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OnePlus X goes invite-free

OnePlus X goes invite-free

If you've been wanting to get your hands on a OnePlus X, you've either needed to get an invite from someone, or do it on a Tuesday. It's not often that you need an invitation to be able to purchase a phone, but it seems to have worked well enough for the company so far. However, you won't have to do that any longer.

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The best budget Android phones of 2015

The best budget Android phones of 2015

With the turning of the year sometimes comes the need for a new mobile device. Not everyone, however, will have the budget for a flashy highend smartphone. But just because you're on a budget doesn't mean you have to miss out on many of the strapping of a well endowed smartphone. Luckily for you, there is almost an Android for every need and wallet. Unluckily for you, there is indeed that many choices. To help narrow down that list, we present to you five of the most notable and affordable Android smartphones of the year.

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There might be a OnePlus 2 Mini, says benchmark sighting

There might be a OnePlus 2 Mini, says benchmark sighting

It seems that OnePlus might not yet be done with its "in between" smartphone models. It already hinted before at what would eventually be the mid-range OnePlus X, but it seems that there's room for yet another one, this time on a flagship level. The OnePlus 2 Mini sighted at benchmarking site GFXBench is a rather odd proposal, because it is basically a OnePlus 2 crammed into a smaller, handier, less than 5-inch size, which, when you think about it, might be even more enticing than the OnePlus 2 itself.

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OnePlus X needs no invites on Tuesdays

OnePlus X needs no invites on Tuesdays

Chinese startup OnePlus may make decent, if not exceptional, smartphones but their greatest problem isn't technical. Getting your hands on one (no pun intended, promise) is as easy as catching a fly with chopsticks. It's a strategy that saved OnePlus from a mountain of back orders, but one that has also come back to bite them in the behind. The company since then has been trying to slowly remove the invitation requirement for its smartphones, and now it's the turn of the OnePlus X to enjoy an invitation-free sale. At least on Tuesdays.

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OnePlus and AirConsole deal brings exclusive games

OnePlus and AirConsole deal brings exclusive games

OnePlus has announced a new deal with AirConsole that brings exclusive mobile games to those with a OnePlus handset. Under this new partnership, OnePlus owners will get early access to AirConsole’s new upcoming mobile games through the latter company’s gaming system. AirConsole's gaming platform works by putting the games in one's browser and using the smartphone as a game controller.

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OnePlus sells iPhone cases with a dash of snark [UPDATE]

OnePlus sells iPhone cases with a dash of snark [UPDATE]

Wait a second, you might be saying, isn't OnePlus the company that sells that one Android phone? Yes, yes they are that one company. But now they've decided to start selling iPhone cases as well. They'd doing so with their own unique "Sandstone" backing in place - the material they've got on their main device, the OnePlus 2. In their listing of this case, they make sure to drive home the point that you're not buying a fancy new OnePlus device, you're just trying to hide the fact that you've purchased an iPhone instead.

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OnePlus offers refunds for USB Type-C cable, adapter

OnePlus offers refunds for USB Type-C cable, adapter

As part of Google engineer Benson Leung's crusade against sub par USB Type-C accessories in the market, he reviewed OnePlus' own blessed accessories and found them not complying with the most recent USB specifications. The Chinese startup has finally replied and, to some extent, did admit to the technical findings. However, it also defends its choice in the matter. Nonetheless, it will offer refunds for the USB cable or adapter, but only for those who bought the accessories separately from a OnePlus 2 for use with other devices.

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OnePlus X Ceramic edition launched with charity auction

OnePlus X Ceramic edition launched with charity auction

It's not all that unusual for OEMs to come out with limited special edition versions of their flagships. But when you consider that it's a small startup like OnePlus and that it's a not so flagship OnePlus X, then you might have reason to be a bit surprised. But that is exactly what the company is doing with a OnePlus X Ceramic edition. But it isn't doing it just for profit, at least not completely. It will be auctioning off five of the very limited number smartphones, with all proceeds going to charity: water.

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CyanogenMod 13 details: time for Android Marshmallow

CyanogenMod 13 details: time for Android Marshmallow

The people behind CyanogenMod, the customized operating system that uses Android as its source, have revealed that they're now allowing users with certain devices to begin downloading "nightly" version of CyanogenMod 13, which is based on Android 6 Marshmallow. The significance of this is in the fact that only a few of latest Android devices are eligible to download Google's version of Marshmallow at this point, but with the CyanogenMod version, several older phones can get it now.

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