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2 weeks ago

LG Nexus 5 2015 allegedly recreated using factory schematics, rear fingerprint scanner shown off

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Although nothing's official yet, it is looking more and more likely that we'll see two Nexus smartphones this year, with Huawei and LG claimed to be the manufacturers. Huawei's Nexus leak from earlier this month suggested that the phone will feature a 5.7-inch QHD display, while LG's model is expected to come with a 5.2-inch display.

Leaked live photos will undoubtedly start showing up as we head closer to the October release cycle for Nexus devices, but for now, renders of the LG-made Nexus based on "detailed factory schematics provided to accessory-makers" have emerged online.

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2 weeks ago

First look: Samsung's new high-end tablets, the Galaxy Tab S2 series

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Galaxy Tab S2

After a quiet announcement earlier this summer, Samsung gave us our first look at its latest high-end tablets, the Galaxy Tab 2 series at its "London Unpacked" event in the UK. The latest in a long line of Samsung tablets, the Tab S2 builds on the Korean giant's 2014 efforts with high-end Android slates positioned at two key screen sizes — 8.0 and 9.7 inches.

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2 weeks ago

T-Mobile giving away Alcatel OneTouch PIXI 7 tablet in back to school promotion

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As part of the back to school promotion, T-Mobile is handing out the Alcatel OneTouch PIXI 7 tablet to those who take out a new tablet plan with the US carrier. The network will provide you with the PIXI 7 and all you have to pay is sales tax.

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2 weeks ago

Samsung may offer 128GB variants of the Galaxy Note 5 and S6 edge+ after all

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Samsung made no mention of the 128GB variant during the unveil of the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 edge+, with the phones available in 32 and 64GB editions. It looks like the manufacturer may offer the higher-storage model as well, based on the handsets' listing on Samsung's official website:

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2 weeks ago

Samsung wants to help you choose between the Galaxy Note 5 and the S6 edge+

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Not sure if you'll make use of the additional functionality offered by the S Pen on the Galaxy Note 5? Does that dual-curve screen on the Galaxy S6 edge+ strike your fancy? With Samsung offering two leading handsets in its Note and Galaxy S line simultaneously for the first time, there's a lot to choose from.

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2 weeks ago

Quick comparison: Galaxy Note 5 versus LG G4

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Galaxy Note 5 versus LG G4

With Samsung finally taking the wraps off of the Galaxy Note 5, it's an honest comparison to put it up alongside LG's big device for the year — the G4. Both phones pack big screens, high-end specs and a few neat features that set them apart from each other and the rest of the smartphone pack. Here's a quick comparison of the leading devices from Samsung and LG, read on.

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2 weeks ago

Verizon pushing Android 5.1.1 and Stagefright fixes to Galaxy S6, S6 edge, Tab 4 10.1

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Verizon has started pushing out an update to the Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, and Galaxy Tab 4 10.1, bringing Android 5.1.1 along with fixes for the Stagefright exploit.

Alongside patching up the Stagefright exploit, the update to Android 5.1.1 brings along a switch for the parallax wallpaper effect, a new camera quick exposure setting, caller ID for Advanced Calling, and added Chinese language support.

Verizon first started pushing out fixes for the Stagefright exploit last week with the Note Edge, Note 4, and S5. These updates may take a bit to show up on your specific phone, but they shouldn't be too far off now that changelogs have been posted.

Source: Verizon (Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6, Galaxy Tab 4 10.1)

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2 weeks ago

The Nova Material Watch Face keeps it simple

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Finding a Watch Face that gives you the info that you need to know, while keeping it simple aren't always easy to find. Many get you that info, but wind up looking cluttered, others have a clean and simple look, but you don't get the details you need at a glance. If that's the case then the Nova Material Watch face for Android Wear might have you covered.

The Nova Material Watch Face has a clean, understated look to it. It's got a fresh, minimalistic appeal while still getting you the information that you want out of your watch. Lets take a look.

The top of your screen has two indicators for notifications. On the top left is a small speech bubble, accompanied to the right by an envelope. Otherwise known as messages, and emails. If your inboxes are full of nothing but read messages, then you'll just see the icons themselves. On the other hand if you have unread messages, then a small colored bubble will appear with a number within it; the number of unread messages you have waiting.

The middle of your screen is where most of your information is waiting. In the middle of the screen is a 12 hour digital readout of the time. Just above it, is the current date, along with which day of the week it is. To the left of these you'll see a weather indicator to give you a clue about what to expect if you venture outside.

At the bottom of the screen you'll find your last two indicators. One is a wristwatch, and the other a smartphone, and both are surrounded by a small colored ring. The ring fills dependent upon the battery life of your Smartwatch, and Smartphone, along with a digital readout just below the icons.

If you're looking for clean, simple, and informative, Nova Material Watch Face could be the right fit.

Most of this watch face is black on white, with a few splashes of color. Unfortunately, if green isn't your color of choice you'll need to purchase the premium version of this watch face for $1.04. It isn't just minimalist in it's look either, there are no settings or options to fool with if you're rocking the free version. The paid version of Nova Material Watch Face only unlocks the ability to change the accent color — and there are a ton of colors to choose from.

If you're looking for clean, simple, and informative, Nova Material Watch Face could be the right fit. While it doesn't concern itself with giving you options to customize, it does give you the information you need most to plan your day. At the great price of free, it's certainly worth taking a look.

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2 weeks ago

Of course the new Samsung phone keyboard has a parody Twitter account

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Because you haven't really made it anywhere in 2015 unless you've got someone pretending to be you.

Still, that's pretty funny.

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2 weeks ago

Here's everything Samsung announced at Unpacked!

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Samsung Unpacked 2015

If you're having trouble keeping up, we don't blame you. Samsung bludgeoned us today with a bevy of new products. Smartphones. Payment systems. It even teased a new round smartwatch. It was one hell of a liveblog.

There's a lot that's new, but also a lot that's building upon products we've become intimately familiar with over the past several months. There's definitely something for most everyone here.

So let's break it all down in one easy-to-digest post.

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2 weeks ago

Google Play services 7.8 SDK now available with Nearby Messages, Mobile Vision API and more

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Google has completed the rollout of Google Play services 7.8, which brings some new APIs for developers. Included in this release is Nearby Messages, Mobile Vision API, as well as Google Cloud Messaging, and the SDK is now available for developers to download.

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2 weeks ago

Pre-orders begin for the Galaxy Note 5, S6 edge+

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Pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ have officially begun, and here is where you can place yours. We have already seen all of the major US carriers commit to carrying the new phones, with official availability beginning on August 21.

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2 weeks ago

Take the State of the Mobile Nations phones survey for a chance at $600 for a new Android phone!

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One of these phones could be yours!

Silly season for new phones is upon us, so it's time to find out what you think of it all.

Samsung just announced the Galaxy Note and Galaxy S6 edge+, BlackBerry recently outed the Passport Silver Edition, Apple's expected to unveil the iPhone 6s in just a few weeks, and Microsoft just rolled out Windows 10 and is preparing to launch new Windows 10 Mobile flagship phones. The carriers are changing things up too — so we want to know where you stand on all these things. We want to know what's important to you in a phone and what you look for in a carrier. So we put together a quick survey to get to the bottom of all these questions, and one lucky participant will win $600 to put towards a brand new phone!

That's right, it's time for the State of the Mobile Nations Phones Survey! State of the Mobile Nations Phones Survey! We've got questions about phones and carriers that only you can answer.

We want to know — is screen size or battery life more important to you? Do you want rock solid data coverage or more data than you could ever hope to consume? All this and more, we want to know: what matters to you? Take the survey, help us find out what's important, and maybe you'll win a brand new phone in the process!

This survey's open through September 1st and is open world-wide, so have at it, folks!

State of the Mobile Nations Phones Survey! State of the Mobile Nations Phones Survey!

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2 weeks ago

Motorola said to axe 500 jobs at its Chicago headquarters as part of Lenovo restructuring

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As part of Lenovo's recently-announced restructuring efforts, Motorola plans to cut 500 jobs at its Chicago headquarters, according to a new report. That number accounts for 25 percent of Motorola's 2,000 employees that work in the Merchandise Mart offices.

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2 weeks ago

Dell's Chromebook 13 offers higher-end specs starting at just $399

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Dell and Google have unveiled the Chromebook 13, an all-new Chromebook which aims to bring higher-end specs with a more affordable price tag. Currently, consumers have entry-level, affordable Chromebook's like the ASUS Chromebook Flip, or a high-end, expensive option like the Pixel. Dell hopes to break the current trend, with pricing of its Chromebook 13 starting at just $399.

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