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    We've spent the last couple of months both considering and dismissing the possibility of an iPhone mini. At first we saw the leaked images of an iPhone 5c successor, but those rumors were quickly shot by trusted sources as the iPhone 5s might still be slated for another year, given its popularity. For a moment there we thought this possibility wouldn't happen, but it seems that Apple has a plan up its sleeve. Sources now claim that Apple is working on a metallic iPhone 6c for a launch in 2016. Foxconn's stock just grew 3.2% after the rumors hit the media, given the fact that it seems that ...

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    Samsung was in desperate need of a positive break after the sales disappointments it suffered with last year's Galaxy S5. The Galaxy S6 was codenamed "Project Zero" precisely because the company needed to re-invent the device from the ground up, and so it did. If you're wondering how well is the Korean giant doing after a few months of sales, the answer is actually positive. Kantar Worldpanel ComTech has just released numbers for the US marketshare over the the last three months ending in May 2015. The results show that Samsung is once again the smartphone king in the United States, ...

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    In a perfect world, each time we topped-up the charge on our portable electronics, they'd offer just as much juice as they did the first day we brought them home. But the reality of the situation is that even the latest modern batteries degrade over time, with capacity slowly (and sometimes not so slowly) dwindling away. Some of us look to devices with replaceable batteries as a solution, while others turn to service plans. Not all warranties are created equal, though, and many explicitly refrain from insuring a battery's ongoing capacity. This week Apple makes some changes to its own ...

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    Apple set June 30 as a very important date on the calendar, mainly because those of you eager to test Apple Music are already entitled to. For this to reach consumers, Apple published iOS 8.4, along with a couple of bug fixes to its mobile platform. iOS wasn't the only operating system benefited by this calendar date though, as we learn of a new update reaching OS X. Apple has just released OS X 10.10.4 to the public, an update that developers were already testing since we last heard in April. This new version of OS X Yosemite fixes some of the notable network issues that customers have ...

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    After entirely too long, Motorola and Verizon are finally making the Android Lollipop update available for the Droid Turbo. We've been following this tale for months now, from January's promises that 2014 Motorola phones (including the Droid Turbo) would be getting Lollipop “really soon,” to word in March that the Droid Turbo would skip right ahead to Android 5.1. But all the while, the update still wasn't out. Earlier this month it looked like Verizon was expecting the update to be imminent, refreshing its own product page for the Droid Turbo to reflect its new Android Lollipop ...

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    We're probably just over two months away from the launch of the next iPhone models. Rumors have suggested we'll be seeing the introduction of an iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, as last year's pair of size options returns with some upgraded hardware. But just what's changing? The arrival of Force Touch has been one of the less controversial suggestions, and given the support it's managed to pick up, feels almost like a certainty. Other rumors have been more difficult to get a read on, especially in the absence of evidence. Well as luck would have it, evidence is just what we're turning to this ...

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    We've been following Apple Music ever since the company acquired Beats a few months ago. We just knew there should be a purpose for Cupertino to spend billions on a this purchase, and we saw it announced at WWDC 2015 with Apple Music. iOS 8.4 beta has always been about bringing this service to the public, and today it goes official. Apple has just launched iOS 8.4 to the public, and even though there are some bug fixes here and there, the major point of this update is to give users a chance to give Apple Music a try. The service is now available to almost 100 countries, with prices ...

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    The launch of the first Galaxy Gear back in summer 2013 marked the beginning of what would prove to be a major wearables effort from Samsung, ultimately bringing us models like the Gear Fit and Gear S. And while the manufacturer's been on a bit of a smartwatch hiatus lately, we've got big hopes for what the future might bring, especially with the round-screened Gear A (aka Orbis) on the horizon. But when it comes to a prolific smartwatch maker like Samsung, how do we really quantify its interest in the market? Counting the number of models it's released? Looking at sales totals? Today ...

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    How do you use your Surface? If you're one of the many tablet users who just couldn't say no to the power and broad PC compatibility of the Surface Pro 3, you've no doubt spent a lot of time working with the tablet propped-up in one of its many integrated kickstand settings. From nearly flat to upright like a laptop, the kickstand offers plenty of flexibility – so long as you're interested in using the Surface in landscape orientation. What if portrait view would be more conducive towards your work? Back at its Build conference, Microsoft teased a new VESA-mount dock it cooked up for the ...

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    Samsung's Galaxy A8 has been leaking six ways from Sunday. After popping up all over the place in benchmark data, we started getting some early glances at actual hardware earlier this month. Most recently, that culminated in the publication of an up-close-and-personal hands-on video. But for as much as we've seen the Galaxy A8, we've yet to get a sense of Samsung's plans for making the phone official. While we're still not quite there, today we pick up maybe the most official-looking A8 leak to date, with the release of a document enumerating some of the smartphone's specs. While the ...

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    Today's shaping up to be a big one for Chinese smartphone manufacturers. We just saw Huawei go official with its new Honor 7, and now it's time for Meizu to introduce its own new handset, as the company goes official with the MX5. We've been following rumors of this guy for months now, hearing about things to expect like the presence of a fingerprint scanner. That scanner's indeed present (and boasts 0.48s scan times), joined by hardware like a 5.5-inch 1080p OLED display, a 20.7MP main camera with 5MP front-facer and laser-assisted focus, MediaTek Helio X10 Turbo SoC, and support for dual ...

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    It's been just about a year now since Huawei introduced the Honor 6, a model that combined flagship-level specs with a budget price tag that still managed to come in under $400. And we're six months removed from the launch of the Honor 6 Plus, giving us neat hardware like that dual-rear-camera arrangement. That puts us right on schedule for the next Honor phone to debut, and today Huawei saw to just that, announcing the metal-clad Honor 7. With a 1080p 5.2-inch display, the Honor 7 plus splits the difference in screen size between the Honor 6 and 6 Plus while not feeling compelled to push ...

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    We have already heard and seen enough about the upcoming Galaxy A8 (including leaked specs and pictures), so that we become both intrigued, curious, and excited about Samsung's upcoming phone. However, thanks to this leak (embedded below), the upcoming phablet-class Galaxy A8 will have very few secrets. The device is expected to feature a large 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with Full HD resolution, octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 16MP main and five-megapixel front-facing cameras, 3,050mAh battery, fingerprint scanner, Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, ...

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    The Xperia Z3+ (also known as the Xperia Z4 in some regions -- Japan), which we're currently dissecting in our review labs, is expected to boost Sony smartphone sales in Taiwan, according to "industry source" cited by DigiTimes. Sony is already reportedly holding 25 percent share of Taiwan's high-end Android smartphone market, and this number is expected to grow thanks to the local launch of the Xperia Z3+, as well as the Xperia M4 Aqua Dual. Jonathan Lin, general manager of Sony Mobile Taiwan, expects the availability of the 2015 flaship to slingshot Sony to a comfortable 40 percent ...

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    We've heard a lot about Samsung Galaxy S6 sales; some reports claimed that things are looking good, others insinuated that the situation could be better. You never know who to trust when it comes down to bits like these, and today's report doesn't manage to shed more light either (granted, the report is based on "industry watchers'" findings and insights, so there's, as usual, room for speculation). Said sources claim that Samsung Galaxy S6 sales are falling short of expectations for Q2 of the year; the situation is reportedly not brighter when it comes to Samsung's domestic competitor, ...

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    A new Motorola device whose codename we've been tracking over the past few months has made an appearance today in the GFXBench benchmark. Flying under the "Motorola Kinzie" codename, the phone appears to be a flagship-level smartphone making its way over to Verizon at some point. The benchmark reveals a few of the device's specifications; specifically, it brings a 5.5-inch Quad HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor (with a coupled Adreno 430 GPU), 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage (implied; 21GB is accessible by the end user), 20MP rear camera, and Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. ...

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    While we're waiting patiently for that long-rumored Hangouts 4.0 Android update to land, we get to watch iOS get all the fun a tad bit early. This isn't much of a surprise, really – iOS saw a Hangouts redesign ages ago that still surpasses the sorry state of the Android app as it stands currently – but it is unfortunate for those of us who have been waiting for a long, long time for this to come to Android. If you're using iOS, though, this is a welcome change, bringing Hangouts some new changes bolstering the user experience. The changes center around the app's user interface for the ...

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    We've got good news for you, users of the HTC One M9 on Sprint. The Sprint HTC One M9 Android 5.1 Lollipop update will be rolling out later this week, on July 1, according to a company product manager. The update is the latest in a line-up of HTC updates – just today, we reported on the Desire EYE on AT&T getting the update to Android 5.0. And this additionally comes soon after the Sprint One M9 saw a discount to just $99 on-contract at the carrier. Versi notes that the 5.1 update does indeed bring camera improvements to the smartphone – improvements some may categorize as "most ...

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    Given just how recently the soak test for the update began, we're impressed at how quickly Verizon and Motorola able to turn around and deliver officially the Verizon Moto X Android 5.1 update. The carrier has posted release notes on its website today, and the OTA is due to be rolling out any minute now. The full Verizon changelog is available below; let us know down in the comments if you've received the update on your own device! Changelog Volume settings panel icons added to match icons in status bar. Quickly select different WiFi accessory or Bluetooth devices with the added ...

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    If you've been rocking the HTC Desire EYE on AT&T, you're going to be a happy person tomorrow. At long last, the phone will be receiving an update to the latest version of Android, Sense utilities and all included. It's unclear from what Mo Versi, a product manager at HTC, had to say on Twitter whether the update will include Android 5.1 or just a build of Android 5.0. It's likely to be the former, given the fact that the Sprint One M9 is receiving that update today, but it's not likely to make much of a difference if it's the latter – skinned versions of Android don't ...

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    About a week back, rumors first started arriving about an upcoming HTC handset codenamed Aero. Several prominent leakers got to discussing the phone on social media, noting how “really awesome” the model promised to be. But aside from the remote possibility that the phone could run a next-gen Snapdragon 820 (a claim that no one in the know appeared to directly confirm) and the idea that Aero could launch in Q4, there wasn't much info available. Over the weekend, one of those leakers is back with some new Aero gossip, suggesting the phone's lined up for a November launch on a US ...

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    Even when you're a smartphone giant like Samsung, it's no easy task convincing shoppers to try their luck with an unknown mobile platform. But that's just what Samsung's been doing with Tizen, and after a bumpy start, the company managed to finally get a phone out to market, with the introduction early this year of the Z1. With over 100,000 sales in the first month, the Z1 looked like it might actually be a solidly performing model. But would that pace keep up over time, especially with the arrival of new Samsung handsets? Six months from the phone's release, it looks like we can say ...

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    A couple weeks back, rumors about upcoming Motorola Android hardware took an interesting turn: we found ourselves switching focus from the next Moto X to what Motorola was working on for this year's new Moto G incarnation. Since then we've seen some compelling leaks, including last week's arrival of some convincing video footage. As we continue to piece together the story behind this handset, the last content to turn up hits our desk this afternoon, in the form of a pair of Moto G 2015 renders. Cards on the table: we're not exactly convinced this is the real deal. While it generally looks ...

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    For years, Samsung's two-a-year flagship phone launches were so simple: Galaxy S in the spring, Galaxy Note in the fall. Sure, sometimes we'd see one or more Galaxy S cousins emerge in the late spring and early summer – devices like the Galaxy S Active series – but these were always specific to their parent phones; there was no Galaxy Not Active. Last year, however, Samsung mixed things up with the introduction of the Galaxy Note Edge, a move it followed with the Galaxy S6 Edge. Were these Edge devices to become regular fixtures in future launches? Maybe not, as rumors have started ...

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    Inch by inch, the OnePlus 2 is slowly coming into view. For weeks now OnePlus has been teasing us with details about its upcoming new flagship, from its choice of SoC to news about the phone's selling price. Last week we heard about the presence of a reversible USB type-C connector, and later got a firm date for the OnePlus 2's full launch event: July 27. Of course, we've got weeks to go until then, and plenty that's yet to be confirmed about the phone, giving OnePlus ample opportunity to reveal even more specs. Today it shares the latest, confirming plans to give the OnePlus 2 a ...

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