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    While mobile technology continues to advance at a pretty steady pace, so that today’s flagship smartphones can easily top their predecessors in every single way that counts, thriving competition and declining global sales help keep prices in check. In fact, if you look closely, you’ll notice high-end Android retail costs have actually dropped in recent years instead of going up, as the Galaxy S7, for instance, can be currently found for less than what the S6 fetched this time last year. Namely, the latest “next big thing” hit an all-time low price of $530 a couple of weeks ago at ...

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    Well, this is confusing. Just days before almost certainly taking the wraps off a new family of respectable Android mid-rangers with relatively low price points in Taiwan, Asus decided to lightly refresh the original Zenfone Max in India. As far as we know, a radically redesigned and upgraded Zenfone 3 Max is on its way to a number of markets, including “developed” ones in Europe and possibly North America too, but for some reason, Flipkart gets an interim model virtually identical on the outside to the first-gen battery powerhouse. Under the hood, this “new” Asus Zenfone Max ...

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    While there might still be little portions of a largely Samsung-controlled world where 2014 or 2015 flagships are yet to receive official Marshmallow updates, the Korean behemoth and its tireless team of software engineers have moved on to lesser phones and a few tablets in an effort to spread the Android 6.0 love as wide as possible. The Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 and Tab A 9.7 both recently left Lollipop behind, with their little brothers likely following suit soon, and the Galaxy S5 mini seems just a few weeks away from a somewhat surprising OS promotion of its own. Meanwhile, one of the ...

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    While the Android flagship specs battle is a pretty close one between the Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5, and design remains a subjective matter, the winner of this H1 2016 clash of the titans may have been decided by bundle deals and discounts. Granted, LG tried its best to lock horns with Samsung in the promotion department as well, but ultimately couldn’t match the marketing strength of its mighty opponent. The opponent, of course, appears to have the precious support of many leading US retailers and carriers, including Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Costco, and Best Buy. Best Buy just ...

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    While entertainment and gaming gains, among others, continue to offset Sony’s ceaseless string of mobile misfortunes, not even a giant of this stature can afford to endlessly sustain an underperforming division. Drastic cuts need to be made, and the Xperia Z device family was the first to go, making room for a re-imagined X roster that includes both mid-range and high-end Androids. Meanwhile, speculation recently mounted that all other letters in Sony’s scattered alphabet soup of phones could exit the scene as well before long, including the semi-successful C and M lines. Whether or ...

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    Android developers are starting to get what we want to do on our tablets — read a whole bunch of stuff at once. And in the latest Developer Preview, we can definitely do that on Chrome. Taking advantage of the Split Screen feature that got canonized this week, opening up Chrome and looking at the extended context menu will allow you to "Move [a tab] to other window". You can only move tabs using that menu option, but once you have that new window up, you can add as many tabs as you'd like on that side. Android handles Chrome in this fashion as two separate instances — which seems ...

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    It's been long enough since everyone else on the Galaxy train got their turn at the Marshmallow mount. Heck, the Galaxy Note Edge on Sprint got its draw. Samsung, though, is still ready and willing to spread out the fluff to a wider audience who decided to take a chance on the chaebol's little experiment on the edge. The update that will bring at least European Galaxy Note Edge users to build N915FYXXU1DPE1 is just under 1.5GB large and updates TouchWiz with all the features we're now used to on many other devices like Doze, Now on Tap, better sound controls, etc. The phone came out in ...

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    It's no secret that iOS has a huge cash cow with its App Store. App developers typically work projects for that platform first, betting on a secure latch to a major gravy train. Well, in US Two Games's case, it's definitely the case for its runaway mobile gaming hit, "Monument Valley", now in its second year of existence. And that's even with a whole year of expanding to the Play Store, to Amazon, to Windows 10 Mobile and to Chinese app distributor iDreamSky. In a Medium post infographic, the company announced that it had over 26 million downloads with just under 5 million of them paid ...

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    The good 'ol days of getting wireless chargers and a couple of Benjamins just for starting a mobile payment habit are long gone. Even this new initiative to get users onto Samsung Pay doesn't even compare to the last one that offered $30 towards some retailers. In Samsung's "Summer Perks for New Samsung Pay Users," it seems that said new Samsung Pay users will only get $20 of credit to either Toys'R'US, Nike, California Pizza Kitchen, Banana Republic (whoa, really?) or Regal Entertainment. Obviously, you'll need a top-of-the-line Samsung Galaxy phone from the past couple of generations ...

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    Meizu's been soaking in more coverage recently with its PRO 6 smartphone (that still hasn't actually gone to market just yet) and has a lot of buzz about for its next premium smartphone, too. Let's talk, though, about the value-bombing MX-series that should be arriving sometime — anytime — in the second half of the year. Thanks to the benchmark developers at AnTuTu dropping some science on Weibo, we have a lot to look forward to this summer/fall/winter. First off, it seems that the Meizu MX6 will be sporting the MediaTek Helio X20 processor, just a tiny step down from the newer X25 on ...

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    Lenovo sub-brand ZUK released its Z2 Pro last month. The irony remains that what is just the Z2 has yet to be launched. But it's definitely coming soon and we have chief executive Chang Cheng telling us just a little bit of how this new phone runs. He posted onto Weibo that after a whole day of use, he was liking this [Exynos] 8890. Yep, that shiny new chipset from Samsung found on that manufacturer's Galaxy S7 (in select markets). In contrast, the ZUK Z2 Pro has the Snapdragon 820 chipset as found on Galaxy S7 units in other markets — likely also made by Samsung. Both chipsets are ...

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    The hierarchy of Samsung's smartphone ranges isn't exactly clear. Of course, there's the Galaxy S series that gets center stage attention, followed by the nearly-flagship A-series. Somewhere down below are the Galaxy Ons and the bottom, as far as we can tell, is the Galaxy J-series. This pins this current crop of HTC-esque Galaxy C phones supposedly to the heart of the mid-range. But as we look forward to next week's launch event for the Galaxy C5 and Galaxy C7, we're looking at some bumped up price tags for the phones. Talk on Chinese social platform Tencent is propping up some of the ...

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    Broadcasters don't think they can make the moves they would need to make in the 39 months the FCC allotted them after the end of the 600MHz spectrum auction. So, how does T-Mobile think it can take advantage of spectrum it won't be able to feasibly work on past 2020? Well, at a MoffettNathanson summit in New York, the Un-carrier thinks that broadcasters have one big motivation for repacking as fast as they can: money. // f;f++)a[f].apply(i,r);var s=c[w[n]];return s&&s.push([h,n,r,i]),i}function p(e,t){g[e]=l(e).concat(t)}function l(e){return g[e]||[]}function d(e){return ...

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    LG Innotek has been working on plenty of goodies for smartphones recently. Market analysts think that the company's also working on one big goody for Apple and the rumored iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 7 Pro (or Premium). Nomura Securities, as have KGI and Citi Research, believes that every 5.5-inch iPhone will feature a dual-camera module and that said module will be made by LG, not Sony. Why? Analyst Chris Chang explains: We think Sony may not be able to deliver its full share of dual cameras to Apple due to: (1) lower-than-expected yield, and (2) damage to its production facility from the ...

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    You could play whack-a-mole with the number of buy-one-get-one-free deals the carriers are pulling off these days. But that AT&T, though. Yeah, it's got everyone beat right now with the number of phones available for the BOGO-ing. Just watch out for what you need to do to get in the door with this deal. So, here's the skinny: New customers will need to get at least two lines while existing customers will need to add a line. Customers must buy two phones from the same manufacturer. Both phones have to be paid through installment plans, but the free one (we suppose the one worth less ...

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    Rick Osterloh came to Google as its head of hardware and he came at a very pivotal time. We're finally seeing and hearing good news from Google's Advanced Technologies and Products unit about the modular smartphone product that has raised expectations and broken promises for over a year now. One of Project Ara's chiefs said that developer kits for the the smartphone and modules will ship later this year. Consumer editions will debut next year. According to WIRED, about 30 people in the Ara group have a prototype as a daily driver. Cameras, processors and screens actually do snap into the ...

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    ZTE has a pretty decent mid-range smartphone that's just made it to AT&T's prepaid service, but are we getting a capoeira lesson here? And what's with this long name? Well, the blog post at Cricket Wireless's site play cute with the marketing of the phone with references to Motorola's heavily 'ol chugger, the DynaTAC, and the whole bit about how smartphone screen sizes blew up so fast. But then we get this series of GIFs (which we can't place here because of our filesize restrictions ... darn them) that show off a bunch of people running around a huge park in Atlanta, showing off ...

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    In its flurry of software updates, Apple supposedly fixed one problem and caused another one. A big one. Big enough to warrant drastic measures to fix it. According to MacRumors, the company is now offering free exchanges for iPad Pro 9.7 owners who had their tablets bricked by installing the iOS 9.3.2 update. Some of those owners reported seeing an "Error 56" dialog, followed by a prompt to plug the tablet into iTunes for a restore. Those who restored their devices only saw Error 56 pop back up again. Those who have such a bricked tablet should contact Apple Support. Cupertino has also ...

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    All screen, no phone? Well, that's a monitor. But if you're looking for something mobile that does away with as much bezel as possible, we might be coming in close on the Nubia Z11 Max, a phone that didn't get released with its Mini sibling last month. The ZTE subsidiary's senior vice president Ni Fei posted a big fat teaser on Weibo today touting that the phone will be arriving with an 83.27 percent screen-to-body ratio. Not too bad for Nubia — its Z9 phone was pretty comparable. Pictures from Chinese regulatory agency TENAA show the phone off in more detail with a fingerprint sensor ...

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    Following up on Google's Benson Leung's skepticism of the LG G5 and HTC 10 for likely being non-compliant with specifications for USB Type-C for charging, the engineer has become a little less wary of the G5. A GTrusted test of the device's charging practices when connected to Google's universal 60W USB-C adapter showed that the G5 follows USB Power Delivery protocol at 5V, 3A or 9V, 2A. This means that the phone may also support DisplayPort routing. The LG G5 and HTC 10 claim to support both the USB Power Delivery charging standard — which makes it possible to use DisplayPort — and ...

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    After more than two years of controversial activity, three highly divisive phones, a silly drone, bizarre iPhone case and a number of decidedly sketchy publicity stunts, you’ve probably come to expect all the unexpected in the world from OnePlus. Rumors of the company intentionally leaking a recent high-quality render of its own upcoming flagship handheld might well be accurate, and it’d also be no shocker if the image turned out to be a very believable decoy. Meanwhile, co-founder Carl Pei has been trolling the heck out of his Twitter followers for the past few days, claiming “this ...

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    Do you BOGO? Well, you should, as there’s no cheaper way these days to nab a current-gen Android or iOS powerhouse. Make that two, since the very nature of a buy-one-get-one-free promotion compels you to pick up a pair of identical or similar phones, the most affordable of which is offered at no charge. We’ve seen all the big four US carriers turn the BOGO tap on and off for the iPhone 6s, Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5 over the past few months, and Sprint once again wants to “keep your family connected over the busy vacation season”, presumably as it cooks up its second farewell to ...

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    Every time you think Apple Pay deals Samsung Pay a death blow, the Galaxy phone-compatible digital wallet service claws its way back in contention for the rapidly flourishing market’s crown, adding China availability to Korea and the US, offering the sweetest discounts, spreading to more and more banks, and working with various membership and loyalty cards stateside. But possibly its biggest coup yet sees the NFC and MST-enabled mobile payment app precede its arch-rival on the Alipay support bandwagon. Yes, starting today, users of the leading third-party payment platform in China can ...

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    It doesn’t look like Asus learned anything from past mistakes, once again cooking up way too many derivations of an otherwise compelling base phone. The ZenFone 3 family will debut at Computex Taipei before long in at least three sizes and up to a dozen configurations ranging in price from $110 to $370. The ZenFone 3, ZenFone 3 Deluxe and ZenFone 3 Max were showcased in a recent teaser video in partial obscurity, and several pre-release benchmarks came to light over the last few months to detail the specifications of half a dozen different models. Now, we get to see the purported Asus ...

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    If “Lying Ted” or “Little Marco” were still in the Presidential race, or “Crooked Hillary” would stoop to the same low blow name-calling tactics as her presumptive opponent from the other side of the aisle, Trump’s recent disclosure of financial investments would provide so much ammo for such an easy derogatory label. Something short and punchy, like maybe “Two-Face Donald” or just “Hypocritical Donald.” Granted, the controversial businessman was heard giving contradictory statements on many delicate issues these past few months, ranging from immigration to foreign ...

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