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    Even though Cupertino will want you to believe that its mobile operating system is the most secure and reliable in the world, we know there's no such thing. We've expressed how disappointing things have become for iOS since the launch of iOS 7, and as much as iOS 9 might come to save the day, that doesn't mean you won't have to wait another couple of months to get it. Today we get word on a new iOS bug, that's actually older than many think. Users are complaining of their iPhones randomly rebooting themselves, or in some cases, of having the SMS app crash every time they try to launch it. ...

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    Siri's often spoken of in the same context as Google Now, but there's a wide breadth between the features each service offers. The reason being that Google Now (and even Cortana) is more than just voice-powered search, and also delivers tools that are more in line with what you might get from a personal assistant – and the key there is being proactive about delivering you information. We voiced just such a complaint about Siri this time last year as we were first learning about iOS 8, and with iOS 9 expected to be announced at WWDC in the coming weeks, Apple might finally be ready to ...

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    Both Google and Apple are eager to spread their mobile influences from beyond that tiny device you carry around in your pocket to one that's attached to some slightly more substantial hardware: your car. Just as Apple's got its CarPlay, Google has Android Auto, and we've already seen efforts from both car makers and companies manufacturing after-market in-dash units to deliver models compatible with these systems, like the news we got from Hyundai earlier this week. Now it's GM's turn to get its fleet ready to work with your smartphone, as it shares word of dual CarPlay and Android Auto ...

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    It was about two months ago when we first got word of Microsoft's cross-platform ambitions for its incredibly useful Office Lens app. The once Windows Phone-exclusive lets you capture signs, documents – pretty much anything your phone's camera can see – and converts them into nice, clean perspective- and color-corrected docs ready for sharing. At the time we leaned of a full-featured iOS app, as well as a preview release for Android users. Well, today the Android version of the app graduates to the big time, leaving its preview label behind and becoming available to all in the Google ...

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    Back in 2014, smartwatches were really starting to make their presence felt, expanding from niche products to those with broader commercial appeal. And only fittingly, plenty of companies with experience in mobile electronics were lining up to release one. And after months and months of rumors that Microsoft was working on just such a wearable – one that would offer cross-platform support – we finally saw the Microsoft Band launch in late October. More fitness tracker than smartwatch, Microsoft has continued to improve upon its wearable with new software updates adding additional ...

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    Motorola's no stranger to building high-end smartphones with pixel-rich quad HD displays: last year it brought us the Droid Turbo and Nexus 6, and this year we've been looking forward to models like the new Moto X. To look at some new evidence, though, Motorola may have more than one new quad HD handset in its pipeline, as details emerge about a pair of in-development Androids, each with some top-shelf silicon. The two phone in question are purported to have the codenames Clark and Kinzie, both in testing on Verizon. Both report quad HD displays, but it appears that we're looking at ...

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    Back in April, Sony announced its latest flagship Android smartphone, the Xperia Z4. Only problem was, it only launched the phone in Japan. The rest of the world has been waiting patiently to learn what Sony had in store for it, as well, and yesterday Sony revealed what it had in mind, going official with the Xperia Z3+. This name-change had already been rumored, so while it wasn't surprising to see the phone emerge as the Z3+, why would Sony go to the trouble of coming up with two names for the same phone in the first place? The company's publicly commented on its decision, and it's up to ...

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    Just as we're finally reviewing the ASUS ZenFone 2 (our video review can be seen here, and embedded below, while the full text review should arrive later today) that recently hit the US, another ASUS-made smartphone pops up, this time, certified by China's TENAA regulator. We're not sure what to make of it at the moment, as it could very well be the ZenFone 3, or a completely different model. What we can see, aside from the images in the certification, is that this particular unit sports a five-inch screen with 720p resolution, 64-bit quad-core 1.2GHz processor helped by a Mail GPU, ...

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    Phones are probably what pop into your mind when you think of Samsung, especially if you're reading Pocketnow, but what's commonly forgotten is that the gargantuan company also manufacturers the internal components of phones, and beyond just its Exynos processor lineup too. There are some big plans in motion for Samsung batteries and camera sensors heading into the future, some of which have been shared with further detail. On the battery side of things, Samsung is supposedly working towards having battery packs with a density of 780 watt-hours per liter by 2017. The voltage is also ...

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    The Huawei Watch saw the light of day at the 2015 Mobile World Congress, and the world was charmed by the good looks of the wearable. That, however, started to face away when we first heard rumors of the wearable's price; figures as high as $1,000 were rumored, and boy we're glad those reports were way off. Not that the prices we're seeing today are anything official, but at least they seem to be more realistic. A Reddit user discovered the Huawei Watch price listed for pre-order on MobileFun's website, and the price tags attached are $386.99 for the silver and black unit, and $451.49 ...

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    Google I/O 2015 is getting started in just a couple days, and while that's almost sure to bring us word of new software and services, could it mean some new hardware, too? After all, last year brought us the start of Android Wear sales, including the initial announcement of the Samsung Gear Live. It also marked the debut of the Android TV, which would usher in a new breed of devices. We're thinking about all that today as we catch word of a couple new sales, targeting both Android Wear and Android TV devices. Motorola's been offering Moto 360 sale after Moto 360 sale lately, and now its ...

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    Arrangements between big businesses to pre-install software on our devices is nothing new: bloat dates back far before this mobile-centric age in which we find ourselves now, after years of bogging-down new PC installs. It's such that any time we find ourselves hearing about a new deal it's all we can do to not immediately go on the defensive. But there's a whole spectrum of software out there that we might find pre-installed on new hardware, ranging from the annoying, to the innocuous, to the legitimately useful. And when we heard earlier this spring that Microsoft was hooking up with ...

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    Apple Maps is not only one of Cupertino's most recent flops, but also one that was bad enough to get high level executives fired. As such we've seen the company work hard on getting its mapping services on par with existing competitors, and even then we see Apple Maps lag significantly behind services like Google Maps. We do know that Apple is planning to fix things up a little with iOS 9, and transit maps is what we hear most. Trusted sources claim that while Apple might launch Apple Maps transit services with iOS 9, these won't be ready for prime time at launch. It seems that only a ...

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    Even with how desperate Microsoft is in gaining some mobile traction, we wonder why we've seen such a long delay in the company launching another Lumia flagship. Surely it does make sense for the company to finalize Windows 10 Mobile, and have this flagship become the first device to support it. The problem is when the market has waited for more than a year, and when it seems there is still more to wait. New leaks show us the possible specs of two Microsoft flagship Lumias to come, and judging by some recent rumors, we believe these are the Lumia 940 and Lumia 940 XL. When it comes to the ...

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    Even though Android Auto was announced a good deal of months ago, it seems it took Google longer than expected to find a launch partner. That being said, Google isn't the only one struggling, as we have yet to see a CarPlay compatible vehicle as well. It's hard to predict if the cause of these delays is based in negotiations between companies, but today we finally see the light. Hyundai has just made it official that it will be the first automaker to launch the service on its 2015 vehicles, and the new 2015 Hyundai Sonata will be the first model to include it. Owners of existing models ...

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    Even though opinions for live streaming services like Periscope and Meerkat are still mixed, there is a significant market out there that actually likes this idea. The only problem users faced is that using services like Periscope required you to have an iPhone, something truly odd given Android's popularity. That said, we knew that once Meerkat left beta, it would only be a matter of time for Periscope to launch on Android, and that just happened today. Twitter, which currently owns Periscope, has just made it official that you can start live streaming your content from an Android device. ...

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    Is Google announcing Android M at I/O later this week? It's sure tempting to say “probably,” and we have plenty of reasons to suspect why Google would, but for the moment, nothing's set in stone. The same goes for the expectation that the commercial release of Android M will follow later this fall. Well, wonder no more if Google is sticking with past habits and bringing the next major Android release out before the end of the year, as Vice President of Engineering for Android Hiroshi Lockheimer has just confirmed as much. In a new interview, Lockheimer describes the “sort of a yearly ...

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    Many of the rumors we've heard about iOS 9 have really just focused on telling us that Apple will relax its push of features to the next-generation OS. Apple has a ton of bugs to iron in iOS, and some experts even called iOS 9 as being for iOS what Snow Leopard was for OS X. That said, we don't expect Apple to make this a basic launch either, and today we hear what we should expect. Truste sources claim that even though Apple will announce iOS 9 at WWDC in a few weeks, some of the improvements won't become official until Apple launches new hardware this fall. One of these is Apple's ...

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    The Nexus family may still be Google's home for stock Android experiences, but the lineup's been seriously changing in recent years. Sizes have changed, pricing's been all over the place, and the latest rumors have suggested that this year could be another one full of new ways of doing business, as we get not one, but two new Nexus phones. Yesterday we checked out a report claiming that not only could we be looking forward to a pair of Nexus phones, but that we might not see a new tablet at all. At the time, the source provided some new info on that phone hardware, including a pair of ...

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    It took the better part of a year, but back in April we saw the OnePlus One take a big step forward as it put the invite system that had long plagued sales of the handset behind it. In the weeks since, we've been keeping an eye on some OnePlus One software developments, while also thinking about what we'd like to see from the OnePlus 2. That model's not expected until Q3, but now a new teaser has us wondering if OnePlus might not have some early news to share with us, as the company mentions something coming on June 1 with the potential to “shake up the tech industry.” OnePlus tells us ...

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    Do you do wireless charging? While it still can't come close to competing with the popularity of traditional wired charging, the presence of wireless charging tech in high-profile phones like the Galaxy S6 is helping to continue exposing such systems to broader audiences. But for acceptance to arrive, we don't just need phones that support wireless charging: we also need easy access to chargers. To that end, a couple months back IKEA announced a new range of furniture and home accessories designed with support for embedded wireless chargers in mind. The company said that sales would get ...

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    The LG G4 is just about to land in the US, and last week we shared details with you about a very compelling promo offer LG had put together for the handset's arrival: shoppers picking up the G4 would get not just a free 32GB microSD card, boosting their handset's storage capacity, but also a spare battery and cradle charger – not a bad haul. We also learned about Best Buy's $100 gift card offer, and today we get word of another alluring deal, as T-Mobile gets ready to open online G4 sales. The LG G4 may not come to T-Mobile stores until next Wednesday, June 3, but online sales open ...

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    Windows 10 Mobile is going to be tightly integrated with Windows 10 on PCs: that's a key pillar of Microsoft's platform vision, and promises to help further streamline communication between devices. So while Microsoft smartphones will work smoothly with Windows 10 computers, what about those of us who run Windows on our PCs but elect to go with Android or iOS as our primary mobile ecosystems? Today Microsoft shares some of what it's planning for Android and iOS users on Windows 10, including availability of a Cortana app. That's right: Microsoft's voice assistant will soon be available to ...

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    A little over a month ago Sony officially unveiled the Xperia Z4 smartphone, but the device was announced only for Japan. Not long after that we heard rumors that there might be a different device in the works for the rest of the world, but evidence has been found that Sony was planning on using the Xperia Z3+ monicker for the Xperia Z4, outside of Japan. That's exactly what the company just did. The Sony Xperia Z3+ announced today is identical to the Japanese Xperia Z4, and a slight upgrade over the Xperia Z3 (hence the naming convention Sony opted for). Weighing 144gr. and measuring ...

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    While there's more than a quarter until Apple unveils the next iPhone, or the next iPhones -- though some reports claim we'll likely see it/them in August -- we're already hearing rumors regarding the 2015 models (tentatively called iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus), including some Sony-made camera improvements. On top of those, we're now getting information according to which Apple is working hard on making the new models thinner and lighter, by cutting down on some key components. The BLUs (backlight units) inside the next iPhone/s will reportedly be smaller. Rumor has it Apple will ...

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