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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ hands-on – Phresh Phablets

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ hands-on – Phresh Phablets

The new Samsung Galaxy Note 5 has arrived, and it's brought along a fancy cousin in the shape of the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+. Each of the phablet-scale phones sit at the top end of Samsung's Android family, offering super-high-resolution displays, lashings of processing power, and the sort of build quality that proves Samsung is no longer playing around with plastic. As I found when I went hands-on with the pair, however, they're also surprisingly different despite the family relationship.

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Samsung’s BlackBerry-style keyboard case for the S6 edge+ is real

Samsung’s BlackBerry-style keyboard case for the S6 edge+ is real

Samsung's Galaxy S6 edge+ may have a huge 5.7-inch display for expansive onscreen keyboards, but those who prefer physical keys have an option there, too. One of the more unusual accessories in Samsung's array of cases and covers for the new Android handset adds a QWERTY keyboard to it, complete with four rows of letter keys, various function keys, and shortcuts for navigation around the OS.

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HTC Desire 526 and 626 head to Verizon Wireless

HTC Desire 526 and 626 head to Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless has announced that it will have a couple new budget smartphone offerings landing online and in stores in the coming weeks. Exactly how many weeks we are talking about before the Desire 626 lands Verizon isn’t saying. The two new smartphones include the HTC Desire 526 and the HTC Desire 626. Both devices are 4G smartphones.

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TENAA shows off shots of the Huawei Mate 7s

TENAA shows off shots of the Huawei Mate 7s

In the US as a new smartphone prepares to come to market, it has to go through the FCC to get approvals it needs to be sold. China has a similar organization that gives approvals to devices being sold in the country, that organization is called TENAA. TENAA commonly tosses images of new smartphones that haven't gone official yet out to the public as it grants certifications and the latest smartphone to be spied getting certified is from Huawei.

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Xperia Z5 Plus tipped to get 4K display

Xperia Z5 Plus tipped to get 4K display

It's more than a bit odd to me that the resolution of many tablets and smartphones is higher than the resolution that many of us enjoy on our computers. Word is circulating that Sony Mobile might be among the first smartphone makers in the world to launch a smartphone that rocks a 4K UHD display. The smartphone rumored to be getting that 4K screen is the Xperia X5 Plus.

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Windows 10 Mobile picks up the pace with Build 10512

Windows 10 Mobile picks up the pace with Build 10512

Now that Windows 10 for PCs and tablets is out the door, it's only natural to think of the next big launch. Apparently, that's also the same line thinking going on inside the Windows Team's head. After focusing all their resources on PCs and tablets, they are now refocusing on the smartphone. After a bit of a hiatus, Microsoft is rolling out Build 10512 for Insider Preview on the fast track. Though a mix of improvements and issues, the build assures fans that Windows 10 is inching slowly to Mobile.

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Lenovo to lay off 10% of staff, let Motorola lead mobile

Lenovo to lay off 10% of staff, let Motorola lead mobile

It feels only like yesterday that Lenovo was celebrating a revenue jump in 2014. Releasing the figures for the first quarter of 2015, however, things have taken a drastic downward turn. Although the company's quarterly revenue saw a 3 percent increase in year-over-year numbers at $10.7 billion, it missed analyst expectations of an $11.29 billion figure. Worse, its actual net income took a steep dive to $105 million, a 50 percent decline from the same period last year. In short, Lenovo needs to take equally drastic measures.

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LG now has a Hi-Fi music service for premium smartphones

LG now has a Hi-Fi music service for premium smartphones

Unlike Samsung, LG isn't usually so obsessed with rolling out its own brand or version of any and all services, but now it is surprisingly making an exception. Taking on not just Samsung but perhaps even more Sony and perhaps a bit of Apple, the Korean OEM is announcing a new music service that delivers Hi-Fi quality tracks to users with "premium" LG smartphones. This is definitely a new venture for LG, who hasn't exactly expressed any inkling towards such an offer, at least not on smartphones.

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This is the OnePlus 2 (unboxing and hands-on)

This is the OnePlus 2 (unboxing and hands-on)

The second in a line of OnePlus smartphones is here, just aching to have its place in the sun alongside the top-tier devices from the world's top manufacturers. The OnePlus 2, says the company, is a "flagship killer". We'll see about that once the device is put through our review trials. For now we're having a peek at the basics. This device has just arrived at SlashGear headquarters in its final form. Final software and final hardware - and a camera we'll be battling against the top smartphone cameras in the field. Both in the dark and in the light.

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Nexus details leak with LG and Huawei releasing two phones

Nexus details leak with LG and Huawei releasing two phones

Two Nexus devices, not just one, have been tipped to be coming from Google later this year. One will be a more "standard" sized smartphone made by LG, coming with a body that's not extremely unlike the LG Nexus 5, this time coming with a 5.2-inch display, USB-C, and a fingerprint sensor. Like the LG device, a larger Huawei Nexus smartphone will have a fingerprint sensor, USB-C, and will work with a 5.7-inch display. These two devices will likely turn up within the next couple of months.

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Google launches “Android Experiments” for your phone, watch, and tablet

Google launches “Android Experiments” for your phone, watch, and tablet

This morning Google launched (officially, this time) Android Experiments, a collection of apps for Android smartphones and tablets. Google suggests that these "experiments" celebrate creativity and code on Android - and they've got the hand-picked collection credentials to prove it. Every app in the Android Experiments gallery has been chosen by Google specifically because they embody the aim of this project. Google wants developers to "push the limits of what's possible on phones, tablets, watches, and beyond."

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Nexus leaks detail specs for LG, Huawei devices

Nexus leaks detail specs for LG, Huawei devices

New details have emerged on what is expected of Google's two new Nexus phones this year, including specs and measurements. It's been known for some time now that 2015's flagship Android M devices will be coming from two manufacturers; one from LG, and another, larger one from Huawei. The following information comes from Twitter user @OnLeaks, a well-known source of upcoming Android device details, but things could always change, so take this with a grain of salt.

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