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    Market cannibalization and brand dilution have been two of Samsung’s biggest sins for several years now, and while the repetitive Galaxy S7 Plus and S7 Edge Plus are probably not happening this spring after all, a Galaxy A9 Pro is. Or so it would appear, based on intel exclusively shared by credible tipsters with SamMobile a couple of weeks back, and recent visits to India for R&D and testing of a phone carrying the model number SM-A9100. That’s clearly directly related to the SM-A9000, aka Galaxy A9 or A9 (2016), but if legit, the Pro suffix feels rather unusual and disconnected ...

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    MWC is just weeks away, and it seems like every day we're talking about another smartphone we're hoping to see launch at the expo. Yesterday we checked out some unannounced hardware from Alcatel OneTouch, as the company accidentally posted some early info about both the Idol 4 and Idol 4S, ahead of an expected MWC launch. It turns out that was just the opening act, and today we're turning our attention to a new leak that attempts to reveal even more AOT hardware due for an MWC debut, with the revelation of the Pop 4, Pop 4S, and Pop 4 Plus. The Pop 4 (bottom) looks like the lowest end of ...

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    It's easy to find yourself overwhelmed by ads on your smartphone, whether in apps or just on the mobile web. So it's little surprise that when a company announces a new way to give users control over just how they're exposed to those ads, we're quick to take advantage of it. That's just what happened a few days back as Samsung opened up its Android browser's API to work with ad-blocking software, and devs were in a rush to deliver solutions ready to start nipping all those ads in the bud. Unfortunately for fans of this development, Google's wasted no time in shutting the operation down, ...

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    Google Cardboard has opened the door on virtual reality for millions of smartphone users, but based on the recent hirings and shifting of resources Google's been up to, it's becoming clear that Cardboard's only the start, and Google's got some much larger VR ambitions; where will they take us? While Google hasn't made any public proclamations of its future VR plans, evidence from at least one employee suggests we might be looking at some kind of crossover with Project Tango, marrying Cardboard's 3D display with Tango's reality-scanning hardware. Googler Isaac Taylor recently posted on ...

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    Android offers users no shortage of ways to consume podcasts, with plenty of apps ready to connect listeners with their favorite content. But for as many options as were out there, the platform's been missing an official central repository for podcast distribution. Last fall we saw Google begin to address this oversight, announcing plans to finally bring podcasts to Google Play Music. The company announced a few early partners and started accepting sign-ups from interested producers (ourselves included), but wasn't ready to offer a start date for the service going live – only saying that ...

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    The rise of affordable VR hardware has created a growing need for VR content, and not content to be left behind as new challengers arrive to offer it to us, YouTube's been stepping up to help lead the way. Already, that's meant supporting both flat panoramas and, more recently, fully 3D 360-degree video. Now we're getting ready for the next chapter in that story, as we receive word that YouTube's about to step up its VR-video support with live streaming 360-degree content. Reportedly, YouTube's been meeting with companies behind various 360-degree cameras in the interest of making sure ...

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    Although Samsung technically started the general Android 6.0 rollout for the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge a few days ago, even the company’s most hardcore fans must be feeling let down by the recent software update sluggishness. For crying out loud, Marshmallow source code has been available for a good four months now, and the Galaxy Note 5’s UI makeover is yet to move out of beta in a single market around the world. Can you imagine how much longer US carriers might take to “optimize” all the battery life, security, and overall performance enhancements? Well, this probably won’t mean a ...

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    There are two conflicting theories circulating around the rumor mill in regards to the second-generation Apple Watch no doubt slated for a 2016 rollout. This will either break cover in a month or two and highly resemble its predecessor both internally and externally, or wait until fall to commercially launch and bring a slew of important hardware and software revisions to the table. Like it or not, the former hypothesis is gaining credibility by the day, as well-informed tipsters and analysts chime in with intel supporting the existence of a so-called Apple Watch S. Piper Jaffray’s ...

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    Did we really need yet another unofficial Microsoft Lumia 650 press render in anticipation of the low-end phone’s imminent introduction? Probably not, seeing as how the 5-inch Windows 10 Mobile handheld has had its design exposed multiple times of late. But getting evleaked is nowadays an obligatory transitional stage from pre-production to store shelves, and Evan Blass couldn’t miss the opportunity of chiming in on the purported “last Lumia.” Alas, the illustrious tipster doesn’t confirm or dispute that label, so there’s still no way to know for sure if the Lumia 850 was ...

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    Cameras continue to be a big talker when it comes to the next generation of iPhones. We heard that Apple would possibly push a quick activation of one of its recent patent applications onto the iPhone 7 Plus. But more musings are signalling the demise of the somewhat kinda-dreaded camera bump that's existed on the last few iPhones. First, word that the iPhone 7 Plus could have a dual rear-camera setup now has some more credence as Digitimes is reporting that several lens manufacturers from Taiwan, China and Japan have sent coupled lens samples for Apple to evaluate. One of those ...

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    It seems so easy: when a smartphone manufacturer wants to keep an upcoming device secret, it shouldn't publish any information about the phone. Well, that may be good advice in theory, but in practice it's clear that even some of the biggest companies around have trouble following that rule, as we saw earlier today with Samsung and the Galaxy S7 edge. Now it's Alcatel OneTouch that's experiencing a little unannounced-device-slip-up of its own, as the company appears to inadvertently push live a couple product pages detailing the upcoming Idol 4 and Idol 4S. Both pages have since been taken ...

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    No matter which of the major smartphone platforms you call your favorite, you've got plenty of reasons to be excited these next few months. Android users are looking forward to some major flagship launches, and MWC will bring more than enough new hardware to usher them into spring. Windows aficionados have the looming arrival of Windows 10 Mobile updates for existing hardware to cheer about. And in the Apple camp, we've been hearing a lot about a rumored March event that could bring us not just the four-inch iPhone 5se, but also new Apple Watch hardware (even if it's just bands) and maybe ...

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    New renders of Samsung's flagship Galaxy S7 have been incoming from multiple sources, and finally this week we're seeing imagery that attempts to reveal the phone's back panel. While the general layout doesn't appears that different from the Galaxy S6, we've been hugely curious about the phone's rear in order to verify one of the rumors we've long heard about this handset: that Samsung was finally doing something about the GS6's quite pronounced camera bump. Would the camera on the GS7 really sit flush with the phone's body? The first back render didn't do much to answer that question, and ...

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    Ladies and gentlemen, we have a new contender for the title of world’s worst kept smartphone secret. Technically slated to go official near the end of the month at Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress, the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are as good as confirmed, and as transparent as glass following more reports on specs than we can count, and all-revealing renders. The latest “preview” comes from Russian blogger Eldar Murtazin, probably the most authoritative source in terms of mobile leaks after Twitter personality @evleaks. Murtazin, in an extensive article on mobile-review.com, ...

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    For a phone that was allegedly nipped in the bud as a direct consequence of very poor recent sales results, the Microsoft Lumia 850 is sure making a lot of noise in the rumor mill, with half a dozen covert photoshoots keeping release hopes alive. It’s clearly possible we’re dealing with a prototype device never slated to materialize and officially go on sale, but the depicted metal frame simply looks too scintillating to have been aborted just like that. Worst case scenario, Redmond, come back to this design later, and perhaps turn it into your next mainstream flagship. At the same ...

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    The VAIO brand's been going through a bumpy couple years now, and back in 2014 we saw Sony sell the majority of its interests to Japan Industrial Partners. In the time since we've witnessed the VAIO name reemerge not only with new tablets, but also pushing into handsets with the launch of an Android smartphone (above). Now it looks like VAIO is about to expand its phone interests across platform lines, as rumors suggest the company is just about to introduce its first Windows 10 Mobile handset. VAIO was already revealed as a manufacturer that would be producing Windows 10 Mobile handsets ...

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    Apple's supposed to have a big launch event in mid-March, and with just a few weeks to go between now and then, the leaks and rumors have seriously been picking up in earnest. A lot of the recent chatter hasn't concerned the four-inch iPhone 5se, nor the new Apple Watch hardware, but what Apple has in the works for its next tablet: the iPad Air 3. Last year passed us by without a new iPad Air model, but now all indications have been pointing to Apple finishing up work on a new edition, one that will mirror the jumbo-sized iPad Pro in more than a few ways. We've already seen one leaked ...

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    To what extent is a Nexus phone a Google phone? Sure, Google's intimately involved in the process that brings these handsets to market, but in the end it's working with another manufacturer, and inevitably we see traces of their influence bubble up to the surface. Now a new report suggests that going forward, Google's going to be taking a much more hands-on role in the Nexus lineup – and limiting the amount of input its manufacturing partners get to exert in the process. Just what level of involvement are we talking about? Well, the report's not exactly clear, and Google itself may still ...

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    Last week, our picture of what to expect from Samsung's next flagship finally started becoming much more clear, as some of the first really convincing Galaxy S7 renders leaked: we had a smaller flat-screen Galaxy S7, joined by a slightly larger Galaxy S7 edge. And while neither looked like a huge departure from the Galaxy S6, we heard that we might be able to expect at least minor external tweaks, and specifically in regards to the main camera on these phones. Problem was, the renders we had at the time only gave us front and slight side views. We still don't have shots of the phones from ...

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    Are screen borders a thing device manufacturers should really be looking to eliminate altogether or a necessary evil, given without them, it’d be pretty hard to handle a smartphone or tablet, and keep the risk of accidental touch interaction at a minimum? Tricky question to answer right away, but perhaps we can reach an all-satisfying compromise. What if OEMs shave off the lateral bezels, and retain the top and bottom ones to guarantee decent grip? Sounds like a good idea in theory, though in reality, the execution greatly depends on the thickness of the two horizontal “edges.” Sony ...

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    Apple's rumored March event is shaping up to be one to rival even the annual fall iPhone launch, and we find ourselves getting the four-inch iPhone 5se, some next-gen Apple Watch hardware, and maybe even Apple's next tablet, tipped to be a new iPad Air model. Reports have recently looked into what changes we could expect from the iPad Air 3, including picking up a few iPad Pro features, and maybe even adding a flash to its camera in the process. One week back, we looked at a schematic leak that appeared to support those rumors, and today we check out an early case design that's singing ...

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    All too often, when we're looking at new forms of content on our phones, we find ourselves with a chicken-and-the-egg problem: maybe you've got a 4K camera on your phone, but chances are it doesn't also have a 4K screen. We saw something like this back in the day for that hot minute when phones with autostereoscopic 3D displays were a thing, and now we're facing a similar problem with the rise of VR viewers: sure, we can create limited still panoramas with our existing phones, but how do we create the kind of immerseive, 3D, all-around video that's just asking to be viewed with the likes ...

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    Just when we thought there was nothing that could possibly surprise us on the Xiaomi Mi 5 gossip front any longer, the most unexpected yet also reasonable rumor crops up in China (where else?). It turns out we won’t see only one handheld unveiled simultaneously in Barcelona and Beijing on February 24, but two very different devices. At least different in terms of their pre-installed operating systems, because hardware-wise, they should be identical. That’s right, the long-rumored, long overdue Xiaomi Mi 5 will apparently go official in both Android and Windows 10 derivations, much like ...

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    As worldwide tablet shipments continue to drop, veteran manufacturers of these once promising “desktop replacements” have no choice but to take risks or throw in the towel. Samsung has obviously adopted the former strategy, bringing to light the risky Galaxy View and Galaxy TabPro S recently, though a number of safe bets are probably in the works too. In addition to the Galaxy Tab E 7.0, Tab E Lite, and Tab E Kids, a duo of new Galaxy Tab S configurations has been confirmed as coming soon by Zauba, not before they’re “tested and evaluated” in India. Their model numbers are ...

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    March 11, 2016. If that date sounds a little familiar to you, even though we're not there yet, it's because it's been mentioned in the context of the Samsung Galaxy S7 before by none other than Evan Blass. But as the US looks to March 11, so will Europe now. Shai Mizrachi, head of Mobile faculty at John Bryce college in Tel Aviv, has tapped into his sources and has tweeted out that the Galaxy S7 (by name) will get its European launch on March 11. Mark your calendar: the first European rollout for #GalaxyS7 family starts on 11/3 pic.twitter.com/TdhtJIJ2dD — Shai Mizrachi (@ShaiMizrachi) ...

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