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BLU Life One X2 mixes 4GB RAM, fingerprint sensor, budget price

BLU Life One X2 mixes 4GB RAM, fingerprint sensor, budget price

Near the end of 2015, Florida-based smartphone maker BLU Products challenged Motorola’s popularity in the mid-range market by pitting its new BLU Life One X against the 3rd gen Moto G. Now that the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus are out, it was perhaps time to revisit that contest. Indeed, BLU has just announced the Life One X2 which does step up the game, expanding storage options and adding a fingerprint scanner. All while mostly still keeping the same low price tag.

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Sony Xperia XZ will cost $699 in the US

Sony Xperia XZ will cost $699 in the US

Those in the United States will be able to get their hands on the Xperia XZ and X Compact soon, and ahead of their launch comes the official price tags: the Xperia XZ flagship will cost you $699 USD (32GB/3GB RAM), while the X Compact will be less at $499 USD (preorders available now). These are the prices for the unlocked phones, of which the Xperia XZ will be available on October 2 and the X Compact on September 25, with the unlocked versions being offered at Best Buy, Amazon, and some other select retailers.

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With Google Pixel, the Android promise fulfilled, at last!

With Google Pixel, the Android promise fulfilled, at last!

This October Google will have fulfilled the promise they've been making on the Android operating system for the past decade. In the year 2005, Google acquired Android. In 2011, Google acquired Motorola (then, not long after, sold everything but their patents). In 2016, Google is in a position to not only create a set of Android smartphones and control the hardware, sales, and distribution, but the software, too. Google will be panned for copying Apple's game plan with these devices, but these devices will be exactly what consumers want, and will buy.

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LeEco Le Pro 3 tries to aim for the skies

LeEco Le Pro 3 tries to aim for the skies

LeEco, formerly LeTV and a Lenovo-backed Chinese firm, has just made official a much hyped flagship smartphone, at least as far as Chinese brands are concerned. And, as expected from a Chinese flagship, the new LeEco Le Pro 3 boasts of some mighty impressive specs with a ridiculously low price. Although chances of the smartphone becoming available in markets like the US are somewhat slim, the Le Pro 3 and its ilk could very well soon pose a threat mainstream brands whose prices could never really go as low as these.

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Google Pixel phones tipped to barely have water resistance

Google Pixel phones tipped to barely have water resistance

Our smartphones these days have become part and parcel of our lives to the point that we bring them with us anywhere and everywhere. That runs the risk of exposing them to elements, so consumers have mostly come to expect that their smartphones will survive a bit of a splash. Most flagships for the past years do promise some peace of mind in that regard, with a few exceptions. And unfortunately, according to a “reliable source”, the Google Pixel smartphone will be one of those exceptions, getting only an IP53 rating, which means having no special water resistance at all.

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Galaxy S7 recall: not a Note thing to worry about

Galaxy S7 recall: not a Note thing to worry about

It's come to our attention that thousands of Samsung Galaxy S7 users have begun searching for details on their own device's recall. In reality, Samsung has issued no such recall for the Galaxy S7. It's the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 that's been recalled, while the Galaxy S7 (a completely different device) has had no issues as such. The trending of this topic is just the latest in a series of unfortunate events that've created what's essentially a perfect storm of negative publicity for the brand.

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Google Allo released with iMessage’s biggest mistake

Google Allo released with iMessage’s biggest mistake

Apple was sued in May of 2014 for an iMessage texting snafu that was the bane of mobile carrier help desk assistants' existence. "Why am I not getting my text messages," they'd say, "I was getting them just fine on my iPhone, now on this Android phone I can't see them." Google is making a mistake at the launch of Google Allo - routing messages - including SMS messages - through their own servers, capturing one's phone number in the process.

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Instagram posts can now be saved as drafts

Instagram posts can now be saved as drafts

If you've ever found yourself trying to come up with the perfect post for Instagram but just knew the creative juices weren't quite there at that moment, then chances are you'll be overjoyed to hear of the platform's newest feature. Instagram is currently rolling out a "save as draft" option across its apps, allowing users to come back to posts later.

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Galaxy Note 7 is back on Verizon, T-Mobile following soon

Galaxy Note 7 is back on Verizon, T-Mobile following soon

While we expect a bit more reports, maybe even more lawsuits, in the coming days, Samsung seems to be quite confident it has weathered the storm, enough to actually restart sales of the Galaxy Note 7 in the US. Or at least that seems to be the implication now that Verizon has put the controversial phablet back on stock on its website. And according to a third-party report, T-Mobile would be doing the same really soon as well, just in time for the promised September 21 date.

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Google quietly removes “Google Now” references in Search app

Google quietly removes “Google Now” references in Search app

Let the conspiracy theories roll. In an investigation done on the still rolling update to the Google Search Android app, Android Police discovered that almost all but one publicly visible reference to Google Now has been removed, replaced instead by descriptions of their corresponding functionality. Given how heated the personal digital assistant competition has been, it is probably not the case that Google is bowing out. Instead, it could simply be paving the way for a “re-launch” under the upcoming Google Assistant heading.

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Google Maps dot now uses a beam to show your direction

Google Maps dot now uses a beam to show your direction

Maps apps, especially Google’s, has become a household name in modern day traveling, be it within cities or between countries. But sometimes, you need more than just a clear indication of where you are or where you’re heading. You also need to know what direction you’re facing to make heads or tails of the map directions in the first place. While Google Maps already had that feature before, using an inconspicuous arrow, it is refining that using a shining blue beam instead.

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Hello Google Allo smart messenger! Download the APK here

Hello Google Allo smart messenger! Download the APK here

Back in late May, Google revealed two new messaging platforms, each with its own distinct appeal. Duo, the tech giant’s latest take on simplified video chats, already launched a while ago. Now it’s Google Allo’s turn, and it has a lot to say. Calling it a smart messaging app, Allo promises to not only make it easier to reply to messages by barely typing anything, it also tries to bring some AI-powered smartness via a preview version of Google Assistant through, what else but a chatbot.

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