The world’s thinnest smartphone is here, the Oppo R5

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After announcing the N3, Oppo had something else up their sleeve. The Oppo R5 is not only their first 64-bit smartphone, but it’s also the world’s thinnest phone. Coming in at 4.85 mm, you won’t find anything close.

The frame is made of hand polished reinforced industrial grade aluminum alloy micro-arc. I have no idea what the hell that is, but it sounds cool.


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Oppo unveils the N3 smartphone with motorized swivel camera

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If you’re into selfies, you might want to check out the new Oppo N3. It features a 206 degree motorized swivel camera, which means that you can capture selfies with the same 16 MP lens. And using the included O-Click Bluetooth remote, you can control the swivel and capture images remotely.

The rest of the specs include a 5.5-inch TFT 1080p (1920 x 1080) display, a 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (MSM8974AA), 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage, microSD slot of up to an additional 128 GB of extra storage, and micro SIM + nano Sim, LTE, and a 3,000 mAh battery. The phone also includes a fingerprint reader on the back, which requires only one tap of your finger, rather than a swipe.


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Google now lets you use your Play balance to pay for subscriptions

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Google customers can now use their Play Store balance to purchase subscriptions for Play Music All Access and Play Newsstand. According to Google’s Support page, the ability to use credit to purchase memberships is being restricted to just those two platforms for now, but compatibility will be added for other services in the not-too-distant future.


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Sprint-branded HTC One now receiving Eye Experience update

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In addition to expanding its enhanced 4G LTE service today, Sprint has also started rolling out a rather hefty over-the-air update to all its carrier-branded variants of HTC’s flagship smartphone, the One (M8), currently located in the United States.

Weighing in at 250MB, the upgrade transports the Taiwanese company’s recently-announced Eye Experience camera software, together with a bunch of bug fixes, stability improvements and speed optimizations.

Hit the break to see the full changelog.


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Sprint expands its super-fast network to 17 new locations

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Sprint has today expanded its Spark LTE service to include 17 new locations, which now makes a total of 46 markets across the US where the enhanced coverage is currently available. Spark is an optimized version of the operator’s LTE network, which is designed to deliver peak wireless speeds of between 50-60 Mbps on a number of capable device, including the HTC One (M8), Samsung Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z3, and many more.


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Plastc Card pre-orders surpass $5.2 million worldwide

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Across the world, there are people who want thinner wallets and more secure payment options. This kind of desire is so strong that Plastc Card, which stores everything digitally into one card, has generated $5.2 million in pre-orders after just one week. Top markets for pre-orders were the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and Malaysia. Simple math shows that roughly 33,000 people pre-ordered Plastc Card. Clearly, there is a real demand. It is now up to the company to actually deliver.

Plastc Card is scheduled to ship in Summer 2015.


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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for October 28, 2014

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With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That’s why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where we recap the day’s hottest stories so you can get yourself up to speed in quick fashion. Happy reading!!

Hands on with the DROID Turbo

Accessories

OnePlus giving away bamboo StyleSwap covers after discontinuing them

Apps

Google Fit launches in the Play Store with seamless device syncing

Taco Bell accepting orders sent from its new app

YouTube may launch music service with ad-supported and paid versions


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FTC suing AT&T over deceptive throttling, AT&T responds

FTC_LogoLooks like another carrier is in hot water with the FTC. This time it’s AT&T with their throttling practices. With many customers still on grandfathered unlimited data plans, it appears AT&T is throttling them after certain data usage milestones are hit. According to the FTC, using a navigation app or streaming video is nearly impossible to use. The bottom line is that AT&T changed the terms of service, but didn’t tell customers when they were renewing.


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