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    With all Microsoft had to show at last week's Windows 10 event – from HoloLens to Spartan, not to mention what the new OS will mean for the company's smartphones – there are plenty of good reasons to be excited for what Microsoft's doing next. But before we start focusing too much on the future, it's time for another round of looking back on past performance as Microsoft release its latest quarterly financial figures. The overall picture is a mixed bag, but the company does manage to score a few wins in mobile, especially with the help of the Surface Pro 3 and its Lumia phones. Last ...

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    We spend so much time talking about upcoming phone hardware, design choices, software, and launch plans, that it's easy to take something very simple (yet still very important) for granted: a phone's name. With companies that release flagships from the same families year after year, we can easily get comfortable and start making assumptions about how these devices will be branded – like how the next iPhone is more likely to be a 6s than a 7 – but that's rarely a sure thing. Today we're looking at new rumors about a couple models we've been talking about for a while now, and how their ...

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    We've all praised Microsoft for the death of Internet Explorer in part of the company's Windows 10 announcements. We haven't really seen Microsoft's Spartan browser compared to others, but the features shown off at the event were cool enough to have us excited. We all thought the browser would simply be named "Microsoft Spartan," but it seems that the company is already considering something more appealing to the past. New internal surveys being conducted are already throwing around a couple of possible names for the browser. We do hear that Microsoft is experimenting with a couple of ...

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    The Nexus 6 may offer a pretty all-around respectable hardware experience, but could it have been even better? It wasn't long after the phone launched that we found ourselves revisiting some earlier rumors, ones that looked into the possibility of getting a fingerprint scanner. Sure enough, the software support for such a scanner was there, only to be pulled a couple months before launch. So what went wrong? Former Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside may have left the company coming up on a year ago by now, but he has a little insight to share about this whole fingerprint angle for the Nexus 6. ...

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    Last year, at MWC 2014, Sony introduced the Xperia Z2. After seeing the Xperia Z3 launch at IFA in late summer, our eyes were once again on the first quarter of the year in the hopes of Sony launching the latest member of this family. CES came and went with no Xperia Z4 in sight, leaving us to assume that we'd be witnessing it appear at MWC in early March. And while that would make enough sense, a new report claims that Sony's got something a bit different in mind, and that it will still be several months before it's time for the Z4 to go official. If not at MWC, then when? We don't have a ...

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    Apple has never been famous discounts, and definitely not for giving things away on any of its stores. There was a time when the company was giving away singles, and it seems that even that went away silently. The good thing is that it seems that Apple has decided to take these free singles to a whole new level. Apple has replaced the "Single of the week" freebie with a new section called "Free on iTunes." Instead of just getting one free single, there is a current list of 16 singles being given away. Free on iTunes is also giving away TV episodes, and the list currently has as many as 24 ...

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    As our phones get more powerful, wireless networks faster, and storage options more plentiful, it's very easy for a developer to let his or her app start getting “fat.” Optimizations become a less important distraction, leaving more time to deliver new features. Of course, not everyone's lucky enough to have high-end hardware on a speedy connection, and sometimes it can feel like apps are starting to get away from us, designed for use on phones that are just out of our reach. Facebook hasn't forgotten its users operating on more budget-focused devices, and has a new Android app just ...

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    We've been talking about HTC's intentions for its next Android flagship for a while now: the model codenamed Hima, presumed to launch as the One M9. Just about a week ago, we went from rumors and that stray component shot to some next-level leak action, as image after image turned up of some very One M8-looking, yet still new and distinct, hardware. Did we finally have our One M9? It was all very convincing, especially with the handset showing up in seemingly unintended places (like the reflection of a camera test-shot), but is seeing really believing? One theory suggests that we're ...

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    When Android 5.0 Lollipop first landed late last year, certain phone manufacturers were out to make a name for themselves by getting updates to at least some of their phones as quickly as possible. Motorola and LG led the pack there, though while LG got the ball rolling for G3 Lollipop updates in early November, it wasn't until several weeks later in December when we saw it really spreading to a lot of users, as the update moved across Europe. That was well and good for G3 owners over there, but what about all you users in the States? Obviously, carriers would slow things down a bit, but ...

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    In a little over a week, January will be behind us. Then there's just four short weeks of February between us and Mobile World Congress 2015, the international expo that will bring us dozens of new phones, tablets, wearables, and more. We're expecting a lot of high-profile launches to coincide with the conference, and some manufacturers have already started sending out invites for their events – HTC's going to have its own the day before MWC officially gets started, on March 1. Today we see another OEM join that early-event party, as Huawei shares news of its own March 1 announcement. ...

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    This past fall, Google broadened its Nexus lineup with the launch of the Nexus 6 phablet and Nexus 9 tablet, the first hardware to arrive running Android 5.0 Lollipop. But beyond those mobile devices, we also saw Google introduce the Nexus Player, a set-top box running Android TV, intended to expand on what Chromecast did to bring Android into our living rooms by giving users a one-stop hub for both media and gaming. And while Google was quick to make the Nexus Player available for sale in the Play Store, that's where it stayed – until now. Reports are coming in on multiple fronts of ...

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    This week's Windows 10 event brought us a lot of reasons to be excited about Microsoft's next-gen OS, not the least of which being the early access that interested users will be able to get in giving it a spin on their phones. Some rumors clued us in to what Microsoft's possible plans, and the event itself confirmed them: the preview for phones would land sometime in February. That's great to hear, but phones are only one part of the whole Windows 10 experience; what about computers? Now, Microsoft had already released an early preview of its OS for PCs, but its event brought word that ...

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    Maybe the only thing harder than trying to claim a record is being able to keep it. You work for so long to be the best at something, and then the second you let your guard down, someone else saunters right past you. When we're talking smartphone details, this is an ongoing battle: you may have the highest-density screen, or longest-life battery today, but you're always at the risk of someone else showing up out of the blue and one-upping you. This is a fact of life that makers of the thinnest phones around know all too well, and it looks like the crown for thinnest is about to be passed ...

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    LG is consolidating its position on the market mainly due to the fact that the company's recent phones, like the LG G2, G Flex, and G3, have been doing well both in the media, as well as in consumer satisfaction. Reports from Korea cited by DigiTimes reveal that close to 60 million LG smartphones (59,6 million) have been shipped globally in 2014. This figure represents a significant growth over the numbers from 2013, when the South Korean smartphone manufacturer shipped 47,6 million smartphones. This way, LG managed to increase 25.2 percent with regards to shipping smartphones year over ...

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    We recently found out that Motorola is planning on updating all 2013 and 2014 devices to the latest version of Android 5.0 Lollipop, thanks to Motorola’s Luciano Carvalho and one of his social network posts. That "really soon" Carvalho was talking about is happening now for some users in certain regions, as the Moto G Lollipop update process has been commenced. According to a tweet on Motorola Mobility's official account, the Moto G Lollipop update will be rolling out in phases in the US for the second generation Moto G, and in India for both the original Moto G, as well as the second ...

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    It's regularly common for the citizens of many countries to show a certain degree of pride and nationalism for the products made in their respective territories. That has slowly changed though, as the whole concept of "Made In America" stopped being important in the US many years ago. You'd think that this would be important in countries like South Korea, and especially with Samsung's world dominance of the smartphone market, but it seems to be slowly fading away. Counterpoint Research has just revealed some numbers for South Korea, and according to the report, Apple has broken records, ...

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    Microsoft sure had a lot to share at yesterday's Windows 10 event, including both new hardware and software. On the hardware front, the HoloLens was easily the flashier of those new offerings, but we also got to see Microsoft's new collaborative wall-mounted slate, the Surface Hub. We heard about how easy it would be to interact with, and how it would be available in both 55-inch and 84-inch sizes, but beyond that high-res 4K display, we didn't get a lot of hardware details. While there are still empty spaces we'll need to see filled in, at least some of those specifics are finally ...

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    We find ourselves absolutely awash with HTC One M9 leaks today, though some of them are looking much more believable than others. One controversy has emerged over the differences between a series of pictures apparently showing off the One M9's design, and those purporting to capture a One M9 “plus” with substantially different hardware. There are more than a few reasons to be suspect about that supposed One M9 plus imagery, not the least of which is that it shows a very odd-looking (and possibly Photoshopped from Nexus 5 components) rear camera, one that still offers a Duo Camera ...

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    The Microsoft Surface line-up has been a mixed bag of success and failure. We highly praise Microsoft for its Surface Pro line-up, but we haven't felt the same about its Surface RT, up to the point where we really didn't pay much attention to the launch of the Surface 2 for a review. While we did like the Surface hardware, the real problem was Windows RT, and that problem seems to continue, or should we say, seems to have come to an end. Microsoft has just issued a statement to confirm that both the Surface RT and the Surface 2 won't be receiving Windows 10 like current Windows 7 and ...

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    Yesterday, one very old rumor found itself back in the spotlight, as talk of Google getting into the cellular service game for itself picked up new momentum from a report detailing the company's efforts to act as an MVNO by reselling access through Sprint and T-Mobile. It's a quite interesting idea, even if the impact it might have on the market is largely dependent on details like pricing and availability that are still very much unknown. But would anything actually come of the rumor this time, or would it be like all those times before, where nothing concrete ended up happening? Neither ...

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    Over the past few days we've been hearing tons about Windows 10 – Microsoft's new and improved operating system with a renewed focus on the future – but details have been relatively sparse about hardware. Sure, we've heard about the HoloLens and Surface Hub, but those two aren't going to be on the market for a while, if ever. Microsoft Mobile Devices exec Ifi Majid has finally told us some information we've been desperately trying to get for months now, that a Microsoft flagship smartphone launch is likely to take place this summer. We were hearing rumors swirl last month that ...

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    For several weeks now we've been hearing rumors about Samsung's next smartwatch, a device that's expected to represent the company's first foray into the world of circular-screened wearables. But rather than just being a Moto 360 or G Watch R copy, this Samsung smartwatch -codenamed Orbis- has been tipped to offer something a little bit different: a ring surrounding its display that the user will be able to twist in order to interact with the watch's software. Today some new rumors start diving in to just how those ring controls will work, while also discussing the wearable's feature set. ...

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    Even though we've seen Samsung launch a bevy of smartwatches running its proprietary Tizen platform, we've always know that the original plans were for the OS to power smartphones. The company teased its Samsung Z1 for months before it finally released it in India a few weeks ago. If you're wondering if it's worth to consider Tizen as a platform of choice in the future, think again. Reuters reports that the Samsung Z1 has been met with much disappointment in India. Reviewers and consumers are apparently complaining about the lack of applications on the platform, in addition to a very bad ...

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    Sony has proven to have a great track record with Android software updates, ever since the company said goodbye to the old Sony Ericsson brand. Even today, we've seen the company update legacy flagships like the first Xperia Z, and its timing for updates is also competitive. We've seen the company tease its Android 5.0 Lollipop launch in the past, but today we get more visuals. For better or for worse, Android 5.0 Lollipop brings changes to the visual aspect of the navigation keys. At the moment only a few OEMs have pushed their Lollipop updates to the masses, and those that use soft ...

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    Windows 10 is coming to existing Windows Phone models, right? At least, the initial word from Microsoft was that “all Lumia Windows Phone 8” models would get Windows 10 updates. And then at yesterday's event, Microsoft pushed beyond that Lumia limitation and clarified that Windows Phone 8.1 models in general – presumably including those from other OEMs – will be upgrading to Windows 10. Sounds pretty good, right? Well, we're not out of the woods just yet, and in a new blog post published overnight, Microsoft pencils-in a few asterisks next to those update guarantees. Microsoft exec ...

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