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Note 7 Nougat update in 2-3 months says Samsung (but don’t hold your breath)

Note 7 Nougat update in 2-3 months says Samsung (but don’t hold your breath)

Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 will launch running Marshmallow, but the Korean firm expects to have Android 7.0 Nougat ready in just a couple of months, not that it'll likely help US users. The 5.7-inch phablet is already up for preorder, with a US release on August 19, but a combination of factors will keep an Android OS update from appearing for some time yet.

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Russia fines Google $6.75M over pre-installed Android apps

Russia fines Google $6.75M over pre-installed Android apps

Google's antitrust headaches in Europe now seem to be spreading into Russia. The country's anti-monopoly regulator has fined the internet giant for $6.75 million over the requirement that manufacturers of Android-powered devices pre-install Google's own apps. The Russian Federation Antimonopoly Service (FAS)'s investigation was triggered after Yandex, the country's largest search engine, filed a complaint last year that Google was abusing its power and being anti-competitive.

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ZenWatch 3 images show round device with black and gold face

ZenWatch 3 images show round device with black and gold face

A couple of days ago, word surfaced that Asus has a new smartwatch in the works that would be called the ZenWatch 3. This name was tipped by a leaked line art image of the back of the watch bearing the FCC and other logos. Today some new images of the smartwatch have surfaced as it was getting certifications somewhere.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet successor might be no more

NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet successor might be no more

Although NVIDIA has a track record in keeping its Android devices up to date within a reasonable timeframe, it doesn't have much Android devices to speak of to begin with. And it looks like it might not be too keen in expanding that number just yet. The company has apparently requested the FCC to disregard its earlier filing for a SHIELD branded tablet. The reason given was that, due to business considerations, the company has decided to cancel the device, dashing hopes of a success to the popular gaming-oriented device.

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Lenovo, Moto IFA 2016 teaser: different for the sake of better

Lenovo, Moto IFA 2016 teaser: different for the sake of better

In less than a month's time, the tech world will once again be gawking at and drooling over products, gizmos, and whatnots at IFA 2016 in Berlin. It remains to be seen if Samsung still has a few aces prepared after it already unveiled its Galaxy Note 7. LG is definitely building up the hype around the LG V20. Not to be outdone, Lenovo is now also formally giving the public a tease at the latest innovations it has in store for the showroom floor. Including, of course, new Moto Mods for its very young Moto Z line.

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HTC 10 apparently dropped by T-Mobile back in July

HTC 10 apparently dropped by T-Mobile back in July

HTC just can't seem to catch a break, at least not in the smartphone industry. And it's not for the lack of trying. The HTC 10 is arguably one of the better flagship devices this year, and yet it isn't doing wonders for HTC's coffers. And not for T-Mobile either. Apparently, the carrier has stopped offering the HTC 10 almost a month ago, which means that it only carried the smartphone a little less than two months after it launched.

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Pokemon GO iOSEmus and other Pokevision alternatives

Pokemon GO iOSEmus and other Pokevision alternatives

Developers have created another batch of Pokemon GO maps and scanners to locate Pokemon in the wild on a grand scale. SlashGear does not condone the use of these or other programs which may go against Niantic's Terms of Service for Pokemon GO - we seek only to inform the public of their existence. This software is actively being used - a lot - and those Pokemon GO users that are spending massive amounts of time (and sometimes money) on the game deserve to be aware of what their friends (and adversaries) are making use of around them.

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Pokemon Center charging station is a haven for Pokemon GO players

Pokemon Center charging station is a haven for Pokemon GO players

Pokemon Centers in the game are virtual oases, allowing players and their Pokemon a period of respite from the cruel, competitive world outside. In the real world, those are also known as cellphone charging stations. Now that Pokemon GO threatens to blur the boundaries between the two worlds, it only makes sense for Pokemon Centers to take real form as well. And that is exactly what a certain Spencer Kern just did, creating a DIY, and much, much smaller, version of the Pokemon Center as a charging station. Somewhat ironically, Kern happens to be an artists for Minecraft.

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Galaxy Note 7 with 128GB of storage talked about for the first time

Galaxy Note 7 with 128GB of storage talked about for the first time

The Galaxy Note 7 launched not long ago and the massive phablet has appealed to buyers thanks to its big screen with curved edges and overall performance. Rumors have been flying for a while now that Samsung is working on another version of the Note 7 that will pack 128GB of internal storage and 6GB of RAM. The rub with this rumor is that the hopped up Note 7 has been tipped to be for China only.

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Bang & Olufsen BeoVision 14 gives Android TV some class

Bang & Olufsen BeoVision 14 gives Android TV some class

Bang & Olufsen is a name perhaps more known for its premium, which usually also means expensive, audio equipment. But audio is really just one step removed from video. In fact, B&O did have a line of TVs way back when, with the Avant being the last one we've seen. That is, until now. Fully jumping into the smart TV scene, the BeoVision 14 comes from two distinct B&O TVs, combining the intelligence of the BeoVision 11 and the odd mobility of the BeoVision Avant.

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LG V20 teased to be first phone with quad DAC support

LG V20 teased to be first phone with quad DAC support

Smartphone screens have already reached high resolutions, some going as far as 4K. Smartphone cameras, though not yet there, have come a lot closer to producing professional quality photos and videos. While we wait for battery innovation to kick in, what is next area for improvement. If LG's latest "name drop" is to be taken at face value, it will be in audio. The Korean OEM has just teased that its upcoming LG V20 will be the first smartphone to flaunt a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC component, promised to level up the audio game in the mobile market.

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Dlodlo V1 VR “sunglasses” tries to be portable, coming soon

Dlodlo V1 VR “sunglasses” tries to be portable, coming soon

A virtual reality headset that won't make you look like a chap from an 80's sci-fi bomb movie and one that will really let you take the VR experience anywhere. That is probably what some VR fans are dreaming of at the moment. Luckily for them, A Chinese company by the name of Dlodlo ("dwo-dwo") is about ready to make that dream come true. First revealed in April, the Dlodlo V1 headset looks pretty much like somewhat larger sunglasses and it will be shipping to developers later this year. But while it does look like the epitome of a truly lightweight and portable VR headset, when it comes to virtual reality, looks can really be deceiving.

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