Google may replace your smashed Nexus 6

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You’re walking down the sidewalk with your brand new Nexus 6 in toe, then bam! The handset falls from your hand or pocket face-down. The device is completely wrecked. Unusable. Aside from feeling pretty embarrassed and maybe muttering or shouting a few obscenities, what do you do? Well, according to one user on Reddit, you simply give Google a call and they’ll replace it for you completely free of charge the very next day.


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Samsung Galaxy A7 gets certified in China

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There are no signs to indicate that Samsung is slowing down. In China, the Galaxy A7 just received certification and this means that the handset is likely to be released rather soon. The most noteworthy item about the Galaxy A7 is that it measures 6.3mm in thickness. Samsung has never released a phone that thin. The body of the Galaxy A7 is metal, a step in the right direction after Samsung’s long years of using plastic and faux leather.


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Upcoming DROID device to have 5.9-inch display and Snapdragon 810 processor

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The DROID Turbo has been on the market for just over one month, but Verizon is not allowing Motorola to slow down production. Sometime next year, likely around the summer, Motorola will release a DROID device that matches and surpasses the Nexus 6 and its specifications. There is a chance, though, that the device ditches DROID branding and joins the Moto line.


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Google Play Edition of the Sony Xperia Z Ultra gets Android 5.0 update

Sony_Xperia_T2_Ultra_ColorsIf you own a Google Play Edition of Sony’s extremely large Xperia Z Ultra, keep an eye out for an OTA update. The Android 5.0 Lollipop update has been released for the device, making it the second GPE device to get updated, behind the LG G Pad 8.3.

The update comes in at a pretty small 397 MB, and it includes several features specific to the Xperia Z Ultra including a battery saving mode and some tweaks to take advantage of the speedy Snapdragon 800 processor. Plus, you’ll still get all the visual and functional improvements that come with Lollipop, anyway.
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Verizon’s Galaxy Note 3 gets incremental update to Android 4.4.4

Samsung_Galaxy_Note_3_Back_White_Event_TAVerizon is pushing out an update to its variant of the Galaxy Note 3, and while it’s not Lollipop, it does bump up the Android version slightly to 4.4.4. Plus, there a handful of fixes and improvements on the device, so it’s a worthwhile update.

In addition to the improvements from 4.4.2 to 4.4.4, you’ll also get a handful of tweaks on Verizon’s end, including changing Isis Wallet to Softcard, plus updates to Verizon Support and Protection and Caller Name ID. As far as apps go, you can expect Knox 2.0 to be on board, plus Find My Mobile, Samsung’s Kids Mode, and the Virtual Camera Tour feature. If you use Samsung Side Sync with a newer tablet or PC, you’ll also finally be able to take advantage of call forwarding with this update.
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First Galaxy A3 hands on video surfaces

samsung galaxy a3We’re finally getting a hands on look at Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy A3 thanks to an Italian site that’s posted an early brief review of the premium device. Samsung didn’t pack in any surprises, so is still just a slightly refined version of the Galaxy Alpha. It ditches the textured back cover in favor of a smooth design, and there’s no heart rate monitor on the backside. It does still feature a full metal frame, however, which is the biggest selling point behind the A series devices.

The A3 features a fairly low resolution, 4.5-inch screen, but it is a Super AMOLED display which partially makes up for the low pixel count. The processor is a Snapdragon 410 CPU, and you’ll get 1 GB of RAM with 16 GB of internal storage plus a micro SD card slot. The device runs Android 4.4 with all of Samsung’s latest TouchWiz features, including the ultra power saving mode found on the Galaxy S 5 and Note 4.
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YotaPhone 2 finally poised to enter market

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A long time ago, as in last spring during MWC 2014, YotaPhone announced the second generation of their dual-display smartphone device. Fast forward to just in time for the holiday season, though missing out on the big Black Friday shopping peak, YotaPhone has finally started to move forward with the release of the YotaPhone 2. For those interested in the device, the bad news is that initially it appears it will only available in the U.K. market.
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OnePlus Two to launch in Q2 or Q3 of 2015

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Back in September, OnePlus let slip to supporters during a Reddit “Ask Me Anything”  discussion that it was planning to launch a second generation variant of its incredibly-popular flagship smartphone, the One, in 2015.

Earlier today, OnePlus director Carl Pei disclosed that the upcoming handset is going to be called the “OnePlus Two” and will officially replace the One. It’s expected to go on sale in “Q2 or Q3 of next year” and will feature some “surprises” when it comes to hardware.


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Samsung shakes up mobile division after disappointing Galaxy S 5 sales

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Samsung has enjoyed a tremendous amount of success through marketing and the fact that they offered larger displays before anyone else. Now that Apple has finally given the iPhone a respectable display, and other manufacturers are cutting prices, things haven’t been so wonderful for the Korean giant. It was reported last week that sales of the Galaxy S 5 fell short by as much as 40%, so it can’t be surprising that Samsung is shaking things up with the management team.

Out are Lee Don-joo, who was the chief of the mobile business unit’s strategic marketing office, Kim Jae-kwon, chief of the global operations office, and Lee Chul-hwan, who headed the mobile R&D office. Interestingly enough, mobile chief JK Shin will retain his job based on his past contributions of helping Samsung to become the global mobile market share leader.


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