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1 week 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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1 week 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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1 week 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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1 week 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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1 week 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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1 week 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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1 week 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks ago

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

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GPe HTC One

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 weeks 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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2 weeks ago

Oppo Find 7 is now available for pre-order at Amazon UK

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The Oppo Find 7 is now available for pre-order at Amazon UK in both black and white variants. The smartphone is listed for £319 should you opt for the baseline model, while the more advanced version will set you back by £379. The Find 7 is expected to be released by Amazon for delivery on December 17.

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2 weeks ago

O2 UK to start selling the Nexus 6 from later today

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UK carrier O2 has announced that it will commence sales of the Nexus 6 from later today. First stock of the device was scheduled to be available from December 1, but it looks like it may be a while before residents in the country are able to get their hands on the Nexus 6.

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2 weeks ago

YotaPhone 2 hands-on

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YotaPhone 2

Pure Android on the front, e-ink goodness around the back

At an event in Central London today, YotaPhone unveiled its second Android handset, the appropriately-named YotaPhone 2. Like the original YotaPhone, the second-gen device features a standard smartphone display on the front and a unique e-ink panel around the back, and it's that "always-on display" which forms the YotaPhone 2's main point of differentiation.

From the front you're looking at a relatively pedestrian Android handset — there's a year-old Snapdragon 800 processor running the show, paired with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage and a 4.7-inch 1080p SuperAMOLED panel. Physically, it's a relatively nondescript Android slab, with curved corners and a matte-textured back. And on the software side it's basically vanilla Android 4.4.3 KitKat with very few modifications, right down to the Google Now Launcher as the default home screen setup. The main difference on the software side comes in the slide-up menu containing the Google Now shortcut, and this is one of the ways in which you interact with the rear display.

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2 weeks ago

YotaPhone updates its two-faced phone; in Europe now, U.S. in 2015

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YotaPhone 2

New secondary display promises to be 7 times more power efficient than its AMOLED face

YotaPhone today in London unleashed the second version of its dual-screen phone — and this one's looking to get in more hands. Available now in 20 countries in Europe, the Russian-made Android phone will make its way to Hong Kong by the end of the year, Taiwan, China and other Asian markets in the first quarter of 2015 — and the United States, Canada and Latin America after that.

If you're unfamiliar with the YotaPhone — the first was pretty much exclusive to Russia — it's got a traditional 1080p display on one side, and a low-power, always-on display on the other for what it says will give five days of e-book reading on a single charge. It also provides a glance view for things like notifications, clock and calendar info.

It's powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 at 2.2 GHz, with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of on-board storage. It's got an 8-megapixel camera with flash, and a 2MP front-facing shooter. It's got 4G LTE connectivity, NFC and Wifi.

It's also pricey, running £555 in the UK and 700 Euros elsewhere.

We're live at the event in London, so stay tuned for more. We've got the full press release below.

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