Phones

2016 Moto G surfaces in leak, front home button included

2016 Moto G surfaces in leak, front home button included

Good news: the odd Motorola smartphone leaked a while back might not be a Moto X at all but a next gen Moto G instead. Bad news: that means it will have a physical home button. At least that's the implication of this latest batch of leaked photos that show what is allegedly the Moto G4 in all its prototype glory. While details on actual specs remain unknown, the leak does hint at what is practically the first Moto smartphone under Lenovo's full ownership of the former Google subsidiary.

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LG G5 Friends website launched in US, UK, UAE, South Korea

LG G5 Friends website launched in US, UK, UAE, South Korea

The LG G5 wants more friends and LG is giving it the Web space to do so. Last week, the manufacturer revealed its play to invite developers and third party accessory makers to become closer friends with its flagship. That is, to build future modules for the somewhat modular smartphone. Now it is launching the LGFriends website to become the online portal for that community that it wants to grow, offering a place to collaborate on ideas and eventually even buy modules for the G5.

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Xiaomi Max leaked to be a giant 6.4-inch phablet

Xiaomi Max leaked to be a giant 6.4-inch phablet

Given how OEMs like Samsung and Xiaomi are often times, warranted or not, painted as iPhone copycats, you'd think that Xiaomi's next device after the Xiaomi Mi 5 would be a smaller, 4-inch smartphone like the iPhone SE. Fortunately, or perhaps unfortunately, that isn't the case. Xiaomi's next smartphone will actually be a a phablet, and a giant at that. Voted to be called the Xiaomi Max, a leaked photo of the front panel yields a 6.4-inch display and, perhaps more worryingly, no fingerprint scanner on the front.

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Android N Preview 2 tips Force Touch support and VR services

Android N Preview 2 tips Force Touch support and VR services

Last week the latest version of the Android N preview was released and there were several things inside the new version that had been updated. Among them were emoji that look more like people rather than blobs. Hidden inside this update was also some software that is for virtual reality. Apps will be able to register themselves with VR Listener or VR Helper.

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Huawei P9 Lite pricing unveiled by Euro retailers

Huawei P9 Lite pricing unveiled by Euro retailers

We have already heard a bunch of rumors about the Huawei P9 Lite smartphone. Another leak has happened ahead of the official announcement of the device by Huawei. This time out a European retailer has listed the P9 Lite in three different colors on its website. The listings come from Romanian retailer Cel.ro and lists black, white, and gold versions of the device.

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2017 iPhone tipped to resurrect glass back and gain AMOLED screen

2017 iPhone tipped to resurrect glass back and gain AMOLED screen

Apple is tipped to be changing things up a bit for the iPhone expected for 2017 according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities. According to Kuo Apple is planning to set its next generation smartphone apart from the competition by changing up the all-metal case that has been used for recent models and returning to a glass back of the sort used by the iPhone 4S.

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LG G5 users get to enjoy 360-degree wallpapers

LG G5 users get to enjoy 360-degree wallpapers

Two of the LG G5's new "Friends" are the 360 CAM and the 360 VR headset, the company's more formal entry into the intersection of mobile and virtual reality markets. But what if you don't have either friend and are left with just the G5? Not to worry because LG is going to let each and every owner enjoy a taste of that VR goodness, alrbeit indirectly, through a set of 360-degree wallpapers to be made available to them via the LG SmartWorld hub starting this month.

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Galaxy Note 6 seen on CPU-Z with 5.8-inch screen, 6GB RAM

Galaxy Note 6 seen on CPU-Z with 5.8-inch screen, 6GB RAM

While Apple has seemingly taken a break from its phone size expansion, Samsung is showing no signs of stopping. At least not for its Galaxy Note series and not according to leaks and sources. A screenshot of the benchmarking CPU-Z hints that the Galaxy Note 6, expected to debut sometime in September, will not only be larger, though ever so slightly, than its predecessor but will also have more RAM to boot. It might also be larger in other places too, even in its overall design.

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Samsung Galaxy C line to sport mid-range specs in metal bodies

Samsung Galaxy C line to sport mid-range specs in metal bodies

The age of cheap all-plastic smartphones might finally be over. At least as far as Samsung is concerned. While its entry level Galaxy J series might still bear the cost-friendly material, it also has traces of metal to flaunt. In contrast, the Korean manufacturer's upcoming Galaxy C family will supposedly be all metal. But it won't only be the outside that will be premium. While not flagship-level, the Galaxy C5, which is supposedly the first of its kind, will have decent mid-range specs to boast about.

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‘FlexCase’ project puts e-ink secondary display inside phone case

‘FlexCase’ project puts e-ink secondary display inside phone case

Microsoft Research and the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria have teamed up to create “FlexCase,” a prototype smartphone case that features a secondary e-ink display for extended touch-based activities. The display isn’t just for displaying data, though — sensors coupled with flexible panels allow the user to control the main display using various taps, bends, and twists.

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Cricket launches new unlimited data plan as it takes on T-Mobile

Cricket launches new unlimited data plan as it takes on T-Mobile

Cricket Wireless has announced the launch of a new unlimited data plan for $70/month. As well, Cricket — a subsidiary of AT&T — is targeting T-Mobile, saying the latter carrier costs its customers at least $25 more per month than comparable Cricket plans. As such, Cricket Wireless is hawking a $100 bill credit specifically for T-Mobile subscribers who ditch the Uncarrier for AT&T’s prepaid subsidiary and stay active with the network for at least 45 days.

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Sharp RoBoHoN walking robot phone starts shipping next month

Sharp RoBoHoN walking robot phone starts shipping next month

It’s a robot and a phone, and it’s called RoBoHon. No, it’s not a mobile phone in the shape of a robot — it’s an actual walking robotic that happens to be small enough to carry around with you while out and about, never mind how eccentric you’ll look holding a humanoid robot against your head. RoBoHoN is particularly focused on hands-free control, featuring a projector, speaker, and camera, among other things.

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