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1 month ago

How to use the Finger Scanner on the Galaxy Note 4

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Galaxy Note 4 Finger Scanner

Increase security and also speed up the login process in a few key apps

Though the Finger Scanner wasn't as big of a deal at the launch of the Galaxy Note 4 as it was when it debuted on the Galaxy S5, Samsung kept it around hiding within the home button ready to boost your phone's security. The swipe-style scanner may not be as convenient as what's available on some phones, but the way its integrated into the phone to work for your lockscreen, Samsung Account, PayPal and other apps makes it valuable to set up.

The setup process takes some time, as does getting the right feel for how to swipe on it for the best results, but in the end it's a net positive. Read along and let us show you how to get the Finger Scanner up and running.

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1 month ago

Wavy invites start arriving for Samsung's March 1 unveil at MWC

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After being basically a no-show on the mobile front at CES 2015, Samsung looks to be coming in a big way to the 2015 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and they're bringing with them a… wavy line. Chances are we're going to get our first official glimpse at the Samsung Galaxy S6 at next month's event, but for now there's only so much we can divine from this teaser.

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1 month ago

Partners not named Samsung rally around Qualcomm Snapdragon 810

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 810

LG, Motorola, Xiaomi, OPPO, Sony all laud latest chipset

Chipmaker Qualcomm this morning sent out a press release with manufacturing partners singing the praises of the new Snapdragon 810 processor. LG, Xiaomi, Motorola, Sony, OPPO and Microsoft all laud the latest generation of Qualcomm's system-on-a-chip, which has faced a spate of bad press after a number of anonymous reports pointed to the upcoming (and as-yet unannounced) Samsung Galaxy S6 having issues with the 810 in testing. It's since been said — and seemingly confirmed by Qualcomm — that Samsung instead would use its own Exynos processor in its upcoming flagship.

Nobody accidentally name-dropped any unannounced devices, but LG and Xiaomi did praise the 810 inside the new LG G Flex 2 and Xiaomi Note Pro, respectively. LG had initially said it didn't have overheating issues with Snapdragon 810 but later walked that back a bit and said any issues had been addressed and fixed.

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1 month ago

Save $100 on your bill when you buy the Galaxy Note 4 or Alpha through AT&T Next

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If you were looking to buy the Galaxy Note 4 or the Galaxy Alpha, you may want to consider AT&T's latest offer. The carrier is offering a $100 bill credit when you purchase the handset through the AT&T Next program.

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1 month ago

The top 5 things you need to know about the Blu Vivo Air

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The top 5 things you need to know about the Blu Vivo Air

Thinking about getting a Blu Vivo Air? Here's what you need to know

So you're wondering if the Blu Vivo Air is the right phone for you, eh? Well, you've certainly got some questions, no doubt, and we're here to help answer them for you.

The Vivo Air is a unique smartphone, with some eye-popping specs and a surprising price tag. But there's more to it than just being thin and affordable. And so, here's what you need to know about the Blu Vivo Air.

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1 month ago

Lollipop delayed for some carrier versions of HTC One M8 and M7

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After releasing Lollipop for the M8 on a few Canadian carriers just yesterday, HTC has announced today that it won't be able to hit the promised 90-day window for a rollout to some carrier versions of the HTC One M8 and One M7.

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1 month ago

Even the Tizen-powered Samsung Z1 doesn't avoid Google's ecosystem

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Samsung Z1

Samsung's first Tizen phone ships with Google Search and YouTube apps, and Google as its default search engine

Following delays of over a year, Samsung finally shipped its first Tizen-powered handset, the Z1, earlier this month in India. The arrival of Tizen on smartphones — remember it's been on Samsung's Gear smartwatches for almost a year now — has been a long time coming, and there's been plenty of speculation among press and mobile industry watchers that Tizen could emerge as a viable alternative to Android for the Korean electronics giant.

What we've found during our initial hands-on time with an Indian Samsung Z1, however, is a phone that's very much at ease with Google's ecosystem.

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1 month ago

Google confirms Nexus 6 supply constraints

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Nexus 6

It's hardly been a secret that the Motorola-manufactured Nexus 6 has been a hard phone to get ahold of since its release. It's been MIA for many moon on Google Play, and the 64-gigabyte model is pretty much a White Whale. Today on its Q4 earnings call, Google Chief Financial Officer Patrick Pichette confirmed the scarcity.

"We also faced a few real challenges as well" for the quarter, Pichette said. "While the Nexus 6 was very well received as a new phone, we had real issues and were unable to secure sufficient inventory to meet the demand that we had forecasted." [Ed note: Pichette mistakenly said "Nexus 7" on the call and clarified things at the start of the Q&A.]

So it wasn't just you. The Nexus 6 is a rare bird.

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1 month ago

Saygus V2 pre-orders will be $549, registration deadline extended until Feb. 2

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The Saygus V2, the upcoming Android smartphone that can support up to 320GB of storage, now has a firm pre-order price of $549. The company behind the device also announced that pre-order registration for the phone has been extended from today until Monday, Feb. 2.

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1 month ago

Blu Vivo Air specs

The Blu Vivo Air is many things. It is very affordable at just $200 off contract, and absurdly thin at just 5.15mm from front-to-back. But there are things it is not — it's not a barn-burning high-powered flagship device, not that you should expect it to be so at that price. For the nitty gritty on one of the world's thinnest smartphones, head on past the break for the complete specs list of the Blu Vivo Air.

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1 month ago

Android 5.0 Lollipop now rolling out to some HTC One M8 phones in Canada

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Owners of the HTC One M8 in Canada might want to check their devices. The company announced today that an over-the-air download for the smartphone that will update it to Android 5.0 Lollipop has begun for Bell, SaskTel, and WIND Mobile customers.

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1 month ago

Over 1 billion Android smartphones reportedly shipped worldwide in 2014

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A new report from the research firm Strategy Analytics claims that over 1 billion Android smartphones shipped worldwide in 2014. That's compared to "just" 800 million smartphones using some version of Google's mobile OS that shipped in 2013.

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1 month ago

LG says Snapdragon 810 issues have been fixed and won't delay LG G Flex 2 launch

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LG executives have admitted today there were issues with the first batch of the Snapdragon 810 chips from Qualcomm. However, the smartphone company said those issues have been fixed and won't delay the launch of their recently announced LG G Flex 2 smartphone.

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1 month ago

Samsung's Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5 up for pre-order at Carphone Warehouse

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Samsung's Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5 – which will be launching in the UK on February 12 – are now available for pre-order at Carphone Warehouse. The Galaxy A3 is available on monthly plans starting at £22.50 ($35) a month for 24 months, with the Galaxy A5 available from £26.50 ($40) a month.

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1 month ago

Looking to buy the Nexus 6? T-Mobile is offering a discount of $48 on the handset

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After offering a $36 discount on the Galaxy Note 4 earlier this month, T-Mobile is now slashing prices of the Nexus 6. Both 32 and 64GB versions of the Midnight Blue Nexus 6 are discounted by $48.

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