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Sharp 507SH is Japan’s first (and only) Android One

Sharp 507SH is Japan’s first (and only) Android One

Back in 2014, Google launched the Android One program as a sort of mix between Nexus and Google Play Edition devices meant for emerging markets. In a nutshell, that meant OEMs have more freedom to design smartphones to their liking while still getting the software and update benefits of a Nexus. While originally intended for emerging markets, like India for example, it seems that it has now outgrown that limitation. Japan, which is hardly an emerging market, has just gotten its first, and so far only, Android One device, the Sharp 507SH.

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OnePlus 3 UK price hike starts July 11, OTA put on hold

OnePlus 3 UK price hike starts July 11, OTA put on hold

Things don't seem to be looking good for OnePlus, both in the UK and everywhere else. As it had earlier predicted, the economic repercussions from the "Brexit" vote will have an impact in the price of its new OnePlus 3 flagship. That is indeed the case and the company is confirming that starting July 11, those putting in an order for the OnePlus 3 will be facing a higher 329 GBP price tag than early birds who already bought or pre-ordered the smartphone.

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Rejoice! iPhone 7 tipped to have at least 32GB of storage

Rejoice! iPhone 7 tipped to have at least 32GB of storage

Apple is set to double the storage of its entry-level iPhone, with the iPhone 7 expected to kick off at 32GB rather than the much-criticized 16GB of the current model. The increase will address increasingly vocal complaints that 16GB is simply too small in an age of 4K video recording: after all, you can only fit around half an hour of 4K resolution footage on a 16GB iPhone 6s before the device is full, and that's assuming you don't download any other apps, games, or media.

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Next Google Nexus detailed in black, ready for Android Nougat

Next Google Nexus detailed in black, ready for Android Nougat

Specifications have come together this week to form a device that'll likely be Google's next HTC-made Nexus smartphone. Or two smartphones. It could very well be that Google's next set of Nexus smartphones, nicknamed Sailfish and Marlin, will look very similar to one another in most respects. One will be the larger, the other the more standard-sized phone, and here's what they look like.

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ZTE nubia N1 silently revealed bearing a 5000mAh battery

ZTE nubia N1 silently revealed bearing a 5000mAh battery

Despite not being one of the biggest smartphone OEMs around, ZTE doesn't really skimp on the fanfare when it announces a new model. So it's almost surprising that its newest nubia N1, the first in a new series, hasn't been given that much attention. Even more perplexing considering this mid-tier smartphone does have a few things to boast of, particularly perhaps one of the largest battery sizes we've seen in this particular price tier and screen size.

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LG X5 finally revealed, along side X skin (style), X power

LG X5 finally revealed, along side X skin (style), X power

Near the end of May, LG was seen trying to trademark an "X5" brand. Shortly afterwards, it officially announced four new X series smartphones, capitalizing on the then newly launched X-Men: Apocalypse film. Still, no X5 in sight. Now a month later, LG is finally confirming that such a smartphone does exist. Alongside an earlier teased X power and X skin (a.k.a. X style), the LG X5 adds yet another member to LG's already confusing array of mid-range smartphones, each trying to sell something special. Or so LG says.

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HP Elite X3 to have gold version, optional passive stylus

HP Elite X3 to have gold version, optional passive stylus

In the absence of a still much desired Surface Phone this year, the HP Elite X3 is set to become the most interesting Windows 10 Mobile smartphone for 2016. And it may have just gotten slightly more interesting, and maybe premium looking, with the revelation of a gold color option for some markets as well as an optional stylus accessory. It's not all good news, however, as that stylus is, in fact, a passive one. Plus, there are some whispers that the business class smartphone might hit a few snags when it comes to supporting Verizon's LTE network.

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OnePlus 3 OTA goes out to everyone to fix display, RAM woes

OnePlus 3 OTA goes out to everyone to fix display, RAM woes

True to its word, OnePlus has indeed finally made available the update that will bring the features that the Interwebs has been crying for. The latest OxygenOS 3.2.0 OTA for the OnePlus 3, among other things, adds an sRGB mode to the device and promises to have an improved RAM management for its ample 6 GB of memory. Whether that finally puts an end to the series of criticisms that both the flagship and the company as well have received ever since the smartphone launched last month.

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Sharp made another Japan-only phone with razor-thin bezels

Sharp made another Japan-only phone with razor-thin bezels

Sharp one-upped just about every other smartphone two years ago when it debuted the Aquos Crystal, a device with almost nonexistent bezels on three sides. Now the Japanese phone maker is back with a smaller version: the Aquos Mini SH-M03. With dimensions measuring 126 x 66 x 9mm, it manages to fit a 4.7-inch display, the same size as the iPhone 6s' screen.

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BlackBerry’s next 3 Android phones planned for release by early 2017

BlackBerry’s next 3 Android phones planned for release by early 2017

The BlackBerry OS is clearly dead and buried, and now BlackBerry the company is doing all it can to avoid a similar fate. The smartphone maker is now pinning its last hopes on Android, with three new devices rumored to be in development, despite the BlackBerry Priv, their first phone to run Google's OS, being a major flop upon its release earlier this year.

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Qualcomm-powered Android devices found to have faulty full disk encryption

Qualcomm-powered Android devices found to have faulty full disk encryption

Google's Android platform has had its problems with security in the best, but a number of encryption features have been built into the software, as well as hardware, in recent years, significantly improving the situation. Unfortunately things are still far from perfect, as security researcher Gal Beniamini has discovered a vulnerability that leaves the Full Disk Encryption feature at risk to brute force attacks.

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These Google Phones and Android Nougat make me doubt my iPhone’s future

These Google Phones and Android Nougat make me doubt my iPhone’s future

Today I'm doubting this iPhone in the face of Google's potential with the next generation of Android Nougat devices. Specifically the HTC-made Nexus phones we're looking at today, leaked and everything. Both of the devices have been leaked, as it were, both with very similar details - both looking like really, really good competitors for the iPhone 7. Especially if we're speaking strictly on specifications' terms, the iPhone 7 will need to up its game significantly just to match what Google has here.

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