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The Galaxy Note 7 recall is official

The Galaxy Note 7 recall is official

The proverbial excretion has just hit the fan, though perhaps to no one’s surprise. Samsung has just made it official: it is recalling the hundreds of thousands of Galaxy Note 7 units it already sold worldwide. It really can’t do otherwise. In case you missed it, this recall follows Samsung’s investigations into reports of phablets bursting into flames while being charged. Which is to say the company has just confirmed those reports to be true.

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Project Ara modular smartphone is DOA, say sources

Project Ara modular smartphone is DOA, say sources

Perhaps to no one’s surprise, but surely to everyone’s disappointment, Google might be shelving the once highly popular Project Ara that would have delivered a truly modular smartphone with interchangeable core components. At least that’s what two sources are saying. Given the repeated delays and a significant change in the project’s vision and implementation, that is almost expected. Also expected, however, will be the backlash from different supporters, including hardware makers whom Google already announced and waved around like trophies, if Google does throw in the towel, temporarily or otherwise.

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Nexus phones to be called Pixel, Pixel XL, debuting October

Nexus phones to be called Pixel, Pixel XL, debuting October

The HTC-made, Google sold “Nexus” smartphones won’t be called Nexus anymore, according to sources. Instead, Marlin and Sailfish, as they were believed to be codenamed, will be called the Pixel and the Pixel XL. This would seem to corroborate earlier insider tips that the Nexus line is practically being put to pasture. The indications of that may be strong but it doesn’t sufficiently answer the questions on why Google would suddenly change direction and what the move means for its OEM partners.

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Samsung rumored to recall faulty Galaxy Note 7 units

Samsung rumored to recall faulty Galaxy Note 7 units

Samsung may have counted its eggs far too early and now things are turning for the worse. That is, if the rather dire situation painted by Korean media is close to reality. Responding to claims of exploding batteries of the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung was reported to have halted shipments in order to investigate quality issues. But that’s not the end of it. Korean news outlets are saying that Samsung may in fact issue a recall of devices already in the market, which will, of course, hurt not only perception of its latest flagship but also cost it no small amount of money.

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Osmo Mobile turns smartphones into a motion tracking smart camera

Osmo Mobile turns smartphones into a motion tracking smart camera

If you are the sort who prefers to enjoy the moment rather than being focused on a camera or smartphone screen recording video and shooting images, the Osmo Mobile might be just the device for you. The Osmo Mobile smartphone holder turns your smart device into a smart motion-tracking camera. What that means is that you don’t have to choose between recording the happenings and participating. The DJI Go app that goes along with the Osmo Mobile device is designed to automatically keep the smartphone facing you as you move.

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Huawei Nova brings premium Nexus style to midrange

Huawei Nova brings premium Nexus style to midrange

Is the real smartphone excitement happening in the mid-range? Huawei certainly seems to think so, first with the Honor 8 and now with the Huawei Nova and Nova Plus, two new, more affordable Android handsets. Revealed at IFA 2016 today, the Nexus 6P lookalike Nova has a 5-inch display and a sleek, brushed metal casing which the Chinese firm is counting on to differentiate it from rivals.

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DxO ONE iPhone camera add-on gets Wi-Fi remote, waterproof case

DxO ONE iPhone camera add-on gets Wi-Fi remote, waterproof case

DxO may be better known for its reviews and benchmarks of digital cameras, especially smartphone cameras, but last year it decided to get into that market itself with the DxO ONE, a camera attachment for the iPhone. Keeping to its promise to add value to the accessory long after it was launched, DxO is announcing, right before IFA 2016 shifts into full gear, a version 2.0 software update that will bring a much-needed Wi-Fi Remote Control capability to the device. Plus, it is also announcing new Outdoor Shells that will let you use the DxO ONE under any condition, even under water.

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HTC One A9s unleashed: a perplexing successor

HTC One A9s unleashed: a perplexing successor

HTC is finally breaking its IFA 2016 silence, but the noise it is making might not fall on receptive ears. As speculated before, the Taiwanese manufacturer has unveiled the HTC One A9s, the follow-up to one of last year’s most notorious smartphones, the One A9. While by no means a terrible smartphone, the HTC One A9 was primarily seen as one of the most blatant iPhone 6 ripoffs. The HTC One A9s is, for better or worse, carrying on that tradition. But rather oddly, it also seems to do worse than its precursor in some cases, leaving an even more mixed bag in the market.

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HTC September event teaser is about an edgy Desire 10

HTC September event teaser is about an edgy Desire 10

HTC is clearly avoiding the maddening rush of announcements and product reveals at IFA 2016. In fact, it is also steering clear of Apple’s event on 7th September. Instead, it will be doing things on its own and away from the others, nearer the end of September. Its latest teaser, titled “Be Edgier”, is clearly about a new smartphone. And based on what we’ve seen so far, that could pretty much be about the HTC Desire 10, both Lifestlye and Pro editions, that could offer nearly the same key features as the HTC 10 itself but at a more affordable price.

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Galaxy Note 7 shipments put on hold for “quality tests”

Galaxy Note 7 shipments put on hold for “quality tests”

What should have been a fairy tale ending to Samsung’s 2016 might be turning into a nightmare. Although lauded as one of this year’s best smartphones so far, pending the official reveal of the iPhone 7, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 might become the most scandalous one instead. Samsung has confirmed that it is delaying the shipments of the phablet in order to conduct further product quality tests. Although the company is naturally keeping mum over the matter, recent incidents would point to reports of exploding batteries as the cause of the delay.

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Nubia Z11 smartphone arrives in US this September

Nubia Z11 smartphone arrives in US this September

The Nubia Z11 will be starting its North American and European rollout in September, the company has announced. We’ve known for a while that Nubia intended to make the Z11 available in the U.S., but details about that plan hadn’t been forthcoming, and weren’t provided when the handset officially launched in China this past June. The company made its plans official at IFA alongside the international version's various specs.

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Archos 50 Saphir has a rugged design and a giant 5000 mAh battery

Archos 50 Saphir has a rugged design and a giant 5000 mAh battery

Archos is a maker of affordable smartphones that you can buy unlocked and use on many networks around the world. The company has a new smartphone that it has launched in Europe called the Archos 50 Saphir that is a rugged device designed to help people who are active or work in harsh environments keep in touch without breaking their device constantly. The smartphone is IP68 certified and can survive water at depths up to 1-meter.

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