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Huawei Honor 8 launches in Europe

Huawei Honor 8 launches in Europe

A bit more than a week ago the Huawei Honor 8 launched in the US. The smartphone didn't land at the same time in Europe making fans of the device a bit miffed at being left out. Luckily, the Honor 8 has now launched in Europe so fans looking for a moderately priced device that has flagship features can now get their mitts on one.

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Chinese smartphone makers are putting old giants on notice

Chinese smartphone makers are putting old giants on notice

Warranted or not, the phrase “Made in China”, even in tech, evokes all sorts of negative imagery and emotions, mostly related to the quality or originality of said products. Never mind that nearly almost all smartphones, including the iPhone, could trace their origins to China, be it from components, manufacturing, or both. That bias, however, has led many to underestimate, even ignore the slumbering dragon that has now woken up and is taking the smartphone market by storm, much to the detriment of the old guard like Samsung and Apple.

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Moto Z Hasselblad camera mod gets leaked again

Moto Z Hasselblad camera mod gets leaked again

It almost feels like Lenovo and Moto have gone silent just after launched the Moto Z Droid editions in the US last month, but, if this leak is any indication, they might be catapulted back into the spotlight next week. Lenovo did tease that it had a few more Moto Mods for the Moto Z coming at IFA 2016, and one of those might be this Camera module that is consistently being marked as coming from famed camera maker Hasselblad. If true, then we might have the makings of another smartphone and camera maker partnership that would pique the interests of mobile photographers everywhere.

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HTC 10 to get Android 7.0 Nougat next quarter

HTC 10 to get Android 7.0 Nougat next quarter

Chronologically speaking, HTC was the first OEM to make the totally expected promise that Android Nougat would be coming to its current roster of flagships as soon as it comes out. Well, Nougat is now out, so HTC is following up on that promise. It is now saying when it plans to roll Android 7.0, which, by its estimates, will be sometimes in the last quarter of the year. At least for the HTC 10. The others will just have to wait a bit longer.

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 tries to distance itself from clones

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 tries to distance itself from clones

Smartphones are really starting to look alike these days. On the one hand, that might give weight to accusations of stealing/copying designs and the lack of innovation. On the other hand, it also shows the market’s tendency to gravitate towards and expect certain designs over others. Next to Samsung, Xiaomi has been one of most often criticized for imitating someone’s (really, just Apple’s) designs. With the Redmi Note 4, it is trying to say that, this time, it is quite different.

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Nexus smartphones to get Project Fi Wi-Fi Assistant feature

Nexus smartphones to get Project Fi Wi-Fi Assistant feature

Not all Nexus devices have been privileged enough to officially get the newest Android 7.0 Nougat release, but it seems that Google will be throwing them a bone. Somewhat. The Android maker has just revealed that it is bringing a feature previously exclusive only to its Project Fi customers to all Nexus owners in select countries. Wi-Fi Assistant, which helps users save on data by connecting to “verified” Wi-Fi hotspots, will soon be available to all Nexus users running Android 5.1 or higher.

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New iPhone 7 release date tips massive cancellation

New iPhone 7 release date tips massive cancellation

This week the folks behind one of the strangest annual leaks have tipped the public off to an interesting turn of events at Apple. Of course we won't know the full details of how Apple's final release will take place until that fateful day arrives, but we've now got the best idea thus far of when this device will launch in the United States. The latest comes from celebrity voice Jimmy Lin - a dude who seems to have had accurate leaks for the past several generations (barring the most recent).

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Pokemon GO Appraisal feature guide and meanings

Pokemon GO Appraisal feature guide and meanings

This week's most recent Pokemon GO update includes an Appraisal feature with a set of vague values that we'll be explaining today. Exact values of each Appraisal can only be found through a teardown of the APK of the newest version of the app. We don't expect every user to do this - as such, we've got these values torn out and listed in easy-to-read boxes below. These values will remain valid until the next update - and likely beyond. If they do end up changing, we'll be sure to make a note of it!

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iPhone 6, 6 Plus suddenly plagued by touch screen issues

iPhone 6, 6 Plus suddenly plagued by touch screen issues

When the iPhone 7 comes around, some iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus owners might find themselves upgrading to that, or to an iPhone 6s/6s Plus equivalent, albeit very begrudgingly. That’s because it will be a forced upgrade brought about by an affliction that is suddenly hinting iPhone 6, especially iPhone 6 Plus, owners really hard recently. Called the “Touch Disease”, the issue includes a flickering strip of grey at the top of the display, eventually ending up with a totally unresponsive touch screen, and, therefore, a useless iPhone.

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Sony Android Nougat update list leaves out the Xperia Z3

Sony Android Nougat update list leaves out the Xperia Z3

Now that Android 7.0 Nougat has been formally launched, the wait is on for manufacturers to bring the update to their latest smartphones, and even some not so latest smartphones. OEMs usually start scrambling to shout their support from the rooftops, and it seems like Sony is one of if not the first to do so after the announcement (HTC made their public commitment last month. Surprisingly, it’s a rather long list of devices, but sadly leaves out the Xperia Z3 from 2014

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LG V20 teased to come with Bang & Olufsen audio system

LG V20 teased to come with Bang & Olufsen audio system

It seems that LG is pulling out all the stops when it comes to audio technology for its upcoming LG V20, perhaps trying to shift the focus away from the now overly competitive smartphone display and camera technologies. After boasting about how the V20 will be the first smartphone to come with a 32-bit Quad Digital-to-Analog Converter or DAC, it is now flaunting the fact that its audio system, including even its in-box headphones, has been made in partnership with Bang & Olufsen, one of the biggest names in high-end audio equipment.

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Samsung Z2 Tizen smartphone gets official in India

Samsung Z2 Tizen smartphone gets official in India

Yesterday we talked a bit about the Samsung Z2 smartphone and how it was tipped to launch this month. That tip has proven accurate with Samsung officially launching the Tizen-powered Z2 in India today. Samsung says that the Z2 is its first 4G enabled Tizen-powered smartphone aimed at the user transitioning from a feature phone to their first smartphone.

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