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Samsung Z2 packing Tizen OS ditches Android for Indian market

Samsung Z2 packing Tizen OS ditches Android for Indian market

Normally when you think of Samsung as a whole, you automatically think of Android devices. Samsung has a new smartphone that will be landing in the Indian market called the Samsung Z2 that is very different from the normal offerings. The first difference is that this smartphone has no Galaxy name.

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Here’s what happen to your unused mobile data quota according to this video

Here’s what happen to your unused mobile data quota according to this video

In the US and in most other countries when you pay for data each month, you lose what you don’t use with most carriers. This is a major source of annoyance for just about everyone who has a mobile phone with a data plan. If you pay for something and don’t use it all, you should get to keep that data. AT&T and other carriers in the US do allow you to roll over unused data.

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Samsung to launch refurbished smartphone program tips source

Samsung to launch refurbished smartphone program tips source

There are plenty of places today that will sell you a refurbished tablet or smartphone if you don’t want to cough up the money for a brand new device. Refurbished offerings are the perfect way for people in the market for a new smartphone to get their hands on a high-end device if their budget doesn't support a brand new offering. A new rumor is floating around that claims Samsung is looking to launch a new refurbished smartphone program.

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Hugo Barra: Xiaomi still coming to the US, but not in a rush

Hugo Barra: Xiaomi still coming to the US, but not in a rush

In the Android smartphone market, few names outside of brands like Samsung, LG, and other international giants make it to headlines. China’s Xiaomi, of course, remains the exception, sparking interest and even demand in countries outside of its focus markets like China and India. Interest in Xiaomi’s smartphones in the US, however, might be waning as the company continues to drag its feet in a Western expansion. Company VP of International Hugo Barra, formerly a Google exec, reassures fans that Xiaomi still has the US in its sights. That said, it is in no rush to get there and wants to time things right or risk actually doing more harm than good to Xiaomi’s image.

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Galaxy Note 7 might have an Injustice Edition like the Galaxy S7

Galaxy Note 7 might have an Injustice Edition like the Galaxy S7

It’s not unusual for Samsung to have some specially themed limited editions of its flagship smartphones. What’s unusual, however, is for which team they’re playing. In the past, Sammy has been batting for Marvel’s Avengers, especially Iron Man. This year, however, it seems the manufacturer has gone over to DC Comics’ side of the fence. Following the Galaxy S7 edge, the Galaxy Note 7 might soon have its own Injustice Edition. That’s at least based on this recent batch of leaked photos bearing the Dark Knight’s black and gold theme.

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Corning tries to refute Galaxy Note 7 scratch test fail

Corning tries to refute Galaxy Note 7 scratch test fail

More shatter resistant but not really more scratch resistant. That might be the summary of Corning’s point about the Gorilla Glass 5 when its newest product was put to a test on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, leaving doubts as to the practical benefits of the new glass material. In a semi-official response to the scratch test, Corning’s execs try to offer explanations for the seemingly disappointing, if not shocking, evidence while, at the same time, not exactly offering assurances to users who might encounter similar real-world cases.

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Huawei honor 8 promised to get 2 years of software updates

Huawei honor 8 promised to get 2 years of software updates

Huawei sub-brand honor is clearly piling up the treats to entice US customers to switch over from more popular, mainstream, carrier subsidized smartphones they've become used to. In addition to releasing the near flagship but definitely more affordable honor 8 smartphone, the company is now promising that said device is guaranteed to receive continuous software updates over two years, and a wee bit more afterwards. That's almost as good as the Nexus promise, except in a branded, and customized, Android experience.

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iPhone 7 release level leak is Apple’s biggest yet

iPhone 7 release level leak is Apple’s biggest yet

The biggest leak of the iPhone 7 appears this week in a hands-on and first impressions video from the UK. Both the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus appear to be here side-by-side, both in Rose Gold to boot. This is just one of a set of hands-on videos - there's also a comparison between the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 7 as it exists in prototype stage hardware. While these products may look like final release-day hardware, there's know knowing for certain before that release day actually comes.

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HTC 10 arrives in Camellia Red and Topaz Gold in USA

HTC 10 arrives in Camellia Red and Topaz Gold in USA

This week the folks at HTC have released two new colors for their headliner device in the USA, the HTC 10. This release has the same innards as before, the same specifications as are delivered in the Carbon Gray and Glacial Silver - the Silver being the color users are able to get from stores everywhere today. The new colors are Red and Gold, or what HTC describes as Camellia Red and Topaz Gold.

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SolidEnergy may double battery life of smartphones and drones

SolidEnergy may double battery life of smartphones and drones

If you find that your phone's battery capacity leaves something to be desired, you're definitely not alone. MIT spinout SolidEnergy might have a solution to our battery life problems, though, introducing a new "anode-free" lithium-ion battery that could potentially offer double the life of current batteries on the market. Even better news is that the battery could be available for devices like smartphones as early as next year.

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Galaxy Note 7, Samsung Connect Auto now available in US

Galaxy Note 7, Samsung Connect Auto now available in US

The day you've been waiting for is finally here, Galaxy device fans. Samsung's newest flagship phone, which we called the best Android device of the year, even topping the already impressive Galaxy S7, is now available in the US. But even if you don't plan on picking up the new phablet, several other impressive accessories are hitting stores today, including the newest Gear VR, Gear 360, Gear IconX, and the Samsung Connect Auto.

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Galaxy Note 7 iFixit teardown earns low repairability score, highlights waterproof parts

Galaxy Note 7 iFixit teardown earns low repairability score, highlights waterproof parts

Samsung's newest flagship device, the Galaxy Note 7, has just been subjected to the teardown experts at iFixit. The bad news is that the phablet earned a repairability score of 4 out of 10, only slightly better than the Galaxy S7's 3 out of 10. However, iFixit's writeup also reveals that several components are still replaceable, and a number of other parts are completely sealed, contributing to the Note 7's waterproof feature.

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