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Smartphone Futurology: The science behind your phone's next display

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The future of smartphone displays

What's next for one of your phone's most important components

Welcome to Smartphone Futurology. In this new series of science-filled articles, Mobile Nations guest contributor Shen Ye walks through current technologies in use within our phones, as well as the cutting-edge stuff still being developed in the lab. There's quite a bit of science ahead, as a lot of the future discussions are based on scientific papers with a vast amount of technical jargon, but we’ve tried to keep things as plain and simple as possible. So if you want to dive deeper into just how the guts of your phone function, this is the series for you.

A new year brings the certainty of new devices to play with, and so it’s time to look ahead at what we might see in the smartphones of the future. The first instalment in the series looked at what's new in battery tech. The series' second part looks at what's perhaps the most important component of any device — the screen itself. On a modern mobile device, the screen acts as the main input and output device. It's the most visible part of the phone, and one of its most power-hungry components. Over the past few years we've seen screen resolutions (and sizes) reach into the stratosphere, to the point where many phones now pack 1080p displays or higher. But the future of mobile displays is about more than just size and pixel density. Read on to find out more.

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Galaxy Note 4 battery life tips

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Galaxy Note 4 battery

The battery is big enough for most, but you can always improve

The Galaxy Note 4's 3220 mAh battery is pretty large by today's standards, and gives the big phone solid battery life figures for most people. But counteracting that large battery are a powerful processor, bright QHD display and tons of software features, which can really chew into battery life depending on how you use the phone.

Most folks can make it through a day with battery to spare, but for those who find their Note 4's battery coming up short sometimes you may need to pull out a few tricks to get the most out of that limited battery capacity. Samsung includes a few intuitive features on the Note 4 to improve battery life, but it's all about how you use them. Read along with us and see how you can squeeze the most out of your Note 4's battery.

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Second episode of Telltale's 'Game of Thrones' series debuts Feb. 5

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The second episode of Telltale Games' six-part adventure game based on the Game of Thrones TV series from HBO makes its Android debut February 5 on the Google Play Store. The second episode is titled "The Lost Lords" and Telltale is getting fans of the fantasy series pumped for its release with a new trailer.

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Maybe this is the HTC One M9 — and maybe it's not

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It's possible this pic obtained by Phandroid is the upcoming HTC One M9. It's also possible that it's what's known in the biz as a "Fake ID" — the guts of an upcoming phone in the body of something else to hide what it'll really look like. (Here's an example of that from the M7 era.)

So that third button down the right-hand side? Who knows.

Those pants? Sadly real.

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How you can make the BlackBerry CEO's batshit-crazy smartphone dream a reality

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John Chen is crazy

John Chen cries 'discrimination' as discriminating consumers continue to choose Android and iOS

"All wireless broadband customers must have the ability to access any lawful applications and content they choose," BlackBerry CEO John Chen writes in a recent manifesto on net neutrality that spans from carriers to internet service providers to applications themselves.

And you know what? He's right. You should be able to access any lawful application and content you choose.

And you can. Here's how.

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Mobile Nations Community Update, January 2015

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Mobile Nations Community Update

It's time to bring you up-to-speed on the latest goings on at Android Central, Connectedly, CrackBerry, iMore, and Windows Central in the first Community Update of 2015.

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Dragon Quest V journeys onto the Play Store

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Square Enix is continuing its march of porting old-school role-playing games to Android with the release of Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride. Controls have been optimized for mobile, while maintaining the game's distinct graphics. Inside you'll find a classic tale of power, love, and freedom spanning many years. If this kind of thing is your bag, be sure to check out our recently-updated best Android RPGs round-up.

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T-Mobile will offer its best device financing to customers who pay their bills on time

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T-Mobile will begin a new program starting on January 25 it calls Smartphone Equality. The effort will give customers of the wireless carrier their best deals on its smartphones and tablets, regardless of their credit score, if they have paid their bills for at least 12 straight months.

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Latest update to Subway Surfers takes you to Seoul

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While there are a variety of endless runners available today, Subway Surfers was one of the first games that got the genre going. The game is updated on a regular basis, with every update bringing a different location and a new theme. This time around, it's Seoul, and although the game highlighted the city before, this update features a different theme.

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Rdio expands internet radio service to 24 additional markets in Central America, the Caribbean and Asia Pacific

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Rdio has announced today that they've expanded their streaming music service to 24 new international markets, including areas in Central America, the Caribbean and Asia Pacific. This means that Rdio is now available in 85 total countries and territories across the world.

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Verizon expands data options for prepaid users

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Verizon prepaid users are getting a bump in data to start the year. Those who are on the $45 plan and previously allotted just 500MB, now receive double the data at a full 1GB. As if that's not enough, enrolling in Verizon's Auto Pay will net you another 500MB of data. The plan also includes unlimited talk and text, as well as unlimited text to Mexico and Canada.

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The Witcher: Battle Arena fights its way out of beta and onto Android

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The Witcher: Battle Arena, a MOBA-style game set in the Witcher fantasy universe, is now available to download worldwide for Android via the Google Play Store. The game entered closed beta testing in August.

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Sony to release the purple Xperia Z3 in Hong Kong later this month

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Sony has confirmed that the company will be launching the Xperia Z3 Purple Diamond Edition in Hong Kong by the end of January. The color has been in the rumor mill for quite some time, but soon consumers in the region will be able to pick one up for themselves.

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LG: No overheating issues with Snapdragon 810 on G Flex 2

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Yesterday, a report by Bloomberg stated that Samsung was ditching Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 in the Galaxy S6 due to overheating issues, with the manufacturer opting to go with its in-house Exynos processor instead. An LG executive has now come forward stating that the G Flex 2, which uses the same processor, does not suffer from any such issues.

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LG G Flex 2 to land in South Korea on January 30

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The LG G Flex 2 was arguably one of the most intriguing announcements to come out of CES, and now it looks like the Korean manufacturer is gearing up to release the phone in its domestic market. The company says it will release the phone in Korea on January 30 for a price of 800,000 won (roughly 738 US dollars).

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