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1 month ago

OnePlus One grabs a $50 discount this week, now starting at $249

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The big day is here for OnePlus, but it turns out the announcement is a $50 savings on their devices, good for this week only.

The company teased an announcement that was said to shake up the industry on June 1, and their big announcement is a $50 savings on their devices this week. While many expected the rumored OnePlus Two to be announced, the company instead is offering their current smartphone starting at $249, instead of regular price of $299.

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1 month ago

You can now purchase the LG G4 in red leather from Vodafone UK

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After going up for pre-order last week, the LG G4 is now available from Vodafone UK, with monthly plans starting from £35.

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1 month ago

The ASUS ZenFone Selfie aims to make your mug even prettier

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Can you ever take a selfie too easily? ASUS doesn't think so, and the new ZenFone Selfie — announced today at the Computex conference in Taiwan — aims to make taking a self-shot picture of your pretty face even more seamless.

The ZenFone Selfie is a 5.5-inch (1080p) phone running Android 5.0 Lollipop with ASUS' ZenUI on top, complete with ZenMotion, which lets you draw on the screen to launch shortcuts. So for super-fast selfie action, you'd just draw an S on the screen with your finger.

The phone itself will remind you a bit of the HTC Desire Eye, with its large, 13MP camera dominating the front bezel. The front shooter's got a f/2.2 aperture and 24mm wide-angle lens. On back you'll find an f/2.0, 28mm lens with laser autofocus (something we've until now only seen from LG). It's all powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615.

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1 month ago

Inside Android M's new Do Not Disturb mode

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Do Not Disturb

Things may still change, but the first Android M preview shows signs of bringing sanity to Lollipop's 'interruptions' mess

The "interruptions" system in Android Lollipop is among the OS's more controversial features, obscuring basic mute functionality behind a new layer of choices — "all," "priority" or "none." Android 5.1 brought some changes to interruptions, making it easier to understand how they work and change when the various modes are active. But for average users it still seemed like a complicated, over-engineered solution to a problem that didn't really exist to begin with.

Enter Android M. At the recent Google I/O keynote, Google's Dave Burke seemed to acknowledge that the changes to Lollipop's volume setup hadn't been particularly well received, and promised a "simplified" system in the next version of the OS.

While nothing here should be considered finalized — remember, 'M' is still a developer preview — there are enough interesting changes to mull over. We'll take a closer look after the break.

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2 months ago

Google is working with Qualcomm on a Project Tango reference smartphone [Update]

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Google and Qualcomm are teaming up to make a Project Tango smartphone, but it won't be released to the public.

Google is still working to bring Project Tango, and its 3D-sensing camera technology, into the light. Today, at a panel during the 2015 Google I/O conference, the company revealed that it is working with Qualcomm to bring Project Tango's camera hardware inside the chipmaker's reference smartphone designs.

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2 months ago

Huawei and Volkswagen will team up to connect smartphones and cars

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Soon, smartphones made by Huawei will soon have apps that will allow those devices to connect seamlessly to cars made by Volkswagen.

Even as Android Auto begins its slow rollout in the US, there are even more projects in the works for the connected car fan. Today, Huawei announced plans to partner with Volkswagen to allow smartphones made by the Chinese company to connect to some Volkswagen vehicles.

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2 months ago

LG G4 is now available for pre-order at Vodafone UK

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Vodafone is now accepting pre-orders for the LG G4. The UK network operator also holds exclusivity on the red leather version of the flagship smartphone.

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2 months ago

ZTE Overture 2 lands at Cricket Wireless for $50

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Cricket Wireless starts selling the entry-level ZTE Overture 2 for $50.

The Overture 2 is positioned against other entry-level smartphones available from the carrier, including the Moto E 2015 and the Lumia 635.

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2 months ago

In 2014 eight of every ten phones shipped ran Android, more than 400 manufacturers making devices

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At Google I/O, Google took to the stage to share some details about the status of Android, and just how far they have come.

During 2014, 8 out of every 10 phones that were shipped ran Android, and there are currently 4,000 distinct Android devices. Android has grown substantially over the years, and some of the details Google went through at Google I/O shows just how far they have come.

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2 months ago

Android 5.1 update now arriving on the Pure Edition Moto X (2014)

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Android 5.1 is now hitting the second generation Moto X Pure Edition, bringing better notification control, device protection, and other bug fixes.

Motorola first released the Android 5.1 update for the Pure Edition of its second generation Moto X in Brazil, but it now looks like the company is now ready to roll it out to more users. Included in this update is a number of bug fixes, along with some feature additions.

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2 months ago

AT&T begins LG G4 pre-orders on May 29, in stores on June 5

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The LG G4 will go up for pre-order at AT&T's website on Friday, May 29, with retail store sales starting on June 5.

AT&T is the latest US wireless carrier to announce its launch date and pricing plans for the LG G4. The newest flagship phone from LG will be available to pre-order from AT&T starting at 12:01 a.m. Eastern time on Friday, May 29. Retail store sales will start a week later on Friday, June 5.

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2 months ago

Lenovo unveils laser projector smartphone concept

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Smart Cast

Lenovo's concept product lineup isn't limited to smartwatches. At its TechWorld event in Beijing today, the Chinese tech giant also showed off a new pico-projecting smartphone concept, dubbed Smart Cast.

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2 months ago

Moto Maker brings customized Moto X phones to China

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Chinese buyers will get the chance to customize their own Moto X, as Moto Maker lands in China.

The move was announced by Motorola's parent company Lenovo, at its TechWorld event in Beijing today. The new Chinese Moto Maker is available now at motomaker.cn, where prices for custom Moto Xs start at ¥2,799 ($451). Like its Western counterpart, China's Moto Maker will allow customers to change the phone's colors and materials to suit their tastes, including the premium wood and leather options buyers in the U.S. have been enjoying since late 2014.

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2 months ago

Should I upgrade from the LG G3 to the G4?

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LG G3 vs LG G4

It's always the way. 12 months from the launch of a hot new flagship device comes its successor. And then come the questions.

It doesn't matter which phone from which manufacturer, without fail there's going to be something shiny and new that comes along a year later as you try to cling to your wallet while you're asking yourself whether you should upgrade.

LG's latest, the G4, is likely putting a fair few G3 owners in that very position right about now. It's got the newest hardware, the latest software, some pretty nifty camera improvements, and a healthy dose of leather if that's your thing.

So, if you're wondering, let's see if we can help out a little bit.

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2 months ago

Verizon begins LG G4 pre-orders on May 28, in stores on June 4

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The LG G4 will go up for pre-order at Verizon on May 28, with availability in-store coming June 4.

Verizon announced that it will open up pre-orders for the LG G4 on May 28, ahead of in-store availability on June 4. Interested buyers will have the option of snagging the handset in metallic gray, black leather, or the Verizon-exclusive ceramic white.

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