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1 month ago

Droid Turbo picking up small additional OTA after the Android 5.1 release

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Two weeks after the Lollipop update finally arrived on the Droid Turbo, we're getting another tiny update on top of it from Verizon. The small OTA is hitting Turbos right now bumping the software version ever-so-incrementally from 23.11.38 to 23.11.39. A check of the Verizon software update support documents show this as simply being the Android 5.1 update, leading us to think that anyone still on KitKat will simply be jumping straight to this version.

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1 month ago

Possible Moto G (2015) specs revealed in product listing

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Ahead of Motorola's July 28 event, where we're expected to get a look at some upcoming smartphones, Swiss retailer Digitec has posted a store listing for the third-generation Moto G, giving us a peek at what we may see from Motorola next week.

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1 month ago

ZTE announces the Axon Phone, Axon Watch, and Spro 2 Smart Projector for China

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ZTE has launched a set of new devices in China: the Axon Phone, Axon Watch, and Spro 2 Smart Projector.

The company says that the Axon Phone for China is similar to the model announced for the US, though with additional features specifically for China. The phone comes with a fingerprint scanner. The 32GB version of the Axon Phone costs 2,699RMB, while the 128GB version costs 3,888RMB, and both models can be pre-ordered now.

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1 month ago

AT&T suspends Android 5.1 update for 2013 Moto X

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The Android 5.1 update from AT&T that was rolling out for the 2013 Moto X has been suspended for unknown reasons. AT&T has posted an update on its software update page, revealing that it has paused the push, and is working to resolve the issues.

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1 month ago

What happens when you 'pause' Project Fi service?

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What happens when you 'pause' Project Fi service?

Project Fi does a few innovative things that set it apart subtly from other carrier offerings, and one of the lesser-advertised features is the ability to "pause" service on a whim without any hoops to jump through. Pausing service isn't something offered by other carriers, and lets you simply disable your phone for as long as you want and instantly resume service with the press of a button.

This isn't something you'll be doing all the time on Project Fi, but it does turn out to be a neat feature. We're going to show you how it works.

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1 month ago

Yureka Plus with Cyanogen OS 12 goes on sale in India on July 24 for INR 9,999

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Micromax's latest smartphone in the Cyanogen OS-powered Yu series was revealed as the Yureka Plus. The phone will go on sale exclusively on Amazon's India website, starting on July 24, for the price of INR 9,999 (about $157).

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1 month ago

LG Tribute 2 and Tribute Duo hit Sprint Prepaid and Virgin Mobile for $99

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LG Tribute 2 and Tribute Duo are the latest budget phones to hit both Sprint Prepaid and Virgin Mobile. Those looking to stick with Sprint's prepaid network will be purchasing the LG Tribute Duo, while customers on Virgin Mobile will be looking for the LG Tribute 2. Customers of either network can purchase the new smartphone for $99 plus taxes, without involving a contract.

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1 month ago

ZTE Boost Max+ specs

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ZTE Boost Max+

The ZTE Boost Max+ is the latest low-price no contract offering from ZTE for Boost Mobile. It packs a 5.7-inch display, a 3400 mAh battery and is HD Voice capable. Android 5.1 is on board, and while the specs are all new, the $199 price stays the same.

These are the full ZTE Boost Max+ specs:

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1 month ago

ZTE and Boost Mobile officially launch the ZTE Boost Max+

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ZTE Boost Max+

We saw the ZTE Boost Max+ get a sort of early unveiling on the Boost Mobile site, but today both ZTE and Boost are making everything official and have announced the ZTE Boost Max+.

The Boost Max+ looks like a nice successor to the original, with the specs being bigger and better while the price is dropped to $199.99. You have a 5.7-inch 720p display, covered in Gorilla Glass 3, with a 64-bit Snapdragon 410 and 2GB of RAM under the hood. Wrap it all in a gold casing and you have an interesting no-commitment phone with a low monthly rate.

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1 month ago

Samsung's ultra-thin Galaxy A8 heads to South Korea

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Samsung introduced its thinnest smartphone yet — the 5.9mm thick Galaxy A8 — in China earlier this month, and has now launched the handset in its home market. The Galaxy A8 will be available starting July 24 from SK Telecom for 649,000 Korean Won ($563), with white and gold color options on offer.

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1 month ago

LG Bello II announced with 5-inch display, 5MP front camera

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LG launched its L series of smarthones aimed at emerging markets in August 2014, and has now introduced a new model in the series, called LG Bello II. LG's affordable range of handset are targeted at the entry-level segment in these markets, offering software-based features commonly found in its higher-end phones such as Knock Code, Gesture Shot and Selfie Flash.

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1 month ago

This commercial suggests buying a Galaxy S3 ... in 2015

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Do not buy a Galaxy S3 for $250 in 2015 ...

This commercial for Total Wireless — apparently an offshoot of TracFone that you can get at Walmart — caught my eye last recently. Not because of the ridiculously awesome baby stroller. Not because I can relate with Dad Problems and feel I should offer solidarity whenever possible. No, it was at the end of the spot, when you're told "don't be oversold" and then learn about the 2.5 gigabytes of data for $35 a month.

And then you see it.

The Samsung Galaxy S3. A good phone, to be sure — when it was released in mid-2012. But not for $250 in mid-2015. There's nothing inherently wrong with these low-cost carriers. But bring your own phone. For less than $250 you can get a good Moto G. We're also fans of the ASUS ZenFone 2 and the Alcatel Idol 3 — current phones with current software and better hardware.

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1 month ago

New life from leather: Does a new back make the LG G4 a new phone?

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LG G4 leather

I've been using a leather-backed phone for the better part of a year, now that I think about it. The 2014 Moto X started it all, with its Horween leather options. (And how could I not user a leather phone, right?) Plastic and metal are boring. Anyone can use those. Leather's just different. So when LG started teasing leather options on the LG G4, I knew what I'd be using.

But all leather is not created equal. And from the get-go we knew that what we had in the Moto X would not be the same as what we had in the G4. And that's not a deal-breaker by any means. Those are two very different phones. The G4 has as removable back and a number of leather options. So I figured at some point I'd be swapping things out. It was a matter of when, not if.

Two months. Not even two months, actually. That's how long it took me to spend too much money on a replacement leather back for the LG G4.

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1 month ago

Hands-on and first impressions with the Oppo R7

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Oppo R7

Chinese phone makers — Oppo included — are really starting to get their collective games together and are making stuff worth noticing.

The R7 is one of its latest, and while it's not targeting the absolute highest of the high end, it's wrapped up in a very premium looking — and feeling — package.

Here are our first impressions.

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1 month ago

Boost Mobile launches the Boost MAX+ by ZTE for $200

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If you're looking for a large device without a hefty price tag, Boost Mobile's latest offering might be worth a gander. Following up on last year's Boost MAX, Boost Mobile has launched the 5.7-inch Boost MAX+ by ZTE for a cool $200.

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