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1 month ago

Sprint begins rollout of the Android 5.0 Lollipop update to LG G2

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Sprint has started its over-the-air rollout of the Android 5.0 Lollipop update to owners of its version of the LG G2.

Today's rollout makes Sprint the last of the four major US carriers to offer the Lollipop update to the LG G2.

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1 month ago

Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 review

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Alcatel Idol 3

The Idol 3 from Alcatel OneTouch may be the best value in mobile today.

When we first looked at the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 — we're talking about the larger, 5.5-inch 1080p display model here — at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, we had a good feeling about what we were seeing. Alcatel OneTouch certainly isn't on the tip of any tongues when talking about top-selling Android phones, but the company's latest offering is a phone you need to know about.

While the Idol 3 doesn't have the specs that will set the Android world on fire, what it does bring is one of the best experiences you'll find under $250. The Idol 3 is the perfect balance of features and performance versus cost, and after a bit of time using it, I'm liking it more and more each day.

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1 month ago

Blu Selfie review

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The Blu Selfie and its 13MP camera

Sometimes a phone has a name that really means nothing, or a name that's meant to subtly evoke what the phone's about. And sometimes a phone slaps you right in the face with its branding.

It leaves no question about why the phone was made or what you're supposed to do with it. Such is the case with the Blu Selfie, a phone with a name that's beyond obvious.

The quick take

The Blu Selfie comes with a pair of 13MP Sony-powered cameras, one for the front and back at a very reasonable price, but the software experience is at times frustrating and the design and hardware quality won't appeal to everybody.

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1 month ago

Samsung reportedly opens third factory to meet demand for Galaxy S6 edge

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Samsung is said to have opened a third production facility in order to keep up with the high demand of the Galaxy S6 edge.

According to new reports, Samsung has opened a third production facility that will allow them to double production capacity of Galaxy S6 edge screens. Samsung had predicted record sales of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, and they reportedly had planned the launch of this third facility in June.

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1 month ago

Sony Xperia P2 leaked with Snapdragon 810, 12.1MP camera and 4,240mAh battery

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It looks like Sony is set to revive the Xperia P series, with a leak on Chinese site cnBeta suggesting that the successor to the Xperia P will feature high-end hardware.

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1 month ago

Lollipop rolling out to the Galaxy Alpha in South Korea

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The Samsug Galaxy Alpha (SM-G850) is now receiving Android 5.0 Lollipop in South Korea. Major carriers have given the green light to commence the update roll out to handsets in the region.

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1 month ago

Nokia denies online reports it will start making and selling smartphones again

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Nokia has issued an official statement that denies recent online reports that the Finland-based company will make and sell smartphones once again.

The statement refers to a story posted on a China-based website on Friday that allegedly quoted the head of Nokia in that country. That report said Nokia would start making Android-based smartphones in one of its Chinese facilities.

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1 month ago

Do I need a Samsung Account on my Galaxy S6?

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For better or worse, the Galaxy S6 really wants you to have a Samsung Account.

Much like a Google Account is basically required if you want to make the most of any Android phone, a Samsung Account is starting to become an integral part of owning a Samsung phone. Creating or signing into your Samsung Account is baked right into the setup process for the Galaxy S6, and while you're technically able to skip on past it, you're really best off signing in.

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1 month ago

First Impressions: The Xiaomi Mi 4i

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Xiaomi Mi 4i

Xiaomi launched its new flagship device, the Mi 4i, this week at a global premiere in New Delhi, India, and the mega event saw over 1,500 members of the Mi India community along with media and business partners. While Hugo Barra, Vice President of Xiaomi Global, took the wraps off the Mi 4i, Xiaomi founder and CEO, Lei Jun also made his maiden appearance in the country.

The Mi 4i will go on sale in India first, and starting in May will launch in Xiaomi's other markets — Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia. We had some time to use the Mi 4i at the launch event, and here are our first impressions.

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1 month ago

Verizon Wireless' Galaxy S6 is the best Galaxy S6

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Galaxy S6 edge on Verizon Wireless

Big Red gets a lot of shade thrown their way most days, but their version of the Galaxy S6 is my favorite by far.

It's an unpopular opinion on the Internet — at least in the highly vocal smartphone nerd corner of the Internet — but Verizon Wireless is an impressive mobile carrier in my book. My personal line on Verizon is from the golden age of unlimited data, and while it's not really fair to use that as a point in their favor now that those plans have been eradicated, I still have it and it's still nice, so I selfishly cling to it.

In exchange for that sweet, sweet line of unlimited data that works great everywhere I have ever traveled in the US, I put up with a lot of crap. I miss out on cool devices like the OnePlus One, the Nexus 6 got delayed by what felt like forever, and I still shudder when I think about what they did to the Sony Xperia Z3v this year. The devices I do get access to are usually full of apps I don't want, and the check mark tramp stamp on the back is a constant joke among some of my friends. Every once in a while it's worth it, like the time we Verizon users got a sweet red and black HTC One M8 or when the Droid Turbo turned out to be a particularly nice phone, but most of the time it's just sad.

For once, however, the Verizon version of a phone feels like an amazing upgrade. I'm talking about the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, and it's all about the software.

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1 month ago

HTC One M9: A second opinion

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HTC One M9

The Android Central HTC One M9 review is our collective, in-depth guide to HTC's 2015 flagship, covering everything from hardware to software to camera quality. However with a major Android device like this, it's worth presenting a second opinion.

The HTC One M9 is the latest in a line of highly successful phones for HTC. 2013's M7 and 2014's M8 were among the best Android phones available at the time, and the past two generations of HTC One hardware hold up well to this day.

There were a couple of things about last year's M8 that held me back from using it more, however: The anxiety-inducing slipperiness of the curved metal body, and the generally disappointing Ultrapixel camera.

I've been using the M9 on and off this past month, and for the most part I've found it an enjoyable phone to use — certainly HTC's best to date. However the Taiwanese company hasn't overcome all of the shortcomings of its previous flagships. And with Samsung finally upping its game in a few important areas, not to mention the prospect of another strong LG flagship on the horizon, the M9 could have its work cut out.

With that in mind, let's take another look at HTC's 2015 flagship.

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1 month ago

The leather back for the LG G4 has a 12 week manufacturing process

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The backside of the LG G4 is not just your average leather; it is the finest leather they can find, and goes through a 12 week manufacturing process.

The LG G4 featuring a leather back is nothing new, but did you know that the manufacturing process for the back cover is a 12 week process? LG has outlined some additional information on the leather they selected for the back along with some details on the production process.

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1 month ago

Xiaomi posts video of Mi 4i launch event

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Xiaomi launched a new phone, the Mi 4i, in New Delhi, India on April 23, and they have posted the event online for everyone to check out.

If travel to New Delhi, India wasn't in your plans to check out the launch of the Xiaomi Mi 4i, you can now watch the video from the comfort of your own home. The 5-inch, $200 smartphone, packs some impressive specs into a budget flagship.

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1 month ago

Lenovo K80 to take on Asus' ZenFone 2 in China with 4GB RAM, 4,000mAh battery

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Asus was the first manufacturer to launch a handset offering 4GB RAM with the ZenFone 2, and now Lenovo is launching a competitor in the K80, which boasts similar hardware.

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1 month ago

A second opinion on the Samsung Galaxy S6

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Samsung Galaxy S6 edge

Our Samsung Galaxy S6 review stands as our collective definitive take on this year's phone. But that doesn't mean it's not worth getting a second opinion. And I'm an interesting choice for it, having mostly ignored Samsung devices the past couple years.

But this year's different. This is the year I find out what I've been missing.

And so I've been using the Galaxy S6. A lot. Almost exclusively, and mostly enjoying it far more than I expected.

Let's take a second look at the latest next big thing.

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