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3 weeks ago

HTC announces the Taiwan-bound Desire 825 and Desire 830

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HTC has announced the Desire 825 and Desire 830, two new smartphones for the international market. Both featuring a 5.5-inch display, the differences here are mainly on the inside. Sure the back of the phones looks slightly different, as does the front, but the components on the inside are what most will really notice.

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3 weeks ago

HTC already giving $100 off of HTC 10 pre-orders

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Update: If you are looking to save $100 on the HTC 10, you will want to get your order in quickly. These codes are set to expire at 11:59 p.m. PT on May 4, 2016, so don't wait too long.

Hours after it went up for pre-order, the HTC 10 is already being discounted. Well, sort of.

HTC has begun sending out emails to existing or former HTC smartphone users that have registered an HTC Account — usually when first setting up a device — offering $100 off the pre-order of an unlocked HTC 10.

Available to customers in practically every country the HTC 10 is being sold, each e-commerce store has been issued its own custom code. To redeem it, orders must be made on the company's e-commerce store before the HTC 10's still-undetermined launch date sometime in May.

Here are the codes we've confirmed so far:

  • USA: HTC1008 - Brings the price down to $599 from $699
  • Canada: HTCCA1008 - Brings the price down to $899 from $999
  • UK: HTC10 - Brings the price down to £512.99 from £569.99

Receive a code in your country? Let us know in the comments and we'll add it to the list!

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3 weeks ago

LG G3 Marshmallow update now available from T-Mobile

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T-Mobile has finally begun pushing out the Marshmallow update for the LG G3. We've already seen the other major U.S. carriers push the update out, so it's great to see T-Mobile join that party. The update brings a number of big changes to the phone, such as Doze, enhanced permission controls and more.

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3 weeks ago

Xiaomi Mi Max, Mi Band 2 leak ahead of official unveil

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Xiaomi's all set to unveil the Mi Max phablet and the Mi Band 2 in Beijing on May 10. Ahead of the official launch, live images of the phone and smartwatch have surfaced, giving us a look at what's on offer from Xiaomi's upcoming products.

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3 weeks ago

LeEco Le 1s Eco unveiled in India for ₹10,999; 100,000 units up for sale on May 12

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LeEco has unveiled the Le 1s Eco in the Indian market for ₹10,999. The phone will be up for sale on May 12 at Flipkart, with 100,000 units available for purchase. To incentivize the Le 1s Eco, the vendor will offer the phone for an introductory price of ₹9,999 in the first flash sale, and will bundle a year's subscription to its LeEco Membership — valued at ₹4,900 — for free.

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3 weeks ago

Marshmallow update now available for the Galaxy S5 on Telus

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Telus has commenced rolling out the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update to its variant of the Galaxy S5. The update weighs in at 819MB, and includes the April security patch.

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3 weeks ago

Lenovo rolls out Marshmallow update to the Vibe S1 in India

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Lenovo has rolled out Marshmallow updates to the K3 Note, A7000, and the Vibe P1 last month, and the vendor is now turning its attention to the Vibe S1. The phone made its debut in the country in November, offering dual front-facing cameras — an 8MP shooter and a 2MP secondary camera that adds depth of field.

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3 weeks ago

Fit more on your Galaxy S7's screen with condensed mode

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Galaxy S7 condensed mode

With a new software update, Samsung lets you increase your GS7's information density dramatically — at the expense of one or two things looking a little weird.

Phones are getting bigger with each release cycle, but new devices don't always let us see more stuff on the screen at once. This is an issue Samsung has attempted to solve with a new addition to the Galaxy S7 series: "display scaling." Simply put, this lets you not only adjust the size of fonts — as Samsung phones have for some time — but the way the entire user interface is scaled.

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3 weeks ago

Moto X Pure Edition is just $300 at Motorola until May 9

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Motorola is selling the unlocked Moto X Pure Edition smartphone for $299.99, a $100 discount from its normal price. The sale lasts until Monday, May 9.

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3 weeks ago

T-Mobile Galaxy S7 and S7 edge updates fix power and volume button bugs

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T-Mobile is rolling out updates for both the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. Both updates fix an issue with the phones' power and volume buttons, along with some other "system improvements".

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3 weeks ago

European HTC 10 gets pre-launch tweaks for camera, Wifi [with changelog]

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Update to version 1.30.401.1 includes camera, Wi-Fi and stability enhancements.

Ahead of the phone's official European debut later this week, HTC has pushed out the first over-the-air update for the HTC 10. The OTA, weighing in at just under 85MB, brings the phone up to software version 1.30.401.1, while tuning up camera and Wi-Fi performance, and general system stability.

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3 weeks ago

Sprint's latest Galaxy S7 update brings battery life and security enhancements

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Sprint has started pushing out a fresh update to the Samsung Galaxy S7, bringing along improvements to battery life and voice over Wi-Fi, along with a bump to the latest April security patches.

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3 weeks ago

The Galaxy Note 6 will allegedly offer USB Type-C connectivity

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In what may be the most straightforward rumor regarding the Galaxy Note 6, the folks over at SamMobile are stating that the phone will offer USB Type-C connectivity.

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3 weeks ago

Own a Galaxy Note 5 for just ₹1 as part of Samsung's 'Make for India' celebrations

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Samsung has been voted the most trusted brand in India, and the vendor is marking the occasion by rolling out discounts on phones, home appliances, and TVs as part of its "Make for India" celebrations. Under the promotion, you can get your hands on the Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6, or the Galaxy A 2016 series by paying just ₹1 upfront, with the rest of the money paid by monthly instalments.

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3 weeks ago

Best car mounts for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge

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Best car mounts for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge

Holding your phone while driving is a horrible idea. Get a car mount for your S7!

In many cases, it's illegal for you to hold your cell phone to your ear while you're driving, so a car mount is a great alternative. This way, you can throw up a Google Map before you embark and you'll be able to following your path like you would on any GPS device.

Get yourself a Bluetooth headset (or, better yet, a car with built-in Bluetooth) and you'll be able to answer calls, since pushing a button on your phone will be no different than pushing the buttons on your console.

If you've got the Galaxy S7 or S7 edge, then we've got the car mount roundup you've been looking for.

Spigen Air Vent Magnetic Car Mount

Spigen Air Vent Magnetic Car Mount

Gone are the days of gooey adhesives that muck up the inside of your pristine automobile. Magnets are where it's at. No, the magnets won't mess up your phone; you'll just have easy on and off mounting, which is what we all want, isn't it?

This Spigen mount has two sizes of slits to fit almost any car air vent and you can pop your S7 or S7 edge on in any orientation. All you do is stick the metal plate to the back of your phone's case and boom, your phone's magnetic and good to go any time. You can even take the mount with you and use it as a kickstand for when you're watching videos on your phone.

Note: you should stick the metal plates to a case and not the back of the phone itself. If you need some help finding cheap cases, we've got another round-up with your name on it.

It should also be noted that having the metal plate on the back of your Galaxy S7 or S7 edge's case will hinder wireless charging, so you'll have to take it out of the case for that.

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EnergyPal HC84K Car Mount

EnergyPal HC84K Car Mount

This particular mount serves a dual purpose: it holds your phone and doubles as a car charger. The end of the mount plugs into your cigarette lighter and looks like most USB car chargers, but an articulating arm extends upward from the unit into a three-sided phone holder. It softly cradles your phone, leaving the bottom open so you can run your charging cable down to the USB ports.

This unit comes equipped with over-charge protection, so you won't fry your phone if your car decides to short circuit on you. The gooseneck-style end can be rotated to any orientation, so you can view maps in landscape format if you fancy.

The only downside of this particular mount will be where your lighter plug is placed. If it's kind of hard to get to, then this particular mount may not work out for you, since the neck is only about 5 inches long.

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Omaker 3-in-1 Universal Car Mount

Omaker 3-in-1 Universal Car Mount

This is perhaps the most versatile mount in our roundup, since it can be clipped to your air vents, mounted on your dashboard, or mounted on your windshield (if that's legal where you are), with three different attachments.

It's got a longer arm for your windshield, the classic suction cup base for the dash, and clips for your vents and you can rotate it 360 degrees. It cradles your phone on three sides with a soft grip that won't damage your Galaxy S7 if you're a sans-case type of person. A great feature is the one-touch press to release your S7 or S7 edge, so you're not fiddling with it when you're jumping out of your car in a rush.

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iOttie Easy One Touch Car Mount

iOttie Easy One Touch Car Mount

This is one of those mounts with a sticky gel pad that you stick to your dashboard, so if you're worried about damage, you may want to sit this one out. However, the nice part about it being a gel pad is its ability to stick to uneven and textured surfaces, making this mount ideal for even the most oddly designed vehicle interior.

You've got a telescopic arm that extends two inches and bends 180 degrees, to give you versatility in terms of where you stick your mount. It comes with a one-year replacement warranty, so if anything goes wrong, you just contact iOttie and they send you a new one.

If the gel pad on the back gets all dusty and gross and won't stick anymore, you can just rinse it under warm water, let it dry, and it'll be good as new.

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Zilu CM001 Universal Car Mount

Zilu CM001 Universal Car Mount

The Zilu CM001 is a reinforced rubber and harder plastic mount that has a ball that lets you mount your Galaxy S7 or S7 edge in truly any orientation. This is probably the most inconspicuous mount in our round-up, with an arm that cradles each side of your phone, leaving the top and bottom open. So long as you've got it snugged up, there's no worry of your GS7 or S7 edge slipping or sliding out while you're driving.

This is a suction cup mount, so you'll want to have it on a flat surface. One flip of the little switch and it comes right off, not greasy residue. Those of you with textured dashboards may want to reconsider.

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Spigen Style Ring

Spigen Style Ring

If you want to go as minimal as possible, then the Spigen Style Ring is the only way to go. It's an adhesive piece, no bigger than an inch, that stick to the back of your phone, with an articulating ring that doubles as a kickstand (bonus!).

Then, there's another piece, about the same size, that adheres to your dashboard or your console and you just hang the ring on it. That's it. It takes up about as much space as the volume knob on your radio. If you're taking some wild turns, it may jostle your phone out of place, but it's otherwise quite secure, despite how it looks.

Make sure you stick it to your dash during warmer months, since the adhesive won't really take in the dead of winter.

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Important to consider

Double-check the ol' law where you are and make sure that it's not illegal to mount anything on your windshield.

You'll also want to consider the absorbency of your dashboard, since some adhesives may leave stains.

What's your favorite?

Which car mount are you presently using for your Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge? Sound off in the comments below!

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