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    The day that they said would never come is finally here - well, sort of: Android Wear now works on iPhones! I know, I never thought I'd see the day, but here we are. Naysayers and critics will be quick to point out that only one wearable is officially supported, the LG Watch Urbane (for now). Not long after the announcement, however, we learned that the Moto 360 works just fine connected to an iPhone - but only if it runs Android Wear 1.3 (which doesn't come on the watch out of the box). That fun little tidbit gives us the impression that any smartwatch powered by Android Wear and running ...

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    Google is creating a wide array of products powered by Android. Phones and tablets are of course the big ones, but there are a number of other products Google is helping bring to market, including the category of wearables. Getting even more specific, as you have gleaned from the headline, I'm wondering about smartwatches. Smartwatches are leading the charge in the nascent category of wearables and are far and away the most popular wearable smart product on the market today. Where are they? But Google hasn't come out with its own smartwatch yet. Does that seem weird to anyone else? I mean ...

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    Moving into a new phone is a fun experience. Being the first to peel off the plastic cover, being the first to power it up, and really taking in that "new phone" smell. All great things. But it can also be a somewhat daunting experience - having to download all new apps, set up Facebook, and Twitter, and Snapchat, and everything else. There's a lot to do. Here at Pocketnow, a lot of us, if not all of us, switch phones on a somewhat regular basis. Either we're reviewing the latest and greatest or some hot midrange action. But even if that's not the case, we're still gear-heads - mobile ...

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    It wouldn't be a OnePlus launch without a few bumps, and the OnePlus 2 is no exception. From irritation with its invitation-based sales model to (unfounded) concerns about its choice of processor, the "2016 flagship killer" has had to overcome a few challenges on the road to wide-scale release. Probably the biggest bucket of water on that fire so far has been Samsung's decision to drop two very high-profile smartphones just days after the OnePlus 2 hit the streets, forcing media outlets like ours to make some tough choices concerning which devices to cover first. As you can tell by the ...

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    Most phones these days have at least one camera - or more. The one that faces you is referred to as the "selfie-camera", and the other is usually called the "main camera". The one on the back is usually pretty high-end: several megapixels, image stabilization, LED flash, and oodles of more features. The one of the front usually is lower-end: fewer megapixels, no image stabilization, and an LED flash is all but non-existent. Part of the reason for all this is space - camera modules are fairly bulky and take up quite a bit of space inside a phone. The other reason? Cost. Cameras are fairly ...

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    The mobile world moves quickly – probably faster than just about any other industry in the world. New devices are announced on what feels like a weekly basis; perpetual software updates are hitting for hundreds of mobile devices; one-off press events are always happening; and while phones seem to have a longer life span than they did back in, say 2010, they still become antiques in what feels like no time. Looking back, it's crazy to see how far the industry has come over the years – from phones that (barely) handled email to pocket-sized computers that are increasingly awesome for ...

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    Unless they're made by Apple, when you think about smartphones and tablets, chances are they've got a Qualcomm Snapdragon powering them. Generally speaking, when we rank devices they typically fall into one of those three categories: entry-level, entry level, midrange, and high-end. Oddly enough, Qualcomm's SoCs are also segmented by device class, but Qualcomm opted for four tiers (rather than three), this can make it a little confusing to tell which category a device falls into - such is the case with the Snapdragon 6xx family. According to Qualcomm, Snapdragon 6xx processors are ...

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    When news came out that Microsoft was going to be developing Cortana for Android, I was dubious. As in, “So what?” Realistically, I just didn’t see the point. Android has a perfectly good voice assistant in Google Now – to say nothing of how awesome Now on Tap will be – so why should we care about Cortana on Android? It’ll be just another app. But then news came out more recently that Cortana will be able to replace Google Now as the default search for Android. Whoa. Ok. Now we’re talking. Just got real Before, Cortana was an app on Android. Now, Cortana can be just about as ...

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    The LG G Watch and the Moto 360 caught my eye when Google introduced Android Wear. The G Watch beat Motorola to market, I bought it so I could go hands on with the new platform and the new OS. I didn't mind the squarish face, but I was really enamored with the round face of Motorola's watch - despite the "flat-tire" that so many complain about. As soon as the Moto 360 was available, I bought it. To this day, I haven't regretted the choice. The flat-tire doesn't even bother me like I thought it would (it's there to house the ambient light sensor, just in case you didn't know). There are, ...

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    The mobile world moves quickly – probably faster than just about any other industry in the world. New devices are announced on what feels like a weekly basis; perpetual software updates are hitting for hundreds of mobile devices; one-off press events are always happening; and while phones seem to have a longer life span than they did back in, say 2010, they still become antiques in what feels like no time. Looking back, it's crazy to see how far the industry has come over the years – from phones that (barely) handled email to pocket-sized computers that an increasingly awesome for ...

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    When I wear a timepiece on my wrist it's got to do something more than just tell the time. My daily tasks are almost identical and I easily lose track of the day of the week. (Those of you who don't have that problem don't know the struggle which those of us who do go through on a day to day basis.) Nonetheless, today's watches generally solve that problem, displaying not only the time, but the day of the week and the day of the month. Smartwatches, on the other hand, display much, much more than that - if you want them to. In addition to all that, I also get notifications from my apps, I ...

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    HTC is no stranger to making striking hardware that performs well, but most of us likely think of the flagship One lineup when we hear the name HTC. The Desire brand, however, is a little bit different. Way back in the day, the original HTC Desire was basically a Nexus One with an optical sensor instead of the Nexus' roller ball. Since then the Desire family has slid into the mid-tier realm, and such is the case with the HTC Desire 626 which was just launched on AT&T. Like prior phones that carried the Desire moniker, this phone is a pleasant plastic unit with front-firing speakers. We ...

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    It’s wonderful to be heard. You get that warm feeling down in the cockles of your heart that says, “I was on to something.” It feels good – like vindication. You took a stance on something, and ultimately were proven right, to the betterment of society. Ok, maybe I’m diving a little deep on this one, but I do feel better about my place in the mobile world, because Samsung listened to me. Ok, I don’t think for a second that Samsung actually saw my words and changed its strategy. I’m not ~that~ vain. Almost, but not quite. But it does feel good to know that something I called ...

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    If you're an Android power user you're probably familiar with the name Francisco Franco. The franco.Kernel updater app (and associated Franco kernels) have long been a favorite among rooted users - myself included. But what happens when a developer turns their attention and talents away from kernels and governors and optimizing for thermal thresholds? In this case, they turn their attention to your pictures. Not long ago Google updated (or "replaced", depending on who you ask) its Gallery app with "Photos". Don't get me wrong, Photos is an awesome app with cloud integration, zooming, and ...

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    There was a time (not too long ago) when Samsung reigned supreme in the fuzzy space that existed somewhere between a smartphone and tablet. We dubbed these devices "phablets", and although that sounded pretty funny, the term sort of stuck. These devices bridged the gap between the previously distinctly different device types. Screens were bigger, that was the first thing you'd notice when comparing devices, but those weren't the only things that were different. Phablets generally had bigger, removable batteries, not just to power their larger screens, but to extend the usable time we ...

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    In response to our Windows 10 review where we mentioned some drawbacks of the ergonomics of the new Windows 10 tablet mode, one of our readers made a graphic about how Microsoft could pretty simply make the taskbar much more tablet friendly. Patrick's suggestions are mainly things for Microsoft to implement, but some of them you can do right now to make your Windows 10 tablet much easier to use. Even in tablet mode, the taskbar with the start button, system tray icons, Cortana button and task view buttons are along the bottom edge of the screen. I'm sure Microsoft did this for consistency ...

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    So there’s this thing on most smartphones. It’s a small thing, but it’s still a thing. It’s the power button. It has been on smartphones for as long as there have been smartphones. But does it really have to be? That’s what we’re here to talk about today. Right of the bat, you might be thinking, “It’s a power button. Who cares?” Well the thing is, I care. I care because I like optimizing the user experience, and I think we have moved – or are capable of moving – past the power button. It’s a relic of times past. Of course, an electronic device needs a power button. ...

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    Samsung rolled out something just the other day that was a long time coming. No, I’m not referring to the Note 5, nor the S6 Edge+. Those were pretty cool, but Samsung went a step further and addressed a need for consumers that few other OEMs try and address and fewer still do with any success. Samsung introduced us to the keyboard case for its latest two phones. This isn’t exactly a new concept. The most famous example is the iPhone product endorsed by a glorified Karaoke DJ. Keyboard cases have been around for quite some time – most connect via Bluetooth and add an ungainly bulk to ...

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    The mobile world moves quickly – probably faster than just about any other industry in the world. New devices are announced on what feels like a weekly basis; perpetual software updates are hitting for hundreds of mobile devices; one-off press events are always happening; and while phones seem to have a longer life span than they did back in, say 2010, they still become antiques in what feels like no time. Looking back, it's crazy to see how far the industry has come over the years – from phones that (barely) handled email to pocket-sized computers that an increasingly awesome for ...

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    Just as Apple has famously overused words like magical, innovative, and revolutionary when describing its own products, Samsung is pretty fond of calling its flagship handsets each year "The Next Big Thing." While that's usually a marketing slogan reserved for its tremendously successful Galaxy S series, this year's Galaxy Unpacked event may have been a better time to break out that boisterous title. Not only did we see the Galaxy Note 5 this Thursday morning, but Samsung also introduced the Galaxy S6 edge+, a phone that's even bigger than the syllable count of its name. It's packing ...

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    Remember when the company even announced Samsung Pay? It was with the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge debut. Samsung promised a launch within the year and we got it. In addition to tap-and-go NFC payments, thanks to acquired technology from LoopPay, you can swipe your Samsung phone (S6 or later) down most magnetic stripe readers. But the laggard mobile payment system still needs to mount a credible challenge to its forerunners Apple Pay and Google Wallet — soon to be with Android Pay. And to do that, it will need to hop, skip and jump fast while a new type of "payphone" is still new to ...

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    There's a lot of talk floating around about the latest Galaxy Note. From one perspective, it's Samsung's most beautiful phablet yet, porting the top-notch design of the Galaxy S6 to the Note family and bumping some specs in the process. From another, it represents a watering down of an iconic brand once partly known for its no-compromises feature load. We made the case for both sides on the latest episode of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast (coming soon) but there's one thing we're pretty sure most folks can agree on: that keyboard case Samsung's selling alongside it is a very special ...

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    Samsung's Galaxy Note 5 is official and you'll be able to get one on August 21st. But is it still going to appeal to power users? Here's what Samsung took out of the Galaxy Note 5, and what was left in. Earlier today we talked about rumors which indicated that Samsung would be using a non-removable battery in the Note 5, and wouldn't be including a microsd slot. So far, those rumors seem to hold true - however, it might not be as bad as it seems. Removable Battery Unlike other Notes before it, the Note 5 will not be coming with a user replaceable battery. This means users will have to ...

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    Do you want to store your entire music collection on your phone? Would you like to have the movies you like on a card that you can carry with you everywhere you go, even if you're outside of data coverage (or have already burned through your allotted data)? Do you need a spare battery to help get you through the day, or make sure you have enough juice for an extra-long flight? Are you glad that you can pre-charge some batteries to take with you, so you don't have to be one of "those people" who is constantly searching for (and ultimately tethered to) an electrical outlet? Lucky for you, ...

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    HTC makes beautiful products. Historically, the company was selected by HP and Compaq (among others) to build the hardware that carried their corporate brands for years. Since then, HTC has tried to break into the market as its own brand - and has done remarkably well. When you think of smartphone brands, HTC ranks up near the top, alongside Apple, Samsung, and others. The financial side of the company, however, has been a bit more rocky. The solution? Following another difficult quarter with an operating loss of US$252 million, HTC makes cuts to try and restore profitability. Back in ...

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