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5 days ago

Leaked renders show off the back side of Samsung's Galaxy S7, S7 edge

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A new render has appeared of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, showing off a rather familiar design. Looking very similar to the previous generation Galaxy S6 line of devices, you have the camera centered at the top, with the flash sitting off to the right of it.

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5 days ago

Samsung is bringing ad blocking support to its Android browser

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Samsung will be adding the ability to have ads blocked in its Android browser by opening a new Content Blocker extension API to developers. An update is rolling out now to devices running Lollipop or higher that enables the new functionality. Developers will be able to use Samsung's new Content Blocker extension API to develop both content and ad blockers for the browser.

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5 days ago

Having issues with Gmail today? You're not alone

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We hate it when services go down, especially ones we rely on for work and/or personal use. Gmail is currently experiencing some problems as we've received reports (and have confirmed ourselves) that the online email platform is having trouble maintaining a connection, resulting in many unable to access their inbox.

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5 days ago

The shatterproof Moto X Force launches in India for ₹49,999

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At a press event in New Delhi, Motorola launched the Moto X Force — the international variant of the Droid Turbo 2 — in India. The major highlight with the phone is a shatterproof screen, which is made up of an integrated system of five layers that absorb shock from impact. Motorola says that the phone is the first in the world to offer such a screen, and is backing up its claims by providing an unprecedented four-year warranty on the display.

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5 days ago

Honor 5X all set to launch in Europe on February 4

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The Honor 5X will be launched in Europe. on February 4. The company has fired out a teaser email, revealing both the date and time for the event, which you'll be able to watch live. As an added bonus, should you register at vMall, you'll receive an exclusive sign-up bonus.

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5 days ago

India's mobile phone production hits the 100 million mark in 2015

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Mobile phone production in India has crossed the 100 million mark in 2015, with major companies like Samsung boosting their local manufacturing efforts. All Samsung devices sold in the country are assembled locally, and the government's "Make in India" initiative is making it easier for international vendors to set up shop in India.

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6 days ago

The Moto X Force launches in India on Feb. 1 — here's the livestream!

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The Moto X Force — think of it as the international version of the Droid Turbo 2 we know here in the states — launches in India on Feb. 1. While it'll be the small hours in North America, we've still got you covered for this one, both with the above livestream, as well as with our Indian contingent on the ground.

Stay tuned Monday for more!

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6 days ago

Samsung Galaxy S7 day is Feb. 21 in Barcelona

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Samsung Unpacked event

'Unpacked' event expected to showcase Galaxy S7 series ahead of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Mobile World Congress

It's official — Samsung has sent out invites to an "Unpacked" launch event on Sunday, Feb. 21 at 7:00 p.m. CET (that's 1 p.m. ET and 10 a.m. PT) in Barcelona, Spain. For the third year running, the company will unveil new flagship phones — the Galaxy S7 series — ahead of Mobile World Congress, which this year takes place in the Catalan capital from Feb. 22 to 25.

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6 days ago

AC editors' apps of the week: Authy, NYT VR, AirBNB and more

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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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6 days ago

From the Editor's Desk: Android, airlines and what's to come

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JetBlue a320

It's been a few years now since the FAA (and other regulating bodies) lightened up on the use of personal electronic devices on airplanes. So we can now listen to music and watch videos and crush all the candy and crossy all the roads we want before the plane ever takes off.

That's barely scratching the surface, of course, especially when you take into consideration what passengers and the airlines could do with a full mobile OS baked into in-flight entertainment. JetBlue recently announced an update to its IFE system that will be "built on the Google Android platform," and initially hit its Airbus a320 models.

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6 days ago

Vivo Mobile launches the mid-range Y51L in India

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Vivo India has announced the launch of Y51L in the Indian market. The vivo Y51L is assembled in the company's new manufacturing plant in India. As one of the top 10 smartphone brands in the world, vivo entered Indian market in December 2014.

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6 days ago

The Honor 5X is available today for $199, here's what you need to know

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Honor 5X

OK, folks. Today's the day. The Honor 5X — a decent (if imperfect) choice in the $199 market — is available starting now. If you're still on the fence, you definitely need to read our complete Honor 5X review.

And beyond that, here are some hot takes you don't want to miss:

And if you've got any other questions, sing out! We'll do our best to answer 'em!

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1 week ago

Latest OnePlus X update surfaces Android security patch level, currently on Jan. 1 release

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OnePlus X security patch

With the latest update to OxygenOS 2.2.0, the OnePlus X now properly displays its Android security patch level in the settings separate from the rest of the software information. The phone is currently on the January 1, 2016 release, which means at least for the next few days (assuming Google sticks to the monthly schedule) it's on the latest security patch.

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1 week ago

7 things to know about the Honor 5X

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Honor 5X

There's a good bit of hype around the Honor 5X — these are the most important things you should know about it.

Whether you've seen the Honor phones released internationally or are just getting interested in the Honor 5X on its own, there's a good amount of information to take in about this budget-friendly device. With a metal body, fingerprint sensor and good screen this isn't your typical cheap phone, and it's definitely worth looking at if you're in the market to spend $200.

But before you go buy one, let's learn a little more about it.

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1 week ago

Mobile Nations Weekly: Revenue, earnings, discounts, and rumors

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Samsung Galaxy S6

All the profit in the world isn't enough.

This week in technology was dominated by two things: dollars and rumors. On the dollars front we got earnings reports from both Apple and Microsoft, neither of which is in bad shape. Apple had the largest-ever quarterly profit but didn't quite meet analyst expectations or paint a gold-plated rosy picture of the future, and thus got punished. Microsoft, meanwhile, reported healthy revenue and profits that beat Wall Street estimates, and despite the struggling of high profile segments was rewarded with an increased stock price.

For perspective, Microsoft earned $5.4 billion in profit on $23.8 billion in revenue. Apple registered an $18.4 billion profit on $75.9 billion in revenue.

On the rumors front, things are only heating up as we head towards the MWC unveiling of a whole new slew of smartphones. Up first is the LG G5, which might ditch the back-mounted power and volume buttons that have been a signature of the G-series flagships. Samsung, on the other hand, appears to be maintaining carrying over its existing styles to the upgraded Galaxy S7, but could actually go with a lower resolution camera in the GS7 for improved performance (as contradictory as that might seem on the surface).

There's plenty more going on, so let's dive right into this edition of Mobile Nations Weekly!

Android Central — Full steam ahead

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Another steady news week has come and gone, with Google cutting prices of its latest Nexus phones, the OnePlus X going invite-free and the BlackBerry Priv finally launching on T-Mobile.

Galaxy S7 talk is heating up again this week, with a rumored U.S. launch date of March 11 coming to light alongside the rumor of a Samsung-run upgrade program. We explored the reasoning behind an expected lower resolution camera in the GS7, as well as a breakdown of the best time to sell your Galaxy S6 before you upgrade.

In further MWC-related news, we have even more leaks about the upcoming LG G5, and the HTC M10 (codename Perfume).

CrackBerry — Privspansion

BlackBerry Priv

This week was all about further expanding availability of the Priv with BlackBerry having now launched the device on T-Mobile and announced release for India and South Africa. That wasn't all though, BlackBerry also expanded their EMM offerings through Watchdox and Good Technology integration. Finally, there was also a new round of BlackBerry Priv app updates.

iMore — All the earnings

Apple earned more money than any company ever earned in the history of companies earning money this week… so of course the markets beat the stuffing out of them. (So. Doomed.) That's resulted in a ton of leaks on everything from a new 4-inch iPhone 4se, to the long-rumored Apple Car, to the newly-rumored Apple VR project, all in the hopes poor Wall Street will find something it likes. Apple, for its part, would love to tell you more about the massive services revenue the company already generates.

Windows Central — Revenue shifts

Surface Book hinge

The big news this week for tech companies were their quarterly reports. Microsoft's FY16 Q2 results generated $23.8 billion in revenue beating Wall Street estimates, which the markets welcomed with a 5-percent bump in Microsoft stock since the announcement. The Surface business pulled in $1.35 billion in revenue, which is considered a success for the holiday release of the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book.

Not all the financial news was great, however. The "More Personal Computing" segment dropped drop 5% to $12.7 billion. Although that number is ahead of the general PC business, there is still a recovery going on. Likewise, Microsoft's Windows Phone segment tanked by 49 percent although this was entirely expected with their new retrenched strategy.

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