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Dead BLU Life One X2 got you down? Here, have a Life One X3

Dead BLU Life One X2 got you down? Here, have a Life One X3

BLU Products, one of the few phone brands that call the US its home, seems to be riding one controversy after another. Last year, and again this year, it was involved in a security and privacy scandal, thanks to Chinese adware maker AdUps, that even got US authorities involved. Last week, the Florida-based company received a flood of complaints after pushing out an update that practically bricked their Life One X2. After going silent, the company has made an ill-timed launch of a new phone that is meant to succeed the one it just killed.

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BLU goes silent

BLU goes silent

This week the folks at BLU Products aren't having a great time dealing with a rather large mishap. They've released a software update for a phone which, in turn, locked up and/or destroyed all information within. That was just the beginning of this nightmare - not only for the company, but for the hundreds or thousands of users who owned that one phone.

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BLU bricks phones, ignores complaints [UPDATE]

BLU bricks phones, ignores complaints [UPDATE]

An implosion of the midrange Android smartphone company BLU is occurring before our eyes. BLU released a software update this week for its BLU Life One X2 smartphone. That software encrypted said phones and locked out their users, rendering devices useless. That wouldn't be the worst situation in the world of software flubs, but days without comment might well be.

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BLU S1 is the maker’s first phone to support Sprint and Boost Mobile

BLU S1 is the maker’s first phone to support Sprint and Boost Mobile

BLU has announced the launch of its first smartphone for the Sprint network, making it suitable for use on both Sprint and prepaid carriers that use the network like Boost Mobile. As with BLU's other phones, the S1 is sold unlocked at a rate lower than what you'd pay for most competing phones from a recognizable brand. The phone is currently being offered at a discount.

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BLU Vivo 8L packs 20MP selfie camera, 5.3″ display, and metal body

BLU Vivo 8L packs 20MP selfie camera, 5.3″ display, and metal body

Maker of generic unlocked Android smartphones BLU has just launched a new 'premium' smartphone option called the BLU Vivo 8L. This particular phone, which is being sold unlocked on Amazon, features a metal body alongside a 5.3-inch HD display, big battery and, most notably, a 20-megapixel front-facing selfie camera. The front-facing camera has a higher resolution than the rear camera, oddly enough.

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Blu phones return to Amazon after spyware concerns called ‘false alarm’

Blu phones return to Amazon after spyware concerns called ‘false alarm’

Smartphones from Blu are one again available for sale on Amazon. The budget Android devices were pulled from the site for the second time earlier this week over evidence they were still shipping with Chinese-linked spyware installed. Amazon has confirmed the relisting, and Blu has said that this incident was a "false alarm" and has cleared everything up.

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BLU claims innocence and this is why

BLU claims innocence and this is why

The whole situation with AdUps, the Chinese company that provides affordable firmware update software to countless budget Android phones, has somewhat turned into an ugly mess. Although less dramatic than last year’s knee jerk reaction, the latest report coming from Kryptowire, who broke the news last year, has resulted in BLU’s smartphones being suspended by Amazon once again. BLU already made its defense, which seems to have fallen on deaf ears. So it is now trying again to make it painfully clear that they are, in fact, free of any wrongdoing.

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BLU phones banned on Amazon over spyware concerns

BLU phones banned on Amazon over spyware concerns

Budget phone brand BLU is back in hot water after a security company has claimed that it found spyware on some of the maker's phones. This isn't the first time BLU has been accused of including spyware on some of its handsets, something it vehemently denied to the press today. In a statement issued this evening, the company said, 'there is absolutely no spyware or malware or secret software on BLU devices.'

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BLU Tank Xtreme Pro takes ruggedness a step higher

BLU Tank Xtreme Pro takes ruggedness a step higher

When LG went back to the drawing board, it discovered that users valued reliability and survivability as much as they valued features. Not everyone, however can afford LG's brand of reliability. Some are willing to skimp on the flashy features and specs for an affordable phone that can take them through the day and through life's unexpected and unwanted mishaps. For these consumers, BLU's latest armored phone, the Tank Xtreme Pro, might just fit the bill.

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BLU Tank Xtreme 5.0 budget phone embraces ruggedness

BLU Tank Xtreme 5.0 budget phone embraces ruggedness

Miami-based BLU Products is quite known for its unlocked mid-range smartphones. Last year it dabbled a bit in the premium market with all-metal designs. Now it is going back to its roots but with a little twist. The new BLU Tank Xtreme 5.0 is undeniably on the low end of the spectrum, but it has one thing that's it rivals on that tier can only dream of: rugged features usually found only on more expensive models.

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BLU Vivo XL 2 bumps up the specs but not the price

BLU Vivo XL 2 bumps up the specs but not the price

If you’ve never heard of BLU Products before, you might have come across their name when they got involved in a little privacy-related scandal late last year. The air, however, has already been cleared, allowing the US-based smartphone maker to continue pushing its unlocked smartphones. Skipping CES and a little too early for MWC, BLU has announced the arrival of the Vivo XL 2 which brings one of its most popular mid-range models to the current year.

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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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