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Project Fi smartphone buyers can now get Nexus Protect plans

Project Fi smartphone buyers can now get Nexus Protect plans

Google has been offering the Nexus Protect protection plans for smartphones for a while, at least as long as you didn’t buy the smartphone directly from Project Fi. Project Fi is the Google MVNO where Google itself is the carrier for the smartphone network. It's more than a bit weird that you couldn't protect your device from accidents if you bought it directly from Google's own network service.

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Report: Sony developing sulfur-based smartphone battery with 40% longer life

Report: Sony developing sulfur-based smartphone battery with 40% longer life

While smartphones continue to get thinner and thinner each year, their battery life continues to remain the same, and if the rising popularity of phone cases that feature an extra battery is any indication, that's something most users don't appreciate. However, if a recent report from Japan's Nikkei newspaper is accurate, Sony might be the one to save the day, as the company is said to be working on a smartphone battery that can last 40% longer on a single charge.

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Huawei to put its best foot forward in the US with Mate 8 launch

Huawei to put its best foot forward in the US with Mate 8 launch

Huawei might not be so insane after all. Initial rumors have hinted that Huawei will make a big announcement next month at CES 2016 where it will outline its plans for a US expansion. At the same time, it will launch the mid-range Honor 5X, the first from its Honor brand to go to the US. Now others sources are saying that Huawei will have another smartphone to woo US consumers next year, the high end Mate 8, the metal-clad flagship the company just unveiled last month.

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Google gives Nexus 5X, 6P a holiday price cut

Google gives Nexus 5X, 6P a holiday price cut

It's the season for giving and the season for discounts. To make the latest generation of Nexus smartphones more enticing as a gift option, either for others or for one's self, Google is giving out a discount for the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P until the end of the year. Or month. It's not a massive discount, only $50 for both, but, especially paired with the very time limited overnight shipping, it does make the already tasty Android flagships all the more mouthwatering.

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HTC phones from Deutsche Telekom to be banned in Germany

HTC phones from Deutsche Telekom to be banned in Germany

HTC's problems just keep on piling up. Now it has even reached Europe. The embattled Taiwanese manufacturers might be facing a sales ban of some of its smartphones in Germany, specifically those sold through local carrier Deutsche Telekom. This after a German court granted an injunction filed by Acacia Research Group on the grounds of patent infringement done by HTC.

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Snapdragon 820 rumored to be exclusive to Samsung until April

Snapdragon 820 rumored to be exclusive to Samsung until April

The tech world in general, and the mobile industry in particular, is an odd one from an outsider and casual onlooker's perspective. Companies that sue each other left and right often supply each other with components. And sometimes rivals even become the best of buds. That might seem to be the case with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820. Not only is it rumored to power the upcoming Galaxy S7, it is now also rumored to be exclusive to Samsung, at least until April 2016, before other OEMs can get their hands on it.

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HTC teases One X9 camera prowess, more photos leaked

HTC teases One X9 camera prowess, more photos leaked

Given HTC's standing in the smartphone market, any high profile or even mildly notable new device it is rumored to have will be something curious to watch, just to see if the OEM will finally stumble upon a winning, not to mention saving, handset. The One A9, with its mid-range specs and iPhonesque design, wasn't. And now it might be trying again with what is being referred to as the One X9, which may be yet another mid-ranger, but this time with a more talented camera, or so says HTC.

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Facebook Instant Articles (finally) land on Android

Facebook Instant Articles (finally) land on Android

Facebook has made Instant Articles available to all Android users, bringing them up to speed on the feature iPhone users have been enjoying for several weeks. Instant Articles, for those unfamiliar, are articles from various publishers made available to the social network’s users directly within their News Feeds. It’s a faster way for users to read the latest happenings and a good way for publishers to reach many thousands of viewers.

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Google team share the (mis)adventures of making a Nexus

Google team share the (mis)adventures of making a Nexus

To many of us, except those deeply ingrained in the industry, the process of designing and making a smartphone is pretty much an arcane art, with many parts purposely hidden from the scrutinizing and sometimes judgmental eyes of the public. And many in the public may not care at all, as long as the end product is something they can live with. So it's actually rare and unorthodox for Google actually put some of the people behind its most recent Nexus smartphones on the public hot seat, to fill pages of anecdotes, funny quotes, and revelations on what makes a Nexus 5X or 6P tick.

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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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