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    Double tap to wake. LG's done it. So has HTC. Several others, too. It's faster and doesn't need as much effort as pressing a button. Previous Nokia Lumias have this feature — particularly talking about the pre-Windows 10 Mobile handsets. It's not on the Lumia 950. Neither on the Lumia 950 XL. So, when Microsoft's ...

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    Fingerprint sensors became bog standard on high-end phones last year and have crept into less expensive devices this year. But it's been a bit dry in terms of innovating on biometric security. Sure, Qualcomm has its Sense ID tech that enhances print scans with ultrasonic waves, but as far as we know or care, it hasn't ...

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    When Huawei decides to put out a flagship, there comes flying from the factories a few of its friends. Something large. Something small. Sometimes, some thing that's a little mid-ranger. And that's where we get to know the Huawei G9 over some paint-poisoned fruit and some Ferrero Rocher. Yes, we know that the US just ...

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  • Android / BlackBerry
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    We got to know the BlackBerry Priv first as "Venice." As word of an follow-on to the company's first Android device came about, we also heard of "Vienna." And then we wrote about some renders of supposedly new phones: one with an on-body keyboard and the name "Rome" attached to it; the other an all-touch device called ...

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  • Android
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    The only phone of recent we've reviewed that had an Intel Atom processor inside was the ZenFone 2 from ASUS. It was a well-run phone thanks to the chipset, but the Atom didn't really appear in any other high-profile devices. It's rumored that ASUS has moved on from Intel SoC in developing its next flagship. A continued ...

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  • Multi-Platform
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    Warranties fall into that category of “things you don’t think about until you need it”. At the end of the day, it’s nice that if your phone stops working in a short period of time, you can contact the company who made the phone and get some kind of satisfaction – most of the time. But every now and then, those ...

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  • Android
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    For the many uses of VR that we've yet to discover, we'd figure that some of them are going to be outrageously stupid. Who'd want to walk around town and into stores buying stuff with their headsets on? Seriously. Well, Samsung does have an idea that makes more sense that not only gets kids involved, but it also keeps ...

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  • Android
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    Talking about the DROIDs, it seems, has set us up for another news piece about them, their predecessors and their progenitors. Also, VentureBeat's Evan Blass talked about them, so of course we have to tail the chase now. And of course, it's by Twitter. Even more, it's by retweet of a similarly formed tweet ruminating ...

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  • Android
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    1984. Just the mention of those four digits together brings to mind the advertising hall of fame that was the commercial for the Apple Macintosh. But you look back to when HTC had its marketing mojo and you'll find that you have a place in its commercials. Well, since we're talking about a Verizon-exclusive phone made ...

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  • Android
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    OnePlus is a company that seeks to give its users impeccable value for their smartphone-buying dollar, and while that means paying a lot less for your handset than you might with a bigger-name OEM, it can also mean making a few sacrifices along the way. With last year's OnePlus 2, users did without a number of features ...

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  • Android / iOS
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    The Death Star can only make so much progress on one front, like with progressing to a 2G-less network or flaunting exclusive devices. But software updates for the phones on its network? Not really in its roundhouse, as we found out with HTC today. But take the Samsung Galaxy S6 as all of AT&T's major competitors ...

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  • Android
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    With Qualcomm's Snapdragon 200-series catering to the entry-level market and the Snapdragon 600-series moving up to bring the heat in the mid-range, you might think the Snapdragon 430 a chipset without a purpose. Well, LG may put it to good use in a device or two fit for an entry in its K-series. The evidence comes from ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we discuss the recent deals for the Exynos Galaxy S7 variant. Then we discuss Motorola's May 17 event in India. We then talk about the recent progress of roaming chargers in Europe. The Google Nexus 6P follows as we learn that it might get a spec upgrade soon. We end today's show talking ...

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  • iOS
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    The story of the FBI's efforts to access the iPhone 5c in its San Bernardino terrorism investigation may seem like it's over – and has been over for weeks, following the agency dropping its efforts to force Apple to help break into the phone – but the story keeps going strong. And why wouldn't it? This one has it ...

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  • Android
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    Sometimes it feels like choosing a mobile carrier is practically rolling the dice when it comes to your smartphone's update future. Will you end up on the luckier side of things, ending up closer to the front of the line when updates finally start heading out, or will you be like those kids with Z last names, doomed to ...

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  • iOS
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    Apple used to sell just one size of iPhone. But now, between the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPhone SE, there are three different … iPhones? iPhone? iPhone models? In a debate better suited for a grammar-school classroom than the digital halls of Twitter, Apple SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller has taken ...

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  • iOS
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    Apple is at the beginnings of a transition. The high end smartphone market is maturing. Mac sales continue to fall. Cupertino supports two different computing environments between OSX and iOS. Pushing to find new sales growth, Apple is working to bring more professional features to iOS instead of adding multi-mode or ...

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  • Android
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    We get it: you want a fancy new smartphone, but you don't feel like paying full price it. Certainly, we've all been there. So you scrounge through carrier listings, hoping for a good deal, or maybe keep your fingers crossed that some generous retailer will come through with a bargain. Eventually, you probably will ...

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    A smartphone's connectivity is its lifeblood, and without access to voice, text, and most importantly data services, a handset's value quickly starts taking a nosedive. And while we accept the face that we're going to have to pay up for access to that kind of connectivity, no one likes getting his with chargers well in ...

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  • Android / iOS
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    Whether you're venturing out into a new neighborhood of a familiar city, or trekking to destinations halfway around the globe, smartphones can be indispensable tools for making your journey enjoyable, efficient, and memorable. From travel apps that recommend the best places to stay, to navigation services that connect ...

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  • Android
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    The past year has been one where Google's really started moving security to the forefront of the Android experience. Between the rise of fingerprint scanners on Android devices (and corresponding API support), the publication of high-profile exploits like Stagefright, and the company's move to deliver monthly security ...

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  • Android
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    HTC's next flagship is so close, we can almost taste it. In just a manner of days, the HTC 10 will descend on markets around the world, giving users everywhere some of their first experiences with the handset. Back when we reviewed the HTC 10, we called it “a great smartphone, with amazing build quality, powerful ...

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  • Android / iOS
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    In case you weren’t aware, Mother’s Day is fast approaching (May 8, save the date), and hip moms out there are probably expecting a little more than flowers this year. Luckily, T-Mobile comes to your rescue with a bunch of time-limited smartphone deals, and there’s something to be had for every budget. Looking to ...

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  • iOS
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    Following a holiday season that saw it both breaking profit records and falling short of sales expectations, and its first year-on-year quarterly revenue dip in over a decade, Apple needs a box-office winner more than ever, and it needs it soon. Unfortunately, the iPhone SE is probably not it, while the Apple Watch 2 ...

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  • Android
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    Talk might be cheap, and insulting Apple for its recent lack of innovation, product lineup rigidity and datedness seems to have become a rite of passage of sorts for China-based tech companies aspiring to global relevance. Then again, actually pursuing one’s American dream can sure be costly and perilous for one’s ...

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