Latest rumor says Sony Xperia Z4 to have metal chassis, fingerprint scanner

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While we wait for April 20th to roll around to see whether Sony goes ahead and officially announces the Sony Xperia Z4 smartphone, a new rumor has surfaced with some new details about the device. According to sources, the Z4 will join the ranks of devices constructed of an all-metal body. If true, it is not clear what Sony will do for the back cover as the Z series of devices have had a glass back that Sony developed. Read more

The ‘texting thumb’ injury is becoming more common thanks to increased smartphone usage

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Smartphones and tablets have so many uses, from texting to playing games on them, using them as e-readers or sat-nav devices, and sometimes, just sometimes, we even make phone calls on them. A well-known side-effect of these electronic devices is that people can often become more interested in what is on the display they are holding and not what is going on in real-life. But the side-effect we are going to discuss today though is where smartphones and tablets are impacting on our thumbs and wrists, as explained by Dr. Dori Cage, an orthopedic surgeon in San Diego.

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Android Lollipop now rolling out to Samsung Galaxy Note 3 on Verizon

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Verizon has been busy recently with rollouts of the Android Lollipop operating system to many devices in their portfolio. The latest device to join the list is the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. The update for the Galaxy Note 3 brings all of the expected Lollipop improvements like Material Design for apps and some under the hood optimizations to help with battery life. Verizon indicates they have incorporated Samsung’s tweaks to the Touchwiz interface as well. Read more

LG G4 teaser video focuses on the QHD display’s improvements

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On April 28, the LG G4 will be unveiled to the world. Running up to that date, plenty of teaser videos are going to be posted. The latest video building hype for the G4 highlights its improved QHD display (2560×1440) and how it differs from others of the same resolution. The display used for the G4 is 25% brighter and has a color range 20% wider than LG’s previous model. The difference, according to LG, is “obvious.”

Hit the break for the video.

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Google releases their own Handwriting Input app

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Google released their Handwriting Input app, which is yet another way to enter text onto your device. If finger input, voice commands or even swype isn’t for you, then you can try this new method out by actually handwriting your letters and words. The app supports in upwards of 82 languages and I’m sure more will come in time. The cool thing about this is that it even registers emojis, so you can happily draw out those happy faces.

If you want more info on this new app, check out the source link below along with a direct link to its Play Store page!

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[Deal] Cricket Wireless Offering Samsung Galaxy S6 for $19.99 Initial Payment

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ATLANTA, April 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Cricket Wireless announces the new Samsung Galaxy S® 6 will be available in its stores and on cricketwireless.com, beginning April 24. This amazing smartphone retails for$649.99, but thanks to Cricket’s new Phone Payment Plans*, customers can get the Galaxy S 6 for $19.99 initial phone payment, with approved credit, and a smartphone plan. Alternatively, customers can take advantage of Cricket’s 90 days same-as-cash payment option after a $49.99 initial payment, and no credit check.

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For smaller budgets, Huawei launches the Huawei P8 Lite

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Although it was not part of their big event today to launch the Huawei P8 and Huawei P8max, the company also launched a third device aimed at the mid-tier market. The Huawei P8 Lite comes with a 5-inch display running at 1280 x 720 resolution and is powered by a Kirin 620 octa-core processor. Despite being a mid-tier device, the P8 Lite will support 4G LTE service and comes equipped with a reasonably capable 13 MP rear camera. The hardware also includes 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage.

Huawei has not yet announced pricing or availability for the P8 Lite, although seeing it hit the same 30 markets as the P8 and P8max would not be surprising. Sources believe pricing should be consistent with something like the Motorola Moto G, which would be a competing device.

source: phoneArena