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1 month ago

Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge pre-orders commence in Italy

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Samsung's latest flagship devices are up for pre-order in Italy, with the manufacturer bundling a wireless charging kit for free with all pre-orders.

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1 month ago

Lollipop soak test begins for first-generation Moto X

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Seemingly ages after its successor got an update to Lollipop, the original Moto X is poised to do the same with a soak test under way right now.

The soak test — a selection of users that receive the update to give it a proper spin before a wider release, just to make sure everything's okay — would bring the 2013 Moto X up to Android 5.0.2 Lollipop. This comes months after the newer 2014 Moto X, even including carrier editions, received its own update to Lollipop.

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1 month ago

HTC's latest One M9 promo videos are a little trippy

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The HTC One M9 is due to be released later this month, and HTC has a quintet of preview videos to get you into the spirit. Be warned, though, they're a little crazy.

HTC's not been above being over-the-top with their M9 promotional videos, and we think there's a lot to love about the new HTC One M9, but we can't help but wonder if maybe toning down the CGI magicians and missiles might help better make the point.

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1 month ago

Nexus owners: How's the Android 5.1 update treating you?

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Android 5.1

Android 5.1 Lollipop arrived on Nexus phones and tablets this week, with factory images available for some devices and over-the-air now rolling out too.

While Android 5.1 doesn't make any sweeping changes to the way Android looks and behaves, it's still an important update, especially for Nexus owners. That's because it's a maintenance release — the first major one for Lollipop — in which Google fixes bugs, makes things run a bit more smoothly, and adds a smattering of new features that perhaps didn't make it into the 5.0 release. Now we want to know how you're getting on with it.

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1 month ago

LG G Flex 2 now available at Sprint with exclusive color option

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LG's second-gen bendyphone makes its debut in the U.S., starting with today's launch on Sprint.

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1 month ago

Android 5.1: Muting your Lollipop phone overnight just got a bit easier

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Android 5.1 Mute option

Android 5.1 Lollipop brings new 'interruptions' options that make it easier to silence your phone while you're sleeping.

It's a long-running complaint with many Android Lollipop phones — you want to mute your phone, but that option's just not there anymore. Instead you have to deal with the slightly confusing interruptions system and decide whether you want to mute absolutely everything — including alarms — or set up "priority" mode and decide what you want to let through.

Now, thankfully, in the new Android 5.1 release, there's there's an easier way.

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1 month ago

LG G3 owners: How's that Android 5.0 Lollipop update treating you?

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Believe it or not, the LG G3 was one of the first — OK, technically the first, because Poland — to get an Android 5.0 update out the door. Europe flourished first, then other regions. North America has finally started to see some sweet L drop onto its carrier-branded phones. (Verizon, however, remains pokey as usual.)

For the most part, it's business as usual with LG's software. But you do get a splash of Material Design — always a good thing — in a few places. Plus the new notifications and interruptions (for better or worse). And, yes, possibly a headache or two.

And so we ask you, fair user of LG's finest: How's the Android 5.0 Lollipop update been for you on the LG G3? Performance? Battery life? Other gremlins? Let's hear it.

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1 month ago

Dual wireless charging on the Samsung Galaxy S6, and why it matters

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Samsung Galaxy S6 wireless charging

Samsung has taken the guesswork and nonsensical accessories out of wireless charging, saving you from a fight no one cares about.

I love wireless charging, and have been using it in one form or other since the Nexus One when we had to use this hideous backplate replacement to get the job done. While the nerdy parts of me couldn't wait for wireless charging to catch on, the rest of my brain knew it wasn't going to happen anytime soon.

Even now, years later with dozens of devices supporting the technology, wireless charging is still very much a fringe thing that hasn't gained even close to the momentum it deserves. When a post in the forums popped up asking why Samsung's dual wireless charging implementation on the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge was a big deal, and whether or not there was anything to be concerned about, it seemed like a more thorough explanation of what is happening on these new phones was necessary.

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1 month ago

Purchase the LG G Flex 2 with Vodafone and get the G Watch R for free

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LG's G Flex 2 is now available through Vodafone in the UK. The mobile operator today announced the smartphone on its Red 4G plans, throwing in a free LG G Watch R for those who make the purchase.

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1 month ago

VAIO launches its first smartphone, a rebranded Panasonic Eluga U2

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VAIO has finally launched its first smartphone since being sold off by Sony last year. The company has announced that the VAIO Phone, which is essentially the Panasonic Eluga U2, will launch on one of Japan's smaller carriers b-mobile. While it's not necessarily new hardware, it's a start for the company.

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1 month ago

Moto E 2015 goes up for sale in India for Rs. 6,999

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The launch of the Moto E 2015 is set to continue Motorola's dominance in the entry-level segment in India.

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1 month ago

Samsung goes 64-bit for the entry-level Galaxy Win 2 in Brazil

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Samsung has a new entry-level smartphone for Brazil: the Galaxy Win 2. It's not a barn-burner by any means, but it does at least offer LTE and a 64-bit processor.

There was a time not long ago where a 64-bit processor was considered the mark of a high-end phone. But with chips like the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 around, 64 bits are the domain of the flagship anymore. In fact, they're hitting the entry level, as evidenced by the Samsung Galaxy Win 2. The new low-end Samsung smartphone isn't a high-powered device, but it offers decent-enough specs and looks to be a worthy follow-up to the original Galaxy Win.

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1 month ago

Google says to look out for more USB-C Chromebooks and Android phones

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USB-C arrived in Google-land with the new Chromebook Pixel, but it's not going to stop there. Google says the new all-in-one connector's coming to more devices soon.

The reversible USB-C connector has made quite the splash this week, arriving in the new Apple MacBook and the just-updated Google Chromebook Pixel, but that's just the beginning of the all-in-one port and cable that can handle power, accessories, and even 4K displays.

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1 month ago

ASUS's ZenFone 2 overview is super intense, like the phone

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If you've been waiting for a EDM-backed video to get you pumped up for the ASUS ZenFone 2's release later this month, then this video is for you.

The ASUS ZenFone 2 is due out later this month, and in case you'd forgotten everything that we'd gone over in our initial hands-on at CES 2015, ASUS has put together a little video going over all of the phone's features, big and small, as a reminder.

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1 month ago

Cyanogen's take on Lollipop in final testing, releasing for OnePlus One in a few weeks

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Cyanogen's making progress on their Cyanogen OS 12 'L' update, and plans to release the Android 5.0-based OS in the next few weeks to select devices.

Cyanogen OS 12 'L' started wider testing back in January, and has finally reached the home stretch in getting ready to deploy it to regular users. The update, based on Android 5.0.1 Lollipop is coming for both the OnePlus One and Micromax Yureka in the next few weeks, with final quality assurance testing under way as we type this.

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