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Hands-On Video Compares The Unreleased HTC One M9 To The Older M8 And M7

Ah, the leadup to Mobile World Congress, where high-end device leaks flow like milk and honey. After Samsung's Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge have been almost entirely revealed, we've now got a video demo'ing HTC's next One flagship, the M9. The video below from YouTube user Samia Lou shows off the unreleased M9 next to its One series predecessors, the One M8 and M7 from 2014 and 2013, respectively. Nothing's official until it's official, but this removes pretty much all doubt about the M9's physical design.

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Kwikset Kevo Android App Exits Beta, Available Now With All Features Supported

The Kwikset Kevo lets people unlock their doors with just a finger tap. But as cool as the spiffy Bluetooth-enabled lock sounds, it relies on companion software to make the magic happen. Fortunately the Android app has recently come out of beta. Now people with compatible devices can take advantage of all the features previously available only to iOS users.

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The app requires Lollipop due to its reliance on Bluetooth Smart, which only the latest version of Android fully supports.

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T-Mobile's Website Now Has A New Software Update Progress Meter To Help Track OTAs

General users may not care all that much about software updates, but we smartphone geeks anticipate their arrival with the kind of enthusiasm that most holidays fail to muster. So T-Mobile has added a tracker to its website that will help folks like us keep tabs on over-the-air updates for high-end devices.


T-Mobile's software update tracker breaks the process down into three stages: Manufacturer Development, T-Mobile Testing, and Completed.

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iFixit Opens Up Its Android Repair Hub And Parts Store, Fixers And DIYers Rejoice

When we mention iFixit here on Android Police, it's often because of the team's excellent teardowns. They know how to take apart the most complex devices and figure out every single part that goes in them. However, iFixit — as the name suggests — is more popular for its comprehensive repair guides that span computers, electronics, and iPhones. Android has finally joined the ranks with a really extensive catalog of supported gadgets.

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The iFixit Android Hub organizes devices by phones, tablets, watches, and TV.

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Samsung Buys Contactless Mobile Payment Company LoopPay

There have been a number of rumors regarding Samsung's intention to build its own mobile payment platform to compete with Apple and Google, and maybe now we know how. The Korean company just bought mobile payment start up LoopPay for an undisclosed sum. Using LoopPay is a little like NFC, but it works on 90% of payment kiosks using standard magnetic stripe readers.


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LG G Flex2 Review: More Practical, Less Interesting


Operating System Android 5.0.1
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octacore - 4x A57 processors at 2GHz, 4x A53 processors at 1.6GHz
GPU Adreno 430
Display 5.5" P-OLED flexible display with Gorilla Glass 3 and LG Dura Guard Glass at 1920x1080 (403 DPI)
Storage 16-32GB, microSD slot.
Battery 3000mAh, non-removable.
Camera 13MP (OIS, laser auto-focus) rear, 2.1MP front
Connectivity Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi AC, IR, NFC, 3G, LTE (bands depend on market)
Weight 152g

The Good

Size The G Flex 2 lacks the portly dimensions of its predecessor, and is just slightly larger than an ordinary G3, with the same 5.5" display size.
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Samsung Blacks Out Retail Employees Vacations For Two Periods Starting On March 22nd And April 19th

A trusted source working at a Samsung retail location in the US has sent us the image below from an official company correspondence. In it, you will see Samsung blacking out employee vacations, leaves of absence, and time offs, for two upcoming periods. The first starts on March 22nd and lasts until March 30th. The second goes from April 19th through April 27th.


These blackout periods are usually an accurate indicator of when the company expects a big product launch and wants all hands on deck. The timing, a few weeks after Samsung's March 1st Unpacked MWC event and in the same ballpark as previous Galaxy S phone launches, speaks for itself.

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Leaked Sprint Document Points To Lollipop Updates For HTC One M8 And LG G3 On February 13th And 16th, Respectively

Sprint is really getting on the Lollipop train lately with updates for the HTC One M7 and Galaxy S5 already announced. Today, we have a leaked internal Sprint document that claims two other devices are getting Lollipop soon—the HTC One M8 and LG G3.

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[Update: Official] Samsung Sends Invitations To Its Mobile World Congress Unpacked Event On March 1st

As winter slowly loosens its grip on the northern hemisphere, gadget nerds everywhere poke their noses above ground, looking to see if we'll soon have new hardware to drool over or six more weeks of relatively stale news. Easily the most anticipated springtime hardware announcement of the last few years has been Samsung's annual flagship refresh, and it looks like that will be coming on March 1st. The South Korean manufacturer has sent out invitations to its next "Unpacked" event at Mobile World Congress.

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Former Moto CEO Says The Nexus 6 Was Supposed To Have A Fingerprint Scanner On The Back

I love the "Moto dimple" on the back of the Nexus 6. It makes the enormous phone just a little bit easier to grip (especially if you have a case with an iPhone-style logo cutout, like this one). But apparently the original purpose of the circular depression wasn't ergonomics, or even to match the branding on other Motorola devices like the Moto X. According to Dennis Woodside, former CEO of Motorola and currently the COO at Dropbox, the dimple was intended to be a fingerprint scanner.

Woodside felt free to dish on his former employer in a candid interview with The Telegraph, revealing a tiny bit of the design process for Google's top-of-the-line smartphone.

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