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Motorola phones getting Android 8.0 Oreo revealed

Motorola has revealed the smartphones that will be receiving an update to the Android 8.0 Oreo operating system upgrade. The list covers 10 different devices in three of the many Motorola series of phones. One group of owners that will not be happy if they were looking forward to Android Oreo will be owners of […]

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Nokia 8’s dual-camera is good, but rival phones offer more

The Nokia 8 broke cover in the run-up to IFA 2017, so while it wasn't officially launched at the show in Germany, it's one of several phones vying for your cash ahead of a certain company's next phone. It's the most accomplished Android phone that No…
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Google Pixel camera trick comes to other phones through a mod

Much of the Google Pixel's photographic prowess comes from its software — it's particularly good at high dynamic range photos thanks to its HDR+ mode, which fills in gobs of detail while reducing the blur you sometimes see in HDR shots. But do you h…
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LG Q6 matches big FullVision displays to midrange phones

We loved LG's G6 and its 18:9 aspect ratio FullVision screen, and now the company will offer that setup in several smaller, lower-priced phones. While the G6+ takes care of the high-end with more storage and premium sound, the Q6+, Q6 and Q6α a…
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Amazon gets Prime Exclusive flavors of the Nokia 6, Moto E4, and three Alcatel phones

With the arrival of this batch, Amazon is currently offering ten phones at a lower cost with its own services at the forefront alongside Google’s. Amazon added phones from Nokia, Alcatel, and Lenovo for a simultaneous release date next month. These are the new Prime Exclusive devices: Nokia 6 for $ 179 (21% off) Alcatel Idol […]

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Google Play’s new feature for Samsung phones isn’t so exclusive

Google Play Music and Samsung have a history of exclusives, and now they may have debuted their best one yet. Android Authority reports that Google Play Music's playlist New Release Radio, which is a personalized playlist of new release music with da…
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Google breaks fingerprint sensor for Pixel, Nexus phones with latest Android Nougat update

Keeping things in-house should be a recipe that prevents problems from cropping up when a phone manufacturer decides to update a device. After all, they have all of the software code and hardware specs. Unfortunately, that does not seem to be the case, even after extensive testing. Google is the latest example of an update […]

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Scientists just proved your phone’s PIN can be cracked using its gyroscope data

Your PIN code might be frighteningly easy to crack. Researchers at Newcastle University showed how a phone’s gyroscope and other sensors, along with special software, could crack it.

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Motorola celebrates 44 years of portable cell phones

Motorola is one of the companies directly responsible for the birth of the smartphone as we know it, and today officially marks the 44th anniversary of their announcement of the DynaTAC. It’s hard to even consider the DynaTAC and modern smartphones as being even remotely similar devices, but that’s where it all began. The DynaTAC weighed […]

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That was quick! Verizon to install adware on phones after privacy rules repealed

Verizon’s AppFlash, a new app rolling out to the carrier’s customers in the coming weeks, can track app usage and use it to target ads. The Electronic Frontier Foundation notes that it could, too, be used by hackers as a common point of attack.

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LeEco’s phones and televisions hit new retailers in the U.S.

Next time you’re out shopping, you could find yourself staring at a new LeEco-made phone or television to bring home. LeEco just announced new national retail partnerships that put its products in much-need locations. It’s a sign that the company is seeking to make its brand more visible, forgoing the original plan to only go […]

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MWC 2017 Trends: Waterproof phones are in, wearables are out, and nostalgia is king

MWC sets the trends for the mobile world each year, and this year, we’ve seen five big trends emerging: waterproof phones, nostalgic tech, TV tech in phones, no wearables, and the survival of the headphone jack.

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HMD Global to launch a slew of Nokia phones at MWC 2017

It looks like we’ll be seeing a slew of Android-based Nokia phones at MWC 2017 this year. VentureBeat says HMD Global Oy, the company with exclusive manufacturing rights to the Nokia brand, will be launching four new phones at the convention this year. HMD Global has already unveiled the Nokia 6, at least in China, […]

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‘Minecraft,’ which Microsoft owns, will halt updates on Windows Mobile phones

According to Windows Central, sources have confirmed that Minecraft: Pocket Edition will no longer receive updates on Windows Mobile devices. Microsoft purchased developer Mojang in 2014 for $ 2.5 billion.

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The QWERTY phone lives! Here’s 7 keyboard phones you can buy right now

Think phones with QWERTY keyboards are dead and gone? Think again. We’ve found a few different devices you can go and buy today, and each has its own physical keyboard. Here are our current favorites.

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Homeland Security contractor says Chinese software secretly infected Blu phones

Chinese Android software secretly transmitted personal data including text messages, call details, and contacts from tens of thousands of phones sold by Florida-based smartphone maker Blu.

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Sony may release two new phones at Mobile World Congress 2017, reports say

According to recent reports, MWC 2017 may be a big show for Sony. In fact, the company may release two new phones at the event, one of which is rumored to be the follow-up to last year’s Xperia X.

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Alcatel’s new phones deliver respectable hardware at a low price

Alcatel’s releasing four new low-end phones that won’t break the bank: the Pop 4S, the Pop 4 Plus, and two models of Pixi handset. They’re launching in Best Buy and Amazon later this year.

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Android phones best Apple’s iPhone 7 battery life

This may be hard for Apple and its loyalists to hear, but the iPhone 7 does not have better battery life than the best Android phones. Which?, a U.K.-based publication, put the iPhone 7 against the HTC 10, G5, and Galaxy S7 to see where the phones ranked in terms of battery life. Here’s an […]

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Qualcomm’s Clear Sight is an all-in-one solution for dual-camera phones

Qualcomm’s new Clear Sight platform leverages dual cameras in supported smartphones to deliver pics with improved contrast, clarity, and sharpness. The chipmaker’s working with manufacturers to build it into into future phones.

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Google may launch Google Home, 4K Chromecast, Pixel phones, Daydream on Oct. 4

Google’s Nexus line of devices may be at an end. The upcoming Google phones are rumored to be called the Pixel and Pixel XL. Google is also rumored to announce Google Home, a 4K Chromecast, Daydream View, and the Pixel devices on Oct. 4.

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Smartphone Novaload! Huawei’s Nova phones are primed and ready for your jeans pocket

Huawei says business types will buy the Mate 8, and fashionistas will snap pictures with the P9, but what about people who want a less expensive phone with a good battery, and plenty of tech? Meet the Nova and Nova Plus, Huawei’s newest smartphones for everyone.

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Weekly Rewind: Milk replaces plastic, humidity slows phones, wicked supercars

In the tech world, a lot happens in a week. So much news goes on that it’s almost impossible for mere mortals with real lives to keep track of everything. That’s why we’ve compiled a quick and dirty list of the top 10 tech stories from this week.

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Report: Sony phones crash least often, Nexus phones are updated fastest

According to a recent report from Apteligent, Google Nexus devices have the best overall user experience when it comes to Android phones. In second place is Motorola, though some suggest this could change under Lenovo’s guidance.

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20 emulators for classic gaming fun on Android phones

You don’t have to have a desktop machine in order to emulate your favorite games of yesteryear. These 20 emulators are available for Android devices, and allow you to replay your favorite Atari-era titles on the go.

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Best AT&T phones

Forking out over $ 600 for a brand new flagship all at once isn’t for everyone, but thankfully companies like AT&T offer different financing options to make that hefty price tag a bit more reasonable. On the downside, not every phone manufacturer is going to be on AT&T, limiting your options. Most carriers seem to play […]

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Vivo unveils its X7 and X7 Plus flagship phones

Chinese phone manufacturer Vivo has unveiled its latest flagships, the X7 and X7 Plus. Both phones will be available later in July, starting at $ 376, which should help them compete in the Chinese market.

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Weekly rewind: Foldable phones, backpack hearts, growing human organs in pigs

In the tech world, a lot happens in a week. So much news goes on, in fact, that it’s almost impossible for mere mortals with real lives to keep track of everything. That’s why we’ve compiled a quick and dirty list of the top 10 tech stories.

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Look out, the first Lenovo Project Tango phone’s likely to be a whopper

We’re edging closer to the official launch of Lenovo’s smartphone with Google’s Project Tango technology inside, and to get you all caught up, here’s everything we know about it so far.

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Sony unveils Xperia E5, XA Dual, and X Dual, midrange phones set to debut overseas

Sony’s unveiled new, mid-range Xperia smartphones bound for developing markets later this year: the Xperia E5, XA Dual, and X Dual. They’re a bit pricey for what you get.

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You won’t know future LG phones have got a fingerprint sensor at all

LG Innotek, the division of the company that makes components, has found a way to hide a fingerprint sensor underneath the glass front panel on a smartphone. That means it’s completely hidden away, less likely to be damaged, and could result in sleeker, smoother looking smartphone designs.

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Why not? Huawei is making its own VR headset for phones

Huawei has announced Huawei VR, a virtual reality headset that will challenge Samsung’s Gear VR. Or will it? There are conflicting reports on how Huawei VR works, but here’s what we think we know about it so far.

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Budget buyers assemble! AT&T’s new trio of Samsung phones start at $80

Looking for a great new phone but don’t want to break the bank? AT&T’s new trio of Samsung phones start at a measly $ 80, and are a great option for the budget minded smartphone user.

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LG’s telling developers how to make Friends, because more modular phones may be coming

The LG G5’s modular design is exciting, but it’s going to need more than the two modules already announced if it’s going to succeed. LG’s preparing to release development kits to help other companies produce them, and outlined plans on how they’ll eventually be sold.

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Why doodling on your phone’s screen is better than a password

Researchers from Rutger University have shown that using a free-form gesture to secure apps on your smartphone is easier, faster, and equally as secure as using a text-based password.

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Cheap ‘n cheerful: Our favorite affordable phones from MWC

It’s hard to see big differences in flagship smartphones year-over-year, but you can see a lot of high-end features trickling down into affordable phones. Take a look at a few recently-announced smartphones, aimed at emerging and developing markets.

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A walk through Samsung’s mobile innovations: Phones have come a long way since 1988

At MWC 2016, Samsung created a museum of sorts, showcasing many of its biggest mobile tech innovations since 1988. Let’s take a stroll back through time to see the first mobile phone and smartwatch from Samsung.

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A consumer group sues Samsung for not updating Android on 82 percent of its phones

Samsung has done a lot to improve its software updates over the past few years, but a Dutch consumer group is still unhappy with the lack of timely updates, and has sued the South Korean electronics giant.

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Xiaomi misses 2015 sales target, still manages to sell 70 million phones

Chinese mobile giant Xiaomi has missed its sales target for 2015 by 10 million units, but still managed a 14 percent growth in sales. While it is not a bad sign, it is much smaller than the massive surge in popular Xiaomi noticed in 2014.

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ZTE wants your ideas to help shape future phones

ZTE has opened the Z-Community, where it hopes fans will come and talk about the company’s hardware, and share ideas on what they’d like to see on future devices. It’s offering exclusive bonuses in return.

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10 charming Chinese Android phones that are worth the hassle to import

Maybe the smartphones from Apple, Samsung, and the other big names aren’t for you, and one of the phones from China this year has captured your attention. Here’s our rundown of the best Chinese smartphones.

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Samsung fan? Check out its Black Friday deals on tablets, phones, and more

Samsung’s deals for Black Friday went live, a few days ahead of the big day. The company is offering hundreds of deals on wearables, TVs, tablets, and more. You can find most of its smartphone deals through the various carriers.

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PSA: Samsung Pay finally works with select phones on Verizon

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The long wait for Verizon to allow customers with select Samsung phones to use the company’s mobile payments service is finally over. Owners of the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy Note 5, and Galaxy S6 Edge+ can start using Samsung Pay right now.

Upon downloading a software update that is currently rolling out, the Samsung Pay app will be available to install from Google Play. Then you can start using your phone to pay for goods and services from your phone at more locations than any other mobile payments service.

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The software update also includes security patches, likely fixing the recent Stagefright issues.

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These seven Android phones have a better camera than the iPhone 6S

It seemed as certain as death and taxes that the iPhone would always have the best smartphone camera in the world. However, things have dramatically changed as seven Android phones are now ranked higher than the iPhone 6S.

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Most Android phones are vulnerable due to lack of security patches

A study partly funded by Google and conducted by University of Cambridge researchers found that a whopping 87 percent of Android devices are vulnerable to known flaws. According to a post by Alastair R. Beresford, one of the team members, it's beca…
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You’ll need patience, but Verizon says Samsung Pay is coming to its phones

Samsung Pay aims to rival Apple Pay and Google Wallet in the mobile payment space. The system works with NFC and verifies payments with your fingerprint. Here’s everything you need to know.

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What to expect from the Google event: Android M, new Nexus phones, Chromecast 2

Google’s Nexus event kicks off on September 29 at 9 a.m. PST. Here’s everything we expect to see, including the Huawei Nexus P, the LG Nexus 5X, Android M, Chromecast 2, Android TV, Android Auto, and more.

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Samsung’s S Health is your all-in-one health and fitness app, now available on all Android phones

Samsung rarely gets acclaim for its proprietary apps, but S Health is a solid one. It’s a comprehensive health and fitness app, and it’s now available on all phones running Android 4.4 and higher.

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LG, Huawei’s Nexus phones to be up for pre-order on October 13

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Two Nexus phones are coming this year. Both LG, a company familiar with the Nexus line, and Huawei will be producing the phones for Google’s signature hardware brand. The Huawei-made Nexus phone will be larger and have ‘better’ specifications than LG’s offering, but the latter will bring Nexus phones back to a more affordable price. Google is expected to announce the new devices at an event held in San Francisco on September 29. The pre-order date, though, is not set for that same day. You’ll have to wait a few weeks to secure your new Nexus phone.

A source tells Talk Android that both LG and Huawei’s Nexus phones will be made available for pre-order on October 13. This date is exactly two weeks after the aforementioned event. What the source did not provide us with is a shipping date; however, Nexus devices have a history in shipping 1-3 weeks after an announcement or when pre-orders are first taken.

Being that Google has still not confirmed an event for September 29, the October 13 pre-order date could change in the coming weeks. Or perhaps it ends up being the actual shipping date if Google does indeed decide to make either device available on the same day. For now, we are marking our calendars for September 29 and October 13.

Here is a recap of Nexus phone timelines:

  • Nexus One: December 12, 2009 (confirmed); January 5, 2010 (released)
  • Nexus S: December 6, 2010 (announced); December 16, 2010 (released)
  • Galaxy Nexus: October 19, 2011 (announced); November 17, 2011 (released)
  • Nexus 4: October 29, 2012 (announced); November 13, 2012 (released)
  • Nexus 5: October 31, 2013 (announced, pre-ordering started)
  • Nexus 6: October 15, 2014 (announced); October 29, 2014 (pre-ordering started)

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So many great Android phones, but all bring low profits

motorola_moto_x_pure_edition_moto_maker_full_right_TAThe past few years, but especially this year have been really great for Android phones. We have the “does everything” LG G4, the elegant Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, even the brand new Sony Xperia Z5 Premium with the world’s first 4k display. However, even with all that, Android mobile profits are pretty low.

Analyst have gone through and checked over the latest quarter reports of all major phone makers to find that none of them sold more phones compared to the same quarter last year. A few like Sony are barely holding on, while others like HTC are almost broke.

The largest phone retailer, Samsung, is said to be making only $ 33 per phone now. That sounds super low, but is actually roughly double what any of the other guys are doing. Not that we want to mention their name, but Apple is really the only phone manufacture that is making large sums of cash. They are said to make around $ 185 off of each iPhone sold.

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