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4 years ago

Android 4.4.3 update reportedly rolling out to Galaxy S5 this month, Galaxy S4 to follow suit in July

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Android 4.4.3 update reportedly rolling out to Galaxy S5 this month, Galaxy S4 to follow suit in July

Galaxy S5

Galaxy S5

A leaked Samsung KitKat update schedule document mentions that the manufacturer is set to roll out the Android 4.4.3 KitKat update to the Galaxy S5 later this month, and for the Galaxy S4 in the month of July. An earlier version of the document, which was leaked last month, revealed that the South Korean manufacturer was starting to integrate the latest Android build into the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S4.

4 years ago

LG G3 goes up for pre-order from Carphone Warehouse, can be yours from £37.99/month

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LG G3 goes up for pre-order from Carphone Warehouse, can be yours from £37.99/month

LG G3

LG G3

LG's latest, the LG G3, is now up for pre-order from Carphone Warehouse in the UK, starting at £37.99 a month with no money down. The G3 is one of our favorite smartphones this year — just read our review of the LG G3 to find out why — and is expected to be delivered by Carphone Warehouse on the 1st of July.

4 years ago

Archos 50c Oxygen brings a big screen and 8 cores for £179

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Archos 50c Oxygen brings a big screen and 8 cores for £179

Rendering of the Archos 50c Oxygen

Rendering of the Archos 50c Oxygen

Archos may have brought the world the first Android tablets, but their latest smartphone takes a more budget-friendly line by going big and cheap. The Archos 50c Oxygen has a 5-inch 1280x720 IPS display (293ppi) slapped onto the front of a matte black body that measures just 7.64mm thick. What's inside isn't terribly impressive, but that's what you get at £179 (US$300) unlocked and off contract.

4 years ago

Oppo R3 introduced as the world's thinnest LTE smartphone

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Oppo R3 introduced as the world's thinnest LTE smartphone

Oppo has introduced their latest device, the R3, and is touting it as the world's thinnest 4G LTE smartphone. Measuring just 6.3mm (0.25 inches), the R3 is thinner than other LTE devices on the market, though it's not the overall thinnest. That title currently goes to the 5.5mm Gionee Elife S5.5.

4 years ago

Buy a Galaxy S5 from Vodafone UK, get a Gear Fit for free

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Buy a Galaxy S5 from Vodafone UK, get a Gear Fit for free

Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5

If you've held out on buying the Galaxy S5, Vodafone UK has quite the deal for you. The UK carrier is bundling a Gear Fit with every purchase of the Galaxy S5. The deal is active now and will run through June 26.

4 years ago

Huawei Ascend Mate 2 review

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Huawei Ascend Mate 2 review

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Huawei Ascend Mate 2

Huawei is going direct-to-consumer in the U.S. with its giant-screened and $299 unlocked device

Despite the fact that Huawei is the third-largest phone maker worldwide (behind Apple and Samsung), few people in the U.S. really have much of an idea that it even makes phones. Huawei is a name that has creeped into the public's minds over the past few years, with research (from Huawei itself) showing that 22 percent of Americans are now aware of the brand (whether or not they can pronounce it), up from a mere 9 percent in 2012. That comes with a relatively small push in marketing for consumer-facing Huawei products, as the company continues to spend the largest amount of advertising money in China and Europe where it already has a foothold in selling own-branded devices.

But that makes sense when you consider that until this point Huawei has mainly sold devices in the U.S. under other brand names as an ODM, only recently stepping into selling Huawei-branded devices in the lowest end, primarily on prepaid carriers. The company's plan is for that to change, with a distinct move towards making Huawei a powerful brand that can drive phone and tablet sales all on its own. The Ascend Mate 2 is the first device Huawei is giving an honest shot in the U.S. by selling it directly to consumers, jumpstarting what will undoubtedly be a long-term play in this market.

But in 2014 the Huawei brand isn't enough to sell a phone, leaving the Ascend Mate 2 to lean on features to get people looking. Going right down the list of what Huawei has found consumers want, they're all here — a large screen, LTE data, freedom of carrier choice, a solid camera, huge battery and exceptional price. The Ascend Mate 2 isn't going to blow your socks off, but it sure checks all of those boxes — read along and see if Huawei has a fighting chance selling an unlocked phone in the U.S. today.

4 years ago

HTC One M8, two months on

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HTC One M8, two months on

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##How has HTC's 2014 flagship stood up to a couple of months in the hands of AC's editors?  It's been just over two months since [HTC](http://www.androidcentral.com/htc "HTC") announced and launched the [One M8](http://www.androidcentral.com/htc-one "HTC One M8"), its flagship smartphone for 2014, across two continents. An unprecedented day-one retail launch allowed buyers in the UK and U.S. to pick up the M8 just hours after its global unveiling, though only after an extended campaign of leaks had already
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HTC One M8

How has HTC's 2014 flagship stood up to a couple of months in the hands of AC's editors?

It's been just over two months since HTC announced and launched the One M8, its flagship smartphone for 2014, across two continents. An unprecedented Day 1 retail launch allowed buyers in the UK and U.S. to pick up the M8 just hours after its global unveiling, though only after an extended campaign of leaks had already spilled many of the phone's secrets.

The same day we took the wraps off our HTC One M8 review, praising the phone's performance and build quality, as well as HTC's flatter, more colorful Sense 6 UI. But we questioned the decision to stick with an "Ultrapixel" camera — an upgraded sensor, but one with the same 4-megapixel resolution as last year — while also pointing out its ergonomic issues, which is a another way of saying the M8 is sometimes a bit too tall and slippery for its own good.

We've used a great many Android phones over the past couple of months, as rival devices from Samsung, Sony and LG have emerged, but the M8 has never been far from our side. So how has two months with HTC's leading handset colored our opinion of it? Join us after the break for a two-month retrospective on the HTC One M8.

4 years ago

Samsung tipped to reveal Galaxy Note 4 with curved screen and Gear Glass at IFA 2014

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Samsung tipped to reveal Galaxy Note 4 with curved screen and Gear Glass at IFA 2014

The Samsung Galaxy Round

The Samsung Galaxy Round

This year's gathering of tech giants and press in Berlin might very well see a new Samsung Galaxy Note, as well as new 4K OLED TVs and the Gear Glass headset. It's not surprising that we might see a new Galaxy Note at IFA — after all, it is the event where the previous three iterations of the big-screen stylus-happy smartphone launched.

4 years ago

Samsung 'Galaxy F' (S5 Prime) pictured with big screen, slim bezels

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Samsung 'Galaxy F' (S5 Prime) pictured with big screen, slim bezels

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Galaxy F

As rumors continue to swirl surrounding the final form of Samsung's purported "super flagship" handset, popularly referred to as the Galaxy S5 Prime, we're seeing yet more evidence of the device's existence. PhoneArena, which snagged a couple of cheeky pictures of a similar looking phone back in May, has published new images showing the back and front of the device, along with a comparison with the current Galaxy S5.

4 years ago

AT&T's LG G2 gets Knock Code update

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AT&T's LG G2 gets Knock Code update

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AT&T LG G2 Knock Code

A quick heads up for those of you rocking the LG G2 on AT&T: If you haven't already noticed, there's a system update waiting for you. And that 39-megabyte update brings forth one of our favorite features of the year — Knock Code.

4 years ago

Asus PadFone X review

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Asus PadFone X review

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The PadFone X is finally here, and it may just be the best bang for your buck on the market today. 

It’s finally here. After what seems like an eternity of waiting with baited breath, the Asus PadFone X has finally arrived on AT&T shelves and, in large part, it was well worth the wait.

First introduced back in January, Asus’ smartphone/tablet hybrid was unlike anything else on the market, and today it’s as unique as ever -- combining a powerful, flagship worthy 5-inch smartphone (dubbed the "PadFone") and an equally impressive 9-inch tablet (dubbed the "PadFone Station"), the PadFone X is as good of a two-for-one deal as you’ll find, priced at an affordable $200 on a two year contract.

But as you’ll see, Asus sacrificed form for function, and the PadFone X could take some cues from its fellow 2014 flagships in the style department. But all things considered, its power, usability and cool factor more than make up for its shortcomings.

 
4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 for Europe rumored to return to Exynos chipset, this time with LTE

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 for Europe rumored to return to Exynos chipset, this time with LTE

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Samsung's been building their own chipsets for a while, but for their recent high-end devices they've relied almost exclusively on chips from Qualcomm — but the Galaxy Note 4 might shift the tide back over towards Samsung's Exynos processors. While the Exynos processors have been available in both Galaxy Note and Galaxy S-series phones for some time, they've recently been limited to fairly specific markets. The Galaxy Note 3 didn't even launch with an Exynos option in most countries.

4 years ago

Nexus 5 down to £250 in the UK

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Nexus 5 down to £250 in the UK

Nexus 5

Nexus 5

UK retailer Carphone Warehouse is once again selling the Nexus 5 SIM-free, and this time with a substantial discount. The 16GB Nexus 5 is now on sale for £249.95, around £50 off the Google Play Store price, in black, white and eye-melting 'bright red' color options.

4 years ago

Walnut replaces rosewood as a custom back for Moto X

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Walnut replaces rosewood as a custom back for Moto X

Walnut Moto X

Walnut Moto X

Well, that didn't last all that long. Rosewood had been an option as a custom Moto X back for about two weeks now, but it appears to have been replaced by walnut. Bamboo, ebony and teak round out the other three options available at MotoMaker.com.

And that we just wrote any of those sentences seems a bit silly, but whatever. Wood phones are cool.

4 years ago

LG Lucid 3 review

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LG Lucid 3 review

With solid performance, gorgeous design and some great software features, the Lucid 3 proves that LG hasn't forgotten the entry-level market. 

With this week’s unveiling of the super-spec’d G3, it’s easy to forget that LG made a name for itself in the Android world with budget-friendly, entry-level devices. Even today, despite its status alongside Samsung and Apple as one of the leading names in mobile technology, LG hasn’t forgotten the budget-conscious market that catapulted it to success.

Enter the LG Lucid 3, the third addition to the Verizon-exclusive Lucid line that blends the high-end style of LG’s G flagship series with lower-end components and internals. The result is a solid, well-built smartphone that costs nothing with a two year contract.

But the Lucid line has always been a victim of its own design – impressive for its  price tag, yet disappointing compared to its better-equipped siblings – and the Lucid 3 is no different. It might be just the LG you and your wallet are looking for, as long as you haven’t spent the week drooling over the G3. 

 
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