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    Nobody likes pre-loaded bloatware on their Android devices, especially when paying upwards of $400 for a high-end model, but some apps and services from Google, Microsoft or Facebook are so integral to a robust, smooth mobile user experience these days that very few people get annoyed at finding them installed by default. Huawei, the continuously rising world’s third largest smartphone vendor, seems to be looking to stretch the definition of a fundamental, non-crappy, non-bloating Android app, recently partnering with Deezer, and now Truecaller for “user experience redefining ...

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    If you felt like speculation over the soon-to-be-unveiled new iPhones, dubbed 7 or 6SE, became just a wee bit repetitive and unexciting lately, you might be in for a long, monotonous year of rumors and gossip regarding the 2017 iGeneration. We get it, the iPhone 8, 7s, 7 or however Apple intends to call its first major redesign in 36 months is supposed to be a big deal. But we’ve already lost count of the credible source-based reports highlighting the same key prospective upgrades. All-glass build this, dual-curved OLED screen that, no more home button, etc., etc. Granted, Bloomberg ...

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    While Android users tend to almost exclusively point the finger at the manufacturers of their devices or mobile carriers for delays in update deliveries or premature software support termination, there are actually a number of criteria a phone has to meet before getting an essential OS makeover. And sometimes, it’s not the OEM’s fault at all a product that still seems relatively powerful is no longer eligible for a new Android flavor. Case in point, the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact. Sony recently hinted at Marshmallow marking the end of the upgrade road for both two-year-olds, with a ...

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    Well, that escalated quickly. Just 24 hours ago, we had no idea Sony was even planning an Xperia Z5 Compact sequel of sorts. Branded differently, of course, as the Z line reached its “culmination” a few months back. Now, not only do we have official confirmation from one of the company’s European divisions the Xperia X Compact is real, but we also know how it looks (part of it, at least), and some key specifications are pretty much etched in stone, courtesy of a reputable tech publication with a solid track record of such leaks. Exactly like the Z5 Compact and Z3 Compact, the X ...

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    We're eating our hats. We bet the house on OnePlus's whole "V2" reveal today to be on another version of the OnePlus Icons. Turns out that those classy little things won't get replaced anytime soon. Instead, we'll have to think standard. Or re-think what comes standard. The OnePlus Bullets (V2) are replacing the $15 Silver Bullets that are out of stock in its store right now. We could presume that these new "Best Buds for Life" will take the same or similar price point, but with these promo points, who knows where the startup will go... German audio firm LOFO helped OnePlus make these ...

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    If you're looking for something that'll work between Lantau Island, Aberdeen and the Lo Wu border crossing on the cheap, Motorola has a more sustainable option for you. The Moto E3 Power is now on sale in, of all places, the city of Hong Kong. If you're thinking that it looks like the Moto G4 Play, you'd certainly not be mistaken. It's just a little smaller. We have some spec differentiation here, like a MediaTek MTK6735 as opposed to a Snapdragon 410 — it's a quad-core unit at 1GHz. It's supported by 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. The 5-inch screen is rated at 720p and it'll probably ...

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    NSO Group is the reason why you should probably install iOS 9.3.5. Apple released the update today to address three previously unknown vulnerabilities that were exploited two weeks ago when spyware from the Israel-based organization targeted Ahmed Mansoor, a human rights activist hailing from the United Arab Emirates. "New secrets about torture of Emiratis in state prisons," a text read with a URL that may have represented The Emirates Foundation. Mansoor, who's been hacked by government agencies before, decided to put the message to Citizen Lab, a cybersecurity rights project of the ...

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    LG may get the first word in for putting out the first Android Nougat smartphone on September 6. But that's just word. Not phones in boxes being sent through a postal delivery system. Instead, the HTC-made Nexus devices — rumored to debut on October 4 — will actually ship first. That's the word according to Android Police managing editor David Ruddock. Yes, that guy has a title. LG V20 may be the first phone *in the world* to ship with Nougat. But Nexuses will almost definitely be first widely available. — David Ruddock (@RDR0b11) August 24, 2016 @pedro_segura LG V20 won't ship ...

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    Apple's supply chain for the iPhone and other devices has been suffering as sales have slid over the past year. Worse yet, as Apple continues to demand lower prices for more labor and more products, we see companies trying to push back on the giant. It's still not enough for the people toiling at the factories, though, according to advocacy group China Labor Watch. CLW talked with employees inside parts supplier Pegatron and found hazardous working conditions, poor management of about 100,000 workers and cover-ups that have helped the company pass Apple's welfare inspection. Conditions ...

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    Sony pulled some premature jocularity on its Czech site in touting a couple of new phones before their times. One of the phones is the Xperia XZ, a phone which may end up being the Xperia XR or the F8331 phone we've been tracking for a while. Can't these branding folk let the Z go? The just-revealed Xperia X Compact is also out of the dark. This little puppy's said to "shoot photos without blur," even with a smaller chassis. The product entries presumably linked to no pages and both have since been taken down from the site. I guess it'll have to be IFA or bust from here on out. Source: ...

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    Can't wait for the next iPhones to come out? Thinking of getting an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus but it's just too darn expensive? Don't want to settle for a refurb or pre-owned unit? T-Mobile has your number, but only if you've got another iPhone you can trade in. You can get a 16GB iPhone 6s for only $100 if you trade in an iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus or an iPhone 6s Plus for some reason. The price jumps to $350 if you give up an iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s or iPhone SE. For a 16GB iPhone 6s Plus, it's $100 for an iPhone 6 Plus swap, $200 for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s and $450 for all iPhone 5 ...

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    Well, that didn’t take long. Samsung globally launched the high-end Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge smartphones in four "standard" colors way back in March, then added pink gold (not rose gold) to the paint job selection just a month later, but only in Korea. Today, after an excruciating, seemingly hopeless waiting period, US-based fans of pretty, stylish yet somewhat tacky gadgets are finally treated to a happy ending to their miserable saga. Starting August 28, Best Buy and only Best Buy will be stocking the swankiest GS7 and S7 Edge flavors stateside, selling the two unlocked and fully ...

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    With the already hugely successful Galaxy Note 7 unveiled early to get a head start on the iPhone 7 (or 6SE), LG feeling confident enough in the G5-similar sequel to the surprisingly popular V10 to give it its own special announcement event in San Francisco, and Apple of course not looking to share the spotlight with anyone else, you may view IFA 2016 as a tech sideshow of sorts. But let us assure you, that’s never been the case for one of Germany’s oldest trade fairs, and Europe’s biggest such gathering of high-profile consumer electronics exhibitors, and by no means is this ...

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    It’s never wise to assume a certain unreleased smartphone model will eventually see daylight just because it comes from a long line of beloved devices, especially when its makers are undergoing transitions, cutting expenses, and streamlining product portfolios. Still, even with the Xperia Z brand out the door, a renewed focus on premium designs and specifications, as well as zonal reorientations, it felt silly to doubt Sony’s ongoing commitment to high-end compact phones. Enter the Xperia X Compact at last, the timely IFA 2016-bound sequel for September 2015’s Z5 Compact, and the ...

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    Can a discontinued 8 year-old little Symbian phone with a passé physical QWERTY keyboard technically be still considered a bribe? Probably not, since it would take a miracle for its 369 MHz ARM11 processor (remember those?) and 128MB RAM (yes, really) to even handle a basic Google search nowadays. In fact, outside of a mobile tech museum of sorts, you have to wonder where could one be able to procure a half-working Nokia E71 copy this day and age? Well, Meizu somehow got a hold of a few, and is shipping them out to folks lucky enough to attend the Android OEM’s next big device ...

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    While it was hardly surprising to see Tag Heuer charge a whopping $1,500 for its rookie “Connected” smartwatch effort, we have to admit we weren’t expecting a similarly premium, equally overpriced timepiece from Garmin. After all, the Swiss watchmaker and fashion accessory producer’s name is synonymous with luxury goods, but the American multinational technology company remains known for GPS navigators and robust athlete-focused wearable devices first and foremost. Then again, the newly launched Garmin Fenix Chronos borrows the “full multisport and navigational toolset” from ...

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    Ever since it started working on Project Fi, Google made it clear it wasn’t looking to muscle wireless service provider veterans out of business. Instead, Big G is collaborating with the likes of Sprint, T-Mobile and US Cellular stateside, as well as Three internationally, in a bold attempt to unify the world’s wireless networks so you can enjoy higher speeds and better coverage ubiquitously at the lowest possible costs. While a subscription to the ingenious MVNO often comes with added benefits including hefty savings on recent Nexus family installments, it’s perfectly fine by Google ...

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    Some believe it’s finally worth buying, others were recently reminded the iPad Pro has nothing on it, while many probably thought about purchasing it, but couldn’t justify the extravagant spending. Well, if you’re part of the latter category, and found the Surface Pro 4 compelling but a little rich for your blood, it might be time to pull the trigger on eBay before it’s too late. The Windows 10-powered 12.3-inch convertible tablet (keyboard dock not included) sets you back $650 in a 128GB i5 configuration, or $895 with the same Intel processor inside, and double the SSD capacity. ...

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    Great promises of timely software updates haven’t always worked out as planned for HTC, but even after repeatedly assuring its continuously shrinking fan base that the 10, One A9 and M9 will receive Android N goodies eventually, the Taiwanese OEM can’t refrain from also setting a (loose) deadline. Just one for now, which is probably a wise move, though it remains to be seen if the unlocked HTC 10 can indeed be upgraded to Nougat by the end of the year. It should, especially since the device manufacturer is “excited to receive final shipping Android 7.0 Nougat software from Google.” ...

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    Xiaomi’s wildly successful low-cost Redmi smartphone roster is getting a little crowded and confusing with all the recent Pro, Prime and Note releases, not to mention Pro Mini rumors. But it’s the good kind of confusing, as every new Redmi installment is special in some way, shape, or form, as well as absurdly cheap for what it brings to the table. Case in point, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, priced at $135 and up as the new leader of the large-screened Note lineup. That’s $135 in Chinese currency, of course, i.e. 900 Yuan, or CNY 1,200 ($180) as far as the upper-tier 3GB RAM/64GB ROM ...

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    High-quality press renders are nice and all, but at least in theory, they’re also easy to fabricate and tamper with. After two separate rounds of such images leaked from fairly credible sources however, today's third practically confirms the full-frontal appearance of the LG V20. As always, we have to thank living industry legend Evan Blass, aka @evleaks, for spoiling another top-tier mobile OEM’s surprises ahead of a September 6 launch event in San Francisco. Unfortunately, the most interesting, controversial and potentially appealing part of the dual screen phablet, its rear, ...

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    With the uneven releases of OxygenOS that have disproportionately impacted the populations using the OnePlus 3, the OnePlus 2 and especially the OnePlus X, it's important that updates not constantly introduce new problems while keeping some of the old ones. What's the treatment? It's a community build of OxygenOS 3.5 for the OnePlus 3. The company wants to draw blame away from itself and put it on the fact that its guinea pigs are just testing things out. There are higher expectations for bugs, stops, confusing bits and more when updates are delivered in this fashion — expectations ...

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    One of the LeEco devices we've been watching the past few months has been the Le 2s Pro. Between the Le 2s and this phone, there's been dual-camera talk, speculation about 8GB of RAM and which advanced Snapdragon 820 processor these two will get. Well, another Le 2s Pro (or LE X720, if it helps) post has popped up on Weibo and this one's a doozy. There's no dual-camera module — just a camera on the top left of the back. The 5.46-inch full HD screen is said to come from JDI. Diagnostics leaked of the device list the motherboard as the one from the Snapdragon 820, but the poster mentions ...

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    Samsung, delivering software at the speed of sound. Dull, throbbing noise through thick layers of foam and lead. Like, seriously, this would've been useful way before the time when you're about to launch the next iteration of your Gear S lineup. Great. It looks like Koreans are starting to pair up their Gear S2 and Gear Fit 2 wearables to their iPhones. It's part of a beta test of iOS compatibility that Samsung promised would happen for the S2 by mid-January. Well, lucky you, Verizon customers. You were the only ones that almost got it. But this program should spread it to everyone (we ...

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    Months ago, China was introduced to one glossy, glassy phone from Honor with two eyes and a young target. The US got to learn about the Honor 8 last week. This week, it's Europe's turn. Presentations have been made in London, Madrid and other locations for the Huawei P9 in Honor's clothing and we now know that pricing will start at £369.90 or €399 for the 32GB model. Everyone will be missing out, at least initially, on the 64GB version, priced at €449. The Euro pricing is identical to US pricing. Honor's website and the Huawei-run vMall will stock the devices first. vMall is ...

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