Phones

OPPO F1s leak reveals the F1 Plus’ little brother

OPPO F1s leak reveals the F1 Plus’ little brother

Just because OPPO itself isn't spilling the beans on the OPPO F1s doesn't mean others won't be doing the talking for them. The Chinese OEM may be keeping fans at the edge of their seats, but now those might have little left to wait for. Sources have revealed that while the OPPO F1s is indeed a step up from the OPPO F1 launched early this year, it is, in truth less of a flagship device and is actually a step down compared to the OPPO F1 Plus, also from early 2016.

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Galaxy Note 7 new S Pen Air Commands get leaked

Galaxy Note 7 new S Pen Air Commands get leaked

While there has been no shortage of discussions and leaks about the upcoming Galaxy Note 7's hardware and design, what really separates this phablet from its kin is the S Pen and related features. Sadly, details those have actually been considerably fewer, that is until now. A new leak has shown at least one new aspect S Pen wielders can look forward to, with three new capabilities being added to the Galaxy Note 7's Air Command roster, such as Translate, Magnify, and a rather odd Glance.

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LG V20 confirmed, to be first non-Nexus Android 7.0 phone

LG V20 confirmed, to be first non-Nexus Android 7.0 phone

There are perks to having a close, working relationship with Google, especially after making not one, not even just two, but three Nexus smartphones. That is something that LG is now boasting as it reveals, to no one's surprise really, that there will, indeed, be an LG V20 coming soon. Sometime in September, in fact. More than that, LG is also boasting that it will be the first smartphone that isn't a Nexus that will come with the shiny new Android 7.0 Nougat.

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Moto Z Play unofficially poses for the camera

Moto Z Play unofficially poses for the camera

Motorola may have already launched its champs for the 2016, but one member of its new "Z" family remains unaccounted for. The Moto Z Play, which was leaked to be in existence, still has to make its existence known to the world. While we still don't know the exact date for that, it might actually be close at hand, given that an actual working model of the smartphone is making rounds on the Internet via some leaked but very clear shots.

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Apple Lightning EarPods shown in action in new video leak

Apple Lightning EarPods shown in action in new video leak

Alongside the growing speculation that the upcoming iPhone 7 will ditch the standard headphone jack are rumors that the device will be paired with a new type of Apple's EarPod headphones that use a Lightning connector. We've already seen various photos of different quality claiming to show the new accessory, but now a video has surfaced with footage of the headphones functioning while connected to an iPhone's Lightning port.

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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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