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    LG's big New York City launch event just wrapped up a little while back, but before it even got started, the cat was already out of the bag: overnight, LG announced both the dual-screened V10, as well as the new LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition. We had the official specs, we had plenty of pics – what else was there to learn about this new smartphone? Well, while the overnight announcement brought word that South Korean sales would get underway later this month, followed by US sales sometime in November, we didn't know much else about specific plans for retail availability. Today at LG's US ...

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    Thought you knew the names of both phones LG has in the pipeline for late 2015 global launches? Think again, as the affordable Nexus 5X and dual screen-toting V10 may ultimately be joined by the already unveiled metal-clad Class on Western store shelves. For the time being, the premium-looking but mid-end feature-packing Class is available in Korea, and just about guaranteed to hit AT&T stateside soon. No, the second most popular American carrier hasn’t directly confirmed that yet, and the Asian device manufacturer remains silent on the handheld’s world domination aspirations. But ...

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    The week's drawing to a close, and after a restful weekend, we're looking forward to a week that promises to be jam-packed full of new smartphone hardware: LG's got its V10 event coming up on Thursday, and a couple days before then we've got Google's big Tuesday announcement, where we're looking forward to the launch of the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. We're understandably excited about all those new devices, but before the new Nexus hardware arrives, how about one last shot at last year's Nexus 6? We've brought you news of plenty of Nexus 6 sales these past few days, but there's no sale that's ...

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    In an obvious attempt to overcompensate for not featuring on the retail partner list of the Apple Watch just yet, the second largest wireless service provider stateside has opened online and offline sales for a trio of much lower-profile intelligent wrist-worn devices. Although two of these look like smartwatches, they’re still focused first and foremost on fitness tracking and health monitoring functions, as well as keeping the lights on for days or even months (!!!) in a row rather than working as a fancy extension of your pocket smartphones. Starting with the cheapest of the bunch, ...

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    Ah, M&As. AT&T can pull one off with DirecTV. In modern history, T-Mobile batted one A and struck out on not just one, but two Ms. And its been playing around for more. Sprint was part of one of those failed hookups. In stark contrast to "Carrier Pink's" rising star, "Carrier Yellow's" fortunes are still on the slide. It might be the case that Sprint, the company which took a beating for its acquisition of Nextel and is getting life support from its current majority shareholder — at 82 percent — Softbank, is in greater need of one of these power moves. Marcelo Claure, Sprint ...

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    The recently launched Axon might be ZTE’s most serious attempt yet at cracking the high-end US smartphone market, but as far as entry-level, budget-friendly handhelds go, the Chinese manufacturer has left its mark on the American mobile landscape numerous times in past years. Much like neighbor and arch-rival Huawei, ZTE tends to enter exclusive partnerships with US carriers, often renouncing its branding for AT&T, T-Mobile or Sprint to make the solid low-cost propositions their own. Last fall, T-Mobile was the only operator to pick up the gigantic Zmax, and after just roughly seven ...

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    By all accounts, we're about to see a changing of the guard for Google's Nexus lineup, and to hear the latest rumors, we could be just over a week away from the debut of two new Nexus smartphones. Whether or not the LG Nexus 5X and Huawei Nexus 6P deliver on all the rumors we've heard over the course of the past few months remains to be seen, but at least we should have our answers soon. For the moment, though, the Motorola Nexus 6 is still wearing the Nexus-phone crown, and the handset has managed to hold up admirably well even in the face of some steep competition this past year. While ...

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    Phone unlocking, to be clear, is legal in the United States if the phone in question is out of a service contract. Even though some companies have a hard time of coping with this reality, it's codefied law of the land here. But what AT&T accuses three former employees, one owner of an unlocked phone resale company and 50 unnamed people of doing definitely raises some eyebrows. In the case filed in Seattle US District Court, the ex-AT&T staff allegedly installed malware onto a Seattle-area's AT&T store's computers that was able to compromise the carrier's proprietary customer ...

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    We had a source divulge some pricing details on the IFA-debuted and Tizen-based Samsung Gear S2 and now more wheels have come into motion on just what exactly is happening when and where. According to what's apparently an hours-long training video from Samsung Electronics America (it was taken down), the speaker informs us that the standard, Bluetooth-connected Gear S2 will make its way to the shelves of Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular on October 2. Sprint won't be part of the launch and it isn't clear from neither Samsung nor Sprint if and when the carrier will get this ...

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    Short answer: not necessarily right now, but there may be a shifting of the needle. Let's take it back to the situation T-Mobile has been in, trying to hitch itself up with an acquisition here, a merger there and all the huff and puff its bigger competitors, Verizon and now AT&T, can pull off with a TV provider attached. Let's just say that a new TV player has entered the market and a new limb for T-Mobile to jump onto has grown. Netherlands-based European telecom provider Altice has purchased New York's Cablevision for $17.7 billion. Patrick Drahi, chairman of Altice, has been ...

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    Once upon a time available at $650 off-contract and $200 with two-year AT&T pacts, the 3D-enabled Amazon Fire Phone quickly dropped to $450 and $1 respectively, then $199 SIM-free, $179, and finally, $130, with a bundled gratis year of Amazon Prime, normally worth around $100. It’s difficult to quantify exactly how much money the Seattle-based device manufacturer and e-commerce giant lost on producing, marketing, and essentially giving the gimmicky handheld away for free, but at long last, the nightmare seems to be over. Soon after the latest crazy discount, the 4.7-inch cousin of ...

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    Cars these days are available loaded with more tech than ever before, as we see through growing support for interfaces like Android Auto and Apple Car Play. But for those of us still making do with older vehicles, getting access to modern tech means add-ons: GPS receivers, phone mounts, dash cams, and all manner of other devices, including cell-connected WiFi hotspots. The problem's been that hooking all these gadgets up can quickly leave your car looking like a mess of tangled wires, all fighting for limited access to never-quite-convenient cigarette-lighter power outlets (or maybe USB if ...

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    LG may have made its European fans feel special when previewing the G Pad II 10.1 and announcing it would come to IFA Berlin later this week, but ultimately, American lovers of LTE-capable Android tabs will get first dibs. Rebranded as G Pad X 10.1, and endowed with a much more generous 32GB internal storage space, the Lollipop 10-incher is slated to go on sale at AT&T on Friday, September 4. Through September 11, you’ll only be able to order the tablet online, while starting next Friday, the carrier’s physical stores should also receive inventory. Aside from doubling down on data ...

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    Samsung's made some controversial decisions with its new Galaxy Note 5 phablet, and fans of previous incarnations from the Note line have found themselves coming to terms with some occasionally unwelcome changes for this year's model. Among those are the device's shrinking battery, and in a world where it seems like we can never get enough battery capacity to keep us satisfied, Samsung went and downsized the Note 5's battery compared to the Note 4's. At least, the Galaxy Note 5 we just saw Samsung announce only has a 3000mAh battery, but now a new rumor says that an even better-equipped ...

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    It's just after 3PM here in the US on Eastern time, and if you've been following today's big launch news from Samsung (and what kind of smartphone fan can you call yourself if you haven't been?) you know what that means: the start of pre-orders for the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+. Formal retail availability won't commence until August 21, but it sounds like online orders might be able to get a head start on things, as carriers begin sharing details about how you can buy these phones – including all-important pricing details. Take AT&T, for instance, which is accepting orders ...

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    Adam Doud propped some major points against buying a new phone with your carrier in this weekend's debate post. If you haven't taken a look at his post, please do so to grab some context. But at this point, I think it's time for some B sides to this discussion. Not only a counterargument, but a hybrid proposal that could break your perception of the usefulness of a contract. No contract, but no credit Even though our "big four" carriers in the US are striding away from the model ever so slowly, in this day and age, we're really going to be missing out once the contract finally dies ...

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    Every new smartphone stops getting updates eventually; maybe hardware requirements have gone up, or the user base has moved on to new handsets, but at some point it just stops making sense to allocate resource towards updating old phones. But even when it's not explicitly stated, many of us assume there's some level of grace period baked-in there – that we can expect a steady flow of updates for at least a year (and two if we're lucky). Sadly, that's just not the case in reality, and we're finally getting formal confirmation of one smartphone that's going without a major update. The ...

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    Most of the time we all love it when our phones get system updates. They might contain bug fixes, add new features, update our operating systems with a new look and feel, make our phones faster, or they might contain critical security patches to keep our information safe. All this depends on what's in the update, of course, but there's one roadblock standing in the way of these updates - and it's forced upon us without our knowledge or consent. Bloatware Bloatware is most often defined as generally unwanted software included on phones by the manufacturer - or the carrier. The first ...

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    The inability for smartphones to access free FM radio broadcasts is currently a huge oversight, one that spans across manufactures and platforms. While the majority of smartphone hardware includes components that are very much capable of tuning in to the plethora of music, news, and entertainment content being broadcast for free on the public airwaves, finding phones that chose to take advantage of this feature has been the exception, rather than the rule. Earlier this year we learned of a big push from proponents of FM reception on smartphones that hoped to convince the companies involved ...

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    Earlier this month, AT&T users with the first-gen Moto X started receiving a long-overdue update, bringing Android 5.1 Lollipop to their phones. Considering how the last major update was in November, and left the phone still running KitKat, this was a major step forward,. However, something seemed to have gone wrong, and back on Monday AT&T announced that it was temporarily suspending distribution of the update. Presumably, there was something wrong with the code, but at the time no one who knew for sure seemed to be sharing any details. The update's still not back on just yet, but ...

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    Microsoft helped usher-in spring this year with the launch of a new tablet, adding to its Surface line with the introduction of the Surface 3, the first non-Pro Surface to run a full version of Windows (and enjoy the same broad software support) and avoid all those RT shenanigans. And while the Surface 3 started hitting stores in early May, initial availability was only for the tablet's WiFi-only option. LTE would be on the way eventually, and today we get word of the first US carrier to offer just such an LTE-equipped Surface 3. AT&T begins Surface 3 sales later this week, where the ...

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    Apple surprised some of us by including its own SIM cards with the launch of the iPad Air 2. In the past, each data-capable iPad would bring the respective SIM card of the carrier you purchased the tablet with, but this new Apple SIM gave users the convenience to switch carriers easily, avoiding you the need to visit carriers and get that done. Reports claim that this is not just something that ends with Apple's tablet lineup, as today we learn of others interested. Reports claim that both Apple and Samsung are pushing for the e-SIM card concept to become a standard across OEMs and ...

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    To hear the latest rumors, we're less than a month away from Samsung's next Unpacked event, when the company might introduce both the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 edge+, more or less a no-stylus version of the Note 5 with a dual-curved-edge screen. And if Samsung really is looking to get a head-start on the IFA launches that will follow a few weeks later, it would only make sense for us to start seeing the arrival of the kind of phone evidence that usually lands just prior to a handset going official. That's just what we're looking at today, as certification paperwork surfaces at the ...

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    For the middle of summer, a time when we're used to seeing a lull in the smartphone market as manufacturers gear up for their big fall launches, this week sure is proving to be full of some interesting launch events. Yesterday brought us not just the Samsung Galaxy A8, but also ZTE's affordable Axon flagship. Today we're back to looking at the mid-range market as we check out a trio of new Desire models from HTC, with the company announcing the Desire 520, Desire 526, and Desire 626. Let's start with the smallest of the bunch, the Desire 520. With a 4.5-inch FWVGA screen, this ...

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    While HTC is officially pushing the Uh Oh protection plan for the HTC One M9 in its latest commercial, rumors and reports concerning the HTC Aero are piling up, including a concept render that we've recently looked at. However, if you have an HTC One M9 wearing AT&T's logo, there are reasons for you to be excited too, as an over-the-air update should arrive on your phone's notification shade starting today. It might not happen today, as OTA updates usually take a little time to spread through the system, but be prepared, just in case (or start hammering the check for updates button). ...

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