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1 week ago

Kyocera Duraforce PRO doubles as a wide-angle action camera

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The new Duraforce PRO is a unique waterproof phone with a wide-angle action camera!

Kyocera has announced the Duraforce PRO, its latest rugged phone that has a built-in wide view action camera. Mainly known for its waterproof and shockproof devices, this will be the first time that Kyocera adds an action camera into its phone to combine the best of two worlds into one. Sporting a 5-inch 1080p display, the Duraforce PRO features 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. On the back you've got a 13MP camera, and the front has a 5MP shooter for capturing those selfies. The rear camera features a number of new modes, such as underwater mode, sports mode, slow motion, time-lapse and other camera filters/applications.

With its 3420mAh battery, you should get all-day battery life and solid recording time on the action camera. The phone will be available later this fall, but no word on pricing yet.

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1 week ago

Best OnePlus 3 tips and tricks

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How do I make my OnePlus 3 better, faster, and more productive? With these tips and tricks!

The OnePlus 3 is one of the best phones you can buy for $399. Featuring a fantastic metal chassis, a 1080p Optic AMOLED display, Snapdragon 820 SoC, 6GB of RAM, 64GB storage, and a 16MP camera, the phone undercuts traditional flagships by a few hundred dollars while providing a similar user experience. Hardware prowess has always been OnePlus' forte, but this time around the software has also picked up much-needed polish in the latest version of OxygenOS, which offers a stock Android experience layered with several customizations.

Here's how you can get the most out of your OnePlus 3.

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1 week ago

The Canadian Galaxy Note 7 runs a Snapdragon 820 chip, not Exynos

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In a reversal in strategy from its Galaxy S7 and S7 edge counterpart, Android Central has learned that the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will ship with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor in Canada instead of the Exynos 8890 that powered all Galaxy S7 variants outside the U.S.

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1 week ago

Circular ASUS ZenWatch 3 coming soon, IFA unveiling likely

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Latest Android Wear device outed by FCC filing ahead of launch.

It's not often that a good old fashioned FCC filing gives the game away anymore, but that's exactly what's given us the first reliable info on the unannounced ASUS ZenWatch 3. Diagrams first found by Ausdroid reveal a circular design and a handful of minor technical details.

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1 week ago

Best fantasy football apps for Android

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Football season is back, baby!

The kickoff to the 2016 NFL season is rapidly approaching, and from office leagues to public leagues, we're sure there's a lot of you looking to get in on the fantasy action. We've gathered up our favorite Android apps to help you dominate this year's fantasy football draft (and hopefully, the season that follows it)! You'll find plenty of options here, each letting you drill down into player statistics, latest news, and updates to your draft.

Note: these apps are for season-long fantasy football, not daily fantasy sites like FanDuel and Draft Kings.

Update, August 10: This article has been updated with new information about the ESPN Fantasy Sports app.

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1 week ago

Will there be a 6GB Samsung Galaxy Note 7 with 128GB of storage?

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Galaxy Note 7

Looks like China's getting a tricked-out Note 7 with more RAM and internal storage. So what does that mean for the rest of us?

Over the past year there's been growing chatter among Android fans as to whether Samsung's Galaxy Note line has become just another smartphone. It started back with last year's Note 5, which on the inside was essentially a Galaxy S6 with an extra gig of RAM and a slightly bigger battery — a baby step forward compared to the huge leap we'd seen from Galaxy S5 to Galaxy Note 4.

And there are even more striking similarities between the Galaxy S7 series and the new Note 7: Same processor, same RAM, a small bump in internal storage, USB-C and a new iris scanner feature of questionable value. Notably absent was Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 821. And as smaller rivals like ASUS and OnePlus pushed forward to 6GB of RAM, Samsung stayed at four.

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1 week ago

Best microSD cards for Moto G4

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What are the best microSD cards for the Moto G4?

When you buy your Moto G4, it only comes as a 16GB phone. That may very well be enough for some people, but you're looking to improve that number significantly. Good thing the Moto G4 comes ready with a microSD card slot, perfect for Adoptable Storage or portable storage (if you want to transfer files between devices). The best microSD cards for you Moto G4 are only a click away!

Transcend 64GB microSDXC Card

You're looking for three simple things: quality, storage, and a good price. The Transcend microSD card ticks all three boxes for about $17, and if 64GB isn't quite enough, you can upgrade a little bit more (for only a little extra bit of money) to their 128GB card.

The 64GB version runs 45MB per second and is great for pictures and videos, for which you want plenty of room to keep around on your Moto G4. Music lovers will be pleased to know that one of these 64GB cards can hold up to 16,000 songs, so your playlist can go on and on. Great price, great card.

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Samsung EVO Plus 64GB microSDXC Card

There's no denying the quality of Samsung's products, and the Samsung EVO Plus microSD card will work seamlessly in your Moto G4. It's built to handle the elements and safely store your files, even if x-rays or magnets are nearby.

The 64GB version features 80MB per second data transfer, and it's ideal for video and picture taking. It's inexpensive at just over $20, and if you find you need to max out your storage options, it's available in a 128GB version as well.

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SanDisk Extreme PRO 64GB microSDXC Card

In all fairness, SanDisk does tend to be a more expensive brand, but it's popular and trusted for a reason. You're going to pay about $45 for a 64GB card, but you're getting solid quality for that money — not to mention a lifetime warranty.

It reads up to 95MB per second, and writes 90MB per second. If you're in the market for portable storage, SanDisk includes an adapter so that saved files can be easily inserted into another device, like your laptop. This version does max out at 64GB, but it's mighty fast, and it might be all that you'll need for a long, long while.

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PNY U3 Turbo Performance 64GB microSDXC Card

For the avid photographer who's keen to take advantage of the excellent camera capabilities of the Moto G4, the PNY U3 Turbo Performance microSD card is an easy choice. The 64GB version can store over 22,000 photos. Shutterbugs rejoice!

It features a 90MB per second data transfer rate and is perfect for capturing video. The lifetime warranty and price point that just scratches above $25 are icing on the cake.

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Kingston 64GB microSDXC Card

You've likely got several Kingston USB flash drives kicking around the house or the office, and for good reason, too. The Kingston brand is popular, trustworthy, high quality, and inexpensive; they've applied this same recipe to their microSD cards, too.

For $18, Kingston's 64GB card gives you 45MB per second read speed and 10MB per second write speed. It's a good buy if you're a budding photographer, and it's got a lifetime warranty just in case. If you're worried at all about storage space, Kingston also offers a 128GB version of the microSD card.

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Gimme some room!

Are you using a microSD card with your Moto G4? Tell us about your Adoptable Storage experiences in the comments below!

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2 weeks ago

Why don't I have the new Nearby mode in Pokémon Go?

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Why do I only have Sightings in Pokémon Go?

Pokémon tracking has been restored in the latest updated to Pokémon Go! Well, sort of. What used to ready Nearby for some now reads Sightings for all. Instead of footprints telling you roughly how far away some of these critters are, you get a single icon that tells you Pokémon are somewhere within 70 feet of your current location, and you're going to have to walk around to find out specifically where your prey is hiding.

Actually, it turns out there's a whole lot more to this Nearby menu but most of us don't have access to the new features yet.

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2 weeks ago

How to find wild Pokémon in Pokémon Go

How to find wild Pokémon in Pokémon Go

How do I find wild Pokémon in Pokémon Go?

People familiar with the classic Pokémon game franchise may remember that wild Pokémon were easily found in the tall grass located throughout the land; however, in Pokémon Go, wandering through tall grass will probably get you more bug bites than Pokémon.

Pokémon Go uses your phone's GPS to track your location, and all you have to do to track down your favorite little creatures is walk! They are out and about all around you in the real world just waiting to be captured. Of course, there are a few different ways of finding wild Pokémon in Pokémon Go, and since we're not Team Rocket, we will share them with you.

Start walking

Sounds simple, right? That's because it is! You could completely forget some of the advanced ways of finding wild Pokémon and just enjoy walking around. When you get close to a Pokémon, your phone will vibrate to alert you, and you will see it on the map. Then all you have to do is tap on the Pokémon, and toss your Poké Ball!

Track Pokémon using the Sightings feature

Sightings Pokemon Go

When in Map View, you'll notice a small gray box to the right of your virtual avatar, which displays a few Pokémon icons. Some of these icons will be colored in, revealing a complete drawing of a Pokémon. These are Pokémon you have encountered in the game before. Other icons will appear greyed out. These are Pokémon you have not yet encounteres.

Tap that box, and you'll see a menu pop up with up to nine Pokémon in your local area. This is called the Sightings menu, and it shows you what you'll find if you walk around in your current area a bit. Pick a direction and walk for a bit, checking back on that Sightings menu from time to time. When you get close, the Pokémon will appear on your map.

If you catch a Pokémon in your Sightings map, it'll be removed. As you move through the game, this map will adjust to let you know what you'll find in your immediate area. Nothing in the Sightings Map is ever more than 70 feet away from your current position, so if you're in a large field or near a block a buildings you just wander around until those creatures pop up!

How do you catch 'em all?

Got any great tips for finding rare Pokémon? Sound off in the comments below!

Pokémon Go

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2 weeks ago

Best Android phones of 2016

The Galaxy S7 is the best phone you can buy today. It's compact, powerful, beautiful and has a fantastic camera. The only decision to make is which size you want and what color fits your style.

Note: This post was last updated on August 8, 2016. We have determined that the Galaxy Note 7 will be added, but need to spend more time with it to determine its place on the list.

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Samsung Galaxy S7

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The Galaxy S7 rocks a beautiful metal-and-glass design that's waterproof while also holding a solid battery, top-end internals and a microSD card expansion slot. Around front you'll find an industry-leading 5.1-inch QHD SuperAMOLED display that's beautiful in every situation, and around back you can capture fantastic photos with the 12MP camera.

The software may take some getting used to if you haven't used a Samsung phone before, but that's hardly a reason to look away from all of the fantastic features that the Galaxy S7 has to offer. It's compact, powerful, easy to use and takes wonderful photos — it really is the complete package in the Android world.

Bottom line: If you want the best phone with minimal compromise, the Galaxy S7 is the choice.

One more thing: If you don't want to buy from a carrier, Samsung offers a U.S. unlocked model of the Galaxy S7 for a cleaner experience.

Why the Galaxy S7 is the best

A compact, yet powerful, phone with all of the features everyone is asking for.

Ask anyone to list all of the features they're looking for in a phone today, and you'll fill up slots with what the Galaxy S7 has to offer. Great hardware inside and out is accentuated by an awesome screen, fast software, quick and high-quality camera, and nice-to-have features like a fingerprint sensor, waterproofing and an SD card slot.

The experience starts off with the well-crafted exterior that leverages both metal and glass in the right places to give you something you're proud to be using while also keeping the phone compact so it's easy to use every day. But the hardware steps aside when you turn on the fantastic screen, which is easily the best you can get in a phone today, and use all of your apps without hiccup thanks to the high-end specs. Battery life from the 3000 mAh battery is good for a full day, but if you push things particularly hard you'll find the integrated wireless charging and Quick Charge 2.0 support to help in that respect.

Our own Phil Nickinson summed it up well in our Galaxy S7 review:

It's the best design Samsung has brought to bear, big without being bulky, with a mix of specs and usability you'd expect in a phone of this caliber. Combine with that an outstanding camera and you've got a phone that will serve just about anyone.

Perhaps the best thing about the Galaxy S7 is that it isn't reliant on gimmicks or unnecessary features in order to try and grab headlines or coax people into buying it. It just does everything that people are looking for in a top-end phone, and doesn't muddy the waters with anything else. Though you can give Samsung a small knock for having somewhat-cumbersome software that duplicates what Google offers, it's a very small hinderance to what is otherwise the best Samsung phone to date, and at this point very much the best Android phone currently available.

Best for style

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

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The Galaxy S7 edge takes everything there is to love about the Galaxy S7 and adds a larger screen, larger battery and stunning dual-curved screen. The bigger 3600 mAh battery makes it even easier to make it through a heavy day of use, and the larger screen gives you more room to work or play. It's the best from Samsung in 2016, just with a larger screen.

That being said, there's a reason why it fits in here a level below the Galaxy S7. The dual-curved display can make the Galaxy S7 edge a bit tougher to hold onto and you can more easily touch the edges of the display accidentally, which can get a bit annoying. The Galaxy S7 edge is also $100 more expensive than the standard Galaxy S7, which can be tough to swallow for a phone that doesn't add any extra features other than its larger screen.

Bottom-line: If you like what the Galaxy S7 has to offer but want a larger screen and longer battery life, this is the best choice.

One more thing: Just like the Galaxy S7, Samsung offers a U.S. unlocked model of the Galaxy S7 edge if you don't want or need to buy from a carrier.

Best for a budget

OnePlus 3

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After releasing a few phones that were tantalizing but not quite complete products, OnePlus has really hit the mark with the OnePlus 3. This high-end device checks just about every box you're looking for, from top-end specs to a great screen, solid camera, fast software and long battery life.

Best of all, it'll only set you back $399, which is easily $200 less than the other flagships out there. You don't get a few of the nice-to-have features like waterproofing, and its screen is a few notches below the Galaxy S7, but for the whole experience it's hard to get something nicer than what the OnePlus 3 offers — especially at this price.

Bottom-line: Though it doesn't have some of the fringe features you'll find elsewhere, the OnePlus 3 offers the best value in a high-end Android phone today.

One more thing: The OnePlus 3's Dash Charge fast charging solution isn't compatible with any other quick charging standards, so you'll need to invest in new chargers if you want to top up quickly.

Best for fanatics

Nexus 6P

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In years past we would recommend the latest Nexus phones with large caveats, usually pertaining to hardware quality, missing features and especially the camera. Thankfully, that isn't the case anymore with the Nexus 6P.

It's rather large with its 5.7-inch screen and dual front-facing speakers, but that's really worth it when you see everything that you get inside: top-end internals, a solid build and a easily the best camera on a Nexus phone to date. That's all just backing up the awesome pure Google software experience, which is kept up to date every single month with security patches and is first in line for major platform updates as well.

As we near one year since the launch of this phone it's important to note that new Nexus phones are on the horizon. For that reason, you should only consider the Nexus 6P if you find it at its newly reduced price of $399 and are okay in turn with being a generation behind. If you are, you'll still be greeted by Android 7.0 Nougat when it arrives.

Bottom-line: If you have to have a pure Google phone experience, the Nexus 6P should be your only consideration.

One more thing: Since you're buying a Nexus, consider Google's own Project Fi phone service as well — it's inexpensive and is available only for Nexus phones.

Best for productivity

BlackBerry Priv

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BlackBerry is a legend in the smartphone arena. The question is whether it's a relic. The Priv hopes to stave off that title, promising privacy and privilege — and it's certainly a privilege to use. This is the best physical keyboard ever seen on an Android phone to date — though it's been a long time since anyone's actually attempted one — with the rest of the hardware matching up to the rest of the smartphone elite.

Plus it's got a gorgeous high-resolution screen, excellent battery life, good camera and a mostly Google Android experience, enhanced in places with BlackBerry's own apps and services. And BlackBerry is among the best in pushing monthly security updates.

If you can find it at its oft-reduced price of $399, the Priv is worth considering. Look elsewhere if a store tries to charge you the full $649 price, though.

Bottom-line: If you're still tied to the idea of a hardware keyboard on your phone, this is really your only choice.

One more thing: Keep an eye out for price drops on the Priv.

Conclusion

For the best possible Android experience at any price, the Galaxy S7 is the way to go. It offers all of the top-end features you expect, wraps them up in a great waterproof body and does everything you ask with the highest speed. It isn't going to be perfect for everyone, and that's why we offer other choices here, but it's the best choice for a majority of people looking for a high-end Android today.

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Samsung Galaxy S7

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The Galaxy S7 rocks a beautiful metal-and-glass design that's waterproof while also holding a solid battery, top-end internals and a microSD card expansion slot. Around front you'll find an industry-leading 5.1-inch QHD SuperAMOLED display that's beautiful in every situation, and around back you can capture fantastic photos with the 12MP camera.

The software may take some getting used to if you haven't used a Samsung phone before, but that's hardly a reason to look away from all of the fantastic features that the Galaxy S7 has to offer. It's compact, powerful, easy to use and takes wonderful photos — it really is the complete package in the Android world.

Bottom line: If you want the best phone with minimal compromise, the Galaxy S7 is the choice.

One more thing: If you don't want to buy from a carrier, Samsung offers a U.S. unlocked model of the Galaxy S7 for a cleaner experience.

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2 weeks ago

This Quick Charge 2.0 wall charger can be yours for just $5

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Right now you can score Aukey's Quick Charge 2.0 wall charger for just $5 at Amazon with coupon code C398PPH5. The charger comes in both black and white, and the box includes a microUSB cable to get started. It features a single USB output, so if you need a different charging cable you can swap in the one that you need to use.

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2 weeks ago

Best cheap cases for the Moto G4

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Which inexpensive case is the best for the Moto G4? We've got you covered with a bunch of great options available right now!

Whether you are looking for a protective case or just something thin to prevent scratches, there are a bunch of options for you to consider. Cases come in various styles, colors and more, and everyone has a different preference. Odds are that with a new phone you will want a new case to keep it safe, so let's take a look at some of the different options that are available and see which may work best for you.

Diztronic Slim Fit

If protection isn't high on your list, but you don't want your phone getting all scratched up, Diztronic's Slim Fit case is a great option. The case offers a thin layer of protection for the back and four sides of the phone and is form-fit to the phone. It still provides easy access to your buttons and ports, but prevent scratches and dents to the rest.

The case is available in a number of different color options like black, blue, red and teal. Coming in at just $10, the case is very affordable and makes a great addition to your phone.

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Oeago Tough Rugged

Sometimes you need a protective case for your Moto G4 so you don't have to worry about it breaking on the job site, and Oeago's option won't break the bank to keep you protected. Made up of two layers, it has a TPU inner sleeve and an impact-resistant hard plastic shell to provide maximum drop protection. The corners have extra protection, and the back has a built-in kickstand to keep your phone propped up when you aren't using it. Priced at just $8 or less, you can't beat the protection that this case offers for the money.

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Sparin Transparent Case

Sometimes you don't want to hide your phone in a case and change the look of it, but a clear case gives you the best of both worlds. You not only get an additional layer of protection, but you also don't have to worry about hiding the look of the phone under an ugly cover. Sparin's transparent case is nice and thin, so you don't bulk up the phone, and it has a nice precise fit. Two cases come in the pack, so if you get it dirty or scratch it up you can swap on the extra.

The case comes with a lifetime warranty as well, so you don't have to worry once you make the purchase you are pretty set. With two cases coming in at around $8, you can't beat the value here.

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Microseven Case and Holster

Putting your phone in your pocket is not always ideal, and sometimes it is easier to keep it safe on your hip. This case and holster combo gives you a protective layer on the phone with a nice hard case, and a secure holster for your belt to keep it safe during travel. The case will prevent scratches, dings and even help a bit during falls without adding a ton of bulk to the phone. The holster is lined with a felt layer that prevents the screen from getting messed up while sliding it in and out. Coming in at around $10, this two-piece set is quite a great deal for those who need protection and an easy way to carry their phone.

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Innovaa Leather Wallet

Cases don't have to only protect your phone or make it look good, but they can also provide additional functionality as well. Cases like this leather wallet one give you a space to keep your cash, credit cards, ID and more with you easily. You won't need to carry around a wallet and a phone, and instead you'll be able to combine both of them into one place. This is perfect for when you are going out for the evening, or don't want to have a lot with you to bog you down. At just $10, this is a really inexpensive way to protect your phone and add a wallet to it.

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Your favorites?

Do you have a favorite inexpensive case for the Moto G4 that isn't listed above? If so, be sure to drop a line in the comments letting us know which case and why you like it, along with a link of where to grab one.

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2 weeks ago

Google Chrome will finally stop loading Flash content by default at the end of 2016

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Google Chrome will finally stop loading all Flash content by default

Flash will effectively no longer be supported by default in Chrome.

With the forthcoming update to Chrome 53 in September, Google is finally taking its biggest step yet in the fight against using Flash on the internet. In that update, Chrome will move to block all non-essential Flash content on webpages by default, leaving only large essential Flash players run. This is a large step beyond the previous mandate of letting small or variably-sized Flash plugins — which are often used for behind-the-scenes functions like page analytics — run for fear that blocking them would break webpages' functionality.

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2 weeks ago

Google's latest Inbox update adds project management tie-ins with Trello, GitHub

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Going beyond reminders and into project management.

Google's advanced Inbox email app has picked up a sizable update with features that tie into some of the most-used project management services like Trello and GitHub, as well as new integrations with Google Alerts and Google Drive.

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2 weeks ago

LG's V20 could be another modular phone

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It looks like LG's not done with modular phones — even after the shaky reception to the G5 — as revealed by new render leak.

LG may be set to continue its modular experiment if freshly leaked renders of the upcoming V20 are any indicator. The CAD renders of the phone, given by Steve Hemmerstoffer (a.k.a @onleaks) to Android Authority show a design that's largely a mash-up of G5 and V10 elements.

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