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2 months ago

Factory images for Android 6.0.1 are now available for Nexus devices

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Factory images for the Android 6.0.1 update containing the new emoji are now available for a variety of Nexus phones and tablets.

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2 months ago

You can now pick up the OnePlus 2 in India without an invite

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After announcing that the global variant of the OnePlus 2 will no longer require an invite, the Chinese vendor is now getting rid of the invite system for the Indian model as well. Those interested in buying the handset can head to Amazon India and place an order, just like with any other phone.

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2 months ago

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium unboxing

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Xperia Z5 Premium

Sony's newest, highest-end smartphone yet is here in our hands.

We haven't seen the Xperia Z5 Premium since IFA, and even then we didn't see a whole lot of it. It sits atop the latest range of Sony's flagship Xperia lineup and can boast a world's first to boot.

Say hello to the world's first 4K smartphone.

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2 months ago

Verizon rolling out Wi-Fi calling to the Galaxy S6, S6 edge from December 8

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Verizon has announced that it will roll out Wi-Fi calling to the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge beginning December 8. The feature — dubbed Advanced Calling — will be enabled via a software update, which will be rolled out in phases.

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2 months ago

A third opinion of the BlackBerry Priv

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I'm only here for the keyboard.

We've talked a lot about the BlackBerry Priv here lately because we find it pretty interesting. BlackBerry is struggling, and it looks like the way they plan to reinvent themselves is by releasing phones running Android. We think that's both pretty cool and way overdue.

I've been using the Priv since the week before its official launch, both because I had to and because I wanted to. After more than a month with the Priv in one of my hands, I figured it was time to sit down and write a few words about what I thought.

That's what you're reading now, a third Android Central editor giving the Priv of a little bit of a review.

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2 months ago

New Samsung Lollipop firmware now shows your Android security patch level

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... And that's a good thing.

While Samsung has committed to monthly Android security patches for many of its high-profile smartphones, so far only devices on Android 6.0 Marshmallow have actually let users see how up-to-date their security is. In the Samsung world right now, that's a grand total of zero phones.

As of the latest round of Lollipop-based Samsung updates, however, security is getting a bit more visible.

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2 months ago

Android quick settings, ranked

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None of us wants to go digging into a long list of settings and menus just to toggle Bluetooth or adjust the screen brightness on our phone. That's why we have quick settings in our notification shade. All hail the quick settings and long may they reign. But like everything else, not all quick setting implementations are created equal.

That means we need to look at the offerings from the big five — Google, HTC, LG, Motorola and Samsung — and see who does it the best. This is not a scientific kind of look. No slide rules or amperage meters were involved, and my dog was the only animal used in the testing procedure (he thinks they are all delicious, by the way). This is just me using these phones and seeing which one I complain about the least when I want to turn Wifi on or lock my phone into portrait to do some reading.

Enough about the rigorous testing procedures that left me thirsty and miserable. Let's get to the ranking.

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2 months ago

Unboxing the Oppo R7s: A handsome thing if ever we saw one

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The Oppo R7s has just arrived which means we get to crack open the box and have our first look.

The R7s is the latest smartphone from Oppo to bear the R7 name, and it's one we've been looking forward to getting our hands on. It achieves, on paper at least, what has been one of the best things to hit the Android ecosystem in 2015: great specs and a great price to match.

The R7s is priced like a mid-ranger at just £259, but on looks alone you'd be forgiven for thinking it costs much more than this. Oppo has made one handsome looking phone.

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2 months ago

OnePlus X versus Nexus 5X

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Nexus 5X and OnePlus X

Google and OnePlus take solid swings at low-cost but high-value phones, and each one has its merits.

The number of great phones in the $200 to $400 price range is growing, and the two phones we have here — the Nexus 5X and OnePlus X — are perfect examples of what you can get for your money today. Admittedly the $130 (MSRP) price difference between the $379 Nexus 5X and $249 OnePlus X is nothing to sneeze at, but both phones aim to punch above their weight to offer a solid experience despite a less-than-flagship price.

Having used both for a good bit of time, I'm going to analyze the differences between the Nexus 5X and OnePlus X to show which one comes out on top for the money, and where each one succeeds in individual areas. Read on.

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2 months ago

A beginner's guide to the Samsung Gear VR

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The Samsung Gear VR is finally coming to a retailer near you. So if you've had an eye for this fantastic VR headset, or you know somebody who has, this is the guide for you. We'll give you the details on getting started, watching movies, and even a few great accessories. You might want to check out how smartphone-based VR works before diving into the full guide.

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2 months ago

Cricket Wireless cuts prices on three budget Android smartphones for the holidays

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AT&T's pre-paid subsidiary Cricket Wireless has announced it has cut the prices on three of its budget Android smartphones. The price cuts will last until January 7, 2016.

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2 months ago

Here's an excellent forum member's 'honest review of the LG V10'

Here's another great user review coming out of our LG V10 forums. Give it a read.

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2 months ago

Pick up the Cyanogen-powered Wileyfox Swift for £99 on Amazon UK today

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Amazon UK is yet again holding a pretty phenomenal sale on the already-cheap Wileyfox Swift. The handset, which normally runs £129, is available for £99 just for today.

For your money, you'll be picking up a Cyanogen OS 12.1-powered smartphone with a 5-inch 720p display, a Snapdragon 410 SoC, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of expandable storage. Additionally, the Swift packs a 13MP camera on the back and a 5MP shooter on the front, along with a 2500mAh removable battery. Throw in dual SIM support, and you have a pretty intriguing budget offering from Wileyfox.

As mentioned before, this deal is only good for today. If you're still on the fence, be sure to check out our review of the Wilefox Swift at the link below.

Check out our Wileyfox Swift review

Buy Wileyfox Swift at Amazon UK (£99)

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2 months ago

6-inch variant of the ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser launches in India for ₹17,999

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After launching the 5- and 5.5-inch variants of the ZenFone 2 Laser in India, ASUS is now making the 6-inch model available in the country. The ZenFone 2 Laser 6 is now up for sale later tonight at Flipkart, Snapdeal and Amazon for ₹17,999 ($275), and will make its way to retail stores from the second week of December.

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2 months ago

Xiaomi Mi 4, Mi Note are about to receive the Marshmallow update shortly

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The Mi 4 and Mi Note are set to receive the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update shortly, according to Xiaomi's operations manager. In a post on Weibo, he suggested that a closed beta would be made available initially, which will be followed by a wider rollout.

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