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1 month ago

Moto E 2015 goes up for sale in India for Rs. 6,999

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The launch of the Moto E 2015 is set to continue Motorola's dominance in the entry-level segment in India.

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1 month ago

Samsung goes 64-bit for the entry-level Galaxy Win 2 in Brazil

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Samsung has a new entry-level smartphone for Brazil: the Galaxy Win 2. It's not a barn-burner by any means, but it does at least offer LTE and a 64-bit processor.

There was a time not long ago where a 64-bit processor was considered the mark of a high-end phone. But with chips like the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 around, 64 bits are the domain of the flagship anymore. In fact, they're hitting the entry level, as evidenced by the Samsung Galaxy Win 2. The new low-end Samsung smartphone isn't a high-powered device, but it offers decent-enough specs and looks to be a worthy follow-up to the original Galaxy Win.

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1 month ago

Google says to look out for more USB-C Chromebooks and Android phones

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USB-C arrived in Google-land with the new Chromebook Pixel, but it's not going to stop there. Google says the new all-in-one connector's coming to more devices soon.

The reversible USB-C connector has made quite the splash this week, arriving in the new Apple MacBook and the just-updated Google Chromebook Pixel, but that's just the beginning of the all-in-one port and cable that can handle power, accessories, and even 4K displays.

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1 month ago

ASUS's ZenFone 2 overview is super intense, like the phone

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If you've been waiting for a EDM-backed video to get you pumped up for the ASUS ZenFone 2's release later this month, then this video is for you.

The ASUS ZenFone 2 is due out later this month, and in case you'd forgotten everything that we'd gone over in our initial hands-on at CES 2015, ASUS has put together a little video going over all of the phone's features, big and small, as a reminder.

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1 month ago

Cyanogen's take on Lollipop in final testing, releasing for OnePlus One in a few weeks

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Cyanogen's making progress on their Cyanogen OS 12 'L' update, and plans to release the Android 5.0-based OS in the next few weeks to select devices.

Cyanogen OS 12 'L' started wider testing back in January, and has finally reached the home stretch in getting ready to deploy it to regular users. The update, based on Android 5.0.1 Lollipop is coming for both the OnePlus One and Micromax Yureka in the next few weeks, with final quality assurance testing under way as we type this.

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1 month ago

Rumored Samsung Galaxy S6 Active specs surface, AT&T said to get first dibs

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If you were afraid that the Samsung Galaxy S6 might not be tough enough for you, the rumored Galaxy S6 Active might just be what you're looking for. If you're on AT&T, that is.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 was announced just last week, but it's lack of waterproofing (a feature present in the Galaxy S5 and glass back were disappointing to some. But, true to form, Samsung's rumored to have an "Active" variant of the device in the works that not only brings back waterproofing, but adds some ruggedization to the perceived fragility of the new Samsung flagship.

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1 month ago

HTC One E9 with 2K display sighted at Chinese wireless regulator

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China's telecommunications regulator TENAA has leaked out images for the HTC One E9, a previously unannounced smartphone that appears to be a larger, slimmer cousin to the just announced HTC One M9.

This new phone appears to be a successor to the HTC One E8 that was released in some markets in 2014. According to the specs on TENNA's site, the HTC One E9 will have a 5.5-inch QHD 2660x1440 display,a 2GHz octa-core chip, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage with a microSD slot and a 20-megapixel rear camera.

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1 month ago

Galaxy Note 4 owners: How's the Lollipop update treating you?

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Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop

The Note 4 is the latest Samsung phone to get Lollipop, as updates start rolling out across the world

Hot on the heels of the Galaxy S5, Samsung's stylus-toting Galaxy Note 4 has started to receive its update to Android 5.0 Lollipop in recent weeks. Lollipop is a big update for any device, and the Note 4 benefits from the new Android version's faster ART runtime and slick new notification system, among other improvements.

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1 month ago

Verizon Nexus 6 lands online March 12, in stores March 19

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Verizon will finally get its Nexus 6 tomorrow, March 12. Online, that is. You'll have to wait a week to get it in stores.

The long wait for the latest Nexus on Verizon is finally over. Almost. Verizon is launching the Google/Motorola phone online starting March 12 (that's tomorrow), and it'll be in stores March 19. It'll run $249.99 with a two-year deal or $27.08 a month on Verizon EDGE.

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1 month ago

Android 5.1 update for Nexus 6 could arrive as soon as today

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Sprint says Android 5.1 Lollipop for the Nexus 6 is due to land today, with SMS/MMS fixes and factory reset protection.

Following the recent availability of Android 5.1 factory images for the Nexus 5, 10 and 7 (2012), it looks like Google's latest Nexus phone is next on the list. U.S. operator Sprint has updated its Nexus 6 support pages indicating that the same build — LMY47D — is set to roll out starting today, March 11.

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1 month ago

Analysis claims the Samsung Galaxy S6 is tied with Note 4 for best smartphone display

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The research firm DisplayMate has determined the newly announced Samsung Galaxy S6 is tied with the older Galaxy Note 4 for best smartphone display.

Samsung sent DisplayMate, which regularly tests smartphone and tablet screens, pre-production models of both the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge to check out. Both have the same type of display, with a 5.1 inch high resolution Quad HD 2560x1440 pixel screen with 577 pixels per inch, with the only real difference being that the S6 edge has a curved screen.

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1 month ago

Android 5.1 SDK released, new APIs for dual-SIM devices and carrier apps

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The handful of new APIs in the new Lollipop release focus on cellular and telephony.

Hot on the heels of yesterday's Android 5.1 Lollipop announcement, Google has released the Android 5.1 SDK to developers, along with details of the dev-facing stuff contained in the new version of the OS. Firstly, Android 5.1 brings the platform up to API level 22, which includes new APIs for devices with more than one SIM, as well as additional APIs for carrier services.

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1 month ago

Alcatel Onetouch Idol 2 S is on sale for $188 until March 17

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Alcatel has placed the Onetouch Idol 2 S with LTE on sale for $188 through next week. The manufacturer is offering the deal exclusively through its online store until next Tuesday, March 17.

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1 month ago

Android 5.1 Lollipop Nexus updates to begin today

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Android 5.1, the first Lollipop maintenance release, is on the way

Update: Google has officially announced Android 5.1 Lollipop, which will begin rolling out from today.

Original story: As tends to happen shortly before Nexus updates start rolling out, T-Mobile has updated its support documents with references to a new update for the Nexus 5. Android 5.1 Lollipop build LMY47D is to begin rolling out today, March 9, according to the updated docs. This number is consistent with Android 5.1 build numbers we've seen doing the rounds on Android One devices in the past month, so it'd seem this is indeed the first major maintenance update for Lollipop.

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1 month ago

T-Mobile HTC One M7 begins its Lollipop rollout

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The over-the-air update is starting its roll out to the owners of the smartphone one day earlier than first announced by HTC.

We have received a tip from a member of Android Central's forums that the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the T-Mobile HTC One M7 has started. Last week, HTC's Vice President of Product Management Mo Versi indicated that the OTA update would start on Tuesday.

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