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BlackBerry DTEK60 review: A great Android phone and the best BlackBerry

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DTEK60

The BlackBerry DTEK60 isn't getting much attention outside of the hardcore BB audience. That's a shame because it's one of the best phones of 2016.

No, I haven't lost my marbles. The BlackBerry DTEK60 really is that good.

Like a lot of Android fans and people who write words about phones for a living, I chuckled and instantly dismissed the DTEK60 before it even arrived. BlackBerry having Alcatel make a phone for them and deigning to charge a premium price for it sounded like a recipe for disaster much like the Priv. Good phone, great phone — none of that matters when you're competing against the Samsung juggernaut, especially when you have BlackBerry's reputation (mostly unfair, in my opinion). I mean, come on. Is BlackBerry even still in business? They lost about 99% of their market in the past five years and everyone outside a small group of the BlackBerry faithful has written the company off. What could they possibly do to turn things around?

You start by making a phone like the DTEK60, that's what.

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1 month ago

Meizu unveils the Pro 6 Plus with 5.7-inch QHD display, Exynos 8890 SoC

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So. Many. Features.

At an event in Beijing, Meizu rolled out its latest flagship, the Pro 6 Plus. The phone is an upgrade to the Pro 6, offering a 5.7-inch QHD Super AMOLED display with 3D touch. It is powered by the 14nm Exynos 8890, the same SoC used in international models of the Galaxy S7.

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1 month ago

Nougat OTA starts rolling out to the Xperia X Performance

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Nougat is now available for unlocked U.S. and global variants.

Sony has started rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat to the Xperia X Performance. The update is now available for the unlocked U.S. model (F8131) as well as the dual-SIM global variant (F8132). As spotted by Xperia Blog, the update increments the phone's firmware to 39.2.A.0.327.

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1 month ago

Pixel grabs 10% of the premium smartphone market in India, but there's a long way to go

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The Pixels are off to a great start in India.

The Pixel and Pixel XL made their debut in India on October 26, retailing for ₹57,000 ($830) and ₹67,000 ($975) respectively. The launch was followed by an advertising blitz by Google that saw billboards plastered across major urban centers and commercials on major channels. With a Note 7-sized hole waiting to be filled, Google shipped 33,000 units of the Pixels in the country, catapulting the phone to the third spot in the premium segment (devices over ₹30,000) with a market share of 10%.

That's according to data from market research firm Counterpoint Research, cited by ET Tech:

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1 month ago

Honor 8 community review: Simply the best small phone right now

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What do three Android Central community members think of the Honor 8? Here it is, in their own words!

The Honor 8 is a great phone. We've previewed it and reviewed it; we've spent time with its camera and evaluated it against other phones in its price category.

But we use a lot of phones, and that often leads to a slightly different take on what's important to the average phone user. So we decided to pass along a few Honor 8s to dedicated Android Central Forum members, people who have experience with devices but could offer a fresh perspective on a popular handset. With the Honor 8 reduced to under $300 in some cases for the holiday, let's take a look at what forum members Sam (lumivalo), Joice (libra89), and Dan (dpham00) thought of the phone.

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1 month ago

LeEco partners with AT&T for free DirecTV Now promotion

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LeEco takes another step towards relevance in the U.S.

Self-proclaimed technology "disruptor," LeEco, is taking steps to flesh out its relatively sparse content lineup by partnering with one of the biggest technology companies in the U.S., AT&T.

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1 month ago

Lenovo K6 Power unveiled in India with Snapdragon 430, 4000mAh battery for ₹9,999

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Lenovo is on a roll in India.

Lenovo rolled out the Z2 Plus to a lot of fanfare last month, and the Moto E3 Power, Moto G4 as well as the Moto G4 Plus continue to top the charts in the budget segment. The company is now the second-largest smartphone vendor in the country behind Samsung with a market share of 9.6%, with quarterly shipments going up by 46.1% from Q2 2016.

The company is now launching the K6 Power, a budget handset to go up against the Xiaomi Redmi 3S. The K6 Power features a 5-inch Full HD display, 1.4GHz octa-core Snapdragon 430 SoC, Adreno 505 GPU, 3GB of RAM, 32GB storage, microSD slot (up to 128GB), 13MP camera, 8MP front camera, Cat. 4 LTE (Bands 3/5/40), VoLTE, dual-SIM, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, and a huge 4000mAh battery.

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1 month ago

Android 7.0 Nougat update now rolling out to T-Mobile's LG G5

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Nougat OTA is now rolling out to T-Mobile LG G5.

T-mobile's variant of the LG G5 is now picking up the Android 7.0 Nougat update. The update weighs in at 1.2GB, and includes the November 1 security patch.

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1 month ago

Moto M with metal chassis and 4GB RAM coming soon to India

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Moto M is a metallic Moto G4 with a few design tweaks.

Lenovo unveiled the Moto M earlier this month in China, and the company is all set to bring the device to India soon. A tweet posted by Motorola India suggests we'll see the phone make its debut in the market sometime next month.

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1 month ago

Sony's Xperia X Compact is $100 off, Xperia XZ $150 off for Cyber Monday! [update]

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The smallest phone gets the biggest discount.

Update: The Xperia XZ is now a bit cheaper than when we first posted this deal, dropping to $499; that deal is also available in all colors.

Original story: Everyone is getting together for a day of deals, which is to be expected after several other days of deals. Sony's Cyber Monday offerings have launched, and if you're looking at an[Xperia phone as your next there are a couple of compelling offers available. Here's what Sony has to offer!

Sony's phones have earned a bit of praise this year for delivering decent cameras and the great battery capacity that used to be considered standard. The Xperia X Compact, which is by far the best deal available on Sony's Cyber Monday deals, is a much more reasonably priced option at this lowered cost. Despite the 720p display and lack of a fingerprint sensor, Sony's phones have a history of both quality performance and a unique setup for unlocking and rooting if you're interested in a more technical adventure.

You can check out any of the links above to order immediately, or head to Amazon and see all of Sony's offerings!

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1 month ago

Best car mounts for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge

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Best car mounts for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge

Holding your phone while driving is a horrible idea. Get a car mount for your S7!

In many cases, it's illegal for you to hold your cell phone to your ear while you're driving, so a car mount is a great alternative. This way, you can throw up a Google Map before you embark and you'll be able to following your path like you would on any GPS device.

Get yourself a Bluetooth headset (or, better yet, a car with built-in Bluetooth) and you'll be able to answer calls, since pushing a button on your phone will be no different than pushing the buttons on your console.

If you've got the Galaxy S7 or S7 edge, then we've got the car mount roundup you've been looking for.

Spigen Air Vent Magnetic Car Mount

Spigen Air Vent Magnetic Car Mount

Gone are the days of gooey adhesives that muck up the inside of your pristine automobile. Magnets are where it's at. No, the magnets won't mess up your phone; you'll just have easy on and off mounting, which is what we all want, isn't it?

This Spigen mount has two sizes of slits to fit almost any car air vent and you can pop your S7 or S7 edge on in any orientation. All you do is stick the metal plate to the back of your phone's case and boom, your phone's magnetic and good to go any time. You can even take the mount with you and use it as a kickstand for when you're watching videos on your phone.

Note: you should stick the metal plates to a case and not the back of the phone itself. If you need some help finding cheap cases, we've got another round-up with your name on it.

It should also be noted that having the metal plate on the back of your Galaxy S7 or S7 edge's case will hinder wireless charging, so you'll have to take it out of the case for that.

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EnergyPal HC84K Car Mount

EnergyPal HC84K Car Mount

This particular mount serves a dual purpose: it holds your phone and doubles as a car charger. The end of the mount plugs into your cigarette lighter and looks like most USB car chargers, but an articulating arm extends upward from the unit into a three-sided phone holder. It softly cradles your phone, leaving the bottom open so you can run your charging cable down to the USB ports.

This unit comes equipped with over-charge protection, so you won't fry your phone if your car decides to short circuit on you. The gooseneck-style end can be rotated to any orientation, so you can view maps in landscape format if you fancy.

The only downside of this particular mount will be where your lighter plug is placed. If it's kind of hard to get to, then this particular mount may not work out for you, since the neck is only about 5 inches long.

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Logitech Drive One-Touch mount

Logitech Drive

If you're into a minimalist mount, then the Logitech Drive will suit your needs nicely. It mounts with just a twist and only takes up about 2 inches of either your dashboard or windshield.

The adhesive metal disc attaches to either your phone or its case (definitely preferable) and it securly mounts to the Drive in any orientation you like.

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iOttie Easy One Touch Car Mount

iOttie Easy One Touch Car Mount

This is one of those mounts with a sticky gel pad that you stick to your dashboard, so if you're worried about damage, you may want to sit this one out. However, the nice part about it being a gel pad is its ability to stick to uneven and textured surfaces, making this mount ideal for even the most oddly designed vehicle interior.

You've got a telescopic arm that extends two inches and bends 180 degrees, to give you versatility in terms of where you stick your mount. It comes with a one-year replacement warranty, so if anything goes wrong, you just contact iOttie and they send you a new one.

If the gel pad on the back gets all dusty and gross and won't stick anymore, you can just rinse it under warm water, let it dry, and it'll be good as new.

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Nite Ize Steelie

Nite Ize Steelie

This mount is just plain cool as hell. You stick the magnet to the back of your phone or case, and it easily mounts to the magnetic ball that mounts to your dash. It takes up next to no space, and you can mount your phone in any orientation you want.

The magnet is strong, so there's no worry of your Galaxy S7 or s7 edge falling off (unless you plan on off-roading), and the adhesive won't leave a grody residue on your phone or dashboard.

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Spigen Style Ring

Spigen Style Ring

If you want to go as minimal as possible, then the Spigen Style Ring is the only way to go. It's an adhesive piece, no bigger than an inch, that sticks to the back of your phone, with an articulating ring that doubles as a kickstand (bonus!).

Then, there's another piece, about the same size, that adheres to your dashboard or your console and you just hang the ring on it. That's it. It takes up about as much space as the volume knob on your radio. If you're taking some wild turns, it may jostle your phone out of place, but it's otherwise quite secure, despite how it looks.

Make sure you stick it to your dash during warmer months, since the adhesive won't really take in the dead of winter.

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ProClip mobile mounting solutions

ProClip

For a completely customized car mount, direct your attention to ProClip. They offer a two-part car mount solution that you customize for your specific needs. Firstly, you select your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus from the menu, and indicate whether or not you want to factor in the case you use. You'll be given a variety of six to eight images to choose from with specs and details for each phone holder offered.

Once you've decided on your iPhone holder, you move on to the custom mounting base. Select the kind of base you want (dashboard, pedestal, and so on) and select the vehicle you drive. The bases you will be selecting from are designed to snap into the seams of your dashboard or grip the necessary panels, so no sticky pads or bolts are necessary. Eliminate the guessing by customizing every aspect of your car mount and know that it's going to fit just the way you want it to.

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RAM mount

RAM Mount

The RAM mount is a heavy duty twist-locking suction cup mount that mounts on your dashboard or windshield. Made of marine grade aluminum, the RAM is just about as tough as they come and sturdily holds onto your Galaxy S7 or S7 edge and won't let go.

The rubber-coated tips ensure that your phone doesn't slip, and the holder is spring-loaded, so you don't need to fiddle with the mount with both hands just to get your phone in there.

If you need a mount that holds onto your phone with kung fu grip, check out the RAM.

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Important to consider

Double-check the ol' law where you are and make sure that it's not illegal to mount anything on your windshield.

You'll also want to consider the absorbency of your dashboard, since some adhesives may leave stains.

What's your favorite?

Which car mount are you presently using for your Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge? Sound off in the comments below!

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This article was originally published on May 1, 2016. It was recently updated in November, 2016 with the following changes: Removed Omaker and Zilu mounts; added ProClip, Steelie, Logitech Drive, and RAM mounts.

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1 month ago

Google Pixel XL: One month later

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With a month of use behind us, how is the larger of the two Pixel phones holding up?

The Google Pixel XL, the larger of the two Pixel handsets, is a great phone. In fact, we currently rank it as the best Android phone you can buy. But the real mark of a top-tier smartphone is that it stands up to months, or even years of use without skipping a beat. That's why we're going to revisit both Pixel models over the coming months, updating our impressions as we go.

I've been using the Pixel XL since October 14, and during that time it's been my daily driver, accompanying me on trips halfway across the world, as well as being by my side through more mundane everyday tasks. So it's time to reflect on my first month with the phone. Let's dig in.

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1 month ago

Did you pick up a new Android phone on Black Friday?

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What did you get?

There were a bunch of amazing deals available to U.S. and international consumers this Black Friday (and some fantastic Cyber Monday deals today, too). For many, it was the perfect time to pick up a new phone.

Some of the most popular phones during Black Friday.

From deeply-discounted Google Pixels at Verizon to unlocked devices like the ZTE Axon 7 and Honor 8, there were some great deals to be had on Android phones this past week. So tell us: Did you pick up a new device, for you or a loved one? And why did you choose that one in particular? Let us know in the comments below!

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1 month ago

BLU Vivo 6 UK promo price extended for Cyber Monday

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BLU Vivo 6

£55 off new mid-ranger from BLU.

Florida-based brand BLU has extended its £55 off deal for the new Vivo 6, a metal-clad mid-ranger that launched on Black Friday at a special price. As part of a Cyber Monday deal, you'll be able to pick up the Vivo 6 for its discounted price of £184.99, down from the standard £239.99. The "rose gold" model is back ordered to December 2, while the regular "gold" is showing as available for delivery on November 30.

As we've seen from our brief time with the phone so far, it's a decent-looking handset, but one with a few software quirks.

On the outside, the Vivo 6 sports a curved aluminum unibody with a brushed finish, and a subtle curve that fits comfortably in the hand. Chamfers around the front and back give it a premium look and feel, similar to an old favorite of ours, the HTC One M7. It's a trued and true design that many have emulated over the years, but nevertheless it looks good at any price point.

the phone is incredibly quick in day-to-day use — there's not a hint of lag or stuttering to be seen when jumping between apps — and thanks to the ample 4GB of RAM, we didn't notice any multitasking issues either. But there are also changes that may rub Android purists the wrong way, like the aforementioned iOS-style quick settings, and the springboard-style home screen with no app drawer.

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1 month ago

Samsung opens up Galaxy S7 Nougat beta program to more users

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Nougat on GS7

A second chance to test Nougat on the GS7 — but it's not yet clear how many countries are included.

It appears Samsung has opened up the Galaxy Beta program to more users in the UK, following the initial rollout earlier this month. This gives Galaxy S7 and S7 edge owners a second change to try pre-release versions of Nougat for the phones, after the first wave of places were quickly snapped up.

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