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4 days ago

Dealing with local storage backups on the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge

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Galaxy S6 USB

No microSD card slot is a bummer, but we're not even close to calling local storage dead.

Folks who appreciate local storage are typically the most vocal supporters of microSD card slots on Android phones. We've seen a lot of unrest in the forums about it, but one post in particular stood out when it came to dealing with local backups. It's just plain convenient to be able to load 60gb of music or movies onto a single storage device and move it from place to place to suit your needs, and if you're regularly on the go or you don't have the best Internet connection in the world — to say nothing of a mediocre data plan — local storage is everything. News that the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge will be cranking up the internal storage in exchange for a profile that makes removable storage wildly impractical sounds like a huge bummer to local storage folks, but the truth is there are plenty of options out there for you still.

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4 days ago

Five things to know about the HTC One M9

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HTC One M9

Now that we've got our massive HTC One M9 review out the door, it's time to step back and take a top-down view. Because for as much as we care about the details, we get that it can be a bit much. And there are few important things about the M9 that help define it as a smartphone, as well as help put it in context with everything else that's out there — and with what's to come.

So here, now, are the top five things you need to know about the HTC One M9.

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4 days ago

T-Mobile LG G2 and LG G3 Lollipop update moves to 'T-Mobile Testing'

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T-Mobile's software update page has been updated to reflect that the Lollipop update for both the LG G2 and LG G3 is now in carrier testing.

Recently T-Mobile has updated their software update page, changing the status of both devices to 'T-Mobile Testing', a change from the previous 'Manufacturer Development'. We have already seen Sprint and AT&T roll out the Lollipop update for the LG G3 leaving T-Mobile users wondering where their update was. This change means that the software is now in the hands of T-Mobile for final testing. Carrier testing is the final step in the process before the update goes live, so hopefully no big bugs are found that would halt the release.

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5 days ago

Samsung launches Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge in India, sales to commence April 10

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Samsung has launched the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge in India, with both devices going on sale in the country starting April 10.

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6 days ago

Smart Lock 'on-body detection' now rolling out to Lollipop devices

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Smart Lock on body detection

The new motion-based feature for Smart Lock is better than no security at all — but only barely.

Google appears to be quietly rolling out a new addition to the Smart Lock feature in Android Lollipop, bringing an extra unlock option that works with motion sensors inside Android devices. "On-body detection" is designed to use your phone's accelerometer to figure out when it's been set down on a surface, and lock — with whatever lock pattern or PIN code you've set — when it's not on your person.

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1 week ago

Motorola posts Android 5.1 release notes for the 2014 Moto X

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Motorola has just posted the release notes for the Android 5.1 Lollipop update for the 2014 Moto X Pure Edition.

While it doesn't appear that the update is currently rolling out to users, this could indicate that the software is in testing, keeping up with Motorola's penchant for quick updates to its devices.

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1 week ago

Is resale value a concern with the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge?

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A sealed battery and no expandable storage is often considered by some to be a huge deal, and that applies to initial purchase and secondhand sales.

The secondhand smartphone market is perfect for Android junkies who need to get their hands on everything, but that's pretty far from its primary purpose. Secondhand smartphone sales sites let people sell their existing device to pay for the next one, for sure, but these services let people pick up decent phones, often significantly cheaper than the suggested retail price. A recent post in our forums raised an interesting question about the ability to sell Samsung's latest flagships, specifically whether or not the lack of a microSD card slot or removable battery will negatively impact the ability to sell the Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 edge. While it's true that secondhand consumers are often not looking for the same things as the people who pick up a phone on the day it is released in stores, a quick look at how secondhand markets treat existing phones offers the answer we're looking for.

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1 week ago

Latest Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop build takes yet another swing at Mute mode

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Mute on Galaxy Note 4

An updated European Note 4 build removes Android 5.0's 'Interruptions' system entirely — and reinstates the Mute button.

Android 5.0 Lollipop's "Interruptions" system has been one of the most contentious parts of the OS's latest release, leaving users to muddle through this over-engineered feature when all anyone really wanted was a mute button.

Worse still, we've seen some positively insane implementations of Interruptions by some Android OEMs, with LG and Samsung being among the worst offenders. Thankfully, though, Samsung's latest Lollipop update for the Galaxy Note 4, available to unlocked devices in the Netherlands starting today, essentially reverts things to the way they were back on KitKat.

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1 week ago

Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge go up for pre-order in the UK, SIM-free pricing starts at £599

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Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge

Samsung has commenced pre-orders of its latest flagships in the UK, with both devices available for booking from Samsung's official site as well as several retailers.

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1 week ago

Samsung to launch Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge in India on March 23

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Samsung has sent out invites to the press for a media event in New Delhi, where the vendor is expected to launch its latest flagships.

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1 week ago

Icon Q debuts its first smartphone with the dual SIM Q5.5 for $199

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Icon Q, a New York-based company that has mostly produced mobile device accessories up until this point, has debuted its first smartphone today called the Q5.5.

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1 week ago

Reading text on the sides of the Galaxy S6 edge

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Galaxy S6 edge

Samsung's subtle features make the Galaxy S6 edge interesting, but the ability to use your regular apps without side effects is a legitimate concern.

The big change Samsung implemented when moving from the Galaxy Note Edge to the Galaxy S6 edge wasn't the addition of a second curve over on the left. The big change was the single panel with a single purpose. The edge of the phone wasn't a separate experience that sometimes played nice with the rest of the interface anymore, and that's a huge deal when you think about it out loud. This experience is going to apply to every app, from movies and games to ordering your next meal to thumbing through your favorite book. While having that display just sort of melt off the side into your hand looks great in the videos and seems like a natural companion to all of the fly-in panels we see in Material Design nowadays, it was recently pointed out in our forums that this experience could easily disrupt reading if not handled correctly. While none of us have been able to flip through an entire novel on the Galaxy S6 edge just yet, we've got a reasonable idea of how this whole experience is going to pan out.

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1 week ago

Relax, your smartphone and smartwatch won't — and can't — give you cancer

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Your smartphone can't cause cancer — physics won't allow it

Repeat after me: your smartphone is not giving you cancer, and neither is your smartwatch.

We in the Mobile Nations family tend to be tech-obsessed. We get the newest smartphones with the biggest batteries and most powerful radios, we strap on the latest in fitness bands and smartwatches, and we spend our days interacting with laptops and tablets and all other manner of technology. And rarely at the front of our minds are the potential health impacts of these devices. Sure, there are things to be said for our psychological state of mind, and our chiropractors probably have something to say about our heads-down smartphone posture. But neurologists, oncologists, engineers, and scientists universally agree: the radios in our gadgets cannot, do not, and will not cause cancer.

That doesn't stop otherwise reputable outlets from publishing fear-mongering pieces, like this one yesterday from the New York Times titled "Could Wearable Computers Be as Harmful as Cigarettes?" (and since retitled to the much less alarmist "Health Concerns in Wearable Tech"). It's not just embarrassing, it's also the latest in a string of pseudo-science quackery about technology and your health.

It's high time we cut down to the science about of radiation, biology, and technology.

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1 week ago

Huawei to launch its next big thing on April 15 in London

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Huawei has begun sending out invites for the launch of its next major smartphone, which is set to take place in mid-April.

The Chinese manufacturer is inviting press to an event in Central London on April 15, and all eyes are on a possible successor to last year's Ascend P7 as Huawei looks to expand its presence in the European market.

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1 week ago

The HTC One M7 GPE will get Android 5.1, the regular One M7 won't

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HTC has confirmed that the Google Play Edition of their HTC One M7 will receive an update to Android 5.1 Lollipop, with all other versions of the phone stopping at Android 5.0.

The news that all the other versions of the HTC One M7 will be denied Android 5.1 was posted on Twitter by HTC's Vice President of Product Management Mo Versi:

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