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BLU to use Google’s updater instead of Chinese “spyware”

BLU to use Google’s updater instead of Chinese “spyware”

2016 may be remembered as being unkind to smartphone makers, be it because of slumping, or at least plateauing, sales, or distinct problems and scandals that rocked even mainstream news. Miami-based BLU Products would have had a normal year if not for the one last minute issue that gripped its business. Security firm Kryptoware discovered and reported that some of the company’s smartphones used a particular piece of software sourced from China. And that piece of software regularly phone home with data collected for the sake of advertising. Or so the story goes.

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Best mid-range Android phones for the 2nd half of 2016

Best mid-range Android phones for the 2nd half of 2016

Unlike flagship smartphones, those on the mid-range are a dime a dozen. In fact, some manufacturers have more than two in that category at any given time. It results in an irony of choice, which, while giving you dozens of options to fit your budget and style, can also paralyze you with indecision. To help you in that crucial decision-making process this shopping season, we present you some of the best wallet-friendly smartphones that have landed this second half of the year, offering you the best bang for your buck when you don’t have much bucks to spend in the first place.

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Chinese spyware on BLU smartphones claimed to be a “mistake”

Chinese spyware on BLU smartphones claimed to be a “mistake”

BLU Products is a US-based smartphone maker known for selling low to mid range unlocked smartphones at dirt cheap prices. Almost like Xiaomi, but without the impressive sales numbers. But what buyers, and even BLU itself, didn’t know is that the low price may have come at the cost of privacy. Security firm Kryptowire has just revealed that a small piece of code hidden deep inside some of BLU’s smartphones was actually private user data, not to some US company, but to an undisclosed OEM in China.

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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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BLU Vivo 5R adds some teeth to all-metal Vivo 5

BLU Vivo 5R adds some teeth to all-metal Vivo 5

“R” is for “Refresh”. That is BLU Products’ tagline for its new Vivo 5R mid-range smartphone. That’s because the Vivo 5R is, truth be told, an incremental step up from the Vivo 5 that the company launched earlier this year. But to be really blunt about it, the Vivo 5R is what the Vivo 5 should have been in the first place, mixing a premium looking unibody design with actually decent mid-range hardware. And at the same price to boot.

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BLU Pure XR crams 4GB RAM, 3D Touch, f/1.8 camera in mid-ranger

BLU Pure XR crams 4GB RAM, 3D Touch, f/1.8 camera in mid-ranger

As demonstrated by Archos yesterday, China isn’t the only one with crazy cheap but decent quality smartphones. Now US-based BLU Products is chiming in with its latest Pure XR. Looking at some specs and the price tag, it definitely looks the part of a mid-range smartphone. But you might not be able to easily tell because of its design and its features, which includes 4 GB of RAM, a pressure sensitivity displays, and a camera that, on paper, should give high-end flagships a run for their money.

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BLU Pure XR teased with an August 29 launch date

BLU Pure XR teased with an August 29 launch date

Blu has revealed a sneak peak of a new smartphone called the Blu Pure XR, something it describes as a ‘premium’ smartphone that will be officially announced this upcoming August 29. The company is remaining quiet about the phone’s features, but a product listing for the smartphone went live on Amazon briefly this month before being pulled; assuming it was accurate, we already know most of the phone's specs.

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Blu Studio Touch smartphone lands at Amazon

Blu Studio Touch smartphone lands at Amazon

Anyone in the market for an attractive and reasonably priced smartphone that they can purchase outright with no contract at a modest price might want to give the Blu Studio Touch a look. The smartphone supports 4G LTE networks and is an unlocked GSM device supporting 4G LTE, (2/4/7/12/17), 4G HSPA+ (850/1700/1900/2100)GSM Quad band.

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BLU Energy XL arrives with 6″ FHD display, biometrics, 5000mAh battery

BLU Energy XL arrives with 6″ FHD display, biometrics, 5000mAh battery

BLU, maker of relatively inexpensive unlocked phones, has launched the new BLU Energy XL. This smartphone features a giant 6-inch Full HD AMOLED display and a fingerprint reader, both of which are great but pale in light of the handset's 5000mAh battery. According to BLU, owners will see about three days of run time when using the phone as they normally would, and a fantastic 30-day standby time when not using the handset.

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Windows 10 Mobile finally descends on select BLU handsets

Windows 10 Mobile finally descends on select BLU handsets

BLU Products might be better known for its wallet-friendly Android smartphones, but, yes, the company does have a sizable roster of Windows Phone devices. However, thanks to Microsoft flip-flopping on the rollout of Windows 10 Mobile, not all of its devices were deemed worthy of the Redmond's update. While Microsoft whittled BLU's list down to only two devices, customers might find them fortunate that three of BLU's Windows Phone devices will, in fact, get Windows 10 Mobile after all.

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Android phone hero war: Flagship VS Flagship

Android phone hero war: Flagship VS Flagship

Back in the days, it was quite easy to classify phones into high-end, mid-range, and entry-level categories. Thanks to advancements in technology as well as increasing affordability of components and materials, smartphones are now all over the place. The brands usually associated with budget devices are starting to churn out classy smartphones. Budget smartphones no longer require buyers to make compromises in performance and features. Features once determined by price tier no longer adhere to that old convention. In short, the Android smartphone market has become a lot more diverse, and also a bit more confusing. Here we take a look at some of the latest and finest across the whole range and see how the come quite close to one another.

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BLU VIVO 5, VIVO XL tote metal bodies, USB-C

BLU VIVO 5, VIVO XL tote metal bodies, USB-C

To some extent, you could probably say that BLU Products is the American Samsung in the sheer number of devices it unleashes on the mid-range, unlocked smartphone market in the US. Naturally, it didn't miss the opportunity to unveil new products at CES 2016. The new VIVO 5 and VIVO XL are almost like twins, fraternal twins, that is. Both flaunt metallic designs on 5.5-inch bodies, MediaTek processors, and USB Type-C ports. But only one of them can boast of a more premium unibody structure.

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