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The Moto G4 makes its way to India for ₹12,499

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The Moto G4 Plus was unveiled in India in May, and now Lenovo is introducing a more affordable Moto G4 option for ₹12,499. The main difference between the two models is that the latter does not come with a fingerprint sensor, and has reduced memory: 2GB of RAM and 16GB storage instead of 3GB of RAM and 32GB internal storage on the Moto G4 Plus.

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1 week ago

Former HTC CEO Peter Chou retires from company

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Peter Chou, who was HTC's CEO through its dramatic rise and fall in the smartphone world, has departed the company. An HTC spokesperson provided Android Central with the following statement:

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1 week ago

Samsung invests $1.2 billion to develop 'human-centered' IoT applications

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Samsung is doubling down on the Internet of Things. The company acquired U.S. cloud service provider Joyent earlier this month to power its IoT platform, and the vendor announced today that it will spend $1.2 billion over the course of four years in developing IoT applications, with the money evenly split between internal R&D and investing in other startups.

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1 week ago

Pocket Casts gets updated to 5.4.1 with a slew of bug fixes

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Pocket Casts — one of our favorite podcast apps — has picked up an update to version 5.4.1, bringing several bug fixes in tow. The app introduced a Material Design refresh earlier this year, and has steadily added new features, like audio effects, the ability to auto-download podcasts, playback sync between devices, and much more.

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1 week ago

Honor decides it's okay to launch a tablet with KitKat in 2016

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At a media event in New Delhi, Honor rolled out the 5C, a budget phone with a metal-backed design and impressive hardware. The vendor also launched the T1 7.0, a 7-inch affordable tablet with a WSVGA resolution (1024 x 600), a 1.2GHz quad-core Spreadtrum SC7731G processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB internal memory, microSD slot, 3G, and a 4100mAh battery. The pièce de résistance? The T1 7.0 runs EMUI 3.0 out of the box, which is based on Android 4.4.2 KitKat.

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1 week ago

Honor 5C debuts in India for ₹10,999; plans to beat the Moto G4 at its own game

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After launching in Europe earlier this week, the Honor 5C has made its way to India. The budget phone is priced at ₹10,999, and will go up against the Moto G4, which also made its debut in the Indian market for ₹12,499. The Honor 5C is powered by the HiSilicon Kirin 650, an SoC with eight Cortex A53 cores that's built on a 16nm node. The Indian variant also comes with a fingerprint scanner located at the back.

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1 week ago

OnePlus 3 vs. Xiaomi Mi 5: A thoroughly one-sided contest

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It's time to see if the OnePlus 3 has what it takes to beat Xiaomi's Mi 5.

Xiaomi announced the Mi 5 at Mobile World Congress to a lot of fanfare, with the phone offering incredible hardware for the equivalent of $370 (₹25,000). With curved edges and a glass back and strong hardware in the form of a 1.8GHz Snapdragon 820 SoC, 3GB of RAM, and a 16MP camera, the Mi 5 offers incredible value for money.

With the OnePlus 3, we're looking at a new direction in terms of design that sees OnePlus eschewing the Sandstone back for an all-metal look. NFC is back, and the phone offers even more bang for the buck with 6GB of RAM, a 2.15GHz Snapdragon 820 SoC, and much more.

If you want the latest hardware for half the cost of a "true" flagship, these are the phones to consider. Read on to find out which handset is worth your time.

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1 week ago

Here's when your Nexus phone or tablet will stop receiving guaranteed updates

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Last year, Google said that it will roll out monthly security updates to Nexus phones and tablets for three years from their respective launch dates, and platform updates for "at least two years." The search giant is now listing concrete timelines for when guaranteed support will end for each Nexus phone and tablet, including the Nexus 6P and 5X:

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1 week ago

Sony stops making smartphones in Brazil

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Sony has announced that it will no longer manufacture smartphones in Brazil. Although the vendor invested R$250m ($83m) last year to expand its mobile unit in the country, the end of tax exemptions for locally manufactured smartphones that cost up to R$1,500 ($530) has motivated the brand to move away from local production.

Instead of continuing with Foxconn and Arima for local manufacturing, Sony will now import products — like the Xperia X and XA — from China and Thailand.

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1 week ago

VLC 2.0 is here with network playback, reduced permissions, and so much more

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Popular cross-platform media player VLC has picked up a major update to version 2.0 that brings a slew of new features. Network playback is now live, with support for DLNA, Windows network sharing, UPnP, NFS, FTP, and SFTP protocols. The media player has also cut down on the number of permissions it requires, only needing access to media files.

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1 week ago

Unicode 9.0 is now official with 72 new emoji

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Unicode 9 is now official, making standard a whole new set of characters and — yes — new emoji.

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1 week ago

Google Play Music adds proper podcast section for Android Auto

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One missing ingredient for podcasts in Google Play Music has been when you get in your car and fire up Android Auto. A recent update has changed that.

You'll now find a "Podcasts" section at the bottom of the top level of menu items. Tap it and you'll see the shows you're subscribed to, in order of what was most recently updated. Top a show to start playing the most recent episode. And ... that's it. To get to a different episode you'll have to hit the track list. It's a little clunky maybe, but it's a welcome addition.

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1 week ago

Here's how to check if you have Amazon credit from Apple's ebook settlement

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If you're expecting any credit coming your way from Kindle purchases as a result of Apple's ebook antitrust case, Amazon now has a convenient way to check.

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1 week ago

This week's 'T-Mobile Tuesdays' offers extended through Friday

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While not nearly as bad as its first week, T-Mobile's weekly "T-Mobile Tuesdays" promotion hit some hiccups again this week.

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1 week ago

Wind Mobile is turning into a good telco alternative for Western Canadians

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If you're in the (western) market for a new plan, it's time to consider Wind Mobile.

As of today, Wind Mobile has completed its network upgrades in all of its Western Canadian cities, including Vancouver, Calgary, and Edmonton. With those upgrades, the company claims speeds and coverage have been drastically improved, along with perhaps the most important metric — latency.

The realization comes after Wind announced that it has completed upgrades in Edmonton as part of a drastic overhaul to its equipment that began in December in partnership with Nokia Networks. Now the company, which is owned by Shaw Communications, moves onto its biggest and most expansive market, Southern Ontario, which includes the Greater Toronto Area, Hamilton, Barrie, Windsor, London, Niagara Region, and Peterborough. It's unclear how long it will take to make the upgrades in its biggest region.

It's been difficult to ascertain just how much improved Wind's network is in Western Canada, but some new data has shown that it is at least five to 10 times faster than its previous performance. According to Calgary-based blog Crackmacs, users can expect average download speeds of over 5Mbps and upload speeds of over 1.5Mbps, with the former spiking as high as 15Mbps depending on the day. In contrast, my Wind SIM in Toronto consistently offers me speeds of 0.3Mbps to 1Mbps down and 0.05 to 0.3Mbps up — not exactly fast.

Worse are my ping times, which spike as high as 800ms, according to my own tests. The Crackmacs data shows a huge latency disparity in Calgary of between 50ms and 250ms, but even at its most lossy it is in line with many 3G networks around the country. In other words, Wind's network should be considerably more competitive, even at these comparatively slower 3G speeds, once the cross-country upgrades are complete.

Even as it limps towards an LTE rollout, Wind Mobile's upgraded network, combined with its enormously attractive plans, such as one that offers 10GB of local data and 1GB of roaming data for $60 per month, is very compelling.

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