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OPPO R1C Mixes Mid-Range Specs With Sapphire Glass To Make Stunning Phone (That Probably Won't Leave China)

We've been waiting a long time to see smartphones with screens made from synthetic sapphire, an expensive material that justifies its cost by being nearly impervious to scratches from all but the hardest materials. So far we've seen it on a single Kyocera "tough" phone and not much else, but Chinese manufacturer OPPO is hoping to bring it to a more mainstream device. Say hello to the R1C, a phone that hangs out on the higher portion of the midrange, and is scheduled to hit China later this month.

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Team Win Recovery Project Reaches Version 2.8.4, Comes To The Moto 360 And LG G Watch R [Update: Oppo N3, Too]

Update: Oppo N3 owners can now fire up TWRP as well. A recovery image for the device has appeared over on the site, where it awaits your fastbooting commands.

So you've never heard of the Team Win Recovery Project? Then you probably haven't been flashing many custom ROMs to your Android devices. This custom recovery, affectionately known as TWRP, is a favorite among enthusiasts for doing precisely that. Now version 2.8.4 has rolled out, bringing with it the kind of improvements that will only appeal to people who like to get their hands dirty.

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DROID Ultra, Maxx, and Mini All Get Minor Updates With Advanced Calling Improvements

In a series of very minor updates, three of Verizon's DROID line will be getting Advanced Calling 1.0 enhancements. The Ultra, Maxx, and Mini will each receive what amounts to the same update, which is described as no more than "bug fixes and stability improvements" to Verizon's VoLTE calling service. For the unfamiliar, Advanced Calling promises far clearer voice quality by using only LTE when possible and on supported phones.

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The changelog above also applies to the DROID Maxx.

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Verizon Rolls Out Update To LG G2 With Advanced Calling 1.0 Improvements, LTE Data Roaming, And More

Verizon is sending out an update to the LG G2 with a number of tweaks and improvements, not all of which are new. Software build VS98027A mostly revolves around changes to Verizon's Advanced Calling 1.0 VoLTE system, but shares a number of features with VS98026A, which was a much more minor update.

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HTC Adds Sense Web Browser To Play Store For Easy Updates

Despite Chrome's wide availability these days, most OEMs still make a customized version of the AOSP browser for use on their devices. HTC is no different, but it has taken the additional step of adding the Sense browser to the Play Store so it can be updated independently of the system. It even comes with some new features in this first Play Store build.

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Unlocked And Developer Edition HTC One M8 Devices Are Getting Lollipop Today

HTC was quick to announce Lollipop upgrade plans a few months ago, and today those plans begin to come to fruition. The first large-scale HTC rollout of Android 5.0 is starting today with the unlocked and developer edition One M8.

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The Nexus 9 Is Finally Available In 'Sand' Color On The US Play Store, 32GB Only For The Moment

When Google and HTC announced the Nexus 9, they showed it off in the now-standard black, white, and gold "sand" color options. The off-brown color wasn't seen on launch day, though considering the low initial manufacturing runs that Nexus devices seem cursed with, that's not overly surprising. In the small hours of this morning the sand option appeared on the Play Store in the United States - you can pick up a 32GB model now for $479.

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Samsung Has Started Rolling Android 5.0 Out To The Galaxy S5 In The UK

There's still no sign of it in the US, but Samsung has started pushing Lollipop to its current flagship phone in the UK. Users of the Galaxy S5 across the pond (SM-G900F) should be getting OTA notifications very soon, which means plenty of new features and some tweaks to Samsung's TouchWiz UI.

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[Bug Watch] Nexus 6 Devices With Sprint SIM Cards Are Having Issues Receiving Calls

For most of us, making and receiving phone calls with our devices is something we simply take for granted. Unfortunately, Nexus 6 owners who use Sprint as their carrier are finding that it's not quite that simple.

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The Nexus 6 works on all five major US carriers with the simple swap of a SIM card, but that doesn't mean that all problems with the device are universal to all carriers.

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Moto X (2014) Review Addendum: Three Months Later

When Motorola released the revamped Moto X a few months ago, there was plenty of discussion about whether it or the still-unannounced Nexus 6 would be a better purchase. It's completely reasonable to prefer the Nexus 6 because of the larger screen and improved camera, but the 2014 Moto X still stands out to me as one of the best Android phones ever made. Now that we've got a little distance, let's see how the 2014 Moto X is holding up.

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