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    OnePlus was founded in almost a year ago by Pete Lau, who was previously the Vice President at OPPO. For those of you who don't know, OPPO didn't have the best reputation, so seeing another smartphone born from the "creative juices" of OPPO was a welcome sight. As time passed we started to see a much closer relationship between OPPO and OnePlus, most of which were brushed off with what seemed like a "nothing to see here, go about your business" attitude from the company - but we still had our doubts. Invitations are for parties! Nonetheless, OnePlus pushed forward. Time magazine even ...

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    Updated with the high-quality edited version of the podcast, which you can stream or download down below (or through your favorite podcatcher app). We hope you enjoyed; we'll check back in with you next week! If you ask us, the first thing you should do on iPhone launch day is take a long, hard look at the competition. Not because the iPhone is a bad product, but because everyone else tends to step up their game when Apple brings a new phone –or two– to the yard. And that's more true than ever this year. With that in mind, we'll talk about all kinds of smartphone and smartwatch ...

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    Yesterday brought some disappointing news for OnePlus fans, as the company announced that it would be ending its plans to deliver interchangeable StyleSwap covers for the One. But even facing that upset, we had cause to be a little optimistic, remembering what we heard late last month about the coming availability of pre-orders for the One that wouldn't require users to track-down invite codes. Today the company shares new details on how all that will work, and this being OnePlus, it's unsurprisingly a little weird. First up, the company formally confirms its intent to open pre-orders ...

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    To say that OnePlus has struggled a bit with its launch of the One this year might be a bit of an understatement. From initial word of its invite system, to stock shortages, to ill-conceived promotions, it's been a rocky road for the company. Recently, we've been hopeful that things were turning around, especially as we got word late last month that those invites could be going away entirely in the near future. But now we find ourselves bringing you news of another upset, as OnePlus kills-off the One's StyleSwap covers. Announced back in March, the plan was to give users a choice of ...

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    It's not often that we see a new company attempt to elbow-in on the already-crowded smartphone market, so when OnePlus introduced its One handset earlier this year, we sat up and took notice. But what started out as a very promising handset soon found itself beset by numerous launch issue: first we got word of this invitation-only sales system, before hearing about delays and seeing ship dates slip. Recently on the Pocketnow Weekly podcast, we discussed our frustrations over how that controversial invite system didn't emerge as a temporary Band-Aid, giving way to full-blown sales a few ...

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    While a lot of us have judged OnePlus for its sexist contests and broken promises, there's no denying it made quite a nice phone in the One... if you can get it, that is. So we're glad to see the updates, such as today's OnePlus One OTA, streaming in at a decent pace, fixing bugs as fast as the Cyanogen team can go. This new XNPH33R OTA introduces fixes for the touchscreen issues many were complaining about it in OnePlus's forums, also known as BACON-55. This fix isn't complete, says Android Police, since reports of shakiness are already in after the update.  There's also a grounding ...

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    While some of the things OnePlus does aren't met with reception too great (such as that sexist contest which the company removed from its forums entirely), there's no denying that it made a phone with excellent value in the One. One look at our review, and you can tell that this is probably the most impressive phone we've ever seen for this price, and we could almost wholeheartedly recommend it... if it wasn't nearly impossible to buy, with an invite-based purchase system and unreasonable contests being the main means of getting it still. That's why we're excited to share with you dbrand's ...

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    Updated with links to the high-quality version of the podcast below! Thanks for joining us for the live show, everyone, and enjoy the HQ downloads in the Links section. One of the nice things about a mobilized mob of fanatics is ... well, nothing. For the purposes of intelligent discourse and civility, there's nothing cool or helpful about a bunch of heated fanboys rabidly denigrating a new product because it happens to threaten their preferred smartphone. We've talked about this sort of thing before, and now we're talking about it again – this time in the context of Blackphone vs ...

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    OnePlus has already managed to attract a lot of criticism for the way it's introduced its first smartphone, the OnePlus One. From the invitation system, to that smash-your-phones contest, to issues with scalpers, or even botched run-ins with regulatory agencies, it sometimes feels that this company is making every mistake it can – but then again, as an upstart, it has some growing pains to work through. The latest OnePlus controversy has just landed, and this one is drawing Cyanogen Inc. into the conflict. It all started with the announcement of a new OnePlus One invite giveaway, this ...

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    One of the many reasons to purchase a [OnePlus One] is the OS, CyanogenMod 11S. Apart from having a bunch of neat software features, it's also quite close to vanilla Android -- which means that its maintainer, Cyanogen Inc., can provide over-the-air updates to it reasonably quickly. Today the device is getting its July (yes, July) OTA, and within this OnePlus One Android 4.4.4 update is a couple of goodies many may appreciate. In addition to the security fixes part of Android 4.4.4, this update brings a couple notable enhancements to the One: namely, those include new Google apps, Clear ...

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    Updated with high-quality audio and links to download and stream below! Enjoy! Round smartwatches, roundly terrifying TOS agreements, and roundtable smartphone discussion: 'round here, it doesn't take much more than that to get a mobile podcast together, and –assuming the Hangouts gods will it– we'll be proving it to you in less than four hours. On today's episode, we're returning to a new favorite in the segments list, plumbing the depths of the podcast inbox to let you know what phone you should buy. We'll also tell you who won last week's smartphone giveaway and surprise you with ...

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    The technology world is a fast moving one, and hence, there are more than 100 stories we publish on a weekly basis here on Pocketnow. Those include reviews, videos, editorials, news, and more. With this new, weekly series, we're making it easier for you to look back at the most interesting, exciting, and popular topics of the week, in case you missed anything. Look for the Pocketnow Week in Review every Saturday morning. It contains the most popular ten stories of the week printed on the portal, as well as top videos from our YouTube channel. Additionally, you can also find our Pocketnow ...

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    What's next for OnePlus, following the launch of its One handset? Another smartphone is probably a safe bet, but what about other form factors? There was that rumor earlier this month about a OnePlus Tab tablet, but that one quickly turned out to be a fake. Today we're checking out another leak – and hopefully one that will stand up to a little more scrutiny – as a OnePlus smartwatch is seemingly revealed. According to these design sketches, this “OneWatch” would offer some of the hottest features from the most anticipated smartwatches at the moment; those include things like the ...

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    Update: Due to today's difficulties with Hangouts, the below Hangouts video is not the ideal recording of today's Weekly episode. Instead, we highly recommend the Libsyn-hosted version, edited by our own Jules Wang and available for streaming and download at the links below. Thanks for listening! One of the nice things about hosting your own podcast is that you get to decide exactly what qualifies as "news." Not in the mood to pretend the latest wave of iPhone 6 display-glass leaks fit the description? Well, tweak the filter a little, and suddenly you've got just a small handful of ...

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    A couple weeks back, we saw OnePlus tease something new for its One smartphone. The company told us to “knock on wood” for a July 22 announcement, and unless we were seriously misinterpreting the signs, that sure looked like the company following-up on earlier plans to deliver a variety of alternate One backplates, including a bamboo option. With the day now upon us, OnePlus has gone ahead and confirmed our expectations, revealing the OnePlus One bamboo StyleSwap cover. While it's great to see the cover confirmed like this, four months following the initial StyleSwap announcement, its ...

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    Congratulations Tyler Martin (no, not Taylor, so lose the nepotistic conspiracy theories), you're our lucky winner! Check you email for your notification, and we'll get you that code straight away. Everyone else, swing back around on Monday for details of our next contest; no more invite codes this time around. ___ Whoa, déjà vu! Didn't you guys already... you had a OnePlus One before... I entered this last week, right? No, your wits haven't left you: as we continue Pocketnow's summer of smartphone giveaways, we're following-up last week's OnePlus One invite giveaway with another ...

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    Update: Edited podcast with download links has been added below the YouTube embed, courtesy of our excellent podcast editor, Jules Wang! Get to downloadin', folks! The big guys have enough time in the limelight. It seems every week we're spending 80% of the podcast talking about the huge players in the mobile space, along with their commensurately huge smartphone and tablet offerings. While we're not ignoring those established forces in this episode, we are devoting a bit more time to newcomers: from Amazon to OnePlus to a little firm called GoTenna, there's a lot going on in mobile's ...

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    Pocketnow's summer of giveaways continues this week with our latest contest, awarding the winner an invite code to be used for purchasing a 64GB OnePlus One smartphone. We got this one rolling all the way back on Monday, and with entries closing tonight at the stroke of midnight (Eastern), we thought we'd give you one last reminder to get your name in the running. Visit the contest entry page for full details on rules and what you'll need to do to enter. Basically, just follow us on Twitter, leave a comment in our OnePlus One review telling us why you're interested in the phone, and ...

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    It's Friday afternoon, which means we have a winner: congratulations Lukas Pichl, you've got a OnePlus One invite code with your name on it. Check your inbox for our notification email and we'll get that right out to you. As for the rest of you, check back on Monday for our next giveaway; we've got one more OnePlus One invite to hand out, so if you didn't win this round, you've got one more shot. ____ Last week marked the first official installment of our Pocketnow summer giveaway series, where we're bringing you opportunities to win some of the hottest smartphone hardware all throughout ...

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    What does it mean to “Never Settle” when it comes to a smartphone? Almost every piece of technology has its limits, due to the restrictions of available technology, physics, or just how much circuitry you can cram into a rectangular box. Does not settling mean including every possible feature under the sun? Does it mean making an affordable phone with zero compromises on hardware? What would zero compromises look like? New kid on the block OnePlus, a Chinese manufacturer led by a former Oppo executive, has given us its bold answer in the One, a phone it calls a ‘Flagship Killer.’ ...

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    Back in March, OnePlus gave us hope that the company's One might be the next Moto X of sorts, giving users a fair degree of customization through some alternate backplates featuring (for phones, at least) pretty exotic materials. Sure, the sandstone finish on currently available One handsets isn't real sandstone, but a few of the others OnePlus teased as part of its StyleSwap offerings were going to be the real deal: bamboo, Kevlar, and even denim. Only problem is, we've yet to see them arrive. Well, at least one could be right around the corner, as OnePlus drops a new teaser. Considering ...

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    The affordable, high-end smartphone is no longer a pipe dream. In fact, it hasn't been for a while. Some may not consider the Moto X a high-end phone, especially not by today's standards, but it's certainly a capable smartphone that performs exceptionally and doesn't break the bank – at least not anymore. The Moto X didn't exactly start out budget-friendly. It began as a full-priced, high-end smartphone, and its pricing quickly worked its way down as Motorola ran various promotions. Now, albeit nearly one-year-old, the base Moto X can be had for just $350 without a contract, and it's a ...

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    The OnePlus One may be out, but with new, unexpected delays arriving at seemingly every juncture, it sure is taking the upstart a while to actually get the phone into eager customer hands. But eventually, it will manage, and the company will find itself looking to what's next for it. Another high-end, low-priced smartphone? Maybe a wearable? A new leak out this afternoon paints the picture of the OnePlus putting together a tablet, as we come across the name “OnePlus Tab.” That name appears on what seems to be an internal testing version of the OnePlus website, and unlike the nav bar on ...

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    The close of June marks an end to the latest season of smartphone shindigs: WWDC and Google I/O are behind us, and we've still got a couple months to go until IFA. What's a smartphone fan to do in the interim? Pocketnow's got plenty of news, reviews, and features coming out over the next few weeks to keep even the most fickle smartphone user interested, but this year we thought we'd spice things up even more with a special month-long event. A couple weeks back we brought you our latest smartphone giveaway, as Huawei helped us award a lucky Pocketnow reader a new Ascend Mate2 4G LTE. That ...

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    The OnePlus One has been a bit of a unicorn, despite retail boxes finally heading out to buyers in most countries the phone is sold in. We say most, as a design change in the OnePlus One has lead to one of the worst possible reasons for even more of a hold-up, at least in the European Union (one of the biggest markets for smartphone sales, we might add). The story is this -- all handsets hoping to clear the European customs process must bear the "CE" regulatory logo. That's all fine and dandy, and the OnePlus One does indeed carry it, but OnePlus decided to give the logo a bit of a ...

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