Alcatel OneTouch working to issue Stagefright patch for the Idol 3

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Sometime next week, Alcatel OneTouch will push a security update to its flagship device. The Idol 3 will receive a software update “on or around August 10″ to address Android’s Stagefright vulnerability. Alcatel OneTouch is following Google’s lead in issuing a fix for the vulnerability.

Owners of the Idol 3 located in the United States will be first to receive the security update.

KPHONE K5 gets announced, offers a premium unlocked phone experience

kphone k5A new unlocked phone has been announced by KPHONE, appropriately titled the K5. The device offers a relatively premium experience, especially for unlocked phones, and it comes with full support for major US networks.

The specs won’t compete at the very high end of the market, but with a Snapdragon 410 CPU, 2 GB of RAM, and a 13 megapixel rear camera, the K5 is nothing to sneeze at. You’ll get a 5-inch 720p display, 16 GB of internal storage, Android 5.0 with all of Google’s services, and support for all GSM networks, plus AT&T and T-Mobile in the US. Read more

OnePlus launches charitable auction for OnePlus 2 invites

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The OnePlus invite system used to obtain their smartphones, including their latest OnePlus 2 that was recently announced, is loved by some and hated by others. Whatever consumers may think though, OnePlus seems to think it is an effective way to sell their devices. In the past the company has made some missteps in developing campaigns to give away some invites as a way to increase interest, but they may have learned from those incidences. Their latest contest is called “Invites for a Cause” and will help raise money for the UNICEF Tap Project. Read more

New images leak of the Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact

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We’ve known for a while now that Sony is gearing up to refresh its Xperia Z lineup later this year and today brings the second batch of credible images with what the Chinese company may have in store for us.

Using the same strategy as last year, the manufacturer is believed to be launching a couple of devices — one flagship and one ‘Compact’ version. This time we’re looking at the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact.

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LG’s Lollipop-powered Wine Smart flip phone goes global

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Sometimes, you just have to go retro. That apparently is LG’s strategy with the release of its new clamshell smartphone, the Wine Smart, or as it’s known in Korea, the LG Gentle. Unlike the clamshell devices we used 10 years ago, though, the LG Wine Smart runs the Android operating system and carries a touch-screen display.

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