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ASUS’ Indian ZenFones are quite interesting

ASUS’ Indian ZenFones are quite interesting

It seems that ASUS has caught the LG naming fever that behooves it to put out variants of the a hit flagship product, whether or not they have any resemblance to the original. This partly seems to be the case with the new batch of smartphones that the manufacturer has just revealed in India. Taking adventage of the popularity of the ZenFone 2 name, ASUS' new ZenFone 2 Deluxe, ZenFone 2 Laser, and ZenFone Max put a slight twist to the flagship, inundating the market yet again with more choices.

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Everdisplay shows off 6-inch AMOLED with 4K resolution

Everdisplay shows off 6-inch AMOLED with 4K resolution

Displays for mobile phones and tablets are constantly growing to higher resolution offerings. A Chinese firm called Everdisplay has unveiled a new screen aimed that is one of the first displays at 6-inches in size with a native 4K resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels. Not only is the screen big and high resolution, it also has high pixel density.

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Stagefright might help fix one of Android’s biggest flaws

Stagefright might help fix one of Android’s biggest flaws

Last week, the Android world woke up to quite a scare. Imagine a vulnerability where you don't have to do anything at all. You just need to receive an MMS (multimedia message) and you're done for. That was Stagefright. And while Google was said to have responded quickly, revelation of the security hole also put one of Android's biggest warts under a spotlight once more. No matter how swiftly Google acts, updates don't come as fast. Now, however, Stagefright might ironically be helping change that, slowly but, hopefully, surely.

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Huawei Nexus 8: this is (probably) it

Huawei Nexus 8: this is (probably) it

This past month we saw case leaks for the next Nexus smartphone, today we see the full back of the device. Earlier this year we first heard rumors that Huawei was up next for the Google Nexus smartphone crown. Today we hear those rumors again. This device has been rumored to be coming later this year with a quad-HD 6-inch display (that's 2K) that may well end up replacing the Nexus 6. With a fingerprint sensor, of course.

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ZTE Obsidian budget phone has LTE, is coming to T-Mobile

ZTE Obsidian budget phone has LTE, is coming to T-Mobile

T-Mobile has a new Android smartphone on the way, and it hails from Chinese maker ZTE. Listed as coming soon, the ZTE Obsidian is a lower-end handset sporting a 4.5-inch display and Android 5.1 Lollipop, and it’ll bring the best of both worlds: a low price tag, but with decent specs and a newer version of Android than many competing products. The phone won't be turning heads, but at $99 USD it won't be breaking bank accounts, either.

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HTC seems unable to decide what’s best for itself

HTC seems unable to decide what’s best for itself

HTC has reported that it's newest strategy for growth is discontinuing models to focus on high-end devices like the HTC One M9. They've also suggested this week that they'll be cutting a "significant" number of jobs in light of recent financial results. There's no sugar-coating the fact that HTC isn't doing as well as they did in their smartphone-selling hayday, but in light of their recent success in the high-end segments of markets like India, they're going the one-way route.

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Galaxy S6 and Edge prices drops begin to take effect in USA

Galaxy S6 and Edge prices drops begin to take effect in USA

Samsung's price cuts for both the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge have begun to take effect near the eve of the reveal of the Galaxy Note 5. This was foretold by Samsung itself, as the company's last quarterly earnings report revealed lackluster sales of both devices. While it was suggested that sales didn't add up because of manufacturing difficulties, the results are these: one hundred dollars knocked off the prices of either device in the market, starting in the United States with T-Mobile USA.

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Galaxy Note 5 event may have a tablet, too

Galaxy Note 5 event may have a tablet, too

A teaser has been released by Samsung for the next big "Unpacked" event showing not just the Galaxy Note 5 and larger "Edge", but a tablet too. This larger tablet is likely a 7-inch tablet made to take on the likes of the missing 7-inch spot in Google's collection and the iPad mini. Whether or not it will have an S Pen is moot - though the non-appearance of a stylus popping out in this teaser seems to suggest it'll be without.

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Android fragmentation is a beautiful mess

Android fragmentation is a beautiful mess

In 2012, OpenSignal, a company specializing in rating wireless signals, published its first report on the state of Android fragmentation, detailing the huge diversity in terms of devices, brands, and capabilities. Three years later, it is doing so again. How much has changed and how have things fared? As you might have guessed, the answer isn't a simple case of black or white. Fragmentation on Android is a two-edged sword that brings both choice and headaches and is unlikely to change dramatically any time soon.

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Android iPhone clone shown as “iOS 9”, iFans love it

Android iPhone clone shown as “iOS 9”, iFans love it

Here is yet another episode in the almost ridiculous tug of war between iOS and Android. With iOS 9 just a month or so away, some thought it might be high time for some very late April Fools gag. So what does happen when you slap Android on a smartphone that looks incredibly like and iPhone 6 or 6s and sell it off as the next iOS 9? Well, for Apple's fans, it doesn't seem to matter if the company suddenly stopped developing iOS and switch to Android. They'll love it just the same.

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