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Leaked iPhone 7 schematic disappointingly shows little change

Leaked iPhone 7 schematic disappointingly shows little change

With Apple itself admitting to the first ever iPhone sales slump, you'd think the company would be rushing to put out a next gen iPhone that would wow the market like the first one did. But this is Apple we're talking about and Apple does not rush anything. Indeed, based on this lone schematic diagram, it seems that Cupertino isn't in a rush to change the iPhone formula just yet. The iPhone 7 allegedly depicted in this image pretty much has the exact same dimensions as the iPhone 6s, hinting that it would be nearly identical to its predecessor.

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Verizon Galaxy S7 update adds DT Ignite bloatware platform

Verizon Galaxy S7 update adds DT Ignite bloatware platform

There are two banes to a smartphone user's existence these days, and both of them start with the letter "B": Batteries and Bloatware. Both can be temporarily remedied by band-aid solutions but still aren't the ideal first experience. While batteries fall on the shoulders of OEMs, bloatware is mainly a responsibility of carriers. One major US carrier is taking advantage of that position. Verizon has just rolled out an update to the Samsung Galaxy S7 that could pretty much be considered a trojan horse (the figurative sense, not the malware) since, along with probable bug and security fixes, it also installs Digital Turbine's Ignite software on the device.

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4th gen Moto G, G Plus outed

4th gen Moto G, G Plus outed

Motorola is gearing up to unveil a new Moto G in India next week. It has even put out rather "interesting" teasers for the event. Given the Moto G's ancestry in Android history, and Motorola's new overlords, there is no small amount of interest revolving around this mid-range smartphone. Indeed, it is already garnering a few reactions based on leaked images of its design. Now, however, we're getting the near complete picture, with most of the specs of both the Moto G and its higher end G Plus sibling leaked for everyone to enjoy.

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Alleged OnePlus 3 prototype appears in leaked photos

Alleged OnePlus 3 prototype appears in leaked photos

We're smack right in the middle of the lull between MWC and IFA, the calm before the storm, so to speak. That, of course, is the perfect opportunity to make some noise about some new smartphone that may be coming in the next few months or so. We've already seen Motorola's odd direction for the upcoming 4th gen Moto X and its DROID variant. Now we're supposedly getting to see what Chinese startup OnePlus has in mind for its 3rd flagship. Suffice it to say, it's going to at least get people talking a lot.

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Xiaomi puts the Mi Max marketing machine on full throttle

Xiaomi puts the Mi Max marketing machine on full throttle

Xiaomi may have just revealed its Mi 5 flagship last February, but the way it is trying to hype the Mi Max, you'd think this was actually its 2016 champion. Set to be the Chinese superstar's foray into the phablet race, Xiaomi has been teasing the Mi Max nonstop. Now it is going as far as releasing a new video ad each day before the expected May 10th announcement. Of course, there are a few marketing images available as well, all of them officially coming from Xiaomi's own CEO, Lei Jun.

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iFixit: Huawei P9 easy to repair if you have a pentalobe tool

iFixit: Huawei P9 easy to repair if you have a pentalobe tool

These days, the premium look and quality of flagship smartphones usually come at a price. The first to go are removable batteries, followed usually by hardened silos that are tough to get into. So when a flagship smartphone gets a 7 out of 10 repairability score, it's definitely a surprising but very much welcome breath of fresh air. That seems to be the case with the Huawei P9, the Chinese OEMs latest and greatest. Amusingly, iFixit notes that Huawei might have one upped Apple to some punches, despite copying the latter in a few aspects.

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Moto X4, DROID version photos leaked with odd design choices

Moto X4, DROID version photos leaked with odd design choices

It's been a while since Motorola has put out a smartphone that was the center of the market's attention. It seems, however, that the fourth gen Moto X will generate a lot of noise, and not all of them will be good. If you thought the physical home button slash fingerprint sensor on the front of the 4th gen Moto G was bad enough, take a gander at what is supposed to be the Moto X4's newest design. That includes a large, bulky camera sensor smack in the middle of the smartphone's back.

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iPhone 7 to skip Smart Connector says latest report

iPhone 7 to skip Smart Connector says latest report

We seem to be going back and forth with "will it or won't it" when it comes to features of this year's expected "iPhone 7." One of the longest-running rumors about the device has pegged Apple with eliminating the 3.5mm headphone jack in favor of the Lightning port, but earlier this week that was countered in a possible part leak. Now the latest report says the same about the Smart Connector, which may not appear on the larger "iPhone 7 Plus" after all.

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Leaked Samsung Galaxy C5 photos show traces of HTC One design

Leaked Samsung Galaxy C5 photos show traces of HTC One design

Samsung gained a reputation, deservingly or not, for being "inspired" by designs and features from some of its competitors. Of course, over time it has developed its own distinctive design language that other are now also getting inspired with. One OEM, however might soon take issue again with Samsung's sources of inspiration. Leaked photos of what is allegedly the upcoming Galaxy C5, the first in the new Galaxy C series, do indeed show a dominantly metallic motif. However, it also seems to carry some parts that readily call to mind HTC's older One flagships.

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Galaxy J3 smartphone lands on Verizon pre-paid network

Galaxy J3 smartphone lands on Verizon pre-paid network

Verizon has announced a new smartphone launch for its pre-paid network called the Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016). The smartphone is a budget device selling for $109.99 and it will operate on the Verizon 4G LTE network. The 5-inch screen is a HD resolution Super AMOLED paired with a 1.2GHz quad core processor.

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Evernote for Android gains scan and annotate capability

Evernote for Android gains scan and annotate capability

Android phone users that were bummed that iOS users got the Scannable app and wanted something similar for their Android device are in luck. Evernote for Android has announced a new update that brings with it an improved way to digitize documents. In the new Evernote update, Evernote camera makes capturing and managing your document images smoother and brings two photo capture modes.

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Google exec: Android One is part of broader hardware strategy

Google exec: Android One is part of broader hardware strategy

Many Android users will probably have heard of Nexus devices at one point in time or another. But, unless they're in one of the very few countries covered by the program, they probably have never heard of Android One. The program was launched to sort of mirror Google partnerships with OEMs seen in the Nexus program but to a more liberal and more affordable degree. It hasn't, however, caught on, leading many to consider it dead. Google directory for Business Development and Android & Chrome Partnerships Mike Hayes says, however, that it couldn't be farther from the truth.

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