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Hands-On With The Blu Life One And Life 8 XL: Two Upcoming Budget Smartphones With A Lot To Offer For The Price

Back at CES earlier this year, Blu announced a handful of phones, including the Vivo Air, Studio X, and Studio Energy. Today, we're looking at the final phone from that announcement, the Life One, as well as another handset Blu has coming out in a few weeks, the Life 8 XL.

Let's jump right in with specs.

Life One

Specs

Display 5-inch 1280x720 display with Gorilla Glass 3
Processor 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 with Adreno 306
RAM 1GB
Camera 13 MP rear shooter, 5MP front
Storage 8GB with SD card slot (up to 64GB)
Ports microUSB, 3.5mm headphone jack
Wireless LTE, HSPA+, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Dimensions 143 x 72.1 x 7.5mm, 125g
Battery 2420mAh
OS Android 4.4.2 (Lollipop coming next month)
Price $149 ($99 for one week during pre-orders)
Buy Amazon (Pre-order; release date: June 19th)

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The first thing worth noting about the Life One is the processor - it's a 64 bit Snapdragon 410.

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Verizon's LG G Pad 7.0 Gets Its Lollipop Over-The-Air Update

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[Deal Alert] The Sony SmartWatch 3 Is $149.99 ($50 Off) With Free Shipping At Expansys

These days you can probably find someone to give you an Android Wear device, if you're not too picky about which model you select. But if you've had your heart set on Sony's latest take on the smartwatch, now's the time to bust out your wallet. Online retailer Expansys is selling the SmartWatch 3 for $149.99 on its American storefront. The listing says it's 50% off, but the Sony Store and Google Store are selling the standard SW3 for $200, so it's more like 50 bucks off of the standard price.

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According to Ryan Whitwam's review, the SmartWatch 3 isn't the best all-around Android Wear device available, but it's a great choice if you want long battery life.

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Google Geocontextual Search Live With Multiple Commands, Like "OK, Google - What's The Phone Number For This Place?"

At an event in Paris, Google apparently showed off a brand-new feature of the search app that is aware of your current location in relation to your queries. Google calls this Location Aware Search, or geocontextual search if you want to get technical. Basically, this allows you to ask questions without specifying an address or proper place name and still get information if you're near said place.

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Sorry for all the blacking out - but my query was "What is the phone number for this place?" and this is what I was shown.

For example, if you're at the Louvre in Paris and you ask Google, "When was this building built?" it's going to tell you that the Louvre Palace was built in the late 12th century, presumably.

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[Deal Alert] eBay Offers Father's Day Coupon Today That Knocks $15 Off Purchases Of $100, Includes Tech Products Such As The Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 ($185 After Discount)

Father's Day is approaching, and if you plan on ordering something online, it's better to do so sooner rather than later. Today eBay is offering a coupon code to save $15 off purchases of $100 or more. Applicable products include goods in the home & garden, sporting goods, and tech categories, but naturally only one of those gets our interest around here. The code itself is C15FATHERSDAY.

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The discount will apply to many things. One example is the 16GB Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4, which you can bring down to $185 by using the code. Others include a refurbished HTC One M8, which you can reduce to $205, and the original LG G Flex listed at $200.

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[Update: Winners] We're Giving Away Two Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 (5.5") Smartphones

This contest is now over.

The final results are listed below. If you've won, you will be contacted in the near future. Congratulations!

Everyone else - keep participating and stay tuned to Android Police so that you don't miss our upcoming giveaway announcements. You can follow AP on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and RSS.

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If you haven't read our review of the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3, you might want to go do that - because we're giving away two of them! (And even if you don't win, this is a pretty affordable phone.)

The OneTouch Idol 3 runs Android 5.0, has a Snapdragon 615 processor, a 1080p 5.5" display, 13MP Sony IMX sensor rear camera, dual front-facing speakers, and is generally one of the most likeable mid-range phones on the market.

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Android Auto (Pioneer 8100NEX) Review: A Worthwhile Convenience If Money Is No Object

It's been a year since Android Auto was announced, and it's only now starting to hit the market. You can buy a handful of cars with support for Auto (with a software update), and more vehicles are on the way. There are also some aftermarket head units that can smarten up your dumb old car. Now that it's finally reaching consumer availability, we can see how Google's car infotainment platform works.

I've had a chance to play with one of Pioneer's NEX Android Auto kits (the AVIC-8100NEX), and have already posted some initial impressions. Now let's dig in and explore this new frontier for Android.

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PBS Video For Android Can Now Stream Full Episodes To Your Chromecast

The PBS Video Android app has gained support for a cheap little media stick that frees shows from mobile devices and sticks them on something bigger. This way users can go back to viewing shows like Frontline, NOVA, and PBS NewsHour the way they've been watching them for decades.

Chromecast support works the way you're likely already familiar with. You open up the app, you locate the icon in the top-right corner, you select the dongle you want to cast to, and you watch your show.

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The adult PBS Android app gains Chromecast support nearly a year after the PBS Kids one did, but hey, parents are used to putting their children first.

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The Latest Tegra K1 Device Is Literally An Oven (Related: The Oven Itself Seems Pretty Awesome)

Does the Tegra K1 in your Nexus 9 run a little toasty? Well, it's got nothing on NVIDIA's latest mobile chip design win, which is literally an oven. I'm sorry, NVIDIA, but the jokes basically write themselves here.

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Owner testimonial: "My oven can play Doom 3!"

The June oven's big shtick is that it takes selfies of your food which, while completely ridiculous, is at the same time weirdly cool? Maybe? I don't know. What I do know is that this actually sounds like a pretty good oven, boasting a 350F preheat time of just 4 (four) minutes, which is sort of incredible.

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Opera Releases Browser For Android TV, But Currently Not Compatible With Nexus Player

You want the internet on your TV? There are several ways to go about that, but the latest is to use Android TV and the Opera TV Browser app. It's free to download, but compatibility is a bit odd. It doesn't seem to support the Nexus Player right now, but it will install on the Shield and ADT-1 just fine.

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