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Sony Xperia Z3+ launches in India for ₹55,900 ($870)

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Sony has launched its latest flagship, the Xperia Z3+, at an event in New Delhi for ₹55,900 ($870). The device is available in retail stores from today, with most major outlets already featuring signage promoting the phone.

The Xperia Z3+ is available in all four color variants — Black, White, Gold and Aqua Green, and Sony is bundling the UCH10 Quick Charger with the handset. You get a factory-installed screen protector as well, but you should probably get rid of that.

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1 week ago

Every Moto X (2014) Pure Edition in the U.S. is now receiving Android 5.1

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Every Moto X (2014) Pure Edition in the U.S. is now receiving Android 5.1

No more waiting. No more asking or thumb twiddling. Every Moto X (2014) Pure Edition in the U.S. is getting the Android 5.1 OTA right now. Motorola's David Schuster — who has been great about keeping us up to date with the progress — announced on Google+ that the flood gates have opened.

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1 week ago

Droid Turbo soak test beginning soon — Lollipop incoming?

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Don't want to get anyone's hopes up too high just yet (because bad intel and such), but invites are going out for a software soak test for the Motorola Droid Turbo on Verizon, a phone for which folks have been patiently waiting for Android 5.x Lollipop.

Update: Yep, Lollipop.

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1 week ago

Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 active: What's the difference?

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Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 active

The Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 active look very different, but in reality they're almost the same phone.

Of course at first glance you wouldn't guess much about these two phones is shared beyond the name and manufacturer — one with metal and glass all around it, and the other looking like it belongs in a tool belt. But actually, the Galaxy S6 active is nearly identical inside to its flagship predecessor, with just a couple of spec changes underneath the hardened exterior that sets it apart.

Want to know all of the differences between the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 active? We have you covered — read on.

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1 week ago

OnePlus will officially unveil the OnePlus 2 on July 27 in the world's first virtual reality product launch

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OnePlus has announced that the official unveiling of its upcoming smartphone, the OnePlus 2, will take place on July 27, and it will be in virtual reality.

That's right, OnePlus is taking to virtual reality to launch its next smartphone, the OnePlus 2, and it will do so on July 27 at 7 PM PT. The company has been showing off the device piece by piece, already revealing that it will run the Snapdragon 810 processor, and feature USB Type-C.

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1 week ago

You can (and probably should) remove the horrible factory-fitted Xperia Z3+ screen protector

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Xperia Z3+ screen protector

Sony's new flagship phone comes with a screen protector pre-installed. But fear not — this isn't a return to the bad old days of the permanent 'anti-shatter film.'

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1 week ago

Lenovo K3 Note launches in India with full-HD display, LTE for ₹9,999 ($155)

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Following up on the heels of the Lenovo A7000, the Chinese manufacturer has launched the budget K3 Note in India for ₹9,999 ($155).

With devices like the Meizu m1 note offering a full-HD display and LTE for ₹11,999 ($187), manufacturers are raising the bar in terms of affordability. Xiaomi has the Redmi Note 4G in this segment, Motorola is offering the Moto G 2014, and while Lenovo has the A series of devices, the Chinese vendor is looking to consolidate its footing in this category with the launch of the K3 Note.

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1 week ago

Unlocked LG G4 now available for the low price of $499 from eBay

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Holding out for a deal on the LG G4? Look no further, as eBay is offering the unlocked European model (H815) for just $499.

The European variant supports LTE bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 17, 20 and 28, ensuring full compatibility with LTE services on offer from AT&T and T-Mobile. The eBay deal is valid on the plastic-clad metallic grey, white and gold color variations of the device.

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1 week ago

Amazon deal cuts the price of the Fire Phone to £99 in the UK

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Amazon has cut the price of both Fire Phone models down to just £99 for folks in the UK.

Amazon apparently really wants those in the UK to pick up a Fire Phone. The company has slashed the price of both the 32GB and 64GB versions of the device down to just £99 in the UK.

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1 week ago

ZTE prepping a new 'Axon Phone' for the U.S. this summer

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A new Android smartphone that seemingly is coming out of nowhere in fact is from a very familiar place.

Those of us who wade through press releases for a living have recently found ourselves bombarded with mentions of an upcoming "Axon Phone." We hadn't given it too much thought — there are hundreds of random phones out there fighting for attention. But it turns out there's a little more to this story. PC Mag's Sascha Segan uncovered that this "Axon" thing actually comes from phone manufacturer ZTE.

So, things are a little more interesting now. And the phone itself doesn't look horrible, with Google services, 4GB of RAM and a promise of excellent audio. It's sporting dual cameras on the back, for that refocusing stuff that we've seen come (and go) on other phones.

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1 week ago

The Korea-bound LG Band Play brings the jams to life with premium speakers

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LG has unveiled a new entry into its smartphone lineup that puts the focus on music.

The LG Band Play is a new smartphone for the Korean market that puts the focus on the camera and speakers. The smartphone features rich set of 1W speakers, a 13MP rear camera with laser auto focus, and a 5MP front facing camera.

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1 week ago

US Cellular begins pushing Android 5.1.1 to the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge

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Android 5.1.1 is being pushed out by US Cellular for the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, bringing a number of fixes along with it.

If you are sporting a Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 edge on US Cellular, you will want to check your devices for an update. The carrier is now pushing out Android 5.1.1 to both devices, but unfortunately it has not released a proper change log for the update.

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1 week ago

Android 5.1 soak test begins for the 2014 Moto X on US Cellular

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Motorola has started the soak test for Android 5.1 on the 2014 Moto X for U.S. Cellular.

2014 Moto X owners on US Cellular, there's some good news afoot. Motorola has started soak testing the Android 5.1 update for the 2014 Moto X on US Cellular, which means a full rollout shouldn't be too far off.

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1 week ago

International data overseas: How the U.S. carriers stack up

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International Roaming

Oh, you'll have to pay extra for roaming data outside the U.S — the question is how much​

The editors here at Android Central tend to travel a lot for this job, and that isn't limited to staying in our home country. And when we travel, we need to have our phones with us and connected to data — that's kind of what we do. We're no strangers to dealing with roaming internationally, and thankfully for us the U.S. carriers are getting on board with everyone's tendency to get out of the country and see the world with their phones and tablets at their side.

Gone are the days of astronomical pay-per-MB rates, limited roaming carrier agreements and poor options from some of the carriers. Two of the big four carriers are now offering some sort of free international roaming, with the other two coming around to friendlier pricing structures and fewer restrictions on how we use our data we bought. Even prepaid carriers are getting in on the action with some international calling plans.

Even with all of these changes, international data still isn't cheap. Your best bet is to find a local prepaid SIM card when you travel and pop it in your unlocked phone. But that's not always easy — and there's really something luxurious about stepping off a plane, firing up your phone ... and it just works.

And so we've gathered up the international data rates for the four major U.S. carriers — Sprint, Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile. Each carrier does things slightly different, whether it's buying data ahead of time, loading up full-speed data passes once you're already gone or setting up a monthly roaming add-on.

Here's how each of the carriers handles international roaming.

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1 week ago

Android One arrives in Myanmar with the Cherry Mobile One

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The expansion of Google's Android One program continues, with the latest country being Myanmar.

Myanmar is the latest country to be added to the Android One program, with a new device coming from Cherry Mobile. The Cherry Mobile One combines high-quality hardware with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop to bring the amazing new features to more users.

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