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    While 2017 looks pretty much certain to be the road-opening year of sharper, not-necessarily-pricier OLED iPhones, the jury is still out on whether we’ll also see Apple adopt curved display technology manufactured by Samsung in 12 or 24 months. It remains unclear how many of next year’s iPhone 8 (7s?) configurations will be able to move away from LCD screens as well, and what kind of production rates Cupertino can realistically hope for with a sole OLED supplier most likely in its corner. Definitive answers to these very delicate questions are obviously impossible to formulate in the ...

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    Trying to break into a competitive space dominated by Apple and Spotify, and also including respected veterans or tech giants like Deezer, Google, Pandora or Tidal, doesn’t make much sense for Amazon, unless Jeff Bezos can think of a unique marketing angle for music streaming addicts. Affordability of course remains one of the best and safest sales pitches around, regardless of exactly what you’re commercializing. Tablets, smartphones, voice-enabled wireless speakers, as well as software products of all sorts have better odds of succeeding when priced aggressively enough. Now, how does ...

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    Acer is just one of many already confirmed IFA 2016 exhibitors, and although we know the Taiwanese company plans to unveil its “new and exciting holiday season lineup” in Berlin, Germany on August 31, it’s going to need something special to stand out from the pack. Preferably, not special weird, like last year’s Predator 8 and 6 gaming-centric tablet and phablet that never amounted to much in terms of post-release buzz and, presumably, sales and profits. But alas, Acer’s most distinctive new product on display next week might well be another addition to the Predator family. This ...

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    Way before the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was a (real) thing, Huawei rushed to be the first mobile device manufacturer with a launch event slated on the eve of IFA 2016’s start. In the meantime, of course, the highly anticipated Note 7 saw daylight thousands of miles away from Berlin, leaving the Mate 9 or Mate S2 in a pretty good position to capture the German trade show spotlight next week. That’s September 1, beginning at 10:30am CEST, in case you were wondering, which equates to 1:30am PDT, or 4:30 EDT. Clearly, Huawei has something in store aimed primarily at European and Asian ...

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    With Duo out in the open, we're still closing in on what might come through to Google's new messaging service, Allo. There's a lot of teasing going on during I/O 2016, providing us with an idea of what the features are. But we now have supposed grabs of how these features get into action via Android Police. The search engine inside of the app is a welcome progression from having to search through your Gmail records to find Hangouts conversations. It slinks through your chats with people and bots (such as Google Assistant) and even borrows from Google Photos' search engine to identify ...

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    With a minuscule reported global market share of 0.2 percent after more than four years of on and off software development work, 18 months since Z1’s commercial release, and a rapidly shrinking supporter roster, you might be wondering why Samsung continues to bet on a seemingly losing horse called Tizen. Well, according to The Korea Herald, the company’s (extremely) long-term plan of “leaving” Android is still on, and Tizen-powered phones will continue to be unveiled in low-end markets such as India, Indonesia, South Africa or Nigeria. Yes, that’s phones, plural, as in more than ...

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    The market for pre-owned mobile devices has always felt like a gold mine some manufacturers and retailers simply didn’t know how to properly exploit, but especially in a day and age when high-end, high-priced smartphones appear to be losing ground to “affordable flagships”, OEMs clearly need to adapt. That includes Apple and Samsung, possibly the world’s only two phone-making companies strong and popular enough to still sell more premium models than low-enders. Refurbished iPhones and iPads are of course tremendously beloved, particularly stateside, due to the fact inexpensive new ...

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    Today might just be the big day for owners of the two latest (and greatest, until Marlin and Sailfish swim up to shore) Nexus devices, at least according to one of Canada’s three leading mobile network operators. But Australia’s number two wireless carrier doesn’t entirely share Telus’ position or confirm its very specific Android Nougat release date, while the third largest telco down under even more clearly suggests a delay could be in store due to a mysterious “issue found during testing.” Not Vodafone’s own “optimization” process, mind you, as said bug is apparently ...

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    Number two ride-hailing app Lyft has been looking to better compete with top dog Uber while fending off newer transit startups like Bridj. And so, after nine funding rounds and a company valuation of $5.5 billion, it went to look for an owner. Would General Motors increase its investment of Lyft to a controlling stake? Nope. According to Recode's sources, it didn't make a bid. The company shopped itself out to Alphabet, Amazon, Microsoft and even Apple for $9 billion before cutting down that price. As Uber is divesting from its service in China, it now has incentive to hit Lyft hard back ...

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    We have little idea what exactly Sony will throw at consumers this IFA around, but among the rumored wares is the so-called Xperia XR (nee F8331), benched and tracked to sport some high-end hardcore hardware. The XR make take the shape of one of the two new devices that Sony has submitted test documents to the FCC. Yes, one of them is a phone that has been tested for cellular low-band transmissions and is marked with WCDMA, GSM and LTE. The other device has a port layout (namely, Ethernet) that basically screams a gaming console. That second device might be the "PlayStation 4 Neo" that ...

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    With several Asian parts manufacturers heavily reliant on Apple's business for sales revenue and a downward trend in sales for the iPhone set to continue for at least the next three months, we may either see Infinite Loop harvesting reduced product margins or the end of the standard $649 iPhone. Digitimes is reporting that manufacturers are refusing to cater to Apple's requests for lower lot prices. The company has been asking parts makers for up to a 20 percent discount as general iPhone unit sales fell 15 percent last quarter compared with last year and orders came in some 30 percent ...

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    The HTC Rhyme was targeted toward women. Women. Like, females. As in, we had to get help from YouTuber Stevie Boebi to figure out what was going on with HTC. Huawei has also been setting its sights on women with a couple of smartwatches — called "Elegant" and "Jewel". Those two hulking wrist chunks that didn't fit some men's and most women's wrists may have garnered enough traction, though, to warrant a new smartphone for women. Prepare to cheer or wince for the Huawei Nova. Its existence was first leaked by Xiang Ligang on Weibo, though the analyst replaced an initial post calling out ...

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    While we’ve known for almost a month now that Sony intends to unveil… something the day before the official start of the IFA 2016 industrial exhibition in Berlin, Germany, and the company’s trade show appearance was a no-brainer ever since last September, the Japanese device manufacturer only comes out and dismisses all doubt today. You can officially save the September 1 date therefore, or at least reserve the 1 to 2pm CEST timeslot for whatever Xperia, PlayStation, Walkman, Bravia-branded goodies and so on that are definitely in the pipeline. “Definitely” might sound like a ...

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    Samsung is basically doing the opposite of a limbo dance, raising the mid-range Android smartphone specification bar step by step until eventually the entire Galaxy lineup will be one big, happy flagship family. No one really wants that, of course, and J2 sales numbers prove there’s quite a large global audience for entry-level, super-affordable Samsung handhelds, despite other brands technically offering superior quality-pricing ratios in the sub-$200 space. The same probably goes for the sub-$400 and sub-$500 market segments, with mind-blowing non-flagship models like the Galaxy C7, A9 ...

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    Possibly the most significant hardware upgrade of the upcoming 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus (not Pro, not 6SE) has stopped being a secret a long, long time ago. Countless renders and live pics initially starring dummy units and mockups, and ultimately actual device prototypes, as well as recent video material shows the subtly redesigned iPhablet featuring a brand-new, trend-following dual rear-facing camera. But what about the smaller, likely lower-end and considerably cheaper iPhone 7? It’s also not a big mystery that a more conventional single snapper with a larger lens shall grace the back ...

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    While we can’t say the global popularity of the dual-edged, improved S Pen-wielding, iris-scanning Galaxy Note 7 comes as a great surprise to us, especially after reviewing the phablet to find it plays in a league of its own, Samsung is apparently “shocked” at the “unprecedented number of pre-orders.” Fret not, our North American friends interested in the “next big thing”, as today’s launch is still on, with T-Mobile and Verizon even quick and ready to kick off shipments earlier this week in the US. But although you won’t follow the Netherlands, Russia or Ukraine’s suit ...

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    The success of a first-generation product can be characterized by the hype that's built around a sequel. That's been the case for the Apple Watch as we've been itching to get our wrists inside of the band of an Apple Watch 2. One thing that we may not look forward to after much rumination, though, is cell connectivity. According to Bloomberg's sources, existing data chips are sapping too much battery for Apple to consider them feasible for consumer use. An Apple Watch without 3G or LTE is not good news for carriers to latch on — they've been stocking the Samsung Gear S2 for a while to ...

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    Intel might be off of its own struggling horses for mobile. With 10nm ARM-based chips on the way, LG will be happy to buy up some of the legacy chipmaker's new products soon. But Tawian Semiconductor Manufacturing Company could be facing some competition if Intel's chipsets are proven to be good enough and catch Apple's eye. Analysts are pointing to Intel getting a share of the modem orders for the upcoming iPhone as a good indicator that if the company can bring a good ARM SoC to play, Apple may hire it to make its chips — slightly different than ARM's designs. Intel still has catching ...

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    The fingerprint-prone metal backs of the Moto Z and Moto Z Force may not be seen on the Moto Z Play. We're already talking about the inclusion of some decent specs and a headphone jack, might as well add another material change-up. Well, this material might be just as prone to fingerprints as that metal that Lenovo utilized. Reddit is linking to some Imgur and Instagram samples of what appear to be the Moto Z Play in all of its... glassy glory. The Instagram picture really shows why the bets are on glass with a subtle spiral etching on the back. It's not typically a pattern we'd see ...

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    If you thought “Chipgate” was bad, wait until you see how iFans react to a prospective “Displaygate” next year. Granted, it’s way too early to have any guarantees regarding the 2017 iPhone, which could be branded 7s, 8 or even 7 if Apple decides to go with a convoluted but fitting 6SE moniker for this fall’s generation. It’s widely believed the iPhone 8 (let’s call it that for convenience purposes at the moment) will finally turn over an all-new leaf as far as external appearance goes, with glass everywhere, minimal screen bezels, and a long overdue LCD to OLED technology ...

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    Fresh rumors? At this point, nothing about the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, which will apparently be called exactly that after all, is really fresh anymore. Every “new” speculative report confirms, reiterates, nuances or flat-out contradicts previously relayed intel or gossip, and as irritating as it may feel, we’re left going round in circles until Apple puts us out of our misery with a formal announcement in a few weeks. Notoriously hit-and-miss “industry sources” quoted by Digitimes today send us on a short time travel back to January, then early June, and late June as well, echoing ...

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    ASUS has tweeted out that "Incredible is Coming" on August 31 in Berlin, two days prior to the official start of IFA Berlin. We suspect that the recent leaks of the ZenWatch 3 and a more global push for the ZenFone 3 Deluxe and its friends will be the cruxes of this event. The time for something incredible is now! #IFA16 #ASUS pic.twitter.com/D7GgqHJvUW — ASUS (@ASUS) August 17, 2016 Pocketnow will be on the ground to chase the latest developments from Taiwan, Korea and all over, via Germany. Via: Droid Life

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    We knew that Nokia had signed a non-compete agreement with Microsoft to not release mobile phones for two years after the Redmond-based company acquired its Devices and Sales division. For fans of Nokia design, it's been a waiting game — betting on when Nokia would actually get back into action for real. At the same time, all of us were watching the slow demise of Windows Phone, now Windows 10 Mobile. Well, the wheels started turning in Finland just a couple months ago. It licensed out branding and manufacturing for its future devices to a new company and a Foxconn subsidiary, ...

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    Yes, iPhone 6SE branding makes so much more sense, considering 2016 looks to be the iOS handheld’s second consecutive “s” year rather than welcoming a radical new design, revising display technology, or completely shaving off screen bezels. But it’s way simpler to just call the marginally improved, slightly redesigned iPhones due out in a few weeks how people have been referring to them for many months now. And a “reliable source” quoted by Japanese tech blog Macotakara claims that’s going to be the case after all, and September 7 shall see the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus ...

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    Mobile industry insiders have been known to make mistakes regarding high-profile unreleased devices, especially those manufactured by companies like LG, Huawei, Motorola or Asus with Google’s supervision and Nexus seal of approval. And pre-launch benchmarks can also occasionally be misleading. But it’s hard to imagine an assortment of the two different classes of reliable sources could so perfectly sync up to misrepresent the oft-leaked HTC-produced Nexus Marlin. This time, it’s AnTuTu that reveals the innards of the 5.5-inch N6P sequel, and they’re the exact same specifications ...

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