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    If there's one thing that has left Gear VR users feeling like they're using a bastardized Rift, it's been the lack of a controller. Oculus has been working with Samsung for the past few years on the Gear VR, but are facing pressure to up the ante as offerings from Google's Daydream VR and Sony's PlayStation VR come creeping around the bend. Therefore, this leak about an upcoming Gear VR Gamepad doesn't sound too out of the question. It comes from Czech site MobilMania and features a design unlike previous ones we've seen for said competing projects — mainly in that the gun-grip design ...

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    After releasing the Galaxy C5, Samsung continued on with its event in China by putting up the Galaxy C7. And boy, when we go from five to seven, it seems that everything takes another step up. The Snapdragon 625 appears on this phone, compared to its cohort's Snapdragon 617. 4GB of RAM are also on-board with options for 32GB or 64GB of storage and microSD expandability. While still at full HD resolution, the AMOLED canvas expands to 5.7 inches in diameter to show off Android 6.0.1. Finally, we see a 3,300mAh power cell to keep things charged. Everything else — from the fingerprint sensor ...

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    It’s sure not easy to keep the Snapdragon 808-powered BlackBerry Priv in the limelight with the recent onslaught of 820 flagships from much more popular OEMs nowadays like Samsung, LG or even HTC, but the unique selling proposition of a physical QWERTY keyboard, industry-leading security, silky smooth software and reasonable pricing might well do the trick. Once upon a time (not that long ago) sold for a whopping $700, the financially struggling Canadian company’s Android pioneer gradually dropped to $600, $500, $450, $400 in the past few months, and now a measly $380. There’s no ...

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    The torment is over, our India-based readers and friends, as HTC has officially brought both its Snapdragon 820 powerhouse and the watered-down 652 variant to the world’s second largest smartphone market earlier today. Technically however, the top-of-the-line HTC 10 isn’t up for grabs yet on Indian shores, launching in early June with a limited slate of free bundled Ice View covers. Exactly like the LG G5, the beveled, all-aluminum 5.2-incher is set to cost Rs. 53,000 ($790). That sounds expensive, but actually slots perfectly in-between Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge tags on Flipkart right ...

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    Back in October 2014, when it closed the $2.9 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility, many felt the world’s largest PC manufacturer hit the jackpot. After all, smartphone demand was still thriving everywhere from developed to emerging markets, and on the heels of a deep identity crisis as Razr feature phones became obsolete, the Moto brand got a breath of fresh air during a short period of Google oversight. Only Lenovo failed to capitalize on the apparent popularity of near-stock Android-running Moto Xs and Gs among power users and software purists, undergoing several restructuring ...

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    Unlike Samsung, which is rumored to only skip a digit in branding this year’s Galaxy Note, ZTE leaped over a whole bunch of them and decided to confusingly follow up the Axon with an Axon 7 that doesn’t even measure 7 inches in screen diagonal. But the number 7 is considered to bring good luck in both Chinese and many Western cultures, and ZTE wants its latest 5.5-inch flagship to conquer the world with an arguably gorgeous design, super-loud speakers, and overall, the best possible 2016 specifications. This device manufacturer is certainly moving up the Android OEM ranks, so we ...

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    Chinese manufacturer ZTE is turning up the dial to seven. After last year's US-launched Axon, it has taken things back home to reboot the stratified series. The Axon 7 was revealed at a Beijing event and it is about as strong a phone as its spring compatriots and at least just as strong as a possible fall release. For one, you can purchase a variant of the phone with 128GB of storage and 6GB of RAM. Some of the other major features of the phone include the return of Hi-Fi in a big way: the Axon 7 has two audio chipsets from AKM, one providing the DAC function and the other as an ...

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    In addition to expanding its global presence in the smartphone landscape, Xiaomi clearly intends to diversify its product portfolio this year in order to return to growth after a couple of stagnating quarters as far as both sales and profits were concerned. Following the kiddie-oriented Mi Bunny smartwatch, Xiaomi recently confirmed a mainstream intelligent timepiece with more than just LED indicator lights or a basic display is in the pipeline. Also, a 4K-supporting Mi Box with Android TV for Western markets, iHealthBox wellness monitor, and mystery VR headset. But the wildly successful ...

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    Does C stand for class? Color, maybe? China exclusivity? Cool cameras? We could try to guess all day, and if we were mean, we’d add “clone” to the list, since the newly announced Galaxy C5 in Beijing looks eerily similar to recent and semi-recent flagships from certain rival companies (cough, HTC, cough, Apple, cough), and almost nothing like Samsung’s own S7 or A-series mid-rangers. Robust metal replaces shiny glass on the 5.2-incher’s back, with distinctive antenna lines left to stick out like a sore thumb. The clean, bells and whistles-free, slim-bezeled front panel tries to ...

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    Google Play Music is probably not the world’s most popular online audio streaming service, and somehow, it doesn’t feel like a solid contender for second or third place either. But when it comes to bundle deals and free trials of its premium All Access subscription tier, the Android, iOS and Windows-compatible app often towers comfortably above both Spotify and Apple Music. Case in point, a new limited-time offer letting you enjoy the service’s full library of tracks and albums, as well as ad-free YouTube with offline viewing, at only 99 cents covering 90 whole days. It’s also ...

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    No matter how a bunch of lazy, complacent, greedy, user satisfaction-ignoring device manufacturers and wireless carriers will try to spin the Android numbers tale to make it seem like fragmentation isn’t such a big deal anymore, the cold, hard facts suggest otherwise. Marshmallow is growing at a slower pace than lethargic Lollipop, and with just 7.5 percent market share as of the beginning of May, OS version 6.0 still lags way behind 5.1, 5.0, 4.4, and even the November 2012-released 4.2 Jelly Bean. Together, builds 5.0 and 5.1 Lollipop barely surpassed 4.4 KitKat back in March, a full ...

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    Knowing OnePlus and its often sneaky, unorthodox marketing tactics, we couldn’t help but feel this year’s “flagship killer” revealed its aesthetic secrets a little too early and easily. Besides, why would the OnePlus 3 stray so far from the sandstone build path of its predecessors after the controversial Chinese OEM spent so much time advertising said design and hyping its superiority over plastic and metal? As it turns out, some things just change over time, and device manufacturers are allowed to reconsider their stance on an always thorny issue like “premium” construction. ...

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    It doesn’t look like Google’s Project Ara initiative for developing a truly modular smartphone where you can remove and swap all the key components with minimal effort and no specialized tools will yield a fully functional, mass-manufactured product anytime soon. But you can settle for the next best modular thing, namely the LG G5 and its “Friends”, or the upcoming Motorola Moto Z lineup and so-called MotoMods interchangeable back plates. There could be up to half a dozen such productivity-enhancing accessories, adding among others a camera grip, backup battery, kickstand, stereo ...

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    If you feel that wireless charging has seeped into the background for a bit, you may have to readjust your expectations and wait a little bit longer. Energous, the company backed by mobile phone pioneer and virtuist Dr. Marty Cooper, has just gotten FCC approval of a miniature transmitter. That transmitter is part of the company's over-the-air wireless charging system that should be able to deliver power to devices at ranges beyond existing standards like Qi and Powermat. The Miniature WattUp transmitter "can be as small as a USB thumb drive" and can juice low power consumption device, ...

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    The old guard is going away. The Nexus Player just left the Google Store and the Nexus 9 left not long before that. Now we know that HTC is completely done with its own-made tablet as well. The company has said to CNET that it has ended its manufacturing run of the Nexus 9 and has a limited number available at its site. Indeed, all but the white 16GB version are still there on HTC's site as of this post. After several Hot Deal Tuesdays that had the slab discounted by hundreds of dollars, you'll still have to pay full price for these products. Will this clear the way for HTC to possibly ...

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    It's true that we're not being fair to one of the largest banks in the US with that headline. After all, you can put your Wells Fargo cards onto both Android Pay and Apple Pay. But for a bank to launch its own mobile payments app that boasts exclusive compatibility with its own ATMs doesn't seem fair to us. Wells Fargo Wallet will be integrated into the Wells Fargo Android app and can tap into NFC terminals and Wells Fargo ATMs. The bank stated that more than 40 percent of its ATMs will be NFC-enabled by the end of the year. Wallet purchases will also be Zero Liability-protected in case ...

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    Verizon's taking dollars off the board on a few older phones and one very new phone. You just need to get onto the network and not pay off for the device all at once (so much for you devil-opers out there). The Checkmark network is taking $100 off the price of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, Galaxy S6, Galaxy Note 5, LG V10. The discount also applies to the all-new HTC 10 as well. All you have to do is pay for the phone on a new 24-month device payment plan. The discount takes off some $4.18 per payment. Psst... @Verizon customers, right now you can snag an #HTC10 online for $100 off. Don't ...

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    The pal that helps you and many other people pay up is updating its Android and iOS apps. Unlike many other apps, it's providing customers with a good idea of when to expect an update. Version 6.0 of the app, said to have "a new look and feel," will head to devices with Android 4.0.3 or later and iOS 9.1 or later. Windows Phone users will end availability for the current version of the app while both Amazon Fire and BlackBerry OS users will not be able to use the app beyond June 30. Joanna Lambert, Vice President of Global Consumer Product and Engineering, said in the company's blog post: ...

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    The hype has been real for several years. Samsung or LG would always set up a little display showing off moving pictures on a thin filament of bendable material and we're all left with the impression that a foldable smartphone would be so close down the road. Well, it's 2016 and we're only getting just a whiff of a Galaxy X coming along the way ... for next year. But a Chinese leaker has come into contact with an OPPO prototype of a foldable smartphone. Supposedly, it's been a work-in-progress since August 2015 and it was only in February that engineers started energizing that flexible ...

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    Ever since a factory explosion in Kunshan, China killed 146 people in 2014, it seems that the area's manufacturing industry has been on decline. While these plants still provide Taiwanese manufacturers with the components and materials needed to build products like the iPhone and other electronics, what you'll find less of these days is people. For example, Apple supplier Foxconn has done away with 60,000 jobs at a Kunshan plant formerly of 110,000 workers. The company has stated to the BBC that automation has taken over "many of the manufacturing tasks associated with our operations". ...

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    We've seen bits and pieces of the latest Galaxy C-series phones come to leak. From its firmly mid-range specs to a less appealing sales price, we've seen this HTC look-alike before. But have you seen it in Technicolor? Well, get ready because this ain't Technicolor — we have seen these colors before. A bunch of Galaxy C5 renders have dropped by SamMobile that may be part of a 360° product view. There are four choices of hue you can see above: in order they are gold, pink gold, gray and silver. You can view each color in all 13 of their angles at the source link. We are supposedly ...

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    It's not as good as free, but if you're new to the whole anti-advertising sentiment of content consumption and want to get started into it, you can do so for just 99 cents. It's the price for three months of YouTube Red, YouTube's new service that not only removes ads from the viewing experience, but gives you access to exclusive original episodic content from viral video stars. Other features like the ability to keep videos running in the background, a Google Play Music subscription and video downloads are also bundled in. After the three-month trial, it reverts to the regular fee scheme ...

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    The prepaid sector has been juicing up their plans with more data for the same monthly price. Sprint's about to revitalize its Virgin Mobile brand while T-Mobile subsidiary MetroPCS is offering an unlimited LTE data allowance, as does Cricket Wireless. But AT&T's own GoPhone service — which does not cap LTE download speeds at 8Mbps like Cricket does — has been a little more limited in its offerings. Well, as leaked before, it's almost time to change that up. On May 27, AT&T will add an extra gigabyte to the high-speed data allowances of its $45 and $60 monthly plans. That ...

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    While Samsung Pay arguably eclipses its iOS-compatible digital wallet rival in convenience, with both NFC and MST support, also driving fast adoption thanks to frequent compelling deals and freebies, it still can’t hold a candle to Apple Pay in terms of global availability. The same obviously goes for Android Pay, which like its Galaxy-supporting competitor is only live in a few countries, with Cupertino today adding Singapore to a much heftier list that includes the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and China as well. Technically, Singapore was first introduced to on-the-go, super-secure ...

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    While Samsung’s age-old flexible Youm smartphone display concept yielded several quirky consumer products in the Galaxy Round, Note Edge, then increasingly popular S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, and S7 Edge, behind-the-scenes work continued on bringing even more curves and elasticity to tomorrow’s high-end mobile devices. For a number of years now, we’ve been hearing of plans to turn the wild, futuristic idea of a fully bendable phone into reality soon, but every so often delays enter the equation as Samsung can’t manage to overcome mass-manufacturing, build quality and other obstacles ...

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