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    From a hardware standpoint, the surprisingly popular OnePlus One smartphone has been clearly superseded by the Snapdragon 810-packing 2. Yet as far as software goes, the market “veteran” remains on equal footing with the rookie. Both handhelds now run modified versions of Android 5.1 Lollipop, the OnePlus 2 out the box, and the One following an over-the-air update started less than 24 hours ago. Of course, the latter’s OTA promotion will spread out in phases, so you may have to wait a little longer until it reaches all devices it’s intended for worldwide. Alternatively, you can ...

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    September 9 has been bandied about as the most likely unveil date of Apple’s next-gen iPhones for many weeks now, and a reputable source claims it has confirmed that’s indeed the plan. To our knowledge, media invitations haven’t gone out yet, but that may be because Cupertino was trying to keep the event’s location under wraps. All signs point to the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California, as the local Planning Department says a mysterious “trade show” should take place there between September 4 and 10. Since no company has made public an intention to hold ...

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    We already know Sony has something up its sleeve for the IFA trade show in Berlin between September 4 and 9, and a number of recent teasers have aggressively promoted the advanced camera capabilities of the next Xperia phone or phones. But exactly how many new Z-series handhelds are in the pipeline? What will they be called? And most importantly, what might set them apart from the Xperia Z4/Z3+ and Z3 Compact? Thanks to a post on an unofficial Sony Georgia Facebook page, which apparently “jibes with” intel received by serial leaker @evleaks, we may finally have some answers. Three ...

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    It was only a couple of days ago that Microsoft silently updated a Windows 10 support webpage to contain a key piece of information according to which 8GB of internal memory will be “required” for Lumia smartphones to run the operating system’s mobile flavor. In case you didn’t get the memo, or chose to ignore it, hoping it’d turn out to be an innocent typo, Redmond is back with clarification on the matter. A separate section on the company’s website, dedicated to Lumia storage, spells out exactly why Windows 10 Mobile needs 8GB storage space. It’s simple, really, and it’s ...

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    What comes after S, A, E and J? In Samsung’s alphabet soup of smartphone monikers, apparently O. But contrary to our assumptions from last week, the new handheld series incorporated in the grander Galaxy family will likely not consist of O5 and O7 members. Instead, the SM-G600 and SM-G550 should go official soon as Galaxy Mega On and Galaxy Grand On. That’s quite the peculiar branding decision, if true, and it brings back memories of a more complicated time, when Samsung phones carried names like Galaxy Ace Style, Core Plus or Fame Lite. What’s going to make it even harder for the ...

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    The world just got richer with two new smartphones that are part of the new Obi Worldphone line-up, a fruit of the collaboration between Apple's ex-CEO John Sculley, and and Ammunition design founder Robert Brunner. You can debate whether each of the two resembles something else on the market (past or present), but there are just so many ways to build a smartphone these days. The Obi Worldphone SF1 and SJ1.5 will both set you back less than $200, when they become available in October in emerging markets in Asia, Africa and Middle East. The Obi Worldphone SF1 (below) will go for ...

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    The Cityman and Talkman are codenames for two smartphones that Microsoft will allegedly unveil in the near future. According to some reports, October 19 is the date to circle in your calendar if you are looking forward to seeing new Microsoft Lumia flagships. While we've been seeing renders and leaks of all sorts regarding the two aforementioned phones, the leak we're looking at is hopefully going to further clarify things. The images above and below appear to be official press renders (claimed as such) of the two upcoming Microsoft Lumia flagships, the aforementioned Cityman (above) and ...

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    It's been over a month now since Samsung shared news of its latest tablet, the Galaxy Tab S2. With a 4:3 screen, it's unlike most Samsung tablets that have come before it, drawing plenty of comparisons to Apple's iPad. Considering the heavyweight specs that help power the Tab S2, it may even draw some shoppers away from Apple's tablet – once they can get their hands on it, that is. Last month, Samsung launched the device without many details about retail availability, and while we were hoping we might get to learn more about the Tab S2 at Samsung's Unpacked event earlier this month, it ...

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    Head on over to the online Google Store, and you'll find devices like the Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Chromecast, and Nexus Player, all up for sale. While that makes the site the go-to stop for Google's own hardware, there are a few third-party devices that still manage to score this kind of exposure: things like the Razer Forge Android TV bundle. Now we're seeing another manufacturer of Android TV hardware get its device added to the highly selective list of Google Store merchandise, as NVIDIA brings its Shield set-top box to the site. The Tegra X1-powered Shield box first launched back in early ...

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    Windows 10 has proven to be rather popular since its launch on July 29, and we assume it has to do with more than just its free price tag. Microsoft has brought some major changes that have actually made Windows "cool again," something desperately needed after the flop of Windows 8. If you're wondering how many products run Windows 10 today, we just received details. Yusef Mehdi, Microsoft's Corporate Vice President for the Windows and Devices Group has just tweeted details. We hear that 75 million devices now run Windows 10, and this even includes computers from back in 2007. 90,000 ...

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    Apple's recent change in retail leadership has brought some interesting changes to Apple Stores. The Apple Watch pre-orders were definitely not popular, and forcing third-party accessory makers to adopt Apple-style packaging was just odd, but not all is bad. Today we see more changes happening as part of the new retail strategy. Starting today we see that Apple Stores will now be selling Apple Watch third-party accessories, something never done before. The company starts with the $29.95 NightStand made by ElevationLabs. This is actually one of the first to have ever launched to the market, ...

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    Android is a very interesting platform since you're not forced to get your apps from Google Play. The Amazon App Store has been a major alternative for years, and its "Free App of the Day" feature did a good job of luring new customers to the platform. Today we learn that the promotion system we knew is gone, and as of today we learn about Amazon Underground. Amazon's new Underground service is a new type of App Store that also sells you other things. In away, this combines the Amazon App Store with the Amazon Store into one simple app. It uses a new freemium app model to make itself ...

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    Even though we've been using voice commands for over a decade, it's not until Apple launched Siri that things began to take shape to what we see today. Today we've seen major improvements to Siri, Google Now and Cortana, but these services are still not good enough to be widely used. We heard that Facebook's "Moneypenny" project planned to add some human touch to this problem, and today we learn about it. Today the company has announced "Facebook M," the company's new Messenger-based digital assistant. The service will initially be limited to a certain amount of users in the Bay Area, but ...

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    As Amazon's Fire Phone started reaching its one-year birthday, it was clear the manufacturer was looking to unload old inventory. The smartphone's initially reception had been mixed, to put it nicely, and we failed to see the handset catch on with users in quite the way Amazon wanted. That's led to sale after sale, bringing the phone's price down into a whole different league than the $650 level where we saw the 32GB Fire Phone debut. Last month those discounts reached their lowest point yet, with Amazon selling the unlocked phone for just $160. Today it's doing itself one better, giving ...

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    When you purchase a smartphone through a carrier, like it or not, there's a solid chance that carrier has messed with your phone to one extent or another. Maybe it told the manufacturer to remove a key feature, like we used to see several US carriers do in regards to wireless charging, or to disable wireless payments so the carrier can push its own mobile payments solution. Maybe it's just something as simple as loading the phone with bloatware. But no matter how that meddling manifested, there's been the expectation that you could always avoid such headaches by purchasing your phone from ...

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    We're one week away from September 2, which means there's one week between us and news of the latest Sony mobile hardware. While the company's first IFA teaser was pretty nonspecific as to the type of devices we should expect, follow-up efforts have been clear that a new Xperia smartphone will be among them. Whether that means the launch of the Xperia Z5 family or not remains to be seen, but one thing Sony's made an effort to emphasize is the high-end camera performance of this new hardware. Earlier this week we saw Sony share a new IFA promotional message that drew attention to the ...

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    Earlier this month we got some bad news out of the Lenovo/Motorola camp, with news of some serious cuts to the workforces of both companies. Alongside word of that downsizing, we also learned of changes that would be coming to how Lenovo and subsidiary Motorola operate, with Motorola stepping up to fill R&D and manufacturing roles for Lenovo. What does that mean for the future of Lenovo as a smartphone brand? Today we begin to understand the breadth of these changes, as Lenovo Mobile reveals its intent to put its own smartphone brand to rest, transitioning many future handsets over to ...

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    It’s hard to believe that the no-doubt-looming Apple iPhone 6s and 6s Plus still hold a slew of secrets after a downpour of leaks in recent weeks, but visually, we mostly know what to expect. Namely, a pair of iDevices eerily similar to their predecessors on the outside, although a small gain in overall thickness is definitely possible. It seems the two new iPhones are so architecturally close to last year’s models that you can even randomly mix components from all of them and get the end result to boot. Well, perhaps random is a bit of a stretch, as the below video shows off a ...

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    Unwilling to partake in the traditional (and some say futile) spec wars this fall, Lenovo is reportedly looking to stand out with a rare trait for each upcoming smartphone rather than the same Snapdragon 810 chips and quad HD displays as everyone else. The Vibe S1, for instance, should cater to selfie addicts with a unique dual front-facing camera arrangement in tow, while the Vibe P1 is just about confirmed to pack a colossal 5,000 mAh battery. Exactly how big is that? Maybe you can get an idea by us recently calling (and rightly so) the Moto X Play’s 3,630 mAh cell “giant.” 5,000 ...

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    After trying (and mostly succeeding) to win the hearts of US Android power users with the relatively inexpensive Axon phone, China-based gadget manufacturer ZTE is reportedly prepping a big push for European mobile consumers. According to official company statements, “devices from the four product lines that we will be focusing on globally” are to be showcased at the IFA trade show next week in Berlin. The four families of course include the Axon and Nubia, but also the slightly lesser known Blade and outright rare Spro. It’s going to be interesting to see which Axon variant shall ...

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    Just when we thought Microsoft couldn’t possibly surprise us with anything big at its allegedly jam-packed October press event, the biggest Surface model yet pops up in the news for the first time. That’s biggest if you don’t count the gargantuan 84-inch Surface Hub, of course. Gear up for a Surface Pro 4 configuration with a display diagonal of between 13 and 14 inches, reportedly developed alongside a more compact, “traditional” 12-inch version. There’s obviously no way to verify the fresh rumor’s legitimacy at the moment, as its source provides no concrete proof. Unnamed ...

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    Fishy as can be, recent rumors concerning the two upcoming new Google Nexus smartphones at the very least give credence to the existence of an LG-made N5 (2015) and upgraded N6 designed by Huawei. Larger and, in all probability, more technically advanced, the Huawei Nexus has spent more time in the spotlight during the last few weeks. But its smaller brother will no doubt try to recover some of that lost ground, starting with a pretty thorough specification exposé today. As always, you’re advised to keep the proverbial salt shaker nearby, especially since the “leak’s” source is a ...

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    French mobile device manufacturer and budget specialist Archos has made a habit of jumping the gun in anticipation of big consumer electronics-dedicated trade shows, and it appears this year’s IFA is no exception. The Berlin-set expo will technically begin on September 4, but Archos couldn’t wait all the way until next Friday to take the wraps off the Diamond S, 50 Cesium and 50e Helium. The triad’s star is undoubtedly the phone with the flashiest name, which seems to offer a remarkable bang for your buck. At £159.99 ($250, give or take), the 5-inch Diamond S features a speedy ...

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    Update: 9to5google has a neat teardown explanation of what exactly happens when you insert the Galaxy Note 5 S Pen backwards, what gets broken, and why. Let's be completely honest. Nobody reads the manual anymore. But you should! Manuals can save you a headache or two, not to mention that they most of the times save manufacturers the trouble of repairing or replacing your broken device. An example from the recent past comes to mind with a certain Active version of a phone which often got flooded (and most of the times rendered unusable) because of not sealing the back properly, as ...

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    Verizon's always been one of the more insular carriers in the US, and between its CDMA roots, its penchant for exclusive devices, and being just so damn large that it doesn't have to go out of its way to lure new customers, it's been one network that just didn't particularly play well with others. Slowly, though, the tide's been turning, both as the network embraces LTE connectivity and starts revising its service offerings to more closely mirror its competition. Verizon's latest move to give users more freedom seeks to correct some of those shortcomings, as we get word that the carrier is ...

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