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1 month ago

The LG G3's rear power and volume buttons

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LG's latest flagship handset continues its tradition of back-mounted keys

LG broke the mold last year with the G2, switching from the tried-and-true side-mounted power and volume keys and putting its buttons on the back. And it worked pretty well, allowing the company to slim down its bezels while keeping the main keys relatively accessible. (Though that said, we were less enamored with the inferior design that featured on the Verizon G2.)

Back buttons quickly became a signature LG feature, arriving on devices like the G Flex and G2 Mini, and they're back on the company's 2014 flagship, the LG G3.

Check out our video after the break.

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1 month ago

New, plastic HTC One outed on HTC China site

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Following recent rumors of a plastic HTC One being in the works, HTC China has taken the wraps off this new model with a post on Weibo linking to a promotional site for the phone. Besides the change in materials, you're looking at familiar chips and software, a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 processor and HTC's BoomSound-based audio. Despite the high-end internals, the chassis looks a little more like last year's HTC One, the M7, than this year's offering.

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1 month ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 Active for AT&T photo set leaks, looks more rugged and tank-like

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We've seen the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active leak our a few times already, including a surprisingly lengthy hands-on video of the S5 Active in a dude's truck (how appropriate, huh?), so what's one more? We've seen the back of this phone before, but only in that video, so what we have now is a better look — a still photograph, if you will — of the front and back of the Galaxy S5 Active.

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1 month ago

Android 4.4 KitKat rolling out to Sprint's Galaxy Note 2

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Sure, the Galaxy Note 3 has received an update to the latest version of Android in March, but what about its predecessor, the Galaxy Note 2? After outlining that the device would be receiving the KitKat update later this month, Samsung is making good on its promise by rolling out the update to Sprint's Galaxy Note 2.

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1 month ago

How to take a screenshot on the LG G3

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Taking a screenshot on the LG G3 is as simple as pressing buttons or swiping the screen

As with most Android phones, taking a screenshot on the LG G3 is simple enough, if you know the trick. There are a couple of ways to save the image on your screen for posterity, and they're both really easy, as for the most part LG's using the standard Android button configuration. Only thing is, the main physical keys are on the back of the phone, so you'll need to go about pressing them in a slightly different way.

And there's also a secondary way to grab a screenshot and annotate it, using the built-in QMemo+ application. Let's get stuck in after the break.

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1 month ago

Alcatel launches the Idol X+ in India

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TCL Communication's smartphone division Alcatel has launched its latest smartphone, the Idol X+, in India today. Unveiled at CES earlier this year, the Idol X+ will be available exclusively on Flipkart, with orders commencing from June 3.

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1 month ago

Samsung's 7-inch 'phoneblet' makes its way to the FCC

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We saw Samsung's 7-inch phone/tablet in a leaked SK Telecom brochure earlier this month. While the device was originally thought to be exclusive to South Korea, a device bearing the same model number (SM-T2558) made its way to the FCC, which indicates a US launch may be on the cards.

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1 month ago

Carphone Warehouse opening up LG G3 pre-orders on June 3

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Carphone Warehouse has today confirmed that the UK retailer is stocking the newly announced LG G3. Those who are looking to get their hands on the new flagship Android smartphone from LG will be able to pre-register their interest on the Carphone Warehouse website from today, with pre-orders kicking off on June 3rd. The device itself is expected to hit stores across the country by July 1st.

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1 month ago

HTC reportedly working on One M8 'Plus' with QHD display, plastic-clad 'Advance' also rumored

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Now that QHD displays are the norm for flagship smartphones, it only makes sense that more manufacturers start launching devices that offer 2K displays. According to 9to5Google, HTC is doing just that, and is set to offer a "Plus" variant of the One M8 that features a QHD screen. The Taiwanese manufacturer is also said to be working on an "Advance" model, which is a plastic-clad version of the One M8.

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1 month ago

LG G3 camera samples and first impressions

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Our first look at the photographic capabilities of LG's flagship G3 smartphone

With 24 hours of LG G3 usage under our belt, we've had just enough time to get to grips with the phone's camera — a 13-megapixel optically-stabilized shooter with a faster laser-powered autofocus. LG is one of the few manufacturers using OIS as a major point of differentiation, and with high-end smartphones increasingly competing on focus times, LG's updated AF system brings something new to the table. A fun aside — according to LG's head of smartphone planning, Dr. Ramchan Woo, the autofocus tech draws on LG's expertise in other areas, having been adapted from laser-based sensors in LG's robot vacuum cleaners.

Enough about lasers and robots for the moment, though. The G3's main camera is a 13-megapixel unit, the same size (and pixel size) as the G2, however LG tells us the sensor itself is more advanced than last year's model. What's more, the G3 has grown "OIS+," and the new stabilization system with a wider angle of compensation than its predecessor. Meanwhile the front-facing camera has been revamped, with larger pixels on its sensor, for better low-light performance.

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