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Xperia Z5 Plus tipped to get 4K display

Xperia Z5 Plus tipped to get 4K display

It's more than a bit odd to me that the resolution of many tablets and smartphones is higher than the resolution that many of us enjoy on our computers. Word is circulating that Sony Mobile might be among the first smartphone makers in the world to launch a smartphone that rocks a 4K UHD display. The smartphone rumored to be getting that 4K screen is the Xperia X5 Plus.

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LG now has a Hi-Fi music service for premium smartphones

LG now has a Hi-Fi music service for premium smartphones

Unlike Samsung, LG isn't usually so obsessed with rolling out its own brand or version of any and all services, but now it is surprisingly making an exception. Taking on not just Samsung but perhaps even more Sony and perhaps a bit of Apple, the Korean OEM is announcing a new music service that delivers Hi-Fi quality tracks to users with "premium" LG smartphones. This is definitely a new venture for LG, who hasn't exactly expressed any inkling towards such an offer, at least not on smartphones.

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This is the OnePlus 2 (unboxing and hands-on)

This is the OnePlus 2 (unboxing and hands-on)

The second in a line of OnePlus smartphones is here, just aching to have its place in the sun alongside the top-tier devices from the world's top manufacturers. The OnePlus 2, says the company, is a "flagship killer". We'll see about that once the device is put through our review trials. For now we're having a peek at the basics. This device has just arrived at SlashGear headquarters in its final form. Final software and final hardware - and a camera we'll be battling against the top smartphone cameras in the field. Both in the dark and in the light.

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Nexus details leak with LG and Huawei releasing two phones

Nexus details leak with LG and Huawei releasing two phones

Two Nexus devices, not just one, have been tipped to be coming from Google later this year. One will be a more "standard" sized smartphone made by LG, coming with a body that's not extremely unlike the LG Nexus 5, this time coming with a 5.2-inch display, USB-C, and a fingerprint sensor. Like the LG device, a larger Huawei Nexus smartphone will have a fingerprint sensor, USB-C, and will work with a 5.7-inch display. These two devices will likely turn up within the next couple of months.

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Google launches “Android Experiments” for your phone, watch, and tablet

Google launches “Android Experiments” for your phone, watch, and tablet

This morning Google launched (officially, this time) Android Experiments, a collection of apps for Android smartphones and tablets. Google suggests that these "experiments" celebrate creativity and code on Android - and they've got the hand-picked collection credentials to prove it. Every app in the Android Experiments gallery has been chosen by Google specifically because they embody the aim of this project. Google wants developers to "push the limits of what's possible on phones, tablets, watches, and beyond."

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Nexus OTA updates for Stagefright appearing today

Nexus OTA updates for Stagefright appearing today

This morning OTA (over the air) updates for Android devices in Google's Nexus stable have begun to arrive for Stagefright. A vulnerability in the security bits of all Android devices was found earlier this month, a vulnerability in Stagefright that you really should get to know up close and personal. Google took action - as have many major manufacturers of smartphones - and updates are coming starting today.

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Nexus leaks detail specs for LG, Huawei devices

Nexus leaks detail specs for LG, Huawei devices

New details have emerged on what is expected of Google's two new Nexus phones this year, including specs and measurements. It's been known for some time now that 2015's flagship Android M devices will be coming from two manufacturers; one from LG, and another, larger one from Huawei. The following information comes from Twitter user @OnLeaks, a well-known source of upcoming Android device details, but things could always change, so take this with a grain of salt.

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Touchjet WAVE turns any TV into an Android Surface Hub

Touchjet WAVE turns any TV into an Android Surface Hub

We already have smart TVs, even those that run Android, but interacting with them still isn't something that has settled into a standard. You've got remote controls, gamepads, and even keyboard and mouse. So why not throw in two more ways? Like touch and a stylus. If that sounds almost familiar, then you've probably heard of Microsoft's Surface Hub. The Touchjet WAVE can do that too but at a fraction of the price and with the more open and more flexible Android. That is, if the crowdfunding campaign gets off the ground.

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Galaxy S6 edge+ leak hints at a more capable edge

Galaxy S6 edge+ leak hints at a more capable edge

With just a day or two left to spare, leaks and rumors about Samsung's next phablets are starting to pour out like crazy. Sometimes even from Samsung itself, although unintentionally. While most of the attention has been given to the Galaxy Note 5, this latest one puts to focus on the curved edges of the Galaxy S6 edge+. It seems that this time around, those edges will be more than just show, now gifted with a bit more talent than its immediate predecessor and namesake.

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Nextbit’s “awesome” and “different” smartphone coming Sept. 1

Nextbit’s “awesome” and “different” smartphone coming Sept. 1

As if the smartphone scene wasn't crowded enough, come September 1 a new contender will join the game. Trying to play with the big guys by timing it with the IFA 2015 show, Nextbit will be unveiling its first ever smartphone, moving away from its once purely software business. Heavy on the promies but light on the specifics, Nextbit has a spiel that sounds almost like OnePlus', trying to upset the current ecosystem by putting out a "friggin' awesome" at almost half the price of other awesome smartphones.

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Lenovo-backed ZUK outs Z1 with multi-talented home button

Lenovo-backed ZUK outs Z1 with multi-talented home button

Another Chinese vendor has joined the smartphone scene, but this time it has the backing of Lenovo to add weight to its name. Simply called ZUK, the manufacturer has announced its first ever smartphone, aptly dubbed the ZUK Z1. A rather odd mix of old and new specs, the Z1 smartphone sports some interesting, if not perplexing, features. All wrapped in a very familiar package. And by that, we mean an overall design that you will most likely quickly associate with a rather fruity smartphone.

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