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    Feeling a little confused about the rumored LG G3 Mini? We don't blame you, as there's been a lot of talk of different specs, not to mention different names, surrounding the hardware. Late last month we saw an LG G3 Beat for China, a five-inch device that might have been pushing the limits of how large a “Mini” phone could be (but maybe that's exactly why LG gave it a different name). Then just overnight we shared with you the user manual for a device dubbed the G3 S, and while the docs didn't reveal a lot of technical detail, the idea that this could be the Western version of the G3 ...

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    One of the bigger announcements we got from Google during its I/O keynote address was word of the forthcoming Android One initiative. The project gives assistance to OEMs interested in releasing low cost, good quality handsets running a very Nexus-like stock Android build. We heard about a few manufacturers who would be participating, were teased with promises of sub-$100 price tags, and were told that we'd see things get underway sometime this fall. This week, a new report out of India attempts offer a little more detail about those plans, including a more precise release window and ...

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    It seems the new cool thing for OEMs to do is release a "mini" version of their flagship phones a couple months after the initial release. LG doesn't look to be bucking the trend, as a German LG G3 S user manual has leaked, allegedly showing off a "mini" G3. This supposed G3 S has model number D722V, meaning this is a Vodafone phone. It runs a custom build of Android 4.4.x KitKat, meaning LG has sprinkled its own software goodies atop AOSP -- it looks like some features, like the ability to take selfies with gestures, have been carried over. Apart from all that, nothing else has come about ...

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    The most contradicting and controversial rumors of the year have everything to do with Apple's iWatch. Some have said that we'll see two iWatch models launched this year, while others assume that Apple isn't ready for a launch in 2014. Now rumors are even considering a third iWatch model being produced as well, and these rumors continue to point to a 2014 launch. Taiwan’s Economic Daily is contradicting some of the recent rumors from KGI securities, and claiming that there will be three iWatch models instead of two. One of these models will have a 1.6-inch display, and then the two ...

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    The Galaxy S5 has been available for months by now; the time since its release has seen the launch of a few additional family members, including the GS5 Active, and just a couple weeks back the GS5 Mini – and this isn't even touching on the upgraded GS5 LTE-A edition. The GS5 Mini gave us a 4.5-inch phone that seemed pretty fitting for its name, but could we have another shrunken-down GS5 spin-off in our future? We're left wondering just that tonight, as we check out the benchmarks for a mysterious Samsung model SM-G850. This is a model number we've seen before, surfacing on Samsung's ...

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    Sony has been doing a great job in regaining some popularity with its Xperia line-up. Devices like the Sony Xperia Z2 and the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact have gained a lot of praise from our editorial team, and with the recent rumors of the Xperia Z3, the company doesn't seem to be ready to disappoint. If you're wondering exactly how big the next Sony flagship will be, well, the answer is pretty big. Leaked photos now show the Sony Xperia z3 being compared against the original Samsung Galaxy Note. Yes, the Galaxy Note is no longer the biggest phone in the market, but it does serve as a fair ...

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    Like many smartphones, Sony's Xperia Z2 does not support wireless charging out of the box. For proponents of the tech, that's a big deal, as lowering the bar of entry for wireless charging is often mentioned as being of paramount importance to helping it really catch on. But at least Sony was ready to give users the next best thing, and announced back in May its intention to release official Z2 accessories: a charging plate and wireless charging cover. Except now all of a sudden, near every trace of those products seems to have been wiped clear of Sony's site, leaving us wondering if the ...

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    Google I/O brought us a new look for Android: Material Design. The new direction Google described for its platform took the current trend towards simple layouts punctuated with bold color to its logical conclusion, delivering a look that isn't just clean and highly approachable, but also makes it easier for devs to scale content between device sizes and form factors. At I/O, Google shared some of the ways Material Design would be changing the look of Android, and now a leak offers us a more in-depth glimpse into one in particular, previewing the changes coming to the Play Store. Right ...

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    Most of us are expecting Apple to announce its new iPhone 6 lineup in September. Historically, that's been the month that Apple has used for iPhone launches over the last three years, and most of the rumors we've seen lately also agree with that prediction. Most of these rumors also indicate that both the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch variant will be launched at the same time, but some new credible sources think otherwise. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has gained a lot of fame over the last couple of years for some Apple-related predictions, though not all of them being correct. ...

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    In the months leading up to the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S5, we talked about a number of features that ultimately didn't make the cut. Those included things like that Quad HD display that eventually landed on the GS5 LTE-A edition (and might just return for this Galaxy Alpha that's at the center of the latest Samsung gossip), as well as some slightly more “out there” ideas like an iris scanner to authenticate users. We had some big concerns about the practicality of such a system from the first time we heard the idea, but those became a moot point when the feature failed to arrive. ...

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    Last month, Samsung brought us its updated Galaxy S5 LTE-A edition, fulfilling those long-standing rumors of a Galaxy S5 equipped with a quad HD display (among other improvements). Even with this model constrained to sales in South Korea, we've taken the time to get our hands on one, giving you a close-up look at the changes. But is this model's release the conclusion of those quad HD Galaxy rumors? What about that chatter of a Samsung smartphone that was supposed to be a premium device from top to bottom, not only going with a 2K display but also a body made of metal – or at least with ...

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    It looks like LG's G3-look-alike G Vista smartphone could be ready to go for launch. The phone, which has seen itself leaked in photos and a spec list recently, isn't exactly the highest-end piece of hardware, but that doesn't mean it could be a compelling mid-range package for some. If information obtained by @evleaks is to be believed, the Verizon LG G Vista release date could come this week. The leaked specs pegged the phone as a decent candidate in the 2014 smartphone market, as it allegedly features a Qualcomm MSM8926 (Snapdragon 400?) with an unknown clock speed, a 5.7-inch 720p ...

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    Late last month, a couple images arrived of front panels for Sony smartphones that were supposed to be the upcoming Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact. And maybe they were, we noted at the time, but there just wasn't much to see, and certainly not much that screamed “Z3.” Well, today a whole new series of images has hit our desk, and not only do they appear to show the larger of those two handsets fully assembled and functional, but also provide enough new info to really start convincing us that this could be the Z3. The hardware – at least what we're able to make out – appears to be a match ...

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    Looking forward to Apple's iWatch? Sure, just you and a couple billion other iOS fans who have so far been eyeing all this Android Wear business this summer with thoughts of “just wait; you'll see.” And based on the rumors we've heard so far, the iWatch really is shaping up to be a force to be reckoned with, not just with some very premium hardware but also deep OS-level integration with Apple's other mobile devices. We've been hoping to see the iWatch arrive sometime this fall, with reports leaning towards availability maybe sometime in October, following production hitting full-blast ...

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    Samsung's already delivered an upgraded version of its Galaxy S5 flagship in the form of the GS5 LTE-A edition, a model so far constrained to South Korea that boosts the phone's display up to a quad HD panel while also swapping in a Snapdragon 805 for a little performance kick and support for those titular LTE-A bands. Lately, though, we've been looking for LG to do something like that of its own – not with the quad HD update, sure, since the G3 is already sporting a crazy high-res screen, but with those same LTE-A and Snapdragon 805 upgrades. While that's so far been driven by rumors, ...

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