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1 month ago

Android 5.1.1 update now rolling out to T-Mobile Galaxy S6 and S6 edge

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T-Mobile's Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge are now getting the Android 5.1.1 update, bringing several performance optimizations along with Guest Mode.

Although Guest Mode was available in AOSP builds of Android 5.0, Samsung did not include the feature in the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge. The issue is now being rectified with the rollout of Android 5.1.1.

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1 month ago

ARCHOS 50 Helium Plus and 55 Helium Plus heading to the U.K. in July

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Announced earlier this month, ARCHOS' budget 50 Helium Plus and 55 Helium Plus will be available in the U.K. from next month.

The 50 Helium Plus will be priced at £119, with the 55 Helium Plus coming in at £139. Both devices offer Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box and come with a MediaTek MT6735P SoC with a quad-core Cortex A53 clocked at 1GHz and a Mali T720 GPU.

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1 month ago

Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy S6 active

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Samsung Galaxy S6 active

A familiar device with a serious change in looks and a big boost in battery.

Samsung and AT&T have partnered up again for yet another "active" Galaxy S, which like its predecessors builds on top of the flagship Galaxy of the year with lots of hard plastic, rubber and resistance from the elements. And just like previous models, the Galaxy S6 active also leaves the insides basically untouched, meaning you're getting the same solid GS6 experience, including that great camera, underneath a decidedly more rugged exterior.

You get waterproofing, dustproofing and plenty of extra grip, and depending on what color you choose you may also get some camouflage (whether you like it or not). Oh, and you get a dramatic jump in battery capacity — up to 3500 mAh from the 2550 in the original phone. Want to learn a little more? Check out our hands-on and impressions of the Galaxy S6 active.

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1 month ago

Samsung Galaxy S6 active specs

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The Samsung Galaxy S6 active shares plenty with the regular Galaxy S6, and that's particularly true when you're talking about the internal specs. You have the same processor, RAM, storage, screen and ports, with the big change being a large bump in battery capacity.

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1 month ago

What would a 5.7-inch 'Galaxy S6 Plus' mean for Samsung?

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Galaxy S6 phones

Reports suggesting a new Galaxy S6 variant is in the works leave us with more questions than answers. All the same, a 5.7-inch 'GS6 Plus' remains an intriguing possibility.

Remember how Samsung was supposed to release the Galaxy S5 Prime last year, but then didn't? And then how that device was supposed to have turned into the Galaxy F, which in turn vanished like a startled vampire around the time the Galaxy Note 4 debuted?

Well, twelve months on, it's time for another white whale of a Samsung super-flagship. Say hello to the rumored Galaxy S6 Plus (or Galaxy S6 edge Plus, depending on which rumors you're reading) supposedly hitting sometime this quarter with a bigger screen and S6 edge-style dual edge displays.

Rumors are rumors, and should be treated as such in the absence of any firm evidence. Nevertheless, the prospect of a "plus" model Samsung flagship so soon after the vanilla GS6's launch — and indeed so close to the inevitable Galaxy Note 5 — is an intriguing prospect. Let's dive into what it could mean for Samsung and its competitors.

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1 month ago

These Android phones can handle wireless charging

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Wireless Charging

It's the feature you either have to have or don't care about at all.

Wireless charging has been around for a few years now, but sadly it hasn't become as widely-adopted as we'd like. Our microUSB ports start to loosen and bend over time and being able to limit that wear and tear by using wireless charging would be a godsend, but due to the fight over wireless charging standards, most phones simply go without it. And while Qi and Powermat and the various companies backing them fight it out, smartphone users are left in the cold.

However, many popular phones are beginning to embrace wireless charging, and if that's something you're looking for in your next phone, here's a list of those lucky devices.

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1 month ago

LG G Stylo now available from Sprint for $288 off-contract

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Sprint has announced that the LG G Stylo is now available on its network, and the device carries an extremely affordable price tag.

Customers can pick the LG G Stylo up from Sprint at a very affordable price starting today. With $0 down, customers can pay off the device over 24 months, with payments being only $12 per month. Sprint is also offering the device for $49 on a new two-year contract. For those who want to avoid contracts and just purchase it outright, the device carries a full retail price tag of $288.

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1 month ago

Sony Xperia Z3+ now available for pre-order in the UK, unlocked pricing starts at £549

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Announced last month, the Sony Xperia Z3+ is now available for pre-order in the UK, with the device listed for £549 unlocked.

The Ice Green color variant is exclusive to Carphone Warehouse in the country, with the white and black editions also available from the retailer. Monthly plans start at £31.99 per month with a £59.99 upfront cost.

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1 month ago

Samsung allegedly working on a Galaxy S6 edge Plus with 5.7-inch dual-edge display

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Samsung is reportedly getting ready to roll out a 5.7-inch version of the Galaxy S6 edge called the Galaxy S6 edge Plus.

Along with the larger dual-edge display, the Galaxy S6 edge Plus should feature a larger battery, which would cull the battery life issues faced by the 5-inch version.

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1 month ago

Google says it won't ditch Android One, plans to offer country-specific devices

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With less than a million units sold in India, Android One hasn't gotten off to a great start. Google is now looking at ways it can beef up sales of upcoming handsets.

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1 month ago

Droid Turbo Android 5.1 update still in the test lab cycle, no release date in sight

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The Android 5.1 update for the Droid Turbo is still not ready, as the company is still testing the update according to the latest update.

The latest information from Motorola about the status of the Droid Turbo update is not what people are going to want to hear. Senior Director of Software Product Management at Motorola Mobility, David Schuster, has posted an update on Google+ stating that the company is still working on the update.

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1 month ago

Second-gen Moto E getting Android 5.1 from Verizon

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Verizon is now pushing the Android 5.1 update out for the second-generation Moto E, bringing some minor UI changes and more.

This update will bump the device up to version 23.11.17, and bring a few noticeable changes as well. Included in this Android 5.1 update are a number of UI improvements, some new interruption controls, notification volume control access, and factory reset protection.

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1 month ago

HTC One M9 to get 'inked' in special limited edition body art-style design

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A limited edition of the HTC One M9 is in the works that will offer a unique case engraved with a body art-style design.

HTC will offer customers the chance to get a limited edition version of its current flagship smartphone, the HTC One M9, with a casing that has a special design engraved on its back.

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1 month ago

Vertu Signature Touch Review

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Vertu Signature Touch

There are flagship Android phones and then there are luxury Android phones. The Vertu Signature Touch is the latter, and you'll pay for the privileges that come with it.

The quick take

Made of premium materials with a solid design, the Vertu Signature Touch is an impressive piece of hardware with some cool services to back it up. But it's hobbled by inconsistent performance that hurts the value proposition.

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1 month ago

Alcatel OneTouch Conquest for Boost Mobile receives approval from the FCC

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Alcatel OneTouch has received approval for a new device, the Conquest, which is destined for Boost Mobile.

The FCC has approved Alcatel OneTouch's Conquest, an upcoming budget style device that is heading to Boost Mobile. According to the listing, the device features a colorful design, tri-band LTE and a Snapdragon 410 processor.

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