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2 weeks ago

Five reasons to buy the ASUS ZenFone 2

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The ASUS ZenFone 2 is a phone you should be looking at if you're in the market for something new.

Phones like the ASUS ZenFone 2 mean that you don't have to visit your carrier to find a great Android phone. 2015 is the year of unlocked phones that won't break the bank, but perform like they should. And we love it.

Having more than one choice when buying a new phone is great for us. It's especially great when many of the choices deliver when it comes to performance while staying friendly to your wallet. The ZenFone 2 is one of those gems that does both.

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2 weeks ago

Android 5.1 now available for the Galaxy Note Edge on Sprint

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Sprint is now pushing the Android 5.1 update to Samsung Galaxy Note Edge owners on its network. The update, which bumps the phone to version N915PVPU4COFE, also carries some bug fixes and enhancements for the device as well.

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2 weeks ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 5: What do you want from the *next* next big thing?

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Some hopes and expectations for the next Galaxy Note

It's almost time for a new Samsung Galaxy Note — and it looks like this year's model could bring a few changes. It's the first time we'll see Samsung's new Galaxy S6 design language applied to a larger, stylus-equipped handset. And if the latest reports are to be believed, the Galaxy Note 5 could arrive significantly earlier than expected.

The Note line is a series of products with a unique appeal and a loyal following. The Notes are the only pen-toting phones to have sold in large numbers. They've also been showcase devices for Samsung's homegrown multitasking features, multi window and popup window.

So what's next? We'll make a few early predictions after the break, but we also want to hear from current Note users and anyone considering upgrading — what'll make the Note 5 your next Android phone?

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2 weeks ago

Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge receiving bug fix update from Sprint

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Sprint is pushing out another update to the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge on its network. This update, which clocks in around 147MB in size, brings a variety of bug fixes and performance enhancements to both phones.

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2 weeks ago

Samsung Galaxy S6 Active gets its first update from AT&T

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AT&T is pushing out its first update for the Samsung Galaxy S6 Active. The update, which bumps the build number from OE9 to OF3, and keeps the device on Android 5.0.2. AT&T has not posted the changes included in this 146MB update.

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2 weeks ago

From the forums — A look at the leather LG G4 after extended use

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LG's vegetable tanned leather generated no shortage of excitement during the launch of the G4, and that continued well after the phone hit shelves. It's a beautiful design, feels amazing in the hand, and really catches the eye of those around you. Unfortunately, it also makes choosing a case somewhat more complicated. The uneven stitching makes most cases feel awkward, and so a lot of users have decided to be brave and go without.

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2 weeks ago

Weekend fun: Here are 5 cool wallpapers collected from the Internet

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Here at AC, we like to try to keep everyone informed about the latest Android news, help folks who are just starting out figure out their Android phones and talk about the latest devices that run our favorite operating system.

But on the weekends, I like to have a little fun, too.

Weekends are different. The boss is gone, things are quiet, and there are no pesky interruptions from beeping phones or Skype messages. That can get a little boring, and when I'm bored I like to browse me a lil' bit of the Internets.

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2 weeks ago

What it's like switching between networks (and also Wifi) on Project Fi

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Switching between networks isn't scary, and in fact it's quite useful.

Usually when you sign up for a phone carrier, you're just getting service from that one carrier. That's not the case with Project Fi, which lets your phone actively switch between both T-Mobile and Sprint. It's a big selling point for the service, and when you add in Wifi calling and texting it looks like quite the network juggling act.

After using Project Fi for some time, it turns out the regular switching between networks isn't all that confusing after all.

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2 weeks ago

Five reasons to buy the Alcatel Idol 3

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It's the best time ever to be in the market for an unlocked phone. The Alcatel Idol 3 is one of the reasons why.

If you're thinking of buying a new Android smartphone, 2015 is shaping up to be great. We're seeing unlocked phones that deliver an excellent Android experience from plenty of vendors, and some — like the Alcatel Idol 3 — are doing it at a price-point that won't break your budget.

The hardest part about buying a great unlocked Android phone is deciding which one to choose. That's a very good situation to be in from a consumer standpoint. And something we can help you with. I've put away the expensive phones over the past month and am using these budget-friendly unlocked phones full-time. The Alcatel Idol 3 is one I can heartily recommend, and here's a few reasons why.

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3 weeks ago

Samsung may introduce the Galaxy Note 5 ahead of schedule, mid-August unveil planned

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Since 2011, Samsung has unveiled new models in the Galaxy Note series at the IFA, which is conducted in the month of September. This year, however, the South Korean manufacturer may consider launching the Galaxy Note 5 sometime in mid-August to avoid going up against the iPhone, which is also announced at roughly the same time.

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3 weeks ago

The OnePlus 2 will pack a 3300mAh battery inside

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In an Ask Me Anything on Reddit, the OnePlus team revealed that the upcoming OnePlus 2 will feature a 3300mAh battery, nearly a 10 percent increase over last years model. OnePlus has slowly been revealing features of the device ahead of its July 27 announcement.

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3 weeks ago

Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge get another update from AT&T

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AT&T is pushing out another update for the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge on its network. The update, which moves the devices build number from OE2 to OF3, keeps the both on Android 5.0.2.

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3 weeks ago

The LG G4 Beat will be a mid-range version of LG's current flagship phone

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LG will soon offer a mid-range version of its latest flagship LG G4 smartphone in a number of markets. It's called the LG G4 Beat and it will be a smaller and less powerful device than the current LG G4.

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3 weeks ago

All Nexus 6s on Project Fi are due to receive Android 5.1.1 'over the next few days'

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Google will soon give the folks invited to join its Project Fi MVNO service a new version of Lollipop on their smartphones. The company has revealed it will begin offering Android 5.1.1 (it currently has just 5.1) to all of the Nexus 6 phones on Project Fi "over the next few days".

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3 weeks ago

Droid Turbo owners, how are you liking Lollipop?

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Droid Turbo Lollipop

The Droid Turbo finally sees the Android 5.1 update, and here's where you tell us how it's working for you.

We know the folks using the Motorola Droid Turbo have waited patiently (mostly) for the Lollipop update, and when it finally arrived last week there was a bit of excitement. While not the very latest version of Android — that'd be 5.1.1 — you have the security features and support for all new APIs the platform update brings along. That's nothing to sneeze at. You also have Lollipop-only enhancements from Google Play Services available, so things like Android Wear should have better support.

I'm not going to say much about the lack of multi-user profiles or Guest Mode. I have a feeling that plenty of others will in the comments, though.

Enough of what I think. What about you fine folks who use and love your Droid Turbo every day? We want to hear real talk from the people who know the most about the Droid Turbo, and that's you guys and gals. Are you still loving it? Do you notice anything done better? Worse? Let everyone know your thoughts and opinions in the comments.

For more on the Droid Turbo's Lollipopiness, be sure to join the discussion in the forums!

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