Devices By Manufacturer

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[Deal Alert] Catch The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 (n920i) Unlocked On eBay For $570

The Note 5 is like the Note 4, but newer. Actually, while that introduction would generally be true, this year's model received the drastic redesign Samsung introduced with the Galaxy S6. Bye bye plastic and microSD card slot, hello glass and... no microSD card slot.

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ZTE Launches The AXON Mini And AXON Watch In China, Makes Mention Of New AXON Max

The ZTE AXON Pro arrived in the US on August 1st, and similar options appeared elsewhere last month, giving smartphone buyers a chance to own a 5.5" screen with a Snapdragon 810 and 4GB of RAM for $450. Now the manufacturer has launched a smaller version of the device, the ZTE AXON Mini, in China. It's joined by the AXON Watch, which doesn't come with Android Wear. And while it's not available yet, ZTE announced that the larger AXON Max is on its way.

The AXON Mini is smaller, not small. You still get a 5.2" display, one that will offer pressure-sensitive touch.

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[Weekend Poll] Did You Buy The New Chromecast Or Chromecast Audio?

The new Chromecast and Chromecast Audio are here! We want to know: did you buy one? The new video Chromecast now supports 5GHz Wi-Fi and has a much-improved antenna array design allowing superior Wi-Fi signal. It also just seems faster generally, and that's got fans of the cast platform quite pleased. Aside from that, though - it's the same basic deal as the last one, albeit with a completely revamped app that Google released to coincide with the announcement of the device.

The Chromecast Audio fills a different niche, essentially offering a way to smarten up old stereo systems and/or speakers by getting them on your local Wi-Fi network instead of using clumsy and annoying Bluetooth accessories or expensive all-in-one systems like Sonos (which admittedly still have their own merits!).

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HTC A9 'Aero' Makes Another Leaked Appearance Ahead Of Possible Announcement Later This Month

HTC needs a hit. Desperately. According to ComScore they held less than 4% of smartphones in the US in the second quarter of this year, and IDC's worldwide statistics didn't even record the company, lumping it in with "others" and presumably rating it well below Lenovo's 4.7% marketshare. The leaks of the HTC (One?) A9, also known as the Aero, indicate that the company is hoping a slim, stylish, and undeniably derivative design are going to help it win new customers with its next major release.

The latest set of leaks come from Twitter, where OnLeaks posted a series of photos of what appear to be a near-finished version of the phone in black, though it's labeled as a dummy unit.

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Archos Enters The Niche 'Secure Phone' Market With The $850 GranitePhone

Despite some interesting tablet hardware in the earlier days of Android, French manufacturer Archos hasn't had anything notable to show for several years. Perhaps that's why the company is jumping into the small but growing niche of ultra-secure cell phones, like the Blackphone and the Turing Phone. Archos has partnered with SIKUR (read: Secure), a vendor of encrypted company-focused communications apps, to create the GranitePhone. It's available to purchase today for a whopping $850.

Thanks to the GranitePhone's Android-derived "Granite OS," basically everything on the device is encrypted, even the custom homescreen that eschews a conventional grid layout for a modified version of the SIKUR inbox.

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Stylish Platform-Puzzle Game Contrast Arrives On The SHIELD Android TV For $15

These days it's rare to see a game praised for graphics alone - with incredibly powerful hardware available on consoles, PCs, and yes, mobile hardware, it's more about what you can do with what you have. A prime example is Contrast, a combination platformer and puzzle game that first debuted on PC and console download services just under two years ago. It's a perfect intersection of unique art design and compelling game mechanics. Today it's available on Android for $14.99, but only if you have NVIDIA's SHIELD Android TV box.

Contrast takes place in a sort of steampunk-burlesque universe, following a very personal story about a mother and daughter.

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[Update: Everything's Back] Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, And Keep Are Currently Down For Many

Uh oh. Many users signing into Google Drive on the web are running into a little setback. The site loads, but that's it. Instead of a list of files, we're seeing a loading wheel that spins forever.

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Unannounced OnePlus 'E1005' Appears At The FCC

The OnePlus 2 has been sort of available for a few months now, but it's still not something you can just purchase. The Shenzhen-based company is moving forward with a second phone, which has been mentioned in passing a few times. Now, it's shown up at the FCC. Most of the details of the device have been kept confidential, but there is one good image of it from the back and another not so good from the front.

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Amazon Fire TV (2015) Lightning Review: Like The Original, But Somehow Worse

A little more than a year ago, Amazon launched its first set-top box, Fire TV. That was followed by the weaker, but far more wallet-friendly littler brother, Fire TV Stick. Now that the company has been in the streaming market for a little while, a refreshed version of its flagship box makes sense, right? I mean, there's technically nothing wrong with the first Fire TV, but more horsepower and support for more modern resolutions are always better, right?

Actually, no. There are definitely some quirks that you should be aware of before jumping into a new Fire TV — especially if you're just upgrading from the old one.

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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge And Note 4 On AT&T Scheduled To Get Android 5.1.1 Tomorrow (October 10th)

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