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    The last few days have been thick with rumors about Verizon's plans for new Motorola hardware, suggesting among other things that the carrier is getting ready to give the US its only taste of the Moto X Play in the form of the exclusive Droid Maxx 2. Yesterday some images of back panels very much in the design of the Moto X Play, only with Verizon and Droid branding, arrived to help support that theory, and today we see it pick up even stronger support, upon the publication of a few pics that seem to reveal a complete Droid Maxx 2 handset. The hardware we see here is unmistakeably cut from ...

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    Class may not be technically in session yet, but T-Mobile wants its school-going customers to be prepared ahead of time with sizzling hot new smartphones. Of course, anyone can get in on the discounted action over at the “Uncarrier’s” online store, as long as you act quickly. T-Mo’s collection of Android savings is only valid today, and the promotion’s headliner is hands down the Samsung Galaxy S6. Already trimmed very recently, from $680 to $580 outright, the non-edgy 5.1-incher is now available for a further $80 off. That’s right, $500 buys you the GS6, free of contractual ...

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    Remember the HTC Aero, aka A9? Yesterday we posted an HTC A9 leak in the form of a press render, and that phone looked a lot like the Apple iPhone 6. As a matter of fact, the resemblance was so obvious that some readers were asking themselves why exactly did we decide to run the story, which seemed to be an obvious "fake". Well, it's not, and whether that's a good or a bad thing is completely up to you. The image above was posted on Weibo and claims to show off the upcoming A9, next to the phone it looks a lot like: the iPhone. While this HTC A9 leak seems to confirm the previous one, ...

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    The ASUS ZenFone 2 is a phone to definitely keep on your shortlist if you're looking for a new device. It impressed us with the occasion of our review, and, if you're lucky enough to live in specific markets, you can also get a special edition which packs a whopping 256GB of internal storage. The company is preparing to capitalize on the success of (and buzz around) its ZenFone line-up, and will prepare no less than 6-7 new models next year. Company CEO Jerry Shen said these new 2016 ZenFone series smartphones will mostly pack 5.5-inch displays, and next year's line-up, according to the ...

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    One of the many changes Samsung made for this year's Galaxy Note phablet concerns the handset's S Pen stylus, and for the Galaxy Note 5 Samsung came up with a design that allows the S Pen to be stowed away flush inside the phone, retrieved by means of a spring-loaded mechanism. The Note 5's already selling like hotcakes, but as more and more users get their hands on the smartphone, a few a running into a bit of a sticky situation with the redesigned S Pen, getting the stylus stuck in its holder – upside down. While it seems obvious that the S Pen isn't intended to be shoved into the Note ...

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    After months and months of remaining low key, Google ATAP's Project Ara modular smartphone effort popped back on our radar a little earlier this month, as we got word that plans for the initial public trial in Puerto Rico weren't going to happen as planned. While that was bad news, the team behind Ara quickly gave us new cause to be hopeful, talking about some interesting hardware changes it would make going forward, as well as announcing its intention to finally get those trials started next year (and maybe even in the continental US, to boot). We'll likely be getting a lot more Ara news ...

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    Samsung's decision to remove expandability options from the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ has proven to be a polarizing topic. While some don't care, the rest of us are truly disappointed by Samsung's measures, even if both devices improved in overall appearance. If you're wondering how this amounts to sales, the answer is rather shocking. The Korea Times just published news claiming that Samsung has sold more of its new phablet units than it did last year. The report claims that Samsung has been able to sell 100,000 units of both devices in just three days, a number that's far better ...

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    For those of you wondering just how successful Google Wallet has been, well, the fact that there's another service called Android Pay should say enough. Google announced Android Pay at its Google I/O conference as a new alternative to fix the old and compete with Apple. At this point the only thing missing is a launch date, and we seem to get a light on the subject. Employees at McDonalds claim to have already received a memo claiming that Android Pay will launch on August 26, just a few days away. Sadly the leaked memo goes as far as to claim that Samsung Pay should already be official, ...

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    One of the most visible ways we see mobile electronics mature over time is how relative screen sizes grow, and non-screen components shrink, until these gadgets are utterly dominated by their displays; just compare an old phone like the Nokia 3310, all keyboard and speaker (with just a tiny screen), to a modern handset like the LG G4, with a screen that nearly fills the phone's face. We're already seeing signs of the same evolution happening with smartwatches, as early models like the original, chunky Pebble give way to screen-dominated models like Samsung's Gear S2. But some manufacturers ...

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    The smartwatch market is still anybody's game, as even company's like Apple haven't figured out the right combination for success. As a result we've heard major brands like Tag Heuer and Fossil interested in a piece of the pie, in addition to Swatch. We have yet to see what these watch experts come up with in the future, but today we get a minor teaser. Swatch CEO Nick Hayek was recently interviewed about the smartwatch market, and his reaction to the Cupertino offering in particular was that "The Apple Watch is an interesting toy, but not a revolution." According to Hayek, the biggest ...

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    This year's IFA trade show is so close we can nearly taste it. Well, maybe that's just all the German food we'll be eating, but we're itching at the chance to descend upon Berlin and start bringing you all the big announcements from this year's show. Back at the start of the month, Sony sent out invites for its IFA press event, scheduled to fall on September 2. Ever since, we've been wondering about just which devices we could hope to see the company launch, and while we've certainly got a few strong contenders, nothing's official just yet. Sony's keeping us guessing up until the end, and ...

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    A few hours back, we told you about some of the latest rumors surrounding HTC's smartphone plans, as talk of the HTC A9, the model codenamed Aero, arrived to get specific about the hardware's specs. Those included details about things like HTC's choice to go with a MediaTek SoC, but left plenty of other questions unanswered, including what HTC was thinking of doing in terms of the phone's cameras. As we wait for new spec leaks to land, we get a chance to look at how at least one of those cameras may arrive, upon the publication of an image purporting to be the HTC A9 as seen from the rear. ...

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    Samsung's new Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ may not bring the expandable storage or replaceable battery that many of us wanted, but that doesn't mean that these are mediocre phones either. Both devices pack most of the high-end specifications that we praised on the Galaxy S6, with a couple of extra tricks to entice users. Samsung isn't famous for providing specifics on the components that make up the spec sheet, but today we get some details. For those of you wondering what camera sensor these new phablets cary, it turns out that they aren't far off from the Galaxy S6. Spec listings ...

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    Today the news are all about a major slump happening in the stock market as the weakening Chinese economy has created a ton of negative speculation. Most of Apple's growth in the last few quarters has concentrated in China, so it's only natural that Cupertino's stock plunged this morning to an all time low for 2015. As a reaction to this, Apple has decided to speak up. Apple CEO Tim Cook just responded to an inquiry from Mad Money's Jim Cramer to give investors positive insight on Apple's operations in China. According to Cook, Apple has continued to experience growth even with the ...

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    Just over a month ago, Android users got their first shot at trying out Microsoft's response to the Google Nows and Siris of the world, as Microsoft got invite-only testing underway on Cortana for Android – well, that was the plan, at least, but a leaked APK quickly gave a whole lot of additional Android users a chance to interact with Cortana for themselves. While it was great for Microsoft to start going cross-platform with Cortana like that, we still needed to see Cortana for Android availability greatly expand, and the iOS port was nowhere to be found. We're still waiting for ...

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    Samsung hasn’t shied away from building buzz around its next-gen Tizen smartwatch the old fashioned way, previewing the circular Gear S2 at the latest smartphone-dedicated Unpacked event and then outright showing off the timepiece in a teaser video. What the South Korean device manufacturer didn’t reveal was the Gear S2 is likely headed to market in a “Classic” variation, as well. The name Gear S2 Classic popped up in source code on Samsung’s very own website, but unfortunately, we’re left guessing about the differences between it and the standard Gear S2. This could well be a ...

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    From the way Motorola introduced its latest Moto X-series hardware a few weeks back, it was easy to get the impression that when it comes to the US, the story isn't quite over. After all, the rest of the world is getting two new Moto X models, so why are shoppers in the States stuck with just the Pure Edition (Moto X Style)? One compelling theory suggests that the US will see the arrival of the Moto X Play after all, but in a slightly different form, taking the role of a carrier exclusive. Over the weekend, we talked about how the Moto X Play might end up landing on Verizon as the Droid ...

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    If Google indeed plans to keep its next two Nexus smartphones on the sidelines until October, there may not be much left to announce by then. Already, we (think we) know a great deal about the stock Android Marshmallow-powered LG and Huawei phones, with the former manhandled and rendered last week, and the latter following suit now. This isn’t the first time we’re getting convincing hints as to the external appearance of the alleged Nexus 6 sequel, but the photos floating around the interwebs today show something we haven’t seen before: an actual N6 2015 prototype, in all ...

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    HTC’s road back to profitability will likely be paved with major job cuts, factory sales and other austerity measures, but despite recent rumors, the Taiwanese device manufacturer may not give up on its second hero phone for the year. The “Aero” is still very much real, according to sources from China, and should precede the O2 instead of getting replaced by it. Due out in October, as CEO Cher Wang once suggested, this “intermediate” high-end Android could retain a loose family connection with the One M9 while signaling the dawn of a new era. Purportedly baptized A9 (no “One” ...

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    With each passing day, Microsoft loses another precious opportunity to recover some of the lost ground in the challenging high-end smartphone arena. But if fresh rumors pan out, the Windows Mobile offensive may not be so far on the horizon. The Lumia 940 and 940 XL, alternatively referred to as 950 and 950 XL by certain insiders and codenamed Cityman and Talkman, will likely sit out Berlin’s IFA trade show early next month. A dedicated press event scheduled before September ends also seems a long shot, so if MS wants to have the two flagship phones in stores by Christmas, it needs to ...

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    The rumor mill has been clamoring with stories regarding a couple of new entries in the Nexus franchise this fall, and most tipsters seem convinced LG and Huawei will join forces with Google before long. The former manufacturer may return to finally upgrade the two-year-old Nexus 5, and we’ve just got the scoop on another big improvement. Besides adding a fingerprint scanner to the mix, no doubt upping the processing power and RAM ante, and likely revising the rear-facing camera, the second-gen Nexus 5 should also noticeably augment selfie performance. The mediocre 1.3 MP front sensor of ...

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    There were (are, and probably will be, until the official unveiling) a lot of rumors concerning Apple's 2015 smartphones. There were various, some concerning a strengthened chassis, some referring to a pink model (rose gold), and many others regarding Force Touch and other aspects of the phone. Some reports talked about a 12MP iPhone 6s camera (and iPhone 6s Plus), a bump from the 8MP found on current models, and today's rumor seems to confirm this. Of course, this is no official confirmation, as it comes from unnamed sources within the supply chain. Said anonymous person talked about a ...

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    If you've been following the BlackBerry Venice rumors and leaks, you probably know by now that BlackBerry is reportedly planning on bringing an Android-powered smartphone --a QWERTY slider, to be more specific-- to the market. The latest such leak indicated that it will hit all four US carriers in November, with a collage picture attached, which showed off the alleged phone running both Google Play and the BlackBerry Hub. Well, Evan Blass has followed up with another leak, showing off a screenshot that reveals a lot of BlackBerry related apt files. These files will most probably be baked ...

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    The ASUS ZenFone 2 is available is so many options that it is sometimes hard to keep track, but it's definitely a good thing, as the company is able to offer something for everyone. And, given the cutthroat competition in the mid-range smartphone market (especially around the $300 price tag), OEMs are constantly striving to differentiate, bring something new or different to the table. The diamond/crystal inspired pattern on the ASUS ZenFone 2 above might not be your thing, but the carbon-fiber look of the same phone below might be. And, even if both aren't, you should still seriously ...

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    Back in May, Google launched a new version of Android Wear, one that would enable smartwatches to function in a smart way via Wi-Fi, without the need of a constant Bluetooth connection to your smartphone. The first watch to sport this feature was the LG Watch Urbane, but Google (and some OEMs) promised that Wi-Fi capabilities will be enabled on smartwatches already present in the market. The LG G Watch R (which is basically the Watch Urbane, and vice versa) was left out and LG promised a refresh to enable Wi-Fi will be rolling out sometime in Q3. Well, that time is now, as, according to ...

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