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    An early leader of the slowly developing Indian handheld landscape, Micromax appears to have ironically ran into trouble as its domestic market started to mature. While still ranked behind only Samsung in smartphone sales around those parts, the 2000-founded company has seen its numbers plummet of late, with the rise and expansion of many budget-focused Chinese OEMs. But if device manufacturers like Lenovo, Vivo, OPPO, Gionee and LeEco can make it on foreign territory, why couldn’t Micromax do the same? After timid steps outside its comfort zone in small, unfledged countries including ...

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    Every so often you'll find Chinese manufacturer ZTE come up with some neat Android-powered projectors. We've played with the Spro 2 all the way back last year. It got picked up by AT&T and everyone went along their merry little ways. Fast forward more than a year and we find that T-Mobile has a product listing for the Snapdragon 801-toting pico projector in its support column. Sources to TmoNews say that band support has been tweaked for the Un-carrier's HSPA and LTE bands (including band 12). We might see this device launch Tuesday, June 7. No word on pricing, but AT&T charged ...

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    Tipsters probably couldn’t rain on the parade of OnePlus fans if they wanted to anymore, now that we know the 2016 “flagship killer” will be the beginning of the end for the company’s despised invite system. Even better, it looks like the Chinese startup is all grown up and ready to handle a wide commercial launch of a hotly anticipated high-end Android phone going down the very same day of its formal announcement. But what exactly are its chances of not seeing the OnePlus 3 backordered moments after the fancy VR debut? Apparently, pretty solid, at least according to a Weibo ...

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    While we’re certainly accustomed to hearing year in and year out how unreleased flagship phones aim to radically improve everything about their predecessors only to often get minor revisions of most high-end features, this time Samsung’s “next big thing” is truly shaping up as an across-the-board game changer. Whether it’ll end up being called Galaxy Note 6, Note 7 or even Note 7 Edge, the late summer/early fall 2016 S Pen phablet should stand out with a mobile record-matching 6GB RAM count, iris authentication, massive battery, Snapdragon 823 processing power, up to 256GB ...

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    While Apple historically followed every major “tick” step in the iPhone release cycle with a lesser “tock” revision, all signs seem to point to 2016 being the second consecutive “tock” year after 2014 brought us the first ever “iPhablet.” That’s one of the reasons the global market share of iOS is expected to shrink compared to 2015, though just because Cupertino doesn’t intend to adopt OLED screen technology or an all-glass design yet, it doesn’t mean the iPhone 7 will be identical to its predecessor. Both internally and externally, significant changes are reportedly ...

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    With Microsoft practically ready to give up on its dream of a consumer-relevant mobile platform, BlackBerry finally on board the Android bandwagon, and Tizen, Firefox OS or Sailfish on the brink of absolute extinction, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist or professional market researcher to tell the current smartphone duopoly is only set to deepen in the near future. But the billion-dollar question is can Android and iOS both post share gains this year as global stagnation intensifies? The International Data Corporation (IDC) claims it’s able to guess the answer, which Apple isn’t ...

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    When Asus let the cat out of the bag back in February regarding the Q4 2016 launch of a mystery “phone based VR/AR” device, everyone figured we’d hear more come Computex. Indeed, the company’s home turf-set tech expo saw an inconspicuous-looking piece of head gear break cover a few days ago, only the leather-strapped gizmo remains completely cloaked in secrecy. Meanwhile, we have absolutely nothing to report on the “PC based VR” front, with Asus likely working behind the scenes alongside Oculus to further strengthen the HTC Vive barricade, but a commercial product still a ...

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    It's not even two weeks now until WWDC16 comes along. It's the Apple developer gathering that reveals everything new in the company's software. The big reveal we're looking out for? iOS 10. iOS X. iOS Twiddles. Whatever it's supposed to be called, it's supposedly coming. And in all seriousness, we haven't seen a completely new software feature for you iPhone or iPad that would seemingly justify turning the dial up to ten. While we do know that WWDC will take place between June 13 and 17, we have learned that it will start off with a keynote at 10am Pacific or 1pm Eastern on June 13 at ...

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    The low-end Galaxy J-series might be in for another evolution to bring it in-line with the new and prim Galaxy C-series. Like most things, it starts from the bottom. This time, the bottom looks to be not a Galaxy J2 as the header suggests, but a Galaxy J3 remix that mimics the aesthetics of the Galaxy S6, at least on the back. With these renders picked up by Dutch site Galaxy Club, we find out there's a whole lot of change on the outside and even quite a bit on the inside. The form factor comes off as more squared than said S6. In its TENAA listing, we learn that the phone has a ...

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    If Apple is even considering moving up its iPhone storage baseline from 16GB to 32GB, perhaps it should bump all of its storage options up by a factor of two. The iPad Pro has a 256GB option after all, why not the iPhone? Well, market researchers at TrendForce think that with another minor iteration for the iPhone this year comes a major memory boost for all models. Specifically, the 5.5-inch model will get 3GB of RAM. The 4.7-inch model will stick with 2GB, but both sizes may see the deprecation of the 64GB ROM option (yep, we said ROM for re-writable memory) with 256GB taking its place. ...

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    Technically, Jawbone was never rumored to be giving up on its semi-successful activity tracker business altogether. Still, the recent murmur of the company’s struggles to clear old inventory and its overall delicate financial standing ultimately prompted a representative to issue a full press statement after initially declining to comment. “Speculation that Jawbone is exiting the wearable business or going out of business altogether is false.” begins the somber proclamation, with a full frontal assault then directed at the Tech Insider reporter that spread “this false ...

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    In case you had any lingering doubt, the next “flagship killer” from unorthodox marketing champion OnePlus is coming soon. Really soon. Both publicly and commercially, with a regular, invite-free release tipped to go down as early as June 16 in China. But first things first, let us tackle the formal introduction date, which is June 14… and isn’t June 14. How so? Well, it turns out the OnePlus 3 shall come out during a glitzy Shenzhen Universiade Sports Centre-set party kicking off at 10 am local time on June 15. That’s technically still June 14 stateside, and the clock will be 10 ...

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    New York City. Home of everything, ever. That includes an event from Samsung this week — specifically, this Thursday, June 2. The press invitation the company has sent out tells us to "Go. Move. Explore. Create with Galaxy". The fitness vibe that marketing gives off would tell of something like a Galaxy S7 Active, but our colleagues at Droid Life are thinking more of the Gear Fit 2 or "IconX" earbuds that's also been teased about. And hey, it could be all of the above. "Experience how Samsung's devices work together to create a Galaxy of Possibility," the invite continues. Dubstep ...

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    There have been rumors floating about in China of an "edgy" Note 6 this season instead of an "edge+" model as Samsung put out last year. Well, it's been a bit since we've talked about this rumor and, lo and behold, rumors have gone ahead and changed the Note 6's name. Cue obligatory "Why six afraid of seven?" jokes here. Well, Indian import/export database Zauba might have evidence of what could end up being called the Galaxy Note 7 edge. Diving into Samsung's nomenclature here, we've seen the regular Galaxy S model numbers coded in the alphanumeric format of "SM-G9XX". The Notes have ...

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    For the past several cycles, it has taken two years for Apple to make a numerated iteration in its iPhone series. Those years that we dub "S" years have usually been saved for major shifts in internals and software. But it's the design that catches the eye and with rumors of an all-glass iPhone coming out of Infinite Loop in the future, the company may need more time to make it happen properly. That, and Apple is starting to realize that it has simply run the smartphone to the ground. Nikkei Asian Review is reporting that it will "likely take three years between full-model changes of its ...

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    While the vast majority of today’s popular activity trackers highlight the number and precision of their sensors, battery endurance, build quality, water resistance and connectivity as key selling points, you shouldn’t be very surprised if the next wave of low-cost wearables takes a cue from smartphones in engaging in spec wars. The Samsung Gear Fit 2, for instance, is tipped to pack a homebrewed 1GHz dual-core processor, 512MB RAM, and 2GB internal storage space. That’s in stark contrast to the meek 180 MHz ARM Cortex M4-based CPU inside the original Gear Fit model, whereas RAM and ...

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    Given the company’s willingness to reveal precious inside information on the OnePlus 3 ahead of time, we must admit we were surprised to see so many conflicting tipster-based reports regarding screen size and resolution, battery capacity or RAM configurations. But as we near D-day, pretty much all our lingering questions are answered, with the display almost certainly measuring 5.5 inches in diagonal and capping off at 1080p, the juicer settling for a OnePlus 2-downgrading 3,000 mAh count, and 4 gigs of memory working alongside a top-shelf Snapdragon 820 processor to ensure solid overall ...

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    As LeEco continues to evolve and expand its mobile presence globally, it's also tweaked around its phones a whole bunch. But we haven't seen a shift in its silicon like this one from the artist formerly known as "LeTV". A phone similar to the Le 2 submitted under the model number X502 has passed through TENAA. Unlike the Le 2's 16-megapixel rear camera, this one gets a 13-megapixel camera. But they do share the fact that each have 3GB of RAM. And yes, they don't have headphone jacks. But here's the thing: there's an octa-core 1.9GHz processor that's believed to be Samsung's own Exynos ...

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    No honor among rumor mongers, they say. But who needs honor when Huawei can have its sub-brand Honor? It placed second in share of the Chinese mobile market in April. And now, there's some whispering of a smaller partner to the Honor V8. What looks to be a record of upcoming Huawei devices has been leaked and there are two model names — FRD-AL00 and FRD-AL10 — that look to be variants of the same model of something. The nomenclature points to these phones being Honor-branded phones and is being referenced as "Faraday". Chatter has talked about front and back glass panes for the phone's ...

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    Qualcomm isn’t only recognized as the undisputed heavyweight champion of smartphone SoCs these days due to the raw performance of its custom Kryo CPU cores and Adreno GPU comprising the Snapdragon 820 silicon, but also thanks to Quick Charge 3.0 technology. On its official web page, the wall-uncoupling solution is proudly touted as capable of helping devices “like the LG G5 achieve up to an 80% charge in just 35 minutes.” Impressive feat, though believe it or not, MediaTek aims to eclipse it by getting you from 0 to 70 percent in a measly 20 minutes. Meet Pump Express 3.0, the ...

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    Microsoft has pretty much confirmed not long ago that it’s taking a little break from in-house production of hardware powered by Windows 10 Mobile while continuing to support existing Lumias and third-party devices, with yet another round of layoffs suggesting the end could be near. But the Redmond-based tech giant insists at least business-oriented, Continuum-capable Windows handhelds have a future, and many tipsters believe the elusive, almost mythical Surface Phone will finally come to light sometime in 2017. If that’s the case, of course, it’s too early to be certain of anything, ...

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    Asus had a lot to talk about during its “Zenvolution” conference in Taipei earlier today, opening the 2016 edition of the typically low-key Computex expo with a bang by taking the wraps off three exquisite-looking, relatively affordable phones, three 2-in-1 Surface Pro 4 competitors, a MacBook slayer, and even an unusual little home robot. But there was no mention of a Verizon-bound Zenpad Z8 or any other Android tablet, and Asus also left out the VR announcements it began teasing all the way back in February. You have to figure therefore neither the PC, nor the phone-based immersive ...

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    Maybe someone just can't compete with Pebble and they just need some room. Maybe HTC really is making the Nexus phones this year and Google decided to take them up for a reference design. Maybe one of the prides of Taiwan has just one huge feature it wants to stuff in and it needs rigorous testing before they feel like it's going to be okay. Maybe it's just a clusterf***. Evan Blass has an idea of where HTC's "Halfbeak" wearable project is going and whether or not he knows more than he lets on is irrelevant. All he's saying is that after several tiresome delays of launch, this ...

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    If YouTube didn't show how deep Google's cloud bank has grown to be, bring on last year's I/O. The event brought on the free storage of lightly-processed images under 16 megapixels in resolution. Original quality photo uploads still count against users' Drive storage, but there's a hint coming through from the code compilation of the Google Photos app, version 1.21. // // // // Specifically, it's this string in the Android app that's getting all the attention: <string name="photos_onboarding_nexus_back_up_your_photos">With Nexus, back up all you want!</string> <string ...

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    Huawei's suing Samsung in the US and China and the other is considering suing back. The Chinese manufacturer is looking at patents involving 4G technology, user interface and OS being infringed. It's not uncommon to see suits filed in order to force the target company to the table for licensing negotiations or get certain terms in those negotiations. Sources to The Korea Herald have said that Huawei wants a cross-licensing deal with Samsung for a some of the chaebol's 4G patents — it owns 954 of them, more than any other entity. "Huawei has some security issues in entering the US ...

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