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Project Ara is dead, Google confirms

Project Ara is dead, Google confirms

Project Ara is dead, with Google confirming reports that it has indeed axed plans to bring its modular smartphone to market. Ditched after more than three years of development and numerous setbacks, the Ara vision of a smartphone which could be upgraded piecemeal with various interchangeable components proved simply too tricky to commercialize.

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Huawei is now a force to be feared in smartphone design

Huawei is now a force to be feared in smartphone design

Amid exploding Samsungs and fast-incoming iPhones, a new challenger in smartphone design has arisen, and Huawei is landing hits not only in the price bracket it has traditionally played in, but against devices several hundred dollars more. Latest from the company is the Nova series, a pair of Android phones differentiated primarily by their size, but unified by two core elements.

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IFA 2016 Round-up: hands-on with the best

IFA 2016 Round-up: hands-on with the best

Over the past week we've seen everything from car technology to smartphones, cameras to notebooks at IFA 2016 in Berlin. This week revealed what might have been the most diverse mix of newsworthy devices in recent memory, not least of all because so few companies are delivering truly new, different, innovative products. We've scoured the full lot to look for the best of the best - below you'll see what's been delivered in Europe for the whole world.

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The Galaxy Note 7 recall is official

The Galaxy Note 7 recall is official

The proverbial excretion has just hit the fan, though perhaps to no one’s surprise. Samsung has just made it official: it is recalling the hundreds of thousands of Galaxy Note 7 units it already sold worldwide. It really can’t do otherwise. In case you missed it, this recall follows Samsung’s investigations into reports of phablets bursting into flames while being charged. Which is to say the company has just confirmed those reports to be true.

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Project Ara modular smartphone is DOA, say sources

Project Ara modular smartphone is DOA, say sources

Perhaps to no one’s surprise, but surely to everyone’s disappointment, Google might be shelving the once highly popular Project Ara that would have delivered a truly modular smartphone with interchangeable core components. At least that’s what two sources are saying. Given the repeated delays and a significant change in the project’s vision and implementation, that is almost expected. Also expected, however, will be the backlash from different supporters, including hardware makers whom Google already announced and waved around like trophies, if Google does throw in the towel, temporarily or otherwise.

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Nexus phones to be called Pixel, Pixel XL, debuting October

Nexus phones to be called Pixel, Pixel XL, debuting October

The HTC-made, Google sold “Nexus” smartphones won’t be called Nexus anymore, according to sources. Instead, Marlin and Sailfish, as they were believed to be codenamed, will be called the Pixel and the Pixel XL. This would seem to corroborate earlier insider tips that the Nexus line is practically being put to pasture. The indications of that may be strong but it doesn’t sufficiently answer the questions on why Google would suddenly change direction and what the move means for its OEM partners.

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Samsung rumored to recall faulty Galaxy Note 7 units

Samsung rumored to recall faulty Galaxy Note 7 units

Samsung may have counted its eggs far too early and now things are turning for the worse. That is, if the rather dire situation painted by Korean media is close to reality. Responding to claims of exploding batteries of the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung was reported to have halted shipments in order to investigate quality issues. But that’s not the end of it. Korean news outlets are saying that Samsung may in fact issue a recall of devices already in the market, which will, of course, hurt not only perception of its latest flagship but also cost it no small amount of money.

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Pokemon GO update news: Eevee, IV calculator, egg chart, Reddit cheats

Pokemon GO update news: Eevee, IV calculator, egg chart, Reddit cheats

Today hacking Pokemon GO has set a number of next-generation updates free for the public, including but not limited to a Buddy Pokemon system, a new IV calculator, and a remixed Egg Chart. What more could a hardcore Pokemon GO user ask for? I say user because I've accepted the reality of the situation when it comes to developers of desktop app for the game (some of them hackers as such), and people who follow those trends (like me), are digital users - addicts with a need to see how far this global game can go. Not to cheat, of course, but to compete in a global software modification race! With Pokemon, of course.

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ZTE Axon 7 mini isn’t actually miniature, but its price is

ZTE Axon 7 mini isn’t actually miniature, but its price is

Can you sell a smartphone on sound? ZTE believes you can, hence the ZTE Axon 7 mini, a slightly more pocket-friendly follow-up to the popular Axon 7, announced at IFA 2016 today. Figuring that not everybody wants a 5.5-inch display, the new handset makes audio quality its biggest selling point, though frankly it's price where the Axon 7 mini is most competitive.

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Osmo Mobile turns smartphones into a motion tracking smart camera

Osmo Mobile turns smartphones into a motion tracking smart camera

If you are the sort who prefers to enjoy the moment rather than being focused on a camera or smartphone screen recording video and shooting images, the Osmo Mobile might be just the device for you. The Osmo Mobile smartphone holder turns your smart device into a smart motion-tracking camera. What that means is that you don’t have to choose between recording the happenings and participating. The DJI Go app that goes along with the Osmo Mobile device is designed to automatically keep the smartphone facing you as you move.

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Huawei Nova brings premium Nexus style to midrange

Huawei Nova brings premium Nexus style to midrange

Is the real smartphone excitement happening in the mid-range? Huawei certainly seems to think so, first with the Honor 8 and now with the Huawei Nova and Nova Plus, two new, more affordable Android handsets. Revealed at IFA 2016 today, the Nexus 6P lookalike Nova has a 5-inch display and a sleek, brushed metal casing which the Chinese firm is counting on to differentiate it from rivals.

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HTC One A9s unleashed: a perplexing successor

HTC One A9s unleashed: a perplexing successor

HTC is finally breaking its IFA 2016 silence, but the noise it is making might not fall on receptive ears. As speculated before, the Taiwanese manufacturer has unveiled the HTC One A9s, the follow-up to one of last year’s most notorious smartphones, the One A9. While by no means a terrible smartphone, the HTC One A9 was primarily seen as one of the most blatant iPhone 6 ripoffs. The HTC One A9s is, for better or worse, carrying on that tradition. But rather oddly, it also seems to do worse than its precursor in some cases, leaving an even more mixed bag in the market.

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