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These are the top Samsung phones you need to know

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Samsung phones

Updated March 2015

In the world of smartphones, it's impossible to ignore the influence of Samsung. Since its explosion into Android with the launch of the Galaxy S2 globally, Samsung has firmly held on to the top spot in Android devices sold — and though the playing field has leveled off some in recent years the Korean manufacturer still has one of the most recognizable lines of phones out there today.

The "Galaxy" name gets spread around to its entire lineup of Android phones, but when it really comes down to it there are just a handful of Samsung's high-end devices that you need to know about. Let us introduce you to the top phones from Samsung.

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1 month ago

Android 4.4.4 KitKat update rolling out to the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S5 Active

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AT&T owners of the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active should be able to see an over-the-air firmware update that will take the smartphone up to Android 4.4.4 KitKat.

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1 month ago

These are the top Motorola phones you need to know

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It's easy to get lost in a sea of smartphones. Manufacturers tend to churn out so many versions of so many devices, it can be tough to keep track of what's what, of what's truly worth your time. Motorola's bucked that trend, however, releasing only three categories of phones since 2013. With a couple of yearly updates, the grand total of devices has swelled to all of five. OK, six counting a certain new Nexus device.

So here, now, are the Motorola phones that you need to concern yourself with. Do note that we're regionalizing this a bit — you will find, say, different models in South America and now China.

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1 month ago

LG to offer free plastic version of Google Cardboard VR add-on to LG G3 buyers

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LG G3 with VR for G3

LG will offer a free accessory giveaway later in February for LG G3 buyers called VR for G3. It's basically a plastic version of the Google Cardboard virtual reality viewer that houses the smartphone with cutouts for the G3's rear-mounted buttons.

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These are the top HTC phones you need to know

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HTC phones

Updated March 2015

There are a lot of smartphones out there, and Taiwanese manufacturer HTC makes some of the best, even if it doesn't sell anywhere near as many phones as the market leaders. Such is life.

New phones are always coming and going, and we get that it can be a little difficult to keep up with things. So this is our continuously updated list of the HTC phones that you need to be aware of. These are the phone's we're most likely to be writing about, and the ones you're mostly likely to want to consider

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These are the top Sony Xperia phones you need to know

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Whatever other difficulties the Japanese electronics giant faced in 2014, you can't fault the quality of Sony's high-end Xperia smartphones. In the past year Sony's aggressive product refreshes brought us some of the most compelling Android phones of the year, through the Xperia Z2 and Z3 series.

Sony's still a bit of an outlier in the U.S. smartphone market, but high-end Xperias have enjoyed greater success in Europe, where they're widely available across many carriers. So without further ado, let's take a look at the ones you should be paying attention to.

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1 month ago

OnePlus finally makes it easier to purchase the OnePlus One with open sales every Tuesday

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OnePlus announced on its blog that the global variant of the OnePlus One will be available for sale without an invite every Tuesday. The device will be on sale for 24 hours, and both the 16 and 64GB models will be on offer. The Chinese vendor has also mentioned that it is collaborating with Amazon India in selling the OnePlus One without an invite in India for the first time since the device made its debut in the country in December.

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1 month ago

A look at the Android Central editors' homescreens

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Homescreen setup

Home sweet home

On Android, your homescreens are so much more than a grid of icons. Whether you want to keep things sparse and tidy, or file every app you would ever need to use in it's own comfy folder, you'll find plenty of ways to make your homescreen the perfect homescreen. We love that. None of us are the same, and none of us want to be the same.

We wanted to share how our homescreens look, and since we all have access to a great Android blog we got together and are gonna share. You'll find our homescreens are as different as we are, with some boring (guilty) and some busy. And each is just perfect for us.

Have a peek, then hit the comments to analyze us — you can probably tell a lot about a person from his or her homescreen. Then we want to see yours, so click or tap the forum link below and show off your homescreen!

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1 month ago

T-Mobile HTC One M8 to get Lollipop starting Feb. 9

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A bit of good news is headed to owners of the HTC One M8 on T-Mobile. Looks like Lollipop is on the way starting Feb. 9, according to HTC's Mo Versi.

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1 month ago

How to transfer your Clash of Clans village from iOS to Android

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Clash of Clans iOS to Android

Moving Clash of Clans from iOS to Android is incredibly simple

Anyone who has felt the heartbreak of losing hundreds of hours of gameplay on a mobile device because the phone broke or it was time to upgrade and the game data wouldn't transfer is immediately hesitant to go through that ordeal again. You probably know at least one person who has kept an older device around just to keep playing their favorite mobile game. Fortunately, for everyone involved, there is no need to ever worry about this with Clash of Clans. You can link your account to multiple devices, even across platforms with little difficulty. To make it even easier, we've put together this quick tutorial on moving your Clash of Clans village from iOS to Android.

Want to know what the big deal is with Clash of Clans? Check out our big explainer to get started.

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1 month ago

Samsung's Tizen-powered Z1: A rival for Android One, if not all of Android

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Samsung Z1

The first real, shipping Tizen phone is basic — very basic

With the explosive success of Samsung's Galaxy line of Android phones, the Korean giant's symbiotic relationship with Google has been the subject of much speculation within the mobile industry. Just as Samsung is reliant on Google for the software behind its smartphones, Google's services are viewed by many users through the lens of a Samsung smartphone. Reports of tensions between the two are often mentioned in the same breath as Tizen, the rival open-source OS which counts Samsung as one of its major backers. The company uses Tizen in its Gear smartwatches, and for more than a year we've been waiting on the first Tizen phones.

Now that device is here, in the form of the Samsung Z1, made available in India in recent weeks. This entry-level device isn't going to turn any heads in the West — indeed, it's not even available outside of India and Bangladesh, at present — and Tizen faces an uphill battle for developer mindshare. Nevertheless, what's there isn't horrible, and considering the Rs. 5,700 ($92) asking price, buyers in emerging markets could do worse.

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1 month ago

Sprint begins rollout of the Android 5.0 Lollipop update to HTC One M8

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Sprint has posted on its support site that its rollout of the Android 5.0 Lollipop update to owners of the HTC One M8 has begun. This is a few days earlier than what a leaked Sprint document sent to Android Central on Thursday indicated, but it is a welcome surprise nonetheless.

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1 month ago

Leaked image claims to show Galaxy S6 and dual-edge Galaxy S6 Edge

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Galaxy S6 leak

An image of what is alleged to be Samsung's Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge has been leaked to CNET Korea. The publication mentioned that the leak came from a South Korean electronics distributor, with the image itself featuring a render of both the Galaxy S6 and a Note Edge-style variant of the device.

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1 month ago

Lollipop is now rolling out to HTC One M7 Developer and Unlocked editions

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HTC has confirmed that the over-the-air Android 5.0 Lollipop update is now rolling out to the developer and unlocked editions of the HTC One M7. Lollipop is already rolling out for the Sprint version of the phone.

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1 month ago

It will soon be a lot easier to unlock a phone from America's top carriers — here's what you need to know

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It will soon be a lot easier to unlock a phone from America's top carriers — here's what you need to know

The top five carriers in the United States will on Feb. 11 implement new unlocking procedures for smartphones, tablets, and other cellular devices sold on their networks. The new unlocking standards were set forth by the CTIA in late 2013 and, though a voluntary commitment by the carriers, define the conditions under which carriers must unlock your devices — and it's all looking good for the consumer. Once you've paid off your phone, you'll probably be able to get it unlocked, and it'll be even easier with future smartphones.

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