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Thanks, Obama: Now you can legally unlock your smartphone if you want to

The President has signed a bill into law that will let you take your device to whatever carrier you'd rather be with.

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Report: Google will enable you to spice up a custom case for your Nexus 5

The Nexus devices are normally boring and black, but an upcoming feature will let you decorate it with your favorite selfie.

on greenbot.com

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Android grabs record 85 percent smartphone share

Large-screen iPhones could pose a threat to Google's dominance, said Strategy Analytics

Terse FCC letter suggests Verizon's plan to throttle unlimited data is a cash grab

Tom Wheeler's sharply worded letter questions why Verizon is singling out customers with unlimited plans

Google acquires Android optimization firm FlexyCore

Google has announced its acquisition of the French company FlexyCore, best known for its performance enhancing software, DroidBooster.

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Microsoft puts its own apps front and center in Nokia X update

While the company has killed off future Android-powered Nokia X phones, it is still pushing out updates to its current models.

on greenbot.com

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Samsung delays launch of Tizen smartphone

The phone running an alternative to Android was set to debut in Russia

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Verizon will throttle heaviest LTE data users starting in October

The carrier looks to slow LTE access for the top 5 percent of data hogs with unlimited plans.

Phone unlocking bill clears US House, next step is president's signature

The bill reverses a 2013 decision that phone unlocking by consumers ran afoul of copyright laws.

Maxthon Cloud Browser comes to Windows Phone

Maxthon's Cloud Browser offers unique tab navigation and automatic syncing across devices.

More AT&T customers switch to paying for their phones

Most new postpaid smartphone users are choosing monthly payments over subsidized prices

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Fire Phone: Our first 5 days with Amazon's smartphone

Amazon's first foray into smartphones brings some interesting features to the table, but frequently stumbles over the small stuff.

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Give Verizon your location data, get rewards in carrier's new program

The Smart Rewards program launching Thursday promises savings and discounts to Verizon subscribers, but only if you opt-in to a program that helps the wireless carrier's partners deliver targeted ads based on your location and browsing habits.

on techhive.com

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Report: Google spending big to push $100 Android One phone in India

Google is planning to spend millions promoting low-cost Android One phones targeted at developing markets.

on greenbot.com

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Google search warns mobile users of potential Flash clash

Sites that rely heavily on Flash elements will soon be flagged in mobile Google searches.