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Galaxy J3 Prime arrives at T-Mobile: 5″ HD display, 5MP camera, Nougat

Galaxy J3 Prime arrives at T-Mobile: 5″ HD display, 5MP camera, Nougat

T-Mobile is now offering the budget-tier Galaxy J3 Prime, a smartphone with a 5-inch HD display alongside decent specifications and, perhaps more importantly, a mere $6/month price if purchased with a device payment plan. Those who choose to purchase the phone outright will be charged $150 USD, though there's also the pesky (and somewhat ample) $25 SIM card fee to keep in mind, too.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 bug causes phone to keep restarting

Samsung Galaxy S8 bug causes phone to keep restarting

Poor Samsung. Following its fix for that we-swear-it's-not-a-bug reddish screen tint issue comes the realization of another growing problem: an increasing number of handset owners say their phone keeps restarting on its own. The issue has affected many upset owners who have taken to Reddit, Samsung's own forums, and other online destinations to complain. Some report the handset failing to turn back on following a reboot while others say it may be related to an issue with the microSD card.

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T-Mobile tipped to launch its own ‘value based’ phone with high-end features

T-Mobile tipped to launch its own ‘value based’ phone with high-end features

T-Mobile is planning to one-up its competitors by launching its own-branded phone, according to sources, a model that will be inexpensive compared to the high-end features it will offer. In addition to launching its own phone, T-Mobile reportedly also plans to change the way the devices are paid for, though details on that are still slight at this time. Assuming the information is correct, this upcoming T-Mobile phone will have features found on the latest flagship smartphones.

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10 Android smartphones that cost less than $40 (2017)

10 Android smartphones that cost less than $40 (2017)

Flip phones are by and large a thing of the past. For many buyers, a smartphone is their primary or sole means of accessing the Internet. For some, having a smartphone means being able to stay in touch with friends, apply to jobs, check email, and more. Not everyone has the budget for a pricey handset, though, and that's where the market's cheapest smartphones come. These models are, in some cases, as cheap as a mere $10, though for this list we're including models that range up to just under $40 USD.

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This is when Google Pixel will receive its last Android update

This is when Google Pixel will receive its last Android update

The smartphone market has a very high turnover rate. The commonly established, or at least expected, practice is to support a device for two years after its launch. Of course, that still depends on the OEM and whether said OEM makes an explicit promise. Google just put that promise down on writing when it updated its "end-of-life" support page with an entry for its Google Pixel. Despite being Google's special smartphone, it isn't getting any special treatment and is guaranteed only two years' worth of Android version updates.

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HTC’s “Brilliant U” ad makes you want to squeeze everything

HTC’s “Brilliant U” ad makes you want to squeeze everything

If the tagline for the next HTC flagship isn't "for the squeezable U", it would be terribly disappointing. The company has just released its second teaser video for what is believed to be the HTC U "Ocean" or HTC U 11 and, unsurprisingly, it is playing on what is also expected to be its headlining feature. This HTC smartphone has been leaked to have pressure sensitive side edges that allow you to squeeze the phone to make something happen. Other than breaking it, of course.

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Galaxy S8 gets red tint fix, Samsung insists it’s not a bug

Galaxy S8 gets red tint fix, Samsung insists it’s not a bug

It's no explosive Galaxy Note 7, but one particular complaint with the Galaxy S8 is having users buzzing a bit. Not because it's a terribly deal-breaking "misfeature" but because of how Samsung is handling the problem. Or rather, how it is denying there is a problem in the first place. Nonetheless, yielding to outcry, Samsung has apparently started to roll out a software "fix" for the red tint issue on the Galaxy S8, which simply gives users more control over the colors on the screen.

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Apple patents long-distance wireless charging for iPhone, iPad

Apple patents long-distance wireless charging for iPhone, iPad

Filed all the way back in 2015, an Apple patent suggests that long-range wireless device charging might be possible. This patent suggests that Apple might use patch antennas to transfer power wirelessly. They'd transfer power at microwave frequencies (or other frequencies) and could also be used "to support millimeter wave communications." While filed back in 2015, this patent application was first published today, April 27th, 2017.

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BlackBerry KEYone release date and pre-order details revealed

BlackBerry KEYone release date and pre-order details revealed

The BlackBerry KEYone, first revealed at Mobile World Congress back in February, is certainly interesting as far as Android devices go. As you'd expect from BlackBerry, the handset has a physical keyboard, which is sure to get some heads turning. If one of those heads belongs to you, then you might be pleased to know that BlackBerry has finally announced a release date for the phone.

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More Moto E4, E4 Plus details get leaked

More Moto E4, E4 Plus details get leaked

Once upon a time, Motorola's smartphone story was simple. The Moto X was its high-end champion, the Moto E its entry-level offer and the Moto G for those that wanted something in between. Now we have a Moto Z line with three models, a Moto G5 with two models, a still to be confirmed Moto X 2017, and a still to be announced fourth gen Moto E and Moto E Plus. The latter two are the subjects of this most recent leak that paints the Moto E4 Plus in a rather positive light, save for one understandable flaw.

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Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update is finally rolling out

Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update is finally rolling out

Better late than never, as they always say. And considering this is Microsoft and smartphones we're talking about, the default is, more often than not, "never". Still, the Creators Update for the mobile version of Microsoft's operating system has been promised and, in truth, was already rolled out to its Insiders group. Following the release of the update for Windows 10 on desktops, Microsoft's Dona Sarkar confirmed over at Twitter that the update is rolling out to everyone in waves. At least everyone eligible to get the update, of course.

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Moto X Pure Edition from 2015 gets a Nougat update

Moto X Pure Edition from 2015 gets a Nougat update

The sad fact about Android is that youth is never an assurance of timely updates. Even a year-old phone may not get the latest software updates, depending on the resources, business sense, mercy, and whim of its manufacturer. So when a 2015 smartphone is given a late 2016 Android update, the fuss is understandable. That is exactly what is happening when Lenovo unexpectedly released an Android 7.0 update for the Moto X Pure Edition, giving the phone one last hoorah before retirement.

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