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Nexus 2016 release date photos put function over form

Nexus 2016 release date photos put function over form

Google's 2016 Nexus smartphone set seems to follow the same rules as previous launches - in which Google is aiming for a top quality phone, not so much a phone that looks pretty. Google seems - in the photos we're seeing today - to be making sure this as-yet-unreleased smartphone is able to do two things: feel good to hold and function especially well. Why else would the bottom of the back of the phone be metal while the top 1/3rd of the back of the device is an unsightly reflective glass?

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Pokemon GO Reddit cheats, IV calculators, and egg chart news

Pokemon GO Reddit cheats, IV calculators, and egg chart news

This morning we're running down the current still-active Pokemon GO cheats, maps, IV calculators, and everything in-between. Before we go any further, it's important to point out that we're not encouraging anyone - especially legit Pokemon GO gamers - to go out and use these cheats, hacks, and/or guide points for the game. We're reporting their existence so that everyone knows that they exist - and that it's inevitable that gamers around the world are making use of them.

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Xiaomi Mi Note 2 to have dual curved edge screen variant

Xiaomi Mi Note 2 to have dual curved edge screen variant

Curved is the new black, at least as far as screens go. With the curved Galaxy Note 7, Samsung is practically sending a message that its future flagship models will have the same non-flat surface. And while Chinese manufacturers are not exactly strangers to that design, Xiaomi, one of the most prominent among them, has so far held back. That is about to change if this Mi Note 2 leak is real, hinting that still to be announced phablet will, like its Samsung namesake, have a screen that curves at the side edges.

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OnePlus 3 OTA update breaks things as much as it fixes

OnePlus 3 OTA update breaks things as much as it fixes

Two steps forward, one step back. That is perhaps an accurate way to describe the dance that OnePlus has been doing ever since it launched the OnePlus 3. Although it remains one of the hottest Android flagships this year, the OnePlus 3 has been beset by controversies and technical issues. And while OnePlus has been quick to respond, even patch up, the latter, its haste might be doing it harm as well. Like the latest OxygenOS 3.2.4 update that fixes an auto-reboot problem but also inadvertently breaks Android Pay in the process.

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Nexus Sailfish leaked photos show an interesting design change

Nexus Sailfish leaked photos show an interesting design change

The expected final launch of Android 7.0 Nougat is fast approaching and, with it, the hopes of finally seeing the new 2016 Nexus smartphones in the flesh. As no solid dates have been set for either event, we will just have to make do with unofficial images of the smartphones. Luckily there are indeed such photos that give us some idea of what the HTC-made Nexus devices would look like. And suffice it to say, they might look quite intriguing.

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Fuchsia is Google’s new OS project – here’s what we know

Fuchsia is Google’s new OS project – here’s what we know

When it comes to creating its own platforms, Google like to keep busy. There's Android, Chrome OS, Chromecast, and several more. But yet another open source operating system from the company has been discovered, this one dubbed "Fuchsia." Now, this is far from a finalized product, mind you, it's just a new project that's appeared on GitHub with the description "Pink + Purple == Fuchsia (a new Operating System)."

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2 new HTC Desire phones tipped to launch this quarter

2 new HTC Desire phones tipped to launch this quarter

We haven't seen a lot from HTC's Desire line in the last year, with the most recent being the US debut of the Desire 530, but according to a new report, the company has not one but two new devices coming before the end of the current quarter. The two phones are said to be the Desire 10 Lifestyle mid-ranger, and the more high-end Desire 10 Pro. It's not clear if HTC will unveil these at IFA 2016, but there's a strong chance they'll be available by the end of September.

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Pokemon GO IV calculator: three PokeAdvisor alternatives

Pokemon GO IV calculator: three PokeAdvisor alternatives

Niantic has done it again, shutting down another widely used Pokemon GO tool and leaving players scrambling for alternatives. This time, the tool that managed to find its way into Niantic's crosshairs was PokeAdvisor, which players used to track a multitude of things, from the number of Pokeballs they've thrown and their overall catch rate to the total number of Pokemon encounters and even an IV calculator to help trainers gauge the overall power of their Pokemon.

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Note 7 Nougat update in 2-3 months says Samsung (but don’t hold your breath)

Note 7 Nougat update in 2-3 months says Samsung (but don’t hold your breath)

Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 will launch running Marshmallow, but the Korean firm expects to have Android 7.0 Nougat ready in just a couple of months, not that it'll likely help US users. The 5.7-inch phablet is already up for preorder, with a US release on August 19, but a combination of factors will keep an Android OS update from appearing for some time yet.

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Russia fines Google $6.75M over pre-installed Android apps

Russia fines Google $6.75M over pre-installed Android apps

Google's antitrust headaches in Europe now seem to be spreading into Russia. The country's anti-monopoly regulator has fined the internet giant for $6.75 million over the requirement that manufacturers of Android-powered devices pre-install Google's own apps. The Russian Federation Antimonopoly Service (FAS)'s investigation was triggered after Yandex, the country's largest search engine, filed a complaint last year that Google was abusing its power and being anti-competitive.

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ZenWatch 3 images show round device with black and gold face

ZenWatch 3 images show round device with black and gold face

A couple of days ago, word surfaced that Asus has a new smartwatch in the works that would be called the ZenWatch 3. This name was tipped by a leaked line art image of the back of the watch bearing the FCC and other logos. Today some new images of the smartwatch have surfaced as it was getting certifications somewhere.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet successor might be no more

NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet successor might be no more

Although NVIDIA has a track record in keeping its Android devices up to date within a reasonable timeframe, it doesn't have much Android devices to speak of to begin with. And it looks like it might not be too keen in expanding that number just yet. The company has apparently requested the FCC to disregard its earlier filing for a SHIELD branded tablet. The reason given was that, due to business considerations, the company has decided to cancel the device, dashing hopes of a success to the popular gaming-oriented device.

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