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BlackBerry “Argon” DTEK60’s existence leaked by BlackBerry

BlackBerry “Argon” DTEK60’s existence leaked by BlackBerry

BlackBerry apparently isn’t done with Android smartphones yet. Or at least isn’t half done. If you remember the days preceding the announcement of the oddly named DTEK50, there were rumors about “Neon” and “Argon”, even a “Mercury” smartphones coming up. Well, “Neon” eventually became the DTEK50 we know today and, apparently, Argon is going to be the DTEK60 after all. That is according to a product page that was, funnily enough, “accidentally” published by BlackBerry itself. And even if BB takes the page down, the Internet now knows and will remember.

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Unlocked Moto Z, Moto Z Play start pre-order phase

Unlocked Moto Z, Moto Z Play start pre-order phase

Although IFA 2016 is far behind us, we are only now feeling the aftermath of the dozens of devices revealed back then, and some even earlier. Joining the growing list of devices going on sale or pre-order is the Moto Z Play and its higher end Moto Z sibling, now both available for pre-order in their unlocked versions. Soon, the two smartphones will be available to even more consumers, putting to the test Motorola's own spin on the concept and implementation of what a modular smartphone really is.

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HTC Desire 10 line seeks to break the mold [UPDATE]

HTC Desire 10 line seeks to break the mold [UPDATE]

In the past, HTC Desire devices were known for their ability to entice at a level just below that of the brand's hero smartphone line. They've always been fine phones, and they've always had price points that put them in direct contention with the best in the mid-range market around the world. Now, with the HTC Desire 10 pro, the company would - at first - appear to be doing something entirely new.

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Google’s Pixel phones will cost a mighty penny

Google’s Pixel phones will cost a mighty penny

It might really be an end of the era of Nexus and apparently in more ways than one. Practically completing our image of the soon to be launched rebranded Google smartphones, a leak has revealed how much the Pixel is going to cost, and it will probably not sit well with long-time Nexus fans. Suffice it to say, the Google Pixel, at least based on this source, will be competitive in pricing with even the iPhone, costing around $650 for the smaller model, and probably even $700 for the larger Pixel XL.

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Google’s October 4 “Pixel phones” Nexus event is official

Google’s October 4 “Pixel phones” Nexus event is official

Google has confirmed it will hold an event on October 4, where we're expecting to see the next generation of Android Nexus smartphones. The event, which will take place in San Francisco, has been rumored for some time now, with Google predicted to make some significant changes to how it runs its own-brand smartphone program.

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Pixel Android UI expands beyond displays in next-gen Google VR

Pixel Android UI expands beyond displays in next-gen Google VR

Google's next move with Android looks beyond the display of the smartphone and expands on in to the virtual realm. Right off the side of the screen goes the user interface, buttons, controllers and all, in a series of images made public by the USPTO after submission from Google earlier this year. These images show the future of Google's VR initiatives - Cardboard, Daydream, and the rest. Inside is not just virtual reality, but augmented reality, and mixed reality as well.

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iPhone 7 and Galaxy S7 tested in deep water

iPhone 7 and Galaxy S7 tested in deep water

If you have been paying attention to all the coverage of the new iPhone 7, you will know that the smartphone is water-resistant with an IP67 rating that means it is rated to survive at a meter under water for 30 minutes. The Galaxy S7 is better with its water resistance rating with an IP 68 rating. For this test, the tester schleps down to the river and puts both phones to a very deep water test far exceeding the ratings.

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Nexus 5 gets a taste of Nougat via unofficial Android 7 ROM

Nexus 5 gets a taste of Nougat via unofficial Android 7 ROM

The Nexus 5 isn’t going to receive an official Android 7.0 Nougat update. Whether that’s because the smartphone has reached its end of life or because Qualcomm won’t release updated drivers for its chipset hardly matters for owners of what is perhaps the most loved Nexus smartphone. Hope springs eternal, however, at least for those who are willing to take the plunge and take the necessary steps towards Nougat. An AOSP-based Android 7.0 ROM is now available for the device and it seems that almost everything is working perfectly.

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Google Pixel phones might be able to dual boot Android ROMs

Google Pixel phones might be able to dual boot Android ROMs

The Android OS is known for being very open and flexible to the point that dozens of third-party Android versions, called ROMs, have been developed. That said, Android is setup in such a way that one device can really only boot into one Android system at a time, making it difficult, though not impossible, to juggle different ROMs on a single device. That, however, might be thing of the past as there is a chance that the upcoming Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones can actually dual boot two Android systems with less risk than before.

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Some iPhone 7 Plus reported to “hiss” under CPU load

Some iPhone 7 Plus reported to “hiss” under CPU load

The -gates seemingly aren’t going away soon. After “bendgate” hit the Web, netizens seem to be extra vigilant, almost to a fault, for any and every design, structural, or technical flaw on smartphones. Given its prestige, every new iPhone is naturally the subject of even more scrutiny. Especially this new iPhone 7 generation, considering how many things it has changed. The latest report claims that the iPhone 7 Plus in particular makes a hissing or buzzing sound from the back of the phone, particularly when under some heavier load.

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Xperia X Compact now on pre-order in the US

Xperia X Compact now on pre-order in the US

Those who have been hoping for a real miniature flagship Sony smartphone worth its salt won’t have to wait much longer. The Xperia X Compact, the company’s smaller sibling to the Xperia XZ flagship, is finally available for pre-order in the US via Amazon. But while the smartphone has quite a number of good things going for it, the fine print revealed in recent days might give even some fans some pause on whether the little flagship is actually worth its relatively higher price tag.

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Galaxy Note 7 lawsuits begin: man blames Samsung for burns

Galaxy Note 7 lawsuits begin: man blames Samsung for burns

If you haven't heard yet, there's a global recall for Samsung's new Galaxy Note 7 smartphone. It seems the batteries have a high probability of exploding. If have heard about this issue, along with the ensuing news about the Note 7 being prohibited from use on an airplane, or an explosion causing a car fire, then you know it's just a matter of time before a lawsuit is filed against Samsung. Well, that time has arrived.

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