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1 week ago

Galaxy S5 Mini is now available in India, will set you back to the tune of $435

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Samsung has commenced sales of the Galaxy S5 Mini in India, with retailer Flipkart getting exclusive rights to sell the handset in the country for Rs. 26,499 ($435).

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1 week ago

LG's throwing in a spare battery and cradle with new G3 purchases

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LG is trying to win over some G3 sales by offering a free back-up battery pack for anyone in the U.S. who picks up the handset at a major carrier or retail outlet. Just have your IMEI and proof of purchase handy (so long as your purchase was not before today), then head over to www.LGG3promo.com to redeem.

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1 week ago

Android 4.4.4 KitKat update rolling out to Sprint Galaxy Note 3

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Owners of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 on Sprint's network should be prepared to download a new update for the smartphone, which will include upgrading its OS to Android 4.4.4 KitKat.

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1 week ago

Tesco puts Hudl smartphone dream on hold

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UK supermarket giant Tesco has announced it will be putting plans to launch a smartphone on hold. The company planned to launch its own branded smartphone under the same Hudl umbrella as its tablet (pictured above), which would see Tesco develop an affordable 4G smartphone. But after analyzing the highly competitive smartphone market, Tesco has decided to put the smartphone dream on hold for now and focus on its Hudl tablet.

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1 week ago

Top Android app, device and accessory deals for September 9

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Looking for deals on apps, accessories, smartphones, and tablets? We've found a bunch of limited-time offers of which you may want to take advantage.

Give us a shout in the comments if you find any other sales floating around the web and we'll be sure to share 'em!

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1 week ago

Galaxy Alpha slated to launch in the UK on September 12, hitting Germany later this month

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Along with Canada, the Galaxy Alpha will be making its way to the UK, where the device is slated to launch September 12, and Germany, with availability set to commence on September 29. While the Canadian version of the device will feature the Snapdragon 801, the Galaxy Alpha in the UK and Germany will run the Exynos 5 Octa 5430.

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1 week ago

Samsung Galaxy Alpha launching in Canada on September 26

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While we're waiting for further details on the upcoming mid-range all-metal device, Samsung has announced that the Galaxy Alpha will be making its way to Canada on September 26.

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1 week ago

Three flavors of HTC One M8: Sense, GPe and Windows

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HTC One M8

The HTC One M8 is one of the top smartphones available right now, ranking highest on our list of best Android phones. But following the launch of Google Play edition and Windows Phone versions of the device, HTC's current flagship finds itself in a unique position: There are three versions of the device available, each with a radically different software experience.

Check past the break for a quick photo tour of the three different flavors of HTC One M8 — HTC Sense, Google Play edition with stock Android, and the M8 for Windows, running Windows Phone 8.1.

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1 week ago

Why 64-bit processors really matter for Android

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64 bits

It's not really about the bits, but the new ARM-based processors will make a difference

One of the biggest buzzwords of 2014 when it comes to mobile hardware is "64-bit." It gets thrown around like some sort of magic that makes everything about your smartphone or tablet better. It has to be better, because 64 is more than 32, right?

The fact is, that while 64-bit processing has both advantages and drawbacks when used in something like a smartphone, the hardware that supports it can make a major difference because of other new manufacturing processes. While using these new chips is also a bit of future-proofing as Android itself and third-party software moves towards 64-bit, the tangible and more important changes come with the new ARMv8 chip architecture.

There's plenty out there for folks who love to pore over white papers and look at diagrams and flowcharts, but for the rest of us — who really only care that these new 64-bit processors are better — things get more confusing. We love to get technical sometimes, but I think we can break things down for the folks who just want an overview without talking about registers and SMID and bandwidth.

Let's do that.

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1 week ago

Galaxy Note 4 S Health can sense and track even more stuff

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Galaxy Note 4 sensors

Your Note 4 can record your blood oxygen saturation and sunlight UV levels, in addition to other metrics

IFA 2014 In the Galaxy S4, Samsung introduced a built-in pedometer and the S Health app. Earlier this year it followed up with a built-in heart rate sensor in the Galaxy S5. And now in the new Galaxy Note 4, the Korean manufacturer brings a couple more sensor capabilities into the mix. Read on for a quick look at S Health's new tricks.

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1 week ago

Amazon dropping Fire Phone two-year contract price on AT&T to 99 cents

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Amazon has decided to cut the two year contract price of its recently launched Fire Phone in the US down from $199 to just 99 cents on AT&T.

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1 week ago

Amazon Fire Phone UK pre-orders begin on O2 for September 30 launch

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Pre-orders for the Amazon Fire Phone in the UK have begun, with the Android-based smartphone sold as an exclusive on O2, and shipments slated to begin on September 30th.

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1 week ago

We're answering your new Moto X questions in the forums!

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The new Moto X has been one of the most anticipated phones of the year. What we ended up getting last week in Chicago has left some scratching their heads, though.

Regardless, we've got a good weekend of Moto X use under our belts, and we're answering your questions today in our Moto X forums.

Be sure to check out our hands-on with the new Moto X. Then click here to join the conversation!

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1 week ago

Top Android app, device and accessory deals for September 8

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Looking for deals on apps, accessories, smartphones, and tablets? We've found a bunch of limited-time offers of which you may want to take advantage.

Give us a shout in the comments if you find any other sales floating around the web and we'll be sure to share 'em!

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1 week ago

The Cat Phones S50 is designed to take a serious beating

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There are ruggedized phones like the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active, and then there are ruggedized phones like the Cat S50. The new smartphone from Cat Phones is the sort of chunky and manly design that you'd expect from a phone bearing the Cat brand (which Bullitt Mobile has licensed from Caterpillar Inc), and it backs that up with durability credentials, including IP67 waterproofing and dustproofing and Mil Spec 810G compliance for temperature, shock, vibration, impact, and more.

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