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    This past weekend, LG surprised us with a new IFA 2014 teaser, revealing its round-faced wearable, the G Watch R. With Motorola's Moto 360 yet to go up for sale, LG threatened to swoop in and steal some of the 360's buzz, not only by making a circular smartwatch itself, but also by seemingly achieving a fully-round display, rather than the very-nearly-there 360 with its little dead space at the bottom. But while this G Watch R is very much happening, we haven't had a great look at the hardware just yet – the first teaser video just offered blips and flashes of a render. LG continues to ...

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    The next big frontier for HTC is the mid-range space, and the company has been tirelessly at work with the Desire line of smartphones. We've already reviewed some this year, but that doesn't mean HTC isn't looking to provide more variety to the market. Today, the company has gone official with its LTE-capable Desire 510 phone. The phone centers around the LTE capabilities, as that's a bit of a first for this genre of smartphones. Only a select few of the top-end of smartphones around the world are able to access the 4G speeds, says HTC's Peter Chou, so why not let those with phones not as ...

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    Spotify has proven that even though music streaming wasn't popular a couple of years ago, it is now. The company has gained a significant amount of customer base in Europe, and it is clearly just getting started. Offering free ad-based music on smartphones is probably one of the coolest updates the company has offered lately, but Windows Phone users were deprived of this feature until now. Spotify has just updated its application for Windows Phone, and among the updates, you can now stream music for free. Yes, free involves a couple of ads here and there, you won't be able to sync your ...

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    Even though the smartwatch has gone off to a slow start, that doesn't mean that there isn't a lot of promise in this market. With devices like the Moto 360 and the LG G Watch R in the pipeline, it's clear that we're just scratching the surface when it comes to design and features, though these are not the only devices to look forward to later this year. ASUS has spent the last couple of weeks teasing what we can expect from the company at IFA 2014. Among the devices we've seen featured, the hottest one is the company's smartwatch offering, and today we find another teaser about it. The ...

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    What makes you choose one wearable over another? Phone compatibility? Price? Hardware design? Just like with smartphones themselves, there are a ton of criteria to keep in mind, and these being smart devices we're talking about, not the least of those is the variety of software the wearable is able to run. Some platforms are approaching the issue of apps from the phone side, like how Android Wear doesn't really offer apps that exist independently of your Android handset. Others, like Pebble, are more inclined to deliver apps that stand by themselves. Samsung's a little closer to the latter ...

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    Smartphones with scratch-resistant sapphire crystal protecting their displays are no longer the stuff of bank-breaking luxury phones; with the launch of the Kyocera Brigadier, they're soundly within reach of the average smartphone buyer. Still, sapphire's arrived with more of a whimper than a bang, and it remains to be seen if efforts from big names like Apple will be what the material needs to really go mainstream. Another manufacturer has just stepped forward with news of a sapphire-screened handset of its own, as Huawei confirms rumors about its plans for a sapphire-covered version of ...

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    Google set its sights on developing markets this year, announcing Android One during its Google I/O keynote this past June. Android One would provide resources for manufacturers to quickly and easily put together handsets running stock Android, while simultaneously giving users access to speedy software updates. With phones priced at $100 or less, the program promised to really step-up the quality we find at the bottom of the budget hardware barrel. Last we heard, the first Android One models might debut in India sometime in late October. Now new rumors suggest that Android One could ...

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    The biggest challenge we face every day with smartphones and tablets is the fact that we grew up with buttons, and not with a piece of glass that shows you one. If typing on a glass display provided you with a better experience, keyboards would be dead, and that same example can be used for video game controllers. We've seen Microsoft Research look for ways to solve this problem through haptic feedback, but Apple might have found a smarter way to do it. Apple's new patent focuses on creating a flexible display that can bend in order to create physical buttons whenever needed. A couple of ...

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    If you've noticed, we don't pay much attention to the literature that comes with each smartphone that we unbox. Surely if this is your first smartphone, the best way to start is with the user manual, but more than a few of us have been there and done that a couple of times already. Apple would be on the list of companies that provides you with the least amount of literature possible, but these documents can be quite revealing if leaked ahead of time. If you've followed Apple launches over the last couple of years, you'll notice that the launch date of its products is always used either on ...

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    Going back a little over a month now, we've been hearing whispers about Motorola's work towards a new Moto G. From the sound of things, this second-gen model (a Moto G2, perhaps?) would make some big changes, growing to offer a five-inch 720p display – though that could also mean the phone arriving with a noticeably steeper price tag than its predecessor did last year. Motorola's invitation for its September 4 press event makes a new Moto G launch look like a near-certainty, and as we wait for our chance to go hands-on with this hardware ourselves, we've got a new leak to check out, ...

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    It wasn't too long following Amazon's launch of its Fire Phone back in June that we started hearing warnings of underwhelming consumer interest. First we saw what appeared to be a precipitous drop in pre-sale figures, and then later we checked out some survey data that showed Fire Phone interest lagging behind even that for Windows Phone or BlackBerry. But for all this nay-saying, one all-important figure continued to elude us: the actual number of Fire Phones Amazon has managed to sell. The company has yet to release official data, but some new estimates place the number pretty darn low. ...

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    Samsung brought fingerprint scanners to its smartphones with the launch of the Galaxy S5, and in the time that's followed we've seen the tech expand to come to other Samsung phones, as well as the company's tablet lineup. With the Note 4 expected to launch next week, we've all been assuming that fingerprint scanning would make a return, and now a new rumor attempts to spell-out just what about Samsung's implementation might be changing, and what could be staying the same. Reportedly, the Note 4 will use a Synaptics Natural ID sensor, just like previous Samsung devices. And like those ...

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    A couple weeks back, we were talking about the idea of smartphones that dropped all their 2G/3G radios in favor of going 4G-only, relying on LTE for everything from voice to data. While such an arrangement could offer some very real benefits, it sounded like we were still pretty far off, and hearing about Verizon's progress towards thatgoal, it was looking like we still might have another two years to wait. One of the stepping stones along the way, before losing the 2G/3G hardware, would be transitioning existing services over to LTE, and for years now we've been waiting to see voice ...

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    LG's had no lack of smartphones this year, releasing phones like the LG G3, G3 Beat, G3 Vista, and more in rapid succession throughout the year. As we draw closer to IFA 2014, the company is going official with some of the products it wants to show off there as well, as was evidenced by the unveiling of the LG G Watch R yesterday. Today, the LG G3 Stylus smartphone has been officially announced to further buff up the company's impressive Android portfolio. The G3 Stylus has a 5.5-inch qHD (quarter, not quad) display in a body designed similarly to LG's other 2014 Androids – the design ...

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    Microsoft hasn't had much fun trying to sell its Windows RT variant of the Surface. We've already discussed how this has nothing to do with the hardware, but really with Windows RT, though there are a few here and there that find the experience to be just fine. If you're in the market for a tablet that runs something that looks and feels like Windows, and your demand isn't for some top-notch professional apps, Microsoft might have just cut you a deal. Microsoft has just slashed $100 off its Surface 2 models, which would leave the basic Wi-Fi 32GB variant at just $350, then for the 64GB ...

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