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2 months ago

Lollipop update for Galaxy S5 going live in more European territories

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After commencing rollout of Android Lollipop for the Galaxy S5 in Poland at the start of the month, it looks like Samsung is making the update available in more countries in the region. According to SamMobile, owners of the Galaxy S5 in Spain are beginning to see the OTA update.

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2 months ago

Samsung to reportedly axe the Galaxy Alpha as focus shifts to low-cost alternatives

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If you've been holding out on getting the Galaxy Alpha, best do it while you can, as a report out of South Korea suggests that Samsung is looking to discontinue production of the handset as soon as current inventory of materials runs out. ET News states that Samsung will instead by shifting focus to the mid- and entry-level segments with devices like the Galaxy A5.

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2 months ago

Samsung announces an even-faster Galaxy Note 4

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is already a speedy phone, but there's a new version that can download over LTE even faster than before. The current version of the Galaxy Note 4 includes LTE-A with dual-band carrier aggregation — the ability to combine two frequency bands (carrier, in this case, is frequency on which the tower is broadcasting) — for downloads up to 150Mbps. The new version, however, bundles together three bands for downloads that can reach up to 300Mbps.

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2 months ago

So you just got a new Android smartphone ...

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New phones

You've got the new phone, now we're going to show you how to get up and running

So, you just got a new Android smartphone — that's pretty exciting! But once the initial awe of this new gadget wears off, you realize you actually need to use that phone. For those of us who read (and write for) Android Central regularly a new phone isn't such a big deal, but if you've just received your first Android phone it can be a bit daunting.

But that's what we're here for — with a little research you'll have your new Android up and running, and you'll be a pro in no time at all. Read along with us and see the first things you need to do with your new phone.

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2 months ago

The Nexus 6 is back in stock, for now, at Motorola's website

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It's the day after Christmas, but that doesn't mean your shopping days have to be over, especially if you still want to get the Nexus 6. Today, the Motorola.com website put the 6-inch Android Lollipop smartphone back in stock.

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2 months ago

Xiaomi has sold 1 million smartphones in India

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China-based Xiaomi has now sold one million of its Android smartphones in India, according to an announcement today from its Indian chief Manu Kumar Jain on Twitter.

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2 months ago

BLU announces three Studio LTE Series devices

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BLU Products has introduced a line of three new phones called the Studio LTE Series. The Studio 6.0 LTE and Studio 5.0 LTE both run Android 4.4 KitKat, while the Studio Mini LTE runs Android 4.3 Jellybean. All three devices support LTE on multiple US networks, and will be sold without contract through Amazon.

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2 months ago

There's now a limited-edition alligator leather Samsung Galaxy Alpha in France

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French phone shoppers have a new and extra-fancy option at their disposal: a Samsung Galaxy Alpha that ditches the plastic back for one of alligator leather. The phones, which otherwise are the same as their plastic-backed sisters — right down to the metal frame, will run shoppers €649, an increase of €80 over the standard version. That extra cash also comes with exclusivity — only 100 of each of the four different backs are available.

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2 months ago

Bullitt Group to license Kodak brand for a new line of Android devices

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The Bullitt Group will launch a lineup of Android-based smartphones and tablets using the Kodak brand next year, with plans to launch their first device at CES 2015 in early January.

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2 months ago

Boost Mobile begins selling ZTE Speed for $99 without a contract

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Sprint's no-contract subsidiary Boost Mobile has started selling the ZTE Speed online for the price of $99.99. The Android KitKat smartphone will go on sale at Boost Mobile's retail stores in early January.

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2 months ago

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is coming to India in the first week of January

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The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge will be launching in India in January 2015. The phone, with its wacky curved edge screen is expected to be available in the first week of the month. It's expected to be priced at Rs. 64,900 and will only be available through select though not-yet-announced retailers.

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2 months ago

Meizu decides to go with color for the M1 Note

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China-based Meizu today unveiled the new M1 Note, a Android-powered smartphone that will surely brighten up your day with the array of colors available. It's a device aimed for China, meaning there will be a lot of power packed inside the case but listed at an affordable price point. We're looking at a 64-bit MediaTek octa-core CPU powering the innards. It's a serious bit of kit with a colorful, somewhat misleading appearance.

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2 months ago

Huawei Ascend GX1 announced with 6-inch display and 64-bit CPU, no bezels in sight

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Huawei decided to take a stance against bezels with the Ascend Mate 7, and it looks like the Chinese manufacturer is continuing the trend with the Ascend GX1. Boasting a 6-inch 720p display and an 80.5 percent screen to body ratio, the Ascend GX1 is now available for sale in China to the equivalent of $255 (1590 Chinese Yuan).

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2 months ago

Asus ZenFone teaser shows off dual camera setup

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CES is right around the corner, folks, and that means we're sure to see some fancy new offerings from our favorite brands relatively soon. Jumping ahead of the action today was Asus, which ran a teaser on its Facebook page for a new ZenFone that appears to be sporting dual rear cameras.

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2 months ago

T-Mobile rolls out a software update for its HTC One M7

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T-Mobile owners of the HTC One M7 smartphone could start seeing a small software update for their device over the next few days or weeks. The download will bring the version number up to 6.10.531.10.

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