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2 days ago

The OnePlus 2 is coming to nine cities around the world on July 31

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OnePlus has announced that it will be hosting events in nine cities around the world, allowing customers to get hands-on time with the OnePlus 2 before its official release on August 11. The global event is scheduled for July 31 in New York, San Francisco, London, Paris, Berlin, Milan, New Delhi, Bangalore, and Jakarta.

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2 days ago

The OnePlus 2: Hands-on with the well-hyped Android smartphone sequel

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OnePlus has finally pulled the covers off of its next phone. And despite all of the leaks and teases there are plenty of new and interesting things to explore.

It has been 460 days since OnePlus last announced a smartphone — its only smartphone, actually. And as co-founder Carl Pei is quick to tell everyone within earshot (which on the Internet is a lot of folks) this is somewhat unusual in this ecosystem. Unusual is a good word to describe just about everything OnePlus, right down to the way this second phone is being introduced to the world. Not necessarily bad, not necessarily good, but unusual enough to grab you attention and give just enough reason to see what the company is all about.

Now that the OnePlus 2 has been made officially official, we can much more about the device itself. Like OnePlus as a company, the phone is unusual. Looking at the specs sheet and a handful of photos doesn't do the overall experience justice. It's probably inappropriate — not to mention pointlessly early — to go around calling this phone a "2016 Flagship Killer" but the OnePlus 2 is an experience clearly greater than the sum of its parts.

Here's our hands-on and first impressions.

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2 days ago

In pictures: The OnePlus 2

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While the OnePlus 2 may not look dramatically different from its predecessor the One, there's a lot of new hardware to look at in the second OnePlus device. The OnePlus 2 brings a full metal frame to the table, and keeps around the StyleSwap covers to offer five different material finishes and colors.

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2 days ago

The OnePlus 2 is here: Metal frame, high-end specs and five back cover choices for $389

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The OnePlus 2 hasn't exactly been a secret, but tonight OnePlus has made things all official.

Unveiled at the event, both live and in Virtual Reality, the OnePlus 2 brings some impressive specs, a moderate price, and a familiar yet new design to the table. While you won't find any glass or leather, there's a good chance you'll like what you see here — especially if you were a fan of last year's model. Some quick-hits from the spec sheet:

  • Snapdragon 810 at 1.8GHz
  • 5.5-inch IPS LCD at 1920x1080 (401 ppi), with in-cell touch technology and Gorilla Glass
  • 3300 mAh battery
  • Two models — a 64GB version with 4GB of RAM, and a 16GB version with 3GB of RAM
  • StyleSwap covers in bamboo, black apricot, kevlar, rosewood and sandstone black
  • USB Type-C connectivity

Both models will be available in a dual SIM/dual standby configuration, and will feature the custom OxygenOS (built atop of Android 5.1). There's even a switch on the side to manage notification volume.

The OnePlus 2 (both configurations) will be available through an invite-only system in the US and Europe starting August 11, when the 64GB version will retail for $389. The 16GB version will be available later for $329.

Stay tuned as we bring you all there is to know about the OnePlus 2!

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2016 Flagship Killer Unveiled: Meet the OnePlus 2

OnePlus Doubles Down on Design, Power and Innovation for the OnePlus 2, from $329

SAN FRANCISCO, July 27, 2015 - OnePlus, a global technology startup, today announced its latest flagship product, the much anticipated OnePlus 2. Following the global success of last year's OnePlus One, the latest offering reaffirms OnePlus' commitment to the highest level of craftsmanship in the industry today. The OnePlus 2 boasts top of the line specs, one of the best cameras on the market, beautiful design and the adoption of state of the art technology.

"From day one, we've prioritized our product and our community above all else - we carefully listened to our users' feedback and incorporated suggestions in building the OnePlus 2." said OnePlus Founder and CEO, Pete Lau. "We chose premium materials, the highest performing components and forward thinking technology to make this an unparalleled user experience."

Specs that Impress

The OnePlus 2's aluminum-magnesium alloy frame and jewelry-grade stainless steel accents encase a vibrant, full HD 5.5" IPS LCD In-Cell display. The OnePlus 2's display outperforms in direct sunlight with 178 degrees of crystal clear viewing angles. Noticeably more solid and durable, at just 175 grams, the OnePlus 2 is easy and natural to hold. A 3300mAh lithium polymer battery powers the device throughout the day, and as a dual-sim device the OnePlus 2 simultaneously supports two Nano SIM cards with 4G LTE capability.

The 64-bit Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM 810 SoC is the fastest processor on the market. With up to 64GB of storage and eMMC 5.0 flash memory, the OnePlus 2 is lightning quick. Paired with up to 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM, the OnePlus 2 powers all your apps, games and videos.

Capture Your World

The OnePlus 2 puts extraordinary digital photography power right in your pocket. The 13 megapixel rear facing camera boasts 6 physical lenses, powerful dual LED flash, and f/2.0 aperture. Perhaps most impressive is the sensor, which contains large 1.3 µm light-collecting pixels to deliver low-light shots like you haven't seen before.

The OnePlus 2 camera has been engineered for improved clarity and stability, accomplished with the addition of an advanced Optical Image Stabilization system. Rear mounted laser technology sharpens and focuses the camera in just .33 milliseconds and the wide-angle 5 megapixel front facing camera ensures every angle is covered.

Carefully Crafted

The OnePlus 2 is a continuation of the smooth curves and clean lines that defined the OnePlus One. A striking yet subtle floating display and metal chamfered edges add elegance and solidity to the outer frame, also making the OnePlus 2 easy to hold and comfortable in the hand.

In addition to OnePlus' signature Sandstone Black, consumers now have access to a range of covers including actual wood built Bamboo, Black Apricot, Rosewood and even Kevlar.

Ahead of the Curve

Equipped with a USB Type-C charging port, OnePlus is paving the way for the adoption of USB Type-C technology, the latest in charging and data transfer. Taking it one step further, the OnePlus charging cable uses patented technology making the Type-A side reversible as well.

The OnePlus 2 is equipped with a fingerprint scanner, adding premium security and convenience. Users can now wake and unlock the device with one of five stored fingerprints in less than half a second. Additionally, the OnePlus 2 features an alert slider for quick access to custom notification settings. Unprecedented on an Android device, the alert slider can silence the device with a simple click.

Innovative operating system – OxygenOS

The OnePlus 2 is the first device in the world to ship with OnePlus' own operating system, OxygenOS. "With the OnePlus 2, we're making a bet on the future, and doubling down on a holistic product experience," said OnePlus Co-founder, Carl Pei. "We're excited for what our fans have to say."

OxygenOS, based on Android 5.1, is a refreshing take on the pure Android experience. Subtle customizations like on screen gestures, dark mode, the ability to switch between hardware and capacitive buttons and toggle quick settings are baked in throughout the OS. Loaded with custom apps including Camera, Audio Tuner and File Manager, OxygenOS delivers a light, secure take on Android.

Pricing and availability

The 64GB OnePlus 2 will be available with an invite in the United States and European Union starting August 11 for $389. The 16GB OnePlus 2 with 3GB of LPDDR4 RAM will be available later for $329.

Fans can visit one of nine pop up experience centers located around the world on July 31st to sign up for an invite and be one of the first in the world to see the OnePlus 2. Users can also tune in to OnePlus' social media channels starting August 1st for a chance to get an invite.

About OnePlus

OnePlus is a technology startup committed to bringing the best possible technology to users around the world. Created around the mantra, "Never Settle", OnePlus creates exquisitely designed devices with premium build quality and high performance hardware. For more information, please visit oneplus.net.

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2 days ago

OnePlus 2 specs

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The OnePlus 2 is finally here, and while the experience of actually using it is the most important part of the phone, it needs to be backed up by solid internals to give it the best shot. These are the specs that make the OnePlus 2 run, and we've listed them all here down to the gritty details.

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3 days ago

Samsung announces Galaxy Unpacked event for August 13

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Samsung has officially announced its next Galaxy Unpacked event for August 13 at 11am ET in New York City. When August 13 rolls around, we'll presumably be treated to our first official look at the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus.

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3 days ago

Snag the HTC RE camera from Best Buy for $99

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If you're in the market for a quirky little handheld camera, Best Buy's latest sale on the HTC RE camera should pique your interest. The retailer currently has the camera available for just $99, which is $100 off its normal asking price.

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3 days ago

Wear HQ for Android Wear is everything you need in one place

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Having a hub for all your information is never a bad thing when it comes to technology. Wear HQ provides just that, for your Android Wear device. With your current watch stats, a curated list of apps, recent news, and an easy way to uninstall apps, it's definitely worth checking out. We've got all the details, so check them out below.

Wear HQ is built to be a command center for your Android Wear device, although it works from your phone. When you open the app you'll find several tabs; Home, Apps, Faces, Games, Stuff, News and Manager. Your home screen has about a dozen different mini screens, each with different information for you. Recent news, along with curated apps for different purposes can be rearranged or removed at your leisure. There is also a screen with a quick watch status. It displays the model, current storage space, current up time, number of currently installed apps, and battery life of your smartwatch.

The Apps, Faces, and Games tabs all have lists of apps that have been curated. All of the apps are curated, with new links added daily. The search function has an awesome filter system that can help you find a certain type of android wear app, or you can search using your keyboard. You can also filter by apps that are free, or paid, as well as the order your results will show up in. The next tab over, Stuff, has accessories for your smartwatch. You can find screen protectors, straps and bands, and even charging cables all with access to search filters to find exactly what you're looking for.

Past that is the News tab, with the current wear news stories crossing the internet. The last tab is called Manager, and allows you to view or uninstall the apps on your smartwatch. The list is clean, and by tapping on any of the apps you'll see the app information. You can easily uninstall right from there, as well as view the app name, package, app size and data size.

From top to bottom, Wear HQ works fantastically as a hub for your Android Wear needs. Whether it's keeping an eye on your storage space, finding new apps, or looking for the best accessories to spice up your smartwatch, this app has you covered. So do you use Wear HQ, or do you have a better way of keeping an eye on everything?

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3 days ago

The Humble NEOGEO Mobile Bundle has added some more games

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Last week, the latest Humble Mobile Bundle for Android launched, featuring a bunch of classic NEOGEO games under its "pay what you want" model. Now, even more games have been added to the mix, and they can all be yours for one very low price.

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3 days ago

Anti-Google smear campaign revealed in apparent MPAA email

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An email has emerged that seems to show the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) discussing a media campaign against Google with lawyers in the office of Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood. Google, which was under investigation by Hood, has been trying to discover how that investigation was run, and released the email as part of a court filing. This is one of the few such documents that Google has been able to acquire.

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3 days ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 gets shown off again, this time in high-resolution shots

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 has been no stranger to the camera, but the latest set of shots show it off in some high-resolution glory. Earlier we got a blurry look at the gold variant, and now we can see the blue in all its glory. The two sets of pictures show a very similar phone, with the S-Pen tucked into the bottom right corner of the phone, and the Galaxy S6 style camera bulge.

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3 days ago

Startup Nextbit to launch an Android smartphone with HTC's former design lead

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Nextbit, a San Francisco-based startup that previously announced plans to launch a software service called Baton, is making a surprise move into hardware. The company plans to launch an Android-based smartphone sometime in the future.

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3 days ago

What to expect from the next-generation Moto X and Moto G [Updated]

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On July 28 we'll see what's next from this fan-favorite phone maker.

If there's one phone maker that's appealed to Android enthusiasts the most over the past couple of years, it's Motorola. With their speedy performance, "pure Android" UI and thoughtful software additions, Moto phones have earned a loyal following among those who live and breathe mobile tech. So it's not surprising that word of new Moto phones landing before the month's end has fans eagerly awaiting news of what's to come.

Moto dropped a pretty big hint in the invite for its global launch events — a three-city affair this year, in New York, London and São Paulo — signing off with an "XOX" that looked suspiciously like two Xs and a G. (You may remember similar hints being dropped in last year's Moto launch invite.)

So, a new Moto G and a new Moto X, then? Or maybe even two models of Moto X? And what about the possibility of a new Moto 360? Read on to find out what we're expecting from this latest round of Moto launches.

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3 days ago

Five super rugged Bluetooth speakers

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Your extreme lifestyle demands some extreme speakers.

We've rounded up the best rugged Bluetooth speakers we could find. You'll want to have one of these for a soundtrack while hitting the trails, beaches, slopes, or whatever other rough-and-tumble environment you like finding yourself in. These speakers are even good for taking calls in a pinch. In some cases, they'll also be waterproof, but not always. We're focusing primarily on impact and dust protection for this batch.

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3 days ago

HTC One M9 now receiving its Android 5.1 update from T-Mobile

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T-Mobile is now pushing Android 5.1 to the HTC One M9, bringing along some battery enhancements for the phone. Bumping up to software version 2.7.531.6, the update brings a few other noted changes as well. In addition to Android 5.1, T-Mobile makes note of this build bringing Android Anti-theft as well as Google Wallet.

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