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2 months ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for October 17

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We've dug up some solid deals on apps, accessories, smartphones, and tablets. If there's something you've been wanting to get your hands on, check out the list below. As always, if you find any sales out out there that aren't listed, let us know in the comments!

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2 months ago

New Moto X drops to $49.99 on contract from Verizon, but only through this weekend

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If you're a Verizon customer that's been pondering getting an all-new Moto X (2014), you might want to consider taking that plunge this weekend — the phone's $50 off with a 2-year contract from Big Red. That brings the already-reasonable $99.99 price down to $49.99, but the offer's only good through Monday, October 20th.

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2 months ago

10 things to know about the Samsung Galaxy Note 4

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4

There's a lot to take in with the Note 4, but here are the first things to start with

The Galaxy Note 4 is one of Samsung's boldest and most beautiful device yet, and it's put a ton of work behind making this device a great piece of technology. There's a brand new aluminum frame that looks and feels fantastic, as well as a new QHD screen that you can't stop staring at. And that's all backed up by a new processor, more memory and of course Samsung's software offerings that give you everything but the kitchen sink.

To help get you started on understanding it all, we've compiled a list of the top 10 things you need to know about the Galaxy Note 4. Whether you're on the fence about picking one up, already have one on the way or are just curious about the phone. Read long for the full list.

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2 months ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for October 16

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We've dug up some solid deals on apps, accessories, smartphones, and tablets. If there's something you've been wanting to get your hands on, check out the list below. As always, if you find any sales out out there that aren't listed, let us know in the comments!

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2 months ago

India included in first wave of countries to receive Nexus 6

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Now that the Nexus 6 is official, Motorola is sharing more details on when the handset will be available in countries around the globe. In a blog post yesterday, the manufacturer stated that the device would be heading to 28 countries by the end of the year, with India included in the first wave. Although an official launch date has not been confirmed, it is expected that the device will be launched in the country sometime in the month of December.

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2 months ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Samsung once again leaves no feature behind, and makes improvements across the board in the Note 4

Since Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note line in the fall of 2010, it has stood as the "tock" to the Galaxy S' "tick" in the product cycle year after year. The leading Galaxy S device of the year introduces all of the new software features, a new form factor and a new internal specs, while the Galaxy Note later in the year refines the physical design, enhances the software with new S Pen features and often fixes the pain points introduced with the Galaxy S — all while doing a little something extra with the increased screen real estate.

In many ways you could say the Galaxy Note is the device that Samsung really uses to push its limits. Where it tries things to see what sticks, then integrate it back into the next-generation Galaxy S.

This year is no different, and the Galaxy Note 4 is tocking right along, improving dramatically on the Galaxy S5. With a brand new aluminum exterior that looks and feels great, optical image stabilization on the camera, a new higher-resolution QHD display, top-end internals and small refinements on the software, this is a device any manufacturer would be happy to call its leading flagship.

Despite generally playing second fiddle to the Galaxy S5, it's actually not hard to say that the Galaxy Note 4 contains all of the features we wish were in the GS5 — if not for its larger screen size that's physically too much to handle for many. This is the real 2014 flagship for Samsung, and it's called the Galaxy Note 4. Read along for our full review.

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2 months ago

Sony gives Xperia Z3 Compact a ship date in U.S.

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Sony is now showing that the Xperia Z3 Compact is available for pre-order in its online store with an estimated ship date. The phone, which will work with GSM carriers in the U.S., is sold unlocked for $529.99, and Sony is estimating that the Xperia Z3 Compact will ship by November 3 whereas previously it was listed as backordered.

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2 months ago

Nexus 6 will support wireless charging

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But Nexus 9 tablet owners will have to charge the old-fashioned way

Wireless charging isn't mentioned in the official Nexus 6 spec sheet on Google.com, but apparently that's just another launch-day oversight. A separate, more complete spec sheet distributed by Google to press reveals that wireless charging is indeed supported and built-in, just like the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5. The Qi charging standard isn't explicitly mentioned, but since this is used by other Nexus devices it's highly likely it's what the N6 is packing.

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2 months ago

T-Mobile to add Wi-Fi calling support to the Nexus 6 in early 2015

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As we reported earlier, the Nexus 6 is all set to hit every major U.S. carrier when it launches later this fall. It's important, then, that carriers do what they can to set themselves apart from the pack. T-Mobile is doing just that today, and has announced that the Nexus 6 will support Wi-Fi calling on T-Mobile via an over-the-air update available in early 2015.

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2 months ago

Nexus 6 specs

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The Motorola Nexus 6, one of the first Android 5.0 Lollipop is official. The short version is we've got a 6-inch, Snapdragon 805-powered handset with a whopping QHD display resolution and an all-new version of Google's mobile OS. No firm dates yet on when we'll be able to get it, but we do at least know that Google will sell it from the Play Store starting at $649.

We've got the long version after the break, including bands for both the North American and Rest of World models.

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2 months ago

Google posts its first Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 promo video

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There's not a lot we haven't seen elsewhere today, but here's Google's first promotional video for the brand spanking new Nexus 6 and Nexus 9.

Enjoy.

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2 months ago

Nexus 6 set for all the major U.S. carriers

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Even Verizon

Alongside todays big Nexus 6 announcement comes something equally important for U.S. buyers. AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular. That's right, all the major carriers will be carrying the Nexus 6. Beyond the off-contract availability through the Play Store, Google has announced the five carriers mentioned above will be offering it on contract.

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2 months ago

Nexus 6 is official: Motorola-built Nexus handset announced

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Biggest Nexus phone yet arrives with bleeding-edge specs

Today sees weeks of rumors, leaks and speculation come to an end, with the official announcement of this year's Google Nexus smartphone, the Motorola-made Nexus 6. The Nexus 6 is set to be among the first devices to get the new version of Android, revealed today as version 5.0 Lollipop, and it's also the biggest Nexus yet, with a whopping 5.96-inch screen and Quad HD (2560x1440) resolution. On the inside it's running the latest Snapdragon 805 processor. Storage comes in 32 and 64GB configurations, and around the back there's a 13-megapixel camera with OIS.

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2 months ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for October 15

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We've dug up some solid deals on apps, accessories, smartphones, and tablets. If there's something you've been wanting to get your hands on, check out the list below. As always, if you find any sales out out there that aren't listed, let us know in the comments!

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2 months ago

HTC One M8 gets its EYE Experience update in the U.S., Dot View app improvements, too

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HTC One M8 Dot View

If you're rocking an unlocked or developer edition of the HTC One M8 in the United States, take a look this morning for the promised HTC EYE Experience update. Along with a bump to Android 4.4.4, this is the new firmware that adds in a number of new features in the camera application, including Split Capture and Photo Booth, new auto-selfie options, face tracking and more. Plus the camera app gets a bit of a visual refresh, making options easier to get to, and largely bringing things up to what debuted last week in the new HTC Desire EYE.

The software update brings the system to 3.28.1540.5, and it weighs in at just about 236 megabytes.

There's also an update to the HTC Dot View app, adding in new features for music playback, a new weather theme and an option to turn off dot view altogether (but still use the case if you want). You can snag that update now in Google Play.

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