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1 week ago

Sony Xperia Z2 Lollipop update begins rolling out in select areas

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Owners of the Sony Xperia Z2 in select regions will be happy to see Lollipop hitting their devices now.

The Lollipop update is now rolling out across the Nordic and Baltic regions for the Sony Xperia Z2. Sony's original announcement had stated that Lollipop would reach this device last month so this does come as a delayed update, but better late than never.

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1 week ago

Xiaomi announces special edition Mi Note with bamboo back

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Xiaomi has announced a new special edition variant of the Mi Note that features a bamboo back, with the device set to go on sale in China from March 24.

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1 week ago

What gives the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge an 'edge' over the regular S6?

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What do you get with that higher price tag on the Galaxy S6 edge, and is it worth it?

Samsung is making some bold moves this year, and the Galaxy S6 line of devices is unlikely to be the only place we see such sweeping changes. Both the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge represent not only a new hardware design language, but a refined software experience that most of us here are more than a little excited to spend some extra time with. One of the big questions we've seen in the forums about these two devices has a lot to do with Samsung justifying the existence of the Galaxy S6 edge. Specifically, why someone would choose to spend more money on a pair of curved edges and what the benefits to those curves actually are.

It's a question Samsung will undoubtedly be spending quite a bit in the way of marketing dollars to explain soon, but the bottom line with the Galaxy S6 edge is style and convenience. As long as those are things that matter to you, the Galaxy S6 edge is likely calling your name right now.

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1 week ago

New LG G Flex 2 owners, how are you getting on with the phone?

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LG G Flex 2

With the LG G Flex 2 now available in on both sides of the pond, it's time for some first impressions.

Announced at CES and launched in Korea a month later, the LG G Flex 2 has taken its time coming to the rest of the world. However with last week's launch on Sprint in the U.S. and various carriers in the UK, LG's latest flexy phone is finally making its Western debut. So how has it been treating you?

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1 week ago

Sprint bundles Samsung Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Tab 4 in new $100/month plan

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Sprint has just announced a new plan that will bundle the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Tab 4 together, bringing lots of data for one low monthly payment.

In their latest attempt to win more customers over, Sprint has just announced that for only $100 a month you can get unlimited talk, text, and data on a the Samsung Galaxy S5 as well as 2GB of data on a Galaxy Tab 4.

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1 week ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini launching onto AT&T on March 20

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini is coming to AT&T on Friday, March 20. The downsized version of the 2014 Samsung flagship will run $428.99, or as little as $14.30/month.

Sure, it's not quite as powerful as the Samsung Galaxy S5, and it's obviously not as big, and the Samsung Galaxy S6 is right around the corner, but that doesn't mean the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini should be beyond consideration if those two are just too big for you.

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1 week ago

U.S. to get some HTC One M9 info on Wednesday

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We've already poured some 3,000 words into the HTC One M9 in our massive preview post, but there's still been a pretty large variable missing from that equation: Availability. Looks like we might finally get that answer — at least in the United States — on Wednesday, according to HTC's Jason Mackenzie.

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1 week ago

Sony Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact finally receiving Lollipop in select regions

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The Lollipop update is currently rolling out to the Sony Xperia Z3 and the Xperia Z3 Compact. Firmware version 23.1.A.0.690 is hitting the Nordic and Baltic regions. The company originally planned to release Lollipop for the smartphones last month, so while they've overshot their promise, we're glad it has finally arrived in select markets.

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1 week ago

Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge pre-orders commence in Italy

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Samsung's latest flagship devices are up for pre-order in Italy, with the manufacturer bundling a wireless charging kit for free with all pre-orders.

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1 week ago

Lollipop soak test begins for first-generation Moto X

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Seemingly ages after its successor got an update to Lollipop, the original Moto X is poised to do the same with a soak test under way right now.

The soak test — a selection of users that receive the update to give it a proper spin before a wider release, just to make sure everything's okay — would bring the 2013 Moto X up to Android 5.0.2 Lollipop. This comes months after the newer 2014 Moto X, even including carrier editions, received its own update to Lollipop.

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1 week ago

HTC's latest One M9 promo videos are a little trippy

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The HTC One M9 is due to be released later this month, and HTC has a quintet of preview videos to get you into the spirit. Be warned, though, they're a little crazy.

HTC's not been above being over-the-top with their M9 promotional videos, and we think there's a lot to love about the new HTC One M9, but we can't help but wonder if maybe toning down the CGI magicians and missiles might help better make the point.

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2 weeks ago

Nexus owners: How's the Android 5.1 update treating you?

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Android 5.1

Android 5.1 Lollipop arrived on Nexus phones and tablets this week, with factory images available for some devices and over-the-air now rolling out too.

While Android 5.1 doesn't make any sweeping changes to the way Android looks and behaves, it's still an important update, especially for Nexus owners. That's because it's a maintenance release — the first major one for Lollipop — in which Google fixes bugs, makes things run a bit more smoothly, and adds a smattering of new features that perhaps didn't make it into the 5.0 release. Now we want to know how you're getting on with it.

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2 weeks ago

LG G Flex 2 now available at Sprint with exclusive color option

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LG's second-gen bendyphone makes its debut in the U.S., starting with today's launch on Sprint.

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2 weeks ago

Android 5.1: Muting your Lollipop phone overnight just got a bit easier

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Android 5.1 Mute option

Android 5.1 Lollipop brings new 'interruptions' options that make it easier to silence your phone while you're sleeping.

It's a long-running complaint with many Android Lollipop phones — you want to mute your phone, but that option's just not there anymore. Instead you have to deal with the slightly confusing interruptions system and decide whether you want to mute absolutely everything — including alarms — or set up "priority" mode and decide what you want to let through.

Now, thankfully, in the new Android 5.1 release, there's there's an easier way.

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2 weeks ago

LG G3 owners: How's that Android 5.0 Lollipop update treating you?

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Believe it or not, the LG G3 was one of the first — OK, technically the first, because Poland — to get an Android 5.0 update out the door. Europe flourished first, then other regions. North America has finally started to see some sweet L drop onto its carrier-branded phones. (Verizon, however, remains pokey as usual.)

For the most part, it's business as usual with LG's software. But you do get a splash of Material Design — always a good thing — in a few places. Plus the new notifications and interruptions (for better or worse). And, yes, possibly a headache or two.

And so we ask you, fair user of LG's finest: How's the Android 5.0 Lollipop update been for you on the LG G3? Performance? Battery life? Other gremlins? Let's hear it.

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