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2 months ago

The BLU Studio 7.0 is a budget-conscious 7-inch smartphone

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BLU Products has introduced the BLU Studio 7.0, a smartphone with a 7-inch display with affordability in mind. It runs on Android 4.4.2 KitKat, and is available now on from Amazon for $149.99 unlocked. The BLU Studio 7.0 is compatible with U.S. GSM networks like AT&T and T-Mobile.

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2 months ago

OnePlus One banned in India after infringing on Micromax's agreement with Cyanogen

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After Xiaomi, it is now the turn of the OnePlus One to face the ire of the Indian authorities, as local vendor Micromax was able to secure an injunction from the Delhi High Court that bans all sales and advertising of the device in India. The issue is due to the Cyanogen branding seen on the back of the OnePlus One, which Micromax mentioned was a violation of its exclusive partnership with the custom ROM vendor in India.

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2 months ago

Android 5.0 Lollipop bugs got you down? Here's how you (might be able to) fix them

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Nexus 4 Lollipop

These few fixes may help you fight those Lollipop bugs

The rush to update Android phones and tablets to Lollipop has just begun. The obvious players — Google's Nexus devices and Motorola — are getting Lollipop updates to all eligible devices now, and we've already seen LG and Samsung dip their toes into the update waters.

This is a good thing. (Most of the time.) Android and the people who use it in their smart devices have a reputation for poor update practices and procedures to overcome, and pushing new software in a timely manner is what it will take to do that. We'll leave discussion about why we expect or need an OS update on our small computers for another time.

Of course, with any and all system updates come bugs. Some are universal and affect everyone. Some are device-specific, and some seem to be bad luck — the kind of bad luck that comes with every major system software update.

Luckily, there are some things you can try to alleviate some issues should you be having them. None of these are fool-proof, and they may or may not work for you, but they need to be discussed because they have worked for others.

Let's do that.

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2 months ago

Samsung rumored to launch a rival to Apple Pay for its smartphones in 2015

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Samsung is reportedly working on its own mobile payment service for future smartphones as a rival to the recently launched Apple Pay. The service could launch sometime in 2015.

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2 months ago

Huawei's Honor 6 Plus comes with dual rear 8MP cameras

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 2x 8MP cameras... on the back

Thanks to their relatively small lenses and sensors, lowlight photography can be difficult on smartphones, but Huawei thinks they have a solution with the dual rear cameras on the Huawei Honor 6 Plus. Sporting not one, but two 8-megapixel sensors, which Huawei claims combined provide an "effective pixel size" of 1.98 microns. For comparison, the HTC One M8 has 2-micron pixels on its main camera, but it's just a 4MP unit. Apart from the trick cameras, the Honor 6 Plus also sports a 5.5-inch 1080p display and is powered by Huawei's own 1.8GHz octa-core Kirin 925 chipset with 3GB of RAM and 16GB or 32GB of internal storage (plus microSD expansion), all backed up by a 3600mAh battery.

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2 months ago

10 things to know about the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

The first things to know about the Note Edge before you consider buying

With its crazy curved design and intriguing software, the Galaxy Note Edge is a sight to be seen. Thankfully Samsung has struck deals to have the Note Edge easily available, with the top U.S. carriers taking on the device, but it can't hurt to do some research before you head to a store to try one out. We've already given our comprehensive take on the device in a full review, but you can't fit everything into a single article.

Before you head out to try a Note Edge for yourself, see our top 10 things to know about the phone. The list may have you running out sooner (or even buy it sight unseen), or possibly ready to do a bit more research first. Read along with us and learn a bit.

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2 months ago

Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 on T-Mobile slated to get Android 5.0.1 today

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It looks like the Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 on T-Mobile are slated to get an update to Android 5.0.1 Lollipop today, at least that's what T-Mobile seems to think. Support docs for both phones on T-Mobile's website list December 15th (that'd be today) as the roll-out date for the 5.0.1 update.

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2 months ago

Xiaomi breaks into the ranks of the top-five global smartphone manufacturers

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Xiaomi has become the fourth biggest seller of smartphones worldwide, according to a new report from the research firm Gartner. Xiaomi pushed its way into the top five of all smartphone companies during the third quarter of 2014 with sales of 18.8 million units. It only sold 3.6 million units for the same period a year ago.

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2 months ago

Sprint says Android 5.0.1 Lollipop is coming to their Nexus 5 today

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Sprint says they will begin rolling out an over-the-air update for its Nexus 5 smartphone today with the version number LRX22C, or more popularly known as Android 5.0.1 Lollipop.

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2 months ago

Samsung's metal-clad Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3 launch in Taiwan

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Samsung is looking to reinvigorate its portfolio with new designs that are aimed at a younger audience, with the Galaxy A series said to be the starting point of that change. The manufacturer has launched the Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3 in Taiwan, and while the former handset is already available in a few countries, this is the first time we're seeing the Galaxy A3 in action.

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2 months ago

Verizon Moto X (2013) 32GB Developer Edition drops to just $199.99 on Amazon

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We stand at the nexus of affordability, openness, Motorola, and Verizon: the 32GB Moto X (2013) Developer Edition has dropped to a mere $199.99 sans-contract on Verizon, at least when purchased through Amazon. This is last year's model of the Moto X, but it's still no slouch. For your two Benjamins you get a compact and ergonomic phone that supports Big Red's LTE, plus it comes with an unlockable bootloader.

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2 months ago

Walmart is offering the on-contract Galaxy S5 for just $79

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Walmart is offering the Galaxy S5 for just $79 on a new two-year contract with AT&T, Sprint or Verizon, which is a $60 discount from the retailer's usual selling price of $139. The deal is only valid in-stores, and will be offered until December 25.

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2 months ago

Nexus 5: Past, present and future

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Nexus 5

A year on — and with an all-new version of Android — how does Google's 5-inch handset measure up?

I've used the Nexus 5 — Google and LG's last Nexus collaboration — on and off for the past year. The phone never quite managed to become my daily driver, mainly due to underwhelming battery life and the arrival of newer, shinier things in the earlier part of the year. Regardless, the N5 has never been too far from my side. This summer it was the first phone to get a sneak peek at Lollipop through the "Android L" preview, and it was among the first to get Android 5.0 proper last month.

Unlike previous years, Google's keeping the older Nexus handset around for the time being, selling it alongside the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 at the same price point it launched at in November 2013. (Though Play Store availability remains sporadic.) So the Nexus 5 isn't quite dead yet. But how does it compare to other handsets running Android 5.0? Is it still worth the money twelve months on? And might we see another smaller Nexus handset in 2015? Read on for our take on the Nexus 5, twelve months on.

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2 months ago

Motorola Droid Turbo or Moto X (2014): Which should you buy?

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Droid Turbo and Moto X (2014)

Motorola's flagship and the latest Droid are cut from the same cloth, but each excel in their own areas

Since Motorola took over the job of making all Droid phones for Verizon, it has put customers on the carrier in an interesting position of choosing between the leading Droid device and the latest Motorola flagship. This year that's the Moto X (2014) and the Droid Turbo, which are clearly based on a similar platform but diverge in outward appearance, features and point-by-point specs.

If you're on Verizon and interested in the top phones on the carrier, there's no doubt you'll have both the Droid Turbo and Moto X on your short list — we're going to help you make the final decision between the two. Read on and see which is best.

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2 months ago

HTC Desire Eye reviewed

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Selfie. The first time I heard the word I paused. Do we really need a term for taking a photo of yourself at arm's length with a crappy front-facing camera? (I may have used stronger language). That was a few years ago. Today the term has exploded in use, and smartphone cameras aren't quite so little and crappy anymore, but I still hate even reading the word, much less using it. It's spawned dedicated social networks, a horrible (and blessedly short-lived) ABC sitcom, and now the HTC Desire Eye smartphone. There's more than the front-facing 13-megapixel camera at play here, but it's the defining feature on the face of this device.

It's a sign of the times that a manufacturer like HTC would feel compelled to release a phone with what should be a high-quality, high-resolution a camera dedicated to taking pictures of the user. But that commentary on the state of our society is probably for another day. Seeing somebody taking a selfie today isn't a surprising thing. Walking through Times Square or the Champ de Mars you'll see selfie-taker after selfie-taker. It might prompt an eye roll or two, but it's not a crazy, narcissistic thing anymore.

The HTC Desire Eye, however, is a surprising and kind-of crazy phone. The big center-mounted circular lens at the top dominates the face of the phone, like the eye of a cyclops. It's so dominant that you don't even notice that the phone's ringed in red, or how the the speakers are artfully hidden, or that there's a dual-LED flash up with that front-facing camera. For better or worse, the HTC Desire Eye is the selfie phone, and this is our review.

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