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    Many of us miss the old days of the Windows Mobile and Palm stylus, something that Apple single-handedly killed with the iPhone. Still, it would be unfair to forget that the Apple Newton was one of the first products to feature such a concept, and we have seen companies like Samsung succeed in making the stylus something smarter. Recent patents showed us that Apple has been considering building a stylus for the masses, but under a very different concept to what we currently see in the market. KGI's Ming-Chi Kuo gained a lot of fame for some of the recent iPhone 6 predictions. In a new ...

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    Can you barely keep track of how you're supposed to buy the OnePlus One? We don't blame you. At least when your only option was that invite system, the process was straightforward enough, but recent months have seen those invites joined by pre-orders, as well as sporadic periods of outright availability. If that latter option sounds far preferable than the alternatives (and really, that's understandable), you're going to want to mark tomorrow down on your calendar, as OnePlus prepares to accept new One orders for a two-hour window. OnePlus One orders will be open to anyone interested in ...

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    Here in the US, Sharp hasn't really been a major smartphone brand. There were even years where we'd hardly find ourselves talking about the manufacturer at all, though last summer Sharp became a much harder company to ignore with the launch of the Aquos Crystal on Sprint that wasn't just very affordable, but also sported an eye-catching design with some preposterously narrow bezels. Today's Sharp news doesn't bring us word of any additional models for the States, but we're still a bit fascinated by what the company’s up to now, as it launches a couple new models in Japan, including an ...

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    Having just finished talking about the latest rumors to address Samsung's smartwatch plans for MWC 2015, it's only fitting that we now turn our attention to the other major launch we're looking forward to from the manufacturer. So far, one of the primary components of Galaxy S6 rumors has been the idea of Samsung finally moving to a predominantly metal design, and a number of leaks have attempted to provide evidence for that theory. We may want to start reconsidering just what we saw in all those, as the latest GS6 rumor now asserts that Samsung will keep its metal bodies as the tell-tale ...

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    With the end of January now in sight, February looming close over the horizon, and MWC just beyond that, it's an exciting time to be talking about upcoming Samsung hardware. For that trade show getting underway in just a few weeks, expectations are high for Samsung to deliver not just a Galaxy S6, but maybe also a Galaxy S6 Edge and a companion smartwatch. Rumors about that wearable have started getting quite detailed in recent days, discussing not just a circular screen, but also a twisting bezel ring control for interacting with the smartwatch's UI. Today we hear about the latest attempt ...

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    Despite showing off the Desire 826 at the 2015 CES, the announcement wasn't by far what everyone expected from the Taiwanese phone maker. The HTC One M8 from 2014 was an improvement over the 2013 HTC One M7, and now we're all expecting the HTC One M9 to shake the market, and HTC's competitors. A so-called "Hima" phone has been long rumored (complete with leaked specs), but it is not yet known whether the Hima will indeed be the HTC One M9, or a completely different animal. On March 1, HTC is set to unveil something, at a pre-MWC special event. Bloomberg's unnamed sources claim that it ...

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    Rumors came and went of the Sony Xperia Z4's debut at CES 2015 but that never materialized, unfortunately, so we're left hoping to see what the company has up its sleeve for 2015 at Mobile World Congress in early March instead. And if this Sony Xperia Z4 FCC pit-stop is to be noted, it seems likely that the phone will see a global launch soon. The phone that's passed through the FCC identifies itself as Type Number PM-0850-BV, and FCC ID PY7-PM0850, and XperiaBlog seems to believe that this is the Z4 we've had our eyes on. It has firmware build number 25.0.A.0.33, slightly different than ...

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    Whether you call it Windows Phone 10, or Windows 10 for phones, it is indeed the next generation Microsoft mobile platform to grace phones (how many of the current phones is yet unknown), and is expected to be unveiled next week at a certain January 21 special event. Until then, we can look at these images from China, which allegedly show off some of the details of the upcoming OS. The Windows Phone 10 leak above allegedly shows off the Start screen with a background image -- though questions arise concerning tile transparency, or lack of it -- and tile group titles which, in this ...

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    Earlier this week we heard that, if re-elected in the UK, Prime Minister David Cameron could ban encrypted chat apps like WhatsApp, iMessage, Snapchat, and alike, if the authorities couldn't find a way to decrypt (read) this type of communication with a proper warrant. After meeting with Cameron, US President Barack Obama acknowledged that said encrypted chat apps can become a problem in the US too. “If we find evidence of a terrorist plot… and despite having a phone number, despite having a social media address or email address, we can’t penetrate that, that’s a problem,” said ...

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    Remember when the big battle in mobile payments was Google versus the carriers? Or more precisely, Google Wallet versus Isis? With AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon all on the Isis team, and some taking technical measures to retard the spread of Wallet, it looked like we were ready for a showdown. But then Google freed Wallet from the constraints of secure hardware elements, Isis turned into Softcard, and Apple Pay landed to new controversy. And really, except for news of Isis/Softcard's Windows Phone compatibility, it felt like momentum for that whole project had seriously stalled. Well, ...

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    Nokia launched the affordable Lumia 635 all the way back in April (making this a proper Nokia Lumia, before Microsoft transitioned the family over to its own branding), and in the months since, we've seen the phone come to more and more carriers. Over the summer, networks like T-Mobile and AT&T got their hands on the phone, and back in December we got word of the phone finding some new homes: Boost and Virgin now sell the phone for their no-contract plans, and we heard that Sprint would eventually be picking it up for regular postpaid plans. Today's the day that finally happens, as ...

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    The week is nearly over, and despite what rumors from last Friday would have us believe, it doesn't look like we're going to see the public release of Apple's iOS 8.1.3 update. So what happened? Did someone get their wires crossed and instead that news was supposed to be about the 8.2 beta we saw devs receive? Maybe not, as today word arrives of a new 8.1.3 build that's in testing, as well as some early work towards iOS 9. Remember how we heard that Apple has tasked its retail employees with helping it do some real-world testing of iOS 8.1.3 before the update went wide? Well, evidence ...

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    Is Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 SoC a big headache for everyone involved, or is the next-gen chip going to help supercharge 2015's smartphone lineup? Despite all the potential that appears to be there, the introduction of the 810 to consumer devices has been plagued by reports of hardware problems, incomplete software, and delays that would push back broad availability. Qualcomm's been doing its darnedest to downplay such allegations, but they've continued regardless. This week saw the launch of the newest Snapdragon 810-powered handset, the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro; does that mean that these ...

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    It's happening: the big late-Q1 smartphone launch season is within sight. HTC's invite for its big MWC event is out, and it may just foretell the arrival of the One M9. And while we don't yet have a date for Samsung's event, expectations are high that we'll be seeing that manufacturer introduce its Galaxy S6. Overnight, we checked out some of the latest GS6 info to become available, seeming to confirm rumors of the phone getting a quad HD display and a 64-bit SoC. Now a new rumor is turning its attention to a different bit of the GS6's anatomy, talking about some changes Samsung may be ...

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    It didn't happen at CES 2015 -- and we refer to the 2015 flagship, but we saw the HTC Desire 826 -- but we pretty much expected it not to happen. In 2014, HTC's flagship, the One M8 was announced on March 25, missing the Mobile World Congress, but rumor has it that a certain "Hima" phone, believed to be the One M9 (or at least the 2015 flagship) should make an appearance at the Barcelona show this year. ...or it might not, and we will see something else, like a new Desire line-up. In any case, HTC MWC 2015 press invites for a special March 1 (4pm CET) event have been sent out, and the ...

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    The past few days, editor Jaime Rivera has been sharing his thoughts on Microsoft's new Lumia Denim update, mainly the camera improvements to be specific. Spoiler alert: he can't get enough of the improvements. Now, if you want to get in on the improvements yourself officially, you've been out of luck. But finally, today, Redmond has flipped the switch, and the wider Microsoft Lumia Denim rollout is underway. If you've got a Windows Phone 8-powered Lumia device, you will get Lumia Denim, it's just a matter of time before that happens. The update is rolling out across the world, country by ...

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    With CES 2015 in the rear-view mirror and Mobile World Congress in February fast approaching, one big thing on our mind is flagships. We're expecting HTC and Samsung to come to the table with their best in the next few weeks and months, and the latter's device seems to be leaking at a pretty steady rate as a true contender in the 2015 smartphone wars. An apparent Samsung Galaxy S6 UAProf (user agent profile) is affirming this thought for us with some sweet-sounding specifications. The phone in question identifies itself as the Samsung SM-G920A, which is expected to be AT&T's regional ...

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    ZTE didn't bring a ton of new devices to CES last week; we got to check out the Grand X Max+ for Cricket, as well as that Spro 2 portable projector, but that's hardly a big spread for a manufacturer as large as ZTE. Still, while not much was launching at the time, the company obvious has plenty of additional hardware in its development pipeline. Today we get an early look at what seems to be one such model, as a reseller lets slip a few advance pics of a phone that might just be the Blade S6. The images you see here apparently came from reseller GearBest, and while the pre-order page for ...

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    Four weeks back, Google got the ball rolling on Android 5.0.2, dropping a factory image for the first-gen Nexus 7. Despite concerns that it might be a minor, forgettable, maybe even hardware-specific update, a closer look at the code did manage to reveal some important changes, maybe most importantly a fix to make sure that flash file system cleanup occurred as intended. While 5.0.2 is proving to be slow to spread to other models, today we see some of the first signs of progress, as Google releases factory images for a couple additional Android tablets. Today Google adds Android 5.0.2 ...

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    Samsung may not have brought any new smartwatches to CES this year, but word is that the company's been putting something together with the aim of introducing it during MWC in early March. Unlike Samsung's prior wearables, this new one has been rumored to be a round-screened model, in the vein of the Moto 360 or LG G Watch R. We've heard that this could be another Tizen model for the manufacturer, but beyond that, there haven't been many specifics mentioned about Samsung's intentions for this purportedly model codenamed Orbis. This week we start to get into details, as a new rumor ...

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    LG's launch of the G4 may still be a few more months out -the G3 (above) didn't go official until late May last year- but we're already starting to get a sense of what to expect from the hardware. Part of that is thanks to the introduction of the G Flex 2 at CES last week, which just set a pretty high bar in the specs department. But what in particular will LG carry forward from models like the G3 and G Flex 2, and where could the G4 see advancements of its own? This week, one source attempts to give us an idea of just what we might get. The G Flex 2's Snapdragon 810 should make a return, ...

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    What's next for Google Glass? It was supposed to be the next big thing, it arrived in limited form... and then it seemed to lose a lot of its momentum. Was interest in the project being killed by the rise of smartwatches, delivering on the wearable dream while doing so through a much more approachable form factor? In the latter months of the 2014, it sounded like there could still be a future for Glass this year, even despite uncertain interest from the public – one of the few specific things we heard concerned a partnership with Intel. Now a new report asserts that Glass will indeed ...

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    We may be seeing a lull in device launches for the next several weeks, leading up to the madhouse that is sure to be MWC, but there's still plenty of mobile news to keep us busy, In addition to all the rumors and leaks that are sure to give us plenty to talk about, software releases keep right on coming, and this week Google's got new editions of Maps out for both Android and iOS users, packed with a few useful new features. Let's start with the official changelog, and at the top of the list there is the ability to filter restaurant searches based on the type of cuisine you're looking for; ...

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    Looking back on our CES coverage from last week, we were struck by how small a role tablets ended up playing in the devices we managed to see. That's not saying that tablets weren't present, but with no big launches from Sony, Samsung, or some of the other companies whose tablet families we've come to expect new models from, it sure felt like a more meager-than-we'd-like showing. But more tablets may be on the menu very soon, and with MWC coming up in just a few weeks, we're wondering how many new ones we might hope to be introduced to there. Today, our thoughts turn to the idea of some ...

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    This year we came back from CES with an old friend, finally getting our hands on the YotaPhone 2 we first saw nearly a year ago in Barcelona. In the time since, we've been giving the Android and its unusual dual-screen arrangement our hands-on treatment, and in another day or so our full review of the smartphone should be ready. While we're sure that will help address many of the questions you may have about this hardware, there's one answer we don't have just yet, and that's the one to the question of who's going to help Yota Devices bring this phone to the US. Last week we heard ...

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