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1 week ago

Lenovo's ZUK Z2 Pro offers Snapdragon 820, 6GB RAM and 128GB storage for $420

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Lenovo's mobile-only sub-brand ZUK hasn't garnered much attention, but that's about to change with its latest offering, the ZUK Z2 Pro. Unveiled in China earlier today, the phone features a 2.15GHz Snapdragon 820 SoC, 6GB of LPDDR4 RAM, 128GB UFS 2.0 storage, USB Type-C (3.1), Bluetooth 4.2, and a 3100mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0.

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1 week ago

Verizon reports $32.2 billion in revenue, nets 640,000 postpaid additions in Q1 2016

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Verizon has announced its Q1 2016 earnings with $32.2 billion in total operating revenue coming in, of which $22 billion came from the wireless end of the business. The carrier was also able to add 640,000 postpaid net additions, which is a low-volume quarter for them. Customer retention remained solid at Verizon, with its retail postpaid churn as low as 0.96%, a huge improvement year over year.

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1 week ago

Micromax Canvas Spark 2 Plus offers Marshmallow for just ₹3,999

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Micromax, India's leading handset brand, has announced the latest addition to its Canvas Spark series of affordable smartphones. The Canvas Spark 2 Plus is the first smartphone from the vendor to run Marshmallow out of the box, and it's available for just ₹3,999.

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1 week ago

LG G5 se briefly appears online in Russia

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The LG G5 se has been rumored before, with some saying that it would be a smaller version of the LG G5. After appearing online in Russia, it doesn't appear as though the size rumors played out to be true, but it does have downgraded internals. It won't have the Snapdragon 820 processor, and instead will sport the Snapdragon 652. Another notable difference is that it is said to be a 3G phone, even though the processor has an integrated LTE modem.

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1 week ago

B&O Play's new $249 Bluetooth speaker looks absolutely gorgeous

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B&O Play has a new Bluetooth speaker called the BeoPlay A1. The $249 speaker is the vendor's smallest to date, but it comes with a battery that lasts all day and has a built-in microphone that allows you to take calls. While there are several Bluetooth speakers in this segment that offer similar capabilities, the A1's design is its differentiator. Like all B&O Play's products, the A1 looks gorgeous, sporting an aluminium dome with perforations for the speaker grille and a soft-touch rubber base.

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1 week ago

ASUS is doubling down in India

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ASUS is looking to scale up its operations in India, targeting a 5% market share in the country. The Taiwanese vendor wants to double its local production capacity to 600,000 phones this year, with Foxconn handling the actual assembly. To increase its presence in the market, ASUS will launch budget phones in the sub-₹6,000 segment and mid-tier handsets that will retail for over ₹20,000.

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1 week ago

Xiaomi Mi 5 review: Incredible hardware, irritating software

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Xiaomi Mi 5 review

The Mi 5 offers great hardware, but software drawbacks and availability issues continue to hold the device back.

Quick take:

Xiaomi was quick to roll out the Mi 5 in the Indian market, with the vendor trying to make a statement in the country after seeing sluggish sales over the course of the last 12 months. However, the Mi 5 available is the 32GB edition with 3GB of RAM and an underclocked 1.8GHz Snapdragon 820, and not the Pro model with 4GB of RAM and 128GB storage. Combine that with a confounded flash sales model and software that's reminiscent of the KitKat era, and you get a phone that feels overpriced at ₹25,000.

The good

  • Great display
  • Premium design
  • Fast hardware

The bad

  • Annoying flash sales
  • Software niggles
  • Camera not great in low-light
  • No microSD slot

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1 week ago

AT&T rolling out April security patch to Galaxy S7, S7 edge

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AT&T Galaxy S7 and S7 edge users are seeing an update that brings the April security patch. The update comes in at 173MB, and includes the latest security fixes from Google.

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1 week ago

Samsung wants to go hyperlocal in India to boost online sales

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Samsung is looking to go hyperlocal to increase sales through e-commerce stores. Under the strategy, Samsung authorized dealers and its own brand stores will fulfil deliveries for orders placed on e-commerce sites, ensuring price parity between online and offline retailers while facilitating faster delivers.

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1 week ago

Oppo's selfie-focused F1 Plus goes up for sale in India for ₹26,990

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Oppo F1 Plus is now available in India. Pre-orders for the phone kicked off on April 11, and the handset is now available for purchase in retail stores across Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Chennai for ₹26,990.

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1 week ago

Samsung highlights the Galaxy A 2016 series in new commercials

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Samsung has rolled out a series of commercials showcasing what's on offer with the mid-range Galaxy A 2016 series. The videos highlight the metal and glass designs of the phones, the f/1.9 camera with OIS, and also offer a quick look at how you can use Samsung Pay with the handsets.

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1 week ago

Live TV listings are headed to Google search results

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Google has revealed that you'll soon be able to quickly check live TV listings inside of Google Search.

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1 week ago

How to use podcasts in Google Play Music for Android

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How to use podcasts in Google Play Music for Android

Google Play Music has podcasts, oh my! Google Play Music has podcasts, oh my!

In the next logical step of the evolution of Google Play Music, Google has added podcasts to the concoction. Now, from within the Google Play Music app, you can search and stream all your favorite podcasts.

There's no longer a need for third-party apps and jumping around between your music and podcasts, since you now have a one stop shop. Google Play Music's podcasts are missing a couple features, like being able to queue up multiple episodes from different podcasts, but features like that are likely forthcoming.

We've put together a quick guide to get you up and running.

More: Subscribe to the Android Central Podcast!

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1 week ago

Chrome OS hops on Material Design bandwagon with version 50

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Chrome OS users are in for a treat with the latest Chrome 50 release.

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1 week ago

Counter-Strike 1.6 can be played on an Android phone with some extra effort

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While Valve isn't planning to release a native version of its classic PC multiplayer shooter Counter-Strike 1.6 in the Google Play Store, someone has figured out a way to get the game running on Android phones.

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