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Android M released for Sony Xperia devices in ODP

Android M released for Sony Xperia devices in ODP

Google's Android M developer preview released for Sony Xperia devices participating in their Open Device Program. This means that users aiming to take part in developing for Sony devices are able to load Android M. More specifically, it means that if you've got a Sony Xperia device that's signed up with Sony's Open Device program, you're in luck. If a device is listed as part of Sony's Open Device program, a set of instructions available through Sony will allow that device's owner to load Android M Developer Preview as early as this morning.

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3rd gen Moto G gets leaked with surprisingly decent camera

3rd gen Moto G gets leaked with surprisingly decent camera

As we reach the half-year mark and near September, we start to look towards to the smartphones and devices that are yet to come. While we already do expect a new Samsung and a new Apple to blaze a trail, there are always some unexpected morsels that can be found along the way. Motorola's timetable hasn't exactly been that predictable, so when news of a new Moto device comes out, like a 3rd generation Moto G, it's hard not to take notice, even if there isn't much to look at yet.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus: anatomy of a busted “leak”

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus: anatomy of a busted “leak”

This morning the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus was revealed to the press by a leakster. This device was tipped to work with dimensions that have it running at around 154.45 x 75.80 x 6.85mm, or right around 108.69% taller than the original Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. With the specifications provided by the leakster, we do not get a device that's equal in proportions to the original Galaxy S6 Edge, yet the press render matches dimensions. What we're about to do here is take this leak apart with Photoshop and math, piece by piece.

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Snail Games’ W3D gaming smartphone now up for pre-order

Snail Games’ W3D gaming smartphone now up for pre-order

Archos may have, at least for now, given up on its mobile device gaming handheld mashup, but someone is taking up the cause. At CES early this year, Snail Games, a popular name in the mobile gaming world (Age of Wushu, Taichi Panda, Heroes of Gaia) showed off its own take on this niche device form factor. Called the W3D, the device is practically a tablet enclosed in a handheld frame, with a bit of 3DS gimmick on top. And now the W3D is available for pre-order, exclusively on Amazon.

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Samsung Galaxy J5, Galaxy J7 tout front-facing LED flash

Samsung Galaxy J5, Galaxy J7 tout front-facing LED flash

Yes, this is a selfie generation. If you're still not convinced, or are still in denial, just look at the number of features and gimmicks that even smartphone makers employ to appeal to this crowd. While the new mid-range Samsung Galaxy J5 and Galaxy J7 smartphones, now official in China, do not have the crazy rotating camera of an OPPO or the large sensor size of an HTC, they do have something very few have: a front-facing LED flash to illumine even the darkest of selfies.

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OnePlus 2 to feature Snapdragon 810 v2.1 with no overheating

OnePlus 2 to feature Snapdragon 810 v2.1 with no overheating

Android smartphone manufacturer, OnePlus, has a new model, the OnePlus 2 on the way. After the smartphone specs detailed in a recent leak, the company came forward and unveiled that the powerhouse behind the new handset will be the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 v2.1 CPU. Recently, the 810 has been tied to overheating in other devices, making users worry about future capabilities of the OnePlus 2.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Active Review

Samsung Galaxy S6 Active Review

Today we review the Samsung Galaxy S6 Active from AT&T. This device takes the innards of the Galaxy S6, expanding the exterior bits to make a device that's resistant to the elements as well as shock. You can drop this one. While the original Galaxy "Active" device wasn't quite as resistant to the one truest danger of all, dropping the darned thing, here we've been given a reprieve. And a good sign for the future. This device has everything the Galaxy S6 has, and more - a bigger battery too.

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SoloCam takes selfie sticks to next level with built-in microphone

SoloCam takes selfie sticks to next level with built-in microphone

With Periscope and such offerings, being a whenever-you-feel-like-it reporter is pretty easy, but producing a stable video with good audio isn't when you're on your own. Enter the new SoloCam "selfie stick", which functions the same way as other smartphone-centric monopods, but with a big microphone on the end that doubles as a handle for the selfie stick. When using it, the resulting footage shows a microphone in the user's hand and stabilized footage. Joining the microphone are a few other features.

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Nokia’s return to phones won’t be smart

Nokia’s return to phones won’t be smart

Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri makes an offhand comment about their plans to sell phones in the future and the crowd goes wild. What today's news on Nokia's return to the smartphone market consists of is Suri answering a question about mobile devices, suggesting that the company is "looking for suitable partners" in the mobile phone business. This should not be a surprise to anyone following along closely with the brand, but there it is. After selling their phone hardware business to Microsoft in 2013, Nokia's set to return to phones as soon as 2016.

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Microsoft Lumia 640 XL to be exclusive to AT&T in the US

Microsoft Lumia 640 XL to be exclusive to AT&T in the US

At MWC earlier this year, Microsoft introduced its two new latest Lumia smartphones, the 640 and the 640 XL. Earlier, we took the Lumia 640, available on Cricket Wireless, for a spin. Now, we're hearing about its larger sibling. The Microsoft Lumia 640 XL is also coming to the US, but it will be an exclusive offer from AT&T. Mixing a large phablet screen with rather low specs, the Lumia 640 XL is yet another addition to Microsoft's growing number of almost indistinguishable Windows Phone models.

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