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Limited edition Jeff Koons live cases bring art to the Nexus

Limited edition Jeff Koons live cases bring art to the Nexus

Smartphones are no longer the utilitarian pieces of electronics that they were nearly a decade ago. For some, they have become a lifestyle choice and even a fashion statement. Despite that, smartphones are still usually designed with somber and subdued colors, sharp edges, and serious looks that remind people of their less than personal function. This is the reason why Google has offered its Live Case selection to give its Nexus devices a more personal touch and this new limited edition Jeff Koons takes personalization to a new, more artistic level.

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Galaxy S7 Active at GFXBench is happily a premium rugged device

Galaxy S7 Active at GFXBench is happily a premium rugged device

Rugged smartphones that could probably (or not) survive an attack by Kryptonians aren't exactly new. Most of the time, however, OEMs have made consumers choose between a compromise. Either their smartphone is so premium that their heart skips a beat whenever it slips from their hand, or their smartphone is built like a tank but also as slow as one. Samsung's "Active" models of its flagship smartphone has been a mix in recent years. Fortunately, it seems that the Galaxy S7 Active will actually combine the best of both worlds.

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Huawei honor v8 puts a lot of focus on its dual camera

Huawei honor v8 puts a lot of focus on its dual camera

Huawei's Honor sub-brand may not exactly be known, especially in the West, for premium grade smartphones, but it is changing that perception with the newly unveiled honor V8. For one, it flaunts some of the highest specs you'd see in an early 2016 flagship. Yes, including at least one variant with a QHD screen. But not only that, it takes after its more high profile Huawei P9 cousin when it comes to cameras. In fact, it seems to use the same dual cameras, with an added trick of its own.

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This iPhone 7 “photo” shows a smart connector, new camera, and adjusted antenna

This iPhone 7 “photo” shows a smart connector, new camera, and adjusted antenna

This week we’re having a closer look at what the next iPhone could be - considering especially the multiple leaks and tips we’ve seen over the past several weeks. In this, we’re able to see a smartphone that’s more powerful, has a better camera, and looks marginally different from the last iPhone Apple released. Can you even imagine? This is nuts! An iPhone 7 with a look and feel that’s very similar to the iPhone 6s? Crazy talk!

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T-Mobile Galaxy J7 and LG K10 tipped to launch next week

T-Mobile Galaxy J7 and LG K10 tipped to launch next week

T-Mobile fans will have a pair of new smartphones to choose from next week according to a new leaked documents. The rumor claims that the Samsung Galaxy J7 and LG K10 Android devices will launch on the T-Mobile network on May 18. No official announcement has been made that either device will land on that day, but a training page on the J7 has leaked that claims to be for T-Mobile listing that date for launch.

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MIUI 8 takes center stage in Xiaomi Mi Max reveal

MIUI 8 takes center stage in Xiaomi Mi Max reveal

While the Xiaomi Mi 5 might have been the titular and expected flagship from the Chinese OEM, today's press event in Beijing clearly proves that is not the case. The Mi Max phablet has pretty much been expected to drop today, but alongside it, Xiaomi has also announced the next generation of its MIUI custom Android experience. Dubbed MIUI 8, the custom ROM is loaded with new features that, for better or worse, makes it almost indistinguishable from a plain Android experience.

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Xiaomi Mi Max is here, large, and unsurprisingly affordable

Xiaomi Mi Max is here, large, and unsurprisingly affordable

The Mi Max is pretty much as we've heard the past weeks and is indeed a 6.44-inch phablet that Xiaomi claims can comfortably fit in pockets. How, we still have to figure out. Xiaomi spends a lot of its time trying to explain why you'd want a smartphone this big or how the Mi Max trumps the iPhone 6s Plus in so many aspects. Intentionally or not, it's an indirect admission of the iPhone as the gold standard.

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Leaked iPhone 7 schematic disappointingly shows little change

Leaked iPhone 7 schematic disappointingly shows little change

With Apple itself admitting to the first ever iPhone sales slump, you'd think the company would be rushing to put out a next gen iPhone that would wow the market like the first one did. But this is Apple we're talking about and Apple does not rush anything. Indeed, based on this lone schematic diagram, it seems that Cupertino isn't in a rush to change the iPhone formula just yet. The iPhone 7 allegedly depicted in this image pretty much has the exact same dimensions as the iPhone 6s, hinting that it would be nearly identical to its predecessor.

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Verizon Galaxy S7 update adds DT Ignite bloatware platform

Verizon Galaxy S7 update adds DT Ignite bloatware platform

There are two banes to a smartphone user's existence these days, and both of them start with the letter "B": Batteries and Bloatware. Both can be temporarily remedied by band-aid solutions but still aren't the ideal first experience. While batteries fall on the shoulders of OEMs, bloatware is mainly a responsibility of carriers. One major US carrier is taking advantage of that position. Verizon has just rolled out an update to the Samsung Galaxy S7 that could pretty much be considered a trojan horse (the figurative sense, not the malware) since, along with probable bug and security fixes, it also installs Digital Turbine's Ignite software on the device.

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Motorola Moto X Tango will let us “see” the future [UPDATE]

Motorola Moto X Tango will let us “see” the future [UPDATE]

It's not long now before Lenovo hosts their "Tech World" event, and with it, a Motorola smartphone reveal of major proportions. What we're to understand will be there is the final iteration - the release-ready version - of the Lenovo Google Tango phone. It'll be Motorola branded instead, says our anonymous source, or at least that's the plan at the moment - barring some last-minute change. We'd be surprised at such a change at this point, as the phone SHOULD be released not long after the event.

UPDATE: Another source close to the project suggests that the Lenovo Tango phone absolutely will NOT be branded Motorola. We might just have to wait for the Moto Tango for another time!

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Et tu, Meizu? Huawei P9, Meizu Pro 6 use pentalobes

Et tu, Meizu? Huawei P9, Meizu Pro 6 use pentalobes

What, you might be asking, is a pentalobe? It's a sort of screw head - a very annoyingly rare screw head, one that's generally only in place to make taking devices apart more difficult. The screwdriver you're going to need to use to get this screw out is available to the public - it's no secret - but why has Meizu begun using it? And why Huawei? Has the screw suddenly become less expensive to use, or is there a more obvious reason?

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4th gen Moto G, G Plus outed

4th gen Moto G, G Plus outed

Motorola is gearing up to unveil a new Moto G in India next week. It has even put out rather "interesting" teasers for the event. Given the Moto G's ancestry in Android history, and Motorola's new overlords, there is no small amount of interest revolving around this mid-range smartphone. Indeed, it is already garnering a few reactions based on leaked images of its design. Now, however, we're getting the near complete picture, with most of the specs of both the Moto G and its higher end G Plus sibling leaked for everyone to enjoy.

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