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    Even when you're a smartphone giant like Samsung, it's no easy task convincing shoppers to try their luck with an unknown mobile platform. But that's just what Samsung's been doing with Tizen, and after a bumpy start, the company managed to finally get a phone out to market, with the introduction early this year of the ...

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    I remember the moment I realized smartwatches had a chance at being the next big thing in mobile. It was the spring of 2012, I'd just spent a week with the original Pebble, and I suddenly found myself unable to live without it. It was 1999 all over again: I was a wristwatch-wearing man, and leaving the house without it ...

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    A couple weeks back, rumors about upcoming Motorola Android hardware took an interesting turn: we found ourselves switching focus from the next Moto X to what Motorola was working on for this year's new Moto G incarnation. Since then we've seen some compelling leaks, including last week's arrival of some convincing ...

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    For years, Samsung's two-a-year flagship phone launches were so simple: Galaxy S in the spring, Galaxy Note in the fall. Sure, sometimes we'd see one or more Galaxy S cousins emerge in the late spring and early summer – devices like the Galaxy S Active series – but these were always specific to their parent phones; ...

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    Inch by inch, the OnePlus 2 is slowly coming into view. For weeks now OnePlus has been teasing us with details about its upcoming new flagship, from its choice of SoC to news about the phone's selling price. Last week we heard about the presence of a reversible USB type-C connector, and later got a firm date for the ...

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    The Graphical User Interface comes with the lay of the land. Each phone has its own way of telling you that you've gone into an application or moving between screens. And every phone has the basics dressed up in a different way. Be it the calendar or SMS or the darn calculator, every OEM wants to put their colors and ...

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    I’ve learned that there are two things about being a mobile technology reviewer. The first thing: you get to handle awesome gadgetry days or weeks ahead of its official release date, and you’re not just allowed to use the heck out of it; you need to, in order to do your job. That’s the awesome thing. The ...

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    Manufacturers are having a lot of fun with off-kilter phone designs these days, bringing us models with curved bodies or those with over-the-edge screens. And in order to take full advantage of cavities within these curved handsets, we've seen the development of some interesting battery designs, similarly shaped to ...

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    Android lag is an issue, if you're asking users of other platforms. While we won't go into this debate, lag is present on all devices, regardless of the platform they're running on. Whether we're talking about software lag or hardware latency, devices we use, even flagship ones, are all trying to keep up to the best of ...

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    When it comes to accessibility, convenience, and arguably even fun, cars win out over trains any day of the week. But when these vehicles meet where road crosses track, trains are going to win every single time; when you've got thousands of tons of cargo moving along with such momentum, the only thing a car can hope to ...

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    If you've recently accepted available updates for some of Google's applications, like YouTube, for instance, you'll see that now, every time you fire up the app, a splash screen will appear, with a huge icon (as seen above), and the Google logo beneath it. The Material Design guidelines allow this: "Branded launch ...

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    Google is continuing to improve the user experience of its offerings, as a whole. We've seen an update to Play Music -- to support free radio streaming with ads in the US -- and we've also seen how the Google+ Pictures component will stop functioning soon, as we migrate over to the newly introduced (at I/O) Google ...

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    Back in April, Sprint announced a unique new initiative that would bring its sales and support staff outside the company's stores and into the homes of its users. The carrier's Direct 2 You program allowed users to pick out new devices, have Sprint personnel deliver them directly to their door, and then take care of ...

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    Tomorrow is June 30, and beyond meaning that July is nearly here, that date also marks when Apple is set to flip the switch on its new streaming music service, as the WWDC-announced Apple Music first becomes available to listeners. And while we're hugely looking forward to that in its own right, it appears we're going ...

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    One of the surprising things to come out of the “Next Nexus” rumor mill is news that one of the proposed devices might come with a 3D camera and a laser sensor. Of course, there has been quite a bit of speculation about it, and this may all amount to nothing, but sometimes I like to play the “what-if?” game and ...

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    Update: That's a wrap, folks! Thanks to all who joined in. Click here to see the archive! Ever wonder what our esteemable Editorial Director Michael Fisher is doing when he's not reviewing technology, tweeting about Star Trek, or referring to himself in the third person? Well, this Sunday night he'll be trying his ...

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    Phones are sooooo 2014. Let’s talk wearables. Now, as many of you know, I’m a fan of wearables. Watches in particular. Sure, Bluetooth headsets hold a special place in my heart – a place I don’t think about much to be sure – but special nonetheless. But when you’re looking at the wearable space, you’re ...

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    Pocketnow Daily gets an average of 300 to 500 comments a day, and sometimes even a thousand. We’d like to thank you all for participating in our question of the day, and we love your feedback so much, that we decided that since we can’t respond to ever single one of your comments, we should at least feature a ...

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    Windows phone is still treading water. Despite a lot of hoopla around Windows 10 and what it will mean for mobile, Windows Phone is still hanging around – not really growing, not really shrinking. But, the status quo is not a good one for Windows Phone. Presumably at some point, Microsoft is going to need to stop ...

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    If you’ve been yearning for Nokia hardware since its Microsoft acquisition, then you might finally be in luck — at least, sort of. The company’s CEO Rajeev Suri recently commented on the possibility of reentering the phone space. To simplify a complicated response, Nokia has interest in designing phones to then ...

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    Huawei dropped the "Ascend" branding for its fleet-leading device line, starting with the Huawei P8. But no one can deny that the company and the Chinese mobile tech sector has ascended in renown, innovation and sales. The problem is that these manufacturers are running out of new people to sell to. With the home ...

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    For being the first product coming from a small startup company with a vague history and questionable PR stunts, the One from OnePlus sold like crazy when it was made available last year. In the end, it turned out to be quite a good phone, but even before anyone knew how it performed, there were two main selling points ...

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    This phone popped up on benchmark sites (as well as the Indian import database) with the model number E5663. Whether this will be the Xperia Z4 Compact (Xperia Z3+ Compact) is yet unknown, though we'd be inclined to believe that we're looking at a different upcoming new Xperia, one that appears to be an attractive ...

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    Not only the Apple rumors are getting more frequent by the day, dealing with the next smartphone, but this recent report from Bloomberg tells us straight up that the Apple iPhone 6s with Force Touch is already in production. We've already heard reports hinting that the Cupertino-based company is preparing to bring a key ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about a new Apple Watch "Reserve Strap," that plans to improve battery life. Then we talk about a new Windows 10 Mobile build, and what improvements it brings. The OnePlus 2 is next as the company teases a date, and a VR headset as well. We then follow up with some of the leaks ...

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