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1 month ago

No LG G4 until at least April, Korean news outlet reports

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File this one under expected and obvious: Korea Times is reporting that LG isn't announcing the next version of its flagship line — the LG G4, if the naming convention remains consistent — until at least April. That would give it distance from the Samsung Galaxy S6, which we're expecting to see at Mobile World Congress on March 1.

On the other hand, LG hasn't ever announced its flagship phone at Mobile World Congress. Instead, it used that stage in 2013 and 2014 to announce the LG G Pro and LG G Pro 2, respectively. We're not expecting a new G Pro model, with the LG G Flex 2 supplanting that line.

The LG G3 was announced in late May 2014 at events in New York and London.

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1 month ago

Samsung looks to regain market share in India with entry-level 4G devices

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Samsung is looking to increase its focus in India with the launch of three 4G-enabled devices that will go on sale in the region later this year. The new devices are slightly modified versions of existing products with LTE connectivity thrown in, and will be aimed at the entry-level segment.

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1 month ago

HTC One M8 $150 off for the weekend, Re Camera $50 off and HTC cases 50% off

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This weekend, through Monday, Feb. 16, you'll be able to save big on the the HTC One M8 directly from HTC. Sure, the HTC One M9 might be right around the corner, but that doesn't mean the One M8 is any less of a phone one year later. The discount rings in at $150, which brings the 2014 HTC flagship down to $499.00. And it's available for all colors on all carriers, so you don't have to go unlocked if you don't want to (or, you know, you're buying for Sprint or Verizon.)

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1 month ago

Galaxy Note 4 Volume/Interruptions setup on Lollipop offers worst of both worlds

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Note 4 Interruptions

Just let me mute my phone

The Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the global Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (SM-N910F) dropped in parts of Europe today, opening the doors for Note 4 owners in these parts to get a taste of Google's latest Android version. Much like Lollipop on the Galaxy S5, the Note 4's Android 5.0 update brings a splash of Material Design, new features and improved performance to Samsung's pen-toting 5.7-incher.

But it's not all good news ...

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1 month ago

HTC One M9: The Android Central wishlist

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HTC One M9

What do we want to see from the next HTC flagship?

We're reaching the time of year when new phones start to become available, and the first wave of 2015 flagships looks set to arrive at Mobile World Congress in just a few weeks time. Among the many announcements in Barcelona will be the next flagship phone from HTC, which we're assuming will be the HTC One M9.

This will be the third year of the HTC One series (or the fourth, if you include the One X and its contemporaries). Sure, the latest in HTC's line of flagship phones will be faster and more feature-filled than before, that goes without saying. But moving beyond the basic specs, there are a few things we'd like to see from the HTC One M9, based on our time with last year's M8.

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1 month ago

Samsung starts teasing 'The Next Galaxy' on Twitter

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Samsung started its teaser campaign for "The Next Galaxy" today with a Twitter post and video that shows, well, very little. The teaser's setting everyone up for the official announcement of the Samsung Galaxy S6 that should come in just a few weeks at MWC 2015.

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1 month ago

Carphone Warehouse is now selling HTC Desire 320, 620 and 820 in the UK

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Carphone Warehouse in the UK is now selling the three current smartphones in HTC's Desire range. They include the Desire 320, the Desire 620 and the Desire 820, the latter of which which we reviewed in December.

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1 month ago

Yezz is making modules for the build-your-own Project Ara smartphone

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Android phone maker Yezz has revealed its plans to support Google's Project Ara module smartphone efforts. It will show of its first module prototypes as part of its exhibit plans at the 2015 Mobile World Congress Trade show in Barcelona, Spain from March 2-5.

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1 month ago

ASUS ZenFone 2 specs

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We're going to see more and more high-end, unlocked phones in North America and throughout the world in 2015. And one of those — the ASUS ZenFone 2 — made its debut at CES 2015 in Las Vegas.

And these are the official specs of the ZenFone 2:

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1 month ago

Anyone can buy the Redmi Note 4G in India as Xiaomi ends flash sales

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Xiaomi has announced on Twitter that it is ending flash sales of the Redmi Note 4G in India as the vendor believes it has sufficient stock to make the device available for open sale. Starting today, anyone can purchase the device directly from Flipkart by shelling out Rs. 9,999 ($160).

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1 month ago

Motorola begins Android 5.0 Lollipop soak tests for the Moto E and Moto Maxx

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There's some pretty sweet news for Moto E and Moto Maxx owners today: Motorola has announced that it has begun soak tests for Android 5.0 Lollipop on the Moto Maxx in Brazil and Mexico, along with the Moto E in Brazil and India.

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1 month ago

How to get the most out of S Health on the Galaxy Note 4

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S Health on the Note 4

It won't make you get off the couch, but S Health can be a useful tool

S Health has been around for some time on Samsung phones, but it was only with the inclusion of more finely-tuned sensors and a full-blown heart rate monitor on the latest devices that made it a really valuable tool for tracking your health and fitness data. While the options for choosing a third-party system — often paired with a hardware fitness tracker — are still out there, S Health is bundled with every Note 4 and will cover the bases for most people who want to keep track of their health.

Just like any other health and fitness app available today S Health is really only useful when you have it set up correctly and are making the most of it — we're going to show you how to do just that.

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1 month ago

BLU Studio Energy, with its really big battery, now available on Amazon for $149

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BLU Products is now selling the BLU Studio Energy smartphone, with a massive 5,000mAh battery, unlocked for $149 on Amazon.com. The smartphone was first announced, along with many other BLU devices, at CES 2015 in January.

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1 month ago

Samsung once again reported to be working on a Galaxy S6 variant with three-sided screen

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Samsung is believed to be working on two variants of the Galaxy S6, one with a standard display and the other with a dual-edge screen. The latest from Bloomberg corroborates previous rumors, stating that a variant of the Galaxy S6 will feature a three-sided screen, with the display "covering three sides" of the device.

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1 month ago

Samsung's underwhelming Galaxy J1 is now available in India for Rs. 7,190

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Samsung's Galaxy J1 is now available in India, with Amazon listing the entry-level device for Rs. 7,190 ($115). As previously reported, the device features a 4.3-inch WVGA display, 1.2 GHz dual-core Spreadtrum SoC, 512MB RAM, 4GB internal memory, 5 MP camera at the back and a 2 MP shooter up front.

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