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Galaxy S6 gains microSD, battery thanks to Incipio

Galaxy S6 gains microSD, battery thanks to Incipio

Will the addition of a microSD card slot and a removable battery change your mind about the Galaxy S6? Incipio hopes so. They've created an Offgrid battery case that works for both the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge that clamps either phone to a battery pack that adds a cool 3,700mAh of battery power while providing the option of expandable storage. The battery pack itself has a microSD card slot, as odd as that may seem, which uses the same micro-USB port as the battery normally would.

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Antutu benchmarks rank most popular Android smartphones for 1H 2015

Antutu benchmarks rank most popular Android smartphones for 1H 2015

Antutu is a commonly used tool for benchmarking smartphones that gets a lot of action with smartphone users wanting to see how their device stacks up. One of the coolest things about Antutu is that sometimes we see unreleased devices turn up in the benchmark results. Every 6 months Antutu puts together its ranking of the most popular Android smartphones in several major countries and it's that time again.

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“Modular” Fairphone 2 goes on pre-order in Europe

“Modular” Fairphone 2 goes on pre-order in Europe

Beating Google's Project Ara by a few months, or so we hope, Fairphone has just opened the pre-order doors for its own take on the modular smartphone design. Though not exactly how some might envision "modular" to be, the Fairphone 2 is nonetheless designed to not only be robust enough to survive most accidents but modular to the extent that parts can be replaced or repaired when damaged. Admittedly less sensational than Ara, this approach does have the benefit of allowing Fairphone 2 to go out of the woodwork earlier.

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Galaxy Note 5, S6 edge Plus certified in US, Singapore

Galaxy Note 5, S6 edge Plus certified in US, Singapore

It seems that the ball has truly started rolling for Samsung. Although the exact dates of the announcement is still all but a rumor, the manufacturer is dotting it's i's and crossing its t's in preparation for the imminent arrival of the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 edge Plus. Proof of that comes in the appearance of the two smartphones in certification agencies not only in the US but also in Singapore, heralding the two phablets and confirming their availability on some carrier's catalogues.

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Xiaomi’s smart Mi TV 2S is almost ridiculously thin

Xiaomi’s smart Mi TV 2S is almost ridiculously thin

It seems that the "thinnest" craze from smartphones have now infected smart TVs. Trying to make display panels seemingly disappear into our living room walls, manufacturers have started to squeeze their TVs to almost insane sizes. The latest to do so is Xiaomi, who has just outed its Mi TV 2S, barely half a year since it launched the Mi TV 2. This latest model crams a 4K resolution display, an Android-based MIUI TV OS, and Xiaomi's own sound system into a 9.9 mm frame.

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Google focus sits squarely on Android as search tide switches

Google focus sits squarely on Android as search tide switches

This afternoon Google announced their financial Q2 2015 results, including big-time growth in mobile business. According to Google's CFO Ruth Porat, the company is showing strong Q2 results, which "reflect continued growth across the breadth of our products, most notably core search, where mobile stood out." Google representatives continue to gush about growth in the mobile sector, making it very clear where Google's future is. Not just in the internet, but in mobile devices. Software, but in software that tends to the mobile user first and foremost.

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Android M removes all icons from your status bar

Android M removes all icons from your status bar

Inside the preview software for Android M, users are able to enact a feature which removes unnecessary icons from their status bar. Why is this a big deal? Because up until now, icons from all manner of apps - intrusive or otherwise - have commanded said status bar. This is one of the few remaining places where a "stock" Android user no control. Until now. Now you'll be able to knock out whatever you don't want - and keep the rest. *EDIT: ALMOST whatever, not entirely whatever. Nearly whatever.

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Android M will have visual voicemail feature

Android M will have visual voicemail feature

If you've used Google Voice at any point, you're aware of how wonderful voicemail could be. The controls make it a lot easier to handle voicemails than dialing in and using the dial pad to toggle between messages. Odds are you've accidentally deleted a message you wanted to archive at least once. Android M, the yet-unnamed version of Android that currently sits as a developer preview, will be bringing that kind of voicemail control, eliminating the need for third-party apps, it has been revealed.

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Moto 360 2 details vs Samsung Gear A (before the fact)

Moto 360 2 details vs Samsung Gear A (before the fact)

Motorola will be following up on their first wildly successful "round" smartwatch, Moto 360, with a smartwatch that is, indeed, truly round. The information we've been passed today mixed with the details leaked over the past few weeks create a smartwatch that's tweaked ever-so-slightly. This device, tentatively titled "Moto 360 2", will follow up on the original with a body and software that will not put its predecessor out to pasture. Instead, Motorola will present a device that sits nicely beside the Moto 360 to present a two-tier smartwatch release approach.

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OneNote apps updated: iOS goes universal, Android gets easier page moving

OneNote apps updated: iOS goes universal, Android gets easier page moving

Microsoft has just announced updates for its mobile OneNote apps for both iOS and Android, each available now in their respective app stores. On the iOS side, the iPhone and iPad versions have been merged into a single, universal app. This means iPhone users can simply download the update, while iPad owners will need to delete their current app, and install the new unified version. For Android, one of the most requested features has finally been addressed: the ability to move and copy pages with ease.

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