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    Is HTC making a smartwatch or not? Just a couple weeks ago, the word on the rumor circuit was “yes, two of them, and launching soon,” but nearly as soon as IFA descended upon us we were hearing a very different tune, with claims that HTC may have abandoned its smartwatch aspirations entirely. Who's right? Well, this week we've got yet another source weighing-in on the question, and one suggesting that the answer lies somewhere between those two extremes, with an HTC smartwatch still in the pipeline, but not due until early next year. Besides offering that timetable, this new report ...

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    All too often, when we're looking at theories concerning an upcoming smartphone, the rumor narrative sort of falls apart once the handset is finally announced. We may hear a number of competing ideas on what to expect, but at that moment when the one correct version is finally confirmed, what happens to all those now-proven-false rumors? More often than not, they're swiftly forgotten, but that doesn't mean that their mystery is over. Today we check in on one of those old tales, as a new report attempts to shed a little light on Amazon's move into the smartphone game. Long before we had the ...

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    Do we ever have HTC launches on the mind this evening, or what? We just got done making reference to last month's One M8 for Windows launch in the context of Windows Phone branding-change rumors, and right before that we were checking out what might be new evidence in favor of an HTC Nexus 9. And wouldn't you know it, but a new invitation to an upcoming October 8 HTC gathering just popped-up in our inbox. What could we hope to expect? As you can see below, HTC is billing this one as its “double exposure” event, a pretty direct reference to some sort of photography, and one that may be ...

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    Remember when HTC delivered its Windows Phone version of the One M8 last month? In the weeks leading up to its release we heard a few names thrown around, including things like the W8, but the phone ultimately debuted as the One M8 for Windows. Specifically “Windows,” not “Windows Phone.” Compare that to the company's previous WP entries: models with names like the Windows Phone 8X by HTC. What happened to that “Phone” part? This may be just the start of a larger trend, as multiple reports arrive that Microsoft is getting ready for a major Windows Phone re-branding effort, in ...

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    The new Nexus hardware season is approaching, with our eyes not just on a next-gen Nexus smartphone, but an overdue tablet, as well. Our best guesses as of late have zeroed-in on Motorola as a possible manufacture for the phone, but what about the tablet? More than once over the past several months we've talked about the idea of HTC building the device, and such rumors had often been accompanied by claims that the slate might run a new NVIDIA Tegra K1 SoC. Today we get what may be some of the best evidence to date in favor of that idea, as NVIDIA outright names the Nexus 9 in paperwork ...

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    With both Apple's iPhone 6 launch and IFA 2014 behind us now, we find ourselves in the middle of somewhat of a new-smartphone lull. Sure, there are a few notable handsets waiting for us just over the horizon, devices like a new Nexus model (at least, we hope so), but the next few months may be a little more low-key than normal. That will all change in early 2015 as we gear-up for CES/MWC, not to mention things like a new Unpacked event from Samsung – in fact, at this point we may be closer to the Galaxy S6 launch than we are to the GS5 launch from earlier this year. This means that it's ...

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    Yesterday we checked in on the latest Android L rumors, with a claim suggesting that when the software leaves development and goes public this fall, it might do so as Android Lion. But that's not the only candidate that's been put forward so far, and today we check out some possible evidence in favor of another L-name, while also revealing some ongoing changes to the Android L Material Design interface. In a recent Chrome bug report (since taken down), we get to see a Nexus 5 running an Android L dev build. The code suggests a very recent build, coming from earlier this month, and we see ...

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    Love it or hate it, tomorrow is probably one of the biggest days of the year for the smartphone market. Apple may not be the biggest smartphone seller in the world, but the world's most popular smartphone has belonged to Apple almost every year, since its inception in the summer of 2007. There are a ton of rumors of what to expect for Apple's September 9 event, so let's try to place all these rumors into perspective, as it seems that Apple is launching more than one product tomorrow. iPhone 6 Rumors claim that Apple is planning to change everything all over again when it comes to the ...

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    We've criticized the approach that many OEMs have taken with tablets and phablets because many have decided to simply increase the display size, and very few have done a smart job at giving you an added level of usability through it. Apple and Samsung have both done an amazing job with their iPad and Galaxy Note lineup, but with the rumors of a 5.5-inch iPhone 6, you'd wonder how Apple is planning to approach its first phablet. Developer Steven Throughton-Smith recently decided to modify Apple's iOS simulator in order to portray what apps would look like on a 5.5-inch display and 2208 x ...

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    We are just one day away from Apple's event where we expect the company to launch the iPhone 6. If you've been following the rumors over the last couple of weeks, you'd think the iWatch wouldn't make the cut until a future event, and it turns out that that might be wrong. New leaks claim that the iWatch will be announced tomorrow as well, but it's not until today that we get to see what it looks like. For the last couple of months, all we've seen are concept designs of the iWatch. Today we get the first leaked photos of the device's schematics, and even an extra photo of what is reported ...

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    What will be the final designation Google gives to its next major Android release? Following Jelly Bean and KitKat, it's time for an L-named treat, but just which? Back at Google I/O, Google managed to side-step the issue with this “Android L” business, but that's just a placeholder. With the big public release of Android L due for this fall, along with expectations for new Nexus hardware, when are we going to lean this software's final name? We've got a couple news developments along those lines to check out as we start the week. First up, there's what happened over the weekend – or ...

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    When we're trying to predict what announcements are due from an upcoming mobile event, we often turn to the invites. Is there some subtle hint at what sort of products might be in store? Or maybe a less-than-subtle shove in the right direction? Sometimes it's not the invites themselves we need to pay attention to, but who's getting them. Consider the August HTC announcement that brought us the One M8 for Windows: while the invite itself didn't tell much, that fact that it was going out to a lot of sites with a primarily Windows Phone focus helped clue us in to HTC's plans. Now similar ...

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    There's been no shortage of Apple hardware leaks going back the past few months now, and the question's been less one of “when are we going to start seeing some iPhone 6 stuff” and more one of “just which of these many, many leaks is the real deal?” But as we close in on next week's anticipated launch date, we've found the chaff separating from wheat, and a clearer image of the phone's hardware emerging. This weekend we move beyond component shots and dummy models, and even fully-assembled handsets, to seeing one captured in operation on video. It's just a short clip, but it does ...

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    We're four days away September 9, when Apple will do its darnedest to have us forgetting IFA and instead turn all our attention to the latest iOS launches. Exactly what will be on the menu has been a point of contention for months, and as sources go back and forth over our chances for seeing new tablets and wearables (as opposed to getting them later this year), there's little doubt in anyone's mind that we'll get at least one new iPhone 6 model. Taking that much for granted, what happens next – when might the iPhone 6 actually be available for sale? We've talked about some possibilities ...

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    When it comes to expectations for the maturing smartwatch market, the pressure on Apple could not be higher. We've seen a ton of progress over the last year in the development of models associated with Android devices, but despite the major gains, there's still this sense that big improvements are still needed before smartwatches really achieve mainstream appeal. Just as the release of the iPhone and iPad were market-changing launches, we've been wondering if Apple's iWatch might similarly represent a sea change for smartwatches, addressing hardware concerns and delivering a software ...

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