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Moto G4 vs Plus vs Play release date and specs impressions

Moto G4 vs Plus vs Play release date and specs impressions

This morning we're having a peek at the full collection of new Motorola smartphones, each of which have a new role to play in the mid-range dominance game. The Moto G4 and its slightly more beefy sibling, the Moto G4 Plus, both work with 5.5-inch displays with 1080p resolution. The least of this new collection of phones is the Moto G4 Play, a device with a 5-inch display with 720p resolution. What could Motorola be thinking with such displays? They're thinking they're about to make a lot of money, that's what.

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Moto G4, G4 Plus set the mid-range bar higher

Moto G4, G4 Plus set the mid-range bar higher

Motorola launched the Moto G way back in 2013 to be its mid-range champion vis-a-vis the more premium Moto X flagship. For the next two years, it has established itself as the mid-range smartphone in emerging markets even as the Moto X eventually slid off the charts. This year, the fourth generation Moto G is launching first in India and it is stepping up its game with specs and features you might also find in some late 2015 flagships. And yes, Lenovo/Motorola is indeed calling them the Moto G4 and the Moto G4 Plus.

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Thin Blips macro and micro lenses fit all smartphones

Thin Blips macro and micro lenses fit all smartphones

The most common type of camera out there today is the smartphone camera. It’s the camera that we all have in our pockets and when a picture opportunity arises, the smartphone camera is right there to take the shot. People wanting to do macro and micro photography on their smartphone can now get some cool and easy to apply lenses that are very thin compared to what we normally see with add on smartphone lenses, these lenses are called Blips.

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Sony Xperia XA Ultra official: selfie-focused, classy giant

Sony Xperia XA Ultra official: selfie-focused, classy giant

It seems that the rumors about Sony retiring the Xperia C and M series are true. At least if you consider the unveiling of the Xperia XA Ultra, previously known as the Xperia C6 Ultra, is any indication. The official specs closely match what has been unofficially leaked and seen so far, which cements the identity of the two. But despite being basically coming from a mid-range line, the Xperia XA Ultra at least inherits the striking design of the slightly more premium Xperia XA.

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Google’s Lens Launcher app changes the way you use Android

Google’s Lens Launcher app changes the way you use Android

Over the weekend the winners of the 2016 Android Experiments event were announced, and one of them is a next-level launcher. This is the sort of app that replaces the way in which you interact with your apps up front of your phone - instead of just flat trays of apps, you'll have something completely different. This developer changed the way you see your apps, using a sort of "Graphical Fisheye Lens" to make seeking out apps easier in some cases, and far more entertaining in others.

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Galaxy Note 6 may be biggest (Note) release ever

Galaxy Note 6 may be biggest (Note) release ever

This Autumn it would appear that Samsung is keeping their full attention on the Galaxy Note 6 - and not just in the USA. While last year's release of the Galaxy Note 5 ended up being less-than-pleasing for certain members of the European Union (who didn't see a local release at all), this year Samsung's bringing heat to the Note for the whole world. Or so we're to understand. Sources suggest that instead of splitting attention between multiple devices, it'll be one phone, one release, worldwide.

UPDATE May 27, 2016: The Samsung Galaxy Note 6 will likely be called the Galaxy Note 7 - update your calendars! Have a peek at additional new details below!

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What’s new in the iOS 9.3.2 update: Night Shift update, Power, Bluetooth

What’s new in the iOS 9.3.2 update: Night Shift update, Power, Bluetooth

Updates to the iPhone and iPads aplenty out in the wild today will have iOS 9.3.2 coming to your pockets imminently. This update will bring improvements and feature additions to several iPhone and iPad models, starting with a fix for the iPhone SE. This update brings a fix to Bluetooth pairing issues with the iPhone SE for audio quality. There's also a fix for MDM servers as they were unable to install Custom B2B apps. Then there's the Night Shift update - and what an update it is!

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Google Spaces released as teamwork app for Android, iOS, and desktop

Google Spaces released as teamwork app for Android, iOS, and desktop

Today Google has released a brand new teamwork app and ecosystem by the name of "Spaces." Users of Google's accounts - signed up with a Gmail account, that is - will be able to take part in Google's new Spaces app. This app has the ability to create rooms or "spaces" on topics. You'll create a space based on a topic then invite users via messaging, email, social network, or "whatever way you like." We can imagine this will be used in ways both intended and beyond what Google intended in short order.

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What I want most from Google IO 2016 is…

What I want most from Google IO 2016 is…

This morning we're running down our wants for Google's next developers conference, starting with what's already been asked for and ending with what we'd be surprised by. Two of the most discussed bits thus far that we've seen thanks to Reddit and The Verge are a real iMessage competitor and a new camera app. A decent camera app. One that's not just general for the masses. And what about an iMessage competitor? Don't we already have enough message apps?

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ZTE Axon 7 launching at Chinese event May 26

ZTE Axon 7 launching at Chinese event May 26

ZTE is set to launch a new flagship smartphone in China this month. The launch event will be held on May 26. The name many expected the device to go by was the ZTE Axon 2, which would follow the company’s traditional naming convention. According to the invites that have gone out to Chinese media, the flagship device launched at the show will be called the Axon 7.

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iPhone 7 leaked again, white band still there, laser AF hinted

iPhone 7 leaked again, white band still there, laser AF hinted

With the exception of Motorola, most major Android OEMs have already shown their hand for the first half of 2016. That means all eyes are now Apple and its upcoming iPhone 7. With so many hinging things hinging on this particular model, it's no surprise that it is getting a lot more attention than perhaps any previous iPhone model. Even the renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo seems to be a tad conflicted about it. Fans might be in a similar dilemma if this latest leaked phtoos of what is allegedly the final iPhone 7 design is the real deal.

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Sony Xperia X only has 20 out of 32GB free for use

Sony Xperia X only has 20 out of 32GB free for use

Our smartphones are getting more loaded in features, but sometimes they are also getting more loaded in software as well. That wouldn't be a problem if that software could be removed at the user's discretion, but such bloatware usually comes with the entire package. So when the Sony Xperia X and X Performance was revealed to have less than two-thirds of its total storage available to users, there is understandably no small amount of disappointment among Sony's remaining stalwart fans.

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