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2 years ago

Samsung hoping to bring biometric security to lower-end devices

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The critical response to the Galaxy S5's fingerprint-scanning features may have been muted, but Samsung seems undeterred in its efforts to spread biometric security capabilities across its mobile device lineup. According to The Wall Street Journal, Samsung SVP Rhee In-jong told investors and analysts in Hong Kong that the company will expand its use of biometric sensors, making them available even to lower-cost handsets.

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2 years ago

Samsung brings high-end Android flip phone to China

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Motorola might be trying to retire the humble flip phone, but Samsung seems more inclined to evolve the venerable form factor rather than killing it off. The Korean manufacturer has unveiled a new Android-powered flip phone — not the first such device by any means — under the name "G9098."

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2 years ago

Next Nokia X reportedly getting home button to fix common complaint

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Different folks have a different perpective on the Nokia X but if a new report is to be believed, Microsoft will be fixing at least one common complaint in the next generation device. According to BGR India, the Nokia X successor is currently in development and will be getting a dedicated home button like regular Android devices.

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2 years ago

Alleged photos of Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime show metallic frame and curvier body [Updated]

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What you see above is claimed to be the first real photo of the Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime. This high-powered variant of the Samsung Galaxy S5 is said to contain a 5.2-inch 2560x1440 QHD display (much like the LG G3) and a metal body. While previous reports of the metal body had assumed that the whole phone would be metal, what we're seeing here appears more along the lines of an aluminum frame with a plastic back that is a little thicker, though still dimpled, than the standard Galaxy S5.

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2 years ago

T-Mobile HTC One M8 gets update for Extreme Power Saving Mode

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The T-Mobile version of the HTC One M8 has received an update to enable Extreme Power Saving Mode. The feature, which was announced at launch, had to be approved by carriers before it could be pushed out to the devices, and that's just what happened today with T-Mobile's One M8.

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2 years ago

Sense 6 now rolling out to T-Mobile HTC One M7 owners

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If you're the owner of an original HTC One M7 and wondering when T-Mobile will be rolling out the Sense 6 update to your device, we have some good news. The rollout has already begun and if you've not seen the update arrive on your device as of yet, you should now be able to check for system updates and find v5.14.531.1 available.

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2 years ago

HTC One Remix leaks, looks like a One Mini 2 with blue plastic

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We were wondering what would be different about the rumored HTC One Remix for Verizon than the HTC One Mini 2 it's reportedly based on. We can now tell you at least one thing: color. Notorious leaker @evleaks just outed what is said to be the first image of the One Remix (you can check it out after the break), and though it's in a case and has had the background poorly photoshopped out, what we see here is an HTC One Mini with a dark metal finish for the speaker grilles (it's close to the brushed gunmetal finish of our HTC One Mini 2 hands-on), but with bright blue plastic trim around the bottom instead of the black we're used to seeing.

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2 years ago

Samsung shows you how to use the Galaxy K Zoom, smiling not optional

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Samsung has posted a use case video for their Galaxy K Zoom smartphone-camera hybrid. The video features a woman using her Galaxy K Zoom in many different scenarios, like taking a picture on a sunny day or in low light. The video also highlights the device's specs, particularly the camera sensor and its 10x optical zoom.

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2 years ago

HTC One M7 unlocked and developer editions getting Sense 6 today!

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The unlocked and developer editions of the HTC One M7 are getting an update to install Sense 6 today. The update comes after Canadian One M7 owners received an update to do the same earlier this week. The update weighs in at 668MB and brings a lot of what we've come to love about Sense 6 on the HTC One M8 to the year-old original One.

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2 years ago

Did the Galaxy S5 Google Play edition just sneak through Bluetooth certification?

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An unannounced Samsung smartphone — the SM-G900FG — made its way through the Bluetooth SIG's certification process recently, and this might very well be a Google Play edition of the Samsung Galaxy S5. The current TouchWiz-ed Galaxy S5 is the SM-G900F, and last year's Galaxy S4 Google Play edition was the GT-I9505G (the standard Galaxy S4 being the GT-I9505), so it stands to reason that a Galaxy S5 with a model number appended with a G could very well be a Google Play edition as well.

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2 years ago

Galaxy S5 Active reportedly coming to Sprint and AT&T, Galaxy Mega 2 bound for China

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A deluge of information regarding upcoming Samsung handsets has leaked online. According to @evleaks, the Galaxy S5 Prime is headed to Europe as the SM-G901. The device will reportedly be offered in blue, black, white and gold, just like its plastic-clad sibling. Along with the Galaxy S5 Prime, the leak reveals carrier availability and model numbers for the Galaxy S5 Active and the Galaxy Mega 2.

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2 years ago

Three UK is now offering the gold Galaxy S5

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If you were looking to buy the gold edition of the Galaxy S5 in the UK, your choice of carrier was limited to Vodafone. As of today, however, you can pick up the gold color variant of the Galaxy S5 at Three UK's website in addition to its retail stores. The carrier's announcement came as a bit of a surprise, as Vodafone revealed during the launch of the Galaxy S5 that it would be exclusively carrying the gold edition of the handset in the UK.

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2 years ago

Red HTC One M8 is official — but only in Taiwan

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After leaked pictures outed the device yesterday, HTC has confirmed that the red color variant of the HTC One (M8) is now available for sale in Taiwan. While the manufacturer has not mentioned availability or a launch date beyond Taiwan, HTC global communication manager Jeff Gordon shared a 3D render of the device on Sketchfab, which is all we've got to look at for the time being.

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2 years ago

Sony Xperia Z2 Review

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As we approach the midway point of 2014, the march of smartphone progress is as unrelenting as it's ever been. The latest devices from the likes of Samsung and HTC have pushed specs, screen sizes and price tags to new heights, to the point where the year-old phones they've replaced seem quaint and dated.

Yet one manufacturer has committed to an even more aggressive upgrade cycle. Sony Mobile may be an also-ran in the U.S., but it's big internationally, and it likes to refresh its premium smartphones every six months. So as tick follows tock, the Japanese manufacturer unveiled the Xperia Z2 at a press conference in Barcelona this February, replacing the Xperia Z1 a mere half-year after its emergence.

While such a rapid pace can be frustrating for consumers, who may find their shiny new handsets superseded in just a few months, this quick turnover of flagships has allowed Sony to iterate its way to better products. The jump from Xperia Z to Z1 saw the manufacturer finally nail a few important areas — camera, battery life and performance — while advancing its "omnibalance" design language. The Z1's slab-like design wasn't for everyone, but it was, and still remains, a fine phone.

The Xperia Z2 is yet another iterative update, and this time Sony is focusing on improved display and sound quality, while addressing the handful of build issues that affected the Z1. That's not as exciting as built-in fingerprint scanners, heart-rate sensors or Duo Cameras, but it demonstrates a focus on the core experience that competitors sometimes lack. And as we'll discuss in our review, it's a big part of what makes the Z2 not just another solid Sony phone, but a true rival to current flagships from HTC, Samsung and even Apple.

Read the full Android Central review of the Sony Xperia Z2 to find out.

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2 years ago

YotaPhone brings both its front and back screens to the Middle East

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The quirky dual-screen YotaPhone is going on sale in the Middle East on local service provider Etisalat and through retailer Jumbo Electronics. This follows a widespread European release including the U.K., Germany, France, Spain, and Russia.

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