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    Trying to break into a competitive space dominated by Apple and Spotify, and also including respected veterans or tech giants like Deezer, Google, Pandora or Tidal, doesn’t make much sense for Amazon, unless Jeff Bezos can think of a unique marketing angle for music streaming addicts. Affordability of course remains one of the best and safest sales pitches around, regardless of exactly what you’re commercializing. Tablets, smartphones, voice-enabled wireless speakers, as well as software products of all sorts have better odds of succeeding when priced aggressively enough. Now, how does ...

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    Acer is just one of many already confirmed IFA 2016 exhibitors, and although we know the Taiwanese company plans to unveil its “new and exciting holiday season lineup” in Berlin, Germany on August 31, it’s going to need something special to stand out from the pack. Preferably, not special weird, like last year’s Predator 8 and 6 gaming-centric tablet and phablet that never amounted to much in terms of post-release buzz and, presumably, sales and profits. But alas, Acer’s most distinctive new product on display next week might well be another addition to the Predator family. This ...

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    Is the Huawei Watch the greatest Android Wear device ever made? Many seem to think so, but it’s likely about to get even better at IFA 2016. Then again, if you don’t relish the prospect of a presumably expensive sequel, and were still on the fence regarding the original models due precisely to their above-average prices, B&H Photo Video has a Black Friday-level sale in full swing on a wide array of first-gen Huawei Watch configurations. The “entry-level” variant, with a 42mm stainless steel frame and black leather band, sets you back an unprecedented $150 for the next 17 hours ...

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    If you can’t beat them, join them. This seems to be Microsoft’s thinking in a nutshell after acknowledging Windows 10 Mobile isn’t the focus right now, with more and more interesting Redmond-developed apps reaching the iOS-using masses, and popular productivity services like Office, OneDrive and Skype brought closer and closer to Android enthusiasts. After fighting many of them in courts on patent infringement allegations several years back, Microsoft has been recently striking deal after deal with world-leading Android device manufacturers. Lenovo today adds to an impressive list ...

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    Choice is always good, and you can never have too many options when it comes to the competitive yet rigid world of mobile operating systems. Unfortunately, Samsung, much like Microsoft or BlackBerry lately, doesn’t seem very convinced its proprietary platform has what it takes to challenge Android and iOS on a large scale. As such, the third Tizen handheld lands in India today with modest aspirations and a fitting price. Even more so than the Z3, the Samsung Z2 targets first-time smartphone owners, who might be easily impressed by the 4-incher’s 4G LTE support, “unlimited ...

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    Way before the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was a (real) thing, Huawei rushed to be the first mobile device manufacturer with a launch event slated on the eve of IFA 2016’s start. In the meantime, of course, the highly anticipated Note 7 saw daylight thousands of miles away from Berlin, leaving the Mate 9 or Mate S2 in a pretty good position to capture the German trade show spotlight next week. That’s September 1, beginning at 10:30am CEST, in case you were wondering, which equates to 1:30am PDT, or 4:30 EDT. Clearly, Huawei has something in store aimed primarily at European and Asian ...

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    Hey! Want a 4K Android or Windows 10 Mobile tablet with a 21-megapixel camera on the back and a 13-megapixel selfie shooter? How about front facing speakers? 802.11 ad Wi-Fi (utilizing 60GHz band streams)? Temperature sensor, heart rate sensor, all kinds of go-okay, you've read the headline, let's cut to the chase. If you're really into hacking things up for your own personal gain, go ahead and see if you can pick up Qualcomm's new Mobile Development Platform Smartphone and/or Tablet. Both are run by a Snapdragon 820 with all the goodies inside of it — the Adreno 520 GPU and the Hexagon ...

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    Pokemon GO's first month has seen stellar growth that Nintendo couldn't have imagined. The Pokemon Company and Niantic were riding the coattails of this windfall as did what we found out to be contingent markets. But the party has to be done soon, right? Every viral product has that top notch it hits early on before slinking towards mediocrity. As such for Pokemon GO, we have to ask where that mediocrity is. 40 million daily active users is a lot to start paring off from. Axiom Capital Management has been tracking usage data from Sensor Tower, SurveyMonkey and Apptopia. The firm claims ...

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    What Android lost, Twitter has found, picked up and blasted it back not only to Android users, but our friends rocking iOS, too. It's the dark aesthetics of Night Mode and, yes, a couple months after the Android Twitter app got the  new toggle, we find iOS getting a little roll-out action today. Well, "little" compared to the Nougat update, but whatevs. Rolling out today – we're bringing night mode to iOS! 🌙 https://t.co/XxNZHQdth9 pic.twitter.com/WLwKi4H0Oe — Twitter (@twitter) August 22, 2016 If you've waited for a while, pull up your multitasking shades and swipe away Twitter, ...

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    With the Galaxy Note 7 out of the spotlight, perhaps it's time to move swiftly onto some more mid-ranger and budget-end devices? Let's start with Samsung's latest Tizen star, the Z2. Media renders have popped up ahead of the device's launch in India in just hours. The pictures do real justice as to how thick this device is. More of the specs can be found here. [gallery ids="480742,480743,480744"]   Talking about the Galaxy C9, — the literal flagship of yesteryear — we remain in India and with import-export database Zauba to find that an actual unit or eight has flown into the country. ...

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    Barbara Streisand is a woman on a mission. At 74, not only does she continue to sing her heart out, — her latest album, Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway, shows her chords off with the likes of Jamie Foxx, Melissa McCarthy and Anne Hathaway — she demands that automatons pronounce her name correctly. Streisand. That "sand" part is not "zand". It's "beach sand" sand. Sure, Google pronounces her name correctly, but to many iOS users on their iPhones and iPads (and soon on their Macs), she is Tony Award-winning vocalist Barbara Streizand. Well, until September 30th. Where else but on ...

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    After having been publicly wrung with new features, issues, bugs, tickets, tweaks, recodes and resolution, the final version of a product to be launched is still only the first version of a product. The work continues to keep it running smoothly along the way, right? So it goes for Android developers who are looking to a new preview of Android Nougat this fall as Google starts working more updates every three months "that will bring continued refinements and polish". Just because the preview of the Android Nougat preview is done with doesn't mean the previews stop. We'll keep checking ...

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    Sprint made it there first. Then came T-Mobile. Freaking Verizon also has a roaming agreement in Cuba. It seems that when US travel restrictions got the kibosh last year, everyone wanted to make deals across the river to keep their tourist customers connected. AT&T is the last of the major national carriers to sign an agreement with a local provider (in this case, ETECSA) for roaming services in Cuba. Data is covered as is text and talk. Availability and pricing are subject to later announcements, likely under AT&T's Passport program. Source: AT&T Via: CNET

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    With a design change to the homepage of Android site, it seems that Google is about to drop the factory images for Android 7.0 Nougat for Nexus devices dating back to the Nexus 6 and 9 as well as the General Mobile 4G Android One phone. The Nexus Player and Pixel C are also in on the action. Regardless of whether your device(s) is on the Android Beta Program or not, you should receive your OTA within a couple of weeks. You can also flash the 7.0 update once the files are available at Google's developer site. With the update comes multi-window apps, quick multitasking shortcuts and bundled ...

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    With Duo out in the open, we're still closing in on what might come through to Google's new messaging service, Allo. There's a lot of teasing going on during I/O 2016, providing us with an idea of what the features are. But we now have supposed grabs of how these features get into action via Android Police. The search engine inside of the app is a welcome progression from having to search through your Gmail records to find Hangouts conversations. It slinks through your chats with people and bots (such as Google Assistant) and even borrows from Google Photos' search engine to identify ...

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    The torment of at least a few adventurous OnePlus X users is finally coming to an end, as the latest Android iteration (technically, Nougat isn't out yet) can be manually flashed at your own risk. Granted, we expected more from OnePlus, sooner and faster, with the upper mid-range 5-incher commercially launched last November, and clearly capable of running Marshmallow no problem, Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB RAM and all. Instead of a timely over-the-air software update to a new and silky smooth OS, the X is receiving a fairly tardy first community build of OxygenOS 3.1. That’s the ...

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    Update: There might still be hope for an exit out of the Lollipop purgatory soon, at least in Greece. Samsung's regional Facebook admin just assured a concerned fan of the company's commitment to deliver over-the-air M sweets to "the whole Tab S series." Now we're even more confused. Original story below. Credit where credit is due, Samsung did a relatively solid job thus far updating both new and old, mainstream popular and lesser known, high and low-end smartphones and tablets to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Granted, Motorola remains king in terms of software support pace, but consider for a ...

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    While HP and Microsoft tried their best to make it clear off the bat that the Elite x3 isn’t meant to put Windows 10 Mobile on the consumer OS map, it’s hard for the masses to not get excited about a phablet so much better than the Lumia 950 XL, at least on paper. Unfortunately, the HP Elite x3 provides features and specs perfect for both business and everyday power users… at a prohibitive price as far as the latter group is concerned. If you perhaps hoped Redmond would steer the ship away from a guaranteed collision at the eleventh hour stateside and up north, we’re sad to report ...

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    With a minuscule reported global market share of 0.2 percent after more than four years of on and off software development work, 18 months since Z1’s commercial release, and a rapidly shrinking supporter roster, you might be wondering why Samsung continues to bet on a seemingly losing horse called Tizen. Well, according to The Korea Herald, the company’s (extremely) long-term plan of “leaving” Android is still on, and Tizen-powered phones will continue to be unveiled in low-end markets such as India, Indonesia, South Africa or Nigeria. Yes, that’s phones, plural, as in more than ...

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    We’ve said it a number of times in the recent and not-so-recent past, and we’ll say it again as often as we get the chance. While the US remains an important market for any smartphone manufacturer, be it veteran or rookie, seeking global relevance, China and especially India can even more easily make or break an OEM’s ambitions. That’s because there’s still room for growth in the country so adamantly opposed to refurbished iPhones, which appeared to reach a saturation point this beginning of the year, quickly bouncing back between April and June, according to the International ...

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    The market for pre-owned mobile devices has always felt like a gold mine some manufacturers and retailers simply didn’t know how to properly exploit, but especially in a day and age when high-end, high-priced smartphones appear to be losing ground to “affordable flagships”, OEMs clearly need to adapt. That includes Apple and Samsung, possibly the world’s only two phone-making companies strong and popular enough to still sell more premium models than low-enders. Refurbished iPhones and iPads are of course tremendously beloved, particularly stateside, due to the fact inexpensive new ...

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    While a year arguably makes a world of difference when it comes to smartphone upgrades, and the OnePlus 3 revises its predecessor’s already impressive internals and attractive design, objectively improving them both and yet keeping the price bar relatively low, you can still appreciate the OnePlus 2 on its enduring strengths. Especially now that the 2015-released “flagship killer” finally runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow, setting you back for a limited time an extremely palatable $239.99 on eBay. Top-rated seller cell-force promises to keep the unprecedented deal going for 30 more hours ...

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    Today might just be the big day for owners of the two latest (and greatest, until Marlin and Sailfish swim up to shore) Nexus devices, at least according to one of Canada’s three leading mobile network operators. But Australia’s number two wireless carrier doesn’t entirely share Telus’ position or confirm its very specific Android Nougat release date, while the third largest telco down under even more clearly suggests a delay could be in store due to a mysterious “issue found during testing.” Not Vodafone’s own “optimization” process, mind you, as said bug is apparently ...

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    For its 50th anniversary, Best Buy on Friday kicked off a fitting 50 deals only supposed to last 50 hours. These covered a wide range of tech departments, from smartphones to smartwatches, tablets, laptops, HDTVs and so on, but in all honesty, they felt somewhat underwhelming on the whole, at least as far as mobile gadget enthusiasts are concerned. After digging a little deeper however, we’ve discovered one unprecedented bargain, though being marked as a “special anniversary deal” on BB’s official website suggests it could expire in mere minutes. On the bright side, it’s also ...

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    Meitu is more than just a misspelling of "Meizu". With its smartphones and applications all about you, yourself and your selfie, you might be wondering if there's a feasible market to keep it running? Maybe. But it definitely wants a feasible market to head into. It has applied for an Initial Public Offering of shares on the Hong Kong stock exchange looking for a valuation from $500 million to $1 billion. The location's notable in that tech stocks take up only 10 percent of the market, a relatively low number compared with locales in mainland China and, of course, New York. Tencent, Lenovo ...

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