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Galaxy Note 7 details hinted at in Samsung software update

Galaxy Note 7 details hinted at in Samsung software update

The Galaxy Note 5 has received an update (so to speak) which gives a Beta glimpse at the future of the next device in line. That's the Galaxy Note 7, we're to understand, bypassing the name of the device that'd more sensibly come there since each successive Galaxy Note has had a number which comes after the last. Now we're matching up with the Galaxy S series, which is also at 7. This update we're speaking of is a Beta release of a user interface update to the Galaxy Note series, giving us hints as to the functionality of the Note 7 in the process.

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The $4 smartphone is real, and it could change the world

The $4 smartphone is real, and it could change the world

In a market as competitive as smartphones, you can bet that every once in a while a company is going to come around and shake things up. Today that company seems to be India's Ringing Bells, which has announced that it will begin delivering its Freedom 251 smartphone to eager consumers on June 30. What's making these customers eager isn't the phone's list of specifications or some form of brand loyalty, but rather the handset's price - coming in at Rs 251, this phone is sporting a price tag that's a whopping $3.70.

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iPhone 7 Space Grey to be transformed into something darker

iPhone 7 Space Grey to be transformed into something darker

A new color for the iPhone will likely be introduced this year to match that of the Apple Watch tone with no companion. As it has been in the past, so too shall it be in the future: Apple's many device lines will match. Today's tip suggests that the color "Space Gray" will no longer be in operation with the iPhone 7, instead being updated or "transformed" into a darker tone, something like Space Black.

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South Korea’s new signs warn against smartphone use while walking

South Korea’s new signs warn against smartphone use while walking

Texting while driving is outlawed in several places because of the life-threatening consequences of such actions, both for the driver and others around him. Texting while walking, on the other hand, is now almost just as dangerous and, in fact, is starting to become illegal in certain places. While South Korea isn't yet taking such extreme measures, the country's capital will be installing new traffic signs that inform, warn, and hopefully admonish pedestrians not to use their smartphones while walking, or, worse, crossing the street.

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Midori Ubuntu smartphone tipped in bug chats

Midori Ubuntu smartphone tipped in bug chats

A new smartphone running the Ubuntu operating system appears to be in the works carrying codename Midori. The first grumblings about the new device have surfaced from a bug report about a trust prompt issues with the device via the Ubuntu Touch IRC and on Launch Pad. According to the chatter, the trust prompt issue causes the mystery Midori device and the MX4 to reboot.

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Freedom 251 ultra cheap smartphone starts shipping June 30

Freedom 251 ultra cheap smartphone starts shipping June 30

Indian company Ringing Bells is defying all odds, and possibly some lawsuits, to make good its almost too good to be true promise of a 251 Rs ($4) Freedom 521 smartphone by June 30. Or rather, as is now the case, "starting" June 30. That is what company founder and CEO Mohit Goel continues to promise, despite its super cheap smartphone being met by skepticism, accusations, and even lawsuits. Of course, it was also met by an ungodly number of pre-orders, which Ringing Bells will now have to fulfill or risk further infamy.

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Galaxy Note7 leaked logos imply curved and flat models

Galaxy Note7 leaked logos imply curved and flat models

Reading rumors about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 7, or Galaxy Note 6, or Galaxy Note7, is like watching a tennis match. The continuous back and forth tips and leaks from sources will leave you undecided whether it will be a flat version only or a curved edge version only. Based on this latest leak of the smartphone's logos, apparently there will be both. Perhaps Samsung itself couldn't make up its mind which version the market will really root for, so it's just going to stick to its tried and true method of throwing in both and seeing which one survives.

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Google’s first non-Nexus smartphone tipped for 2016

Google’s first non-Nexus smartphone tipped for 2016

If you have been wondering why there has been relative silence on the rumor mill about a 2016 Nexus, aside from a HTC leak here and there, this might be the reason why. According to your usual anonymous sources, Google will be launching a new smartphone later this year, but it won't be a Nexus. Or hopefully in addition to a Nexus. It might be a shocking revelation, unless you've heard the rumors before. Google is eyeing directly making its own Android smartphone, not unlike Apple directly making its own iPhones. And this could simply be the first of the "more opinionated" smartphones Google has planned.

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Huawei CEO: we’ll stick to Android as long as it’s open

Huawei CEO: we’ll stick to Android as long as it’s open

Last week, the Internet was abuzz with rumors talk about how Huawei, like Samsung, is building a contingency plan so that it won't be tied to the crutch of Android. This "Plan B" was supposedly prompted by whispers of Google's intent to exert more control over the mobile platform. Company "Rotating" CEO Yu Chengdong (Richard Yu) has taken to Weibo to express continuing solidarity with Android. But with one important caveat. He says that Huawei will keep on using Android as long as the platform remains open.

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Newest iPhone 7 leak reveals huge rear camera

Newest iPhone 7 leak reveals huge rear camera

Unless you've been specifically ignoring Apple-related news recently, you've heard that a majority of the rumors and leaks surrounding this year's "iPhone 7" are based on new rear cameras, with the larger iPhone 7 Plus believed to feature a dual lens setup. A new pair of images have surfaced, focusing on this same camera subject, with a purported iPhone 7 shell revealing a much larger lens hole than we've seen before.

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Headphone jack axe wont send iPhone 7 users to Android

Headphone jack axe wont send iPhone 7 users to Android

Apple's next iPhone might not have a headphone jack, and it would appear that you're not excited about that. Not excited about that one bit. We've run a couple of polls on the subject this afternoon on Twitter, coming away with results that suggest two things. The first thing we've found is that those of you that have smartphones overwhelmingly find use for the headphone jacks therein, at least some of the time, but for many of you, using that jack is more than just a "not often" sort of situation.

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OnePlus 3 Teardown Part I: Battery Replacement

OnePlus 3 Teardown Part I: Battery Replacement

Today we're aiming to give you a glimpse inside the OnePlus 3 in the first of a couple of teardown articles for the device. In the past we've done teardowns of odd devices such as the first version of the Samsung Gear VR. Now, with so many of our readers asking for a simple look at the insides of the OnePlus 3, it's time we did it again! As such, we asked our good friend Anonymous Contributor to work with us on some teardown action.

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