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    Samsung's Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge may be official, but the smart money suggests the story's not done yet for the Galaxy S6 smartphone family. Evidence has been piling up to support the idea of a Galaxy S6 Active, and while we wait to get confirmation on that one, we're hearing about another possible GS6-series handset, as benchmark data might just hint at a possible Galaxy S6 mini. Samsung launched the Galaxy S5 mini (above) last July, so we're coming up on the time of year when a new mini phone might make sense. This new unit is identified by Samsung model number SM-G9198 and reports ...

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    At yesterday's Google I/O keynote address, the company shared the first look at Android M with the world, going over some key features and making the first developer preview releases available for Nexus hardware. Plenty of things we had heard rumored over the past few months made an appearance, like granular app permissions and standardized fingerprint reader support. And while not everything we were hoping for saw confirmation, the availability of the Android M dev preview has revealed that one big unannounced feature is indeed lurking under the surface, as support for split-screen apps ...

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    Yesterday brought us the announcement of Android Pay, Google's new system for integrating mobile payments at a deeper level throughout the company's platform. If you're already a heavy Google Wallet user, it probably sounded pretty good, but some of the details may have given you pause. For instance, Android Pay won't require users to manually start up its app, and instead will go active whenever you unlock your phone. Well, fine, but what if you don't use a lockscreen at all? Will Android Pay still work for you? We're waiting to find out, but now we've got one fewer reason to be ...

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    Have your “friends” been having fun crashing your iPhone all week? The other day we shared with you word of a super-annoying denial-of-service attack that was affecting iOS devices, whereby a specially-crafted text sent to iMessage could crash your iPhone when received. With the potential to be extremely disruptive, we've been on the lookout for a workable fix. Today Apple responds to the issue with word of development on a software update, as well as a workaround that can help restore full system functionality. Apple's formal fix is coming – it just isn't here quite yet, and there's ...

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    At the Google I/O keynote earlier today, Google announced an upgrade we've been looking forward to for a few weeks now, sharing word of the revamped Google Photos. From how you save pictures, to how you search through them, there's a lot changing in this new release, and you're not going to have to wait for Android M to get it. Just hours after its public launch, the new Photos is available now, ready for you to download. While you're free to keep using Drive storage to save full-quality images to the cloud (and counting against your storage allotment), the new Photos introduces a ...

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    Apple Pay has done its fair share of damage when it comes to making mobile payments a thing. Cupertino hasn't necessarily succeeded, but statistics have proven that it has had better luck than Google, in addition to other competitors. We've heard rumors that the service will make it to China and Canada soon, but we also hear of new changes to come. Reports claim that Apple will launch Apple Pay 2.0 at WWDC 2015, even though specifics of what we're getting weren't mentioned. Apple has shown some interest in acquiring certain mobile payment startups, but nothing has been made public yet. ...

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    Apple's Force Touch technology has certainly made a big boom since it became public with the Apple Watch, and Apple's new MacBook. Many of us still find it confusing to determine when an Apple Watch has this command option, but it is cool to have a sort of right-click function on such a small display. We've heard conflicting rumors on this technology reaching the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, mainly because most of these claimed it to be an iPhone 6s Plus exclusive. Trusted supply chain sources now claim that Apple has already made up its mind, and will bring Force Touch to both the iPhone ...

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    Google just got done with its I/O 2015 keynote, and among all the news it had to share, we learned of the coming availability of Android M. We'll be discussing those new features and Android M changes in our upcoming Editorial Roundtable, starting at 4pm Eastern. Before we get to that, though, Google has already made the Android M preview available for you early adapters who just can't wait to get a look at everything that was just announced. As promised, the Android M preview supports the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and the Android TV Nexus Player. As full factory images, installing any of ...

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    Last year at I/O, Google introduced Cardboard, its low-cost 3D viewer for smartphones. Today it's opening the next chapter in the Google Cardboard story, starting off with the announcement of a new viewer. Fan of phablets? The new Cardboard has your name on it, with support for phones with screens up to six inches in diagonal. Input gets improved with the addition of a new physical button that promises to work with any phone under the sun. Assembly is also streamlined, now taking only three main steps, down from a dozen with the original model. Partners are already working on new viewer ...

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    Ever since the old Froyo days, Google Maps has proven to be one of the most useful tools for Android devices. As such, we’ve seen a ton of momentum in how Google updates and brings new services to its Maps application. We really weren’t expecting to see much announced today at Google I/O, but boy were we wrong. On one hand, Google has just announced that its Transit services will now support more cities, like Mexico City, in addition to other cities within India. Now the coolest announcement is that Google Maps will now bring more functionality when offline. At the moment you can only ...

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    We’ve heard a ton of rumors regarding a new Google Photos app, and it finally gets announced today at Google I/O. If you thought that having these services unlinked from Google+ was cool enough, well as it turns out, the news are much broader than just a platform change. Google is seriously doing a lot in order to make this your only photos service, and let’s talk about how. First of all, the focus of this new service is to: 1. Become a home for all your photos and videos available from any device 2. Help you organize and bring your moments to life 3. Make it easy to share and save ...

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    It’s been two years since Google announced its intent to power the Internet of Things, or in other words, to make as many products in your home, smart products. Back then the prototype concept sounded cool and all, but we didn’t really see any of this reach the market. Today we get to see the fruit of Google’s acquisition of Nest with two new announcements in Google I/O. Project Brillo is Google’s new operating system to power “The Internet of Things.” This new OS is based on Android, but is much smaller, less powerful, and more efficient. Obviously a light bulb requires less ...

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    Google I/O is underway, with the day-one keynote streaming now. After getting us started with some of the usual platform stats, Google's not wasting any time getting into the new stuff, and is jumping right in to the Android M developer preview, promising to share six key areas where we'll find improvements over existing releases. First up: app permissions (just as rumored). The new approach is multi-tiered, simplifying permission types while moving the approval process away from installation, and instead having apps ask you the first time you go to use these features. You'll also be able ...

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    Computex Taipei gets started early next week, and while the conference may not be the new-mobile-hardware smorgasbord of MWC or IFA, it does promise to introduce us to some fresh devices. We've been looking forward to new models from ASUS in particular, especially after hearing about a pair of new tablets that could be ready to debut. More than tablets, we could also be looking forward to a new smartphone, as ASUS teases the launch of the handset believed to arrive as the ZenFone Selfie. At least, that may be its name: rumors have sure depicted this hardware as having a pretty capable ...

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    What's a smartphone user got to do to get a cellular plan with unlimited data? Among the big four carriers in the States, your options are pretty limited. Verizon and AT&T stopped selling such plans years ago, meaning if you don't have one already, you're not getting one now. That leaves T-Mobile and Sprint – but for how much longer? Sprint has said time and time again that it won't get rid of an unlimited data option, and so far that's proven true. But now CEO Marcelo Claure is finally talking about change, and warns that the unlimited data gravy train could be about to dry up. ...

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    Sony has unveiled its 2015 flagships; they're called the Xperia Z4 in Japan, and the Xperia Z3+ elsewhere. While every Xperia Z model was an incremental update over its predecessor, something that hasn't changed over generations (Z, Z1, Z2, Z3, Z3+/Z4) is the screen resolution. Sony is using Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution for its flagship smartphone, and that doesn't seem like it will change, despite competitors heavily pushing 2K/Quad HD screens. Sony recently acknowledged that it is still not looking into higher resolution panels for the near future, mainly because it is "difficult to ...

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    The Lenovo Smart Cast projector phone is not the only cool, and futuristic product that the company introduced today at its Beijing event. The Lenovo Magic View dual-screen smartwatch has not one, but two displays; in addition to the main, circular display (that you'll find on any wearable device, granted, in a different shape -- round, square, elongated, etc. -- ) there's a secondary one between the watch face and the strap. It doesn't seem to run Android Wear, according to Lenovo, but will you care after you see what it does? "Virtual Interactive Display" is what Lenovo calls the ...

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    We're no strangers to projector-enabled smartphones: Samsung has (had) two models with the Galaxy Beam and the Galaxy Beam 2. Not that you cared about it. Well, you'll care about this one from Lenovo here, if you're really a geek! Just announced at the Lenovo Tech World Conference, the Lenovo Smart Cast not only projects images, but also projects a touch-enabled keyboard on surfaces. How cool is that? It has an integrated focus-free laser projector and the top part of the phone rotates in order to place a laser projected touch keyboard to the front of the device. There's really no use in ...

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    Right now, the events spotlight in the tech world is mainly on Google I/O, but soon after that event goes down Apple will be ready to counter with an annual developers' conference of its own. Following today's likely unveil of Android M, Apple will almost certainly continue the trend it has set in the past few years, and go official with the newest version of iOS (likely to be dubbed iOS 9). It seems as that pivotal WWDC 2015 keynote time has been set for sure by the company. Apple is expected to reveal a new streaming music service, Mac OS X 10.11, as well as iOS 9 during the keynote – ...

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    Were you one of the many smartwatch fans who backed the Pebble Time when it hit Kickstarter back in February? Tens of thousands of you did, and the first shipments are on their way out this week, with the balance of them set to be in the mail by the middle of next month. But what if missed that early adopter window and didn't contribute to the project while the crowdfunding effort was underway? Worry not, for you'll have your own chance to get a Pebble Time order in soon. In addition to providing that update about shipping to backers, Pebble shares that Pebble Time pre-orders will open to ...

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    Xiaomi is not just one of China's leading mobile device companies, but also one of the most aggressive Android OEMs when it comes to design and product focus. We've kept a close eye on all the rumors regarding the Mi 5 lately, but instead we ended up getting the Mi 4s, which did bring some welcome updates to last year's flagship. Today we learn a little more about why the Mi 5 was delayed, and the reasons seem worth it. First of all we hear that Xiaomi will launch the Mi 5 with a new Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, and that the main reason why the Mi 5 didn't reach the market this ...

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    For a minute there we thought that the Spotlight Stories that were exclusive to recent Motorola smartphones, remained that way because it was a Motorola thing. As it turns out, these augmented reality games were created by Motorola's ATAP division, which was kept by Google after the Lenovo acquired Moto. You can learn more about Michael Fisher's love for these services in his recent After The Buzz of the Moto X 2014, and if you like what you see, here's how to get it. Google has just launched Spotlight Stories as a separate app that's accessible to all Android devices. All three original ...

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    Yota Devices makes some of the most unique smartphone hardware around, giving the YotaPhone 2 a secondary e-ink screen to complement its full-color main display. While we were quite intrigued by that handset when reviewing it earlier this year, a few issues with the implementation and how the phone was presented for sale managed to temper our enthusiasm. Could Yota work out those kinks for its follow-up and deliver a slightly more attractive offering? We heard some early news about what's next from the company a couple months back, and now we've got some new details straight from the ...

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    We've spent the last couple of months covering many rumors regarding future Windows 10 Mobile Lumia flagships in the works. Sadly these haven't gone beyond rumors, something quite unfortunate for a platform that's hungry for flagships. That said most of these rumors coincide with each other so far, so it seems we're close to something good. Yesterday we saw some of the specs we should expect for two Windows Phone flagships that we currently assume to be the Lumia 940 and Lumia 940 XL. Today we hear more about these devices, codename Talkman and Cityman. The specs apparently are exactly the ...

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    Google is not only the most popular search engine in the world, but also the one that's fastest at innovating with new features for users. A really cool service that Android users had exclusively was to get app suggestions whenever they searched for something. For example, getting suggestions to download Yelp whenever users searched for restaurant information. We say, "had exclusively" because the service just expanded, or at least it sort of did. Google has just announced that it'll now give iOS users app suggestions for search queries as well. The only catch is that the service will ...

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