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    In the nebulous of smartphone manufacturers that is China, there's always one brand trying to be the same as Apple, another trying to be different and one more trying to be the same as everyone else. Take BBK, for instance. It owns the OPPO and vivo brands and is strongly connected to the OnePlus brand. The company has a massive presence in the consumer market. What it might want to do next is tailor its craft for the education industry. Enter this teaser poster that connects the BBK name and its 20 years of expertise in the education business to a new name: imoo. And apparently, what we ...

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    The amount of rumors surrounding the Galaxy Note 7 is staggering. From new software features with Samsung Focus, to the possibility of new glowing notification tweaks, it seems Samsung is pushing hard for this phone to be different from the Galaxy S7. The rumors include the possibility of an Edge variant, but even that could change dramatically. The Korea Herald reports that we might not get two variants, just one, and that it'll be the Edge variant. The reasons for this are not really mentioned, but given the popularity of every single Edge variant that Samsung has launched since last ...

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    If you think you've got the iPhone 7's in-line audio situation figured out, just wait a minute. Really. It's how fast the rumor flows can change at times. If you've scrolled down a bit from our main page today, you would've seen this article talking about a dual-SIM iPhone 7 with a proper 3.5mm headphone port. Regardless of what you think of the former bit, that latter feature has been something that was counted as highly unlikely this year. But rumors be funny things. This little number from Macotakara out of Japan actually came from the leftover chatter out of Computex in Taiwan, where ...

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    Fingerprint sensors have had their time as the innovation of the month for most manufacturers. In fact, we think that we're closing in on the saturation point. But there's a contingent in China that knows what they like in their smartphones and one of the things they like is a fingerprint sensor on the front side. Huawei and Honor have been making devices with fingerprint sensors on the back side, but that could change next year with the Huawei P10. According to at least one Weibo rumorer, it looks like the reader will make its move to the front, just like how OPPO, Xiaomi, Lenovo, ...

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    It's a summer Olympics year and what better time would it have been to introduce new emoji with all of the activities from the Olympiad. Boxing, the pentathalon, handball and skeet. Well, you might have to do without the skeet — the rifle emoji that was already approved to be in the Unicode 9.0 standard that was released Thursday has been scrapped. The Unicode Consortium, which deliberates and enacts the standards of characters in software such as emoji, confirmed that the symbol was dropped from the list of 72, but did not go into why. Sources that were at the consortium's May meeting ...

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    The Xiaomi Mi Max, as affordable and (ergo) popular as it is, could be just a little more affordable. Not sure how popular it'll be, though. On what looks like a recent AnTuTu benchmark log, we find what could be a Mi Max with MIUI 7.3 on Android 6.0.1, a hexa-core processor running at 1.8GHz tops — looks to be a Snapdragon 650 — backed up by 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. This as we see orders flow in for the currently-existing 3GB and 4GB RAM variants with 32GB and 64GB of storage, respectively. The base model currently available runs a tab of ¥1,500 ($230). The big question, if ...

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    We seem to be in the preliminary stages of Samsung Gear S3 hype at the moment. After rumors came out that there will be one relatively soon, that it will run Tizen and have a round watchface, we're already sneaking a peak at what it may look like. Yes, peak. Why? Because the exposure on these photos is way, way past peak. [ #타이젠 카페 ] 기어S3 추정 이미지 스크린 유출 #기어S3 #기어s2 #스마트워치 #웨어러블 #wearable #gears2 #gears3 #samsung #삼성 #Smartwatch pic.twitter.com/gXEEKhRBq5 — 타이젠 카페 (TIZEN CAFE) (@esse1000k) June 19, 2016 Tizen ...

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    Samsung seems to know its way around smartwatches. Even as a distant second to the Apple Watch, the company's Tizen-based offerings have proven popular in their own right — especially considering the forethought put into the Gear S2. Well, it's another year and already we're hearing word from SamMobile that there's another Tizen-powered Gear wearable coming our way beyond the Gear Fit 2. The codename for this one is "Solis" — Spanish for "sun". The outlet takes it to mean that the watchface will be circular once again as was hinted with the Gear S2's codename, "Orbis". The model ...

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    As soon as the exhale ended from the OnePlus 3's standardizing of 6GB of RAM (plus the other device launches that never really got outside of China), we find ourselves holding our collective breath once again. This time, LeEco might be making the next move. In fact, LeEco may be pushing the borders on several fronts with an unnamed phone similar to the Le Max 2 — a Snapdragon 821 clocked at 2.3GHz with 8GB of RAM and a 25-megapixel main camera above a fingerprint sensor. And it's said to come in around the ¥3,000 range ($452). In a weird turn of palettes, the phone may come in red, ...

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    Samsung may be putting a concentric twist on the notification LED. According to material obtained by GalaxyClub.nl, we may see a "luminous ring" surrounding the rear camera to replace the single diode. You can assign certain priority alerts, contacts and data or battery usage settings to certain colors the ring will glow. Of course, incoming communications will also get shown off with Smart Glow. It's an evolution of sorts for the edge effects. If you plan on using your rear camera for self-portraits for some extra flash or just because, you can fire up the camera app, point the lens ...

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    The latest Galaxy Note 7 rumor comes from Korea and, according to ETNews, production will start next month (July), in order to have an initial stock ready in time for August. The company is purportedly planning to launch sales at the time of the phone's announcement. Yes, the Galaxy Note 7 is actually the Galaxy Note 6, but it makes sense for Samsung to skip a number in order to align its productivity flagship with its current Galaxy S offerings, as well as the upcoming iPhone 7. With an official announcement less than two months away, as rumored, the South Korean company is allegedly ...

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    The Galaxy Note 7 is just a month and a half from launching and we can't wait to see it. And the iris scanner on it can't wait to see our eyes. Rumors of an iris scanner on the Note 7 have been expanded to finger the Korean company that will supply said component. That company is called Partron and it apparently won the contract to make the sensor. It crafts smartphone camera hardware as well as antennas. The iris sensor Partron will make is expected to be stuck right next to the selfie camera and be able to analyze 266 traits, compared to a typical fingerprint sensor's 40. Samsung is ...

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    The idea of Samsung moving its future smartphone releases from Android to Tizen has been around since it took up the operating system in some of its mobile electronics. And then, the smartwatches started picking up steam. As more of its smart appliances started picking up the open-source operating system, Tizen seemed to be a more tenable operating system for Samsung to capitalize on with its outstanding smartphone market share. Well, one unnamed executive at the company told The Korea Times this week that it will reduce Android's presence on its products in favor of Tizen. The only reason ...

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    Update: Apparently, there's nothing to see here. Move on! The phone pictured is allegedly an upcoming Android-powered Chinese iPhone clone. While nothing’s certain until… it’s certain, and Apple’s next big thing is still a couple of months away, it appears you’ll have to settle for minor design alterations this year rather than all-glass build revolutions or major AMOLED display upgrades. We’re talking less pronounced antenna lines on both the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, with the latter possibly adopting a hip dual rear camera look and 3-pin “smart connector”, no more obsolete ...

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    It’s all been quiet on the second-generation Apple Watch gossip front of late, and after a rumored March 2016 introduction of an incremental hardware upgrade proved false, the same predictably applied to far-fetched WWDC launch speculation. What the Developers Conference nonetheless brought to light was a massive overhaul of the wearable’s software, which made some fearful the actual Apple Watch 2 would get further pushed back as Cupertino seeks ways to improve the device’s practicality, not just its looks and independence. According to “sources from the supply chain” quoted by ...

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    Water is wet, grass is green, and Nutella is the tastiest dessert that starts with the letter N. Don’t even try to think of a sweeter treat, as everything from nougat to nocciola, Neapolitan, Norman tart and New York Cheesecake (?!) feels embarrassingly inferior. Why is then Google still considering a number of candidates, including some proposed by you, for the popular name of the next Android OS version? To mess with us, of course, which the platform’s SVP has pulled off brilliantly on Twitter since February. Hiroshi Lockheimer, who also serves as the search giant’s Senior Vice ...

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    Wireless charging is still nice and all, but laying the phone onto one specific position on a flat surface is so passé. We're still a good time away from extended range wireless charging, so what are the mobile hapless to do? Watch LG. BusinessKorea is relaying industry chatter of an LG smartphone just out of development that uses magnetic resonance to charge up without cables. Unlike magnetic induction (your Qi, Powermat, etc.), magnetic resonance radiates power from a transmitter. It doesn't amount to much, but for what it's worth, it's said that LG's technology works from as far as ...

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    As if pro leaksters, regulatory agencies and even company officials didn’t already spoil the surprise well in advance of the OnePlus 3 VR announcement and invite-free commercial launch, the Indian branch of e-tailer Amazon slipped up and listed the phone as exclusively up for grabs earlier today. Needless to point out the blunder was rapidly mended, though the harm is done, and the cat out of the bag with a few hours still to go until the “flagship killer” officially breaks cover. Apparently priced at the equivalent of $415 (INR 28,000) in a top-notch 6GB RAM/64GB ROM configuration, ...

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    With virtually all your design questions answered in an unofficial but credible-looking recent exposé, many of its specifications similarly rumored by generally trusted tipsters, and even the convoluted naming equation seemingly solved, all that’s left to be revealed is the fall 2016 Unpacked date. Make that late summer, as the successor to the Note 5 and S6 Edge+ should in fact debut on August 2. At least according to a sketchy yet reasonable event teaser image, which also lists the venue and presentation start time. Like last year, Samsung is therefore expected to unveil its “next ...

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    While Samsung is about as forthcoming as any tech firm in terms of general financial reports, quarterly revenue and things like that, the days when the box-office scores of a particular Galaxy phone were officially broken down and touted to the media are long gone. As such, we’re coerced into relying on supply chain and analyst-based estimates and forecasts of Galaxy S7’s popularity, which can often be conflicting, confusing or outright wrong. But today, two separate and relatively reputable Korean news sources convey the same exact number the latest Android flagship duo should reach ...

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    Time for another Worldwide Developers Conference keynote, huh? No more wishlists, no more expectations, not even a single thought thread extra. We're about to get the straight stuff from Apple on where it plans to take its software on all fronts to through 2017. From user-side changes to Apple Music to the engendering of Siri, we have a checklist of what's going to pop up and we'll have stories up starting at 10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern / 5pm GMT. Shortly before then, you can hit up the WWDC livestream for yourself starting from this link. Most Apple devices will support Apple's HTTP Live ...

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    As if Apple didn’t get enough flak from rumor-following iFans sad to hear yet another incremental iPhone upgrade is most likely in the pipeline this year, tipsters are now hinting at a controversial chromatic decision too. The number of “serious”, businessy paint job options could drop from two for the 6s to just one on the iPhone 7, with iconic silver retained, but space gray prospectively replaced by snazzy “deep blue”, joining the already extravagant gold and rose gold. What if said blue shade however comes closer to an elegant black than a cheesy turquoise? That doesn’t ...

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    Very much a work in progress when launched back in 2014, Android Wear gradually evolved and greatly matured since, thanks to a few rather large maintenance updates. In terms of game-changing new features, however, early wearable adopters were kept waiting longer than anticipated, with software version 2.0 unveiled last month and due to roll out to the masses come fall. Unfortunately, it appears said “masses” will not include many first-gen smartwatch owners, as the LG G Watch and Motorola Moto 360 have been confirmed to reach the end of the road when it comes to important UI makeovers. ...

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    Remember back in the day, when all the cool cats were wearing BlackBerries clipped to their belts? It was as much a fashion statement as a way of showing you meant business (literally), and were down with the latest breakthrough technologies, as well as top-notch mobile security measures. Unfortunately, for the most powerful person on Earth, time stood still for the past eight years, with both iPhones and Android devices deemed potentially hazardous in the hands of President Barack Obama. Ultimately, the two current world-leading platforms stepped up their encryption efforts enough for one ...

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    While LG and Lenovo have strayed far from Google’s original Project Ara concept for a “truly” modular smartphone, there’s no denying the convenience and novelty of the G5 “Friends” and swappable Moto Mod accessories for Moto Z and Z Force. Unfortunately, the LG G5 was priced rather prohibitively when bundled with certain modules and add-ons, and Motorola is about to make the same fatal mistake. At least on Verizon stateside, where the Z and Z Force will launch first under Droid branding, all signs point to prospective buyers needing a small fortune to get on the modular ...

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