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    One of the recent trends surrounding Samsung Galaxy S6 rumors in recent days has been the discovery of numerous images from case manufacturers, attempting to design cases that will be compatible with the upcoming flagship. If we're to believe that these efforts are based on some advance knowledge of the hardware's design, there are already details about the GS6 they've been able to tell us, like the repositioning of the phone's flash and hear rate sensor. But now a new find attempts to do all those one better by providing us with the specific figures some of these case makers have been ...

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    Last year, LG was one of the first big smartphone OEMs to bless its flagship model with a quad HD 2560 x 1440 display. In the time since, more and more manufacturers have come around to the idea of such crazy-high-res screens, and we're bound to see quite a number of these handsets among this season's launches. Rumors had even suggested that LG would return to a quad HD panel for the upcoming G4. But smartphone makers are rarely companies to leave well enough alone, and this week we get our first indication that LG could be looking to push beyond even quad HD, giving the G4 an unparalleled ...

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    Tim Cook spent a good amount of time yesterday telling us how well the iPhone was performing in sales over the last quarter. One interesting point he made during the conference call, is that more Android users had switched to iOS with the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, than ever before, something hard to believe at a time when Android is still dominant in market share. If you're wondering if these words hold true, some analytics firms did so too, and have just published a study. Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) have just released a some numbers regarding the switch ...

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    So much of our discussion of the Galaxy S6 has focused on hardware – whether that's choice of SoC, external design, or support for accessories – that's its tempting to gloss over the software that will ultimately run on the upcoming Samsung flagship. After all, shouldn't it be pretty predictable by now: recent Android build, spruced-up version of TouchWiz, and you're done? Well, maybe not, and a recent report suggested that Samsung could be trying something radical for TouchWiz on the GS6, seriously trimming the fat in an effort to approach Nexus-like levels of low UI overhead. Now a ...

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    Samsung continues in its efforts to get virtual reality hardware into the hands of the smartphone-using public, and this week Best Buy retail stores began carrying the Galaxy Note 4 accessory. And while the Note 4 may be the current cream of Samsung's crop, we're not too far away now from the launch of the company's next flagship device, the Galaxy S6. We've talked a lot about possible GS6 hardware, including accessories that might come in the form of interchangeable back panels, but what about a VR accessory? Will Samsung grant the GS6 with the ability to work with something like the Gear ...

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    The he-said-she-said rumor war over reported problems with Qualcomm's next-gen Snapdragon 810 SoC is starting to feel like it's going to keep on going until 810-based phones are finally in the hands of consumers and we can start putting this SoC through its paces. And with LG set to release G Flex 2 sales upon South Korea as of tomorrow, that day should be here soon enough. But until it arrives, we've got at least one more twist on this story to bring your way, as LG expands upon earlier comments it made about the 810's performance. Just about one week ago an LG exec made some public ...

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    When you're not a major mobile operating system, getting attention from hardware manufacturers can be tricky. To a degree, that's true for Firefox OS, but it's still managed to find some love from big names: Sony's experimented with the platform, ZTE's delivered Firefox OS phones, and we just saw LG build that cool transparent model for Japan. Now we've got another OEM who may be thinking about joining the Firefox OS party, as HTC is tipped to be experimenting with the platform on its own lineup. We've talked about HTC and Firefox OS before, but only in the context of independent efforts ...

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    Motorola introduced its extremely affordable Moto E back in the middle of last May, and by the end of the year, we already found ourselves talking about plans for a possible sequel. Word was that the phone would see its screen grow by a tiny amount, and maybe even make the step up from a 200-series Snapdragon SoC to one in the 400 family. However, despite that source claiming that Motorola would launch the new Moto E soon, we've seen a couple months pass without any launch, nor much in the way of further rumors. Now a newly-leaked render may provide the next piece in the second-gen Moto E ...

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    What chips will be at the heart of Samsung's Galaxy S6, expected to launch in just a matter of weeks? We're used to seeing a two-tiered approach, with Samsung splitting its production run between models running its own Exynos SoCs, and those powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon chips. But this year, amidst rumors of Snapdragon 810 fabrication and performance issues, there's been talk that Samsung could forgo Qualcomm's involvement entirely and commit to using its Exynos chips across all SKUs. We looked at just such a rumor yesterday, and while nothing's yet official, some new information from ...

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    What the heck is Samsung planning for the back of the Galaxy S6? Recently, some rumors have suggested that the company could give the phone an elaborate assortment of alternate back panels that would bring new functionality to the handset, not unlike Jolla and its Other Half system. We're still not sure just how much faith we should be putting into those claims, but today we find ourselves thinking about the GS6's back once again, this time as some possible case designs suggest a slightly different layout for the phone's rear-facing components, as compared to the Galaxy S5. With the GS5, ...

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    It's almost like the reset button has been pushed: over the past few days, we've found ourselves taking a step back from all the pics released last week, purporting to be the HTC One M9, and considering a new line of rumors which makes the case that the smartphone as it will be launched differs considerably from that recent imagery. Instead, the new rumors talked about a phone with a big front-facer like certain recent Desire models, as well as edge-mounted speakers in the vein of the Nexus 9. All of that was believable enough, but when would we get a chance to see this hardware? We still ...

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    In recent years, Sony has had little trouble producing some of the most stellar smartphones we've ever seen, but it has constantly struggled to make the kind of profits it needs off of them. Despite attempts to reshuffle to shift the smartphone group's fortunes, it continues to not be such a great for Sony, with upper management now looking to remedy the losses with a rather concerning measure. Sony smartphone division layoffs numbering 1,000 will reportedly take effect soon. Nikkei reports that the 1,000 cuts will be made following the previous summer 2014 removal of 1,000 other ...

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    Samsung is expected to try something a little different with the design of its flagship Galaxy S6 this year, but just how far away from its comfort zone will the manufacturer stray. Some rumors, like those of curving displays, are easy enough to believe, given the company’s history with models like the Note Edge. But others are little less easy to believe, venturing further out into the fringes of possibility. Today we face just such a report, talking about some interesting plans for interchangeable Galaxy S6 back panels, each delivering a new feature. Let's be clear from the get-go ...

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    If last week was all about leaked HTC One M9 pics, this week is becoming one where descriptions of the hardware reign supreme. We started things out yesterday with the controversial assertion that the pics of last week are little but decoy/prototype hardware, and that the commercial One M9 design will differ substantially from what we've been seeing. While we didn't have any new images to illustrate the rumors, a written account of some of those design elements gave us a general idea of what to expect. That continues today, as the same source contributes new details about HTC's plans for ...

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    Folks, this topic will either become subject to one of the most accurate reports and leaks of the year so far, or it will turn out to be the biggest smoke curtain/rumor fails of 2015. TL;DR: the next Samsung flagship will not pack Qualcomm's latest and greatest, the Snapdragon 810. There were a lot of Samsung Galaxy S6 Snapdragon 810 rumors going on lately, and this one claims that it will simply not happen because Samsung wants to compete, even in the SoC business, with the application processor-maker Qualcomm. According to the report, Samsung will favor its own, in-house, Exynos SoC, and ...

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    The latest from HTC is due in just a few weeks, which has resulted in a barrage of leaks from a bevy of different internet corners recently. It's possible the Taiwanese OEM might be throwing us entirely off-base with decoys, or it's possible we've hit the nail on the head again and again. But what we do know is that the leaks are incoming, and that's not about to change anytime soon. The most recent information we've gleaned about the upcoming One M9 (Hima, perhaps?) comes in the form of a Geekbench benchmark. An HTC phone we suspect is the flagship in question has been sent through the ...

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    Huawei has done a very good job over the last couple of years in building mindshare outside of China. We've seen the company launch a bevy of powerful smartphones last year, like the gigantic Ascend Mate 7, and we've been hearing that there are some bold plans in store for MWC 2015. So far Huawei has done a good job at keeping leakers quiet, but verbal news are still a thing it seems. New sources claim that Huawei is preparing to launch a compact version of its Ascend Mate 7. This device is rumored to sport a 5.5-inch display, which falls perfectly in line with the 6-inch Ascend Mate 7 (or ...

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    We spend so much time talking about upcoming phone hardware, design choices, software, and launch plans, that it's easy to take something very simple (yet still very important) for granted: a phone's name. With companies that release flagships from the same families year after year, we can easily get comfortable and start making assumptions about how these devices will be branded – like how the next iPhone is more likely to be a 6s than a 7 – but that's rarely a sure thing. Today we're looking at new rumors about a couple models we've been talking about for a while now, and how their ...

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    We've all praised Microsoft for the death of Internet Explorer in part of the company's Windows 10 announcements. We haven't really seen Microsoft's Spartan browser compared to others, but the features shown off at the event were cool enough to have us excited. We all thought the browser would simply be named "Microsoft Spartan," but it seems that the company is already considering something more appealing to the past. New internal surveys being conducted are already throwing around a couple of possible names for the browser. We do hear that Microsoft is experimenting with a couple of ...

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    Last year, at MWC 2014, Sony introduced the Xperia Z2. After seeing the Xperia Z3 launch at IFA in late summer, our eyes were once again on the first quarter of the year in the hopes of Sony launching the latest member of this family. CES came and went with no Xperia Z4 in sight, leaving us to assume that we'd be witnessing it appear at MWC in early March. And while that would make enough sense, a new report claims that Sony's got something a bit different in mind, and that it will still be several months before it's time for the Z4 to go official. If not at MWC, then when? We don't have a ...

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    A couple of years ago, it would've been almost impossible to imagine Apple experimenting with anything outside its comfort zone. That said, the same company that was reluctant to launch a mini tablet, did with the iPad mini, and the same company that denied the need for a bigger iPhone, launched two of them with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Recent reports claim that Apple is working on a larger iPad and even a 12-inch MacBook Air, and if you've ever wondered what that will look like, have a look. Designer Martin Hajek has already garnered some significant fame for his iPhone renders in ...

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    We've been talking about HTC's intentions for its next Android flagship for a while now: the model codenamed Hima, presumed to launch as the One M9. Just about a week ago, we went from rumors and that stray component shot to some next-level leak action, as image after image turned up of some very One M8-looking, yet still new and distinct, hardware. Did we finally have our One M9? It was all very convincing, especially with the handset showing up in seemingly unintended places (like the reflection of a camera test-shot), but is seeing really believing? One theory suggests that we're ...

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    It's regularly common for the citizens of many countries to show a certain degree of pride and nationalism for the products made in their respective territories. That has slowly changed though, as the whole concept of "Made In America" stopped being important in the US many years ago. You'd think that this would be important in countries like South Korea, and especially with Samsung's world dominance of the smartphone market, but it seems to be slowly fading away. Counterpoint Research has just revealed some numbers for South Korea, and according to the report, Apple has broken records, ...

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    We find ourselves absolutely awash with HTC One M9 leaks today, though some of them are looking much more believable than others. One controversy has emerged over the differences between a series of pictures apparently showing off the One M9's design, and those purporting to capture a One M9 “plus” with substantially different hardware. There are more than a few reasons to be suspect about that supposed One M9 plus imagery, not the least of which is that it shows a very odd-looking (and possibly Photoshopped from Nexus 5 components) rear camera, one that still offers a Duo Camera ...

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    Yesterday, one very old rumor found itself back in the spotlight, as talk of Google getting into the cellular service game for itself picked up new momentum from a report detailing the company's efforts to act as an MVNO by reselling access through Sprint and T-Mobile. It's a quite interesting idea, even if the impact it might have on the market is largely dependent on details like pricing and availability that are still very much unknown. But would anything actually come of the rumor this time, or would it be like all those times before, where nothing concrete ended up happening? Neither ...

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