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    Apple's apocalypse/demise/plateau has firmed up enough for the time being to give Samsung the biggest portion of the US smartphone market. At least, it was the case back in March. Counterpoint Research reports that Apple had 23 percent market share, short of Samsung's 28.8 percent. It's the first monthly win for Samsung in 11 months and signals that the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 edge did indeed have great first-month results, especially when pitting them against the Galaxy S6's sales. Rounding the top five are LG (17.1 percent), ZTE (6.6 percent) and Alcatel (4.5 percent). Global ...

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    The LG G Stylo has a sequel — and it has a bunch of names to go along with it. LG Stylus 2? LG G Stylo 2? Cricket Wireless says "LG Stylo 2, please" as it prepares to take the phone into its lineup. The LG Stylo 2 is nearly identical to the G Stylo — a mid-range 5.7-inch phablet with with all the (now-deprecated) features of LG's stylus-enhanced software. Sure, it's not the sharpest display around at 720p, but it's running with Android Marshmallow and a 3,000mAh battery. And while $169.99 sounds like a decent price for the package — plus a $50 bill credit for new sign-ups (or a $100 ...

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    While some might find the modular angle gimmicky, poorly executed or simply insufficiently compelling, there’s no denying the LG G5 is an outstanding slab of silicon. Is it better than the Samsung Galaxy S7 or HTC 10 though? That’s a tricky question many Android power users likely chose to resolve with the help of price comparisons, discounts and bundle deals, the vast majority ultimately going the GS7 path. But G5 BOGO arrangements and “Friends” offers are also starting to pile up, whereas an eBay merchant selstling the dual SIM factory unlocked H860N model comes extremely close ...

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    Android distribution numbers are out for the previous month and it seems like platform stratification has started to unwind just a bit. Out of the 11 APIs recognized, seven lost share while Marshmallow was the only version of the OS to grow in share. Lollipop is still the largest contingent in the space with 35.6 percent of the pie while KitKat, experiencing the largest loss for the month, is holding onto second place with 32.5 percent share. Marshmallow is still behind the 20.1 percent that Jelly Bean had, but it ate up all of the other versions' losses with a near 3 point gain to 7.5 ...

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    As clunky as the user interface is, one of the joys of using LG's software atop Android is the fact that you can adjust the height of your keyboard. Feel like going two-handed? Make it short. One-handed day? Make it tall. You just had to use an LG phone to get this magic out of the box. But you aren't limited anymore as Google Keyboard has made the big change in providing five height options in the settings menu for the keyboard. It's not as convenient as dragging the top edge of the keyboard to whatever height you'd like, but it's a start and it's nice to see it included in a full point ...

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    Your mother may not understand what you're talking about when she asks for Wi-Fi help. But if you do love her, she does deserve a little appreciation and more than just a couple texts a year. Then again, if you have retail holiday fatigue, you might want to avoid the carriers this week. T-Mobile is one of the networks trying to juice up its sales for mother's sake. It went through some major price cuts on the Galaxy Note 5, LG V10 refurbs and G Stylo 2, and sure, there's the typical discount blast for accessories ranging from floral cases to beet-dyed Beats merchandise. Get ready, though, ...

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    Fingerprint sensors became bog standard on high-end phones last year and have crept into less expensive devices this year. But it's been a bit dry in terms of innovating on biometric security. Sure, Qualcomm has its Sense ID tech that enhances print scans with ultrasonic waves, but as far as we know or care, it hasn't been spread around just yet. We may see advanced fingerprint scanning processes get implemented by LG, though, as LG Innotek has debuted an under-glass fingerprint sensor module. The sensor works under a glass depth of 0.3mm and has a false positive rate of once in 50,000 ...

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    With Qualcomm's Snapdragon 200-series catering to the entry-level market and the Snapdragon 600-series moving up to bring the heat in the mid-range, you might think the Snapdragon 430 a chipset without a purpose. Well, LG may put it to good use in a device or two fit for an entry in its K-series. The evidence comes from two Geekbench runs logged in the system showing off two phones with model names LG-K530 and LG-K535 (the LG K10 ran with a partial model name of K420 or K430, depending on region). Both test devices are logged with Qualcomm's MSM8937, code for the Snapdragon 430 — eight ...

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    In case you weren’t aware, Mother’s Day is fast approaching (May 8, save the date), and hip moms out there are probably expecting a little more than flowers this year. Luckily, T-Mobile comes to your rescue with a bunch of time-limited smartphone deals, and there’s something to be had for every budget. Looking to spare no expense, and get one of the world’s best Android phablets from the “Uncarrier”? Magenta will hook you up with an instant $60 Samsung Galaxy Note 5 discount after promo code DEAL60, also letting you pair the S Pen-capable 5.7-incher with a half off Galaxy Tab A ...

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    Should you upgrade from the LG G4 to the spanking new, modular G5? How about from the nearly two year-old G3? Any self-respecting Android power user would yell out a resolute “hell, yeah” to at least the latter question, but the truth is you can probably hold on to the LG G3 a while longer without worrying of critical system lag and stuff like that. It’s getting a little long in the tooth hardware-wise, we won’t deny that, but as far as software goes, it’s just as up-to-date as both the G4 and G5. Now on AT&T and T-Mobile in addition to Verizon and international unlocked ...

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    Samsung and LG managed to sync up their latest quarterly financial reports, probably unintentionally, and both Korean tech giants have reason to be proud of how much money they earned overall between January and March. Strictly from a mobile point of view however, Q1 2016 wasn’t a rosy period for the nation’s eternal number two, which saw its division sales and operating income take big hits on lack of innovation, noteworthy new releases and high G5 marketing expenses. The LG G5, mind you, only launched commercially on April 1, so it’s not technically to blame for its maker’s ...

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    It may seem like a dull period for smartwatches with nothing exceptionally big, new and inspiring having appeared this trade show season — though major releases targeting women were needed to bring them into the market. Maybe our editorial attention spans were just too short after having to inspect over a year-long parade of smartwatches. But this is a growth market and research firms have the metrics to confirm it. Strategy Analytics measured 4.2 million total shipments for this past winter quarter, 223 percent better than the 1.3 million in the period last year. 2.2 million — or 52 ...

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    For a smartphone dating all the way back to 2013, the Nexus 5 still holds a special place in the hearts of a good number of Android users, and while it's clearly been surpassed by more powerful Nexus hardware, some recent hot deals on the phone have managed to keep it in our thoughts. But for as much as the Nexus 5 did right, it was never a phone that fared well for users with big data needs: with no microSD expansion (well, not without a separate mod), and only 16GB and 32GB storage options, it might not be long before you found yourself uninstalling old apps to free up space. Google and ...

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    While LG’s proprietary Android skin has never been the worst out there, actually bringing a number of nifty software add-ons to the table and keeping stock modifications to a relative minimum, we’re certain some OS purists would still love to be able to load up a 100 percent vanilla Marshmallow package on the G4 or G5. Or maybe you’d just like to be free to customize the two phones’ UI at will. Well, that’s doable now without jumping through too many hoops, or downloading shady unlocking tools from obscure developer forums. To be fair, an official bootloader unlock guide has been ...

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    Could we be looking at double-digit share for Android 6.0 in distribution numbers before long? You’d think it’s about time, with the first Marshmallow OTA packages available for Nexus devices as far back as October 2015, and build N inching closer and closer to its own release. Unfortunately, last we heard from Google, there were still less than 5 percent of the world’s Androids on the newest OS flavor, so getting to 10 might actually take another few months. Then again, more and more immensely popular phones are updated to M, including on more and more major US carriers. Today’s a ...

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    It’s no longer a big secret Apple had a much worse year-opening calendar quarter than usual, as iPhone 6s demand uncharacteristically contracted worldwide and its number one rival was smart enough to prematurely launch a new Android flagship duo. But according to Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, the early March Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge rollout didn’t drive sufficient new adoption for Samsung handhelds in general for the Korean OEM to beat Cupertino on the latter’s home turf. It was close, though ultimately, iPhones took the lion’s share of January – March US activations, ...

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    Update: The podcast is up now and will be sent out at 3pm Eastern on Friday. The HTC 10 makes us wonder if any phone can really be perfect. Galaxy Note 6 rumors are building steam. What might we see on Samsung's next phablet? With the flagship phone market maturing, we'll take a look at why people are waiting longer to upgrade their phones? We've been hard at work covering news stories and producing the next generation of phone reviews. We recently started a new series of videos delving deeper into camera performance and phone comparisons, and of course we'll be tackling your questions and ...

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    For a company unimpressed by Apple’s recent return to compact 4-inch handheld designs, and certain it can beat the competition’s “same-old technology” with radically different weapons, LG sure seemed fixated on the iPhone SE when it trademarked the G5 SE name. But it turns out this is little more than a branding coincidence after all, as subsequent rumors suggested, and the LG G5 se and iPhone SE couldn’t be more different. The former, with the subdued lowercase letter moniker, just surfaced with absolutely no fanfare on its manufacturer’s Russian website, carrying the H845 ...

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    Yes, we know the modular LG G5 and water-resistant Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are all Android power users can think about these days, but do you also happen to remember a little 2015 flagship by the name of LG V10? Sure you do, and there’s still nothing little about it. Granted, it’s not LG Friends-compatible, and it only features the one rear-facing camera, but on the plus side, it’s large, robust, and it’s got that secondary “ticker” display to squeeze the most out of its respectable 3,000 mAh battery. Why aren’t more people considering a V10 purchase then? Well, ...

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    What a difference one year makes... Over 2015 LG landed critical praise after launching phones like the G4 and the V10. While the G Flex 2 was caught up in the performance issues surrounding the Qualcomm 810, LG handled their following phones gracefully, extracting as much power as they could from the lower end Qualcomm 808. HTC struggled to find its footing after the launch of the One M9, a phone also poorly received due to performance concerns and for including a "good" camera against some truly great photography competitors. Later that year they also tried to utilize a lower power ...

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    Silicon powerhouse it is, Qualcomm actually had to fend off a decline in revenue this quarter — this despite a decently performing Snapdragon 820 chipset and some popular mid-range SoCs in the 600-series. Revenues for the quarter ending March 27 came up to $5.6 billion, a 19 percent decline year-over-year. It was able to score an 11 percent gain in net income, up to $1.2 billion, but only thanks to a sale of wireless spectrum in the UK that netted the company more than $380 million — the earnings statement recognizes $200 million of that sale. Chip shipments dropped 19 percent to 189 ...

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    The congestion of the worldwide smartphone market has been anticipated by analysts for a long time now, and you can almost notice it with the naked eye these days. Whether we’re talking Android devices or iPhones, upgrades happen at a slower pace than before, and driving new adoption is mission impossible, as billions of people already own intelligent handhelds. The best most major OEMs can thus hope for this year is share and sales stagnation, with perhaps a handful of rising Chinese stars looking at growth on both fronts. Overall, the market has begun to contract, and global shipments ...

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    It seemed like LG was really about to hit 2016 out of the park, but so far, it hasn't been the kindest of unwindings for the G5, its modular nature and not to mention one of its Friends. But hey, at least we now know what's up with said Friends and where to get them as LG has launched a dedicated site featuring them. You'll mostly find that the site directs you to retailers where you can buy the modules. A "Playground" section will be populated with neat tips, tricks and reviews and there will be real-life events centered around the Friends, too. The company is encouraging tinkerers to ...

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    Maybe the Snapdragon 820 is actually the beast we all make it out to be. Maybe the Exynos 8890 kicks constant butt? Maybe we should give dues to the Apple A8 ... what? Okay, so forget the amazing Geekbench and GFXBench scores and blah blah blah we've seen because that stuff can be gamed. Like, we've seen it gamed. Many times. Gizmodo decided to give this spring's big Android smartphone releases and iPhones of new and old a big test. In fact, the outlet rolled its own by running tests on Gamebench, a benchmarking app that measures FPS, CPU, GPU and energy consumption performance through ...

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    Summer's coming, and for a lot of us that means lots of opportunities to find ourselves separated from our hard-earned cash: vacations, concerts, dining out – hell, even air-conditioning bills. So if the looming season has you thinking that you should try and save some money while you can, we may have just the deals for you. After all, living on a budget shouldn't mean that you totally deprive yourself of some techy toys, and today we've got a couple of deals that can hook you up with that tech without breaking the bank. If you're looking for the lowest price in town on the Nexus 5X, ...

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