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6 days ago

Sony's powerful Xperia X Performance now available in Canada

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Sony Canada has released its impressive new flagship, the Xperia X Performance, on two Canadian carriers: Rogers, and Bell.

Available for $199.99 on a 2-year plan, or $699.99 outright, the device is available to purchase today at Bell, and can be reserved at Rogers for a July 14 release date. Rogers' version comes with a free pair of Sony headphones with every reservation.

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6 days ago

Google Play Movies & TV finally gets Android TV playback right in new update

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A much-needed tune-up in Google's latest Android TV app updates.

It seems odd that the Android TV apps I liked the least were Google's own.

But nevertheless, it was. Sure, all my purchases are in Google Play Movies & TV and all my subscriptions are in YouTube, but pausing was a two-click job, and seeking with any precision was a nightmare. As someone who does a lot of rewinding and scene-skipping, that made my viewing more complicated, as I'd often overshoot my marks or stop short thanks to the seeking system in place.

No more.

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6 days ago

Which Canadian carrier is the best at pushing Android updates?

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Avoid all of these issues by buying a Nexus. But if you don't want to, here's some advice.

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6 days ago

Marshmallow starts rolling out to the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 is currently receiving its update to Marshmallow in the U.S. The update is for both the 8- and 9.7-inch Wi-Fi-only versions of the tablet, and weighs in at over 1GB.

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6 days ago

Michael Fisher, aka MrMobile, reviews the OnePlus 3

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When I first laid eyes on a photo of the OnePlus 3, I was let down. I didn't like its generic design, its snap-on cases that seemed like afterthoughts, or its higher-than-ever price tag. But then a review unit landed on my doorstep, and I got to use the OnePlus 3 for nine days. While my feelings on its derivative design haven't changed, I still consider this to be one of the best phones you can buy for $399. Also, it's a worthy custodian of a brand name that, as Andrew wrote in Android Central's full review, seems to have finally grown up.

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6 days ago

The pocket-sized ASUS ZenBeam E1 will project from your phone, Chromecast and more

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If you're looking for a pocketable projector to use on the go, ASUS has just announced the pint-sized ZenBeam E1.

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6 days ago

BitTorrent Now streams music and video from up-and-coming artists

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BitTorrent has launched Now, a new app for Android aimed at making it easier to access music and video from up-and-coming artists. The streaming app offers curated selections from BitTorrent, trending content, search, and more.

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6 days ago

How we'd change the Nexus 6P

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Nexus 6P

Several months into the life of the Nexus 6P, we're taking a critical look at the phone.

Each Nexus phone garners extra attention as if they're Google's chosen platform for development, and a bastion of light for the Android enthusiasts among us. For some, the Nexus 6P is just yet another phone ... but for many of us, it comes with higher expectations, no matter the fact that it's less expensive than the top-end phones out there.

Just about everyone at Android Central has been using a Nexus 6P since it was launched, bouncing back and forth as work duties bring in fresh phones to try, and with this wealth of time spent with the phone we have a few ideas for how we'd change it to make it just right for us. Read on.

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6 days ago

Nextbit plans battery life boost for Robin in future OS update

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Nextbit has revealed its plans to release an OS update for its Robin smartphone in the fourth quarter of 2016 that will offer owners better battery life.

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6 days ago

The best unlocked phones

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Best Unlocked Android Phones

Unlocked phones — outside the shackles of the carriers and able to work on any GSM operator worldwide — are finally starting to have their moment in the sun.

And we're not just talking more expensive versions of top-shelf phones. There are a number of mid-range unlocked phones that will serve you very well — and not burn a hole in your wallet. Let's take a look.

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

All that and a bag of chips, (and a microSD card slot)

Pros

  • Great battery life
  • Excellent camera
  • Amazing display

Cons

  • Samsung software leaves a little to be desired
  • A little bit slippery to hold

We can't have a best of Android phone list and not include Samsung's twin flagships for 2016: the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. Rather than reinvent the wheel, Samsung chose to refine the best features of last year's flagships and make them better.

Both phones feature Quad HD Super AMOLED displays, great for watching YouTube videos or streaming Netflix, and both have larger batteries than their predecessors, great for keeping them alive for a full day's use.

In keeping with Samsung's reputation for making superior cameras, both phones have excellent ones, with improvements made for taking better low-light shots.

LTE connectivity means that you'll be able to surf the web and stream content without annoying load times, and yes, the microSD card slot is back, so you're not stuck with just the storage capacity they come with.

If you're looking for an all-around superior unlocked phone, you can't go wrong with the Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 edge.

Want more information? Read our Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 edge reviews.

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Nexus 6P

Nexus 6P

Nexus and unlocked go together like PB&J

Pros

  • Great build quality
  • Excellent camera
  • Pure Google software

Cons

  • It's pretty big
  • Lacks wireless charging
  • A little bit slippery to hold

In the Android world, one brand should always come to mind when thinking unlocked: Nexus. For the Nexus phones aren't just a way to get the latest and greatest software from Google. They're also a way to get a good phone at a good price and stay away from a new contract. Of the two current Nexus phones, the 6P is the one to get.

We've previously had to recommend a Nexus phone with a rather large caveat — and that's usually had to do with the camera. Not so with the Nexus 6P, manufactured by Huawei.

It's got a camera that doesn't make us want to carry around a second shooter, just in case. It's got the design and build quality that stands up against any other phone. And perhaps most important is that it's going to always be updated to the latest version of Android, and that goes for the monthly security updates, too.

Read our Nexus 6P review

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LG G5

LG G5

You've got friends

Pros

  • Removable battery
  • Excellent camera
  • Innovative modular design

Cons

  • Display can be dark on auto-mode
  • Modules are a bit scant at the moment

The LG G5 is one of the most attractive phones available – sleek and glossy. Coupled with LG's innovative Friends ecosystem and the phone's modular design, it's a top-notch flagship phone.

The LG G5 comes with a 5.3-inch Quad HD quantum display, great for watching videos and playing games. Its 4GB of RAM helps with multi-tasking, and its Snapdragon 820 processor gives you plenty of power too.

Another benefit of the LG G5 is its ability to take amazing photos. It has two cameras in the back — a 16 megapixel main camera and an 8 megapixel wide-angle camera — so you can capture beautiful pictures wherever you are. Of course, it's got an 8 megapixel front camera for those selfies.

If you want a phone with an innovative design that snaps great pictures and has a lot of future appeal, look no further than the LG G5.

Read our LG G5 review

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OnePlus 3

OnePlus 3

Finally all grown up

Pros

  • Excellent build quality
  • Good camera
  • Fast, smooth software
  • Invite-free

Cons

  • Slippery body
  • Real concern over timely updates
  • Weak vibration motor

After releasing a few phones that were tantilizing but not quite complete products, OnePlus has really hit the mark with the OnePlus 3. This high-end device checks just about every box you're looking for, from top-end specs to a great screen, solid camera, fast software and long battery life.

Best of all, it'll only set you back $399, which is easily $200 less than the other flagships out there. You don't get a few of the nice-to-have features like waterproofing, but for the whole experience it's hard to get something nicer than what the OnePlus 3 offers. You no longer need an invite to get it, either — just buy it online.

More: Read our full OnePlus 3 review

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HTC 10

HTC 10

Premium sound in a stylish package

Pros

  • Great audio
  • Snappy performance
  • Aluminum unibody

Cons

  • Display has issues in sunlight
  • Inconsistent battery life

The HTC 10, the latest offering from HTC, is a solid phone with a stylish aesthetic and great audio.

Its aluminum body is beautiful and modern, while design elements such as the curved back and the wide chamfer make it comfortable to hold.

While its 5.2-inch Quad HD SuperLCD5 display has some problems in bright sunlight, its vibrant colors and sharp picture make it ideal for watching videos, whether they're from YouTube or Hulu.

Where the HTC 10 really shines is in its audio output — its got a tweeter for high frequency sounds in the earpiece and a down-facing woofer along its bottom for low frequency sounds, giving you amazing Hi-Fi audio right from the phone's speakers, and the sound from the headphone jack is even better, pushing out sound at 1V for a powerful audio experience.

If you want a solidly performing phone with amazing high quality audio, the HTC 10 is the one for you.

Read our HTC 10 review

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Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Yes, its big, but you can write on it

Pros

  • Top notch S Pen
  • Great new design
  • Awesome camera

Cons

  • Speaker isn't great
  • Expensive

The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is a beast of a phone and is unique in the mobile space because of its accompanying stylus, the S Pen.

Running an Exynos 7420 octa-core at 2.1GHz quad + 1.5GHz quad and 4GB of RAM, its capable of running multiple apps at the same time and running even the most graphics-intense mobile game with nary a stutter.

Its 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display is one of the best around, and with that much screen real estate, you're sure to enjoy watching movies or playing games on this phone.

If you're looking for a phone with a large screen and a handy stylus, check out the Samsung Galaxy Note 5. It doesn't get much better than this.

Read our Samsung Galaxy Note 5 review

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Motorola Moto G (2015)

Moto G

Still one of the best value phones around

Pros

  • Solid build quality
  • No manufacturer bloatware
  • MicroSD card slot

Cons

  • No NFC
  • Only a single speaker compared to previous model
  • No quickcharge or wireless charging

Motorola is arguably responsible for reinventing the budget phone space when it tore up the rule book with the original Moto G. Now three generations in and it's no more difficult to recommend to anyone looking for the best on a budget. And without a contract.

The hardware is more than ample for the price and Motorola's signature software experience of value added to stock Android remains. The camera is improved on its predecessor, Moto Maker allows for some customization on the color schemes and all-in-all the essence of what made this phone great hasn't gone away. And we'd definitely recommend the 16GB/2GB RAM model. It's worth the extra.

The Moto G isn't just a good phone for its price, it's a good phone, period.

Read our Moto G review

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Huawei Honor 5X

Honor 5X

Honor lands Stateside

Pros

  • Premium design and construction
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Good quality display

Cons

  • EMUI still broken in places
  • Sluggish at times
  • Launched on Android 5.1

The Honor 5X is a perfect example of where the $200 price point smartphone market is headed. For a remarkably good $199, the first Honor phone to officially launch in the U.S. packs a metal body, decent screen and fingerprint sensor. The hardware certainly feels worthy of a higher price point.

The only drawbacks to the Honor 5X come in the software. Huawei's EMUI is still an acquired taste with some questionable features and things that still don't work quite as we might hope. But, there's a lot of good stuff, too, and some really useful features baked in.

Android 6.0 Marshmallow is on the horizon, but overall the Honor 5X proves you don't have to spend a fortune to get a good looking, well built, carrier free phone.

Read our Honor 5X review

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6 days ago

Google Cardboard apps work great on your Gear VR now!

It's real, and it's awesome.

Samsung gear VR owners can now use Google Cardboard apps through their preferred headset, instead of having to switch back and forth between a Cardboard viewer and something else. It's pretty easy to set up, and our friends over at VRHeads have everything you need to get started with every version of the Gear VR. Enjoy!

Take me to the article!

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6 days ago

How to customize your Chromebook launcher

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Make your Chromebook look the way you like it with these tips.

If you're using a Chromebook that has Google Play, you might be downloading a bunch of Android apps. If you don't yet have Google Play on your Chromebook, you're probably thinking of Android apps you want to install when it comes. With all those apps — and your Chrome apps — you'll probably want to tidy things up a bit. Here's how you can do it.

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6 days ago

Coolpad is launching Cool VR 1x in India for an immersive 3D experience

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Coolpad, the Chinese smartphone maker, will release its visual reality gear for Coolpad devices, the Cool VR 1x, tomorrow in India.

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6 days ago

When will Android N be released?

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Android N

We don't yet know exactly when the next version of Android will land, but Google's development timetable provides a few clues.

For about as long as Android has existed, a major new platform version has dropped every fall. And starting with 2014's Lollipop release, Google has preceded that with developer preview builds designed to help devs get their apps ready for new Android releases. This year, that process kicked off a couple of months earlier than expected, with an initial Android N preview in early March.

That's one of the many signs pointing to a slightly earlier release of "N" than in years past. So when exactly will Android N be finalized by Google and unleashed as a stable release? And when will we learn the version number and nickname of the next version of Android? Well, Google's timetable offers a few clues.

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6 days ago

BioLite's PizzaDome will let you charge your phone while you cook a pizza

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BioLite, which makes, among other things, camping stoves that can charge your phone, has introduced the PizzaDome, a new accessory for its larger BaseCamp stove. With the PizzaDome, you can easily cook pizza, flatbread, and more, all while your phone charges using the stove's heat.

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