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1 week ago

Better battery life leads our Galaxy S7 wish list

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We recently asked what you fine folks want to see in the Samsung Galaxy S7, which we're expecting to see in the coming weeks, quite possibly at Mobile World Congress. (Though nothing has been announced, and anything is possible.) And your responses were as realistic as they were ... aspirational.

Well, we've got our own ideas about what Samsung needs to do with the Galaxy S7. And a few ideas of things we simply want Samsung to do with the GS7. Some of them might even happen.

But for the most part we've all centered on a few key details.

So without further ado, here's what the editors of Android Central are hoping to find once the Galaxy S7 is officially official.

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1 week ago

Best Buy is offering a free Gear VR with the purchase of a new Samsung Galaxy smartphone

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Best Buy is running a promotion today which gets you a free Gear VR headset with the purchase of a new Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 edge, S6 edge+ or Note 5. Should you find yourself looking to upgrade your phone to one of Samsung's latest, you may want to do so at Best Buy to score the $100 Gear VR headset for free. The promotion ends at midnight on January 23, and you can order it online if you are unable to make it into a local Best Buy store.

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2 weeks ago

Xiaomi Mi 5 may launch on February 24

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Those looking forward to the impending launch of Xiaomi's highly anticipated Mi 5 flagship may now have a date to look forward to: February 24.

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2 weeks ago

Nextbit pushes back launch of the Robin's CDMA variant

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Nextbit has provided an update on the CDMA version of its Robin smartphone, and those waiting for it will be in for a bit of a delay. While initially targeting a February release date, the launch of the CDMA variant of the Robin has been delayed. The company says it now believes April to be a more realistic window.

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2 weeks ago

The 16GB OnePlus 2 gets pulled from U.S. and European online stores

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The 16GB version of the OnePlus 2 smartphone is no longer for sale in the U.S. and Europe. The company has confirmed it has permanently pulled that version of its smartphone from its online stores in those markets.

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2 weeks ago

ASUS ZenFone Zoom makes its official debut in India

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ASUS is launching its ZenFone Zoom smartphone in India today, with its 13MP rear camera that has a 3X optical zoom. The company has not yet revealed a price point for the smartphone in India.

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2 weeks ago

Get the Moto X 2014 for $50 off from Motorola until Jan. 26

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Motorola is currently holding a limited time sale on the 2014 Moto X. From now until 10:59 a.m. Central Time on January 26, you can get the second-generation Moto X for $50 off. This brings the starting price of the phone with 16GB of storage down to $249.99 without a contract.

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2 weeks ago

Using your phone as a hotel room key unlocks possibilities — and a few headaches

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The little plastic keys aren't going away any time soon (and maybe they shouldn't), but digital keys definitely have a future for hotels.

The process is the same. Every day, all over the world. Schlep from the airport to the hotel. Stumble to the front desk. Produce ID and credit card. Retrieve room key. If you're lucky, you'll get an RFID-style room key that you only have to tap on the lock. But more likely you'll have one of those magnetic keys that has to be inserted the right way — and it's almost never obvious which end is which.

We've all been there at some point. And we will all be there again.

But my latest trip was different.

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2 weeks ago

A Galaxy S7 with an SD card slot could mean more than just removable storage

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New features in Android 6.0 Marshmallow could put more usefulness into the Galaxy S7's rumored SD card slot — and hurt sales of higher-capacity phones.

In a year of sweeping changes to Samsung's mobile lineup, one of the more controversial moves was the elimination of removable storage — the humble microSD slot — from the Galaxy S6 family of devices. At the time, Samsung insisted that most Galaxy owners didn't use the microSD slot, and thus wouldn't miss it. However if the rumor mill is to be believed, the company is poised to reintroduce removable storage into its anticipated 2016 flagship, the Galaxy S7.

So what does it all mean? Here are a few theories.

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2 weeks ago

HTC One M10 said to have Snapdragon 820 and MediaTek variants, likely to launch after MWC

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According to a new report, it appears as though HTC won't be announcing the HTC One M10 at Mobile World Congress (MWC), and instead plans to have its own event to unveil the phone. The information comes from LlabTooFeR, who has a pretty solid history with HTC leaks.

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2 weeks ago

These are the top Xiaomi phones you need to know

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The manufacturer you may have rarely heard of is making some great devices.

Xiaomi is a smartphone manufacturer that is growing in stature day-by-day, despite having virtually no physical presence outside of Asia. Sales of its phones in territories including its native China and India have propelled the relatively young OEM into the top 5 smartphone manufacturers in the world. Impressive, certainly, and sees Xiaomi going toe-to-toe with the likes of Apple and Samsung at the higher reaches of the league table.

And yet while so many have heard the name, the phones are still relatively alien to many in the west. Xiaomi has a reputation for building devices that are extremely good value for money without cutting corners on the specs. If you're interested in picking up a Xiaomi phone or just interested in the brand, these are the phones you'll need to know about.

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2 weeks ago

Samsung launches the Gear S2 and Gear VR in India

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Samsung has launched the Gear S2 in India, with the smartwatch set to go on sale starting later today at Samsung retail stores around the country. The Tizen-based smartwatch is priced at ₹24,300 ($367), and buyers in the country will also be able to get their hands on the Gear S2 Classic edition, which will retail for ₹25,800 ($390).

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2 weeks ago

ASUS ZenFone Zoom to be exclusively available at B&H Photo in February for $399

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ASUS has announced that the ZenFone Zoom will finally be available for purchase in February, more than a year after it was first unveiled. The phone will be exclusively sold at B&H Photo with an unlocked price of $399. The ZenFone Zoom features a 5.5-inch Full HD display covered by Corning's Gorilla Glass 4. Inside, you'll find Intel's Atom Quad Core Z3580 paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.

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2 weeks ago

LeTV rebrands as LeEco in India, debuts Le 1s and Le Max superphone

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China's LeTV has made its foray into the Indian market, rebranding as LeEco. The vendor has launched the Le 1s and Le Max "superphone" in the country, with the former set to go on sale starting February 2 and the latter from February 16. The company had previously showcased some of its lifestyle products at a press event hosted in New Delhi a couple of weeks ago.

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2 weeks ago

LG Tribute 5 makes its way to Boost Mobile for $99

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The LG Tribute 5 is the latest budget smartphone to hit Boost Mobile, and it combines great features with an affordable price tag. Coming in at $99, the Tribute 5 offers a number of LG's signature features, such as gesture shot, selfie light, knock on, knock code and more. As for the phone specs, you'll have a 5-inch IPS display with a Snapdragon 210 quad-core processor paired with 1GB of RAM. For storing your photos, games, apps and more, you'll have 8GB of internal storage, and the 2125mAh battery should provide plenty of battery power to get you through the day.

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