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Sony Will Start Android 5.1 Updates For All Z Series Devices (Plus Some Mid-Range Phones) In July

Sony doesn't have a huge presence in the US despite making a boatload of phones. Still, if you've got one, odds are good that you'll be seeing an Android 5.1 update in the coming months. The update will hit all Z series devices and a few of the mid-range models too.

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Google Maps Turn-By-Turn Navigation Makes Its Way To Chile And Colombia

About two years ago Google announced the expansion of its Maps turn-by-turn navigation to 20 countries. Chile didn't figure on that list, but some of the country's Android users reported getting directions and a limited set of functionality on Maps. That seems to be expanded to full support now.

Google Maps' support document has been updated to add Chile as well as Colombia to the list of countries with turn-by-turn navigation.

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PSA: The LG G4 Does Not Support Qi Or PMA Wireless Charging Out Of The Box, You Will Need To Buy A Special Case

Sad as it may be, if you've been hearing that the G4 has wireless charging right out of its shiny new box, unfortunately that just isn't true. LG went on the record with us to state that no version of the G4 will be shipping with wireless charging as a standard feature, and that you'll need to buy one of the company's Quick Circle covers if you want to get your battery those sweet, sweet electrons via induction. Here are the specifics.

Almost every G4 sold around the world will support Qi wireless charging - once you buy the Quick Circle case.

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[Deal Alert] Get A Brand New Unlocked AT&T 32GB D850 LG G3 For $340 On eBay With Free Shipping

Do you want the new LG G4? Well, go call dibs. That's not what this post is about. We're gathered here to talk about the G3. It's still a good phone. Only now, due to planned obsolescence, it's becoming a cheaper one. On eBay, you can get an unlocked GSM model for a pretty reasonable $340. This is the 32GB model, which AT&T still sells for $450.

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These are new units, not refurbished ones. They're intended for use on AT&T's network, but you can take them to other GSM carriers, though T-Mobile customers may find that some bands don't quite match up.

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Verizon Rolls Out LG G Pad 10.1 LTE Android 5.0 OTA Software Update

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T-Mobile Updates Its Xperia Z3 To Lollipop, Throws In Band 12 LTE Support For Good Measure

Most over-the-air updates include a few bug fixes, maybe a new bloatware app or two, and are thus not really worth getting excited over. Not so for the latest addition to T-Mobile's customized version of the Sony Xperia Z3. In addition to the long-awaited upgrade to Android 5.0, today's update flips a software switch that enables access to band 12, the 700MHz spectrum that T-Mobile began using for LTE earlier this year. If the prospect of wider, faster LTE for your phone doesn't make you excited for an update, I don't know what will.

Beginning June 3, the Sony Xperia Z3 will have a mandatory software update to Android version 5.0.2/ Build 23.1.C.0.385 available via OTA push or Sony PC Companion over Wi-Fi only.

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Huawei Announces The Ascend P8 Lite For The US: Slick 5" Design, Dual SIM, And A Snapdragon 615 For $250 Unlocked

No doubt about it, the mid-range market is heating up, even in places where unlocked and contract-free phones have typically undersold. This morning Chinese smartphone maker Huawei announced the Ascend P8 Lite, a new offering for the US that has its sights set on competitors like the Moto G. The $250 phone is available right now from Huawei's online store in black or white, and it doesn't look like the company is interested in selling through conventional carriers.

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LG G Watch R Starts Disappearing From The Google Store And Online Retailers, Is Effectively Discontinued

In with the new, out with the old. That seems to be LG's mantra when it comes to Android Wear watches. No sooner does the company announce and release a new model than it starts winding down production on the previous one, then completely stops it. That's the case of the G Watch R, or the GWAR as we lovingly referred to it here on Android Police.

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The Google Store's listing for the G Watch R now shows this message: "This product is unavailable in your country," and its support page only currently lists it as sold in Australia whereas it used to mention Japan and the United States before.

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[Deal Alert] Amazon Matches Google's Price Drop On The Nexus 6—$499 32GB And $549 64GB In Both Colors

Google took the somewhat unprecedented step of lowering the price of the Nexus 6 in the Google Store earlier today. It rarely put things on sale when hardware was in the Play Store. Now Amazon has followed suit and matched the new price. The company is now asking $499.99 for the 32GB Nexus 6 and $549 for the 64GB.

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[Deal Alert] International Unlocked Galaxy S6 (G920F) On Sale For $579.99 Through eBay

The Galaxy S6 has only been out for a few months, but we're already seeing some solid deals on the international variant around the internet tubes. Today it's popped up on eBay Daily Deals for a mere $579.99. That's $50 less than the last time we saw it.

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