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Rithvik is a News Editor here at Pocketnow, currently a student living in California. He fell in love with tech at an early age after messing with the HTC G1, and is now studying application development to further fuel his love for tech. Rithvik also enjoys reading fiction novels when he's not tied up with work. | Google+ | Twitter |

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    For the last two generations of its Galaxy S line of smartphones, Samsung has additionally launched an Active variant with a particularly sturdy shell capable of taking hits and dealing with water damage. Given the precedent, it only seems natural that the South Korean company do the same for its brand new flagship, the Galaxy S6. And if SamMobile's inside sources are to be believed, that's exactly the smartphone in development. Here are the latest Samsung Galaxy S6 Active rumors. Supposedly, the S6 Active will bear the SM-G890A model number, at least for the likely-to-be-first AT&T ...

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    Google has been constantly changing how it sells to customers. When it started with its marketplace for only digital goods meant for Android devices, it launched Android Market. Then came along the Play Store, which then merged digital sales with sales of Nexus devices, then Chrome OS, then Android Wear watches. At this point, Google Play has become massive and even convoluted in a sense, which is why today's announcement of the Google Store makes perfect sense. The Mountain View, Calif., company is marketing Google Store as an online marketplace for all of the company's devices. The ...

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    The way we interact with computers has changed significantly over the past few years. Just a few years ago, a web browser was just one of the few items in our virtual toolbox, and other apps were nearly essential for everyday use – the Microsoft Office suite, for one. But times are changing, and Google's big bet on the future of the web two years ago seems to be nearly spot-on at this point. As you may have guessed, that big bet was the Chromebook Pixel, a powerful Chrome OS notebook which launched about two years ago with access to little but a web browser, and now the company is back ...

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    Now that the first wave of flagships in 2015 has begun, it's time to start firing up the rumor mill for the phones that we'll be seeing in the coming months, including the hotly-anticipated new iPhone, which is always one of the biggest launches of the year. The Wall Street Journal today has kicked-off the anticipation with new news today about possible iPhone 6s features (to be clear, we're just assuming the phone will be called the 6s for the purpose of this article; there is no indication in the cited report that the moniker used will be specifically "iPhone 6s"), including the ...

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    Google exec Sundar Pichai this week dropped a bombshell by affirming rumors that Google has plans to launch its own mobile virtual network operator service, saying on-stage at Mobile World Congress that the company is working to do so. With the cat now out of the bag, we're still left asking questions – Pichai didn't address everything, of course – and now some of that information may have started trickling in. Should a report from The Wall Street Journal be accurate, we now have a good grasp on the Google MVNO service details, with one of the surprising things being that this ...

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    At last year's Mobile World Congress, Android Wear and the Apple Watch weren't realities. That is to say, the wearables race at that point in time was nowhere near as heated as it has become now, and the devices themselves weren't all that abundant. This year, though, all that changes. We saw Huawei launch its new Watch (which we thought was one of the hottest-looking Android Wear watches yet in our hands-on time) as well as the Huawei TalkBand B2 and N1, all leaps ahead in the wearable sector for the company. We had a chance to go hands-on with the latter two on the show floor at Mobile ...

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    In an announcement that basically came out of nowhere, BlackBerry's John Chen has revealed a new smartphone. The failing smartphone manufacturer has seen a lot of trouble over the past few years, especially with its smartphone lineup being unable to capture much of the market (whether low-end or high-end), but the OEM still looks to be kicking with this latest smartphone. On-stage at Mobile World Congress 2015, the company's CEO has announced the brand-new BlackBerry Leap. The Leap is an LTE-supporting smartphone targeted on "young mobile professionals who value security and privacy in a ...

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    One of the things that makes Android Android is Google Play services. Most users of the platform don't know that, but in reality the services form an integral backend with the newest APIs and services, and it becomes critical to delivering the same feature-rich Android experience across various smartphones. The latest revision to that is out today, dubbed Google Play services 7.0. Let's take a look at what's new. There are new tools to aid our favorite developers make their apps even better – namely, Location Settings Dialog (a mechanism letting developers know whether a given location ...

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    Cyanogen has a history of teaming up with underdog smartphone manufacturers, it seems (at least from our view from the United States). After all, it is the company that was the launch partner for the OnePlus One's software, and now Cyanogen is teaming up with Alcatel Onetouch for a new device here. The Alcatel Onetouch Hero 2+ is a phablet featuring Cyanogen's custom OS, and it's coming to the States as well to try to make a dent in the market. The Hero 2+ is basically just a rehashed Hero 2, except with the obvious inclusion of Cyanogen OS in the new model. So as a recap, this means ...

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    One tablet that's been on our radar but relatively elusive for quite some time now has been the Nokia N1. The device was launched to mixed reception months ago by the remnants of Nokia (the parts of the company that didn't go to the Microsoft Devices and Services group during the buyout), with some loving the sheer promise of it and others denouncing it as an iPad mini clone. Now we've had a chance to form an opinion of our own, having just had a chance to use the tablet for a good bit, so here's our initial Nokia N1 hands-on video! As people who make a living off of testing out different ...

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    Microsoft in Barcelona has just taken the wraps off of the Lumia 640 and 640 XL at Mobile World Congress, mid-range smartphones that Microsoft means to "build on the success [the company has had] in the affordable space," available for purchase in April. The regular 640 features Windows Phone 8.1, as well as a 2,500 mAh battery for all-day battery life. It has a 5-inch HD display (what we're assuming is 720p given the targeted price point), and comes in four different color variants (Cyan, Orange, Black, and White). There's an 8-megapixel camera with dynamic flash and auto HDR, as well as ...

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    The wait for a Windows flagship smartphone has been long and dire. Just as rumors came up, they simmered down just as quickly, and we haven't heard much about when we'd be seeing the next flagship from Redmond. There's an event today that the company is hosting for MWC, which we remain hopeful about though, so join us along in the Microsoft MWC event live stream to find out what the company has in store for us! The event should kick off at around 8:30 AM CEST, which translates to right around 2:30 AM Eastern, or 11:30 PM Pacific. Though we'd love to see some flagships, leaks have pointed ...

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    The MWC 2015 announcements show no signs of stopping. After yesterday's massive unveils of the HTC One M9 and Samsung Galaxy S6, other players are ready to keep the news flowing throughout the trade show. Two new smartphones have just been announced by the owner of Motorola (Lenovo, of course), one of them the Lenovo A7000 and the other the Lenovo Vibe Shot – which we covered extensively in a separate post. Let's go over the first new smartphone announcement from today. Lenovo calls the A7000 a smartphone that's "built for entertainment on a budget." It's the first phone to come with ...

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    Around these parts (especially around this MWC timeframe), we're very used to seeing traditional smartphones launch, meaning the main point of the device is communication. But every so often, a device manufacturer decides to take a different approach in the creation of a phone, and what results usually turns into either a runaway success or a dead-on-arrival type scenario. The newest smartphone that finds itself in one of these situations is the Lenovo Vibe Shot, a device that its OEM touts as being for "those who want a phone that looks and feels like a camera." The company goes on to ...

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    We weren't expecting much from Sony on the smartphone front from MWC 2015 – given that the Xperia Z4 doesn't look to be launching here, and that's pretty much all that's been on our immediate radar as of late – but the company has gone ahead and surprised us a bit with the unveiling of the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua through a press release from Barcelona. Let's have a look at the device below. The smartphone is what Sony itself calls a mid-ranger, though the company does go on to state that the phone "sets the new mid-range standard" with its innovative features. There's a 13MP rear-facing ...

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    The announcements out of MWC in Barcelona are reaching a nonsensical level at this point, with HTC One M9 and Samsung Galaxy S6 out of the way now, and Microsoft set to make its big reveal in just about an hour. Sony has taken this moment of a lull of sorts to reveal two new devices, one of them being its next flagship tablet. Meet the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet, official as of right now. Sony says that the Z4 Tablet represents the perfection of mobile entertainment. There's a bright 2K 10.1-inch display, as well as industry-leading battery life, and it's all rounded out by the powerful ...

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    Samsung may have surprised you today by unveiling not one, but two smartphones as its flagships for the year. The very subtle differences in design (as opposed to the differences between the Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge) have led many to believe that the two are, in essence, the exact same smartphone, just with slightly varying designs. As it turns out, the contrast between the two phones is a bit more enunciated than that – let our Samsung Galaxy S6 vs S6 Edge comparison video from MWC 2015 video do the explaining. Our full impressions of the differences between the two smartphones will ...

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    The Galaxy S6 is here! While we wait on the rollout of the smartphone to begin on April 10, we have until then to start learning about which carriers will support the smartphone (and its S6 Edge companion) on their networks, and which won't. Today, (most of) the major US carriers have announced their intent to carry the device. AT&T kicks off the announcements by letting us know that both the S6 Edge and S6 will be available on its network, in both carrier stores and online. It has set up a landing page which is the first source link below; there you can register your interest in the ...

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    Virtual reality seems to be one of the buzzwords floating around MWC 2015 this year. Just after HTC unveiled its Vive virtual reality headset made in conjunction with Valve, Samsung has debuted a new Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition made in partnership with Oculus for the newly-announced Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. The new Gear VR is meant for "extraordinary entertainment," letting its users work with high-quality content easily. And the device itself is way nicer to wear, improving its comfort level with better ergonomics. Rounding out the list of changes, the new virtual reality headset ...

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    Samsung's 2015 flagship is here. Today, we've seen the Samsung Galaxy S6 announced finally, the newest in the line of Galaxy S smartphones from the South Korean OEM. It has just gone official at Samsung's Galaxy Unpacked press event in Barcelona, Spain. Here are all the details. The S6 is entirely crafted out of metal and glass, a stark contrast to its predecessors, which mainly chose plastic as their material of choice. It comes with Gorilla Glass 4 with a Quad HD Super AMOLED display, and in a variety of colors, and overall looks much better (according to Samsung) than the company's ...

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    The time has come, folks. After months of anticipation and lead-up, one of the biggest (if not the biggest) launches in mobile technology for the year is about to go down. The Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event in Barcelona is just about getting filled up by members of the press – including some from this very website – and the festivities are just about ready to begin. So strap in, and join us for the ride through this Samsung Galaxy S6 event live stream! Just as a recap, we're expecting the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S6 as well as the Galaxy S6 Edge, and our own Joe Levi has given us ...

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    A new age of smartphones is upon us. HTC has just announced the new One M9, and Samsung is set to go official with its Galaxy S6 within another few hours, which means that carriers have plenty of new smartphones to take care of and sell, and that these companies will begin announcing plans to carry these new devices very soon. The HTC One M9 carrier availability announcements have been kicked off today by AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint. AT&T only goes as far as to announce its intent to carry the device, simply stating that it's "coming soon." It has set up a landing page for the ...

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    One element that was relatively absent in smartwatch design in 2014 was design (save for some obvious exclusions such as the Moto 360). Android Wear brought great utility at launch, but the hardware supporting it sometimes didn't quite provide the hottest looks. That all looks to be changing this year though, with the release of new, better wristwatches. And this is our LG Watch Urbane hands-on, straight from MWC 2015! First off, a reminder: the Watch Urbane comes in two flavors, the webOS-toting LTE version and this Android Wear one. We additionally went hands-on with the former in a ...

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    Here at MWC 2015, no holds are barred when it comes to smartphone launches. HTC just had its "Utopia in Progress" launch event kicked off, and now we're on to the next thing, an entry from relatively new player Alcatel Onetouch. The company has announced today the Alcatel Onetouch Idol 3, the newest in its portfolio of devices. The device comes in two models, one equipped with a 4.7-inch display and the other rocking a 5.5-inch variant, both with Technicolor Color Enhance tech improving the rendering of colors. There are dual speakers with JBL Audio's Clari-Fi technology, as well as a ...

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    What you are looking at is the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. Just one week ago, the leaks were fairly scarce, and we were looking toward Samsung's March 1 event to let the cat out of the bag – but with leaked pic after leaked pic, and now an official Samsung Galaxy S6 picture (as well as S6 Edge) from Sprint, there's no point claiming that these won't be the new phones announced in Barcelona at this point. The same "Six Appeal" slogan used in marketing drumming up excitement for the launch is the one used in this image, which further legitimizes it, and the renders of the two ...

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