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    Did you know that MWC doesn't technically get started until tomorrow, March 2? If you've been following today's news, that's going to seem like crazy talk to you, but manufacturers just can't wait until Monday to share word of all their new products with you, leading to today's flood of early announcements. We got to see a lot of hot new hardware, including some of what promises to be the biggest smartphones of the season, and we're only getting started. Let's take a look at everything Sunday's MWC launches had to offer us: HTC beat Samsung to the flagship-launch punch with the ...

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    It's nighttime in Barcelona right now, giving us a bit of much-appreciated breathing room to collect ourselves after today's whirlwind launches, and pay some attention to a few of the less spotlight-grabbing announcements from the day. Lenovo may not be bringing any products that are as hotly anticipated as those new flagships from Samsung and HTC, but it's still got quite a few new models that could well be worth your attention. Today, the name of the game was “tablets,” and Lenovo brought three new models to show off, the Android Lenovo Tab 2 A8 and A10-70, and the Windows-running ...

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    We're still several hours away from the start of Microsoft's MWC 2015 event, where it will join the likes of HTC and Samsung with its latest smartphone announcements. At least, we've been holding out hope that even in the absence of a new flagship device we could always see the company bring out some new lower-end hardware. And while nothing's official just yet, Microsoft seems to have let slip some key details about its announcement on its own website, posting an early page naming the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL. Unfortunately, the (now down) page gives us nothing more than those names to ...

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    The Huawei Watch isn't the only new wearable the manufacturer is introducing at MWC this year - far from it, as it turns out. Last year at MWC 2014 Huawei introduced its TalkBand B1, and now it's following that up with the TalkBand B2 and TalkBand N1 hybrid Bluetooth headset/fitness trackers. If the TalkBand B2 (below) is a fitness tracker that doubles as a Bluetooth headset, the N1 stands that dual-mode operation on its head, coming off more as a Bluetooth headset with activity tracking abilities. The B2 bracelet's 0.73-inch touchscreen display pops out to become a Bluetooth earpiece, or ...

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    Late last week we caught a glimpse of Huawei's newest wearable in the Barcelona airport, ahead of its MWC launch. The round-screened smartwatch looked quite sharp and ran Android Wear, but that's all we could suss out at the time. Well, now it's finally time for the smartwatch to go official, and we're getting the full scoop on the Huawei Watch, complete with all those juicy technical specs. The most interesting thing about the Watch's 1.4-inch circular display may be its 400 x 400 resolution, making it quite a bit higher-res than competition like the 320 x 290 Moto 360 or the 320 x 320 LG ...

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    The first of Alcatel Onetouch's MWC 2015 launches are upon us, as the company introduces the Idol 3 - or Idol 3s, as it were, since we're looking at not one, but two new handsets: a 4.7-inch and a 5.5-inch model. No matter which phone you choose, you're going to end up with an affordable handset sporting some solid specs - a little more mid-range for the 4.7-inch Idol 3, and maybe a lower-high-end configuration for the larger phone. Either way you go you've got Android 5.0 Lollipop (with some minimal skinning), and stereo front-firing speakers, which allow the phones to be used either ...

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    Samsung announced its acquisition of LoopPay last month, a company with some interesting mobile payment tech. At the time we wondered whether some of that LoopPay magic would find itself into the Galaxy S6 in time for launch, and today in Barcelona, Samsung confirmed that it very much did, introducing Samsung Pay for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. Samsung Pay intends to give users more mobile payment options than maybe any other system out there, combining the ability to conduct transactions over Magnetic Secure Transmission technology. The key difference there is that MST emulates a ...

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    The Galaxy S6 is here! While we wait on the rollout of the smartphone to begin on April 10, we have until then to start learning about which carriers will support the smartphone (and its S6 Edge companion) on their networks, and which won't. Today, (most of) the major US carriers have announced their intent to carry the device. AT&T kicks off the announcements by letting us know that both the S6 Edge and S6 will be available on its network, in both carrier stores and online. It has set up a landing page which is the first source link below; there you can register your interest in the ...

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    The next curved-screen Samsung smartphone is here, arriving arm-in-arm with the Galaxy S6. Much like the relationship we saw between the Galaxy Note 4 and the Note Edge, the GS6 and GS6 Edge share the bulk of their hardware - but not everything. We just went over with you the finer points of the Galaxy S6, and now we turn our magnifying glass on the phone's edge variant, looking at places like battery capacity where the Galaxy S6 Edge decides to do things a little differently. Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge specs [table] Component,Description Screen size,5.1 inches Screen type,Super AMOLED ...

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    Virtual reality seems to be one of the buzzwords floating around MWC 2015 this year. Just after HTC unveiled its Vive virtual reality headset made in conjunction with Valve, Samsung has debuted a new Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition made in partnership with Oculus for the newly-announced Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. The new Gear VR is meant for "extraordinary entertainment," letting its users work with high-quality content easily. And the device itself is way nicer to wear, improving its comfort level with better ergonomics. Rounding out the list of changes, the new virtual reality headset ...

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    Samsung's Unpacked MWC event is just wrapping up, introducing us to the company's hottest new hardware. And to the surprise of no one at all, that means getting our first (official) shot at seeing the Galaxy S6. Expectations for the flagship couldn't be higher, and Samsung intends to deliver with some cutting-edge specs. Here's exactly what you can look forward to: Samsung Galaxy S6 specs [table] Component,Description Screen size,5.1 inches Screen type,Super AMOLED Resolution,2560x1440 (Quad HD) Pixel density,577 ppi SoC,Exynos 7 Octa Type,Octa-core Speed,Quad 2.1GHz + Quad 1.5Ghz ...

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    This year at MWC, Samsung undertook something big: rather than giving us one new flagship, it has two. In addition to the regular Galaxy S6, we're seeing the next generation of its curved-screen designs as it unveils the Galaxy S6 Edge. While the Note Edge sent its curve over just one of the phone's sides, the S6 Edge spills over both of its screen's long edges, making it even easier to see at a glance. The Galaxy S6 Edge is in many ways the same phone as its flat-screened namesake, but branches out in a few key areas. Its 5.1-inch quad HD OLED display stretches onto two sides, obviously, ...

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    Samsung's 2015 flagship is here. Today, we've seen the Samsung Galaxy S6 announced finally, the newest in the line of Galaxy S smartphones from the South Korean OEM. It has just gone official at Samsung's Galaxy Unpacked press event in Barcelona, Spain. Here are all the details. The S6 is entirely crafted out of metal and glass, a stark contrast to its predecessors, which mainly chose plastic as their material of choice. It comes with Gorilla Glass 4 with a Quad HD Super AMOLED display, and in a variety of colors, and overall looks much better (according to Samsung) than the company's ...

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    HTC's leading off the big MWC 2015 announcements with its One M9, just made official at the company's press event. Over the past few weeks we've looked at a number of conflicting theories on what the phone would bring us, so if you found yourself getting too attached to one of the concept designs that failed to pan out, today's news might seem like a bit of a let-down. That needn't be the case, because the One M9 HTC ultimately delivered turns out to be a pretty capable-sounding powerhouse in its own right. Let's take a look at just what went into building this handset: HTC One M9 specs ...

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    The time has come, folks. After months of anticipation and lead-up, one of the biggest (if not the biggest) launches in mobile technology for the year is about to go down. The Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event in Barcelona is just about getting filled up by members of the press – including some from this very website – and the festivities are just about ready to begin. So strap in, and join us for the ride through this Samsung Galaxy S6 event live stream! Just as a recap, we're expecting the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S6 as well as the Galaxy S6 Edge, and our own Joe Levi has given us ...

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    A new age of smartphones is upon us. HTC has just announced the new One M9, and Samsung is set to go official with its Galaxy S6 within another few hours, which means that carriers have plenty of new smartphones to take care of and sell, and that these companies will begin announcing plans to carry these new devices very soon. The HTC One M9 carrier availability announcements have been kicked off today by AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint. AT&T only goes as far as to announce its intent to carry the device, simply stating that it's "coming soon." It has set up a landing page for the ...

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    Here at MWC 2015, no holds are barred when it comes to smartphone launches. HTC just had its "Utopia in Progress" launch event kicked off, and now we're on to the next thing, an entry from relatively new player Alcatel Onetouch. The company has announced today the Alcatel Onetouch Idol 3, the newest in its portfolio of devices. The device comes in two models, one equipped with a 4.7-inch display and the other rocking a 5.5-inch variant, both with Technicolor Color Enhance tech improving the rendering of colors. There are dual speakers with JBL Audio's Clari-Fi technology, as well as a ...

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    The HTC One M8 was one of the top Android phones of 2014 (and it still is a notable device if you're not looking to buy the latest and greatest). However, if you think it's time to upgrade, HTC has got you covered with the brand new HTC One M9, a step-up in every aspect from the 2014 model. The differences, as you will see in our HTC One M9 vs HTC One M8 video comparison below, are apparent from the second you lay your hands on the One M9. It's a lot less slippery than its predecessor, because HTC decided to go with a much stickier finish in order to avoid accidental drops. Just like the ...

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    HTC's launching well more than just the One M9 in Barcelona today, and beyond the company's latest Android flagship, we're also seeing it introduce it's long-rumored foray into the world of wearables, as it announces its first fitness tracker, the HTC Grip. Much like Microsoft did with its Band last year, HTC's stopping short of the full smartwatch routine with this wearable, focusing instead on doing a few key things (and hopefully doing them quite well). The cross-platform Grip works with either Android or iOS devices and features a 1.8-inch passive matrix OLED flexible touchscreen ...

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    The day has arrived for HTC to unveil its latest flagship, the phone it's been teasing as “the new One.” From talk of project Hima, to leaks and rumors about the One M9, we've been following progress on this device for months now, and today in Barcelona, HTC has finally made the One M9 official. Just as the past week's rumors have suggested, the One M9 we're getting today is the one that takes the majority of its inspiration form the One M8's design, rather than making a radical departure into Desire/Nexus 9 territory. The One M9 gets a five-inch 1080p display, runs a Snapdragon 810 ...

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    HTC's leading off MWC this year with its eagerly anticipated press event. CEO Peter Chou has just taken the stage and is wasting no time in introducing us to the new One: the HTC One M9 The One M9 runs Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810, features the new Sense 7, and drops the old Duo Camera setup for a single big 20MP sensor. BoomSound gets a little boost with the One M9, now using Dolby tech for simulated 5.1 surround sound. Dot View is back for the One M9, with new colors to complement the four colors the One M9 itself will be available in: silver, gunmetal, pink, and gold. Sales of the One M9 ...

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    Barcelona is a tad colder this time around than last year. Maybe it's the weather, or the fact that we can't wait to see all the goodies the companies have in store for us. This year's MWC 2015 team has set a solid foot on the ground, with Michael Fisher, Jaime Rivera, and myself getting ready to bring you our usual coverage from the show floor. That, as always consists of hands-on, comparison, and feature videos, podcasts, bloopers, all the juicy stuff you've grown to love, helped by our news team back at home keeping you up to date with everything that's going on. Alcatel OneTouch, ASUS, ...

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    The days when most everything online was a .net, .com, or .org site are long over, and today's internet is awash in new TLDs – top-level domains. You've probably seen sites ending in .biz or .info, and the list of valid TLDs only continues to grow. As the organization behind the domain name system approves new TLDs for future use, companies are finding themselves engaged in bidding wars over just who gets to control them. This week, the ICANN has revealed the results of its latest TLD auction, with Google shelling out a metric boatload of money for responsibility over .app sites. While ...

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    Believe it or not, there's more happening this week in mobile than just the arrival of rumors and leaks about upcoming MWC hardware. Granted, there's been a lot of that kind of stuff, but the stray non-MWC news still manages to sneak through the cracks, like it did earlier this week when Google launched the new YouTube Kids app. As it happens, it's not just YouTube's youngest users who have something to look forward to this week, and now we learn about a useful new tool coming to the regular YouTube Android app. Already this year we've seen signs of Google working to give YouTube better ...

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    MWC is coming up on us fast, and in just another day or two, we'll already be checking out the latest announcements from some of our favorite mobile brands. While that will mean lots of high-end smartphones, it's been unclear the degree to which new wearables will be sharing in that spotlight. At least, we've already heard rumors that Samsung's round-screened Orbis may not join the Galaxy S6 at the company's Unpacked event. But even if Samsung's next watch sits this one out, we're starting to see confirmation of wearables that will indeed be resent, like this Huawei Watch spotted in an ...

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