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1 month ago

OnePlus 3 announced: Aluminum body, 6GB RAM and $399 invite-free

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OnePlus 3

The latest high-end device from OnePlus takes things to a new level, and its highest price point yet.

After weeks of teases and a handful of solid leaks, we finally have the official announcement of the OnePlus 3, the latest in the high-end-but-affordable line of phones from OnePlus. The OnePlus 3 aims to carry on the legacy of its predecessors with all of the big specs and performance that you expect out of a flagship phone, but for a lower price — and has always been the case, you get great performance and a simple software experience.

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1 month ago

Five things I learned traveling with the Galaxy S7 edge

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Galaxy S7 travel

Travel revelations from Samsung's latest phone.

Nothing taxes a smartphone like travel, and the past month has been a unique chance for me to push my Samsung Galaxy S7 edge to its limits. I've been on the road for a little over three weeks — first covering Google I/O in Mountain View, Calif., then a quick stop-over in Seattle, then on to Taipei, Taiwan, for the Computex show. During that time I've been pushing the phone about as far as it'll go every day, taking photos, constantly keeping in touch with teams on the ground and people back home, and shooting countless photos.

So what I have I learned through all this? Well ...

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1 month ago

Xiaomi Redmi 3S makes its debut with Snapdragon 430 SoC, 4100mAh battery for $105

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Xiaomi has launched a new version of the Redmi 3, the Redmi 3S, in China. The entry-level phone — which has a fingerprint sensor at the back — is available in two variants: a base model with 2GB of RAM and 16GB storage for ¥699 ($106), and a version with 3GB of RAM and 32GB storage for ¥899 ($136).

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1 month ago

Android Pay in the UK: Everything you need to know

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Android Pay

Want to pay for stuff in the UK using Android Pay? Great! Here's what you need to know.

Android Pay is Google's mobile payments service, and it's now live in the UK. Much like Apple Pay, this means that if you have a supported handset and your bank allows it, you can securely pay for things in the real world without fumbling around for cards or cash.

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1 month ago

How to follow Euro 2016 on Android in the UK

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Euro 2016 apps

The best Android apps for keeping up to date with the tournament.

UEFA Euro 2016 is one of Europe's biggest sporting events, with 24 teams clashing over the next month in France. As with all major sporting events, your phone can be an invaluable resource for helping you not only watch matches themselves, but stay up-to-date when you're away from the sofa, the desk or the pub.

We've rounded up a few top choices for following Euro 2016 in the coming weeks.

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1 month ago

Unlocked HTC 10 gets firmware update, June security patch

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If you've got an unlocked HTC 10 in North America you should be waking up to a firmware update this morning.

The 304-megabyte update takes things to software version 1.80.617.1. Here's the official changelog:

  • Android Security Patches (June 1, 2016)
  • Bug Fixes
  • System Stability Improvements

While HTC should get kudos for quickly updating the M10 to the most recent security patch, we still have to grumble a bit that it doesn't actually show the patch level in the phone's "About" section. That's something HTC needs to change.

Additionally, HTC updated its camera app for the M10 over the weekend. That changelog reads thusly:

  • Improvements to RAW capture experience.
  • Improved main/front camera switching.
  • Performance improvements and bug fixes.

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1 month ago

Lenovo Vibe K5 lands in India for ₹6,999

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Continuing its rebranding push, Lenovo has launched the successor to the A6000 in India, the Vibe K5. The phone retails for ₹6,999, and brings Dolby Atmos — a feature that made its debut on the mid-range Vibe X3 — to the budget segment through two stereo speakers.

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1 month ago

This is how you update a Moto Mod

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Quick and simple. Just how we like it.

A dumb accessory on a very smart phone doesn't make a whole lot of sense. Motorola's Moto Mods for the Moto Z aren't dumb in the slightest. And perhaps more important is that they can become smarter.

We caught one of the Moto Mods in need of an update. And since we're the sort who just can't let an update go unupdated, we updated it.

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1 month ago

Quick comparison: Moto Z versus Moto X Pure Edition

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A comparison is worth a thousand words.

Lenovo's latest smartphone, the Moto Z, is a huge departure in both style and substance from its immediate predecessor. But are all the changes for the better? Let's take a quick look at how the brand new Moto Z lines up against its predecessor, the Moto X Pure Edition, in our (admittedly brief) time spent with the phones together.

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1 month ago

Lenovo ZUK Z1 versus Moto G4 Plus: Customizability takes on reliability

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Lenovo ZUK Z1 versus Moto G4 Plus

There has never been a better time to be in the market for a budget phone.

Lenovo is aggressively targeting the Indian market, a fact evidenced by the amount of phones launched by the Chinese manufacturer this year. The vendor is focusing on two product lineups — the Moto series, and the Vibe series. Then there's ZUK, which started off as an in-house project, and is now slowly gaining traction.

With the Moto G4 Plus, Lenovo ushered in key changes on the hardware front, while retaining the stock Android software experience. Meanwhile, the Lenovo Z1 is aimed at enthusiast users, offering the highly customizable Cyanogen OS out of the box.

Want to know which phone comes out on top? Let's find out.

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1 month ago

Where to buy the Moto G4 Plus in India

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The Moto G4 Plus is now available in India, with Lenovo offering two variants: a base model with 2GB of RAM and 16GB storage that retails for ₹13,499, and a version with 3GB of RAM and 32GB storage for ₹14,999. Quick highlights include a fingerprint sensor at the front, a 5.5-inch Full HD display, Snapdragon 617 SoC, 16MP camera with PDAF and auto HDR, 5MP front shooter, LTE (Bands 3, 5, and 40), Bluetooth 4.1, and a 3000mAh battery that easily lasts a day.

Here's where you can pick up the popular budget phone in the country.

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1 month ago

Verizon pushes June security patch update to Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

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Verizon is now pushing out a fresh update to the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, bringing both phones up to date with the latest security patches from Google.

From Verizon:

The current software update gives you the most up to date Android™ security patch on your device.

Once the update is installed, you should find that your Galaxy S7 or S7 edge's security patch level is current with the latest June updates. For more on what's been fixed, be sure to check out our rundown of the June security bulletin in full.

Have you received the update yet? If so, feel free to let us know your thoughts in the comments and on the forums!

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1 month ago

Samsung Galaxy S7 Active goes on sale at AT&T for $794 without a contract

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As promised, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active, the rugged version of the popular Galaxy S7, is now on sale at AT&T for $794 without a contract.

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1 month ago

Moto Z line doesn't mean the end of Moto X, says Motorola

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When the new Moto Z and Moto Z Force were revealed, there was some palpable concern that the line would be a replacement (or renaming) for the Moto X line — but that apparently isn't the case.

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1 month ago

Moto Z and Moto Z Force Droid Edition — what's the difference?

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So, which Moto Z version is right for you? We have the details on the differences between models.

As was the case in 2015, Motorola has announced multiple versions of its flagship phone. This year, we have the Moto Z ... and then there are the "Droid Edition" variants, a Moto Z Droid Edition and Moto Z Force Droid Edition. Thankfully for everyone, the difference between each model isn't all that substantial — there are just a few key points differentiating the Moto Z from the Moto Z Force, and Verizon hasn't changed things up too much in the Droid Edition versions either.

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