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    Though there are only two Android Wear devices available for purchase at this time, it's about to get busy this week with IFA 2014 kicking off. Motorola will be unveiling the Moto 360, Asus the ZenWatch, Sony the SmartWatch 3... and oh, LG the G Watch R. Seeing as all of these will probably run Android Wear, it's going to start being hard for OEMs to get sales, so Best Buy has started running an LG G Watch Deal in an effort to get as many sales as possible. Now that we've got the caveats of this deal out of the way, let's talk more about the G Watch itself. It's still by all means a ...

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    IFA 2014 is less than a week away, and there will be a lot of high-profile tech announced. Not convinced? Just look at the list of expected launches, which includes high-profile handsets like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, LG G Watch R, and Sony Xperia Z3. Diving into more detail about that last point, Sony is actually expected to launch more than just the Z3 – the Z3 Compact, Z3 Tablet Compact, and new wearables are reportedly all coming too. And we're hearing more details about the wearables today, as a report claims that the company will be announcing an Android Wear-powered Sony ...

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    A couple weeks back we saw signs that the HTC One E8 – the plastic One M8 – was gearing-up to come to America, as Sprint posted a video to YouTube highlighting the smartphone. Problem was, there were no details about how or when sales might begin, and shortly thereafter Sprint pulled the video down. Did it get cold feet, or had that clip just gone live a little too early? Today we get our answers, with Sprint formally announcing the start of One E8 sales. When talking about this earlier, we speculated about what pricing might look like for the One E8, especially if Sprint wanted to ...

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    Quite a few smartphone manufacturers have been hinting at their IFA 2014 product launches, if not outright spilling the beans, and while Sony got off to a slow start, it's recently been really stepping-up its efforts, most recently delivering a teaser video featuring the silhouettes of three devices, presumed to represent the Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact, and Z3 Tablet Compact. Today Sony's UK Twitter account released a new IFA teaser, but this one's proving to be a bit harder to figure out. That's it up above, and as you can see, we appear to be getting two of the three dimensions for one of ...

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    When Samsung introduced its curved-screen Gear S smartwatch the other day, it announced an interesting collaboration, partnering with Nokia to bring HERE maps to the wearable for delivering navigation services. We also saw teasers for this HERE/Gear effort on social media, but it wasn't clear if the Gear S was the beginning and end of the partnership, or if there'd be more to it. Well, today the other shoe drops, as Nokia announces HERE for Android, exclusively on Samsung devices. It's still a beta, but what we've seen already looks pretty polished, though that shouldn't be surprising ...

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    One of the many rumors surrounding Apple's plans to deliver its iPhone 6 lineup has concerned the presence (or not) of support for NFC. Granted, such talk is hardly new, and last year we were hearing about possible NFC support for the iPhone 5S – hell, we were even seeing NFC rumors surrounding the iPhone 5 back in 2012, continuing up until just hours before the phone's launch event. So of course, they returned this year, with a flurry of new claims, and some circumstantial, if less-than-ironclad evidence. But this time we finally might see some results, and new imagery of the iPhone 6 ...

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    Between those new rumors about HTC wearables, and the surprise pre-IFA launches of the LG G Watch R and Samsung Gear S just the other day, we've totally got smartwatches on the brain. We've also been thinking a lot about Apple's plans for its next product launches, especially with that invite for a September 9 event going out yesterday; would the iWatch be featured? We heard a rumor just the other day specifically saying that this would be a dual iPhone/iWatch event, but now we're doubting just how useful that iWatch announcement might be, as we get word that sales of the smartwatch might ...

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    Samsung, Sony, LG, ASUS, Motorola: a growing number of the big smartphone OEMs – or at least those with a toe in the Android pool – have been getting involved with smartwatches. But there's one name almost conspicuously absent from that list; where's HTC? We've known for a while now that the company has been open to the idea of making a smartwatch, and rumors have long talked about a model arriving sometime this year. Back in May, there was even specific talk of a launch that could happen right around this time of the year, in late August or early September, as well as mention of an ...

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    Last fall, Sony was talking about its global strategy for smartphones, and how it dreamed about working its way up through the ranks – not necessarily with lofty goals of dominating the industry, but maybe settling-in to a third-place spot, behind giants like Samsung and Apple. But in order to keep sales moving, the company decided to turn its attention away from certain markets it deemed just too competitive, including the US. In the time since, we've anxiously been checking out rumors that suggested Sony might be loosening-up on that stance, and while plenty of evidence seemed to point ...

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    It's not often that we see a new company attempt to elbow-in on the already-crowded smartphone market, so when OnePlus introduced its One handset earlier this year, we sat up and took notice. But what started out as a very promising handset soon found itself beset by numerous launch issue: first we got word of this invitation-only sales system, before hearing about delays and seeing ship dates slip. Recently on the Pocketnow Weekly podcast, we discussed our frustrations over how that controversial invite system didn't emerge as a temporary Band-Aid, giving way to full-blown sales a few ...

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    Samsung's IFA 2014 event is scheduled to be on September 3, so during this home stretch lead-up, it's only natural that the company would like to flex its enormous marketing muscles a little early. The latest in a series of Samsung Galaxy Note 4 teaser videos has come out today, and it's every bit as wild and curious as the others. The one-minute spot shows a bunch of people having fun, with a variety of people doing everything from listening to music, to going to parties, to eating ice cream, to driving a race car and motorbike, all within the minute. There's a simple "Ready, set..." ...

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    Many of us here at Pocketnow have been quite disappointed with the lack of love for "mini" phones – they're generally crammed with mid-range specs, don't get wide carrier adoption, and lag behind in terms of support and updates. The HTC One Mini update to Sense 6 is long overdue according to many, but it's finally here for AT&T users. The update, which weighs in at a hefty 550MB, brings quite a few changes to the aging device. Apart from the base Sense 6 features, there are updates to the Gallery and Camera app, the addition of Extreme Power Saving Mode, and other miscellaneous ...

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    Even though the Galaxy Note 4 is only days away at this point, Samsung's Galaxy S5 is still the company's flagship for the time being. And that means support and update love, the latter of which is now being shared with AT&T-branded Galaxy S5s everywhere. What's new in this AT&T Galaxy S5 update? Let's take a look. The update does not bump up the Android operating system version of the phone, but is rather a compilation of a bunch of small fixes. Most importantly, there are security patches involved, and while we don't have further details regarding which issues the update ...

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    The Galaxy Note 4 is nearly here. Samsung's been teasing the hell out of its phablet for next week's pre-IFA Unpacked event, and all that remains now is to get the details. Which, to be fair, there are a lot that still need to be confirmed, and beyond specifics on hardware components, we still don't have a great idea of how this phone will appear. There have been a few leaked pics of components, as well as supposed images of the assembled Note 4 itself, but nothing we've felt really confident about being the genuine article. With such a short time to go before launch, will a solid leak of ...

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    With IFA just a week away, smartphone fans all across the world are gearing up for announcements of the latest hardware to hit platforms like Android and Windows Phone. But then there's also the contingent of Apple users out there, and while they don't have much to look forward to from IFA, they've got plenty to anticipate over the next few months as we expect to get word of new iPhones, iPads, and maybe even iWatches. So far, though, we haven't been able to nail down just when Apple planned to reveal any of this new gear. Today, our answer arrives, as the company distributes invitations ...

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