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    One of the recent trends surrounding Samsung Galaxy S6 rumors in recent days has been the discovery of numerous images from case manufacturers, attempting to design cases that will be compatible with the upcoming flagship. If we're to believe that these efforts are based on some advance knowledge of the hardware's design, there are already details about the GS6 they've been able to tell us, like the repositioning of the phone's flash and hear rate sensor. But now a new find attempts to do all those one better by providing us with the specific figures some of these case makers have been ...

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    Last year, LG was one of the first big smartphone OEMs to bless its flagship model with a quad HD 2560 x 1440 display. In the time since, more and more manufacturers have come around to the idea of such crazy-high-res screens, and we're bound to see quite a number of these handsets among this season's launches. Rumors had even suggested that LG would return to a quad HD panel for the upcoming G4. But smartphone makers are rarely companies to leave well enough alone, and this week we get our first indication that LG could be looking to push beyond even quad HD, giving the G4 an unparalleled ...

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    Last fall, we saw Jolla turn a new page for both itself and Sailfish OS, stretching beyond its smartphone to test the waters of the tablet market as it attempted to crowdfund an affordable Sailfish OS-powered tablet: the aptly-named Jolla Tablet. Despite the platform's relative obscurity in the eyes of the mainstream mobile customer, Jolla quickly saw the cash pour in, with backers eager to support the company's vision. Now it's giving you a second shot at snagging one of these guys, opening funding at a new level for a 64GB edition of the Jolla Tablet. The original tablet was a 32GB ...

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    OnePlus and Cyanogen have seen many bumps in the road with their relationship. First it was Cyanogen disagreeing with a contest run by the company (largely seen as sexist). Then it was the India fiasco, when Cyanogen left OnePlus in a tough spot following a deal with Micromax to have exclusive access to the company's operating system in the country. So OnePlus grew sick of it, and now the company is developing its own ROM to reduce its dependence on what the flagship One shipped with. Today, after running a contest to try to gather a group of possible names, OnePlus has officially ...

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    Being able to modify anything in Windows Phone isn't really something easy, but then again, that doesn't apply to the lock screen. You have some really cool options provided by the Microsoft Weather app, Facebook and even the current Beta of Instagram. In that same fashion, there are third party apps that can take the experience to a whole new level, and one of the best ones just saw an update. Tetra Lockscreen just saw a major update today, and is now available on the Windows Phone Store. The improvements include features like weather data on the lock screen, but the full list mentions: ...

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    Microsoft hasn't found the amount of success it wanted to see in mobile. Windows Phone is still just 3% of the mobile market, and even with its moves in acquiring Nokia's mobile division, the company is still struggling to re-invent itself internally. You could assume that Microsoft's interests in Android are low, given how the company killed the Nokia X project, but it seems these plans have changed. Microsoft is apparently going to invest a minority share of $70 million in Cyanogen, leaving what was once a simple ROM alternative, into a company that's now worth hundreds of millions. No ...

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    The final release of Windows 10 is still months and months away, but Microsoft is happy to give users eager for a preview an early look at the operating system. The PC preview has been out for a while now, and for the past few weeks we've been anticipating the start of a similar preview for phones. Earlier this month Microsoft started prepping for its release by publishing its Phone Insider app, and at the Windows 10 event last week, the company confirmed its intention to make that preview available in February. As we approach that release, Microsoft is updating the Insider app, giving it ...

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    The parade of companies announcing the details behind their latest financial performance continues on this evening, following the reports we've already seen out of Apple, Samsung, LG, Microsoft, and more. Now it's Google's turn to let everyone see how it's been doing, as it releases numbers for not just the past quarter, but also 2014 as a whole. Quarterly revenue hit $18.1 billion, up from $16.86 billion during the same period one year prior. Net income was at $4.76 billion, also up from 2013's Q4, which only made Google $3.38 billion. Looking at the full year, Google saw revenue of $66 ...

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    Apple and Samsung may be out of the court room with all the patent disputes, but it seems that both companies continue to compete at something. For the longest time, Samsung has overshadowed Apple in smartphone sales, and that does make sense since Samsung serves every single market segment, while Apple only focuses on the higher-end. That being said, even with all the logic behind Samsung's success, it seems that reality is about to change very soon. Both Strategy Analytics and even the IDC are already revealing their worldwide smartphone figures, and it turns out that Samsung's ...

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    Starting a couple weeks back, HTC's been pushing Android 5.0 Lollipop updates out to more and more of its One M8 handsets. Following initial availability for dev units and unlocked models, yesterday we learned that mass distribution was underway for the One M8 in Europe. That marked a huge number of new users who suddenly saw their One M8s gaining access to the update, and HTC's momentum isn't slowing down now. Less than 24 hours later, that update's starting to make its presence felt on North American shores, as we get word One M8 Lollipop updates are descending upon Canada. HTC Canada ...

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    The Saygus V2 emerged as one of the surprise hits of CES 2015, interesting because of its solid hardware and the presence of dual microSD expansion slots, which when coupled with the phone's own 64GB internal storage, and a pair of 128GB microSD cards, outfits the phone with an impressive 320GB of data capacity. In the time since, Saygus had begun taking pre-registration for the smartphone in advance of full-on pre-orders, promising to share those details today. Sure enough, we've now got the full scoop on V2 pre-orders, getting underway this coming Monday. Saygus had earlier revealed that ...

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    A few years ago, anybody would've believed that Samsung's growth momentum was invincible. The Korean giant not only managed to make more profit than many of its competitors combined, but it is still the biggest cellphone seller in the world. That said, we do know that the company has struggled in its sales figures over the last couple of quarters, and it seems things aren't getting better. A day after Apple announced that its $18 billion in quarterly profit broke even the ExxonMobil record set back in 2012, Samsung's profits continue to plummet. Samsung is barely reporting 5.3 trillion Won ...

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    Tim Cook spent a good amount of time yesterday telling us how well the iPhone was performing in sales over the last quarter. One interesting point he made during the conference call, is that more Android users had switched to iOS with the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, than ever before, something hard to believe at a time when Android is still dominant in market share. If you're wondering if these words hold true, some analytics firms did so too, and have just published a study. Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) have just released a some numbers regarding the switch ...

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    So much of our discussion of the Galaxy S6 has focused on hardware – whether that's choice of SoC, external design, or support for accessories – that's its tempting to gloss over the software that will ultimately run on the upcoming Samsung flagship. After all, shouldn't it be pretty predictable by now: recent Android build, spruced-up version of TouchWiz, and you're done? Well, maybe not, and a recent report suggested that Samsung could be trying something radical for TouchWiz on the GS6, seriously trimming the fat in an effort to approach Nexus-like levels of low UI overhead. Now a ...

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    Last week's Windows 10 event brought us the latest preview of not just Microsoft's direction for the next evolution of its operating system, but also of some of the key software titles that users will be working with. That means a lot of members from the Office family of products, and while this software may call Microsoft's own platforms home, the company's been working towards making more and more of these titles available for users of other mobile ecosystems. Today Microsoft makes the next step in such efforts, taking the Android tablet versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint out of ...

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    Samsung continues in its efforts to get virtual reality hardware into the hands of the smartphone-using public, and this week Best Buy retail stores began carrying the Galaxy Note 4 accessory. And while the Note 4 may be the current cream of Samsung's crop, we're not too far away now from the launch of the company's next flagship device, the Galaxy S6. We've talked a lot about possible GS6 hardware, including accessories that might come in the form of interchangeable back panels, but what about a VR accessory? Will Samsung grant the GS6 with the ability to work with something like the Gear ...

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    The he-said-she-said rumor war over reported problems with Qualcomm's next-gen Snapdragon 810 SoC is starting to feel like it's going to keep on going until 810-based phones are finally in the hands of consumers and we can start putting this SoC through its paces. And with LG set to release G Flex 2 sales upon South Korea as of tomorrow, that day should be here soon enough. But until it arrives, we've got at least one more twist on this story to bring your way, as LG expands upon earlier comments it made about the 810's performance. Just about one week ago an LG exec made some public ...

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    Before Microsoft took over Nokia's mobile division, we spent a good amount of time praising the the once cellphone giant for its efforts with the Lumia smartphone lineup. The Lumia designs were both bold and futuristic, but what really stood these smartphones apart from the competition is the enhanced camera experience that we began to test with devices like the Lumia 920 and the Lumia 820 a few years ago. The successors to these smartphones have been in the market for a few months now, and dubbed as the Lumia 930 and Lumia 830 respectively. We've already spent a good deal of time covering ...

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    It's one of those times of the year again where every company lines up to report their quarterly earnings, along with various other metrics laced with investor-centric jargon. The latest company to do so is LG, having just put on display its numbers for the 2014 fiscal year. LG 2014 earnings information is available for all parts of the South Korean company, but of course, we're focusing on the mobile sector, which happened to fare very well. The LG Mobile Communications Company brought in about USD$14.26 billion in revenue, which is an increase of 16 percent over 2013. This growth is ...

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    Even as we ease into flagship season in 2015, one of 2014's best phones remains a great buy. Google's Nexus 6 made in collaboration with Motorola was quite a beast when it launched, and it remains one now, though availability has been limited. Should you be wanting to snag yourself one now – perhaps after the long delays faced trying to order from Google Play – there hasn't been a better time to do it yet. There's a new T-Mobile Nexus 6 deal available now, knocking down the phone's price pretty substantially. If you use the promotional code "NEXUS6DEAL" when purchasing the phone off ...

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    Here we are months after Google's official release of Lollipop code to the Android Open Source Project, and yet updates to the newest version of Android remain rare. HTC, however, has been at the forefront of the development that has occurred, updating its unlocked One M8 models within 90 days of the source code dropping as promised. Since then, updates have been slowly making it to other One M8 models, and today we've received word from multiple sources that the European HTC One M8 Lollipop update has also begun its official rollout. The news was first shared by HTC's Communications lead ...

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    When you're not a major mobile operating system, getting attention from hardware manufacturers can be tricky. To a degree, that's true for Firefox OS, but it's still managed to find some love from big names: Sony's experimented with the platform, ZTE's delivered Firefox OS phones, and we just saw LG build that cool transparent model for Japan. Now we've got another OEM who may be thinking about joining the Firefox OS party, as HTC is tipped to be experimenting with the platform on its own lineup. We've talked about HTC and Firefox OS before, but only in the context of independent efforts ...

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    Motorola introduced its extremely affordable Moto E back in the middle of last May, and by the end of the year, we already found ourselves talking about plans for a possible sequel. Word was that the phone would see its screen grow by a tiny amount, and maybe even make the step up from a 200-series Snapdragon SoC to one in the 400 family. However, despite that source claiming that Motorola would launch the new Moto E soon, we've seen a couple months pass without any launch, nor much in the way of further rumors. Now a newly-leaked render may provide the next piece in the second-gen Moto E ...

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    What chips will be at the heart of Samsung's Galaxy S6, expected to launch in just a matter of weeks? We're used to seeing a two-tiered approach, with Samsung splitting its production run between models running its own Exynos SoCs, and those powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon chips. But this year, amidst rumors of Snapdragon 810 fabrication and performance issues, there's been talk that Samsung could forgo Qualcomm's involvement entirely and commit to using its Exynos chips across all SKUs. We looked at just such a rumor yesterday, and while nothing's yet official, some new information from ...

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    The issue of app availability across platforms found itself in the news again last week, as BlackBerry CEO John Chen made a (by many accounts misguided) plea in the name of net neutrality to legally force developers and content providers to bring their work to his platform. We discussed the issue at some length on the Pocketnow Weekly podcast, where Editorial Director Michael Fisher offered evidence of the app gap on another platform, pointing out how Chase was in the middle of pulling the plug on its Windows Phone app. As it turns out, Chase isn't the only financial institution leaving ...

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