Underwhelming LTE-capable Alcatel Pop Astro sees daylight at T-Mobile

Based on the surprisingly fashionable, relatively inexpensive OneTouch Watch, gimmicky but creative Idol 3 handheld and even that quirky OS-agnostic smartphone line, it sure seemed like Alcatel was trying to move up in the mobile world of late.

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LG eyes 12 million G4 unit sales after posting 15.4M Q1 shipments in total

Life’s good in LG’s mobile camp at last, thanks to booming sales of the three G-series flagship smartphones thus far. Of course, the G2 and G3 architects still can’t hold a candle to their domestic arch-rivals over at Samsung in sheer profitability, but several healthy consecutive financial quarters spell enduring prosperity.

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The Huawei Honor 4C is a $130 octa-core/2 GB RAM powerhouse… for Asia

After marvelously taking care of the high-end mobile segments, one of the fastest-rising China-based smartphone manufacturers has turned its focus to the niche that brought it notoriety in the first place. Enter Huawei’s newest “value priced” Android trooper, the Honor 4C.

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Start saving, luxury watch fans, as Tag Heuer’s debut wearable will cost $1,400

Forget the LG Watch Urbane or Huawei’s “pitiful” attempt at a truly premium smartwatch. The ultimate luxury Android Wear piece is still a little ways down the road, with opulent Swiss fashion accessory manufacturer Tag Heuer eyeing an October – November launch timeframe.

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Kickstarter Project Spotlight: Planty smart planter

When I came across the Planty crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter, I felt like my needs had been answered. It’s a smart planter that notifies you when your plants need water, AND you can then water your plants via a connected smartphone app. It’s so easy a caveman could do it!

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Samsung Galaxy Gifts package for S6/S6 Edge includes $500+ worth of free content

Although not exactly what a typical Android user would call affordable, Samsung’s newest flagship phones sure offer plenty of bang for your buck. The Galaxy S6 and especially the S6 Edge tower above all rivaling high-end handhelds in premium build quality, innovative designs and state-of-the-art hardware.

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Verizon green-lights Android 5.0 Lollipop update for Samsung Galaxy S4

Don’t bother keeping count of US carrier-locked Android devices brought up to date software-wise since 5.0 source code was dispatched by Google last November. Just go with the flow and be happy Lollipop seems to spread a lot faster than its predecessor.

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LG Watch Urbane goes on sale from AT&T and Verizon at $349

Typically, whenever a gadget manufacturer goes on and on and on about the “premium” construction of a new product, they’re trying to instill the idea of a challenging assembly process. We already know it’s not easy to make a perfectly round smartwatch, and when said circular intelligent timepiece is also entirely built out of metal, the tricky factor doubles.

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Hitting the pool? Track workouts with latest Swim.com mobile app

After months of successful beta-testing and feedback from users, Swim.com, the platform for swimmers to track, compare, and compete with each other, has launched mobile apps for iOS and Android. Now, users can receive instant feedback from their swims instead of having to wait until they get home to a computer.

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Business-friendly Dell Venue 10 7000 Android tab now available for $500 and up

Never a name to be reckoned with in the tablet computer décor, Dell learned to branch out in the eleventh hour, at long last going after Android users. We mean really going after them, with extravagant hardware rivaling the productivity of your standard Windows gear.

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Deal alert: Factory unlocked Samsung Galaxy S6 at $630 on eBay

Well, that was fast. We weren’t expecting the first half-decent Galaxy S6 promotions for at least a couple more months, given everybody seems to want a piece of the six appeal-brimming handheld. Of course, what we’re looking at here isn’t technically a Samsung-sanctioned deal.

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T-Mobile adds LG G Stylo and Leon LTE to growing budget smartphone roster

The “Uncarrier’s” mutually beneficial partnership with LG will apparently not bear fruit only as far as the G4 is concerned this spring. A pair of lower-cost Korea-manufactured handhelds are also headed to Magenta, as well as MetroPCS to cater to the needs of folks unable or unwilling to pay the new flagship’s premium.

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