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    Galaxy S8 rumors are in full swing already, with Samsung reportedly considering a very early 2017 release to try to bury Note 7 scandals ASAP, but what if there’s a redemption play of sorts in the pipeline by the end of this year? Technically, the 2016 roadmap of the world’s most popular smartphone vendor doesn’t call for a third flagship model (or fourth, if we count the GS7 and S7 Edge separately). Then again, we always suspected there was something special about the “mid-range” Galaxy C9. There had to be, since the C7 is hardly a humble handheld, Full HD 5.7-inch AMOLED ...

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    Is Apple in (even more) trouble after a few consecutive sub-par quarterly reports, and a general hardware popularity slowdown? Well, that’s the thing – no one really expected the iPhone 7 to set any new box-office records. Not once it was clear this wouldn’t be a year of major upgrades. Thus, it shouldn’t come as a surprise for either Tim Cook or die-hard iFans that various financial analysts and research firms believe 2016 iPhones are performing worse than the 2015 generation, and will continue to do so through the end of Q1 2017, at the very least. The question is what kind of a ...

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    While the Pixel and Pixel XL phones, quietly manufactured by HTC and assertively marketed by Google, are set to undoubtedly seize the spotlight at Big G’s highly anticipated October 4 product announcement event, you shouldn’t forget there’s other exciting stuff in the pipeline too. Like a first-party Daydream View (name pending confirmation) virtual reality headset. Or a Google Assistant-powered Google Home smart speaker that technically went official back in May, sans many details, tech specs and commercial availability info however. Last but not least, a third-generation ...

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    The Chromening of Android? Or the Droidening of Chrome OS? We still haven't had much to make of word last year from the Wall Street Journal that Google's two primary software platforms would merge together. Google denied any notion of it, but lo and behold what came this year: Android apps working on Chromebooks. As Android turns eight years old and all we get out of it is a stupid cake, we have to wonder what Senior VP of Android, Google Play and Chrome Hiroshi Lockheimer might have to say about it. We announced the 1st version of Android 8 years ago today. I have a feeling 8 years from ...

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    Google may be giving its OnHub Wi-Fi router a few friends to boost users' coverage and still have the network all under one umbrella. Sources to Android Police and Droid Life say that in addition to the several products Google will launch on October 4, we're also looking at Google Wifi, Google-made routers that will work like what Luma or Eero would with router modules that would expand Wi-Fi signal from the router attached to the modem. Each module would be verified by Google's signing process and then get added as part of a single network. Each Google WiFi would put out 2.4 and 5GHz, ...

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    Twitter, which has been not been growing as investors would like for it to, may seek stimulus from a new owner. At least, if it lets itself be bought. CNBC sources are saying that multiple possible acquirers have expressed interest in buying the social media platform, including Google and customer relationship management company Salesforce. Word from TechCrunch says that Microsoft and Verizon are also in the running. The company's board of directors seems very interested in a sale, though no blueprints have been laid out just yet. Twitter's market capitalization stands at more than $13 ...

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    With half of the roughly one million defective Galaxy Note 7 devices sold in the US already exchanged, according to Samsung’s latest head count, several claimed fires and explosions deemed hoaxes, and new, safe-to-use “edgy” phablets expected in global stores in time for Black Friday, it seemed the worst was finally behind the world’s most popular smartphone vendor. But the atmosphere among Galaxy enthusiasts remains tense in the tech giant’s very own backyard, even after the local refund period’s approved extension. While replacement phones are yet to start randomly blowing up ...

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    Talk about perfect timing. Just as we were trying to make heads or tails of one of the FCC’s most enigmatic Apple product filings in recent history, the always knowledgeable Bloomberg was quoting “people familiar with the matter” as suggesting the Cupertino development of an “Echo-like smart-home device” is nearing completion. So, yeah, what we assumed to be the fifth-generation Apple TV with 4K support receiving regulatohry approval may actually materialize as a home automation hub “based on the Siri voice assistant”, and gifted with “more advanced microphone and speaker ...

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    The show must go on for Samsung even after reported corner-cutting in Galaxy Note 7 R&D and pre-release quality control resulting in possibly its most damaging PR scandal ever. Luckily for the Korean tech giant, an opportunity to bury Galaxy Note 7 controversies once and for all could arise as early as January, when the “next big thing” is already expected out by certain tipsters, assuming of course proper production and rigorous tests can be concluded in such a tight time window. That’s quite the stretch, considering the Galaxy S8 isn’t exactly shaping up to be a minor, ...

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    The future of TV is apps, according to Apple CEO Tim Cook, as well as high-resolution video content, according to everyone else. Hopefully, the company’s fifth-generation digital media player will manage to finally combine both whenever it launches, ideally at a price tag not substantially higher than the $150 currently charged for the late 2015-unveiled Apple TV with 32GB storage. Alas, the newest hint as to the existence and impending nature of a refreshed Siri-controlled set-top box is an extremely cryptic FCC certification of an Apple product carrying the model number A1844. The ...

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    In case you still had your doubts regarding the seriousness of LeEco’s global expansion plans in general and US intentions in particular, a Huawei veteran’s recruitment to spearhead said overseas growth should make it all clear for good. This Chinese entertainment and technology giant is no longer satisfied just making waves domestically with everything from TV services to music content, electric cars and smartphones, seeking to disrupt “markets around the globe by changing the paradigm as we know it.” That’s certainly vague, although LeEco does specify its desire to bring Smart ...

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    We’re only four days away from Xiaomi’s increasingly thrilling next-gen flagship phone announcement, and thanks to mixed official signals, as well as the typically jumbled gossip on Weibo, nothing’s certain until it’s certain. What we’re pretty sure of is an affordable Xiaomi Mi 5s powerhouse will break cover on Tuesday, despite recent speculation of a last-minute name change to Mi Note S, with Snapdragon 821 inside either way, 6GB RAM, and most likely, one of those trendy dual camera setups slapped on its rear. You can probably count on the Mi 5s borrowing and upgrading the ...

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    If you feel like you're missing out on the Galaxy Note 7 software experience (short of the S Pen) and you have an S7 and S7 edge, you're going to have to wait your turn. Just like those waiting for new, non-explosive Galaxy Note 7 units. Weibo rumors are talking about the Grace UX that's on the Note 7 with Android Marshmallow coming to the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge with the Android Nougat update for each side. The Always On Display that the Note 7 has would also get transferred over, too. That could be just in a few months or so, at least for unlocked units, based on previous update cycles. ...

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    As if Samsung had enough to tamp down with the Galaxy Note 7 recall, we now hear of trade secret subterfuge from within the chaebol's ranks. According to a report from Korean broadcaster SBS, one executive Lee was arrested by police, warranted for accusations of stealing and selling documents about some advanced semiconductor technologies to Chinese firms. Those papers related to details about the 14nm technology being used in the Exynos 8890 and a 10nm die being used for the processor that's to be in the Galaxy S8 — perhaps the Exynos 8895. Samsung is suing Lee while the investigation ...

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    BlackBerry CEO John Chen promised that two Android smartphones would come before the company's fiscal year went out. He made the promise in the midst of collapsing investor confidence in Waterloo's money-losing hardware unit. Chen has repeated his belief that he could sell 5 million smartphones in a year. We may see what happens when the company's second quarter ends on September 28. The Motley Fool and plenty of analysts are thinking that BBRY will lose money for the next three years if it doesn't cut rope and sail from hardware. They believe that a ShopBlackBerry sale going through the ...

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    Choosing a wireless communications service provider stateside based on which of the “big four” offers the best unlimited data deals isn’t easy, given all the ifs and buts, the fine print and restrictions, various strings attached, artificial throttling, or DirecTV obligations you have to consider before making your decision. But one thing’s been made abundantly clear by Verizon’s head honchos in recent months, with T-Mobile One and Sprint Unlimited Freedom launches apparently changing very little of the market leader’s philosophy. According to Big Red CFO Fran Shammo… yet ...

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    China and India have repeatedly been highlighted in recent months by independent financial analysts, Apple investors and even various top-ranking executives, Tim Cook included, as the key markets dictating the Cupertino money maker’s future prosperity. But what about South Korea? Home to Apple arch-rivals Samsung and LG, this is the most developed country in East Asia, as well as extremely urbanized, with 25 million residents in the Seoul Capital Area alone. Seoul, by the way, is the world’s fourth largest economy, behind Tokyo, New York City and Los Angeles, which begs the question ...

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    Unwilling to give up on either its own brand when it comes to mobile devices, or Moto-labeled products that are way easier to market in the Western world, Lenovo likes to keep itself busy, recently unveiling the P2, A Plus, K6 trio, Moto E3 and E3 Power, Z, Z Force and Z Play, as well as the G4, G4 Plus and G4 Play. Up next, a Moto M with model number XT1662 is also expected, initially speculated to be dubbed Moto X (2016), and now reportedly heading exclusively for China. Bizarrely enough, this might be manufactured domestically by Lenovo, as opposed to the Chicago-based Motorola Mobility ...

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    Despite an estimated $1 billion initial recall cost, $26 billion of market value lost just like that as of last week, and numerous PR blunders bound to translate into even more “heartbreaking” damages, especially as far as public perception goes, Samsung could ultimately survive the Galaxy Note 7 explosion fiasco. The Korean tech giant is starting to prove it has what it takes to overcome possibly the most difficult moment in its recent history, kicking off exchanges all around the world, somehow even rebooting sales here and there, and finally ensuring original Note 7 owners are well ...

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    AnTuTu is widely recognized as one of the most fickle, least trustworthy mobile device performance testing tools, and yet, everyone keeps paying attention to its reports, especially prior to and shortly after various flagship model releases. Even OEMs will sometimes flaunt unusually high benchmarking scores as ultimate evidence of their products’ imposing raw speed, as seems to be the case for the Xiaomi Mi 5s. This bad boy has practically been confirmed for a September 27 announcement a couple of days back, and its makers now also practically corroborate persistent Snapdragon 821 ...

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    The unreleased and still rumored-about Idol 4 Pro may have just gotten a GFXBench run showing it off with a different software load than previously talked about. It's certainly bad news for anyone who appreciates choice in their high-spec hardware and flipping Live Tiles. The Snapdragon 820-eqipped phone runs an Alcatel-made user interface on top of Android 7.0 Nougat. That's a starkly different software load than the Windows 10 Mobile once mentioned in relation to this phone. Other specs on-board include 4GB of RAM, a 21-megapixel main camera with 8-megapixel selfie shooter and a ...

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    Many Android aficionados accustomed with third-party skins and forks may not have even been aware of this, but their beloved OS still inexplicably lacks a mundane direct reboot command in its stock implementation. That’s right, Nexus users can only switch off their devices from the power menu, needing then to manually restart like barbarians. It’s always been that way, despite desperate pleas to Google to make a small but meaningful vanilla Android change. Well, everybody’s wish might finally be granted when the search giant reboots (wink, wink) its own-brand mobile product roster ...

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    Just when you may have thought HTC permanently lost touch with the mobile hardware industry’s leaders in terms of innovation and, well, effort, the Taiwanese device manufacturer returned to the spotlight in a big way. Granted, Google will probably try to hide the name of the Pixel and Pixel XL’s makers, as it slowly gets more aggressive about own-brand marketing. But we’ll all know who’s behind the love-or-hate “Sailfish” and “Marlin” designs. Meanwhile, the Bolt looks more and more intriguing as it approaches its (hopefully not Sprint-exclusive) launch, and the Desire 10 ...

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    Oh, no, it’s a trend now. It all technically started with LeEco, then Motorola (or rather Lenovo) rushed to beat Apple to the no-jack punch, while HTC could be next to jump on the wireless/USB Type-C audio bandwagon. It remains to be seen if perhaps the looming HTC Bolt will at least support wireless charging (the flagship HTC 10 doesn’t) to offer audiophiles a little more leeway than the Lightning port-addicted iPhone 7. A (very) late heir of sorts to the 2011-released ThunderBolt, which was Verizon’s first ever 4G LTE handheld, this surprising HTC Bolt is reportedly headed to ...

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    It looks like the Android purists’ favorite device manufacturer will be turning over a new leaf this fall not only in terms of mobile product branding, but also retail pricing and advertising focus. No more catering to an inherently limited target audience of, well, mostly geeks with Nexus-labeled phones and tablets, as Google tries to finally break into the mainstream hardware landscape by teasing sitcom viewers and football fans of the Pixel and Pixel XL’s imminent arrival. Just as October 4 press invites started going out, and that cryptic but telling madeby.google.com splash site ...

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