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LG V20: First impressions and thoughts

I've now been using the LG V20 for about two days (two half days, one full day), and I'm ready to give you some thoughts and impressions on the newest high-end device from LG.

I didn't review the V10 - Android Police editor emeritus Cameron Summerson had that job - so I'm using the V20 with a fresh set of eyes. What I do know about the V10 is that fans of that phone loved it. Not since the LG G2 and G3 had I seen quite such a positive reaction to an LG smartphone, and I think that had to do with the V10's "no nonsense" approach to the large smartphone market.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Review, Take 2: Not Only Convincing, But Nearing Perfection

The only Samsung smartphone I have owned and used was the Galaxy S3 (well, I also had the Galaxy 5 - not S - for a few weeks, but that doesn't count). I had been eyeing the company since the original Galaxy S, checking what it's doing and waiting for it to be convincing before I dipped my toes and grabbed the S3. I liked the rounded design, even though everyone criticized it. I loved the powerful hardware too, but I hated TouchWiz. It took me two weeks to get fed up, root the phone, flash a custom recovery, and start trying different custom ROMs that removed some of the bloat and smoothed the experience.

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CyanogenMod Adds Official Nightly Support For The LG G3 S, G3 Beat, G2 Mini, And Optimus L70

The CyanogenMod Team continues to expand its list of officially-supported devices, and now the LG section of said list is longer by four entries. Yesterday the CM servers started spitting out nightly builds for the LG G3 S, the LG G3 Beat, The LG G2 Mini, and the LG Optimus L70 smartphones. All of them are CyanogenMod 13 (Android 6.0), and they're all available for download and flashing right now. At the time of writing three of them have two nightly builds, while the G2 Mini has only one.

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DxOMark Reviews The LG G4's Camera, Ranks It Second Best Behind The Galaxy S6 Edge

Over the past couple of years, LG's smartphones have been drastically improving their imaging capabilities. I was as impressed with my LG G2 as my Lumia 1020 (well, minus the huge image resolution advantage), and the camera performance only got better with the G3 and the G4. This was bound to land the company on DxOMark's radar, where their sensors and software were compared against competing mobile devices.

The final tally? A second overall position behind Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge (and likely the S6, Note 5, and S6 Edge+), tied with the Note 4 and Motorola X Style, and edging out the iPhone 6 and Xperia Z3+.

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The iblazr 2 Is A Bluetooth Flash For Your Android Phone's Camera, Already Funded On Kickstarter

Almost two years ago, I backed the iblazr project on Kickstarter. It promised an external flash for my phone that connected via the 3.5mm plug and brightened photos more than the built-in LED ever could. The project was successful, the company delivered quite on time, and the final product was good. However, as with any first-gen item, there were flaws and issues with the iblazr. Most importantly, the Android app was never up to par and the 3.5mm connection meant that on phones where the plug was on the bottom, you had your light angled wrong compared to your camera (which is usually on the top).

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DxOMark Reviews The HTC One M9, Ranks It The 22nd Best Mobile Camera On The Market, 21 Places Behind The Galaxy S6

DxOMark just released their review of the HTC One M9's camera. I'm not going to beat around the bush, the results aren't great (not that any of us here at AP are all that surprised). The HTC One M9 scored a rather abysmal cumulative score of 69, placing the Taiwanese manufacturer's latest flagship in 22nd place on DxOMark's top mobile camera list.

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That places the M9 21 spots behind the Samsung Galaxy S6/S6 Edge, which currently sits in the number one spot. The M9 also lags behind other ultra modern behemoths of the mobile photography world, such as the Amazon Fire Phone, the LG G2, the iPhone 4s, and the Samsung Galaxy S3.

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Limefuel Rugged Review: An All-Terrain Portable Battery For Your Outdoorsy Activities

Do you have a smartphone? Do you completely rely on it an entire day for navigation, music, gaming, communication, and more? Then you definitely understand the woes of battery life on these modern all-singing all-dancing gadgets. I personally have a charger at home, a dock at work, a car charger, a small portable charger in my purse, but I also like having MOAR POWER just in case I ever need it.

That power comes in the form of a big portable battery, the kind that Anker, New Trent, and Limefuel make. I was a Kickstarter backer on the latter's Limeade Blast L130X, a 13000mAh unit with two USB outputs, a handy carrying case, and a 2-in-1 MicroUSB and 30-pin cable.

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[Update: Changelog] CyanogenMod 11 Snapshot Build M11 Is Rolling Out To Devices

The newest Snapshot build of CyanogenMod 11 is starting to roll out to devices right now. If you're wondering what's in this update, you're going to need to wait on that. There's no changelog as of yet, but we'll update as soon as there's something official.

Update: Here's the official changelog:

M11 Changelog:

* New Devices: Galaxy S4 Active (jactivelte), Galaxy S4 SK I-9506 (ks01lte), Galaxy S5 GSM (klte), Galaxy Tab 10.1 (picassowifi), Galaxy Player 4.0 (ypg1)
* Re-introduce Samsung Galaxy Relay 4G (apexqtmo) support 
* Fix signal strength showing ’2147483647′ on certain devices
* Frameworks & Core Apps: CAF and other upstream updates
* Lockscreen: Do not play sounds while a phone call is active & MSIM updates
* Frameworks: Add base & MSIM APIs for SEEK (Secure Element Evaluation Kit) support 
* Frameworks: Fix volume button changing two ‘steps’ per click
* Frameworks: Add ‘Screen Off’ action for double-tap/long-press configuration options
* Show devices connected to your WiFi (tethering) Hotspot
* Fix bug related to ‘switch to last app’ action while in Recents view
* Fix Navigation Bar arrow keys in RTL locales
* Translations updates from CyanogenMod CrowdIn team
* Adjustments to ‘Glove Mode’ (High Touch Sensitivity)
* APN Updates for various regions
* Camera: Add support for all available Slow Shutter speeds (hardware dependent); Improve shutter button
* Dialer/InCallUI: Fix smartcover always showing answer fragment
* LG G2: Address GPS and NFC issues
* Base support for HTC Desire 816 & HTC One Mini 2 (pending nightlies) 
* Various security updates
* General bug fixes
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Moto X (2014) Review: A Nearly Perfect Android Phone

The original Moto X was a very well-reviewed phone, but it just didn't sell as well as Motorola and Google had hoped. It deserved more attention than it got, but the smartphone consuming public can be a fickle beast. That's why this year's Moto X makes a few changes to appeal to a wider audience. It's a little bigger, a lot faster, and has a more premium design.

This approach is rife with benefits and a few drawbacks, but one thing is certain, this is one of the best smartphones ever created.

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Verizon's Advanced Calling 1.0 Rolls Out Today, Enabling VoLTE And Video Calls On Supported Devices

Verizon pre-announced its VoLTE service a few weeks ago, but now it's rolling out. Customers can finally start taking advantage of VoLTE calling starting today—that assumes people still make phone calls, which is debatable. You need to have a supported device of course, and there are still a few caveats.

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