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Xiaomi did something interesting with Snapdragon 810

Xiaomi did something interesting with Snapdragon 810

If you're a smartphone company that doesn't make its own mobile processors, you're at a disadvantage. Xiaomi isn't at the scale to follow Apple and Samsung and dive into quite silicon yet - though the increasingly popular manufacturer is growing rapidly - but that doesn't mean the latest Mi Note Pro doesn't have a performance edge over Snapdragon 810-powered rivals like the HTC One M9. Usually they're rarer than hen's teeth in North America, so you can consider me curious when I had the opportunity to do some benchmarking with the fettled phone.

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Android Wear fires back at Apple Watch

Android Wear fires back at Apple Watch

Google takes aim with a feature update to Android Wear just one day after Apple releases their own software boost to Apple Watch. This update for Android Wear includes many of the features mentioned in Google's first teaser for their next boost - now coming to a number of watches this week. The main feature in this collection is a new Launcher - this allows you to access apps by swiping left from the watch face. Much easier to access than before.

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Samsung says no July release for Galaxy Note 5

Samsung says no July release for Galaxy Note 5

If you're a fan of Samsung's Galaxy Note series and were hoping for an early release of this year's device, it looks like you're still going to have to wait until September. One might think that with the critical success of the recent Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge that the Korean company would want to move up the release of its larger-screened flagship, but that's not the case. Samsung's own President Shin Jong-kyun has stated that the Galaxy Note 5 will be announced in June or July, as has been rumored recently.

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Adblock Plus launches browser for Android

Adblock Plus launches browser for Android

Adblock Plus, the beloved plugin that de-clutters our browsers from banners and other ads, now does exactly the same on Android-based smartphones with its own browser. Dubbed Adblock Browser, the app is still in beta, which anyone can sign up to join, and is based on the open source version of Firefox for Android. With Adblock's new solution, users no longer have to install separate add-ons, which involves downloading multiple apps, as their browser block ads automatically as you surf the web.

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Oppo officially unveils 5″ R7 and 6″ R7 Plus

Oppo officially unveils 5″ R7 and 6″ R7 Plus

Chinese mobile manufacture Oppo has finally taken sheet off its new flagship smartphones, the R7 and R7 Plus. While the company teased the R7 Plus just a few days ago, the formal announcement in Beijing brings our first look at the R7, along with details and specs for both models. The sleek looking phones both feature metallic, unibody designs, and will be available in shades of silver and gold. The R7 features a 5-inch screen, while the R7 Plus has super-sized to 6 inches, and both phones will come running a modified version of Android Lollipop.

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Android Wear 5.1.1 update is rolling out now

Android Wear 5.1.1 update is rolling out now

Earlier today, certain Android Wear smartwatch owners began receiving updates for their wearable, bringing them up to Android Wear version 5.1.1. Most others still weren't seeing the update, but more voices were chiming in saying they, too, had gotten the update. This wasn't a fluke -- the update is indeed rolling out as of now, with some lucky LG G Watch and LG G Watch R users being on the receiving end. If you've using one of those wearables, take a look -- you might have the update, too.

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Nearly 1/3 people use Facebook while driving

Nearly 1/3 people use Facebook while driving

AT&T commissioned Braun Research poll finds nearly 1 out of every 3 people use Facebook while driving. Driving their automobile. On the road, in the United States, where you live. The study was done by poll, asking 2,067 in the United States aged between 16-65 who use their smartphone at least once a day AND drive at least once a day a number of questions. What was found was a bit shocking, to say the least. Not only do a lot of people drive while using their phone, a lot of those people do some pretty involved things on their phone whilst driving.

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Layout from Instagram arrives on Android

Layout from Instagram arrives on Android

Instagram introduced its “Layout” collage photo app for iOS back in late March, and now Android users are finally able to enjoy it. As of today, Android users can download Layout from the Google Play Store and remix their photos into collages of various sizes and arrangements (up to 9 photos). In order to use it, though, you’ll need to be running Android 4.1 or higher. It’s not required to sign up or have an account to use the app, however.

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Quickie brings Apple Watch’s quirkiest feature to phones

Quickie brings Apple Watch’s quirkiest feature to phones

With an app by the name of Quickie, smartphone users are able to send temporary doodles back and forth via the web. This app is a one-touch video, text, and emoji messenger app, and it works for both Android and iOS for iPhone. This app is like Snapchat meets Periscope. It's like a strange marriage between all of your favorite odd messaging apps - Facebook Messenger included. And you can doodle in it, just like that one friend you have who has an Apple Watch.

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MixRadio’s personalized music streaming lands on Android, iOS

MixRadio’s personalized music streaming lands on Android, iOS

MixRadio has officially outgrown its roots. The music streaming service that prides itself with its personalized and local-aware curated playlists has just announced its expansion to cover almost all of the mobile world. That means, for all intents and purposes, Android, iOS, and its original Windows Phone base. It is also announcing a new partnership with HTC. Now owned by one of the most popular messaging services, MixRadio is set to compete in an already crowded turf headed by the likes of Spotify, Rdio, Apple, and now, Tidal.

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