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3 days ago

Just how fast does the Galaxy S6's camera launch? Check out these animations

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Samsung Galaxy S6 camera

Imaging is a big focus of Samsung's new Galaxy S6 and S6 edge — not only is the Korean company talking up image quality, but also how quickly the camera can be launched at any time — Samsung says the camera can be brought to life in as little as 0.7 seconds using a variety of shortcuts. To put this to the test, we spent some time with the phone at Mobile World Congress, and captured the GS6 camera's startup times compared to the Galaxy S5 and Note 4, as well as Apple's iPhone 6. Check out the animations down below.

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3 days ago

Huawei's new TalkBand B2 and N1 blend fitness and style

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Fitness trackers can be useful tools for keeping up on daily exercise goals, but they often aren't much to look at. With the TalkBand B2 and N1, Huawei is hoping to take fitness-focused wearables and add some style so you'll consider wearing them more often. The new TalkBand B2 is a complete refresh of the more mundane B1 of last year, while the TalkBand N1 isn't a band at all — it's a set of bluetooth earbuds.

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3 days ago

YotaPhone 2 heading to the U.S. this spring by way of Indiegogo

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The YotaPhone 2 is not currently available in the U.S. but that looks to be changing very soon.

YotaPhone's Michael Kelly has said that the device will be available in the U.S. this spring via crowd-funding site Indiegogo.

The YotaPhone 2 features a unique dual-display, with a standard LCD up front and a power-saving e-ink display on the back. The phone is compatible with both AT&T and T-Mobile and will sell for somewhere around $600. The company said it hopes to have Android 5.0 ready to go when the phone ships in the U.S. as well, and that a white version is on the way later this summer.

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3 days ago

Sonos updates its Android app with a better rooms menu and more

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Sonos has updated its app for Android devices to version 5.3, which includes a number of improvements to help owners of the company's connected speaker products.

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3 days ago

This is the HTC Vive virtual reality visor — on my face

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HTC Vive

So this is the HTC Vive. Or, rather, it's the visor for the Vive, the virtual reality system produced by HTC and Valve and announced here at Mobile World Congress. And this is what it looks like on my face.

The outside side of the visor isn't really the interesting part, of course. It's what you see inside that matters. But this sort of gives you an idea of the physical nature of the visor. Still, it's important to remember a couple things. First is that a developer version will be available this spring. And retail units — as in things you can I can buy — will be coming toward the end of the year. And they'll change a little bit from what you see here. So don't get too hung up on anything. Don't worry that we don't yet have all the answers about Vive — what it's like, who would want it, and what it'll cost.

For now, just enjoy (or not) the sight of this thing on my face.

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3 days ago

How to take a screenshot on the Samsung Galaxy S6

These two shortcuts let you easily take a screenshot on your Galaxy S6 or S6 edge

Just like earlier Samsung phones, taking a screenshot on the Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 edge is simple enough once you know how. So if you're upgrading to Samsung's 2015 flagship from a previous Galaxy phone, chances are you'll be right at home — taking a screenshot works just as it does on the GS5 and earlier handsets.

But if you're new to Samsung or Android in general, it's worth recapping this basic function, as there are countless situations where capturing an image of your phone's screen can be useful. Let's take a look at the two main methods.

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3 days ago

Pebble Time Steel hits Kickstarter today for $250, starts shipping in July

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Pebble Time Steel

The $299 Pebble Time Steel starts shipping in July and will be available in silver, black, and gold. Early birds can pre-order via Kickstarter today for $250.

Just a week ago, Pebble Time launched on Kickstarter and became the fastest growing crowd-funding project in history. Raising well over their $500,000 goal, massive interest has already been shown in the next-generation device from Pebble. Today at Mobile World Congress, Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky unveiled a second version of the device, the $299 Pebble Time Steel.

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3 days ago

In pictures: Galaxy S6 TouchWiz versus the previous generation

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Galaxy S6 + S5

Samsung hasn't just overhauled its smartphone hardware in the new Galaxy S6. The company's TouchWiz UI has also received some much-needed attention. It's much faster than before, with slicker animations and a clear Material Design influence. We've already seen some movement in this direction through the Galaxy S5's Lollipop update, but the differences between the two generations of Samsung UI are pretty striking, even when compared with a fully updated GS5.

We've been playing with the Galaxy S6 here at Mobile World Congress, and we've had a chance to see all the little changes Samsung's made to TouchWiz. Some are major, some are minor; you'll find the more notable ones in our photo essay after the break.

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3 days ago

These are Samsung's first Galaxy S6 and S6 edge accessories

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Samsung Galaxy S6 cases

The Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are thin and covered in glass — that may make you want a case.

Samsung's no stranger to offering a variety of first-party cases for its devices while also partnering with known brands for more "fashionable" choices, and that's the case here with the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge. Though Samsung hasn't yet listed all of its accessories for sale considering we're a month out from the phone's release, we've had a chance to see and use a few of the initial offerings.

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3 days ago

Lenovo's Pocket Projector is an affordable way to pump videos to your wall (or ceiling)

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Lenovo Pocket Projector

Whether it's in the kids' play room or the boss' boardroom, the Lenovo Pocket Projector is a quick, easy and affordable way to up-size videos for group viewing.

It used to be the only folks who carried around those little pocket projectors were those who got paid to do it — road warriors who have to be able to give presentations whenever, wherever. And they were either big and clunky, or smallish and expensive. Lenovo's got the best of both worlds in its Pocket Projector, making its debut at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

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3 days ago

Lenovo Vibe Shot hands-on: It's all about the camera

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Lenovo Vibe Shot

Lenovo puts its focus on the camera with the 16-megapixel Vibe Shot. It's as much smartphone as it is camera, perhaps, but it's clear this one's intended to be the only shooter you need.

Lenovo's brought a couple of new phones to Mobile World Congress this year, and the Vibe Shot (as the name suggests) is bringing some serious tech to the back of the phone. This guy's got a 16-megpixel camera (using a Samsung sensor and f/2.2 lens) with optical image stabilization that Lenovo says could well serve as the only camera you need.

The Vive Shot has some interesting controls, starting with the hardware.

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3 days ago

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge listed with 64GB storage as standard in the UK

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Samsung introduced the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge in storage variations of 32, 64 and 128GB, with the flash memory based on the vendor's latest UFS 2.0-based storage modules. While the Galaxy S6 comes in all three storage variants, it looks like the dual-curved Galaxy S6 edge will be offered with 64GB as standard, with the 128GB storage version also available.

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3 days ago

Latest Android commercial is all about selfies and slam dunks

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The latest Android commercial is all about selfies, and taking selfies when making a slam dunk. The advert highlights the wide variety of imaging solutions that are available on Android, with recent flagship launches such as the One M9 and Galaxy S6 continuing that trend.

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3 days ago

Withings Activité and Activité Pop now work with your Android device

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Withings Activité and Activité Pop are gaining the ability to sync with Android devices with the launch of the Health Mate app, which was thus far exclusive to the iOS platform.

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3 days ago

Google Play Services 7.0 brings Nearby Connections and new Places APIs

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Google has announced today that it is rolling out Google Play services version 7.0 which brings developers some new tools for leveraging place information, fitness data, the recently-announced Nearby Connections API, and more.

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