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3 weeks ago

Buy an AT&T LG G3 from Amazon, get a $100 gift card

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If you are an AT&T customer and are in the market for a new smartphone, Amazon might have a deal for you. The online retailer is offering a free $100 gift card if people purchase the AT&T version of the LG G3.

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4 weeks ago

Leak reveals specs and images of Lenovo Vibe Z3 Pro ahead of rumored MWC launch

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It looks like Lenovo is set to unveil this year's flagship at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month. The device, which will reportedly be dubbed the Vibe Z3 Pro, is said to feature a 5.5-inch QHD display, Snapdragon 810, 4GB RAM and 64GB internal memory.

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4 weeks ago

Saygus V2 is now available to pre-order for $549

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With the extended registration window coming to a close, Saygus has commenced pre-orders of the V2. If you've registered for the pre-orders, you can get the device for a discounted price of $549, with others having to shell out $599.

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4 weeks ago

Xiaomi Mi Note teardown gives us a look at the hardware powering the device

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Xiaomi's Mi Note is the latest flagship from the Chinese manufacturer to offer high-end features at an affordable price. For $370, you get a device with a 5.7-inch full-HD display, 3GB RAM, Snapdragon 801 SoC, 13MP camera, dual-LTE connectivity and HiFi audio. The folks over at the MIUI forums got their hands on the device, and proceeded to dismantle it to find out how the hardware stacks up.

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4 weeks ago

The Nexus 5 is available to buy once again in the Google Play Store

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If you still want to get your hands on the older, but still solid, Nexus 5 smartphone from Google, you now have yet another chance. The Google Play Store has re-listed the phone once again at its $349 starting price, but only in the black color.

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4 weeks ago

The verykool Spark II does 5MP selfies for $179.89

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The San Diego-based smartphone maker verykool wants to ride the "seflie" trend with the newly announced S5015 Spark II. The Android 4.4 KitKat device has a 5MP front-facing camera, which apparently is the minimal amount of megapixels needed to give it a "selfie" smartphone label. The phone has a price of $179.89.

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4 weeks ago

Android 5.0 Lollipop update now rolling out for the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S5

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Owners of the Verizon Wireless version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 now have an update to Android 5.0 Lollipop available for their downloading pleasure. Well, technically it's two updates, the first paving the way for the main Lollipop update. Verizon's Galaxy S5 is actually the first S5 in the US to get Lollipop, following releases in Europe last month.

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4 weeks ago

How to use the Finger Scanner on the Galaxy Note 4

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Galaxy Note 4 Finger Scanner

Increase security and also speed up the login process in a few key apps

Though the Finger Scanner wasn't as big of a deal at the launch of the Galaxy Note 4 as it was when it debuted on the Galaxy S5, Samsung kept it around hiding within the home button ready to boost your phone's security. The swipe-style scanner may not be as convenient as what's available on some phones, but the way its integrated into the phone to work for your lockscreen, Samsung Account, PayPal and other apps makes it valuable to set up.

The setup process takes some time, as does getting the right feel for how to swipe on it for the best results, but in the end it's a net positive. Read along and let us show you how to get the Finger Scanner up and running.

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4 weeks ago

Wavy invites start arriving for Samsung's March 1 unveil at MWC

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After being basically a no-show on the mobile front at CES 2015, Samsung looks to be coming in a big way to the 2015 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and they're bringing with them a… wavy line. Chances are we're going to get our first official glimpse at the Samsung Galaxy S6 at next month's event, but for now there's only so much we can divine from this teaser.

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4 weeks ago

Partners not named Samsung rally around Qualcomm Snapdragon 810

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 810

LG, Motorola, Xiaomi, OPPO, Sony all laud latest chipset

Chipmaker Qualcomm this morning sent out a press release with manufacturing partners singing the praises of the new Snapdragon 810 processor. LG, Xiaomi, Motorola, Sony, OPPO and Microsoft all laud the latest generation of Qualcomm's system-on-a-chip, which has faced a spate of bad press after a number of anonymous reports pointed to the upcoming (and as-yet unannounced) Samsung Galaxy S6 having issues with the 810 in testing. It's since been said — and seemingly confirmed by Qualcomm — that Samsung instead would use its own Exynos processor in its upcoming flagship.

Nobody accidentally name-dropped any unannounced devices, but LG and Xiaomi did praise the 810 inside the new LG G Flex 2 and Xiaomi Note Pro, respectively. LG had initially said it didn't have overheating issues with Snapdragon 810 but later walked that back a bit and said any issues had been addressed and fixed.

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4 weeks ago

Save $100 on your bill when you buy the Galaxy Note 4 or Alpha through AT&T Next

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If you were looking to buy the Galaxy Note 4 or the Galaxy Alpha, you may want to consider AT&T's latest offer. The carrier is offering a $100 bill credit when you purchase the handset through the AT&T Next program.

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4 weeks ago

The top 5 things you need to know about the Blu Vivo Air

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The top 5 things you need to know about the Blu Vivo Air

Thinking about getting a Blu Vivo Air? Here's what you need to know

So you're wondering if the Blu Vivo Air is the right phone for you, eh? Well, you've certainly got some questions, no doubt, and we're here to help answer them for you.

The Vivo Air is a unique smartphone, with some eye-popping specs and a surprising price tag. But there's more to it than just being thin and affordable. And so, here's what you need to know about the Blu Vivo Air.

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1 month ago

Lollipop delayed for some carrier versions of HTC One M8 and M7

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After releasing Lollipop for the M8 on a few Canadian carriers just yesterday, HTC has announced today that it won't be able to hit the promised 90-day window for a rollout to some carrier versions of the HTC One M8 and One M7.

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1 month ago

Even the Tizen-powered Samsung Z1 doesn't avoid Google's ecosystem

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Samsung Z1

Samsung's first Tizen phone ships with Google Search and YouTube apps, and Google as its default search engine

Following delays of over a year, Samsung finally shipped its first Tizen-powered handset, the Z1, earlier this month in India. The arrival of Tizen on smartphones — remember it's been on Samsung's Gear smartwatches for almost a year now — has been a long time coming, and there's been plenty of speculation among press and mobile industry watchers that Tizen could emerge as a viable alternative to Android for the Korean electronics giant.

What we've found during our initial hands-on time with an Indian Samsung Z1, however, is a phone that's very much at ease with Google's ecosystem.

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1 month ago

Google confirms Nexus 6 supply constraints

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Nexus 6

It's hardly been a secret that the Motorola-manufactured Nexus 6 has been a hard phone to get ahold of since its release. It's been MIA for many moon on Google Play, and the 64-gigabyte model is pretty much a White Whale. Today on its Q4 earnings call, Google Chief Financial Officer Patrick Pichette confirmed the scarcity.

"We also faced a few real challenges as well" for the quarter, Pichette said. "While the Nexus 6 was very well received as a new phone, we had real issues and were unable to secure sufficient inventory to meet the demand that we had forecasted." [Ed note: Pichette mistakenly said "Nexus 7" on the call and clarified things at the start of the Q&A.]

So it wasn't just you. The Nexus 6 is a rare bird.

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