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1 month ago

Verizon LG G3 render continues the tradition of carrier branding to the extreme

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A Verizon Wireless variant of LG's oft-rumored upcoming LG G3 smartphone has now leaked shown brandishing the carrier's logos. The Verizon logos can be seen both on the front and the rear of the device in the latest leaked press photo for the LG G3 smartphone, continuing Verizon's tradition of branding devices to the extreme.

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1 month ago

HTC Desire 816 review

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HTC Desire 816

HTC's mid-range flagship packs a gigantic screen into a more affordable handset

If HTC is to stage a financial recovery, it'll need more than just a compelling high-end smartphone. So as the company seeks to navigate back into the black for more than a quarter at a time, it's pursuing two major growth markets with increasing vigor — the mid-range space in general, and China in particular. And the first handset to arrive under this new mid-range strategy is the Desire 816, the new head of the HTC Desire family.

It's a massive 5.5-inch phone that looks a little like a cross between an HTC One and an iPhone 5c, and it's a device aimed squarely at China, where it went on sale shortly after its Mobile World Congress debut. Even the name invokes the number eight's status as the luckiest number in Chinese culture — an eight, followed by eight doubled. It's no accident that this phone is very specifically branded as Desire eight-sixteen, not eight-one-six.

But clearly HTC thinks there's an appetite for a big-screened handset at a lower price point outside of Asia, as the Desire 816 will shortly be arriving on European shores, complete with support for local LTE networks. So how does it shape up? And how much of the premium user experience of the HTC One is intact in this self-styled "mid-range flagship?" Join us after the break to find out.

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1 month ago

Grab a Moto E from Tesco for just £69 until May 27

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The new ultra-affordable Moto E hasn't been with us for long but this bank holiday weekend Brits can already get a great deal on one. Supermarket chain, Tesco, is offering a £10 discount on all purchases over £75 at its Tesco Direct shopping service until May 27, which drops the price of the Moto E to just £69. That's £20 below the recommended list price.

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1 month ago

AT&T offers $50 off select FitBit devices with purchase of HTC One M8

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AT&T is pairing up one of our favorite fitness trackers with one of our favorite phones, and helping you save money. Starting today, AT&T customers can save $50 on a Fitbit One or Fitbit Flex when purchasing a new HTC One (M8). The HTC One is available on-contract with AT&T for $199 and also comes pre-loaded with the Fitbit app.

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2 months ago

Galaxy K Zoom is now available for pre-order in the UK

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Samsung's latest camera-centric smartphone, the Galaxy K Zoom, is now available for pre-order in the UK via Samsung's official e-store. The website lists that all pre-orders will begin shipping from May 29.

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2 months ago

T-Mobile's Galaxy S5 gets an SMS/MMS fix

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The T-Mobile version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 today is getting a software update over the air or through the KIES desktop program. New in build G900TUVU1ANE5 is an improvement for intermittent failures for text messages and MMS messages. And ... that's it. Look for the update. Update the update. Text all the things.

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2 months ago

A mini review of the Harman/Kardon HTC One M8

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Harman/Kardon HTC One M8 on Sprint

A quick look at superficial features on an otherwise excellent phone

So this here is the Harman/Kardon edition of the HTC One M8, a phone we've already crawled all over, inside and out. You know the specs. We know how good the 5-inch display is. We know just how good those "BoomSound" speakers are. We know how great the battery life is, how powerful the phone is, and how well the 4-megapixel — excuse us, UltraPixel — camera performs. We know the M8 has curves that might make Kate Upton take notice.

And we also know the M8 isn't perfect. But it's pretty much the most compelling Android smartphone available these days.

If you're on Sprint, though, you now have a choice. You can get the HTC One M8 in gunmetal gray, or the HK version in black with champagne highlights.

That's not all, of course. You'll also get Harman/Kardon's audio enhancements, instead of HTC's "BoomSound." Still need more? You'll get a set of $150 earbuds in the box as well.

So the question still stands: Is this Harman/Kardon version any better than the original?

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2 months ago

AT&T LG Optimus G Pro just the latest to get KitKat

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More Android 4.4 KitKat goodness is on the way to AT&T subscribers. Anyone rocking the LG Optimus G Pro should be getting update notifications. Changes include fresh status and navigation bars, a new full-screen mode, improved security, responsiveness, and battery life, Google Cloud Printer support, and all of the other good stuff you expect from Android KitKat.

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2 months ago

What to do if you lose your phone

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Lost phone

Android Central University — Security

Your Android smartphone is the most personal computer you own. No other device is with you virtually every second of every day, and so over the course of a standard two-year contract you'll be presented with plenty of opportunities to misplace it.

Fortunately, over the past few years Android has grown has grown into mature, stable mobile OS with an abundance of security features designed to help you out in just such an eventuality. But the solution isn't entirely technological, and there are a few common sense tips you should follow as well.

Let's walk through some top precautions to take to better protect your Android phone from loss, along with some tips in the event that you've already lost your phone.

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2 months ago

LG G3 specs fully revealed in preview briefing leak

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If you've been hankering for more details on the LG G3 and not just stolen glances of live devices, a pre-launch event in Korea seems to outline all of the technical specifications one could be interested in. The quad-HD 2560 x 1440 display is no surprise, and has been shown off by LG already. The most interesting things here are relating to the camera, which will apparently include a selfie option for the camera which triggers when you simply make a fist. There's also some kind of laser on the back to assist with autofocus and improve low-light performance.

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