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3 weeks ago

Unlocked phone specs: Moto G 2015, Asus ZenFone 2 and Alcatel Idol 3 side by side

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Moto G ZenFone 2 and Idol 3

While specs never tell the whole story, we know that plenty are interested in just what's under the glass when it comes to a new Android. Especially when we're talking about models with budget pricing, but still squeezing out plenty of performance. That's why we're going to put up the best of the best in the mid-range unlocked market (by price) and compare the ASUS ZenFone 2, the Alcatel Idol 3 and the 2015 Moto G.

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3 weeks ago

Google releases LMY48I factory image with Stagefright fix for seven Nexus devices

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Google has posted new factory images for build LMY48I, which contains fixes for the Stagefright security exploit, for several Nexus devices. In all, the new build is available for the Nexus 6, Nexus 9 (LTE and WiFi), Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2013, WiFi), Nexus 10, and Nexus 4.

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3 weeks ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and S6 edge+ pictured again, courtesy of Spigen

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Samsung is set to hold an event on August 13 where we're expected to get our first look at the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 edge+. While the design of the duo is hardly a secret by now, having been leaked numerous times, we've received another peek today courtesy of case maker Spigen.

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3 weeks ago

Samsung to fast track security updates with new monthly update plan

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Samsung says it is developing a new and faster process to release security updates to its Android devices, in the wake of the recent Stagefight exploit. Samsung says it plans to offer over-the-air security patches once a month.

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3 weeks ago

Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 to receive Stagefright patch beginning August 10

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Alcatel OneTouch will begin pushing a security update to patch the Stagefright exploit on August 10 for its Idol 3. The software update, which will initially be available to customers in the US, includes the Google security patch that will prevent the device from being able to be attacked.

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3 weeks ago

AT&T patches Stagefright exploit for the Galaxy S6 Active, Note 4, S5 and S5 Active

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Updates to fix the Stagefright exploit are beginning to roll out from Sprint, and now AT&T is joining with updates for a bunch of Samsung phones. The update, which includes a 'device security enhancement' is now pushing out from the carrier. The update is currently showing as available for the following devices:

If you want to check now for the update, head into your phones Settings, then System Update, and finally check for the update. Be sure to let us know in the comments below if you have already received the update.

Source: AT&T

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3 weeks ago

Galaxy S6, S6 edge, S5 and Note Edge receiving Stagefright fixes from Sprint

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Sprint is not only looking to push updates to the Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 with fixes for the Stagefright exploit, but also a number of other phones at the same time. According to updates on Sprint's software pages, the carrier will be pushing out fixes for a number of Samsung phones as well. Those phones include:

The updates are set to begin pushing out today, though it may be a day or two before you see it on your phone. If you want to check now for the update, head into your phones Settings, then System Update, and finally check for the update. If you have already received the update on one of these phones, or a different one, let us know in the comments below.

Source: Sprint (1),(2),(3),(4)

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3 weeks ago

Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 receiving build LMY48I with Stagefright fixes in tow

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According to Sprint, the Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 should be receiving build LMY48I beginning today, with security fixes for the Stagefright exploit in tow. Being as there is no specific SKU for Sprint on either of these phones, the update should apply to all Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 models.

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3 weeks ago

T-Mobile reduces Galaxy S6 and S6 edge pricing by up to $200

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T-Mobile is the first US carrier to lower the price of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge following Samsung's efforts to maintain momentum. With the price reductions, you can now save up to $200 on the purchase of either model.

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3 weeks ago

Samsung and LG now account for 78 percent of all Android sales in the US

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The latest numbers from Kantar WorldPanel show a strong rise in Android growth around the world, with LG making big strides in the US. Currently, Samsung and LG account for 78 percent of all Android sales in the US, which is huge. LG has doubled its share in the US market again, and was able to attract more first time smartphone buyers than Samsung.

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3 weeks ago

Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact leak shows off possible fingerprint sensor

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It looks like Sony is set to refresh the Xperia Z lineup with new offerings later this year. With the Xperia Z3+ turning out to be an iterative update, it is possible the manufacturer is looking to deliver the long-overdue refresh at IFA, where Sony launched its flagships in years past.

The latest leak from ViziLeaks reveals that Sony will be sticking to its dual-flagship strategy, offering the Xperia Z5 and a smaller Xperia Z5 Compact. An image leaked earlier this week showed either handset next to an iPhone 5s, with a possible fingerprint embedded into the power button on the side.

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3 weeks ago

OnePlus is auctioning off OnePlus 2 invites on eBay for charity

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OnePlus has announced that it is teaming up with eBay's Giving Works initiative to auction off 100 invites for the OnePlus 2, with the proceeds going to the UNICEF Tap Project, a charity that provides clean drinking water to millions of underpriveleged kids around the world.

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3 weeks ago

LG's Lollipop-powered flip phone goes global as the Wine Smart

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Late last month, LG announced the Gentle, a flip phone running Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. The manufacturer is known to launch several clamshell phones in its home market, with the handsets usually restricted to South Korea. That's changed with the Gentle, as LG is now stating that it will make the Gentle — which will be branded the LG Wine Smart — available in select markets around the world later this month, starting with France, Italy, Poland, Spain, Kazakhstan, Japan and the United Kingdom.

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3 weeks ago

30 minutes with the new Moto G, flagship killer

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Moto G orders are beginning to arrive, and I just got mine. Of course I stopped everything and opened up the box to get it all in order, and I'm already pleased.

I liked the 2014 version of the Moto G, so I'm a little biased. And that's OK — people who blog about phones on the Internet are allowed to like things. I just want to say it up front. Anyhoo, I've been listening to all the gushing from the guys and gals who went to see the announcement live and walked out with a Moto G of their own, and have had high expectations. It's like neckbeard Christmas up in my office.

After dropping in my AT&T SIM card and a 64GB SD card (no issues, regardless of Motorola's 32GB maximum on the spec sheet — and Phil's got a 128GBer in his) and setting things up with my Google account, I'm sitting here scrolling through the app drawer, opening all the settings and touching all the things and I see why everyone who has one of these things loves it.

It's fast and fluid. More so than those phones that cost $500 more. It's not doing a bunch of stuff, so I get why it's faster, but still — it's nice to see something this responsive. That might change when I load it up with apps, and maybe then it'll be a more fair comparison. But out of the box, it's a better experience than just about any phone you can buy from your carrier.

I'm in love with the app drawer. Specifically, that it's only two pages and not chock full of shit like you see from others. No AT&T family navigator. No Sprint Zone. No T-Mobile TV. No Verizon Whatever. Even better, no unnecessary junk like multiple note-taking apps or extra browsers or other apps nobody wants or uses. I've got an FM radio app, an app to help migrate settings and media from another phone, and the Moto app to adjust settings for things like Moto Assist and Moto Display. And every one of them can be disabled and out of my sight if I so choose. Of course Google Play is a tap away if I want to add anything I feel is missing. The only "bloat" here are the Google apps that many of us will never use, and they too can be disabled.

The screen's a little small coming from the Nexus 6, but I'm not complaining. It was hard to get used to the gianticness of the Nexus 6, and I already love the way the Moto G feels in my hand and in my pocket. Will 720p bother me when I need to waste some time with a game or watching a video or two? Maybe. It's been awhile since I've used any phone with a lower resolution for that sort of thing. I can say that it looks great for $200. I wasn't expecting a screen as good as Samsung's latest, so I'm not disappointed.

I'm going to carry my little green Moto G as my daily driver. Jerry's personal phone, if you will. I'm pretty sure I'll find things about it that I don't like. Nothing's perfect. We're going to use and abuse the Moto G here at AC, and we'll tell you the bad things as we come across them. For now, I'm just happy to have a little Moto in my pocket again.

Moto G 2015

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3 weeks ago

Android One makes its way to Thailand with the i-mobile iQ II

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The expansion of Google's Android One program is still continuing as Thailand becomes the latest country to join. The i-mobile iQ II will be the country's first device. Featuring a 5-inch HD display, along with an 8MP rear camera, and 2MP front-facing camera, the iQ II is a 4G-compatible phone.

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