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Removing the Verizon logo from the Droid Turbo 2 is almost too easy

Although it’s hard to argue that the Motorola DROID Turbo 2 is packed to the brim with top-of-the-line hardware, nobody ever said it was a particularly good looking device. A lot of that had to do with the fact that the front of the device is covered with a variety of sensors, speaker holes, and the odd placement of a huge Verizon logo emblazoned between the bottom speaker. We know. Nobody likes carrier branding on their device, especially when it’s staring them dead in the face everyday. Thankfully, removing the Verizon logo is as simple as peeling off a sticker. It’s true.

Watch the Nexus 6P fail miserably at a bend test [VIDEO]

Thanks to the iPhone 6 and #bendgate, every new phone is now subject to dozens of “bend tests” on YouTube. The Nexus 6P was recently the subject of one such bend test, as well as a scratch test and burn test. The whole gauntlet of extreme tests don’t paint a pretty picture for the durability of the Nexus 6P.

Hands-on: OnePlus X and custom cases [VIDEO]

Hot off of OnePlus X announcement where we learned specs, pricing, and availability, if you were even thinking about plopping down your hard-earned money on the phone — no matter how affordable — you’re probably going to want a closer look. We get it. Lucky for you we have a hands-on with the newly announced OnePlus X

YouTube Red is live, sign up now for a free trial (US only)

Last week, YouTube officially announced their ad-free subscription service. It’s called YouTube Red, and it includes all of YouTube without ads, original YouTube content, and Google Play Music All Access, for just $9.99. It seems like a pretty sweet deal. Today, the service has officially gone live. You can sign up now for a free trial.

An inside look at the Shatterproof screen on Motorola’s Droid Turbo 2 (VIDEO)

For years, Corning’s Gorilla Glass has been touted as the toughest of tough glass for smartphone screens. But what if your smartphone screen didn’t need to be glass at all? That’s the point Motorola challenges with the Motorola DROID Turbo 2 for Verizon. The thing is shatterproof.

Hands-on: Motorola Droid Turbo 2 [VIDEO]

Fresh out of Verizon’s New York event is our own Rob Jackson who has been spending the last few hours getting acquainted with the all new Motorola DROID Turbo 2. Launching exclusively on Verizon Wireless, the Droid Turbo 2 is worthy successor to last years original Turbo and while some are billing this as simply carrier variant of the Motorola Moto X Pure Edition, it’s so much more than that.

LG V10 promo gets you a free 200GB micro SD card and extra battery w/ charging cradle

The LG V10 may not be flying off store shelves in Korea like LG may have hoped, but that doesn’t mean they’re not taking the necessary steps to add a little extra value to the device for its US launch. Like we saw with the LG G4 earlier this year, LG will be offering up a promo netting early adopters a handful of goodies you simply wont find offered by other manufacturers.

Samsung Galaxy View fully detailed by online listing

The market for kitchen tablets is expanding and after the Alcatel OneTouch Xess from a few months ago and the two-year-old Sony Tablet Z Kitchen edition, the Samsung Galaxy View is next in line. The 18.4-inch monster has been a regular at the rumor mill for a while, but has now been listed for pre-order at Adorama.

Nexus 5X teardown shows it’s quite easy to fix (and install wireless charging) [VIDEO

iFixIt is back at it with another one of their smartphone maulings known as “teardowns.” The Nexus 5Xis the hottest new thing on the block so we aren’t surprised they got their hands on it to take it to town.

Samsung Galaxy On7 and On5 go official in China

Samsung Galaxy On5 popped up on the official Samsung India website just two days ago, but the page was quickly taken down. We still managed to extract all the interesting details about the 5" Galaxy On5 and we are pretty much considering it as official.

HTC exec on One A9's iPhone-like design: It's actually Apple who copied us

Ever since HTC launched its new One A9 smartphone, it has been heavily criticized for making a device that looks like an iPhone 6 clone. Now, a senior HTC executive has came to the defense of the handset as well as the company, saying that it was Apple who originally copied one of their phone's design in its iPhone 6.

Instagram’s new Boomerang app makes it easy to make short videos (VIDEO)

Instagram has unleashed a new app that are meant to make it more uncomplicated for you to make inventive short videos to percentage together with your family and friends. It’s referred to as Boomerang, and it makes use of a picture sewing means (it takes 10 fast photographs) to make a 1-2d looping clip of no matter what it is you wish to have to document.

Blackberry Priv to cost $749, might ship November 16th

Late last night, Blackberry accidentally let slip a pre-order page for the Blackberry PRIV in the US and Canada. We thought the company was ready to stop being so quiet about the thing and start getting it into folks’ hands, but they were quick to take the page down.

Samsung’s enormous 18.4-inch Galaxy View tablet will have a kickstand/handle for easy viewing

Rumors of Samsung preparing to unleash a gargantuan 18.4-inch tablet have been circulating the web since back in August. No, Samsung hasn’t lost their minds.They’re simply one of the few device makers who actually has the cash flow to continue throwing devices of all sizes against the wall to see what will stick. In fact, some might say Samsung pioneered the phablet product category at a time when phones were barely pushing 4.7-inches. And guess what? Consumers ate it up.

First 11 things every Nexus 6P owner should do

Although we were a bit skeptical at first, after receiving the Nexus 6P last week and playing around with it non-stop since then we can conclude, without a shadow of a doubt: the Nexus 6P isn’t just the best Nexus device, it’s arguably the best Android device to come along in years. If you’re a new owner, we probably don’t need to tell you that.

11 things every Nexus 5X owner should do

The Nexus 5X is Google and LG’s long-overdue follow-up to the Nexus 5. Android fans loved the Nexus 5 (and still do), but it was time for an upgrade. The 5X is a worthy successor, especially with Android Marshmallow right out of the box. If you’ve never used Marshmallow before there are a few new things you’ll want to set up right away. Here are the first things you should do.

Hands-on: HTC One A9 [VIDEO]

Safe to say HTC caught a lot of flak when they officially took the wraps off their latest creation: the HTC One A9. True to all the leaks and rumors, the phone, quite frankly, looks like a near carbon copy of Apple’s iPhone 6/S. That, of course, didn’t sit too well for Android (or even Apple) enthusiasts, but with affordable (promotional) pricing and mid-range specs, it seems HTC wasn’t so much targeting the die-hard Android user as much as the soccer mom and her not-so-tech-savvy young teen. Here are the biggest features HTC is hoping will win over consumers:

Samsung's own 3D Touch interpretation revealed in patent filing

Ever since Apple launched the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus with 3D Touch, a lot of the talk in the mobile world has been focused on this feature. Alternatively called Force Touch in Apple's MacBooks, it lets different pressure levels applied to a touchscreen (or trackpad) correspond to different software actions. We've recently heard that Synaptics is working on brining just such a feature to Android, and that Samsung could be using that solution itself for the Galaxy S7.

Nexus 5X and 6P unboxing and initial impressions [VIDEO]

Nexus 6P

On paper, the Huawei Nexus 6P may not sound like such a huge leap over last year’s Motorola-made Nexus 6. Which would have been fine if the phone didn’t come with such a high price tag. Unlike the last year’s Nexus 6, you wont be able to get the Nexus 6P through your carrier, meaning you’ll have to dish out all the money upfront in order to get it direct from Google. At $500 for the 32GB model and jumping $50 for every storage size increase, it simply wasn’t the reasonably priced flagship device we were expecting from Huawei, especially considering the hardware.
Snapdragon 810? Here we go…

We’d be lying if we said we weren’t expecting the worst out of the included Snapdragon 810, especially after experiencing other devices using the same processor ( HTC One M9, OnePlus 2) which heated up quickly, and generally weren’t as snappy as other devices (this had to do with OEMs throttling down the CPU to keep temperatures low). We’re not sure what they did, but Google’s elves were somehow able to tap the 810 to its full potential, all the while keeping heat down. Sure it gets a little warm when doing a hundred things at once and/or snapping pics, but it cools just as quickly. And the speed. Oh, man. We could go on and on about the speed. We don’t care what you read in X benchmark — It’s by far the fastest Android device we’ve ever experienced. Hands. Down.
AMOLED without all the suck

Another area we weren’t too thrilled about initially was the AMOLED display. Typically AMOLED tends to be a tad on the over saturated side, with yellow whites and terrible outdoor viewing. After our Nexus 6 — which also uses a Samsung AMOLED panel — experienced screen burn-in after only 5 months of use, needless to say we weren’t too excited when we heard Google would also be using AMOLED in this year’s Nexus 6P.

What we later learned is Google and Huawei paid top dollar to use the latest Samsung AMOLED panels in the Nexus 6P, not the previous year’s scraps. Although they didn’t say which current Samsung devices employed the use of the same display, the 5.7-inch size leads us to believe it could be the one found in the Galaxy Note 5, although Google wasn’t able to confirm this. This means the whites are white (a little on the cool side, colors are saturated, blacks are super dark, and you shouldn’t have to worry anymore about burn-in. We would have loved to see a robust display mode picker like on the Samsung devices where you can choose varying levels of saturation or color temp according to personal tastes, but I suppose you can’t have it all. Edit: There is a low-saturation sRGB picture color mode tucked away in the Developer options. (Thanks, DNagooyen!)
All we can say is “Wow”

In our brief time with the device (48+ hours), we walked away incredibly impressed with the Nexus 6P. And that’s saying something given we were looking for any reason to hate on the phone and keep from upgrading our Nexus 6 from last year. The new “Nexus Imprint” fingerprint scanner was lightning quick and accurate, battery life has been great so far (still need more time to give you accurate charge/discharge averages), and the speakers are crystal clear.

We really couldn’t find a single area where the Nexus 6P fell flat. Sure, OIS or the usual micro SD card expansion/removable battery would have been nice, but the phone excels in every other area that you likely wont even miss it. Again, we’ve only spent a few days with the Nexus 6P and already it’s not only the best Nexus device to date, but the best Android device we’ve ever laid hands on. Huawei, Google — you guys knocked this one out of the park.

Nexus 5X

With the Nexus 5X being the successor to 2013’s phenomenal — and reasonably sized Nexus 5 — the 5X has some pretty big shoes to fill. Like many of you, we were hoping for that same beloved form factor (or at least something close to it), only with substantially upgraded hardware. Unfortunately, while there are some improvements, the 5X follows the trend of most other smaller-sized devices on the market today. That means the 5X is Google’s smaller, more affordable Nexus offering for 2015 and with that comes lighter hardware as well. Bummer.
Ho-hum hardware

That’s not to say the Nexus 5X is bad by any means. It just didn’t blow us away. The 1080p LCD display gets the job done, but it’s nearly identical to the one found on the 2013 model. Storage and RAM is also the same, coming in at 16/32GB and 2GB, respectively. Remember that terrible bottom facing speaker on the 5 2013? It’s been replaced with a slightly less awful single front facing one (more clarity, but still low on volume output), so that’s nice.
2015 improvements

It’s no all mediocre. Google and LG were able to improve that awful Nexus 5 camera with a much improved 12.3MP rear, 5MP front facing camera. In fact, it’s the same rear camera as the one found on the Nexus 6P, meaning photo quality should be equally as good. The new “Nexus Imprint” fingerprint sensor on the back is also a nice upgrade with quick recognition and great accuracy. There’s also a larger 2,700mAh batter which should have little trouble taking you to the end of your day with moderate to light usage.
Still too expensive for what it offers

All of this combined with a snappy Snapdragon 808 processor (the same one as found on the LG G4 and Motorola Moto X Pure Edition) and you have a Nexus that delivers in the 5 key areas consumers look to most: somewhat affordable pricing, great camera, fast performance, good battery life, and constant software updates directly from Google. We just wish it priced a little more aggressively considering the hardware/build quality isn’t much better than most other 2015 flagships. Save your $400 and grab a Moto X Pure Edition instead.


Huawei Mate 8 leak reveals a beastly specs sheet

Metal unibody, spacious 6.0-inch display, a super fast fingerprint reader and nice 13MP camera, the Huawei Mate7 is definitely a tough device to top. However, the Chinese OEM is definitely trying its best and the Mate 8 does look mightily impressive.

Google’s Android 6.0 Marshmallow Guide is now available for everyone on Play Books (APK)

Android 6.0 Marshmallow wasn’t so much a huge leap as it was a refining of the major OS upgrade we saw in Lollipop. Even still, there’s lots of little changes that made their way to the OS and because not everyone is as tech-savvy as you or I, sometimes they just need a little help.

BlackBerry’s official PRIV demo shows off exclusive new features [VIDEO]

Earlier today we saw Carphone Warehouse give us a quick hands-on with the upcoming BlackBerry PRIV, one that was much better than that awkward demo their CEO gave us a few weeks ago.

New rumor claims that the Samsung Galaxy Note5 will land in Europe as early as January 2016

According to a new rumor, Samsung will launch the Galaxy Note5 in Europe as early as January 2016. 

OnePlus: Trade in your Samsung flagship and we'll give you a brand new OnePlus 2

If you own a Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 edge, S6 edge+, or Note5, OnePlus is offering you a deal: you can trade-in your device and the Chinese company will give you a brand new OnePlus 2 smartphone.

OnePlus says all Samsung flagships that it'll get through this contest - dubbed TakeTheEdgeOff - will be donated to Hope Phones, a non-profit organization that brings medical technology to those in need.

To enter the contest, all you have to do is to use #TakeTheEdgeOff on social media and fill out a form (click Source below). If you get selected, ship your phone to OnePlus, and they'll send you a brand new OnePlus 2. Keep in mind that a maximum of 50 winners will be selected, and the contest closes on October 18.

HTC One A9 listed online, priced at $690 USD; two sources confirm Android 6.0 is pre-installed (UPDATE)

With the HTC One A9 less than a week away from being unveiled, the unit was put through the GFXBench benchmark test confirming the recently leaked specs belonging to the phone. One thing that we have learned based on the GFXBench data, is that the rumors about Android 6.0 being installed on the device out of the box are apparently true.

LG V10 will have a separate wireless charging back cover made available shortly after US launch

With Google making the somewhat controversial decision to move away from wireless charging (seriously, what the heck is up what that?), it’s always refreshing to see some OEMs offering the convenient charging method in their flagship devices. Despite the recently announced LG V10 not coming out of the box with wireless charging, it seems LG will be going to same route they did with the LG G4.

Unboxing and hands on Nexus 5X and 6P (VIDEO)

Nexus 5X unboxing confirms it does not ship with USB Type-C to Type-A cable
Many of you have yet to receive a Nexus 5X or Nexus 6P, but some lucky souls in India walked away with units at Google’s launch event for the devices in the region today. Wondering how things look when you finally get to take it out of the box?

Pepsi is launching a $200 smartphone with a 5.5-inch 1080p display, 13MP camera, 3,000mAh battery

The internet was abuzz today with rumors of, yes, another new Android smartphone. This had less to do with device itself and more that it was coming out of the most unlikely of places: PepsiCo. Officially dubbed the Pepsi P1, images and hardware specs of the phone were leaked earlier today by Chinese site Mobipicker.

LG presented new UX4.0 + user interface for phone V10 (video)

LG announced its high-end V10 smartphone a couple of weeks ago and has just released a video showing off some of the features included in its new UX4.0+ user interface, which powers the company’s latest handset.

Android Porn Market from MiKandi

Google has rules and standards for Android Market that prevent application developers from incorporating adult content. But thanks to Android’s open nature you can get pretty much anything you want on your phone and now a service called MiKandi is helping you find all the naughtiest things you can possibly think/dream/fantasize of in one place – MiKandi Market.

Alleged Samsung Galaxy A9 specs surface, packs Snapdragon 620 and 3GB RAM


Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy A9 has been leaked yet again, this time courtesy of Antutu benchmark.

Samsung Galaxy Grand On passes through TENAA with 720p display and dual-core CPU

A yet to be revealed Samsung Galaxy Grand On made its way through TENAA in China. The handset sports the model number SM-G5500 and features support for Chinese TD-LTE networks.

BlackBerry Priv handled unofficially: thinner than Note5

One lucky Redditor got to handle the BlackBerry Priv, something we've seen only the BB CEOdo so far. The initial impressions are quite positive.

Here’s a full list of Samsung Galaxy phones which might get Android 6.0 Marshmallow

It’s almost a given that Samsung will look to load their best devices up with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, but the company hasn’t come out with exact plans to make that happen. Well, we won’t have to wait for their word to get an idea as SamMobile has uncovered a full list of deviceswhich will receive the update.

How to manually install Android 6.0 Marshmallow OTAs on your Nexus using Mac OSX [VIDEO]

While updating a Nexus phone to Android 6.0 Marshmallow on Windows and Linux are trivial matters, things are a bit different for those who dwell in the land of the Macs. Thankfully there’s some help out there that should get you well on your way.

WhatsApp finally adds Google Drive backup option for all

Some users have been noting for a while that they were seeing an option to backup WhatsApp data to Google Drive, but the feature was obviously in testing and continuously disappeared and reappeared. Now though, the feature has finally been announced as official and will be rolling out to users soon.

Sony Xperia Z5 goes up against the iPhone 6S Plus in a real world camera test [VIDEO]

Sony Xperia Z5 vs Apple iPhone 6s Plus Detailed Camera Comparison. Comparing the front-facing selfie cameras, the 4K/23 megapixel rear facing cameras, auto-focus and audio of the iPhone 6s Plus vs Xperia Z5 Premium for both video and photos with example shots indoors, outdoors and in low-light.

Android 6.0 Marshmallow factory images go live for Nexus 6, Nexus 5, and more devices (VIDEO)

The time is here! Google has just posted the Android 6.0 Marshmallow factory images for a slew of Nexus devices. The list of devices include the  Nexus 6,  Nexus 5,  Nexus 9,  Nexus 7 (2013), and Nexus Player.

iPhone 6S Plus vs. Galaxy Note 5 Speed Test (VIDEO)

The new iPhone s6 and iPhone 6s Plus are equipped with 2 GB of RAM, while the Galaxy Note 5 from Samsung has 4 GB. This test speed and multitasking two fighters will teach you that more is not always better.

This is what unboxing the Samsung Gear S2 will be like when you pick one up today (VIDEO)

Unless you haven’t read our front page yet, you know the Samsung Gear S2 is available to buy right now. For those who aren’t buying one or can’t wait to get their hands on it, you’re probably wondering how it is to unbox the thing.

Don’t plan on using your old chargers with the Nexus 5X, it only comes with Type-C to Type-C cable

We know, USB Type-C is the future and we’re happy to see Google going all gung-ho over making it the new standard. Both upcoming Nexus devices will have USB Type-C ports which allow you to insert the USB cable any which way you’d like. There’s only 1, small, teensy little problem: the Nexus 5X only comes with a USB Type-C to USB Type-C cable. Well, that sucks.
What does this mean for you?

This is why the Nexus 6P and 5X don’t have Qi Wireless Charging

It’s nearly impossible to design a tech product that won’t generate some reason for complaints from some cross-section of consumers.

LG officially announces the LG V10 with secondary display and dual front-facing cameras (VIDEO)

LG today officially revealed the LG V10, the dual-display smartphone they’ve been teasing for a little while now. The display is a small ticker-like implementation above the main display, which is a setup not at all unlike the Samsung Continuum from way back when.