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T-Mobile starts rolling out native video calling feature

T-Mobile starts rolling out native video calling feature

Most smartphones have a front-facing camera, but video calling is still far from common. Despite it not being as convenient as voice calls in certain situations, it's also more difficult to arrange -- you'll need the other person to install the same app (Messenger, for example) in order to place a video call, and will need to toggle between apps depending on what your friends are using. T-Mobile is, as has become its focus, aiming to change this. Today the wireless carrier announced native video calls, which places the new calling feature right in the phone's dialer.

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Huawei G8 might be an affordable alternative to the Mate S

Huawei G8 might be an affordable alternative to the Mate S

Huawei may have just made a big splash at IFA 2015 to announce its new Mate S and finally launch the Huawei Watch, but apparently that's not all that it had to show. Almost rather silently, it also revealed the Huawei G8, which seems to bear many characteristics of both the Honor 7 and the new Mate S. The difference? Some slightly lower hardware and the absence of some fancy extraneous features that could make the Huawei G8 a more convincing and affordable option for those starting to root for Huawei's products.

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ARCHOS DIamond Plus smartphone makes it just in time

ARCHOS DIamond Plus smartphone makes it just in time

Just when you thought ARCHOS was done spurting out one mobile device after another, it sneaks past one more just before IFA 2015 started. The third of its new Diamond family, the Diamond Plus smartphone is making the same appeal that Lenovo recently made with its new PHAB line: a bigger smartphone for those who want bigger things in life. That said, ARCHOS's phablet is not exactly as big as Lenovo's and it most certainly isn't as high performance as those either.

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HTC teasing a Sept. 6 event, could be “hero product”

HTC teasing a Sept. 6 event, could be “hero product”

LG, Motorola, Samsung, and now Sony. We've so far heard from the big names in the smartphone market what their 2015 strategy will be. Well, perhaps except for LG who might still have one card to show. That leaves HTC, whose One M9 was supposed to be its 2015 forerunner but was met with almost universal criticism, if not disinterest. Newly minted CEO Cher Wang promised last June that a new "hero product" will be coming to fix that, and it may very well be announced on September 6.

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Huawei Mate S features Force Touch, knuckle gesture recognition

Huawei Mate S features Force Touch, knuckle gesture recognition

Huawei is using its stage time at IFA 2015 to announce its latest smartphone, the Mate S, clear shot at rivaling Apple's forthcoming iPhone "6s" Plus. First off, the device features a 5.5-inch display, down from the 6-inch Ascend Mate 7 from last year, but it's also touting Force Touch, the same pressure sensitive touchscreen technology that Apple debuted in the Apple Watch and Retina MacBook, and is expected to be a big part of this year's new iPhones.

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ASUS ZenFone Zoom debuts in Europe with 3x optical zoom

ASUS ZenFone Zoom debuts in Europe with 3x optical zoom

At IFA 2015 in Berlin, Asus took the opportunity to announce its ZenFone Zoom, first seen at CES earlier this year, is coming to Europe with its impressive 3x optical zoom. Asus' Android powered smartphone is said to be the world's thinnest with optical-zoom on its 13-megapixel rear camera. Along with optical image stabilization (OIS), the ZenFone Zoom is capable of up to 12x magnification, along with close-ups from only 5cm away with its macro shooting mode.

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Nextbit launches “Robin” phone on Kickstarter

Nextbit launches “Robin” phone on Kickstarter

Nextbit, a group of software developers and veterans from HTC and the original Android 1.0 team, has kept their promise of debuting something "awesome" and "different" in the smartphone market. Today they've launched a Kickstarter campaign for their Robin phone, a "cloud-first" device with endless storage. See, once the 32GB of internal storage starts to fill up, Nextbit's custom software begins sending everything from photos and files to apps and their data to the cloud for safe keeping.

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LG 2015 Nexus 5 will use Snapdragon 808, says latest tip

LG 2015 Nexus 5 will use Snapdragon 808, says latest tip

As expected, until we see the actual device, or at least until all voices start singing in unison, leaks about upcoming devices will always fluctuate from one detail to the next. The latest victim? Why, it's none other than LG's second Nexus 5 smartphone. You know, the Nexus that isn't made by Huawei. According to the latest "reliable source", the device will bear a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 instead of an 820 or, worse, an 810, which might be for the best considering the present mobile processor landscape.

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R2-D2 car charger puts the droid in your cupholder

R2-D2 car charger puts the droid in your cupholder

Can't get enough of Star Wars' most lovable blue-clad droid? We recently detailed the new R2-D2 Bluetooth speaker, which is a realistic replica of R2-D2's head. Now there's a new companion to add to your R2-D2 fondness, and this one comes in the form of a car charger. The charger hails from ThinkGeek, which designed the product itself. As always, it is officially licensed, and even better -- it's available as of now.

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Xperia Z5 video leak confirms 4K display

Xperia Z5 video leak confirms 4K display

Well, here's one thing Sony fans might be looking forward to this week. Or not. Perhaps realizing how far behind they are at the smartphone game, Sony might finally be upgrading its smartphone displays. But wait just a second! It might actually be doing more than that. It might be pushing he envelope to almost ridiculous levels, outing what is probably the world's first 4K smartphone. That is, if any of these leaks are true and not just wishful thinking for a smartphone brand that is slowly losing believers.

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ITC clears Microsoft in 8 year old patent case, Lumias safe

ITC clears Microsoft in 8 year old patent case, Lumias safe

It would have been a devastating blow if Microsoft was blocked from importing its next batch of Lumia smartphones even before its Windows 10 Mobile OS got out the door. That crisis, however, has been just averted when the US International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled in favor of Redmond in a patent case that InterDigital brought against Nokia way back in 2007. According to the ITC, Microsoft did not infringe on InterDigital's patents, which saves it from a potential import ban that could affect its Lumia smartphones.

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