Galaxy S6 sales help Samsung overtake Apple for U.S. market lead

Samsung's back on top in the U.S. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of AndroidSamsung has overtaken Apple to regain its lead of the U.S. smartphone market following strong sales of the Galaxy S6. The South Korean company’s latest smartphone became the third best-selling smartphone in its first full month on sale, trailing only the iPhone 6 and the Galaxy S5. Thanks to Samsung’s resurgence, as well as strong sales

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Sprint’s Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge are now receiving Android 5.1

Sprint is on a bit of a roll. The Now Network has already prepared the HTC One M9 for its own Android 5.1 update, and now the carrier has confirmed that two other flagship devices will be getting their own updates beginning today.

Sprint says that Android 5.1 Lollipop will begin rolling out to the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge today, June 30. As far as what’s included, Sprint says it will boast “bug fixes,” and that’s about it. Version numbers will be changing, as is par for the course. The Galaxy S6 will bump up to G920PVPU2B0F7, while the Galaxy S6 edge will get upgraded to G925PVPU2B0F7.

If you don’t want to wait for the update notification, just head into Settings and go to System Update to try and pull the new software down on your own.

Once you upgrade, let us know what you think of the new software.

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Huawei Honor 7 now official with 5.7-inch 1080p display, 20MP camera and more

In March, Huawei officially announced its flagship device, the P8. Not to rest on its laurels, though, the company has just unveiled another high-end Android-powered smartphone to add to its growing lineup of handsets.

In China, Huawei has just unveiled the Honor 7, which boasts a 5.7-inch 1080p HD display. On the back, there’s a 20-megapixel camera by way of Sony and its IMX230 with sapphire glass. The camera also features a 6-lens module, Phase Detection Auto Focus and an f/2.0 aperture. On the front, an 8-megapixel camera will handle all the selfies.

Inside of the Honor 7 is an octa-core Kirin 935 processor and 3GB of RAM. The Honor 7 comes in a 16GB or 64GB variant, and both feature a microSD card slot for expandable storage. The battery is measured in at 3100mAh. There is also a small pad on the back panel of the metal-clad device which works as a fingerprint sensor.

Huawei is still utilizing its own proprietary interface, but this time EMUI 3.1 runs atop Android 5.0 Lollipop.

In China, the Honor 7 will launch on July 7 for $322 for the 16GB option, or $355 for the dual-SIM LTE-equipped option. For those that need more storage, the 64G option will run for $400.

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Sony to pour billions into its camera business for Apple, Samsung and others

Sony's camera business is a big success. Photo: SonySony is looking to pour billions into its smartphone camera business as it looks to increase production and development of modules for customers like Apple, Samsung, and others. The company’s camera business is already a success, but its production capacity is limited. The smartphone business in general is pretty tough on Sony. It has struggled to compete despite a

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Medium Is Adding Support For Account Sign-in Without A Password (Yes, Really)

medEveryone is trying to come up with a better, more secure way to do passwords, but not Medium. Nope, Medium is just getting rid of them. You can now create and sign into a Medium account using only your email. This works on the web and iOS right now, and will be added to the Android app soon.


To sign in without a password, you simply enter your email address in Medium and wait a moment.

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Pushbullet Is Getting A Huge Update Today With Full Messaging Support, Faster File Pushing, And More

Pushbullet-ThumbPushbullet already does a ton of stuff, but big changes are coming today. The developers behind the app say this is the biggest update since its release, and that seems like a fair estimation. There are new features on Android, the website, in the browser extensions, and in the Windows app.


Here are the new headlining features you can expect from the latest Pushbullet update. I'll expand on all this below.

  • Pushes are organized to make things easier to find
  • Pushing takes fewer taps and is far more reliable (includes retry option)
  • Full messaging support everywhere as an expansion of file pushing
  • Drag-and-drop multiple files on the website / windows app / browser extension to push them (multiple files for Android is coming soon )
  • Chat-heads on Windows desktop app
  • Send SMS from the Pushbullet website

This update is rolling out on all platforms simultaneously, with the exception of OS X, which should be out soon.

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Sprint All In offers unlimited talk, text, and data plus your phone payment for $80 per month

So what is Sprint’s “amazing idea”? A new $80 plan that it calls All In.

Sprint All In aims to reduce confusion when it comes to how much you’re going to pay each month for your plan and your phone. With All In, you’ll get unlimited talk, text, and data for $60 per month and then a phone for $20 per month, which brings you to the $80 advertised price.

For $80, per month, you can get a 32GB Galaxy S6 or a One M9. If you’d like get a more capacious Galaxy S6, you can snag a 64GB model for $25 per month or a 128GB version for $30 per month, though that’ll obviously increase the monthly total of your All In plan.

Sprint is teaming up with David Beckham to launch the new All In plan, and today Sprint released an ad starring the international soccer star. The video shows Beckham traveling to T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon stores in inquire about their plans and ends up getting frustrated by the separation of plan and phone costs. He eventually settles with Sprint and its All In plan, so long as all of his new friends can get it, too.

As the David Beckham ad suggests, Sprint All In is all about reducing confusion and misleading rate plan costs. Advertisements for plans often tout the cost of the plan itself and leave out the charge associated with attaching a phone to that plan as well as the monthly cost of a phone payment, which is how most US consumers buy their handsets. Sprint All In aims to make buying a phone and plan simpler by bundling all of those costs into one flat rate.

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[Live Long And Prosper] WhatsApp Adds Skin Tone Emojis And Spock Vulcan Salute On Android


Skin tone emojis have been a staple of WhatsApp's iOS application for a long time and have recently made an official appearance on the Unicode's version 8 update. However, if you were using Android, you could only view these emojis if they were sent by your peers (as of the app's Material update) or use WhatsApp Web to send them. There was no way to pick a skin tone modifier if you were chatting away from your phone.

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This Is The Moto G (2015)

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The Moto G by Motorola started out as a no compromise budget phone and since then, it has taken the budget smartphone market by storm. And now, the press images of the Moto G (2015) have been leaked to TechnoBuffalo.

The images closely resemble the ones on the prototype phone shown off in the video we shared last week, which pretty much confirms their legitimacy. The phone retains the earpiece and speaker layout while the proximity sensor has now been placed adjacent to the earpiece. The back is where it seems a lot more different. Dual LED flash is now present on the phone and the rear shell now features a textured surface which may help with the grip.

Specs for the phone are  expected as follows: 5-inch 720p display, Snapdragon 410 SoC, 1GB of RAM (unfortunately), 13MP rear, 5MP front cameras and Android 5.1 Lollipop.

The phone is expected to be unveiled alongside the Moto X (2015) and the 2nd gen Moto 360.



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This is the Moto G (2015)

Moto-G-2015-leakAt this point, we have heard quite and seen a bit about the Moto G (2015), albeit in some leaked, low-resolution blurry images. Today though, the folks over at Techno Buffalo have received some images of the 2015 Moto G that shows the handset in all its glory. From the front, the upcoming version of the Moto

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Lollipop updates announced for VZW DROID Turbo and Moto X (2nd Gen.), AT&T Desire EYE

Earlier today we learned that the Sprint version of the HTC One M9 will soon be getting Android 5.1, but it turns out that that’s not the only handset that’ll be getting a Lollipop update in the near future.

Motorola took to Twitter today to tease that the DROID Turbo’s Lollipop update is finally — finally — almost here. The company’s tweet reads “Thank you for your patience. We hope you’re as excited as we are about #Lollipop – coming to a #DROIDTurbo near you.” It sounds like the soak test for the update is underway, so if everything goes smoothly, we could see a public rollout in the next week or so.

Sticking with Verizon and Motorola, VZW has confirmed the Android 5.1 update for its Moto X (2nd Gen.). Besides bumping the phone to 5.1, the update includes the ability to switch Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections from Quick Settings, new interruption controls, and notification volume control. Now that Verizon has confirmed this update, you Moto X (2nd Gen.) owners ought to start seeing it any day now.

Finally, HTC’s Mo Versi has announced that the Lollipop update for AT&T’s Desire Eye will start rolling out tomorrow, June 30.

Whew. That’s a lot of updates, but we can’t exactly be mad about that, especially when it means that the DROID Turbo will finally be getting its Lollipop update. If you’ve got one of the three aforementioned handsets, keep an eye out for your Lollipop treat in the coming days.

Sources: @Motorola, Verizon, @moversi

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