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    The latest rumors have suggested that Sony will come to MWC 2015 without a new smartphone flagship: the best guess we currently have at an Xperia Z4 launch puts the date out closer to May. But Sony's clearly coming to MWC and will have something to show off, so what will it be, then? Beyond that Xperia E4g that just went official, it now appears that Sony could be ready to introduce a new high-end tablet, as the company seems to have accidentally confirmed the Xperia Z4 Tablet. The Xperia Tablet Z2 debuted at MWC last year, and we saw it followed up seven months later at IFA with the ...

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    It' seems that LG got a very early memo on just how bad the original G Watch was designed. Not only was it the most basic Android Wear device launched, but also the less feature-packed product as well. We saw the company re-think things deeply with the G Watch R, one of our favorite Android Wear devices at the moment, but the LG Watch Urbane is a step even further. We've seen the LG Watch Urbane in photos, and we're definitely looking forward to having some fun with it at MWC 2015. Still, if you can't wait to get a quick glimpse of what the device is like, LG has just published the first ...

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    Samsung is clearly famous for playing the smartphone game as a worthy adversary, and as a worthy partner as well. On one hand, Samsung is Apple and LG's worse nightmare when it comes to market share competition, but on the other, Samsung is also their most important partner. We've seen Samsung's silicon chips all over its competing products, and the company has just landed some more. Samsung has just signed a major multibillion-dollar deal with both Apple and LG to supply them with RAM. The details of the deal don't really mention what type of RAM is being negotiated, but judging by the ...

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    We just shared with you a couple new HTC One M9 renders, appearing to confirm that the design that's more One M8 than Nexus 9 may be the look that wins out. These arrived courtesy of leaker upleaks, and we're glad we got them when we did because his Twitter account has seemingly vanished in the past couple hours. He hasn't gone dark everywhere, though, and over on YouTube he just managed to share some of the best One M9 leaks we've seen to date, with a series of three very official-looking videos that further detail HTC's upcoming flagship. Once again, that M8-inspired design returns. The ...

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    Will the HTC One M9 look like a spruced-up version of last year's One M8, or will it go with a bold new design that dumps those big speaker grilles? Early leaks seemed to suggest the former, but then late last month we started hearing this theory about a very Nexus-9-like M9, followed shortly thereafter by some attractive renders. In the weeks since we've really wanted to believe that this latter look might be what HTC ultimately goes with, but the last few days have seen expectations running all over the place, as new renders from retail sources offered fresh evidence for that M8-ish ...

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    We're still a tad disappointed with the rumors that Sony won't be announcing the Xperia Z4 at MWC 2015. There's a lot of fierce competition from Samsung and HTC coming to this event, and it would only make sense for Sony to try to steal some thunder as well. On the contrary, we've seen Sony focus a little more on midrange devices, and today we get another one. Sony has just made its new Xperia E4g mid-ranger official today. In a nutshell, this is pretty much the same Sony Xperia E4 that was announced a few days ago, but with the added kick of 4G LTE connectivity. Other differences include ...

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    By most accounts, Samsung is preparing to unveil two new flagship smartphones at its Unpacked event this coming Sunday: the Galaxy S6, as well as a curved-screen variant in the vein of the Galaxy Note Edge (above). While that much has been suggested by rumor time and time again, the specifics have been a little murky, an in particular regarding how this version with the over-the-edge display might arrive. At first we were calling it the Galaxy S6 Edge, but then about a month ago evidence surfaced suggesting it might mirror the numberless naming of the Note Edge and launch simply as the ...

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    As we approach Samsung's MWC Unpacked event, where it will officially welcome the Galaxy S6 to its smartphone lineup, our questions about the handset are beginning to turn more to the practical. For instance, we may get our first formal look at the phone on Sunday, but when will you have the chance to go to a store and pick one up for yourself? We've already checked out one theory for when Samsung may be planning to get sales underway in the US, having blocked certain retail staff from taking time off during the week of March 22, and today we turn our focus on international retail plans, ...

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    Pebble's been counting down to its big news since last week, and rumors were quick to suggest that this countdown would give way to the announcement of a new color-screened model. Yesterday we checked out a render that seemed to reveal just such a smartwatch, but is this what we'd actually get? Zero-hour is upon us, and it looks like the rumors were right on the money, as Pebble unveils its first wearable with a color display, the Pebble Time. Just as we heard suggested late last week, the Pebble Time uses a low-power color e-ink display instead of the sort of LCD or OLED panel we usually ...

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    Motorola's got some sort of news coming for us on Wednesday: that much we know following the distribution of teasers last week promising an “exciting announcement.” We've considered a few theories for what that announcement might be, including word of some new accessories, but on the smartphone front there's really only been one contender: a new Moto E with LTE connectivity. That phone's already been leaked, as well as showed up early in a retailer listing, and now we get to check it out one more time, as a new leak reveals the handsets as it may come to Verizon. Unsurprisingly, the ...

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    Right now in OnePlus One circles, there are two big questions on everyone's mind: when's OxygenOS getting here, and when can we expect the release of CyanogenMod 12S with all its Lollipop goodness? We've been checking out progress towards both, but when revealing the OxygenOS team the other week, OnePlus didn't have a lot to say about just when any of this might arrive, instead deferring towards promises that (at least in the case of Oxygen OS) it intended to release a fully-stable build which would “take some time” to get right. Now OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei is shedding a bit of ...

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    We rounded-out last week hearing about an upcoming new YouTube app, one that would custom-tailor the experienced for some of the youngest video-watchers among us. This YouTube Kids app would give parents a safe place to expose children to the service's video content, while also giving them strong controls over just what (and how much of it) kids could access. Today Google makes the app official, and while it's largely what we were expecting, we also learn about a few additional details, including broader availability. While that report from last week believed that YouTube Kids would debut ...

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    Apple's latest system software has hit developer hands today, with iOS 8.3 beta 2 on its way out now. For the moment, this is still dev-only; the rumors of public participation in iOS betas will still have to wait, and to be fair we heard those wouldn't be coming until next month, anyway. As those with access to the beta start updating their devices and taking a look at what's new, a big push forward towards adding some much-needed diversity in modern messaging is being noticed, as Apple expands its emoji support to add a veritable rainbow of new skin tones. From white to black and ...

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    Microsoft introduced its Band wearable this past fall, a cross-platform fitness tracker that packed features like GPS reception and a UV sensor which helped elevate it above the pack of lesser-equipped activity tracking competitors. And while it was capable of doing quite a bit out of the box, the great thing about smart wearables is how they continue to evolve with the arrival of new software. This week, Microsoft's bringing just such an update to the Microsoft Band, introducing new biking functionality, a web-based dashboard, better service integration, and opening an SDK for third ...

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    Last week we heard that Google was getting ready to breathe some fresh life into Wallet, not content to sit idly by and let Apple Pay dominate the mobile payments game. It wasn't clear exactly what was going to happen, but it sounded big, and it sure seemed to fit well enough with earlier rumors that Google could be considering acquiring mobile payment competitor Softcard (the one with all the carrier involvement). As it turns out, we won't be waiting until I/O to learn just what Google's up to with Wallet, and today the company starts sharing news of Wallet's next chapter, which will find ...

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    Pebble's countdown timer – the one we saw go live late last week – is already down to less than a day, promising big news tomorrow morning. Rumors have suggested that we could be looking forward to the next generation of Pebble hardware, one that would finally bring the smartwatch into the world of color. Specifically, we've heard that the first Pebble with a color display could be just about to debut, one that would also see the wearable's screen grow to a slightly wider aspect ratio. We'll have official word soon enough, but in the meantime it looks like the cat might be out of the ...

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    One week from now, the mystery will be over. Samsung will have its Unpacked event behind it, and we'll be talking about the Galaxy S6 no longer in the context of rumor and theories, but as a phone that's very much here, having just launched in Barcelona. Until March 1 rolls around, however, it looks like there are going to be plenty of last-minute reveal to keep us busy, and some of the latest come from Samsung's US carrier partners, as they share some interesting new imagery of the next Samsung flagship. So far we've been talking about a regular flat-screened Galaxy S6, as well as a model ...

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    One week ago, LG made it clear that it wasn't going to wait around for MWC 2015 to get started before it began revealing new hardware, and gave us an early taste with its announcement of the Watch Urbane. Really, that kind of behavior is nothing new from the manufacturer, having a long history of pre-expo launches like this. Today it continues to earn that reputation with another run of pre-MWC news, revealing a series of four new Android mid-rangers. Unlike last year, where it brought us a number of new L-series handsets, today's launches drop any pretense of a numbering scheme, arriving ...

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    Google Wallet sorely needs some reinvigoration. The aging service is seeing itself hugely outpaced by newcomer Apple Pay, and if Wallet has any hope of rising to meet Apple's challenge, it's going to take some fresh new ideas. We've already hear about a couple ways Google could be thinking to get Wallet back on track, including rumors of a Softcard buyout and a new Bluetooth-based payment system that wouldn't rely on NFC. Now a new report claims that Google will be introducing its next Wallet plans at I/O 2015, and it could be doing so with the backing of some major carriers. Google Wallet ...

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    Children can be some of the most enthusiastic consumers of content, always looking for something new, and eager to see it all. But the internet can be a big, scary place, with plenty of dark corners not safe for young eyes, and content discovery tools aren't always tailored to the needs of a younger audience. Rumors have been going back about a year now regarding Google's efforts to make YouTube more accessible for children, and now we hear that a new YouTube Kids app will be debuting next week. The app, which will initially be Android-only, is set to arrive on February 23. Beyond just ...

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    The Apple Watch is going to be one hell of a premium product when it goes up for sale in the next few weeks, with even the base model costing more than the majority of smartwatches already on the market. And as you start moving up into the fancier and fancier models, that price tag is only going to grow. But just how high will it get? Shortly after Apple made its wearable official back in September, we checked out a well-reasoned analysis that suggested we'd see the gold-bodied Apple Watch Edition sell for somewhere around $5,000. As retail availability looms, people in the know are ...

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    We're expecting tons of new mobile hardware at MWC: big-name devices like the HTC One M9 and Samsung Galaxy S6. But for Motorola, this isn't really the time of the year we'd normally expect a lot of new devices, and fittingly, the rumor mill's been relatively quiet about upcoming Motorola models. But now the manufacturer is sending out notices to the press that it's got something brewing for next week, and that we can expect an “exciting announcement” on February 25. So what could this news be? The most obvious answer – and really, the only upcoming Motorola model we've seen any sort ...

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    For the better part of a year now, we've been looking forward to a world where Android would let users control phone settings with the sound of their voices. After all, considering how good Google's voice recognition is at performing searches or helping us send text messages, it didn't seem like a very tall order to be able to tell our phones to adjust screen brightness or turn on Bluetooth. Last May we looked at some early progress, where speaking commands about such system settings would bring up links to the appropriate controls, but stop short of actually changing those settings – it ...

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    Smartphone companies have been giving users unprecedented levels of access to in-development software, going back months and months now. Google released its Android L preview back in June of last year, long before the Lollipop name was even confirmed, and earlier this month we saw Microsoft draw back the curtain on the Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones. Now Apple could be looking to get a piece of that action for itself, as reports claim that the company is just about to introduce iOS public betas. Apple already has experience with public betas on the desktop side, inviting users to ...

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    With MWC 2015 so close we can nearly taste it, Samsung has been stepping up its promo game, and going back about a week now we've been seeing it drop teaser spots for “the next Galaxy.” The first one seemed to call attention to the phone's camera, while the second had us thinking about exceptional performance and battery life. Now a new one's out, this time focusing on how Samsung's building the hardware. Samsung's new video talks about its use of “beautiful things” in crafting its Galaxy hardware, and while it doesn't out and say it, the muted neutral tones and thin slabs we see ...

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