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    Does smartphone resolution growth know no bounds? Just as 720p has given way to 1080p, the era of phones with 2K quad HD displays is now very much upon us. And no sooner have we seen the arrival of quad HD phones like the Samsung Galaxy S6 that we find ourselves wondering about what's next – and certainly, rumors have already suggested that Samsung could be looking to move past 2K for this fall's Galaxy Note 5. As luck would have it, just as we start really thinking about 4K-class screens on smartphones, Sharp has gone ahead and announced just such a component, a 5.5-inch panel with a ...

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    What's a smartphone launch without leaks, right? The LG G4 is set to be announced on April 28 in New York City and London press events, but what appears to be a slip on the company's side has resulted in the outing of the entirety of the smartphone – we're talking what looks to be every single feature the phone has to offer. It's possible this is all a very elaborate fake, but this is likely the entirety of the LG G4 revealed. There are lots of issues with the microsite in question which have led many to believe that this could be a well-placed fake, though it looks to us like an ...

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    With so many players in the streaming music game, it's becoming increasingly difficult to make your service stand out. You can try and undercut everybody else on pricing, but you're largely at the whim of record labels, and that whole endeavor is just a race to the bottom (where no one wins). New entries like Tidal have bet on providing higher-quality audio than their peers, but it remains to be seen if users will respond (or even care). Apple seems to be working on a re-tooled Beats Music as its next big streaming offering, and a new report claims that one of the ways it intends to ...

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    The most advanced mobile hardware in the world, easy-to-use, feature-packed, and compatible with all the top-shelf software you could hope for, isn't going to do any of us any good if it runs down its batteries too quickly. As the wearable market matures, and we squeeze powerful hardware into smaller and smaller form factors, having enough battery capacity to meet demand becomes a rowing problem. Plenty of companies are working hard to advance current battery technologies, and one of the latest firms to get involved is none other than Google. Google's battery efforts started out as it ...

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    The Apple Watch is expensive, any way you slice it, so it's no surprise to learn that customers are looking to get the most out of their smartwatch-buying dollar. If you're trying to save a buck, you may already be considering a Watch or Watch Sport with the rubber Sport Band, the most affordable strap option. For a moment it seemed like there might be a way to get even more value out of the Sport Band, but those plans are now finding themselves going up in smoke. Here was the intent: it may have caught your eye that Apple's advertising that these models come with two straps in the box, ...

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    OnePlus did something a bit stupid a little over a month ago. With no real guarantee that this would happen, it told its users to expect not one, but two major software releases for their One handsets in just a matter of days: the first arrival of OxygenOS, and the long-awaited CyanogenMod 12S update. And then one after the other, they both missed their due dates. OnePlus shot right into damage control mode, and in the days since we've finally seen the release of OxygenOS. But CMS12S, on the other hand, has been a no-show. It's still not quite ready to go live, but today we get a ...

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    We knew it was coming: after waiting for two months since the initial release, earlier this week Microsoft indicated that it intended to make the next public Windows 10 Technical Preview available today. Right on schedule, the new preview build is out, ready to be installed on more Lumia phones than ever before. How many phones? Well, not all-all of them, but a hell of a lot more than last time around. As we mentioned earlier, the list now includes models like the 1020, 1520, 925, and 928, though it does miss a few notable handsets like the 930 and Icon. For what it's worth, Microsoft says ...

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    What makes Nokia “Nokia” these days? The company's sold off its smartphone manufacturing arm. We have that new Nokia N1 tablet, but that's arguably as much a Foxconn product as a Nokia device. Is there any pure Nokia left? Well, on the software and services side we've continued to see progress, maybe most visibly though its HERE apps. But even that may not last forever, as we get word that Nokia could be considering selling off HERE Maps. Nokia's reportedly considering selling HERE in order to focus more on wireless networking, and while no deals may be moving just yet, bids on HERE ...

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    There's little denying it: if you're shopping for a smartwatch today, you're looking at the Apple Watch. You may not end up buying Apple's new wearable (and certainly, even if you are interested, you're going to be waiting weeks and weeks –and weeks– until you get yours), but its arrival spells a whole new level of fierce competition for the rest of the smartwatch field. As such, it's not too surprising to see other companies taking steps to make sure their own offerings don't escape the attention of shoppers, and to that end we're seeing the Moto 360 hitting some of its lowest prices ...

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    Did you get your Apple Watch pre-order in seven hours ago when they first opened? If you did, you're in good shape, and may be just a few weeks away from getting your hands on Apple's first smartwatch. But maybe you weren't quite sold yet on what Apple's doing here and wanted to take your time – maybe even schedule one of those in-store demo appointments to get some hands-on time with the wearable. While that sounds like a smart move, that delay may end up costing you (at least in terms of time), as Apple Watch shipping estimates keep right on sliding back and back. Going into this, we ...

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    We won't even bother reminding you all the information we know about the unannounced Sony Xperia Z4 -- thanks to leaks, rumors, and all -- but we'll bring yesterday's leaked render to your attention in case you missed it. We know so much about this phone that 1. we feel it's been out for some time or 2. it's already suspicious, just in case Sony's playing with us all. The render you see above looks to be legit (or a pretty good fake). Not only it matches the render we've seen leaked yesterday, but it's higher quality. We do have one objection though, which could make us cry "fake": the ...

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    The Apple Store is finally back online with the appearance of two highly-anticipated products of two highly-anticipated products. Both the Apple Watch and MacBook have become available for order through the online portal (in varying capacities), as weeks of waiting have come to an end following initial reviews. Apple Watch pre-orders in particular have been anticipated since the product's initial announcement in September of last year. For the Apple Watch, interested customers are now able to put in a pre-order for the model they're interested in, and then orders will begin shipping on ...

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    We've been hearing a ton of rumors on the Huawei P8 and the Huawei P8 Lite, mainly because it's taken a while for the company to launch these products. We thought that the company would take advantage of its huge media presence at MWC to unveil its new batch of flagships, and instead we found a couple of wearables that also included the new Huawei Watch. If you can't hold your curiosity for what the company will unveil on April 15th, leaks just spilled the beans. Today we find some leaked press shots of both devices, and even some specs to talk about. In the case of the more-powerful ...

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    Even though Microsoft has been busy with Windows 10 for smartphones, up to the point where we already have an ETA for the next preview, it doesn't mean that the company wasn't committed to bringing its Update 2 (GDR2) to existing handsets while that happens. We covered some of the changes we expected to find on GDR2 a couple of months ago, but we weren't certain as to when we could expect the update. Microsoft has made Windows Phone 8.1 GDR 2 official today, but not all the news are positive. First of all, if you want to rock this update today, you'll have to buy either the Lumia 640 or ...

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    Samsung needs to revamp its Galaxy brand as much as possible given the fiasco that the Galaxy S5 was. The company has gone through great lengths in order polish its Galaxy S6 as much as possible in comparison to its predecessors, and our review on the product considers the Koreans did a good job. Still, the end consumer is the final frontier in making a product successful, and Samsung clearly thought of that as well. Samsung has just made its new "S Carpet" store demo official today, and the whole idea is for you to go experience a Galaxy S6 and be among the first to buy one at select ...

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    Amazon's recently been making inroads towards bringing more and more of its premium Prime streaming services to mobile users. Last year, that meant Prime video on Amazon phones, and just last week we saw Amazon tablets pick up the same support. Now it's time for audio to get some of that treatment, as an update to the Amazon Music Android app delivers support for Prime Music Stations. But couldn't Prime members already access lots of free music through the Amazon Music app? Absolutely, and beyond being able to play tracks from thousands of artists, you were able to pull up ad-free custom ...

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    Today's wearables market offer mobile technology junkies more options than ever before when it comes to smartwatches, but despite all the different devices out there, your options are still going to be limited by your choice of smartphone. If you want to use certain Gear models, that means needing to own a Samsung handset, or if you intend to pick up the new Apple Watch, you're going to need an iPhone. Android Wear's been open to the Android platform at large, but can it do even better than that? We've been hearing talk for a while about the idea of possibly bringing Wear support to iOS ...

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    Apple's launch of iOS 8.3 came with a ton of the fixes that many of us were waiting for. Surely the software update brought a couple of new features, but the lack of stability of iOS 8.2 was the main reason for anybody to upgrade to Apple's new mobile OS. The problem is when something what wasn't broken starts giving users trouble, and today there seems to be a new one. Users have begun to complain about issues with Touch ID after updating to iOS 8.3. The problem seems to affect only a certain amount of users, and we haven't been able to confirm if this only applies to certain specific ...

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    We'll say one thing for HTC and its smartphone camera ambitions: it sure isn't afraid to keep trying. Sometimes that means UltraPixel sensors to enhance light sensitivity, sometimes it means a fancy dual-sensor arrangement to gather depth information, and sometimes it means just a whole lot of pixels, as we saw with the 20MP shooter on the One M9. And while we admire HTC's tenacity, the end results have left us a bit wanting. Case in point: the One M9. In our review we noted poor color saturation and excessive noise in low-light environments, among other issues. The good news is that there ...

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    This time last year, the OnePlus One was just about to launch. But here in 2015, we still seem to be quite a while off from getting a sequel. We know that a OnePlus 2 is coming -the manufacturer has confirmed as much- and even have had a general launch timeframe to expect, with the phone's debut set to fall sometime during the second or third quarters of the year – basically, between now and the end of September. But now we're hearing rumblings that even waiting until the summer's fading into fall might not be enough, with the arrival of reports that OnePlus could be looking at a ...

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    Apple's approach to selling the Apple Watch has changed over the last couple of weeks. At the definitive Apple Watch launch event, we first heard Tim Cook tell everyone that you could order it online, or also get an appointment at any Apple Store and purchase one. Then we heard rumors of Apple preparing its retail employees to recommend online purchases to customers, as supplies at Apple Stores will be limited, and in the case of the UK, you could only order it online. Today Apple has finally provided customers with an official plan. Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s senior vice president of ...

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    Some smartphones are able to make their way to market in the shadows, with little information about them going public before they see their formal launches. Others pop up in a rumor or two, maybe even starring in a super-blurry pic that gets leaked on social media. And then there are phones like the Sony Xperia Z4, where we spend more time looking at its dozens of pre-launch leaks than we spend with some phones over their entire lifespans. This week has already brought us a bunch of new shots of the Z4's hardware, and today we add a couple new entries to the ever-growing list, with the ...

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    The Galaxy Note is more than just Samsung's high-end phablet line: over the years it's found itself becoming the manufacturer's platform for trying out new things. With the Note 4 we saw Samsung introduce some firsts for the phablet's display, not only releasing the curved-screen Note Edge, but also making the phone its first wide-availability quad HD model (after the limited GS5 LTE-A edition). For this year's Galaxy Note 5, we've been expecting Samsung to push the limits of its display tech even further, and an early rumor going all the way back to last fall suggested it could do so by ...

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    A few weeks back, we gave five lucky Pocketnow readers the opportunity to get early access to some hot new smartphones as we teamed up with Huawei to hand out spots in its Friendly User Testing program. Members get early access to upcoming devices, testing them in advance of a formal launch. Huawei's not the only company offering its users that kind of experience, and today we get word of a similar program going into effect over at Motorola, as the company sends out invites for its new Moto Makers group. Motorola is distributing these invites to a select number of “fans and supporters” ...

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    Alcatel Onetouch launched its very affordable Idol 3 back at the start of March, with MWC in full swing. With some solid mid-ranger specs, the pair of phones (a 4.7- and 5.5-inch model) would have been attractive enough on their own, but it was the very low pricing ($200 and $250, respectively) that really helped make these two stand out. We knew at the time that both Idol 3 models would be making their way to the US eventually, but when? Today the manufacturer starts completing this release picture, as it shares news of the coming start to pre-orders. For now, we're only talking about the ...

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