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    While Google last fall assured its handful of unrelenting Chrome OS believers the desktop platform would not be merged with Android and effectively shut down anytime soon, clear signs of a coalition and consolidation of sorts keep flooding the interwebs. The latest persuasive rumor calls for Google Play spreading its wings to embrace Chromebooks, Chromeboxes, Chromebits and Chromebases before long, letting all these machines “choose from over a million apps and games to install and use.” That’s promotional text already baked into Chrome OS source code, mind you, so we’re dealing ...

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    It’s about time everyone took Huawei seriously, from Western flagship phone buyers to Apple and Samsung. The Chinese company has its sights set on mobile industry domination in the long haul, with the Honor sub-brand an integral part of these ambitious but increasingly feasible plans. And the Honor roster isn’t going to be exclusively about ridiculously cheap mid-rangers like the 5X. A pair of ridiculously cheap high-enders are also in the pipeline, dubbed Honor V8 and… Honor V8 Plus (?), mirroring many of the P9 and P9 Plus specs while incredibly enough enhancing certain features. ...

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    As Galaxy Note 6 speculation is already heating up, despite there likely being at least four more months until the phablet becomes official, you may have started to wonder about certain “companion” devices also prepped for IFA introductions in the fall. The first ever Gear VR consumer edition still feels fresh, but it badly needs upgrades and optimizations too, particularly on the software side of things. And then you got the Gear S2 smartwatch, which saw daylight roughly a year after the original Gear S, and could thus warrant a sequel as early as September. Indeed, Korean press now ...

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    While Xiaomi currently covers plenty of price points with numerous smartphones and tablets, some going for as much as $400 or $500, one of the company’s most successful products yet has been a super-basic $15 activity tracker. The Mi Band even got a small upgrade last fall, with an optical heart rate monitor in tow and the same stupid low price, but there comes a time in any gadget’s life cycle that extreme affordability is simply not enough. You have to give the buyer more, at the risk of needing to ask more. Enter the long overdue Xiaomi Mi Band 2, capable of displaying various ...

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    The HTC 10 seems to put the financially struggling Taiwanese OEM in a decent position for an unlikely high-end comeback, but without a concerted effort in the mid-range smartphone segment, let’s just say one swallow will not a summer make. It’s perhaps illustrative of the company’s current Desire-series popularity that three such models saw daylight only a couple of months ago, and as far as the Android-loving masses are concerned, it’s as if they never existed. A fourth 2016 entry in the Desire franchise is nonetheless in the pipeline, according to a trusted insider, who has the ...

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    After pulling a pinch move to keep revenue growing, Qualcomm sure is in a position to be trash talking about other tech companies. But it's doing so at this point not to brag, but to reflect on the pressures the chipmaker itself sees. Worries appeared regarding Apple's growth when Nikkei relayed last week from industry sources that production for Apple's iPhone will stay depressed for this second calendar quarter. Qualcomm piled onto the sentiment with a report stating that the company saw a sales bottleneck in the "premium" sector. A Credit Suisse analyst relayed that the manufacturer ...

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    How long after the debut of a major new Android release does it become acceptable that new handsets arrive with that latest software present? We're not clueless to the realities of the software development process, and all the testing and re-testing that goes into getting a new release ready for a particular smartphone. Development pipelines are easily months, if not years long, and when a new Android version pops up just weeks before a new phone comes out, we're not about to start making unrealistic demands. But as the weeks and months go on, how long are we prepared to wait before that ...

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    After an iPhone 6s that did little to convince us we needed to upgrade from the 6, it's nearly time for Apple's hardware cycle to bring us a slightly more inspired iPhone, a model that breaks from tradition enough to really get us excited about some new functionality. But with rumors of features like dual cameras (and even then only on certain models) and a disappearing headphone jack, will the iPhone 7 we've been hearing about really do enough to justify its full-number step forward in the iPhone family line? Some days it feels like we're coming across just as many rumors talking not ...

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    Flooding the smartphone market with two more flagship models by fall after recently releasing the wildly successful Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge doesn’t sound like a very wise prospective move from Samsung. But that can’t stop the world-leading OEM from testing both the flat and curved Galaxy Note 6 waters. Insiders claim only one of the two variants currently considered will ultimately hit retail stores, and you shouldn’t rule out the Note 6 being “edgy” as standard, since these types of handhelds are nowadays proving more popular. Whether the S Pen-wielding phablet embraces or snubs ...

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    A tech company’s financial and administrative stability are essential for its mainstream popularity prospects, which is probably why Lenovo put off the release of the 2016 Moto E until deciding exactly what to do with the Motorola brand under its wing. While things remain unclear in a few departments, the Moto E (3rd gen) has to break cover one of these days if it wants to carry the legacy of its two ultra-low-cost forerunners. After all, it’s been more than a year since the second-gen saw daylight, and the qHD 4.5-inch screen, SD410 SoC and 1GB RAM are no longer acceptable specs, even ...

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    Despite what most recent reports appear to suggest, you may want to hold off on branding the iPhone SE a box-office lemon. After all, while 4-inchers used to be all the rage, you can’t just turn back the clock to 2013, and expect a repackaged iPhone 5s to sell hundreds of millions of units. Instead, the SE has to be judged first and foremost by its penetration of key markets that aren’t typically very warm to overpriced, jumbo-sized iPhones. Like India and China, the latter being said to have generated 3.5 million pre-orders last month. As usual, we’re guessing someone mixed ...

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    Honor and its parent company Huawei are keeping up the counter this season with the former bringing down the price on some hardcore mobile hardware. Take the Huawei GX8 and the Honor 5X — both pretty much the same phone, but the GX8 cost $150 more than the 5X. So, hot off the heels of the Huawei P9's launch with its dual-camera module, we're looking forward to the Honor V8 and its own identical 12-megapixel dual-camera system. We're not sure where the name gets off being of LG's ilk. But we do have some road narrowing to do before the May 10 launch date. The display will come up to 5.5 ...

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    The past few weeks have been thick with rumors of new Motorola hardware, as leaks appeared to reveal a pair of handsets: the device we're hearing called the Moto G4 Plus, with a beneath-the-screen fingerprint scanner, and a similar model that forgoes the fingerprint scanner, believed to launch as simply the Moto G4. The design we've seen hasn't been everyone's favorite, but regardless of what you may think of the look of these phones, we're still very curious to get the official scoop on them – and that's going to mean looking forward to a formal launch announcement. As luck would have ...

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    Update: The podcast is up now and will be sent out at 3pm Eastern on Friday. The HTC 10 makes us wonder if any phone can really be perfect. Galaxy Note 6 rumors are building steam. What might we see on Samsung's next phablet? With the flagship phone market maturing, we'll take a look at why people are waiting longer to upgrade their phones? We've been hard at work covering news stories and producing the next generation of phone reviews. We recently started a new series of videos delving deeper into camera performance and phone comparisons, and of course we'll be tackling your questions and ...

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    If there’s one thing we didn’t like about last year’s affordable flagship-redefining Asus ZenFone 2 lineup, it’s all the confusion generated by branding so many different phones the exact same way. We had hoped the slowly rising Taiwanese OEM learned its lesson, with a more streamlined ZenFone 3 family therefore in the works in 2016, but already, we’ve seen four slightly distinct configurations paying GFX Bench pre-release testing visits in recent months. Oddly enough, none of the four appears to pack north of 3GB RAM, despite the ZenFone 2 setting a new memory standard for ...

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    Early virtual reality headset adopters might be forced to choose how they enter into the immersive new tech environment not by virtue of UI smoothness, device build quality, app utility or even bang for buck factor. Instead, if you’re undecided between the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, it could ultimately come down to which one will be available sooner. And that’s most likely the Vive, unless you’ve pre-ordered the Rift consumer version among the first few people in the world, and also got lucky. Currently, both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive can be pre-ordered from their respective ...

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    Samsung wasn’t keen to fully clear the air regarding the US price tag and release date of the Gear 360 spherical VR camera when denying it would cost $350, and in the meantime, third-party retailer B&H has backpedaled on its educated guess as well. Elsewhere however, things couldn’t be clearer, at least in terms of retail pricing, and $350 still feels like a solid theory for American availability. On Korean shores, that’s more or less exactly what the Gear 360’s valuation converts to, with regional pre-orders already live, and deliveries slated to begin next week, by April 29. ...

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    One of China’s largest smartphone manufacturers appears stuck in a rut of late, incapable of further boosting its domestic numbers, and possibly even looking at a sales decline this year if it doesn’t pursue its American dream. But perhaps the solution to Xiaomi’s “problems” lies in its willingness to change… something. You have to admit the OEM’s product roadmap has become a little boring and predictable recently, not to mention all the ultra-low-cost brand dilution. Meanwhile, the upcoming Xiaomi Max at least sounds different and relatively original, especially after the ...

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    The mobile world is still divided as to whether or not Sony dropped the ball by axing the Xperia Z family and replacing it with the Xperia X roster, but while we wait for the top-shelf X Performance to actually start selling, we might get an extra robust pair of Android mid-rangers from the Japanese OEM. These are mid-rangers by Samsung-redefined 2016 standards, mind you, and in certain ways, the Xperia C6 Ultra and M Ultra could even eclipse the Galaxy A9, A9 Pro, and looming Galaxy C7. Namely, as far as camera performance and battery capacity go, with a Chinese tipster claiming the Sony ...

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    In its quest for Apple-contending global smartphone sales numbers, Huawei seems to be taking a page from undisputed champion Samsung’s playbook, flooding the market with more intriguing low to mid to high-end models than we can count. A large part of the OEM’s forecasted 2016 growth hinges on the commercial success of the P9 and P9 Plus, as well as the super-affordable Honor 5X and likely even cheaper upcoming Honor 5C. In the second half of the year, Huawei is also expected to bet big (literally and figuratively) on the Mate 9, while its future involvement in the Nexus program remains ...

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    A little confused to see the purported fourth-generation Moto G pictured with a fingerprint scanner disguised as a physical home button in tow, then without one? If it wasn’t clear enough, there’s really no reason to be confused. The G4, aka Moto G 2016, will likely come in two major configurations, a “standard” model and a Plus, the latter one’s suffix probably having nothing to do with size. Instead, their main differentiator should be the biometric authentication mechanism integrated in the bottom screen bezel of the Moto G4 Plus, rendered today in white by the world’s most ...

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    There are a lot of good reasons to enable GPS reception on your smartphone – and just as many why you might want to leave it turned off. Sure, navigation becomes a little trickier when your phone doesn't know exactly where it is, but keeping GPS enabled consumes precious battery capacity, and the more paranoid of you out there just might not love the idea of your phone acting as a tracking device to begin with (cell tower and WiFi-based location estimates notwithstanding). But for whatever reason you might choose to keep GPS turned off, some apps just refuse to play nicely without it. ...

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    With last year's Xperia Z5 Premium, Sony pushed smartphone display limits by bringing the first-ever 4K panel to a phone. It was one hell of a bold move, but maybe one that was a bit ahead of its time – and certainly, we haven't seen 4K return to any of this year's Sony models. But while the world may not be quite ready for such face-melting resolutions on pocket-sized smartphones, that's not to say that Sony's done with bleeding-edge display tech for its mobile lineup just yet, and a new rumor claims that the manufacturer's got something pretty special in mind for an upcoming Xperia X ...

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    With summer within sight, we're already anxiously awaiting the next wave of new smartphones, and dollars to donuts that means some new models from Motorola. This month already we've had the chance to check out a number of leaks of possible development units, showing off hardware changes like a front-mounted fingerprint scanner. Today we take things in a slightly different direction, as a new leak offers us a look at what sure appears to be another variant of one of these upcoming Motorola phones, but one that's not picking up a fingerprint scanner. This was initially a video leak, but the ...

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    There's little getting around it: if you want the best pictures possible from a digital camera, that means going with the physically largest image sensor you can afford. Unfortunately for the smartphone market, where space is hard to come by and pricing can make or break a phone, simply dropping in a humongous sensor hasn't been the obvious solution it might seem like. Still, we've seen signs of progress, like manufacturers choosing pixel size over resolution with flagship models like the Samsung Galaxy S7. Now a new report suggests that Samsung could be pushing the limits of smartphone ...

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