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2 months ago

Galaxy Grand 3 sails through TENAA, is thinner and lighter than predecessor

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A new filing has been published over on TENAA, China's version of the FCC, showing off the Samsung Galaxy Grand 3. Samsung may be looking to cut its smartphone line-up in light of the company's slight financial downturn, but that seemingly won't halt Samsung from releasing new successors to popular handsets.

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2 months ago

Verizon Note 4 gets software update for Gear VR, other fixes [update: Sprint, too]

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Update: Samsung has reached out to let us know that the Note 4 on Sprint is also getting an update with Gear VR compatibility. The update hasn't been posted to the Sprint support site just yet, but should be arriving shortly.

Original story: Ah ha! And not one day after folks began fretting that their Verizon Galaxy Note 4 wasn't working with the new Samsung Gear VR ... the Verizon Note 4 gets an update to work with the Gear VR. (Among other things.)

Here's the full changelog for software version KTU84P.N910VVRU1ANJ5:

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2 months ago

OnePlus gets into the holiday spirit, lets anyone buy the OnePlus One without an invite

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While the OnePlus One is a great device in many ways (as we've noted in our review), availability has always been invite-only, barring a few occasions. That's all changing this holiday season as OnePlus has just announced that customers will be able to pick up the handset without an invite until December 25. The vendor is even promising delivery by Christmas Day.

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2 months ago

Leaked specs of Samsung's upcoming Galaxy A7 reveal high-end hardware

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Samsung already launched two devices in the Galaxy A series, the Galaxy A3 and the Galaxy A5, and now it looks like the vendor is set to launch its third offering, the Galaxy A7. Alleged specs of the handset leaked by SamMobile show that Samsung is targeting the high-end market with the upcoming smartphone.

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2 months ago

With a thickness of just 4.75mm, the Vivo X5 Max makes your phone look chunky

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Step aside, Oppo R5. Vivo has just announced a super-thin smartphone that clocks in at just 4.75mm. The X5 Max is the latest handset to compete for the title of world's thinnest smartphone, and judging images and details shared by the manufacturer, it's clear to see just how thin the Max X5 is.

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2 months ago

Project Ara's Spiral 2 printed circuit board prototype is put on display

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Google showed off an image today of one of its printed circuit boards created for the Spiral 2 prototype of Project Ara, its modular smartphone project that its ATAP division has been developing for some time.

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2 months ago

HTC's Desire 620 is a European mid-ranger for 2015

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The new HTC Desire 620 is coming in early 2015 and is poised to be a successor to the Desire 610. The phone's meant to carry on with the 610's mission by providing an "an affordable smartphone that balances quality performance with stunning design."

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2 months ago

Blackphone's PrivatOS to get an update with privacy-focused app store next year

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Rocking a Blackphone? The anti-surveillance device manufacturer has announced updates for its PrivatOS, a custom OS running on a forked version of Android KitKat that offers several privacy features like end-to-end encryption between two Blackphone users. The new version of PrivatOS, which will be rolling out to users next year, features an app store with content curated by the Blackphone team and a new feature called Spaces.

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2 months ago

The 2014 Moto G is on sale at Amazon for just $149

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Today's Amazon Gold Box deal of the day sees the 2014 Moto G discounted to just $149. The deal is valid on the unlocked US GSM and global GSM versions of the device, and includes both black and white color variants.

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2 months ago

Micromax unveils 'Canvas Selfie' phone featuring a 13MP front-facing shooter

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Indian smartphone maker Micromax has unveiled a new phone called the "Canvas Selfie" at an event in India. In case the name didn't tip you off, the phone is meant for the selfie aficionados out there, boasting a 13MP front-facing camera and selfie-focused software tweaks as its main features.

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2 months ago

Hands-on with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G

It's big, it doesn't cost much and it's actually pretty good

Despite limited global availability, Xiaomi has enjoyed a meteoric rise to success and is now one of the world's biggest smartphone vendors. While in Europe and North America the company's presence is virtually zero, in its native China and now India, it's a very different story. In offering good hardware at extremely competitive prices, Xiaomi is definitely doing something right.

The Redmi Note is one of the newer smartphones made available, and is imminently India bound. Coming in two flavors, one with 4G and one without, the Redmi Note is a large smartphone with a small price. And you know what? It's actually really good.

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2 months ago

Lollipop now rolling out to the 2013 Moto G in India

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After initiating a Lollipop soak test for the 2013 Moto G at the end of last month and updating the Motorola Update Services app earlier this week, Motorola has now commenced rollout of Lollipop in India. All 2013 Moto G users will be able to receive the update shortly.

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2 months ago

LG G3 update brings Advanced Calling to Verizon customers

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Verizon is rolling out an update to the LG G3 with Advanced Calling included. The new software, version VS98512B, also squashes a few bugs and updates My Verizon Mobile, Software Wallet, GMS R5, and LG apps.

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2 months ago

GPe HTC One M8 + M7 jump straight to Android 5.0.1 with Lollipop update

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Update: It's live! Google Play edition HTC One M8 and M7 devices are now starting to receive the update to Android 5.0.1, build LRX22C, over the air. As always, it'll take sometime for the updates to reach every handset out there. For those wishing to manually apply the update through stock recovery, you'll find direct links to the over-the-air update packages, weighing in at around 500MB each, after the break.

Original story: After a long saga that has seen the Lollipop update for HTC's One M8 Google Play Edition teased, then delayed, the company's Product VP Mo Versi took to Twitter tonight to confirm that they have received technical approval from Google and will begin rolling the update out to GPe M8 owners starting Friday.

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2 months ago

HTC One M9, codename 'Hima' rumored for March 2015 launch with Snapdragon 810

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We're reaching the time of year where rumors about next-generation flagship phones start to surface, and today we're seeing a couple of interesting nuggets from established HTC leaker @upleaks on Twitter. The China-based leaker reports that the next HTC flagship, codenamed "Hima," will debut in March 2015 with an expectedly high-end spec sheet.

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