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Moto Z Play, Pro Camera and Adventure Mods still coming

Moto Z Play, Pro Camera and Adventure Mods still coming

Lenovo and Motorola may have unveiled a ton of new devices last week, but there were still a few things missing from the roster. At least as far as expectations set by leaks are concerned. According to a new leak, however, it isn't the end just yet. A Moto Z Play, presumably the more affordable version of the Moto Z, is still en route, probably not far behind. Even more than that, two other Moto Mods, the Pro Camera and the Adventure mods, will also soon be making their way to the market.

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Android Marshmallow memory leak fixed but ETA unknown

Android Marshmallow memory leak fixed but ETA unknown

If you have been experiencing some performance problems on your Android smartphone running version 6.0 Marshmallow and have traced it down to an uncontrolled use of system memory, take comfort in two things. One, you aren't the only one. Two, Google says that the issue has been fixed. Now the only problem is trying to divine what "will be available in a future build" means in this context, whether that means in next month's security updates or in Android N. Either way, affected user will just have wait for the fix to land on their devices. If it does, that is.

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OneCompute Moto Mod gives Moto Z a taste of Continuum and more

OneCompute Moto Mod gives Moto Z a taste of Continuum and more

A projector or very load speakers for your next Lenovo/Moto smartphone might not be the most exciting add-ons, but Moto Mods are definitely more capable than that. That potential is perhaps best demonstrated in the Moto Mod that Motorola still isn't releasing. Called the OneCompute, this mod, which is practically composed of a few different pieces, turns the Moto Z into a desktop computer, almost similar to what Microsoft promises with Continuum. Except Android so more useful and with a bit more potential than Microsoft's current limited implementation.

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Cyanogen OS 13.1 brings promised MODs to OnePlus One

Cyanogen OS 13.1 brings promised MODs to OnePlus One

Cyanogen, Inc. and its Cyanogen OS were born from some CyanogenMod core developers striking it out on their own and going commercial. Now things have come full circle with the team releasing Cyanogen OS 13.1, which finally brings the Cyanogen MODs. Get it? Confusing as the name might be, MOD is practically a fancy, perhaps overused, name to call Cyanogen OS's developer platform for creating new Android experience, in other words, "modification", that reuse and integrate existing services and apps, without having to root the device or drastically change either Android or the app.

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Samsung exec: bendable phone is right around the corner

Samsung exec: bendable phone is right around the corner

The war over bendable, foldable smartphones has just been reignited. And unsurprisingly, Samsung is poising itself once again to be the trailblazer in this race. Samsung Telecommunications America president and CEO Gregory Lee proclaimed publicly that such transformable smartphones are "relatively around the corner". This declaration isn't exactly surprising not only because of the flood of leaks and insider information we've received of late. It's also because Samsung is now in a race to actually be the first in the market, considering it now has more rivals in that space than before.

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Android Wear 2.0 will skip Moto 360 1st gen

Android Wear 2.0 will skip Moto 360 1st gen

Just as mobile operating systems start skipping smartphone models once they get to be a few years old, the same is happening with smartwatches. Following its big announcement at Google I/O 2016 last month, Android Wear 2.0 has been revealed to not be coming to some of the platform's earliest devices, including the original Moto 360 watch.

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WhatsApp introduces quoted message responses

WhatsApp introduces quoted message responses

How many times have you been messaging a group of people and you try to answer a question or respond to something, but someone else writes something unrelated before you can reply? Your message and the one you're trying to respond to end up with several lines of text in-between as other people chime in. It makes the conversation hard to read, and the context of your message can become unclear. That's exactly what WhatsApp's new quoted message feature aims to address.

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How I cut my data usage in half on Android

How I cut my data usage in half on Android

I added my teenage sister as an extra line on my Verizon plan in April, which was great except that I didn't want to pay for more data, so now there were two of us chipping away at a 3GB data allotment rather than one. Three gigabytes were perfectly fine when it was just me. I thought two people would have no problem assuming we were conscientious and modest about our usage, but when May ended with 98% of that data having been used, it was apparent more drastic steps were needed.

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Future Moto Z users: Beware free storage from Google

Future Moto Z users: Beware free storage from Google

Moto Z Droid Edition's free 2-year Original Quality Google Photos storage should come with a more apparent disclaimer. As we've spoken of on more than one occasion before, no free cloud storage-based gift is ever really free. There's always a reason why you'll want to take a second glance at what happens when your temporary free storage has expired. In this case, it has to do with Gmail, believe it or not.

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Samsung Pay launches in Singapore

Samsung Pay launches in Singapore

Samsung Pay has rolled out in another Asian country making Singapore the first in Southeast Asia to have access to the service. Samsung Pay will officially launch on June 16 and falls into the mix with South Korea, US, China, and Spain as the nations supporting Samsung's mobile payment service right now. As in other locations, Samsung Pay allows users to pay with compatible Samsung phones at contactless and other terminals.

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Android Nearby feature recommends, launches apps based on location

Android Nearby feature recommends, launches apps based on location

Google has just announced a new location-focused feature for Android. Dubbed Nearby, it has the Play Store notifying users of apps they might be interested in, or are relevant to their current location. It simply requires that devices' GPS and Bluetooth be activated. One example includes users near a CVS Pharmacy being notified that they can print their photos through the store's app.

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Xperia X Performance coming to the UK after all

Xperia X Performance coming to the UK after all

Fans of the Sony Xperia line of smartphones weren't happy back in February when we heard that the Xperia XA might not come to the States and the Xperia X Performance might not come to the UK and Germany. Fans in the UK will be glad to hear that it appears the X Performance is coming to the UK after all, albeit in limited quantities.

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