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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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Alleged OnePlus 3 prototype appears in leaked photos

Alleged OnePlus 3 prototype appears in leaked photos

We're smack right in the middle of the lull between MWC and IFA, the calm before the storm, so to speak. That, of course, is the perfect opportunity to make some noise about some new smartphone that may be coming in the next few months or so. We've already seen Motorola's odd direction for the upcoming 4th gen Moto X and its DROID variant. Now we're supposedly getting to see what Chinese startup OnePlus has in mind for its 3rd flagship. Suffice it to say, it's going to at least get people talking a lot.

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Xiaomi puts the Mi Max marketing machine on full throttle

Xiaomi puts the Mi Max marketing machine on full throttle

Xiaomi may have just revealed its Mi 5 flagship last February, but the way it is trying to hype the Mi Max, you'd think this was actually its 2016 champion. Set to be the Chinese superstar's foray into the phablet race, Xiaomi has been teasing the Mi Max nonstop. Now it is going as far as releasing a new video ad each day before the expected May 10th announcement. Of course, there are a few marketing images available as well, all of them officially coming from Xiaomi's own CEO, Lei Jun.

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iFixit: Huawei P9 easy to repair if you have a pentalobe tool

iFixit: Huawei P9 easy to repair if you have a pentalobe tool

These days, the premium look and quality of flagship smartphones usually come at a price. The first to go are removable batteries, followed usually by hardened silos that are tough to get into. So when a flagship smartphone gets a 7 out of 10 repairability score, it's definitely a surprising but very much welcome breath of fresh air. That seems to be the case with the Huawei P9, the Chinese OEMs latest and greatest. Amusingly, iFixit notes that Huawei might have one upped Apple to some punches, despite copying the latter in a few aspects.

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Moto X4, DROID version photos leaked with odd design choices

Moto X4, DROID version photos leaked with odd design choices

It's been a while since Motorola has put out a smartphone that was the center of the market's attention. It seems, however, that the fourth gen Moto X will generate a lot of noise, and not all of them will be good. If you thought the physical home button slash fingerprint sensor on the front of the 4th gen Moto G was bad enough, take a gander at what is supposed to be the Moto X4's newest design. That includes a large, bulky camera sensor smack in the middle of the smartphone's back.

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iPhone 7 to skip Smart Connector says latest report

iPhone 7 to skip Smart Connector says latest report

We seem to be going back and forth with "will it or won't it" when it comes to features of this year's expected "iPhone 7." One of the longest-running rumors about the device has pegged Apple with eliminating the 3.5mm headphone jack in favor of the Lightning port, but earlier this week that was countered in a possible part leak. Now the latest report says the same about the Smart Connector, which may not appear on the larger "iPhone 7 Plus" after all.

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Why a Galaxy Note 6 Lite may be perfect for VR-haters

Why a Galaxy Note 6 Lite may be perfect for VR-haters

Those of you that've not yet gotten aboard the GearVR hype train or the VR hype train in general may have caught Samsung's attention. Rumors this week suggest that not only will the company be making a Galaxy Note 6 Lite, they'll be making said device without aiming for the GearVR specifically. This means less emphasis on the extra-sharpness of the display and a slightly less powerful processor - which in the end may mean more battery life for you and a processor that, replicating the Galaxy S7, is still well and above the power you'd need on a daily basis.

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Leaked Samsung Galaxy C5 photos show traces of HTC One design

Leaked Samsung Galaxy C5 photos show traces of HTC One design

Samsung gained a reputation, deservingly or not, for being "inspired" by designs and features from some of its competitors. Of course, over time it has developed its own distinctive design language that other are now also getting inspired with. One OEM, however might soon take issue again with Samsung's sources of inspiration. Leaked photos of what is allegedly the upcoming Galaxy C5, the first in the new Galaxy C series, do indeed show a dominantly metallic motif. However, it also seems to carry some parts that readily call to mind HTC's older One flagships.

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Galaxy J3 smartphone lands on Verizon pre-paid network

Galaxy J3 smartphone lands on Verizon pre-paid network

Verizon has announced a new smartphone launch for its pre-paid network called the Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016). The smartphone is a budget device selling for $109.99 and it will operate on the Verizon 4G LTE network. The 5-inch screen is a HD resolution Super AMOLED paired with a 1.2GHz quad core processor.

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Google exec: Android One is part of broader hardware strategy

Google exec: Android One is part of broader hardware strategy

Many Android users will probably have heard of Nexus devices at one point in time or another. But, unless they're in one of the very few countries covered by the program, they probably have never heard of Android One. The program was launched to sort of mirror Google partnerships with OEMs seen in the Nexus program but to a more liberal and more affordable degree. It hasn't, however, caught on, leading many to consider it dead. Google directory for Business Development and Android & Chrome Partnerships Mike Hayes says, however, that it couldn't be farther from the truth.

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LG G5, V10 get approved for use in US military, enterprise

LG G5, V10 get approved for use in US military, enterprise

While consumers are still the primary audience of smartphone makers like Apple, Samsung, and LG, there are three other markets that companies are scrambling to get a hold of: education, enterprise, and government. Of the three, getting government approval is perhaps the trickiest, going through all the certifications, not to mention red tape, in order to be deemed fit for government and military use. So it's no surprise that LG is only to happy to boast that it has gotten certified by the US government to be secure and fit for use both in the enterprise as well as in military.

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HoloFlex makes dreams of bendable, holographic phones come true

HoloFlex makes dreams of bendable, holographic phones come true

A few years ago, Samsung and LG were almost at east other's throats, trying to beat the other to the flexible smartphone race. Both, however, have stopped short of that goal, settling for curved smartphones like the G Flex, or curved edge screens like the Galaxy S7 edge. Some, however, have never given up that dream. Researchers from Australia's Queen's University Human Media Lab have cooked up a smartphone that does flex just a bit. That, however, is only in service to the HoloFlex's real raison d'être: projecting holograms.

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