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    If you've been following Pocketnow so far this summer, no doubt you've come across one or more of our smartphone giveaways. We've been handing out phones, accessories, and invite codes since June, often announcing the new giveaway each Monday. Does that mean we've got a new one for you today? Well... no, but there's a good reason for that. See, last week, when we started our latest contest on Monday, we decided to keep entries open for a little longer than normal, extending them for over a full week. That means there's still time to win, which is exactly why we're putting up this reminder. ...

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    We're just a couple of weeks away from the rumored announcement of the iPhone 6. The device reportedly entered mass production a couple of weeks ago, so the amount of leaks that show us some finalized hardware will only start to grow. We've seen a couple of leaked backs of what the iPhone 6 will look like, but new leaks show us a finalized phone, or so they claim. New leaked photos from an Asian source show us the iPhone 6 being compared with the iPhone 5. By the looks of the iPhone 6 unit, it's clear that the device is still not as refined as what you'll get on a retail box, but the ...

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    What comes to mind when we talk about an extremely budget-priced smartphone? Something like the Nokia Lumia 530? Maybe the Motorola Moto E? Aggressively low prices can be key to adoption in markets where smartphones are still making inroads upon the populace, as we see in recently industrialized nations like India. There, you might pay the equivalent of $145 for that Lumia 530 or $120 for that Moto E – cheaper than many phones, sure, but can't we do a little better? Firefox phones are still trying to establish their niche in the market, and largely they've been coming in at the very ...

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    Last year, with the launch of the Moto X, Motorola introduced its Skip NFC accessory. The little tag could be used to quickly unlock the smartphone, although our hands-on found Skip a little awkward to use. With the Moto X+1 expected for next week, will Skip once again be a featured accessory? A new leak FCC publication suggest that Motorola's been cooking-up a totally redesigned second-generation Skip, and this one adds a bunch of new features by way of bringing Bluetooth support to the device. While the first Skip was an entirely passive NFC tag, the new Skip would be a battery-powered ...

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    With the launch of the iPhone 5s, Apple made a lot of buzz over how its M7 coprocessor would help its A7 processor with additional data. The M7 is intended to relieve the A7 chip from the stress of tracking the motion data that come from the accelerometer, gyroscope and compass, and therefore making it more power efficient. Some still debate its usefulness, but rumors have it that Apple is working on its logical successor for the iPhone 6, and the oddest part is its name. Instead of hearing the name "M8" motion coprocessor, the charts leaked by GeekBar are of a coprocessor named ...

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    Tizen just can't seem to get off the ground when it comes to smartphones. Sure, Samsung's put the platform inside its consumer electronics, and the OS powers the majority of the company's smartwatches, but a Tizen smartphone continues to elude us. Sure, we saw the Samsung Z go official a couple months back, but the phone's been hit with delay after delay since then, and now it's anyone's guess when (or if) sales might actually begin. Keep in mind, though, while it may seem like Samsung's baby, Tizen is actually an effort from multiple companies; could any other players be working on Tizen ...

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    Motorola's got one. LG's getting one. And at the pace things are going, if you want to be a competitive smartwatch manufacturer, that's going to mean adding a model with a circular face to your offerings. We've already heard that Samsung may be looking to spice up its smartwatch lineup with a new Gear model featuring a highly curved display, but now we get word that a circular model could be arriving to join it before the end of the year. We've talked about round Samsung smartwatches before, having spotted the company's work towards patenting such designs (above), but we haven't had any ...

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    With the Galaxy Alpha, Samsung finally gave us the metal smartphone we'd been asking for... sort of. Well, it may not be the full-metal-bodied One-esque phone some Samsung fans had been clamoring for, but at least it's a step in a new direction for the company. But where's that step going to lead? Back when we were talking about Samsung's metal phone arriving as the Galaxy F, there was this rumor that we weren't just looking at one model, but a whole series of devices, all under this F banner. Now we're hearing that a similar situation may occur with the Galaxy Alpha, as Samsung prepares ...

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    Last week, HTC cut though a lot of the uncertainty surrounding its own plans for IFA 2014, dropping a teaser that pretty unambiguously referred to the rumored Desire 820. While on its own, another Desire mid-ranger might not be the most exciting news in the world, the 820's been holding our attention by way of the SoC expected to power the phone, one of Qualcomm's new 64-bit Snapdragons. With just a week to go before the expo, that connection is really starting to firm up, and HTC just published a new teaser that not only gives us a new glimpse of the smartphone, but appears to confirm ...

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    One of the things that was weird about Google's announcement of Android L was that we didn't get a tasty codename. All versions of Android thus far have had a dessert attached to their names, with the latest one being KitKat, so we were surprised to hear that the next version would simply be called "L," though many theorized that this was simply for the developer preview and that the final version would bear a tasty name as usual. Now support for that theory is flooding in, as multiple references to "LMP" in AOSP, the Android L SDK, and a WiFi certification document lead us to believe the ...

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    In case you haven't noticed, it really looks like Motorola is getting wild this year. Apart from the rumors surrounding the new Moto X and G iterations, leaks of new Verizon Droids and the Nexus X have also been fairly bountiful. But news out of left field has hit us today, as Motorola may have teamed up with Verizon to create the Moto Luge, and launch day may be just later this week. According to a source of TK Tech News at Best Buy, this phone will be "specifically marketed to Verizon Prepaid customers," and there's support baked-in for Verizon's newly switched-on prepaid LTE ...

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    This year's IFA, as we now know, is going to be a bombastic one – if you don't believe me, just look at the event invites from Sony, Samsung, Microsoft, Asus, Huawei, HTC, and LG, and you'll be convinced. To stand out from the rest of the crowd from an event like this, OEMs really need to have a good product to show, and Samsung certainly thinks it does in its new Galaxy Note 4 teaser video. The video centers quite a bit around the fact that the Galaxy Note series of Android smartphones first brought Samsung's Wacom-powered S Pen into the world, and that this was a "truly notable ...

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    Sony looks to be preparing for a blockbuster IFA event this year, with reported plans for the Xperia Z3, the Xperia Z3 Compact, the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, and a new smartwatch – and that's just on the mobile side of things. Now we're hearing more confirmation of the latter two, as both the Sony tablet and smartwatch have allegedly been caught in a leaked promo pic. The picture shows off the tablet, which is expected to have an 8-inch size (a first for this Sony line of tablets), along with a new smartwatch. They are both shown near what appears to be a pool, so it's quite possible ...

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    When Android Wear was announced earlier this year, two launch partners became known: LG, and Motorola. Later, Samsung also joined in with the Gear Live, as both it and the LG G Watch went official at Google I/O 2014. The Moto 360 was still absent at the time, with a vague "coming later this summer" for a release date. With all that time we had to wait, LG has apparently had enough time to knock out a second Android Wear product, with this one being squarely (roundly?) aimed at the Moto 360: a round LG G Watch, better known as the LG G Watch R. Nothing much about this wearable becomes known ...

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    Rumors have been flying that Motorola has been chosen to make the next Nexus iteration, and most (if not all) called the phone the Nexus 6 – it's the sixth Nexus phone to be made, and it's also rumored to have a 5.9-inch screen size. Today we're seeing a report that looks to partially shoot down these earlier rumors, as the Motorola Nexus X name leaks for the first time. According to unacknowledged sources of PhoneArena, the phone will be named Motorola Nexus X (as we said earlier), and it will allegedly have the Motorola model number XT1100. This leads us to think the earlier report ...

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