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    A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the possibility of giving up your smartphone for a collection of devices. This personal cloud of devices would include a smartwatch, a heads-up display, a battery pack/WiFi device, and whatever else. It would be a personal network of devices, all excelling at what they did individually to make up a collective whole. This is a fascinating concept when you think about it. One of the things I like the most about wearable tech is its omnipresent, but unobtrusive nature – there when you need it, out of the way when you don’t. But it does beg the ...

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    It’s one of those things we often take for granted, but it’s a legitimate question. All too often we are offered the latest smartphones in one, two, or three colors. But what are our favorite colors for a smart phone? That’s what we’re here to find out in a Pocketnow Poll. Our editors have sounded off below, and then we’ll ask your opinion, but first I wanted to take a moment to discuss color and my borderline-sordid history of color. I’ve had a virtual rainbow for smartphones in my time from a magenta (read: pink) Lumia 800, to a Cyan Lumia 900, to a Yellow Lumia 920. I had a ...

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    We live in interesting times in mobile these days. Almost everything your smartphone does is mimicked by something else, other than your smartphone. We’re talking about smartwatches, tablets – although those are a bit too easy – and even heads up displays. Everything that your smartphone tells you can be told to you by something else on you or that you’re carrying around with you. Which begs the question – what devices would we need to basically replace your smartphone? Come along with me on this little thought experiment and let’s see if we can come up with something, or ...

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    Way back in 2013, in my first article with Pocketnow, I talked about how Microsoft could climb to the lofty heights of 10% market share.  One of the ways I suggested was to advertise and I cited Microsoft’s already-widespread campaign of product placement. Indeed, since that time and going up to this season finale of Hawaii Five-0, Microsoft has been the phone of choice for Alex O'Loughlin, Grace Park, and their law-enforcing (and sometimes law-breaking) compatriots. So Microsoft must be doing well, huh? Well, I guess that is the difference between enjoying the Windows Phone experience, ...

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    Samsung is set to debut its generation-skipping Galaxy Note 7 sometime this summer. This typically reflects Samsung’s large-screen compatriot to the Galaxy S phone from earlier in the year. For the last couple of years, Samsung has issued an Edge variant to the Note series at this time as well. But pretty much the main thing distinguishing the Note from the S is the S-Pen. This isn’t exactly the definition of innovation here, amirite? Further, the Edge variant of the Note last year lost the S-Pen. Add to that the fact that this year’s Galaxy Edge was .2” inches smaller than last ...

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    Conferences like Google I/O and WWDC always give me a sense of mixed feelings. Because we’re all about to see some really neat new things for the platforms – even if they’re not “new” new – and that’s a really great thing. But then, we’re all about see a lot of interesting features that may not work so well, at least for several months anyway. Oh sure, you can have those features if you want them, but they’ll be in beta which is frankly a scary concept. Now, for those of us that have a few different devices, this isn’t really a big deal. I mean I can throw Android N ...

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    Huawei's press conference launching their new MateBook 2-in-1 tablet PC sounded a lot like the press conference where Samsung launched their 2-in-1 Galaxy Tab Pro S tablet PC, so we think these two non-Microsoft-made Windows 10 tablets deserve a little comparison. Both are very close to the same size, both are very thin at less than 7mm, and both are very light. Both use Intel Core m processors with HD 515 GPU chips. Both have only a USB-C port and 3.5 mm headset jack for peripherals... except for a proprietary keyboard connector on the bottom edge for the detachable keyboards... which ...

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    Somewhere during the transition between Android Kit Kat and Lollipop, the Android blogs were awash in the discussion about multiple user accounts for mobile devices. If two (or more) people used the same gadget, they could have their own unique user ID’s and passwords. When logging in, their own customized homescreens and app collections would appear. People seemed really excited about this feature, but now on the cusp of Android N’s consumer facing release, multi-user accounts isn’t something much discussed, especially for phones. This is a metaphor held over from the days of ...

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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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