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    If there's one company that's been commendable for quick updates as of late, it's HTC (well, Motorola too, but that's a different story). Even with a fairly-heavy Android skin – not that that's a bad thing – it has managed to keep its flagships updated speedily. With the launch of the Desire EYE just weeks ago, One M8 owners were left hanging, longing for the new camera features. Slowly, updates have been released by HTC to bring One M8 owners up to speed, and now Verizon One M8 owners are about to feel the love: HTC exec Mo Versi has shared that the Verizon HTC One M8 EYE Experience ...

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    One of the biggest differences between Android proper and the version of the OS meant specifically for wearables is the fact that no OEM skins are allowed – this means that updates, once released by Google, can immediately start hitting devices from an assortment of manufacturers. That's exactly what's happened today, with the Android 4.4W.2 update hitting Android Wear devices with a bunch of new features and bug fixes. The rollout began earlier today, with the LG G Watch and G Watch R (unreleased, save for the few review units out in the wild) seeing the update first. The update, build ...

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    Apple very much does not like to get into a spec-measuring contest when it comes to its mobile technology. While Android OEMs may be quick to talk clock speed, SoC cores, GPUs, and RAM, Apple tends to be far less forthcoming with technical details; you may have noticed that our recent spec breakdown for the iPad Air 2 was forced to leave several key component fields blank, or make some educated guesses, as Apple had not formally disclosed such information. But even before the tablet hits wide release, we're already seeing some early benchmarks surface for its hardware, and as they arrive ...

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    Apple users may be getting their first taste of NFC this week, as Apple Pay service goes live in the US, but the Android smartphone club has been reaping the benefits of NFC for years now. Beyond payments, one of the things NFC has helped streamline is file sharing, and Android Beam gave users an easy way to share certain media with any NFC-equipped Android within reach. One of its biggest limitations concerned just which files it would let you share, and while you could Beam things like images from phone to phone with ease, you were out of luck if you wanted to pass along general-purpose ...

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    Weird for the sake of weird, or legitimately useful? It feels like that's a question we've asked of plenty of smartphones before, and despite some good intentions, a lot of them seem to have fallen more into the former category. That said, there have been some “weird” phones that were actually pretty compelling, like LG's curved-screen G Flex. This year we've got another phone with a curved display that's raising a few eyebrows: the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge. Will the wrap-around screen give users new, valuable ways to interact with their handset, or is this just a gimmick? We'll start ...

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    Samsung's got its Exynos chips. Apple's got its own A-series of SoCs. And to hear the rumors that have been flying about for the better part of two years now, LG's been eager to join them with some personalized SoCs of its own: the so-called Odin chip. But for as long as we've been talking about the Odin project, we've yet to see any results – when might the first Odin-running LG smartphone finally arrive? Last time we heard an update on progress, it sounded like the manufacturer's effort was still underway in the form of the company's model LG-F490L, a device codenamed Liger. But ...

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    It was late spring when we first started hearing rumors that Google was looking to snatch-up streaming music service Songza, known for its custom-tailored playlists designed to fit nearly every social situation on personal mood under the sun: uplifting tunes to start your day, peaceful melodies to lull you to sleep, and everything in between. A month later, that acquisition was confirmed, and today Google finally announces the fruits of that effort, with Songza integration coming to Play Music. Subscribers will be able to choose from these Songza-sourced curated playlists by specifying a ...

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    Back in late August, we caught wind of a new chapter in Nokia's evolution of HERE Maps, as the company announced plans for an Android release through a special partnership with Samsung. Sure enough, just a few weeks later we saw the software go live for Samsung handsets. That was well and good if you were a Samsung user, but what about the rest of us? Today Nokia pushes HERE Maps forward upon a wider audience than ever before, making the app available for Android phones everywhere. HERE Maps should work with any Android running Jelly Bean or better, though phones with at least a full gig ...

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    Mention “hot new tablet” to a mobile device enthusiast this week, and they're likely to assume you're talking about the Nexus 9 or one of Apple's latest iPad models. But those are far from the only tablet to recently catch our eye, and today marks an important step froward towards retail availability of one of the most notable tablets from last month's IFA launches, as Sony kicks-off pre-orders for its Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact in the US. We were hoping we might get some kind of news regarding US sales of the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact at the New York event Sony hosted earlier this month, ...

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    Windows Phone is in smack dab the middle of some major re-branding. We started talking about such rumors in earnest back in early September, but the evidence predates even that: Microsoft would pick up the Lumia name directly, dropping the “Nokia” bit in the process, and Windows Phone would shorten to simply “Windows,” emphasizing the connectedness of Microsoft's ecosystem across form factors. We may not have gotten any big formal announcement for the latter, but Microsoft essentially confirmed the news with its announcement of Windows 10. The effort to phase out Nokia has been ...

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    Back near the start of the month we were talking about Apple's plans for Beats Music, following its acquisition of Beats earlier this year. To hear the rumors, Apple was interested in making the streaming music service a whole lot more affordable, slashing the existing $10 a month subscription rate. Just how low did it intend on going? At the time, we didn't know. But now a new report is out detailing just how cheap things could get, claiming that Apple is shooting for a five dollar price point. Unfortunately, this info doesn't come from a first-hand source, but based on what's been passed ...

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    Even though the Apple Watch has created a lot of positive buzz for Apple, that doesn't change the fact that not even Cupertino knows when it'll launch the product. This poises a great opportunity for all smartwatch competitors in order to step their game up, and a perfect time to innovate based on what we already see in Android Wear and the Pebble as well. Microsoft is one of those companies that's been rumored to launch a smartwatch for the longest time, and today we get some more information. Credible sources claim that Microsoft is already in advanced stages to be able to announce a ...

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    Smartphone shoppers have a ton of options when looking for a new phone, but for all the various manufacturers and mobile platforms out there, today's handsets have a bad habit of falling into the pattern of repeating the same old layout. Sure, some OEMs try and mix things up by moving things around, putting buttons on a phone's rear panel or tweaking existing designs, but it's the rare smartphone that really looks like it's doing something markedly different from its peers. Enter: LG and its AKA, a phone with a pair of eyes that change shape based on what you're doing with the handset. ...

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    Those that predicted the fall of Apple after the passing of Steve Jobs might have spent the last couple of quarters frustrated. The company has shown positive growth over the last couple of years, even at times when we all criticized its reluctance to adopt new market trends. Apple has just published its Q4 2014 results, and with numbers that shock Cupertino's own expectations. Apple has just announced that it made a staggering $42.1 billion in revenue, which is up from $37.5 billion in the same quarter last year, and with a net quarterly profit of $8.5 billion, which is also up from $7.5 ...

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    One of the cooler (not to mention most useful) features Motorola brought to the Moto X was the phone's Active Display mode, showing you important notifications without having to first wake the phone. Since then we've seen the feature expand to other Motorola models, and with last week's launch of the Nexus 6, it sure looked like a similar mode was coming along for the ride. At least, the official Nexus 6 specs mention different standby times for whether or not “Ambient Display” is engaged. Now, thanks to a leaked ROM, we're beginning to get the details on how all this works. The ...

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