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    We have already heard and seen enough about the upcoming Galaxy A8 (including leaked specs and pictures), so that we become both intrigued, curious, and excited about Samsung's upcoming phone. However, thanks to this leak (embedded below), the upcoming phablet-class Galaxy A8 will have very few secrets. The device is expected to feature a large 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with Full HD resolution, octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 16MP main and five-megapixel front-facing cameras, 3,050mAh battery, fingerprint scanner, Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, ...

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    The Xperia Z3+ (also known as the Xperia Z4 in some regions -- Japan), which we're currently dissecting in our review labs, is expected to boost Sony smartphone sales in Taiwan, according to "industry source" cited by DigiTimes. Sony is already reportedly holding 25 percent share of Taiwan's high-end Android smartphone market, and this number is expected to grow thanks to the local launch of the Xperia Z3+, as well as the Xperia M4 Aqua Dual. Jonathan Lin, general manager of Sony Mobile Taiwan, expects the availability of the 2015 flaship to slingshot Sony to a comfortable 40 percent ...

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    We've heard a lot about Samsung Galaxy S6 sales; some reports claimed that things are looking good, others insinuated that the situation could be better. You never know who to trust when it comes down to bits like these, and today's report doesn't manage to shed more light either (granted, the report is based on "industry watchers'" findings and insights, so there's, as usual, room for speculation). Said sources claim that Samsung Galaxy S6 sales are falling short of expectations for Q2 of the year; the situation is reportedly not brighter when it comes to Samsung's domestic competitor, ...

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    A new Motorola device whose codename we've been tracking over the past few months has made an appearance today in the GFXBench benchmark. Flying under the "Motorola Kinzie" codename, the phone appears to be a flagship-level smartphone making its way over to Verizon at some point. The benchmark reveals a few of the device's specifications; specifically, it brings a 5.5-inch Quad HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor (with a coupled Adreno 430 GPU), 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage (implied; 21GB is accessible by the end user), 20MP rear camera, and Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. ...

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    While we're waiting patiently for that long-rumored Hangouts 4.0 Android update to land, we get to watch iOS get all the fun a tad bit early. This isn't much of a surprise, really – iOS saw a Hangouts redesign ages ago that still surpasses the sorry state of the Android app as it stands currently – but it is unfortunate for those of us who have been waiting for a long, long time for this to come to Android. If you're using iOS, though, this is a welcome change, bringing Hangouts some new changes bolstering the user experience. The changes center around the app's user interface for the ...

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    We've got good news for you, users of the HTC One M9 on Sprint. The Sprint HTC One M9 Android 5.1 Lollipop update will be rolling out later this week, on July 1, according to a company product manager. The update is the latest in a line-up of HTC updates – just today, we reported on the Desire EYE on AT&T getting the update to Android 5.0. And this additionally comes soon after the Sprint One M9 saw a discount to just $99 on-contract at the carrier. Versi notes that the 5.1 update does indeed bring camera improvements to the smartphone – improvements some may categorize as "most ...

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    Given just how recently the soak test for the update began, we're impressed at how quickly Verizon and Motorola able to turn around and deliver officially the Verizon Moto X Android 5.1 update. The carrier has posted release notes on its website today, and the OTA is due to be rolling out any minute now. The full Verizon changelog is available below; let us know down in the comments if you've received the update on your own device! Changelog Volume settings panel icons added to match icons in status bar. Quickly select different WiFi accessory or Bluetooth devices with the added ...

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    If you've been rocking the HTC Desire EYE on AT&T, you're going to be a happy person tomorrow. At long last, the phone will be receiving an update to the latest version of Android, Sense utilities and all included. It's unclear from what Mo Versi, a product manager at HTC, had to say on Twitter whether the update will include Android 5.1 or just a build of Android 5.0. It's likely to be the former, given the fact that the Sprint One M9 is receiving that update today, but it's not likely to make much of a difference if it's the latter – skinned versions of Android don't ...

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    About a week back, rumors first started arriving about an upcoming HTC handset codenamed Aero. Several prominent leakers got to discussing the phone on social media, noting how “really awesome” the model promised to be. But aside from the remote possibility that the phone could run a next-gen Snapdragon 820 (a claim that no one in the know appeared to directly confirm) and the idea that Aero could launch in Q4, there wasn't much info available. Over the weekend, one of those leakers is back with some new Aero gossip, suggesting the phone's lined up for a November launch on a US ...

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    Even when you're a smartphone giant like Samsung, it's no easy task convincing shoppers to try their luck with an unknown mobile platform. But that's just what Samsung's been doing with Tizen, and after a bumpy start, the company managed to finally get a phone out to market, with the introduction early this year of the Z1. With over 100,000 sales in the first month, the Z1 looked like it might actually be a solidly performing model. But would that pace keep up over time, especially with the arrival of new Samsung handsets? Six months from the phone's release, it looks like we can say ...

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    A couple weeks back, rumors about upcoming Motorola Android hardware took an interesting turn: we found ourselves switching focus from the next Moto X to what Motorola was working on for this year's new Moto G incarnation. Since then we've seen some compelling leaks, including last week's arrival of some convincing video footage. As we continue to piece together the story behind this handset, the last content to turn up hits our desk this afternoon, in the form of a pair of Moto G 2015 renders. Cards on the table: we're not exactly convinced this is the real deal. While it generally looks ...

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    For years, Samsung's two-a-year flagship phone launches were so simple: Galaxy S in the spring, Galaxy Note in the fall. Sure, sometimes we'd see one or more Galaxy S cousins emerge in the late spring and early summer – devices like the Galaxy S Active series – but these were always specific to their parent phones; there was no Galaxy Not Active. Last year, however, Samsung mixed things up with the introduction of the Galaxy Note Edge, a move it followed with the Galaxy S6 Edge. Were these Edge devices to become regular fixtures in future launches? Maybe not, as rumors have started ...

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    Inch by inch, the OnePlus 2 is slowly coming into view. For weeks now OnePlus has been teasing us with details about its upcoming new flagship, from its choice of SoC to news about the phone's selling price. Last week we heard about the presence of a reversible USB type-C connector, and later got a firm date for the OnePlus 2's full launch event: July 27. Of course, we've got weeks to go until then, and plenty that's yet to be confirmed about the phone, giving OnePlus ample opportunity to reveal even more specs. Today it shares the latest, confirming plans to give the OnePlus 2 a ...

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    Manufacturers are having a lot of fun with off-kilter phone designs these days, bringing us models with curved bodies or those with over-the-edge screens. And in order to take full advantage of cavities within these curved handsets, we've seen the development of some interesting battery designs, similarly shaped to offer an optimal fit. But it's not just phones that are playing with new form factors, and smartwatches have really been embracing the idea of non-rectangular designs, heralded by last year's launch of the Moto 360. With more such wearables on the horizon, LG has been working to ...

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    Android lag is an issue, if you're asking users of other platforms. While we won't go into this debate, lag is present on all devices, regardless of the platform they're running on. Whether we're talking about software lag or hardware latency, devices we use, even flagship ones, are all trying to keep up to the best of their knowledge with user input. Here's where the Chrome TouchBot comes into play. Built by Finnish company OptoFidelity, the robot is being used by Google to check for "end-to-end latency of Android and Chrome OS devices". The video of the robot in action has been shared ...

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    When it comes to accessibility, convenience, and arguably even fun, cars win out over trains any day of the week. But when these vehicles meet where road crosses track, trains are going to win every single time; when you've got thousands of tons of cargo moving along with such momentum, the only thing a car can hope to do is keep a safe distance. Unfortunately, all too often a car attempts to take on a train at such a crossing, often with deadly results. In order to help keep drivers everywhere a little safer, United States Department of Transportation is working with Google to bring ...

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    If you've recently accepted available updates for some of Google's applications, like YouTube, for instance, you'll see that now, every time you fire up the app, a splash screen will appear, with a huge icon (as seen above), and the Google logo beneath it. The Material Design guidelines allow this: "Branded launch screens are a good way to portray a brand while the app is loading. Take advantage of the loading time to display your logo or other elements that improve brand recognition. Avoid using text on this screen except your logo and, if applicable, a tagline." Using splash screens ...

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    Google is continuing to improve the user experience of its offerings, as a whole. We've seen an update to Play Music -- to support free radio streaming with ads in the US -- and we've also seen how the Google+ Pictures component will stop functioning soon, as we migrate over to the newly introduced (at I/O) Google Photos. The Google app (Search) has also been updated, and, while it doesn't bring anything new and noteworthy, under the hood, the code reveals some great features that will probably land in future versions. Conclusions drawn from APK teardowns aren't always spot-on, so treat ...

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    Back in April, Sprint announced a unique new initiative that would bring its sales and support staff outside the company's stores and into the homes of its users. The carrier's Direct 2 You program allowed users to pick out new devices, have Sprint personnel deliver them directly to their door, and then take care of data migration and device setup – all the same kinds of service you might expect from an in-store visit. And while we were quite curious to see how shoppers would respond to this project, availability's been relatively limited so far. Today Sprint starts making real headway ...

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    Tomorrow is June 30, and beyond meaning that July is nearly here, that date also marks when Apple is set to flip the switch on its new streaming music service, as the WWDC-announced Apple Music first becomes available to listeners. And while we're hugely looking forward to that in its own right, it appears we're going to have one more new arrival to anticipate for tomorrow, as we get word that Apple's also set to begin distribution of iOS 8.4. We've seen signs that the public release of 8.4 was nearly ready to go, and now Apple Music senior director Ian Rogers spells it all out in a new ...

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    This phone popped up on benchmark sites (as well as the Indian import database) with the model number E5663. Whether this will be the Xperia Z4 Compact (Xperia Z3+ Compact) is yet unknown, though we'd be inclined to believe that we're looking at a different upcoming new Xperia, one that appears to be an attractive compact device. What the benchmark results testify to in terms of the internals include a 4.6-inch display with 1080p resolution (a step up from the Z3 Compact), octa-core MediaTek MT6795 SoC clocked at 1.9GHz, 3GB of RAM, 16GB internal storage (most probably expandable), ...

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    Not only the Apple rumors are getting more frequent by the day, dealing with the next smartphone, but this recent report from Bloomberg tells us straight up that the Apple iPhone 6s with Force Touch is already in production. We've already heard reports hinting that the Cupertino-based company is preparing to bring a key Apple Watch feature to its next smartphone, but, if this report is true, it serves as an early confirmation. The information comes from "people with knowledge of the matter", who also claim that the two upcoming iPhones will have the same screen sizes and very similar outer ...

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    You don't get to be a company like Google without taking a few risks. For every successful product or service you launch like Gmail, there are going be a few misfires – Nexus Q, anyone? But you don't succeed if you never try, so over the years there are bound to be plenty of ideas that crash and burn along the way. Back in February we brought you news about an unusual-sounding project from Google, in the form of an app and social service called Tablescape, seemingly created solely to empower users to share photographs of tasty food with each other. We've long wondered just where Google ...

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    The road to Android Lollipop on Motorola's Droid Turbo has been a long and frustrating one. As if the months and months of waiting haven't been bad enough, there have been the false starts, like a few weeks back when Verizon started advertising Lollipop availability for the Droid Turbo when the release was actually still under internal testing. And while we haven't seen the update emerge just yet, it finally looks like we're really getting down to the home stretch here, as Motorola invites for a public Droid Turbo soak test are revealed to be for just this long-awaited Lollipop update. ...

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    With June drawing to a close, we're likely just over two months away from the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5. Even with so little time between now and IFA, there's still a ton of uncertainty surrounding this phablet, not the least of which concerning the fate of a curved-display Edge variant. Today, however, our focus is still on the regular flat-screened Note 5, as some early case renders attempt to clue us in to some of the phablet's design choices. That rough-looking render up top may not be very pretty, but if what it depicts is accurate, we're looking forward to a Note 5 that ...

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