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    Ever since the Xperia Z4 launched in Japan, we've been trying to work out what Sony's plans were for the phone in other markets: would it bring the Z4 to other nations, re-brand it for them somehow, or maybe even come out with an all-new flagship for international appeal? Recently, Sony's been coordinating plans for a number of regional launch event throughout Asia, and rumors had suggested we'd see the Z4 play a part. As we wait to see what happens next week, that Z4 aspect to these events appears to be confirmed, as Sony China shares an image of the Z4 on social media. Indeed, the ...

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    Even though Google I/O is in our immediate future, it won't be long before Apple gets its own conference started, with WWDC kicking off in early June. Odds are good we'll be learning about both iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 there, and we've already talked a bit about some of the changes that might be present in both, like a move to the Apple Watch's font as the system default. A number of additional changes have been rumored since then, including possible split-screen iPad app support, and now a detailed report attempts to shed some light on even more, with an emphasis on security improvements and ...

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    Google very well may be planning to introduce Android M at Google I/O in just another week. At least, Android L debuted at I/O last year, and the I/O 2015 schedule briefly made reference to Android M before a hasty Google revision. We've already talked a little about the new features we'd most like to see arrive with this next major version of Android, but what's still a pipe dream, and what could actually happen? One change that's picking up some new support is the plan to give Android built-in support for fingerprint scanning hardware. You can already find a number of noteworthy Androids ...

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    Samsung's Galaxy A8 is back in the news this week, as the rumored big brother to phones like the Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A7 was tipped to pick up a fingerprint scanner. But it was rumors from last month that first gave us an overall picture of what to expect form the smartphone, including hardware like a Snapdragon 615 SoC, 2GB of RAM, and a 5.7-inch 1080p display. Now we've got a new benchmark report to refer to, and while it appears to confirm the majority of those details, at least one pretty important one could differ from our expectations. The Galaxy A7 had a 5.5-inch screen, so it ...

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    Smartphones have already changed the way we communicate with other, but there are still so many other aspects of our lives that could serve to benefit from that same sort of high-tech makeover that transformed dumb phones into the modern portable computers we have today. Hundreds of companies have already developed products that leverage such tech, offering everything from connected ovens to smart lightbulbs, but a number of issues have gotten in the way of them seeing widespread adoption. Big names in mobile are hoping to change that, like the effort we've seen Apple HomeKit. Now a new ...

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    As this week started off, we found ourselves thinking about some upcoming late-summer smartphone launches that might just occur a little bit earlier than expected, and maybe unsurprisingly, Apple seemed connected to all of them. First there was that rumor that Samsung could introduce the Galaxy Note 5 as early as July, supposedly in an effort to get a head start on an iPhone 6S Plus. Then we heard one about Apple itself, suggesting that the new iPhones could debut in August. While Samsung has since stepped up to dismiss that Note 5 rumor, could the early Apple launch still be in play? Some ...

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    Lately, the chances of HTC releasing a new tablet have felt very up in the air. Rumors would occasionally suggest the company was planning a much, but outside last year's Nexus 9, we just haven't seen much in the way of evidence. Last week those rumors popped back up, talking about an H7 tablet with lower-end specs. Was this going to be another thread that ended up leading nowhere? Maybe not, as a new source has come to light that adds some solid support to this H7 story. We're looking at our old friend the Indian Zauba import database, cataloging all manner of hardware shipped to the ...

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    What is Sony thinking when it comes to its Android flagship strategy? The company introduced the Xperia Z4 last month, but only with news of availability in the Sony's native Japan. What about the rest of us? We've been patiently waiting for word of an international flagship since, whether that arrives as the Z4, or maybe with some slightly different branding – and at least some evidence suggests that the phone might become the Z3+ in other markets. Now it looks like answers could finally be about to arrive, as Sony prepares to share its “new Xperia flagship” with Hong Kong and ...

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    The next time Apple refreshes its smartphone lineup, will it introduce a new (slightly) lower-cost, plastic-bodied model like the iPhone 5C? Rumors have occasionally claimed as much, suggesting we'll get some sort of iPhone 6C later this year. There's even been some possible evidence of such hardware, though it's hard to say just how legitimate that might be. But today we're turning to a much more reliable source, as Apple itself publishes an image that sure looks an unknown C-series iPhone. Maybe more precisely, it looks like an iPhone 5C with the addition of Touch ID. Remember, while the ...

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    According to OnePlus, the sequel to its affordable OnePlus One flagship is set to arrive later this year around Q3. Which means, at this point, it's not too early to begin drumming up hype for the release of what's expected to be another powerful phone with a good value. Today, a possible OnePlus Two benchmark has given us a look at some possible specs the phone is expected to carry when it goes official later this year. This benchmark lists the model number of the processor as the MSM8994, which corresponds to Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 SoC. Geekbench lists this as an 8-core CPU, though ...

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    If history is of any indication, we should expect to see an incremental update this year from Apple with the 2015 iPhone. Whether it will wear the iPhone 6s (and iPhone 6s Plus), or another moniker, it should be a hardware refresh, rather than a major release, which usually happens every two generations. We're going to refer to "the next iPhone", and the next iPhone fingerprint scanner will be different, at least in terms of its manufacturing process, according to reports. While still manufactured by TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company), like the ones on the current iPhones, ...

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    There's really not much to complain about when it comes to the HTC One M9. The company's 2015 flagship is an improvement in almost every aspect over last year's model -- and our review is there to prove it -- but the performance figures and numbers from the market seem to tell a different story, as we're recently heard the company's sales were plummeting. A recent DigiTimes report claims, based on information from "sources at Taiwan's handset supply chain", that HTC might reduce One M9 component orders by as much as 30%, due to "lower-than-expected sales" and overall poor performance of ...

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    Do you find yourself among the lucky contingent of Apple Watch owners, those smartphones fans who have been able to score this still-hard-to-come-by wearable? Your Apple Watch obviously came with one band, but have you picked up any alternate options? If you're growing a little tired with your band's look, Apple is happy to sell you one of its many other designs right from its website, but depending on the style you choose, you could find yourself waiting two, three, even up to eight weeks. In case you don't list patience among your strong suits, it thankfully looks like a new option is ...

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    Apple had to spend a lot of time thinking about its user interface when dreaming up the Apple Watch, and one of the decisions it ended up making concerned the introduction of a new font. Rather than stick with the Helvetica Neue that's the current system font for both iOS and OS X, Apple chose a typeface it calls San Francisco for the Apple Watch font, a version of which you can see below. Intended to be extra legible at even small sizes, San Francisco made plenty of sense for the smartwatch's tiny screen, but a new rumor claims the font will be finding a more prominent role on larger ...

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    Yesterday we got some fresh news about one of last year's smartphones, with Verizon announcing plans to bring some additional color options to its Droid Turbo selection. And while that might be good news for shoppers just thinking about picking up a Droid Turbo now, your comments to the post made it clear where the concerns of existing users lie: software update, software updates, software updates. For while we are firmly in the era of Android Lollipop, the Droid Turbo has found itself stuck in KitKat territory. Motorola has insisted that Lollipop is coming for the Turbo, skipping straight ...

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    Last year Samsung kicked off its Galaxy A series of smartphones with models like the A3 and A5, a lineup it fleshed out earlier this year with the A7. With some respectable mid-range specs, the family's been a welcome addition to Samsung's smartphone stable, but where do we go from here? Will Samsung build upon the line with new models, or maybe upgrade the A3 and A5 with 2015 editions? Well, while Samsung's numbering logic might suggest it has an A9 in the works, a rumor from last month claimed that the manufacturer instead has an even number in mind, and now new details emerge about this ...

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    Too often in the smartphone world, companies clam up the moment an interesting rumor comes along. When we'd love nothing more than for one of them to own up and confirm, “yup, that's what we're doing; someone figured it out,” instead we get “our policy is not to comment on rumors and speculation.” And while that's not about to change anytime soon, occasionally we do get to see some glimmers of transparency when these firms just can't resist the temptation to set the record straight. Samsung's JK Shin has been doing a little of just that lately, commenting among other things on the ...

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    LG traditionally hasn't stuck to just launching one phone in a year. Last year, alongside the G3, it launched various other devices – including the G Pro 2, at a point later in the year. And the year before that, we saw the Optimus G Pro. If a report from Focus Taiwan quoting LG executive Eason Shao is accurate, 2015 won't be much of a departure from that approach – expect a new LG 2015 flagship in the second half of the year. Says Focus Taiwan: LG will continue its dual-flagship strategy this year with the new G4 and another flagship phone scheduled for release in the second half ...

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    Google+ used to be the go-to cloud home for photos on Android, but a couple months back we started hearing about some big changes that could be in store. Sure enough, just a few days later we saw Google confirm plans to start making pics available in Drive, instead. But was there more to this plan? Rumors dating back all the way to last year once hinted at even broader photo changes on Android, and a new report suggests the full picture could be about to reveal itself, with Google announcing a new photo tool at I/O later this month. From what we've heard, the tool is separate from Google+ ...

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    Between the new J Butterfly, One M9 Plus, and One E9+, HTC sure has enough One M9 relatives in production – even if that means no new One mini model. But to hear the rumors, there's even more hardware on the way, including one model we've been talking about for a while now, the device codenamed Hima Ace. Tipped to actually launch as the One ME9, new renders have now arrived that attempt to show off the phone's metal frame. That's the newest shot up top, with hardware that maybe most closely resembles the M9 Plus. That metal frame will likely be joined to a polycarbonate back in the fully ...

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    What do you have when a prominent Android manufacturer gets it into its head to come out with a Windows Phone model? Something like the HTC One M8 for Windows? Sure, that can happen, and when things works well like they did there, it can be easy to get excited the next time you hear about a similar OEM considering some Windows Phone plans of its own. So with headlines going around today that there's a new Motorola Windows Phone model in the works, our interest was understandably piqued. As it turns out, though, while there could be some real meat to this story, that comes with one big ...

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    What is it with rumors about rushing the launches of  high-end phones today? We just shared with you claims that Samsung could be looking to get a leg up on Apple and its presumptive late-summer/early-fall launch of the iPhone 6S Plus with a Galaxy Note 5 that premieres as soon as July, and now we find ourselves checking out some rumors from iOS-land that wonder if Apple could be planning an early launch of its own, introducing the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus in August. At least, so say a couple supply chain sources, noting a few different developments. Those include higher than anticipated ...

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    The idea of getting a free smartphone with service is nothing new; for years, the US market has been dominated by subsidized phone sales, and so long as you didn't demand the latest and greatest flagships, you could always find a good number of free-on-contract options. In recent years, though, there's been a shakeup in favor of installment plans, not to mention a rise in popularity of prepaid options, pushing the idea of free phones to the back burner. But today we learn of an upcoming deal for T-Mobile that puts the spotlight back on free phones in an unexpected way, revealing plans to ...

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    Based on all the evidence we've seen to date – especially that which has arrived over the course of the last week – the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Active seems like a given. And while we expect Samsung to announce the phone quite soon, for the moment we've still got a number of pending questions about the handset's hardware. After all, there's no guarantee just how closely the Active mode will follow the blueprint of the original GS6, and the little ways it differs will ultimately be what ends up defining the smartphone. Those include big questions like a possible return of ...

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    The Apple Watch is out, and between all the reviews you've had the chance to check out, and maybe even the opportunity to try one on for yourself, there's a good chance by now that you know exactly what to expect. At least, you might know what the Watch does now, but this thing is driven by software, and as Apple makes available new code, its feature set only promises to grow. So what does Apple have in mind for some new capabilities it might bring the smartwatch? Some new rumors suggest a number of features that could be finding their way to the Apple Watch soon. Well, you may know how ...

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