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Galaxy S7 to hit 60 countries on March 11

Galaxy S7 to hit 60 countries on March 11

Samsung smartphone fans are glad to know the details on the long leaked and anticipated Galaxy S7 smartphone. We know about the hardware inside the device, what it will cost on major networks in the US, and now we know when the smartphone will go on sale in 60 countries around the world. That on sale date is March 11 and Samsung is expecting big things from the Galaxy S7 when it launches.

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FlexEnable’s sci-fi wearable previews a flexible display future

FlexEnable’s sci-fi wearable previews a flexible display future

Flexible displays may be a mainstay of science-fiction, but it's only recently that they've started to filter through into production. FlexEnable hopes to overshadow Samsung's curved OLED with its own technology, relying on cheaper LCD panels that use plastic substrates rather than glass so as to be both more imaginatively-shaped and more resilient to impacts and other damage.

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Google gets GSMA, operator backing for RCS messaging push

Google gets GSMA, operator backing for RCS messaging push

Despite the prevalence of Internet-based instant messaging, like that used by Facebook, LINE, and iMessage, SMS remains the most basic way people communicate with their smartphones. Some tech pundits believe that it's time for it to give way to the next generation. One of those is Google, who has heavily invested on RCS or Rich Communication Services. Now, however, it isn't alone anymore. The GSM Association or GSMA, along with more than a dozen operators, have agreed to help push RCS. And adopt Google's RCS Android app as well.

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Sony Xperia XA might skip US, no X Performance for UK, Germany

Sony Xperia XA might skip US, no X Performance for UK, Germany

At MWC 2016, Sony made a surprise announcement, revealing not one, not even two, but three new smartphones under a new Xperia X series. Naturally, there is no small amount of guessing, sometimes even wishing, which markets will get all three or at least even just one of the new devices. Sony's numerous Twitter accounts for different markets, as well as certain retailers and carriers, have been quick to shout out t. But equally important are what these tweets are actually not saying.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 puts the pedal to the metal on gaming, Vulkan

Samsung Galaxy S7 puts the pedal to the metal on gaming, Vulkan

Smartphones these days, especially high-end ones, are so powerful that they can be used for more than just productivity and social chit chat. Gaming usually brings out the best and worst of devices, pushing hardware and user patience to their limits. With the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, perhaps the most powerful Android smartphones in the market today, you might not have to lose your hair in frustration. From hardware to software to accessories, Samsung almost seems to have designed its latest flagships to make mobile gaming a walk in the park.

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Panasonic’s new Toughpad FZ tablets are practically phones

Panasonic’s new Toughpad FZ tablets are practically phones

Those familiar with Panasonic's mobile devices might be aware of the existence of its Toughpad line of rugged tablets. Strangely enough, not all of those tablets are actually tablets, at least as far as size and functionality are concerned. Take for example the new Toughpad FZ-F1 and FZ-N1. These two "tablets", running Windows 10 Mobile and Android 5.1.1, respectively, actually come in 4.7-inch sizes, some even with voice capabilities. In short, these tablets are pretty much tough and rugged smartphones built for industrial use cases.

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Elliptic Labs shows first Ultrasound UI for smart devices

Elliptic Labs shows first Ultrasound UI for smart devices

Fortunately the folks at Elliptic Labs are not making smart wearable devices for fetuses. What they're introducing instead is the world's first "EASY IoT software" that works with Ultrasound presence detection and gestures to command smart devices of all sorts. This is an Internet of Things-centric technology, detecting your body or just your hand, setting itself into waiting or active mode, ready to be used at your command. It's sort of like a remote start for your car - you're not in the car yet, but the car is already running.

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Galaxy S7 vs iPhone 6S: basic war of looks

Galaxy S7 vs iPhone 6S: basic war of looks

This week we've had the opportunity to put the Samsung Galaxy S7 up close to the iPhone 6S. Just in time for the very brief period of time in which the device's names don't match. As we discussed previously, it's quite possible that this round will be Samsung's - from what we're looking at here, there's more than a couple reasons to believe that to be true. The raw specifications are here as well - see how similar the two seem on the surface.

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How Lenovo and Project Tango will reinvent your smartphone

How Lenovo and Project Tango will reinvent your smartphone

Lenovo and Google couldn't have picked a more impressive venue to demonstrate the latest iteration of Project Tango at MWC 2016 nor, indeed, one more suited to its indoor mapping capability. The Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya isn't short on fine art, and like most museums you could easily imagine getting lost in its various rooms and corridors.

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LG 360 VR headset hands-on: 3 important facts

LG 360 VR headset hands-on: 3 important facts

LG's virtual reality headset is important because of its style, its methodology, and its connectivity. What you're seeing is another bridging of the gap. Instead of continuing to make slightly less-than-comfortable Cardboard units or ramping all the way up to a headset such as Samsung's Gear VR, LG's made a half-step between the two. This LG 360 VR headset has its own display, fits like a pair of glasses, and connects to the LG G5 via USB-C. Simple as that.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 tiny facts: Camera Bump, Rubbery Gasket, Battery

Samsung Galaxy S7 tiny facts: Camera Bump, Rubbery Gasket, Battery

Three tiny facts have popped up in the last day for the Samsung Galaxy S7 which you should be aware of. You, the user, the person who may or may not be picking this device up when it's released early this year. These facts have to do with the hardware, primarily, centering in on the changes the company has made since the release of the Samsung Galaxy S6. This version of the device has a smaller camera bump, for example - but not without its tradeoff.

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Obi Worldphone MV1: an entry-level phone for young professionals

Obi Worldphone MV1: an entry-level phone for young professionals

If you think the world has enough smartphone models, Obi Worldphone would beg to differ. The company, which partly owes its 15 minutes of fame to former Apple CEO John Sculley, believes it has a point to sell, that beauty doesn't need to come at a higher price than normal. To prove that point, it is launching its third ever smartphone, the Obi Worldphone MV1, a smartphone that is, on paper, designed for young professionals in emerging markets. In practice, it bears a strange mix of low-end specs, a mid-range screen, and Obi Worldphone's odd design taste.

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