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    It’s highly unusual to see both a flagship Android phone’s diminutive and jumbo-sized derivations announced ahead of the actual standard model, but in Nubia Z11’s case, the waiting has sure paid off. As expected, ZTE kept the best for last here, joining the growing ranks of 6GB RAM powerhouse manufacturers. And of course, only one ultra-high-end processor goes well with the record-matching memory count, namely a Snapdragon 820 to replace the 617 inside the Z11 mini and 652 under Max’s hood. In order to keep the starting price as low as possible, the 5.5-inch ZTE Nubia Z11 also ...

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    The world’s 113th largest country by population and 190th by area is also somehow one of the most technologically advanced, with the absolute fastest LTE connections, light-years ahead of the US, and starting today, islandwide Android Pay support in addition to Apple Pay and Samsung Pay functionality. Just one other nation already allows its smartphone-addicted inhabitants to perform quick and secure on-the-go transactions across all three digital wallet services, while the UK and possibly Australia should soon join the ranks of Singapore and US. Google wants us to know that, although ...

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    Not many people got the appeal or saw the point of a Galaxy S5 Neo derivation released more than a year after the standard model with extremely similar overall specifications, an Exynos processor replacing a Snapdragon, and no fingerprint sensor or 32GB internal storage option. But for the few that did embrace the summer 2015-unveiled mid-ranger pre-loaded with Android 5.1 Lollipop, Samsung has a surprise in store. One you probably lost all hope for, or at least expected its delivery later on, considering there are still a handful of far more popular Galaxy phones stuck on OS build L ...

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    While many tech analysts and consumers have come together to rue the demise of mainstream affordable tablets lately, Panasonic continues to do the unthinkable by keeping the nichey Toughpad line afloat. The newest such model, numbered FZ-G1, is not only heinous by most fashion standards, with an ultra-rugged exterior, also running Windows 10 Pro, far from the go-to mobile OS choice for the masses. On top of it all, the 10-incher is set to cost a small fortune on British shores, at a starting price of £1,700 ($2,270) + tax. Still, the fourth-generation Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 has a very ...

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    With a cheeky name like Wileyfox, cool matching logo, and one of very few still ongoing Cyanogen Inc. alliances, the inexperienced but ambitious British makers of the affordable Storm and Swift smartphones couldn’t escape our radar again, as they just took the wraps off the low to mid-end Spark family. Meant primarily for domestic sales, the three new Wileyfox devices range in price from £90 to £130, and all run Android Marshmallow-based Cyanogen OS 13 on the software side of things. Hardware-wise, the entry-level Spark is absolutely nothing to write home about, incorporating sub-par ...

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    OnePlus and controversy go hand in hand, so even as the budding device manufacturer got rid of the invite system, its first metal unibody product sparked red-hot debate across the interwebs. Some devoted fans of previous OnePlus flagships lamented the move from sandstone to aluminum, while others thought the OP3 looked too similar to a handful of rivals. Then there was the highly publicized RAM management issue, as well as concerns over a display deemed mediocre by our master reviewer Juan Carlos Bagnell. Still, at the end of the day, and even assuming an update didn’t fix everything ...

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    As if the subtle differences between the low to mid-end Honor 5X, 5C and 5A weren’t confusing enough for Huawei’s growing fan base both domestically and internationally, the premium Honor V8 will soon get a diminutive, slightly downgraded derivation to further dilute the company’s surprisingly successful sub-brand. The Honor 8 (no V prefix this time around) is essentially confirmed to land on Chinese shores in a few weeks tops, with certification agency Tenaa gracious enough to reveal all of the 5.2-incher’s secrets early. Despite a robust metal frame sandwiched between snazzy ...

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    It shouldn’t be that hard to form a mental image of a new iPhone said to closely resemble the old one, only coated in a darker shade of gray, going lighter on the antenna lines, discarding the traditional headphone jack, and adopting both a Smart Connector and dual rear-facing camera as far as the 5.5-inch model is concerned. But just as we saw the rumored “deep blue” iPhone 7 flavor depicted in a number of very different ways, the “space black” version making the rounds now could end up looking more or less classically ebony. Keep in mind the last dark-skinned Apple handheld, ...

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    In the fierce battle for music streaming supremacy, the world’s most popular ridesharing service isn’t keen on taking sides, instead playing nice with both Spotify and Pandora. After letting riders assume backseat DJ duties via the former app for a couple of years now, Uber finally turns its attention to drivers as well, integrating the latter’s ad-free Internet radio resources directly into the Uber Partner app. All “partners” in the United States, Australia and New Zealand have to do is connect their phones to the car’s Bluetooth or AUX, set the stereo as needed, tap the ...

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    If you're on Google's cellular amalgamation called Project Fi, you may now have a little more spectrum to work with. A few weeks ago, the company announced that its subscribers would soon have access to the US Cellular network in addition to T-Mobile's and Sprint's. It's now official with updates to the Project Fi site's literature and the Project Fi app. We've got a link to the download below because, you know, it saves you the hassle of a few extra taps if you want it now. And if it isn't there just yet, give it a bit of time. Or just head to APKMirror. Not buggin' ya or anything. ...

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    Analysts are seeing the end near the first phase of the auctions process in the FCC's scheme to free up 600MHz spectrum from TV broadcasters for cellular networks' use. The first auction, expected to end this week, works in reverse, asking broadcasters the minimum offer that they would accept from wireless service providers in order to relinquish their spectrum. The commission will disclose the cumulative target amount that bidders will have to meet in order to end the auction process. Analysts estimates for that cumulative target have been varied wildly for up to a 126MHz range of ...

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    ZTE's Nubia sub-brand has been counting down the days until the Nubia Z11 finally gets presented to the public as a shiny new phone that doesn't already have two other phones of its ilk released. Might as well be surprised with an update to the specs of this phone. We've been watching promotional posters counting down the days until the Nubia Z11's launch — just for fun, really. But on a serious note, we took another visit to the TENAA listing of what's supposedly the Nubia Z11 (model number NX531J). There were a few things that were not there since our original specifications post. ...

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    If you want a Chromebook of the future — you know, something that can run the Google Play Store for sure — but you're strapped for cash, perhaps you should bite your fingers and hold out for a new option from HP. The Chrombook 11 G5 is compact, slim, weighs about two-and-a-half pounds and will have speedy support for Android apps when it launches to consumers in October — though if you're, say, an educator buying bulk, B2B vendors should have them in next month. HP announced that the dual-core Intel Celeron N3060 should cut through tasks just right while stretching the battery to at ...

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    If you happen to be sightseeing remotely on Google Maps, perhaps for a future actual vacation, turn on the satellite imaging and check it the imaging. You might need to turn off the 3D feature. Google said that it now uses images from Landsat 8, an imaging satellite launched by the US Geological Survey and NASA in 2013. Landsat 7, launched in 1999, is still running. It's just been tough work putting a global mosaic together after a hardware bug in 2003 started clawing at images. Combine newer, sharper, more colorful images with Google's Earth Engine APIs to piece together 700 million ...

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    Samsung's getting it on for the On7 as we find that the Galaxy On5 is headed to the US, so of course the one that isn't coming to the US gets the update first, right? SamMobile actually has the update OTA from Turkey in its stock right now for you to download if you have a Galaxy On7. Typical Marshmallow improvements are stocked on as well as some new twangs to TouchWiz. If you prefer to wait until you get your OTA, just keep in mind that it may take a few days. Okay, to be fair, the Galaxy On5 that's at T-Mobile and MetroPCS right now come packed with Android 6.0.1 anyways. Source: SamMobile

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    If you've been looking for a reason to head to this side of the Galaxy, — mainly a monetary one — you've got plenty of options on the table. One such option is a site called Dailysteals where, at this point, the most important discount comes down to the Gear VR. It's not as good as free, but coming from the outside, 20 percent off ain't bad. The Gear VR is $79.99 at Dailysteals for the next five days. Discounts also extend to the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge as well as all the major flagships from last year. There are some cellular discrepancies with the latest phones only coming in ...

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    After months of denial, the CEO of HTC finally announced at the comapny's latest shareholders meeting that it is looking for partnerships and cash to give its virtual reality efforts a full-blown partition in the company. According to Digitimes, Cher Wang described VR as an easy revenue source with an explosion of development taking place in education, healthcare, retail and entertainment over the next decade. The fact that its Vive headset has been linked up with Valve Corporation's SteamVR platform will help it take advantage of Steam's global user base of more than 130 million. HTC ...

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    While Android N… utella could still technically see daylight and perhaps even roll out to new and old Nexus devices before the critically acclaimed Note 4 turns two in the fall, chances are Marshmallow will be the last major software update officially delivered to the first of Samsung’s metal-framed high-end Galaxy phablets. You’ll therefore probably excuse T-Mobile for taking its sweet time to ensure the Snapdragon 805-powered 5.7-incher’s 6.0.1 goodie pack is one for the ages. Of course, Sprint somehow kicked off its own over-the-air rollout way back in March, ahead of even ...

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    A color and a jack. Sadly, these are some of the most “exciting” changes hardcore iFans can look forward to in the upcoming iPhone 7, 7 Plus and possibly 7 Pro. Well, there’s also the Smart Connector on the larger configuration (s), a dual rear-facing camera, subtler antenna lines, plus an obligatory processor revision and UI tweaks. But instead of talking about all that, many tipsters keep on debating the utility of the old 3.5 mm audio port (or lack thereof), as well as the direction Apple could choose to take the space gray paint job in. It seems pretty much guaranteed already the ...

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    It was undoubtedly smart of Samsung to commercially release the Galaxy S7 in early March, when the LG G5 and HTC 10 were still several weeks away, while the iPhone 6s had lost almost all its mojo. But now that the iPhone 7 looms large, even without a radical redesign or substantial upgrades in tow, it’s Sammy’s turn to prepare for the worst. At least until the Galaxy Note 7 also enters the scene, with Q3 shipments expected to take a bit of a dive compared to both previous forecasts and possibly record-setting Q2 numbers. According to Digitimes, and the Taiwanese publication’s ...

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    Until the Surface Phone takes center stage (or should we say if the fabled business handheld ever materializes?), the high-end Windows 10 Mobile-based hardware torch is to be passed on from the Lumia 950 XL to the HP Elite x3. Just like Microsoft’s homebrewed Continuum-supporting pioneer and the non-XL 950, the third-party Snapdragon 820 powerhouse will be able to seamlessly convert into a PC, courtesy of its own Desk Dock and Lap Dock accessories. In many ways, the latter is the more interesting peripheral, synching to the 6-inch Elite x3 either wirelessly or via USB Type-C and working ...

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    While arguably the most trustworthy mobile-specialized leaker in the world can only vouch for the name of Samsung’s “next big thing” and a handful of super-premium features, many other insiders and insider wannabes have pretty much painted the Galaxy Note 7 a complete picture these past few months. Both literally and figuratively. Today, it’s the turn of a little known and unproven Weibo informant to try to assemble the puzzle piece by piece, with confirmed and unconfirmed intel likely lumped together. Though clearly more advanced than anything released by Samsung to date, the Note ...

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    With the age-old plastic vs. metal smartphone construction debate apparently settled in the latter’s favor by most top-tier OEMs, many mobile tech consumers may still be wondering whether leather deserves a little extra attention. The simple answer is yes, when doubled by affordability, as is currently the case for the aging but far from passé LG G4. We’ve seen the spring 2015-released Snapdragon 808 powerhouse cost as little as $275 in an elegant leather finish and unlocked form recently, even less in refurbished quality, and now B&H Photo Video sells it for $279. What’s so ...

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    Of the over a million people estimated to have shown their support for the LGBT community on the streets of San Francisco yesterday, hundreds, possibly thousands were affiliated with Apple, the world’s highest-profile company commanded by an openly gay man. Of course, Cupertino’s commitment to the Pride parade and festival dates back many years before Tim Cook took over from Steve Jobs, which is why all employees who registered to participate in the event this year received a sweet, unexpected gift. To celebrate no less than 30 years endorsing the San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, ...

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    After many years of drawn-out, highly publicized legal battles between tech companies as diverse and influential as Apple, Samsung, Google, Oracle, Microsoft, Huawei and HTC, the patent wars seemed to slowly blow over lately. But that’s not stopping semiconductor giant Qualcomm from filing a complaint against a smaller, on-the-rise smartphone manufacturer in the Beijing Intellectual Property Court. China-based Meizu, which is on the verge of a long overdue US expansion, will have to fend off accusations of “unlawfully” using QCM technologies without a proper license. Sounds serious, ...

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