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Microsoft Phone future gets darker with 2,850 layoffs

Microsoft Phone future gets darker with 2,850 layoffs

What Microsoft says and what Microsoft does are two very different things. Granted, it hasn't actually committed to a solid smartphone hardware business, but it hasn't completely discounted that future either. But if there were any doubt that Microsoft doesn't really have smartphones in mind, as far as devices are concerned, this revelation of nearly 3,000 job cuts should probably banish all that. And with that employee exodus, Microsoft has practically rid itself of the Nokia smartphone business that it acquired two years ago to the tune of $7.2 billion.

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Motorola opens the Moto Mod door, apps now available

Motorola opens the Moto Mod door, apps now available

Moto and Verizon have just unleashed the collective power of all Moto Z editions, including the Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid. But while the smartphones themselves are already the head turner, they become even more so thanks to one crucial part of the spiel: Moto Mods. And Moto is doing more than making these Mods commercially available and configurable through apps. The company is also giving an open invitation to bright minds and tinkerers to expand the ecosystem by developing their own mods.

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Ubuntu Touch takes a huge step towards Convergence in OTA-12

Ubuntu Touch takes a huge step towards Convergence in OTA-12

Ubuntu has a very ambitious goal with Ubuntu Touch. It proposed an operating system that could work equally on any capable device, a smartphone that can truly be your computer, no holds barred. That was the promise of Convergence, which we took for a spin with the Meizu PRO 5 smartphone and, before that, the bq Aquaris M10 tablet. The results back then where disappointing yet promising. Ubuntu Touch, as it was when we reviewed these devices, still lacked that punch that would make you truly go "wow!". But, unlike other operating systems, Ubuntu is fast evolving, and the latest OTA-12 brings much needed improvements to bring us closer to true Convergence.

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Sony Xperia X Performance climbs to #1 (or 3) in DxOMark

Sony Xperia X Performance climbs to #1 (or 3) in DxOMark

HTC and Sony seem to have some things in common as far as smartphones go. Both have put out strong looking 2016 flagships that, on paper, looked commendable. Both, however, seem to have problems backing that up with solid sales numbers. On a positive note, both also happen to be at the very top of DxOMark's smartphone camera list. The digital photography benchmark site has given the Xperia X Performance a glowing score of 88, so far the highest in the list, rubbing shoulders with the HTC 10 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge.

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OvRcharge wireless charger makes your phone levitate

OvRcharge wireless charger makes your phone levitate

We've seen levitating products with increasing frequency, one of the coolest ones being that Mars levitating speaker. Equally fascinating is a newly surfaced wireless phone charger that causes your smartphone to levitate above the charging base: OvRcharge. The device is being funded on the crowdfunding website Kickstarter, where the company behind it, AR Designs, details the voodoo that makes this seemingly magical device work.

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Galaxy S7 and S7 edge get WiFi calling update on AT&T

Galaxy S7 and S7 edge get WiFi calling update on AT&T

AT&T has rolled out WiFi calling to the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. The carrier announced the software update and its features on Wednesday, with WiFi calling being the big change that comes with it. The update is being delivered as firmware over the air (FOTA); if you have either handset on the carrier, you may have already seen it arrive, otherwise check your device for updates to grab the download.

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HTC Nexus “Marlin” render unsurprisingly looks like an HTC 10

HTC Nexus “Marlin” render unsurprisingly looks like an HTC 10

We aren't hearing much about Google's upcoming Nexus smartphone, or smartphones, which isn't that unusual given the flood of information coming in for the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and the iPhone 7. However, not everyone is a Sammy or Apple fan and some are more interested in the vanilla goodness of a Nexus. For those of you in that crowd, TechDroider is giving you some respite by showing off a render that it made based off all the leaks available so far. In short, this is as close as we'll get until Google officially proves otherwise.

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Nextbit Robin “ember” red arrives in limited quantities

Nextbit Robin “ember” red arrives in limited quantities

Summer is here, at least for those in the northern half of the globe. The season brings images of beaches, sun, and, red. That's precisely why Nextbit is taking the opportunity to launch a new shade for its so far one and only smartphone. Appropriately called "Ember", this Nextbit Robin in red has all the things that made the smartphone interesting and adds an interesting color choice to it. Plus, beta testers are getting an early taste of the promised cloud smart storage support for videos, ensuring they won't run out of space recording all that summer fun and mayhem.

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Sony Xperia XA Ultra now also available in the US

Sony Xperia XA Ultra now also available in the US

Sony continues its push to have its latest smartphones in the US, despite all odds and in the face of increasingly fierce competition in the smartphone market. After making the Xperia X Performance flagship and the Xperia X available to buyers, it is now unleashing the Xperia XA Ultra and its ultra large physique to consumers. Like the smaller Xperia XA, it features a near borderless, at least at the sides, screen. Its real selling point, however, is the 16 megapixel camera that graces its face.

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ZTE Axon 7 now available for purchase

ZTE Axon 7 now available for purchase

Last year, ZTE made an unexpected and admittedly impressive attempt to grab a piece of the premium smartphone pie in the US market, launching the Axon Pro there first before anywhere else. Although the Axon line already has a few models to its name, it is only now that ZTE has chosen to bring one of those to the US again. At least on paper, the ZTE Axon 7 definitely stands up to the reputation of its predecessor and is now available for consumers to try out for themselves.

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LG Display pumps $1.75 million into flexible OLED production

LG Display pumps $1.75 million into flexible OLED production

LG Display has its sights set on the future, and it's one that features flexible OLED displays. At least, that's what the company is hoping, as it announced today that it will pump KRW1.99 trillion ($1.75 million) in funding into a new production line of flexible OLED displays at its P9 Plant in Paju, South Korea. The production line is set to kick off in 2018, with the existing P9 plant being expanded to support it.

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Xiaomi Redmi Pro packs up to Helios X25 10-core CPU

Xiaomi Redmi Pro packs up to Helios X25 10-core CPU

Xiaomi has rolled out a new flagship smartphone called the Redmi Pro that is available in three different versions. The difference between the trio is price, RAM, and processor type. The entry-level version of the Redmi Pro uses a Helio X20 processor paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage with a price of RMB 1499.

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