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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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    Xiaomi CEO Hugo Barra said that his company will be pushing more of its electronics to the US this year. While thought to be a quite seasoned player in China, it's a six-year-old "lifestyle technology" upstart to the rest of the world, which is why Barra is on an introduction mission. "We are looking forward to introducing our brand to US consumers," Barra said to Bloomberg. "We're going to do it in the same way that we've done it in other markets. The company's targeting the young crowd (as is Huawei's competing sub-brand, Honor) through social media. India is the largest target at this ...

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    Number two ride-hailing app Lyft has been looking to better compete with top dog Uber while fending off newer transit startups like Bridj. And so, after nine funding rounds and a company valuation of $5.5 billion, it went to look for an owner. Would General Motors increase its investment of Lyft to a controlling stake? Nope. According to Recode's sources, it didn't make a bid. The company shopped itself out to Alphabet, Amazon, Microsoft and even Apple for $9 billion before cutting down that price. As Uber is divesting from its service in China, it now has incentive to hit Lyft hard back ...

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    Milk Video wasn't a winning fighter in serving up interesting, curated, well-produced video. Just because Samsung's the top mobile device producer in the world doesn't mean it can lay down its own multimedia platform down. That's especially when its customers consider everyone else just plain better. The same may go for streaming music as Samsung has announced that its Milk Music service will be sunset on September 22. The company's suggested fall back option? Slacker, the service Milk was based on. "We believe that working with partners will accelerate innovation, enhance device sales and ...

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    Windows 10 allows for a simple PIN input for user authentication. Google thought it might be a good idea to also allow its Chromebooks to do that, just like its Android phones. Whatever the case, PIN unlock capabilities are now available in the latest developer update under the flag #quick-unlock-pin. According to Chromium evangelist François Beaufort, users will have to reboot, then hit up the Material Design settings to set up a PIN for the lock screen. Developers are still trying working with Android apps on Chromebooks. Source: Google+ Via: Engadget

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    We have little idea what exactly Sony will throw at consumers this IFA around, but among the rumored wares is the so-called Xperia XR (nee F8331), benched and tracked to sport some high-end hardcore hardware. The XR make take the shape of one of the two new devices that Sony has submitted test documents to the FCC. Yes, one of them is a phone that has been tested for cellular low-band transmissions and is marked with WCDMA, GSM and LTE. The other device has a port layout (namely, Ethernet) that basically screams a gaming console. That second device might be the "PlayStation 4 Neo" that ...

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    The Electronic Frontier Foundation, which laid accusations against T-Mobile's Binge On zero-rate program not being net neutral, is calling out said T-Mobile again for more bits of anti-net neutrality. This time, its targeting T-Mobile One, the carrier's new one-for-all unlimited data plan. Senior staff technologist Jeremy Gillula believes that an extra $25 per month to bypass speed throttling on streaming video, music and gaming is a no-go in terms of the FCC's Open Internet Order. "From what we've read thus far it seems like T-Mobile's new plan to charge its customers extra to not ...

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    With several Asian parts manufacturers heavily reliant on Apple's business for sales revenue and a downward trend in sales for the iPhone set to continue for at least the next three months, we may either see Infinite Loop harvesting reduced product margins or the end of the standard $649 iPhone. Digitimes is reporting that manufacturers are refusing to cater to Apple's requests for lower lot prices. The company has been asking parts makers for up to a 20 percent discount as general iPhone unit sales fell 15 percent last quarter compared with last year and orders came in some 30 percent ...

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    A new Samsung Galaxy On7 is on the way for the US, at least a global version is. The SM-G610F (the F usually denotes a globally compatible or unlocked version of a device model) has been spotted at the FCC with a few documents and an device e-label in the settings. Of course, when we head into the settings of the device, we get a few other takeaways like the device name — which is how we confirmed the name and identity of the device — and the battery capacity. In this case, we're looking at some 3,300mAh. Previously disclosed features include a 5.5-inch full HD display, a Snapdragon ...

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    With all the bad news about the platform that we've been feeding you, it's time for some good news for the believers. Facebook took its Windows 10 Mobile app out of beta this week, deeming it stable enough for a version 1 release. Good news for Microsoft as it can drop work on its own Facebook client for Windows 10 Mobile. In fact, it is actively shuttling users to uninstall the app and download Facebook's. If you're on the marketplace for an Amazon app, it has now come back from the purgatory of Windows Phone deprecation and is now on both Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile. The app only ...

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    The company behind what's supposedly the most shatter-proof glass for smartphones in the market is addressing concerns made on a JerryRigEverything YouTube video. In the video, the display glass gets scratched with an assortment of picks, the hardness of each relating to a step on the Mohs hardness scale. In this case, the Note 7 appeared to show signs of scratching at around a level 3, just one step above plastic's usual threshold, level 2. Android Authority interviewed two top Corning employees to see what was going on. "[...] the test that was conducted in the video is obviously not a ...

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    So, you don't like EMUI's home screen? That's fine. Just throw on a launcher. But you can't do much about anything else from the drop down shade to the power prompts to all the little iOS-like interfaces. It's everything you can't get rid of without some rooting and flashing and shucking and jiving. And there hasn't been a reason not to — software support has traditionally been scant for Huawei and Honor phones, save for the major updates. Even then, it's been a hit or miss deal. Well, Taylor Wimberly, one of Honor US's web marketers, has given us a reason to stick to EMUI 4 (maybe going ...

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