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Huawei P8 vs iPhone 6: not the real war

Huawei P8 vs iPhone 6: not the real war

Welcome to the battle Huawei would love for you to be placing under consideration: Huawei P8 vs iPhone 6. Of course that's not a set of phones you'll be considering battling one another, not least of all because the Huawei P8 won't be doing its initial launch in the United States. Instead - if you're really in the market for a new phone, you'll be considering your ecosystem and the one element in a smartphone that you'll probably use more than any other - the camera. ...or the display, of course - the thing you actually use more than anything else.

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Huawei P8 detailed as high-end competitor

Huawei P8 detailed as high-end competitor

The next relatively large device to come from Huawei will be the 5.2-inch Huawei P8. This device is coming to the market with Android under the hood and a set of specifications that suggest Huawei aims to take on the Nexus 6, iPhone 6, and Samsung Galaxy S6 internationally. This device is coming to the market in two colors with fantastic names: Mystic Champagne and Titanium Grey. This device will be launched with Android 5.0 right out of the box and works with a set of powerful cameras front and back.

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Nokia acquiring Alcatel-Lucent: here’s what that means

Nokia acquiring Alcatel-Lucent: here’s what that means

This morning Nokia announced that they'd reached an agreement to acquire Alcatel-Lucent for 15.6 billion Euro worth of stock. Nokia will still be known as Nokia, and the company will continue to do what it had been doing even after the acquisition is complete. Nokia will continue to work with technology development and licensing, telecommunications infrastructures, and online mapping. On the other side of the equation, Alcatel-Lucent had, since 2013 when it became very apparent that their profits were slipping, been working on what they called "The Shift Plan."

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Microsoft Lumia 540 Dual SIM smartphone debuts

Microsoft Lumia 540 Dual SIM smartphone debuts

Microsoft has rolled out a new Lumia smartphone that is aiming at shoppers on a budget who need to have a device capable of handling dual SIM cards. The smartphone is called the Lumia 540 Dual SIM and carries a price of under $150. Microsoft says that the device will make a good option for buyers looking for their first smartphone.

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Samsung rumored to have two Tizen phones in the works

Samsung rumored to have two Tizen phones in the works

The initial, and to be honest, quite unexpected success of Samsung's first Tizen smartphone inspired some speculation that the OEM would immediately follow up the Samsung Z1 with a successor. Two months have passed with nary a word, perhaps overshadowed by the Galaxy S6 and its sibling. Now, however, the rumors are back and this time, word is that there might actually be two Tizen devices on the way, one that is a slight upgrade and another one with more formidable specs.

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Galaxy S6 iFixit teardown fares only slightly better

Galaxy S6 iFixit teardown fares only slightly better

Very few will probably deny that the new Samsung Galaxy flagships are beautiful, but that beauty came with hidden costs. As exposed last week, the Galaxy S6 edge was a tough nut to crack, figuratively of course, when it came to repairing the smartphone with the fancy dual curved edge screen. Now it's the main flagship's turn. The Galaxy S6 is practically similar to the Galaxy S6 edge, but with less gimmicks inside. Will that slight difference be enough to give it a higher repairability score? Apparently yes, but only so slightly.

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Griffin Cove wants to give devices a home inside your home

Griffin Cove wants to give devices a home inside your home

Acclaimed mobile device accessory make Griffin has a new product in the works, but it is going about things quite differently this time. The Cove is more than just a charging dock. It is also meant to masquerade as a stylish piece of furniture inside your (presumably stylish) house. It is, so to speak, a home for your myriad mobile devices in your house. But more than just that, Griffin is taking a different spin in actually making the product, preferring to go first to its customers instead of straight into the manufacturing plant.

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BLU Win HD LTE shows up at MS Store, ready for Windows 10

BLU Win HD LTE shows up at MS Store, ready for Windows 10

Florida-based BLU Products might be more known for its budget Android smartphones, but it does have a few Windows Phones on its shelves. One of those, the BLU Win HD, silently got a much needed upgrade. Appearing at Microsoft's Store, the Win HD LTE brings more than just new LTE connectivity. It also bears a more powerful processor but still with a lovable budget price tag. And though it only runs Windows Phone 8.1, it comes with the promise of Windows 10 once the latter starts rolling out.

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US carriers are stripping down the Galaxy S6 even further

US carriers are stripping down the Galaxy S6 even further

Samsung's phones are notorious for the amount of bloatware they come with, exacerbated by carriers' own bloatware on top. For this round, however, Samsung was noted to have put the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge on a software diet. Well, as much as it can concede. It still has some, of course, but not exactly as bad as before. US carriers seem to also be getting into the rhythm. It's not exactly surprising to hear that carriers are modifying their versions of the Galaxy S6, but some of the changes are rather puzzling at times.

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Google’s Trusted Voice smart lock for Android rolling out now

Google’s Trusted Voice smart lock for Android rolling out now

For those of you with a Nexus device, prepare yourself - you may be able to unlock your phone with your voice by the end of the week. This will come as a part of the newest update to Google Play Services 7.0 and Android 5.1 Lollipop, and it'll be appearing in your Smart Lock section of security in standard Settings in Android. This newest unlock will appear alongside Trusted Devices (like Android Wear devices), Trusted Places, Trusted Face, and On-body Detection. This update will eventually be released to all devices - provided their manufacturer gives the thumbs-up in due course.

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