Samsung Galaxy S6 Active review: Repackaged with a beefier build for a reason

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Everyone loves to praise phones with premium materials such as metal and glass. The only problem with them is durability. Drop a phone with glass and it is practically guaranteed to shatter. Drop a phone with metal and it is going to get nicked and scratched. There is a large group of consumers ranging from construction workers to overall clumsy people that require phones capable of handling drops, spills, and even dust storms. This summer, Samsung and AT&T have worked together yet again to release the Galaxy S6 Active. The phone stays true to the regular, flagship Galaxy S6. Both phones have the same stunning display, speedy processor, and large camera sensor. Really, it’s all the same! So what’s different here? The Galaxy S6 Active’s design will brace it for impact and handle itself in just about any risky situation.

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Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and S6 edge expected to sell 45 million units in 2015

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Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and S6 edge smartphones have generally been well received, with the main complaint about the handsets being the absence of MicroSD card support and shortened battery life. While unnamed Samsung executives have previously let slip that sales of the S6 and S6 Edge handsets has met internal targets, no one has had a solid idea of how well they are actually selling.

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Sony launches its range of Ultra Thin, 4K televisions with Android TV baked-in, starting from $2,499

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While 4K content might be a little thin on the ground at the moment, Ultra HD televisions with Smart services are gaining in popularity as consumers attempt to future-proof their purchases. Sony is hoping this continues to be the case, avoiding the false dawn that was 3D. Today, the Japanese company is finally launching its range of ultra thin 4K Ultra HD TV’s with Android TV baked in that first appeared back at CES in January of this year.

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Verizon leaving LG G3 owners hanging out to dry?

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When LG rolled out the Lollipop update for their then flagship smartphone, the LG G3, they staked a claim as being one of the first to get Lollipop out to their devices. We all know manufacturers will roll out an update to a small market to make claims like this. Nevertheless, it is usually a decent sign of a commitment to providing the latest version of Android for a given device even if users have to wait a bit longer for kinks to be worked out and carriers to give their blessing. At the time, as a relatively new owner of an LG G3, I was looking forward to seeing what would happen with my device. Fast forward half a year later and Verizon finally pushed out the Lollipop update. That was the beginning of the transition for my “dream” phone to a nightmare and now signs point to Verizon not doing anything to fix the problems they have wrought. Read more

Toronto FC brings Alcatel OneTouch in as its official smartphone partner

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It only makes sense for Alcatel OneTouch to increase its visibility in North America by partnering with a professional sports team. Today, the company announced a multi-year partnership with Toronto FC. The move is Alcatel OneTouch’s “most significant brand investment to date” in Canada and it comes at a time when the company will sell its flagship phone in the country. Alcatel OneTouch will work to develop pre-game and in-game experiences along with social media, digital, and advertising campaigns for the Major League Soccer team.

Alcatel OneTouch donated $10,000 (CAD) to the DeRo Foundation, an organization that promotes the sport among local youth.

Hit the break for the full press release.

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Top 5 Launchers for Android [June 2015]

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Launchers offer yet another layer of customization for Android, and there are many different solutions available. Launchers essentially replace your home screen, most of the time with stock Android. For instance, when company’s put promotions in their news aggregators, it’s an easy process to fix by simply picking up a launcher..

What launcher is right for you, though? What are some quality options over the flurry of launchers that are available? We’re going to walk you through that, but first, what is a launcher, exactly?

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