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    Smartphone shoppers have a ton of options when looking for a new phone, but for all the various manufacturers and mobile platforms out there, today's handsets have a bad habit of falling into the pattern of repeating the same old layout. Sure, some OEMs try and mix things up by moving things around, putting buttons on a phone's rear panel or tweaking existing designs, but it's the rare smartphone that really looks like it's doing something markedly different from its peers. Enter: LG and its AKA, a phone with a pair of eyes that change shape based on what you're doing with the handset. ...

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    Those that predicted the fall of Apple after the passing of Steve Jobs might have spent the last couple of quarters frustrated. The company has shown positive growth over the last couple of years, even at times when we all criticized its reluctance to adopt new market trends. Apple has just published its Q4 2014 results, and with numbers that shock Cupertino's own expectations. Apple has just announced that it made a staggering $42.1 billion in revenue, which is up from $37.5 billion in the same quarter last year, and with a net quarterly profit of $8.5 billion, which is also up from $7.5 ...

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    One of the cooler (not to mention most useful) features Motorola brought to the Moto X was the phone's Active Display mode, showing you important notifications without having to first wake the phone. Since then we've seen the feature expand to other Motorola models, and with last week's launch of the Nexus 6, it sure looked like a similar mode was coming along for the ride. At least, the official Nexus 6 specs mention different standby times for whether or not “Ambient Display” is engaged. Now, thanks to a leaked ROM, we're beginning to get the details on how all this works. The ...

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    Two hot technologies find themselves at a crossroads at the moment, as the latest wave of interest in virtual reality hardware crosses paths with the ongoing evolution of smartphones. Efforts like Google Cardboard and Samsung's Gear VR may have gotten this ball rolling, and we're already seeing other manufacturers eager to jump on board, as well. Now we get word of what looks like it may be the next company to join them, as Oppo teases what sure seems to be a VR headset of its own. The company shared the above image on social media late last week, and it pretty clearly depicts an ...

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    Google has been gradually rolling out updates to its existing services over the last couple of weeks. We're still a few weeks away from the official launch of Android 5.0 Lollipop to the world, but we've already seen what Material Design looks like in apps like the Google Play Store. There are some updates that Google seems to be holding off for the final build, and Gmail 5.0 seems to be among them. We've just come across an interesting teaser of what to expect for Gmail 5.0, and even though most of the changes are very nice, not every need is being addressed with the update. The positive ...

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    If we take the launch of the original Pebble into account, this would be second year of the modern smartwatch. You'd assume that, just like in the case of smartphones and mobile tablets, everyone would own a smartwatch by now, right? Well, the reality is actually quite the opposite, where fitness trackers enjoy a significantly larger portion of the market at the moment. Still, that only means that there is a lot of opportunity left in the smartphone space, and one of the biggest names in the fitness tracking industry is planning to address it. New reports claim that Fitbit is preparing the ...

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    It's been a couple months since we had cause to talk about Samsung's Galaxy Mega 2. A number of leaks helped reveal the phone to us over the summer, but the buzz around the phablet was quickly drowned out by Samsung's launch of the Galaxy Note 4. Nevertheless, the Galaxy Mega 2 has since gone official, and now it's nearly time for the Android to make its presence felt in the States, as AT&T shares plans for the start of Mega 2 sales later this week. This Friday, October 24, AT&T will have the Galaxy Mega 2 available for purchase both in stores and online. The phone will run ...

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    Apple's event last Thursday was mainly about iPads and Macs, but the company did take some time to give us information on its new software updates. One of the major changes Apple is pushing to its mobile devices is iOS 8.1, which includes some very needed bug fixes, and even some new enhancements. Cupertino promised the update would reach iOS devices today, and the wait is finally over. Apple has just launched its OTA update to iOS 8.1, and as long as you're rocking any iPad after the iPad 2, or any iPhone after the iPhone 4s, you should be getting the update right this minute. The list of ...

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    Big changes are coming for how smartphone shoppers purchase the OnePlus One, and last month we sat down to look at how this new no-invite required system is going to work. Invite codes will still be valid for those who have them and want to jump to the head of the line, but everyone else will be able to place pre-orders and then wait for OnePlus to produce their handsets. At the time, we knew that this pre-order system was set to get underway sometime late this month, but lacked specifics. With the clock running down on October, those details have finally arrived, with pre-orders opening ...

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    Last week marked in change in the the pre-launch story for Verizon's next Droid model, the Motorola Droid Turbo: following weeks of leaks and rumors, developments which brought us both a number of images of the upcoming smartphone, as well as an entire user guide, things were finally starting to get official, with Verizon sending out invitations for a launch event later this month. As we look forward to that October 28 announcement, some additional leaks have arrived to help tide us over, offering a new look at this handset in multiple colors. These leaks are some more from the ...

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    One of the biggest problems facing the apps situation for many of the big mobile platforms isn't necessarily a lack of selection, but the tricky business of finding the right app at the time you need it. Unless you know specifically what you're looking for, or an app is featured in one of the various app store “best of” lists, it can be tricky to discover a single title buried in a sea of hundreds of thousands of similar apps. Luckily, Google's got a new tool for the Play Store allowing you to search its whole library of titles while also restricting your query to the best of the best. ...

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    The times, they are a-changin'. Following this week's launch of the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, Google's Play Store is beginning to reflect the company's shifting focus to sales of these new devices. Listings have arrived for the Nexus 6, Nexus 9 (for which pre-orders are now open), and the new Nexus Player (even if that's outside our mobile-focused wheelhouse). But their presence hasn't come without cost, as we see Google appear to kill-off sales of the Nexus 10 and 2013 Nexus 7. Under the Play Store's phones and tablets listing, you'll now find the Nexus 5 (but for how much longer?), the Nexus ...

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    Earlier today we looked at a leak discussing Google's plans for Android Lollipop distribution, which mentioned that system images for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 were due out by the end of the week. We wondered briefly if that might mean a stealth Saturday release, but just hours later Google made the files available. Well, we didn't get formal Android 5.0 factory images for these models, at least, but instead an updated version of the existing dev preview – still a worthwhile download, all the same. And while that new dev preview includes a whole lot of interesting changes (which we're sure ...

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    It's been a busy week of high-profile device launches form a couple of the companies behind the biggest platforms in mobile, with both Apple and Google showing off their latest hardware. Besides getting to know these new models themselves, we were also informed about how initial sales for the lot of them would begin. We may still be a couple weeks away from the start of Nexus 6 pre-orders, but the rest of this crew is already lining up to take your money, as pre-orders get underway for the Nexus 9, iPad Air 2, and iPad mini 3. Google's set to open Nexus 9 Play Store pre-orders at some ...

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    Earlier this week, we got news from Google about its plans for the public release of Android 5.0 Lollipop: while the new Nexus devices would (obviously) ship with Lollipop, updates for existing models were announced as arriving sometime in the weeks to come. Well, what does that mean? Will Nexus 5 owners be waiting until Thanksgiving before they have a chance (beyond the dev preview, at least) to bring Lollipop to their phones? Today we start to get a better sense of just who's getting what when, as a leak attempts to reveal Google's distribution strategy. The first release should be in ...

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