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    Huawei just launched its flagship P8 and P8max, but we already find ourselves looking to what's coming up next from the smartphone manufacturer. Rumors have suggested that the company's planning to introduce a new mid-range model next week, tipped as the Honor 4C. But if the latest leak is right, that's just part of what it's working on, and we could actually be seeing the launch of a trifecta of new devices. Instead of just the Honor 4C alone, now we're hearing that Huawei may also introduce an Honor 4C Note and Honor 4C Max, purportedly all pictured above. The Honor 4C itself is supposed ...

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    Cyanogen has been taking some big steps ever since the group formally incorporated itself and graduated from being some custom ROM enthusiasts to a company doing business with some major manufacturers. That's led to devices like the Oppo N1, OnePlus One, and Yu Yureka. As we wait to see what's next from Cyanogen, it's teasing a mysterious project on social media – so what could it be? The above image arrived this afternoon alongside the note “Cooking up something new in the lab” with the hashtags “EarlyStages” and “TopSecret.” What's the focus supposed to be here? The ...

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    Apple may have backed off from April 24 as the formal availability date for the Apple Watch, but with shipments already hitting customer doorsteps, the era of the Apple smartwatch has unquestionably arrived. While many of you will be content to slap the wearable on your wrists and go about enjoying it as Apple intended, the crew over at iFixit had slightly different aspirations for their Apple Watch, and have sacrificed a shiny new Apple Watch Sport to tear it open and see what makes it tick. Smartphones may already be marvels of modern micro-engineering, but smartwatches sure manage to ...

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    With the Sony Xperia Z3 returning to T-Mobile shelves, we've been thinking about phones with short-lived lifespans (even with the Z3 dodging the bullet in this case). We may soon have a new one to add to that list, with the arrival of as-of-yet unsubstantiated reports that Microsoft is in the process of shutting down its Lumia 830 operations in preparation for the arrival of the phone's successor. The Lumia 830, as you may recall, launched back at the beginning of September, during IFA 2014 (just like the aforementioned Z3). Now we're hearing that Microsoft may have already started the ...

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    About three weeks back, T-Mobile appeared to drop the Sony Xperia Z3 from its retail lineup. The phone no longer appeared for purchase on the company's website, and inquiries with the carrier over social media were met with confirmation that “the Z3 is no longer available.” While it was a little odd to see sales being discontinues after just five months of availability, considering expectations of the pending Z4 launch, we were able to see where T-Mobile might have been coming from. Well, the Z4 is now official, but only for Japan. There's word that a global flagship could be coming in ...

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    Google Glass was a grand experiment, but the combination of a wary public and sky-high price tag ended up standing in the way of the wearable becoming the next big thing. But while those initial efforts may have petered out, there's been the promise of bigger, better things from round two – and indeed, we started off this year hearing reports that the Glass project had found new management and would be producing a new Glass headset for release sometime later this year. That idea's since been supported by additional statements from Google, talking in particular about finding ways to make ...

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    Earlier this week we heard some exciting news for Nokia fans, with word that the company wasn't too far off from getting back to making smartphones. The report claimed that 2016 would see Nokia release new smartphone hardware, and while this information came from a pair of “trusted sources,” it fell short of official confirmation. Well, it looks like we didn't have long to wait for that, as Nokia China appears to confirm its intention to develop smartphones for launch next year. Besides giving us this 2016 timeframe, the president of Nokia China also mentions Android as the platform ...

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    What's HTC up to this year with its Butterfly series of Androids? While in the past it's been something like a One-relative with a focus on Asian markets, this year we have the One M9 Plus, which also hits a lot of the same notes we'd expect from a Butterfly model. Indeed, just last month we were checking out some Butterfly 3 rumors that suggested the phone could get a quad HD 5.2-inch display, just like on the One M9 Plus. This week some possible Butterfly 3 specs have been uncovered via benchmark, and while they still share some important similarities with the One M9 Plus, it's starting ...

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    We're in Malta for the IFA Global Press Conference, where manufacturers have gathered to showcase everything from refrigerators to smartwatches. As you know, we're not too big on the appliance side of the scene (Haier's impressive compressorless refrigeration aside) so we were excited to find ZTE's Waiman Lam here with a boatload of mobile offerings to showcase, along with a peek into the company's plans for expansion going forward. First came the metrics. ZTE currently boasts 60 million active users around the globe, having shipped 100 million total devices in 2014 (48 million of which ...

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    The Android tablet landscape has been relatively bare outside of the offerings Google's Nexus program, Samsung, and NVIDIA currently offer, and only one of those companies is focusing on building tablets meant specifically (to some extent) for gaming. Traditional PC companies haven't quite moved into the field, but that all looks to be changing now, with the announcement of an Acer Android gaming tablet launching later this year. The tablet, dubbed "Predator" to match the company's gaming PCs under the same name, is set to launch by the end of 2015. Specifically, it looks like the device ...

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    OneDrive has quickly become one of the most heavily-used productivity tools by many, especially Windows Phone users (considering that it's an app made in Microsoft's offices, after all). That's why every little Windows Phone OneDrive update matters, and why this one is particularly substantive – while it doesn't offer a treasure trove of new features, it does have one feature that's been requested for a good bit. That feature is the inclusion of a transparent Start screen tile to help it look a little nicer when pinned to your Start screen. The inclusion of this new feature obviously ...

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    One weekend separates us from the official unveiling of the LG G4, the company's 2015 flagship, replacing the well received LG G3 from 2014. Despite basically being an unannounced phone, there's a lot we know about the device (actually, there's a lot more we know than what we don't). This is thanks to, on one hand, LG teasing most of its features, and, on the other, thanks to leaks we've seen. Pricing, however, is still a mystery, but according to a recent report, the LG G4 will be priced just like the Samsung Galaxy S6 (which is already a darn expensive phone). Of course, as we've seen in ...

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    We've heard and seen a lot about the upcoming OPPO R7 (allegedly to be unveiled on May 20), including real life images as well as a video showing off the bezel-less design achieved with the help of a curved glass that conceals the edges with its reflections and refractions. We also know to expect a very thin design, a 4.7-inch Full HD screen, an octa-core MediaTek 64-bit MT6795 chipset, and a 20.7MP camera. However, for the first time, we're hearing about a possible fingerprint scanner that might be on-board as well. While you can't see it clearly in the renders above and below, it could ...

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    It's that time again: three months have passed since we last got the chance to check out some Microsoft financial data, and now quarterly figures are once again due. Have the early months of 2015 been kind to Microsoft and its mobile hardware, or will we see evidence of a post-holiday-season slump? Let's waste no more time and get right to the numbers. The good news overall is that revenue is up, even if slimming profit margins mean that Microsoft is keeping less of it. Compared to the same quarter a year ago, revenue's up six percent to $21.7B, but income is down five percent, coming in ...

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    The four-inch iPhone that's been rumored to return to join its now-larger brethren for the next generation of Apple's smartphone hardware may not be happening this year as anticipated – at least not according to the latest analyst report we've seen. But even if that model is still a long way off, could there be hope for another petite iOS device? That's what we're wondering this afternoon as we check out a rumor that Apple's finally getting ready to deliver a new iPod touch, one that could arrive later this year. Considering how long it's been since Apple really updated the hardware of ...

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    Miniaturization has been the name of the evolution game over the last few years as mobile devices are now more powerful that some of the technology currently used in outer Space.The evolution the ARM's RISC-based architecture has been key in allowing the mobile device revolution of the last few years, and according to certain leaks, miniaturization is still a work in progress. A leaked ARM presentation shows us the reference design for ARM processors in the future, and all point to 10 and 16nm CPUs with Greek mythology codenames. Ares would be the high end 10nm core processor with a 1-1.2W ...

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    We've kept a close eye on all the rumors of the Xiaomi Mi 5, which eventually turned into a possible Mi 4i. Today the company finally made the Xiaomi Mi 4i official in an event held New Delhi, and even though for some this might be a step back from the existing Mi 4, that depends what matters most to you. Have a look at these specs, match them with the price tag, and you'll understand why. First of all, the Xiaomi Mi 4i is built on a polycarbonate body and packs an octa-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon 615 processor, which might be a step back in speed from the Snapdragon 801 on the Mi 4, but with ...

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    Windows 10 preview for phones has had a very rocky start when compared to its desktop counterpart. Our initial impressions of the first build weren't very positive, but hey, we do know this is still a work in progress. The problem now lies in its second build not playing well with certain Lumias like the 520, 521, 525 and 526, and even though those problems were solved, another problem just emerged. Microsoft has just admitted that there is still a flaw in Windows 10, and specifically for the new Lumia 640. The Microsoft Support statement pretty much confirms that the same previous flaws ...

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    Apple is famous for owning an insane amount of patents that it hasn't ever used. When it comes to display patents, we even remember a patent the company filed for a flexible display that can emulate a keyboard a few months ago. Today we learn of a new Apple display patent, and this time it focuses on touch. Apple was granted a patent today for a display that makes use of an actuator to vibrate the surface of the glass and even change its temperature, in a way to make users feel that they're touching a particular material. This actuator moves in different directions and at different speeds ...

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    For many, the Apple Watch sold out too early to even allow them to think twice about it. Apple's odd strategy to not sell the Apple Watch on its own stores tomorrow has generated significant controversy, as online stores are not offering shipping times earlier than June. Still, there were some lucky enough to land a timely order for launch date, and some good news have begun to arrive today. Apple has already begun to send shipment alerts to those who were lucky enough to order an Apple Watch on time. As of today, the status for these products appears as "shipped," for the US or ...

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    For a company that released as many smartwatches as it did in 2014, Samsung has seriously slowed things down for 2015. For months now we've been expecting the company to launch its next-gen model, but the early year expo season has passed without the hardware arriving. Rumors have suggested that this next smartwatch, possibly in development as the Gear A, could represent a significant departure from past Samsung designs, ditching a rectangular display in favor of a circular screen. And while so far that's been the subject of rumor and speculation, it's now looking all but confirmed, as ...

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    How does a company like Yahoo stay relevant in a world where we've long moved past the days of manually indexed websites, a world where out-Googling Google at pure search seems like a gargantuan task? Instead of trying to relive past glory, Yahoo instead has its sights set on the future, and in an earnings call this week, CEO Marissa Mayer discussed one of the ways her company intends to do just that, moving into the realm of voice search and personal assistant services. Just like Apple has its Siri, Google its Google Now, and Microsoft its Cortana, Yahoo wants a voice assistant of its ...

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    It may be the one-year anniversary of the launch of the OnePlus One, triggering a symbolic sale over at the manufacturer's site, but that's not the only news happening in the smartphone's world today. Earlier this week we learned that OTA distribution of the CM12S update for the One had been put on ice, ostensibly to introduce a new feature. Today OnePlus and Cyanogen get that update moving back out again, and in doing so offers a slightly different explanation for the initial halt. To hear Cyanogen's Steve Kondik tell it, the main reasons for stopping distribution earlier this week were ...

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    Samsung's Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge are here, and have been for a couple weeks now. And while that means that loads of new owners have already picked up the phones, the experience hasn't been quite complete yet – at least not if you were looking to check out the same immersive 3D stuff Samsung talked about at its GS6 launch event: we still need the Gear VR. Samsung introduced its second-gen VR headset alongside the GS6 and GS6 Edge, a redesigned model to accommodate those smaller displays, while also improving focus depth and strap layout. Now it's nearly finally time when you can ...

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    One year ago, to date, OnePlus announced its first smartphone on April 23, a "flagship killer" One from the "never settle" company. As such, the company is today celebrating its first anniversary, with a small recap of where it all began, and where things are today (of course, with something notable in between). In order to celebrate its first birthday, OnePlus is discounting the One smartphone by $1 (one dollar, or the equivalent in your currency). Of course, you need to look at the gesture, not at the amount (regardless of how affordable the phone is). Additionally, as OnePlus turns one, ...

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