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2 weeks ago

How to enable the app drawer on the Huawei Mate 9

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Huawei Mate 9 app drawer

By default, all your apps are shown on your home screen on the Huawei Mate 9. But it's easy to enable a more traditional Android app drawer.

Gone are the days when using a phone with Huawei's EMUI software meant having to choose between and iOS-like home screen setup — where all your apps are shown on the home screen — and using a custom launcher. The latest EMUI 5 software, included on the Huawei Mate 9, makes it easy to keep your home screen relatively uncluttered, leaving less-used apps in the app drawer.

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2 weeks ago

There's now a white variant of Xiaomi's bezel-less Mi Mix

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The stunning Mi Mix, now in white.

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At CES, Xiaomi announced a white version of the bezel-less Mi Mix. Unveiled back in October, the Mi Mix sports a 6.4-inch Full HD display, but the lack of bezels and a 91.3% screen-to-body ratio means that the phone isn't any larger than a traditional 5.5-inch handset.

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2 weeks ago

Nexus 6 gets its long-awaited Android 7.1.1 update

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It took long enough, but the Nexus 6 is getting Android 7.1.1!

As promised, Google has issued the long-awaited Android 7.1.1 update for the aging (but still virile) Nexus 6.

Bundled in build N6F26Q, the software gives 'Shamu' all of the features bestowed upon other Nexus devices on 7.1.1, such as app shortcuts, updated emojis, image keyboard and rounded icons, along with important bug fixes, but absent are the Pixel's Night Light and Google Assistant.

If you're in a hurry, you can always grab the OTA file at Google's official factory images page, or just wait until the update machine spits it out in a week or so. The update also includes the latest January 5, 2017 security bulletin.

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2 weeks ago

OnePlus 3T + Nougat video review!

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I have a confession to make: I've had the OnePlus 3T for the past month or so, since its launch in late November. But for most of that time I haven't paid a whole lot of attention to it — instead my time has been dominated by Nougat phones like the Pixel and Mate 9. The 3T arrived running Marshmallow which just felt old and a sludgy after using the new version.

No more! Within hours of its end-of-year deadline, OnePlus delivered Android 7.0 (and OxygenOS 4.0) for both the 3T and its predecessor, the OnePlus 3T. It's a huge upgrade that makes the new device feel like legit Pixel competitor in all but a couple of areas. Check out our video review to find out more!

Check out our video review below, and be sure to hit up our OnePlus 3T Nougat write-up for more on the new flagship.

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2 weeks ago

Kyocera's DuraForce Pro may be the best affordable rugged phone at Verizon

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Kyocera's latest rugged phone has a built-in action camera.

Kyocera unveiled the DuraForce Pro back in August, and the phone is now up for sale at Verizon for $408 outright or $17 per month for 24 months.

The latest in Kyocera's range of rugged phones, the DuraForce Pro offers a wide-angle view action camera that shoots at 1080p. The body itself is shockproof, drop-proof, and dustproof, and can withstand being submerged in water up to two meters for 30 minutes. It also has the MIL-STD-810 rating for protection against dust, shock, extreme temperatures, vibration, humidity, and more.

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2 weeks ago

Xiaomi India's revenues exceeded $1 billion in 2016

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Xiaomi sold a lot of phones in India in 2016.

Xiaomi has announced that it crossed $1 billion in revenue in 2016 from its Indian unit. The last two quarters of 2016 were particularly fruitful for the company as it set new sales records in the market. The Redmi Note 3 was very well received in India, with Xiaomi selling over 2.3 million units in just six months. The entry-level Redmi 3S also made a strong start following its debut in the third quarter.

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2 weeks ago

LG G6 won't have a modular design as focus shifts to 'aesthetics and usability'

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No one liked the LG G5's modular design, so LG is ditching it.

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LG's audacious plan to offer a modular design with the LG G5 failed, and with the company's profits taking a turn for the worse, it is going back to the basics. At CES, LG has announced that it will ditch the modular platform for its upcoming LG G6, instead focusing on "aesthetics and usability."

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2 weeks ago

Huawei Mate 9 arriving in the U.S. Jan 6 for $599, will add Alexa support in a future update

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Huawei's massive and impressive Mate 9 will be coming to the U.S. this month.

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Huawei's indomitable quest for world domination continues this week as it has announced its latest oversized flagship, the Mate 9, would be coming to the U.S. on January 6 for a very agreeable $599 through various online retailers including Amazon and Newegg.

See at Amazon

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2 weeks ago

ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom hands-on: Focused on being more than just a camera

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Asus ZenFone Zoom

The second 'Zoom' model isn't quite as impressive optically, but makes more sense practically.

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After some pretty audacious engineering marvels going into the last ZenFone Zoom, ASUS has taken a decidedly simpler approach with the new ZenFone 3 Zoom. Rather than being a majority camera-focused smartphone, this is aimed at being a solid mid-to-high-end device overall that also happens to great photos with top-end camera specs.

ASUS effectively gave up on the huge, cumbersome and trade-off-heavy optical zooming solution of old and instead chose to go with a dual-focal length camera setup not unlike the iPhone 7 Plus. And while the camera setup still seems quite impressive based on the specs — dual 12MP 1.4-micron sensors with f/1.7 lenses — and company's claims, it's also a dramatically smaller package that let the rest of the ZenFone 3 Zoom round out as a "normal" smartphone.

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2 weeks ago

ZTE's insane, crowdsourced eye-tracking phone is called Hawkeye and is coming in September for $199

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ZTE is bringing its crowdsourced, crowdfunded Project CSX phone to market this September, and it's called Hawkeye.

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ZTE has announced that its long-awaited (by some) crowdsourced phone will go up for pre-order starting January 4 and will be delivered nine months later, in September, barring any unforeseen delays.

The device, born under ZTE's ambitious Project CSX, which stands for Crowd Source X, gleaned suggestions from people around the world, integration the two most viable into the finished product: eye-tracking navigation, and adhesive properties .

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2 weeks ago

ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom joins the dual-camera train, adds a 5000 mAh battery for good measure

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ASUS heard cameras and batteries are a big deal right now.

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It's no surprise that two of the biggest things many people look for in a smartphone right now are camera quality and battery life. Photo quality has dramatically improved over the las two years, and manufacturers are trying new things to see what the most important next step is going to be.

In the process, many of these phones wind up in the 5-inch range with just enough battery to get you through a busy day. Sacrificing camera quality for battery life isn't fun, though, but if you look back at 2016 that's largely what happened.

ASUS seems to think they have the camera-focused phone with the least amount of compromise, and a big part of that experience is the 5000 mAh battery stuffed inside. Check out the new ZenFone 3 Zoom.

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2 weeks ago

Honor Magic hands-on: Huawei puts its design prowess on display

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Honor Magic

This hardware is exciting, and you aren't going to see it outside of China.

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Honor launched the sleek new Honor Magic in China just a few weeks ago, and though there are no plans for it to arrive in North America we had an opportunity to look at this really interesting phone at CES 2017.

The Magic is a completely separate device than the rest of the range of recent Honor releases, and that's immediately clear when you see it. The super-thin sculpted metal body with curved glass on both sides seems decidedly futuristic compared to its other designs. It initially gives the impression of a Galaxy S7 edge, but it's even more impressively thin and compact.

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2 weeks ago

Get an Eyeful of the New BlackBerry with MrMobile

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TCL has only kind of announced their new BlackBerry, as we don't have a name or any information about when and how it can be acquired, but we do have one thing: MrMobile's hands on preview. There's not a lot of information yet, but what we do have we're happy to share with you.

If you're like us and very interested in what the new BlackBerry has to offer, you'll want to check out this video. This short glimpse at what the future holds is sure to keep you engaged with the next step for BlackBerry.

Stay social, my friends

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2 weeks ago

Mercury gives us reasons to be hopeful about BlackBerry in 2017

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It's time to pay attention to BlackBerry — again.

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Talk about déjà vu: I just finished handling a pre-production version of the "Mercury" smartphone by BlackBerry. This thing is a definite blast from the past, though it doesn't feel antiquated. Instead, it feels like the next generation of BlackBerry — essentially what we had hoped the Priv would be all along.

One thing is for certain: TCL is committed to reviving the BlackBerry brand in North America. In addition to giving us a peek at what's on the horizon, the company's president offered a road map of how it plans to proceed in reviving the brand over the next few years. I left the meeting feeling particularly optimistic about BlackBerry's future — the first time in five years. Here's why you might want to start paying attention again.

The next phone is truly a BlackBerry

Although the Priv was an impressive attempt on BlackBerry's part to establish itself as an Android brand, it didn't feel like a BlackBerry precisely because it was trying to be something else entirely.

The Mercury feels like fan service to BlackBerry's history.

Conversely, the Mercury feels like fan service to BlackBerry's design language. Rather than bundle BlackBerry apps and services onto an Alcatel device — as was the case with the DTEK50 and DTEK60 — the Mercury is simply a BlackBerry in modern clothing.

Unfortunately, I didn't get much time with the software installed on the Mercury because it wasn't finalized. But BlackBerry is taking its Hub in a positive direction. And if it adds in a few software and app exclusives to pair with this modern take on its own design, it may just convince the old fans to come back.

Better carrier partnerships

Steve Cistulli, the president of TCL — which now operates BlackBerry's smartphone hardware business in addition to building devices under the Alcatel name — walked us through his plans for the brand over the next few years. He believes that what TCL needs to do first and foremost is re-stabilize BlackBerry's business. And to do so, it needs to re-establish its relationships with the North American carriers. "I think what [we did with] Alcatel is a testimony that we have the ability to put BlackBerry handsets in that upward direction," he said. "We need to make sure the carriers understand what the [BlackBerry plan] looks like in the future years."

Cistulli wouldn't say which of the carriers the company is courting, but he did mention that this year would be primarily focused on "creating a portfolio for 2019."

It's still a major enterprise player

There is an enterprise waiting to be rejuvenated.

BlackBerry's biggest selling point during its hey-day (and to be fair, this enterprise management business is still strong) was its ability to play particularly well with company policies. TCL plans to leverage that past by building on it for the future. "We intend to use all that we've had with Alcatel to make BlackBerry a true competitor to Apple and Samsung," said Cistulli. "If we can make an end solution in the industry that is best in class in all regards … and then take what we do so well and put that on top of it — which is the efficient creation, manufacturing, distribution, and after-market care of a device — then you have a true win-win situation. "

Plus, added Cistulli, since the enterprise refresh cycle is so much longer than the consumer cycle, there is already an "enterprise waiting to be rejuvenated."

With the Mercury, the BlackBerry brand definitely has a phone it can ride into 2017 with that could spark that rejuvenation.

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2 weeks ago

BlackBerry 'Mercury' hands-on: Riding into 2017 on a phone with no name

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BlackBerry Mercury

The BlackBerry brand continues to get much-needed TLC from its new owner TCL.

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Under the new direction of TCL, BlackBerry's smartphone business is poised for a relative revival. It's no big revelation to say that BlackBerry's market share and mind share are nowhere near what they were in its prime, but at CES 2017 BlackBerry is hoping to kickstart a new direction by announcing a new phone.

And even though the company won't actually tell us the specs, price, features, launch date or even the official name, many will recognize this smartphone as the rumored BlackBerry "Mercury." So in lieu of a proper name, that's what we're calling it. The Mercury is real, that much has been established now — it's a solid metal phone that fits the overall size mold of a modern slab smartphone, but manages to fit in a full hardware keyboard on the bottom without a Priv-like slider.

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