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2 months ago

Galaxy S7, S7 edge now receiving July 1 security patch from Verizon

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Verizon is now pushing the July 1 security update to both the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. This month Google is offering two security patches, one dated July 1 and one dated July 5 which included a few extra things. While it would be nice to see Samsung pushing the July 5 update, it is still great to see the patches pushing out so quickly.

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2 months ago

International data overseas: How AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon and Project Fi compare

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 How AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon and Project Fi compare

Oh, you'll have to pay extra for roaming data outside the U.S — the question is how much.​

The editors here at Android Central tend to travel a lot for this job, and that isn't limited to staying in our home country. And when we travel, we need to have our phones with us and connected to data — that's kind of what we do. We're no strangers to dealing with roaming internationally, and thankfully for us the U.S. carriers are getting on board with everyone's tendency to get out of the country and see the world with their phones and tablets at their side.

Gone are the days of astronomical pay-per-MB rates, limited roaming carrier agreements and poor options from some of the carriers. Two of the big four carriers are now offering some sort of free international roaming, with the other two coming around to friendlier pricing structures and fewer restrictions on how we use our data we bought. Even prepaid carriers are getting in on the action with some international calling plans.

Even with all of these changes, international data still isn't cheap. Your best bet is to find a local prepaid SIM card when you travel and pop it in your unlocked phone. But that's not always easy — and there's really something luxurious about stepping off a plane, firing up your phone ... and it just works.

And so we've gathered up the international data rates for the four major U.S. carriers — Sprint, Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile — plus Google's own Project Fi offering. Each carrier does things slightly different, whether it's buying data ahead of time, loading up full-speed data passes once you're already gone or setting up a monthly roaming add-on.

Here's how each of the carriers handles international roaming.

Update: Information updated as of July 2016.

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2 months ago

This is the Moto Z's USB-C headphone jack adapter

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The Moto Z doesn't have a 3.5mm headphone jack. But this little doohickey will take care of that for you.

One of the biggest stories from the announcement of the Moto Z at Lenovo's TechWorld event in San Francisco back in June was that the phone does not have a 3.5mm headphone jack and instead relies on the USB-C port to pump out audio. Most folks are in two camps on this. That's either a nonstarter, or it's not a big deal at all.

And in reality it's sort of both. It doesn't have a headphone jack. But, Motorola is providing a USB-C adapter so that folks who prefer to listen to audio via a wired connection aren't left out in the cold.

Today, we're getting our first look at that adapter courtesy of the Moto Z Droid Edition and Moto Z Force Droid Edition on Verizon.

And guess what. It's a USB-C to 3.5mm adapter. There's really not much more to be said that that. You get about five inches of cable, with one end plugging in to the phone, and the other for your headphones. There's also a little rubber piece that (I think?) is for helping make sure they stay connected. It's one more thing (OK, two, I guess) to lose, sure. But it's also not a horrible compromise.

Moto Z & Moto Z Force and Moto Z Play

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2 months ago

AT&T brings back its offer of a free phone when buying another

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AT&T has brought back its Buy One, Get One promotion with select phones, allowing you to get a second phone for free through bill credits when buying one. To make the deal even sweeter, AT&T is will also throw in a free Gear S2 (or slash the price of the Gear S2 Classic to just $50) when buying a new Galaxy smartphone. There are a number of catches with this promotion, like the free phone has to be on a new line of service, the two phones must be from the same manufacturer, and more.

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2 months ago

Don't miss this amazing deal on the 32GB Nexus 5X

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If you are looking for an awesome deal on the Nexus 5X, you won't want to miss out on this offer for an unlocked 32GB version of the phone. Through its Flash section, Newegg is offering it for just $235, which is lower than we had seen it in the past. This time around you have your choice between black and white for this 5.2-inch phone.

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2 months ago

Sony Xperia E5 now available at Vodafone for just £100

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The Sony Xperia E5 is now available from Vodafone UK for just £100 on a pay as you go plan. If you'd rather pay over time, you can pick one up for £16 which includes unlimited texts, 250 minutes and 250MB of data per month. As a refresher, the Xperia E5 sports a 5-inch 720P display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and runs Marshmallow out of the box.

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2 months ago

Lenovo dresses up the Vibe K4 Note in wood

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Lenovo is launching a variant of the Vibe K4 Note with a wood back in India. The phone is now available on Amazon for ₹11,499, ₹500 more than the standard model.

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2 months ago

Alcatel Idol 4S unboxing and first impressions

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Alcatel Idol 4S

Alcatel's latest flagship is here, and it offers a lot of bang for the buck.

The Idol 4S was unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2016 in February, and it's now ready for pre-order. It looks and feels like a high-end phone, but it isn't priced like one. The Idol 4S features a 5.5-inch QHD (2560x1440) AMOLED display, 16-megapixel camera, dual speakers, dual SIM slots, and more. It's also bundled with a VR headset.

We've been playing with the phone for a couple of days already, so make sure to watch our unboxing video with our first impressions!

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2 months ago

OnePlus 3 vs. Moto G4 Plus: What's $100 between rivals?

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The ultimate low-cost Android phone showdown is here!

How much difference does $200 make in the smartphone market? What about $100? At some point, these figures become both fundamental and meaningless to a person's buying decision, especially when tacked on to phones categorized "mid-range" or "entry-level".

It is with this lens that I approached a comparison I was initially reticent to do: the OnePlus 3 and the Moto G4 Plus. Why would it be necessary, given the $150 difference between mainstream models? And what is gained by trying to push some sort of narrative from two devices aimed at increasingly diverging markets?

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2 months ago

AT&T pushes Marshmallow update to BlackBerry Priv

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AT&T is now rolling out Android 6.0 Marshmallow to the BlackBerry Priv.

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2 months ago

ZTE Axon 7 goes up for pre-order in Canada for $529

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ZTE has announced that the Axon 7, its follow-up to the Axon and Axon Pro, will be released in Canada on July 27th for $529.99. Distribution will begin exclusively with Newegg, the well-known computer hardware outlet, but may expand beyond it at some point in the future.

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2 months ago

Galaxy Note 5, S6 edge+ receiving July 1 security patches from Verizon and T-Mobile

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Verizon and T-Mobile are currently pushing the July 1 security patch out to both the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+. Beyond updating to the most up to date Android security patch, the two carriers just cite general performance enhancements in each build.

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2 months ago

You can now pre-order the ZTE Axon 7 in the U.S. for $399

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The ZTE Axon 7 is now available for pre-order in the U.S., with deliveries going out from July 27. The phone retails for $399, and is available from Amazon, Best Buy, B&H, Newegg, and on ZTE's website.

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2 months ago

Xiaomi's gargantuan Mi Max now up for general sale in India

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After offering the first flash sale for the 6.44-inch Mi Max last week, Xiaomi is now making the phablet available for general sale in India. The phone is available from Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal, and Paytm, with the base model offering 3GB of RAM and 32GB storage along with the Snapdragon 650 for ₹14,999.

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2 months ago

Grab the BlackBerry Priv for just $299 at DailySteals

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DailySteals is offering the BlackBerry Priv for just $299, a discount of $400 from the phone's launch price of $699. The model on sale is a brand-new unlocked AT&T edition.

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