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2 weeks ago

HTC One M9: The Android Central wishlist

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HTC One M9

What do we want to see from the next HTC flagship?

We're reaching the time of year when new phones start to become available, and the first wave of 2015 flagships looks set to arrive at Mobile World Congress in just a few weeks time. Among the many announcements in Barcelona will be the next flagship phone from HTC, which we're assuming will be the HTC One M9.

This will be the third year of the HTC One series (or the fourth, if you include the One X and its contemporaries). Sure, the latest in HTC's line of flagship phones will be faster and more feature-filled than before, that goes without saying. But moving beyond the basic specs, there are a few things we'd like to see from the HTC One M9, based on our time with last year's M8.

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2 weeks ago

Samsung starts teasing 'The Next Galaxy' on Twitter

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Samsung started its teaser campaign for "The Next Galaxy" today with a Twitter post and video that shows, well, very little. The teaser's setting everyone up for the official announcement of the Samsung Galaxy S6 that should come in just a few weeks at MWC 2015.

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2 weeks ago

Carphone Warehouse is now selling HTC Desire 320, 620 and 820 in the UK

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Carphone Warehouse in the UK is now selling the three current smartphones in HTC's Desire range. They include the Desire 320, the Desire 620 and the Desire 820, the latter of which which we reviewed in December.

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2 weeks ago

Yezz is making modules for the build-your-own Project Ara smartphone

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Android phone maker Yezz has revealed its plans to support Google's Project Ara module smartphone efforts. It will show of its first module prototypes as part of its exhibit plans at the 2015 Mobile World Congress Trade show in Barcelona, Spain from March 2-5.

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2 weeks ago

Anyone can buy the Redmi Note 4G in India as Xiaomi ends flash sales

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Xiaomi has announced on Twitter that it is ending flash sales of the Redmi Note 4G in India as the vendor believes it has sufficient stock to make the device available for open sale. Starting today, anyone can purchase the device directly from Flipkart by shelling out Rs. 9,999 ($160).

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2 weeks ago

Motorola begins Android 5.0 Lollipop soak tests for the Moto E and Moto Maxx

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There's some pretty sweet news for Moto E and Moto Maxx owners today: Motorola has announced that it has begun soak tests for Android 5.0 Lollipop on the Moto Maxx in Brazil and Mexico, along with the Moto E in Brazil and India.

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2 weeks ago

How to get the most out of S Health on the Galaxy Note 4

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S Health on the Note 4

It won't make you get off the couch, but S Health can be a useful tool

S Health has been around for some time on Samsung phones, but it was only with the inclusion of more finely-tuned sensors and a full-blown heart rate monitor on the latest devices that made it a really valuable tool for tracking your health and fitness data. While the options for choosing a third-party system — often paired with a hardware fitness tracker — are still out there, S Health is bundled with every Note 4 and will cover the bases for most people who want to keep track of their health.

Just like any other health and fitness app available today S Health is really only useful when you have it set up correctly and are making the most of it — we're going to show you how to do just that.

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2 weeks ago

BLU Studio Energy, with its really big battery, now available on Amazon for $149

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BLU Products is now selling the BLU Studio Energy smartphone, with a massive 5,000mAh battery, unlocked for $149 on Amazon.com. The smartphone was first announced, along with many other BLU devices, at CES 2015 in January.

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2 weeks ago

Samsung once again reported to be working on a Galaxy S6 variant with three-sided screen

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Samsung is believed to be working on two variants of the Galaxy S6, one with a standard display and the other with a dual-edge screen. The latest from Bloomberg corroborates previous rumors, stating that a variant of the Galaxy S6 will feature a three-sided screen, with the display "covering three sides" of the device.

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2 weeks ago

Samsung's underwhelming Galaxy J1 is now available in India for Rs. 7,190

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Samsung's Galaxy J1 is now available in India, with Amazon listing the entry-level device for Rs. 7,190 ($115). As previously reported, the device features a 4.3-inch WVGA display, 1.2 GHz dual-core Spreadtrum SoC, 512MB RAM, 4GB internal memory, 5 MP camera at the back and a 2 MP shooter up front.

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2 weeks ago

LG's curved G Flex 2 launches in Singapore, sales commence March 14

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After launching the latest iteration in the G Flex series in South Korea last month, LG is now bringing the G Flex 2 to Singapore. Pre-orders for the device in the city-state will commence on February 27, with a retail launch planned for March 14. Pricing of the G Flex 2 is S$998, which comes out to the equivalent of $800.

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2 weeks ago

Lenovo P70 is a mid-range smartphone with a 4,000 mAh battery

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Lenovo launched the P70 in China today, with the standout feature of the device being the 4,000 mAh battery that is claimed to provide a standby time of 34 days on 2G, 29 days on 3G and 30.5 days on 4G.

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2 weeks ago

The top phones you need to know, by manufacturer

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Android Phones

How many different Android phones do you think are out there? Chances are whatever you guessed is low. We're talking thousands of models from more manufacturers than we care to count. So we don't blame if you if you're new to the smartphone game and feel a little overwhelmed. It's a big, big Android world out there.

But we're going to make it a little easier on you. We've broken down the top Android smartphones you need to know by the world's top manufacturers. This isn't an all-inclusive list. It's not even a list of that we think "the best" is. (That list lives here, and it's definitely open to debate.)

No, this is a list to help you get started. These are the phones we'd tell you to look at if you asked us what's good from a particular manufacturer. We'll continue to add and remove phones as new ones are announced and older ones age out.

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2 weeks ago

Five things you need to know about Lollipop on the Samsung Galaxy S5

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Galaxy S5 Lollipop

TouchWiz is far from dead. In fact, it's Material Design that feels like the stranger.

Samsung surprised everyone recently by rolling out the update to Android 5.0 through some of the notoriously difficult update channels, leaving many Galaxy S5 owners with a whole lot of new buttons to press and a couple of curious interface choices. While every upgrade to Android 5.0 is going to cause something of a learning period, the way Samsung meshes together Google's new user interface decisions with their existing user interface is likely to leave a few folks somewhat lost. Here's quick roundup of the good, the strange, and the slightly broken things about Lollipop on the Samsung Galaxy S5.

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2 weeks ago

AT&T LG G3 getting Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update

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LG G3

The LG G3 on AT&T has today started to receive the much-awaited Lollipop update. The OTA update, in fact, brings the flagship LG smartphone up to Android 5.0.1, skipping right over the 5.0 version.

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