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Google wants tighter control over Nexus just like Apple

Google wants tighter control over Nexus just like Apple

From the beginning, the Nexus line of devices were intended to showcase Google's vision for Android, not just with the software but how software and hardware work in harmony. That vision, however, has always been dependent on others', specifically device manufacturers, vision as well, which may or may not always completely align with what Google has in mind. Soon, however, Google might be taking matters into its own hands, somewhat. The latest insider tip is that Google wants to exert even more control over the design and manufacturing of Nexus devices, almost like how Apple does things.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 back isn’t flat, and neither is the camera

Samsung Galaxy S7 back isn’t flat, and neither is the camera

Samsung has already confirmed that it will have an Unpacked event on the 21st of February, which we take to mean an unveiling of the Galaxy S7, among other things. So there's really nothing else to do but wait. Or while the time with even more leaks and rumors. The Galaxy S7, to be honest, has all but been leaked to death, but finer details are still cropping up here and there. Take for example this latest schematic showing off the smartphone's non-flat rear, both in terms of design and in terms of the camera hump.

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Xiaomi enters the US market via carrier but there’s a catch

Xiaomi enters the US market via carrier but there’s a catch

Technically, it's not a formal entry. Heck, it's not even "legit", but Xiaomi fans in the US will probably take what they can. The Chinese superstar OEM has, for a long time, signified its desire to enter the US smartphone market but hasn't made any concrete steps to do so. Sensing a business opportunity, carrier US Mobile, which uses T-Mobile's network, has just added a couple of Xiaomi's, as well as Meizu's, smartphones to its shelves. But in a blink of an eye, they were gone, probably because of their shady nature.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 release date, price, specs, features to boost software stronghold

Samsung Galaxy S7 release date, price, specs, features to boost software stronghold

Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge models suggest that the company will stick with model sizes that developers need not change for. After years of changing the innards and outsides of the Samsung Galaxy hero smartphone lineup, Samsung appears to have stuck with what works - and, in the process, they're about to create an environment that's strong enough for developers to invest time and effort into the platform. As it is with Apple's iPhones and their rarely-changing display densities, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge will follow the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge Plus' leads.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet (OG) Marshmallow update incoming [UPDATE]

NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet (OG) Marshmallow update incoming [UPDATE]

The original NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet - not the K1, that is - will be receiving an update to the latest version of Android OS imminently. This comes after the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet K1 received the same update last month, bringing on Android 4.0 Marshmallow to the slightly different release. This upgrade for the original NVIDIA SHIELD update goes by the name Upgrade 1.1, bringing "important system enhancements and bug fixes," as well as "optimized behavior of legacy apps that lead to instances of increased power consumption."

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Samsung Galaxy S7 release tipped with Gear 360 spherical cam

Samsung Galaxy S7 release tipped with Gear 360 spherical cam

Samsung is reported to be revealing not only their Samsung Galaxy S7 hero phone, but a spherical, VR-friendly camera called Gear 360. This device, the Samsung Gear 360, has been teased as quite akin to what we've reported under a different name late last year: DUO PIXEL. That device, we'd gathered, would work somewhat like the Ricoh Theta camera, capturing two photos or two videos at once, combining them to create one spherical piece of media.

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Huawei Honor 5x now available for purchase in the US [UPDATE]

Huawei Honor 5x now available for purchase in the US [UPDATE]

At CES 2016 last month, Huawei made an already expected, and actually pre-announced, announcement. For the first time, it was bringing its sub-brand honor to the US. And with that, it unveiled the Honor 5x. No, that's not a Huawei-branded Nexus 5X, though it's easy to confuse the two besides the name. Like the LG-made Google smartphone, the Honor 5x would also be considered to be a mid-range handset. Unlike the Nexus 5X, however, Huawei's honor frontrunner for the US boasts of a metallic flair and a $199 price tag.

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BlackBerry exec confirms Android-only future for handsets [UPDATE]

BlackBerry exec confirms Android-only future for handsets [UPDATE]

Many have already seen the writing on the wall for the BlackBerry 10 OS, but official confirmation has always been withheld. Granted, these latest comments don't really come from the highest BlackBerry authority, but this is as official as it gets. Damian Tay, BlackBerry's senior director for product management for the APAC region has confirmed what BB10 fans probably dread to hear out in the open: BlackBerry is in the process of transitioning to a single platform ecosystem, and that will all revolve around Android.

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Samsung Unpacked set for 21st February, expect the Galaxy S7

Samsung Unpacked set for 21st February, expect the Galaxy S7

Mark your calendars! Just a day before the madness of MWC 2016 starts, Samsung will be unveiling "The Next Galaxy". The Korean manufacturer has set aside the evening of Sunday, February 21, for its bi-annual Unpacked event, where, among other things, it is expected to reveal the Galaxy S7. Or Galaxy S7's, depending on how many Sammy really has prepared. But judging by how the invites are themed, you can expect more than just a smartphone to be announced. You can, perhaps, expect a new way of looking at things, almost literally.

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Virtual Reality Done Wrong: Making it Look Terrible

Virtual Reality Done Wrong: Making it Look Terrible

Today we're going to discuss how not to present virtual reality to the public. The images you see at the top of this article are wrong. They're bad. Skeptics of this platform see these images and remain skeptical. People who love virtual reality look at these images and see how goofy they look when they have virtual reality headsets on. It may have worked in the 1980s when ads were extremely strange - but it's not going to work here in the present.

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