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BLU VIVO XI+ comes with a notch, company promises less phones

BLU VIVO XI+ comes with a notch, company promises less phones

Florida-based BLU Products almost had it made. It was one of the few US-based companies that could fill the market with affordable smartphones across all ranges. But then it was hit by a security and privacy scandal, not once but twice. Now it is on a path to redeem its image and regain American’s trust, starting with its latest flagship, the BLU VIVO XI+, and a promise not to saturate the smartphone market. At least not too much.

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Blu X Link is a $60 2G smartwatch with heart rate, activity tracking

Blu X Link is a $60 2G smartwatch with heart rate, activity tracking

Chinese company Blu, best known for its inexpensive smartphones, has quietly launched a new smartwatch for iOS and Android users. Called Blu X Link, the new model sports a 1.1-inch display and 2G network connectivity, as well as basic features like activity tracking and heart rate monitoring. Unlike most competing devices, though, Blu's X Link only costs $60.

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BLU settles privacy violations probe with FTC, won’t pay a fine

BLU settles privacy violations probe with FTC, won’t pay a fine

Phone maker BLU has struck a settlement with the FTC over the Commission's privacy violations accusation. According to the agency, BLU had a contract with ADUPS Technology Co. to provide software and security updates to its products. However, that contractor allegedly gathered user data and transferred it to the company servers, acquiring "far more information than needed to do its job," according to the FTC.

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BLU VIVO X brings four cameras to the mid-range table

BLU VIVO X brings four cameras to the mid-range table

Two heads are better than one, as they say, but why stop there? That is the line of thinking that BLU is citing for its latest VIVO X smartphone. And it isn’t referring to the figurative head of the phone, a.k.a. the CPU. That’s pretty much unimpressive here. In fact, most of the VIVO X will probably sound unimpressive. It’s real claim to fame will be its two dual cameras, front and back, that try to make the VIVO X a bit more interesting and worth its relatively low price.

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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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