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Verizon’s go90 app will let you watch video over LTE without impacting your data allowance

Posted: 05 Feb 2016 03:17 PM PST

Once upon a time, unlimited data was a thing that was offered by all the carriers. Now that's all changed, and many carriers offer either data allowances every month or "unlimited data" that'll slow you down after you consume a certain amount of data. While it still exists at some carriers, the biggest wireless operators seemed all too willing to ditch the unlimited schtick as soon as they could.

Even T-Mobile, which offers unlimited data, only some which is at its highest speeds, has found a way to make sure that its subscribers don't eat away at that monthly allowance without actually changing its plans. The first was Music Freedom, which allows subscribers to stream music from some streaming services without counting against their data. And most recently, Binge On, which lets subscribers stream "optimized" video from participating platforms without impacting their high-speed data allowance.

And here's Verizon Wireless to jump on the bandwagon. The Big Red carrier has updated its go90 video apps for both Android and iOS, bumping the version up to 1.4.0. The update's biggest takeaway: It will allow subscribers to stream go90 video over an LTE connection without impacting their monthly data allowance. (The update includes other additions, like free NBA game previews, a faster streaming experience, and more.)

There are caveats, though. Verizon has said that while streaming video content through the app won't impact your data allotment, doing just about anything else in the app still will. That includes leaving comments, clipping, or even just browsing through the app.

So, what do you think of Verizon's latest move?

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Top 10 Android app updates this week: Hopper, Bing Search

Posted: 05 Feb 2016 02:46 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.

Greenify - Version 2.8.0


What's new in this version:

  • Seamless auto-hibernation experience in non-root mode. (no flicking on screen any more)
  • Nav-bar gesture for Android 6.0 (in settings).
  • New option to toggle "screen off" implementation. (root)
  • Improved the "working" state detection.
  • The Tasker plug-in should now work with more compatible tools.


Digitally Imported Radio - Version 3.1.0

Digitally Imported Radio

What's new in this version:

  • First-class support for Android Tablets, and support restored for phones in landscape orientation.


Google OnHub - Version BV10051

Google On

What's new in this version:

  • Guest Wi-Fi: Offer your guests a warm welcome with an easy-to-use guest network, which features easy password sharing and the ability to share devices like Chromecasts and Wi-Fi speakers. Once connected, guests can visit On.Here in a web browser to see which devices and apps they can use.
  • Device naming: Give devices on your network custom names, making them easier to identify. This helps you prioritize a device, so you can do things like watch cat videos uninterrupted.


Bing Search - Version 6.0.0

Bing Search

What's new in this version:

  • • Redesigned homepage. One tap to see restaurants, movies, images, videos, maps, deals, attractions near you.
    • More than just web search. Take action right away with the apps you trust, along with QR scanning, more-accessible privacy controls, Bing Rewards and more.
    • Your stuff's still here. Your bookmarks, search history, Bing Rewards credits are all here. Tap the menu to find them.


Remember the Milk - Version 4.0.0

Remember the Milk

What's new in this version:

  • New ways to organize
  • Color your tags
  • Introducing subtasks


Hopper - Version 2.0.243


What's new in this version:

  • Booking flights just got stupid easy. Tap to select your flights, tap to add travelers, swipe to pay, and you're done! You'll be on your way in under a minute.
  • Additionally, checking out is faster than ever. Simply create a Hopper account to securely store all your passenger and payment details. This means you won't have to re-enter your information every time you book a flight.


Microsoft Health - Version 1.3.20202

Microsoft Health

What's new in this version:

  • Share your workout – Create custom Guided Workouts in the web dashboard, and share them with friends.
  • Track your weight – to help you maintain your current weight, or help you reach your weight goals.
  • Web Tile Gallery – Sports scores, news headlines. A variety of content you care about can be delivered straight to your band.
  • GPS Power Saver – Enable GPS Power Saver in your Bike or Run Tile to extend your battery life up to 4 hours.
  • Activity reminders – Get moving!


BubbleUPnP - Version 2.6.0


What's new in this version:

  • Amazon Cloud Drive support
  • support for Chromecast on devices missing Google Play Services (AOSP, Amazon tablets, …)
  • new BubbleUPnP Server update (0.9-update14): support for turning Chromecast devices into DLNA and OpenHome renderers
  • Chromecast local transcoding improvement for audio
  • Settings > Now Playing > Seek on tap


Snapseed - Version 2.3.0


What's new in this version:

  • Lens Blur: automatic face detection and blur placement
  • Auto-Straighten: automatically adjust to the horizon
  • Improved in-filter help
  • Ability to install Snapseed on external SD card


Glide - Version 9.510.0


What's new in this version:

  • Introducing Glide for Android Wear! Yeah, you heard right. You can now watch LIVE videos straight from your wrist.


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[Net Neutrality Who?] Verizon's Go90 Video Service Now Exempt From Mobile Data Caps

Posted: 05 Feb 2016 02:12 PM PST


Verizon launched its go90 video streaming app in October of last year, and no one really paid attention. Even Verizon customers who had the app foisted upon them could care less, but now Verizon is pulling out the big guns. Go90 is now part of the carrier's FreeBee sponsored data program, so using it won't count against your plan.

On the surface, this seems like a neat thing for customers. You get to watch a bunch of video without eating into your data cap.

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[Net Neutrality Who?] Verizon's Go90 Video Service Now Exempt From Mobile Data Caps was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Android Studio 2.0 - Beta

Posted: 05 Feb 2016 01:18 PM PST

Posted by Jamal Eason, Product Manager, Android

Android Studio 2.0 is latest release of the official Android IDE focused on build performance and emulator speed to improve the app development experience. With brand new features like Instant Run which enables you to quickly edit and view code changes, or the new & faster Android emulator, Android Studio 2.0 is the upgrade you do not want to miss. In preparation for the final release, you can download Android Studio 2.0 Beta in the Beta release channel. Overall, the Android Studio 2.0 release has a host of new features which include:

  • *Updated for Beta* Instant Run - Enables a faster code edit & app deployment cycle.
  • *Updated for Beta* Android Emulator - Brand new emulator that is faster than most real devices, and includes a brand new user interface.
  • *Updated for Beta* Google App Indexing Integration & Testing - Adding App Indexing into your app helps you re-engage your users. In the first preview of Android Studio 2.0 you could add indexing code stubs into your code. With the beta release you can now test and validate your URL links in your app all within the IDE.
  • Fast ADB - Installing and pushing files is now up to 5x faster using Android Studio 2.0 with an updated Android Debug Bridge (ADB) offered in platform-tools 23.1.0.
  • GPU Profiler Preview - For graphics intensive applications, you can now visually step through your OpenGL ES code to optimize your app or game
  • Integration of IntelliJ 15 - Android Studio is based on the efficient coding platform of Intellij. Check out the new features from IntelliJ here.

Check out the latest installment of Android Studio Tool Time to watch the highlights of the features.

New Features in Android Studio 2.0 Beta

Instant Run

We first previewed Instant Run in November; this latest beta release introduces a new capability called Cold Swap

Instant Run in Android Studio 2.0 allows you to quickly make changes to your app code while your app is running on an Android device or Android Emulator. Instead of waiting for your entire app to rebuild and redeploy after each code change, Android Studio 2.0 will try to incrementally build and push only the incremental code or resource change. Depending on the code changes you make, you can see the results of your change in under a second. By simply updating your app to use the latest Gradle plugin ( 'com.android.tools.build:gradle:2.0.0-beta2' ), you can take advantage of this time saving features with no other modifications to your code. If your project is setup correctly with Instant Run, you will see a lightning bolt next to your Run button on the toolbar:

Instant Run Button

Behind the scenes, Android Studio 2.0 instruments your code during the first compilation and deployment of your app to your device in order to determine where to swap out code and resources. The Instant Run features updates your app on a best-effort basis and automatically uses one of the following swap methods to update your app:

  • Hot Swap - When only method implementations (including constructors) are changed, the changes are hot swapped. Your application keeps running and the new implementation is used the next time the method is called.
  • Warm Swap - When app resources are changed, the changes are warm swapped. This is similar to a hot swap, except that the current Activity is restarted. You will notice a slight flicker on the screen as the Activity restarts.
  • *New for Beta* Cold Swap - This will quickly restart the whole application. Typically for structural code change, including changes to the class hierarchy, method signatures, static initializers, or fields. Cold Swap is available when you deploy to targets with API level 21 or above.

We made major changes to Instant Run since the first preview of Android Studio 2.0, and now the feature works with more code and resources cases. We will continue to add more code change cases to Instant Run in future releases of Android Studio. If you have any suggestions, please feel free to send us a feature request and learn more about Instant Run here.

App Indexing

Supporting app indexing is now even easier with Android Studio 2.0. App Indexing puts your app in front of users who use Google Search. It works by indexing the URL patterns you provide in your app manifest and using API calls from your app to make content within your app available to both existing and new users. Specifically, when you support URLs for your app content, your users can go directly to those links from Google Search results on their device.

  • Code Generation Introduced in Android Studio 2.0 Preview, you can right click on AndroidManifest.xml or Activity method (or go to Code → Generate…→ App Indexing API Code) to insert HTTP URL stub codes into your manifest and app code.

  • *New for Beta* URL Testing & Validation What is new in Android Studio 2.0 Beta is that you can now validate and check the results of your URLs with the built-in validation tool (Tools → Android → Google App Indexing Test). To learn more about app indexing, click here.
Insert App Indexing API Code into your app

App Indexing Testing

App Indexing Test Results

Android Emulator

*Updated for Beta* The new and faster Android emulator also includes fixes and small enhancements for this beta release. Notably, we updated the rotation controls on the emulator toolbar and added multi-touch support to help test apps that use pinch & zoom gestures. To use the multi-touch feature, hold down the Alt key on your keyboard and right-click your mouse to center the point of reference or click & drag the left mouse button to zoom.

Pinch & Zoom Gesture with Multi-Touch

What's Next

Android Studio 2.0 is a big release, and now is good time to check out the beta release to incorporate the new features into your workflow. The beta release is near stable release quality, and should be relatively bug free. But as with any beta release, bugs may still exist, so, if you do find an issue, let us know so we can work to fix it. If you're already using Android Studio, you can check for updates on the Beta channel from the navigation menu (Help → Check for Update [Windows/Linux] , Android Studio → Check for Updates [OS X]). When you update to beta, you will get access to the new version of Android Studio and Android Emulator.

Connect with us, the Android Studio development team, on Google+.

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Public Speaking For Cardboard Lets You Practice Speaking In Front Of A Virtual Audience

Posted: 05 Feb 2016 01:12 PM PST


People rate public speaking as one of their greatest fears, usually right between crocodile attacks and terrorism. The miracle of Google Cardboard can help you get over that fear with a little app called Public Speaking for Cardboard. Just fire up the app and you'll be transported in front of an audience to practice your speech as they stare awkwardly at you.

There are two locations available in the app right now, a small conference room with a handful of people (including one lady who won't stop using her iPad while you're talking) and a large auditorium with a few dozen audience members.

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Public Speaking For Cardboard Lets You Practice Speaking In Front Of A Virtual Audience was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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HTC’s new One M10 looks like another iPhone clone

Posted: 05 Feb 2016 12:02 PM PST

HTC has finally ditched its logo bar. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android.HTC's flagship for 2016 has leaked out early, and it looks like yet another iPhone clone. The One M10 is almost identical to the One A9 that was introduced last October, but it finally does away with the front-facing HTC logo that was universally hated. The picture blow published by the reliable Evan Blass (@evleaks)

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Hangouts Can Now Bypass Google's Servers And Place Calls Using A Direct Peer-To-Peer Connection

Posted: 05 Feb 2016 11:42 AM PST


Google is changing Hangouts to place peer-to-peer calls when possible. A notification containing the news is now appearing for users when they initiate a call with one of their contacts.

This change reduces the number of hoops your call needs to jump through, ideally improving audio and video quality. For Google, this should reduce pressure on the company's servers.

On the downside, establishing a connection this way reveals both of your IP addresses.

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Hangouts Can Now Bypass Google's Servers And Place Calls Using A Direct Peer-To-Peer Connection was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Learn Arduino step-by-step with 131 courses for just $15 [Deal]

Posted: 05 Feb 2016 11:32 AM PST

Arduino-course-bundleArduino is an open-source electronics platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software. By receiving inputs from sensors (and with a little programming on your part) Arduino is able to control lights, motors, and a number of other accessories. Fuel your interest in electronic design with this 19-hour course covering beginner to advanced Arduino concepts. You'll

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This brick gives your Galaxy Note 5, S6 edge+ an 11,500mAh battery

Posted: 05 Feb 2016 11:02 AM PST

The ZeroLemon packs 3,500mAh of power. Photo: ZeroLemonPhablets don't get much prettier than the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 egde+, but if you're willing to sacrifice stunning design for crazy amounts of battery life, ZeroLemon has you covered. With its new 3,500mAh battery cases, which look a lot like rubber bricks, you can triple the battery life of your device for a weekend

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Galaxy S7 could have dramatically improved battery life

Posted: 05 Feb 2016 10:31 AM PST

No one has ever claimed the Samsung Galaxy S6 gets amazing battery life. In fact, it's mostly the exact opposite. But according to a rumor from Eldar Murtazin (yes, that Eldar Murtazin), the Galaxy S7 is a huge improvement.

Posting on Twitter, long time mobile industry writer, also known for numerous rumors over the years, Murtazin is claiming to have a pre-release Galaxy S7 in his possession that is getting him through two days of moderate usage. That's with the display at 75% brightness and with no WiFi. Murtazin has been hit or miss over the years with his rumors, but with screenshots to back him up, there's good reason to believe this might be accurate.

Of course, how everyone uses their phone will greatly change the kind of battery life they get, but with a rumored 3000mAh battery coming to the Galaxy S7, it's safe to assume everyone will see at least some sort of positive improvement. Whether or not you'll really be able to get two days of usage remains to be seen.

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Image claims to show off the upcoming HTC One M10

Posted: 05 Feb 2016 10:31 AM PST

A few weeks back, @evleaks stated that the HTC One M10 would be appealing to those who liked the look of the HTC One A9. Today, he's shared a picture of a device that is expected to be the HTC One M10, which shares quite a few design elements with the One A9.

The first thing that most people will notice is that the HTC logo is not present on the front of the phone. The pictured device sports 2.5D glass that curves into the sides of the phone, meeting a gold-colored aluminum case with a few white antenna slits on the sides and top. There's only one speaker slit on the front of the phone (sorry, no proper BoomSound), but the speaker slit above the display is a bit beefier than that of the One A9. Below the display is the phone's fingerprint scanner, which is less wide yet taller than the one used on the A9.


So far, the image suggests that the One M10 will look quite similar to the A9, but we don't really know if HTC is planning any major design changes for the back.

What's your take on the leaked image? If the image is real, do you think HTC's design of the One M10 is moving in the right direction?

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Marshmallow is rolling out now to the T-Mobile LG G4

Posted: 05 Feb 2016 10:01 AM PST

After first appearing on LG Bridge, the update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow is rolling out now over the air to the T-Mobile LG G4.

Detailed on T-Mobile's website, the latest software build is H81120i, and it weighs in at around 963MB. The only requirements for downloading the update are a data connection (obviously), 50% or higher battery life (that's reasonable) and 963MB of free space (again, obviously).

The update should hit your handset over the air soon if it hasn't already. If you want to force the update, hit the source link for more info.

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Apple sold two-thirds of all smartwatches in 2015

Posted: 05 Feb 2016 09:32 AM PST

Your smartwatch market leader. Photo: AppleSo the Apple Watch wasn't the first smartwatch. It just became the most popular in a hurry. Shortly after its debut last year, the Apple Watch set out to take over the market it was late to, accounting for two-thirds of all smartwatch shipments in 2015, according to a report by analysts with Canalys. By

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HTC Desire 626 with slightly tweaked specs, LTE and dual-SIM support headed to India

Posted: 05 Feb 2016 09:31 AM PST

It's been a bit of time since HTC officially unveiled the Desire 626, but the company is back with a slightly tweaked version for India.

HTC has officially announced the new Desire 626 for India, with a few improvements and alterations. The first is a new processor, with HTC going with a MediaTek MT6752 octa-core chip clocked at 1.7GHz instead of the Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset in earlier 626 versions. On top of that, the new device offers 2GB of RAM instead of 1GB. The updated handset also includes LTE support as well as dual-SIM support.

The new Desire 626 does still offer a 720p 5-inch display, 16GB of built-in storage and support for a microSD card. There's a 13-megapixel camera on the back and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera on the other side. The battery measures in at 2000mAh, and the 626 is running Android 5.1 under HTC's proprietary Sense UI. It will come in two color options: Blue Lagoon and White Birch. It will retail for INR 14,990 (or about $220), and it should go on sale at select retailers in India in the coming weeks.

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OnePlus Giving Away A Free Rosewood Case With The OnePlus X!

Posted: 05 Feb 2016 09:17 AM PST

OnePlus X Promo

OnePlus is no stranger to a promotion (some have been good, some have been bad, some have been weird…) and they've got another one going as Valentine's day quickly approaches.  If you purchase a OnePlus X you can get your hands on a free Rosewood Case (while supplies last of course) which normally costs an extra $33.99.  It would have been better if you could choose any case but the Rosewood option does make sense.

The OnePlus X itself comes in at $329 which is a pretty solid price for a pretty solid phone.  You also get free shipping now with orders over $150 which really sweetens up the pot!

Any takers?





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WIND Adds Gold Nexus 6P and Galaxy S6 To Their Line Up

Posted: 05 Feb 2016 09:17 AM PST


WIND just got its Gooooold on today as they added the Gold Nexus 6P and Gold Platinum Galaxy S6 to their line up today!  While the Gold Platinum S6 has been available on other carriers since launch, WIND is the first Canadian carrier to offer the Nexus 6P in gold!

In terms of pricing, both new Gooooold models are on sale with the Nexus 6P priced at $149 with the $25/month WINDtab Boost and the S6 priced at $99 with the $25/month WINDtab Boost.


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BubbleUPnP 2.6 Supports Google Cast On Amazon Fire Tablets And Other Devices Without Play Services

Posted: 05 Feb 2016 09:12 AM PST


Sticking a Chromecast dongle is one of the cheapest ways to teach a dumb TV how to stream your favorite content. The downside is that Google's little media stick is heavily tied into the company's ecosystem. If your Android device lacks Google Play Services, you're not casting.

Here in the States, only a minority of Android devices have this issue. The majority of them are Amazon Fire tablets, with a few belonging to folks who either try to avoid or can't install Google Play Services for one reason or another.

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BubbleUPnP 2.6 Supports Google Cast On Amazon Fire Tablets And Other Devices Without Play Services was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Apple asks Supreme Court to reject Samsung’s ‘unexceptional’ appeal

Posted: 05 Feb 2016 09:02 AM PST

Surprise, surprise! Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of AndroidIn a petition to the US Supreme Court, Apple says the country's highest court shouldn't waste its time with Samsung's high-profile appeal in the two companies' long legal battle over patents. Samsung filed an appeal in December asking for the Supreme Court to take a look at how the damages were calculated, but Apple argues

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Samsung to bring Galaxy Note 6 to U.K., drop Galaxy S7 edge+

Posted: 05 Feb 2016 08:33 AM PST

Note fans in the U.K. won't miss out in 2016. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of AndroidSamsung's decision not to launch the Galaxy Note 5 in the U.K. last year, making the Galaxy S7 edge+ its only flagship phablet, may not have worked out quite as well as it hoped. The South Korean company is reportedly reversing that decision for 2016, with a plan to deliver the Galaxy Note 6 but not the

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LG G5 cases reveal dual rear-facing cameras, new design details

Posted: 05 Feb 2016 08:05 AM PST

LG-G5-case-heroCases prematurely listed on Amazon for the upcoming LG G5 all but confirm the device will pack dual rear-facing cameras and an all-new design. LG has done away with its back-facing volume buttons in favor of a more traditional rocker located on the side of the device, but there is a fingerprint scanner situated beneath

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TELUS Releases Android 6.0 Marshmallow Update For HTC One M8 And M9

Posted: 04 Feb 2016 11:00 PM PST


For all those HTC One M8 and M9 owners that are still on Lollipop with TELUS and Koodo, here's some good news.

After unexpectedly pausing the Android 6.0 Marshmallow rollout back in December, the carrier is now officially seeding the OTA update for the M8 and M9. The update also comes with Google's monthly security patch but it's most likely going to be the January patch as February's patch has yet to rollout to my Nexus 5.

On a side note, we can also see the LG G3 receiving Marshmallow on March 14th.

[TELUS Update Schedule]

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New pictures of LG G5 emerge in case listings

Posted: 04 Feb 2016 05:29 PM PST

Hungry for some more LG G5 rumors? If so, it's your lucky night. We now have a new look at the LG G5 as the upcoming flagship has been partially revealed in some Amazon case listings. We don't get a fully unobscured look at the device, but we can at least see what the dual camera setup looks like.

The dual-camera setup has two sensors, with one that appears to be significantly larger than the other. In between the two sensors sits a dual-LED flash, and below the camera rests a combo power button and fingerprint sensor. One of the biggest changes in the design is that LG has removed its iconic rear volume rocker and has instead opted for the more traditional side volume rocker.

Interestingly enough, however, a second case has been listed on Amazon and that listing has a different G5 render. We do have to say, however, that the render on that model looks less legitimate, particularly when placed in comparison to other rumors regarding the G5. With that one, we're guessing that the manufacturer simply whipped up its own render of the G5 rather than using an official one.

From the pictures, it's hard to tell which material LG has used for the LG G5, though polycarbonate is definitely a possibility. Some rumors have pointed to a metal body, but if these images are to be believed, that may not be the case (ba-dum, tsh!).

What are your thoughts on these case listings? Real or not real?

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Source: Amazon (1), (2)
Via: Android Central

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