Verizon Nexus 6 Launch

Mystery solved: The Nexus 6 will run on Verizon’s network after all

By about 2 hours ago.

Mystery solved: The Nexus 6 will run on Verizon’s network after all

One of the most surprising announcements Google made when launching the highly anticipated Nexus 6 was that no less than five U.S. carriers would be selling the handset at launch including the main four mobile operators, a first in Nexus smartphone history. Since then, Google made it clear that it plans to sell the Nexus 6 mostly through carrier deals rather than the Google Play Store, and that the more expensive Nexus 6 should sell even better than predecessors, as people are more likely to buying it on-contract with a carrier. More →

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Why Did The Fire Phone Flop

Amazon explains one reason the Fire Phone was a massive flop

By about 4 hours ago.

Amazon explains one reason the Fire Phone was a massive flop

When it comes to the Fire Phone, Amazon made several huge mistakes that were easy to spot at the time of the phone’s release. Now Fortune reports that Amazon is owning up to one of them, as Amazon exec David Limp tells the publication that the device’s initial $200 on-contract price was way too high, especially for a company like Amazon that is known for offering killer deals. More →

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Droid Turbo Battery Life Test

The Droid Turbo’s battery is just as beastly as you expected

By about 5 hours ago.

The Droid Turbo’s battery is just as beastly as you expected

Verizon and Motorola earlier this week unveiled a brand new Droid-branded Android handset, the Droid Turbo that packs monster specs and equally impressive battery life. The handset packs a gigantic 3,900mAh battery that Motorola says can deliver up to 48 hours of “mixed usage” including standby time, and Phone Arena just proved that the Droid Turbo is the king of the hill when it comes to battery life. More →

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Lollipop Video

Video offers a tantalizing peek at what Lollipop will look like on the Galaxy S5

By about 6 hours ago.

Video offers a tantalizing peek at what Lollipop will look like on the Galaxy S5

Android 5.0 Lollipop is the most anticipated Android release since Jelly Bean first hit the scene in 2012 and we’re especially excited to see what it will look like on this year’s most popular Android device, the Galaxy S5. SamMobile has gotten its hands on the latest Samsung build for Lollipop and has put together a great video showing how Samsung has refined its approach to integrating the new software with its TouchWiz overlay. More →

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iPhone 6 Plus Bendgate Design Fix

Has Apple quietly fixed its iPhone 6 Plus ‘Bendgate’ problem? [updated]

By about 6 hours ago.

Has Apple quietly fixed its iPhone 6 Plus ‘Bendgate’ problem? [updated]

Ignoring the idiotic instances where people intentionally started bending iPhone 6 units in stores just to prove it can be done, Apple did have an iPhone 6 Bendgate problem, which genuinely affected some early buyers. Early reports have shown that the iPhone 6 Plus was more prone to bending than its smaller sibling, with some users explaining why the iPhone 6 Plus can bend in a certain way — apparently the area around the bottom volume button lacks the kind of reinforcement that can prevent bending. However, Apple might have fixed the issue, one Reddit user seems to indicate. More →

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Nexus 6 Night Camera Samples

These pictures show the Nexus 6’s camera is just as awesome for nighttime photos

By about 7 hours ago.

These pictures show the Nexus 6’s camera is just as awesome for nighttime photos

The Nexus 6 is Google’s most advanced Nexus smartphone yet, with the company focusing on premium Nexus devices this year that feature high-end specs and matching prices. The Nexus 6 has top-notch hardware across the board and the phone’s camera is supposed to offer a significantly better performance than previous models. Even though the Nexus 6 is not available to users for extensive camera testing, one Googler has just posted camera samples taken at night with the Nexus phablet. More →

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Galaxy A5 and A3: Specs and Release Date

Samsung’s slimmest iPhones yet are finally official

By about 9 hours ago.

Samsung’s slimmest iPhones yet are finally official

After many reports leaked various details about Samsung’s iPhone-5-like-looking Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5 smartphones in the previous weeks, the South Korean giant has finally announced them. The Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3 are “ultra-slim” And “optimized for social networking,” the company says. The devices, supposed to hit stores next month in various markets including China, are also supposedly part of Samsung’s plan to reinvent its mobile business in light of the rough year it had profit-wise. They’re also similar to the iPhone, just like the Galaxy Alpha that just preceded them. More →

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Google Hangouts Free International Calling

Google is giving you free international calling… but there’s a huge catch

By on October 30, 2014 at 10:00 PM.

Google is giving you free international calling… but there’s a huge catch

Everyone loves the idea of being able to make free international calls on their phones and now Google is letting you do so… but only for a minute. Google this week announced that “the first minute of calls to phone numbers in twenty-five different countries is now free” if you make those calls using Google’s Hangouts mobile app. More →

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Motorola Lenovo Acquisition Response

The biggest reason Android fans should be happy Lenovo bought Motorola

By on October 30, 2014 at 5:30 PM.

The biggest reason Android fans should be happy Lenovo bought Motorola

If you were worried that Motorola changing hands after its recent $2.9 billion acquisition by Lenovo would affect its products in any meaningful way: don’t be. Motorola has managed to avoid much of the bloatware and the unwanted features that have pervaded phones from other vendors, and it’s going to stay that way. That’s the message Motorola CEO Rick Osterloh wanted to convey in a recent blog post on the Motorola blog. More →

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BlackBerry Passport Drop Test Video

Video: A slab of asphalt survives being subjected to a BlackBerry Passport drop test

By on October 30, 2014 at 4:40 PM.

Video: A slab of asphalt survives being subjected to a BlackBerry Passport drop test

The BlackBerry Passport is so big and rugged that it’s quickly garnering a reputation as the Chuck Norris of smartphones — in other words, we expect that when it’s subjected to a drop test, we’re more worried about what will happen to the parking lot asphalt than the actual phone.

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LG 0.7mm Bezel Smartphone Display

This is the groundbreaking display that might be on your next smartphone

By on October 30, 2014 at 2:53 PM.

This is the groundbreaking display that might be on your next smartphone

LG Display on Thursday took the wraps off its next-generation smartphone display, which will have the “world’s narrowest” bezel, measuring just 0.7mm (image above). It’s not clear at this point what kind of smartphones will make use of it in the future, or whether a variation of it will be found on the G3 successor next year. LG also supplies displays to other smartphone vendors, of course, so it could make its way to other phones as well. More →

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iPhone 6/6Plus vs. Galaxy Note 4 Sales

For every Galaxy Note 4 sold this year, 10 people will buy iPhones

By on October 30, 2014 at 1:54 PM.

For every Galaxy Note 4 sold this year, 10 people will buy iPhones

Samsung’s mobile nightmare is far from over, and the company’s mobile division — which brought in the most profit in recent years — will have a tough quarter ahead as Samsung has to fight against Apple’s iPhone 6 models. Starting Friday, both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus will be available in stores in South Korea as well, The Korea Herald reports, with the publication confirming previous reports that said combined iPhone 6 preorders beat Galaxy Note 4 preorders in the region.

And unfortunately, that’s just the tip of the iPhone 6 iceberg for Samsung. More →

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