“OK OnePlus” Feature Stalled Cyanogenmod 12 Rollout

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Ever the tease, last week OnePlus started a rollout of a stable version of Cyanogenmod 12, the Android 5.0 Lollipop-based custom ROM, to its venerated One phone. However, what OnePlus, giveth, OnePlus taketh away, and after a few members of the OnePlus One clique actually received the OTA update, the rest were stuck in upgrade limbo, wondering why OnePlus continues to play games with their fragile hearts.

It turns out the noncommittal antics weren’t just in everyone’s collective head, rather, OnePlus paused the CM 12 rollout in order to include the new “OK OnePlus” feature in the update. “Baby, I wasn’t ignoring you! I was just trying to find the perfect way to tell you how much I care,” they said.


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Xiaomi preparing for new global smartphone launch

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Xiaomi has scheduled a “Premier” event for April 23rd in New Delhi when many people expect the company to launch a new device for the global market. The device has been described as a “lite” version of the company’s flagship Mi 4 smartphone and appears to be dubbed the Mi 4i. A lower case “i” has figured prominently in the teasers that Xiaomi has been releasing.
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Leaked renders allegedly showcase the design of the Xperia Z3 Neo

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Some leaked internal press renders have surfaced today, allegedly showcasing the design of the long-awaited Xperia Z3 Neo. However, we can’t actually be certain that handset in these shots is the device the leaker specified as one of the images is annotated with the text “Xperia Z The Fourth Generation” — so it could, in fact, be a variant of the recently-announced Xperia Z4.

Hit the break to see the smartphone in all its glory.


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The OnePlus One is now available without an invite forever, 75% off accessories for 24 hours

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It was just about one year ago to the day (actually 4/23) when the OnePlus was announced to the world. It has been a crazy ride for sure with interesting marketing promotions and such. Probably the craziest thing has been the invite system, but that is no more starting today. The OnePlus is now available globally every day of the week, and you don’t need an invite. This isn’t for a limited time either, it’s forever.


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Huawei to offer same day P8 replacements in UK through VIP Service

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A new report says Huawei is preparing a new VIP Service for the UK market when the Huawei P8 is available. The primary benefit of the VIP Service will be the potential for buyers of the Huawei P8 to get a same day replacement for their device if a warranty issue is determined to exist. The new service appears to be an attempt by Huawei to compete against Apple in providing replacements, something Apple is able to do rather easily through their retail locations. For Huawei, reports indicate they will provide replacements via a courier service.
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Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 pre-order price lowered to $199 through April 20

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This spring, Alcatel OneTouch is preparing to release their Idol 3 handset that offers respectable specifications at an affordable price. The Idol 3 has a 5.5-inch display with 1920×1080 resolution, front-facing speakers from JBL, Android 5.0 Lollipop, and a 13MP rear camera. All of this is packaged together for $279 seems like a fair price, right? Sure, but you can pre-order the Idol 3 for even less through April 20.

Alcatel OneTouch is hosting a pre-sale that lowers the Idol 3’s price to $199 that ends on Monday. The pre-order price then increases a still-discounted $249. The Idol 3 is an unlocked device working on GSM networks including AT&T and T-Mobile, so giving the Alcatel OneTouch’s latest handset a look isn’t such a bad idea.

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Take part in Samsung’s global ‘What If I Can’ walkathon campaign to build solar powered schools in Africa

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Samsung might be expecting to sell over 70 million of its Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones in its attempt to return to maximum profitability, but the Korean company is pretty active in its charity work as well. This is evidenced by it’s What If I Can charity campaign that started earlier this year, aiming to build Solar Powered Internet Schools (SPIS) in Africa. You can take part simply by downloading the What If I Can app from the Google Play Store and taking part in the global walkathon. 
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