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    Back in October, when Android 6.0 was barely making its way over-the-air to “pure Google” Nexus devices, Sony vowed to update a whopping 14 Xperia phones and tablets to sweet Marshmallow… eventually. Between then and now however, only a small fraction of Z3 and Z3 Compact owners worldwide got a sample of Doze battery life enhancements and Now on Tap cards as part of a “Concept” beta program. Impatient fans are naturally wondering if the old plan is still on, fearing a few of the products initially announced as headed for 6.0 bumps may ultimately receive the upgrade axe. NTT ...

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    With just a little over a week until the actual start of the 2016 Mobile World Congress, and no official word on an HTC appearance at the Barcelona trade show, we’re fairly certain the financially struggling company’s next-gen flagship is looking at a launch down the line. Sometime in March, insiders claimed a while back, or perhaps as late as April, if we rely on intel exclusively uncovered by a little known Portuguese website called 4gnews. Specifically, April 11, with the rumored London announcement venue feeling both familiar and credible for the handful of remaining HTC fans. It ...

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    You’ve seen #TheNextGalaxy manhandled in black, as well as rendered in both black and gold, then again from behind in black, and while that should be enough to paint pretty reliable pictures in your heads as far as multiple prospective shades go, why struggle to imagine things when you can take a closer look at the real deal? Besides, we’re still more than ten days away from the highly anticipated formal introductions of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, and these latest visual leaks are bound to help pass the time. Basically, we know everything there is to know about the internals of ...

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    Samsung's next Unpacked event is scheduled for February 21 in Barcelona, the day before this year's Mobile World Congress formally gets started. And while Samsung hasn't quite out and admitted it just yet, you don't have to be a modern-day Nostradamus to have a pretty good idea that we're likely to see the tech giant introduce this year's smartphone flagship, the Galaxy S7. Over the past few weeks and months we've been hitting the Galaxy S7 rumor beat with gusto, covering all angles of reports claiming to offer a little early insight into just what to expect from this year's offerings: how ...

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    Of the three big Android early-year flagships we've been looking forward to, the LG G5, the Samsung Galaxy S7, and the HTC One M10, HTC's entry has easily felt like the most mysterious of the group. From the name, to the design, to the hardware within, big questions have been hanging over this handset since day one, and every time it feels like we're just starting to get some answers – like we did when an image of actual hardware landed last week and appeared to confirm quite a few outstanding rumors – some new rumor lands that has us questioning earlier assumptions. That's just what's ...

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    Bet you weren’t expecting to hear whispers about Samsung’s next-gen non-edgy phablet before the Galaxy S7 is even official. But it’s not like we’re already in possession of live Note 6 pics or anything. We just suspect the S Pen-enabled big guy will go global in the fall, which appeared a no-brainer after the Note 5 exclusivity debacle, and there’s a slim but real possibility the stylus accessory shall gain extra functionality this year. No, we’re not talking usage reversibility. We’re dreaming much bigger than that, thanks to the US Patent and Trademark Office, which ...

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    Since there’s not much left to be leaked about the rapidly approaching Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge (or S7 Plus), we can use the next couple of weeks until the glamorous pre-MWC announcement to fact-check all the “inside” information floating around the interwebs right now. After all, a golden rule of journalism says a rumor becomes a little more than that only once you’ve verified it via two separate, independent, credible sources. Case in point, the water protection capabilities of Sammy’s next big thing(s) are practically etched in stone today, with Indian import-export ...

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    Rendered time and time again, and even pictured in the flesh less than 24 hours ago, Samsung’s “next big thing” seems more focused than ever on actual photography performance, not camera humps, as well as battery capacity and ensuing long running times between charges. But there’s only so much an OEM can do with the on-board cell of a sub-10mm 5.1-inch smartphone, so unless you’re sure a power outlet will be within reach every single day of Galaxy S7’s life, an external battery becomes a must-buy. The third-party choices are practically unlimited, including power banks that ...

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    Windows 10 Mobile may be the future of Microsoft's smartphone platform, but for the moment users have precious few hardware options for enjoying the new OS. You've got a handful of Lumia models from Microsoft, sure, but the majority of Lumia phones are still waiting for their official W10M updates to arrive. That's left third-party manufacturers to pick up the slack, and ever since last year we've been looking forward to the carrier debut of the Windows 10 edition of Alcatel Onetouch's Fierce XL. Nothing's official just yet, but a new source suggests T-Mobile could get its hands on the ...

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    Right now, India's got the second largest smartphone market around, so if you're a manufacturer looking to expand your operation, the country's users are a prime target. And while Apple may be a huge brand over here in the States, so far the company has yet to make a significant impact on Indian smartphone sales, currently only enjoying about a two-percent share of the market. Recently, though, we've seen signs that Apple is interested in seriously stepping up its efforts in the nation, including heavily discounting older models and pushing to get its first retail stores opened up. While ...

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    What's next for the Lenovo-owned Motorola brand - or, should we say, Moto brand? Last month, we heard Lenovo's CEO talking briefly about plans for a high-profile new Moto smartphone (or maybe even phones), due for launch sometime this July. And while that probably means a new Moto X, and likely another Moto G, what can we look forward to from the phones themselves? We were promised “more innovative, more attractive” designs, but just what does Lenovo have in mind? It may still be several months before we know for sure, but recent pics attempt to offer a possible early glimpse, showing ...

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    With MWC just two weeks away, we're getting into the home stretch for leaks and rumors focusing on the crop of new smartphone flagships expected to make their debut at the show. We've already seen the LG G5 reveal many of its secrets, and we've been waiting patiently for the Samsung Galaxy S7 to do the same. And while that's brought us a couple of detailed renders of the phone, as well as a possible shot of the actual hardware, so far the leaks have been coming up short in one key area: we'd yet to get a good look at a real pic of the phone's backside, confirming rumors about a seriously ...

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    There are many possible explanations for Samsung’s declining smartphone sales numbers, including a general market saturation and stagnating worldwide demand, but at the same time, the Korean giant’s powers that be clearly made a few strategic mistakes of late. Most notably, the Galaxy Note 5 was kept exclusive to Asia and the US, despite the brand’s popularity on the old continent, and middling European reception for the non-S Pen-capable Galaxy S6 Edge+. Rumor had it the fifth Note phablet to date would ultimately spread its wings globally, but that doesn’t appear to be happening, ...

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    For a fledgling, immature, and extremely experimental market, the virtual reality universe is about to get a little too crowded for its own good, with options ranging from your rudimentary Google Cardboard and Samsung Gear VR to the much fancier Oculus Rift and HTC Vive soon. We shouldn’t forget about Microsoft HoloLens either, which is technically an AR (augmented reality) product, while Apple and Google are themselves rumored to be working hard on high-profile virtual reality headsets capable of pairing up with iPhones and Nexus handhelds. That’s right, a Nexus VR could go official ...

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    For as much thought as we put into PINs, passwords, and biometric authentication on our phones, security often feels like an afterthought – or not thought about at all – when it comes to wearables like smartwatches. To an extent, that makes sense; after all, we're a lot less likely to accidentally lose track of a gadget that's securely strapped to our wrist. But as we start using wearables for more and more functions, maybe especially in terms of mobile payments, is it worth thinking a little more about how to properly secure them? Samsung seems to be doing just that, and a recently ...

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    After a quiet couple months, HTC One M10 (aka Perfume) rumors started picking back up a few weeks back, talking about everything from launch plans, to handset design, to the phone's internal hardware. And while all that added up to giving us a better understanding of the next flagship in HTC's pipeline, we still hasn't seen the phone that was to become the manufacturer's big early-2016 hero device. That's in stark contrast to the LG G5, which has been leaking like a rusty sieve, and even the Samsung Galaxy S7, which recently found itself the subject of a few convincing enough renders. But ...

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    The times are a-changing up in Waterloo, and BlackBerry faces a future that looks very different from what the company might have been expecting just a few years back. BlackBerry 10 as a platform is on the way out, and while support's supposed to continue for time being, everything we've heard suggests that BlackBerry's fate lies in its ability to fully transition over to an Android device maker. And while the company may be in this for the long haul, it might not be bringing all of its employees along with it, as reports roll in of some pretty substantial layoffs. BlackBerry has yet to ...

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    While there have been numerous so-called modular smartphones announced in the past six to nine months, the vast majority of which sought crowdfunding for R&D or production, the initiative that started this trend remains our most anticipated one. By a landslide. Now, obviously, Google has all the money needed to turn Project Ara into reality, but it takes time and many, many resources to develop the perfect device that will allow you to easily replace its components as you go along. The good news is at least one Ara prototype, model number A8A01, seems to be in testing, with both GFX ...

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    FCC visits are formalities by nature, very rarely uncovering information device manufacturers don’t want to go public, but when it comes to products as thoroughly leaked as the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, the US regulation agency couldn’t possibly disclose relevant, fresh intel even if it wanted to. Model numbers? They were fairly easy to predict months ago, and nowadays, they’re as rooted in our brains as the market names themselves. There’s SM-G930 for the flat, 5.1-inch version, and SM-G935 for the dual-curved, 5.5-inch big guy. Add A, V, P, T and R4 suffixes to those designations ...

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    Everything we've been seeing lately about LG's upcoming G5 has been telling us to expect a radical new look for the phone's back, dropping the now-standard rear volume controls in favor of a single power button/fingerprint scanner, and going with a side-by-side dual-camera arrangement, with the lenses flanking the phone's flash and laser-assist auto-focus. And while this layout has become a key part of the G5's story, so far we haven't been super-clear on the specifics. At least, every time it seems like we get a chance to peek at the phone's rear, either in schematics, renders, of even ...

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    Apple's in the business of buying old iPhones. Maybe the company doesn't quite position it like that, but if your iPhone isn't ancient (iPhone 4 or newer), Apple will offer you a little cash when trading in your old model for the purchase of a new one – from as little as $100 in the case of the iPhone 4, to as much as $350 for a iPhone 6 Plus (and that's not even touching on the new lease program). But while Apple's happy to take a used-but-in-good-condition iPhone off your hands, the situation quickly starts going south when you're talking about a damaged phone. Now a new rumor claims ...

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    When are finally going to get the chance to see the debut of the next – and by plenty of accounts, maybe even the last – Lumia smartphone? The Lumia 650's been on our radar for months, and since right around the start of the new year we've really been looking into just when this puppy might be fixing to launch. Rumors first suggested a very-early February low-key announcement, before backing off and claiming that the Lumia 650 was facing some short delays. Well, that rumored February 1 launch clearly didn't happen, so what about this new, delayed date? While earlier reports didn't name ...

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    With under three weeks to go until MWC 2016 kicks off, interest in the show is heating up fast, especially as companies like LG confirm plans to launch long-rumored flagship phones. Beyond LG, we're also extremely interested in what Samsung's got coming our way at its Unpacked event, and even if Samsung's not yet ready to go the LG route and outright tell us what's on the menu (*cough* GS7 *cough*) there have been more than enough rumors to hold us over. One of those rumors concerned a possible accessory for the Galaxy S7 (and its presumed Gear VR), a dual-lens spherical camera Capablanca ...

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    Not sold on Samsung’s “more of the same” Galaxy S7 approach, and instead looking for a flagship Android device like no other before it? The LG G5 could be the answer to your long-time pleas for palpable, major mobile hardware innovation, though there’s still not enough proof to support a drastic G4 redesign to the point the sequel’s battery will pop out of the bottom edge. What’s crystal clear is an LG G4-similar construction, with a bland plastic frame and replaceable leather rear cover, would feel like a step in the wrong direction after V10’s sophisticated, athletic and ...

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    The first few months of any given year are a perfect time for evaluating the past 12-month success of different devices and classes of tech products, as well as trying to guess what comes next. For wearables in general, and smartwatches in particular, 2015 was a good though perhaps not stellar year, while 2016 is shaping up to be considerably better. According to Gartner research, a total of 232 million wearable electronic devices were sold worldwide between last January and December, a number predicted to surge by a healthy 18.4 percent, to close to 275M units by the end of this year. The ...

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