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    Google is emailing select Android developers today, letting them know of new Google Play advancements set to launch come time for the annual I/O conference at the end of May. While the program isn't official quite yet, this notice to developers acts as confirmation that the Google Designed for Families program is real, and it's presenting itself as a more kid and family-friendly approach to app retailing. Over the years, Google has wildly modified its stance on approving applications before they're published onto the Play Store; now there's a tighter approval process than before, and the ...

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    So for a minute there, when we heard that “Hyperlapse” had just reached Windows, Windows Phone and Android, we thought that the Instagram service had just left iOS exclusivity. As it turns out, that’s not necessarily the case. Hyperlapse is definitely one of the coolest apps iOS has to offer, and it seems that you’ll get some of that love on other platforms, but from another source. Microsoft has just launched its own Hyperlapse service for Android, Windows, and Windows Phone, and in a nutshell, you’re getting a very similar experience to what Instagram’s Hyperlapse already ...

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    LG definitely did an amazing job with its launch of the LG G4. Not only does it have one of the best cameras in the industry, but really the whole experience of using a G4, from the expandable storage, to the replaceable battery, to that display, to the replaceable backs, all leads to no reasons for complaints from this new flagship. Surely no device is perfect, but this is one we highly recommended in our review, and if you’re looking out for one, T-Mobile might be your best way to go. T-Mobile’s LG G4 promo twitter account has just confirmed that we should expect the device as early ...

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    ASUS launched the first ZenWatch back at IFA last year, and ever since 2015 got rolling, the company's been talking about its plans for a follow-up. We heard that we could expect the smartwatch to arrive sometime in Q3, and that it should offer greatly improved battery life. Responding to rumors of possible delays, CEO Jerry Shen has now not only confirmed that the Q3 release timeframe is still on track, but that the company intends to introduce the ZenWatch 2 at Computex in early June. We also get an update on the battery situation, and while the dream of running a whole week on a single ...

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    After months of uncertainty, it finally looks like the Galaxy S6 Active is very much happening. This week has already brought us a number of leaks, including press renders of the phone and an in-the-wild shot, and coupled with the discovery of FCC paperwork, evidence in support of the model's existence has been hard to ignore. But so far we've lacked any sort of official confirmation from Samsung. While there's still been no formal announcement, we may be one step closer to launch, as the phone's name appears on Samsung's own servers. In a page describing the Samsung Plus loyalty program, ...

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    HTC hasn’t really found the amount of popularity it was looking for with the HTC One M9, but that doesn’t mean we don’t praise the company’s software. HTC Sense continues to be one of our favorite Android skins so far, and the company continues to add value to it as time goes by. Not all rumored value is positive, but some updates are much welcome. HTC Zoe just found a much-needed update today, with a couple of things that are welcome. First of all it now brings Chromecast support, so you’ll now be able to share your Zoes with friends and family on the TV, something that should ...

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    With as much of our digital lives conducted from mobile devices as they are, it's been refreshing to see the emphasis that the companies connecting us with online resources have been placing on content that's as useful as it can be for such mobile consumption. Google started marking mobile-optimized search results last year, and back in April we learned that the company would begin prioritizing such listings in searches originating on phones and tablets. Now Microsoft is jumping on board that same bandwagon, and talks today about its own efforts to do something very similar. Like Google, ...

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    Last spring, Android Wear got started with the announcements of the LG G Watch and the Motorola Moto 360, but it wouldn’t be until a few months later when the first hardware actually arrived. And while the Moto 360 would remain in the shadows until even later in the year, the G Watch found itself joined by another model as they marked the platform's commercial debut: the Samsung Gear Live. In the months that followed, LG released additional Android Wear models, but the Gear Live remained Samsung's sole Android Wear experiment. Now that experiment may be drawing to a close, as the Gear ...

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    Apple has found a ton of success in its new iPhone formula after the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. It’s clear that the market wanted bigger phones, and after much drama from the company’s sales team, the plan has clearly worked as the company has broken many of its own records in sales. The momentum has been significant enough to see Apple outgrow giants like Samsung and Xiaomi as well, and today we hear more predictions. UBS’ Evidence Lab has just provided some of its predictions on what to expect from Apple this quarter, and we’re looking at a crazy 51 million iPhone ...

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    Times have changed when it comes to the music business model, and Apple is clearly up to something big with its recent acquisition of Beats. At a time when Spotify and YouTube are already leaving iTunes behind in sales, we could even say that Cupertino is late in finding the right formula to regain popularity. We’re still unclear over what Apple plans to do with Beats Music, but today we get news on part of the plan. Trusted sources claim that Apple will revamp Beats Music to a new service that might be known as Apple Music. We’re not sure if this also means that iTunes will cease to ...

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    A couple days back, word landed that Microsoft was nearly ready to release the next Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones, with Gabriel Aul tweeting that preparations were in the works to have the release ready to go sometime this week. And while he couldn't commit to that happening for sure, leaving the door open for a delay if any last-minute issues popped up, it looks like things went about as smoothly as could be hoped, and today Microsoft makes Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10080 available for smartphone testers. Maybe the biggest deal here is new hardware support, and with this ...

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    Apple first announced HomeKit at WWDC 2014 when drawing the curtain back on iOS 8. HomeKit would allow iOS software to talk with home automation products, and with features like voice control through Siri, it all sounded very promising – except we've still yet to see it arrive. While Apple never publicly offered a specific date for when that might happen, some of its HomeKit hardware partners had been talking about their HomeKit-compatible products launching in May or June. Now a new rumor suggests that Apple is pushing back its timetable, and instead we're looking at a late summer ...

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    For as much as we love smartphone accessories, buying them can sometimes be an anxiety-filled experience; will this third-party case really deliver the quality I'm looking for? While it often means paying a little more, that kind of uncertainty can often be side-stepped by sticking with official OEM accessories – or at least, that's what we'd like to believe. In reality, even these straight-from-the-manufacturer accessories can sometimes let us down, and a number of new Galaxy S6 and GS6 Edge owners have been sounding the warning call about the potential for screen damage with official ...

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    After being tapped by Google to build Nexus tablets two years in a row, it sure looked like ASUS might be ready to parlay that exposure into some bigger business for its own tablet family. Instead, while we've seen the company release some interesting smartphones and accessories, its post-Nexus tablet offerings have been a little unremarkable. Is there still time to turn things around? We may be finding out soon, as it looks like ASUS is just about ready to introduce a few tablets under the new ZenPad banner. Right now, evidence points to the presence of at least two ZenPad sizes, a ...

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    Rumors about HTC's next Butterfly-series smartphone have been bouncing around since well before the One M9 itself launched, painting the picture of an extremely high-end device. With specs like a Snapdragon 810 SoC and a 5.2-inch quad HD display, it sounded like the phone would pick some of the best components from both the One M9 and the subsequently launched One M9 Plus. Reports suggested that HTC could be planning to go official with the new Butterfly sometime this month, and today the company does just that, announcing the new J Butterfly for Japan. Just as the rumors suggested, that ...

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    If there's one thing you generally don't expect when you're buying cheap phones, it's that you'll be receiving fast updates to the latest versions of the device's operating system. Well, that's not the case with Motorola, as its budget-friendly Moto E has been receiving updates that rival even Nexus devices in speed. Today, the Moto E Android 5.1 update has begun its rollout to all users of the second-gen model of the smartphone. Because of the fact that the Moto E is an unlocked smartphone offered off-contract, all owners of the device should be currently seeing an available update. For ...

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    Verizon users, have you been feeling a bit of a Windows Phone drought as of late? That's for good reason – no device running the Microsoft OS has been launched in 2015 so far, leaving enthusiasts disheartened and the rest of us a little worried. Fear no longer, though, because Verizon has finally ended that drought today. Say hello to the Verizon LG Lancet, a fairly cheap phone meant as a good, budget-friendly option to bolster the carrier's portfolio. The Lancet is inarguably an entry-level option: its off-contract pricing comes in at just $69, and its outright purchase price is an ...

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    Microsoft is up to a great deal of changes when it comes to the future of Windows 10. We’ve already heard that the company no longer wants to change the name, as it’ll now focus on making Windows 10 a service that updates constantly over the next few years. One of our biggest questions was how many versions of Windows 10 would be announced during the final launch this summer, but it seems we get final details today. Microsoft has just announced that Windows 10 will launch in six different versions, and even though most of the operating system elements will be shared, each one will have ...

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    We’ve kept an eye on Samsung’s rumored “Project Orbis,” which is also being dubbed the Samsung Gear A by many as well. This is not only Samsung’s first round smartwatch, but also a device in which Samsung plans to bring some UI innovation, as we’ve heard that a rotating bezel will play a major role in how you’ll interact with the smartwatch. We’re ready for a possible launch of this product in IFA, but today we get a ton of details on what to expect. Samsung has just launched its Gear SDK to developers, and it includes very comprehensive documentation on the specifications ...

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    Is HTC committed to the tablet market or not? After a couple forgettable early efforts, last year the company returned strong as the manufacturer behind Google's Nexus 9. That's fueled no shortage of rumors that we'd be seeing some new tablets released under the OEM's own branding, but so far none have managed to materialize. Most recently, that's included a supposed model T1H for the Chinese market, sounding very much like an SoC-swapped Nexus 9, but confirmation has remained out of reach. Now rumors address another possible HTC tablet, hinting a lower-end device that could launch in the ...

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    We’ve kept a close eye on YotaPhone’s offerings since the first model the company announced a few years ago. The idea of having dual displays working together to provide you with an enhanced reading experience is just the tip of the iceberg for what this phone can do, and our review of the YotaPhone 2 proved it. If you’re in the market considering this cool piece of Russian technology, this is probably the best time to buy. We now have a YotaPhone 2 being announced in white today, in case the black option that we reviewed seemed to dull for you. The device retains the same design, ...

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    As ridiculous as it may sound for Apple to get into the electric vehicle business, we’ve seen an incredible amount of rumors that point in that direction. The rumored “Project Titan” is real according to sources, so much so that we’ve seen Cupertino renting vans here and there for reasons we still can’t confirm. Another major indicator is Apple’s poaching of Tesla Motors engineers, in addition to A123 engineers, and this has led Apple into some major legal issues. If you remember, A123 Systems sued Apple earlier this year over poaching engineers and scientists to work in ...

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    Before the launch of Apple’s Activation Lock services, owning an iPhone or iPad made many users vulnerable to theft. Ever since the law was enforced, we’ve seen a dramatic drop in theft cases in many countries like the UK, mainly because a stolen iPhone or iPad is useless unless the thief knows the victim’s iCloud password. Watch theft is another common world problem since these are mostly considered jewelry items, and you can bet the Apple Watch falls under that category. A recent study has just proven that owning an Apple Watch may also make you very vulnerable to theft. At a time ...

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    It hasn't even been a month yet since Huawei launched the P8 (along with the P8max and maybe, not really the P8 Lite), its latest Android flagship. But life moves fast in the smartphone world, and the manufacturer already has its eyes firmly on what's next. We could be learning precisely what that is in just three more weeks, as the company sends out invites to a June 2 event. As you can see below, Huawei invites us to see what the company's unlocking next, with promises of showing off “what's new” and offering some insight into the company's further intentions for the US market. ...

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    The last 24 hours have been busy ones for the Samsung Galaxy S6 Active. While rumored for months, new evidence has started turning up in droves, all getting started with the release of some apparent photos of the handset in the flesh. It was long after that when FCC paperwork for the phone was seemingly uncovered, further making its release seem like an inevitability. Now we get maybe our best look at the phone yet, upon the leak of a couple new renders, complete with the phone's iconic camouflage paint job. As you may have heard us discussing on this week's Pocketnow Weekly podcast, ...

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