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    The last week has been chock full of leaks attempting to reveal the Motorola phablet under development as codename Shamu, believed by many to be the device that will become Google's next Nexus phone. But even with this hardware showing up in the flesh, a host of questions about the device and how it might launch continued to puzzle us. Last night, some new details about purported plans for the phone emerged in a new leak, giving us quite possibly our best sense of the new Nexus yet. First up, how about that name? Nexus 6 had been the presumptive launch name, but recent rumors suggested ...

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    Sometimes it feels like we rarely have kind words to say about a carrier. If we're not complaining about them being in bed with everyone from hardware manufacturers to the companies behind mobile platforms, we're raising the alarm about throttling or indefensibly high data pricing. But they're not all abject monsters, and it's nice to pay attention to one of them when they're doing something positive. That's where we find ourselves this evening, as Verizon does its part to raise awareness about domestic violence. Verizon has aligned itself with Philadelphia’s Women Against Abuse for its ...

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    Depending on whom you ask, Google's Project Ara may be primed to change the way we look as smartphone hardware forever. The modular system seeks to give users unprecedented levels of control over the kind of hardware they want making up their phones, but tons of questions remain as to how practical Ara might really be. We're still a few months away from a retail launch, but for the first time in a while some fresh Ara news has hit our desks, as Phonebloks posts some hardware and software details. For one, we get confirmation that a fully functional Ara prototype will be on display at the ...

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    October is just days away, which puts us close to the one-year anniversary of HTC's launch of its One Max phablet. The 5.9-inch handset brought a fingerprint scanner to the company's smartphone lineup, and despite the model keeping the One's design language and offering a solid user experience, it failed to really sell in droves. Will this year bring us a follow-up model? We've heard a little about a possible One Max 2 (or One M8 Max), and now a new rumor attempts to fill us in on a few hardware specifics. Instead of another 5.9-incher, this report claims that we could be in for a slightly ...

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    By this point, iOS users everywhere are familiar with the 8.0.1 mishap last week, and the release of iOS 8.0.2 Apple came through with a couple days later as a solution. But now that we're at 8.0.2, where do we go from here? With iOS 7, we saw several months of minor bugfix releases before 7.1 came around in March, and even then we only saw a couple more bugfix builds that brought us up to 7.1.2. But to look at some of the latest evidence, Apple could be planning something quite different for its iOS 8 cycle, and may already be testing elements of 8.1, 8.2, and 8.3. Signs of such iOS ...

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    Sony introduced the world to its Xperia Z3 flagship back at the start of the month, at IFA 2014 in Berlin. The 5.2-inch 1080p waterproof handset packed some solid specs, including a Snapdragon 801, 3GB of RAM, and a big 20.7MP Sony camera. We had the opportunity to go hands-on with the phone back on the show floor, but that was far too brief an introduction for our tastes; we needed to spend some more time with this guy. We finally have gotten our hands on a retail unit, and before we put this Xperia through its paces for an in-depth review, we've got a new unboxing video to help whet your ...

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    It's still tricky to get your hands on a OnePlus One – and for the next few weeks, at least, it will continue to be, until no-invite pre-orders open in late October – but OnePlus is already looking on to what's next for itself, talking about plans for a OnePlus Two. We heard the company make reference to its next smartphone a little earlier this month, as it recounted the lessons it learned from its failed efforts with interchangeable StyleSwap covers for the One. Now, in a new Reddit AMA, a couple OnePlus employees have been sharing a few details about what the company has in mind for ...

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    The public release of Android L is nearly here – at least, we sure think it is – but when it comes to a name for this new version of the OS, all we have is that “L.” Ever since the arrival of Android KitKat we've been wondering what name the L-release would take, but confirmation's been elusive. Long-standing rumors of Lemon Meringue Pie have recently been joined by new contenders, like Android Lion, and over the weekend some possible evidence has arrive in favor of another pair of L-names, Android Lollipop, or maybe Layer Cake. Both theories come to us courtesy of Google's ...

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    It really does not seem like the best time right now to be a smartphone manufacturer. We're just coming off a week of news about Apple missteps, from reports of too-easy-to-bend iPhones to a phone-crippling iOS 8 update. Now it's Samsung's turn to take some heat, and as those early sales of the Galaxy Note 4 get underway in South Korea, new owners of the phablet are reporting some manufacturing issues of their own. So what's wrong with the Note 4? Users are complaining about the presence of rather substantial gaps between the edge of the handset's front panel and the phone's frame – gaps ...

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    The "Eye"-codenamed upcoming HTC device is still a mystery. Depending on who you tend to believe, it's all about either the front-facing camera -- for a brand new "selfie" phone, like we didn't have enough of those already -- or, like this most recent report claims, about the main camera. In any case, the consensus is that the "Eye" tentative moniker describes some sort of camera functionality. Today's HTC One M8 Eye rumors try to predict several things: first off, we're seeing the phone being "placed" in the One M8 family, where the original One M8, and the newcomer, the One M8 running ...

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    There's been a lot of back-and-forth concerning the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, ever since its introduction at the pre-IFA Unpacked event, where it shared the stage, and spotlight, with the brand new Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Most of the speculation was due to Samsung's decision of not giving out too many details, and so reports surfaced regarding availability, stock/shortages, as well as price. While rumors concerning pricing for the Galaxy Note Edge mentioned crazy figures (some going as high as 1,000EUR, which is close to $1,270), we're now getting a better look at what you'll need to pay ...

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    This week is proving to be a bit of a gold mine when it comes to us getting an idea of what the Motorola “Shamu” phone we've been talking about for a while – the model expected to be the next Google Nexus phone – will look like when it finally arrives. We quickly moved from a render to an actual photograph, though that pic was only of the phone's rear. Today we add a new image to that collection, and this time one that may just reveal Shamu's front side. The original image, as you see on the left is super-dark, with the handset's screen washing-out the exposure. On its own, it ...

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    Back in February, a document released as part of the latest wave of lawsuits between various mobile companies gave us a look into the relationship between Google and licensed manufacturer partners. These are the OEMs who ship their phones with Google's services and apps installed out of the box – so, pretty much all the major players (Amazon notwithstanding). The company's Mobile Application Distribution Agreement delineated all the particular ways Google's software had to be presented, including not just a list default apps, but specific ways they needed to be placed. Now a new report's ...

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    One of the big questions facing the still-quite-new smartwatch market concerns the idea of fully independent wearables, not reliant on a connection to a smartphone or any other device. It's not clear just how much demand there is from consumers, nor how much interest from manufacturers, and even probably the most mainstream-such model to be announced, the Samsung Gear S, still requires pairing with a Samsung phone for certain operations. In time, the market will provide us with those answers, and today we see what looks to be one new manufacturer getting ready to enter the ...

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    Oppo's got a new smartphone coming up, and for the past several weeks now we've been watching it slowly tease the arrival of the N3. Even with the formal launch not expected until the end of October, the company's got no qualms about promoting the handset a little early, and has been playfully dropping hints about what we can look forward to. Earlier this week we saw one talking about super-light elements, and shared with you the theory that the company could be giving the N3 a body made of an advanced aluminum-lithium alloy. Today, Oppo appears to confirm that interpretation, while also ...

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