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    Our first taste of what the Google Assistant can do for us in our everyday lives is within the Google Allo messaging app that got released today. Now, you can get your undergarments scrunched up about all the chat apps that Google has floated out, but we'll save the debate for another post. What got released today for both Android and iOS seems to be an attempt to become what Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Line, iMessage and [insert your app of choice here] have become — cuter, more versatile and smarter. While that includes the usual pack of stickers or the doodly-doos on your pictures, ...

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    Flying solo to a market in desperate need of a non-exploding hero device may have been the right call for LG after the colossal G5 and Friends flop, with the V20 at least seemingly building on V10’s undeniable strengths while keeping gimmicks to a minimum. Of course, any early comparison, in lack of rigorous testing and lengthy real-life examination, can be highly subjective and, at the end of the day, prove flat-out wrong. But the LG V20 undoubtedly improves on G5’s dubious primer paint-including construction with a legit metal back, not requiring costly accessories to deliver premium ...

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    Let's dig into what made the LG V10 special: a durable chassis with singular looks, hot-swappable memory and power and a multimedia I/O that's been difficult to beat. Now, meet the V20. It's got a more conventional dress on, but that body can still pull those MIL-SPEC 810Gs. That "Dura Skin" doorway gets traded up for a honest to goodness doorway. Plus, there's an extra camera and a few extra DACs, too. Oh yeah, there's also a bigger battery, the Snapdragon 820 and some interesting Android Nougat interactions. And — for single-tasking fans — no, there don't seem to be any Friends for ...

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    If there's a device that will save LG this year, this may just as well do the trick. The V20 feels like it has to not only live up to its trail-blazing V10, but also surge past its direct predecessor, the G5, after some lukewarm critical reception and meager sales. And so far, it looks like this sleek new program is doing both jobs well. There's a lot that the company has packed into an all-metal chassis like this one: dual rear-cameras, four DACs from ESS and tuned with the help of Bang & Olufsen, a refined Second Screen and a unique rear hatch that can play all the favorites like a ...

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    A good pair of headphones is always essential for fitness activities, but most offerings either don't do a good job at surviving the sweating involved, or tangle all around while you're on the road or in the gym. We've seen a few offerings from companies like Samsung that have gone fully wireless, but Jabra has decided to take the idea a step further with its new Jabra Elite Sport headphones. These are not just regular bluetooth headphones, but true fitness monitors designed to enhance your experience while training, and also saving you the need to wear other more uncomfortable monitors. ...

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    Fossil has spent the last couple of decades innovating in the watch market, and has decided to do so over the last year with Android Wear. The company actually has a bolder approach than competiors, by serving as the manufacturer for other luxury watch brands that have also begun to adopt Android Wear. After the success of the Q Founder, Fossil has just launched the Q Marshal and Q Wanter, announced earlier this year, but not available to consumers until a few days ago. Watch our full hands-on video to learn more about them. Video sponsored by Xcom Global Coupon code: pocketnow Limited ...

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    As it stands, the Axon 7 has already garnered ZTE lots of positive reputation for 2016, but the company is out for more with its announcement of the new ZTE Axon 7 mini. Now, it seems that companies haven't really taken the name mini into account, considering that the Axon 7 mini is really just 0.3 inches smaller than the Axon 7. There is more to the story though, as this isn't really that much of a small phone, and more of a device that we could call a premium mid-ranger. Watch our full hands-on video to learn more. Video sponsored by Xcom Global Coupon code: pocketnow Limited Offer: Only ...

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    Now even though Lenovo claims that the first ever selfie was taken with a Hasselblad camera on the moon, that's debatable. What isn't a topic of questioning is the quality of the brand, its legacy in the photography industry, and how it has decided to reached mobile. Instead of launching a smartphone camera, or partnering with an OEM to add technology to an existing phone, Hasselblad has decided to parter with Moto and produce a new MotoMod that can do far more. Disclaimer, our own pro-fotographer/senior editor Adam Lein has already reviewed this device, and this video is to just serve ...

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    Instead of employing just one generic design across its many high-end and mid-range Android smartphone families, with minor build quality differences and the most significant distinctions left to the internal department, Huawei seems to understand the meaning of the words “diversity” and “choice” at a much deeper level than other OEMs. The Nova and Nova Plus, for instance, might be sharing a name, but they actually go in opposite directions in terms of aesthetics. Well, not as much opposite as decidedly different. They’re both as premium as sub-flagships come, one resembling the ...

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    The adoption of the Samsung Gear S2 was very interesting, with half the market base being completely new to the platform. It served to prove that Samsung's plan to adopt a new concept in design and user interface made a lot of sense, up to the point where the legacy continues. For those of you who were enticed over the Samsung Gear S2, there's a newer and larger batch of kids in town, the new Samsung Gear S3 and Gear S3 Frontier. These don't look at all like your average geeky smartwatch, and instead borrow as much as possible from the look and feel of a traditional time piece. Watch our ...

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    As much as we'd like to say that we are all over Skype, we have to remind ourselves that FaceTime isn't an Android-friendly phenomenon, either. Neither is Google Hangouts an international sensation. So, does Duo bring Mountain View's video chatting services to parity or is it something better? Will you feel and be more secure with end-to-end encryption? Will the Knock Knock feature catch your face (or whatever) when you're not ready? And does this really make video calling on-the-go less painful with switches between LTE and Wi-Fi? Most importantly, will you stick with one phone (and one ...

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    At a time when phablet growth rises at least 200% year over year, the company that defined the category is back for more. Samsung claims that its approach with the Galaxy Note 7 was to provide us with a phone that works the way we live, and not just a phone with a big screen. To achieve this, the company has matched a lot of what we saw with this year’s Galaxy flagships, and improved the functionality provided by last year’s note. The changes aren’t as significant as the skipping of a number though. Watch our full hands-on video from New York City to learn more.

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    After two separate but very similar iterations of watchOS, Apple’s third launch expected this fall has proven to be a jump into true maturity. To be honest, before Apple announced watchOS 3 beta, my Apple Watch was sitting in a drawer. There user interface was sluggish, launch of apps was hit or miss, and a ton of the features simply made no sense, like a button dedicated for contacts only. watchOS 3 is a lot about bringing common sense to how a smartwatch should operate. The operating system has been optimized to help you keep your favorite apps in memory, provide these with background ...

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    We've been running the iOS 10 developer preview for a little more than a day, but it's not the only BETA being run in our offices. We also have Google's latest build of Android N running on a Nexus 5X. We think it's time for a comparison. This is a big update for Apple, reaching the tenth iteration of iOS, a lot of attention has been paid towards streamlining interactions, incorporating more 3D Touch and gesture support, and catching a few services up which have been lagging behind the competition. Likewise, Google has a lot riding on Android N, in making this build of Android more ...

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    They say it takes two to tango, and indeed, Google needed the smartphone-making expertise of Motorola owner Lenovo to turn the forward-thinking Project Tango into commercial reality. Starting September, you’ll be able to use the innovative rear-facing multi-camera setup of the ginormous Lenovo Phab 2 Pro to virtually measure and place certain objects (for instance, furniture) in actual spaces around you. Best Buy and Lowe’s will be among those not only selling the AR-supporting 6.4-incher stateside, but also developing nifty applications for the motion tracking hardware to perform its ...

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    The world’s first “SnapPhones” are finally here, and off the bat, the slightly lower-end Motorola Moto Z (by Lenovo) will leave you gasping for air, as you wonder exactly how its designers pulled off a 5.2mm waist. The answer lies in the traditional headphone jack omission, as well as a controversial battery capacity downgrade compared to last year’s Moto X Pure Edition. Not to worry, since the Moto Z Force packs a much heftier 3,500 mAh cell inside a still relatively thin 7mm chassis while also forgoing the old 3.5mm audio connector, and keeping you reliant on USB Type-C and ...

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    Unlike Samsung, which is rumored to only skip a digit in branding this year’s Galaxy Note, ZTE leaped over a whole bunch of them and decided to confusingly follow up the Axon with an Axon 7 that doesn’t even measure 7 inches in screen diagonal. But the number 7 is considered to bring good luck in both Chinese and many Western cultures, and ZTE wants its latest 5.5-inch flagship to conquer the world with an arguably gorgeous design, super-loud speakers, and overall, the best possible 2016 specifications. This device manufacturer is certainly moving up the Android OEM ranks, so we ...

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    According to HTC, smartphones reached an inflection point about two years ago. Innovation is somewhat dead, and it wants to battle that with this year’s flagship. according to the company, 10 is a magical number. It represents the perfect score. The number used by the best soccer players, and more. 10 is about perfection, and that´s what the company sought out with the HTC 10. During our recent briefing the company explained how its new flagship may look similar to past iterations, but is far from it. Watch our full hands-on video as we discuss more.

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    You might've seen our Android expert Joe Levi tackle some of the minutia of what's going on in the latest beta edition of the OS. You've surely seen a fair share of news, screenshots and commentary. You might be tempted to even hit up that Google link and enroll in the Android Beta Program yourself. But if you want to get down and dirty and see things in living color, buckle up: we've got six points to go through in 60 seconds — well, minus the intro and outro, but who's actually counting — in our Android N Beta overview. Keep in mind that the feature set we have on the Android N Beta ...

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    Our Jaime Rivera is a very perceptive one, indeed. Samsung was able to get away with keeping a lot of what made the Galaxy S6 within the Galaxy S7 this year: rounded corners, better silicon, sensors and specs and a whole bunch of run-up to it all. That, in itself, is what gives the chaebol the upper hand over Apple from the outset in our comparison of the Galaxy S7 and the iPhone 6s. Both phones are water-resistant, the S7's more officially so. The larger, more resolute, versatile and colorful screen is on the S7. It's not out of mind as Apple's 3D Touch feature is. Built-in storage comes ...

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    Would the two phones harmonize with one another? Perhaps they'd come along to the tune of the Avett Brothers' "Live and Die"? You and I, we're the same. Live and die, we're the same. Actually, the chorus does have a harmony, now that we think about it. But they're not the same, as much as they look it. For one, the edges found on the S6 are more rounded on the the S7. The Galaxy S7 can be seen in freshwater, down to 1.5 meters for 30 minutes, while the Galaxy S6 has to stay on terra firma. That's the power of an IP68 rating. Better battery life and the microSD card slot makes a return on ...

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    This is about the only context where putting a cap over a cover makes a lick of sense. Samsung seems to be making a lot of it in general this year with its debut of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge along with the Gear 360. Another product to get the mobile photo buffs out in the world all giddy is the Galaxy S7 Lens Cover. It comes in the form of a rather plain case that subtly invokes a camera grip to really seal the aesthetic deal. The actual lenses that go along into the threaded socket on the S7's camera? They pin down two viewing extremes: a telephoto lens and a fisheye one. And they ...

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    When you stick with a certain design year-over-year, you get a few certain advantages. Samsung knew it had to take the time to make the changes it knew had to happen from the Galaxy S6 line of flagships. According to Michael Fisher, it did. The Galaxy S7 retains last year's glassy metallic slab, but the curved backplate a la Note 5 makes a difference in the hand. It can also handle a pool just fine, thank you, with its IP68 resistance rating. We've been talking about a split of processing power up to this launch event: some countries will see an S7 with a Snapdragon 820 while others will ...

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    Fewer seams make for a better impression, it seems. The Galaxy S7 edge actually lost a few edges when making its transmogrification from the Galaxy S6 edge. That means that picking up this slightly larger phone will definitely leave you a different thought about how you would go about carrying this 5.5-inch phone. The aluminium rim gets shrunken as the back now also curves up to meet the front-facing panel that does the major curving. All in all, the rough places have been made smoother and the S7 edge's profile ends up being like a lozenge. The rest of the phone probably also goes down ...

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    This show floor comparison would rather be a statement of contrasts. The LG G5 was characterised as the V10's successor as opposed to staying within the G-series bloodline. It's thusly that we get not a plastic chassis nor one that can get leatherized, but one of maddening metallurgy that allows for cell antennas to work the magic they do. The darn back cover doesn't exist anymore (it's just part of the body), but storage is still expandable and the battery is still replaceable. Well, the whole bottom part of the G5 is replaceable. We talk more about that here. The G5 shrinks down from ...

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