Android

Nextbit Robin: A Modest Proposal and our 3 first impressions

Day 1 with the Nextbit Robin, a smartphone that puts unused apps and media in the cloud to keep the burden of storage off its user. I'm already impressed. Instead of attempting to create another unit that more of less drives toward smartphone aesthetic singularity, this device has a strong, blatantly design-conscious look. It's not for everyone. It's not even for most people. This device is not meant to do battle with Apple and/or Samsung. And it's not going to do battle with either one. Instead, this device is doing something unique.

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GTA: Liberty City Stories finally comes to Android

Have you ever been sitting in the middle of gridlock traffic, and wishing that you could just rev your engine and plow through some cars to get to where you're going? Well, now you can do that, without actually causing chaos in the streets. You can just pull out your phone on the bus, and get transported to Grand Theft Auto's Liberty City on your Android phone.

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Facebook Messenger might get SMS back, multiple accounts soon

Of the myriad instant messaging services out there, Facebook Messenger is perhaps the most common and, therefore, most taken for granted. It doesn't usually make it to the headlines, except for the few times it manages to piss people off. Or gets an experimental and frighteningly smart feature. Or goes down, which is when people realize how embedded it has been in their digital lifestyles. Some changes, however, might be coming again to Facebook Messenger that could put it back in the spotlight, starting with the return of SMS.

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Possible Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 sighted, might debut at MWC 2016

Unlike with the first Galaxy Tab S, Samsung hasn't been marketing the Galaxy Tab S2 as much, which is strange considering the line is supposedly its flagship Android tablet family. Perhaps its due to a worldwide somewhat negative attitude towards tablets in general. So it is somewhat not a surprise that a Galaxy Tab S3 isn't making a big splash in Samsung's rumor mill either. It might have even entered our radars if not for a sighting, coupled with some deduction, on GFXBench, hinting at its existence.

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HTC M10 “Perfume” might finally have competitive cameras

There was a time not too long ago when HTC tried to make it big in the smartphone camera department with its UltraPixels spiel. The problem with that was it was a rather confusing new marketing buzzword that ended up with little to show for. It eventually ditched that term, save for the front camera, opting for a still underwhelming regular sensor. Now it seems that HTC is finally really stepping up, based on a few leaks that point to what could be an impressive camera pair, that will still be "UltraPixel".

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Samsung Galaxy S7 pre-order tipped for Feb. 21 with free Gear VR

In just about 10 days, we will finally get to see whether all the hype around the Samsung Galaxy S7 was really worth their salt. Samsung has already announced its UNPACKED event for 21st February on the eve of MWC 2016, where it is expected to unveil the smartphone, possibly along with another VR product. But on that very day itself as well, it seems that the two, smartphone and VR, will also team up, with pre-orders for the Galaxy S7 tipped to start on that very day and will come with a Gear VR headset.

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Google VR headset: self-contained, Android likely

Multiple sources say Google's VR headset will be self-contained, not separate from a smartphone or a PC like its competitors. This would be the first VR headset created by a company in this modern era of virtual reality to do so - sort of. What we're looking at here, according to these sources, is a VR headset that "doesn't rely on" a smartphone, computer, or game console. That's a fancy way of saying that it's basically - very likely - going to be very similar to a smartphone in a VR headset.

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Don’t make this Virtual Reality mistake

You know what really grinds my gears? Ridiculous photos that are used to advertise products. You know the ones, where something has been very obviously been Photoshopped in with little care. Today, the PGA Tour has been kind enough to provide me with an "Exhibit A" for talking about why you need to think about photos used to promote your products.

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Google bakes IoT beacon support into Chrome for Android

Google is set to further blur the lines between the real world and the digital one, integrating beacon support into Chrome for Android. Initially to be included in the beta channel for those testing pre-final versions of the mobile browser, but eventually set to be released for all users, the new functionality will allow Chrome on Android smartphones to spot and react to Bluetooth-based "Physical Web" markers around them.

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Samsung Gear S2 Classic released in Rose Gold and Platinum

For those wearable wearers that want the best in fine metals for their smartwatches, Rose Gold and Platinum are here. It would appear that Samsung's readiness for launching their own Rose Gold and Platinum models for the Samsung Gear S2 has become a reality, as both models will be coming to Samsung online, Amazon, Best Buy, and a few other stores imminently. Inside, the watches remain the same. Same innards as the Samsung Gear S2 models that were first launched late last year.

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T-Mobile launches LG K7, Windows 10 Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL

Just as the been pre-announced last month, a new kind of Alcatel smartphone has arrived on T-Mobile's shelves. While the carrier already has the OneTouch Fierce XL in its list, that one ran Android as expected. This new version, however, runs on Windows 10 Mobile, making it the first smartphone on T-Mobile's portfolio running that particular operating system. But as if to balance the forces and keep peace during Valentine's Day, T-Mobile has also launched one of LG's most recent budget-friendly, photography-oriented Android smartphones, the LG K7.

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Huawei Y6 Pro debuts with impressive 4,000mAh battery

Coming out of nowhere today, smartphone manufacturer Huawei has just launched a new mid-range, 5-inch device under the moniker of Y6 Pro. As the international release of the Enjoy 5, which debuted in China recently, the Y6 Pro is the latest in a number of new global smartphone launches for Huawei over the past few months, including the GX8 in the US, the Honor 5X in the UK, and the Mate 8. While not a flagship device, the Y6 Pro boasts of several impressive specs, along with a generously large battery.

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