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    Changes are shifting in the smartphone market. Once-dominant players have fallen to the wayside, and even seemingly unstoppable juggernauts are seeing their market share chipped-away at by budget-minded newcomers able to deliver shoppers more value for their money. Even the software landscape is changing, as alternate platforms rise in prominence and custom ROMs evolve from hobbyist pursuits to put on new cloaks of legitimacy. Cyanogen CEO Kirt McMaster recently talked with Business Insider about some of these changes, and as far as he's concerned, companies like Samsung should be worried ...

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    Apple's got an event coming up on Monday, where the company is almost sure to bring news about its Apple Watch wearable. First announced late last summer, Apple fans have been patiently waiting for the smartwatch to make its retail debut ever since. With that day soon to be here, some last-minute rumors are attempting to clue us in on what we should (and shouldn't) expect from the watch's hardware. Shoppers buying Apple mobile hardware have had the option to get purchases custom engraved for years now, adding a little personal touch. However, it's been a little hit-and-miss just which ...

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    With MWC ending, our fickle smartphone attention is sure to start turning to whatever's next, eager to latch-on to the next big handset to launch. Sure, Apple's got that event coming up on Monday, but that's likely to be the Apple Watch's shindig, with no major handset new expect. Maybe next on our radar will be LG, with its next-gen G4 expected for sometime this spring. Yesterday we checked out a report where LG not only talked about a G4-killing superphone, but also shed some light on expectations for the arrival of the phone itself, mentioning a debut following the launch of the LG UX ...

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    OnePlus formally launched its One back in April of last year, so it's perfectly understandable that we're already getting curious about when a follow-up might be ready. Rumors have already listed some hardware details that make the presumptive OnePlus 2 sound pretty damn appealing, talking about some top-shelf silicon within. Now we're hearing about similarly premium components making up the phone's exterior, as well, with rumors of a metal frame. Reportedly, OnePlus is interested in moving from polycarbonate to metal with the aim of making the OnePlus 2 come off as more of a higher-end, ...

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    Yesterday those just-can't-shake-'em larger-screened iPad rumors popped their head back up again, claiming that Apple both really was intending to get this so-called iPad Pro (or is it Plus?) out this spring, and that those plans have since been shelved, with a fall launch now looking more likely. Say what you will about how a still-unofficial model's release can't be capital-d delayed; that's just what sources have been reporting. Now a new source is attempting to confirm those same post-spring launch rumors, as well as talking a little about possible hardware decisions, including the ...

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    Have the big flagship launches of MWC 2015 convinced you it's time to get a new smartphone? Oh, who are we kidding? With devices as desirable as the HTC One M9 and Samsung Galaxy S6, you probably didn't need too much convincing, anyway. But as you start wondering about whether or not you should pick one of these guys up when sales open in the near future, what are you thinking in terms of pricing? Neither manufacturer has yet shared any official pricing data, and while many smartphone shoppers in the US are still going the carrier subsidized route, a growing number of shoppers are ...

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    Where the heck is Apple's new, larger entry into its tablet family, the long-rumored iPad Pro? The supposed 12.9-inch model has been the subject of much discussion for well over a year by this point, but so far it's failed to materialize. Recent spec leaks and shots of extra-large iPad cases have helped fuel reports that Apple could finally launch the larger iPad sometime this spring, and with an Apple event just days away, it wasn't crazy to think that some degree of official news could be forthcoming. However, a new rumor now advises us to temper our expectations, and warns that it's ...

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    Right now, if you're looking to buy a smartwatch, you know to expect to pay a couple hundred dollars. And if you go for a nicer one with a premium strap (assuming you have a choice at all), we might even be talking $300, $350 – somewhere in that range. But in the very near future expectations for smartwatch pricing are about to be turned on their head as Apple reveals the full retail breakdown of its various Apple Watch offerings – prices of which will only just start at that $350 point, and likely growing into the thousands of dollars. How long will it be before other smartwatches ...

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    LG didn't come to MWC this year intent on making any big launches. The few products we did get, things like the new Watch Urbane, Watch Urbane LTE, and a handful of new mid-rangers, all debuted in the days leading up to expo. But that's fine, because we've still go our sights on the G4, and it's only a matter of time before LG's ready to launch it. But to hear some new talk from company execs, it's not the G4 that will get us really excited, but what's next: a phone that “stands above the G series” as an even higher-end option. LG's Juno Cho has revealed that this new super-flagship is ...

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    BlackBerry came to MWC this year ready to announce its latest BlackBerry 10 smartphone, the Leap, and we've already had the chance to go hands-on with the new hardware. And while the Leap made its formal debut, it wasn't the only hardware BlackBerry brought along to Barcelona, and at its press event this morning the company also offered a sneak peek of a new spin on an aging form factor, showing off an upcoming QWERTY slider model. The BlackBerry lineup is no stranger to portrait-orientation QWERTY sliders, but so far we haven't seen any such models emerge as new BlackBerry 10 devices. At ...

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    We're still several hours away from the start of Microsoft's MWC 2015 event, where it will join the likes of HTC and Samsung with its latest smartphone announcements. At least, we've been holding out hope that even in the absence of a new flagship device we could always see the company bring out some new lower-end hardware. And while nothing's official just yet, Microsoft seems to have let slip some key details about its announcement on its own website, posting an early page naming the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL. Unfortunately, the (now down) page gives us nothing more than those names to ...

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    Sony put a new MWC 2015 teaser out this morning, and unlike the one we got to check out yesterday, this one doesn't do much to show us actual hardware- it's just way too close up. But between those tiny bubbles and the “get ready to make a splash” text Sony accompanies this image with, it sure does seem to have something to do with waterproofing. Now, waterproofing on Sony hardware is hardly something to write home about – Sony's been delivering such devices for years. And even with waterproof models like the Xperia M4 Aqua tipped to be on the company's MWC docket (the Xperia Z4 ...

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    Samsung's MWC 2015 Unpacked event is coming up this Sunday, and we're obviously expecting to see the company introduce the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. But will that be it? To hear the latest rumor, pretty much, with the suggestion that this Unpacked event will be about the new GS6 flagships, and them alone. Last year Samsung had a whole bunch of hardware ready for MWC. In addition to the GS5, it introduced new wearables like the Gear Fit, Gear 2, and Gear 2 Neo. We also saw it introduce the latest chips in its Exynos family, and talk about upcoming camera sensors. This year, we'd been ...

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    Sony has already shared its Xperia E4g mid-ranger, but it's been looking like the company has still been holding onto a number of new devices for introduction at MWC itself. We've seen signs of an Xperia Z4 Tablet a couple times over the past few days, and today we get what may be our best look at the tablet to date, as well as check out a phone that sources claim is the upcoming Xperia M4 Aqua. That's the supposed Z4 Tablet above, the one Sony seems to have inadvertently teased as having a 2K display, up form the Z2 Tablet's 1080p panel. Sony appears to be introducing a new quick-launch ...

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    This week has seen a ton of information leak about Samsung's next flagship smartphones, and we've been checking out new pics and renders of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge over and over. While most of that action has centered on the handsets themselves, we've also seen a little bit about accessories for the phones, like that apparent GS6 wireless charger that swung by the FCC the other day. This morning we're looking at another possible GS6 accessory, as purported images of the phone's bundled earbuds leak – and they're not doing anything to quell accusations of Samsung copying Apple's ...

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    What you are looking at is the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. Just one week ago, the leaks were fairly scarce, and we were looking toward Samsung's March 1 event to let the cat out of the bag – but with leaked pic after leaked pic, and now an official Samsung Galaxy S6 picture (as well as S6 Edge) from Sprint, there's no point claiming that these won't be the new phones announced in Barcelona at this point. The same "Six Appeal" slogan used in marketing drumming up excitement for the launch is the one used in this image, which further legitimizes it, and the renders of the two ...

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    Look at the companies that have created Nexus-series smartphones to date: HTC, Samsung, LG, and now Motorola. All big names on the international market, and all familiar brands to smartphone shoppers in the West – particularly the US, on Google's home turf. But now a new rumor suggests that Google could be thinking about going in a different direction for the manufacturer it partners with to build this year's Nexus phone (which, since we clearly can't call it the Nexus 7, has its name still up in the air), working with a Chinese OEM. The source doesn't say just who that might be, but it ...

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    A couple days back, Sony couldn't contain its excitement about its upcoming products, and an as-of-now-still-unannounced Xperia Z4 Tablet popped up on the company's Xperia Lounge app. The presence of a date from next week sure seemed to imply that Sony could be readying to introduce the tablet at MWC, meaning that even in the absence of an Xperia Z4, we'd still have some new high-end hardware to look forward to. Now the company's got a new MWC teaser out, and it sure does look like it supports the idea of a tablet launch. While we don't see much of the hardware thanks to the angle and ...

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    One of the very cool things about big expos like MWC is how they expose us to so many different kinds of devices all at once. Sure, the bulk of them are likely to be running Android, but we're sure to see products based on any number of mobile platforms, from Ubuntu, to Firefox OS, and more. For all the OS diversity the show will bring, there will always be a few hold-outs, and top on that list of doesn't-play-well-with-others is Apple, perfectly content to go its own way for its announcements. Luckily, we won't have long to wait after MWC before Apple is ready with some news of its own, ...

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    Yesterday brought us the best images we've seen to date of Samsung's Galaxy S6, as a number of pics captured the design of the upcoming flagship. But this coming Sunday in Barcelona we're expecting Samsung to unveil not one, but two GS6 models, pairing the flat-screened handset depicted yesterday with a curved-screen Edge model. We've already had a few hints at how this phone might differ from the Note Edge, and beyond having a curve that extends onto two sides, teasers had suggested that the extent of the curve could be much less pronounced than on last year's model. That's all looking ...

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    We've been talking a lot lately about Google's interests in mobile payments, from rumors of an unusual Bluetooth-based system, to the boost Wallet is getting thanks to that new Softcard deal, to word of a general focus at I/O this year on Google Wallet. But more than just making an effort to get additional Android users shopping with Wallet, today we hear rumors of a plan to build payment support into new apps, with word of a new Android Pay API that could debut at I/O. Android Pay would offer developers an easy framework for both supporting in-app transactions, as well as delivering ...

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    With last year's launch of the iPad Air 2, Apple made a significant step forward with its mobile device hardware, introducing the first model with a solid 2GB of RAM. But while Apple's tablet family was now able to enjoy the comparative luxury of such a deep memory pool, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus found themselves stuck with a single gigabyte. Sure, Apple's mobile OS manages to do a lot with so little memory, and it would be unfair to directly compare iOS phones to Android models which have already pushed upwards to 4GB, but at some point an iPhone RAM increase is going to start feeling ...

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    Over the past several weeks, there's been no shortage of renders attempting to reveal Samsung's Galaxy S6, from designs put together by case-makers, to works from independent artists. But what we haven't seen a lot of are actual photographs of flesh-and-blood (or metal-and-glass) hardware. Sure, there's been the odd component shot, but we've been hurting for anything approaching a believable pic of the actual GS6. As we start counting the time until Samsung's launch even in terms of hours, some new images have surfaced that sure appear to reveal Galaxy S6 hardware. From the markings on ...

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    Samsung is super-excited about wireless charging at the moment. While it's offered wireless charging accessories for its handsets going back years by now, you'd be forgiven for considering these efforts to be afterthoughts: with the need to purchase and install optional charging backs, the company's solutions didn't feel much better than hacky third-party solutions. But the tide may be turning for the Galaxy S6, and beyond theories that the phone could feature integrated wireless charging right out of the box, we've seen Samsung very publicly drawing attention to wireless charging tech in ...

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    The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge aren't the only upcoming Samsung models we've been tracking, and beyond smartphones entirely we've been hearing about plans for a couple new tablets. After introducing the OLED-screened Galaxy Tab S last year, rumors have suggested Samsung could be cooking-up some new models, and we've both seen mention of a few specific model numbers, as well as claims that the tablets could be fantastically thin. One big question we've had concerns the shape of the Galaxy Tab S2, amidst suggestions that Samsung could be jumping on the 4:3 bandwagon like the Nexus 9 or ...

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