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    When are finally going to get the chance to see the debut of the next – and by plenty of accounts, maybe even the last – Lumia smartphone? The Lumia 650's been on our radar for months, and since right around the start of the new year we've really been looking into just when this puppy might be fixing to launch. Rumors first suggested a very-early February low-key announcement, before backing off and claiming that the Lumia 650 was facing some short delays. Well, that rumored February 1 launch clearly didn't happen, so what about this new, delayed date? While earlier reports didn't name ...

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    How long have we been waiting for Android Wear watches to start sounding off? Models like last year's Huawei Watch were clearly packing integrated speakers, and it looked like it was just a matter of time before we'd see the software fall into place that would finally take advantage of them. But despite some indications that such updates were on the way, official speaker support has so far been elusive. Well, today's the day we've been looking forward to, as Google announces new hands-free features for Android Wear, including speaker support. Right now, the only two Android Wear models ...

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    It's easy enough to build an extremely affordable smartphone, but the trick isn't simply undercutting everyone else on price; it's keeping prices low while still delivering hardware that's worth buying, with attractive specs and a compelling design. Huawei may have hit that nail right on the head with its Honor sub-brand's new 5X, which just the other day went up for sale in the States at an incredibly attractive $200 price point. With a Snapdragon 615 under the hood, 13MP camera, and a 5.5-inch 1080p screen, that sure looked like it added up to one heck of a bargain. Now it's time for ...

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    A few years back, it seemed like being ahead of the curve with mobile gadgets meant carrying as many as your pockets would allow: you had your phone, maybe a tablet, and packed your bag with a laptop, camera, and no shortage of accessories. And while we still love being packed to the brim and ready for whatever the day throws at us, there's a new focus on simplifying our mobile lives, and moving to devices that do double (if not more) duty. Microsoft's stirred up such interest with Continuum on Windows 10 Mobile, and Canonical's been pushing a similar agenda with Ubuntu on mobile devices, ...

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    With under three weeks to go until MWC 2016 kicks off, interest in the show is heating up fast, especially as companies like LG confirm plans to launch long-rumored flagship phones. Beyond LG, we're also extremely interested in what Samsung's got coming our way at its Unpacked event, and even if Samsung's not yet ready to go the LG route and outright tell us what's on the menu (*cough* GS7 *cough*) there have been more than enough rumors to hold us over. One of those rumors concerned a possible accessory for the Galaxy S7 (and its presumed Gear VR), a dual-lens spherical camera Capablanca ...

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    Not sold on Samsung’s “more of the same” Galaxy S7 approach, and instead looking for a flagship Android device like no other before it? The LG G5 could be the answer to your long-time pleas for palpable, major mobile hardware innovation, though there’s still not enough proof to support a drastic G4 redesign to the point the sequel’s battery will pop out of the bottom edge. What’s crystal clear is an LG G4-similar construction, with a bland plastic frame and replaceable leather rear cover, would feel like a step in the wrong direction after V10’s sophisticated, athletic and ...

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    The first few months of any given year are a perfect time for evaluating the past 12-month success of different devices and classes of tech products, as well as trying to guess what comes next. For wearables in general, and smartwatches in particular, 2015 was a good though perhaps not stellar year, while 2016 is shaping up to be considerably better. According to Gartner research, a total of 232 million wearable electronic devices were sold worldwide between last January and December, a number predicted to surge by a healthy 18.4 percent, to close to 275M units by the end of this year. The ...

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    Compared to Samsung and LG to a certain extent, Xiaomi managed to keep a relatively tight lid on information spills regarding its next-gen flagship device, slated to go official in Beijing and Barcelona on February 24 after an excruciatingly long waiting time. Don’t get us wrong, we’ve seen our fair share of Mi 5 renders… and then some, as well as reports on everything from prospective OS choice, premium build materials, top-shelf RAM and processor specifications, and even chromatic options. It’s just we can’t be 100 percent sure of more than a couple of features, including ...

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    Like Samsung, Sony is yet to update a single Lollipop-powered device to Marshmallow outside of “Concept” beta programs, although we were ready to wager at one point a number of 6.0 rollouts would begin by the end of January for Xperia flagships. Meanwhile, the Japanese hardware manufacturer reconsidered the direct leap plan from Android 5.0 to build M for a couple of lower-end handhelds, but the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua isn’t a part of the group ultimately due for transitional 5.1 Lollipop promotions too. Instead, the waterproof 5-incher will continue to sit tight on ancient 5.0, waiting ...

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    Market cannibalization and brand dilution have been two of Samsung’s biggest sins for several years now, and while the repetitive Galaxy S7 Plus and S7 Edge Plus are probably not happening this spring after all, a Galaxy A9 Pro is. Or so it would appear, based on intel exclusively shared by credible tipsters with SamMobile a couple of weeks back, and recent visits to India for R&D and testing of a phone carrying the model number SM-A9100. That’s clearly directly related to the SM-A9000, aka Galaxy A9 or A9 (2016), but if legit, the Pro suffix feels rather unusual and disconnected ...

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    While there’s no disputing the benefits of a completely ad-free YouTube watching experience, no third-party apps or browser extensions needed, Google felt a little greedy and unreasonable to charge $10 a month just for that. But YouTube Red isn’t all about canceling video interruptions, as it also includes a Play Music subscription at no additional costs, easy offline saving capabilities, and background play support for mobile device multitasking. Plus, early service adopters will get to exclusively enjoy a trio of original movies produced by top YouTube content creators, as well as a ...

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    You’d have to be pretty careless to buy a new, improved Google Chromecast or Chromecast Audio at full retail, with no freebies or bundled-in digital content, as it seems deals are coming in left and right, leaving you no time to ponder Apple or Amazon-made rivaling devices. Granted, Valentine’s Day is no Christmas, so the best the search giant can do until February 24 is offer you gratis $10 Google Play credit with Chromecast 2 and Audio purchases. The two digital media players cost $35 stateside a pop, so if you’re thinking of getting them both, at the end of the day, you’ll only ...

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    Based on Google’s more than healthy recent financial report, and generally gloomy iPhone sales predictions for at least the current quarter, we wouldn’t have been shocked to see Alphabet exceeding Apple’s market capitalization through summer or even fall. But the simultaneous iPhone 5se/Apple Watch S/iPad Air 3 announcement is drawing near, and Wall Street clearly trusts the three new iDevices will strike gold at the box-office, covering for the waning mainstream appeal of the first-gen “iWatch”, as well as the overly familiar iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. Either that, or traders simply ...

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    It was bound to happen sooner or later. After all, we’ve been hearing about the constant growth of smartphones in India since… forever, and the country is roughly four times as populous as the United States. It’s therefore perhaps surprising it took so long to reach a billion mobile users in the region, 220 million of which are reportedly on Android, iOS or Windows Phone. With a 22 percent yearly hike in smartphone shipments, and a 15 percent boost in Q4 2015 alone, it doesn’t look like this market is in danger of saturation either, so the user base, the world’s second largest ...

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    Of all the higher and lower-profile device manufacturers that have recently boarded the Windows Phone ship right before it seemingly sinks, perhaps the most surprising brand to do so is VAIO. No longer Sony’s property, the PC-focused Japanese company did anticipate this risky move by both launching an Android handheld and extravagant business-friendly Windows 10 tablet last year. The VAIO Phone Biz, as the awkward name suggests, also targets enterprise consumers and business professionals, emphasizing a large part of its marketing efforts on Continuum support and how the device can ...

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    In case you’re undecided between services like Spotify, Pandora, Google Play Music and Deezer, or simply too lazy to download and try them all on for size, Huawei will soon make it easy for its Honor sub-brand fans to enjoy online music streaming out the box. That’s right, all Honor buyers in Europe, Latin America, Middle East, North Africa, Russia and South East Asia should find the Android Deezer app pre-installed on their shiny new smartphones for immediate access to a solid audio library of 40 million tracks, personalized mixes, as well as 40,000 podcasts and audiobooks. The US is ...

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    Spotify doesn't do it, but Apple Music now can. While Apple has been righteously (and rightfully) promoting its own interests — from mobile OS to audio products — on Android through app development. Some observers thought that this would mean that these Android apps wouldn't get the TLC that Apple's iOS apps would get. Not the case this time, though there's a discrepancy at play. Apple Music version 0.9.5 (yep, still in beta) is now available on the Play Store and it allows users to download songs to their SD cards. It's big reach from Apple down to people who wouldn't buy into the ...

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    The saga between VirnetX and Apple has been running since about the start of the decade. It's now come to a blow against Cupertino. The Arizona-based patent holding company has successfully argued that Apple infringed four of its patents concerning VPN and FaceTime interfaces. An attorney for VirnetX said that the award was "well-deserved" while an Apple representative said "cases like this simply reinforce the desperate need for patent reform." Apple requested for the judge to declare a mistrial because the company believed that laweyers for VirnetX had "blatantly [misrepresented] the ...

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    Who will be the dual-camera king of the hill and who will that king end up serving? While Sony's own mobile hardware sales have sloughed, it's still making money making cameras for many companies including Apple — that company has reportedly been looking for dual-camera system vendors from Taiwan, Korea and Japan. During the company's most recent earnings call, one analyst asked about how OEMs will adopt the technology over the next couple of years. CFO Kenichiro Yoshida responded with an expectation that Sony's own paired camera product would come onto the market sometime next year with ...

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    For every device comes its time to go. For these two Android Wear smartwatches, they've had their time around. The original Moto 360 from Motorola is now nearly 18 months old while the Sony Smartwatch 3 is about a month younger. The Google Store has determined that it's about time that the two were discontinued from sale on its virtual shelves. The ever-popular Moto 360 went through sales that took the price down from $250 to $100. The Smartwatch 3 received nowhere near the attention as Motorola's creation did, but given how far it has gone as Sony's overall mobile sales have fallen, it's ...

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    Are you using Hangouts for text and media messages? You may have to head over to another app soon. And Google has an idea about which app you should use. After ditching its Messaging app two years ago in favor of said SMS integration with internet-based Hangouts, it looks like Mountain View is beginning to disintegrate SMS from the app. The app has been updated to version 7 on the Google Play Store. It brings up a first-boot prompt recommending that users "check out Google's new SMS app," Messenger. Similar prompt boxes launched when Hangouts first took in SMS and then when it ...

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    MWC is just weeks away, and it seems like every day we're talking about another smartphone we're hoping to see launch at the expo. Yesterday we checked out some unannounced hardware from Alcatel OneTouch, as the company accidentally posted some early info about both the Idol 4 and Idol 4S, ahead of an expected MWC launch. It turns out that was just the opening act, and today we're turning our attention to a new leak that attempts to reveal even more AOT hardware due for an MWC debut, with the revelation of the Pop 4, Pop 4S, and Pop 4 Plus. The Pop 4 (bottom) looks like the lowest end of ...

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    Is there no holiday that's not a good opportunity to sell some smartphones? Arbor Day coming up? How about some half-priced wearables? Cinco de Mayo right around the corner? Let's offer some free USB power packs with new phone purchases! So while you may not think of Valentine's Day as a particularly phone-related celebration, hardware manufacturers are doing their darnedest to cash in on the inevitable swell of gift-giving all the same, and OnePlus is trying its hand and that by offering some free-case deals. Whether you're in the market for a OnePlus 2 or a OnePlus X (both finally ...

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    From the moment LG sent out its invitations to its Mobile World Congress press event, we found ourselves wondering if the G5 might show up. It couldn't launch that early, right? But it wasn't long at all before we had to start seriously reconsidering what the manufacturer might be up to as the company confirmed plans to show off a “flagship-level” phone. LG stopped short of outright saying “we're going to launch the G5,” but based on the info we had access to, that outcome started sounding like a pretty reasonable conclusion. Well, we've still got over two weeks to go until LG's ...

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    It's easy to find yourself overwhelmed by ads on your smartphone, whether in apps or just on the mobile web. So it's little surprise that when a company announces a new way to give users control over just how they're exposed to those ads, we're quick to take advantage of it. That's just what happened a few days back as Samsung opened up its Android browser's API to work with ad-blocking software, and devs were in a rush to deliver solutions ready to start nipping all those ads in the bud. Unfortunately for fans of this development, Google's wasted no time in shutting the operation down, ...

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