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1 month ago

Dissecting the '8GB' Xperia M4 Aqua storage kerfuffle

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Xperia M4 Aqua

While the storage woes of Sony's M4 Aqua aren't unique to that device, they do highlight a few important issues for smartphone buyers.

With competitive pricing, waterproof capabilities and Sony's latest Android UX, the Xperia M4 Aqua has a lot going for it. But with a mere 8 gigabytes of internal flash, storage space is a serious issue for the phone. As XperiaBlog discovered upon getting the phone, their M4 was reduced to just 1.26GB of free space after initial setup.

Let's take a look at what's going on, how you get from 8GB to 1.26GB, and what you need to be aware of when judging your phone's storage capacity.

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1 month ago

LG G Flex 2 on Sprint now receiving Android 5.1.1

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Sprint is now pushing out Android 5.1.1 to the LG G Flex 2, bringing some enhancements and factory reset protection to the device.

The update from Sprint, which is version LS996ZV6, bumps the LG G Flex 2 up to the most current version of Android; Android 5.1.1. This update brings along a number of changes to the device, one of which is the addition of Factory Reset Protection.

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1 month ago

Samsung Galaxy S6 active to be available from AT&T starting June 12

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The Samsung Galaxy S6 active will be available from AT&T starting on June 12, with an off contract price of $695.10.

Following a teaser and a video posting on its YouTube channel, AT&T has announced the release date and pricing for the Samsung Galaxy S6 active. Beginning on June 12, customers will be able to pick up the device from AT&T, and to sweeten the deal the carrier is offering 50 percent off on the Samsung Wireless Charging Pad.

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1 month ago

OnePlus One gets permanent price cut to $249, offers bundle with Dropbox Pro for $349

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The price of the OnePlus One is now down to $249 for good, and you can also get it bundled with Dropbox Pro for $349.

Last week, OnePlus cut the price of its OnePlus One smartphone down by $50 to $249 in what was planned to be a one-week sale only. Now the company has made that price cut permanent for the 16GB version, and has also reduced the price of the 64GB version down to $299.

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1 month ago

AT&T introduces the Samsung Galaxy S6 active in new video

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AT&T has posted a new video to its YouTube account, which officially introduces the Samsung Galaxy S6 active.

Coming just days after it was teased on Twitter, AT&T has posted a new video to its YouTube channel showcasing the Samsung Galaxy S6 active. In this new video, AT&T goes through the specs of the device, shows off some of the features, but fails to give pricing or availability details.

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1 month ago

LG G4 gets proper tear down and X-ray treatment, shows just how complex the camera really is

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The LG G4 is the latest device to go under the screwdriver of the iFixit team, and this time they have put the internals under the X-ray as well.

We have been admiring the beauty that is the LG G4 from the outside for a bit already, and the iFixit team is now ready to show us what the inside looks like. Beyond just a normal teardown, the team went ahead and put the components under an X-ray as well.

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1 month ago

LG G4 will cost ₹51,500 in India, official launch on June 19

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LG India's website has the G4 listed for ₹51,500 ($804) ahead of the device's launch in the country on June 19.

The LG G4 in India will be offered in leather by default, with the brown and black color options available to buyers. LG has confirmed that it will sell the dual-SIM version in the country, which has the same specs as the single-SIM variant.

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1 month ago

Sony Xperia Z4 landing on Japan's NTT Docomo later this week

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Sony's Xperia Z4 will be launching on NTT Docomo later this week. The carrier is expected to have the Z4 available both online and in-store from June 10.

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1 month ago

Xiaomi starts selling its most affordable smartphone yet, the $80 Redmi 2A

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After launching the Redmi 2 for the equivalent of $110, Xiaomi has commenced sales of the Redmi 2A, which is now available in China for just $80.

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1 month ago

AT&T teases the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy S6 active

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A new teaser from AT&T indicates that the more rugged version of the Samsung Galaxy S6 could arrive soon.

AT&T has posted a teaser that points to the imminent arrival of the Samsung Galaxy S6 active. Calling it "the only thing missing from your workout," the teaser doesn't explicitly show the device to which it refers.

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1 month ago

It turns out YotaPhone 2 does not have an FSB backdoor baked in

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Yota Devices claims earlier reports about FSB access to the YotaPhone 2 were poorly translated and taken out of context.

Regardless of your position on the subject of government surveillance and monitoring, reading a report describing a secret software backdoor being baked in to a phone is more than a little unsettling. Unfortunately, that's exactly what was being said about YotaPhone 2 last week. Rostech CEO Sergey Chemezov was quoted as having knowledge of an FSB (Russian Intelligence Agency) backdoor into the dual-screen smartphone, which made it so Russian Intelligence could pull whatever they wanted from the device.

It turns out reality is a whole lot less interesting than the fiction readers have initially been lead to believe, at least that's what the folks who make YotaPhone 2 say.

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1 month ago

Here are the things the Verizon LG G4 doesn't have that other variants do

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Verizon has made a number of changes to the software in the LG G4, removing some features and functionality that some users will miss.

If you are picking up a LG G4 on Verizon, there are a few things about the software that you may want to know about first. We have already taken an extensive look at the device as a whole, but not all of the great software features made it onto the Verizon variant.

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1 month ago

How to change the on-screen buttons on the LG G4

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While most phones stick to the standard Back-Home-Recent button arrangement, there are a few that ignore that and do what they want (l'm looking at you, Samsung). And now, you can, too.

The on-screen buttons on the LG G4 are customizable, and while we wish we could make them a little bit smaller, we're quite grateful that you can at least change the order and add an extra button if you so choose. Whether you want to add a dedicated dual-screen button to take full advantage of the G4's 5.5 inches, or if you just want to switch the back and recent buttons to match what you had on your old phone, here's how to do it.

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1 month ago

Sony Xperia C4, 'the world's best selfie smartphone', is now shipping

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The latest smartphone from Sony the Xperia C4, a device the company calls a "PROselfie monster," is now shipping.

Taking great pictures is something that people look for in a smartphone, and Sony thinks an even bigger focus should be on just how great your selfies come out. Its latest smartphone, the Xperia C4, is supposed to be 'the best selfie smartphone' according to Sony.

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1 month ago

LG G4 headed to Canada on June 19

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The LG G4 is coming to folks in the great white north on June 19.

LG has announced that its latest flagship, the LG G4 will be available to purchase in Canada starting on June 19. The device will launch on five carriers, including Bell, Rogers, TELUS, Videotron, and WIND Mobile.

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