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    A couple weeks back, we saw OnePlus tease something new for its One smartphone. The company told us to “knock on wood” for a July 22 announcement, and unless we were seriously misinterpreting the signs, that sure looked like the company following-up on earlier plans to deliver a variety of alternate One backplates, including a bamboo option. With the day now upon us, OnePlus has gone ahead and confirmed our expectations, revealing the OnePlus One bamboo StyleSwap cover. While it's great to see the cover confirmed like this, four months following the initial StyleSwap announcement, its ...

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    Last week saw the US make some big progress towards giving smartphone owners back the ability to unlock their handsets as they please. And while we very much look forward to the day when that right will once again be insured, right now many carriers already do a decent job at unlocking phones when asked. Sure, they often impose a variety of conditions that need to be fulfilled before they'll grant those requests, but if your phone is eligible, unlocking can be as close as a phone call away. By the looks of things, though, T-Mobile is interested in streamlining that process even further, ...

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    Two years ago, Apple did the nearly unthinkable, and made a big change to the iPhone's design. After years and years of releasing handsets with 3.5-inch displays, the iPhone 5 ushered-in the era of the four-inch screen. Last year Apple returned with more of the same, but if we're to believe the abundance of rumors, this year's going to mark the next major shift. Instead of another four-incher, sources would have us believe that Apple is making the push up to 4.7 inches for the iPhone 6, and we could even see that one joined by a still-larger 5.5-inch phablet. As we continue to bring you ...

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    Microsoft's launch of Cortana on Windows Phone 8.1 has been met with much praise. Surely this is the first version of Cortana that many of you are experiencing, but in no way can this service be considered as a lesser product than the more mature services we find on iOS and Android. Still, the biggest problem with Cortana is that it's currently only available for Windows Phone 8.1 devices in the US, or at least was the problem, as it's about to change. Cortana's program manager Marcus Ash has just tweeted about the future of Cortana outside the US. He claims that unless something comes up, ...

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    ZTE hasn't necessarily been a blockbuster hit when it comes to the smartphones it has launched in the US, but that could be intentional. The company has focused on the mid-tier market with devices like the Nubia 5 or the Boost Max that we recently reviewed, and we doubt things will change any time soon after what we saw at ZTE's booth at MWC 2014. That said, the company is interested in growing in the US market, and some new leaks point to something new in the pipeline. Famous tipster @evleaks just landed an interesting tip of a ZTE phablet that's currently being tested on T-Mobile. You'll ...

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    One of the most anticipated smartphones of the year is Samsung's next iteration of the Galaxy Note lineup. Last year's Galaxy Note 3 received a lot of praise for its design and features, and the rumors of the future Galaxy Note 4 also point to something worth looking forward to. Still, if you thought that the rumored Samsung Galaxy F is the only device that Samsung plans to launch with a metal chassis this year, think again. New rumors claim that Samsung is considering a dramatic revamp for the Galaxy Note 4, and it actually makes sense if you remember how the company's CEO teased a ...

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    It's been over two months since we saw HTC introduce its One mini 2, and it wasn't long after the handset went official that rumors started putting two and two together and worked out that the HTC One Remix that had been teased for Verizon was likely to be a carrier-renamed version of the One mini 2. But even with that mystery solved, when might the Remix actually arrive, ready for sale? A couple weeks back we saw Verizon appear to be warming up for the handset's release, as a promo video went live a little ahead of schedule, and now we get word that the wait may nearly be over, with a new ...

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    Smartphone carriers are in this business to make money, and when we're talking maximizing profits, there are two obvious ways to boost income: charging more, or offering less. For some carriers, that “offering less” angle has taken the form of doing away with old unlimited data plans, and favoring tiered offerings, instead; both AT&T and Verizon axed their old unlimited data plans years ago. Now a new survey attempts to show just what kinds of plans current subscribers have with the major US carriers, and it looks like there's a surprising number of users still clinging to those ...

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    We've ran across a couple of interesting leaks regarding the iPhone 6 over the last couple of weeks. Some of these show us an iPhone 6 with the rear Apple logo cut out in order to allow the rumored NFC antenna to not be affected, and others point to this logo lighting up like we currently see on Apple's MacBook line-up. But what if both of these rumors were actually true, and even more important, what if that logo doesn't just light up for the fun of it? Some new trusted sources have now leaked some new photos that show us the iPhone 6 back assembly ready to allow for the logo to glow. The ...

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    Is obsessing over smartphone thinness a race to the bottom where no one ends up winning? It's difficult to even discuss super-thin phones without inviting a chorus of groans, complaining about manufacturers who sacrifice performance, durability, and all too often a decently sized battery, all in the name of being the thinnest handset around. And while you won't find us particularly cheering-on their development, we're still interested in seeing the results of these limits being pushed. For about the past year now, the thinnest smartphones around have been living in the five-millimeter ...

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    Is HTC really making the next Nexus tablet? As rumors go, this one has been incredibly persistent (especially in the absence of hard evidence), but sources continue to point towards plans for the release of an 8.9-inch HTC model. As we patiently wait to see if there's any truth to that idea, word has come in that this Nexus 9 may not be alone, and HTC's return to the world of tablets could see the manufacturer deliver another couple models in addition to the Nexus. According to @evleaks, HTC has been working on tablets with designations T7 and T12, beyond the T1 Nexus tablet. That ...

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    Over the past couple months, we've witnessed no shortage of Motorola leaks, though the subject of nearly all of them has been the Moto X+1, the presumptive sequel to last year's Moto X. Despite all we've seen, including a number of hands-on videos, that phone's true nature continues to remain a bit elusive. As we wait for that story to finally come together we've got another Motorola leak to check out, this time seeming to address a lower-tier spot in the company's lineup, with a pic that just might be a new Moto G model. Reportedly the company's model XT 1068, the new Moto G would keep ...

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    The technology world is a fast moving one, and hence, there are more than 100 stories we publish on a weekly basis here on Pocketnow. Those include reviews, videos, editorials, news, and more. With this new, weekly series, we're making it easier for you to look back at the most interesting, exciting, and popular topics of the week, in case you missed anything. Look for the Pocketnow Week in Review every Saturday morning. It contains the most popular ten stories of the week printed on the portal, as well as top videos from our YouTube channel. Additionally, you can also find our Pocketnow ...

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    Motorola is still on a roll when it comes to Android updates, as it's quickly rolled out an Android 4.4.4 update to the Droid family of devices and has now moved on to send out soak test invites for Verizon Moto X and G owners enrolled in the Motorola Feedback Network (MFN). What exactly is new in this Verizon Moto X and G soak test? Let's find out. First and foremost is Android 4.4.4, which just brings a ton of patches and bug fixes over the build currently found on both phones. In the Moto G soak test changelog however, there are a few things that aren't a part of Android 4.4.4 (though ...

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    HTC lately has been one of the market leaders in terms of Android updates for its smartphones, as it's been routinely providing updates since the One M7 of yesteryear. The company even committed to updating the One M7 and M8 to Android L within minutes of the OS update's unveiling, so it's looking fairly obvious that it's serious about getting devices up to date. One M8 models are still stuck on Android 4.4.2, though, while Android 4.4.4 is already out, so HTC Vice President of Management Mo Versi shined some light on the unlocked One M8 Android update schedule. In a tweet, Versi said ...

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