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Lenovo PHAB2 VS PHAB 2 Plus first impressions: Camera VS Value

Lenovo PHAB2 VS PHAB 2 Plus first impressions: Camera VS Value

This week the folks at Lenovo have revealed several devices, including the PHAB2, PHAB2 Plus, and the PHAB2 Pro - the last of these being the first Google Tango consumer-aimed smartphone in the world. The PHAB2 will be the brand's headliner for low price - at $199 USD, it'll most certainly be a contender for the mid-tier. The PHAB2 Plus looks very similar to the PHAB2, but comes with a better display and cameras - and it weighs less, too, somehow or another.

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Lenovo PHAB2 Pro (Tango) first impressions and hands-on video

Lenovo PHAB2 Pro (Tango) first impressions and hands-on video

The first Google Tango phone for consumers has been revealed - Lenovo PHAB2 Pro - and today we're having our first hands-on experience. This device is very similar to the other two models of the PHAB2 being revealed by Lenovo this week, both with 6.4-inch displays and relatively similar bodies - but here we've got 2K resolution (2560 x 1440) and an aluminum alloy around the edges and back of the phone. Then there's the array of cameras and sensors around the back. So many sensors and cameras.

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Lenovo Tango phone “PHAB2 Pro” release date and details

Lenovo Tango phone “PHAB2 Pro” release date and details

With the Lenovo PHAB2 Pro, the company becomes the first to detail a consumer-aimed Google Tango smartphone. This is the technology we've been demoing and hypothesizing about for months - even years - now come to a device that, fingers crossed, will be released in September of 2016. This device's implementation of Tango technology allows it to use motion tracking, depth perception, and area learning to know not only what it can see, but where it is in 3D space at any given time.

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Watch Lenovo’s foldable, flexible phones in action

Watch Lenovo’s foldable, flexible phones in action

This afternoon the folks at Lenovo let it be known that they were well into development of two Android-based smartphones with bendable displays. These devices utilize flexible pieces - flexible displays, first and foremost - as well as bits and pieces within that make their next-level wearability and foldability a possibility for the real world. These devices were shown off at Lenovo Tech World by YouTube personality Megan McCarthy and Lenovo CTO Peter Hortensius.

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Google’s Larry Page is funding two rival “flying car” startups

Google’s Larry Page is funding two rival “flying car” startups

Google co-founder Larry Page is clandestinely funding not one but two "flying car" startups, looking to take the idea of potentially autonomous travel to the skies. While Google's own Google X division continues to work on its self-driving cars - with long-standing speculation that the goal, at least initially, is to establish an Uber-style on-request transportation service with no human driver - a side-project funded by Page's own vast personal fortune could go one step further.

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Google Fi expands coverage with U.S. Cellular deal

Google Fi expands coverage with U.S. Cellular deal

While Google’s mobile OS is dominating the smartphone market, the tech giant isn’t content with just making phones and the Android OS. Last year they launched Google Fi, which is their first venture into being a mobile phone carrier. The project seems to have been doing well, and today they’ve struck a deal that will expand their coverage.

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Google’s new iOS app makes iPhone magical again (with Live Photos)

Google’s new iOS app makes iPhone magical again (with Live Photos)

This week Google launched the iOS app Motion Stills, making iPhone's capture of Apple Live Photos useful. While generally you're only going to see Live Photos appearing in your Photo Roll, Google's software takes what you've captured to a new level. Below I'll show you what the company's app can accomplish. It's simple. It's worth it. It'll make you think your iPhone is magical again. It'll make you feel like you've got a magical device capable of magical things - thanks to Google's computation on top of Apple's camera captures.

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Android Distribution shows big gains for newest releases

Android Distribution shows big gains for newest releases

Today Google has delivered their latest Android Distribution chart showing how the newest versions of the platform are reaching the masses. Together, Android 5.x Lollipop and 6.0 Marshmallow have a 33.1% increase over this same market point last year. That means two things - first, that Android devices continue to sell well new around the world. Second, that there's a large number of Android lovers out there updating their devices as often as possible.

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Google’s iOS-only Motion Stills turns Live Photos into GIFs

Google’s iOS-only Motion Stills turns Live Photos into GIFs

Apple introduced the new Live Photos feature in iOS 9 but, aside from being limited in what devices you can create them, they can only be viewed on other Apple devices as well. So sharing those artistic, if not wacky, animated photos with those on Android or other platforms is a no go. Until today, that is. Google Research has just launched an iOS-only app, which is already surprising in itself, that converts those Live Photos into silent, looping animated GIFs that you can more easily spread around.

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Twitter gets a whole new look (on your phone)

Twitter gets a whole new look (on your phone)

This afternoon Twitter sent out an update for Android - one that puts it well in line with the design language of the platform. Material Design is the name of the game. Twitter's new look is meant to reflect not just the look Google's design masters have set forth as a guide - it's about to act like Android, too. This will be especially true if you have a Nexus device, running a Vanilla version of Android. This app is now set to match the look and the feel of the user interface in Android 6.x Marshmallow.

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Google teases VR bowling, Daydream puzzle

Google teases VR bowling, Daydream puzzle

This morning the folks at Google's Daydream Labs have revealed two new VR experiences that may one day make their way to mobile. While previous teasers that've been released in this way have been centered on an HTC Vive demo experience, it's easy to see how one might end up using the Daydream controller to make these games a reality for mobile devices. For now, we can giggle and cross our fingers.

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DBRAND reveals Half-Life 3 (OnePlus 3) with slick burn

DBRAND reveals Half-Life 3 (OnePlus 3) with slick burn

This morning the folks at dbrand have revealed their collaboration with OnePlus smartphones with a Half-Life 3 teaser. That's strange, you might be saying - why would they tease something that couldn't possibly exist? I'll tell you why: because it's silly. Because it generates hype. Because they're almost certainly going to be releasing skins and/or cases for the OnePlus 3, and they thought - hey, what's the most internet-centric universally understood sign for hype? Half-Life 3, of course.

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