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    How do you get online when you travel? Well, with your smartphone, obviously, but when there's heavier lifting to be done, a lot of us rely on the personal hotspots our phones can generate, turning their cellular data connections into WiFi signals the rest of our personal electronics can connect to. As if smartphone users didn't face enough obstacles against easy hotspot creation from carriers (not to mention the companies behind mobile platforms being all too willing to help carriers enforce their hotspot limits), businesses with no direct stake in the smartphone market have been getting ...

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    With 2014 on its way out, smartphone companies everywhere are getting ready to introduce their 2015 models, and we're doing our best to anticipate as many of these as we can in advance. Last week we checked out what looked to be the latest sign of Samsung's work on its flagship Galaxy S6, but there are also plenty of other Galaxy models we're hoping to see launched in the weeks and months to come, including Galaxy A, E, and J-series devices. Now we've got one more to add to that growing list, as we catch wind of Samsung's model SM-G430. The first sign of the G430 appeared in those lovely ...

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    The launch of the Lumia 1320 was clearly overshadowed by its sibling, the Lumia 1520. Surely the Lumia 1320 was intended to be a mid-tier phablet for those in need of a big display on a tight budget, but that doesn't change the fact that the spec differences with the Lumia 1520 made some users prefer to pay the extra cash. We've heard rumors of Microsoft's smartphone plans for 2015, and today we learn more about the successor of the Lumia 1320. For the purpose of this post, we'll dub this smartphone the Lumia 1330, even if that data isn't yet confirmed. New leaks claim that this device ...

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    Last month Nokia dropped a bit of a bombshell: while the company's sale to Microsoft of its devices and services division precludes it from releasing a smartphone under its own name for the immediate future, the remaining Nokia crew seized upon one heck of a loophole, allowing them to launch an Android tablet – the Nokia N1. The 2K-res 4:3 tablet sure reminded us enough of slates like the iPad Air 2 or HTC Nexus 9, but the Nokia N1 had one big advantage over those guys: a price tag that came out to the equivalent of just about $250. We heard to expect the N1 to first go up for sale ...

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    Google's launch of Android One had the purpose of serving emerging markets with a fluid Android experience on entry-level hardware, and at the same time relieving OEMs of the need to worry about the software experience. At the moment, the Android One initiative was only available in India as its launch country, and we've heard of different OEMs like Micromax, Spice and Karbonn jumping on board. If you're wondering when Android One smartphones will reach your country, more news emerge today. Google has just made it official that Android One is expanding its reach to Bangladesh, Nepal and ...

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    If there's one thing LG might like even more than releasing new mobile devices, it's filing trademarks for their names. Sure, all companies have their trademarks, but we end up hearing about a lot of new LG gear for the first time from such filings, and often with names that also give us a solid hint at just what sort of devices these might be. Already this year alone, we've seen such trademarks for unreleased smartwatches, a possible phablet, and maybe even the next G Flex. Now we've got one new name to add to that growing list, with LG trademarking the G Pad X. To refresh your memory a ...

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    Just as with mobile payments and a ton of other services, Apple wasn't first in allowing third-party keyboards to work on its iOS products. Apple's stock iOS keyboard isn't as bad as some stock Android keyboards we've tested, but it's always good to give people options to choose what better solves their particular needs. The biggest problem is that third-party keyboards on iOS are sluggish, and it seems that Apple also wants them to become less functional. Nintype has become very famous because of all the added functionality that the developer has envisioned you would like in a keyboard. ...

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    Even though Apple didn't invent mobile payments, we all know that Cupertino is famous for arriving late at certain markets and making these take off. Google has struggled for years to make Google Wallet famous, and even if the service still exists, we rarely see any improvements over the already failed market strategy. Google's failure in mobile payments, and the reluctance of certain retailers over Apple Pay made us skeptical over its possible success at launch, but it seems that there's not need to worry. Reports already claim that Apple Pay was able to claim 1% of the digital payment ...

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    Google rounded-out last week by making its latest system software available for the 2012 Nexus 7. The tablet was in need of an update, having seen the Nexus 9, Nexus 10, and 2013 Nexus 7 all get their Android 5.0.1 updates while it was still on 5.0. But that's not what it got at all, and instead we saw Google drop the tablet's factory image for Android 5.0.2. With no formal announcement, we were left in the dark as to just what the presence of 5.0.2 meant, and how it might differ from 5.0.1. Now we're starting to put the pieces together, as a series of AOSP commits reveal what happened ...

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    For the past week now, we've been talking about issues the Lumia 535 has been having with its touchscreen, and while it sounded quite annoying, we were relieved to hear that Microsoft had acknowledged the problem and was developing a fix. By Friday, we had heard that the fix was nearly ready to go out, and users could expect to start seeing it arrive shortly before the end of the month, on December 27. As it turns out, you may not even have to wait that long, and today Microsoft confirms that its new Lumia 535 update is rolling out to users now. Sure enough, the touchscreen fix is in, and ...

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    CES 2015 isn't but two weeks away at this point, and we couldn't be more excited for all the hardware we'll be going to Vegas to see first-hand. The companies involved are starting to warm up their PR machines to give us an early taste of what to expect, and this week we begin with a short teaser clip from ASUS, giving us a quick peek at a new ZenPhone. Back at the start of the year, ASUS brought a trio of ZenPhone models to CES, but all were pretty standard handsets without any eye-catching features. We've been expecting at least one new model for 2015's show, and this teaser appears to ...

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    Soon we'll be reflecting on some of the memorable moments in mobile tech this year, and beyond picking out our favorite devices, we'll also be thinking about those that really managed to disappoint. And while that list will include all sorts of smartphones that we expected more from, at least most of those will be handsets that actually came out – unlike the first Tizen phone. Because while the Samsung Z was announced all the way back in June, its release plans quickly fell apart. Word was that even that upset wouldn't be the last we heard of Tizen, and for the past couple months now ...

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    We're just about one month away from the next Project Ara dev conference, where Google is sure to have plenty to announce about its work towards the first commercially focused, highly modular smartphone hardware platform. We got a little taste earlier this month as imagery of the next-gen Ara prototype board was published, and this week Google's got some more Ara details to share, as it reveals what sort of processor options are in the works for Ara. You might remember old talk about Toshiba chips for Ara, but that's not the phone's main SoC: instead, Toshiba has crafted the silicon making ...

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    The Galaxy S6 doesn't have much competition when it comes to being the Samsung Android we're most looking forward to launching, but it's far from alone on the list of Samsung smartphones we're expecting to see announced in the months to come. The manufacturer still needs to go official with the Galaxy A7 (following the debut of the A3 and A5 earlier this year), and we've also seen signs of some E-series phones. Now there's what could be the start of another letter-based smartphone family, as we hear about Samsung's plans for a Galaxy J1 (no, not the old Galaxy J). Whereas those E models ...

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    We were only just starting to see Android 5.0.1 hit the last stragglers of the Nexus family: this past Monday, the Nexus 5 finally saw its OTA incoming. And with that, all the Nexus phones that would be getting the update had access to it, following earlier availability for many Nexus tablets. But the weeks that follow the release of a major Android update like Lollipop are ones that are inevitability chaotic, full of devs scrambling to correct little issues that made it through the cracks or deliver features that weren't quite fully-baked at launch time – this is what leads to things ...

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