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2 weeks ago

Polar M600 is a fitness-focused Android Wear smartwatch

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Android Wear smartwatches offer basic step counting and heart rate monitoring, but fitness accessory maker Polar believes there's room for a more comprehensive solution. The Finnish company has launched the Polar M600, which offers an optical heart rate sensor with six LEDs, 1.3-inch TFT screen with a resolution of 240 x 240.

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3 weeks ago

OPPO F1s launches in India with an insane 16MP front camera

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OPPO's latest phone in the Indian market is the selfie-focused F1s. Much like the OPPO F1, the F1s' raison d'être is the front camera, which is now a 16MP affair. However, unlike the ZenFone Selfie, there's no front-facing flash module.

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3 weeks ago

OPPO F1s review: Great hardware, inexcusably old software

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OPPO's latest Android phone looks a lot like its last one. But that isn't necessarily a bad thing.

Following the F1 and the F1 Plus, we now have the F1s from OPPO, completing the trilogy of photography-oriented phones. Where the F1 Plus was a noticeable leap ahead of the F1, the F1s' position is somewhere in the middle. On the face of it, it's hard to tell it apart from the F1 Plus.

Indeed, with both the F1s and Plus on my desk side by side, it's impossible to know which is which except if you're looking at specific things — not necessarily a bad thing, since the F1 Plus is a nice piece of hardware. The new F1s is a little larger, a little less powerful, and is making its debut in India for ₹17,999 ($270).

OPPO (the parent company of OnePlus) has suddenly become one of the world's top five smartphone vendors, so it's very much a company to follow. The F1s isn't particularly different from its predecessors, which means it has the same good and bad points that we've come across before.

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3 weeks ago

ASUS rolls out 'all-new' ZenFone Selfie in India with Snapdragon 615, Android 5.0 Lollipop

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ASUS has introduced a refreshed variant of the ZenFone Selfie (ZD551KL) in India. Available for ₹12,999, the "all-new" phone offers a "powerful performance with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615," as well as "Android L" on the software side of things.

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3 weeks ago

Xiaomi Redmi 3S makes its debut in India for an enticing ₹6,999

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Xiaomi has launched the entry-level Redmi 3S in India. With over 110 million units sold globally, the Redmi series accounts for a majority of Xiaomi's sales figures. The Redmi 3S shares a lot of similarities with the Redmi 3, including a 5-inch 720p display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB storage, 13MP camera, 5MP camera, LTE, and a 4100mAh battery.

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3 weeks ago

Watch Xiaomi launch the Redmi 3S in India right here

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Xiaomi is launching the Redmi 3S — an upgraded variant of the Redmi 3 — in India. If you're interested in what's on offer with the phone, watch Xiaomi global VP Hugo Barra share all the details via the livestream linked below.

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3 weeks ago

Xiaomi will unveil its Daydream-ready VR headset on Aug 4

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Xiaomi is all set to unveil its first VR headset with Daydream support tomorrow, August 4, in China. The headset uses a phone's display to drive the experience, similar to that of the Gear VR.

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3 weeks ago

Galaxy S7 edge is the top-selling Android phone so far this year

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Samsung managing to sell a boatload of phones shouldn't come as any surprise, but the company outdid itself in the first half of 2016. According to Strategy Analytics, the Galaxy S7 edge topped shipment charts with 13.3 million units. The Galaxy S7 was third overall with 11.8 million shipments.

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3 weeks ago

Samsung is partnering with major banks to use the Note 7's iris scanner for their apps

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The brand new Galaxy Note 7 has a built-in iris scanner for another level of security, and alongside it Samsung is expanding its Samsung Pass initiative in partnership with major banks to let you access financial apps by scanning your irises. Just as it did with its fingerprint scanners before Marshmallow was released, Samsung is working with companies individually to have their apps written to use the iris scanner as a security mechanism.

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3 weeks ago

Marshmallow is now on 15.2% of all active Android devices

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Google has posted the latest Android version distribution numbers, showing yet another small bump up for Marshmallow. Specifically, Google calculates that 15.2% of active Android devices were running Marshmallow during a 7-day period ending on August 2. That compares to 13.3% of active Android devices from the previous month.

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3 weeks ago

The Galaxy Note 7 can make GIFs out of just about anything

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GIF recorder

The Note 7 isn't a smartphone. It's an $800 GIF machine.

However you pronounce it, you can't avoid GIFs on the Internet. But as universal as they've become, making them is still hard — unless you own a Galaxy Note 7. Yes, buying a Note 7 will surely make your wallet significantly lighter, but at least you'll be able to turn just about anything into a GIF, ready to fire out at admiring followers on your social network of choice.

Note 7 GIF recorder

Getting there is simple — pull out the Note 7's S Pen, hit "Smart Select," then tap the "Animation." You'll then see a grid outline which you can align over the thing you want to record — for example, a YouTube video (DRM-protected videos won't work, we're told). Then tweak the recording quality if you like, and tap "record." Once you're done, stop recording and it's saved to your gallery. From there it can be trimmed further, even allowing you to cut out specific frames if needed.

Whether you need a $800+ smartphone to help you make GIFs on the go is debatable — as is whether you really need an S Pen for a feature like this. (Surely a finger would work just as well?)

But hey. GIFs!

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3 weeks ago

Google to sprinkle quick-loading AMP pages throughout mobile search results

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Google will soon offer Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) as part of its larger set of search results in Chrome and other mobile browsers. While these pages have previously surfaced in the Top Stories section of mobile searches, the company will soon be mixing them in with standard results.

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3 weeks ago

Snapchat users in 10 cities can add special 'Geostickers" to their photos or chats

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Snapchat has added a new feature called "Geostickers", allowing users who are located in 10 specific cities to add location-based stickers to their photos or in chats.

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3 weeks ago

MrMobile goes hands-on with the Galaxy Note 7

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Since 2010, the Galaxy Note family has represented some of the biggest and best smartphones Samsung has to offer. Today, the world's most famous phablet family gets a sixth generation – and it's called the Galaxy Note 7.

Samsung says that skipping the "6" brings the new Note in line with the Galaxy S7's branding, and the similarity to the smaller smartphone is striking indeed – especially on the spec sheet. With a much larger screen and the signature S Pen stylus, the Galaxy Note 7 is still a different beast – but you wouldn't know it by looking at it.

Has the Note line lost some of its luster this year, or is this another case of you-gotta-use-it-to-understand-it? You decide: enjoy a sneak peek with Michael Fisher's Galaxy Note 7 Hands On, and stay tuned for the MrMobile Galaxy Note 7 review coming later this month!

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3 weeks ago

Check out our Galaxy Note 7 hands-on video!

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There's a lot more to this phone than just a Galaxy S7 edge with an S Pen.

The Galaxy Note 7 is a killer phone, and it's coming to many parts of the world in the next few weeks. To get you in the mood, here's our hands-on preview video for you to watch — anytime, anywhere.

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