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    The Graphical User Interface comes with the lay of the land. Each phone has its own way of telling you that you've gone into an application or moving between screens. And every phone has the basics dressed up in a different way. Be it the calendar or SMS or the darn calculator, every OEM wants to put their colors and shapes in the way they want. Let's face it: GUIs can look gooey. Of course, if you don't agree with the way your smartphone decided to do up a dialer, you have your choices. This is Android, after all. And from scanning a lot of comments, I can tell that there are a lot of ...

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    One of the surprising things to come out of the “Next Nexus” rumor mill is news that one of the proposed devices might come with a 3D camera and a laser sensor. Of course, there has been quite a bit of speculation about it, and this may all amount to nothing, but sometimes I like to play the “what-if?” game and see where it leads me. In this case, drilling down and looking at the little details as well as the big picture, there are a few things that I feel Google might have in mind. When it comes to the Nexus 5, most of us would be satisfied if Google adopted the “if it ain’t ...

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    Oh boy. Remember this thing? The HTC EVO 3D was one of two smartphones, alongside the LG Optimus 3D, that featured two very unique and very niche features: a dual camera setup on the back of the phone, and an autostereoscopic display for viewing 3D images, similar to what's found on the Nintendo 3DS. Neither phone was met with very favorable reviews, and they quickly died out and vanished into obscurity. Recent rumors have hinted at a dual camera fashioning on the next Nexus device, and while it doesn't sound like it'll use the same stereoscopic technology (if it happens at all), it ...

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    Google's intentions for this year's lineup of Nexus devices are anything but clear at the moment, and the company has deviated from past habits so many times in recent years, that's its tough to even form some general expectations of how many models we might be talking about, or what shapes/sizes they might take. At least one rumor has suggested that LG could return as a manufacturer, building one of two possible Nexus handsets. Now some new rumors out of South Korea discuss what the company could be planning for this phone. The big takeaway from this report is that this LG Nexus phone may ...

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    The Nexus family may still be Google's home for stock Android experiences, but the lineup's been seriously changing in recent years. Sizes have changed, pricing's been all over the place, and the latest rumors have suggested that this year could be another one full of new ways of doing business, as we get not one, but two new Nexus phones. Yesterday we checked out a report claiming that not only could we be looking forward to a pair of Nexus phones, but that we might not see a new tablet at all. At the time, the source provided some new info on that phone hardware, including a pair of ...

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    A couple weeks back, we heard a promising rumor for Nexus fans who maybe didn't love the direction Google went with the phablet-sized Nexus 6, suggesting that this year Google might give us a pair of Nexus phones, and that one of them could be a 5.2-incher by LG – still bigger than both the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5, but a world removed from the Nexus 6's six-inch screen. Word was that we might get both this LG model and a 5.7-inch Huawei-manufactured phablet, itself the subject of earlier rumors. Now some information on both those handsets has leaked, along with the theory that these could be ...

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    There's little denying that large smartphones are more popular today than ever before, and even the iPhone, once the poster-boy of compact smartphones, has relented and made itself available in a phablet size option. Last year, Google's Nexus phone similarly saw itself hit a growth spurt, growing from five to nearly six inches. Would we ever see the return of a smaller Nexus handset, or are phablet sizes here to stay? Last week a rumor suggested that this year's Nexus, while shrinking down a smidge, could arrive as a 5.7-incher. But there may just be hope for another five-inch Nexus yet, ...

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    With the Nexus 6, Google made the controversial decision to step away from the affordable phone-sized models of the previous couple years and instead go with the six-inch flagship-priced phablet we got. Will this year's Nexus model be a return to old habits, or will we see another handset that's very much cast in the mold of the Nexus 6? A new rumor suggests that Google's staying the course with phablets, and we're looking at another jumbo-sized Nexus. We've previously talked about the idea of Google turning to a Chinese OEM to build the new Nexus, and this report reiterates the claim that ...

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    It's not a secret that a majority of Google's earnings comes from advertising, but there is a small subset of income that comes from the company's other (more device-related ventures), such as the Play Store and Nexus device program. For perspective, that subset is even clumped into its own "other revenues" category on Google's earnings reports; it makes up a small amount of what Google actually makes. Although, it isn't an unsubstantial bit – this Google Nexus revenue decline does indeed concern us despite its tiny placement on the earnings report released by Google for Q1. Google had ...

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    The launch of the Nexus 6 last fall marked the latest shift in Google's direction for its pure-Android hardware lineup: gone were both the very affordable price tag and relatively compact size, with the Nexus 6 arriving as a six-inch, $650 phablet. It also represented a change in Google's manufacturing partner, as the company switched from LG after using it for the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5, to Motorola for the Nexus 6. Now we're wondering about what's next for the family, and rumors have already talked about Google possibly hooking up with a Chinese manufacturer for this year's Nexus (which ...

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    Google's Nexus program is an interesting beast. Some of us originally felt that it was about providing a reference platform against which other OEMs could aspire. Others felt it was a way for Google to provide a reasonably spec'd smartphone or tablet at a reasonable price - in an effort to drive the price of Android-powered devices down. Still more felt it was a way for Google to show off "pure Android" in an ever growing sea of "skins". Alas, the Nexus 6 seems to discount most of those theories. Google's Nexus 6 is the company's first phablet - and it's price is right in line with what ...

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    Google may not be the best company around when it comes to selling hardware (how many of you are still trying to buy a Nexus 6 through the Play Store?), but it does a pretty solid job when it comes to customer support. Google's rarely a company to be satisfied resting on its laurels, and today releases a new app designed to make accessing support easier than ever, while also offering some tips and tricks for getting the most out of your Android hardware. The app's called Device Assist, and it's compatible with Nexus, Google Play edition, and Android One smartphones and tablets (though no ...

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    We're coming up on three weeks now since the first Android 5.0 Lollipop updates arrived for Nexus-series devices. In the time since, we've seen updates arrive for additional Androids, including a couple Google Play edition models. Not all of them have had the easiest time making the journey to Lollipop, though, most clearly evident in the public struggle HTC's been documenting as it attempts to get Android 5.0 out for the One M7 and One M8 GPe phones. While the exact technical cause of that delay isn't clear, it certainly has us primed to be paying extra attention to GPe update progress. ...

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    Rumors and leaks have referred to it as Shamu for the last several weeks, but today we now know it as the latest addition to Google’s beloved smartphone line, the Nexus 6. Not surprisingly, most of the rumors were spot-on. This smartphone is a behemoth – not only in size, but also on paper. The Nexus 6 seemingly has it all: a 5.96-inch QHD AMOLED display, 3GB RAM, either 32 or 64GB of inbuilt storage, dual front-facing speakers, a 13-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization, a Snapdragon 805 with a quad-core Krait 450 CPU clocked at 2.7GHz and Adreno 420 GPU, and a ...

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    Each year, the Nexus rumors tend to get the Android community all worked up. There's more to the Nexus mystery than other device rumors. For instance, there is always speculation about which manufacturer will be the chosen partner on a given year. And, right out of the gate, the Nexus smartphone will inevitably have a different course than its competition. It's reference hardware, often with topnotch specifications; it's typically sold at roughly half the cost of a normal smartphone; it gets first dibs on future firmware updates; and it gets tons of attention from development communities. ...

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    HTC appears to finally be getting the love it deserves in the mobile space. Its two most high-end handsets from the last two years received nothing but praise from the press and consumers. The One M7 won handfuls of awards and the One M8 is slated to do just the same. And, finally, after a long stint of hemorrhaging money, the company has turned a profit. Just last month, we had cause for concern. HTC's financials weren't looking so great. Revenue was down and the company was still losing money. However, we learned earlier today that HTC has finally started to turn things around. In its Q2 ...

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    Google's in-house Nexus brand of affordable developer smartphones has garnered a small, dedicated group of enthusiasts since the first handset, the HTC-made Nexus One, launched in early 2010. Since then, Google has partnered with Samsung and LG two times each to make the Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, and Nexus 5, all of which have been fan favorite Android handsets each year. The venture was never about making money or inflating profits. Instead, it was about sticking it to the U.S. wireless providers and letting consumers choose their phone first, then choose a provider – something ...

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    Huawei will be selling the Ascend Mate2 4G LTE direct to consumers via GetHuawei.com. Read that again: direct to consumers! For our readers across the pond and in various parts of the world outside these United States, that might not sound odd, interesting, or unique. However, for those of us in the States, it's somewhat unusual. Most phones over here are sold with a contract. Sometimes they're peddled by a carrier, but more often than not they're offered by an "authorized reseller" or "value added reseller". That might be a store down the street, a kiosk in the mall, a big box store, or ...

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    Go stock or go home: the rallying cry of the serious Nexus device enthusiast. Ever since the Nexus One, the Nexus series of Android hardware has presented users with a simple, affordable, and dare we say elegant solution to keeping at the forefront of Android development without getting bogged down by OEM software. While recent rumors have suggested that the Nexus line as we know it may soon be undergoing some big changes, if not disappearing entirely as Google Play edition hardware rises to take its place, for the moment the Nexus brand is still going strong. Today we see Google keep ...

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    Curved screens are nothing new to Google's Nexus family of smartphones -- or are they? The second iteration of Google's flagship phone was made by Samsung. It was called the Nexus S. It's successor was the Galaxy Nexus. Both had curved screens. But that's not entirely true, is it? Both the Nexus S and the Galaxy Nexus had curved glass, but that glass covered flat screens, thereby providing only the illusion of a curved screen. Perhaps that's just semantics, and it's all in the past anyway. When you jump forward to today we have a very different situation: both the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 5 ...

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    Nexus has been a big name in the news again recently, but not for the reasons you might think. Sure, there's the small matter of all those red Nexus 5 rumors alongside whispers of a device some are calling the Nexus 8. And then there's the impending Nexus-themed giveaway we're about to drop on the world - the one so secret we're not even linking to it yet (this little sneak preview is your reward for clicking on this story; you're welcome). Rather, the principal reason the Nexus name has made a return to the front page is a tweet from noted leaker Eldar Murtazin, who dropped this ...

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    Back when I started getting involved in cellphones I was a Nokia guy... so was everyone. VoiceStream gave me the option to pick up any one of several phones -- all of which were made by Nokia. They could all make and receive phone calls, send and receive text messages, and if you were really lucky you could even play Snake! At the time the phones were between $50 and $150 (on contract). Jump ahead to today and we've all but given up on the candy bar phone -- and the affordable prices that came along with them. Today we're surrounded by smartphones, but until recently they were all several ...

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    When you can kick off a tech podcast with a string of expletives taken right from your publication's teamwide chat records, you know it's been a crazy week in the news. The Lenovo Motorola deal, announced late yesterday afternoon, threw our whole week -and perhaps our whole world- into disarray, and we're grateful for the chance to sit down and talk it through on today's show. But the news doesn't stop there. Galaxy S 5 speculation is still coming fast and furious, with details like Samsung's rumored fingerprint scanner beginning to take shape; we're starting to catch wind of Nokia's plans ...

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    The seven-inch Nexus has received its 2013 refresh, and so did the Nexus phone, making the Nexus 10 the only Nexus product to be refreshed. Though it was launched last year, together with the Nexus 7 -- which already got its successor -- we didn't see a refresh this year; some even argue that, due to the generous spec-sheet, it doesn't even need a follow-up, at least not at the moment. This leaves us with the question: what other Nexus tablet is Google preparing? The image below, possibly snapped off of a user agent profile, or a similar description, has been posted by @evleaks, with a ...

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    If you're one of the few to reside in a market where both Google's Nexus 5 and Motorola's Moto X occupy store shelves, consider yourself lucky: you've got access to two of the best Android smartphones the world has ever known. But as always, there's a dark side to that kind of luck. Because if you're in the market for a new smartphone, you're stuck with a pretty tough choice between these two capable rivals. In a world where "Nexus" doesn't mean what it once did, Motorola calls itself "a Google company," and phones with top-tier processors go for $349 off-contract, how can you trust ...

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