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    We're expecting tons of new mobile hardware at MWC: big-name devices like the HTC One M9 and Samsung Galaxy S6. But for Motorola, this isn't really the time of the year we'd normally expect a lot of new devices, and fittingly, the rumor mill's been relatively quiet about upcoming Motorola models. But now the manufacturer is sending out notices to the press that it's got something brewing for next week, and that we can expect an “exciting announcement” on February 25. So what could this news be? The most obvious answer – and really, the only upcoming Motorola model we've seen any sort ...

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    For the better part of a year now, we've been looking forward to a world where Android would let users control phone settings with the sound of their voices. After all, considering how good Google's voice recognition is at performing searches or helping us send text messages, it didn't seem like a very tall order to be able to tell our phones to adjust screen brightness or turn on Bluetooth. Last May we looked at some early progress, where speaking commands about such system settings would bring up links to the appropriate controls, but stop short of actually changing those settings – it ...

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    Smartphone companies have been giving users unprecedented levels of access to in-development software, going back months and months now. Google released its Android L preview back in June of last year, long before the Lollipop name was even confirmed, and earlier this month we saw Microsoft draw back the curtain on the Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones. Now Apple could be looking to get a piece of that action for itself, as reports claim that the company is just about to introduce iOS public betas. Apple already has experience with public betas on the desktop side, inviting users to ...

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    With MWC 2015 so close we can nearly taste it, Samsung has been stepping up its promo game, and going back about a week now we've been seeing it drop teaser spots for “the next Galaxy.” The first one seemed to call attention to the phone's camera, while the second had us thinking about exceptional performance and battery life. Now a new one's out, this time focusing on how Samsung's building the hardware. Samsung's new video talks about its use of “beautiful things” in crafting its Galaxy hardware, and while it doesn't out and say it, the muted neutral tones and thin slabs we see ...

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    We aren't lying when we say that one of the coolest things we found in the update to Android 5.0 Lollipop was the animation from a menu bar to an arrow, one that we'd like to see implemented in as many apps as possible. Fortunately it seems Google likes this animation all the same, and today, a Google Play Android update has been released with this change – the animation's inclusion – as well as the return of the search bar of yore. Post-update, Google Play should look a bit like the header image. It does seem to look more elegant than previously, and it perhaps better serves its brand ...

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    Expectations are high for HTC's March 1 pre-MWC event, especially now that the company's essentially confirmed the presence of the HTC One M9. Well, the new One bit is official, anyway, so unless all these One M9 rumors have been hugely missing the mark, that's what we're going to get. The HTC US Twitter account has been trying to drum-up excitement about the manufacturer's new hardware, and its most recent messages, going out earlier today, talk about “something HUGE” it's been working on. The easy interpretation there is that we're looking at the One M9: “huge” as in the next ...

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    Microsoft has been doing a lot of work in building more popularity for its online services, since we know that it's Satya Nadella's main focus for the company going forward. In that challenge we've seen the company do some odd moves in sharing some of its love with iOS and Android, even before bringing the functionality to its own platforms. Bing is one of those services that also seems forgotten lately, and the company has taken some measures. Microsoft recently launched a deal that would give users a crazy 100GB of OneDrive storage for free, for two years. All you had to do was register ...

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    Whether you're using a full-blown smartwatch, a more bare-bones fitness tracker, or even the sensors on your own smartphone, there's all sorts of data ready to be gathered about your activities, crunched by some helpful software, and turned into useful reports you can quickly analyze. Maybe you track steps, monitor sleep patterns, or count burned calories, but now a future smartwatch from Geeksphone aims to analyze some ... interesting other behaviors. The Geeksme smartwatch will feature a circular face with monochrome OLED display, and offer your usual assortment of sensors – so far, ...

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    Lenovo is not only Motorola's current parent company, but also one of the largest smartphone manufacturers in the world. Seeing their work is kind of hard in the US, since the company is mainly focused on Asia, but Lenovo has done a good job at impressing us with their mobile offerings in the past couple of years. If you're in a market currently served by this company, you better get your wallet ready for MWC. Leaked photos show us that the company is working on four different smartphones, all sporting gorgeous designs, and to be announced at MWC 2015. We're talking about the Lenovo Vibe ...

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    It's no secret that governmental agencies the world around are using all sorts of techniques to monitor what we do on our smartphones. Sometimes that's using a court order to get access to a suspect's device; sometimes that's convincing a carrier to hand over bulk records for all its subscribers, guilty and innocent alike; sometimes it even means setting up a fake cellular tower to trick our phones into giving up information on themselves. But now a new report shines light on what could be one of the most far-reaching efforts to date, as British and American spies infiltrated the company ...

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    Even though one of the biggest complaints that many of us have with current smartphone flagships, we continue to be disappointed by the mid-sized smartphone offerings. Really, if you're interested in better battery life, the best solution is to go for a phablet, but not everyone wants to carry a big phone. Samsung has been doing a decent job in raising the bar for battery life with its Galaxy S lineup, but we have more rumors that point to a probable disappointment. We've got some leaked photos that show us the probable battery packs for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S Edge, and everything ...

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    This morning we alerted you to the presence of a big countdown timer on Pebble's website, ticking away in anticipation of Tuesday morning. But when Tuesday finally does roll around, what's going to happen then? We mentioned a couple theories, including the possibility of getting a peek at that new hardware the company mentioned recently, but wondered if it might be too soon for such news. Now a new rumor suggest that new hardware could very much be on the menu, and also gets into a few details about just what this new wearable might deliver. So far, Pebble's been a monochrome game: both ...

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    Since we're just a few weeks away from Apple's launch of the Apple Watch, it's only logical for the company to begin its famous advertising push. We saw how the company used the humor and talent of Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake to promote the iPhone 6 in the TV ads, so we don't expect any less of a push for the company's new Apple Watch, and today we get to learn part of the company's strategy. Since the Apple Watch is a fashionable wearable that also focuses on providing users with health information, Apple has decided to choose former Victoria’s Secret Angel Candice Swanepoel to ...

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    Google may have won a couple of sad faces a few days ago as it pulled its recently acquired Sparrow mail client from supporting the Mac and iOS, but that doesn't mean the company had negative plans behind it. We've seen the guys at Mountain View push new initiatives like its new Inbox service for the iPhone and Android smartphones, and even though we're not really sure how successful it's been when compared to competing services like Mailbox and Outlook, the company has prepared a new update. Google has silently pushed a new update to its Inbox service on the iOS App Store to version 1.2. ...

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    By this point, it feels like expectations for the HTC One M9 have largely zeroed-in on what we're likely to see HTC reveal at its March 1 event: from the handset's design to hardware specs, leaks and rumors have slowly crystallized into the understanding we now have. But while that Duo-Camera-less, five-inch, 1080p One M9 may be a safe bet, we can't quite say the same for the rumored One M9 Plus, descriptions of which have remained a little more nebulous. Today we try and cut through some of that uncertainty by taking a look at some possible benchmark data for the handset. Over on ...

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    When it comes to cellular carrier competition in the US, it's far from an even playing field. We've got Verizon and AT&T so far out in the lead that they've got well over twice as many subscribers as their closest competition. Then there's T-Mobile and Sprint fighting it out for third and fourth place, and while sometimes we like to talk about a “top five,” bringing US Cellular into the mix, that carrier's an order of magnitude smaller. That T-Mobile/Sprint balance has been showing the greatest likelihood of a shift, and while Sprint's been in third to T-Mobile's fourth, stagnant ...

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    We were so optimistic when we LG first revealed the G Flex 2 at CES last month; on first impression it looked like the manufacturer had done much to address some of the shortcomings of the first-gen model. But after spending some time with the Android smartphone, serious chinks in the armor began to show, and unavoidable issues with lag took a big chunk out of our enthusiasm. As we mentioned in our review of the phone, there's hope that LG will resolve some of those software issues in time for the US release; so when will that be? We've got our first confirmation of a date, as Sprint ...

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    MWC 2015 is still over a week away at this point, but that's not stopping plenty of companies in mobile electronics from getting started with their latest announcements a little early. For some, that's going to mean press events on March 1, while others can't even wait that long – companies like Qualcomm, sharing its next-gen SoC news this week. Now we've got our eyes on another manufacturer that looks like it's going to get in on this pre-MWC announcement action, as Pebble begins counting down to next Tuesday. The counter up on Pebble's site will hit zero in just about five days, at ...

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    Sony hasn't quite been the household name it would like to be in the mobile sector, with constant scares about whether we'll see the next smartphone from it or not. But even through these hard times, with its numbers in the red and speculation about spinning Sony Mobile off of the main company, the smartphone unit has somehow trudged onward, and we're seeing what could be a new leaked Sony Xperia today. Signs of new life for the sector? Perhaps. The phone has made appearances both at Geekbench and GFXBench, and has confirmed to both that it has a 5.2-inch 720p display with Android 5.0 ...

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    Perhaps the biggest question on our minds about LG's newly-announced and stylish Watch Urbane is just how much the device will retail for. We're not expecting a cheap device, of course – the all-metal construction and attention to detail LG's designers have put into the thing should count for something – but we have been hoping that the watch wouldn't quite break the bank. While we've yet to hear official word from LG with regard to pricing, as we're left waiting for MWC 2015 for more information on that front, a retailer has put up a listing for the wristwatch with a price that's ...

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    One of the things Motorola's been consistent with over the past few months and years has been updating its devices. We saw quick updates to Lollipop for devices like the Moto X and Moto 360, and the company hasn't been slow about quickly releasing hotfix updates in order to do away with nasty bugs. The latest one of those bug-squashing updates is the one headed out to its Android Wear wristwatch today. Here's what the Moto 360 Android 5.0.2 update brings. Considering that various users of the device have seen bugs (minor and major alike) after taking the update to Lollipop, it's good to ...

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    If the way you're grabbing screenshots from your Xbox One currently resembles the way you did it (the media, and everyone else) in the early Windows Phone 7 days (with a camera pointed at your screen), you should be happy to find out that those days are over. The ability to take Xbox One screenshots will be just one of the many new goodies and improvements Microsoft will send to your console next month, as part of the March update. The February update was no slouch either, but there's really "big stuff" coming, aside from Xbox One screenshots (double tap the X button on your controller and ...

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    Android smartphone manufacturers are still struggling to bring all their hardware up to Android 5.0 Lollipop, but Google's not been sitting idly by as they prep those updates. Instead, we've seen it deliver a number of further releases, from 5.0.1 and 5.0.2 to the mysterious 5.1 that's yet to even grace the Nexus lineup. Now we're wondering what might be next as HTC's Mo Versi makes reference to a forthcoming Android maintenance release scheduled for next month. Versi mentions the release in regards to HTC's plans for a GPe One M7 bugfix update, but we're less interested in that particular ...

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    A new HTC One smartphone is just about to launch: this is no longer up for debate. In a little over a week, while MWC 2015 is just getting warmed up, HTC is set to unveil the handset we're expecting to arrive as the One M9. But for the last couple years now, the company's flagship One-series handset has found itself flanked by a close cousin for Asian markets, the Butterfly. Last year's Butterfly 2 (pictured) got a bit of a late start, not launching until August, but this week we're already hearing about plans for a follow-up as rumored details emerge about the HTC Butterfly 3. Unlike the ...

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    Windows 10 is Microsoft's next big bet to the future of desktop, mobile and even game console computing, and the company's Technical Preview has gained a lot of praise among the media, even with how early the product is. Sadly our impressions on the mobile variant are still not positive, but we're optimistic that there's more to improve down the road. Microsoft has done an amazing job at updating its desktop variant so far, and today we learn more about what's to come. The company's Gabe Aul has just spilled the beans on hotfixes that should be reaching testers today, and the details ...

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