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    Sony's CES 2015 event came and went without the reveal of a new Xperia smartphone – though if we're to believe the rumors, some lucky execs got to check out the Xperia Z4 behind closed doors. The rest of us will jut have to wait to get our first official taste of Sony's next flagship, though with MWC over the horizon, that could be a matter of just a few more weeks. And while we're eagerly expecting this phone's launch, the jury's been out when it comes to a lot of the details. At least, we've heard a few rumors, some going back months by now, but have yet to see much in the way of ...

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    CES is not always about announcing devices or showing them off at the Convention Center or at special events. As the first show of the year (which also happens to be in the US, one of the largest markets in the world), smartphone manufacturers often show off prototypes of upcoming devices to heads of carriers or retailers. Last year, there was a rumor according to which the Galaxy S 5 (announced later, at MWC), was shown off at CES behind closed doors, and, similarly, this year, there's a report claiming that Samsung has shown off prototypes of the Galaxy S 6 to select few, behind closed ...

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    Between HTC's partnership with Under Armour, that unannounced LG round-screened model, and numerous wearables that formally launched at CES this year, we've totally got smartwatches on the mind right now. That works out just fine for us, though, as a new smartwatch rumor has just hit our desk, talking about when we might expect to see the arrival of probably the most eagerly-anticipated wearable of the season, the Apple Watch. So far, numerous attempts have been made to nail-down just when Apple intends to get Watch sales started, but a firm ETA has been elusive. Now a new report looks at ...

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    Last year witnessed the proper dawn of the smartwatch, as new models, new manufacturers, and new system software all contributed into bringing a once-niche product as close to the mainstream as it's ever been. With all that progress, we expected to see the ball continue rolling into 2015, and so far CES has managed to give us a few new devices – watches like Alcatel Onetouch's, bands like Lenovo's, and new looks for old models like Sony's managed to deliver. But there are more smartwatches floating around Vegas than just those making their formal debuts, and one unannounced model has ...

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    Go shopping for a new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus in the States right now, and Apple will do everything in its power to steer you towards the choice of a cellular provider. Sure, you can buy an iPhone 6 that's unlocked and ready to be used with the GSM carrier of your choice, but you can't escape Apple's push towards at least one network, as even the unlocked option is bundled with a T-Mobile SIM. That's not the case everywhere, though, and in other nations you can order just an iPhone, with no SIM whatsoever. Now word arrives that a similar option is about to hit US shoppers, and Apple could ...

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    Sony's CES 2015 press event is still a couple hours away, but it looks like one of the company's products has broken cover a little early: a new metal-banded edition of the Android Wear-powered SmartWatch 3. The original post providing the image you see above has been withdrawn, but the pic sure appears to fit with the design language we know from the rubber wristbands we see on existing SmartWatch 3 options. The guts of the smartwatch should remain unchanged from the original – this looks to be just the new band. Beyond the band you see here, the watch would support interchangeable ...

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    CES is an utterly fascinating time to be a smartphone fan – well, so long as you're not an Apple user, anyway. For while we're sure to see the presence of lots of new iPhone and iPad accessories, that's all out in third-party country, with Apple steering clear of crowded multi-platform expos like this. The big Apple news of the season is likely still a month or more away, as we get ready for the retail debut of the Apple Watch, but there's also been talk of some new phone and tablet hardware in development. Specifically, we've heard a few rumors claiming that Apple would backpedal a ...

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    LG's CES press event is coming up on us quick – the show starts at the end of the hour, and even if you're no in Vegas yourself, you can access the live stream from the comfort of home. The meat of the event, LG's G Flex 2, may have already leaked, but the manufacturer is sure to bring plenty of other hardware to show off. Will we see another model of the same caliber as the G Flex 2 join the curved-screen handset on stage? Maybe not, but LG sure appears to be developing such a phone, as revealed through some newly-uncovered benchmark details. What we see is an LG phone with the model ...

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    We already know what to expect from LG at CES 2015, thanks to the company not being secretive about the G Flex 2, and some eagle eyed folks who pictured the posters with the device outline, branding, and all. However, a special event has not yet happened to officially announce the phone, but an official press release, together with official press renders, have allegedly leaked, detailing the G Flex 2. The purported press release talks about a curved phone with a slightly smaller screen than its predecessor, at 5.5-inches, and a higher resolution at 1080p. The processor has also reportedly ...

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    The Samsung Galaxy S6 should make an appearance about a month or two from now, either at the Mobile World Congress, or at a special event (we can't really be sure, as Samsung turned away from the show, and then returned), but the rumor mill is already in motion, with reports and leaks trying to anticipate what the next Samsung flagship will be like. We're expecting something different (but this is nothing new, as we've been expecting a different Galaxy S for years now), and we might just get it this year, with a metal Samsung Galaxy S6. After the manufacturer experimented with metal on ...

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    When will you have the chance to buy Apple's first smartwatch? We've heard a few different theories for specific launch windows, but the only official word out of Apple has been “early 2015.” Will that mean February? Maybe March? We can't yet say, but the feeling that we're looking at a Q1 release has been a strong one. At least, that's the case in the US, but what's the outlook for Apple Watch sales elsewhere? There's still no hard answer to be found anywhere, but some recent changes to regional Apple Watch landing pages have begun to suggest a staggered rollout, with certain ...

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    The International CES begins in just a few days, with major press conferences lined up for January 5. That means the world is gearing up for one of the biggest tech conventions of the year: a great tech-filled beginning to 2015. Because CES encompasses not just mobile tech but the tech world as a whole, it's easy to get lost in the torrent of information that comes from the show. To try to help consolidate all you might have been hearing, we've rounded up the biggest and most relevant mobile rumors all in one place, ordered by manufacturer. Without further ado, here's our CES 2015 rumor ...

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    When it comes to CES 2015 announcements, some manufacturers are keeping us in the dark, others have been delivering vague teasers, and others still have been a little more direct in filling us in on what to expect. Take ASUS, for instance, which is managing to keep a few secrets under wraps as it lets us know to expect some sort of handset with exceptional imaging capabilities. There were those series of teasers a couple weeks back that seemed to hint at just that, talking about being able to “see what others can’t see” (while not teasing dual rear lenses, despite some far-flung ...

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    We're looking forward to a lot of new hardware at CES 2015 next week, and one that's been sounding more likely than some to make an appearance has been LG's second-gen G Flex. Rumors about such a device date back well over a year, but much of what's been said has lacked a lot of detail. Sure, we've heard some claims, like how the handset would feature a mysterious new feature (one more intriguing than the self-healing plastic of the first G Flex), or how the screen could come in smaller than the original six-inch panel, but not a lot about just straight-up phone specs. As we look forward ...

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    It's clear that if you ask OEMs which is the best market to address at the moment, the answer will most likely be China. We've seen top players like Apple and Samsung make significant changes in their lineups in order to address the Chinese market, and we also see top players like Huawei becoming the third smartphone maker in the world, with a strategy that's mainly focused in China. Today we learn more about how Huawei's bottom line performed in 2014, and the news are both good and bad. A leaked internal memo shows that even though Huawei's shipments grew by a crazy 40%, this still fell ...

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    We've heard a ton of rumors regarding Samsung's "Project Zero." We know the Korean giant is planning to build the Galaxy S6 from scratch, and in that manner, we've heard a ton of rumors regarding different variants, and even some Galaxy Note Edge-like design changes. Some of these rumors even claim that we should expect the device to launch in early 2015, and today we get a new heads up from a very credible source. A couple of threads on Reddit have been populated with some Galaxy S6 rumors, and these come from the same source that the Samsung Lollipop update plans, which have actually ...

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    Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has had itself a very good year, and we've got our eyes out for what's coming next from the manufacturer. While the flagship Mi5 has been the focus of the majority of rumors, it's not the only new hardware we're hearing about. We remain curious about what Xiaomi will bring to CES, but now the latest rumor is looking to what could be happening a slight bit further out, with word that Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 may be launched on January 15. From what we've heard, the Redmi Note 2 could strike a nice value/performance balance. It's supposed to be a 5.5-inch 1080p ...

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    We all remember how Sony sold its VAIO PC business earlier this year to JIP, in an attempt to focus on mobile exclusively. As a result, we now have a Sony Corporation that launches Xperia smartphones, and there is also a separate VAIO Corporation, of which Sony still owns a small 5%. We sadly don't know if there is any collaboration between both companies, but we do hear that there is some competition on the way. Japanese sources claim that the VAIO Corporation will launch its first Android smartphone at CES 2015. This VAIO-branded smartphone is rumored to be an affordable device, and ...

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    Even though most of us agree that Microsoft has done an amazing job at closing the app gap over the last couple of years, that doesn't change the fact that the iOS and Android currently sports almost triple the amount of apps on Windows Phone. The market share difference between these three platforms still leaves a significant challenge for developers to consider Windows Phone, even after the platform's fourth anniversary. Microsoft's new leadership has the task of improving these numbers soon, and today we learn how the company plans to do it. Mary Jo Foley is famous for her insider ...

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    Where the heck is the Lumia 735? Ever since it launched back in September, we've been anticipating Microsoft's plans to make the phone available to shoppers in the US. FCC documentation sure seemed to support the idea of the 735 coming to Verizon, a theory backed up by separate rumors. As of a few weeks ago, the 735 found itself on a holding pattern on Microsoft's website, listed alongside other Lumia models and showing off its various color options, but with the note “available soon” in place of a price or any hard ETA. That was fine, and we were content to wait patiently for more ...

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    Despite the occasional rumor, next week's CES is highly unlikely to bring us Samsung's new Galaxy S6 – it's just too early. But push a few weeks on, further out into the year, and the story starts changing: the GS6 launch event becomes less a question of “if” and more of “when.” MWC? A private Samsung Unpacked shindig? One way or another, it's happening. But what can we expect from the phone it will deliver? So far, we've yet to get any convincing look at GS6 hardware; despite a few “leaks,” nothing's revealed much of note while holding up to any degree of scrutiny. Now a new ...

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    Yesterday, we came across a rather off-the-wall rumor that HTC's big 2015 flagship would debut just next week at CES 2015. And today, now that we have another HTC CES teaser in, we can all but guarantee that the behemoth won't be using the Las Vegas trade show as a launchpad, but will instead defer that position to a more mid-range Desire model (or multiple). How do we know this? Well, simple. HTC told us to "Always Desire more" in its teaser, with had nothing else but dates and times on it for the event and a link to HTC's Weibo page. As for what we can expect from the event, @upleaks ...

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    One of the omissions with the second-gen Moto G that we weren't so happy about was LTE access. The device caps out at HSPA+ speeds and isn't capable of accessing the best networks US carriers have to offer, which made it an even worse buy for some than last year's LTE Moto G model (first-gen). Now, it looks as though the second-gen Moto G may be getting the same treatment, considering the fact that Motorola's Brazilian site seemingly leaked information about a 2014 Moto G LTE variant. According to the specifications that were briefly live on the website, two things are different between ...

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    Next Monday, technically before CES formally gets started, we'll be checking out the latest announcements from a whole mess of CES-attending companies during the expo's media day. That means press events from the likes of LG and Samsung, but we've also got component makers on the schedule, like Qualcomm. While that could lead to news of some next-gen silicon, the company is also thinking about the phones that its chips end up going into, and tweeted about just such a device a couple hours back. But just what phone is this, and from whom? Qualcomm dropped the image above with the note that ...

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    Some mobile devices really do end up with preposterously short lifespans. For manufacturers like Sony, where it makes a point of getting out its new Xperia Z models as quickly as possible, we expect such things, but other times we're taken by surprise. A few years back, we saw the Motorola Droid 4 land just seven months after the Droid 3, or more recently the iPad 3 was replaced by the iPad 4 after a similar seventh months on the market. Samsung launched its metallic Galaxy Alpha back in August, and it was only a few months before we saw it spawn the Galaxy A3 and A5. But now to hear a new ...

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