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Fairphone 2 starts shipping pre-orders; modular phone still exclusive to Europe

Fairphone 2 is ready for shipping starting today. The easily repairable phone and one of the first functional “modular” phonesFairphone 2 out there has started shipping to pre-orderers today. This is supposed to be one of the easiest phones to repair as you will be able to replace key parts of the phone without needing more than a screwdriver. All you will have to do is buy the replacements from Fairphone themselves, of course.

 

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Fairphone 2 is made with some metals, but they come from conflict-free mines. The phone was announced earlier this year via Kickstarter and the official site and it has been available for preorder for a while now.

 

Fairphone 2 features:

  • 5-inch 1080p display
  • snapdragon 801 processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop.

 

The phone is sold exclusively in Europe for 529 and tests show it is easy to deconstruct and its replacement parts are pretty easy to set in. The manufacturers hope that, in the future, this model could help with electronic waste reduction because such a phone can be repaired and it would last for more than five years. This way, you would not HAVE to change your smartphone every year or so, or whenever your display cracks or your battery loses energy. You would also decrease your carbon footprint on the world.

 

Fairphone expects to ship the first 1,000 smartphones before the end of 2015 and the rest of the preorders should ship before the end of January. Did you preorder a Fairphone 2? What do you think of it, is it a good acquisition for you? Let us know in the comment section below!

 

Source: Fairphone

 

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Samsung A series gets 3 new mid-range models: A3, A5 and A7

Samsung made some updates to its mid-range Galaxy A series and the devices are going live in China later this month. Galaxy A3, A5 and A7 will come to China first, but they will go live globally next year. They are cheaper alternatives to the flagship Galaxy S series, but they do pack a mighty punch on their own.

 

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The cheapest of the bunch is Galaxy A3. It has the smallest screen of the bunch at 4.7 inches and 720p and it only packs 1.5GB of RAM. It does not have a fingerprint reader or MST tech, features that the other two devices have. Below you can see the full spec list:

 

  • Display: 4.7-inch HD (1280×720) Super AMOLED
  • AP: 1.5 GHz Quad Core
  • OS: Android 5.1 (Lollipop)
  • Camera: 13MP (F1.9), Front : 5MP (F1.9)
  • Additional features: Samsung KNOX, S-Voice, Dual SIM option
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth® v 4.1, ANT+, USB 2.0, NFC (UICC)
  • Sensor: Accelerometer, Proximity, Geomagnetic, RGB Light, Hall
  • Memory: 1.5GB RAM + 16GB Storage, Micro SD slot (up to 128GB)
  • Dimension: 134.5 x 65.2 x 7.3mm, 132g
  • Battery: 2,300mAh
  • Network: LTE cat 4

 

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Samsung Galaxy A5 is the mid-ranged of the mid-range devices with a slightly bigger screen at full HD res and a fingerprint scanner plus MST. It gets 2 GB of RAM. Below you can check the full spec list:

 

  • Display :5.2-inch FHD (1920×1080) Super AMOLED
  • AP: 1.6GHz Octa Core
  • OS: Android 5.1 (Lollipop)
  • Camera: 13MP OIS (rear), 5MP (front)
  • Additional features :MST technology(Samsung Pay), Samsung KNOX, S-Voice, Dual SIM option
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth® v 4.1, ANT+, USB 2.0,
    NFC (UICC, eSE)
  • Sensor: Accelerometer, Proximity, Geomagnetic, RGB Light, Hall Fingerprint scanner
  • Memory: 2GB RAM + 16GB Storage, Micro SD slot (up to 128GB)
  • Dimension: 144.8 x 71.0 x 7.3mm , 155g
  • Battery: 2,900mAh, Fast Charging
  • Network: LTE cat 6

 

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Samsung Galaxy A7 is the premium of the mid-range line with a 5.2-inch full HD screen, the fingerprint scanner and MST, plus 3GB of RAM and and octa-core processor. Below is the full spec list:

  • Display: 5.5-inch FHD (1920×1080) Super AMOLED
  • AP: 1.6GHz Octa Core
  • OS: Android 5.1 (Lollipop)
  • Camera: 13MP OIS (F1.9), Front : 5MP (F1.9)
  • Additional features: MST technology(Samsung Pay), Samsung KNOX, S-Voice, Dual SIM option
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth® v 4.1, ANT+, USB 2.0, NFC (UICC, eSE)
  • Sensor :Accelerometer, Proximity, Geomagnetic, RGB Light, Hall Fingerprint scanner
  • Memory: 3GB RAM + 16GB Storage, Micro SD slot (up to 128GB)
  • Dimension: 151.5 x 74.1 x 7.3mm, 172g
  • Battery: 3,300mAh, Fast Charging
  • Network: LTE cat 6

 

 

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Samsung did not tag the devices with any prices yet, but they will definitely vary by region. Some months will pass until we will hear more about these devices and their appearance on the European and US markets, but here’s hoping!

 

Source: Samsung

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Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S5 updates to Lollipop 5.0

Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S5 is getting its Lollipop update. Usually, Verizon has waited as long as it could before releasing a new OTA for its devices. This time though, things are different and Galaxy S5 is getting a timely update to Android 5.0, being the first US variant to get the update so far.

 

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The update version is VRU1BNLC and it has Android build number LRX21T. The first rollout stage will be slow but it will come in a few days with its unforgettable TouchWiz. The software design presents a new lock screen, ART, priority notification modes and an updated multitasking interface with brighter colors.

We do not know if checking the update button will do anything to the device yet, but we doubt mashing the button in will bring the OTA faster to your device. You will just have to wait for a few more days for it to organically reach devices.

Source: Verizon

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Motorola updates Moto G 1st gen (india) and 2nd gen (US and India) to Lollipop 5.0.2

Motorola recently update the Moto G first edition for India and the second gen for USA and India to Lollipop! The Moto G and KitKat are almost history as a tandem because Lollipop is on its way to the rescue. It is not yet available for the entire world, but it will get there soon enough.

 

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The update we are talking about brings the device up to 5.0.2 all the way from 4.4, bringing it to build LBX22. The update is rolling out in phases, so if your device hasn’t received it yet, bear with it, you will get the notification soon.

This Lollipop build is almost as untinkered as the stock version, so it will look very Nexus-y.

Source: AndroidPolice

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HTC One M8 unlocked and developer editions update to Android Lollipop

HTC One M8 unlocked and developer editions are getting the long-awaited update to Android Lollipop. Mo Versi, the VP of product management, made the announcement on Twitter today, mentioning that Google gave their technical approval and that the OTA was heading out to users worldwide.

 

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You can check your device to see if you received the update already or if you are prompted to get it. The Android 5.0 update is also bringing a new version of Sense 6.

The unlocked and developer versions of the HTC M8 flagship are the first to get the update because they are not carrier bound, which means that AT&T, T Mobile and Verizon among others will still have to change some stuffs before breaking the update to their customers and devices.

Source: AndroidPolice

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UK Samsung Galaxy S5 updates to Android Lollipop 5.0

UK Samsung Galaxy S5 is getting a due update to Lollipop today. There is still no news regarding the update coming to US customers, but it can’t be postponed for long, right? Galaxy S5 SM-G900F is getting notifications regarding the OTA update that brings about changes to TouchWiz UI and other new features.

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The Android update is the 5.0 build and not the latest 5.0.2 build. Updated Samsung devices will be getting a minor update to 5.0.1 soon though.

What Android Lollipop is bringing to Samsung Galaxy S5 is improved notifications, ART as a default runtime and NFC device setup among others. The update is roughly 1.4 GB.

Source: SamMobile