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All Sony Xperia Z2 and Z3 devices can now get the Android Marshmallow update

All Sony Xperia Z2 and Z3 devices can now get the Android Marshmallow update

Earlier this month Sony rolled out the Android Marshmallow update for a handful of Xperia Z2 and Z3 smartphones. The catch at the time was that the update was only offered for those who were in the beta testing program. Xperia Z2 and Z3 users who weren't in that beta program can now get the update to Marshmallow.

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Pico Neo Android-powered VR system packs Snapdragon 820 in the controller

Pico Neo Android-powered VR system packs Snapdragon 820 in the controller

One of the things about VR headsets that is likely to be a selling point for consumers is how lightweight the device is. The lighter the headset when worn, the more comfortable it will be during extended VR gaming session wearing the headset as users crane the head and neck around in the game. A new VR headset has turned up called the Pico Neo and it is different from other stand-alone VR headsets.

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Not so mini ZTE nubia Z11 mini promises camera chops

Not so mini ZTE nubia Z11 mini promises camera chops

ZTE might not be one of the top names that immediately come up when talking about smartphones, but it does have a sizable share in the mid-range market. It's nubia sub-brand, however, might be on a quest to raise the Chinese OEM's profile a wee bit. Recently unveiled is the nubia Z11 mini, which is mini in no aspect whatsoever. The 5-inch smartphone packs quite a punch but, as seems to be the trend these days, it puts focus on its cameras. No pun intended.

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Razer Turret keyboard, mouse is finally ready for your lap

Razer Turret keyboard, mouse is finally ready for your lap

Back in CES 2015, Razer revealed a few gaming products geared for the living room, in contrast to its usual aim for desktops and laptops. Fast forward to 2016, only the Forge TV Android TV console and its matching Serval controller actually made it to the market. Today, that changes, with Razer finally and belatedly launching the Turret keyboard and mouse combo. Or rather, gaming mouse and "lapboard", as the latter is specifically designed to be used on your lap while gaming on your couch.

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Nextbit Robin “cloud phone” has a “nice” camera, says DxOMark

Nextbit Robin “cloud phone” has a “nice” camera, says DxOMark

Smartphone cameras have become so important these days that almost every notable flagship gets or awaits an appraisal from the likes of DxOMark. That said, not all new smartphones make a wave on the excitement scale, either because the device doesn't even have the hardware for a decent test or, sometimes, because the manufacturer has its focus elsewhere. The Nextbit Robin might be a prime example for the latter. Considering the novelty of the idea, Nextbit is spending its attention and resources on the smartphone's cloud spiel. So imagine the slight surprise in finding out its camera is quite capable as well.

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Samsung launches a Pink Gold Galaxy S7, S7 edge variant

Samsung launches a Pink Gold Galaxy S7, S7 edge variant

Forget rose gold, Samsung is going with pink gold. Then again, some might actually see the two as similar, with rose gold giving off just a teeny bit more red in its hue. Regardless of actual hue mixes, Samsung is indeed sticking to Pink Gold instead and has just announced the availability of the color option for the Galaxy S7 as well as the Galaxy S7 edge. Available initially in South Korea, this brings the total number of color choices for its flaghips to five.

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Huawei P9’s Leica camera revealed to have no Leica in it [UPDATE]

Huawei P9’s Leica camera revealed to have no Leica in it  [UPDATE]

You might not be ready to put the Huawei P9 in the same arena as, say, the Samsung Galaxy S7 or the iPhone 6s, but the Chinese-made smartphone definitely grabbed a lot of headlines when it debuted early this month. While the smartphone's specs do speak for it, much of the interest was focused on its main camera, a dual 12 megapixel color and monochrome duo. From the beginning, Huawei has been associating Leica with it, claiming it to be co-engineered with the famed camera maker. Recent reports reveal, however, that the branding might actually be quite a stretch.

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Android trails behind iOS in revenue, has twice the downloads

Android trails behind iOS in revenue, has twice the downloads

The app platform wars has never really disappeared. Although we do see more developers targeting both iOS and Android now, parity in terms of the number and quality of apps is far from becoming reality. And App Annie's 2016 first quarter market index hints at why that will remain the status quo for some time. App downloads on Google Play Store have left the Apple App Store in the dust with almost double the number. However, the iOS store generates nearly double the revenue of its Android counterpart.

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Samsung protects your kids’ eyes with Safety Screen app

Samsung protects your kids’ eyes with Safety Screen app

When I was a kid, I wanted to sit as close as I could to the TV, especially while playing video games. I think that I equated being closer to the screen to being better at the game. Of course, I also had a bad habit of leaning to the left or right, when I wanted my character to quickly move the same direction, which didn't help, either. When my parents would catch me sitting to close to the screen, they would always tell me to move back. But what about now, when kids are holding their tablets too close to their face?

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New Google Camera released for Android [UPDATE: Auto]

New Google Camera released for Android [UPDATE: Auto]

This week Google released the newest version of their "Google Camera" app for the masses - for Android, anyway. This new version of the app give you the ability to take photos while shooting video, first and foremost. That's an ability many devices already have and, indeed, an ability that past versions of Google's camera for Android did have as well - it just disappeared for a while. Now it's back!

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HTC 10 Review

HTC 10 Review

If everybody loves an underdog story, why aren't more people buying HTC phones? That's the question the Android stalwart must be puzzling over, having spent the past four to five years trying to figure out how to be "critic's choice" rather than "also-ran" in the smartphone space. The answer for 2016 is the HTC 10, but is this new flagship enough to stand out amid behemoths like Apple and Samsung?

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Samsung Xcover 3 variant comes with Android 6.0 out of the box

Samsung Xcover 3 variant comes with Android 6.0 out of the box

Remember Samsung's Xcover smartphone? No? We can't blame you. The Xcover was originally conceived as a special line that boasted of rugged properties but that has mostly been supplanted by "active" variants of Samsung's flagships and even by the flagships themselves, as in the case of the Galaxy S5 and now the Galaxy S7. Still, there's something to be said for affordable, rugged smartphones, which is probably why Samsung is going with an Xcover 3 Value Edition, which adds nothing new except Android 6.0 Marshmallow right off the bat.

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