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    Samsung's next flagship is due to drop this summer. Last year's Note was arguably one of the best smartphones we've seen yet, this year's flagships included. Samsung hit a lot of the right notes with the Note 5. Looking forward, how do you improve on that? It's not an easy question to answer, but sure enough, our editors have some thoughts on the subject. So without further ado, here's our wish list for the Samsung Note 6, 7, whatever. ___________________________________________________________________________ Adam Doud Senior Editor "No steps back" When the quality bar is already set so ...

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    Yesterday, we talked about how potentially revolutionary foldable screens could be to the industry. Go ahead and take a look at the article, because this could be a pretty big deal. Suddenly a whole new world of form factors are possible with this tech. Phones could fold out into tablets and then into laptops. This could be the start of something great. But, let’s not get too ahead of ourselves, right? We’ve had our fun, speculating about what might be to come. Now it’s time to rain on our collective parade and ponder the other side of the coin. The challenges that will come with ...

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    I’m still stuck on that Lenovo event, you know? The Moto Z and the Phab2 Pro are pretty cool regardless of some questionable decisions on exclusivity. But what I keep fixating on are the things that Lenovo didn’t release/announce for our mobile pleasure. Last week, I talked about shoes. Now, let’s talk about bracelets. In one of the more ballsy displays that I recall seeing, Lenovo showed off two concept mobile devices that it has been working on. The phone/bracelet was called the CPlus and the folding tablet o’ the cat video was called the Folio (Palm peeps holla!). Both of these ...

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    I’m in no way shape or form what one would consider to be an office worker, desk jockey, pencil pusher, etc… I’m a railroad mechanic by trade. Aside from ordering the necessary parts to complete my job or to complete the appropriate work orders to receive pay I have very little use for a computer day to day at work. If it can’t be beat with a sledgehammer, cut with an oxygen/acetylene torch, welded, or taken apart with a wrench I have no use for it in my professional life. Probably the most tech friendly thing I use in my job is using my phone to stream music via Google Play all ...

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    Something started to dawn on me watching Google I/O, but I wasn’t really able to put my finger on it until recently. It’s something that we’ve all come to accept and I’m not so sure we’re the better for it. The Moto 360 and the Huawei watch both run the same version of Android Wear. And by “version” I don’t necessarily mean the number. What I mean is that no one, and I mean ~no one~ is skinning Android Wear on their smartwatches. And I’m not sure I understand why. Well, ok, it’s not that I don’t understand why. That’s probably the wrong way to put it. Google has not ...

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    Whelp. The Moto Z has gone and done it. No longer will our smartphones be plagued by a 3.5mm hole forcing our phones to thicknesses exceeding a whopping six millimeters. Because we don’t need no portly devices, right? Thank goodness someone has stepped up and gotten rid of that unsightly hole in the top or bottom of our phones. Seriously though, I wrote a couple of weeks ago about how USB Type-C may have come a bit too soon for the public, and since it’s now replacing decades old hardware, I thought it might be time to take a look at it again. Someone needs to remind OEMs that ...

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    Sprint has been making a lot of headlines lately after they showed off their 5G chops with a demo at the Copa América Centenario soccer (or football for our non-U.S. readers) tournament. Rocking out download speeds up to a whopping 2Gbps with a super low latency, it was indeed an impressive feat to say the least. They showed it off streaming 4k video as well as streaming some VR goodness courtesy of VideoStitch and as far as we can tell it all went off there without a hitch cruising along on the 73GHz spectrum. Here soon they plan on showing off their service on a 15GHz spectrum touting ...

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    WWDC’s keynote has come and gone, and with it, we have seen a glimpse of Apple’s plans for the future. Not surprisingly, Apple’s plans are rather Apple-centric. I know what you’re thinking. “Duh, it’s Apple’s conference,” but what I found very interesting was that of all the updates, all the new features, all the new apps we saw, there was nary a mention of Android and the 85% of the world that it owns/that owns it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not suggesting that Apple should be promoting the competition at its own keynote, but when you stop and consider what Microsoft and ...

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    Ten big updates were announced for iOS during WWDC 2016, and 3D Touch was featured prominently for several demonstrations. Apple's focus on streamlining UI navigation will rely heavily on integrating services within other apps, and providing users quick snippets and "at-a-glance" interactions. On the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, users can already "peek and pop" through specific services like the mail app. This feature is dependent on specific hardware requirements, namely the pressure sensitive screen on the current flagship iPhones, so user adoption is limited to only the most expensive current ...

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    Funny thing. I guess my latest collaborative post should have had a “Spoiler alert” tag on it, because if you read my thoughts on what I’d like to see at WWDC, you would have noticed that I talked about this editorial. Specifically, I suggested that iOS was boring and needed a major overhaul. So I started thinking about it; was I right? I’m not so sure, and that brings us to this debate. iOS has been stuck in quite the rut for years and years (and years and years) now. Its basic grid of icons and up-until-recently awful notification shade have been designed to exacting ...

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    We finally get introduced to Project Tango, now simply known as Tango. Tango made its grand entrance today on the Lenovo PHAB2 Pro, a 6.4-inch monster of a phone with built in sensors for camera, depth, motion, and I think making grilled cheese. This is the world’s first Tango enabled phone, which is very exciting, but it also gives me pause. We’ll get to that in a bit. Tango is essentially Microsoft’s Hololens on your phone. Instead of a self-contained helmet, you’re getting a self-contained phone which offers certain advantages and disadvantages over Microsoft’s implementation. ...

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    Rooting is one of those rites of passage that people look to as a milestone in geek cred. Thus, I wasn’t completely surprised when, a couple weeks ago, I mentioned that I’ve never rooted a phone and was met with almost universal negativity. Of course, I didn’t exactly phrase the tweet in a manner to elicit positive responses, so that’s partially my fault. But the fact remains that I still have never rooted an Android phone, so I wanted to dig into the subject a bit and see what I was missing out on. From what I’ve been able to gather, rooting a phone allows you to really dig in ...

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    How durable is your phone? Or better yet, how confident are you in your phone's ability to survive daily lifestyle abuse? Do you use your phone "naked", or is a case a mandatory accessory when leaving the house? We're seeing some progress with manufacturers advertising more durable build quality for consumer facing devices. No longer just the ultra-tough construction site gadgets, many flagship phones now champion improved drop protection or enhanced water resistance. We currently have the Galaxy S7 Active in house to review, and that's a perfect time to revisit the topic of "ruggedness". ...

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    Apple's big conference is coming next week. What will we see? iOS 7? iOS something else? Apple Watch news? New Macbooks? The sky is the limit really. There are a few things we know. It's happening next week. It will be long. A lot will be covered. I'm sure we'll get news about Health Kit, Apple Home. Maybe we'll get a taste of what Apple has cooking in the work of VR? Perhaps a Google Home/Amazon Echo rival? We've heard some rumors but we wanted to get the opinions of some experts about what we'd like to see coming from Mr. Cook and the Apple contingent. ...

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    Last week, we saw a Bloomberg report claiming that Google was making a list, checking it twice and finding out which OEMs were naughty and nice. In other words, Google was ranking Android OEMs based on how fast they pushed out updates to consumers. The list is internal – probably as a mental note for who Google should start poking if they lag behind. But the same report suggests that Google may start publishing this list to the public so we all can know who is hot and who is not when it comes to updates. Those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it and with Google already ...

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    Tech is now a part of most people's lifestyle, which means it's also a part of most people's individual fashion, and fashion moves in cycles. We know the next generation of iPhone probably won't be radically different the current 6S. Form factor, build material, design, we don't expect the iPhone 7 to stray too far from what Apple current offers. We do expect to see some new technologies like the potential for a dual sensor camera module, but as for aesthetics? Probably only minor evolution. This could be an interesting strategy. If the iPhone 7 only shows minor differences in overall ...

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    We're eagerly anticipating the next generation of Moto phones, and we'll have more information to share soon, but before we get the full scoop on Moto Z and the MotoMod backplates, the editorial team here at Pocketnow has weighed in. This is an important release for Lenovo, especially in light of the Moto division under-performing, so here's our wishlist for a successful Moto phone launch! Adam Lein - Set the standard for modular I’ve had a great interest in modular/expandable smartphones since Compaq first started the idea with the iPAQ 3600 PDA (which later became a smartphone with the ...

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    We may be approaching a turning point in mobile technology, which in many ways is actually coming full circle. The time was that you had "accessories" like a camera, a PDA, a phone, a laptop, a watch, and a host of other devices on you that all performed a specific function. The best part was, all of those devices generally performed that function exceptionally well and if one of them happened to break down, you didn’t have to replace all of them. Gradually, we have shifted to a world where all of those devices have coalesced into one super device – the smartphone, with functions that ...

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    We’re a year into a tech transition. Cables and ports are a big deal. Regardless if you use Android, Windows, or iOS on your phone, you likely have some gadget or accessory with a Micro USB port. Micro USB has become a phenomenally well represented standard, but to move into a new era of devices and services, even a port this ubiquitous eventually needs to evolve. The new standard is USB Type C, and it’s already arrived on a handful of devices. Current Nexus phones, HTC 10, LG G5, OnePlus, and the Lumia 950 all sport this new symmetrical port. So what does USB Type C do? How is it ...

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    Here’s a fun fact for you. Up until today, I didn’t know what a “Twitter canoe” is. I’ve been on Twitter since before 2009, so I may not be “old school” by some standards, and I didn’t even set my computer on fire in protest when Twitter wanted to break chronological order of tweets. So maybe I’m just not awesome enough to know what a Twitter canoe is. Apparently it’s an ongoing conversation on Twitter with more than three people. I’m not even making this up and it's actually scary how much sense it makes. But then again, my job isn’t really to know Twitter. Sure, ...

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    We recently produced a video tour of the newest Android N preview, and viewers were quick to point out an omission. This build of Android lacked a dark theme. This has been a long requested feature in the Nexus community, and we've seen glimpses of it pop up in BETA builds, but Developer Preview 3 has cut the ability to go dark. Why go dark? Some might see this as a throwback to the Holo theme days of Android 4, but there are some advantages in making a phone's interface dark. For folks using phones with AMOLED displays, where each pixel on the screen makes its own light, dark menus and ...

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    Now that Google I/O has come and gone again, it’s time to focus our attention about 9 miles to the south to Cupertino. At I/O, Google revealed quite a few nice things and also left some questions unanswered. But it’s the nice things we want to talk about today, and specifically the nice things that Google now has, and Apple does not. Because like the Joneses with the spiffy new riding mower, Google now has the shiny on the other side of the fence, and you have to wonder if Apple is cowering behind the curtains grasping its binoculars and cursing. All metaphors aside, Apple is the other ...

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    Let's start off this editorial on a personal gripe of mine. I think the industry oversold the smartwatch when we saw the first generation of Gears and Wears. Most people expected a "phone on your wrist" gadget, while the killer apps for wearables turned out to be fitness tracking and migrating your notifications. Android Wear 2.0 looks to up the ante on wrist based computing. Will this be the platform to really allow us to leave our phones at home? Many of us were surprised to see that smartwatch sales are staying strong. Even though we haven't seen the same rush of updates and releases, ...

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    Before the Google I/O keynote, we were awash in rumors pointing to a standalone virtual reality headset coming from Google. You always have to be careful with those rumors, as the reality of Google's VR strategy doesn't seem to hinge on the same high end hardware that Oculus and the HTC Vive utilize. Moving forward we'll be talking about Daydream as the next evolution of the Cardboard experiment. In terms of hardware, Google isn't making a headset, but instead is offering a set of guidelines and reference designs for developers to take advantage of. The hot new addition? A motion sensitive ...

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    Google Voice was a terrific dream, which I've been using since before Google owned the actual service. You can have one phone number umbrella which sends and receives calls to any phone number associated with your account. It was one of the first mainstream solutions for texting over data, it transcribed voicemails, and it was compatible with traditional cell phones. Google Voice has stagnated over the last couple years. We've seen Google tinker with Hangouts, and introduce Project Fi, but we've seen little progress on the GV front. Today at I/O 2016, Google introduced a pair of new ...

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