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Android photography favorite Camera51 hits iOS

Android photography favorite Camera51 hits iOS

Recently, Carousel launched an educational series dedicated to helping you snap better photos with your smartphone. By offering up a few simple primers on best practices, you’ll (hopefully) end up with a better jumping-off point before you edit your photos. To help with that knowledge, Camera51 has landed on iOS after a long, successful run on Android. The app helps you do things like frame a shot, and can even tell you if peripheral items on-screen will interfere with framing boundaries.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Edge: not just another second fiddle

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Edge: not just another second fiddle

Over the next few months Samsung will be putting the finishing touches on it Samsung Galaxy Note 5. Along with it, the second-generation Samsung Galaxy Note Edge - here on in known as the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Edge, because calling it the Edge Note 2 would be absurd. This device will take on attributes from its predecessors and continue the traditions of its Galaxy brethren, aiming to create a larger edition of the Galaxy S6 Note, bringing with it the S Pen that's made the Galaxy Note series unique over the past several years.

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Android Marshmallow and the new Nexus: Reality Check

Android Marshmallow and the new Nexus: Reality Check

Today Android M was listed by Google in their collection of events for Google I/O. This is Google's yearly developers conference, one where it's common for Google to reveal a new flavor of Android - or at least major updates for flavors of Android. At this year's Google I/O 2015, Google's first mention of Android M has appeared. This will most likely end up being called Android Marshmallow. Meanwhile there's a rumor that the Nexus 9 will be replaced amid some (relatively outlying) price drops abroad.

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ASUS sends out invites for March 18 ZenFone 2 US launch

ASUS sends out invites for March 18 ZenFone 2 US launch

Time to suit up, says ASUS, as it prepares to bring its flagship device to US shores. It has just sent out official invites to its ZenFone 2 launch, which will take place at 1:00 pm on th 18th of May at Manhattan. Being one of the few big smartphones that ASUS is bringing to the US, consider our curiosities piqued. But more than that, our fingers are also crossed that ASUS will actually bring the variant of ZenFone 2 that is one of the more interesting smartphones this half of the year.

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ZTE Nubia Z9 has some interesting “invisible” bezels

ZTE Nubia Z9 has some interesting “invisible” bezels

It seems that there will be a new trend, at least among Chinese OEMs at first. Samsung's Galaxy S6 edge seems to have sparked a new idea about how to deal with bezels. OPPO's upcoming R7 is already known for "faking" its bezel-less looks, almost a literal smoke and mirrors, particularly the mirror part. ZTE seems to have somewhat followed suit, but it is taking it an interesting step further. The ZTE Nubia Z9 actually does have a bit of border, though you can't almost see them, but those borders can be used to do things as well.

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Jink 2.0 update merges messaging and mapping seamlessly

Jink 2.0 update merges messaging and mapping seamlessly

Last year, we told you about Jink, a messaging app that kept things in a container. With Jink, you can share your location, and even chat, all in a private space; if you want to stop sharing your location or end the chat, it’s done, and the other party is no longer linked to you. With their recent update, available today, Jink is growing past its semi-anonymous beginnings and blossoming into a well-rounded platform. With Jink 2.0, messaging merges with mapping.

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Snapchat update brings Discover clips feature

Snapchat update brings Discover clips feature

Today Snapchat released updates for its iOS and Android apps, bringing both to version 9.7.0. There are a couple new features, but the most notable of the two aims to make users more aware of (or, perhaps, more inclined to use) Discover, the discovery feature the app added in the relatively recent past. Though the feature has been around since January, statistics show that it isn't being utilized very often...something Snapchat is apparently hoping to change with this newest update.

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Apple chomping away at Android in Europe and China

Apple chomping away at Android in Europe and China

Over the past three months of 2015, ending in March, iOS has reached a 20.3% share amongst users in Europe's five largest countries. This includes Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain. This information comes from a Q1 report from Kantar Worldpanel's ComTech, who suggest Android still commands a 68.4% share in this collection of countries, it's fallen 3.1 percentage points year-over-year. Meanwhile Apple's iOS has risen 1.8 points - as has Windows Phone. The rest of the smartphone market (other than these three operating systems on phones), has fallen by a half a percentage point. Again, this is compared to last year during these same three months, in the first quarter of the year.

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Google tipped to let Android devs place app variants on Play Store

Google tipped to let Android devs place app variants on Play Store

Google I/O 2015 is almost upon us, so of course we're bound to hear a lot about what's expected to land at Google's annual developer conference. Among those expected bits and pieces, which includes Android Pay, for example, one particular rumored announcement is causing some app developers to take serious note. According to developers who have been briefed on the matter, Google will use I/O 2015 as a launchpad to reveal it latest tool to help developers maximize and monetize their apps, what the industry calls A/B testing.

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3rd gen Moto X specs leaks out

3rd gen Moto X specs leaks out

It's hard to believe that it has already been seven months since the 2014 Moto X was unveiled, which means there just 5 months left until the next generation. Unless Lenovo/Motorola decides on an August date just like the first Moto X. Naturally, we're beginning to hear of supposed insider info on what the 2015 Moto X will be like, which does sound a bit too good to be true at times. However, it could very well be a litmus test of whether Motorola can keep up with the fame it built back when it was still under Google's care.

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