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1 week ago

Galaxy S7: Water resistance would be a natural next step for Samsung

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Galaxy S7

Some thoughts on what a water-resistant Galaxy S7 could mean for Samsung and its competitors.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 rumor mill is now fully up and running, with leaked images claiming to reveal Samsung's 2016 flagship in all its glory ahead of the Feb. 21 launch event. We're expecting two variants — a smaller flat GS7 and a larger "edge" model, with bigger batteries, improved cameras and speedier performance. However one of the most intriguing features coming to the GS7 is water resistance, according to VentureBeat's Evan Blass. If true, you might be able to dunk your GS7 in the bath or use it in the rain without worrying about water damage.

So what might this mean for the Korean firm's next big thing? Let's take a look.

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1 week ago

Nexus factory images updated with February security patches

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If you own a Nexus phone or tablet, and don't like to wait for the OTA release, you can now download the latest factory image from Google and flash it yourself. The update is still Android 6.0.1, but carries a different version number depending which phone or tablet you are using.

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1 week ago

US Mobile is the first carrier to offer Xiaomi and Meizu phones in the United States

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Update: Xiaomi has stated that US Mobile is not an authorized seller of its phones, and that the company has no plans to make any deals to sell phones through any authorized dealers.

Both Xiaomi and Meizu are huge companies outside of the U.S., but neither has really broken into the market in North America yet. Now, US Mobile, a network which runs off of T-Mobile's towers, is offering its customers smartphones from both companies. The carrier is selling the Meizu M2 Note, Xiaomi Redmi 2, Mi 3 and Mi 4i, with prices ranging from $120 to $220.

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1 week ago

Leaked renders show off the back side of Samsung's Galaxy S7, S7 edge

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A new render has appeared of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, showing off a rather familiar design. Looking very similar to the previous generation Galaxy S6 line of devices, you have the camera centered at the top, with the flash sitting off to the right of it.

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1 week ago

The shatterproof Moto X Force launches in India for ₹49,999

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At a press event in New Delhi, Motorola launched the Moto X Force — the international variant of the Droid Turbo 2 — in India. The major highlight with the phone is a shatterproof screen, which is made up of an integrated system of five layers that absorb shock from impact. Motorola says that the phone is the first in the world to offer such a screen, and is backing up its claims by providing an unprecedented four-year warranty on the display.

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1 week ago

The Moto X Force launches in India on Feb. 1 — here's the livestream!

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The Moto X Force — think of it as the international version of the Droid Turbo 2 we know here in the states — launches in India on Feb. 1. While it'll be the small hours in North America, we've still got you covered for this one, both with the above livestream, as well as with our Indian contingent on the ground.

Stay tuned Monday for more!

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1 week ago

Vivo Mobile launches the mid-range Y51L in India

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Vivo India has announced the launch of Y51L in the Indian market. The vivo Y51L is assembled in the company's new manufacturing plant in India. As one of the top 10 smartphone brands in the world, vivo entered Indian market in December 2014.

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1 week ago

The Honor 5X is available today for $199, here's what you need to know

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Honor 5X

OK, folks. Today's the day. The Honor 5X — a decent (if imperfect) choice in the $199 market — is available starting now. If you're still on the fence, you definitely need to read our complete Honor 5X review.

And beyond that, here are some hot takes you don't want to miss:

And if you've got any other questions, sing out! We'll do our best to answer 'em!

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1 week ago

Latest OnePlus X update surfaces Android security patch level, currently on Jan. 1 release

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OnePlus X security patch

With the latest update to OxygenOS 2.2.0, the OnePlus X now properly displays its Android security patch level in the settings separate from the rest of the software information. The phone is currently on the January 1, 2016 release, which means at least for the next few days (assuming Google sticks to the monthly schedule) it's on the latest security patch.

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1 week ago

7 things to know about the Honor 5X

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Honor 5X

There's a good bit of hype around the Honor 5X — these are the most important things you should know about it.

Whether you've seen the Honor phones released internationally or are just getting interested in the Honor 5X on its own, there's a good amount of information to take in about this budget-friendly device. With a metal body, fingerprint sensor and good screen this isn't your typical cheap phone, and it's definitely worth looking at if you're in the market to spend $200.

But before you go buy one, let's learn a little more about it.

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1 week ago

Let's talk about the Samsung Galaxy S7 and its microUSB port

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Galaxy S7 microUSB port

Some thoughts on why Samsung may have skipped USB Type-C in its 2016 flagships — and how it might actually make sense.

The recent leakage of apparent press renders of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, along with corresponding hardware specs, have given us plenty to think about. Sure enough, the physical design of these two closely resembles what we've seen out of Samsung for the past 12 months. And for the first time it seems we're getting new Samsung flagships in two screen sizes — and with significantly larger batteries to address one of the GS6's biggest pain points.

However there's one hugely important detail hidden away in the bottom right corner of these Galaxy S7 renders. The Galaxy S7 and S7 edge are pictured with what appears to be a plain old microUSB port, as opposed to the newer USB Type-C connector.

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1 week ago

Possible Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge designs shown off in leaked renders

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A new set of renders shown off by prolific leaker Evan Blass give us a look at what we may expect from the upcoming Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, which are expected to be revealed at Mobile World Congress in February.

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1 week ago

Marshmallow update imminent for Sprint HTC One M8

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It looks like HTC One M8 owners on Sprint have a fluffy sweet treat to look forward to, as the Marshmallow update should be headed out to the device imminently.

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1 week ago

Android 6.0.1 update headed to Sprint HTC One A9

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Just over a month after its unlocked counterpart, the HTC One A9 on Sprint is all set to receive its update to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.

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1 week ago

Exploring the ASUS ZenFone Zoom's camera

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With a camera this big, it needs to take nice pictures.

It couldn't be more clear that ASUS has positioned the ZenFone Zoom to be all about the camera. This 3X optical zoom sits like a small hockey puck in the body of a ZenFone 2, with a special camera grip on the back and shutter buttons for both photo and video on the side of the phone. This was clearly designed to bring out the professional phonetographer in all of us, but you need more than a camera-themed outer shell to make a phone into a decent camera.

Here's a look at the software that drives this hardware, and some camera samples to give you an idea of what this phone is capable of.

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