — Android Marshmallow, a 4,000mAh battery and the promise of an awesome camera.

The Mate 8 is currently only available for the Chinese market, but Alex is having a close look at it direct from Shenzhen.

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1 month ago

These are the top ASUS phones you need to know

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This is the best that ASUS has to offer.

In years past when ASUS was making phones that docked into tablets that docked into keyboards, all a lot of people wanted the Taiwanese manufacturer to do was just make a phone. No docking, just a regular Android phone. That changed first in 2014, and then in 2015 things really kicked up a gear with a whole range of competitively priced smartphones.

One thing, though, is that ASUS' range of phones can be a little confusing to navigate. There are multiple models, some limited by region, but all very similar in a lot of ways. That's where we come come in. We've done the hard work for you and this little lot is the current list of the best phones ASUS makes that you need to know about.

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1 month ago

Hands-on with the Huawei Mate 8

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Huawei Mate 8

We're hanging out with Huawei and Honor in Shenzhen (for Honor's 2nd anniversary event) and are now getting our first time in-hand with the Huawei Mate 8, the company's new flagship phone for China. The 6-inch phone is running Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Huawei's custom EMUI — we'll need more time to dive into that before determining how much it's grown from the issues we've had with previous iterations — on a somewhat confusingly low-resolution 1080p display.

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1 month ago

Buy a Samsung phone from AT&T, get a Galaxy S6 for free

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AT&T is currently running a promotion for the holiday season on the Samsung Galaxy S6, offering buyers the option to score one for free when purchased alongside another current Samsung phone.

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1 month ago

Do we really need 4K on a smartphone yet?

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Sony is ahead of the game by launching the first smartphone with a 4K display. But is that something we need?

4K, or Ultra HD, is definitely the 'in-thing' right now. If you're buying a new TV then there's a high chance it'll have a 4K display and even computer monitors with UHD panels have started to become more affordable. Then there's the fact that every high-end Android smartphone in recent times can boast "4K video recording" as a feature.

But do we really need 4K displays on smartphones just yet? Sony thinks so, even if the execution in the Xperia Z5 Premium is seriously limited. We've got a couple of arguments in the for and against column.

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1 month ago

Verizon offering Star Wars editions of the Droid Turbo 2

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Verizon is showing its excitement for the upcoming Star Wars movie with some new promotions. Starting December 11, you'll be able to create a customized Droid Turbo 2 with the colors of your favorite character. That's right, through Moto Maker you'll be able to customize the phone with color palates and backed based on a variety of characters, including Poe Dameron, Rey, BB-8, a First Order Storm Trooper and even Kylo Ren. To take the customization a step further, you'll be able to set matching wallpapers through an app that will be exclusive to Google Play.

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1 month ago

Moto G Turbo Edition with Snapdragon 615 launches in India for ₹14,999

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Motorola has launched the Moto G Turbo Edition in India for ₹14,999 ($227). Featuring a speedier Snapdragon 615 SoC and Quick Charge capabilities, the phone is significantly better than the Moto G 2015.

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1 month ago

HTC Perfume flagship rumored with Android 6.1, Sense 8.0

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HTC's upcoming flagship will allegedly offer Android 6.1 out of the box along with Sense 8.0. That's according to the usually reliable LlabTooFeR, who has also revealed that the device is called Perfume:

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