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Verizon LG G3 updates with VoLTE

Verizon LG G3 updates with VoLTE

A software update is coming your way if you own the Verizon iteration of the LG G3. This update will bring you access to Verizon's Voice Over LTE network, right alongside the LG G2 - which was released last year. The Samsung Galaxy S5 also has VoLTE access, as does the DROID MAXX, DROID Mini, and both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. This LG G3 update will start rolling out this afternoon across the United States - if you don't have it yet, just wait - you will sooner than later.

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Xiaomi invites released for pre-CES event

Xiaomi invites released for pre-CES event

It would appear that the pipe dreams of a USA-based launch of Xiaomi's next product were just that. Today Xiaomi released an invitation/teaser one-sheet for an event that'll take place next Tuesday, December 9th. This invite suggests that we'll see something fabulous, or at least fabulously strange: "The air is not enough, the water is not enough, no matter how good the phone, what is the use?" These are the words of a company that intends on pushing another smartphone to one-up their previous best-selling Mi4.

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HTC One M8 and M7 update to Android 5.0 Lollipop

HTC One M8 and M7 update to Android 5.0 Lollipop

This morning HTC has tapped in with final upgrade approval for both the HTC One M7 and HTC One M8 for Android 5.0 Lollipop. The first devices that will be updated are the Google Play Editions of both devices, with both the M7 and M8 seeing Over-The-Air updates this morning. The kernel sources for both devices with Android 5.0 Lollipop have both been approved as well, meaning we'll see Lollipop ROMs and unofficial builds aplenty very, very soon - once the hackers and developers get to work.

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Sony Xperia Aquatech store requires SCUBA diving lessons

Sony Xperia Aquatech store requires SCUBA diving lessons

If you're marketing extremely waterproof devices, what would be the best way to get that point across? Well, why not put a store underwater! As if taking a page from Apple's glass retail store in New York, Sony put its concept store four meters under the sea in Dubai. Of course, you won't be getting there on your own and you'll to undergo diving lessons before you are accompanied by trained drivers to the store.

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Alleged Galaxy S6 benchmarks surface via AnTuTu

Alleged Galaxy S6 benchmarks surface via AnTuTu

Samsung didn’t do as well as it hoped with the Galaxy S5 smartphone when it hit the market. The phone sold in decent numbers, but those numbers were about 40% less than what Samsung expected. That means Samsung has a lot to prove to consumers who think it is falling behind in the smartphone market. The next major smartphone from Samsung is expected to be the Galaxy S6 and some benchmarks of this device have allegedly leaked.

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Nanoport magnets turn your smartphones into a tablet

Nanoport magnets turn your smartphones into a tablet

The Nanoport magnetic connector is ready to connect your smartphone to another smartphone to make them both into one big tablet. The folks at Nano Magnetics have a patent pending magnetic connector technology - Nanoport - that'll be shown off for the first time with a WORKING MODEL at CES 2015. They brought a mock-up to the Consumer Electronics Show in 2014, in 2015 they say they've got the real deal ready to roll for Las Vegas in January. Complete with not only magnetic connections to keep your devices stuck together, but to transfer data back and forth as well.

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Xiaomi tipped to enter US market in 2015

Xiaomi tipped to enter US market in 2015

As early as January of 2015, Xiaomi may well make its move for the United States mobile market. It's suggested that Xiaomi may do this with the smartphone "Mi5", showing off this Qualcomm Snapdragon-toting device at CES 2015 in their first-ever appearance inside the USA. This device is currently priced at CNY1,999, converted to right around $325 USD off-contract. If this pricing schedule continues through a USA-based released, even the most major smartphone manufactures might be turning an attentive eye toward China.

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HTC Hima details leaked: replacing the One

HTC Hima details leaked: replacing the One

The HTC Hima's details have been leaked this morning by a notoriously accurate leakster by the name of "Upleaks", and the device is said to be coming by March of 2015 - and likely introduced either immediately before or during Mobile World Congress 2015. If past events are any indication, we might well see this device introduced in the first couple of months in 2015 then shown off at MWC 2015 while HTC Desire devices are revealed anew. Also, the word "Hima" is a code-name, not a final name.

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iPhone 6 Plus grabs almost half of US phablet market

iPhone 6 Plus grabs almost half of US phablet market

In the three months ending in October this year, the iPhone 6 Plus managed to reach 41 percent of the sales of smartphones with screen sizes 5.5 inches and above, commonly regarded as phablets. This is a rather strange victory for Apple because while it does prove that consumers will flock to their devices no matter how novel or unusual it is, like this biggest iPhone ever, it also proves that there is indeed a market for a device category that the company, especially under Jobs' tenure, has been shunning and even ridiculing.

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Galaxy S5 Android 5.0 Lollipop update starts rolling out

Galaxy S5 Android 5.0 Lollipop update starts rolling out

Samsung faithful who have been feeling a tad jealous of LG and Motorola the past month might start feeling a little bit better now, if not even more anxious. The awaited Android 5.0 update for the Galaxy S5 has apparently started to roll out, at least in Poland. If so, then it practically marks the start of Lollipop's arrival on Samsung's early 2014 flagship, probably in Europe first, before the year ends. Perhaps a fitting Christmas gift to those who stuck with Samsung through thick or, lately, thin.

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