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    "Without Cyanogen, OnePlus would have sold like one device in international markets. Essentially they built their brand on the back of Cyanogen", said Kirt McMaster, Cyanogen's CEO. OnePlus can prove him wrong once the second iteration of its device will be out, one that will likely not be powered by a Cyanogen-modified version of Android. Early signs of the two companies breaking up could be also attributed by OnePlus' own OS, dubbed OxygenOS, released earlier this month. Where does that leave Cyanogen, with a user base of more than 50 million? Apparently, the company plans on ...

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    There are a lot of Sony smartphone fans out there, but, sadly (for the company), not enough, or not as many as the Japanese manufacturer would have hoped. Regardless of its Xperia line-up (flagship or not), Sony didn't quite manage to sit at the same table with Apple or Samsung, for instance. However, Sony profits from Apple's and Samsung's smartphones, and, it profits even more when it comes to the latest iPhone 6 and Galaxy S6 flagships. Components inside the iPhone 6 or Samsung Galaxy S6 are made by Sony. We're referring to the image sensor. The iPhone 6 has not one, but two Sony ...

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    Meizu made a significant statement with the launch of its flagship duo, the MX4 and MX4 Pro. Both devices are reportedly selling well in China, and their slim and elegant designs have turned some heads over seas as well. We find it hard for the compay to already prepare a successor for phones that were launched late in 2014, but it seems it's still possible. Leaked photos show us what is reportedly the MX5, and no, sadly the leaks don't include an MX5 Pro. Still, one of the most interesting parts of this leak is the physical home button included in this new device, which would contrast the ...

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    Microsoft has continued to push updates for its Windows 10 preview for the desktop, but it's clear that there are other versions up the company's sleeve in the works. Just as we saw leaks of a Windows 10 for phones that hasn't gone public yet, it seems that Microsoft has very advanced builds with major changes to come as well. New leaks show us a new Windows 10 in the works that marks the return of the Windows Aero effect that we saw with Windows Vista and Windows 7. This is basically the window transparency effect that Windows 8 killed, even though this time it seems that the effect will ...

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    If you're anything like us, you juggle a lot of mobile devices – probably quite a few more than your average user. And while walking around armed to the teeth with the latest mobile hardware can be a lot of fun, not everything behaves quite so nicely when you're pushing the boundaries of typical use cases. That's been an issue with smartwatches, especially if you own more than one model. Thankfully, it's also something that's been on Google's radar to address, and today we learn about the new Google Play Services 7.3, delivering among other improvements support for multiple Android Wear ...

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    Samsung really needed for people to love using the Galaxy S6 just as much as holding it, and the company clarified that it made significant investments in removing the bloat and the excess distractions from its new TouchWiz UI. One important way to improve this experience was to also launch the Galaxy S6 with the latest and greatest memory options, and its 3GB of DDR4 RAM speak highly of it. You'd think that there should be no complaints about all this, but it seems that there is. User forums have begun to complain that Samsung's RAM management exaggerates its chore a little. Instead of ...

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    One of the coolest options that Android Wear and Pebble users have is the ability to use third-party watch faces. Surely not all of these are great, and some even affect your watch's performance, but it’s better than having just a handful of built-in options. Many developers were upset by Apple's approach to not allow them to create third party watch faces when WatchKit launched, but don't expect good news any time soon. Apple has just updated its App Store review guidelines, and the documentation now makes it official that it will not approve apps that only tell the time, or in other ...

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    Back in January we learned about a big expansion in the works for Google Now, as Google invited new app partners to integrate their content with the company's service. We heard more about such efforts last month, as Google talked about plans to release a Now API to further streamline how app content could connect with Now. This week Google's showing off where all this has led, announcing Now integration with dozens and dozens of apps – some seventy, total. The sorts of information these apps provide run the gamut from news, to entertainment, to fitness, and even dining – really, all ...

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    Apple has been closing the gap between its OS X platform and its iOS platform more and more over the years. Still, instead of converging products into one OS, Apple has devised tools like Continuity and Handoff with the purpose of giving users an added value when buying into the Apple Ecosystem. A new patent granted to Apple today takes things further, in a more intimate way. This new Apple patent was actually filed back in 2010, when the iPad was barely a few months old. The idea is to allow users of creative apps like FinalCut Pro or Photoshop to use an iPhone or iPad as an extra input ...

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    Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 is quickly coming up on its one-year birthday, and while it's no less of a powerful, portable computer than it was when it first launched, soon we're going to have to start admitting that its days are numbered. After all, the tide of progress waits for no tablet, and Microsoft will eventually step up to replace the Surface Pro 3 with an even more versatile slate. We've already talked a little about our own hopes and dreams for the presumptive Surface Pro 4, but that was just wishful thinking. We still don't have anything official to share in regards to Microsoft's ...

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    The LG G4 just debuted in a global launch event, but it's South Korea that's getting the phone first, with availability starting tomorrow, April 28. We knew that the big carriers in the US would start getting their hands on the phone later this spring, but when? One by one, the carriers are now speaking up about their own plans for the G4. First we heard from T-Mobile, confirming its intention to carry the G4. And while it hasn't offered a date just yet, it does have a way to give you an early look at the phone, thanks to a contest that will see the carrier giving out a G4 a day for free ...

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    LG finally made the G4 flagship official earlier, at the New York launch event, and we can finally put an end to all the rumors and leaks. The phone is out there, and whether you you like it or not, it is a true flagship, competing for market dominance with the Galaxy S6, and One M9 (well, Xperia Z4 in Japan), to name the most recent ones. We're looking at the specs and features in different posts, but you should know that aside from the leather-back version of the G4 (available in black, brown, red, sky blue, beige, and yellow) there will also be another variant: LG G4 ceramic is what ...

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    The third big flagship launch of the year is finally here. Following the MWC launches of HTC's One M9 and Samsung's Galaxy S6, we're onto the next big contender for your bucks, the newly-announced G4. All the images you saw and the specs you read probably aren't quite enough to give you the look you want at the year's next big Android phone, so we've prepared for you an LG G4 hands-on video straight out of New York City. Chief News Editor Stephen Schenck gives us our first video look at the phone, showing off the chassis that's oh-so-familiar thanks to its predecessors, the LG G2 and G3. ...

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    LG's G4 just went official, the company's latest Android to take up the G-series name. And as such a flagship model, it's inevitable that we'll be putting the phone's specs under the microscope. With the G4, LG made the somewhat controversial decision not to go with the Snapdragon 810 that powers the HTC One M9, and even the LG G Flex 2 before it, and instead to only outfit the handset with the hexa-core Snapdragon 808. LG claims that the 808 was really the best fit for the phone, but will its performance measure up to its competition? As we wait to give the G4 our full review treatment, ...

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    The time has come for the latest flagship to be unveiled. LG has taken the wraps off of its brand-new G4 smartphone today, ushering in a couple highly-anticipated changes to the company's Android portfolio and improving upon last year's G3 in quite a few ways. In simultaneous events in locations such as New York City, London, and Seoul today, members of the press saw the LG G4 announced and its features demonstrated, especially its camera. Speaking of that camera, there's an f/1.8 aperture lens, which allows in 80 percent more light than the G3's imaging unit. It's a 16MP shooter, and it ...

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    Does the LG G4 have any secrets left? Between the weeks and weeks of detailed leaks, the effort LG's undertaken to tease the phone's feature set, and now this last-minute spec leak, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the G4 had nothing further to reveal. The truth will become clear in just a few hours, with LG's event getting underway at 11am Eastern, but before it does, we've got at least one more leak to take a look at, upon the release of some of early pics of the G4 being unboxed. For those of you who have expressed some hesitation over the idea of the leather-backed G4, this may be ...

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    Despite having some of its features unveiled earlier by the manufacturer itself, and its internals by leaksters and/or the media, the LG G4 is still a pretty exciting phone, and its official unveiling is happening today. It is happening at 11a EST (1500GMT), and you can watch the LG G4 event live stream below, in case you didn't manage to make it to New York or London. The world is expecting a 2015 flagship that will have a curved screen like the G Flex 2, a leather back options, a great camera, and other features which were previously leaked. We're going to find out pretty soon whether ...

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    There were a lot of rumors and leaks leading up to the official unveiling of the Sony Xperia Z4, and, once the phone became official, we found out that it was bound to Japan. Then came rumors that Sony was working on a completely different phone for the rest of the world; how different is anyone's guess, but today we're seeing information that the Xperia Z4 might reach other markets as the Xperia Z3+. Manufacturers have been using "+" or "plus" versions of their devices to describe a slightly improved/better/larger model, regardless if we're talking Apple, HTC, or someone else, like Sony, ...

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    We've seen the OPPO R7 teased yesterday, with a probable announcement happening next Month, but the manufacturer isn't stopping there, dropping some more teasers on us, building up the buzz and anticipation to what is expected to be a very thin, bezel-less phone. The image above has been posted by OPPO on its Facebook page, and the 2.5D glass is being called out next to a render of the phone. Said render seems to show off some very narrow bezels, but the manufacturer is expected to conceal even those with a curved glass towards the edges, employing reflection and refraction is a smart ...

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    Today (April 28) is the LG will unveil the G4, its 2015 flagship. You don't have to be an LG fan to be excited about the event; if you love Android, or mobile tech in general, you should be looking forward to seeing what the South Korean phone maker has in store for us. It also looks like you don't have to wait until the event to find out the internals of the phone, as the LG G4 specs have been tentatively leaked. Being slightly larger than the G3, the G4 measures 5.9 x 3 x 0.4 inches and 5.5 ounces, while also being slightly curved, like the G Flex 2. On the inside, you find a Qualcomm ...

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    DisplayMate tested the Apple Watch display, and, before you jump to early conclusion, let's clear one thing up in the very beginning: all Apple Watch models (Sport, Watch, Edition) are equipped with the same display technology, a Flexible OLED display most likely manufacture by LG. So how come the best Apple Watch display is the one on the Sport model? While you can find in-depth explanations and tests at the source link below, the main takeaway is this: the Sport version of the watch is the only one that has an Ion-X strengthened cover glass (same as on the iPhone 6, similar to Gorilla ...

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    Remember last week's rumors that implied Nokia was planning on returning to the smartphone game sometime in 2016? OK, forget about them. While the usual policy is a "no comment on rumors" one (or at least that's what the media is being constantly told, for ages), Nokia denies the rumors, as the Finnish company made an official statement on the matter: "Nokia notes recent news reports claiming the company communicated an intention to manufacture consumer handsets out of a R&D facility in China. These reports are false, and include comments incorrectly attributed to a Nokia Networks ...

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    As we heard earlier this month straight from the manufacturer, the Google Store has the LG Watch Urbane available for you to purchase as of now. The Google Store is available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States, and it now features LG's latest and greatest Android Wear-powered smartwatch. It goes for $349 in the US, and, what you get for your money is a 1.3-inch P-OLED Display with a resolution of 320 x 320 pixels and pixel density of 245ppi, 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 ...

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    Even though LG was one of the big launch partners for Windows Phone 7, the company sadly didn't launch a follow up in the next Windows Phone generations. We don't know why this happened, but we assume that the company had the same feelings as Huawei at some point. To see the recent leaks of an LG Windows Phone in renders a few weeks ago was an interesting twist to the company's success in Android, and today we learn more. LG's website is now mentioning not one, but two Windows Phones for Verizon, or at least two variants that could be very similar to each other. One is the LG VW820, and ...

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    We've kept a close eye on the Oppo R7 for quite some time. The Oppo R5 did an amazing job at wowing us in our recent review, thanks to its premium and thin design, but it seems that Oppo wants more. The rumors of the Oppo R7 and a design without bezels have kept us busy for the last few weeks, and the company has finally decided to give us a glimpse of what to expect. Oppo has just published a couple of teasers on the web for the R7, and even though these don't say much about what we're getting, the fact that the teasers exist is enough reason to be excited. Sources claim that we should ...

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