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European HTC One M9 Getting First Android 5.1 Update, Promise Of Shorter Charge Times

While European owners of HTC's One M9 got its most critical update bringing camera and battery life fixes in June, they've been waiting for the jump from Android 5.0 to 5.1 as unlocked and American carrier versions (except Verizon) have received it. The wait appears to be over, though, as users have begun reporting a fairly large OTA that promises a version increase to 5.1 along with quicker charging times.

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[Hugely Tacky Conduct] HTC Pushed A Fantastic Four Notification Ad To The One M8 And M9

HTC has been experimenting with alternative revenue streams lately, and it was already walking a fine line. Ads started showing up in BlinkFeed a few weeks ago, but users could disable them. Now a large number of One M8 and M9 users have been served an ad in the notification shade. It was promoting a Fantastic Four movie theme, and people are not happy at all.

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[Deal Alert] Get The Unlocked 32GB Samsung Galaxy S6 For $479.99 On Ebay

It hasn't been two weeks since we shared with you an eBay deal for the unlocked 32GB Samsung Galaxy S6, but the price has gone even lower now. Forget about the $499.99 tag, it's now $479.99 — the cheapest we have ever seen the S6 at.

This sale gets you the G920i version of the S6, which is the international variant. But it is factory unlocked and supports the 3G/LTE bands for AT&T's network. It will work on T-Mobile's LTE too, but it will be limited to the carrier's 1900MHz re-farmed HSPA+ areas.

The deal is valid for the black, white, and gold versions of the S6, and shipping is provided to the USA for free (with tax only in Missouri), and a swath of other countries for a fee.

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Alleged Photo Of The Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact Shows Fingerprint Reader-Equipped Side Power Buttons

When you're looking for phone leaks, Twitter isn't a bad place to start. @ViziLeaks has shared photos of what are supposedly the upcoming Xperia Z (TBC but probably 5) and the corresponding compact version. You can see them flanking an iPhone, with the compact model on the left.

In responses to tweets, @ViziLeaks details what we're seeing and not seeing in this image. There's a side power button on the side of the Xperia Z5. This apparently doubles as a fingerprint sensor, which you can see by looking at the software on both devices.

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HTC Shares Android 5.1 Open Source Kernel Files For The Sprint, AT&T, And TW One M9

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Motorola's Latest Commercial For The New Moto G Is Actually Pretty Hilarious

As we know, most smartphone commercials are, at best, OK. Many are less than OK, and some are just downright awful (see also: HTC-RDJ). Apple manages to score a hit every once in a while, but even their ads can come off as corny and contrived (or just boastful) sometimes.

Perhaps the greatest unicorn of all in smartphone advertising is a legitimately chuckle-worthy commercial. They're rare beasts, and even if that chuckle is from a completely WTF place (see: G Flex, ad sadly taken down), a laugh is a positive reaction. Usually. Anyway, Motorola made this new commercial for the Moto G and we all thought it was pretty funny.

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[Update: Winners] Tell Us How You'd Make The ASUS ZenFone 2 Even Better, And You Could Win One Of Five 64GB Models

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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Affordable phones are good, but how about free phones? Those are my favorite kind. And today we've got 5 free phones for you - 64GB ASUS ZenFone 2s, to be precise.

I've used this phone a lot, and I have to say, it really is pretty great.

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[Deal Alert] Best Buy Is Currently Offering The Fire TV Stick For $25, Matching Amazon's Recent Prime Day Sale Price ($15 Off)

Like the Kindle tablets that came before it, Amazon's Fire TV Stick is built on top of a customized version of Android. You won't find the Play Store and Google apps on your television screen if you pick one up, but it's still a good way to get your hands on apps. Then, of course, there are the ever-so-important TV shows and movies.

Best Buy is currently offering the Fire TV Stick for $25. That's $15 less than the product's usual price. This also matches the amount Amazon was selling the media dongle for during its big Prime Day sale in mid-July.

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Motorola Posts The Android 5.1.1 Open Source Kernel For The 2015 Version Of The Moto E

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Parrot Decides Its Crazy-Complex, Probably Crazy-Expensive Android Auto Head Unit Is Too Complex, Expensive For You To Buy

Back in January at CES 2015, French tech company Parrot announced an Android Auto head unit to end all Android Auto head units. At least, that's what it looked like. Parrot never announced pricing or availability for the RNB6 (catchy name!), and all news about it pretty much fell to the wayside post-show. To be fair, this happens frequently with Parrot products - the company uses trade shows to gauge interest in what are, essentially, working prototypes, and then decides whether or not they're worth making.

The RNB6, Parrot has concluded, is not the sort of thing they want to sell to consumers.

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