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2 weeks ago

Why you should buy the Moto G 2015

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Moto G 2015

Across the Internet, you've probably noticed the glowing praise for the new Moto G 2015. Both people who review phones for a living and people who only care about having a good smartphone that does everything they want it to do seem to be in love with the new G. I'm right there, on both sides. I see why the Moto G is worth recommending to just about everyone, and I'm loving it as my own phone.

There are other great unlocked Android phones in the $200 - $300 price range. We're not saying they aren't as good or better in many ways. You should definitely take a look at all your options if you're looking for the best value in a new Android. Here are five reasons why you should buy the Moto G to think about while you're looking.

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3 weeks ago

These are Motorola's phones that will get 'Stagefright' fix

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Motorola has announced which devices it'll be issuing software updates for a number of its devices to combat the potential "Stagefright" exploit, which theoretically could allow a malicious MMS video message an avenue of attack into a user's phone.

Motorola was quick to point out that it's not aware of the "Stagefright" flaw — so named for the libStageFright library that helps process multimedia files on Android phones — having actually been used in the wild.

The list of devices Motorola plans to patch is predicable, and comprehensive. The new Moto X Style (Pure Edition), Moto X Play will be patched at launch. The new Moto G, which is already shipping, will see some devices get an update for the fix, but going forward they should ship with the updated software.

More: Read our updated Q&A on "Stagefright"

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3 weeks ago

A beginner's guide to the LG G4

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LG's latest smartphone is powerful, fast, and beautiful. Here's how to move in to one.

It's been an interesting year for Android phones, with no shortage of great options to consider, but one of the better overall experiences so far in 2015 comes from LG. The G4 isn't the prettiest or the most powerful on paper, but LG has assembled something great. It's also undeniably LG in both form an function, which isn't easy to pull off nowadays.

Whether you're on the fence about your next phone or you've already picked up the G4 and would like a hand setting the phone up, we've got you covered with this beginners guide. Contained within is all the basics, from initial startup to deciding which case to get.

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3 weeks ago

Huawei's next big-screen phone rumored for IFA unveiling [Updated]

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Update: Since this story was first published, Evan Blass has stated that Force Touch — previously said to be coming to Huawei's next big-screen handset — has been "pulled," and will not feature in this model. It's still likely we'll see a new large form factor phone from Huawei at IFA, be it under the "Mate" brand or some other name.

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3 weeks ago

Limited number of OnePlus 2 units to be sold at Colette's Paris store on Aug. 11

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If you'll be in the Paris, France area this coming Tuesday, Aug. 11, you might be able to purchase a new OnePlus 2 without an invite. OnePlus will sell the recently revealed phone on that date at the Colette retail store in Paris, starting at 11 a.m. local time.

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3 weeks ago

How to remove the network name from the Moto G status bar

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Here's a quick one for peeps who don't want or need more status bar clutter on their new Moto G. By default, the name of the network you're currently attached to will be perched in the upper left, taking room many feel is best left for notifications. If you want to get rid of it, it's super easy on the single-SIM model.

  • Open the settings on your Moto G, and at the top section — Wireless & networks — tap the " ... More" label.
  • Find the menu entry for "Cellular networks" and tap it.
  • The second line item is labeled "Show mobile network." Uncheck that box and it's gone. If you want it back, make sure the box is checked.

For most of us, being able to pull down the notification shade with a two-finger gesture and see which network we're on under the appropriate icon is good enough. Most doesn't mean everyone, though. If you're frequently in an area where you're roaming on a partner network, you might want the info right out in front so you can see it before you do something that might cost you some cash.

In either case, it's easy to toggle when and if you need it.

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3 weeks ago

Moto G 2015 review

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Moto G 2015

You can't spend a better $200 on a smartphone, period.

The quick take

The third-generation Moto G is the best thus far, with most of the features you want, and a price that's almost impossible to beat.

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3 weeks ago

Motorola UK is offering £155 off the Moto X 2014 and £10 on the Moto E 2015 through August 31

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Motorola has announced another summer sale for the UK, which saves you some money on great phones. Through the end of August, you can save £155.00 off the Moto X 2014 and £10.00 on the Moto E 2015. The deals began on August 6, and run through the end of August 31, and also include free shipping.

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3 weeks ago

Costco preps for Turbo 2, Note 5 and GS6 Edge Plus on Verizon

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We're getting into the fall smartphone release cycle, and that means retailers are gearing up for new — and in some cases still-unannounced — smartphones. We've been tipped on what Costco's prepping — and that includes the already well-leaked Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+.

We've got one new arrival, though. And while it's not wholly unexpected, it's not yet had much mention.

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3 weeks ago

Swapping shells on your Moto G 2015? Here's something to beware of

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An ill-fitted shell could compromise your Moto G's water resistance.

If you're one of the many people picking up a Moto G 2015, chances are you'll want to switch up your phone's aesthetics with a replacement shell at some point. There are ten colors available, and Moto Maker lets you pick a color when you buy your phone. But if you're swapping shells from time to time, you'll want to make sure everything's securely in place.

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3 weeks ago

OnePlus 2 reservations have now surpassed the two million mark

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Interest in the OnePlus Two smartphone remains high. OnePlus revealed today that reservations for their next handset have now exceeded the two million mark. The phone reached the one million reservation milestone just seven days ago on July 30.

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3 weeks ago

ASUS announces the ZenFone Max with a power plant for a battery

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ASUS today announced the ZenFone Max, a new smartphone from the company with a massive 5,000mAh battery. The battery is a sizeable improvement over current flagships from multiple vendors, and is capable of being deployed as a power bank when other smartphones simply run out of juice.

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3 weeks ago

ASUS launches the ZenFone Selfie in India for ₹15,999

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At a media event in New Delhi, ASUS launched its first selfie-focused phone, the ZenFone Selfie, in India. The handset shares a lot of design characteristics as the ZenFone 2, with the major differentiator being 13MP cameras at the front and back with dual LED dual-tone flash.

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3 weeks ago

ASUS launches crystal-backed ZenFone 2 Deluxe, ZenFone 2 Laser in India

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At its ZenFestival event in India, ASUS announced the latest variant in the ZenFone 2 series, the ZenFone 2 Deluxe. The phone comes with a textured diamond-cut back that adds a more premium look when seen against the standard version of the ZenFone 2.

Other than the textured back, the phone is identical to the ZenFone 2, featuring a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS display, 2.3GHz 64-bit Z3580 CPU, 4GB RAM, 64 and 128GB internal memory variants, 13MP camera, 5MP front shooter, LTE connectivity, Wi-Fi ac, dual SIM dual active functionality, and a 3,000mAh battery along with Android 5.0. ASUS chairman Jonney Shih revealed that the ZenFone 2 Deluxe will be available from ₹22,999 ($360).

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3 weeks ago

Huawei Nexus: Could this be our first glimpse of a prototype?

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We've heard rumors last month suggesting that Huawei would manufacture the next Nexus smartphone, with the handset reportedly featuring the upcoming Snapdragon 820 processor along with a 5.7-inch QHD display. A phone purported to be the Nexus handset has now been revealed in a leaked video, with the footage giving us a look at what could be a fingerprint scanner at the back beneath the camera sensor.

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