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OnePlus: the unexpected rise of a new superstar

OnePlus: the unexpected rise of a new superstar

There are literally dozens of smartphone brands in the market today, even more so in China, where the mobile market thrives on cheap components and knock off designs. That is why very few smartphone makers from that region ever gain international renown. Even the likes of OPPO and Vivo, long time players in this game are overshadowed by the big league players. So when a never before heard Chinese startup named OnePlus dared to challenge the status quo, some wonder if its execs were smoking something. It turned out, it wasn't all hot air after all.

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Honor 5X Marshmallow 6.0 update rolls out

Honor 5X Marshmallow 6.0 update rolls out

Android Marshmallow is rolling out to most current smartphones but it is launching on some later than others. If you own the Huawei Honor 5X smartphone your time is finally here. The Android Marshmallow 6.0 update is now rolling out to users. Along with Marshmallow, the update is also bringing EMUI 4.0.

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Verizon Moto Z, Z Force Droid price reveal date has been set

Verizon Moto Z, Z Force Droid price reveal date has been set

It has almost been a month since Lenovo and Motorola revealed their love child, the Moto Z, but it will still be months before the market actually gets their hand on one. That is, unless they happen to be one of Verizon's subscribers. Perhaps as part of its close ties with Motorola, Verizon is getting a big head start. The Verizon branded Moto Z Droid and the Verizon exclusive Moto Z Force Droid are set to reveal their prices next week, and it is likely that pre-orders will start soon afterwards, if not on the same day.

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Odd Galaxy Note 7 model seen with unknown Android 6.1

Odd Galaxy Note 7 model seen with unknown Android 6.1

Most of the debate around Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Note 7 has revolved around whether it will get a flat or curved edge screen. Given the back and forth of conflicting insider information, the jury's still out on that one. And yet here comes another piece of information that would imply there might actually be more choices to come. Spotted at GFXBench is a listing for a certain SM-N935F believed to be a Galaxy Note 7 variant, sporting only 4 GB of RAM and running an unannounced Android 6.1 version.

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OnePlus 3 OTA rollout begins anew with OxygenOS 3.2.1

OnePlus 3 OTA rollout begins anew with OxygenOS 3.2.1

OnePlus is definitely working overtime to ensure that its recently launched OnePlus 3 doesn't get drowned in controversy and bad press, despite already encountering hurdles in just a few weeks. The OxygenOS 3.2.0 OTA that was supposed to address some complaints had to be abruptly pulled out due to equally serious issues. Now the company is rolling out update 3.2.1 to both continue the previously halted update as well include fixes to the broken updates, though it hasn't responded to some other concerns raised in the previous OTA.

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Galaxy S7 edge Olympic Edition to be given away to Olympians

Galaxy S7 edge Olympic Edition to be given away to Olympians

If you haven't noticed it yet, Samsung is one of the major sponsors of the 2016 Olympics to be held at Rio de Janeiro in Brazil next month. And in case you haven't seen the leak, the Korean OEM is planning to put a special edition smartphone just for the occasion. Well, consider that leak confirmed! Samsung has indeed announced the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Olympic Games Limited Edition, which is a mouthful for simply a variant that has the 2016 Olympics branding all over it.

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BlackBerry promises it won’t ditch the physical keyboard

BlackBerry promises it won’t ditch the physical keyboard

Those who still love BlackBerry tend to love it for one reason only: the physical keyboard. Kim Kardashian has a stockpile of them because of the keyboard. Companies have braved lawsuits to bring the keyboard to other phones. And yet, Blackberry struggles. The company recently announced the discontinuation of its BlackBerry Classic device, and with that announcement came fears that BlackBerry's physical keyboard days are over.

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Estimote improves its Proximity Beacons with programmable NFC

Estimote improves its Proximity Beacons with programmable NFC

Today Estimote has announced a rather significant update to its wireless Proximity Beacons. The Google Eddystone-compatible beacons, which aim to give users contextual experiences on smartphones and bridge the gap between the real world and mobile devices, have been updated to include programmable NFC chips. NFC seems to be a huge addition that will help Estimote's beacons stand out from the crowd.

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Walmart Pay rolling out in all stores nationwide

Walmart Pay rolling out in all stores nationwide

Well, that didn't take long: just a few days after we hear that Walmart was increasing the number of its stores offering Walmart Pay by about 600, we get news from the massive retailer that Walmart Pay is now available across every one of its stores in the US. If you're wondering, that means Walmart has increased this launch to include a grand total of around 4,600 stores.

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HTC Desire 530 brings its “micro splash” design to the US

HTC Desire 530 brings its “micro splash” design to the US

Even as the HTC 10 flagship tries to leave a mark in the US smartphone market, HTC is bringing yet another high-profile Android smartphone to the country. By "high-profile" we don't exactly mean "high end", because the HTC Desire 530 is anything but. We mean something more along the lines of "flamboyant", with the smartphone's odd but unique "micro splash" coating that will make you take a second look at its back, where its second supposed biggest feature, its camera, also resides.

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Galaxy Note 5 is most popular Android smartphone in the world says AnTuTu

Galaxy Note 5 is most popular Android smartphone in the world says AnTuTu

Normally when we are talking about AnTuTu, we are looking at benchmarks for one smartphone or another. Since so many users around the world use the benchmarking tools at AnTuTu, the company is able to put together some lists of the most popular devices based on usage of its benchmarking tools from all around the world. Overall, the most popular devices in the world for the first half of 2016 include (in order from most popular to least) the Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S7, and the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3.

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iPhone 7, 7 Plus renders, cases tease the inevitable future

iPhone 7, 7 Plus renders, cases tease the inevitable future

Samsung and Apple aren't just competing on smartphone sales, they also seem to be in a race for the most conflicting set of leaks of the year. With the launch of both the Galaxy Note 7 and the iPhone 7 just over the horizon, naturally the leaks are pouring non-stop. Like this new batch of renders of the iPhone 7 and its supposedly more capable sibling, the iPhone 7 Plus. There's even one real-life photo of cases for the latter. Both seemingly confirming the things that users both dread and look forward to in Apple's next gen smartphones.

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