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1 month ago

Analysis claims the Samsung Galaxy S6 is tied with Note 4 for best smartphone display

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The research firm DisplayMate has determined the newly announced Samsung Galaxy S6 is tied with the older Galaxy Note 4 for best smartphone display.

Samsung sent DisplayMate, which regularly tests smartphone and tablet screens, pre-production models of both the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge to check out. Both have the same type of display, with a 5.1 inch high resolution Quad HD 2560x1440 pixel screen with 577 pixels per inch, with the only real difference being that the S6 edge has a curved screen.

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1 month ago

Android 5.1 SDK released, new APIs for dual-SIM devices and carrier apps

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The handful of new APIs in the new Lollipop release focus on cellular and telephony.

Hot on the heels of yesterday's Android 5.1 Lollipop announcement, Google has released the Android 5.1 SDK to developers, along with details of the dev-facing stuff contained in the new version of the OS. Firstly, Android 5.1 brings the platform up to API level 22, which includes new APIs for devices with more than one SIM, as well as additional APIs for carrier services.

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1 month ago

Alcatel Onetouch Idol 2 S is on sale for $188 until March 17

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Alcatel has placed the Onetouch Idol 2 S with LTE on sale for $188 through next week. The manufacturer is offering the deal exclusively through its online store until next Tuesday, March 17.

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1 month ago

Android 5.1 Lollipop Nexus updates to begin today

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Android 5.1, the first Lollipop maintenance release, is on the way

Update: Google has officially announced Android 5.1 Lollipop, which will begin rolling out from today.

Original story: As tends to happen shortly before Nexus updates start rolling out, T-Mobile has updated its support documents with references to a new update for the Nexus 5. Android 5.1 Lollipop build LMY47D is to begin rolling out today, March 9, according to the updated docs. This number is consistent with Android 5.1 build numbers we've seen doing the rounds on Android One devices in the past month, so it'd seem this is indeed the first major maintenance update for Lollipop.

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1 month ago

T-Mobile HTC One M7 begins its Lollipop rollout

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The over-the-air update is starting its roll out to the owners of the smartphone one day earlier than first announced by HTC.

We have received a tip from a member of Android Central's forums that the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the T-Mobile HTC One M7 has started. Last week, HTC's Vice President of Product Management Mo Versi indicated that the OTA update would start on Tuesday.

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1 month ago

Samsung's new Galaxy S6 bottom end a controversial but welcome change for some

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Does it really matter which end the 3.5 mm headphone jack is on? For some it's a deal-breaker.

Take a swing through our Galaxy S6 forums and you'll find a pretty good thread on one of the more controversial but equally important changes to this year's flagship phone. Actually, on both the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge. That is to say, the bottom of the phone has changed a good bit.

Never mind that it indeed looks a little familiar. That, ultimately, is superficial. We're more concerned about the functional. And for some, moving the 3.5 mm headphone jack to the bottom of the phone is going to be a very big deal.

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1 month ago

HTC One M9 now available for pre-order at Vodafone UK

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Vodafone has just announced that the UK mobile operator is offering the HTC One M9 for pre-order. Following on the heels of EE, the company has the smartphone listed on plans that start from £26.50 a month. Unfortunately, the gold variant is not available through Vodafone, thanks to an exclusivity deal with EE.

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1 month ago

Samsung reportedly received 20 million Galaxy S6, S6 edge pre-orders from mobile carriers

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A new report claims that Samsung has received 20 million pre-orders from mobile carriers worldwide for its newly revealed Galaxy S6 and S6 edge smartphones.

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1 month ago

Asus Zenfone 2 with 4GB RAM is now available in Taiwan for $290

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Unveiled earlier this year at CES, Asus' Zenfone 2 is now available for sale in Taiwan. The variant with 4GB RAM (ZE551ML) is up for sale for the equivalent of $290, along with two models — ZE550ML and ZE500CL — that offer a more modest 2GB RAM.

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1 month ago

Motorola Droid Turbo makes its way to India as the Moto Turbo

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As previously teased, Motorola has launched the Droid Turbo in India, marketing the device as Moto Turbo in the country. The handset is currently available for pre-order for Rs. 41,999 ($670).

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1 month ago

Verizon pre-orders of Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 edge begin April 1

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Verizon Wireless has announced that pre-order for Samsung's latest flagship devices will begin on April 1, 2015.

While the pre-orders for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge will begin on April 1, there's no word yet on an exact release date on Verizon. Both devices were announced earlier this week during MWC 2015.

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1 month ago

Moto E 2015 now available on Sprint Prepaid and Boost Mobile; coming to Virgin Mobile March 9

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The 2015 Moto E is now available from Sprint Prepaid and Boost Mobile, and is coming to Virgin Mobile on Monday, March 9.

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1 month ago

In pictures: The HTC One M9

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Pictures really don't do the HTC One M9 justice. You've got to hold this phone for yourself to really get a sense for the difference the small changes make. But we'll do what we can with some of our best shots.

As we're finally catching our breath after a ridiculously awesome Mobile World Congress, let's take a quick look at one of the hotter phones of the show. That would be, of course, the HTC One M9.

It's not a radical departure from its predecessor, at least in terms of looks. But when you hold it in your hand, you'll definitely notice the differences. Slightly smaller. Easier to hold. More definition in detail and design.

We've got just a few short weeks until it's released, and until you can get your hands on it. For now, enjoy this gallery.

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1 month ago

HTC's latest videos introduce the One M9 and ponder the Oneness of humanity

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HTC has rolled out a couple of new promotional videos today, one of which is narrated by none other than Robert Downey Jr.

Between the two videos, we get a good introduction to the look of the HTC One M9, as well as feel-good message about the oneness of humanity.

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1 month ago

Otterbox Samsung Galaxy S6 cases announced!

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The choices include cases in the company's heavy-duty Defender Series along with the hybrid Commuter series.

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