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    2016 is off to a terrific smartphone start. Samsung's focus this year is on refining what we liked about the Galaxy S6. We keep the metal and glass build, with more of a Note 5 style curved back, and lifestyle features like water resistance and MicroSD card expansion return. The second year of this hardware look has produced a formidable handset. HTC is getting back to basics. The One M9 fell prey to the performance concerns of the Qualcomm 810, and featured some rough design element. The HTC 10 polishes those edges, and delivers on performance. Simplifying the Sense skin, whittling down ...

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    What a difference one year makes... Over 2015 LG landed critical praise after launching phones like the G4 and the V10. While the G Flex 2 was caught up in the performance issues surrounding the Qualcomm 810, LG handled their following phones gracefully, extracting as much power as they could from the lower end Qualcomm 808. HTC struggled to find its footing after the launch of the One M9, a phone also poorly received due to performance concerns and for including a "good" camera against some truly great photography competitors. Later that year they also tried to utilize a lower power ...

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    We're getting closer to the official reveal of HTC's next flagship phone. Instead of trying to compete with LG and Samsung at MWC this year, HTC held back to give its newest phone a little space. Whether this strategy helps the company get a little more exposure, we're all anxiously waiting to see what the HTC 10 can deliver which might make it a proper competitor to LG G5s and Galaxy S7s. Here are the top five areas where HTC needs to blow people away to turn around its smartphone story. Audio Let's start with the one feature we're all fairly confident that HTC can deliver. For several ...

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    How long do you keep your phone? Do you upgrade every year? Two years? More? Samsung's focus for the Galaxy S7 was to refine the Galaxy S6, and replace some features we missed from the Galaxy S5. Both phones are built out of metal and glass. Both phones feature AMOLED displays. Lifestyle hardware elements like heart rate monitors and fingerprint sensors are roughly in the same places. The Galaxy S7 didn't even switch over to a USB C port. Yet for all their similarities, Samsung has brought back IP68 water resistance, packed in a larger battery while reducing the overall form factor, and ...

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    Seriously, why hasn't this happened yet? If you don't know what I mean by an x86 phone, all PCs, Macs, most Linux servers, and Windows tablets run on x86 compatible architectures making it easier for software to evolve over time with lots of backwards compatibility. Most Android, iOS, and Windows Phone devices run on ARM compatible architectures which can't run the same software as all of the other PCs of the world. The x86 architecture has grown and been refined over the years to keep up with modern technology since its introduction in 1978. It's time for this architecture to take over on ...

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    This was a big show. Rolling 360° video bots roamed the crowded grounds of Barcelona. Windows had a blitz of new products and they all didn't come from Microsoft. Alcatel loses its (One)Touch while Sony puts the Xperia Z line to snooze. Oh yeah, there are those two big phones we're talking about in the headline. You read it, didn't you? Or have you been hiding under a rock from the rumor surge leading up to the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the LG G5. Well, whatever the case, prepare to learn a lot more than you've already found in hands-on videos and develop a sense of cynicism ...

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    Update 2: We have updated our header photo as Ringing Bells has given us renders of what the phone will actually look like. Update: Ringing Bells has launched Freedom251.com to debut the 3G-enabled smartphone. The final price is Rs. 251 or $3.66 at current exchange rates and comes with a one-year warranty. [table] Component,Description Screen size,4 inches Screen type,LCD Resolution,960 x 540 Pixel density,275 ppi SoC,Quad-core Speed,1.3GHz RAM,1GB Storage,8GB (expandable thru microSD by up to 32GB) Camera,3.2-megapixel rear/VGA front Battery,1450mAh OS,Android 5.1 Lollipop [/table] ...

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    We already knew that the Falcon would fly, but it seems that it's undergoing a change of call letters. The HP Elite hardware lineup has usually featured Windows playing on a fairly large canvas. Our picture above is one from our hands-on of the ElitePad back in 2012. But Evan Blass says that the third time around, it'll be on a smartphone. Windows 10 Mobile-powered HP Falcon is coming to market as the HP Elite x3. — Evan Blass (@evleaks) February 12, 2016 Famed industry backchannel tapper Evan Blass is expecting that what we saw on that "HP Falcon" GFXBench diagnostics page might convert ...

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    Before you start worrying about "the potential risk for a catastrophic hull loss" — or better yet, hearing that the Federal Aviation Administration is just starting to realize the potential for the batteries in our smartphones and hoverboards to cause havoc on aircraft — just know that rechargeable lithium-ion batteries and single-use lithium-metal batteries are already classified as hazardous materials. To be clear, Lithium-ion batteries have been and can still be legally carried on both passenger and cargo aircraft while lithium-metals can only be carried in cargo planes. But the ...

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    Expertise is something earned. It's also a big marketing tool. With OPPO having some eight years on the mobile market, it has been able to innovate in hardware time and time again. But its flamboyant output has typically been outside the scan of those with thinner wallets. And that's where the company has to make do with the basics and punch up a spec or two in the hopes of being the right kind of "different." The F1 tackles the mid-range with internals in line for 2016, a so-so screen that doesn't fair so well in sunlight and some cameras. Here's the catch: the rear unit has 13 ...

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    There's plenty of reading material on how the batteries inside our smartphones — objects that have dominated modern social life — fare in extreme temperatures (hint: not well). There's a reason why batteries are rated for a range of temperatures typically from above the freezing point of water to about 38°C or 100°F. The Daily Mail just wrote up an article on this perennial topic of temps, amps and ohms and it has relayed advice to all of us: keep our phones in our pockets. Pockets keep your device close to your body heat. If your smartphone usually takes to a handbag or murse, — ...

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    Nokia had to take a year off of producing smartphones for non-compete reasons from Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia's Devices and Services unit. While we've had to witness the demise of that decision, Nokia has been beefing itself up with the acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent. And if things go according to rumor, the company is supposed to be coming back to the consumer market with three phones, all of them in testing rounds right now. The nexus of the rumors centers around a Weibo look that detailed the back of one of those phones. This iPhone-esque prototype — the device even says it's a ...

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    2015 has been a very interesting year, mainly because companies have seriously raised the bar for smartphone quality. Today we have great processors, great cameras, great build quality, but is there such a thing as a perfect smartphone for this year? Can we truly narrow down all this goodness and call out a winner? Off the bat let’s be clear, just like there’s nothing perfect in the world, smartphone’s aren’t perfect either. Each year companies push technology further, but there’s always something missing, even from the best flagships. Have you noticed that the Galaxy S6 Edge ...

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    At Pocketnow, we encourage responsible driving habits despite our overwhelming passion for mobile technology. Indeed, Motorola has found ways to help out those who are at the wheel stay connected and on the right path. But other owners of phones without even a "Car Mode" or those who just don't bother, they do put themselves at risk with their eyes on their palms and not on the road. But can we really pinpoint a recent spike in traffic-related deaths in the United States to smartphones? The head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration thinks so, despite not having firm ...

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    As the holiday season gets closer, it's right about that time for a smartphone upgrade in the case of most of you. Years ago this was rather easy as there were only a few players doing things right every year. 2015 is a different animal though, with most OEMs doing an amazing job at raising the bar in design quality and overall user experience. We have flagship devices at mid-range prices, and even new categories like the "Premium mid-range" for those that want elegance on a budget. If you're still on the ropes trying to decide which smartphone is right for you, this guide will hopefully ...

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    Updated December 9: The Nexus 6 has been dropped from the Google Store. Step back from the food court, I repeat, step back from the food court. Move away from the deals. Seriously, though, you might be on a sales safari come this weekend or a cyber chase on Monday. If you're the type of person to give away phones and smartwatches for the holidays, though, it helps to actually consider what you're getting and how it fits the person you're getting it for. Like a sommelier does with wine, we're given you our suggestions on what phones to look for when you're talking about your dorky cousin ...

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    Hong Kong-based hardware manufacturer Lenovo bought Motorola Mobility from Google last year and it finalized that acquisition last year. But just because a deal's done doesn't mean it takes time and treasure to readjust things. As a result, it needed to clean house not only within Motorola, but within itself. And for earnings reporting reasons, Lenovo's had to use some of its money to make that happen. Revenues were up 16 percent from last year to $12.2 billion. But with the conversion of its smartphone production to its Motorola subsidiary as well as other charges related to inventory and ...

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    BlackBerry is still committed to BB10 support, but given the recently-released, high-profile and high-in-demand Priv, you'd think that the company seems a little torn in its software development. But it wouldn't make sense for the Canada-based OEM to just go one-and-done with the whole Android deal, right? Especially considering that the Priv is considered as "step one" towards getting its devices unit back to profitability. Enter the BlackBerry "Vienna," a phone much like the BlackBerry Priv (codenamed "Venice," so watch out for another name) in terms of height and keyboard, except ...

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    This amorphous blob we keep referring to as "China" has been a tough topic to tackle for us at Pocketnow. The sheer enormity of the market, the hundreds, even thousands of component and device manufacturers and trends so short-lived, they seem concurrent enough to contradict each other all combine to inhibit understanding of the Chinese consumer. Well, fun fact: China covers 3.7 million square miles of megalopolises and nowheres with a government that has commercial interests in every part of it. So it's not surprising to hear that the country is home to 1.3 billion mobile subscribers. ...

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    Law enforcement and tech companies are at odds on the subject of encryption. It's encryption so thorough that even the tech companies can't decrypt it. Encrypted phones from suspects and victims have stopped homicide investigations. But for those who refuse to incriminate themselves, the issue comes down to basic property and knowledge rights. It seems that the United Kingdom has taken to statute to force Silicon Valley-types into its hand on the topic of encrypted communications. The Investigatory Powers Bill gives law enforcement — from spy agency MI5 to the local police department ...

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    This is something to be proud of, as opposed to that Galaxy Note 5 modification that voids your warranty. It's also flexing Sharp's muscle in its homeland, too. A special edition Sharp AQUOS SH-M02 (that's the official model name, by the way) will be made available by 7-Eleven to some 30,000 lucky fans on November 2. The extra EVA-20 designation marks the 20th anniversary of the anime series Evangelion. This is actually the second such special Evangelion/Sharp collaborated smartphone this year. The first one was distributed through NTT DoCoMo. In addition to the special wrap design and ...

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    Google is web search around here. Below all the smartphones and IoT devices and Fiber and that kind of goodness, Alphabet makes money having Google put up advertisements to those who look for things on this here internet. But where that traffic comes from matters and with the introduction of full-scale ad-blocking on iOS 9 (which Google Play has previously shunned), we have some issues to chew over. The big news comes from Amit Singhal, Google SVP of search, at re/code's Code/Mobile conference: // This summer for the first time we are getting more searches on mobile devices than desktop, ...

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    How we wish smartphones cost double-oh-seven dollars. Tongue out of cheek, we now turn to the latest in mobile technology to fetch what could be called "a killing." Forget Vertu and Tag Heuer, this time we're talking about British luxury automaker and Aston Martin. And we're not talking about the first sucky phone it did, here: it's taking this year's $300 phone and bringing up the price twenty-fold. The Racing 808, actually made by Primo Mobile is a phone that appears to be all about the exterior: the $6,000 base model comes with a leather back, thick metal frame, a speaker surrounded by ...

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    The pager has long been outshined by the smartphone in terms of usefulness in the hospital. After all, you can send pictures to the people who need them. But the fact that SMS and MMS missives are work- and immediacy-friendlier than emails or web-based messengers means that the data doctors and nurses trade isn't encrypted and not that secure. A survey just published in peer-reviewed journal BMJ Innovations focuses on nurses' and doctors' usage of smartphones in five hospitals at a London NHS Trust. About 98 percent of doctors and 95 percent of nurses responding said that they own a ...

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    The S cycle is an interesting part of the iPhone buying experience. Since 2007, Apple has introduced at least one new iPhone every year, but only half of them are redesigns. The other half ... are reimaginings. Improved takes on tried-and-true existing hardware. These takes are never the most exciting phones, but they’re always the ones worth buying. This year, that reimagining means a new software revision, improved camera optics, and even a new way to interact with the screen. It may not be revolutionary, but this might just be Apple's biggest evolutionary update yet. Decide for ...

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