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b2gdroid turns Firefox OS into an Android launcher

b2gdroid turns Firefox OS into an Android launcher

Ever been curious about that piece of software called Firefox OS but couldn't really justify buying even the cheapest smartphone for it? Do you have an Android phone? If you said yes to both, then this might be your lucky day, depending on how you look at it. A new experiment coming straight from Mozilla's developers now gives curious users a chance to play with Firefox OS. Except, you aren't really going to be the full experience, as the b2gdroid app is basically a Firefox OS Android homescreen replacement.

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Xperia Z3+ video shows Snapdragon 810’s continuing woe

Xperia Z3+ video shows Snapdragon 810’s continuing woe

The evidence against the Snapdragon 810 just seems to be piling up. When the HTC One M9 was launched, Qualcomm brushed off complaints about overheating to the unfinished quality of the early models that were being tested. It might try to use that same reasoning with this supposedly prototype version of the Xperia Z3+ that is caught on video heating excessively when using its camera. The problem, however, is that the smartphone supposedly uses a revised version of the chip that already addresses such issues.

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Sony’s new My Xperia Theft Protection digs deep

Sony’s new My Xperia Theft Protection digs deep

Smartphone theft is a never ending problem and manufacturers and carriers are always scrambling to implement the best solution to both solve it as well as prevent it in the first place. Both iOS and Android have varying solutions, but, in the case of the latter, most of it is moot once the device has been subjected to flashing. Sony's new anti-theft feature, similar to Android 5.1's Device Protection, tries to plug up that hole, making it impossible to use a stolen device without the proper credentials, even after it has been wiped clean.

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HTC One M9 gets updated: camera and cooling improved

HTC One M9 gets updated: camera and cooling improved

HTC might be getting a lot of flak lately over it's dismal performance and its disappointing flagship, but one can't fault the OEM for lack of trying. Ever since it launched, the HTC One M9 has repeatedly been update to address some common complaints, particularly around the camera and the overheating that Qualcomm still denies. At least, as much as software updates can fix them. Another round of updates is working its way to devices in waves, bringing in some more improvements, like better noise reduction and smarter heat management.

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Blackberry redoes its Passport with incoming Oslo

Blackberry redoes its Passport with incoming Oslo

Photos of the incoming Blackberry Oslo have made their way onto the internet thanks to a possible demo model leak. The Oslo is Blackberry's successor to the Passport. This phone, or phablet, could have very well come out as the Passport 2, but Blackberry chose to give the phone a more Scandinavian moniker. The Oslo keeps the Passport's odd, wide shape (It's basically the same dimensions as an actual passport.) The device still has a physical QWERTY keyboard at the base, keeping typing an activity mostly for thumbs.

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iPhone used for promo photo of HTC’s 24K-gold One M9

iPhone used for promo photo of HTC’s 24K-gold One M9

Oops. Some HTC employee has probably found themselves in a great deal of trouble today. The Taiwanese company has just announced a limited edition of its One M9 smartphone that comes in 24-karat gold. As is typical, HTC tweeted a few promotional photos of the phone. One image offers a detailed look at the back side of the luxurious One M9 model, complete with its shiny gold surface. And there in the reflection can one see the photo is being taken with an iPhone.

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The LG G4 is now in the US and here’s where to get it

The LG G4 is now in the US and here’s where to get it

LG has just fired the gun, signaling the widespread availability of its flagship in the US. Given the LG G4's rather high profile marketing, especially for its camera, and its admittedly enticing spec sheet, it might not be surprising to see quite a few interested buyers. Luckily for them, all major US carriers and even retailers like Best Buy and Amazon are game. Actually the number of sources and choices might be a bit overwhelming, so here we condense it into a few salient points on where to get your leather-back LG G4 and for how much.

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OnePlus One price change hopefully heralds something new

OnePlus One price change hopefully heralds something new

Last year's flagship killer just got a killer price cut. That is, if you're willing to live with 2013 or 2014 high end specs. OnePlus One, which took the Android market by surprise, has just announced another price change, but this one promised to be for good. Or at least until the next permanent price cut. It is now $50 cheaper than it was yesterday. But if you pay the original $349 price for the 64 GB model, you also get a year's subscription of Dropbox Premium.

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Android will get Apple Music release too

Android will get Apple Music release too

Apple Music has been announced at WWDC 2015 for not only iPhones, but Android devices as well. This music service was originally assumed to be working for Apple products only - as is the norm for most Apple software - but Apple appears to have flipped the script. With the release of this product, Apple is ready to roll starting on June 30th in over 100 countries - not just on the iPhone, not just on the Mac, iPad, and iPod touch. But on PCs and Android, as well. This service will be launched to all devices simultaneously.

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