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Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 does the Tango, future 600, 800 too

Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 does the Tango, future 600, 800 too

When Lenovo unveiled the first consumer Tango-enabled smartphone, the PHAB2 Pro, it was somewhat curious that the OEM went with a Snapdragon 625 instead of the highest end 820. Although we'll probably never really find out why, Qualcomm reveals that it has, in fact, made specific tweaks to make the SD652 work perfectly with Tango. Now it has done the same for the Snapdragon 820, its current flagship, and promises it will also be the case for future generations of the 600 and 800 chip series, opening the doors for more devices to dance their way to augmented reality as well.

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LG VPInput lets you control your LG flagship from your PC

LG VPInput lets you control your LG flagship from your PC

Anyone who works with a computer daily is probably familiar with the frustration of having to reach out for your smartphone just quickly check or do something. Not only is it inconvenient, it is also unproductive. LG has just announced its solution that fixes. Provided you have an LG G5, G4, or even a V10. Simply called VPInput, the Android app and accompanying PC program allows you not just to view but also control your smartphone right from the comfort of your desktop or laptop.

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The Road to Google’s First “iPhone”

The Road to Google’s First “iPhone”

The rumors are ripe - Google is tipped to be designing their own iPhone competitor within the next year. Today we're going to explore how we got to this point and, perhaps more importantly, why Google won't actually release this non-Nexus device. Could it be that the company known for their wildly popular open-source mobile operating system would destroy everything they've worked for just to battle Apple directly? Hypothetically yes. Realistically, no.

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Moto G4 arriving next month, pricing announced

Moto G4 arriving next month, pricing announced

Motorola's Moto G line has proven to be quite popular with consumers over the past few years. It isn't really all that surprising, considering that Motorola found a way to offer a decent, desirable phone at a price that won't set you back hundreds upon hundreds of dollars if you're one of the many who like to purchase their phones outright. Today the company dished pricing and release details for the newest Moto G phones, and it appears the next generation in the lineup is right around the corner.

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Watch Galaxy S7 gaming get WAY better with Vulcan API

Watch Galaxy S7 gaming get WAY better with Vulcan API

Earlier this year we spoke with Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney about why Vulkan API was important to the Galaxy S7. It was a trailblazer, he said, saying that the graphics prowess this device was about to have would be mind-blowing. Today we get to see more about what it means to have the connection Sweeney speaks of. Moving from OpenGL, developed back in the 1980s, to Vulkan API. It's radical.

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OnePlus 3 teardown part II: what’s inside?

OnePlus 3 teardown part II: what’s inside?

Today we're having another look at the insides of the OnePlus 3. Thanks to a helpful anonymous friend who's supplied photos, we've got a deep-dive look at the insides of the OnePlus 3 and some insight into how easy it will be for an at-home repair person such as yourself to go ahead and replace broken bits. Today we're looking at the motherboard and all the fun little parts attached to it. Behold how similar this device is to the rest of the battlefield.

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Galaxy S5 Neo Marshmallow updates spotted across Europe

Galaxy S5 Neo Marshmallow updates spotted across Europe

Good news for those of you rocking a Galaxy S5 Neo: it would appear that Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow is being pushed to the device across Europe. Rumors at the end of last year suggested such an update would eventually arrive on the Galaxy S5 Neo, but we didn't have a solid ETA outside of rather vague claims of a Q1 2016 roll out. We're a little past Q1 at this point, but hey, better late than never, right?

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Android tipped to allow Custom Voice Actions in near future

Android tipped to allow Custom Voice Actions in near future

While previous versions of Android had custom voice actions available on a case-by-case basis for developers, the future may go a bit more public. If you head back to Google's listing of "Custom Voice Actions" in their Android developer portal, you'll find a note posted in December of 2015. There they suggest that they're not currently accepting requests for Custom Voice Actions. They suggest to stay tuned for product updates. Those updates may be coming very, very soon.

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Android root – the lowdown and pitfalls of the super user

Android root – the lowdown and pitfalls of the super user

Our smartphones and tablets today have become powerful computers, almost matching the cheapest "netbook" grade laptops. We feel they can almost do anything and everything. In theory, they can. In reality, however, they are limited by the boundaries that platform makers like Google and Apple impose on them. Some of those limitations are inherent in the platform itself or the hardware it runs on. Others, however, can be unlocked by the process now known as rooting (for Android) or jailbreaking (for iOS). In the past, rooting was not only something for power users to play with but somewhat even recommended for more adventurous ones to squeeze out the best functionality from their smartphones. But does rooting still have that sway today? What do we gain and what do we lose when we set our smartphones free? Read on the find out.

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Huawei Honor 8 details spilled by TENAA

Huawei Honor 8 details spilled by TENAA

The Huawei Honor 8 smartphone has rolled into TENAA to get the certifications needed to go on sale in China. The press event for the smartphone is set for July 15 and all the details will be officially announced then. Ahead of that event roughly two weeks away, TENAA has offered up some images of the smartphone and details on hardware inside.

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Project Fi adds US Cellular as third US partner

Project Fi adds US Cellular as third US partner

Project Fi has added a third mobile partner to its available networks in the US to expand coverage areas. That new partner is US Cellular. Before adding US Cellular to its umbrella, Google claimed that users of its own cellular service had a signal 99% of the time and 95% of that time the signal was 4G LTE. Things should look even better for Project Fi users now that US Cellular has been added.

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Google Awareness API now ready for context-aware Android apps

Google Awareness API now ready for context-aware Android apps

At Google I/O last May, the Internet giant announced a few location and context based developer features, including Android Nearby and Google Awareness. The latter is now finally available for public use with the latest rollout of Google Play Services to developers and devices. With the new set of APIs, app developers will be able to harness data from a device's current context, like state and location, to deliver dynamic and personalized experiences to users, which, hopefully, won't end up spamming them instead.

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