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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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Google’s Android updates policy needs a big makeover

Google’s Android updates policy needs a big makeover

No device lives forever, particularly not smartphones where what's on the cutting edge seems to dull within months, but Google's end-of-life announcement for the Pixel still surprises. The handset - still so popular months after its release, indeed, that Google's online store struggles to keep it in stock - may be facing replacement at the hand of the Pixel 2 later this year, but for the moment it's still the company's flagship Android device. So it's not too surprising that owners have been dumbfounded this week by Google's scant commitment to software updates in the years ahead.

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Could a Google Pixel 2 XXL make you forget the Galaxy S8+?

Could a Google Pixel 2 XXL make you forget the Galaxy S8+?

A Pixel 2 XXL with a Snapdragon 835 chipset and pure Android could take on the Samsung Galaxy S8+ later this year, if tidbits turned up in the code are to be believed. The smartphone is believed to be the third in a three-strong range of Pixel 2 handsets for 2017, and internally codenamed "taimen" in keeping with Google's fondness for fish. While it won't be the first device to reach the market with Qualcomm's latest chipset, there may well be a few reasons why Android fans opt to catch the Pixel 2 XXL and throw back the rest.

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There’s good news about the unlocked Galaxy S8+ with 6GB RAM

There’s good news about the unlocked Galaxy S8+ with 6GB RAM

Samsung may have been blown away by Galaxy S8 demand, but the company is already preparing an even more potent version which will be sold unlocked. Although outwardly identical to the regular Galaxy S8+, the new version has 6GB of RAM, compared to the standard S8+'s 4GB. Meanwhile, there's also 128GB of internal storage, versus the 64GB of the regular phone.

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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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How to make a transparent or clear Galaxy S8 [DIY]

How to make a transparent or clear Galaxy S8 [DIY]

Today we're going to discuss how a person could create a clear-backed Samsung Galaxy S8. Creating one's own Samsung Galaxy S8 Clear Edition - unofficial name, of course - means a lot of risk. Taking that sort of risk is something generally only a person who profits from extreme risks with high priced hardware can take. As it were, there is a person just such as this available and willing to destroy hundreds of dollars worth of smartphone.

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How this Pokemon GO update makes Unown medal easier to catch and complete

How this Pokemon GO update makes Unown medal easier to catch and complete

News in the latest Pokemon GO update includes a change in the way the most mysterious Unown is shown in the game. The first step in making this update appear is to capture an Unown - for that, there is no simple solution outside of cheating. For those that are the sort of people who've given up on all other methods of capturing Pokemon like Unown, there's always hacking - but I hope those folks don't come running when the ban hammer hits again. And it's coming, again and again, we can be sure.

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Acer Holo 360 is an Android camera… but also a phone

Acer Holo 360 is an Android camera… but also a phone

The Acer Holo 360 camera was unveiled today at a special event held by Acer and broadcast around the world. This device works with Wi-Fi connectivity and can also connect to mobile data (LTE speed) with a SIM card. The device itself is not a phone, necessarily, but it does run Android and is able to make calls without being connected to a separate device - without being connected to a proper smartphone, that is to say.

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