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Galaxy Alpha discontinued to make way for mid-range

Galaxy Alpha discontinued to make way for mid-range

With the Galaxy Alpha, one thing was immediately clear: Samsung really does like the iPhone. The copycat device more than smacked of hero-worship, and carried a hefty price tag to match. For many, the promise of something very much like an iPhone that ran Android was enticing, but the dream is over according to the latest report. Korean news agency ET News is reporting that Samsung is ditching the Alpha, and will instead focus on the mid-range market.

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Xperia Z3 limited editions feature art inspired by Berlin, Tokyo, and Warsaw

Xperia Z3 limited editions feature art inspired by Berlin, Tokyo, and Warsaw

Sony has unveiled a limited edition version of the Xperia Z3 smartphone. On each of the limited edition devices is an engraving that is inspired by three great cities from around the world. The three cities include Berlin, Tokyo, and Warsaw. The devices were made as part of a "Stadt Talente" project where three artists were invited to use the Z3 as a canvas to create art to celebrate their favorite city.

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Alcatel teases Palm fans with possible brand comeback

Alcatel teases Palm fans with possible brand comeback

Palm was the company behind some of the original PDAs that some fans of the iPhone and Android devices today cut their teeth on. Palm was unable to compete when the smartphone boom started in earnest and eventually went out of business with the name and patents belonging to several companies before winding up with HP. HP only wanted the webOS operating system from Palm and left the company name defunct before webOS failed too and disappeared.

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Wearables mean we’ve popped the smartphone bubble

Wearables mean we’ve popped the smartphone bubble

Manufacturers couldn't cram any more socially acceptable functionality into their smartphones, so they moved their smartphones to your wrist. When we first started seeing so-called "Wearable" devices, it was clear: these devices were either going to be wristwatches or they were going to be extra-tiny smartphones. Or tablets, if you're talking about the devices without phone capabilities. Once the smartwatch launched with a tiny version of Android onboard, it wasn't difficult to access: smartphone innovation was over, and the hype machine was back in action.

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LG Windows Phone spotted in OEM report

LG Windows Phone spotted in OEM report

In a recent study on the breakdown for Windows Phone OEMs across the world, AdDuplex found something unique. A small sliver of the overall metrics yielded results they hadn’t yet seen, and news Windows Phone fans might find exciting. It seems LG is in the testing phase for Windows Phone, as a previously unseen device tagged as LGVW820 popped up. LG has forgone Windows in favor of Android lately, so seeing a device from them pop up for Windows is interesting.

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iPhone 6s mini: do you need another small smartphone?

iPhone 6s mini: do you need another small smartphone?

Rumors abound, Apple may release another 4-inch iPhone in the near future. Instead of abandoning the 4-inch iPhone 5 and 5s, Apple is said this week to be rolling out a "low end" handset with updated specifications and a price point to match. This handset would - unsurprisingly - look and feel similar to the iPhone 6. Components will likely match those of the iPhone 5s, fingerprint sensor and 8-megapixel camera included - and sell for the lowest price point as the iPhone 5s does now.

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Sony gets teasing: new Xperia Z4, tablet, or something else?

Sony gets teasing: new Xperia Z4, tablet, or something else?

When it comes to CES, you can either take LG and Samsung's approach and gush announcements ahead of the show, or you can go with Sony's strategy and get teasing. The company has taken a mystery approach, believed to be for its upcoming Xperia smartphone, with a video titled "Welcome to the New World" that drops a few hints ahead of Sony's CES 2015 press conference on January 5th. While there's no outright shots of the phone, you can get a glimpse of it at various points, including one rather artful reflection in a user's eye.

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VAIO to offer smartphones starting next month

VAIO to offer smartphones starting next month

For years, Sony marketed laptops under the Vaio name with some success. Last summer Sony decided to spinoff the laptop branch of the company into a standalone brand simply called VAIO. Word has surfaced that VAIO is now getting ready to toss smartphones onto the market in a move that will see VAIO directly competing against Sony, its former parent company.

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Flurry: Apple activated 3x more devices than Samsung over Christmas

Flurry: Apple activated 3x more devices than Samsung over Christmas

Research firm Flurry, the Yahoo-owned entity that tracks mobile analytics for over 600,000 cross-platform apps, has revealed some surprising statistics from the Christmas break. From December 19 through December 25, Flurry tracked new device activations and app downloads, and found that Apple ruled this holiday season. Over half of new device activations were Apple-branded devices, over twice as many as their nearest competitor, Samsung. Flurry VP of Analytics Jarah Euston said “It’s clear that Santa is no longer into cookies — he prefers Apples.”

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