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    We've been discussing how Google's skated its Nexus mission around over the years, crossing its bow between developer and consumer targets and delivering a statement on what its Android operating system is. But as this latest revelation shows, Google may have unintentionally kept tinkerers in its radar. XDA-Developers member and Team Win Recovery Project lead Ethan Yonker dug into some Android Nougat source code to work out how seamless updates would work — the feature would let software updates occur without going into recovery. It would take a second system file partition for that to ...

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    Keeping with the virtual experience theme, we turn to Samsung and its Gear 360 camera, the first consumer-grade camera dedicated to 360° visual content. But what if consumer-grade just isn't enough for you? We're seeing more of these 360° documentaries coming around all the time, but the visual quality hasn't been something to write home about. Maybe a Gear 360 Pro could change that, according to SamMobile. There aren't any specifics about the device just yet, but a "Pro" model would presumedly entail "improved image and video quality as well as more features." The Gear 360 out on ...

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    Everybody wants a piece of the rapidly growing, multi-billion dollar music streaming pie, including Amazon, according to fresh word around the water cooler. But as for that ancient gossip about Apple Music looking to merge with Tidal and truly go after stubborn market leader and veteran Spotify, it turns out there’s no truth to it. Well, technically, Jimmy Iovine, the co-founder of Beats Electronics and Tim Cook’s music guru since 2014, didn’t deny “such discussions had taken place” in a short statement to BuzzFeed News. He merely stressed Cupertino is no longer interested in ...

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    Roughly 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 units sold by Samsung from Korea to the US, Canada, Australia and even China are clearly not safe to use under any circumstances, especially while charging, endangering private and public property and causing minor harm to a number of people around the world, so why aren’t they all being returned? You can get full refunds if you so choose, replacement devices with working batteries shouldn’t take much longer, and Samsung will give you temporary J-series subs while you wait. And still, you insist on rolling the dice. At this point, we doubt another car ...

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    This is going to be one mad dash of a few weeks coming up for HTC, especially as it hits the floor against LG V20 availability. First, there are the Desire 10 phones that are scheduled for launch on September 20, oriented toward mid-range markets. Then we have the Google Pixel phones that HTC made which are due on October 4. Finally, we're hearing of an "HTC Bolt" that may or may not be a phone — we strongly believe it to be one — that may or may not remind us of the Thunderbolt (pictured above) that launched with Verizon's LTE service in 2011. Well, the trademark may pay off for us ...

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    Popular Weibo tech analyst Bing Yuzhou isn't afraid to toss around silicon and yap about it like the rest of their kind. AnTuTu here, HiSilicon over there, CPU, GPU, multi-thread, multi-core... just a whole bunch of numbers get put out there. But since we're in Galaxy S8 territory and looking towards what a rumored Exynos 8895 might have, we find ourselves without any evidence at this point, so take this news lightly. Bing posted that the 8895 has a top speed potential of 3.0GHz and can score a 2,301 in an unnamed single-thread test (maybe Geekbench) and 7,019 in a multi-thread test. The ...

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    We've been triangulating Samsung's next move after it had to suffer through the Galaxy Note 7 recall. A burst of Galaxy S8 chatter was quick to surround the chaebol's Note 7 introduction and then its recall announcement, faster than previous years. Perhaps, the tech press surmised, the next Galaxy S would chase away this burning, bitter pill. Well, financial analysts are agreeing as their intel suggests that Samsung cannot afford to wait through the first quarter of next year to launch the S8. For one, Mirae Asset Securities suggests that Samsung would do better forwarding S8 sales than ...

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    This running gag has been making the rounds online even before the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus were officially unveiled, suggesting Apple would be dropping features, functions and components every year going forward until iOS handhelds are nothing but plain, solid, super-thin slabs of glass. Ironically, it seems that after the 7’s controversial headphone jack exclusion, one of the biggest changes in store for next year’s anniversary iPhone release might be the altogether removal of the home key. Already, the iconic physical, clicky button also hiding the Touch ID fingerprint sensor has turned ...

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    We’re going to be brutally honest with you off the bat here. Sometimes, electronic devices will break sans an apparent cause. And in very rare cases, they’ll do so by overheating, catching fire and, ultimately, blowing up, threatening the user’s well-being. Phones, tablets, laptops, desktops, you name it, it happens, regardless of the make and model. Of course, when it happens on a relatively large scale, it’s the manufacturer’s fault for cutting quality control corners, recklessly speeding up production, and not discovering a damning component defect. But if all of a sudden ...

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    Unless Xiaomi has to deal with a Galaxy Note 7-level recall this holiday season, which remains unlikely, you have to figure the fast-rising Chinese OEM will unveil at least one more flagship Android phone by the end of the year. The question is are we looking at a long overdue Mi Note sequel here, possibly dubbed simply Xiaomi Pro, or an incremental upgrade for the early 2016 Mi 5, fittingly named Mi 5s? The latter is again our best guess, following a purported pre-release visit to benchmarking authority AnTuTu. Still pre-installed with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, and still only ...

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    Desperate times call for desperate measures, and while Samsung insists no potentially hazardous Galaxy Note 7 units will be remotely deactivated, some kind of a backup plan needs to be worked out to keep stubborn users from hurting themselves and those around them. As BNP Paribas analyst Peter Yu recently told the Associated Press, Samsung “has to contain the battery explosions but people are not returning the phones.” Why? Misinformation, recklessness, or just good old fashioned laziness, you name it, and it probably applies in a vexing number of cases for thousands of ticking time ...

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    ‘Tis the season of Amazon hardware launches, which are nowhere near as flashy as iPhone, iPad, high-end Galaxy Note, LG handheld announcements or even Google Nexus/Pixel introductions. Just last week, an “all-new” Fire HD 8 tablet with Alexa support for voice commands essentially broke cover sans any pre-release buildup, and the same could be initially said of a refreshed, lower-cost variant of the Echo Dot smart speaker yesterday. Only minutes after Amazon tweeted the “big” product reveal, the 140-character announcement was deleted, and the e-tailer’s Echo Dot page yet again ...

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    It's been smooth sailing for Project Fi since its launch. That said, the waters that Google's little MVNO effort has cruised through have been in narrow canals with a population of a few Nexus devices and a one-size-fits-one plan — only one line for every account at one flat rate. Well, Android Police has dug into the latest APK for the app (version K.2.7.13) and has found strings referring to an account "owner" that "[c]an adjust everything" and everything used on the account is "[p]aid by" said owner. Data allowances, warnings and shutdowns can be set for each line and edited ...

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    Samsung is in the midst of a total recall thanks to exploding batteries in its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones and the risks of harm to its customers. And while the company could effectively flip a kill switch to stop further damage. it instead issued a refutation today. Word got out around Reddit over the weekend that French retailers were supposedly notified that old Galaxy Note 7 units were to be remotely deactivated on September 30. Such an action would ensure that defective units would not be mistaken for new ones. The company denied the rumor, though, in a statement to Android Central, ...

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    If you trawl around YouTube enough for reviews and comparisons of tech products, you'll no doubt find those text-only videos that just pit two devices and their specs, item by item by item. Pretty monotonous, inn'it? Well, some of the latest rumors on Huawei's wintertime flagship being passed around in the Chinese tech media — and, thusly, us at Pocketnow — seem to trace back to a generic text-only video made by "CanerS Tech" on YouTube, a channel exclusively devoted to such videos about smartphone specs (speculative or official) like the Honor 8 or a concept Galaxy S9, to give you a ...

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    While Apple and watchOS 3 may nab Pokemon GO on the go first, Android Wear should not be too far behind. In fact, there's code in the full Android version of the app that references the Pokemon GO Plus accessory, due out this week, and what hardware it'll work with. Pokemon GO Hub was able obtain and decompile version 0.37.0 of the app, finding code in the "pokemongoplus" project mentioning Android Wear with indications that the code is release ready. Support is available for Android Wear watches tethered to either Android smartphones or iPhones. Connections between the app and the watch ...

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    HTC will go all in on 10 this holiday season (no, the One A9s doesn’t count), with a pair of mid-range Desires likely providing more affordable choice for Android enthusiasts turned off by the high-end HTC 10’s unfriendly bang for buck. Already rendered by the most authoritative of mobile leakers, and teased for September 20 announcements again and again, the HTC Desire 10 Pro and Desire 10 Lifestyle are today practically confirmed as coming next Tuesday. But there’s no physical event scheduled to bring them to light (another cost-cutting measure for the struggling Taiwanese OEM?), ...

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    A cohesive product branding and release strategy would probably help Samsung sell even more mid-range Android phones than it currently does, but unfortunately, the Galaxy A, C, J and O(n) families are still all over the place. Granted, the Korean tech giant has more important things to worry about. Then again, how complicated and time-consuming can it be to check a calendar, and settle on a name for looming Galaxy A-series upgrades? 2017 generations of the A3, A5 and A7 are apparently a few months away, tops, with a Galaxy A8 (2016) however also most likely scheduled for a commercial ...

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    As hard as Google might be trying to keep a lid on classified information spillage concerning the first generation of Nexus-replacing Pixel phones (particularly real-life visual leaks), this is 2016, and there’s only so much you can do to hide premium Androids from prying eyes. Another reputable tipster who knows a guy who knows another guy with a connection in the right place delivers a fresh round of “factory renders” today, as well as a 360-degree video, starring the smaller of two upcoming Pixel handhelds, aka HTC-manufactured “Sailfish.” No use calling it a Nexus anymore, ...

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    If it can happen to one of the world’s most successful and, until recently, trusted smartphone manufacturers, it can definitely happen to any other OEM as well. In fact, it did happen several times before the global scandal of chain Galaxy Note 7 explosions blew up (pun intended), to companies as diverse as LG, Apple and Xiaomi. Fortunately for them, the incidents were isolated and seemingly unconnected, occasionally having the owners of hazardous devices to blame for mishandling fickle components like batteries and accessories including cables and chargers. Still, Xiaomi should start ...

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    The uncertainty around Microsoft’s troubled Lumia smartphone family, as well as the Windows Mobile ecosystem on the whole (or whatever’s left of it), deepens, with 550, 650, 950 and 950 XL stock reportedly on the verge of worldwide depletion, production likely halted, and upgrades nowhere on the horizon. That’s right, it appears the just-rumored December termination date may have been a tad optimistic, since we’re now hearing that over on British shores Redmond can no longer hook up Lumia 950 XL buyers with replacement devices for faulty original copies. Credible sources suggest ...

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    It’s still 2016, but as per usual, and despite unforeseen trouble with Galaxy Note 7 production, Samsung is already cooking up the next generation of both flagship and non-flagship Android smartphones. Now, the Korean tech giant isn’t exactly famous for ultra-low-cost handhelds, or above-average diminutive models, but if priced correctly, the upcoming Galaxy A3 (2017) could well give Sony’s Xperia X Compact a proverbial run for the money. Believed to integrate fingerprint recognition, just like the 2017 editions of the larger, higher-end A7 and A5, the 4.7-incher is also practically ...

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    "While an attractive addition for avid picture takers and professional photographers, the iPhone 7 Plus dual-camera is not a mass-market killer application yet." That's what KGI Securities' Ming-Chi Kuo wrote to investors in a note recently but there's way more text on that paper or .pdf than just that and it talks plenty about 2017. Kuo says that Apple will still find an appeal for the dual-camera system and continue to implement it on just the Plus model for the time being, even though it costs a little much and isn't exactly perfect. For example, while the wide-angle 28mm lens has OIS, ...

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    Samsung's Exynos chipsets currently use GPUs based on ARM's reference design, the Mali-T series. But that blueprint could change as early as next year, if talks with NVIDIA or AMD work out for a intellectual property licensing deal. That's the word according to SamMobile at this stage, with NVIDIA rumored to be a likelier choice at this point with its Pascal heterogeneous system architecture. AMD, however, has its Polaris HSA that will be working on the PlayStation 4 Pro (announced the same day as the iPhone 7) when it gets released in November. An Exynos product with HSA could come ...

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    Xiaomi has a basket of social media accounts to promote not just its brands, but its sub-brands as well. For example, as a lifestyles technology company, Xiaomi's smartphone division gets its own Weibo page. Redmi has one. Huami, too. But what does a Xiaomi Pro page mean for future releases? Could the Mi Note 2 actually be the first Xiaomi Pro? Vigilant screencappers caught the newly-sprouted page without any posts and, yet, with official Weibo verification on the account. It was hidden from the public shortly after reposts started landing on the feeds. Where "2 > 5" might be ...

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