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    It wouldn't be a OnePlus launch without a few bumps, and the OnePlus 2 is no exception. From irritation with its invitation-based sales model to (unfounded) concerns about its choice of processor, the "2016 flagship killer" has had to overcome a few challenges on the road to wide-scale release. Probably the biggest bucket of water on that fire so far has been Samsung's decision to drop two very high-profile smartphones just days after the OnePlus 2 hit the streets, forcing media outlets like ours to make some tough choices concerning which devices to cover first. As you can tell by the ...

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    Smartphones are well used to dealing with the fallout from glitchy software, and it's hardly a rarity when we see a new handset arrive, only for there to be a launch-week update already available for it. But some problems run a lot deeper than some buggy code, and issues like the one Samsung's facing with the Galaxy Note 5 and its inability to gracefully deal with unintended wrong-way-around S Pen insertion can prove far more difficult to address. We're wondering if the new OnePlus 2 may find itself in a similar situation, as we hear about a failure with the capacitive home button on the ...

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    From a hardware standpoint, the surprisingly popular OnePlus One smartphone has been clearly superseded by the Snapdragon 810-packing 2. Yet as far as software goes, the market “veteran” remains on equal footing with the rookie. Both handhelds now run modified versions of Android 5.1 Lollipop, the OnePlus 2 out the box, and the One following an over-the-air update started less than 24 hours ago. Of course, the latter’s OTA promotion will spread out in phases, so you may have to wait a little longer until it reaches all devices it’s intended for worldwide. Alternatively, you can ...

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    Update: The YouTube companion video is up, if you prefer listening to your podcasts that way. If you want us to keep on doing these companion videos in lieu of a live Hangouts during busy weeks like these, please give the video a like and subscribe to Pocketnow if you haven't already. It helps us know that our efforts are in the right place. Thanks! Samsung had a few boxes it had to ... unpack on Thursday. One of them contained a device we've really been waiting for. The other held a phone that basically came out this past spring. The compliments and complaints flew, the hands-ons were ...

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    It's a fantastic time to buy a Galaxy S6. Here in the States, the price has just been slashed by about a hundred bucks at some retailers, and it’s probably got the best camera you can find on an Android smartphone. Add in the excellent display and formidable feature set, and you’re looking at a handheld that finally fulfills its promise of being “the Next Big Thing.” But Samsung’s been trotting out that old line for three years now, and it’s not selling phones like it used to. Maybe what people want more than a phone with the best of everything is a phone that does much ...

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    So remember yesterday when I unboxed the OnePlus 2 and removed the free included screen protector, thinking it was part of the packaging? Yeah, I’m kind of a n00b when it comes to OnePlus phones. But judging from the comments, so are many of you – and that’s awesome, because it means we can all learn something together. Join me as I answer five of your most-asked questions in our 24-hour OnePlus 2 roundup! 24 hours with the OnePlus 2   How do dual SIMs work? The first question we’re hitting is the one that was asked the most often in the unboxing comments: how does dual-SIM ...

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      Whether it’s truly the next “flagship killer” remains to be seen, but the sequel to the blockbuster OnePlus One brings a solid set of standouts at a stunning price point. This smartphone costs less than $400 full retail, and it brings a feature set and build quality that rivals devices costing hundreds of dollars more. Here’s what comes in the box with the OnePlus 2.   OnePlus 2 Unboxing   OnePlus didn’t exactly innovate on the unboxing experience here … but, importantly, neither did it skimp. The box exterior is finished in a soft-touch coating that makes it feel quite ...

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    With certain smartphone companies, it sometimes seems like we spend nearly as much time talking about annoyances with their ordering processes as we do the phones themselves. On one hand, that might mean that the phones are desirable enough that shoppers take the time to seek them out even in the presence of obstacles; on the other hand, if things were really working as they should, we'd hardly be talking about the shopping experience in the first place. OnePlus is a company that's learned to embrace its convoluted ordering process, and even though it's attempted to improve things with the ...

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    Is the OnePlus 2 really a “flagship killer?” A whole lot of fans seem to think so, and they've been going to some lengths to improve their odds at scoring a coveted invite to purchase the phone before anyone else. OnePlus has already indicated that it's working to prevent people from abusing its reservation list – so if that was your plan to get one of the first invites, you're gonna want to keep thinking. What's a OnePlus enthusiast to do? Today the company shares word of a legitimate way to make an end-run on its waitlist, giving shoppers the opportunity to big on OnePlus 2 invites ...

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    Interested in picking up the new OnePlus 2? We don't blame you, and you're hardly alone in your desires; right now, the reservation list for OnePlus 2 invites is over 1.8 million shoppers long. If you weren't among the first to sign up, that can look like a seriously long wait, and people are understandably anxious to see their ranking in the waitlist improve. Some enterprising OnePlus fans have been going to quite some lengths to ensure that happens, attempting to take advantage of the OnePlus referral bonus to improve their ranking via automated methods. In a new post, OnePlus ...

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    And the opinion rounds have come full circle. We praised OnePlus for beginning to wear the big pants now after the OnePlus 2, an underdog that has hopes of clawing its way to the top. And when the big reveal came undone ... whiplash. No NFC, no wireless charging, no Quick Charge 2.0 and furthermore, nothing special. We're at that point in the sub-$400 smartphone bin where consumers are demanding panache for their cash. The LG G4 is wafting down after only a month on the market. The Samsung Galaxy S6 is making treads to Cheaperville. Any manufacturer with good sense to depreciate their ...

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    It's been a week now since OnePlus introduced its second-gen flagship smartphone, the OnePlus 2. With some impressive hardware and pricing that comes in south of $400, the handset's launch is helping to heat-up the battle for affordable Android supremacy – a fight that will see the phone facing fierce competition from the likes of the new Moto X Style. But with all the excitement over the OnePlus 2 it's easy to forget that this isn't the only new smartphone the manufacturer has supposedly been cooking up; back in April we heard that another OnePlus model was in the works for launch later ...

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    Update: The podcast has been updated with audio from our Motorola event editorial roundtable. Enjoy! The flagship killer might've just gotten killed by a killer flagship! A new phablet might make former phablets obsolete! Windows Update just updated its last Windows! And your gaming tablet's so hot it's about to catch fire?! You can't get much ... hotter than that. Amirite? The news of the week in mobile technology is up next, from OnePlus to Windows to Motorola and beyond –plus your listener mail– on episode 159 of the Pocketnow Weekly! So say your keyphrase and listen closely, ...

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    Last night, OnePlus introduced its sophomore phone to the world, the OnePlus 2. With it came a new design, a fingerprint scanner, a three-step profile switcher, swappable backings, an improved camera, a much better display, a screaming new processor, USB-C, Oxygen OS ... all starting at just $329. Motorola, not one to be outdone, unveiled the next generation Moto G and Moto X models at its own event this morning. Coming close to the OnePlus 2's pricing at $399 unlocked, Motorola's new flagship, the Moto X Style (known as the Moto X Pure Edition in America) packs a QHD display, ...

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    Okay, the extremely exciting initial news, spec and video blast is over and done with. Great. Breathe in. Breathe out. Now what? Remember how I just said earlier that the OnePlus 2 isn't a "2016 flagship killer" unless you look at it from a certain point of view? Now we're taking a look at whether or not the company itself is in the underdog position to steal the show away from other OEMs. And giving the abuse of the "flagship killer" moniker in their social feed push, OnePlus is really looking to steal the show. A leader that continues to need the spotlight? I would argue that since its ...

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    OnePlus has been sort of a controversial name in the past. The company has had its PR fumbles, from asking users to smash their phones, to practically holding an online wet t-shirt contest, to shipping out phones without chargers. It gained the company a lot of flack, and brought a new hurdle to buying a OnePlus One. After all, it was already hard enough for most people to procure an invite to purchase the phone, but then came the moral decision of whether or not to support a company with such back-and-forth antics. Luckily for OnePlus, the vast majority of consumers decided to buy a One, ...

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    You've probably read everything regarding the newly announced OnePlus 2 "2016 flagship killer", if you're a fan of technology. In case you are catching up: here's the announcement, here are the specs, here's our hands-on, and a quick take on what feelings the phone generates in some of us. However, here's a list of what you won't find on the OnePlus 2: NFC Quick Charging Wireless Charging microSD card support AndroidPolice asked about the lack of NFC. OnePlus said "we heard from a lot of users of the One and saw most of our users weren't using NFC". So, blame your fellow OnePlus One ...

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    Despite smartphones powered by Android occupying the #1 position these days, because of their various shapes and sizes, it still seems like I see iPhones more frequently than any other phone out there. That's why I was ecstatic when, while waiting in line at Disneyland, I saw a man talking on a OnePlus One. It's the first time I'd ever seen one "in the wild". Before I got the chance to talk with him about it he disappeared into the crowd. Why was I so impressed with the sighting? The OnePlus One was supposed to be the flagship smartphone that upset the establishment. From a price and ...

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    It’s been teased, it’s been leaked, and now the OnePlus 2 -- the latest “flagship killer” -- is finally here. I got the chance to play with the new phone for a few hours this afternoon, and I came away pretty satisfied. First, let’s get one thing out of the way. The OnePlus 2 is an evolution of last year’s OnePlus One -- it’s not a radical departure. For example, the display still features the same full HD (1920x1080) resolution, and the camera still clocks in at 13 megapixels, but both are noticeably better. Let’s start with the design. The OnePlus 2 is about a millimeter ...

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    With as much as OnePlus has been talking about the OnePlus 2 over the course of the past couple months, you'd think the full picture on the smartphone's hardware was already out. But despite all the official teasers of everything from the phone's Snapdrgaon 810 SoC to its 4GB (well, up to 4GB) of RAM, there were still surprises waiting to be revealed at tonight's VR-streaming launch event. While a smartphone is a hell of a lot more than just the hardware that goes into making it, OnePlus has long positioned its offerings as a sort of sweet-spot that offers advanced capabilities at a very ...

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    If there's one thing OnePlus know how to do, it's getting people talking about its smartphones. Summers often find themselves dominated by early whispers about the next iPhone, or maybe leaks revealing Samsung's next phablet, but this year the OnePlus 2 found itself the start as nearly as many headlines itself. From early rumors, to official teasers, there's been a lot to talk about, all leading up to today, when the OnePlus 2 makes its formal debut. With the help of an innovative streaming-VR announcement, OnePlus has seen to just that, finally bringing us the full story on its second-gen ...

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    OnePlus was the start-up talk of the town last year. A company backed by some veterans from the early times of Android could become that talk of the town for 2015. After a few months of development silence, it looks like Nextbit is back for a bite at the Android smartphone market. You can hit up the work-in-progress site at the source link below. Hints of branding pop up through the site, looking for potential customers who want the "NEXT NOW." Nextbit is also looking for some major staff positions including Product Manager and Software Engineer. In 2014, the company took an $18 ...

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    Welcome to the hype machine, hope you enjoy your stay! The spin cycle on this phone sounds as boastful as ever. It's supposed to be, that's how marketing builds your attention towards a launch event like this one for the OnePlus 2. Sure, it has great specs and the cache the company has with its forum followers is extremely strong. But what does it mean to "kill" a flagship? Flagship Kill la Kill? This phone ain't made of Life Fibers and Honnō City isn't going to fall because of this phone. Few people are treating the OnePlus 2 or even the OnePlus One like it is. Time doesn't make way ...

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    Got your Google Cardboard viewer and OnePlus 2 Launch app ready to go? We're coming up on eight hours to go until the live streaming VR launch event for the company's new smartphone. And while we'll be bringing you coverage of all OnePlus has to announce as it finally goes official with its 2015 flagship, we've got some new leaks to check out before the OnePlus 2 gets here. The last few weeks may have brought us no shortage of official teasers and even a few early peeks at phone hardware, but now we've got some new pics to gawk at which reveal the handset in more detail than ever before. ...

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    According to a recent report from China, those who have set their eyes on the soon-to-become-official OnePlus 2 will be able to grab one, in a limited supply, starting August 8, via OnePlus' own “Experience” Store in China. We can't really read Chinese, but we'll trust this report, if it all comes down to just reading the text on the card pictured above. As a side note, we all know that the OnePlus 2 is being referred to as the "2016 flagship killer". We've couldn't help but wonder why the manufacturer is feeling so bold, in terms of futureproofing (in a very fast-moving ...

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