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Most powerful Ubuntu phone, Meizu PRO 5, now available

Most powerful Ubuntu phone, Meizu PRO 5, now available

One cannot claim that Canonical is lacking in ambition. The company behind the most popular Linux desktop software has risen up to challenge the dominance of Microsoft and Apple on the desktop and is doing the same on Android and iOS on mobile. Ubuntu Phones, however, have so far been on the low to mid range side, belying the full potential of Ubuntu's mobile version. The Meizu PRO 5, however, is about to change that perception, and this most powerful Ubuntu phone is finally on the market, available for purchase.

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Surface Phone coming April 2017, Microsoft is still game

Surface Phone coming April 2017, Microsoft is still game

Microsoft may have met a reasonable amount of success with the launch and rollout of Windows 10 but its experience on the mobile front is less than flattering. Revelations of dismal Lumia sales and the company's own failure to upgrade existing devices to Windows 10 Mobile served to increase shouts of "Windows Phone is dead". Although somewhat ambiguous, Microsoft has never said it is quiting the mobile race. Apparently, it is just bidding its time for a 2017 comeback that it plans will carry its mobile business for years to come.

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BlackBerry rolls out Android 6.0 for Priv with more features

BlackBerry rolls out Android 6.0 for Priv with more features

Android 6.0 Marshmallow has been out in public for more than five months now but, unsurprisingly, it's adoption rate hasn't even reached a tenth of the Android market. There is, then, some merit to BlackBerry's boast of being one of the few OEMs to have embraced the new version so quickly. Then again, it really only has one Android device to worry about anyway. Still, it's a commendable effort, especially after only a month in beta testing. But rather than simply provided Android Marshmallow to BlackBerry Priv users, it also took the opportunity to introduce some new features to its only Android smartphone as well.

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HTC One S9 looks like the One M9, acts like a One A9

HTC One S9 looks like the One M9, acts like a One A9

HTC decided to stir things up a bit by giving the HTC 10 a makeover. While the end result does have merits, its previous flagship design might have enchanted loyal followers for years. The good news, HTC hasn't completely killed that design off and it is flaunting it again in the newly unveiled HTC One S9. The bad news, it only shares the One M9's design. Everything else reveals a mid-range smartphone that shares more in common with the controversial HTC One A9, with a few caveats, of course.

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Nokia acquires Withings to make more devices

Nokia acquires Withings to make more devices

It would seem more and more each time Nokia reveals another acquisition that they got the better end of the deal when they sold their phones division to Microsoft. Today they've announced that they've made a deal with Withings to acquire their digital health products and apps business in its entirety. This means that Nokia's back in business - in one of the most (surprisingly) long lasting sectors of the smart device universe over the past decade - health technology. Devices. Apps. Withings is about to be part of Nokia.

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Microsoft offers a free Lumia 950 for every Lumia 950 XL

Microsoft offers a free Lumia 950 for every Lumia 950 XL

It's not that uncommon to see "Buy One Get One", also known as BOGO, sales during a hot new product's launch. But when you see something like that happen to a half year old product, things get a bit ambiguous. On the one hand, it looks like a clearance sale of sorts in preparation for new stocks or models. On the other hand, it could also be a desperate attempt at clearing out inventories. Either way, Microsoft is now giving a free Lumia 950 to anyone who buys a Lumia 950 XL, which could find a few interested buyers but also shed more negative light on the smartphones.

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You can now choose iPhone upgrade program in Apple’s online store

You can now choose iPhone upgrade program in Apple’s online store

Apple has debuted its official iPhone upgrade program that allows users to upgrade to a new iPhone each year at a discounted price by trading in their existing eligible smartphone. Right now the only eligible smartphones are older iPhone models including the iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, and iPhone 4. If you were hoping to trade in an Android device for credit with Apple, you are out of luck.

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HTC Desire 830 design, specs leak: dual front speakers

HTC Desire 830 design, specs leak: dual front speakers

HTC may have ditched the "One" branding and its advantageous dual front-facing speakers in the latest HTC 10 flagship, but that practice will live on its the OEM's mid range line. Of course, they won't be called "Ones". On the heels of the HTC 10's debut comes a leak of what is identified as the HTC Desire 830. Unambiguously a Desire in design, the mid-range smartphone is shown bearing front-facing speakers and, save for a few core components, might have specs that give it a more premium flair as well.

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What Qualcomm has to say about Quick Charge on USB Type-C

What Qualcomm has to say about Quick Charge on USB Type-C

Google's Benson Leung called out the LG G5 and the HTC 10 this past due to their USB-C cords, both of which break official USB-C spec rules. Why? Qualcomm's Quick Charge technology. The cords do not fit the standard specifications for USB Type-C (or USB-C, however you want to say it) as set by the USB Implementers Forum. Today we've got a detailed set of answers from Qualcomm on why they're not worried about fitting this spec as defended by Leung - and why you shouldn't either.

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Microsoft Surface Phone expected to use Snapdragon 830

Microsoft Surface Phone expected to use Snapdragon 830

Earlier this month rumors were swirling that Microsoft was working on a new smartphone called the Surface Phone. Along with those rumors was also the caveat that the device wasn't expected to land until 2017, but when it did there would be several versions on offer. Another leak, this time by Microsoft itself, has given us a bit more detail on the Surface Phone.

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Huawei Honor V8 passes TENAA certification with dual camera

Huawei Honor V8 passes TENAA certification with dual camera

A few days back Huawei was teasing a new smartphone called the Honor V8 that was expected to have a dual camera configuration. At the time all Huawei offered in details was a few dark teaser images showing off what appears to be that dual camera configuration. The smartphone has now crossed TENAA in China for its required certifications and along with that testing come details on the device.

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HTC 10 pre-orders underway in UK as Aussie pricing unveiled

HTC 10 pre-orders underway in UK as Aussie pricing unveiled

HTC fans in the UK who have been wondering when they could get hands on the HTC 10 smartphone can now pre-order the device via Three. We have a few weeks to go before the smartphone will be delivered, Three shows the estimated delivery date to be Friday May 6. The HTC 10 will sell for £49 upfront and £38 per month.

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