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Huawei reportedly looking to Tizen for future smartwatches

Huawei reportedly looking to Tizen for future smartwatches

It seems that Google might be losing yet another OEM partner in the smartphone market. According to an unnamed Samsung official quoted by a South Korean newspaper, Huawei is in the process of developing a new smartwatch, but one that doesn’t run Android Wear. Instead, the Chinese company is said to be working together with Samsung in order to get the Tizen operating system up and running on the wearable device. With Android Wear smartwatches seemingly at a plateau, this win for Tizen could mean a more difficult struggle for Google’s wearable platform.

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Samsung investigates new Galaxy Note 7, one catches fire in China

Samsung investigates new Galaxy Note 7, one catches fire in China

It now seems quite likely that Samsung’s nightmares are far from over, just weeks before its intended re-launch of the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7. Even as replacement units with promised safer batteries are starting to land in consumers’ hands, reports are coming in that said units still exhibit problematic behavior like overheating or severe battery drain. And there is now at least one report of a replacement unit catching fire in China, a country were Samsung is already facing an uphill battle in the smartphone market.

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Google Pixel VS Nexus : key details of the not-quite-dead

Google Pixel VS Nexus : key details of the not-quite-dead

Upon hearing that the "Nexus" smartphone line would be replaced by Google Pixel, many developers and hardcore Android fans were suitably distressed. Since the time the rumor broke, it's become a bit clearer what Google will be doing - or will almost certainly be doing. Instead of tossing the successful model that is the Nexus smartphone and tablet lineup aside, Google has been tipped to be working with both Nexus and Pixel devices. The Nexus will represent the same "beacon of basic greatness" it always has, while Pixel will play a much more curated and closely controlled roll in Google's future.

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BlackBerry phone manufacturing is dead: now outsourcing only

BlackBerry phone manufacturing is dead: now outsourcing only

BlackBerry has announced that the company will no longer be developing hardware internally in their latest quarterly earnings call. In their latest announcement, they've suggested that their newest strategy includes "focusing on software development, including security and applications." This should come as no surprise to those familiar with the unit sales numbers of BlackBerry devices over the past several years, with each year - and indeed each quarter - decreasing in size for quite some time now.

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OnePlus X gets Marshmallow next week, OnePlus 3 Nougat “soon”

OnePlus X gets Marshmallow next week, OnePlus 3 Nougat “soon”

If the usually lively OnePlus has been relatively silent lately, you can probably blame it on multiple Android versions. Or, if you are a OnePlus smartphon owner, you’ll probably be thankful they were. At a Reddit AMA, the Chinese startup shared that they had been hard at work at bringing the latest Android versions to its smartphones. The good news, the mid-range OnePlus X will be getting Android 6.0 Marshmallow as early as next week. The bad news, OnePlus 3 owners will have to wait a bit longer for Android 7.0 Nougat.

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BlackBerry DTEK60 unofficially poses for the camera

BlackBerry DTEK60 unofficially poses for the camera

BlackBerry’s third fully Android smartphone, and probably its last for the year, is perhaps the strangest yet. Not exactly in terms of specs but in the price for those specs. Although related to the already launched DTEK50 by name, it is pretty much a high-end beast, at least based on BlackBerry’s own spec sheet. At the same time, however, the company might actually be putting a price tag that’s lower than equivalent smartphones this year.

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Samsung Pay celebrates 1st birthday by adding coupons

Samsung Pay celebrates 1st birthday by adding coupons

Especially in markets like the US, wallets don’t simply contain cash or credit cards. More often than not, they’re also overflowing with coupons, those little pieces of paper or cardboard that entice you to buy more for less. Any mobile payment system, therefore, will have to support digitizing and using those as well if they are to succeed in the market. Fortunately for Samsung Pay, that functionality has indeed finally landed in the US as well. And just in time to celebrate its first anniversary in the country.

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Xiaomi Mi 5s hides Qualcomm ultrasonic fingerprint sensor inside

Xiaomi Mi 5s hides Qualcomm ultrasonic fingerprint sensor inside

Chinese superstar Xiaomi has just released two new flagship smartphones and, while they might be too easy to pan as yet another familiar-looking pair, the Xiaomi Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus do have a few tricks up their sleeves, especially the smaller model. While in most cases an incremental step up from this year’s Mi 5 generation, the Mi 5s in particular has an interesting feature that is, strangely and sadly, gimped by implementation: an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner.

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Next Pokemon GO Update finally blocks cheaters

Next Pokemon GO Update finally blocks cheaters

Since the dawn of Pokemon GO, there've been hackers making use of their ability to spoof their way through the game. Now, with the release of the next Pokemon GO update, Niantic has finally figured out how to kick out all manner of spoofers, hackers, and general chaos-makers. While a previous update appeared to do this, Niantic's spread of ousting techniques didn't quite cover all versions of the game. Now they've figured out what works, and they're rolling out the block.

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Google Pixel Phone detailed in release-level flying colors

Google Pixel Phone detailed in release-level flying colors

New images of the Google Pixel smartphone (one of two) have leaked, allowing a much clearer look at the simplicity of the company's next vision. Not entirely unlike one of several 3rd-party launchers with circular icons (as we saw earlier this month), this view of the smaller Pixel smartphone shows how the device will present an extremely straightforward way of using one's phone as an information source and app launcher. Google's "G" icon is also quite prevalent without requiring Google's full word brand mark to take up any more room than it needs to.

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Android apps exit beta for Chromebook Pixel 2

Android apps exit beta for Chromebook Pixel 2

Good news for those of you Chromebook Pixel 2 owners: you can now download Android apps on your device in a non-beta environment. Chromebook Pixel 2 users have been able to beta test Android apps on their device since back in July, but that kind of functionality was only limited to the Chromebook's developer channel. Now, however, it appears that the official update - stable Chrome 53 - is going live, after spending a few months in what was essentially a developer beta.

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DJI Mavic Pro’s secret weapon sits on your head

DJI Mavic Pro’s secret weapon sits on your head

This morning the DJI Mavic Pro was introduced with a headset by the name of DJI Goggles, delivered with a single video showing how DJI's newest drone might be paired with their also-brand-new VR headset. This headset works with what they call OcuSync, allowing the user to receive video directly from the drone, not the controller, putting them as close as possible to live action piloting. These goggles - or this headset - might be the most awesome part of the whole system.

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