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1 month ago

HTC One M8 DS dual SIM variant launched in Saudi Arabia

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The HTC One M8 DS, a dual SIM variant of the company's current flagship smartphone, is now available for sale in Saudi Arabia from the Mobily wireless carrier.

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1 month ago

Motorola starts rolling out Android 4.4.4 KitKat to users in India

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Motorola India announced on Twitter today that it is rolling out the Android 4.4.4 KitKat update to users in the country, with the Moto X, Moto E and the Moto G set to receive the OTA update shortly.

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1 month ago

OnePlus One will get Android L 'within three months' after final build

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OnePlus has confirmed that their OnePlus One smartphone will receive an upgrade to the newly revealed Android L OS. OnePlus One currently uses the 11S build of CyanogenMod, a highly modified version of Android 4.4.2 KitKat.

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1 month ago

Android L preview: Battery and power management

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Battery in Android L

The next version of Android introduces battery-saving features for developers and users alike

You can never have enough battery power. Battery life is one of the main areas of smartphone performance in which there's still a huge amount of room for improvement. Batteries in the leading Android phones are getting bigger all the time, and that's one way to make things better. But the Android L developer preview also brings software improvements aimed to boost longevity, including new battery stats and a battery-saving mode for users, and tools to help developers make more battery-friendly apps.

Let's take a closer look.

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1 month ago

LG G3 officially coming to Canada starting August 1

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LG has announced that its latest flagship smartphone, the LG G3, will be coming to the Great White North of Canada. The expected launch date for the smartphone in that territory is August 1.

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1 month ago

ZTE NX507J passes certification in China, is this the ZTE Nubia Z7 Mini?

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Numerous smartphones have received the "mini" treatment, where a smaller version of the handset is also released to the public, and ZTE could well be adding another with a ZTE Nubia Z7 Mini. The mysterious ZTE handset has passed Chinese certification with the codename NX507J, which is pretty similar to the NX505J, believed to be the 5.5-inch Nubia Z7. The NX507J has a 5-inch display with a 1080p resolution, something that may attract consumers who don't enjoy the "phablet" experience.

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1 month ago

Sprint's LG G3 available July 18

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LG G3

Preorders start July 11

Sprint today announced that its version of the LG G3 — with its 5.5-inch QHD display and innovative rear buttons — wlil be available on July 18.

You'll be able to get the G3 for no money down and 24 monthly payments of $25, which comes out to an even $600 when all is said and done. You'll be able to preorder on July 11. And if you do so by July 24, you may be eligible to receive a $150 reward card. Order a G3 from July 25 through Aug. 14 and you'll be eligible for a $100 reward card. (You'll have to register and then wait for it, of course.)

Sprint's also giving away 20 G3s. You can register here.

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1 month ago

UK retailer Phones 4u to carry Samsung's Galaxy S5 Mini

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While this week's Galaxy S5 Mini announcement did not mention any specific pricing or availability details, UK retailer Phones 4u has stated that it will stock the device once in becomes available in the country.

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1 month ago

Samsung prices latest batch of entry-level smartphones

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Samsung announced a bevy of new smartphones targeted at the budget segment earlier this week, with all devices running Android 4.4 KitKat and a lightweight version of TouchWiz. While pricing details weren't divulged at the time, Samsung's Netherlands site has revealed how much the devices would cost in the region.

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1 month ago

Samsung Galaxy S5, two months on

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Samsung Galaxy S5

We've had our hands on the Galaxy S5 for over two months now — it's time to share how we feel Samsung's flagship has held up over time.

Each year, Samsung garners a massive amount of attention for its new flagship Galaxy S phone, and for good reason. With its official unveiling coinciding with Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and satellite events all around the world, Samsung did things up big with the Galaxy S5 just as you'd expect. Thankfully this wasn't another Broadway-style production with useless fluff blurring the message either, as Samsung absolutely had legitimate reasons to be proud of with the GS5.

The Galaxy S5 ushered in a new level of hardware refinement that made many of us rethink what defines Samsung's hardware design. It dropped most of the shiny hard plastic in favor of a nice soft-touch back plate, bumped up the internal hardware to check all of the boxes, improved the screen quality in nearly all metrics and kept the Samsung fans happy with a removable battery, SDcard and physical home button. The GS5 also introduced a new finger scanner in the home button and an interesting heart rate monitor alongside the camera flash on the back of the phone, showing some real hardware innovation.

It was apparent that Samsung spent plenty of time on the software as well, giving it more than just a fresh coat of paint and instead really unifying the whole software suite under a single design language. Samsung went with a flatter, more harmonious interface that uses a simpler color palette and fewer crazy neon highlights — this isn't the TouchWiz of 2010.

The real question is: how have all of the improvements in design and functionality in the Galaxy S5 translated into real-world use?

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