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    It feels like when we've been talking about Apple lately, it's all about the soon-to-arrive Apple Watch, or maybe rumors about that 12.9-inch iPad that may or may not be in the works But late last week we turned the spotlight back on the company's smartphone offerings, hearing a rumor that Apple was looking to grow its handset family in 2015 with the launch of three new models, rather than the pair we got last year with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. In addition to new 6S and 6S Plus phones, the source suggested we could also see the introduction of an iPhone 6C, an option that would return ...

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    LG may be ready to introduce its G4 in as little as another month, but even with the phone so near, are we getting any closer to working out what to expect from it? Will it really be a curved-screen design like the G Flex 2? What's LG planning so far as hardware specs go? We'd been assuming it would attempt to outdo the G Flex 2 in many regards, but now a new leak suggests LG may be planning something a little different for the G4 – if we're to believe this benchmark data. The GFXBench listing for a possible LG G4 (model F500x) shows things like a 16MP main camera, 5.5-inch quad HD ...

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    Last week brought us plenty of news about HTC smartphones, and beyond the start of sales for the One M9, we spent a lot of time talking about upcoming HTC hardware. The company sent out a launch invite for what sure appeared to be the One M9+, and beyond that we got to check out a couple leaks concerning the One E9 and E9+. We'd been going on the assumption that one or both of those models might go official right alongside the One M9+ in about another week, but it looks like HTC couldn't even wait that long, as one of the phones pops up on HTC's Chinese website. There's still no sign of ...

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    We've been hearing about 3D Touch on Lumia phones going back to the fall of 2013, first described as an in-air gesture control system under the codename Goldfinger. Later we heard it would arrive on the phone codenamed McLaren, but that device never saw the light of day. Reports talked about the way 3D Touch would cause a Live Tile to expand, a feature known as Mixview, popping-out other bits of relevant content. We heard comparisons drawn to certain aspects of the UI in Microsoft's Zune software, but no one had seen it in action. It still remains to be seen if anything will come of ...

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    A little earlier this week, Motorola President Rick Osterloh took to Twitter to answer questions from users like you, and what he had to say helped prepare us a bit for when we could see some future Motorola devices like a third-gen Moto X, as well as clarified what the company's not working on, like a new tablet. He also talked a little about new options for existing hardware, including new selections becoming available for Moto Maker customizations. And while he made it clear that Motorola was testing new colors and materials, he didn't offer any specifics. But now today Motorola may ...

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    Earlier today (OK, overnight) we took a look at an unreleased LG smartphone suspected to be a possible G4. Unlike previous depictions of the hardware, though, this one didn't feature the rumored curved display. So was this really the G4, or maybe a lower-tier addition to LG's Android lineup? We're thinking about that now as a new rumor arrives that reinforces the idea of a curved G4, as well as provides us with a launch window. We don't have any new pics to refer to, with this instead coming from some unidentified “industry sources,” but what they have to say is still very interesting. ...

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    We are on a roll when it comes to HTC leaks and rumors this fine Friday, so why stop now? After all those phones we've been hearing about, and now this tablet that sounds like a Sense-running budget version of the Nexus 9, we've got one more to hit (at least, we think it's just one more – plenty of hours of left in the day) before the weekend rolls around: a new Desire model (or rather, pair of Desire models), the HTC A50AML. All we have right now are a few rumored specs: we're looking at an octa-core A53-based MediaTek Soc, 2GB of RAM, 16GB flash, and the presence of Android Lollipop ...

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    We've spent the past few days looking at quite a few different phones that may soon go public at an April 8 HTC event in China: the One M9+, One E9, and One E9+. Looking past those, what's next for HTC? Even more phones? A new rumor suggests that the manufacturer may be about to introduce a new tablet, and it's one that sure sounds a heck of a lot like the Nexus 9. Supposedly HTC is working on a tablet designated as the T1H, and could be ready to launch it in China as soon as May. Of the leaked specifications we've seen, a large number of them align nearly perfectly with the Nexus 9: ...

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    This week has proved to be a pretty busy one for HTC phones, and beyond the start of One M9 sales we've seen both leaks and official sources offer new information about a couple upcoming models. In addition to the One M9+ we've also been checking out the One E9, with leaked pics arriving from multiple sources. Now we round-out the week with a few more, as well as some clarification about model names. Remember how one of those leaks identified the phone as the One E9p, and we found ourselves scratching our heads a little, not seeing any obvious signs of differently-sized hardware that might ...

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    The OnePlus One is due for some fresh, new software. Users of the smartphone have been eagerly expecting two major releases: the Lollipop-ified CyanogenMod 12S, and the debut of OnePlus's own OxygenOS, its in-house custom ROM solution. Back at the start of last week, OnePlus provided an update on its progress towards getting both of these builds out, and gave itself a pair of deadlines: March 27 for OxygenOS, and March 30 for CM12S. It was serious about those, too, promising to give away a bunch of free phones if it failed to hit those targets. Well, today is March 27, and OnePlus has some ...

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    We may be facing a torrent of smartwatch launches these days, but that has nowhere near shown us that the industry is now mature. Even now, new players are entering the game, and with a unique twist of their own. The company that almost single-handedly kickstarted the industry, Pebble, is now seen as an underdog player with a strategy largely different than that of competing manufacturers. And the newest entrant, with the Olio Model One, is yet another case of a slightly different story. Olio isn't probably a company you've heard of before, but that doesn't mean you should discount it. ...

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    I don’t know about you, but I am torn between the good looks of today’s phones, the slender and slim profile, and the average (I’m being kind) battery performance. Sure, I am a pretty heavy smartphone user, with tons of emails, texts, and phone calls, along with occasional navigation and media consumption, but I’d really like to not charge my phone every day. It's obvious, though: as phones become thinner and thinner, batteries need to follow suit, and reduced capacity is the natural result. What I don’t understand is why on Earth everyone is striving to make slimmer and slimmer ...

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    One of the biggest new features to come with the release of Windows 10 later this year is the inclusion of Project Spartan, an all-new web browser designed by the Microsoft team from the ground-up with an emphasis on speed, reliability, and general usability. We've already had our look at what the browser will look like in the standard Windows 10 desktop mode – and have even got to try that out – but the question mark has remained about the design of the browser on mobile (specifically smartphone) versions of the software. New Project Spartan Windows phone screenshots could answer some ...

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    HTC's Vice President of Design, Jonah Becker, announced on Twitter that he steps down from his role within HTC, after seventeen years of being with the company. While he prepares for his "new adventure" -- most probably outside of HTC -- we can't help but wonder what will happen to the Taiwanese phone maker and its upcoming models. Becker is one of the people you can thank for the great design of the HTC One M8 (and M9, since they're so alike), but his departure comes less than a year after taking on this position from his predecessor, Scott Croyle. Becker's announcement comes right after ...

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    We've seen an alleged LG G4 leaked with a curved display, and, while a curved G4 would make a lot of sense for some, we don't think that it might be feasible, with the G Flex 2 already out, and with great specs. Other reports claim that it might be similar to the G3 in some aspects, but the purported LG G4 leaked today seems to be a regular phone (meaning not curved screen and other bells and whistles). While the original leakster claims that there is a stylus on the back, top left corner, we can't really take this for granted as LG phones, at least in their initial, domestic versions, ...

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    We cover a lot of leaks, rumors, and speculation in our attempts to bring you all the latest info about mobile technology, and for as interesting as those unofficial sources can prove, sometimes there's nothing like getting a few answers straight from the horse's mouth. Yesterday evening on Twitter, Motorola President Rick Osterloh opened himself up to a Q&A session with the company's fans, and in doing so he offered some new insight into what's next from Motorola's hardware and software. Some of the most valuable answers he provided were on the hardware side, dealing with Motorola's ...

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    When it comes to smartwatches, if you want a really desirable, feature-packed model, you're going to have to pay for it – and sometimes pay quite a bit. We've come a long way from bulky models that felt almost like you had a full-on phone strapped to your wrist, and affordable but feature-poor fitness trackers, to some of the attractive, eminently capable models only just hitting the market now. With the Apple Watch, certainly, customers are being asked to pay a premium for their wearable experience, but Apple's not the only company that believes shoppers are willing to spend phone-level ...

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    Windows Phone has made leaps and bounds when it comes to app availability, at least compared to the state of the platform just a couple years back. But despite the success Microsoft's found at courting devs, its work is far from over, and there's still a ton of catch-up work to do. The forthcoming arrival of Windows 10 seeks to help close the app gap with its focus on universal apps, giving devs broader access to Windows users across form factors, but will that be enough? A new report claims that Microsoft's been working on a backup plan to bring new software to its smartphones, by giving ...

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    Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge pre-orders are hitting the US tomorrow, and carriers are lining up to start taking their shot at selling you Samsung's hot new flagships. With the design of this year's models, Samsung's gone all out to present these phones as premium products, doing away with plastics in favor of a metal frame. Between the materials going in to making up the phone's body, the detailed quad HD display, and the powerful silicon within, it's understandable that the GS6 and GS6 Edge will find themselves selling for a pretty penny, but just how much will they end up costing? As ...

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    It started out so simply: each year Apple would introduce one new iPhone. Sure, you could choose storage capacity, and eventually color, but there was only one phone. Back in 2013, Apple first started showing signs that it was ready to mix things up, and launched a pair of new iPhones: the 5S and the 5C. Now you could argue that the 5C shouldn't really count, as it was more a repackaged iPhone 5, but that only set the stage for last year, when we got two undeniably distinct iPhones with the debut of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. To hear the latest rumor, this year Apple ...

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    The Galaxy S6 is nearly here: in just another two weeks, smartphone fans around the world will finally be able to start taking home Samsung's latest flagship, in either standard flat-screen or curved Edge variants. But for a phone that's about to land, we've found ourselves going without some important specifics concerning just how we'll be able to buy this guy. We've certainly heard enough rumors about pre-orders, and made some inferences from dates mentioned in certain GS6 promotional offers, but now Samsung's cutting through all the clutter and spelling out clear as day how the Galaxy ...

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    We've seen what the HTC One M9 is all about (if you've missed our review, make sure to catch up on it), and now we're hearing official wording on the U.S. HTC One M9. We knew that US carriers would be picking up the 2015 HTC flagship, and now you can prepare to grab yours online at 12:01AM ET on Friday, March 27. The phone will also become available in retailer and carrier stores starting April 10, and, regardless of the carrier of your choice, you should be able to secure your unit if you are a customer of one of the "major carriers", to quote the official press release. As far as color ...

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    Fancy yourself an HTC enthusiast? Today is very much proving to be your day, full of new finds concerning both the One M9+ and the One E9. Those new One E9 pics sure managed to reveal the phone from a number of angles, but they weren't very high-res and failed to show the phone in action. Still, considering the handset's unreleased nature, we're willing to take what we can get. As fate would have it, a much more impressive collection of images was just around the corner, and a recent find from a Chinese case-maker brings us a bunch of up-close pics of this new hardware – including in a ...

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    With the arrival of Windows 10, Microsoft is making a big push forward towards cross-device compatibility, and paramount to that goal is the platform's focus on “universal apps.” Such software will run on a phone or a touchscreen tablet as easily as a device employing traditional non-touch inputs. And while that sounds great for users, how will we find ourselves referring to such software? At the WinHEC conference last week, Microsoft shared its intentions for how to talk about universal apps in comparison to existing desktop-only software. Software that takes advantage of this ...

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    Microsoft's most recent tablet, the Surface Pro 3, is over ten months old at this point, having launched last May. We'd been expecting the Surface Mini, and then nearly from out of the blue, Redmond dropped this beast of a tablet on us. In the time since, the Pro 3 has held up remarkable well, but the same can't necessarily be said for the company's more affordable tablet option. After all, the Surface 2 is pushing eighteen months at this point, and Microsoft's already made it clear that the Windows RT-running Surface 2 won't be upgraded to Windows 10. Now we're hearing a little about ...

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