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    It feels very fitting for the upcoming sixth generation of Samsung’s hugely popular S Pen-enabled phablet to pack 6GB RAM, even though the Note 5 obviously didn’t offer 5 gigs of the good stuff, and many mobile tech consumers still reckon 4GB is plenty for today’s (and tomorrow’s) portable powerhouses. Heck, the latest iPhone does just fine with only 2GB random-access memory, so it’s hard not to sense Samsung (and other Android device manufacturers) are taking their spec wars too far in lack of truly innovative new ideas and concepts. But who’s to say the inevitable rise and ...

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    Google didn’t really go into as much detail about Android N as we’d have liked during its big I/O 2016 keynote, leaving the dessert name decision (partially) up to us, only hinting at the version number, and vaguely bringing up performance, productivity and security improvements developers can sample and help shape up in the latest OS preview. But one of the arguably coolest new features is unavailable for beta tests just yet, as it concerns the often lengthy and burdensome update process. In short, the goal is to make applying patches, especially small maintenance ones, easier and ...

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    Back in the golden age of candybar phones and clamshells, it was so much easier than today to choose a “daily driver.” Nobody talked about different mobile operating systems and platforms (because there weren’t any), you didn’t have quad or octa-core processors to concern yourself with, and lag was an issue limited to PC mIRC chats. It was an arguably simpler time, when essentially the entire mobile device-owning world either used a stylish Motorola Razr or robust and long-lasting Nokia 1000-series handheld. Androids and iPhones of course shortly entered the equation and began ...

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    Catcher Technology — the metal casing manufacturer that designs and produces (and leaks) Apple's chassis for its iPhones — does not believe it will be losing business with its biggest customer based on what that client will release next year. The Taiwan-based company's chairman and CEO, Allen Horng, said that he knows of only one all-glass iPhone that will be released in 2017. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo fom KGI previously predicted an all-glass iPhone to come next year. Biel Crystal Manufactory and Lens Technology out of China is said to be in charge of handling the glass casings for ...

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    Weibo, like any other social media site, has its swarms of hornets occasionally. When it comes to mobile hardware leaks, disbelief can especially be prone to manifesting in awful ways. Take all of the rumors we've been compiling about a certain version of the Meizu PRO 6. It now seems that these photo leaks, previously connected to that device, have been implicated in a different Meizu device entirely — one possibly with an Exynos processor. The leaker of the Exynos rumor has since decried critics denying rumors of a double-edged PRO 6-like with the Exynos 8890 inside and a fairly ...

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    If you can’t get enough of unauthorized Galaxy C5 and C7 photoshoots, revealing hardware exposes or still have lingering questions about the two’s unusually low prices and remarkably high-end features, today’s discovery of a Tenaa approval for the SM-C5000 should make the next week easier to pass. Obviously, SM-C5000 is the Chinese designation of the 5.2-inch Samsung Galaxy C5, which continues to look a lot like the Galaxy A5 (2016) from the front while greatly resembling the HTC One M9 (or previous One-series flagships) from behind. It doesn’t seem like anyone manipulated recently ...

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    What comes after Android 6.0? Logic seems to dictate 7.0, but before 5.0, Google released three major OS iterations with 4.x designations (Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean and KitKat), so you never know. That said, it sure looks like build N will bring enough enhancements to the table to warrant a full-number update. At the very worst, this is set to roll out to the mobile (and VR) loving masses as version 6.5 in the fall, once developers wrap up system optimization and iron out all current kinks. 6.1 is almost certainly out of contention, while 7.0 remains our safest Android N bet, based on ...

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    While BlackBerry’s first ever Android smartphone has hardly been selling like hotcakes, with or without discounts, the Canadian company that’s increasing its focus in the software landscape doesn’t want to throw in the hardware-producing towel either. Not with (modest) shipment goals realized, profits on the horizon, and the high-end, much too pricey Priv set to be followed up by a robust, relatively affordable pair of mid-rangers. Rendered not long ago based on sightings of prototype units, the BlackBerry Hamburg and Rome are further detailed today, courtesy of GFX Bench. Well, ...

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    Although the I/O conference is first and foremost Google’s way of staying connected to software developers, helping them out with new tools, platforms and OS iterations, and even handing them out free hardware, everyone can and should be interested in attending the event at least once. If not for the gifts, the product announcements, prototype showcases and just the chance to hear Sundar Pichai and other top Googlers speak from a few yards away make the experience (and expenses) well worth it. But don’t beat yourself up if you were put off by this year’s registration fee, failed to ...

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    Asus made us really nervous about the highly anticipated, overdue sequel (s) to the surprisingly successful ZenFone 2 family from last year, as early benchmarks showed certain ZenFone 3 variants packing Snapdragon 625 power, while others settled for 720p screens and 3GB RAM. That felt totally unacceptable even for an affordable 2016 flagship, given many mid-rangers nowadays offer 1080p display resolution and 4 gigs of memory. But as it turns out, there’s at least one truly high-end model in the pipeline too, with Galaxy S7, LG G5 or HTC 10-contending specs. Namely, an Asus Z016D that ...

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    From your hand to your wrist to your home, intelligent devices have been slowly taking over, looking to improve and simplify every little aspect of the modern, always web-connected life. Smartphones are primarily credited for kicking off this second (third?) phase of the digital revolution, with wearables and universal voice-enabled controllers like the Amazon Echo leading the next automation step. The smart speaker that was limitedly released in late 2014 to mixed critical and user response, then expanded in June of last year to widespread acclaim has already spawned two lower-cost ...

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    Who’s ready for the addition of a new letter to Samsung’s increasingly convoluted alphabet soup of Android phones and tablets? Before you make up your mind about the appeal of the C series, and its potential to stand out from the A – E – J – O – S pack, we’d like to circle back to recent speculation of remarkably impressive “mid-range” features and ultra-low pricing… considering. Yes, both the Galaxy C5 and Galaxy C7 are expected to hook up multitaskers on tight budgets with 4GB RAM, plus more than respectable 16 and 8MP cameras, octa-core Snapdragon 617 processors, and ...

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    It’s not easy to design a rugged flagship phone that won’t make fashionistas queasy on sight, although you have to figure the target audience of Samsung’s Galaxy S Active roster cares a lot more about other things, starting with resistance to drops, shocks and hard impact. Still, it’d be nice if the GS7 Active was a little less showy about its muscles than the S6 Active while reducing bulk and going with paint jobs the masses can relate to. Together, the flamboyant gold version rendered yesterday and the much lower-key but soldierly camo green flavor first caught on camera a couple ...

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    Though Siri and Google Now both technically came before Alexa, it’s safe to say Amazon caught its competitors and tech consumers at large off guard when unveiling the voice-controlled wireless speaker/home automation device Echo less than two years ago. It of course took a little while for critics and prospective buyers to warm up to the inconspicuous but highly versatile and always flourishing cylinder, which ultimately managed to rack up an impressive 3 million unit shipments. Slowly moving away from a niche it personally carved out towards the mainstream décor, the Alexa-powered ...

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    More Chinese manufacturers are on their way to the US, though it's still all for show at this point. ZTE has a full-page ad in the Wall Street Journal, while Huawei's still holding off on whatever improvements it may or may not have for the Nexus 6P. More relevant to this week's events, Meizu is said to be bringing the loudness over to Google I/O. And now, we can count Xiaomi in. Global vice president Hugo Barra teased what the company had in store for San Francisco on Twitter. Beyond thrilled to share that Xiaomi will be a part of Google I/O. A sneak peek of what you'll see from Mi at ...

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    ZTE is back in the US with a full-page advert on today's Wall Street Journal giving thanks to "The 30 Million Savviest Mobile Users For Choosing Performance Without Price". Which is all fine and well if the ad were placed in isolation, but this comes at about a year after the original Axon Pro appeared in the US and days before a launch event in Beijing for the Axon 7. In fact, we might even be seeing the top portion of that new, golden phone in the ad. It's certainly looking unlike any prior Axon model that's been released. A visit to the Axon site didn't garner any clues for an Axon 7 US ...

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    Theatrical mode – engaged. With under two weeks to go until the formal introduction of the ZenFone 3, ZenFone 3 Deluxe and Max at the Computex trade show in Taipei, and possibly a month or so left before commercial launches in select global regions, Asus does what it often does best. A fast-paced 35-second trailer set to hypnotic music offers a quick glimpse at the “revolutionary” upcoming Android phones, revealing enough about them to whet our appetite, capture our imagination and preview some very specific major upgrades, but also leaving out plenty. We see the three ...

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    Don’t believe the songs and motivational quotes. In real life, especially in the competitive mobile tech scene, you can’t have the best of both worlds in one package. Granted, the Samsung Galaxy S7 is stylish, lightweight and water-resistant, but it easily shatters when dropped on a hard surface. Meanwhile, we’ve always expected an eventual Galaxy S7 Active on AT&T (and perhaps an S7 Sport on Sprint) to improve the flagship’s durability by adding serious bulk in the equation and looking reprehensible through the eyes of a fashionista. Still, that’s apparently not stopping ...

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    LG has been working on better grouping its numerous smartphones in G, X and K families of late to reduce user confusion and an overwhelming feeling of market saturation, but unfortunately, the Korean company’s tablet release strategies remain a little too all over the place. After unleashing the way too similar G Pad X 8.3, G Pad II 8.3 and G Pad II 8.0, plus the G Pad II 10.1 and G Pad X 10.1 last year, the next few weeks may bring a couple of additional compact options to the low-cost table, which are probably themselves very much alike. The LG G Pad X 8.0 is reportedly headed to ...

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    Although we still have no idea when it’s supposed to go official (sometime in the next couple of months is the safe, vague bet), the OnePlus 3 has been the protagonist of several unauthorized photo-shoots of late, as well as speculative reports detailing confidential information like hardware specs and retail prices. Of course, you can’t trust everything you see and read on the web, and so, we didn’t. That first visual leak in particular felt sketchy and untrustworthy, but it turns out we’ve grown a little too suspicious for our own good. Believe it or not, arguably the most ...

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    It’s been a long time coming, with the European Commission looking into various controversial business practices of Google some feel discourage competition for several years now. The executive body of the European Union made many accusations under more than one supervisor, but the current Competition Commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, sees little room left for negotiation or delay. Ironically enough, the allegation that stuck was one Google appeared to have fairly strong arguments against, though ultimately, the search giant abandoned the losing fight, wanting to at least minimize its ...

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    It's been a slow, agonizing wait for an uber-quick charge. At least it feels that way, but it's only been shy of three months since OPPO showed off its Super VOOC charge standard. It could deliver a 20W current to your phone for a full charge in 15 minutes, the people on the stage at MWC said. Well, when are we going to see a phone with this Super VOOC? Glimmers of hope have started peeking in different forms. Over at the dubiously-connected-to-OPPO phone manufacturer OnePlus, we saw certifications for the OnePlus 3 with a 20W charging standard. This came after it had applied for a ...

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    A Galaxy S5 Sport ain't no Galaxy S5 Active. The Sport was Sprint's first try at commissioning Samsung for an exclusive phone that appealed to the fitness or rugged crowd. So far, though, it's been Now Network, one; AT&T, three. Well, we may have to chalk up another point between yellow and blue here as Indian import-export database Zauba has a listing for the SM-G880. We saw an earlier entry for an SM-G891 pop up, which we believe to be the Galaxy S7 Active. Samsung's current model name scheme dates back to the Galaxy S5. The plain "S" series have model numbers with the first of the ...

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    When factories make their moves all at once, you know that Apple has to be doing something funky. In this case, a tipster has forwarded a rumor clip to Mobipicker that details a change in strategy for Apple by not just releasing an iPhone 7 and an iPhone 7 Plus, but a third model — either called the iPhone 7 Pro or iPhone 7 Premium. We saw schematics leaked out for a supposed "iPhone Pro" and a deluge of computer-aided design leaks of what could be the next iPhone 7 and an iPhone 7 Plus, both with Smart Connectors. It seems that we in the media may have conflated the two phones. ...

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    Developing smartphones with OLED screens can be tricky. Manufacturing and distributing them on a large global scale is even harder. Until recently, it was also pricier to adopt the organic light-emitting diode technology than LCD, which is mainly why Apple waited so long to follow in Samsung’s footsteps. But in two years tops, essentially every analyst, pundit and tipster agrees Cupertino will bring to light the sharpest, brightest, prettiest iPhone yet, possibly with no visible display borders and fancy, elegant curves added in the design mix instead. Wait, two years? What happened with ...

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