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    A few years back, it seemed like being ahead of the curve with mobile gadgets meant carrying as many as your pockets would allow: you had your phone, maybe a tablet, and packed your bag with a laptop, camera, and no shortage of accessories. And while we still love being packed to the brim and ready for whatever the day throws at us, there's a new focus on simplifying our mobile lives, and moving to devices that do double (if not more) duty. Microsoft's stirred up such interest with Continuum on Windows 10 Mobile, and Canonical's been pushing a similar agenda with Ubuntu on mobile devices, ...

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    Ubuntu-based mobile devices have been a bit of a swing and a miss: following the failed effort to crowdfund the Ubuntu Edge handset, we saw other OEMs arrive to attempt their own take on Ubuntu handsets, and despite the arrival of two such models last year, we failed to see the alternative mobile platform make a lot of headway. But will a changing market offer Ubuntu new hope? Windows 10 Mobile and Continuum mean that users are paying a lot more attention to devices that pull double duty, able to connect to PC hardware and offer users a much more full-fledged computing experience, and ...

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    Consider it a skin. Consider it a better Android. Consider it an offshoot of an offshoot. Any way you look at it, Cyanogen has had its fair share of ups and downs as an independent entity (with some big arms to help it out), but those moves have been outside of the popular circuit — the carriers. Enter Spanish carrier Movistar which has taken up BQ's Aquaris X5 for 209€ ($225 as of this post). You may know BQ as a manufacturer of some Android One devices. It seems like the OEM is sticking to the bargain bin while still providing an interesting experience. [table] Component,Type Screen ...

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    Dubbed the poor man’s Nexus program, the Android One initiative was inaugurated roughly a year ago in India, expanding ever since in countries like Bangladesh, Indonesia, Myanmar, Philippines, Pakistan and, most recently, Nigeria. Google also made a few timid steps to bring stock Lollipop-running affordable smartphones in Europe, as the Karbonn Sparkle V surprisingly traveled from Asia to the UK a while back, then the powerful General Mobile 4G saw daylight in Turkey in May. Of course, Turkey sits at the very border between the old continent and Asia, so we’re only now seeing an ...

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    It sure took long enough getting here, but earlier this year we finally saw the debut of a smartphone running Canonical's Ubuntu mobile operating system: the BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition. That 4.5-incher came with a pretty affordable price tag, but that also meant some lower-mid-range specs like a quarter HD screen and just 8GB of storage. The good news is that we won't have another couple years to wait for the next Ubuntu phone, and today Canonical and BQ announce their second joint effort, with plans to start selling the new Aquaris E5 HD Ubuntu Edition later this month. The E5 steps ...

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    The path to a Ubuntu smartphone has been a long one, beset by many disappointments along the way. The scope of the project feels a bit less grand than it once did, dropping elements like Ubuntu for Android. And efforts by Canonical to deliver its own Ubuntu-running phone fell apart after its crowdfunding effort failed to secure the necessary support. But despite all that, Ubuntu on phones is still happening, and last year we heard about one of the first models that would arrive for the platform, with Meizu sharing word of Ubuntu plans for early this year. We're still waiting on that ...

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    Last year's failed campaign to crowdfund a Canonical-made Ubuntu smartphone left a vacuum of sorts in the company's plans to present Ubuntu for phones as a viable mobile platform. Sure, we've seen the release of installation packages for certain Nexus-series devices, but if this project was ever to get off the ground, it needed some phones of its own. Late last year, Canonical confirmed that one OEM had signed-on to produce Ubuntu handsets, and last month we heard that it would be joined by a number more – the only problem was, we didn't know just which companies we were talking about. ...

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