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    "Without Cyanogen, OnePlus would have sold like one device in international markets. Essentially they built their brand on the back of Cyanogen", said Kirt McMaster, Cyanogen's CEO. OnePlus can prove him wrong once the second iteration of its device will be out, one that will likely not be powered by a Cyanogen-modified version of Android. Early signs of the two companies breaking up could be also attributed by OnePlus' own OS, dubbed OxygenOS, released earlier this month. Where does that leave Cyanogen, with a user base of more than 50 million? Apparently, the company plans on ...

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    One year ago, to date, OnePlus announced its first smartphone on April 23, a "flagship killer" One from the "never settle" company. As such, the company is today celebrating its first anniversary, with a small recap of where it all began, and where things are today (of course, with something notable in between). In order to celebrate its first birthday, OnePlus is discounting the One smartphone by $1 (one dollar, or the equivalent in your currency). Of course, you need to look at the gesture, not at the amount (regardless of how affordable the phone is). Additionally, as OnePlus turns one, ...

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    Well, March 27 came and went without the release of OxygenOS, and OnePlus apologized for that, but over the weekend, with a little bit of delay, the Lollipop-based custom operating system is finally live, and ready for you to check out, should you feel adventurous or ready to bring a breath of fresh air to your OnePlus One smartphone. What should you expect? A very light Android 5.0.2-based OS, but packed with essential features, as OnePlus puts it, with some non-Lollipop specific features that the company underlines: Gestures: Several original OnePlus features have been built right into ...

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    It's just a fact of life: eventually we have to say goodbye to even our favorite smartphones and move on to greener pastures. Just how long you're going to hold on to that old hardware depends on a lot of factors, including contract status and your ability to avoid accidentally breaking it. For a lot of us, the writing on the walls that informs us it's finally time to move on comes in the form of software updates – or rather, the lack thereof. Eventually, it just doesn't make sense for a manufacturer to keep supporting old phones with ongoing updates, and that's a point a favorite ...

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    OnePlus has been a little busy these last few days when it comes to its "One" and only smartphone. On one hand, you'll be able to purchase a OnePlus One in a easier way starting tomorrow, or at least certain days of the week. On the other, the company has been hard at work with its new software update, and we get new details. The OnePlus user forum has just published full details on the new enhancements that should reach OnePlus One users as of today on version CM11S 05Q, which is still based on Android 4.4.4. In addition to making Swiftkey and MaxxAudio default services for the new ROM, ...

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    If you live in India and you'd like to have a OnePlus One, Amazon is the only way to go, as the phone is only available in the country as an Amazon exclusive. The popular smartphone enjoys great reception on the Indian market, and, Amazon is thanking all customers for "10 great weeks" of OnePlus One business. As such, starting February 10, at 10a local time, you'll be able to grab the OnePlus One without invite. Due to limited stock though, you'd better be among the first ones to secure you own unit. As far as pricing is concerned, you can have the Sandstone Black 64GB option for Rs. ...

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    Well this is an unexpected treat: late last week, HTC fessed-up to missing its own 90-day promise on getting Lollipop updates out for the HTC One M7 and M8. We had already seen solid progress on bringing Lollipop to the One M8 in nations around the world, but the US was still waiting. For the One M7, the situation looked far worse, with little outward evidence of progress towards a public release. So while we were optimistic that the One M8 might complete its Lollipop roll-out soon, we were resigned to waiting a bit longer for the M7's update. So imagine our surprise with HTC's Mo Versi ...

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    It all sounded so simple at first: Android 5.0 Lollipop had just emerged as updates hitting Google's Nexus series of devices (as well as a few other early birds). HTC wanted to get in on this Lollipop update publicity, too, and took to Twitter to proclaim that updates for the Google Play edition One M7 and One M8 would be arriving early the next week – that would have been two weeks ago. Not only did that update fail to land, but HTC's next status update dropped mention an ETA altogether – the update would be ready when it's ready. Which is fine, but also probably not the best fit for ...

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    Black Friday is upon us, and, if you are still wondering about what to get, you can always check out our Black Friday Deals round-up. Maybe you find something that catches your eye, or, maybe you already know what you want, but you were only waiting for the right price. If a OnePlus One is what you were looking for, then here's your chance. Maybe you thought it was too expensive, maybe you didn't get an invite, but, starting now, and lasting for the next 72 hours, everyone can buy (while supplies last) the OnePlus One smartphone without an invite. Once you grabbed your phone (if that's ...

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    The only thing better than getting timely updates for your Android smartphone is also having a manufacturer that's very open about its own progress towards those updates; sure, we could just keep ourselves in the dark and learn about the updates once they're ready, but we're the sort of users who crave information, and we want to know about testing, ETAs, and all the steps on the road to release. HTC's been doing a great job about sharing its Lollipop update plans for the Google Play edition One M7 and One M8 this past week or so – well, it's doing fine so far as the sharing goes, but ...

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    Android 5.0 Lollipop updates started arriving for Nexus phones right around the middle of last week. We saw factory images, OTAs, and everything we needed to start using the latest Android system software on our favorite Nexus models. With that hurdle out of the way, our attention starts turning to Google Play edition models, which while they aren't privy to quite the same super-fast updates as Nexus devices (even if some other companies did give Google a run for its money this time around), are often right behind with update of their own. HTC looked like it was going to be the first OEM ...

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    Android Lollipop update momentum has hit a (temporary) lull. After those heady early hours of distribution for Nexus devices (to say nothing of efforts by Motorola or LG), the feverish pace at which update news arrived has slowed to a trickle; while last night brought us hope that the Nexus 4's update would be arriving at any moment, as of now it's still yet to surface. But even as we wait for that release to drop, we're already looking forward to who's getting Lollipop next, and new confirmation has just arrived that some Google Play edition models should see their own Android 5.0 updates ...

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    If you can remember it from the torrent of news that was Google I/O 2014, HTC announced that its 2013 and 2014 flagships would be seeing prompt updates to the latest version of Android after the availability of final code in the fall. Well, fall's here (and with it, the day we've all been waiting for), and HTC has finally confirmed to the masses that final Lollipop code is in its hands, and the 90-day timer for the HTC One M8 Lollipop update has officially begun. First up for the update will likely be HTC's Google Play Edition One M8, considering the fact that it runs an unadulterated ...

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    OnePlus hasn't necessarily gained the level of popularity it deserves for its One smartphone. Surely it's the dream device for many of us when you match the specs with its price tag, but sadly that's as long as you're able to get your hands on one. Still, that doesn't change the fact that those that do have one find the device to be great, and the company keeps building on that with software updates. The OnePlus One should be receiving an update to CyanogenMod 11S (38R), and the list of changes is quite significant. These include fixes to certain touchscreen issues that customers ...

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    The "Eye"-codenamed upcoming HTC device is still a mystery. Depending on who you tend to believe, it's all about either the front-facing camera -- for a brand new "selfie" phone, like we didn't have enough of those already -- or, like this most recent report claims, about the main camera. In any case, the consensus is that the "Eye" tentative moniker describes some sort of camera functionality. Today's HTC One M8 Eye rumors try to predict several things: first off, we're seeing the phone being "placed" in the One M8 family, where the original One M8, and the newcomer, the One M8 running ...

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    Good news for those of you toting a European original HTC One (or One M7, if that's how you'd like to call it): the European HTC One M7 Android 4.4.3 update has been approved by HTC and is now rolling out to users, starting in areas like Romania and Slovakia. The Android 4.4.3 update includes the security fixes from Android 4.4.4, so you need not worry that you aren't running the latest version of Android after taking the update yourself. This update will more than likely be one of the One M7's last ever, though it's certainly possible (and some might even say likely) that it will receive ...

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    Updated with links to the high-quality version of the podcast below! Thanks for joining us for the live show, everyone, and enjoy the HQ downloads in the Links section. One of the nice things about a mobilized mob of fanatics is ... well, nothing. For the purposes of intelligent discourse and civility, there's nothing cool or helpful about a bunch of heated fanboys rabidly denigrating a new product because it happens to threaten their preferred smartphone. We've talked about this sort of thing before, and now we're talking about it again – this time in the context of Blackphone vs ...

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    Update: Edited podcast with download links has been added below the YouTube embed, courtesy of our excellent podcast editor, Jules Wang! Get to downloadin', folks! The big guys have enough time in the limelight. It seems every week we're spending 80% of the podcast talking about the huge players in the mobile space, along with their commensurately huge smartphone and tablet offerings. While we're not ignoring those established forces in this episode, we are devoting a bit more time to newcomers: from Amazon to OnePlus to a little firm called GoTenna, there's a lot going on in mobile's ...

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    Last week saw Google take the chopping block to its selection of Play edition devices for sale, pulling the HTC One, Sony Z Ultra, and the LG G Pad 8.3 from its listings. While that may be a sign that new, more modern GPe hardware is on its way, it was still a little shocking to see some of those models retired after just over half a year. If you're wishing you jumped at the chance to buy one when they were available, we've got just the deal for you, as retailer Expansys puts these former (and one still current) GPe models on sale, offering some decent savings in the process. Expansys has ...

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    What does it mean to “Never Settle” when it comes to a smartphone? Almost every piece of technology has its limits, due to the restrictions of available technology, physics, or just how much circuitry you can cram into a rectangular box. Does not settling mean including every possible feature under the sun? Does it mean making an affordable phone with zero compromises on hardware? What would zero compromises look like? New kid on the block OnePlus, a Chinese manufacturer led by a former Oppo executive, has given us its bold answer in the One, a phone it calls a ‘Flagship Killer.’ ...

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    The feeling of change coming to Google's lineup of Play edition devices has been almost palpable these past couple months. There was that brief hint of a GPe Galaxy S5 back in April, and then last month we noticed half of the six devices making up the series going out of stock, no longer up for purchase. Were new models just about to arrive? Was Google ready to kill-off Play editions entirely in favor of Android Silver or some other new effort? We're still not sure just where this is all headed, but this evening we've witnessed a pretty big shift occurring, as those three out-of-stock ...

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    HTC historically has not been good with software updates, neglecting updates for many phones and not meeting update deadlines, but it's mostly changed its tune since the launch of the One M7. It has even committed to update the One M7 and One M8 to Android L promptly, and its Google Play edition models will also get the same love. A new leaked HTC software roadmap shows us that those devices aren't the only ones rapidly getting the updates though, as others such as the Butterfly S and Desire 610 could also possibly get it as early as this year. Before we hop on into Android L plans, let's ...

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    Google just shared a pretty comprehensive overview of what changes and new features it's bringing to its mobile platform with the release of Android L later this year. Developers are about to get an early start with the update as the preview release becomes available tomorrow, but what about the rest of us? When can we hope to see updates for our existing Android models bring all this Android L goodness to them? Expect various OEMs to start chiming-in with their respective update plans over the next few months, but today HTC is ready to get us started, filling us in on its intentions for ...

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    Probably one of the biggest disappointments of owning any smartphone from a carrier, is how long it'll take all of us to enjoy software updates. The fact that there is an additional middleman between you and your latest and greatest Android experience can be frustrating, and still, we have seen some dramatic improvements this year. HTC is one of the companies that's done significant improvements in this manner, and today we get more good news. If you're currently rocking the HTC One M7, which is one of the smartphones that we most praised last year, you'll love the fact that HTC is giving ...

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    Google may have taken its sweet time in getting around to the release of Android 4.4.3 – evidence of the build had been hanging just out of reach for months before Google finally went ahead with distribution this week – but now that it's here we're seeing updates waste no time at all in becoming available. Unsurprisingly, Nexus models led the pack, though Motorola wasn't too far behind with news of updates for its own recent Androids. But before we let Motorola distract us and start checking-in with every OEM under the sun to see where they stand with update availability, what about ...

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