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1 month ago

Android M Developer Preview now available for some Sony Xperia devices

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Developers can now flash the Android M Developer Preview on some of Sony's Xperia smartphones and tablets.

Google launched the Android M Developer Preview in late May during Google I/O, but only for a select number of its Nexus devices. Sony has enabled the preview to be flashed onto a number of its Xperia smartphones and tablets that are a part of its Open devices program.

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1 month ago

Sony Xperia Z3+ now available for purchase at Clove and Unlocked Mobiles

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UK retailers Clove and Unlocked Mobiles have the Sony Xperia Z3+ ready for order in both black and white. Previously listed for pre-order, the smartphone can now be yours for £499.

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1 month ago

T-Mobile Galaxy S5 now receiving Android 5.1.1 update

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After rolling out the Android 5.1.1 update to the Galaxy S6, T-Mobile is now turning its attention to the Galaxy S5.

The update takes the build number to G900TUVU1FOF6, and is now rolling out over the air. Those not yet seeing the update can head to Samsung Kies to manually check if newer firmware is available.

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1 month ago

Flipkart starts selling the OnePlus One as Amazon loses exclusivity in India

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The OnePlus One launched as an Amazon exclusive in India last year, but now the device is available for purchase on rival e-commerce store Flipkart.

The Indian retailer is running a launch promotion for the 64GB Sandstone Black variant, knocking down its cost to ₹19,998 ($315). The discounted price is valid until June 24, after which the phone will be back up to its normal price of ₹21,999 ($345). The 16GB Silk White edition is also set to make its debut in the coming weeks for ₹18,999 ($299).

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1 month ago

What is an 'unlocked' phone? (And why do I care?)

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Unlocked phones

Is my phone's bootloader unlocked? Is it SIM unlocked? What's the difference, and why is any of this important?

Unlocked. It's a word you'll see used a lot on websites about mobile technology, and most people writing about it will be sure to let you know that it is a good thing™. And it is (See? told 'ya). But unlocked can mean different things — that are all good things — depending on what, exactly, we're talking about.

Maybe you're wondering about being able to unlock the bootloader on the phone you want to buy next. Or maybe you'll need to SIM unlock your phone so you can take that trip abroad and not pay AT&T ten-cents a minute and a handful of dollars each time you check your email. Both are important, and we're going to talk about the differences.

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1 month ago

HTC One M9 photo comparison: Before and after the latest firmware update

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HTC One M9 in silver and grey

The camera experience isn't the strongest feature of the One M9, but HTC hopes that updates are making it better.

European versions of the HTC One M9 received a pretty substantial update at the start of June that claimed to improve many aspects of the phone, most importantly in the camera department. The fixes centered around better automatic exposure to keep photos in bright environments from getting washed out, while also improving low light shots by cutting back on noise and blur. Fringe cases where green or yellow hues were showing up on photos in harsh conditions have also supposedly been addressed.

Understanding the limits of how much can really change with a single update, we found it worthwhile to do some side-by-side comparisons between an updated One M9 and another device that has yet to receive the update, and see how the photos compared. This is what we found, and what you can expect to see on your M9 once it receives the update.

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1 month ago

2013 Moto X Android 5.1 update begins rolling out in the U.S., Brazil, and Canada

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2013 Moto X owners, your wait is finally over: Android 5.1 Lollipop is on its way.

Motorola's David Schuster once again took to Google Plus today to announce that the Android 5.1 Lollipop update for the 2013 Moto X is now rolling out for U.S. and Brazil retail devices, along with the Rogers variant in Canada.

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1 month ago

Cricket Wireless has several Android phones on sale until July 9

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If you are looking a getting a cheap, no-contract smartphone, Cricket Wireless has discounts on several of its phones from now until July 9.

AT&T's no-contract subsidiary Cricket Wireless has started a new promotion that cuts the prices on several of its Android smartphones from now until July 9.

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1 month ago

Sony Xperia Z3+ now available in exclusive ice green at Carphone Warehouse

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The Sony Xperia Z3+ is now available for purchase from UK retailer Carphone Warehouse. The company has the black, white and exclusive ice green variants available for purchase.

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1 month ago

You can now pre-order the Blue Topaz Galaxy S6 from Carphone Warehouse

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Carphone Warehouse is now taking pre-orders for the Galaxy S6 in blue, with the device set to launch on July 1.

Upfront cost for securing the device is £29.99, and monthly plans start from £34.99 a month. The retailer is Samsung's partner for the blue color variant, with the phone set to be available exclusively from Samsung Experience Stores and Carphone Warehouse once it launches on July 1.

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1 month ago

Vodafone Smart ultra 6 offers 4G and 5.5-inch full-HD display for £125

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Vodafone's latest offering in the Smart ultra series comes with a 5.5-inch full-HD display and LTE connectivity, and is available with pay as you go bundles for £125 or monthly plans from £17 a month.

Other specs include an octa-core Snapdragon 615 CPU, 16GB internal memory, 13MP camera at the back, 5MP front shooter, 3,000mAh battery and Android 5.0 Lollipop.

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1 month ago

Galaxy J5 and Galaxy J7 are Samsung's first smartphones with front-facing LED flash

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Samsung has launched its first set of smartphones that offer front LED flash, the Galaxy J5 and Galaxy J7, in China.

Both devices sport a 5MP camera at the front along with a 13MP shooter at the back with a f/1.9 lens. The mid-range devices come with 1.5GB RAM, 16GB internal memory, microSD card slot, LTE connectivity and dual-SIM functionality. On the software front, the handsets run Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box.

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1 month ago

Hands-on with the Verizon Sony Xperia Z4v

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Sony Xperia Z4v

Verizon gets the Sony Xperia Z4v later this summer — here's your first look!

Verizon recently announced the next Sony device to enter its lineup, the Xperia Z4v, and on paper the device looks like it can compete. What is on paper and what happens in the hand are two totally different things, and we got to spend a little bit of hands-on time with the phone this evening in New York City to see what it had to offer.

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1 month ago

Samsung's Blue Topaz Galaxy S6 and Emerald Green Galaxy S6 edge launch in UK on July 1

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Samsung's two latest flagship smartphones will get some new color options in the UK starting on July 1.

Samsung previously announced that it would introduce a new Blue Topaz version of the Galaxy S6 and an Emerald Green edition of the Galaxy S6 edge. Today, the company revealed both versions will go on sale in the UK starting on July 1.

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1 month ago

Xiaomi sells 10 million units of the Mi 4, slashes price to ₹14,999 in India

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To commemorate 10 million global sales of the Mi 4, Xiaomi has slashed the price of the 16GB model to ₹14,999 ($233).

Xiaomi has reduced the price of the 64GB variant of the Mi 4 over the course of the last month, bringing the device from its launch price of ₹21,999 ($342) down to ₹19,999 ($311). With the 16GB version now selling at ₹14,999 (down from ₹19,999), both models are competitively priced.

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