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    It’s not only China that should make Apple investors nervous on the heels of a steep Q1 decline in global iPhone sales, as the world’s most profitable corporation seems to have little room for growth in many Western markets as well, while a few emerging ones aren’t warming up to costly iDevices yet. India in particular feels like a major concern for CEO Tim Cook, who visited the country for the first time last week to chiefly try to persuade Prime Minister Narendra Modi into giving refurbished iPhones his blessing. That reportedly didn’t work out so well, as the Indian government ...

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    Let's talk iPhone audio once again. Because the headphone jack just wasn't enough. Through NowhereElse.fr, we see this example of what is said to be an Italian-manufactured accessory case for the iPhone 7. Two things strike out in this design: number one, the four speakers adorning each corner of the device and; number two, the rearranged ports for the camera equipment on the back. It's amazing how both changes make way for the other in the slightest of ways. That vertically-aligned port layout is similar to the one found on the iPad Pro and would be better suited than a horizontal layout ...

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    While it’s still too early to have any sort of guarantees regarding the next iPhone, and recently leaked “evidence” of the handheld’s appearance is largely sketchy and circumstantial, it sure seems like the traditional tick-tock release cycle will be perturbed this year by another incremental upgrade. Strictly from an aesthetic point of view, the iPhone 7 is widely believed to closely resemble the 6s, which in turn aped the design of the 2014-dispatched iPhone 6. A series of minor tweaks, including the removal of the standard headphone jack and addition of a so-called Smart ...

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    Although Pebble’s hardcore fans seemed to relish the opportunity of once again throwing their weight behind a smartwatch prototype on Kickstarter early last year, many neutral observers of the wearable phenomenon felt the fundraiser was unnecessary and even somewhat tasteless. The Time and Time Steel should really have been developed, mass-produced and distributed without the help of the actual buyers, and the “normal” release of the Time Round in the fall of 2015 did little to fix Pebble’s strategic mistake. It’s all about perception at the end of the day, and after so much time ...

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    They say seeing is believing, so although we’ve heard an awful lot about the surprisingly advanced specs and features of the upcoming “entry-level” Samsung Gear Fit 2 wearable lately from rock-solid sources, it’s certainly nice to also get some visual confirmation. The activity tracker is once again pictured in black, blue and pink, with a much more ergonomic design than its predecessor, comfortable apparent fit on any wrist, curvy body, and a sharp screen that feels like a smooth continuation of the strap instead of two different puzzle pieces not able to come together very ...

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    While entertainment and gaming gains, among others, continue to offset Sony’s ceaseless string of mobile misfortunes, not even a giant of this stature can afford to endlessly sustain an underperforming division. Drastic cuts need to be made, and the Xperia Z device family was the first to go, making room for a re-imagined X roster that includes both mid-range and high-end Androids. Meanwhile, speculation recently mounted that all other letters in Sony’s scattered alphabet soup of phones could exit the scene as well before long, including the semi-successful C and M lines. Whether or ...

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    Meizu's been soaking in more coverage recently with its PRO 6 smartphone (that still hasn't actually gone to market just yet) and has a lot of buzz about for its next premium smartphone, too. Let's talk, though, about the value-bombing MX-series that should be arriving sometime — anytime — in the second half of the year. Thanks to the benchmark developers at AnTuTu dropping some science on Weibo, we have a lot to look forward to this summer/fall/winter. First off, it seems that the Meizu MX6 will be sporting the MediaTek Helio X20 processor, just a tiny step down from the newer X25 on ...

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    The hierarchy of Samsung's smartphone ranges isn't exactly clear. Of course, there's the Galaxy S series that gets center stage attention, followed by the nearly-flagship A-series. Somewhere down below are the Galaxy Ons and the bottom, as far as we can tell, is the Galaxy J-series. This pins this current crop of HTC-esque Galaxy C phones supposedly to the heart of the mid-range. But as we look forward to next week's launch event for the Galaxy C5 and Galaxy C7, we're looking at some bumped up price tags for the phones. Talk on Chinese social platform Tencent is propping up some of the ...

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    LG Innotek has been working on plenty of goodies for smartphones recently. Market analysts think that the company's also working on one big goody for Apple and the rumored iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 7 Pro (or Premium). Nomura Securities, as have KGI and Citi Research, believes that every 5.5-inch iPhone will feature a dual-camera module and that said module will be made by LG, not Sony. Why? Analyst Chris Chang explains: We think Sony may not be able to deliver its full share of dual cameras to Apple due to: (1) lower-than-expected yield, and (2) damage to its production facility from the ...

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    After more than two years of controversial activity, three highly divisive phones, a silly drone, bizarre iPhone case and a number of decidedly sketchy publicity stunts, you’ve probably come to expect all the unexpected in the world from OnePlus. Rumors of the company intentionally leaking a recent high-quality render of its own upcoming flagship handheld might well be accurate, and it’d also be no shocker if the image turned out to be a very believable decoy. Meanwhile, co-founder Carl Pei has been trolling the heck out of his Twitter followers for the past few days, claiming “this ...

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    It doesn’t look like Asus learned anything from past mistakes, once again cooking up way too many derivations of an otherwise compelling base phone. The ZenFone 3 family will debut at Computex Taipei before long in at least three sizes and up to a dozen configurations ranging in price from $110 to $370. The ZenFone 3, ZenFone 3 Deluxe and ZenFone 3 Max were showcased in a recent teaser video in partial obscurity, and several pre-release benchmarks came to light over the last few months to detail the specifications of half a dozen different models. Now, we get to see the purported Asus ...

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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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