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2 years ago

Do I need a Samsung Account on my Galaxy S6?


For better or worse, the Galaxy S6 really wants you to have a Samsung Account.

Much like a Google Account is basically required if you want to make the most of any Android phone, a Samsung Account is starting to become an integral part of owning a Samsung phone. Creating or signing into your Samsung Account is baked right into the setup process for the Galaxy S6, and while you're technically able to skip on past it, you're really best off signing in.

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2 years ago

First Impressions: The Xiaomi Mi 4i

Xiaomi Mi 4i

Xiaomi launched its new flagship device, the Mi 4i, this week at a global premiere in New Delhi, India, and the mega event saw over 1,500 members of the Mi India community along with media and business partners. While Hugo Barra, Vice President of Xiaomi Global, took the wraps off the Mi 4i, Xiaomi founder and CEO, Lei Jun also made his maiden appearance in the country.

The Mi 4i will go on sale in India first, and starting in May will launch in Xiaomi's other markets — Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia. We had some time to use the Mi 4i at the launch event, and here are our first impressions.

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2 years ago

Verizon Wireless' Galaxy S6 is the best Galaxy S6

Galaxy S6 edge on Verizon Wireless

Big Red gets a lot of shade thrown their way most days, but their version of the Galaxy S6 is my favorite by far.

It's an unpopular opinion on the Internet — at least in the highly vocal smartphone nerd corner of the Internet — but Verizon Wireless is an impressive mobile carrier in my book. My personal line on Verizon is from the golden age of unlimited data, and while it's not really fair to use that as a point in their favor now that those plans have been eradicated, I still have it and it's still nice, so I selfishly cling to it.

In exchange for that sweet, sweet line of unlimited data that works great everywhere I have ever traveled in the US, I put up with a lot of crap. I miss out on cool devices like the OnePlus One, the Nexus 6 got delayed by what felt like forever, and I still shudder when I think about what they did to the Sony Xperia Z3v this year. The devices I do get access to are usually full of apps I don't want, and the check mark tramp stamp on the back is a constant joke among some of my friends. Every once in a while it's worth it, like the time we Verizon users got a sweet red and black HTC One M8 or when the Droid Turbo turned out to be a particularly nice phone, but most of the time it's just sad.

For once, however, the Verizon version of a phone feels like an amazing upgrade. I'm talking about the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, and it's all about the software.

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2 years ago

HTC One M9: A second opinion

HTC One M9

The Android Central HTC One M9 review is our collective, in-depth guide to HTC's 2015 flagship, covering everything from hardware to software to camera quality. However with a major Android device like this, it's worth presenting a second opinion.

The HTC One M9 is the latest in a line of highly successful phones for HTC. 2013's M7 and 2014's M8 were among the best Android phones available at the time, and the past two generations of HTC One hardware hold up well to this day.

There were a couple of things about last year's M8 that held me back from using it more, however: The anxiety-inducing slipperiness of the curved metal body, and the generally disappointing Ultrapixel camera.

I've been using the M9 on and off this past month, and for the most part I've found it an enjoyable phone to use — certainly HTC's best to date. However the Taiwanese company hasn't overcome all of the shortcomings of its previous flagships. And with Samsung finally upping its game in a few important areas, not to mention the prospect of another strong LG flagship on the horizon, the M9 could have its work cut out.

With that in mind, let's take another look at HTC's 2015 flagship.

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2 years ago

The leather back for the LG G4 has a 12 week manufacturing process


The backside of the LG G4 is not just your average leather; it is the finest leather they can find, and goes through a 12 week manufacturing process.

The LG G4 featuring a leather back is nothing new, but did you know that the manufacturing process for the back cover is a 12 week process? LG has outlined some additional information on the leather they selected for the back along with some details on the production process.

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2 years ago

Xiaomi posts video of Mi 4i launch event


Xiaomi launched a new phone, the Mi 4i, in New Delhi, India on April 23, and they have posted the event online for everyone to check out.

If travel to New Delhi, India wasn't in your plans to check out the launch of the Xiaomi Mi 4i, you can now watch the video from the comfort of your own home. The 5-inch, $200 smartphone, packs some impressive specs into a budget flagship.

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2 years ago

Lenovo K80 to take on Asus' ZenFone 2 in China with 4GB RAM, 4,000mAh battery


Asus was the first manufacturer to launch a handset offering 4GB RAM with the ZenFone 2, and now Lenovo is launching a competitor in the K80, which boasts similar hardware.

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2 years ago

A second opinion on the Samsung Galaxy S6

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge

Our Samsung Galaxy S6 review stands as our collective definitive take on this year's phone. But that doesn't mean it's not worth getting a second opinion. And I'm an interesting choice for it, having mostly ignored Samsung devices the past couple years.

But this year's different. This is the year I find out what I've been missing.

And so I've been using the Galaxy S6. A lot. Almost exclusively, and mostly enjoying it far more than I expected.

Let's take a second look at the latest next big thing.

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2 years ago

Cyanogen OS 12 update for the OnePlus One starts up again, bundles some bug fixes


OnePlus One owners can now once again download the Cyanogen OS 12 update, following a decision to halt the rollout earlier this week.

OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei claimed they halted the update because they wanted to add the "Ok OnePlus" feature. However, today it looks like the Cyanogen OS 12 update rollout was stopped again to fix some "critical" bugs.

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2 years ago

Xiaomi's $200 global phone is the Mi 4i: 5-inch FHD display, 13MP camera and 3,120mAh battery

Mi 4i

Xiaomi's Mi 4i is the first phone the manufacturer has launched outside of China, and will debut in India initially.

Xiaomi's VP of global operations Hugo Barra was on hand to announce the Mi 4i, the Chinese vendor's latest flagship. The device features a 5-inch full-HD display, 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 615 SoC (the second-generation variant) with eight Cortex A53 cores: four high-performance cores clocked at 1.7GHz and four energy-efficient cores at 1.1GHz, 2GB DDR3 RAM, 16GB internal memory, 13MP Sony/Samsung sensor with a f/2.0 lens (the same sensor used in the Mi Note) and two-tone flash, 5MP shooter at the front with a wide-angle lens, dual-SIM connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac and a massive 3,120mAh battery.

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2 years ago

Asus launches ZenFone 2 in India with prices starting at ₹12,999

ZenFone 2

At a media event in New Delhi, Asus launched the ZenFone 2 in the Indian market, with several variants of the device — including the one with 4GB RAM — set to be available in the country.

The entry-level ZenFone 2 (ZE550ML) offers a 5.5-inch 720p display, quad-core 1.8GHz Intel Atom Z3560 CPU, 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage along with dual-SIM connectivity, microSD card slot, 13MP camera, 5MP front camera and a 3,000mAh battery, and be available in the country for ₹12,999.

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2 years ago

EE launches two affordable branded smartphones with 4G and Wi-Fi calling


UK mobile operator EE today unveiled two new own-branded smartphones. The Harrier and Harrier Mini are new devices with support for not only 4G connectivity, but Wi-Fi calling too.

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2 years ago

LG Watch Urbane will be launching on the Google Store later this month


LG's all-metal Watch Urbane is going on sale in South Korea this week, followed by a launch on the Google Store later this month.

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2 years ago

Latest LG G4 teaser is all about the leather [updated: camera and display, too!]


It's just 15 seconds, but it's 15 seconds of leather. That is, 15 seconds of leather on the upcoming LG G4.

It'll finally be unveiled April 28 in New York. But for now, enjoy.

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2 years ago

T-Mobile CEO John Legere: Google's Project Fi 'a no-brainer'


Now that Google's Project Fi is officially official, the partners are starting to weigh in. And one of the first is (unsurprisingly), T-Mobile CEO John Legere.

So what did the outspoken exec and the public face behind the "Uncarrier" movement have to say?


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