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    We know to expect a certain Samsung Galaxy J5, as well as a Galaxy J7, as evidence of their existence, or future existence, has been hinted last month. Furthermore, as far as the latter is concerned, we've seen some Galaxy J7 specs and hardware details emerge thanks to online listings, but now it's time to look at some Galaxy J5 specs, together with a set of leaked photos of the upcoming South Korean smartphone. Design-wise the Samsung Galaxy J5 looks similar to the J7, characterized by a plastic build, as well as a removable back cover offering easy access to a removable battery. As far ...

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    How many options do you have right now for unlocking your smartphone? PIN, pattern, trusted Bluetooth device, voice, face, fingerprint... the list goes on and on. With so many choices already out there, how's a manufacturer supposed to innovate? Sure, we hear rumors about iris-based unlocking every once in a while, and now a newly issued Amazon patent offers another system worth considering, as it describes a method for authenticating smartphone users based on the shape of their ears. Like fingerprints, the shape the ridges and folds forming our ears take is quite unique, and can be used ...

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    The smartwatch market is in the middle of some huge shifts. When 2014 got started, the major players looked like Pebble and Samsung, and Android Wear had yet to debut. The arrival of Google's smartwatch platform seriously shook things up throughout the year, and now we're in the middle of another big adjustment, as the Apple Watch goes after a whole new segment of shoppers in 2015. Understandably, all this motion means that dominance can quickly change hands, and we're seeing just how true that is in some new market figures produced by Strategy Analytics, demonstrating the extent to which ...

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    Microsoft's clearly working on the next generation of Lumia hardware, phones that will be among the first models running Windows 10 Mobile. While there's nothing official just yet, rumors have already made quite a few stabs at working our what we might hope to expect from these handsets. One big feature on the minds of a lot of Lumia fans has been the return of a really great camera, and expectations have been running high that some of these upcoming models might deliver imaging performance that truly lives up to the PureView name. Now a new leak gives us reason to be optimistic, as ...

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    Even with all the praise that Samsung has received with its Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, there's no such thing as a perfect phone. As such we've heard that Samsung is already pushing its Android 5.1 update to certain regions to address bugs, in addition to provide more user options. Today we learn that users might have to wait, and this time, for another phone. Insider sources claim that Android 5.1 will not bring RAW photo support to the Galaxy S6, and for those of you experiencing RAM issues, it seems that even that won't be fixed. What's worse is that the source claims that these ...

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    iOS 9 is far more than the conservative update we were expecting, and that's even more evident with the iPad. Apple's new mobile operating system allows you to take much broader advantage of the screen real estate, something which users have begged for in previous updates. We didn't get to see an iPad Pro at this event though, a product where all this functionality would make much more sense, but today we get more evidence of its existence. Famous iOS developer Steven Troughton-Smith has just published one of his new discoveries. It seems that the iPad's virtual keyboard is capable of ...

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    When we're checking out leaked pics of unreleased smartphone hardware, we've got to accept the good with the bad. For as much as we might like every image to be a nice, clean, high-res official product render, all too often we find ourselves dealing with low-quality shots, awkward angles, dodgy cropping, and worse – not even getting into the cesspool of fakes. Lately one of the hottest phones to leak has been the third-gen Moto X, and we've seen a mixture of high- and low-quality images emerge. The latest to catch our eye may not be the most impressive pic we've ever seen, and it's so ...

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    LG may have only just launched the G4, but it's already got a new flagship on the horizon, confirming plans to release such a model in the second half of the year. While we don't yet know precisely what the company plans to introduce, new rumors suggest that LG could be working on a presumably larger-screened G4 Pro, and that this handset could arrive with a fresh metal look. So says The Electronic Times out of South Korea, as it claims that LG is currently considering the idea of giving this G4 Pro a metal case. We're unsure if this might mean a full-on metal body (though comments about ...

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    Sony's Xperia Z4 has only just started hitting stores in Japan, and while it may be a very cool-looking smartphone, it sure doesn't sound like a cool-running handset; early reports have pegged the Z4 as falling into the old Snapdragon 810-overheating trap, with operating temperatures pushing 150F and retailers posting warning signs about going easy on the phone lest it run too hot. Of course, the Z4 isn't the only new Sony smartphone these days, and we're also prepping for the arrival of the Xperia Z3+. As that model shares the Z4's internals, we shouldn't be too surprised to hear that the ...

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    As we start pushing into the middle of June, Q3 2015 is within sight, a quarter that is set to bring us some of the most anticipated phones of the year. One device on the slate for a Q3 debut is the follow-up to last year's OnePlus One, and so far rumors have been making the OnePlus 2 out to be one hell of a smartphone. We've heard rumors about quad HD screens, Snapdragon 810 SoCs, and other top-shelf specs. More recent reports have become a little more conservative with their predictions, instead pointing to the return of a 1080p panel. Does this also mean that the rumored $430 launch ...

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    We started the month off with rumors of a new flagship-level Samsung handset, tipped to look something like the Galaxy S6 Edge but with a larger display. Supposedly called the Galaxy S6 (Edge?) Plus, we got a quick look at a possible photo of the phone, but really haven't had a lot to go on since. Today we start piecing the puzzle together, as rumors get specific about a couple Galaxy S6 Plus details. Let's start with one of the components that's going to really define what this phone is: its display . After all, the whole point of the handset seems to be to offer a larger-screened version ...

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    Five years from now, what form will BlackBerry's business take? Will the company still be selling smartphones, or will it have transitioned to a firm focused primarily on delivering enterprise services for other phones? And if it does keep its smartphone lineup going, what can we expect from its mobile platform? A new rumor suggests that BlackBerry is looking to diversify its smartphone offerings, and that for an upcoming model it may take the unprecedented step of dropping its own BlackBerry 10 OS in favor of an Android-powered handset. Sources claim that an Android-based BlackBerry phone ...

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    It's no secret that lately HTC isn't doing extremely well financially. Despite the HTC One M9 being a flagship smartphone in every sense of the word, the market didn't seem to react positively to its arrival. Most complaints were referring to average camera performance -- though a recent update addresses just that -- and its "boring" looks borrowed from the predecessor, the One M8 (though other companies like Samsung and Apple managed to pull this off and get away with it). ASUS on the other hand turned a profit with smartphone sales and the company is doing pretty well. Combine the two ...

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    Our own Microsoft Band review states it in the very title: "don't call it a smartwatch". If that's the case, Microsoft is yet to enter the smartwatch game, and join already notable competitors like Apple, Samsung, LG, Motorola, Sony, and the rest, in putting a smart timepiece on your wrist to try and make your life easier. How about this Microsoft smartwatch shown above and below? It is being referred to as Moonraker, and, as far as we're concerned, this story could go both ways: it could either be a leak, or it could be just a concept device (imagined by a third party). While we're ...

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    While flagship smartphones with their bleeding-edge hardware may be the most headline-grabbing segment of the industry, there's no ignoring just how big the market for more affordably priced handsets can be. An interest in capturing those kind of sales helped drive Samsung to launch the Galaxy Grand Prime last year, a conservatively specced model that also had the benefit of a relatively high-res front-facer for selfies. More recently, rumors have been suggesting that a new Galaxy Grand Prime could be in the works, and now we finally have some evidence for the existence of this so-called ...

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    Motorola Droid Turbo users on Verizon have been a patient bunch, waiting as long as they have been for their smartphones to get a taste of Android Lollipop. We've been hearing for months now that the update could be out soon, but so far, nothing. A recent rumor even suggested that Lollipop distribution could begin earlier this week, but that just hasn't come to pass. There's still reason to be hopeful that a release is imminent, though, as Verizon updates its own Droid Turbo pages to indicate that the phone runs Lollipop. In its Droid Turbo product listing, Verizon now gives the phone's ...

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    Last week we learned that Google-owned Nest was planning to share some news with us on June 17, and all signs pointed to some kind of new product. Rumors suggested that we'd see something more akin to a refinement of an existing device than something all-new, with a particular emphasis on slimming things down. While we're not sure if we have the whole picture just yet, at least one new Nest device has just leaked, as details emerge about the wireless Nest Cam. Nest bought Dropcam a while back, and the Nest Cam looks to be the first effort to integrate some of that Dropcam tech under the ...

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    With IFA 2015 scheduled for the early days of September, we're not even three months away from when Samsung's Galaxy Note 5 is on track to debut. As we get ready for the home stretch here, we expect rumors surrounding the handset to start really zeroing in on pertinent details, while maybe a hardware leak or two gives us an early look at the phone's design. For now, though, we're still in spec territory, as a new report out of China drops a few new possibilities about Samsung's plans for the phablet. For starters, this could be the phone that sees Samsung embrace the USB 3.1 type-C ...

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    According to a recent report from Taiwan, the Japanese manufacturer is having internal discussions regarding the future of USB ports on its smartphones. Sony considers USB Type-C possibilities for devices, and debates are related to whether Sony should equip upcoming phones with USB Type-C connectors. "Of course we're investigating (USB Type-C)," said Takeshi Nitta, program manager at Sony Mobile. However, the smartphone maker does not plan to adopt the standard that's being pushed by Apple. Adopting USB Type-C, according to Sony, is a lengthy process, moving from USB 2 and USB 3, and it ...

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    The Hangouts app on Android has been badly in need of an overhaul for a while. Google has been working towards a full Material Design overhaul since last September, since it eschewed the drab gray hue of the previous version of the app for a more Material-esque green. Since then, we've seen little improvement in the app. It doesn't meet Google's own Material standards in its current state – and, for context, it was more than a year ago that the Android L developer preview was first launched. Finally, with this new leaked Hangouts 4.0 build (courtesy of Android Police), we're starting ...

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    It's still going to be a few months before we have any hope of checking out the next iPhone, but even with new hardware still out of reach, Apple could still be dropping a few clues about what to expect, hidden in its software. The developer preview of iOS 9 is now available, following its announcement earlier this week, and devs are understandably tearing through it to see what secrets lurk within. One promising avenue concerns camera support, as Apple appears to be putting the framework in place to support some significant front-facer upgrades. An analysis of iOS 9 code reveals a number ...

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    With CES and MWC, there's a lot of pressure on manufacturers to have new hardware ready to show off in the early months of the year. And while that means we get to check out all this new hardware in a short span of time, sometimes the desire to introduce new products gets ahead of the commercial realities of the situation – and we're left hearing about interesting new tech that leaves us waiting for months and months with no opportunity to buy it. That's proving very much to be the case for Huawei's new wearable, with the Android Wear-powered Huawei Watch still waiting to make its ...

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    With the arrival of June, it feels like the floodgates have opened for third-gen Moto X leaks and rumors, and over the past few days we've probably talked more about the smartphone than we have in the five months prior. Our topics of discussion have included a couple potential early looks at the phone's hardware, including a pic that hinted at the possible presence of a fingerprint scanner. Today we get some new imagery to check out, arriving alongside the warning that we may be getting the wrong idea about that scanner. According to this source, the Moto X 2015 with that scanner hardware ...

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    ZTE has done a really good job in gaining mindshare around the world with some of its innovations. The SPro 2 is just one example of how bold the company can be in making use of Android, but devices like the Nubia Z9 are another example that design and innovation are key to ZTE's strategy. Today we learn that there is more up the company's sleeve, and this time it could be a world's first. Reports claim that a new smartphone from ZTE being dubbed the Star 3 could be the world's first smartphone with a 4K display. Sharp introduced a 5.5-inch 2160 x 3840 pixels display back in April, but the ...

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    The original Moto X arrived back in 2013 as a very solid offering that helped define the new Motorola lineup going forward, but for as much as we liked the smartphone overall, its camera just wasn't up to snuff. So when 2014 rolled around and we got to check out the new Moto X, we had high expectations that Motorola might have learned from its mistakes – and we still got a camera that left us wanting. For the past week or so now we've been inundated by leaks and rumors about an upcoming third-gen Moto X; will Motorola finally get the camera right? There's cause to be hopeful, as a ...

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