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USB-C Android connection options: here’s the future

USB-C Android connection options: here’s the future

This week we're having a look at some devices and technologies that you may well be using for the first time. If not because you got a brand new smartphone for the holidays, then because you're at your Grandparents' house fiddling with the gear you don't often pay as close attention to otherwise. What we're having a peek at today is using a USB-C cord with your Android device. Specifically, what we're looking at, is what happens when you connect one Android device with USB-C to another (that also uses USB-C.)

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Is this early Samsung Galaxy S7 rendering wild enough for you?

Is this early Samsung Galaxy S7 rendering wild enough for you?

What you're about to witness is a video of what may very well be the Samsung Galaxy S7 visualized. The video hasn't been made by Samsung, nor is it based on any real in-hand models of the device. Nobody outside of Samsung knows exactly what the Samsung Galaxy S7 looks like yet - not even the most prolific of leaksters know for certain. But what you're about to witness might blow your mind if you expect the unexpected.

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Samsung Galaxy S7, Note 6 expandable “fluency” details appear

Samsung Galaxy S7, Note 6 expandable “fluency” details appear

This next season for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy Note 6 will be one of "fluency" for software. Word from sources in China (one of the several countries where Samsung's manufacturing process takes place) is that Samsung's upgrade cycle will switch gears from hardware to software this year - fitting in well with the rumors we've reported earlier this year. As the Samsung Galaxy S6 presented a new look and feel for the hardware of the Galaxy smartphone line, next year's Galaxy S7 family of devices will look similar, but will be pushed in a big way in its software build.

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Razer Leviathan Mini Review

Razer Leviathan Mini Review

Inside the Razer Leviathan Mini you're going to get some deep, booming sound. That's for certain. If you connect this speaker to your Android device, you'll be able to say "OK Google" to it just fine - it uses what Razer calls "Clear Voice Capture" technology - you can use it as a speakerphone for your phone, too. But what is the Razer Leviathan Mini best at? Audio for your TV? Not so much. Wireless music. Wireless music in twos.

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Nexus 6 Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update ads to Google’s growing list

Nexus 6 Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update ads to Google’s growing list

This week Google has added the original Nexus 6 to their ever-growing list of updates to Android Marshmallow 6.0.1, the newest version of their mobile operating system. This joins the Nexus Player, Nexus 7 2013, Nexus 9 LTE, and Nexus 9 Wi-fi, as well as a bunch of Android One phones internationally. You'll also find Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X on this list, of course. This list is for those that know what's going on with the downloading and the flashing and so forth.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 release date equals no need for USB-C speed

Samsung Galaxy S7 release date equals no need for USB-C speed

Today we're talking all about the Samsung Galaxy S7 and its USB connector, especially when it comes to connecting quick. When your device uses a standard micro-USB port (USB 3.0), you're able to connect to a massive amount of products. When your device switches over to USB-C, you've suddenly cut yourself off from many years of accessories, including the high-profile virtual reality headset you just released. Will Samsung release a Galaxy S7 just a few months into 2016 with a port that's incompatible with the GearVR? I don't think so.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 Duo Pixel: modular pieces, retro expansion

Samsung Galaxy S7 Duo Pixel: modular pieces, retro expansion

If you remember the Samsung Galaxy Camera, you remember how nice it was to be able to upload photos from your very capable handheld shooter. That wasn't all that common a feature for cameras at the time. Now, here at the tail end of 2016, devices like the Galaxy S6 smartphone have better camera setups in a much smaller body. Today also we're having a peek at what may be a leap forward in photography for smartphones of the Samsung Galaxy S7 (2016) age.

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Microsoft Surface Phone: double details fit to battle Apple and Samsung

Microsoft Surface Phone: double details fit to battle Apple and Samsung

Microsoft leaves clues for the impending launch of a Surface Phone for Windows Phone (or Windows 10, if you prefer) every time they release a new product. Each new piece of manufacturing tells us more about the direction the company is going in. And with a number of insider sources speaking up over the past couple of weeks amid shouts from the masses for a more substantial effort from Microsoft, it might be time, sooner than you think. Sooner than the end of next year, that is to say.

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Firefox OS isn’t dead (but then again it is)

Firefox OS isn’t dead (but then again it is)

This week at the developer event Mozlando, Mozilla revealed that Firefox OS was dead. At the same time, they really didn't. They suggested that they'd no longer be bringing the smartphone love with Firefox OS - they'd no longer be attempting to sell Firefox OS smartphones through carrier channels. That's different from the entire operating system dying. At the same time, the OS has been promoted as a smartphone OS almost exclusively over the past several years... so... we'll just have to wait and see.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 details leak in skin release images

Samsung Galaxy S7 details leak in skin release images

A set of renderings of the bodies of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Plus have been revealed. A skin-maker by the name of ITSkins has decided to take the information they have on the next-generation smartphone - or were given by Samsung - or created on their own - releasing images to the public. The smaller device looks to be extremely similar to its predecessor, as was foreseen earlier this month. The larger device will be quite a bit larger than the Galaxy Note 5 or the Galaxy S6 Plus.

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Vivo X6 and Plus released, both join the HTC/iPhone lookalike club

Vivo X6 and Plus released, both join the HTC/iPhone lookalike club

This week the folks at Vivo have decided to reveal a set of device by the name of Vivo X6 and Vivo X6 Plus. These devices should look fairly familiar to you. They have a set of details that will remind you instantly of either an HTC One or an iPhone, depending on what you're more familiar with. They might even remind you of a Samsung Galaxy S6. They've all joined a family of machines that come from a single design philosophy - one where the front of the phone is white or black and covered with glass while the back is metal or glass and has two two antenna bands.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 release will see few aesthetic changes

Samsung Galaxy S7 release will see few aesthetic changes

The changes to the Galaxy line of smartphones for Samsung in 2016 will be largely "in the details" as it were. Word from Korea is that the smartphone maker will focus on updating the tinier details - like processor speed, camera power, and display quality. This is in stark contrast to the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Plus releases in 2015 where the so-called "Project Zero" phones were given a giant overhaul from the outer designs of the Galaxy S5 and S4 before them.

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