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    With the iOS 8.0.1 misfire behind it, Apple's looking forward to what's next for its mobile platform. Yesterday we saw some evidence suggesting it wasn't just prepping iOS 8.1, but also early at work on iOS 8.2 and 8.3. Just what features would all these releases deliver? We're already getting answers, as Apple makes the first beta of iOS 8.1 available to its developer community. On the surface, there aren't yet a ton of new features; we see some finer-grained control arrive for certain phone options, the presence of updated icons, and changes to how certain elements are named. But really, ...

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    The last week has been chock full of leaks attempting to reveal the Motorola phablet under development as codename Shamu, believed by many to be the device that will become Google's next Nexus phone. But even with this hardware showing up in the flesh, a host of questions about the device and how it might launch continued to puzzle us. Last night, some new details about purported plans for the phone emerged in a new leak, giving us quite possibly our best sense of the new Nexus yet. First up, how about that name? Nexus 6 had been the presumptive launch name, but recent rumors suggested ...

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    October is just days away, which puts us close to the one-year anniversary of HTC's launch of its One Max phablet. The 5.9-inch handset brought a fingerprint scanner to the company's smartphone lineup, and despite the model keeping the One's design language and offering a solid user experience, it failed to really sell in droves. Will this year bring us a follow-up model? We've heard a little about a possible One Max 2 (or One M8 Max), and now a new rumor attempts to fill us in on a few hardware specifics. Instead of another 5.9-incher, this report claims that we could be in for a slightly ...

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    By this point, iOS users everywhere are familiar with the 8.0.1 mishap last week, and the release of iOS 8.0.2 Apple came through with a couple days later as a solution. But now that we're at 8.0.2, where do we go from here? With iOS 7, we saw several months of minor bugfix releases before 7.1 came around in March, and even then we only saw a couple more bugfix builds that brought us up to 7.1.2. But to look at some of the latest evidence, Apple could be planning something quite different for its iOS 8 cycle, and may already be testing elements of 8.1, 8.2, and 8.3. Signs of such iOS ...

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    The public release of Android L is nearly here – at least, we sure think it is – but when it comes to a name for this new version of the OS, all we have is that “L.” Ever since the arrival of Android KitKat we've been wondering what name the L-release would take, but confirmation's been elusive. Long-standing rumors of Lemon Meringue Pie have recently been joined by new contenders, like Android Lion, and over the weekend some possible evidence has arrive in favor of another pair of L-names, Android Lollipop, or maybe Layer Cake. Both theories come to us courtesy of Google's ...

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    This week is proving to be a bit of a gold mine when it comes to us getting an idea of what the Motorola “Shamu” phone we've been talking about for a while – the model expected to be the next Google Nexus phone – will look like when it finally arrives. We quickly moved from a render to an actual photograph, though that pic was only of the phone's rear. Today we add a new image to that collection, and this time one that may just reveal Shamu's front side. The original image, as you see on the left is super-dark, with the handset's screen washing-out the exposure. On its own, it ...

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    Back in February, a document released as part of the latest wave of lawsuits between various mobile companies gave us a look into the relationship between Google and licensed manufacturer partners. These are the OEMs who ship their phones with Google's services and apps installed out of the box – so, pretty much all the major players (Amazon notwithstanding). The company's Mobile Application Distribution Agreement delineated all the particular ways Google's software had to be presented, including not just a list default apps, but specific ways they needed to be placed. Now a new report's ...

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    One of the big questions facing the still-quite-new smartwatch market concerns the idea of fully independent wearables, not reliant on a connection to a smartphone or any other device. It's not clear just how much demand there is from consumers, nor how much interest from manufacturers, and even probably the most mainstream-such model to be announced, the Samsung Gear S, still requires pairing with a Samsung phone for certain operations. In time, the market will provide us with those answers, and today we see what looks to be one new manufacturer getting ready to enter the ...

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    It's that time of the year again. Nexus season is upon us, and in full force too – after reports that the Nexus program would be coming to an end in favor of Android Silver, and then reports confusing us further by calling the other reports false, we're finally seeing somewhat-concrete evidence affirming the existence of a new Nexus. We saw a rather large leak from 9to5Google last night detailing Shamu allegedly, and now we have a follow-up report at hand: a Motorola Shamu image, in which the alleged Nexus is positioned next to the LG G3. Pictured is a massive Moto X-looking phone, ...

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    September came and has (almost) gone without the release of new iPads, so we're looking squarely at October for the release of new entries to Apple's tablet lineup – which means it's about time that the rumor train start rolling. Today, a report from Taiwanese site Technews.tw looks to start detailing the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, allegedly one of the upcoming Apple slates. The source states that the Pro will have an upgraded version of the Apple A8 processor found on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the A8X. This naming convention is believable, as the fourth-gen iPad had an Apple A6X processor (and ...

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    How close were we to getting the Surface Mini this past May? To hear the reports, Microsoft's decision not to introduce us to its pint-sized tablet at the event that ultimately delivered the Surface Pro 3 was very much a last-minute one. In the time that's followed, we saw evidence for the tablet's existence in the form of inadvertent mentions in the Pro 3 manual, as well as references to Microsoft's decision not to launch the tablet in an earnings report. But even all this time later, we haven't seen this guy in the flesh, nor found ourselves convinced of its ultimate fate: postponed or ...

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    Sony's Xperia Z2 may have steered clear of US carriers, but now that the new Xperia Z3 is official, it looks like they'll be taking another look at the company's offerings, and at least some will add the Z3 to their lineups. T-Mobile has already confirmed as much, but what about other networks? And what about other new Sony models, like the Z3 Compact or lower-end E3? We may be getting the full story in just a couple weeks, as Sony schedules a New York City press event for October 9. That's the invitation you see up top, and it doesn't give us much to work with. At least, we're not picking ...

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    Smartphones have been bent before the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Smartphones will be bent after these models are long forgotten. But for the moment, with so many Apple users moving up to larger-screened handsets for what may be the first time ever, the sheer number of reports of bend-damaged hardware is hard to ignore. The good news is that Apple doesn't appear to be leaving its customers hanging, and that even this clearly user-caused damage may be covered under the phone's warranty. The only problem is that there's no hard-and-fast rule for what level of damage Apple will accept and ...

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    Last night we saw HTC deliver the first teaser video for one of the products it's planning to launch at its October 8 “double exposure” event. Apparently dubbed the RE Camera, we seem to be looking at a small handled or mountable tube-shaped rugged camera, intended for uses ranging from extreme sport helmet-cam action to just snapping a more convenient selfie with friends. Yesterday's video may have showed us what the RE Camera is capable of doing, but it really didn't give us much of a look at the hardware itself. But now some new pics have been uncovered that sure appear to reveal ...

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    Nexus hardware rumors have picked up as of late, after scares from late last year and earlier this year that the line of Google-made smartphones and tablets had seen its fate sealed. Along with the constant flow of rumors concerning the HTC Nexus 9, we've been hearing steady whispers of a Motorola Nexus phone as well. Today, a report from 9to5Google (along with a follow-up piece from Android Police) looks to corroborate what we've previously heard, as well as bring some new information into the mix. One of the first things we heard about the "Shamu" was the display size, which was ...

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