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[Specs Comparison] The Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge, LG G5, And HTC 10

There are a TON of Android phone manufactures in the world. Yet, here in the US, only three have wide enough appeal to have their flagship devices sold by all 4 major US carriers (well, in HTC's case 3 out of 4). Those manufacturers are, of course, Samsung, LG, and HTC. Now that their 2016 flagships, the Galaxy S7/S7 Edge, LG G5, & HTC 10 have all been announced, many of you will be tasked with the unenviable mission of deciding which of these three devices will be your next phone.

To help you with that decision, I've prepared a comparative spec chart so you can see how these three devices measure up to one another.

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Samsung Posts Patch Notes For Its March And April Monthly Security Updates For 'Major Flagship Models'

In a perfect world, every manufacturer would update all of its Android phones and tablets every single time Google posted an update to AOSP. We don't live in that perfect world, but at least some of them have paid lip service to the new monthly security updates that Google has been issuing for the last eight months or so. Samsung is one of them... as long as the definition of "monthly" is stretched to something like "eventually." The company posted March's security update notes yesterday (on April 13th) and followed up with the April notes almost immediately.

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Samsung Offering $30 Gift Card If You Start Using Samsung Pay Between April 15 And May 10

Samsung really, really wants you to use Samsung Pay if you've one of its newer phones. The best way to do that is to give away free money, so that's what Samsung is doing. Samsung previously offered a $30 gift card when you used Samsung Pay on a Galaxy S7, and now there's a slightly different version of that program targeted at people who haven't started using it yet.

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CyanogenMod 13 Nightlies Come To The Moto MAXX, T-Mobile Galaxy S4, Verizon Galaxy S5, And GSM/WiFi Galaxy Note 8.0

Over the past week, CyanogenMod 13 nightlies have been released for several Android phones and tablets, breathing new life into what can be now considered old hardware. Most of the devices had CM12.1 prior, meaning that the jump they're witnessing is just from Lollipop 5.1 to Marshmallow 6.0, but the Verizon Galaxy S5 never had CM12, it was on CM 11 (KitKat) prior to this update. That must feel like a quantum leap.

Alright, now to the meat of the matter. The devices with new CM13 nightlies are:

  • Motorola Moto Maxx "quark"
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (T-Mobile) "jfltetmo"
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 (Verizon) "kltevzw"
  • Galaxy Note 8 (GSM) "n5100"
  • Galaxy Note 8 (Wi-Fi) "n5110."

These being nightlies, expect bugs and instability so you may be better off flashing them on devices that aren't your daily drivers.

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A Bunch Of Xiaomi Devices Get TWRP Support, Alongside Other Hardware

I'm not going to tell you why you may want to install a custom recovery. You already know you need one to replace your default ROM or make carbon copies of your device's current state. And you know that the Team Win Recovery Project's custom recovery is at the top of your list of options.

Now TWRP has arrived for quite a few devices, including a buttload of Xiaomi phones. We're talking about the Mi 2 and Mi 4, along with their various versions. There's the Redmi 3, Redmi Note 2, and even the Mi Pad. These make the list not long after the Redmi Note 3 did the same.

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Samsung Milk VR Lets You Watch Virtual Reality Content On Your Phone Without Any Headset

Whether you bought a Gear VR headset when it launched, got a free one with your Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge, or don't have any Gear VR, you probably know about all of that sweet virtual reality content that Samsung is releasing on Milk VR and wishing you could experience it anywhere, regardless of whether you have a headset nearby.

That's what Samsung's latest app on the Play Store aims to do. Milk VR wants to bring virtual reality videos and experiences to your phone, headset optional. Of course the experience is going to be different: holding your phone in front of you and spinning it around in 360 degrees isn't as immersive or as "real" as strapping a headset to your face and jumping head first into other environments where you can intuitively control everything by moving around.

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[Deal Alert] Both eBay And DailySteals Offer An Unlocked Verizon Galaxy Note 4 For $299.99 ($400 Off Original Retail Price)

Patience is a virtue, especially when it comes to the fickle world of yearly hardware upgrades. If you're willing to wait a bit for that fancy new phone, you can save an insane amount of money. For example, a brand new version of 2014's flagship Samsung phone, still only a year and a half old, can now be had for less than half of its original price. And from two different vendors, no less!

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The T-Mobile Galaxy S6 And S6 Edge Are Getting Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow Today

Marshmallow has been out for about six months now, and there are still some very recent phones that don't have the update. For example, the T-Mobile Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge... until today. These devices are finally getting the Marshmallow OTA. Sprint and Verizon both rolled their GS6 updates out recently, leaving AT&T as the sole holdout.

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Verizon Announces Galaxy S6 Edge+ Marshmallow Update, Plus A Small Update For Note 5

It's update season at Verizon at the moment, with lots of phones on the network getting updates to Marshmallow. The latest is Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge+, receiving a build which takes it from the Lollipop-based LMY47X to the all-new MMB29K. The update includes WiFi Calling, a feature which has been in Marshmallow updates for other Samsung devices on Verizon, improvements to the Edge panel, and Live Broadcast, and standard Marshmallow features such as on-demand permissions, Doze, and Now on Tap.

Edge Panel sees news features, including Apps Edge and Task Edge, meaning users can now dock apps or certain tasks to the edge of the screen.

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[Deal Alert] Refurbished Galaxy Tab S2 With Verizon LTE $289.99 On eBay ($599.99 New At Verizon)

Android tablets with LTE aren't all that common. Okay, Android tablets in general aren't exactly a hot segment of the market. The pickings are particularly slim for a slate with cellular data.

The Galaxy Tab S2 is one of the best options currently on the market, with or without LTE. But if you do want that freedom to browse the web basically anywhere, now is a good time to open your wallet.

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