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2 months ago

Verizon officially rolls out Wi-Fi calling to the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge

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As it promised it would do earlier this week, Verizon has started rolling out an update to the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge that adds support for Wi-Fi calling to both smartphones.

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2 months ago

The Nexus 6P proves Huawei can build a truly great phone

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Huawei has been the smartphone maker I've been most impressed by the last 18 months. If only the software wasn't a huge letdown.

To be clear, I'm not here to rip EMUI apart. Again. Because collectively we've done enough of that. In 2014 it was annoying, but given the massive improvements made elsewhere, it was possible to let some things slide.

But that strong 2014 left us expecting a lot from Chinese manufacturer Huawei in 2015. As it turns out, it was more of the same. Great hardware, lackluster software. That is, until the Nexus 6P collaboration with Google. With EMUI replaced by Google fresh Marshmallow, suddenly we had what we all agree round here is the best Android phone you can buy. And it's got a Huawei badge on the back.

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2 months ago

Obi Worldphone SF1 now up for sale in India for ₹11,999

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The Obi Worldphone SF1 is now available for purchase in India for ₹11,999. The handset is designed by Ammunition, a San Francisco-based studio founded by the former head of industrial design at Apple.

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2 months ago

Kyocera creates a smartphone that you can wash with hand soap

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Kyocera has announced the DIGNO rafre, the first hand soap washable smartphone. That's right, if you get your phone dirty, you can simply lather up some hand soap, scrub it a little and get it clean again. To make this work, Kyocera has added hot water resistance to the DIGNO rafre, in addition to resistance against shock, water and dust.

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2 months ago

HTC One A9 priced at ₹29,990 in India, sales commence December 15

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After launching the handset in the Indian market earlier this month, HTC has commenced sales of the One A9. The phone will be available for purchase exclusively on Snapdeal from December 15 for ₹29,990 ($448).

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2 months ago

Xiaomi Mi 5 may feature a physical home button with fingerprint sensor

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Xiaomi is slated to launch the Mi 5 early next year, and it looks like the phone will be the first from the Chinese vendor to feature a physical home button, which will house a fingerprint sensor.

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2 months ago

HTC One M9, One A9 on track to receive Android 6.0.1 with new emoji later this month

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HTC's Mo Versi has confirmed that updates for both the HTC One M9 and One A9 are both on target for release later this month. Google recently released Android 6.0.1 and sent the code to its partners, and HTC will be doing its best to keep its update promise for consumers.

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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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