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HTC Desire 830 design, specs leak: dual front speakers

HTC Desire 830 design, specs leak: dual front speakers

HTC may have ditched the "One" branding and its advantageous dual front-facing speakers in the latest HTC 10 flagship, but that practice will live on its the OEM's mid range line. Of course, they won't be called "Ones". On the heels of the HTC 10's debut comes a leak of what is identified as the HTC Desire 830. Unambiguously a Desire in design, the mid-range smartphone is shown bearing front-facing speakers and, save for a few core components, might have specs that give it a more premium flair as well.

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Now you can also play Counter Strike on Android Wear

Now you can also play Counter Strike on Android Wear

Just as smartphones have become really small computers, in the layman sense of the word, so too have smartwatches become even tinier equivalents. Given how humans have a natural inclination to tinker and push the limits, we knew it will only be a matter of time before someone takes smartwatches beyond their intended purpose. Indeed, we've seen such wearables run old console games or even old operating systems. This latest attempt definitely takes the cake for bringing the iconic first person shooter Counter Strike to Android Wear smartwatches.

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Android makes enterprise play with Gmail Exchange support

Android makes enterprise play with Gmail Exchange support

Google is adding Microsoft Exchange support to the Gmail app for Android, a huge step forward in making its mobile OS more palatable to enterprise deployment. The update will filter out to all Gmail users over the next three days or so, Google says, integrating Gmail accounts, Exchange accounts, and other email providers into a single inbox app.

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Philips SpeechAir Android voice recorder has touchscreen and camera

Philips SpeechAir Android voice recorder has touchscreen and camera

In some industries, there is a big need for high quality voice recording capability. A couple of those industries include the legal and medical fields. Philips has unveiled a new voice recorder that looks more like a new smartphone than a traditional recorder. The device is called the Philips SpeechAir and it has a lot in common with a smartphone in style and the fact that it runs the Android operating system.

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What Qualcomm has to say about Quick Charge on USB Type-C

What Qualcomm has to say about Quick Charge on USB Type-C

Google's Benson Leung called out the LG G5 and the HTC 10 this past due to their USB-C cords, both of which break official USB-C spec rules. Why? Qualcomm's Quick Charge technology. The cords do not fit the standard specifications for USB Type-C (or USB-C, however you want to say it) as set by the USB Implementers Forum. Today we've got a detailed set of answers from Qualcomm on why they're not worried about fitting this spec as defended by Leung - and why you shouldn't either.

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Huawei Honor V8 passes TENAA certification with dual camera

Huawei Honor V8 passes TENAA certification with dual camera

A few days back Huawei was teasing a new smartphone called the Honor V8 that was expected to have a dual camera configuration. At the time all Huawei offered in details was a few dark teaser images showing off what appears to be that dual camera configuration. The smartphone has now crossed TENAA in China for its required certifications and along with that testing come details on the device.

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HTC 10 pre-orders underway in UK as Aussie pricing unveiled

HTC 10 pre-orders underway in UK as Aussie pricing unveiled

HTC fans in the UK who have been wondering when they could get hands on the HTC 10 smartphone can now pre-order the device via Three. We have a few weeks to go before the smartphone will be delivered, Three shows the estimated delivery date to be Friday May 6. The HTC 10 will sell for £49 upfront and £38 per month.

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Chrome OS could soon have full Google Play Store support

Chrome OS could soon have full Google Play Store support

To many, it didn't make sense for Google to have different but related and practically competing operating systems. Some of those wished the two would merge, for the benefit of all but mostly for the Chrome OS users. Nearly two years ago, Google stirred things up when it officially supported running a handful of Android apps on Chrome OS, followed by silence. Things heated up again in the Alphabet reorganization but Google quickly shot down rumors of a Chrome-Android merger. Now, however, there might be evidence that Google is further bridging the gap, providing the full Play Store experience on Chrome OS.

Technically, the two OS are very different, except for a shared Linux base and some Google technologies like Chrome. Both, however, could benefit from the other's features. Android, for one, could learn a thing or two about window management and treating web apps as first class citizens. Chrome OS, on the other hand, needs the wealth of popular apps available on Android.

Google partly conceded to the latter in September when it launched ARC, the App Runtime for Chrome that allowed a few Android apps, selected by Google, to run on Chrome. That list started with Evernote, Vine, Sight Words, and Duo Lingo, eventually expanding to a few more, but never embracing the hundreds available on Android. Of course, there were a few attempts to give users that ability, but those were inconvenient at best, buggy at worst. In short, it was technically possible but needed Google's help in opening it up to the whole universe of Android apps. And it seems it finally will.

A user accidentally stumbled on a Chrome OS setting that would have enabled Android apps to run on the Chromebook. The setting quickly disappeared but not before a screenshot was taken. Naturally, dozens volunteered for the treasure hunt and indeed discovered placeholder text for the feature. If enabled, it would ask the user's permission to setup Google Play Store on the Chromebook to access millions of apps and games. Sadly, there is no "Hell Yeah!" button.

The feature is largely inactive for now but we could be given the full Monty this coming Google I/O. Even if it is prayer answered for some, it's still curious to see how Google will manage this strategy. Given how more Chromebooks, and even Chromeboxes and Chromebases, are coming out, Google will hardly kill off Chrome OS anytime soon. On the other hand, Android is set to receive more multi-window features in Android N, which could put it on par with Chrome OS. The two are ironically getting closer together, yet still not the same. Sounds familiar?

VIA: XDA

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Allwinner has dirt cheap Remix OS laptops in the works

Allwinner has dirt cheap Remix OS laptops in the works

Ever wished there was an Android-powered laptop that was a wallet friendly as most Chromebooks are? Well, if there really is a market demand for that kind of device, Allwinner might make your dreams come true. Sort of. The chipmaker was found to have reference designs for at least three low-power laptops that will be running Remix OS, a version of Android that has been designed and tuned for a desktop, or laptop, experience. And how much would these laptops cost? They start at $79, which could make them the cheapest consumer laptops, regardless of OS.

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Xiaomi teaser hints 6.4″ Mi Max can still fit in pockets

Xiaomi teaser hints 6.4″ Mi Max can still fit in pockets

Smartphones have become so big to the point that few can be operated comfortably with one hand alone. They have become so big that slipping them inside jean pockets have become more than just embarrassing, sometimes they're also impossible. Xiaomi, however, is challenging that perception. It is officially teasing the Mi Max, its first "true" phablet that has already been revealed to have a 6.4-inch screen. The real tease here, however, is the implication that, despite that size, it can still fit snug inside a pocket without any worries, awkward bulges, or bendgates.

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Scarlett Johansson, Henry Cavill go on a Huawei P9 camera showdown

Scarlett Johansson, Henry Cavill go on a Huawei P9 camera showdown

Who would have thought that only Huawei would be able to do the unthinkable and impossible: to unite the cinematic universes of Marvel Comics and DC Comics together. OK, so maybe it's not the superhero showdown you might be expecting, or even dreaming of, but it's still amusing to see Scarlett Johansson, who portrays Marvel's Black Widow, and Henry Cavill, famous for his Superman role, in the same video ad. And that unifying force? None other than the Huawei P9, whose photography skills are put to the test by these superheroes in plain clothing.

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Latest Galaxy Note 6 rumor gives it 5.8″ screen, 4000mAh battery

Latest Galaxy Note 6 rumor gives it 5.8″ screen, 4000mAh battery

We still have about four months to go, but it seems the speculation and confusion surrounding Samsung's next flagship is already starting to heat up. Details naturally change with the tide but some seem to stick like glue. For example, there's the idea that the Galaxy Note 6 will have 6 GB of RAM. Another detail that seems consistent in rumors is that there are two variants in the works, one normal and one with a curved screen. This latest source leak does agree, but qualifies that in the end, there can only be one.

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