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Xperia Z5, Z5 Compact US models won’t have fingerprint sensors

Xperia Z5, Z5 Compact US models won’t have fingerprint sensors

It is really hard to fathom Sony's smartphone strategy and long-term plans these days. Publicly, it says it has no plans (yet) to leave the smartphone market, yet at the same time it seems to be doing everything it can to dig its own grave. While fans in the US were eagerly awaiting the arrival of Sony's most recent, and better, flagships, their enthusiasm may have just been doused with cold water. Sony has confirmed that the US models of the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact won't have fingerprint sensors inside.

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Could the Galaxy S7 get a stylus?

Could the Galaxy S7 get a stylus?

If you're looking for an Android device with a stylus, you're probably going to end up with a Galaxy Note, from Samsung. Currently, these devices are the only offering from Samsung which offer the small pen-like tool. However, thanks to a recent patent that's surfaced, it looks like we may be seeing smaller devices shipping with an S Pen.

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Google Play finally gets promo codes

Google Play finally gets promo codes

One thing that has been missing since Google Play launched was a way for developers to let people try their game at no cost, assuming it’s a paid game. There have been no promo codes to be handed out and the only thing to do would be send out Google Play cards to folks that devs want to give a free game to.

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Samsung KNOX gets fit for government use in China, France

Samsung KNOX gets fit for government use in China, France

Along with the enterprise, mobile device and platform makers have always set their eyes on government certification and accreditation. For one, the public sector usually purchases devices in bulk or at least in groups, making them somewhat a lucrative customer. For another, an official thumbs up from governments boosts confidence in the brand. Samsung KNOX, the Korean OEM's official mobile security platform, received just that not from one but two countries, in France and China. Naturally, Samsung is only too happy to boast about how secure KNOX and, by extension, its devices really are.

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Xiaomi fails to reach 80M target, ships over 70M phones only

Xiaomi fails to reach 80M target, ships over 70M phones only

Xiaomi set up a very ambitious goal for itself in 2015. It would ship 80 million phones in that year, a big jump from 2014's 61 million. That, however, might have been too high a jump even for the wildly popular Chinese manufacturer. It only reported "over 70 million" devices shipped, which is still good considering the global smartphone market. That said, it does raise questions on whether Xiaomi's rising star has finally started to fall and whether it can still do its magic for the years to come and in other, more competitive markets.

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Verizon puts LG Optimus Zone 3 on the prepaid table

Verizon puts LG Optimus Zone 3 on the prepaid table

Long gone are the days when postpaid is the only way to go when getting phones in the US. Aside from unlocked devices, which some still have a hard time swallowing, prepaid options are getting more and more popular, especially as more and more devices are added to that prepaid list. Verizon's latest addition to that roster isn't going to blow anyone's socks off, but the LG Optimus Zone 3 could make for a perfect affordable prepaid option for those who need to always be connected but have a tight budget.

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Sony Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact get US date, pricing

Sony Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact get US date, pricing

Since its announcement last year, many have wondered when, or even if, Sony would be bringing their Xperia Z5 line to the US. But as the old saying goes, “good things come to those who wait.” Today Sony has announced availability for their flagship phones in the US, and it turns out we won't have to wait too much longer.

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