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    Interested in picking up the new OnePlus 2? We don't blame you, and you're hardly alone in your desires; right now, the reservation list for OnePlus 2 invites is over 1.8 million shoppers long. If you weren't among the first to sign up, that can look like a seriously long wait, and people are understandably anxious to see their ranking in the waitlist improve. Some enterprising OnePlus fans have been going to quite some lengths to ensure that happens, attempting to take advantage of the OnePlus referral bonus to improve their ranking via automated methods. In a new post, OnePlus ...

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    For a phone that's still over a week away form making its official debut, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 sure hasn't been keeping a very low profile. And OK, while Samsung hasn't publicly confirmed that the Note 5 is what we're getting at next Thursday's launch event, it doesn't take a genius to pick up on the myriad hints available. Besides hearing a lot about what we can look forward to from the Note 5, we've had multiple opportunities to check out the phone's hardware, thanks to a healthy assortment of leaked pics. Today we look at some of the best, brightest, clearest shots yet, as a new ...

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    In the big-business world of the US cellular market, it's not just sufficient to have more users than your peers: you also need people to know just how big a player you are, capitalizing on every chance you get to assert your position. That's why we saw T-Mobile so eager earlier this year to graduate from fourth place among major US networks to third, moving past Sprint in the process. And while T-Mobile believed it had what mattered to be considered number three at the time, the bookkeeping was a little wonky, and not everyone agreed on just how users should be counted. Well, six months ...

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    Sources may dispute the numbering that will come to Microsoft's next-gen Windows smartphone flagships, but whether we're looking at the 940 series or the 950 series, a steady stream of rumors, now evolved to the point where we're seeing leaks of actual of hardware, has been hard to ignore in establishing that these phones are on their way. And as we look forward to top-shelf hardware like Snapdragon 808 or 810 SoCs, quad HD displays, and 3GB of RAM, a fresh leak attempts to give us maybe the best glimpse yet at one of these handsets, upon the publication of some new images of a Lumia 950 ...

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    Weeks of rumors had suggested Samsung would try something a bit unusual for its big Q3 launches this year, and instead of holding an Unpacked event in concert with the IFA expo in Berlin, the manufacturer would instead introduce its own latest hardware a few weeks early. While we weren't quite sure what to make of this theory initially, late last month Samsung confirmed such plans as it distributed invitations to an August 13 event. As we look forward to seeing all the company has to unveil next week, a new teaser helps spell out what we've all been thinking, making allusion to the ...

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    Hop on over to Motorola's website and you can already engage with the company's Moto Maker tool to start customizing a new Moto G – well, so long as you're not demanding the not-currently-available 16GB/2GB option. But while the third-gen Moto G has found a home with the Moto Maker, Motorola's new flagship Moto X has yet to make a similar appearance. We already have a good idea of what to expect when it does, though, with Motorola showing off a number of custom Moto X Style (Pure Edition here in the States) options when launching the phone last week. Now a new leak attempts to complete ...

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    It's been a week now since OnePlus introduced its second-gen flagship smartphone, the OnePlus 2. With some impressive hardware and pricing that comes in south of $400, the handset's launch is helping to heat-up the battle for affordable Android supremacy – a fight that will see the phone facing fierce competition from the likes of the new Moto X Style. But with all the excitement over the OnePlus 2 it's easy to forget that this isn't the only new smartphone the manufacturer has supposedly been cooking up; back in April we heard that another OnePlus model was in the works for launch later ...

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    How nuts is it that Sony's latest Androids are just hours old at this point, and our attention has already soundly moved on to what's next, as rumors start talking about the company's upcoming IFA event, and our chances of seeing some new flagship-level smartphones. The idea that Sony could be quick to release the Xperia Z5 has already been bouncing around this summer, and suggestions of a possible tie-in with November's new James Bond film might support the idea of a launch in our near future. But just what can we expect from the Z5 in terms of the phone's hardware? A new leak may offer a ...

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    If the launch of the ZTE Blade S6 passed you by without managing to grab your attention, we wouldn't necessarily blame you: the 5.0-inch Android landed with some pretty typical mid-range specs (later joined by a 5.5-inch phablet-sized "Plus" option), though it did manage to arrive with a budget-friendly price tag. So why are we bringing this guy back up today? ZTE is in the middle of delivering a software update to the Blade S6 that give the phone a next-gen feature that's so far been lacking from even much more premium handsets, letting users unlock their phones with an iris scan. The ZTE ...

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    It hasn't even been one week now since Motorola introduced its most recent crop of smartphones, including this year's refresh to the Moto G. While the handset isn't officially arriving as a pair of new editions like the Moto X is this time around, Motorola did introduce one key hardware option for this year's Moto G that effectively splits the phone into two different tiers: the 8GB storage version with its single gigabyte of RAM, and the 16GB Moto G that doubles its RAM capacity to 2GB – a first for the smartphone. Understandably, the chance to score a Moto G that's outfitted with all ...

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    Microsoft may not be the world's most famous smartphone OEM, and particularly after the turn of events with the Lumia division. That said, the company did confirm a solid commitment to the platform, and that we should expect flagship devices later this year. Rumors first started with the Lumia 940 / 940 XL, and then these flipped to Lumia 950 / 950 XL. Now it seems things are flipping again. Sources claim that Microsoft will indeed launch a Lumia 940, Lumia 940 XL and even a Lumia 840 later this year. The Lumia 940 is said to bring a 5.2-inch QHD display, and be powered by a 64-bit ...

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    The amount of leaks surrounding Samsung's future phablet lineup is significant. At this point we already have a press event scheduled for August 13 as well, bringing Apple some heat with its future phablet launch as well. What we hadn't really seen is official photos of these devices, at least until now. Famous tipster Evan Blass has just collaborated with a new photo of Samsung's Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus. This is a press-quality photo, which if not for the odd button drawings on the Note 5, could be considered pretty much the real deal. Blass also hints on the Galaxy Note 5 ...

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    Apple did something differently with the launch of its iPad Air 2, equipping the cell-enabled tablet with a SIM card that was all ready to work with the carrier of your choice – AT&T, T-Mobile, or Sprint – no carrier-specific SIM needed. And while we heard that Apple wasn't too likely to bring a similar feature to the iPhone, it sure got us thinking about Apple, its relationship with carriers, and how its users get their cellular connectivity. Now a new report suggests the company's ambitions are much larger than just a convenient SIM card, and that Apple may end up mirroring ...

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    The launch of the first-generation iPhone didn't just mark the reinvention of smartphones, but also a new concept for voicemail. Visual Voicemail became a thing after this launch as well, even though voicemail as a service continues to decline over the way text messaging has evolved. As such, it seems that Apple is planning another innovation in this department. Sources claim that Apple is working on marrying Siri and voicemail as a hot new feature for iOS 10. Given the fact that voicemail is on decline given its cumbersome experience when compared to text messages, it seems that Apple is ...

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    If there's one thing that Apple is famous for, is for the phrase "thin and light." Cupertino's obsession over thinner ergonomics has sometimes come at a cost of functionality. We have seen the company make a few exceptions with products like the iPad, and as we've followed similar rumors for the iPhone 6s, today we get more proof. We've got two separate leaks that show us how the iPhone 6s will defer from the existing model. One are some CAD drawings from a trusted source that show us how the newer iPhones will be a hair thicker thank the iPhone 6. The changes aren't significant, going ...

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    Nokia's HERE maps and services may not be as popular as Google Maps lately, but that's mainly from a consumer standpoint. These mapping services are already an important backbone to navigation services on vehicles, among other enterprise customers. With rumors of a ton of tech companies like Google and Apple behind acquiring HERE, German automakers decided to step up. As we reported a few days ago, a group comprised of Audi, BMW and Daimler (Mercedes) has just struck a deal with Nokia for HERE. In the report a few days ago, their plan was to create a platform where other automakers could ...

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    Sony's already gotten this week off to a strong start, announcing a pair of Androids that may fall towards the middle of the road with some of their specs, but still manage to deliver some solid camera performance. And while we're happy to see the Xperia M5 and Xperia C5 Ultra go official like this, rumors sure have seemed like they've been hinting at some much higher-end hardware. We still don't know if that means another sooner-than-we'd-expect Xperia Z-series model, or maybe some premium phones with slightly different branding, but one way or another, it's felt like there are still more ...

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    News of plans for Sony's latest smartphone launch only arrived late last week, giving us the heads-up that an announcement was on its way. And while we didn't have much to go on initially, short of hints that we were looking at some high-speed camera hardware, it didn't take long for rumors to zero-in on a pair of handsets likely to take the spotlight: the Xperia C5 Ultra and the Xperia M5. On Friday we got an early look at what to expect, as we saw those two leak in quite a bit of detail, revealing some detailed hardware specs. Today Sony finally makes its official, and it looks likes ...

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    There's a huge mystery surrounding Apple Watch sales, mainly because Cupertino doesn't want to share them. We've seen Tim Cook mention that he's thrilled with the devices performance, but never does he offer numbers to back it up. It seems the thrill isn't real, and today we find some interesting numbers to prove it. Taiwan’s Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc. has hinted that things didn't go so well. This is the company responsible for putting all of the internal parts of the Apple Watch into a case through a process known as system-in-package. Obviously the company knows how much ...

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    The amount of rumors surrounding Apple's idea of bringing Force Touch technology to the iPhone 6 are already part of our daily bread. We don't know exactly how Apple will implement this product without fragmenting the user interface, and specially when we're not all fond of Force Touch in the first place. Today we learn more about it's progress and it seems full steam ahead. TPK is reportedly already entering mass production with its pressure-sensitivity modules, even though the company doesn't want to admit which company these are for. The company is also predicting tremendous growth ...

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    Apple has spent the last couple of years trying to make sapphire a primary component to the iPhone, but so far it hasn't gone beyond the TouchID controls, and the primary camera lens. By now we already know the hole drama with GT Advanced a few months ago, sending Apple's plans to a dramatic halt. We do see the company with some solutions for the current Apple Watch and Apple Watch Edition, but it seems Cupertino has something else up its sleeve. Apple has just patented a new system that considers using sapphire for smartphone displays, but achieving the thinness needed by irradiating the ...

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    Sony's next Xperia launch event looks like it's just days away, with the company preparing for a Monday announcement. The official teasers we've seen haven't helped a lot in identifying the hardware likely to be on the menu, but recent leaks have at least given us some clue as to what we can expect – like that Xperia C5 Ultra that's been pretty extensively revealed with the help of multiple sources. As we wait for Monday's news, we've got an even broader leak to check out this afternoon, outing not just the Xperia C5 Ultra, but also the Sony Xperia M5. Unlike that last depiction of the ...

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    Our first taste of Android M arrived back in the shadow of Google I/O, and shortly after using its keynote address to announce what we could expect from the next version of its operating system, Google made the first Android M preview release available to developers running Nexus hardware. Several weeks later, back around the start of July, Google was ready to follow that up with with the first big update to its Android M preview, and ever since devs have been looking forward to its next release. This week, Google Android Developer Advocate Wojtek Kaliciński gives the community a heads-up ...

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    Even though Apple is geared to continue perfecting its versions of iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan, that doesn't mean that the company has stopped improving what still is active. We've seen a couple of updates come to OS X Yosemite, and iOS 8.4 is a clear example that Apple will continue to kill bugs to its existing products, while the rest are ready. Today we get more information on the progress of these efforts. Apple has just launched beta 2 for iOS 8.4.1 and OS X 10.10.5 to developers. This means that while we continue to wait for iOS 9 and OS X 10.11, Apple is still planning to send us a ...

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    The dual-screened YotaPhone 2 dates all the way back to the early days of 2014, and after a year of waiting, we finally heard back in January that Yota Devices might have friendlied-up with a US carrier and was working to get its phone in stores. Those rumors ultimately didn't pan out, and instead the phone would be sold unlocked through crowd funder Indiegogo – maybe not the most ideal situation, but at least US shoppers would have a chance to get their hands on the phone. Well, that was the plan, at least, but this week we learn that those good intentions have gone to naught, as Yota ...

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