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2 weeks ago

HTC denies rumors of mobile division sale

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HTC is saying rumors of a forthcoming sale of their mobile division are false.

HTC is "strongly denying" rumors out of China that the Taiwanese tech manufacturer is reportedly planning a sale of its smartphone business. Rumor has it HTC would announce the deal for early 2017.

But HTC has been adamant in its denials of the rumors. In a statement provided to Android Central, a representative from HTC strongly denied the reports, calling them false.

The rumors are entirely false, says HTC.

The rumor seemed to gain legs due to the struggles HTC has faced in 2016. The Taiwanese device maker has posted losses every quarter this year, due in part to the struggling sales of the HTC 10. It also recently released the HTC Bolt, an underwhelming Sprint exclusive that's unlikely to win over many consumers or have an impact on the bottom line.

Given all that, and coupled with the relative success of its manufacturing partnership with Google to create the Pixel, many outlets have jumped on the rumor that the search engine giant would be interested in acquiring HTC's mobile division. Other rumors have claimed HTC's CEO Cher Wang has been getting in touch with collaborators to give them advanced notice of a sale in Spring 2017.

Considering the vehement denial from HTC we can see how these rumors could be more of an assumption than anything substantial, but in the next few months we'll find out if anything moves forward.

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2 weeks ago

Wind Mobile rebrands Freedom Mobile, launches LTE network in Toronto, Vancouver

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It's Freedom Mobile time!

Canada's Wind Mobile has rebranded Freedom Mobile as it looks to move into a new phase of maturity under new owner, Shaw Communications.

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2 weeks ago

Best Accessories For Galaxy S7 And Galaxy S7 edge

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Best accessories for your Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge

There's a ridiculous amount of choice out there when it comes to Galaxy S7 and S7 edge accessories — let us offer a few top picks.

Samsung's best-selling phones of the year, the Galaxy S line, always command attention from accessory makers. Samsung itself has stepped up its game in first-party accessories as well, with lots of great Galaxy S7 and S7 edge options. From batteries to cases to car mounts, we have narrowed things down to a solid handful of accessories that you should consider for your phone.

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2 weeks ago

HTC offering $200 off in Black Friday savings on the HTC 10

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Get the HTC 10 for less ahead of Black Friday.

HTC is already getting into the spirit of Black Friday, hoping to attract consumers before the biggest shopping day of the year. They're offering a $200 discount on the HTC 10 from now until November 29, which brings the price down to a very attractive $499.

You can choose between carrier-locked versions for T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint, or go with the unlocked option that's compatible with AT&T's and T-Mobile's networks. You'll also get to choose between a few HTC-exclusive color options — Camellia Red, Topaz Gold, Carbon Gray. The red, in particular, really stands out from the rest.

The HTC 10 runs on Snapdragon 820 with 4GB of Ram and features a 12MP rear UltraPixel 2 camera with front and back OIS, HiFi audio, expandable memory via microSD and a 3,000mAh battery that recharges up to 50% in 30 minutes using Quick Charge 3.0.

This deal is only available until November 29 and only while supplies last, so if you've been considering the HTC 10, now is the time to act!

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2 weeks ago

Carphone Warehouse slashes Google Pixel + Galaxy S7 prices in 'black tag' sale

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Don't call it Black Friday.

In the run up to Black Friday, UK retailer Carphone Warehouse has launched four days of "black tag" sales, with substantial discounts on some high-end phones — as well as some older models — both on contract and SIM-free.

A few highlights include:

The deals expire at midnight UK time on Thursday (as in 12 a.m. Friday morning), so hit up the link below to check 'em out.

See at Carphone Warehouse

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

Unlocked AT&T Sprint T-Mobile Verizon

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Google Pixel + Pixel XL

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2 weeks ago

New Limited Edition ZTE Axon 7 has Force Touch, 6GB RAM and 128GB storage

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ZTE Axon 7

Updated model lands today for just under $500.

Mid-cycle refreshes are apparently all the rage this year. Just as OnePlus bumps up to the OnePlus 3T, rival ZTE is today rolling out a new limited edition Axon 7 with upgraded specs. The new model will sell for $499.98 through the company's online store, and boasts 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage (compared to the original's 4GB/64GB), along with a pressure-sensitive Force Touch display.

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2 weeks ago

Pokémon Go's third global in-game event doubles XP for a week

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Another opportunity to score more points is coming.

Pokémon Go is one of the biggest successes of 2016, even if interest in the mobile game hasn't sustained itself since its summer introduction. Certainly, with negative temperatures now creeping up here in Toronto, I certainly have less incentive than a few months ago to get out and level up.

Well, Niantic and The Pokémon Company feel the same way, since it is holding the third global in-game event between November 23 and November 30, where trainers will earn double the XP and Stardust for completing in-game actions. Previous in-game events saw a higher number of ghoulish Pokémon over the Halloween period, as well as double the experience points during set times.

More: Pokémon Go, the ultimate guide

Recently, Pokémon Go was expanded to include eight new countries in the Middle East, including Bahrain, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates.

Pokémon Go

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2 weeks ago

Get a year's worth of movies and TV shows for only $19!

 Get a year's worth of all the movies and TV shows you can handle for only 9!

There's Netflix, there's Hulu, there's CraveTV, there's Crackle, there's Shomi – there's too many! If you subscribe to only one streaming service, then you're probably missing out on reliving many of your favorite shows and you may not be discovering all the new favorites that you don't even know you have! Sure, you could subscribe to all of them, but then you might as well pay for cable!

You need a streaming service that has it all: every TV show you could ever want, every movie you never even knew you wanted to see, and even some live channels and pay per view options. How about radio stations too? You need a one-stop shop so that you're not having to create a bunch of accounts and having to keep track of passwords and login information. And wouldn't it be great if that service worked with just about every browser you can think of?

SelectTV has it all. Formerly Rabbit TV, SelectTV features over 10,000 movies, 250,000 TV episodes, 50,000 radio stations, and much more, from over 150 countries. If you feel like listening to some latin music, don't settle for local AM radio – listen to radio stations from Mexico or Cuba! Don't limit yourself to North American programming; SelectTV opens you up to a literal world of TV and movie possibilities. You can even stream concerts, live sports, right from a full calendar, all provided with your subscription.

Usually, a 1-year subscription to SelectTV is $36 (even compared to $9 a month at Netflix, that's still a great deal), but right now through Android Central Digital Offers, you can get access to global entertainment for a year for only $19. If you want to save even more, go for a 3-year subscription for only $49.

The most popular streaming services are fine – until you run out of things to watch. Subscribe to SelectTV and never be left wanting for TV, movies, live sports, world radio, and concerts ever again.

See at Android Central Digital Offers

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2 weeks ago

Google Play Music's latest update is two steps forward, one step back

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Last week, Google Play Music took its first step towards a long, long overdue overhaul.

The recent Google Play Music update changes only one element of the UI: the home page. Before the update, it was a mix of Recents and Recommendations. Now, Listen Now is entirely recommendations, with only a Recents button in the top right corner to remind you that Play Music is anything but AI-made radio stations… until you switch to Downloaded. Then, Home changes into something far more useful.

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2 weeks ago

Android Pay support may soon be coming to Android Wear

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Huawei Watch

... But you might need to buy a new watch to use it.

With Samsung and Apple already offering NFC payments on their smartwatches, it was only a matter of time until Android Pay caught up with its own wrist-based payment option. And now strings dug up by Android Police from within the latest Google Play Services APK file suggest it might be happening sooner rather than later. (Or at the very least, that Googlers may be testing it out in the wild.)

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2 weeks ago

Best Front-facing Camera

Snap a selfie perfectly each time with one of these smartphones.

Best Overall

Samsung Galaxy S7

See at AT&T See at Sprint See at T-Mobile See at Verizon

Samsung has got the selfie all figured out. The Galaxy S7's 5-megapixel front-facing camera may seem like it's too low resolution for your beauty shots compared to other smartphones out there, but it's a fine performer. The phone also offers a variety of selfie-shooting modes you'll find useful, including filter effects, a robust beautify feature that works like Instant Photoshop, and even a Wide selfie mode, which transforms the Galaxy S7's front-facing camera into an wide-angle camera lens, so you can fit more people into the shot.

Bottom line: You'll win at narcissism with the Galaxy S7's fine front-facing hardware.

One more thing: The Galaxy S7 is available in a more ruggedized form if you're an AT&T subscriber. Just look up the Galaxy S7 Active. Or, if you're looking for a bigger smartphone, the phablet-sized Galaxy S7 Edge also shares the same hardware.

Why the Galaxy S7 is the best

Let's riff on the Galaxy S7's specifications for just a second. This phone is equipped with a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, which shoots at an f/1.7 aperture and feature auto HDR capabilities. The Galaxy S7 also comes equipped with a double-press shortcut, which lets you press the Home button twice to quickly launch the camera app whenever you need. And, if you're aching to be the next YouTube star, you can use the Galaxy S7's Live broadcast feature to stream you and your friends making silly faces at one another.

Best Non-Samsung

Google Pixel/Pixel XL

See at Verizon See at Google

I've been using the Pixel and Pixel XL to take snaps of me and my pals for the past few weeks. Its 8-megapixel front-facing camera is a phenomenal performer, though it only shoots at an aperture of f/2.4. It also doesn't have as many extra feature offerings as Samsung's smartphones, though you can download a third-party app like the BestMe Selfie Camera to have some fun with your friends.

Bottom line: If you'd rather go Google because software updates matter more to you than an abundance of camera features, the Pixel is a bona fide selfie shooter.

One more thing: The Pixel also utilizes the helpful double-press-to-launch shortcut like the Galaxy S7.

Best Budget

Honor 8

See at Amazon

Huawei is particularly keen on boasting about its selfie capabilities — and for good reason. The Honor 8 is an entry-level smartphone with an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. It shoots at an aperture of f/2.4 and comes bundled with features like the "Perfect selfie," which stores your customized beauty settings.

Bottom line: If you don't want to pay full price for a premium phone, but you still want a worthy selfie-snapping sensor, the Honor 8 is a worth considering.

One more thing: The Honor 8 also has dual 12-megapixel rear-facing cameras on the back, so you won't be compromising your main camera performance either.

Conclusion

Samsung knows selfies. It's been attempting to perfect them since the Galaxy S III, likely because it's a major selling point. Don't be deterred by the lower resolution of its front-facing camera, however. There's plenty of fun to be had with Samsung's flagship, including tktk, tktkt, and tktktk. Best of all, you can use the spotlight effect to add a little more glow to your headshots.

For the most part, the best smartphone for selfies is the one you already have your hand. So get to snappin'!

Best Overall

Samsung Galaxy S7

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Samsung has got the selfie all figured out. The Galaxy S7's 5-megapixel front-facing camera may seem like it's too low resolution for your beauty shots compared to other smartphones out there, but it's a fine performer. The phone also offers a variety of selfie-shooting modes you'll find useful, including filter effects, a robust beautify feature that works like Instant Photoshop, and even a Wide selfie mode, which transforms the Galaxy S7's front-facing camera into an wide-angle camera lens, so you can fit more people into the shot.

Bottom line: You'll win at narcissism with the Galaxy S7's fine front-facing hardware.

One more thing: The Galaxy S7 is available in a more ruggedized form if you're an AT&T subscriber. Just look up the Galaxy S7 Active. Or, if you're looking for a bigger smartphone, the phablet-sized Galaxy S7 Edge also shares the same hardware.

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