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Oppo's selfie-focused F1 debuts in India for ₹15,990

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In a press event in Mumbai, Oppo introduced the photography-centric 'F' series of smartphones, launching the mid-range Oppo F1 in the country.

The F series stems from a growing demand for premium-quality mobile photography from mid-range devices. Earlier this month, in a press statement, the company claimed that its research has indicated strong consumer recognition that its phones "shoot great photos."

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1 week ago

1.43 billion smartphones shipped in 2015, Samsung retains top spot

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According to IDC, smartphone shipments hit a record 1.43 billion units in 2015, a 10.1 percent increase from 2014. In Q4 2015, shipments totaled 399.5 million units, an increase of 5.7 percent from the same period a year ago. Samsung retained its spot as the number one manufacturer, and Huawei recorded shipments of 106.6 million, netting a year-on-year growth of 44.1 percent.

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1 week ago

BlackBerry Priv makes its official debut in India

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As expected based on earlier rumors, BlackBerry has now officially launched the Priv in India. At an event held at the Oberoi in New Delhi, BlackBerry India Managing Director Narendra Nayak and Damian Tay ‎Senior Director, Asia-Pacific Product Management at BlackBerry introduced the company's first Android-powered smartphone to the market which will be available in stores across India starting January 30 with a suggested retail price of Rs. 62,990.

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1 week ago

LG's budget K10 and K4 launch in Europe this week, other markets to follow

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LG has announced that its latest budget phones, the K10 and K4, will be starting their global rollout in key markets this week.

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1 week ago

Samsung reports Q4 2015 earnings, anticipates tough year ahead for mobile business

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Samsung has reported its earnings for the fourth quarter of 2015, noting an operating profit of $5.04 billion (6.1 trillion Korean won) on overall revenues of $44 billion (53.3 trillion won). This is up from operating profits of $4.37 billion (5.29 trillion won) a year ago.

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1 week ago

Qualcomm expects Snapdragon 820 to drive improvements in chipset business

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As part of its statements in its Q1 2016 earnings report, chip maker Qualcomm says that it expects to see its chipset business improve in the second half of 2016 thanks to strong traction from the Snapdragon 820.

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1 week ago

Get organized with these great planning and to-do list apps for Android

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Let these apps help you keep up with everything in your life.

Trying to stay organized can be a hassle even if you're only keeping track of yourself. Add in children, roommates, your partner, friends and co-workers and it can become downright impossible. Thankfully, there are plenty of apps out there to help order the chaos of everyday life. Whether you need to be able to edit your To-Do list on the run, or see the schedules for everyone in your house at a glance, you're covered.

We've put together a short list of the best organization apps available on Google Play. Let's take a look!

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1 week ago

Sony's Marshmallow Concept shows how Android should be in 2016

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Sony Marshmallow firmware

Meaningful differentiation, speedy performance and fast-moving updates.

Every Android phone maker has a different approach to software. Some, like Samsung, go all out with a highly customized interface that touches every corner of the way Android looks and works. Others, like Motorola, stay true to the visual style of "vanilla" Android. Then, somewhere in between, you've got companies like Sony.

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1 week ago

Android Central Photo Contest: Concrete

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As perhaps one of the most abundant building materials, you encounter various types of concrete every single day. Whether it's in its raw form, covered up, painted, integrated with something else or not yet formed and in use, there are plenty of interesting angles to see concrete from that are worth taking pictures of. We want to see your best shots of concrete for this contest.

We'll be picking out three winners for this contest, with each winner taking home a new Chromecast!

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1 week ago

Google Docs, Sheets and Slides gain collaborative commenting feature on Android devices

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The Google Docs, Sheets and Slides Android apps gained collaborative commenting, which allows multiple users to add comments to keep everyone on the same page. The new feature, which will work on both Android and iOS devices, will allow co-workers to easily manage documents, make revisions, and ensure everyone is pleased with the outcome. New teammates can be added to the conversation by typing their name in a comment.

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1 week ago

Announcing the 'AC Photo Contest: History' winners!

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In our latest photo contest we put out the call for your historical photos — not necessarily old pictures themselves, but of old subjects — and you all responded with some great offerings.

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1 week ago

Tapp wants your fingerprint to open its padlock instead of a key

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Tapp is currently seeking funds on Indiegogo to bring its fingerprint-enabled padlock, TappLock, to market. That's right, you unlock this with your fingerprint instead of a key, combo or smartphone. Constructed from 100 percent steel, it will be solid and ensure that your valuables are well protected.

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1 week ago

Google partners with Movidius to put machine intelligence in your phone

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Google has teamed up with Movidius, a company specializing in machine vision and deep learning technology, to bring more intelligence to mobile devices. With this partnership, the hope is that more aspects of machine intelligence will be able to run locally on a phone, rather than needing to rely on cloud processing.

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1 week ago

Exploring and socializing with AltspaceVR on the Samsung Gear VR

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There's a deeply social aspect to VR, you just have to know where to look.

Samsung Gear VR users know that almost everything you do in that environment happens in the Oculus Store unless you sideload something, and currently the list of things worth sideloading are either seriously underdeveloped or deep in Adult Content territory. The one noticeable exception to this right now is the Altspace VR beta, an alternative VR experience that focuses on a deeply social experience.

Here's a quick look at AltspaceVR Beta on the Samsung Gear VR.

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1 week ago

Google: 5 million Cardboard viewers shipped, 25 million VR apps downloaded

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Google has announced that it has shipped more than 5 million Cardboard VR viewers — this milestone comes just 19 months after the project launched. The company also notes that its seen 25 million installs of Cardboard apps from Google Play already, which shows that people are definitely interested in experimenting with them. The top five apps are Chair in a Room, Vrse, Lamper VR: Firefly Rescue, Caaaaaard-board! and Proton Pulse.

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