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1 month ago

B&H begins pre-orders of LG G5 VR bundle with phone, 360 Cam and VR headset for $749

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B&H Photo is now accepting pre-orders for an LG G5 VR bundle that includes the phone, a 360 Cam and a VR headset. The bundle will be priced at $749, which is an instant savings of $300 for what is included. Both the Titan and Silver colors of the G5 will be offered in this bundle.

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1 month ago

Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ Marshmallow update comes to Canada

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Canadian carriers are rolling out Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow to the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+. Starting April 5, customers on Telus and Bell will begin receiving the 1.2GB update, while Rogers customers will have to wait until the end of the month.

Telus notes on its software update page that the Note 5 began receiving Marshmallow on April 4, while the S6 edge+ will get it April 6; both seem to be receiving them today, April 5. The Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, slightly older devices, will reportedly begin receiving the update in mid-April, according to Telus.

In addition to base upgrades to Android itself, Marshmallow brings a refreshed colour palette to the Note 5 and S6 edge+, along with support for Android 6.0's fingerprint API, which works across more devices than Samsung's more limited one. Users will have to add a secondary authentication method, such as a pattern or PIN, as a backup to the fingerprints, in accordance to Google's API.

The update also brings the Note 5 and S6 edge+ to the latest Android security patch level, dated April 2, 2016.

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1 month ago

Vivo V3 and V3 Max now official in India, priced at ₹17,980 and ₹23,980

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At a media event in Mumbai, Vivo unveiled the V3 and V3 Max. The phones are targeted at the mid-range segment, with the V3 set to retail for ₹17,980 and the V3 Max for ₹23,980.

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1 month ago

The best way to set up your fingerprint on the Galaxy S7

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It's super easy to set up, but making it work perfectly can take some time.

For the most part, setting up and using the fingerprint sensor on the Galaxy S7 is exactly as easy as it's supposed to be. You go through the 13-part process of recording your finger on the sensor, and in exchange you get the ability to unlock your phone quickly and use your fingerprint as your password wherever it is supported.

As long as you're down with using your fingerprint like this, it's one of the best setups available today. That is, as long as you set it up correctly.

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1 month ago

HTC 10 teaser promises the 'best BoomSound yet'

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HTC hasn't been shy about teasing what's in store for the upcoming HTC 10, and the company's latest teaser continues that tradition by hinting at the phone's booming audio chops.

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1 month ago

OnePlus X gets a permanent price cut to ₹14,999

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OnePlus X has picked up a permanent price cut on Amazon India, with the phone now available for ₹14,999. The Chinese vendor got rid of the invites system earlier this year, which means that you can pick up the device without jumping through any additional hoops.

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1 month ago

Import listing hints at Moto X3 with 5-inch display

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Indian import export website Zauba has listed a device with the Moto X3 moniker making its way to the country. The listing shows that eight units in total were imported into the country from the U.S., likely headed for software testing and validation at Motorola's R&D facility in India. There's no mention of specs, but the phone is listed with a 5-inch display and single-SIM connectivity.

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1 month ago

Walmart is discounting the Galaxy S7 by $150

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If you're holding out for a deal on the Galaxy S7, look no further. Walmart is offering a $150 discount on Samsung's latest flagship device.

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1 month ago

ASUS ZenFone 3 and ZenFone 3 Deluxe renders reveal curved design and USB Type-C

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ASUS is slated to unveil the ZenFone 3 and the ZenFone 3 Deluxe later this year at Computex, and thanks to product listings on design site Red Dot 21, we have an idea as to what the phones will look like. The listing showcases renders of the ZenFone 3, revealing 2.5D curved glass at the front and back, as well as USB Type-C connectivity, fingerprint sensor, front LED flash, and laser autofocus at the back. The render also highlights the power button at the back, which will likely house the fingerprint sensor.

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1 month ago

LG Home 4.0 is available, and a concession for G5 owners

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LG G5

If you hate the default launcher on the G5 and for some reason don't want to download another from Google Play, LG has its own option available.

LG's default user interface on the G5 has been, to say the least, polarizing. Those who know a thing or two about launchers (we're a small but vocal minority, to be sure) haven't exactly greeted UX 5.0 — with its lack of a proper app drawer — kindly. Sure, you can get a app drawer back with the oversized "EasyHome" option, but most folks under 65 (sorry, Grandpa) aren't going to go for this option, with its huge fonts. And we could just download any of our favorite home screen replacements from Google Play, but then folks wouldn't have anything else to complain about.

LG, in a sort of 11th-hour concession, slipped into a promo video for UX 5.0 the addition of a third option — one with a proper app drawer.

It's here, it's called LG Home 4.0, and we've taken a look at it.

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1 month ago

Here's how the Galaxy S7 handles heat

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Phones get warmer when they do things, but do they get hot?

One of the many questions we see anytime there's a new phone out there, especially after all of the excitement last year with the Snapdragon 808 and 810 processors, is how a new phone handles heat. The Galaxy S7 is no different, and like all glass phones the first thing you'll notice about this phone is it gets a little warm during the initial setup.

Last year we saw the Galaxy S6 edge had a nasty habit of radiating quite a bit of the heat generated by its processor right next to the power button. This year, we're taking a look at the S7 and S7 edge next to the S6 edge and Note 5 to show how differently these phones deal with heat buildup and dissipation.

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1 month ago

Snag a free Moto 360 (2014) when you buy a 64GB Moto X Pure Edition or Droid Turbo 2

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1 month ago

Verizon enlists a pack of adorable puppies to unbox the LG G5

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Let's face the facts: unboxing videos are always a fun watch, and nothing in this world is cuter than a pack of rambunctious puppies. So, why not combine the two?

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1 month ago

An improved camera is just one of the features on your HTC 10 wishlist

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You let us know which features you want to see on the HTC 10.

The announcement of the HTC 10 is almost here, and on April 12th, we'll get to see HTC's newest device. As usual, folks are pouring over what has been released while talking regularly about what might be new, or changed. Phil asked what you want to see and you sure as sugar let us know.

We spent some time pouring over your comments on here, as well as on Facebook, Instagram, and our Youtube channel. We have the 5 features that you guys most wanted to see, from an improved camera to having access to expandable storage.

Camera

An overwhelming majority of you told us that an improved camera was an absolute must. This isn't a surprise either. From selfies that you post to Facebook, to a carefully curated Instagram, being able to capture the moments that matter most to you is a big deal. Many people don't even bother picking up an individual camera anymore, because their phone gets the job done.

We've seen phones like the Samsung Galaxy S7 that deliver absolutely gorgeous photos, so asking for an improvement shouldn't surprise much of anybody. Especially when you consider what a let down the camera quality on the M8 and M9. It's also a smart choice to continue improving their camera, since it has become a deal breaker for many people. After all, who wants to grab a new phone if the camera doesn't at least match with what you are currently using.

Bigger Battery

The second feature that you absolutely wanted to see was a larger battery. Our phones have become an extension of ourselves, and our lives. Being able to access your phone, no matter where you are, is a priority for plenty of people. Having a phone with a battery that lasts as long as you do has become less of a pipe dream and more of a reality over time. After the disappointment of the HTC A9's battery life, an improvement is almost mandatory.

Many of you are hoping for a battery with over 3000mAh, which is a possibility. Unlike in days of yore, having a bigger battery doesn't automatically mean that you'll be dealing with a bigger, bulkier phone. The new Samsung Galaxy S7 manages to pack a 3000mAh battery in it's slim frame. Whether HTC will follow in trend is still to be seen, but it's definitely a feature we may get to see.

Expandable Storage

If your entire life lives on your phone, then you had better hope you've got room to accomodate everything. From all the photos that matter, to the apps you use to access your information, to text messages from friends and loves ones. The third feature that you want to see on the HTC 10 is expandable storage, allowing you to ensure that you have room for everything that is important to you.

Including an SD slot, and the option for expandable storage is certainly something we might be seeing from HTC. Adoptable storage is baked into Android 6.0 Marshmallow. When you're holding onto your phone for several years at a time, the base of 32G of storage just doesn't cut it. Adoptable storage was available on the A9 and was a fantastic feature. While it's impossible to say for sure, it's a fair bet that they'll continue with this trend.

Better Audio

Plenty of people use their phones as their immediate point of access to the internet. It's where they get their music, their news, and where they find those awesome cat videos that distract us all. Having a phone that can project excellent audio has become important to more and more people as the way we use our phones has evolved. That's probably why the fourth feature on our list today, is better audio.

Paying attention to audio quality hasn't always been a strong point with phone manufacturers. Often we've seen phones with audio that sounds tinny, or doesn't get loud enough for sharing videos In the past HTC has opted for front facing speakers which generally give a better sound, but they were absent last year, so whether they'll be making a comeback is debatable. We will probably be seeing the return of BoomSound to optimize the sound that you're getting from the HTC 10.

Bigger Display

For some people, size really does matter. Especially when it comes to the pocket computers that we all carry around with us. Last on our feature list for the HTC 10, is a larger display. While a smaller display doesn't require as much power, it also just isn't quite as versatile as a larger phone can be. Enjoying movies, or sharing videos is just easier with a larger screen.

Last year we saw the HTC One A9 and HTC One M9 both rock a 5-inch display, but you guys want to see more. While there were plenty of suggestions, you're hoping to see at least a 5.2-inch display, if a 5.5-inch display. With HTC's propensity for smaller phones, this might just be a pipe dream for now. Everyone will just have to hope, and wait a few more days to see how it turns out.

These were the top 5 features that you, the AndroidCentral reader, told us you wanted to see on the HTC 10. Did the feature you need in your life make the list? Are you waiting anxiously for the announcement on April 12th? Let us know about it in the comments below!

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1 month ago

AT&T has made its bloatware even worse on the LG G5

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AT&T Bloatware

There's no point in pretending to be surprised about this.

Here we go again. If you caught the saga of AT&T's Galaxy S7, you probably know what's coming. Fire up the operator's version of the LG G5 and marvel in the amount of bloatware packed into a single phone.

Let's take a look at what you'll find, out of the box:

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