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    Samsung's been showing off curved displays at trade shows for years. The Galaxy Round launched seventeen months ago. The Galaxy Note Edge followed last summer. And now we have the Galaxy S6 Edge. With all this experience under its belt, you might think Samsung and its manufacturing partners had this whole curved-screen thing pretty well figured out by now. However, a new report highlights possible problems, and claims that issues in fabricating the curved glass that protects the GS6 Edge's display is causing Samsung to seek out new suppliers. Reportedly, yield for these curved glass panels ...

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    Do you trust the internet connections providing data to your smartphone? Is your carrier sharing info with the feds? Is that public WiFi AP harvesting your account data? Is your employer watching what sites you visit when on the company network? By far, the best thing you can do to keep all this information private is to tunnel your data to a trusted remote machine: to use a VPN. Then no matter how data gets to and from your phone, it's all nice and encrypted as it flies through the air, safe from prying eyes. Right now, if you want to take advantage of such a VPN on Android you've got to ...

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    The various voice assistants being offered by the major smartphone platforms aren't just incredibly impressive pieces of tech that also happen to be enormously useful for busy users; they're also great ways for the companies behind these services to draw attention to their respective platforms. After all, if you want to talk to Siri, that means buying an iOS device, just as interacting with Cortana means choosing to go with Windows Phone. But that needn't be a hard-and-fast rule, and at least for Cortana, we've been talking about plans for cross-platform access since last year. Now a new ...

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    What the almighty heck are we looking at here? One of our favorite ways information on an unreleased phone can surface is when the company behind it accidentaly posts something online before it should have. Remember last fall when Apple outed the iPad mini 3 and iPad Air 2 before it announced them? Or just a few weeks back when Sony shared a pic of the Xperia Z4 Tablet in advance of the MWC launch? Well, now we've got another one from Sony to check out, only this time what we're seeing is very, very odd, and it's not obvious if this is even a Sony product in the first place. The image ...

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    Samsung and Marvel are pretty close these days. Back at CES Samsung showed off some very futuristic handset and wearable designs it cooked up for use in the upcoming new Avengers film, and right around the same time we saw Samsung debut its Penvatar software for Note devices, featuring a bunch of little Avengers-themed icons. But could the biggest Samsung/Marvel collaboration still be in the works? We're wondering that today as we check out some very attractive speculative renders of Avengers-themed Galaxy S6 Edge phones. Now keep in mind: none of these are official pics. The designer ...

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    Earlier this week we checked out an early render purporting to be the LG G4, revealing a pretty significant change for the phone's styling, picking up the curved-screen look of the G Flex line. If this plays out, that could mark a pretty major step forward for LG; while manufacturers like Samsung have flirted with making curved screens parts of their flagship lineups, they continue to exist as alternate models – we have both the Galaxy S6 proper and the S6 Edge. Were LG to really pursue this look for the G4, we could end up without a traditional flat-screened G4 at all. But is that what ...

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    There's a new connector on the block, and his name is USB Type C. Apple's hooking its new MacBook up with a Type-C port, and Google just announced the refreshed Chromebook Pixel with a Type-C connector of its own. There's a good reason manufacturers are showing so much love for this little guy, as besides carrying high-speed data and enough juice to charge a device, it's also super easy to work with thanks to its reversible orientation – just like Apple's proprietary Lightning connector. Well, all this USB Type-C action is well and good for laptops, but why do they get to have all the ...

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    Right now, if you're talking about LG and plans for an upcoming flagship, chances are you're thinking about the G4; now that Samsung and HTC have made their own early 2015 heavyweights official, it's nearly time for LG to follow suit. And while the G4's been on the receiving end of the bulk of our LG coverage, last week we started hearing whispers about another flagship-level model, one that might outshine even the G4 itself. At least, that's what a LG exec was saying, but just how might this phone materialize? While we don't have any new official details, rumors are now suggesting that ...

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    For the last two generations of its Galaxy S line of smartphones, Samsung has additionally launched an Active variant with a particularly sturdy shell capable of taking hits and dealing with water damage. Given the precedent, it only seems natural that the South Korean company do the same for its brand new flagship, the Galaxy S6. And if SamMobile's inside sources are to be believed, that's exactly the smartphone in development. Here are the latest Samsung Galaxy S6 Active rumors. Supposedly, the S6 Active will bear the SM-G890A model number, at least for the likely-to-be-first AT&T ...

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    Now that the first wave of flagships in 2015 has begun, it's time to start firing up the rumor mill for the phones that we'll be seeing in the coming months, including the hotly-anticipated new iPhone, which is always one of the biggest launches of the year. The Wall Street Journal today has kicked-off the anticipation with new news today about possible iPhone 6s features (to be clear, we're just assuming the phone will be called the 6s for the purpose of this article; there is no indication in the cited report that the moniker used will be specifically "iPhone 6s"), including the ...

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    Just about one month back, Microsoft released its initial Windows 10 Technical Preview for smartphones. Interested users (so long as their phones were on the short list of approved hardware) could download and install the preview for an early look at the changes Microsoft is bringing to its mobile platform with the release of its next major update. In the weeks since we've learned a little more about what to expect from future preview release, including the note that we could hope to see Microsoft deliver such builds with roughly monthly frequency. That next preview isn't public quite yet, ...

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    Late last spring, months after HTC had launched the One M8, we saw the arrival of a close cousin, the plastic-bodied, Duo-Camera-less One E8. While it packed much of the same guts as its flagship relative, the changes HTC made allowed the company to sell the E8 for a couple hundred dollars less than the M8. Now that the One M9 is here, will we see a corresponding One E9 edition? That's looking confirmed, as an “HTC E9pw” shows up on China's version of the FCC. The weird thing is that this year the E9 looks to be less a plastic M9 than a new phone in and of itself. Rumors had already ...

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    Delivering a smartwatch with its own internet connectivity is, to put it mildly, tricky. Besides worrying about excess battery consumption, you've got to convince users to sign up for one more line of cellular service – and if they're already dropping several hundred dollars on an accessory, an ongoing fee just to get it online could stand to be a tough sell. Bluetooth tethering to our phones may be the best compromise we have right now, but Android Wear models may be about to do one better, as we get word that the next major Android Wear system software release could enable dormant WiFi ...

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    Over the past few months, we've had plenty of opportunities to talk about LG's plans for its upcoming G4 flagship, fielding rumors about hardware specs and design decisions alike. Word is that the G4 is supposed to represent a “radical” departure from the family's past, but just what might it do differently? We've heard talk of premium metal materials and a new rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, but there's been little in the way of real visual evidence. Today we what might just get an early peek at LG's work, upon the publication of new render. And... it's curved. While the source ...

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    Late last week we got what sounded like awful news for the owners of many Sony Xperia models: the manufacturer had been going around on Twitter telling users that it was only going to release Lollipop updates for phones part of the Xperia Z lineage of devices: no E3, no E4, no M2 – nothing. Understandably, a lot of you were upset. But could Sony already be reversing course on its position on Android 5.0 updates? We're still not sure, but a couple new developments have us thinking that something has changed. First up is what the company's saying on Twitter. Last week it shared numerous ...

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    When Samsung announced the Galaxy S6 (and Galaxy S6 Edge) at MWC last week, it gave us a clear idea about the start of retail sales for the pair, confirming global availability as of April 10. That's great for Samsung, but what about the other big high-profile flagship launch at MWC, the HTC One M9? Dates for that have been a lot harder to come by: HTC itself offered a mid-March timeframe, while carriers have been even less specific, talking about Q2 and spring. As we await more formal news of just when One M9 sales will get underway, a retailer might be able to clue us in a little early, ...

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    Google's got a new update to Drive for Android out this week, delivering things like a more Lollipop-friendly UI and a neat drag-and-drop file management tool (above). That's well and good, but the more interesting stuff may be taking place behind the scenes, and a new teardown points to work on a couple pretty compelling changes. Drive is a convenient place to store your media, and while Google already gives you tools to access photos, audio, and video from within Drive, that support doesn't go quite as far as you might like it to: as of now, there's no way to interact with a Chromecast ...

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    When it comes to the Apple Watch, we've got three big outstanding questions: when will we get a chance to buy it? What will it cost? And what can we expect from its battery life? Answers are likely in store for us at Apple's Monday event, but until then we're getting a little insight into that last question, as a new report suggests the smartwatch's battery life might not be as dire as some earlier rumors suggested. Supposedly, while the Apple Watch may have struggled with getting through a full day on a charge earlier in its development, Apple's been able to stretch things out such that ...

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    So far when it comes to leaked pics of purported Sony Xperia Z4 components, we've seen a lot of display panels. There was that early set back in November, as well a few new pics surfacing about a month ago. While those were quite interesting, they left us without a comprehensive view of this upcoming hardware. Now a fresh series of images has arrived to offer new insight to Sony's desing changes, comparing the Z4's frame to that of the Z3. First up, this supposed Z4 looks like it's dropping its microSD and SIM slots – or at least, they're not where they used to be. Clearly the phone ...

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    HTC's MWC press event this past Sunday brought us the One M9 along with a few hardware surprises, but what we didn't get was anything like the rumored quad HD larger-screened One M9 Plus. Had all the reports been as wrong about that as they were about the M9's Nexus 9/Desire-looking makeover? Well, there's always the possibility that it's coming at a later date. If that's to be the case, we could expect to see more leaks of the hardware emerge between no and whenever it finally does go official. As fate would have it, a new set of possible One M9 Plus imagery has just turned up - but can ...

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    Google exec Sundar Pichai this week dropped a bombshell by affirming rumors that Google has plans to launch its own mobile virtual network operator service, saying on-stage at Mobile World Congress that the company is working to do so. With the cat now out of the bag, we're still left asking questions – Pichai didn't address everything, of course – and now some of that information may have started trickling in. Should a report from The Wall Street Journal be accurate, we now have a good grasp on the Google MVNO service details, with one of the surprising things being that this ...

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    Changes are shifting in the smartphone market. Once-dominant players have fallen to the wayside, and even seemingly unstoppable juggernauts are seeing their market share chipped-away at by budget-minded newcomers able to deliver shoppers more value for their money. Even the software landscape is changing, as alternate platforms rise in prominence and custom ROMs evolve from hobbyist pursuits to put on new cloaks of legitimacy. Cyanogen CEO Kirt McMaster recently talked with Business Insider about some of these changes, and as far as he's concerned, companies like Samsung should be worried ...

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    Apple's got an event coming up on Monday, where the company is almost sure to bring news about its Apple Watch wearable. First announced late last summer, Apple fans have been patiently waiting for the smartwatch to make its retail debut ever since. With that day soon to be here, some last-minute rumors are attempting to clue us in on what we should (and shouldn't) expect from the watch's hardware. Shoppers buying Apple mobile hardware have had the option to get purchases custom engraved for years now, adding a little personal touch. However, it's been a little hit-and-miss just which ...

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    With MWC ending, our fickle smartphone attention is sure to start turning to whatever's next, eager to latch-on to the next big handset to launch. Sure, Apple's got that event coming up on Monday, but that's likely to be the Apple Watch's shindig, with no major handset new expect. Maybe next on our radar will be LG, with its next-gen G4 expected for sometime this spring. Yesterday we checked out a report where LG not only talked about a G4-killing superphone, but also shed some light on expectations for the arrival of the phone itself, mentioning a debut following the launch of the LG UX ...

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    OnePlus formally launched its One back in April of last year, so it's perfectly understandable that we're already getting curious about when a follow-up might be ready. Rumors have already listed some hardware details that make the presumptive OnePlus 2 sound pretty damn appealing, talking about some top-shelf silicon within. Now we're hearing about similarly premium components making up the phone's exterior, as well, with rumors of a metal frame. Reportedly, OnePlus is interested in moving from polycarbonate to metal with the aim of making the OnePlus 2 come off as more of a higher-end, ...

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