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July 29, 2017

BLU phones are still sending private data to China (Update: False Alarm)

Update, July 29, 14:02 ET: Following the recent allegations that BLU smartphones have been secretly sharing private user data, a BLU spokesperson has contacted us to clear up some issues with the story. BLU is preparing a full statement regarding the matter currently, which we will provide when we receive it, but the company has denied any privacy issues with its recent phones.

“The data that is being collected is data that is needed to implement OTA functionally and basic reporting on market activation information, which is in line with every other mobile phone in the world collects. There is nothing out of the ordinary that is being collected,” wrote the spokesperson [...]

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April 29, 2017

Deal: Save $50 on BLU R1 Plus, pay just $110

The BLU R1 Plus was only just launched yesterday but it’s already on sale. Over at Amazon, for the next fifteen hours or so, you can pick up a BLU R1 Plus for $109.99 (that’s $50 off its normal price). Best Buy also has the R1 Plus at the same price but doesn’t have a scary countdown clock like Amazon.

If a new phone shipping with Marshmallow doesn’t put you off, this is a pretty good price, especially when you consider this is the 32 GB version with 3 GB of RAM. Other BLU R1 Plus specs include a 5.5-inch HD display, quad-core MediaTek 6737 chipset clocked at 1.3 GHz, 13 MP/8 MP camera combo (both of which have a LED flash), 4,000 mAh battery, dual-SIM, microSD and 4G [...]

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February 28, 2017

Gionee A1 and A1 Plus hands on: big batteries and high megapixels galore

While most of our time at MWC 2017 has been focused on flagships from LG, Huawei, and Sony, we’re not forgetting about the little guys either. During our time on the floor, we had the chance to check out two new phones from the brand Gionee.

So what do they bring to the table? Let’s jump right in and find out.

Gionee A1 Plus

Let’s start with the specs. The Gionee A1 and A1 Plus both pack full HD displays, with the former coming in at 5.5-inches and the latter at 6. They both have MediaTek Helios chipsets, with the A1 powered by a P10 and the A1 Plus giving us a Helio P25.The A1 and A1 Plus also have 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, support for [...]

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December 20, 2016

(Update: ZTE USA responds) Lenovo, ZTE, and others also spotted running Adups OTA spyware

Update 20th December:

ZTE USA has issued an official statement assuring customers that no devices in the USA have ever had Adups software installed on them, and never will in the future. So there’s no risk of ZTE customers in the US witnessing the same type of data theft that happened to BLU handset owners. Here’s the statement:

“We confirm that no ZTE devices in the U.S. have ever had the Adups software cited in recent news reports installed on them, and will not. ZTE always makes security and privacy a top priority for our customers. We will continue to ensure customer privacy and information remain protected.”

To reiterate, the research only suggests [...]

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