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    Motorola found itself facing some fresh competition on the smartwatch front a couple months back, as LG tossed its hat in the ring with the G Watch R. In the time since, we've seen LG's round-faced smartwatch debut in the manufacturer's native South Korea, but what of international plans? When are all of us in the West going to get a shot at a round Android Wear without the Moto 360's not-a-big-deal-but-yeah-it's-there “flat tire.” In a new blog post this week, LG shares what's next for the G Watch R, starting with Europe. Beginning early next month, in just a couple more weeks, sales ...

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    Two weeks back, HTC dropped a bit of a surprise, posting info about the One M8 Eye on its Chinese site. We had heard about this phone before, and assumed it was coming at some point, but to see the company just sort of let it loose without a more formal announcement was still a little out of the ordinary. And while that made it clear that the One M8 Eye was finally official, the manner in which the handset was introduced left us with questions: would the M8 Eye be an exclusive to China, or would we eventually see this handset make its way to other nations? While the M8 Eye is spreading ...

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    A couple days earlier this week we were talking about LG's Odin SoC, a custom-designed in-house solution akin to what Samsung's doing with its Exynos line. As we heard it told, the first LG phone built around an Odin chip, a device codenamed Liger, was nearly about to launch – so soon that it could be out by the time you finish reading this sentence. We're still waiting on that official announcement, but in the meantime a new set of pics and leaked docs has just emerged that's doing its best to reveal Liger to us just a little early. Even better than some quick in-the-wild shot, these ...

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    Is it fair that manufacturers restrict what we can do with the smartphones we purchase, drawing lines in the sand between permitted “consumer” activities and prohibited “developer” ones? We're hard-pressed to argue how that possibly makes sense, but like it or not, that's the situation for many handsets out there, leading to the release of Developer Editions that cater to the power user who can't resist the temptation to poke around a bootloader. We've seen Samsung give such treatment to models from its Galaxy lineup of Androids, like the Note 3 last fall. This year, it's the Note ...

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    Late last week, we saw pre-orders open for October's hot new tablets, the Google Nexus 9 and Apple iPad Air 2 and mini 3. While Nexus 9 customers will still be waiting another couple weeks for their tablets, the Apple models are already going out, and some lucky shoppers have received their orders by now. If you just can't wait any longer, these new iPad models are also descending upon Apple's retail stores, available for pickup as of now. Head online to Apple's site and check pickup availability for the Air 2 or mini 3 and you'll likely find a positive outlook for local stocks; our quick ...

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    Philips is far from a company most smartphone users think of when asked to list manufacturers. Especially for those of us focused on markets in the West, Philips handsets are few and far between. But in spite of that, we've found ourselves captivated by the company's hardware on more than one occasion, like the launch of its W6618 smartphone with that preposterously capable 5300mAh battery. Today there's another Philips model catching our eye, as the manufacturer introduces its I966 Aurora. If you're a fan of squared-off phones like you'll find in Sony's stable, the Aurora likely speaks to ...

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    With the indignity of “bendgate” having already faded into the background of smartphone news, it was only a matter of time before some new issue (however minor) popped up with Apple's latest smartphones. Would the camera spontaneously catch on fire? The entire phone start reeking of sulfur two months into ownership? You laugh, but the truth isn't much further off, as word of the latest iPhone 6 “controversy” hits our desk, with users reporting handsets picking up discoloration from their blue jeans. The problem seems to be the plastic piping running along the iPhone 6's edges and ...

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    Over ten years ago, Google first launched Gmail as a private beta. In the decade since, the service has gone public, spread to mobile devices, and changed the way many of us access our messages. Recent improvements to Gmail like categories have endeavored to help keep email relevant as we get more and more of it, and keeping on top of the important bits becomes increasingly difficult. Rather than continue to push Gmail further away from its roots, Google's taking a fresh start and introducing a new service designed to merge email with all the modern conveniences: Inbox by Gmail. Like Gmail ...

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    Android 5.0 Lollipop is just about to graduate from its time as a developer preview release and get ready to take the spotlight as the latest public version of Google's mobile OS. The Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 will run Lollipop right out of the box, updates for existing Nexus models are sure to follow shortly, and other OEMs are already expressing their interest in bringing speedy 5.0 updates to their own families of handsets. So when is this new era of Lollipop going to get underway? Google has just shared the official start date for the consumer release of Android 5.0, but is it telling us ...

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    Today puts us one week away from the start of Nexus 6 pre-orders, with Google getting things underway on October 29. And shortly thereafter, Android fans in the US will be able to get their hands on this latest Nexus handset. But what about everyone else? Google hasn't said much about international availability, but a new rumor suggests the situation could be a little rocky, with not every nation getting access to the phone straight away. Specifically, we hear that UK availability of the Nexus 6 might not happen until sometime in December, over a month from now. While other countries ...

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    It has been entirely too long since we had the opportunity to talk about an iOS jailbreak, last touching base with jailbreak progress back when iOS 8 was still a developer beta. We've come a long way since then, with Apple releasing the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, and iPad mini 3, as well as making iOS 8 – and now iOS 8.1 – publicly available. Sometimes the arrival of new hardware and new software like that (not to mention new SoCs) can throw a spanner in the jailbreak works, derailing progress and sending devs back to square one. Fortunately, that doesn't seem to be what's happening ...

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    In China, it appears, painting windows isn't yet a thing of the past. As physical Oppo stores across the mainland prepare for the upcoming launch of the new N3 smartphone, windows are being painted with details of the phone, cluing us in on what to expect from the October 29 launch event. Along with the Oppo N3 price, we also have even more info on the swivel camera the phone is toting. Thanks to these advertisements, we're able to discern on the specs front that the phone will have a 5.5-inch 1080p display, and a 16MP rotating camera. This camera (previously rumored to sport a dual-LED ...

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    Sony has two very compelling smartphones in its line-up for the end of 2014: the Xperia Z3, and the Xperia Z3 Compact. However, things don't seem to look that well on the general; correct us if we're wrong, but Sony has announced in the past, as well as more recently, that it will focus mainly on the high-end market. That didn't stop the Japanese manufacturer from announcing devices like the Xperia E3, or M2 Aqua, to name just a couple. Fierce competition, as well as a relatively high price point for the premium line-up has determined Sony to expect less than what they have predicted. On ...

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    It may not seem like it out here in the States, but a huge chunk of manufacturers' resources goes into the production of low-cost, low-end smartphones. Especially in some Asian and European markets, it's crucial for these low price points to exist, and there's great competition between OEMs even in this sector. In that vain, Samsung (or, its Chinese wing) has launched yet another phone today, this time the Samsung Galaxy Core Max. The Samsung Galaxy Core Max is low-end in every sense of the word: it has a 4.8-inch 960x540 display, 1GB of RAM, and a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor. It's not all ...

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    There's one caveat if you want to install the massive Android 4.4W.2 update that's rolling out now to the Moto 360: your battery needs to be at least at 80%. And to get to 80%, you probably need a charger. Conveniently enough, Google Play has answered your prayers: the Moto 360 wireless charging dock is now in stock on the online store, though for a hefty $39.99 at that. We should point out that the Moto 360 charges via standard Qi, which means alternative solutions (like the ZENS PuK we recently gave the hands-on treatment to) will work. This also means that there are cheaper ...

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