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    One of the first things we look at when checking out a new smartphone is camera performance. After all, that's a feature we use every day, and one that's immediately accessible. So it's little wonder that many of the rumors we've been hearing about upcoming smartphones have spent at least some time talking about new camera hardware. The latest concerns what HTC's been working on, and claims that a substantial camera upgrade is due for the release of one of the manufacturer's next big Androids. The phone in question is the handset codenamed Aero, and to hear reports, this new camera could ...

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    The Apple Watch, as we know it today, while a good product, it is still in its infancy, a first generation product, one which Apple will surely improve in the future, once a follow-up lands. The Apple Watch 2 will probably fix some (if not most) of the issues the current version has, and, according to reports, it might also go on a diet. Samsung is reportedly working on a new module technology which would allow the Apple Watch 2 to be thinner and lighter, while maintaining other key features, like resolution, touch panel structure, and overall design. Reports are being split on who will be ...

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    On Tuesday, Apple introduced its new streaming music service Music through the release of the iOS 8.4 and iTunes 12.2 software updates. For iOS users, it was required to update to the latest version of the OS in order to use the service – that's the only way to get the updated Music app. But what some eagle-eyed individuals are learning today about iOS 8.4 is that Home Sharing for iTunes is gone in the new update. This isn't any accident either; apart from the various reports in Apple's Support forum, the Apple support page for Home Sharing has also been updated to show iOS 8.4 does not ...

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    The time is summer 2015, and what that means is that we're easing slowly into a period of very high-profile mobile releases. The IFA 2015 trade show is incoming, we're gearing up to see what Apple has to announce separately, and a couple Android manufacturers are also expected to hold their own events, including Motorola. It was last summer when the Moto 360 was first announced, so it's about time that we look forward to a sequel to the device... which means Moto 360 price drops. At three different retailers – the Google Store, Amazon, and Motorola's own web store interface, specifically ...

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    The Asian smartphone market has been growing at a breakneck pace as of late, and while we often don't acknowledge the trend here in the U.S. of A., it's becoming exceedingly difficult to ignore rising Asian manufacturers – especially as they make plans to enter the American smartphone market. One of the biggest of these smartphone players is Xiaomi (as you've seen in some of our reviews of Xiaomi smartphones), and today Xiaomi smartphone sales for the first half of 2015 have been announced. Unsurprisingly, the company absolutely killed it on the numbers front. It took to Twitter to ...

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    We've been hearing rumors this week that new Tizen phones are on the horizon from Samsung, and the first of those to hit the market may be the Samsung Z3, if a new leak perpetuated by SamMobile today turns out to be accurate. The website says that Samsung will be the skipping the "Z2" branding for reasons that are unknown – it makes no sense to us that the company would go from Z1 to Z3, but that's just the state of the world and we're going to have to deal with it. SamMobile also says that the Z3 will bear model number SM-Z300H_SWA_DD internally. No specific specifications are ...

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    The OnePlus 2 is coming this month – that much, the company has not hesitated to let us know ahead of time. But even though we know about some key hardware details already, the majority of the phone's details have yet to be uncovered. Which is why it's so exciting to see leaks when they do happen – and we're learning some new OnePlus 2 info today thanks to a Bluetooth SIG filing as well as a GFXBench benchmark. Let's take a look at what we've got. Bluetooth certification documents tell us that three OnePlus 2 models bear model numbers A2001, A2003, and A2005. The A2001 had been seen ...

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    In our full review, we have called the Microsoft Lumia 640 "one of the best values in mobile"; if you're looking for a Windows Phone, go check it out. If you have already decided to purchase one, or a Lumia 640XL, and you're living in the US, you might want to grab your smartphone from the Microsoft Store, as they're adding some extras. While this might or might not be a new deal, it is definitely worth checking out. When you purchase a T-Mobile Microsoft Lumia 640, or an AT&T Microsoft Lumia 640XL from the Microsoft Store, you'll get a pair of free Nokia headphones. Of course, "while ...

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    Reports of the LG G4 not meeting sales expectations might or might not be true, but the South Korean manufacturer continues to push its 2015 flagship with different deals, campaigns, and more recently, freebies. In addition to all of those, LG has now decided to look for the #BestShotEver of Instagram, part of the company's latest marketing push, presented as a contest. You can win a trip to New York City and two LG G4 smartphones. All you have to do is upload what you think is your best shot to Instagram, tag it with #BestShotEver and @LGUSAMobile, and LG will decide who the lucky ...

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    Whether it will be called the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, or the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ (Plus) -- as hinted by a recently discovered USPTO trademark filing -- the phone should become official, judging by Samsung's previous launch windows, at the beginning of September, when IFA 2015 happens in Berlin. We should also remain skeptical, and not rule out the possibility that the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 Edge+ (Plus) are two different devices. Actually, there seems to be more evidence pointing to the fact that these two will probably be two different phones (with the S6 Edge+ replacing the ...

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    Image recognition is tricky, to say the least. That it works at all is a small miracle, and that it works well enough to be featured as a major selling point of services like Google Photos is a tremendous accomplishment. But for as well as it performs in many cases, there are always going to be those where the tech fails, and over the past couple days Google's been doing damage control following the public scrutiny of a misidentification with some seriously racially charged implications. The controversy began on Sunday, when an African-American Google Photos user posted to Twitter about ...

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    No matter where you go, buying an iPhone can prove to be an expensive prospect. Whether you're shelling out for the handset's full retail price, or incorporating the phone's cost as part of your ongoing carrier bill, you'll likely end up paying more than you would for an Android or Windows Phone model; that's just the way things are, and no matter which country we're talking about, Apple hardware fetches premium prices. This week, though, we're not so much talking about hardware as we are services, thanks to Apple flipping the switch on Apple Music. And while Apple plays up the global ...

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    Huawei introduced its round-screened (and aptly named) Huawei Watch back at MWC this past winter, and with a clean design and some attractive material choices, the Android-Wear-powered smartwatch very much piqued our interest. Really, the biggest thing that's been standing between this wearable and it finding some real success may just be availability: so far we haven't seen Huawei putting it up for sale anywhere, and in at least some markets it could be another few months away. But even as we wait for the Huawei Watch to make its retail debut, the company has been putting together some ...

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    We've kept a close eye on the Samsung Galaxy A8 leaks over the last couple of weeks. Samsung is clearly up to something good with this new Galaxy A variant, particularly in the design department. If all goes well, this should be the thinnest Samsung Galaxy ever, though don't think it won't come at a cost. One of the most striking parts of the spec sheet we found a few days ago, was not necessarily the fact that it was barely 5.9mm thin, which is already a full millimeter thiner than the iPhone 6. The shocker was that the video we discovered next showed that this device doesn't have a ...

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    When it comes to LG's plans for a new G4-series model, our attention's been glued to rumors about the LG G4 Pro. We've heard talk about things like a metal frame, speedy Snapdragon 820 SoC, massive 4GB of RAM, a big 5.8-inch quad HD display, and a very high-res 27MP camera. That could make for one beast of a smartphone, but the G4 Pro may not be the only new G4 sibling LG's been cooking up. Today we get to check out a leak purporting to reveal the LG G4 S, a slightly scaled-back version of the G4 proper. That's supposedly it up top there, with a screen that shrinks from the G4's 5.5 inches ...

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    Apple has used the "s" after an iPhone's product name as a representation of additional speed, ever since the old iPhone 3GS. As such we've seen the company retain the same design as the existing model, but with added performance benefits. We're expecting this to be the exact same case with the iPhone 6s, and today we get a major tip of where this will be focused on. The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will reportedly use Qualcomm's new MDM9635M chip, also known as the ‘9X35′ Gobi modem platform. The major benefit with this change when compared to the current “9X25″ chip we see on ...

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    How do you deal with the grim realities of smartphone battery life? Turn off WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, and slide the screen brightness down as low as it can go, all the while hoping for the best? Make sure you've always got a spare charging cable in your bag? Lug around an external battery pack to top things up throughout the day? All workable solutions, but each with their own tradeoffs. Is it so much to ask for a phone that simply has a ginormous battery, freeing you from worrying about all that crap? Salvation may be at hand, as Oukitel gets ready to launch the K10000 with an internal ...

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    One of the most common trends ever since smartphone screens started getting larger, was for video consumption to grow. YouTube has made gigantic leaps in the quality it can support from video producers like us to consumers on a desktop, but we've also seen the company gradually bring this support to mobile. Today we see the company expand support of new features to mobile users. YouTube has just published an "HFR FTW" post on its YouTube blog. By this, the Google-owned company has just confirmed that both iOS and Android devices will now support 60 FPS video streaming. This feature was ...

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    For a tablet that's solidly over a year old at this point, Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 keeps right on ticking. And why shouldn't it, with the sort of hardware that would look pretty good in a full-fledged laptop, let alone an eminently portable tablet. We found the Surface Pro 3 back in the news earlier this week as Microsoft released plans enthusiasts could use to 3D-print and build their own portrait-orientation docking stands for the tablet, and now it returns to the headlines once again, as we get word of a new hardware option becoming available for sale. Adding a new hardware ...

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    Believe it or not, the last time Apple refreshed its iPod lineup was back in year 2012. It makes sense for Apple to loosen its on the iPod with the success of the iPhone, given the company always knew that it would be at the cost of killing its own music player. That last thing we'd expect is for Cupertino to continue refreshing the lineup, but its seems something is coming after all. When connecting an iPod to iTunes 12.2, which is necessary for users to enjoy Apple Music, we were greeted with the odd surprise of new iPod colors. We see an iPod Touch in dark blue, an iPod nano in Gold, ...

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    Being made out completely of aluminum and glass, in addition to being their respective manufacturers' flagships for this year, represent the perfect reasons for us to compare these two devices. But there’s a lot more to comparing these smartphones than what we just mentioned above, and that’s exactly what we’re going to do in our Sony Xperia Z3+ vs Samsung Galaxy S6 (and Edge) comparison. As usual, we’re focusing on hardware, software and user experience, as well as the camera, drawing some conclusions at the end, or, better said, setting the stage and making it easier for you to ...

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    Buying a new smartphone can be its own reward: you get to start fresh with a new, unmarred handset, still months away from seeing its storage bogged down with dozens of apps you ran once and never touched again, or those hours of video footage you accidentally recorded while sleeping (and later forgot about). But if you can score not just a new phone, but also some free extras along with it, so much the better. A few Android manufacturers are offering such perks this week, as we learn about special promo deals for the LG G4 and HTC One M9. LG already had a free extra battery and microSD ...

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    Going back about a month now, we've been hearing rumors about Samsung's plans for a new Galaxy handset, one that might straddle the line between the Galaxy S family and Note devices. The general idea seemed to be that we were looking at a larger variant of the Galaxy S6 Edge, but rather than this phablet-sized model being the next Galaxy Note Edge, it would forgo S Pen stylus support and instead arrive as something else. We've heard several names suggested for the device, including the Galaxy S6 Plus and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus (or will we get two separate phones?), but there's not been much ...

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    Even though we're deep into 2015 at this point, last year's Motorola Moto X still represents one of the best Android smartphones you could possibly purchase today. With fast updates to the latest (and very near-stock) versions of Android, and some impressive and high-quality specs, it remains a fan favorite. So if you were on the edge on whether or not to purchase the device, this latest Moto X 2014 deal may be just enough to convince you – for a limited time, the company will be throwing in a complimentary leather back with the purchase of a 2014 Moto X. The deal will last through ...

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    This news may not surprise you if you were invited to test Huawei's Ascend Mate2 Lollipop update early as part of a special program, but for the rest of you, the time has finally come. Huawei today has officially announced that the Huawei Ascend Mate2 Android 5.1 Lollipop update is out. The update isn't quite yet being pushed over-the-air to Ascend Mate2 devices; if you're interested in rocking it on your own device, you're going to have to jump through some hoops, but Huawei is here to ease you through them. The update includes Android 5.1 with EMUI 3.1, and can be downloaded straight ...

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