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1 week ago

Verizon's DROID MAXX 2 may be a US version of the Moto X Play

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According to a new leak, the Moto X Play may actually make its way to the US and land on Verizon, but under the branding of its DROID line. Internally, the phone is said to be identical to the Play, with a 5.5-inch 1080p display, 1.65GHz Snapdragon 615, 2GB of RAM, 8GB of storage with a microSD slot and even the 21MP camera on the rear. The difference, however, is that this variant will feature all of Verizon's branding and bloat.

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1 week ago

Vysor is an interesting new way to control Android from your computer

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There are a couple of ways to remotely view and control your Android from a desktop, but none of them are particularly easy to use. Some require root access, some require subscriptions, and some aren't really worth using due to low framerates and overall quality. The mind behind Rom Manager, Voice Plus, AllCast, and other popular Android apps has been working on a better way to remote control multiple Android phones and tablets for a while now, and like almost everything Android the work was discovered late last night and leaked before it was finished.

The app is called Vysor, and while it's not quite finished yet we've been using it for a little while now and can't wait to see the finished product.

Unlike your average Android remote app, Vysor is a Chrome app first. You launch in Chrome, turn on USB debugging on your phone or tablet, and connect to the computer. Once ADB connects to your machine, Vysor is installed and your mobile screen shows up on your desktop. Your mouse and keyboard can now control your Android, complete with keyboard shortcuts for back, home, and multitask. In our testing it works great on Mac and Windows, and aside from the occasional need to play with USB connection mode (thanks, Installer Mode nonsense) Vysor works as soon as you plug the cable in after the initial setup.

Everything about Vysor is beta right now, so expect things to not always work as advertised while it's finished.

Framerate isn't the best, you won't be playing fast-paced games or anything, but for most day to day tasks it's smooth enough to be enjoyable. You'll also find the screen on your Android stays on for the transfer to your computer to work, so if you're doing something that drains the battery faster than the connection to your PC can charge it you'll have a problem before too long. Dropping the brightness helps a lot, but your usage is going to vary from device to device.

As cool as a nice, free remote control service is, Vysor Share is where the real fun is. Your remote session can be shared to someone else with Vysor installed on their Chrome instance, and that user has the same ability to view and control the existing Vysor session. In his scrambling to properly announce this service after the leak, Koush explains this feature came from his long desire to remotely deploy and observe code on hardware that wasn't sitting right at his desk. It's a cool way to do exactly that, though the lag you experience in Vysor increases in obvious ways with everything streamed over the Internet.

Everything about Vysor is beta right now, so expect things to not always work as advertised while it's finished and prepared for an actual launch. In the mean time, if you've been looking for a new way to remotely view and control Android phones and tablets you should absolutely give this a shot.

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1 week ago

Sony teases 'greater focus' for the next Xperia smartphone

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Sony tweeted out a tease for next month's IFA in Berlin, preparing fans of the company for a smartphone announcement with greater focus. What the company means by greater focus could well be related to the camera installed on this unannounced Xperia smartphone.

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1 week ago

Wileyfox announces the Storm and Swift, powered by CyanogenOS

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Wileyfox

New handsets at £129 and £199 for the new Cyanogen-partnered smartphone vendor.

This morning in London, new smartphone brand Wileyfox has announced two new Android handsets running CyanogenOS 12.1.

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1 week ago

Leaked images of HTC's A9 'hero' smartphone show off a design that's awfully familiar

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To combat falling profits, HTC CEO Cher Wang announced that the vendor would launch a "hero" device in October, with the phone likely alleged to kick off a new product series. We've been hearing of a handset codenamed Aero over the last few months, with today's leaked images giving us a first look at the alleged design of the phone.

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1 week ago

These are the 'Galaxy Gifts' available to Note 5 and S6 edge+ buyers

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These are the Galaxy Gifts available to Note 5

Samsung has for the past few years cut deals with a variety of big names in a number of spaces to offer a set of so-called "Galaxy Gifts" for those buying new Samsung phones and tablets. With the retail availability of the Note 5 and S6 edge+ in full swing, there's a new set of Galaxy Gifts for the latest phones.

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1 week ago

Hands-on with the public beta of Cortana on Android

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Cortana for Android was released as a public beta earlier today. I installed it on the LG G4 to see how it works. Is it better on Android compared to Windows Phone? Go watch our hands-on video to find out.

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1 week ago

T-Mobile offers discounts on slew of Android phones with back to school sale

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If you have a student in your life in desperate need of a new phone, T-Mobile's back to school sale might be worth checking out. The magenta carrier is running a two-day "Class is in Session" sale that offers discounts on a number of Android smartphones and accessories.

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1 week ago

Galaxy Note 5 pro tip: Insert the S Pen pointy end first

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Galaxy Note 5 S Pen

Apparently this is a thing with the new Samsung Galaxy Note 5 that needs to be said out loud: Do not insert the S Pen back into the body of the phone backward. Or upside down. Or whatever.

Pointy side first, folks.

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1 week ago

Win a Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+!

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Samsung has announced the new Galaxy S6 edge+ (and the Galaxy Note 5) and if you somehow missed all the coverage we've done, you're going to want to check that out. When you've caught up to speed, come back here and enter to win the all new S6 edge+ for your very own.

Here's how to get in on the action. We're giving you four ways to enter — and you can enter once with each method. (That's a total of four chances to win!)

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1 week ago

Hands on with the HTC Desire 626

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HTC Desire 626

HTC's Desire line has always been a quality mid-range experience, but as that space continues to welcome new players the new 626 has some interesting competition.

Talking about the top of the line is fun, but this year has been huge for the mid range. HTC has been rocking the affordable smartphone for a while now with the Desire line, though it was mostly over in Europe and Asia until now. These phones are middle of the road, and are more feasible for purchase outright. The latest in this lineup is the HTC Desire 626, complete with an unlocked price tag that competes with what is quickly becoming a crowded segment.

Here's our hands on.

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1 week ago

The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Android Auto

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It's a hard fact of early adopter life that not every new toy will work with every other new toy out of the box. Such is the case with Android Auto, which on occasion refuses to connect to some new phone that should happen to find its way into our car.

So it's understandable that folks have been asking me about whether the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 plays nice with Android Auto.

Here's what I've found.

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1 week ago

Hands-on the Incipio OCTANE Case for HTC One M9

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Incipio's OCTANE Case shows off the HTC One M9's original design while managing impacts like a champ.

This bumper case provides more than just simple protection around the edges; its co-molded construction adds a transparent polycarbonate shell to match its easy-grip border. Although the back shell is see-through, it's actually a bit cloudy compared to something similar like the HTC Clear Hard Shell Case. That said, the OCTANE Case adds more grip from edge to edge, reducing those accidental drops.

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1 week ago

How to set up the Galaxy Note 5 and S6 edge+

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Galaxy Note 5 and S6 edge+

Setting up a phone can feel like a chore, but understanding the first steps can make the rest of your time with it a breeze.

The Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ have the same setup process, which in itself isn't too far removed from what you'd encounter on a brand new Galaxy S6. Things have changed slightly, however, and Samsung has even added a couple steps to an already quite long setup process.

We're going to show you all of the high points of setting up a Note 5 or S6 edge, and make sure that you get your new phone started the right way.

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1 week ago

Hearthstone's Grand Tournament expansion is now available

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The Grand Tournament, the latest expansion for Blizzard's popular Hearthstone card game, is now available. The Tournament adds 132 new cards for players to collect or purchase. The new cards include an assortment of knights, spells, and more, offering new strategies in your card brawls.

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