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    LG’s audacity of going head to head with Samsung at MWC 2016 in Barcelona for its next-gen flagship announcement might well be rewarded on Sunday, when one of the most innovative Android smartphones in recent memory is expected to go official. We’re obviously not talking about the redundant Galaxy S7, but rather the Magic Slot-sporting G5. This won’t exactly rival the highly modular aspect of Google’s Project Ara prototypes, though it should allow for easy replacing of a couple of components, plus seamless functionality enhancements via optional accessories. After catching a ...

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    If you had hoped Android Pay would bring harmony and ubiquity in an otherwise deeply fragmented mobile ecosystem, there’s bad news to report out of China, with the nation’s leading smartphone manufacturers purportedly intent on taking Apple and Samsung on as far as digital wallet platforms are concerned. It’s unclear whether the likes of Xiaomi, Huawei and ZTE will join forces to provide a single alternative for rapidly rising Apple Pay and Samsung Pay services, as well as established local solutions from WeChat and Alibaba, or each go their own way and flood the market with a bunch ...

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    Well, it’s that time of the year again. The time lesser-known companies like Archos join Samsung, LG or HTC in unveiling new, mainly budget-oriented gadgets at high-profile tech expos. Unfortunately, after they do, we rarely hear back from Diamonds, Heliums, Cesiums, Powers or Cobalts. But if there was ever an Archos product introduction that warranted a little more than a quick glance over spec sheets, followed by swift dismissal, it’s this year’s pre-MWC announcement of the Diamond 2 Note and Diamond 2 Plus. Like the 70, 80 and 101b Oxygen tablets, these two phablets are set to ...

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    As tech companies continue to race towards gimmicky and ultimately impractical 4K smartphones with 16-core processors and 8GB RAM or $100K smartwatches made from solid Kryptonite, it’s easy to lose sight of the little annoying things that should have probably been improved decades ago. Case in point, physical SIM cards you need to replace when switching wireless carriers. How is that still a thing? Well, GSMA’s industry-backed Consumer Remote SIM provisioning initiative will finally make it obsolete before long, allowing the user to retain an embedded card or eSIM for the duration of a ...

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    In recent months, even years, it started to feel like all rugged gadgets were the same, kind of how most mainstream flagship Android phones share their super-high-end specifications. But the Cat S60 is so much more than just another overly bulky, muscular and mediocre in terms of performance handheld. This 4.7-inch bad boy brings “true innovation” to the table, in the form of an embedded thermal camera from FLIR, the global leader in thermal imaging technology. The heat-detecting cam can literally save lives, allowing the S60’s owner to see in complete darkness, as well as through ...

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    Prolific Twitter tipster Evan Blass, best known by his @evleaks social media handle, strikes again in advance of MWC 2016’s start, although the dirt spilled on Huawei’s upcoming mid-range Android tablet is arguably less glamorous than all those exclusive Samsung Galaxy S7 renders. The MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro looks an awful lot like the MediaPad M2 10 introduced last month at CES in Las Vegas, minus a Harman Kardon logo and resulting premium sound, as well as physical home button. The screen bezels appear much thinner this time around, which is always a good thing, and the Qualcomm ...

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    Xiaomi’s executives, including VP of International Hugo Barra, haven’t shied away from teasing the Mi 5 in anticipation of its double debut showing in Barcelona and Beijing on February 24, yet somehow, there are still many unanswered questions regarding the Mi 4’s long overdue sequel. We know full well how it looks from the outside (or at least one particular configuration), and key features like processor make and model, RAM count or screen size and resolution have leaked left and right of late. But we’ve heard conflicting reports on basically everything besides the Snapdragon 820 ...

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    The first high-resolution press renders surfaced online almost three weeks back, a prototype pic in real life was unveiled even earlier, then just the other day we saw “The Next Galaxy” starring in an official video teaser for the first time, and pictured in the flesh over in Dubai, where a fishy alleged S7 Edge working unit went up for sale. Surely, the leaks stop there, and all that’s left for Samsung to do until Sunday is get human children, full-grown llamas and God knows what else to unbox the Galaxy S7. Actually, we’re sorry to “nag” you with yet another pre-release ...

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    Everyone from Google to Microsoft to Samsung, Sony, HTC, LG and even Facebook is involved to a certain extent in the development and growth of fledgling virtual reality technologies, while companies like Apple and Alcatel OneTouch are carefully preparing their own field-improving efforts. You can now also add Acer to the list of major tech outfits looking to augment and enrich your reality, as CEO Jason Chen recently told Taiwanese press R&D of VR products has been ongoing “for a while”, with the current plan being “to introduce some new technologies to surprise everyone” in ...

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    It’s not unusual to see tech companies, especially little ones, jump the gun ahead of crowded events like CES or MWC to score their new products a few minutes of fame. But five days in advance of the Mobile World Congress’ start feels way too early, and yet, Archos has already unleashed upon us its latest trio budget-conscious Android slates. These are called 70 Oxygen, 80 Oxygen, and 101b Oxygen, and obviously range in size from 7 to 10.1 inches. You’d traditionally be looking at the largest model to pack the most punch, but in fact, the three tabs all sport the same exact features. ...

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    The past 48 hours have brought both good and bad news for LG fans who counted on seeing more than just the G5 showcased at the 2016 Mobile World Congress, as the mid-range X cam, X screen, and Stylus 2 phones were pre-announced, while the LG Pay digital wallet service stumbled on another delay. Not to worry, as Samsung Pay’s direct rival should debut sometime in Q2, possibly alongside four extra members of the newly inaugurated X family. We can’t be sure Twitter gossipmonger @evleaks isn’t venturing (educated) guesses right now, but even if he is, we must admit prospective X max, X ...

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    Of all the high-profile Mobile World Congress exhibitors that confirmed their presence at the Barcelona trade fair lately, Huawei was probably the most secretive, supplying us with a date and merely teasing the global coming of a “new device.” Okay, but what kind of new device? Smartphone? Smartwatch? Fitness tracker? Tablet? Convertible laptop? Virtual reality headset? Something with a business angle, it turns out, and capable of pen input, according to a preview image posted on Twitter by Huawei’s very own CEO. The “product launch” will take place in Zone 6 of the Montjuic ...

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    As crystal clear as everything looks on the Galaxy S7 speculation front with less than a week left until the “next big thing’s” announcement, it’s practically impossible to predict exactly what Android tablet or tablets will be chaperoning the premium phone at MWC in Barcelona. We’re expecting an onslaught of 7 to 10-inch launches in the coming month or two, but Samsung could select any one, two or more of these diverse models to bring to the Mobile World Congress, and it might also choose to cancel a few. They’re undoubtedly too over the place to each find a target audience of ...

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    It’s probably way too late for any mobile-involved company to start building up buzz around products set to be unveiled at MWC next week, and hope they’ll magically steal the spotlight away from the long-in-the-rumor-mill Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, and LG G5. But there’s plenty of room under the Barcelona sun for Lenovo to score its mysterious upcoming “knockout” 15 minutes of European fame as well. Literally 15 minutes, as we’re likely looking at an international variant of a phone previously launched in China, and that doesn’t sound so very remarkable. Then again, if the ...

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    While nobody likes a copycat, Samsung fans and Android enthusiasts in general can all agree the global leader of smartphone shipments could benefit from aping a particular product release strategy generally associated with iDevices. Of course, Apple didn’t invent the formal announcement followed shortly by a pre-order start, then also very quickly by a commercial rollout, but traditionally, a member of the Galaxy needs several weeks, sometimes even a month to go from Unpacked event headliner to widely available item in stores around the world. Not to mention typically slower turnarounds ...

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    Just when we thought there was nothing that could possibly surprise us on the Xiaomi Mi 5 gossip front any longer, the most unexpected yet also reasonable rumor crops up in China (where else?). It turns out we won’t see only one handheld unveiled simultaneously in Barcelona and Beijing on February 24, but two very different devices. At least different in terms of their pre-installed operating systems, because hardware-wise, they should be identical. That’s right, the long-rumored, long overdue Xiaomi Mi 5 will apparently go official in both Android and Windows 10 derivations, much like ...

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    While it was certainly pleasing to hear the long-rumored Xiaomi Mi 5 would finally go official late next month, the announcement venue sounded predictable and, frankly, disheartening. But the company’s global expansion ambitions might erupt after all, as invitations for an MWC media preview in Barcelona on February 24 have started going out to select members of the press. The simultaneous Beijing “launch event” remains set too, suggesting for once that Xiaomi sees an opportunity to spread its growing tentacles to the old continent and perhaps North America as well. At the same time, ...

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    Boy oh boy, is next month’s Mobile World Congress shaping up to be a crowded affair, with LG, Sony, OPPO and now Huawei unafraid to confirm their presence in Barcelona for the industry’s largest expo, and Samsung likely waiting for the perfect timing to follow suit. The same day LG will probably debut the highly anticipated G5 flagship smartphone, Huawei apparently has a “global unveiling” of a new device in store too, though to be honest, we’ve no idea what that might be. It’s been almost a year since the P8, P8 max and lite saw daylight, so a succeeding trio feels like a good ...

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    You can add the name of another smartphone heavyweight to the list of confirmed 2016 Mobile World Congress participants, next to Samsung, LG and Sony. That’s China-based OPPO, which may not be considered a major league player by many Western consumers, yet it’s managed to considerably climb up the global ranks in 2015, with 50 million unit sales and 67 percent year-on-year growth. Hot on the heels of the (front-facing) camera-centric F1, OPPO apparently plans to unveil a different handheld focused on photography, with an “unprecedented smartphone camera innovation in tow”, plus a ...

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    It’s no secret Sony’s mobile business is intensely struggling, and with such controversial decisions as launching the Xperia Z5 late stateside and with no fingerprint scanner in tow, or restricting the use of that eye-popping “Premium” 4K screen, there likely is no happy ending in sight. But could the company have gotten so desperate to succeed that the Xperia Z6 will go global a mere couple of weeks after Z5’s long overdue US expansion? We highly doubt it, though something is clearly going down on the Xperia release front next month. Specifically, on February 22, starting at ...

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    While it wouldn’t exactly be fair to call the LG G4 a box-office lemon, the leather-clad 5.5-incher was expected to build on its predecessor’s success, and help its creators make last year’s manufacturer top five, which wasn’t ultimately the case. It’s back to square one for LG now, as the V10 might be exceeding expectations, but not in such a spectacular way to justify a G5 launch months after the Samsung Galaxy S7. Instead, the company’s highly anticipated full-metal flagship should debut at Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress next month, directly “taking on” its fiercest ...

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    I'm a fan of HTC products. Anyone who's been around very long probably remembers how I recall my days with the HP iPaq with great fondness. That device was well-built, stylish, and rugged! I teamed that little Pocket PC up with an IR keyboard and typed countless pages of notes from my college courses on it. While others with laptops hunted for power outlets, I just sat down and tapped away. Back then HTC built devices that other OEMs sold with their brands stamped all over them. Eventually HTC started making its own products, but the road has been pretty rocky. That seemed to turn around ...

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    "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated ..." That's what the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America says. Put another way: Privacy is a Civil Right. Other countries have similar laws, some with greater power to protect the people, some with less. That's all been thrown in the rubbish bin -- and your privacy with it -- thanks to the broad and arguably over-reaching eye of the National Security Agency: the NSA. Google is creepy Yesterday I wrote about ...

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    Sometimes, you push obligations back for too long and they just pile up, week after week after week, until they never get done. Well, when we started the Pocketnow Weekly technology podcast just over one year ago, we decided that listener mail -your mail- was going to be a big part of it, and it's consistently added flavor to the show. But the last few weeks have been so packed with news that we've been forced to neglect our listener mailbag - much to the justified consternation of some of our loyal writers-in. So today, we're finally making good on a long-held debt: we're devoting an ...

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    Mobile World Congress 2013 was, as promised, a boatload of fun and a bucket of hot tech-geek action. While we didn't see everything we wanted to, we were treated to an avalanche of smartphones and tablets running everything from Android to Windows Phone to Sailfish to FirefoxOS. We got a gander at some really impressive form factors too, at sizes ranging from the conventional to the fantastic. If you were off the internet for the duration of last week, or if you simply couldn't deal with the cavalcade of content gushing forth from the tech-news spigot, that's okay. We understand. And we've ...

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