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2 months ago

Android fingerprint sensors, ranked

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When it comes to using your finger for security, these are the best phone choices.

It's pretty easy to see that 2015 was the year that Android phones started getting some really great fingerprint sensors, with several different manufacturers either getting into the game for the first time with great offerings or iterating on old designs to get something that's more consistent and easier to use.

Huawei, Samsung, LG, OnePlus and HTC — just to name a few — have all gotten into simple one-touch fingerprint sensors on at least one of their phones, and now that you have several options we figured it's a great time to rank them all.

Implementation, feel, reliability, software and security all factor into making a good fingerprint scanner on a phone, and we're going to tell you which do it best, and which may need a little more work for the next generation.

The top Android fingerprint sensors, ranked

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2 months ago

Verizon is pushing an update to the LG G4

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Verizon is pushing an update to the LG G4 on its network. The details of the update are scarce as Verizon has yet to post the official changelog, but users in the Android Central forums are reporting some noticeable changes. Depending whether or not you were able to grab the update from October, you may notice a large download of over 400MB, or a smaller one that is around 60MB.

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2 months ago

Android History Interview: LG's Dr. Ramchan Woo

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LG Dr Woo

If you've used a flagship LG phone in recent years, you'll be familiar with the work of Dr. Ramchan Woo. LG's VP of product strategy played a major role in the development of the Korean company's "G" series smartphones, and has a unique perspective on LG's rise from an outsider to one of the bigger Android phone makers. So as we continue our Android History series, who better to talk to about LG's contributions to Android - and the smartphone world in general - over the past seven years.

Android Central Editor-in-Chief Phil Nickinson caught up with Dr. Woo following the recent LG V10 launch to investigate the past, present and future of LG smartphones.

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2 months ago

HTC launches the Desire 828 Dual SIM in India

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Along with the launch of HTC One A9, HTC also announced the launch of HTC Desire 828 Dual SIM in New Delhi, India. The Desire 828 was launched earlier this month in China for CNY 1,599 ($250).

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2 months ago

HTC One A9 launches in India; no details on pricing and availability

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In a press conference today in New Delhi, HTC announced the launch of HTC One A9 in India. The mid-tier premium smartphone is strikingly similar to iPhone. Surprisingly, the company did not announce the pricing, and neither the availability specifics, although they did hint at a two-week deadline.

Specs are:

HTC One A9 Specifications

Category Features Operating system Android 6.0 Marshmallow | HTC Sense UI Display 5-inch Full HD 1080p | Corning Gorilla Glass 4 Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 617, octa-core, 64-bit, 4x1.5GHz + 4x1.2GHz RAM 3GB Storage 32GB | Expandable up to 2TB via microSD Primary Camera 13MP with sapphire lens cover, f/2.0 aperture, BSI sensor, OIS Secondary Camera HTC Ultrapixel, f/2.0 aperture, fixed focus, 1080p video recording Battery 2,150mAh with Quick Charge 2.0 (Quick Charge 3.0 with an update) Dimensions 45.75 x 70.8 x 7.26 mm Weight 143g

HTC One A9 is the first non-Nexus device to ship with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and we've already given it a full review, with versions available in the U.S. and Europe. While in other markets there are two memory variants – 2GB/16GB and 3GB/32GB, in India, only the latter will be sold.

HTC One A9

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2 months ago

OxygenOS 2.1.3 for the OnePlus X brings memory card fixes and more

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The OnePlus X will be receiving an update to OxygenOS 2.1.3 in the near future which brings a number of changes to the phone. Most of the changes and improvements here are focused around the memory card, bringing user experience improvements, ability to move apps to and from the card and more.

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2 months ago

LG brings a Ray of light to emerging markets

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LG Ray is now official, becoming the latest entry-level offering from the South Korean manufacturer. The phone will be available in the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) region later this week, followed by Latin America. LG is targeting 3G markets with the handset, which comes with a brushed-metal finish at the back along with rear-mounted volume and power buttons.

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2 months ago

OnePlus 2 open sale is now live on Amazon India

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OnePlus has commenced open sales of the OnePlus 2 in India, with the handset available for purchase without an invite on Amazon India. General availability will last until Friday, after which the invite system kicks back into place.

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2 months ago

OnePlus X review

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OnePlus X

OnePlus managed to make a great phone at an even lower price, but in this case you absolutely have to settle.

The quick take

Just like it's done with its previous phones, OnePlus is hitting a great price with the X while keeping the specs and experience on a higher level. The screen is great, the external hardware blows away other phones at this price, the software is fluid, and the internal specs are solid. To hit $249 there certainly were corners cut, but for the most part they're in relatively superficial areas — no 5GHz Wifi support, no Quick Charge, no NFC, and only offering 16GB of storage. Some of the corners — like lacking radio support for AT&T LTE and coming up short on the camera — matter a bit more. At this price, the OnePlus X is a great value — assuming you're not expecting all of the bells and whistles of a flagship phone.

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2 months ago

The LG V10: A second opinion

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I really like the LG V10, but I just can't love it.

Every year, I make sure I get my hands on whatever great phones LG puts out. I like the things it tries — like back buttons or flexible screens — and the V10 had me excited to try a phone that's built like body armor. It does not disappoint in that regard.

But there is more to a smartphone than Duraskin and a steel rib cage. These are my impressions after using the LG V10.

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2 months ago

OnePlus 2 and X will be available to buy without an invite from Nov. 27-30

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If you have wanted to get your hands on the OnePlus 2 or the just-announced OnePlus X, but were still waiting on an invite, you won't need one in a few days. As part of its Black Friday 2015 sales event, the OnePlus 2 and X will be sold, without the need for an invite, from Friday, November 27 to Monday, November 30.

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2 months ago

Newegg currently has the unlocked 32GB Axon for just $200

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Newegg is currently hosting a sweet deal for those interested in the 32GB unlocked Axon smartphone, dropping the price down to just $200 with the coupon code EMCKKNR25. That's right, with just entering the simple coupon code you can save $130 on the smartphone right now.

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2 months ago

Xiaomi unveils the Redmi Note 3: 5.5-inch Full HD display, fingerprint sensor and 4,000mAh battery

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Xiaomi has unveiled the Redmi Note 3, its first all-metallic smartphone. The phone is also the first from the Chinese vendor to offer a fingerprint scanner, which can be used to unlock the phone in just 0.3 seconds.

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2 months ago

Gionee Marathon M5 with 6,020mAh battery now official in India for ₹17,999

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In a press conference in Bangalore, Gionee announced the Marathon M5 in India. The smartphone debuted in China earlier this year for CNY 2,299 ($360).

Gionee Marathon M5's claim to fame is its long battery life. The smartphone packs two 3,010mAh batteries, taking the total to a whopping 6,020mAh. Gionee claims that the batteries should last up to 4 days on a single charge on light to moderate usage. Also, an extreme mode can boost standby time — when the battery is down to 5 percent —to 62 hours. The phone supports reverse charging as well, which allows users to use the Marathon M5 as a power bank to charge other devices.

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2 months ago

Honor 7 and other smartphones to get big discounts on Black Friday at UK-based vMall

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If you live in the UK, you should be able to get a big discount on the Honor 7 smartphone and other devices from the Honor brand. The sale itself will happen on Friday, November 27, otherwise known as Black Friday, on the vMall website.

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