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    There’s a new Google Nexus 2016-centric leak hot off the press, and this time, the smaller, slightly less capable Sailfish takes the spotlight instead of its big brother, codenamed Marlin. We already know both these devices, although following in the footsteps of the LG-made Nexus 5X and Huawei-produced N6P, are likely manufactured by HTC, which badly needs a box-office victory to stay afloat. Hence, today’s biggest story is clearly not the HTC S1 model number reveal of the Google Nexus Sailfish. What we couldn’t be certain of before, and rumormongering legend Evan Blass, aka ...

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    If RAM is a big differentiator for budget buyers these days, perhaps it's now wonder that another K5 Note may be headed for India, but with a twist. The Lenovo K5 Note was launched in China six months ago with a MediaTek Helio P10 and 2GB of RAM. It was more than decent enough at ¥1,099 (approximately $170 or Rs. 11,000). Now, it's about to make the rounds in India and Lenovo's marketing department is teasing more RAM for the Rupee. With so much RAM at your disposal, the only thing you'll worry about on the #KillerNote5 is running out of apps.https://t.co/zZLBI7HCju — Lenovo India ...

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    There was a moment where we'd suspect that the upcoming Galaxy Note 7 would be getting two cameras on the rear. It's been a trendy thing to include on this year's big flagships, why not continue that trend through the fall? Well, it seems that with a component listing on Zauba, an Indian import-export database, may prove those hopes unfounded. Several camera components said to be for the "SM-N930F" have actually come through the site, rating the sensors' resolution at 12 megapixels. The listing mentions OIS. Physical image stabilizing hardware has been considered incompatible with ...

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    With Cricket being the only carrier in the US to have the Microsoft Lumia 650 for sale, we're probably not going to see the only mid-ranger with Windows 10 Mobile native on it go for much less than this. From launch, it has been reduced in price by $20 to $109.99. But if you're looking to leap to Cricket along with your number, you can get the Lumia 650 for $69.99. We're not sure how long this promo will last, but with a slow decline in prices happen, we suspect it might last. The phone still retails above $170 in most quarters, new. Microsoft itself is selling the dual-SIM version for ...

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    It's only been half a year since the OPPO F1 came out. Now, the Chinese manufacturer is extend the "legacy" of the so-called "Selfie Expert" with a phone that will "[step] up the selfie revolution". We're getting the where and when of the launch of the OPPO F1s. It will take place in India on August 3. That's the day after another Samsung Unpacked event in New York. Rumor has it that the F1s will double the resolution of the selfie camera to 16 megapixels and come equipped with a fingerprint-sensor on the home button with 0.22-second unlock time. Via: GSMArena

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    It's said that HTC is making the two Nexus phones this year. It's also being said that Huawei is making another Nexus device in 2016 as well. While something has to give, there's a whole ton of slack to get through before Google schedules its hardware launch event sometime later this quarter. Media reports are pointing to a recent FCC equipment entry as a bolster to Huawei's sequel to its Nexus 6P. Two identical phones have been logged, one likely an unlocked phone and another marked for prepaid carrier Tracfone. The device's US codenames, as designated by Huawei in FCC documents, are the ...

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    Cyanogenmod is well and alive, but Cyanogen, the company, seems to be in a struggle. The company behind the more polished version of the Android ROM has laid off about 30 of its 136 employees, most of them working on quality assurance, systems and community support in the open source division. The smaller offices in Lisbon and India have been heavily reduced. Sources to Android Police say they aren't sure if more labor cuts are on the way. While Cyanogen OS has made its way toward a few releases with partner manufacturers in Eurasian markets, its spread has been slow. A "pivot" toward ...

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    T-Mobile raised its monthly plan rates last year as it introduced its Binge On zero-rate program. While it offered more data per tier and more hotspot data at that, the unlimited data package ended up starting at $95 from its previous $80. Currently, two lines of unlimited data come to $140 per month. Sprint's offering a $120 rate for the same thing. But it could dive even deeper if that carrier's trial offers of the "Unlimited Freedom Plan" expand nationwide. That takes the base rate for two lines of unlimited data down to $100 per month. But according to those in the know at the Sprint ...

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    There's been no shortage of leaks when it comes to Apple's upcoming iPhones. The iPhone 7 (and variations, like Plus, Pro, etc.) is what the media calls them, but people who claim to have information, like Evan Blass, state that the number 7 (seven) will not be part of the name, hence referring to the device as the iPhone 2016. Regardless of how you want to call it, the iPhone 7 release date (or the iPhone 2016 release date) is predicted to happen on the week of September 12, according to Blass, which is shortly after the conclusion of the 2016 IFA in Berlin, and just a couple of days ...

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    Peak Pokemon GO happened last week. At least in the US. How does SurveyMonkey figure that? Its Intelligence unit tracked the app's daily active users and compared it to daily download rates and the internet's search awareness for it. In terms of usage, more than 25 million user packed in on the most active day, Sunday, July 14. Numbers were about steady the day before and the day after before the inevitable slide followed that week, dropping to about 22 million users on July 20. Download rates were highest the day after launch day, July 7, at nearly 6 million takes and it was only ...

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    Nothing says "the weekend" like a nice little discount or two. And on Amazon, you've got a few to pick through with the already fine Moto G4. There's a hidden rebate campaign going on right now where if you add on a regular Moto G4 and check out, you'll get an instant $50 off. That takes the 16GB version down to $149.99 and the 32GB one to $179.99. Really milking the pennies for their worth? Get an Amazon Prime Edition Moto G4 — for all the cons it can bring you — and you'll get $25 off when you order. A 16GB variant is $124.99, the 32GB one $154.99. As with most of these promos on ...

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    Torrential. You could describe the rate of iPhone 7 shells coming out of China and appearing on video as torrential. And now you can add on the supposed iPhone 7 Plus in addition to the iPhone 7 Pro. And you thought we were done with the iPhone 7 Pro. Well, one Weibo leaker is perpetuating the variant with a passed-along video of what the the dual-camera ports could look like on these simulated 5.5-inch iPhone 7 models and a mention of both names. Microblogger "KK Low Key" put up an extended post with stills of the stack of iPhone shells pointing out that we don't see any card slots and ...

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    Starting July 31, if you would like help from a friendly T-Mobile representative to upgrade your line, get ready to pay for that help if you aren't in an early upgrade program. Someone leaked a screenshot off of a T-Mobile corporate forum and sent it to TmoNews. The post says tat if you, a customer, are with the Un-carrier, but not on a current JUMP!, JUMP! On Demand or SCORE! services and you decide to upgrade your device through a retail store or through customer care (read: over the phone), you'll be assessed a $20 fee for that service. Enrolling in the JUMP! early upgrade program ...

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    Verizon, which has been the leading horse out of five bidders to buy out Yahoo!, is said to be finalizing its acquisition of the multimedia company for $5 billion. A source to Bloomberg said that we should see the deal announced in a few days. Verizon would be getting all of Yahoo's real estate and internet assets. Intellectual property will be going to a separate buyer. With this move, Verizon will expand its already-rich content bay — it picked up Engadget from its AOL acquisition, after all — with gains of Flickr, Tumblr, a stake in Chinese e-commerce site Alibaba and the ...

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    More than a month after Sprint passed out its version of Android Marshmallow onto the HTC Desire 626s, T-Mobile and prepaid subsidiary MetroPCS have gotten their act together in moving Android 6.0.1 onto the device. HTC's Mo Versi managed the product on Twitter: T-Mobile & MetroPCS Desire 626s Owners! Update for Marshmallow and enhanced messaging (RCS) capability will be OTA'd on Monday 7/25. Thanks! — Mo Versi (@moversi) July 21, 2016 Well, that is his job, right? Product management? Anyways, the pertinent number to look for is software version 2.17.531.1 and you should be able to ...

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    The Soft Gold version of the OnePlus 3 wasn't available at launch. It still isn't. But we're still waiting. And waiting. But the Chinese don't have to wait as long. Well, at least one Chinese person on Weibo. OnePlus played its audience by saying it would be randomly giving away a fresh Soft Gold OnePlus 3 to a random, praising commenter. Well, it's been a couple of days, so that winning person probably got a box by now. When we could expect to pay $399 for one, that's yet to be determined. Anyone seeing red, here? Source: Weibo Via: PhoneDog

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    With more options floating up for bringing Android onto the laptop form factor these days, — much less every screen size possible — you have to wonder what Andromium is doing on Kickstarter with its Superbook. "Turn your smartphone into a laptop for $99," the project subhed says. Well, with over $400,000 pledged on a $50,000 goal and four weeks left in the funding cycle, it seems pretty worthy of a concept to connect your Android smartphone via USB OTG (both Type-C and Micro-B) to a "shell" of a laptop. It's certainly more successful than Andromium's first big project, the underfunded ...

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    The dream may have been achieved, but can it come to the masses? Well, leave it to China to bring down the house. Last month, Tendigi developer Nick Lee had built a prototype of a hardware addition to an iPhone that can make it run Android. It seems like Haimawan, a company working with OS virtualization, has run with that momentum by releasing the MESUIT this week, a case that lets Android and iOS run simultaneously on the iPhone. The case connects to the phone through the Lightning port and is interfaced through an app. It boasts a 1,700mAh external battery for the iPhone 6 and 6s and a ...

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    And so it’s come to this. Boring rumors about boring accessories to be shipped with the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus as standard. But wait, don’t go anywhere just yet. The latest assortment of iDevice speculation originating from Deutsche Bank researchers also includes some higher notes. The thing is these are well-known and documented for the most part, from the dual camera practically guaranteed to adorn the plus-sized model’s back “for better zoom” to “possible” stereo sound, a new color (blue or black?), and the “endlessly discussed” 3.5mm headphone jack elimination. Other ...

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    If it’s legal war Huawei wants, that’s exactly what the world’s third largest smartphone manufacturer will get from the industry’s overall ruler, which we know to never back down in a court of law, whether it’s fighting Apple, Nvidia or Ericsson a while ago. Oftentimes, being right or wrong, as well as having grounds to sue and countersue, are mostly irrelevant, with companies like Samsung instead focused on making headlines and/or forcing the other guys to settle and ultimately enter cross-licensing agreements. No way to tell if that’s going to be the case here, or how long it ...

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    Wondering whether or not the modular Moto Z is more convenient and versatile than that other, conceptually different modular smartphone out and about? There’s a video comparison to help you find the answer. What if you’re hesitating between this and the Galaxy S7? Not to worry, as we have a clip for that too. And one to explain and inspect three productivity-enhancing accessories. Plus, something for hardcore shutterbugs. Last but not least, written coverage of Verizon pricing and availability, as well as sweet early Best Buy deals. Still, Lenovo left the matter of software support up ...

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    Can’t wait for the typical holiday season to make your favorite gadgets affordable enough for a sensible upgrade or two? Between Amazon’s recent Prime Day, various sweet eBay deals, frequent Newegg and B&H promos, and Best Buy’s latest blowout sale, it’s starting to feel like every day this summer is Black Friday. On that note, BB actually calls its today and tomorrow-only discount event Black Friday in July, which sounds about right, at least as far as the 9.7-inch Apple iPad Pro is concerned. The middle-sized iOS tablet goes for $125 off list in nearly all possible ...

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    Mere days ahead of official financial reports coming from most of the mobile industry’s heavyweights, research firm TrendForce has issued its own worldwide smartphone market analysis for the year’s second quarter, with overall production volume sitting at a solid 315 million units, up 8.9 percent sequentially and 3.2 percent compared to the same timeframe back in 2015. No big surprises ranking the top six global brands, as Samsung holds on to a comfortable lead, followed by Apple, Huawei, OPPO, LG, and Vivo. But even though Galaxy S7 sales are deemed “brisk”, both the Korean ...

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    Just two weeks to go until the opening ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympics, and everyone from Samsung to NBC to Samsung again to T-Mobile and even Apple is looking to get in a Games-celebratory mood. That’s to say all these companies (and then some) are trying to milk the enthusiasm of sports fans worldwide as much as they can for media attention-grabbing and profit-boosting purposes. Nothing wrong with the oldest trick in the advertising book, as long as there’s something sweet in it for the masses too. A fresh range of snazzy patriotic Apple Watch straps definitely qualifies, ...

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    Before you go there, let us clarify we’re not referring to the actual Google/HTC-co-manufactured device as a disappointment. It’s too early for anything remotely resembling such assessments, and we have too little factual information to go on. We mean that this being the “first real image”, allegedly, we were expecting to see more than just the About Screen. Maybe a little bit of the device itself? Here’s hoping for the next round of leaks. To be honest, we probably wouldn’t have tackled the latest Marlin “leak” to begin with if the publication that just allegedly ...

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