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Moto X+1 leaks again with M-logo button

Moto X+1 leaks again with M-logo button

Motorola's new Moto X+1 just can't stay hidden, with the new Android smartphone continuing to spring up in the wild ahead of its expected official reveal later this week. The new flagship phone is believed to be among a multi-product line-up featuring at an event in Chicago on Thursday, but new leaks shed further light on its specifications and some of its more unusual features.

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Samsung HERE for Android deal sidelines Google

Samsung HERE for Android deal sidelines Google

Samsung has cut a deal with HERE, the Nokia navigation provider, to release HERE for Android, an alternative to Google Maps. We'd noted the HERE-powered turn-by-turn navigation on the Samsung Gear S yesterday, but at the time the significance of the software and services agreement wasn't quite clear: this is Samsung doing its level best to oust Google, and affects all Samsung phones not just a niche smartwatch.

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IDC: Apple drives the higher-end, Android the lower

IDC: Apple drives the higher-end, Android the lower

This week the IDC has suggested with their outlook on the smartphone market over the next few years that "Mature" smartphone markets will slow. They’ve suggested that "Emerging" markets (Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East, and Africa), meanwhile, are growing at a rate of 32.4% year-over-year. Who is poised to command which market, you might wonder?

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Dear Microsoft: HTC has the right idea

Dear Microsoft: HTC has the right idea

This week I’m meant to publish a review of the HTC One M8 with Windows, the Microsoft-embedded version of the Android original. Once I started using it, devoid of any special or alternate treatment for hardware, it became clear to me that I’d been mistaken: it’s the hardware, not the software, that’d driven me away in the past.

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Watch wars: LG, Samsung, Motorola arm-wrestle pre-IFA

Watch wars: LG, Samsung, Motorola arm-wrestle pre-IFA

It’s time for new smartwatches from LG and Samsung - at last? While Samsung has been releasing smartwatch after smartwatch over the past couple of years, LG has just begun. Both competitors released their first Android Wear smartwatches earlier this year at Google I/O for developers - now they’re already in their second wave, so to speak.

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Sony teases compact tablet and phone duo

Sony teases compact tablet and phone duo

Squint in just the right way, and what you'll see is Sony's upcoming IFA 2014 range, a trio of devices that suggests two phones and a small tablet are in the pipeline. The video, as with most teasers, is light on details, though we already have a fair assumption about what Sony is readying for its press conference on September 3rd at the Berlin show.

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