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1 week ago

Lenovo K6 Power unveiled in India with Snapdragon 430, 4000mAh battery for ₹9,999

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Lenovo is on a roll in India.

Lenovo rolled out the Z2 Plus to a lot of fanfare last month, and the Moto E3 Power, Moto G4 as well as the Moto G4 Plus continue to top the charts in the budget segment. The company is now the second-largest smartphone vendor in the country behind Samsung with a market share of 9.6%, with quarterly shipments going up by 46.1% from Q2 2016.

The company is now launching the K6 Power, a budget handset to go up against the Xiaomi Redmi 3S. The K6 Power features a 5-inch Full HD display, 1.4GHz octa-core Snapdragon 430 SoC, Adreno 505 GPU, 3GB of RAM, 32GB storage, microSD slot (up to 128GB), 13MP camera, 8MP front camera, Cat. 4 LTE (Bands 3/5/40), VoLTE, dual-SIM, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, and a huge 4000mAh battery.

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1 week ago

Android 7.0 Nougat update now rolling out to T-Mobile's LG G5

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Nougat OTA is now rolling out to T-Mobile LG G5.

T-mobile's variant of the LG G5 is now picking up the Android 7.0 Nougat update. The update weighs in at 1.2GB, and includes the November 1 security patch.

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1 week ago

Moto M with metal chassis and 4GB RAM coming soon to India

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Moto M is a metallic Moto G4 with a few design tweaks.

Lenovo unveiled the Moto M earlier this month in China, and the company is all set to bring the device to India soon. A tweet posted by Motorola India suggests we'll see the phone make its debut in the market sometime next month.

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1 week ago

Sony's Xperia X Compact is $100 off, Xperia XZ $150 off for Cyber Monday! [update]

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The smallest phone gets the biggest discount.

Update: The Xperia XZ is now a bit cheaper than when we first posted this deal, dropping to $499; that deal is also available in all colors.

Original story: Everyone is getting together for a day of deals, which is to be expected after several other days of deals. Sony's Cyber Monday offerings have launched, and if you're looking at an[Xperia phone as your next there are a couple of compelling offers available. Here's what Sony has to offer!

Sony's phones have earned a bit of praise this year for delivering decent cameras and the great battery capacity that used to be considered standard. The Xperia X Compact, which is by far the best deal available on Sony's Cyber Monday deals, is a much more reasonably priced option at this lowered cost. Despite the 720p display and lack of a fingerprint sensor, Sony's phones have a history of both quality performance and a unique setup for unlocking and rooting if you're interested in a more technical adventure.

You can check out any of the links above to order immediately, or head to Amazon and see all of Sony's offerings!

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1 week ago

Best car mounts for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge

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Best car mounts for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge

Holding your phone while driving is a horrible idea. Get a car mount for your S7!

In many cases, it's illegal for you to hold your cell phone to your ear while you're driving, so a car mount is a great alternative. This way, you can throw up a Google Map before you embark and you'll be able to following your path like you would on any GPS device.

Get yourself a Bluetooth headset (or, better yet, a car with built-in Bluetooth) and you'll be able to answer calls, since pushing a button on your phone will be no different than pushing the buttons on your console.

If you've got the Galaxy S7 or S7 edge, then we've got the car mount roundup you've been looking for.

Spigen Air Vent Magnetic Car Mount

Spigen Air Vent Magnetic Car Mount

Gone are the days of gooey adhesives that muck up the inside of your pristine automobile. Magnets are where it's at. No, the magnets won't mess up your phone; you'll just have easy on and off mounting, which is what we all want, isn't it?

This Spigen mount has two sizes of slits to fit almost any car air vent and you can pop your S7 or S7 edge on in any orientation. All you do is stick the metal plate to the back of your phone's case and boom, your phone's magnetic and good to go any time. You can even take the mount with you and use it as a kickstand for when you're watching videos on your phone.

Note: you should stick the metal plates to a case and not the back of the phone itself. If you need some help finding cheap cases, we've got another round-up with your name on it.

It should also be noted that having the metal plate on the back of your Galaxy S7 or S7 edge's case will hinder wireless charging, so you'll have to take it out of the case for that.

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EnergyPal HC84K Car Mount

EnergyPal HC84K Car Mount

This particular mount serves a dual purpose: it holds your phone and doubles as a car charger. The end of the mount plugs into your cigarette lighter and looks like most USB car chargers, but an articulating arm extends upward from the unit into a three-sided phone holder. It softly cradles your phone, leaving the bottom open so you can run your charging cable down to the USB ports.

This unit comes equipped with over-charge protection, so you won't fry your phone if your car decides to short circuit on you. The gooseneck-style end can be rotated to any orientation, so you can view maps in landscape format if you fancy.

The only downside of this particular mount will be where your lighter plug is placed. If it's kind of hard to get to, then this particular mount may not work out for you, since the neck is only about 5 inches long.

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Logitech Drive One-Touch mount

Logitech Drive

If you're into a minimalist mount, then the Logitech Drive will suit your needs nicely. It mounts with just a twist and only takes up about 2 inches of either your dashboard or windshield.

The adhesive metal disc attaches to either your phone or its case (definitely preferable) and it securly mounts to the Drive in any orientation you like.

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iOttie Easy One Touch Car Mount

iOttie Easy One Touch Car Mount

This is one of those mounts with a sticky gel pad that you stick to your dashboard, so if you're worried about damage, you may want to sit this one out. However, the nice part about it being a gel pad is its ability to stick to uneven and textured surfaces, making this mount ideal for even the most oddly designed vehicle interior.

You've got a telescopic arm that extends two inches and bends 180 degrees, to give you versatility in terms of where you stick your mount. It comes with a one-year replacement warranty, so if anything goes wrong, you just contact iOttie and they send you a new one.

If the gel pad on the back gets all dusty and gross and won't stick anymore, you can just rinse it under warm water, let it dry, and it'll be good as new.

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Nite Ize Steelie

Nite Ize Steelie

This mount is just plain cool as hell. You stick the magnet to the back of your phone or case, and it easily mounts to the magnetic ball that mounts to your dash. It takes up next to no space, and you can mount your phone in any orientation you want.

The magnet is strong, so there's no worry of your Galaxy S7 or s7 edge falling off (unless you plan on off-roading), and the adhesive won't leave a grody residue on your phone or dashboard.

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Spigen Style Ring

Spigen Style Ring

If you want to go as minimal as possible, then the Spigen Style Ring is the only way to go. It's an adhesive piece, no bigger than an inch, that sticks to the back of your phone, with an articulating ring that doubles as a kickstand (bonus!).

Then, there's another piece, about the same size, that adheres to your dashboard or your console and you just hang the ring on it. That's it. It takes up about as much space as the volume knob on your radio. If you're taking some wild turns, it may jostle your phone out of place, but it's otherwise quite secure, despite how it looks.

Make sure you stick it to your dash during warmer months, since the adhesive won't really take in the dead of winter.

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ProClip mobile mounting solutions

ProClip

For a completely customized car mount, direct your attention to ProClip. They offer a two-part car mount solution that you customize for your specific needs. Firstly, you select your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus from the menu, and indicate whether or not you want to factor in the case you use. You'll be given a variety of six to eight images to choose from with specs and details for each phone holder offered.

Once you've decided on your iPhone holder, you move on to the custom mounting base. Select the kind of base you want (dashboard, pedestal, and so on) and select the vehicle you drive. The bases you will be selecting from are designed to snap into the seams of your dashboard or grip the necessary panels, so no sticky pads or bolts are necessary. Eliminate the guessing by customizing every aspect of your car mount and know that it's going to fit just the way you want it to.

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RAM mount

RAM Mount

The RAM mount is a heavy duty twist-locking suction cup mount that mounts on your dashboard or windshield. Made of marine grade aluminum, the RAM is just about as tough as they come and sturdily holds onto your Galaxy S7 or S7 edge and won't let go.

The rubber-coated tips ensure that your phone doesn't slip, and the holder is spring-loaded, so you don't need to fiddle with the mount with both hands just to get your phone in there.

If you need a mount that holds onto your phone with kung fu grip, check out the RAM.

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Important to consider

Double-check the ol' law where you are and make sure that it's not illegal to mount anything on your windshield.

You'll also want to consider the absorbency of your dashboard, since some adhesives may leave stains.

What's your favorite?

Which car mount are you presently using for your Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge? Sound off in the comments below!

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This article was originally published on May 1, 2016. It was recently updated in November, 2016 with the following changes: Removed Omaker and Zilu mounts; added ProClip, Steelie, Logitech Drive, and RAM mounts.

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1 week ago

Google Pixel XL: One month later

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Google Pixel XL

With a month of use behind us, how is the larger of the two Pixel phones holding up?

The Google Pixel XL, the larger of the two Pixel handsets, is a great phone. In fact, we currently rank it as the best Android phone you can buy. But the real mark of a top-tier smartphone is that it stands up to months, or even years of use without skipping a beat. That's why we're going to revisit both Pixel models over the coming months, updating our impressions as we go.

I've been using the Pixel XL since October 14, and during that time it's been my daily driver, accompanying me on trips halfway across the world, as well as being by my side through more mundane everyday tasks. So it's time to reflect on my first month with the phone. Let's dig in.

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1 week ago

Did you pick up a new Android phone on Black Friday?

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What did you get?

There were a bunch of amazing deals available to U.S. and international consumers this Black Friday (and some fantastic Cyber Monday deals today, too). For many, it was the perfect time to pick up a new phone.

Some of the most popular phones during Black Friday.

From deeply-discounted Google Pixels at Verizon to unlocked devices like the ZTE Axon 7 and Honor 8, there were some great deals to be had on Android phones this past week. So tell us: Did you pick up a new device, for you or a loved one? And why did you choose that one in particular? Let us know in the comments below!

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1 week ago

BLU Vivo 6 UK promo price extended for Cyber Monday

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BLU Vivo 6

£55 off new mid-ranger from BLU.

Florida-based brand BLU has extended its £55 off deal for the new Vivo 6, a metal-clad mid-ranger that launched on Black Friday at a special price. As part of a Cyber Monday deal, you'll be able to pick up the Vivo 6 for its discounted price of £184.99, down from the standard £239.99. The "rose gold" model is back ordered to December 2, while the regular "gold" is showing as available for delivery on November 30.

As we've seen from our brief time with the phone so far, it's a decent-looking handset, but one with a few software quirks.

On the outside, the Vivo 6 sports a curved aluminum unibody with a brushed finish, and a subtle curve that fits comfortably in the hand. Chamfers around the front and back give it a premium look and feel, similar to an old favorite of ours, the HTC One M7. It's a trued and true design that many have emulated over the years, but nevertheless it looks good at any price point.

the phone is incredibly quick in day-to-day use — there's not a hint of lag or stuttering to be seen when jumping between apps — and thanks to the ample 4GB of RAM, we didn't notice any multitasking issues either. But there are also changes that may rub Android purists the wrong way, like the aforementioned iOS-style quick settings, and the springboard-style home screen with no app drawer.

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1 week ago

Samsung opens up Galaxy S7 Nougat beta program to more users

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Nougat on GS7

A second chance to test Nougat on the GS7 — but it's not yet clear how many countries are included.

It appears Samsung has opened up the Galaxy Beta program to more users in the UK, following the initial rollout earlier this month. This gives Galaxy S7 and S7 edge owners a second change to try pre-release versions of Nougat for the phones, after the first wave of places were quickly snapped up.

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1 week ago

OnePlus 3T now available in the UK + Europe

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OnePlus 3T

£399 for 64GB, £439 for 128GB.

Today is the European launch day for the OnePlus 3T, the mid-cycle refresh of OnePlus's popular affordable flagship. The phone is available from the manufacturer's UK store with 5-day shipping times for both the 64GB model (at £399) and the 128GB variant (at £439) in the new "gunmetal" color. The elusive rose gold OnePlus 3T is still marked as "coming soon."

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1 week ago

Android 7.1.1 set for Dec 5 release on Nexus + Pixel devices

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Nougat statue

Vodafone Australia lets slip the launch date for the next version of Android.

Google has already stated on a few occasions that the final release of Android 7.1.1 Nougat will take place in early December, but now we have a tentative date to work with. Vodafone Australia has published an update advisory for the Nexus 6P, saying the OTA to Android 7.1.1, build NMF26F, will start to hit the Huawei-made phone from December 6 local time. It's worth remembering that Australia is 13 to 18 hours ahead of the United States, so in the U.S. the update would likely hit sometime on the previous day, Monday December 5.

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1 week ago

Oppo R9s review: An important step forward

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Oppo makes some small but important steps forward with its latest handset bound for Asia.

Without making much of a splash in the west, Oppo has found itself towards the top of the list of smartphone manufacturers. While the top two, Samsung and Apple, are still a ways out, Oppo is now a constant presence around the number four spot, and that's no small achievement.

Like many other phone makers from China, we've seen significant improvements from Oppo in several key areas with recent devices. The latest, the Oppo R9s, is now launching outside China for the first time and represents another step forward, albeit a subtle one.

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1 week ago

PinOut is the perfect mix of old and new

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A fantastic game and an amazing value.

I'm addicted, and my drug of choice is PinOut, the latest game by Mediocre, the small Swedish game development team that has put out quality game after quality game, if not hit after hit.

The company's latest game, PinOut, builds off the well-worn basis for its 2014 classic, Smash Hit, an endless runner of sorts that drew catharsis from satisfyingly slinging virtual balls into breakable surfaces of many forms. PinOut combines that endless runner approach and adds another satisfying element: pinball.

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1 week ago

Everything you need to know about Freedom Mobile

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What's the big deal with Freedom Mobile?

Earlier this week, Canada's Wind Mobile announced that it was changing its name to Freedom Mobile, and under new owner Shaw was launching an LTE network on November 27. That was met with a healthy dose of excitement and trepidation from current Wind Mobile users and potential switchers alike, but there were many remaining questions. Let's try to break some of them down right now.

What is Freedom Mobile?

Freedom Mobile is the new Wind Mobile, a brand change that, according to CEO Alek Krstajic, was necessary to offload some of the baggage of the existing brand, and find a new space within the Canadian mobile industry under new owner, Shaw Communications.

For all intents and purposes, Freedom Mobile is the same company as Wind Mobile — even the orange and blue color scheme is nearly identical — but with LTE connectivity.

OK, so what's the big deal about LTE connectivity?

Wind Mobile, around since 2009, has been behind the incumbents like Rogers, Bell, and Telus when it comes to technology. While the so-called Big Three set up and expanded their LTE networks to include high-speed tech like LTE-Advanced, carrier aggregation and VoLTE, Wind Mobile was stuck with limited spectrum, older equipment, and 3G speeds. Even in the big cities in which they were supposedly competitive, like Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary, download speeds were limited to under 5Mbps.

More: Is Wind Mobile worth it?

In late 2015, Wind Mobile began replacing all of its old network equipment with newer Nokia equipment, beginning with Vancouver and working east towards Ottawa. While those changes have been for the better, they are still limited to 3G speeds.

LTE is a big deal, then, because it finally allows now-Freedom Mobile to compete on the same level as the Big Three carriers — at least in the markets the company operates. And because Freedom is owned by Shaw, it has the capital to continue investing in networking equipment — and spectrum, when it becomes available — where it doesn't currently operate.

Tell me about the LTE service

Starting November 27, Freedom Mobile will operate an LTE network in the cores of Toronto and Vancouver, expanding to the outlying regions of each city by the spring of 2017.

By summer of 2017, Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa will be LTE-enabled, and Freedom hopes to have negotiated LTE roaming deals with its domestic roaming partners (namely, Bell and Rogers) for when customers are not connected to its Home network.

Finally, by the fall of 2017, all of Southwestern and Southeastern Ontario — where there are towers — will be LTE-enabled.

How fast will it be?

Freedom Mobile's LTE connectivity is not slated to be the fastest in the business, but with a theoretical maximum speed of 180Mbps, it will certainly be competitive with the incumbents' existing networks, at least in areas with good coverage.

The main issue will be that because LTE service will be so limited, many customers will often fall back to Freedom's 3G service, which is considerably slower than LTE, and slower too than the incumbents' 3G networks.

How do I get on the LTE service?

This is where things get a bit tricky. Freedom Mobile's LTE network operates on a brand new channel called Band 66 — that's why the company calls it a "traffic-free" LTE network — which means there are only a handful of phones that support the new standard. Eventually, most new phones will support Band 66, which operates on AWS-3 spectrum, but as of this writing it is limited to the expensive LG V20 and the yet-unreleased ZTE Grand X 4, a mid-range device.

Eventually, you'll be able to bring your existing phone to Freedom Mobile to connect to its LTE network, but right now the most popular devices, from the Galaxy S7 to Google Pixel to iPhone 7, are not going to work on Freedom's LTE network.

There is one exception, though: in Eastern Ontario — Ottawa, and the surrounding region — LTE is piggybacking off Freedom's existing AWS-1 spectrum because the company wasn't able to buy any AWS-3 spectrum in that area during the 2015 auction. That means the network will be slightly slower in that region — using 10Mhz as opposed to 30Mhz — but it will also work with hundreds of existing phones, unlike in other parts of Canada.

What are the plans available right now?

Freedom Mobile is taking an early adopter strategy for its LTE network, likely because it knows how limited it is at first. Not only is there only one plan available right now, but it's different, and slightly more expensive (naturally) than the rest of the company's plans.

The LTE plan is regularly $45 and includes 3GB of data, unlimited Canadian calling and global texting, but for a limited time the price drops to $40 and the data allotment is doubled to 6GB, which is pretty good.

What about switching over? Can I use LTE on my current plan?

No, if you're an existing Wind Mobile customer transitioning to Freedom Mobile, you won't be able to use your existing plan to access LTE. And if you're using an older SIM card, you may actually need to buy a new one to get access to the LTE network.

What if I want to trade in my newly-purchased Wind phone for an LTE-compatible one?

Freedom is doing people a solid by extending the return window on phones purchased less than 30 days ago. For those purchased between August 1 and November 21, there's a special trade-in program that charges a small restocking fee should you decide to buy the LG V20.

So, is it worth switching over?

That depends. We have yet to use Freedom Mobile's LTE network, at the very least it should be five to ten times faster than its 3G network.

There are a few things to consider. Even though Freedom Mobile has 30Mhz of AWS-3 spectrum in most of its regions (except for Eastern Ontario), AWS spectrum still doesn't travel well through walls, so those in basements or buildings with thick cement exteriors may experience the same connectivity issues on LTE as on 3G. LTE is inherently more efficient, but radio waves are not magic: you won't get service where the signal can't reach.

Right now, if you're currently a Wind Mobile customer, I'd wait to see whether the network is as robust in the Toronto and Vancouver core as the company claims, and I'd investigate other devices before settling on the LG V20, especially if you're looking for a smaller phone — that thing is massive.

We'll have much more Freedom Mobile coverage in the next few weeks, so stay tuned! Got questions? Leave them in the comments below and we'll try to answer them!

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1 week ago

International data: 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-megabyte 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.

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