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16GB Nexus 5X available for $269.99 on eBay

Posted: 26 Feb 2016 02:03 PM PST

The 16GB model of the Nexus 5X usually sells for $349.99 from Google, but an eBay seller has it available for a much lower price of $269.99 with free shipping right now. It's the US model with warranty intact, so you're not getting a refurb model for this price. Unfortunately, there's no 32GB model available. The lack of storage might be a problem for some.

You can buy it in Carbon and Quartz, but Ice is now sold out. These deals don't usually last long, so if you want it, jump on the deal now!


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Appeals court overturns $120 million judgment in Samsung vs Apple case

Posted: 26 Feb 2016 01:46 PM PST

A specific Apple vs Samsung case to do with some software patents (including slide-to-unlock, if you remember that one) ended up with Samsung having to pay $120 million to Apple. But an appeals court overturned that decision, saying two patents were invalid and one was not infringed upon.

Though this isn't the main case where Samsung had to pay $548 million to Apple (that's being appealed, too), it's still a win for Samsung. The slide-to-unlock and autocorrect patents were invalidated, while the quick links patent is valid but Samsung was shown not to have infringed on it. The court also ruled that Apple infringed on one of Samsung's patents, and Apple will have to pay the large sum of $158,400 to Samsung. We know, disastrous.

We'll have to wait and see how the initial ruling turns out, but for now, the court battles rage on.


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Top 10 Android app updates this week: IMDb, OneDrive

Posted: 26 Feb 2016 01:46 PM PST

Welcome back to our weekly Top 10 Android App Updates column, where we take a look at the most frequently upgraded apps for the week. We've found that one of the best ways to discover useful apps is to find the ones that are actually being updated by the developers rather than selecting the apps with the most installs. As in the past, we're going to filter out minor updates for the super-popular apps that have over 10 million installs, but we'll make exceptions for apps that have had significant updates. We hope you enjoy this weekly feature and that you discover some apps that end up being useful.

Telegram - Version 3.6.0

Telegram

What's new in this version:

  • Edit messages in channels and supergroups.
  • Share links for posts in channels (in the Quick Share menu).
  • Option to add admin signatures to messages in channels.
  • Silent messages in channels that will not notify members.
  • Quick Share button for bots (works for messages with links, photos or videos).

 

Google+ - Version 7.3.0.1150

GooglePlus

What's new in this version:

  • Pin posts in your Collections
  • New design of Communities
  • Performance improvements and bug fixes
  • Improved navigation and overall experience for screen reader users

 

Player FM - Version 3.1.0

Player FM

What's new in this version:

  • Light, Dark & Black theme option on Display setting.
  • Switch to a 'downloaded-only' view from the side menu (As before, you can also make this happen automatically via Playback Settings too.)
  • Now you can sort your subscriptions series in grid view by title, oldest, etc.
  • Japanese translation.
  • Catalogue updates.

 

IMDb - Version 6.1.0

IMDb

What's new in this version:

  • Material Design updates across the app, including the Action Bar, the Navigation Drawer, and consistent and modern text appearance.

 

Next Lock Screen - Version 2.6.0

Next Lock Screen

What's new in this version:

  • Fingerprint Unlock (for Android 6 and Samsung devices with fingerprint scanner). While Next is on screen, use your fingerprint scanner to bypass the Next screen lock.
  • Smart Contacts. Next learns and displays contacts whom you've called or texted.
  • Smart Lock. Set rules for whether a passcode is needed when you're at Home or Work.
  • Location-based wallpapers are back. Different wallpapers for Auto/Home/Work.
  • Bug fixes.

 

YouTube Kids – Version 1.5.0

YouTube Kids

What's new in this version:

  • YouTube Kids now supports 360° videos! From under the sea to the surface of Mars, explore the world and more in an immersive 360° experience.
  • In the middle of a video, but need to do something else? You can now pick up right where you left off with the new Resume Playback feature.

 

OneDrive – Version 3.9.0

OneDrive

What's new in this version:

  • Use a variety of apps to create photos and videos on your device? No problem! The OneDrive app can now automatically upload them from the locations you select.
  • Have an SD Card with your photos stored on them? Plug it in and OneDrive can upload them up for you.

 

Brave Browser - Version 1.9.0

Brave Browser

What's new in this version:

  • IMPROVEMENT: Rebranded to Brave.
  • IMPROVEMENT: Turned on Tracking Protection feature by default (can be turned off in Settings->More).
  • IMPROVEMENT: Turned on Ad Block feature by default (can be turned off in Settings->More).
  • IMPROVEMENT: Added disable protection option to easily whitelist at the site level (menu item 'Enable Brave shields').

 

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom - Version 2.0.0

Adobe Lightroom

What's new in this version:

  • New: Capture amazing moments with the in-app Adobe camera. Apply Photoshop magic before you capture with one of five new, specially formulated presets. Photos can be captured in DNG raw format on devices that provide DNG capture capabilities.
  • Enhanced: Tone Curve – Point Curve Mode.
  • New: Split Tone adjustments.
  • New: Dehaze adjustment tool.
  • New: Full resolution output. Now, export and share photos taken through the in-app Adobe camera at full resolution.

 

Deezer Music - Version 5.22.62

Deezer Music

What's new in this version:

  • Android Auto: Access Flow, your playlists and albums straight from your car's dashboard and select the music you love using only your voice. Available for Premium+ users using Android 5.0.
  • Now you can sort mixes by genre or by popularity.
  • Chromecast: Less malfunctions, more stability.

 


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Tronsmart Titan desktop Quick Charger review

Posted: 26 Feb 2016 01:46 PM PST

Devices are getting more and more power hungry, so batteries are growing in size. But charging has long remained fairly slow. If your phone is dead midday, you'll be stuck by a charger for quite a while before it's ready to go for a few more hours. But Quick Charge changed that, allowing devices to charge much quicker for a big top up in a surprisingly small amount of time.

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The Tronsmart Titan desktop charger aims to fix dying batteries not only for your smartphone, but for a family of smart devices. It features five ports, all supporting Quick Charge 2.0 for much faster charging rates. All five ports being capable of quick charging is quite a surprise!

The charger is capable of 18W per port and 90W total, so having five devices charging at once doesn't mean you give up quick charging. If your device doesn't support Quick Charge 2.0, the charger steps down to 5V/2A charging, so this isn't exclusively for modern devices. It also has protection circuits to prevent overheating and overcharging, which is standard for quality chargers.

When I plug my Moto X Pure Edition into this charger, it recognizes it as a Turbo charger and charges at a staggering rate equivalent to the included Motorola Turbo charger. For my specific device, it ends up charging around 60-70% an hour. A 15 minute charge can get you around 20% of your battery filled up, good for a few hours of use and quite a while of standby if you're going out.

The device is also ready for travel, supporting 110-240V with the right prong adapter or cable. Instead of bringing a bunch of wall warts to take up precious hotel outlets, this one device can do it all.

One complaint I have is that it emits a quiet buzzing. This isn't nearly as bad as many chargers seem to do (I've seen a few that emit a loud shriek from across the room). I could hear it when the charger was on my bedside table, but it's inaudible moved 5 feet away to my desk. I consider this a very minor problem as a youngster with acute hearing, and it'll likely be entirely inaudible for anyone over 30.

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Another odd little thing is the green light. It's fairly dim, so it doesn't really bug me at night (and I unplug most glowing things at night). But it doesn't turn off when the switch on the rear is flipped off. Odd design choice, but not one that matters.

If you're interested in picking one up, hit the source link. It's not particularly cheap (going for $37.99 on Amazon as of writing this review), but it's a great accessory to keep around the house. Let the entire family charge their devices, or charge your own pile of devices all at once, and bring it abroad for easy and quick charging from a single outlet.


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Sprint brings back two-year contracts

Posted: 26 Feb 2016 01:46 PM PST

Falling in line with the other three big carriers, Sprint recently got rid of two-year contracts. It's been the direction US carriers have been headed in for a while now, with T-Mobile dropping contracts first. Installment plans are the new contract, but it gives people just a bit more freedom to move between carriers.

However, Sprint is officially bringing back two-year contracts. The company claims it wants to give customers more choices. Sprint now offers a phone lease, a monthly installment plan that we're all used to, a contract, or full retail price for a phone. To be fair, more choices is rarely a bad thing, and this move isn't really going to hurt Sprint in any obvious way.

Now Sprint can brag about being the only carrier of the big four to offer contracts to all of its customers. What do you guys think of this decision? Do people still want contracts, or is this just a useless move by Sprint? Leave a comment!


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Google App v9.10 Includes A New Wait Animation And Will Soon Solicit Users To 'Donate' Screenshots [APK Teardown + Download]

Posted: 26 Feb 2016 11:57 AM PST

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The Google app has gone through some fairly rapid-fire updates over the last month or so, with new versions popping out every few days. Just yesterday, a somewhat buggy v5.10.22 rolled out in the morning, only to be replaced in the evening by a minor v5.10.23 update to fix some issues with crashing. The changes from v5.9 to v5.10 appear to be rather minor, but a close examination turned up a couple of little things we couldn't ignore.

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Facebook Live Video Is Coming To Android Within The Next Week

Posted: 26 Feb 2016 10:43 AM PST

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There's this feeling floating around the Internet that Facebook is irrelevant. It's old. The kids have moved on. They're Tumblring, Vine-ing, Snapchatting, and Instagramming (okay, that one's owned by Facebook, but whatever). They wouldn't be caught dead using the same social network their parents sign into. Famous people aren't using it either. They've moved to Twitter.

What's a site like Facebook to do? Introduce live video. Kids love live video. Adults like live video.

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Facebook Live Video Is Coming To Android Within The Next Week was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Samsung may take on Apple Music by acquiring Tidal

Posted: 26 Feb 2016 10:32 AM PST

Apple Music's competition might be changing owners. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of AndroidTidal, the high fidelity music streaming service owned by Jay Z, has been struggling to compete with Spotify and Apple Music, but according to a new report Samsung is planning to throw the fledgling company a lifeline with a new acquisition deal. The move wouldn't be totally unexpected considering Jay Z's long ties with Samsung,

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Bag a free Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 worth $399 [Deal]

Posted: 26 Feb 2016 10:32 AM PST

Galaxy Tab S2It's no secret that Samsung's newest premium tablet is the cream of the crop. With 9.7 inches of high resolution display and feature-packed technology, this tablet will support your media and technology needs like no other tablet on the market. Plus with a long-lasting battery and 32GB of memory, you better bet you'll stay entertained

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Inbox's Snooze Feature Gets Even More Robust With New 'Later This Week' And 'Weekend' Options

Posted: 26 Feb 2016 10:28 AM PST

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I still don't get the whole Inbox thing — I've tried it, and it's just not my cup of tea. Still, I get why people love it (even if it just doesn't go well with my workflow), and I'm glad that it exists. I like options. If you're one of the folks who happens to use Inbox, you may be interested in some new stuff Google has been cooking up and just implemented into the app: "later this week" and "weekend" snooze options.

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Inbox's Snooze Feature Gets Even More Robust With New 'Later This Week' And 'Weekend' Options was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Inbox by Gmail adds two new Snooze options to help with email management

Posted: 26 Feb 2016 10:02 AM PST

Managing a steady stream of emails can get complicated, and sometimes you just don't want to deal with a particular correspondence right then and there. Thankfully, Snooze options exist.

The Gmail team has made the Inbox email app even better with two new additions to its Snooze feature that should help with email management. New additions "Later this week" and "This weekend" are joining the ranks which already include "Later today," "Tomorrow," "Next week," and "Someday." The team hopes this will make it less necessary to use a custom Snooze option, as it adds more options that cover select spans of time.

Inbox by Gmail will let you select the preferred time in the morning when you receive emails, and now that feature is getting extended to being able to select the weekend days that work best for your schedule. After all, not everyone's weekend is on Saturday and Sunday.

The new features will be rolling out over the next week, so keep an eye out.


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Google Inbox gets welcome snooze improvements

Posted: 26 Feb 2016 10:02 AM PST

Google InboxGoogle is updating its awesome Inbox app for Android to deliver welcome improvements to the snooze function. Users will now be greeted by more options when they need to put off important messages until later, and you can have Inbox leave you alone on weekends if you want quiet time. With the latest Inbox release, you will now

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Blur Out Private Information And Private Parts With YouTube's New Auto-Tracking Custom Blurring Tool

Posted: 26 Feb 2016 09:43 AM PST

blur 1License plate numbers, emails, strangers faces, home addresses, and nipples. These are all things that you might not want seen by the world when you upload a video to YouTube. Google understands this, and has just released a new tool for YouTube that grants users the ability to blur any object in a movie, even a moving one! Check out this example clip to see it in action.

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This guy was able to remove a really embarrassing lawn mower that was totally ruining his sick stunt video.

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Blur Out Private Information And Private Parts With YouTube's New Auto-Tracking Custom Blurring Tool was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Galaxy S7 jacks iPhone’s front-facing flash feature

Posted: 26 Feb 2016 09:32 AM PST

Galaxy S7Samsung's new Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge have a front-facing flash feature that helps you shoot brighter selfies, but it doesn't come from an extra LED. Instead, the new devices have stolen the same trick Apple uses on iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. According to SamMobile, when you snap a selfie on one of

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Google Sheets For Android Gets Image-Rendering And Slides Gets Theme Chooser In Latest Updates

Posted: 26 Feb 2016 09:28 AM PST

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Two noteworthy improvements found their way into the latest set of routine updates for Google's office suite on Android, both implementing desktop features into the mobile counterpart. Sheets will now properly render images while Slides now allows users to choose between 18 pre-supplied themes.

Sheets has already been able to manage images within its web app for some time now, but they weren't visible if you opened the spreadsheet in the Android version.

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Google Sheets For Android Gets Image-Rendering And Slides Gets Theme Chooser In Latest Updates was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Microsoft has given up on porting Android apps to Windows 10

Posted: 26 Feb 2016 09:00 AM PST

Windows 10 MobileMicrosoft has given up on trying to convince Android developers to bring their apps to Windows 10 Mobile by killing off its porting tool while it was still in development. The company has confirmed that "Project Astoria" is dead, but it is still pushing for iOS ports. When Microsoft unveiled Windows 10 at Build 2015, it announced

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Chrome Dev v50 Allows Choosing How Far Back In Time To Delete Your Browsing History

Posted: 26 Feb 2016 08:57 AM PST

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Those of you who use Chrome on your desktops are probably aware that rather than doing a clean sweep of your browsing history, you can choose to only erase an hour, a day, or a few other increments of time into the past. While I won't speculate too much about why a person may find themselves needing to do these things, it's an option that is better to have than not.

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Chrome Dev v50 Allows Choosing How Far Back In Time To Delete Your Browsing History was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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AT&T files lawsuit to delay Google Fiber in Louisville, Kentucky

Posted: 26 Feb 2016 08:45 AM PST

Google recently announced plans to consider rolling out Google Fiber in Louisville, Kentucky. The rollout would have been held up for a few months, had the Louisville Metro Council not passed an ordinance that shortened the time needed for a competitive internet service to access the city's utility poles. The new ordinance shortened the necessary time from six months to just 30 days, allowing Google Fiber to begin rolling out in a much more timely manner.

The passage of the ordinance, however, has sparked some trouble for the city. AT&T, which owns about 40 percent of Louisville's utility poles, is filing a lawsuit against the city for the passage of the ordinance. AT&T claims that the city doesn't have the rights to decide who can use AT&T's poles. Check out the quote from the company below.

Louisville Metro Council's recently passed 'One Touch Make Ready' Ordinance is invalid, as the city has no jurisdiction under federal or state law to regulate pole attachments. We have filed an action to challenge the ordinance as unlawful. Google can attach to AT&T's poles once it enters into AT&T's standard Commercial Licensing Agreement, as it has in other cities. This lawsuit is not about Google. It's about the Louisville Metro Council exceeding its authority.AT&T

AT&T doesn't seem to blocking Google Fiber simply to block it. Instead, the company has a legitimate argument about making sure that the correct and legal process is followed. That being said, the suit will likely delay the rollout of Google Fiber, with the possibility that Google may even abort its plans to bring Google Fiber to Louisville. We'll have to wait and see how it all turns out.


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HTC promises One M10 will deliver ‘compelling camera experience’

Posted: 26 Feb 2016 08:30 AM PST

HTC will step up its camera game for One M10. Photo: HTCHallelujah! HTC has promised that its upcoming One M10 will pack a "very, very compelling" camera. The news will please long-time One fans, most of whom will have been deeply disappointed with the camera sensors packed into last year's One M9, and the One M8 that came before it. "We can confidently say that HTC will have a

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Facebook Live now available on Android as the U.S. rollout begins

Posted: 26 Feb 2016 07:44 AM PST

Facebook Live has been available to iOS users for a bit of time now, and finally the social network is bringing its live video streaming to Google's operating system.

Through an update in the Facebook Newsroom, the company has announced that Facebook Live is now rolling out to Android users. The rollout is only taking place in the United States for now, but Facebook says it has plans to bring it to more countries in the coming months. It's pretty simple to share your live video: Just tap on "What's on your mind" at the top of your News Feed, and then tap on the Live Video button.

Before you start streaming the video, you'll be able to type in a quick description of what you plan on streaming, and you'll even get to choose the audience that can see your video as you stream. There will be a real-time stream of comments that you can respond to and you'll see the names of friends and family that are watching as well as the number of viewers. After ending the stream, the video will be saved to your Timeline.

Do you plan on streaming, or watching, a lot of live video on Facebook?


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Facebook Live video streaming is on its way to Android

Posted: 26 Feb 2016 05:59 AM PST

Facebook Live AndroidFacebook Live, the real-time video streaming feature designed to compete with Periscope and Meerkat, will soon be available on Android — two months after making its debut on iOS. Users in the U.S. are getting the feature first, but Facebook promises it will reach more countries soon. Facebook Live gives users the ability to share amazing experiences

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The End Of The Z

Posted: 25 Feb 2016 10:44 PM PST

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The Xpria Z line has been the pride of Sony's mobile division over the last several years but it seems that the end has come.  We had speculated that the introduction of the X series may be a hint that the Z series was finished but now we have confirmation.

USwitch recently spoke with Jun Makino, the Senior Product Marketing Manager at Sony, and according to Jun, there will be no Z6.  Although Jun didn't definitively state that the Z series was retired, he did say that the company will be "turning to the next stage, with the Xperia X series."

Despite some of the great features the Z series of devices had to offer (sleek design, killer battery life, water resistance to name a few), the series just never took off.  Sony has been struggling in the mobile world for some time so perhaps the reboot will help them turn their fortunes around.

Bye Bye Z.

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The OnePlus 3 Will Be Out By June

Posted: 25 Feb 2016 10:29 PM PST

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2016 is off to a good start when it comes to the mobile world.  Samsung made the necessary adjustments to put together a stellar phone in the S7 and LG brought something brand new with their modular G5.  Well now that some of the killer flagships have been announced it's time to talk about OnePlus' next flagship killer.

OnePlus' CEO Carl Pei recently spoke with CNET and disclosed a few details regarding the 2016 flagship killer.  To begin with, Pei stated that the device is expected to be out by the end of the 2nd quarter, aka June.  Pei went on to say that the OnePlus 3 will feature a new design that he hopes will "captivate" users!  Lastly, Pei says that the company hopes to offer a "better buying process" this time around.  Hopefully that means they'll go invite free right from the get go but we'll have to wait and see on that.

Although Pei wouldn't reveal any specs, if the OnePlus 3 is going to be a flagship killer, or even a flagship contender, it'll likely feature a Snapdragon 820 with 4GB of RAM (seems to be the standard this year), possibly a QHD display, and a high quality camera.  Hopefully they also pack pretty beefy battery into it.  Of course, that's just what I expect to see but to me that's got to be the minimum if they really want to compete.

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HTC One M10 Camera To Be “Very Compelling”

Posted: 25 Feb 2016 10:14 PM PST

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HTC's upcoming flagship phone has slowly started to gather people's attention with its first teaser yesterday. Now even the company's own Financial Officer is dropping some info.

Chialin Chang, HTC's chief financial officer was present at MWC 2016 and he told CNET about the HTC One M10 camera. He stated "We can confidently say that HTC will have a very, very compelling camera experience…" He also adds on to say "We're making this comment after we've seen what's going on in the market."

There is quite a lot of evidence to his claim as the phone's camera is expected to come with a 12MP UltraPixel sensor and even a laser-assisted autofocus system.

Other specs for the phone include a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED QHD display, Snapdragon 820 SoC with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage with microSD expansion.

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The Xperia X Series Is Expected To Come To Canada

Posted: 25 Feb 2016 10:14 PM PST

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Sony released a new series of devices at MWC this past week, the X Series.  The new family currently includes 3 devices including the entry level the Xperia XA, the mid-range Xperia X and the high-end Xperia X Performance.

During the release we weren't sure about Canadian availability but it seems we may have some new info to pass your way.  Our contact over at Sony has informed us that the X series will be coming to Canada sometime this summer.  Unfortunately, they didn't have any carrier info or concrete dates to share with us at this time but once we have some info we'll pass it along.  We'll also let you know when we get some pricing info.

I'm excited to check out this new family of devices first hand.  Hopefully Sony gives us the option to go completely stock, or near stock, as they've been actively testing out their new Concept for Android.

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