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1 month ago

Xiaomi has sold 1 million smartphones in India

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China-based Xiaomi has now sold one million of its Android smartphones in India, according to an announcement today from its Indian chief Manu Kumar Jain on Twitter.

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1 month ago

BLU announces three Studio LTE Series devices

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BLU Products has introduced a line of three new phones called the Studio LTE Series. The Studio 6.0 LTE and Studio 5.0 LTE both run Android 4.4 KitKat, while the Studio Mini LTE runs Android 4.3 Jellybean. All three devices support LTE on multiple US networks, and will be sold without contract through Amazon.

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1 month ago

There's now a limited-edition alligator leather Samsung Galaxy Alpha in France

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French phone shoppers have a new and extra-fancy option at their disposal: a Samsung Galaxy Alpha that ditches the plastic back for one of alligator leather. The phones, which otherwise are the same as their plastic-backed sisters — right down to the metal frame, will run shoppers €649, an increase of €80 over the standard version. That extra cash also comes with exclusivity — only 100 of each of the four different backs are available.

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1 month ago

Bullitt Group to license Kodak brand for a new line of Android devices

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The Bullitt Group will launch a lineup of Android-based smartphones and tablets using the Kodak brand next year, with plans to launch their first device at CES 2015 in early January.

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1 month ago

Boost Mobile begins selling ZTE Speed for $99 without a contract

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Sprint's no-contract subsidiary Boost Mobile has started selling the ZTE Speed online for the price of $99.99. The Android KitKat smartphone will go on sale at Boost Mobile's retail stores in early January.

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1 month ago

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is coming to India in the first week of January

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The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge will be launching in India in January 2015. The phone, with its wacky curved edge screen is expected to be available in the first week of the month. It's expected to be priced at Rs. 64,900 and will only be available through select though not-yet-announced retailers.

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1 month ago

Meizu decides to go with color for the M1 Note

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China-based Meizu today unveiled the new M1 Note, a Android-powered smartphone that will surely brighten up your day with the array of colors available. It's a device aimed for China, meaning there will be a lot of power packed inside the case but listed at an affordable price point. We're looking at a 64-bit MediaTek octa-core CPU powering the innards. It's a serious bit of kit with a colorful, somewhat misleading appearance.

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1 month ago

Huawei Ascend GX1 announced with 6-inch display and 64-bit CPU, no bezels in sight

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Huawei decided to take a stance against bezels with the Ascend Mate 7, and it looks like the Chinese manufacturer is continuing the trend with the Ascend GX1. Boasting a 6-inch 720p display and an 80.5 percent screen to body ratio, the Ascend GX1 is now available for sale in China to the equivalent of $255 (1590 Chinese Yuan).

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1 month ago

Asus ZenFone teaser shows off dual camera setup

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CES is right around the corner, folks, and that means we're sure to see some fancy new offerings from our favorite brands relatively soon. Jumping ahead of the action today was Asus, which ran a teaser on its Facebook page for a new ZenFone that appears to be sporting dual rear cameras.

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1 month ago

T-Mobile rolls out a software update for its HTC One M7

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T-Mobile owners of the HTC One M7 smartphone could start seeing a small software update for their device over the next few days or weeks. The download will bring the version number up to 6.10.531.10.

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1 month ago

Android 5.0 Lollipop begins arriving for Moto X (2014) owners in the UK

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Heads, up, UK Moto X (2014), there's an update to Android 5.0 Lollipop possibly waiting for you! We've received word from multiple readers that the update to Google's latest and greatest is rolling out now.

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1 month ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 4, two months on

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Galaxy Note 4

Is Samsung's big phone a big hit? We reflect on two months with the Note 4.

When Samsung refreshes the Galaxy Note line, people take notice — and the leap this year was as big as any other. After an imperfect Galaxy S5 that didn't exactly blow us away, the Galaxy Note 4 really hit it out of the park. A ridiculously high-quality display is backed up by a new metal design, while the camera brings important improvements and the internals hit new highs.

We're now just two months removed from the launch of the Note 4, and while all of us here at Android Central have spent our fair share of quality time with the phone, two of us are still carrying it on a regular basis. Alex Dobie and myself have been using the Note 4 since launch, more or less, and want to reflect on our experiences — both highs and lows — with the phone. We have plenty to talk about, so join us after the break.

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1 month ago

Huawei Honor 6 mini-review

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Huawei Honor 6

The first device in the new-for-Europe Honor brand mixes high-end specs and an affordable price point

Huawei's continued push in Europe has recently seen the launch of the Honor brand, and with it the Honor 6. It's an interesting proposition, in so much as it's offering a high-end Android smartphone at a low price thanks to avoiding carrier partnerships. The Honor 6 is available through Amazon for an extremely reasonable £250 all-in, and for that you get quite a lot of smartphone.

Honor is being marketed and delivered completely separately to Huawei's flagship, Ascend line, but there are a number of similarities between the two. 2014 has been an impressive year for Huawei, so does the Honor 6 close it out in style? Read on to find out.

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1 month ago

Micromax's Yureka unveiled in India: LTE, 64-bit CPU and HD display for under $150

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Micromax unveiled its first smartphone in the Cyanogen OS-powered Yu series, dubbed Yureka, at a media event in New Delhi today. With a price tag of Rs. 8,999 ($142), the device is aimed at the entry-level segment, and will be available for sale exclusively on Amazon India from December 19.

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1 month ago

10 things to know about the Motorola Droid Turbo

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Motorola Droid Turbo

Get to know the ins and outs of this year's flagship Droid phone

The Droid line on Verizon is synonymous with power, features, and hyped-up branding — and the latest flagship in the line, the Droid Turbo from Motorola, is no exception. Like a Moto X with every spec bump imaginable, the Droid Turbo has a higher resolution screen, faster processor, more RAM, a bigger camera, gigantic battery, wireless charging, more storage and a Kevlar casing. It's also a poster device for Verizon throughout the year, getting the big money in terms of advertising and marketing.

So it's no surprise that it's a popular device in terms of sales and also mind share, with most everyone interested in smartphones in the U.S. aware of the Droid Turbo as a leading device. While you may have heard the name and seen the commercials, you should probably know a bit more about the phone itself if you're considering buying it — whether it's for a gift or to indulge on your own. Here are our top 10 things we think you should know about the Motorola Droid Turbo.

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