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Google’s October 4 “Pixel phones” Nexus event is official

Google’s October 4 “Pixel phones” Nexus event is official

Google has confirmed it will hold an event on October 4, where we're expecting to see the next generation of Android Nexus smartphones. The event, which will take place in San Francisco, has been rumored for some time now, with Google predicted to make some significant changes to how it runs its own-brand smartphone program.

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Pixel Android UI expands beyond displays in next-gen Google VR

Pixel Android UI expands beyond displays in next-gen Google VR

Google's next move with Android looks beyond the display of the smartphone and expands on in to the virtual realm. Right off the side of the screen goes the user interface, buttons, controllers and all, in a series of images made public by the USPTO after submission from Google earlier this year. These images show the future of Google's VR initiatives - Cardboard, Daydream, and the rest. Inside is not just virtual reality, but augmented reality, and mixed reality as well.

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Pokemon GO Update may add trading, battling, in-game events

Pokemon GO Update may add trading, battling, in-game events

Now that the much talked about buddy system has landed in Pokemon GO, where does the game go from here? We know that Pokemon GO will come to Apple Watch, but that version doesn't seem to be adding any new features to the game itself. Sitting down with Recode's Decode podcast, Niantic Labs CEO John Hanke ran down the list of some of the upcoming features planned for the game.

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More Google Sailfish and Marlin images and details leak

More Google Sailfish and Marlin images and details leak

In the last week or so some renderings of the HTC Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones hit the internet giving us an idea of what the devices might look like. We have also seen some specs of the Marlin device turn up on AnTuTu. Today some new images claiming to be of components for the smartphones had turned up online and in fact you can buy the LCD alleged to be for the Marlin on eBay right now. Today new images have surfaced claimed to be of the front cover and display unit.

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iPhone 7 and Galaxy S7 tested in deep water

iPhone 7 and Galaxy S7 tested in deep water

If you have been paying attention to all the coverage of the new iPhone 7, you will know that the smartphone is water-resistant with an IP67 rating that means it is rated to survive at a meter under water for 30 minutes. The Galaxy S7 is better with its water resistance rating with an IP 68 rating. For this test, the tester schleps down to the river and puts both phones to a very deep water test far exceeding the ratings.

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How to tell a good Galaxy Note 7 from a recalled one

How to tell a good Galaxy Note 7 from a recalled one

Samsung is still fighting to get people to return bad Galaxy Note 7 smartphones around the world under its recall program. While the bad devices are still being returned, Samsung is getting set to launch a new version of the smartphone that doesn't suffer from the battery defect that led to fire in many instances. As we said before, the problem is that many people around the world simply aren't returning their device and they all need to be returned.

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Nexus 5 gets a taste of Nougat via unofficial Android 7 ROM

Nexus 5 gets a taste of Nougat via unofficial Android 7 ROM

The Nexus 5 isn’t going to receive an official Android 7.0 Nougat update. Whether that’s because the smartphone has reached its end of life or because Qualcomm won’t release updated drivers for its chipset hardly matters for owners of what is perhaps the most loved Nexus smartphone. Hope springs eternal, however, at least for those who are willing to take the plunge and take the necessary steps towards Nougat. An AOSP-based Android 7.0 ROM is now available for the device and it seems that almost everything is working perfectly.

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AutoMagisk makes it easier to use Pokemon GO on rooted phones

AutoMagisk makes it easier to use Pokemon GO on rooted phones

Rooting on Android (and jailbreaking on iOS) is like playing a game of cat and mouse with platform and app developers. As soon as Google or app developers block rooting methods or rooted devices, rooting developers find a way to work around those sometimes arbitrary limitations. So it’s no surprise that when Pokemon GO was updated to kick out rooted devices from the fun party, methods like Magisk rose to prominence. But using Magisk wasn’t exactly convenient, which required users to enable and disable root every now and then. Hence, AutoMagisk was born.

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Google Pixel phones might be able to dual boot Android ROMs

Google Pixel phones might be able to dual boot Android ROMs

The Android OS is known for being very open and flexible to the point that dozens of third-party Android versions, called ROMs, have been developed. That said, Android is setup in such a way that one device can really only boot into one Android system at a time, making it difficult, though not impossible, to juggle different ROMs on a single device. That, however, might be thing of the past as there is a chance that the upcoming Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones can actually dual boot two Android systems with less risk than before.

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Xperia X Compact now on pre-order in the US

Xperia X Compact now on pre-order in the US

Those who have been hoping for a real miniature flagship Sony smartphone worth its salt won’t have to wait much longer. The Xperia X Compact, the company’s smaller sibling to the Xperia XZ flagship, is finally available for pre-order in the US via Amazon. But while the smartphone has quite a number of good things going for it, the fine print revealed in recent days might give even some fans some pause on whether the little flagship is actually worth its relatively higher price tag.

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Galaxy Note 7 lawsuits begin: man blames Samsung for burns

Galaxy Note 7 lawsuits begin: man blames Samsung for burns

If you haven't heard yet, there's a global recall for Samsung's new Galaxy Note 7 smartphone. It seems the batteries have a high probability of exploding. If have heard about this issue, along with the ensuing news about the Note 7 being prohibited from use on an airplane, or an explosion causing a car fire, then you know it's just a matter of time before a lawsuit is filed against Samsung. Well, that time has arrived.

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LG X power phone arrives at Boost Mobile next Friday

LG X power phone arrives at Boost Mobile next Friday

Following its launch at Cricket Wireless, LG's new budget-friendly LG X power smartphone will soon arrive at Boost Mobile, another prepaid mobile carrier. As with most smartphones that launch through these carriers, the LG X power is relatively inexpensive at $129.99 USD, and it brings with it modest -- but in no way insubstantial -- specs. One of the phone’s more notable features is long battery life, which tops out at about two days depending on how heavily you use the phone.

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