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1 week ago

Samsung prepping mid-range Galaxy Alpha, specs reportedly leak

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When it comes to changing consumer perception of its historically plastic phones, Samsung may figuratively be putting the pedal to the metal. After introducing new phones with an aluminum frame, like the Galaxy Note 4, the Galaxy Alpha, and the Galaxy Note Edge, Samsung is now said to be working on an all-metal phone in the form of the SM-A500.

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1 week ago

Three flavors of HTC One M8: Sense, GPe and Windows

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HTC One M8

The HTC One M8 is one of the top smartphones available right now, ranking highest on our list of best Android phones. But following the launch of Google Play edition and Windows Phone versions of the device, HTC's current flagship finds itself in a unique position: There are three versions of the device available, each with a radically different software experience.

Check past the break for a quick photo tour of the three different flavors of HTC One M8 — HTC Sense, Google Play edition with stock Android, and the M8 for Windows, running Windows Phone 8.1.

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1 week ago

Why 64-bit processors really matter for Android

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64 bits

It's not really about the bits, but the new ARM-based processors will make a difference

One of the biggest buzzwords of 2014 when it comes to mobile hardware is "64-bit." It gets thrown around like some sort of magic that makes everything about your smartphone or tablet better. It has to be better, because 64 is more than 32, right?

The fact is, that while 64-bit processing has both advantages and drawbacks when used in something like a smartphone, the hardware that supports it can make a major difference because of other new manufacturing processes. While using these new chips is also a bit of future-proofing as Android itself and third-party software moves towards 64-bit, the tangible and more important changes come with the new ARMv8 chip architecture.

There's plenty out there for folks who love to pore over white papers and look at diagrams and flowcharts, but for the rest of us — who really only care that these new 64-bit processors are better — things get more confusing. We love to get technical sometimes, but I think we can break things down for the folks who just want an overview without talking about registers and SMID and bandwidth.

Let's do that.

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1 week ago

Galaxy Note 4 S Health can sense and track even more stuff

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Galaxy Note 4 sensors

Your Note 4 can record your blood oxygen saturation and sunlight UV levels, in addition to other metrics

IFA 2014 In the Galaxy S4, Samsung introduced a built-in pedometer and the S Health app. Earlier this year it followed up with a built-in heart rate sensor in the Galaxy S5. And now in the new Galaxy Note 4, the Korean manufacturer brings a couple more sensor capabilities into the mix. Read on for a quick look at S Health's new tricks.

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1 week ago

It's time we started giving these 'other' smartphone makers a chance

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Alcatel

IFA 2014 has come and gone for another year and once again it's left us with a mass of new devices to get excited about. It's undisputed that the likes of Samsung, Sony and LG – and Motorola, despite not having an official presence at IFA – have given us some fantastic new devices, but there were also some interesting device announcements from other manufacturers. Specifically ones that aren't very popular in the U.S.

But are we doing ourselves a dis-service by not taking note of what the likes of Huawei and Alcatel Onetouch are doing? Is it about time to start giving them a chance?

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1 week ago

Jawbone releasing Up API for wider compatibility and integration

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It looks like Jawbone is preparing to open its UP software to third parties, specifically, to other hardware manufacturers. This means that Jawbone would be able to collect data into its app from rivals like FitBit, as well as smartwatches running Android Wear, and Apple's long-rumored iWatch, according to Re/code:

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1 week ago

Amazon dropping Fire Phone two-year contract price on AT&T to 99 cents

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Amazon has decided to cut the two year contract price of its recently launched Fire Phone in the US down from $199 to just 99 cents on AT&T.

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1 week ago

Amazon Fire Phone UK pre-orders begin on O2 for September 30 launch

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Pre-orders for the Amazon Fire Phone in the UK have begun, with the Android-based smartphone sold as an exclusive on O2, and shipments slated to begin on September 30th.

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1 week ago

We're answering your new Moto X questions in the forums!

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The new Moto X has been one of the most anticipated phones of the year. What we ended up getting last week in Chicago has left some scratching their heads, though.

Regardless, we've got a good weekend of Moto X use under our belts, and we're answering your questions today in our Moto X forums.

Be sure to check out our hands-on with the new Moto X. Then click here to join the conversation!

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1 week ago

Top Android app, device and accessory deals for September 8

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Looking for deals on apps, accessories, smartphones, and tablets? We've found a bunch of limited-time offers of which you may want to take advantage.

Give us a shout in the comments if you find any other sales floating around the web and we'll be sure to share 'em!

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1 week ago

T-Mobile guarantees the best trade-in price on your used mobile devices

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T-Mobile today announced the US carrier will be guaranteeing the best trade-in prices for customers. The company aims to best AT&T, Sprint and Verizon by offering $50, as well as the difference back, if consumers find a better deal elsewhere. It's for a limited time only and kicks off on September 17. T-Mobile will monitor the market and adjust trade-in prices accordingly.

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1 week ago

Twitter's testing 'buy' buttons so you can buy stuff through Twitter's app

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In case Twitter wasn't putting enough stuff in your face, you might soon see a "buy" button in the official Twitter app. Yep, the same Twitter that's pulling in to your stream the favorites of people you follow (and sometimes even people you don't follow) now wants to urge you to tap on that buy button. Twitter is partnering initially with shopping platform Fancy, direct creatives seller Gumroad, Musictoday, and mobile payments company Stripe.

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1 week ago

Save up to 60% on SanDisk memory products from Amazon today

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Amazon's Gold Box deal of the day has a wide variety of SanDisk products on offer, with USB drives, microSD cards and SSDs on sale.

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1 week ago

GameStop to sell phones and service through Cricket partnership

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Cricket Wireless will partner with GameStop that will allow the no-contract provider subsidiary of AT&T to offer a selection of its smartphones and accessories in over 2,800 of GameStop stores in the US.

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1 week ago

How to take a screenshot on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Need to capture what's on your Galaxy Note 4 or Galaxy Note Edge screen? As ever, there are a few ways to do so ...

Here's a quick, useful trick for anyone picking up the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 or its curved-screen sibling, the Galaxy Note Edge. As with earlier Galaxy S and Galaxy Note devices, there are a few ways you can take a screenshot on the Galaxy Note 4 — using either a button combination, a swipe gesture across the screen, or the S Pen stylus.

For experienced Samsung users, things are much the same as before. But if you're coming over from an iPhone or some other device, it's worth brushing up on the basics.

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