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    Ahead of the Google I/O keynote later this week, information has been flooding our news desks about what features Android M may bring to the table. Keeping that momentum going today is a report from Android Police detailing a few things, mainly the timeframe of the release's launch and what the release will be focusing on doing this year. According to the site's sources, Google has plans to release a developer preview of Android M, just as with Android L last year; this would likely happen immediately or soon after the end of the I/O keynote. The final release will allegedly occur in ...

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    The long-rumored new colorway for Samsung's Galaxy S6 has arrived. As part of the company's partnership with Marvel to take Avengers: Age of Ultron to smartphones, they have produced quite the looker in this Iron Man Galaxy S6 edge. Said Younghee Lee, an Executive Vice President at Samsung, "the limited edition Iron Man Galaxy S6 edge embodies the power of the iconic Avenger with a dual-curved edge design and advanced features that will provide Marvel fans with the ultimate entertainment experience." The phone itself has the same design as the regular Galaxy S6 edge, except with red and ...

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    Google has done its best to become a social company, and well, the fact that Google+ is still struggling to take off is a clear indicator of where the search giant stands. After the departure of Vic Gundotra, we heard significant rumors regarding Google's plan to detach its Google Photos service from Google+ completely, and we'll admit it's an idea that we highly praised. At this point we're still waiting to see what all the drama is about, but today we land some leaks that show us progress. Leaked screenshots of the new Google Photos app show us just how serious Google is about making ...

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    Being able to share data between devices can be a chore depending on the platform you've chosen. We could say that each ecosystem tries as much as possible to allow you to copy data from their computer platform to a mobile that belongs to its platform, but to be able to do this between platforms is a true nightmare. Leaks over the weekend showed us that Microsoft is planning to fix that, or at least we thought it was. It's hard to predict if these were controlled leaks or not, but certain users got their hands on the installation files for a service called Microsoft OneClip. In a nutshell, ...

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    A couple weeks back, we heard a promising rumor for Nexus fans who maybe didn't love the direction Google went with the phablet-sized Nexus 6, suggesting that this year Google might give us a pair of Nexus phones, and that one of them could be a 5.2-incher by LG – still bigger than both the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5, but a world removed from the Nexus 6's six-inch screen. Word was that we might get both this LG model and a 5.7-inch Huawei-manufactured phablet, itself the subject of earlier rumors. Now some information on both those handsets has leaked, along with the theory that these could be ...

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    Reselling your used smartphone is as common in some markets, as it is for you to bestow your old device to a family member in others. What usually happens before your device trades owners, is a factory reset in order to ensure that all your data is wiped from the device you're about to get rid of. Now, what happens when that data is not effectively deleted from the device, and falls into somebody else's hands? The University of Cambridge recently tested as many as 21 different Android devices running versions 2.3 and up to 4.3, and noticed that after wiping these with a factory reset, ...

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    Even though modern wearables are anything but reliable when it comes to calculating fitness activities and heart rate data, the Apple Watch is actually not as bad as the rest. Apple has even publicized how the Apple Watch will monitor your heart rate every 10 minutes in order to calculate your daily activity and workouts. You'd think that any software update that Cupertino pushes is for the better on its first-generation product, but reports claim otherwise. Users seem to be complaining about the reliability of the heart rate sensor after Apple pushed its Watch OS 1.0.1 software update ...

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    Jony Ive has had a hand in the design of Apple products going back decades, working on everything from the iMac, to the iPod, and now the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. His influence hasn't stopped at hardware, and we saw Ive play a major role in leading the big UI shake-up that arrived with iOS 7 in 2013. It suffices to say that the Apple products we know today would probably look much different without the benefit of Ive's vision and leadership. In recognition of the debt today's Apple owes to Ive's work, the company has just announced his promotion to a newly created role as Chief ...

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    Even though the iPhone is still regarded as one of the best mobile cameras in the smartphone industry, that doesn't change the fact that competitors like Samsung and LG have clearly outclassed the iPhone's camera, and not just in megapixel count. It's clear that Cupertino needs to bring something new to the table for its next generation smartphones, and even though the rumors of an L-shaped camera with optical zoom gained some traction, it seems that the improvements that are coming will focus on other new technologies currently available. Trusted sources claim that just as we heard a few ...

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    HTC's already delivered quite a few close relatives of the One M9 over the past few months – models like the One M9 Plus and One E9+ - and recently we've been looking at what might be in store for another such model, tipped to hit Asia as the One ME9 (or maybe just the One ME). With hardware like a 5.2-inch quad HD display, 3GB of RAM, and an octa-core MediaTek SoC, it sounded like a solid – and certainly close to top-of-the-line – addition to the company's Android lineup. And last week we had the opportunity to get a preview of what the phone might look like, with both a leaked ...

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    Microsoft's mobile efforts stand to get pretty exciting over the next few months. Not only do we have the formal commercial release of Windows 10 Mobile to look forward to, but the arrival of new hardware running Windows 10 out of the box. And for a platform that's been sorely in need of some fresh handset blood (and maybe not just in the midrange budget space, for a change), that's pretty tantalizing. But just what sort of phones can we expect? We've heard a few theories, and today we pick up some fresh evidence to help steer our imagination, as a 5.7-inch Windows Phone pops up in an ...

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    Next week brings with it the start of June, and that also means the start to the Computex trade show in Taiwan. The expo's sure to bring us news of all sorts of hardware, and a couple weeks back we heard tipped the possibility of ASUS introducing a couple new tablets: the ZenPad 7 and ZenPad 8. As we wait to see these guys go official, some renders of the latter have just leaked, giving us an early preview of what to expect. Maybe it shouldn't be a surprise at this point, having seen tablet manufacturers from HTC to Samsung recently embrace the 4:3 aspect ratio that was for so long most ...

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    A couple weeks back we caught the first sign of what looked like a new Sony Xperia smartphone, upon the leak of a shot of the front panel for a handset supposedly codenamed Lavender. The very thin bezels certainly looked intriguing, as did the big front camera with flash, but we knew very little about that hardware other than that we could see. Today a new trove of Lavender evidence arrives, as new pics and hardware specs attempt to flesh out our expectations for the Android. Supposedly, Lavender may be powered by an octa-core MediaTek MT6752 SoC, have 2GB of RAM, and a 13MP main camera. ...

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    With Google I/O 2015 starting in just a few days, chances are good that we're about to get some official information about the next version of Google's mobile operating system, so far described just as Android M. Today we have a couple interesting Android M rumors to share with you, including a possible internal codename, and the chance that Google could use the update's release to formalize its update policies for Nexus devices. First up: that codename. Numerous comments made to AOSP source materials have been referencing the “mnc-dev” branch, and word is that “mnc” stands for ...

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    When it comes to smartphone hardware, sometimes manufacturers just can't be content to let handsets get by with only one of something. We've seen phones with dual cameras, dual SIM cards, and even dual screens. Now the next component that's ready to be doubled down on could be nearly upon us, as Gionee teases a phone that offers users a pair of dual batteries. This teaser image for the Gionee M5 recently surfaced on Chinese social media and mentions the presence of dual batteries. While we don't have many specifics on the hardware just yet, including the actual capacity of these batteries, ...

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    LG launched the G4 late last month, and it's just about time for sales of the phone to get started in the US. As carriers and retailers prepare themselves for the phone's arrival, we're learning about a couple very tempting deals that might help push you over the edge if you've been considering picking up a G4 for yourself. One of the features that helps the G4 stand out from its other spring Android flagship competition is the phone's removable battery. At launch time, LG was clear that it was going to really emphasize the ease at which users could swap batteries in and out, and it's ...

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    A little confused about the new big Android Wear update? We don't blame you. While Google first announced the software a month back, the only way to get it was with a brand-new LG Watch Urbane. And then then this week Google seemed to repeat itself, re-announcing the update (but at least finally in a way that made it clear that updates were heading out soon to existing hardware). But while these new release notes spelled out which models would get the promised WiFi support, some seemingly compatible smartwatches weren't on the list. In an effort to shed some light on what's going on, LG's ...

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    Ever since the Xperia Z4 launched in Japan, we've been trying to work out what Sony's plans were for the phone in other markets: would it bring the Z4 to other nations, re-brand it for them somehow, or maybe even come out with an all-new flagship for international appeal? Recently, Sony's been coordinating plans for a number of regional launch event throughout Asia, and rumors had suggested we'd see the Z4 play a part. As we wait to see what happens next week, that Z4 aspect to these events appears to be confirmed, as Sony China shares an image of the Z4 on social media. Indeed, the ...

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    Even though Google I/O is in our immediate future, it won't be long before Apple gets its own conference started, with WWDC kicking off in early June. Odds are good we'll be learning about both iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 there, and we've already talked a bit about some of the changes that might be present in both, like a move to the Apple Watch's font as the system default. A number of additional changes have been rumored since then, including possible split-screen iPad app support, and now a detailed report attempts to shed some light on even more, with an emphasis on security improvements and ...

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    Google very well may be planning to introduce Android M at Google I/O in just another week. At least, Android L debuted at I/O last year, and the I/O 2015 schedule briefly made reference to Android M before a hasty Google revision. We've already talked a little about the new features we'd most like to see arrive with this next major version of Android, but what's still a pipe dream, and what could actually happen? One change that's picking up some new support is the plan to give Android built-in support for fingerprint scanning hardware. You can already find a number of noteworthy Androids ...

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    It's been about three weeks now since Samsung confirmed it was putting its relationship with Marvel to good use and coming out with a special edition Galaxy S6, colored red and given some Iron Man styling to act as a promotional tie-in with the new Avengers movie, in theaters now. At the time, we heard that Samsung would be releasing both regular Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge versions of this Iron Man handset, and that sales would be getting started in a hurry – as soon as late May or early June. In the weeks since, Samsung has continued to tease this release, but we didn't pick up a lot ...

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    If you own a first-gen Moto G, you've probably been waiting patiently for the Lollipop update to arrive for your phone ever since the second-gen G received the update way back in January. Your time has finally come today, as Motorola continues onward updating its lineup of smartphones, releasing today the first-gen Moto G Lollipop update for download. Now that Lollipop is basically a year old ("Android L" was announced at Google I/O last year, and this year's conference is less than a week away), you've had quite a while to familiarize yourself with all of its features. You'll get all of ...

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    Samsung's Galaxy A8 is back in the news this week, as the rumored big brother to phones like the Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A7 was tipped to pick up a fingerprint scanner. But it was rumors from last month that first gave us an overall picture of what to expect form the smartphone, including hardware like a Snapdragon 615 SoC, 2GB of RAM, and a 5.7-inch 1080p display. Now we've got a new benchmark report to refer to, and while it appears to confirm the majority of those details, at least one pretty important one could differ from our expectations. The Galaxy A7 had a 5.5-inch screen, so it ...

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    Oppo has upped the ante of traditional 10 year celebrations by brining us a couple of new products to the table, and after having a look at the more conventional Oppo R7 in the previous video, it’s time to give its bigger and badder brother a quick look. Even though only a few months have passed from Oppo’s launch of the revolutionary design that made the Oppo R5 possible, the company is out with a new lineup of successors, and where the Oppo R7 Plus follows on the tradition of defining product design, if compared to its more traditional sibling. The new Oppo R7 Plus is significantly ...

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    Smartphones have already changed the way we communicate with other, but there are still so many other aspects of our lives that could serve to benefit from that same sort of high-tech makeover that transformed dumb phones into the modern portable computers we have today. Hundreds of companies have already developed products that leverage such tech, offering everything from connected ovens to smart lightbulbs, but a number of issues have gotten in the way of them seeing widespread adoption. Big names in mobile are hoping to change that, like the effort we've seen Apple HomeKit. Now a new ...

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