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    People just aren't happy unless there's some kind of controversy running amok. Any sufficiently worthy conspiracy theory, especially those that could be shrouded in an actual or alleged scandal (and especially one that involves a cover-up) is worthy of the -gate suffix. So, here we are, on the verge of another -gate - and not just any -gate, it's #bendgate, part two (or is it part three?). This time around, Google's latest phablet flagship is at the center. Is it true? Is there really a Nexus 6P bending issue? There just may be, but let's look at some history to put it all in perspective. ...

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    Apple and Samsung current sit solidly in the number one and two spots in the smartphone race. It's interesting then that both are attempting to develop technology which would allow something pretty neat. Specifically, both Apple and Samsung are looking at technology that would allow them to move their fingerprint sensors to a new place on the phone. Qualcomm is developing its own technology for the same task. Not the side of the phone and not the back of the phone. Rather, both are looking to move the fingerprint sensor of their respective flagships underneath the touchscreen. The obvious ...

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    Last week, we took a long look at HTC and it's position in the marketplace, which is not all that great. Specifically we took a look at its recent history and identified a few key missteps which may have caused HTC’ s decline. So now, let's see if we can get HTC back on the road to recovery and identify those things that it can do to bring HTC success in the near and far future. We need a hero First and foremost, HTC needs a second high end hero device to compete with the fall lineup of powerhouses that come out every year. By the time that Galaxy Note and the iPhone hit store shelves, ...

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    In a downtown Chicago mall near the corner of State and Washington, you’ll find a pretty unique store. Situated conveniently across the hallway from the Sunglass Hut, Motorola’s new Moto store seeks to bring you more style and more personality than even the flashiest eyewear can bring you. It’s rare to find a store that comes with its own photo booth. It’s even more rare to find a store that dares you to come in and break its product. You’ll find both at the Moto store. Earlier this week, Motorola was kind enough to invite us over for a sneak preview of this unique store before ...

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    One of the best things Verizon wireless ever did was acquiring the rights to use the word "Droid" to differentiate its phones powered by the Android operating system from those available from other carriers. Not every Android-powered phone offered by Verizon has carried the Droid moniker. Some of us think this is because the Droid name implies higher-end devices. In the case of the Droid Maxx 2, that's absolutely the case, and from what we've seen, it's worthy of the name. When asked about the naming of the Droid Maxx 2, Rick Osterloh, Motorola's CEO said, it stands for "maxx battery, ...

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    Like big brothers, showing off for their middle school buddies, Apple and Samsung have the rest of the mobile world in a headlock administering merciless noogies.  And like the little brothers that LG, HTC, Huawei are, there’s little they can do but take it with a little dignity. But is that necessarily the case? Is there nothing tiny little upstarts like Xiaomi, Meizu, and Motorola can do? Well, I’m not so sure. Last week, we reported some interesting numbers from a few different sources, which painted an interesting picture. Most notably, Apple seems to have hit its stride with ...

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    Anyone who has ever owned an Android-powered smartphone will probably tell you how frustrating it is to get OTA updates. Whether it's security patches, bug fixes, or the much-coveted OS upgrades (for example: Lollipop to Marshmallow). Since each of these is different, the reasons for delays and the mechanism for getting updates are sometimes different as well. Operating System Upgrades Let's start with the proverbial 800-pound gorilla, shall we? First of all, Android and iOS are substantially different in how each approaches updates. Apple attempts to get every device up to the latest ...

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    At a casual glance, the new HTC One A9 looks a little bit like the iPhone 6. Ok, ok, I’ll confess, if you look closely, you’ll see that this phone slightly resembles the iPhone. Ok, well if you get out your slide rule and microscope, you’ll find that they’re pretty much dead ringers for each other. So folks are calling out HTC for blatantly ripping off the iPhone. And hey, they’re not totally wrong. When you put these phones next to each other, aside from the rounded rectangle vs circle home button on the front, these phones are twins. The HTC One A9 comes in more colors, which ...

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    HTC made headlines last week with the introduction of a new phone. Well, sorta a new phone. I mean, it’s new, but it ain’t exactly new, ya know? The HTC One A9 is an iPhone clone which looks almost exactly like an iPhone. Some have claimed this to be a brilliant move – if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em after all. Others have called this the latest mistake in a long history of missteps for HTC, which has led them to the point where it needs to copy the iPhone to try and be successful. I for one wanted to take a look at some of those missteps and see how things went really wrong. ...

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    A few of us at Pocketnow have been opponents to using fingerprint scanners as biometric security devices on our phones for quite a while. There are various reasons why fingerprints should be used for identification, but not for passwords. Nonetheless, the industry is sprinting toward using fingerprints as passwords, and now Google has gotten in the game with Nexus Imprint on its latest phones, the Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P. Both phones are built by separate OEMs, and each uses different fingerprint scanner hardware. Apple, Samsung, HTC, and others include fingerprint scanners on their ...

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    When talking about phones that carry the Nexus name, we typically consider them to be iterative updates of one another - each building on the success of the one that came before. Google decided to change things up a bit last year by releasing the Nexus 6: a phablet - not a phone. Thankfully, this year Google returned the Nexus to its roots by releasing the Nexus 5X. How does it stack up against the original Nexus 5 from two years back? Let's dive right in! Nexus 5X vs Nexus 5 To begin with, both the original Nexus 5 and the Nexus 5X are remarkably similar in terms of overall dimensions. ...

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    Motorola and Verizon came together once again to cement one of the last US carrier-OEM ties for another year in the form of two Droid phones: the MAXX 2 and Turbo 2. The Droid franchise has enjoyed a power user's cache for the nation's most populated cell network with phones boasting two full days of use without the need for a charge-up. Both of this year's Droids come with that selling point. Oddly enough, in contrast to previous years, both phones come from just Motorola. The two have come closer together in propelling the series' chances to draw in more customers by introducing some ...

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    The purpose of the Weekend Debate is to look at both sides of the story; to get a true idea about a concept, or two competing concepts and hash it out and see where we all stand about this. We’ve had some really great debates in the past, and I thank you for that. But if I’m going to be really honest with myself, there is one thing that I have not debated. I have taken it for granted that it is great, and maybe that was premature on my part. Wireless charging is a concept that hearkens back to the beginning of my webOS days. I’ve loved it ever since then, but maybe I have been ...

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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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    Android has gone through a few iterations of "shut up and leave me alone" "Do Not Disturb" mode, but hasn't gotten it right - until Android 6.0 Marshmallow. At 2am my wife isn't very supportive of me being "Joe the Android Guy™". That seems to be when my nightstand lights up with alerts from all over the world. My nightstand typically has an Android Wear smartwatch cradled and charging, a Nexus 9 and Nexus 7 tablet, my Nexus 6, and usually at least one other phone or device that I'm evaluating. When an alert comes in from Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, Skype, Hangouts, Gmail, ...

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    Microsoft has a lofty goal in mind, and it is very close to actually accomplishing it. Microsoft wants to bring to its customers the same computer-using experience, regardless of what sized screen you happen to be viewing it on. Its efforts have brought forth Continuum to the Windows 10 Mobile experience, and it’s a pretty sweet ride. Continuum, for those who are not aware, is the idea of using your phone as the CPU of a computer, which is connected to a monitor, mouse and keyboard. All the functions are actually taking place on the phone, but you’re getting a desktop experience while ...

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    Back in the 1990s up until the early 2000s and the dot com bust, the corporate world went through a phase of creating or acquiring websites. Quite a few large corporations wanted their own website- their entry into this new age of the internet and web browsing. Fast forward to 2015 and a similar trend seems to be on the rise, but this time with smartphones. Major corporations, most recently Pepsi, seem to have gained a sudden interest in these pocket computers, and all of them it seems, want a slice of this “mobile pie”. The motivation behind this is simple. The huge rates of ...

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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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    Just when we thought we had this whole "quick charging" thing all figured out and knew which car- and wall-chargers to get, Google went and confused everyone all over again. Yes, it's true that the new Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X support quick charging, but no, despite both phones being built around Qualcomm Snapdragon SoCs, neither has "Qualcomm Quick Charge" of any variety (1.0, 2.0, or any other version). What they do have is pretty good, if specifications are to be believed (we'll reserve final judgement until after our full reviews), but there is quite a bit of confusion around what kind ...

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    Anybody that’s not a hardcore (read undiscerning) fan of a competing platform can easily tell the Windows 10 Mobile-powered Microsoft Lumia 950 XL is a big deal just by glancing over its beastly spec sheet. Is it the perfect high-end smartphone? Absolutely not, but primarily because perfection is impossible to achieve in a continuously shifting, ultra-competitive industry like this. And if by some miracle Redmond would have equipped its first homebrewed flagship with everything but the kitchen sink, the already steep price tag may have easily exceeded $1,000. Besides, where would be the ...

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    Until recently, Google has only released one Nexus-labeled smartphone per cycle. Last year the popular Nexus 5 was followed-up by the Nexus 6 - Google's first phablet. Some were eager to adopt the new form factor, others weren't too enthusiastic. Although it has has its ups and downs, the Motorola-made Nexus 6 has fared pretty well over its first year of life. This time Google went all-in, releasing not only a successor to last year's Nexus 6 phablet, but also a 5-inch smartphone. We've already talked about the Nexus 6P and the Nexus 5X, and more coverage will follow as soon as we have ...

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    Ask anyone what they would improve about their smartphone and you'll probably come up with two answers very near the top: faster performance, and better battery life. Some argue that their phone or tablet is "faster" than another because of the operating system it runs. Other's swear that the batteries in devices from one manufacturer  outlast those of its competition. A lot of this comes down to comparing apples to oranges. For example, you can't easily compare a quad-core CPU clocked at 2.0 GHz with a hex-core CPU clocked at 1.8 GHz - there are simply too many differences between the ...

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    Over the past month or so, we have seen Apple and Google in a weird position. It’s a position in which we’re not used to seeing them. They’ve been trying to catch up to Microsoft. That’s right, the two leading smartphone manufacturers have been trying to catch up to their scampy little brother. They haven’t been trying to catch up in the phone department – not by a long shot. But it seems that Google and Apple have come to realize that Microsoft’s Surface is a big deal, and should be taken very seriously. To counter the Surface, Apple released the iPad Pro, and Google ...

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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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    Recently I've taken a lot of flack for some of the articles I've written. I went on the record about what I felt Google got wrong with this year's Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. I critically evaluated the humble (yet game-changing) beginnings of the Nexus project, and opined that Google has lost its way in recent years. I outlined my case for why I thought Google may have just made the Moto X "obsolete" with the announcement of the Nexus 5X. Ultimately, I announced that, of the two new Nexus phones from Google, I was going with the smaller one. I was wrong From the very beginning I knew that I ...

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