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2 months ago

Republic Wireless Moto X 2013 and Moto G getting Android 4.4.4

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Upstart Wi-Fi-centric carrier Republic Wireless is updating their last-generation Moto X and Moto G smartphones to Android 4.4.4 KitKat, as well as pushing a new security update for the even-more-budget-conscious Moto E. The update for the Moto G is pushing out now, while the Moto X update will roll out in February.

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2 months ago

Maybe this is the HTC One M9 — and maybe it's not

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It's possible this pic obtained by Phandroid is the upcoming HTC One M9. It's also possible that it's what's known in the biz as a "Fake ID" — the guts of an upcoming phone in the body of something else to hide what it'll really look like. (Here's an example of that from the M7 era.)

So that third button down the right-hand side? Who knows.

Those pants? Sadly real.

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2 months ago

LG: No overheating issues with Snapdragon 810 on G Flex 2

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Yesterday, a report by Bloomberg stated that Samsung was ditching Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 in the Galaxy S6 due to overheating issues, with the manufacturer opting to go with its in-house Exynos processor instead. An LG executive has now come forward stating that the G Flex 2, which uses the same processor, does not suffer from any such issues.

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2 months ago

LG G Flex 2 to land in South Korea on January 30

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The LG G Flex 2 was arguably one of the most intriguing announcements to come out of CES, and now it looks like the Korean manufacturer is gearing up to release the phone in its domestic market. The company says it will release the phone in Korea on January 30 for a price of 800,000 won (roughly 738 US dollars).

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2 months ago

HTC One M8 GPe no longer available from Google Play

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Today is a sad day for Google Play edition (GPe) devices. The HTC One M8 has been dropped from the Google Play store. With its departure, there are no remaining GPe devices left for purchase.

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2 months ago

Using Smart Lock on Lollipop? Use this trick to manually lock in an instant

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Using Smart Lock on Android 5.0 is a great way to balance security and convenience, using a trusted location, Bluetooth device or NFC tag to bypass lock screen security without entering a PIN or lock pattern. However it's possible you might not want your phone completely unlocked all the time, which is why there's a simple way to manually lock your device — requiring your PIN, pattern or password to unlock — with just a button press from the lock screen.

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2 months ago

Samsung Galaxy S6 set for MWC debut, reports Korean press

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As the first rumors surrounding the Samsung Galaxy S6 start to swirl, we're beginning to hear the first hints of when we'll get to see the upcoming Samsung flagship. Today the Chosun Ilbo reports that like its predecessor a year ago, the Galaxy S6 will make its debut at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this March. Specifically, the Korean publication mentions March 2 as a possible launch date.

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2 months ago

Report says that Samsung won't use Snapdragon 810 in Galaxy S6, overheating issues to blame

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Over the last few years, Samsung has stuck to a release model for its flagships that sees the inclusion of Qualcomm chips for LTE markets, and Exynos-based variants in South Korea and emerging markets. That may change with the Galaxy S6, as a report out of Bloomberg states that Samsung won't offer a Snapdragon 810 variant of the Galaxy S6 on grounds of overheating issues.

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2 months ago

How to take great pictures with your Nexus 6

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A few simple tips to get better shots from your Nexus 6's camera

Let's face it — Nexus devices aren't exactly renowned for their imaging prowess. Even with new additions like optical image stabilization (OIS) and HDR+ mode, the cameras of the Nexus 6 (and the Nexus 5 before it) are best described as finicky. It's possible to get great photos from the Nexus 6's 13-megapixel shooter with a little patience, but there are a few simple directions you can follow to maximize the number of high-quality shots, and reduce the likelihood of coming out with a dud.

On the whole, these come down to knowing the strengths and weaknesses of the Nexus 6's camera setup, and adjusting your shooting accordingly. Join us after the break for a quick primer on using the Nexus 6's camera.

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2 months ago

Alleged HTC One M9 photos show front and back of device

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HTC's upcoming One M9 may feature a design similar to its predecessor, if leaked images posted by French publication NowhereElse are any indication. The photos, which claim to highlight the front and back of the device, reveal a similar BoomSound front speaker arrangement, reduced bezels, shiny gold color and a squarish camera module with dual LED flash at the back. What's more, the sides and base of the device appear slightly flatter than the M8.

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2 months ago

Nexus 6 battery life tips

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Make the most of your Nexus's battery

Battery life is one of the areas of smartphone tech in which there's still much room for improvement. As a cutting edge handset, the Nexus 6 includes some of the latest developments in mobile tech — wireless charging, quick charging through the bundled Motorola Turbo Charger, and improvements on the software side thanks to Google's "Project Volta."

Despite this, there going to be times where you wish you were able to squeeze more juice out of this gigantic phone's equally enormous 3,220mAh battery. As we mentioned in our review, the device's battery life is pretty good, but not astonishingly so. So it's worth going over a few basic steps to help you get the most out of your battery.

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2 months ago

Itching to buy a Note 4? T-Mobile has it $36 off for the rest of the night

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If you're on T-Mobile (or planning to switch ... tonight) and want to pick up a Galaxy Note 4, you can save $36 on the purchase price if you pick one up online before midnight PST tonight (January 19). That comes out to just shy of a five percent savings on the full purchase price, but when you're talking about a $750 phone every little bit of savings adds up.

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2 months ago

AT&T pushes out update for HTC One M8, brings Android 4.4.4 and HD Voice

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Update 1/20: Looks like AT&T let some update docs slip out where they shouldn't have been, and they've since been pulled. So if you don't see an update just yet, don't be surprised.

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It's certainly no Lollipop (sadly), but AT&T has pushed out an update for its HTC One M8 today. While it's relatively minor in the grand scheme of things, the update does enable HD Voice on the handset, and brings it up to Android version 4.4.4 KitKat.

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2 months ago

The Nexus 6, three months on

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How does the Nexus 6 hold up after a couple months of use?

The Nexus 6 is one of the most loved — and most controversial — "Google phones" to ever debut. The excitement about the size and form factor was at an all-time high, and whether you loved the idea of a big Nexus phone or hated it, everyone was talking about it. And we still are talking about it.

It was also the first foray into the Nexus world from Motorola. When Google first purchased the company, plenty were excited at the prospect of them building Nexus phones, tablets, and random devices like cannonballs. Google quickly announced that this wouldn't be the case, and the self-governed Motorola division (later offloaded to Lenovo) would still have to participate in any bidding for a Nexus contract. While we all can speculate that a slight bit of favoritism was in play, it appears that in 2014, Motorola won the bid and produced the Nexus 6.

The Nexus 6 came about with a lot of fanfare and gnashing of teeth, but how does it hold up after using it for a few months? That's what we're going to talk about today. Buckle up and dive in.

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2 months ago

Boost Mobile now selling the Samsung Galaxy Prevail LTE for $129.99

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As promised earlier this month, Sprint's no-contract subsidiary Boost Mobile has started selling the budget-themed Samsung Galaxy Prevail LTE smartphone. Boost Mobile has priced the Android 4.4 KitKat smartphone at $129.99.

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