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HTC swiftly promises Android Nougat for One M9, A9, HTC 10

HTC swiftly promises Android Nougat for One M9, A9, HTC 10

So Google has finally decided that Android N will be forever known as Nougat. We'll leave open the debate of whether it actually matched what the Interwebs voted for (some claim it doesn't). For now, we will focus briefly on the rush of OEMs swearing fealty to the upcoming nutty treat. What rush? It seems that manufacturers aren't that hasty in promising the heavens to their customers. HTC, of course, is having none of that and has indeed promised Android Nougat for HTC One M9, One A9, and HTC 10 smartphones. Without, of course, promising when.

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HTC-made Nexus “Marlin” specs leaked: larger of the same

HTC-made Nexus “Marlin” specs leaked: larger of the same

HTC might really be having its Nexus dream comes true. Twice! If the rumors and leaks are true, the Taiwanese OEM has not one but two Nexus devices coming up. That's two devices made by the same manufacturer launching in the same generation, definitely a first for the Nexus line. But HTC won't really be competing with itself, so to speak. Because despite having two, those, codenamed "Sailfish" and "Marlin", will really be birds of the same feather, differing really only in screen size and resolution. Which could make for a hard choice for consumers.

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Facebook Paper news app goes dark next month

Facebook Paper news app goes dark next month

Facebook Paper will be shut down late next month, the social network has revealed, with Facebook advising users via an in–app message that they will not be able to access the app after July 29. Though Facebook Paper had initially garnered good reviews back in 2014, it didn’t draw in any significant number of users if the app download numbers are anything to go by. The writing has been on the wall for a while, though, as Facebook never got around to releasing an Android version and it last updated the iOS app in March of last year.

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iPhone coming to MetroPCS tomorrow, but only in Florida

iPhone coming to MetroPCS tomorrow, but only in Florida

MetroPCS will start offering its customers the iPhone tomorrow, but it’ll only be available to those located in Florida. The T-Mobile subsidiary will offer the retired iPhone 5s as well as the newer and similarly sized iPhone SE. If you’re keen on the prepaid carrier but don’t want a tiny or older iPhone, you’ll also have the option of buying an iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus, though you’ll have to pay the full price for the handset upfront.

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Android Nougat is Google’s newest OS dessert

Android Nougat is Google’s newest OS dessert

Google has officially named the newest version of Android as dessert "Android Nougat" - thus keeping the alphabetical naming structure sound. This is the latest in a line of dessert names as well, keeping with the tastiest of treats since Donut. This version of Android was revealed via Snapchat, oddly enough, just this morning. Why Google chose to use Snapchat instead of their own blog, we might never understand fully. This is clearly the Brexit's fault.

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Apple EarPod headphones leak reveal Lightning connector for iPhone 7

Apple EarPod headphones leak reveal Lightning connector for iPhone 7

We're now at that stage of the summer where we see at least one or two iPhone 7 leaks per week, not to mention the fact that we've all heard about the ongoing rumor of Apple's newest smartphone model dropping the 3.5mm headphone jack. Well, the latest leaked images tie into that, but instead of showing an iPhone chassis with only a Lightning port on the bottom, it's a pair of Apple's EarPod headphones with a Lightning connector.

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Galaxy A9 Pro international version launching in Malaysia

Galaxy A9 Pro international version launching in Malaysia

Malaysian electronics purveyor Senheng has a new device on its website from Samsung that hasn’t been officially announced just yet. The device is an international version of the Galaxy A9 Pro that launched in China earlier in 2016. The specs that are listed on Senheng are the same as those from the Chinese device with 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, 6-inch screen, and large 5,000 mAh internal battery.

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Samsung Smart Glow to be more than just about notifications

Samsung Smart Glow to be more than just about notifications

A few weeks ago, Samsung was revealed to have a rather curious new feature intended for the most unlikely of models: the Smart Glow "ring" for the Galaxy J2 2016. Although neither the smartphone nor the feature have made their actual debut yet, there is already some information floating around that the Smart Glow won't be limited to simple notifications in the future and could very well be as extensible, or at least customizable, as Samsung's Edge panels on the company's curved edge smartphones.

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Google phone might not be the best move for Android

Google phone might not be the best move for Android

It's like the early 2000s again. With Apple finally launching the first ever iPhone, there is talk about Google doing something similar. Of course, that happened and it didn't, with the Nexus line the closest thing to a "Google phone". Fast-forward nearly a decade, Google is rumored to once again try its hand at actually becoming a smartphone maker too. Like Apple. It doesn't make business sense, of course. But what if it were true? What if Google din put out a "gPhone"? It definitely can, like the Pixel C Android tablet. But if it did, this non-Nexus Google-made Android smartphone would be an atrocity for consumers. Here are the reasons why.

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Android Marshmallow update comes to T-Mobile Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge

Android Marshmallow update comes to T-Mobile Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge

T-Mobile users who own the Galaxy Note 4 or Galaxy Note Edge smartphones can now get their grubby little mitts on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update for their devices. The new updates will add Android 6.0.1 baseband version N910TUVU2DPE3 or N910T3UVU1DPE3 to the Note 4 bringing with it some cool new features and capabilities.

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TomTom Via 52 and 62 nav units use smartphone for traffic info

TomTom Via 52 and 62 nav units use smartphone for traffic info

TomTom has unveiled a pair of new portable navigation devices called the Via 52 and Via 62 that both have smartphone connectivity. That connectivity with your smartphone means you can leave your phone in your pocket and still make or receive phone calls and have up to date traffic information. Each of the navigation devices can be used as hands free kits.

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ZTE Axon 7 launching in Europe as global rollout kicks off

ZTE Axon 7 launching in Europe as global rollout kicks off

European fans of the ZTE Axon 7 smartphone can now get their hands on the device as Europe becomes the first area outside of China to be able to purchase the smartphone. The Axon 7 launched in China at an event held on May 26. The Axon 7 can be pre-ordered via Amazon in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the UK.

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