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3 weeks ago

Sony shifts focus in India, will only offer 'premium' Xperia phones

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Sony will pivot to selling only "premium" Xperia phones in India. The Japanese giant said that it would "defocus" on certain markets earlier this year, opting to turn its attention toward the high-end segment rather than duke it out in the competitive budget category.

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3 weeks ago

Sony's gigantic Xperia XA Ultra now on sale at Unlocked-Mobiles

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The 6-inch Xperia XA Ultra is now up for sale at UK's Unlocked-Mobiles for £298. The retailer is offering the phone in white, black, and lime gold, with next-day delivery options available.

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3 weeks ago

Will EU roaming become more expensive after Brexit?

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Are we in for a roaming price hike when the UK leaves the European Union?

With British voters having chosen to leave the European Union in the June 23 referendum, one of the many areas affected by "Brexit" is the cost of Brits using their phones on the continent. As it stands, EU law restricts how much operators based in one member state can charge for calls, texts and data in another. And in the next year roaming fees between EU countries will be abolished altogether.

So following the referendum result, what does the future hold for European roaming?

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3 weeks ago

Google makes it easier than ever to follow the Olympics

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Google is rolling out a set of features to Google Search that lets you follow the 2016 Summer Olympic Games — which kick off on August 5 in Rio de Janeiro — with ease. You can view TV schedules, athlete bios, and medal tallies directly from search results, and Google has partnered with broadcasters to roll out highlight videos on YouTube in over 60 countries.

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3 weeks ago

Here's how you can watch the Galaxy Note 7 announcement live

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Samsung is all set to unveil the Galaxy Note 7 tomorrow, August 2, in New York City, with satellite events in London and Rio de Janeiro. The event will be streamed live in 360 degrees, and Samsung is making it easy to view the proceedings from your phone, Gear VR, or desktop.

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3 weeks ago

It's official: LG V20 will launch with Android 7.0 Nougat in September

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LG talked about launching a successor to the V10 during its earnings release last week, and the company has now officially announced the V20. The phone will be making its debut in the month of September, and will offer Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box.

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3 weeks ago

Mobile Nations Weekly: Anniversary Update

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BlackBerry's newest phone is a new approach and Microsoft ramps up for the Windows 10 Anniversary Update.

Microsoft is updating in a big way — the week past brought a huge update for the Xbox One and the week ahead will be bringing the huge Windows 10 Anniversary Update to PCs. The Xbox update brings the console's feature set even closer to that of core Windows, including the addition of Windows 10 app support and Microsoft's virtual assistant Cortana.

BlackBerry's seond Android phone is here, and it's a mouthful: the BlackBerry DTEK50. Billed as the "world's most secure smartphone", the DTEK50 is actually a re-badge of the Alcatel Idol 4 — made by BlackBerry contractor and Alcatel owner TCL.

Apple's earnings report landed, and as expected, they made several buckets worth of money. And in an interesting twist, an Apple veteran is back to take over their not-so-secret car project.

There's all of that and so much more — like a VR roller coaster inside a real-life amusement park — in this edition of Mobile Nations Weekly!

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3 weeks ago

Should you buy an 'Amazon' version of the Moto G4 or the BLU R1 HD?

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You can save $50 on a budget-priced Android phone if you're willing to put up with ads on the lock screen and a bit of app drawer clutter. But is it worth it?

Amazon is no stranger to Android. With a fairly popular line of tablets in the Kindle Fire series, a pretty nice set-top box and their own Fire Phone that wasn't very well received, they know more than a little bit about getting a product running our favorite operating system out the door. And they are pretty MLGPro when it comes to writing software — they even have their own Android app store.

Amazon also knows how to grab the attention of millions of people and get them to buy stuff. Whether it's the stuff we were looking for or impulse purchases we'll never use, Amazon is pretty good at making us want it.

Enter the Amazon Prime version of the Moto G4 and the BLU R1 HD. Both phones started as budget models, and Amazon has made them ever more "budgety" by shaving $50 off the price of each in return for your eyes seeing their apps and ads on your lock screen. Is the $50 worth it, or should you buy the regular version if you're interested in either of these phones?

I've been fiddling with them both and am about to tell you what I think.

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3 weeks ago

Latest Huawei P9 update finally stops messing with your app icons

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No more terrible rounded rectangles and outdated Google app logos.

After years of being broken, ugly or both, Huawei's EMUI software is finally starting to get better. We saw some big improvements in EMUI 4.1 on the Huawei P9 this year, with major UI bugbears and longstanding glitches finally addressed. And now a fresh P9 update eliminates one huge pet hate of ours: Huawei's meddling in your app icons.

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3 weeks ago

5 important things to know about Google Play Family Libraries

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I have a nice Google Play Movies library. And now, so does the rest of my family.

Google Play rolled out Family Libraries earlier this week in 8 countries. It allows families to share content from almost every section of the Google Play store with the whole group. Now, rather than buying all your content with one account and adding that account to every tablet/phone in the family, everyone can buy what they want and share it. It sounds great, and it's a leap forward for family content management on Android and Google's properties but there are a few things you should know.

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3 weeks ago

This $11 waterproof Bluetooth speaker is perfect for the shower!

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If you are in the market for a new waterproof Bluetooth speaker, you won't want to miss out on Seedforce's option at Amazon for just $11 with coupon code FGYX33GA right now. The speaker will offer you great sound quality thanks to its built-in 5W drivers and other high-quality components, as well as long-lasting battery life. Thanks to it 2500mAh battery, you'll be able to enjoy around 16 hours of playback per charge.

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3 weeks ago

How to save your battery while playing Pokémon Go

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You can't catch 'em all, if your battery dies.

So you're all-in on Pokémon Go — hunting through your neighborhood for PokéStops, Gyms, and of course, Pokémon. After a couple of hours, you realize that this game is an absolute battery drainer. But don't worry, it's not just you — this game uses mobile data, GPS, your screen and your camera, and that means sucking down a lot of battery every minute you're playing.

Pokémon Go is a high battery use application, which in more general terms, means that it can eat through your battery faster than you would think. So we've spent some time finding the best ways to save, and extend your battery life to get you the most time out there hunting Pokémon.

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3 weeks ago

Huge Pokémon Go update adds avatar re-customization, removes Pokémon footprints

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You can't argue with bug fixes ... but some won't like the removable of footprints.

Pokémon Go is picking up a big update today on Android that makes a couple of big changes to the game experience and joins with them a pile of bug fixes. The big change that's rubbing players the wrong way is that now you'll no longer see "footprints" of nearby Pokémon, meaning you won't be able to rely on those hints as to where the monsters are waiting to be caught. After seeing plenty of anecdotes about Pokémon Go players trespassing and generally going places they shouldn't just to track down Pokémon, Niantic has made this change and also added various new start-up warnings to hopefully help people make some better decisions.

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3 weeks ago

Moto G4 versus Moto G4 Plus: The features that make a phone

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Being on a budget doesn't mean a lack of options.

Picking up a decent phone on a budget isn't the trial that it was even a few short years ago. What do you do when two nearly identical phones come out at the same time though? That's the question when it comes to the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus. Both are largely identical, with just a few additions to the Moto G4 Plus that its little brother lacks.

So we're going to take a look at them side by side and see if the additions to the Moto G4 Plus make it worth the increased price tag, or whether you want to stick with the Moto G4.

Design

When it comes to the design of these two phones, they are nearly identical. They have the same screen, size, and even branding. The one big difference, and the one that matters, is the addition of a fingerprint sensor on the bottom of the Moto G4 Plus. This is actually the big draw about grabbing the Moto G4 Plus over the base Moto G4.

There are a few big differences between these two Lenovo phones on the inside, like the options for memory, the rear camera, and of course that sweet fingerprint sensor. But in looking at them, the only way to tell them apart is by the presence of the fingerprint sensor on the bottom of the Moto G4 Plus.

Hardware

Now for the most part, the hardware on the Moto G4 and Moto G4 plus is identical. Much like the design, there are a few areas where they diverge. The differences that do exist however, are fairly major ones when it comes to changing how they work every day.

Now, while you can get either of these phones with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of on-board storage, the Moto G4 Plus also has an option for more storage. You can choose to snag the 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage model if you wish. For some people, this difference isn't enough to sway them from the Moto G4, but the option is nice to have.

It's also worth noting that while there is only 16GB of on-board storage initially, both phones have access to the Adoptable Storage feature in Marshmallow. This means that with the addition of a solid SD card you can properly extend your internal storage to the external card as one big piece of accessible storage.

Category Moto G4 Moto G4 Plus Display 5.5-inch Full HD display, 401PPI
Gorilla Glass 3 5.5-inch Full HD display, 401PPI
Gorilla Glass 3 SoC 1.5GHz Snapdragon 617 SoC (eight Cortex A53 cores)
Adreno 405 GPU 1.5GHz Snapdragon 617 SoC (eight Cortex A53 cores)
Adreno 405 GPU Memory 2GB RAM/16GB storage
microSD slot up to 128GB 2GB RAM/16GB storage
3GB RAM/32GB storage
microSD slot Operating System Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow Camera 13MP camera
5MP front shooter 16MP camera
PDAF and laser autofocus
5MP front camera Connectivity LTE with VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 Fingerprint sensor
LTE with VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 Battery 3000mAh with Turbo Charging 3000mAh with Turbo Charging Dimensions 153 x 76.6 x 7.9 mm 153 x 76.6 x 7.9 mm Weight 155 g 155 g Colors White/Black White/Black

Cameras

For plenty of people, the camera on their phone can seriously influence a decision. You use your camera to capture moments with friends and family alike, and having a phone with a great camera is necessary for that. You want a camera that can grab shots indoors, and outdoors without any issues. Having one with a fast focus that won't leave you with tons of blurry shots is also integral.

We're happy to say that both the Moto G4 and the Moto G4 Plus have great cameras on them. They don't have the same camera though. Instead the Moto G4 Plus has a 16MP to the Moto G4's 13MP. A great addition that they've both gotten is having access to manual controls on both. That means that whether you go for the pricier phone or not, you can still snag fantastic photos.

Moto G4 (left) / Moto G4 Plus (right); click images to view larger

It's worth being said that overall, the Moto G4 Plus delivered fantastic results with less reshooting than the Moto G4 did. Both delivered great results, but the Moto G4 Plus had a faster focus, and less issues with photos turning out blurry because of movement. It also had the added benefit of showing off better colors than the regular Moto G4 was able to.

Which phone should I buy?

So when it comes down to it, which phone is the right phone for you? The Moto G4 is available for just $199.99 and for that price it's a fairly solid device. However, when you consider that the Moto G4 Plus has access to more RAM, a better camera, and that fingerprint sensor, the $249.99 price tag makes sense.

Of the two phones, the Moto G4 Plus is the better bang for your buck. If you don't really care about an extra 3MP on your camera, or the fingerprint sensor, then it makes sense to maybe save $50 with the Moto G4. The big thing to remember, is that aside from a few differences, the phones are identical. The only real reason to grab the Moto G4 Plus over the Moto G4 is if you're taking plenty of photos, or if you want the superior camera.

See the Moto G4 at Amazon See the Moto G4 Plus at Amazon

Moto G4 and G4 Plus

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3 weeks ago

Gear S2 watch face roundup: Deathstar, Overwatch and more!

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Finding an awesome watch face doesn't mean you have to spend money.

There are hundreds of watch faces that are currently available for the Samsung Gear S2. You might not have the time to go scrolling through the Gear store to find the right one for you though. That's totally okay though, because we're here to help you out! This week we're taking a look at watch faces that are available now for absolutely free.

You don't need to spend a penny to grab any of these fantastic watch faces, so take a look! Just remember that to download them, you'll need to search the Gear Manager store on your connected phone.

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