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    As this week started off, we found ourselves thinking about some upcoming late-summer smartphone launches that might just occur a little bit earlier than expected, and maybe unsurprisingly, Apple seemed connected to all of them. First there was that rumor that Samsung could introduce the Galaxy Note 5 as early as July, supposedly in an effort to get a head start on an iPhone 6S Plus. Then we heard one about Apple itself, suggesting that the new iPhones could debut in August. While Samsung has since stepped up to dismiss that Note 5 rumor, could the early Apple launch still be in play? Some ...

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    Lately, the chances of HTC releasing a new tablet have felt very up in the air. Rumors would occasionally suggest the company was planning a much, but outside last year's Nexus 9, we just haven't seen much in the way of evidence. Last week those rumors popped back up, talking about an H7 tablet with lower-end specs. Was this going to be another thread that ended up leading nowhere? Maybe not, as a new source has come to light that adds some solid support to this H7 story. We're looking at our old friend the Indian Zauba import database, cataloging all manner of hardware shipped to the ...

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    What is Sony thinking when it comes to its Android flagship strategy? The company introduced the Xperia Z4 last month, but only with news of availability in the Sony's native Japan. What about the rest of us? We've been patiently waiting for word of an international flagship since, whether that arrives as the Z4, or maybe with some slightly different branding – and at least some evidence suggests that the phone might become the Z3+ in other markets. Now it looks like answers could finally be about to arrive, as Sony prepares to share its “new Xperia flagship” with Hong Kong and ...

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    The next time Apple refreshes its smartphone lineup, will it introduce a new (slightly) lower-cost, plastic-bodied model like the iPhone 5C? Rumors have occasionally claimed as much, suggesting we'll get some sort of iPhone 6C later this year. There's even been some possible evidence of such hardware, though it's hard to say just how legitimate that might be. But today we're turning to a much more reliable source, as Apple itself publishes an image that sure looks an unknown C-series iPhone. Maybe more precisely, it looks like an iPhone 5C with the addition of Touch ID. Remember, while the ...

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    HTC One E8 users on Sprint, you have a long-awaited treat headed your way! Mo Versi, a project manager for HTC, has confirmed that the Sprint HTC One E8 Lollipop update has been granted technical approval by the carrier – which means the rollout is just about to begin. According to Versi, the OTA will begin tomorrow (May 21), though it may be a while before your device is able to see the update. HTC has gone ahead and posted a changelog (linked in the source below) of what the update will bring; the four items you see below should be what to expect after the update: Android 5.0 ...

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    According to OnePlus, the sequel to its affordable OnePlus One flagship is set to arrive later this year around Q3. Which means, at this point, it's not too early to begin drumming up hype for the release of what's expected to be another powerful phone with a good value. Today, a possible OnePlus Two benchmark has given us a look at some possible specs the phone is expected to carry when it goes official later this year. This benchmark lists the model number of the processor as the MSM8994, which corresponds to Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 SoC. Geekbench lists this as an 8-core CPU, though ...

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    Cyanogen has announced through a top executive today that a substantial portion of the company's latest funding round will be put towards a Cyanogen India office. The office is set to open within the next three months; the goal with the office will be to bring together a team dedicated to working on India-specific assignments, given that the country has become a hotbed for smartphone growth over the past few years. Said Vikram Natarajan, a senior vice president at Cyanogen, "India is very attractive. It is one of the hyper-growth markets for mobile today." This new India team is expected ...

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    If history is of any indication, we should expect to see an incremental update this year from Apple with the 2015 iPhone. Whether it will wear the iPhone 6s (and iPhone 6s Plus), or another moniker, it should be a hardware refresh, rather than a major release, which usually happens every two generations. We're going to refer to "the next iPhone", and the next iPhone fingerprint scanner will be different, at least in terms of its manufacturing process, according to reports. While still manufactured by TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company), like the ones on the current iPhones, ...

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    There's really not much to complain about when it comes to the HTC One M9. The company's 2015 flagship is an improvement in almost every aspect over last year's model -- and our review is there to prove it -- but the performance figures and numbers from the market seem to tell a different story, as we're recently heard the company's sales were plummeting. A recent DigiTimes report claims, based on information from "sources at Taiwan's handset supply chain", that HTC might reduce One M9 component orders by as much as 30%, due to "lower-than-expected sales" and overall poor performance of ...

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    Do you find yourself among the lucky contingent of Apple Watch owners, those smartphones fans who have been able to score this still-hard-to-come-by wearable? Your Apple Watch obviously came with one band, but have you picked up any alternate options? If you're growing a little tired with your band's look, Apple is happy to sell you one of its many other designs right from its website, but depending on the style you choose, you could find yourself waiting two, three, even up to eight weeks. In case you don't list patience among your strong suits, it thankfully looks like a new option is ...

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    For a while now, we've been expecting Google to do something new with cases for its Nexus devices. Rumors emerged last year about a custom case program for the Nexus 5, one we saw mature to support the Nexus 6 as new evidence emerged last month. But so far, none of that custom angle has yet to go official. We're still not there quite yet, but today Google introduces a slightly different case program for some popular smartphones – and not just Nexus models – announcing its “Editions” series with the Skrillex Live Case. Yup: dubstep poster-boy Skrillex wants to bring you smartphone ...

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    There are plenty of smartphones that like to push physical limitations, whether that means being nearly phablet-sized, having a super-thin body, or offering a display that seems to fill the phone's face, with barely a hint of a bezel to be found. Last summer, Sharp brought us fantastic example of the latter, launching the Aquos Crystal. Better than just having an extremely eye-catching look, the Aquos Crystal offered some workable mid-range specs and came attached to a fantastically low sticker price, selling off-contract for $240 or less. We've been curious to see how Sharp might improve ...

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    We started the month off sharing with you some of the latest Android builds to become available for Nexus tablets, with Android 5.1.1 factory images landing for several. About a week later, the Nexus 9 joined them (well, for the WiFi-only edition, at least), and it wasn't much later before an OTA download emerged, for easy sideloading. But for all the releases we had seen, the picture wasn't complete, and we didn't have all the links we wanted for all the still-supported Nexus hardware out there. Today we have the opportunity to flesh things out with a few of those hold-outs, as OTA ...

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    Apple had to spend a lot of time thinking about its user interface when dreaming up the Apple Watch, and one of the decisions it ended up making concerned the introduction of a new font. Rather than stick with the Helvetica Neue that's the current system font for both iOS and OS X, Apple chose a typeface it calls San Francisco for the Apple Watch font, a version of which you can see below. Intended to be extra legible at even small sizes, San Francisco made plenty of sense for the smartwatch's tiny screen, but a new rumor claims the font will be finding a more prominent role on larger ...

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    Yesterday we got some fresh news about one of last year's smartphones, with Verizon announcing plans to bring some additional color options to its Droid Turbo selection. And while that might be good news for shoppers just thinking about picking up a Droid Turbo now, your comments to the post made it clear where the concerns of existing users lie: software update, software updates, software updates. For while we are firmly in the era of Android Lollipop, the Droid Turbo has found itself stuck in KitKat territory. Motorola has insisted that Lollipop is coming for the Turbo, skipping straight ...

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    Last year Samsung kicked off its Galaxy A series of smartphones with models like the A3 and A5, a lineup it fleshed out earlier this year with the A7. With some respectable mid-range specs, the family's been a welcome addition to Samsung's smartphone stable, but where do we go from here? Will Samsung build upon the line with new models, or maybe upgrade the A3 and A5 with 2015 editions? Well, while Samsung's numbering logic might suggest it has an A9 in the works, a rumor from last month claimed that the manufacturer instead has an even number in mind, and now new details emerge about this ...

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    Too often in the smartphone world, companies clam up the moment an interesting rumor comes along. When we'd love nothing more than for one of them to own up and confirm, “yup, that's what we're doing; someone figured it out,” instead we get “our policy is not to comment on rumors and speculation.” And while that's not about to change anytime soon, occasionally we do get to see some glimmers of transparency when these firms just can't resist the temptation to set the record straight. Samsung's JK Shin has been doing a little of just that lately, commenting among other things on the ...

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    After heavily teasing the R7 (and later, the R7 Plus), OPPO has finally made the two smartphones official at its press event today. We've seen almost every aspect of these phones previously (and heard about rumored specs), but now everything has become official. The OPPO R7 has full metal unibody (magnesium alloy, 92.3% ob body being metal) construction measuring 143 mm x 71 mm x 6.3 mm and 148 grams. Inside this body lives an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 (MSM8939) processor clocked at 1.5GHz (Adreno 305 GPU), 3GB of RAM, 16GB of storage (expandable), and a screen that is ...

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    Google's annual developers' conference kicks off with an opening keynote next week, which means it's absolutely not too early for the buzz surrounding the event to kick into high gear. It's likely we'll be seeing high-profile releases at the conference – such as of Android M – which means that you'll want to be tuning into important parts of it from wherever you are. So if you're attending the conference, or even just observing from afar, you'll want to immediately download this official Google I/O 2015 app. The app, just as in previous years, lets you stream key sessions (and most ...

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    LG traditionally hasn't stuck to just launching one phone in a year. Last year, alongside the G3, it launched various other devices – including the G Pro 2, at a point later in the year. And the year before that, we saw the Optimus G Pro. If a report from Focus Taiwan quoting LG executive Eason Shao is accurate, 2015 won't be much of a departure from that approach – expect a new LG 2015 flagship in the second half of the year. Says Focus Taiwan: LG will continue its dual-flagship strategy this year with the new G4 and another flagship phone scheduled for release in the second half ...

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    Apple isn't about to end its announcements roll – over the past 24 hours, the company has come out with an updated 27-inch Retina iMac, as well as some changes to its 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro lineup. And while this latest announcement, a new Apple Lightning dock, doesn't quite come with the hype those other two items bring, we're sure certain iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users will be quite pleased to learn of its existence. This particular dock works with both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and should be relatively case-friendly, too. That's right – both the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones can fit ...

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    Google+ used to be the go-to cloud home for photos on Android, but a couple months back we started hearing about some big changes that could be in store. Sure enough, just a few days later we saw Google confirm plans to start making pics available in Drive, instead. But was there more to this plan? Rumors dating back all the way to last year once hinted at even broader photo changes on Android, and a new report suggests the full picture could be about to reveal itself, with Google announcing a new photo tool at I/O later this month. From what we've heard, the tool is separate from Google+ ...

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    Just about one month ago, Google shared word of the latest Android Wear platform update, one that promised a bevy of new features, not the least of which being giving compatible hardware the ability to take advantage of WiFi connections. It all sounded pretty great – the only problem being getting your hands on it. For while the new LG Watch Urbane ships with this latest Android 5.1.1 build (above), and there have been early signs of update availability for other LG Android Wear models, everybody else has been doing without. That sounds like it's finally about to change, as Google makes ...

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    Getting developers to bring their apps to Windows Phone can feel like pulling teeth sometimes. Maybe Windows 10 will help resolve that situation, with new tools designed to make porting as painless as possible, but for the moment (despite things getting better) app availability remains a problem. On the flip side, though, Microsoft has been nothing less than willing to bring some of its own high-profile software to its smartphone competition, and we've been tracking efforts to bring Office to iOS and Android devices for years. While progress is at times slow, over the months we've seen ...

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    Between the new J Butterfly, One M9 Plus, and One E9+, HTC sure has enough One M9 relatives in production – even if that means no new One mini model. But to hear the rumors, there's even more hardware on the way, including one model we've been talking about for a while now, the device codenamed Hima Ace. Tipped to actually launch as the One ME9, new renders have now arrived that attempt to show off the phone's metal frame. That's the newest shot up top, with hardware that maybe most closely resembles the M9 Plus. That metal frame will likely be joined to a polycarbonate back in the fully ...

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