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ZTE Boost Max+ specs

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ZTE Boost Max+

The ZTE Boost Max+ is the latest low-price no contract offering from ZTE for Boost Mobile. It packs a 5.7-inch display, a 3400 mAh battery and is HD Voice capable. Android 5.1 is on board, and while the specs are all new, the $199 price stays the same.

These are the full ZTE Boost Max+ specs:

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1 week ago

ZTE and Boost Mobile officially launch the ZTE Boost Max+

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ZTE Boost Max+

We saw the ZTE Boost Max+ get a sort of early unveiling on the Boost Mobile site, but today both ZTE and Boost are making everything official and have announced the ZTE Boost Max+.

The Boost Max+ looks like a nice successor to the original, with the specs being bigger and better while the price is dropped to $199.99. You have a 5.7-inch 720p display, covered in Gorilla Glass 3, with a 64-bit Snapdragon 410 and 2GB of RAM under the hood. Wrap it all in a gold casing and you have an interesting no-commitment phone with a low monthly rate.

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1 week ago

Samsung is giving away a Galaxy S6 with select 4K TVs in the US

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In the market for a 4K TV? If you're looking to go with Samsung's range of offerings, the manufacturer is ready to sweeten the deal by throwing in a 32GB Galaxy S6 for free. The promotion is limted to the U.S., and is valid on the purchase of a JS9500, JS9100, JS9000, JS8500, JS850D or JS8600 4K TV.

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1 week ago

Sony working on new Android software concept to revive Xperia smartphones

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Sony is working on a new Android software concept build. It's believed the company is looking to revamp the Xperia UI and is currently running a beta test in Sweden. Should you reside in the region you'll be eligible to join the upcoming beta and see what the company may launch on new hardware.

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1 week ago

Samsung's ultra-thin Galaxy A8 heads to South Korea

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Samsung introduced its thinnest smartphone yet — the 5.9mm thick Galaxy A8 — in China earlier this month, and has now launched the handset in its home market. The Galaxy A8 will be available starting July 24 from SK Telecom for 649,000 Korean Won ($563), with white and gold color options on offer.

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1 week ago

Amazon Prime may launch in India later this year

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Amazon is looking to significantly increase its presence in India. Citing "two people directly familiar with the company's decision," ET Tech reports that Amazon will bring its Prime service to India later this year. In addition to launching its subscription-based video and music service, Amazon is apparently readying a $5 billion war chest to take on rival e-commerce stores Flipkart, Snapdeal and PayTM.

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1 week ago

LG Bello II announced with 5-inch display, 5MP front camera

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LG launched its L series of smarthones aimed at emerging markets in August 2014, and has now introduced a new model in the series, called LG Bello II. LG's affordable range of handset are targeted at the entry-level segment in these markets, offering software-based features commonly found in its higher-end phones such as Knock Code, Gesture Shot and Selfie Flash.

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1 week ago

Samsung's Galaxy Tab S2 launching in August in 8-inch and 9.7-inch versions

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

Samsung has just revealed its plans to launch a new consumer tablet, the Galaxy Tab S2. It will be available worldwide in August in both 8-inch and 9.7-inch versions.

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1 week ago

Weekly poll results: SMS is the popular choice for getting chatty

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Last week we asked what apps and methods everyone is using for casual chatting with their friends and family. We got a pretty good mix for the results, but the most popular among readers who participated is still good old SMS messaging.

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1 week ago

From the forums: The little tweaks in Android M Dev Preview v2

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Android M

The slow march to the launch of Android M, and the devices that will accompany such a launch, continued this week as users and developers the world over updated to the second version of the Developer Preview and took a look at the tweaks Google has made to the experience. We know the dark theme hidden in Developer options and the alphabetical markings in the new launcher have gone away for now, and while Now on Tap can be activated in Settings there's not much you can do with it yet. It's a handful of tweaks that, above all, remind us we're not looking at a finished product by any means.

While there aren't any huge shiny things to explore in this updated version of the preview, many of the folks in the forums using the update have had some important experiences so far.

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1 week ago

AC editors' apps of the week: Onca Clock Widget, Songkick Concerts, This War of Mine and more

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Apps of the week

Our weekly app picks

It's Appday Sunday and that means we're back with more of our favorites to share. Every week we bring a handful of great apps to the table and share them with everyone. Sometimes they are new apps, sometimes old standards, but every time they are apps we love to use.

Give these a look and then take a minute to tell us all about the apps you are using and love so we can give them a try. We all find some of our favorites right in the comments on these posts!

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1 week ago

Best Android gadgets of the week: MOOV Now, SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick, and more

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It's another week and another round of excellent Android accessories. Every Sunday, we try to find great products that have been released recently and play nice with your Android phone or tablet. These include fitness trackers, speakers, and some more basic (but admittedly useful) gadgets. Without further ado, let's dig in.

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1 week ago

Slacker Radio brings the hits, hosts to Android Auto

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One of the original streaming music apps on Android is, of course, Slacker Radio. (We first started writing about it in November 2009.) And now on Android Auto, it's as much a part of this platform's future as it is its past.

Slacker — available in Google Play — dubs itself as "human-powered radio" that's "customized by you." (So the war between humans and machines continues here.) The free service is ad-supported. You can dish out $3.99 a month to listen to individual songs (sans ads), or $9.99 a month for full albums.

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1 week ago

In pictures: HTC Vive vs Samsung Gear VR vs Google Cardboard

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HTC Vive

We've been talking a lot about VR recently, and with good reason. There's a lot of exciting things happening all across this emerging tech market, and every company wants in on the action. Google's Cardboard VR initiative makes it simple and inexpensive to get a taste of the VR experience, while the HTC Vive plan to take gaming to an entirely new place later this year with SteamVR.

No one would seriously compare Cardboard to Vive, since one requires a serious gaming PC and the other works with just about every smartphone on the market, but when you look at the headsets side by side you can see how much they all have in common. Since we happened to have a Gear VR and a Google Cardboard unit with us during our last HTC Vive demo, it seemed like the perfect time to see what they look like side by side.

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1 week ago

A quick look at the Vinsic Wireless Charger

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It's slim, lightweight, and always stays lit up whether you're charging or not.

We were about due for another wireless charger review, and this time we've got our hands on the Vinsic Wireless Charger. It's a bit larger than the average charging puck, but still keeps a low profile on any desk or nightstand. Measuring in just over 6-inches in length and nearly 3.5-inches in width, it fits every device we have nicely, including the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. The entire charging pad is made of a smooth plastic that steals your fingerprints with a quickness, but is extremely lightweight — weighing in at nearly 3oz.

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