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Galaxy Note 7: compelling first device, disappointing upgrade

Galaxy Note 7: compelling first device, disappointing upgrade

Samsung has finally removed the covers off the Galaxy Note 7, perhaps one of this year's worst kept secrets. Unsurprisingly, the phablet is getting rather mixed reviews, with most of the negativity coming from those who have spent quality time with a Galaxy Note or two in the past. But why is this phablet, whose size and stylus has already been vindicated by Apple, failing to capture the hearts of even some of Samsung's stalwart fans? The reason is less about the specs, which are excellent in themselves, but more about a trend that has the stylus-faithful a tad worried.

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Galaxy Note 7 will launch with dual SIM slots too

Galaxy Note 7 will launch with dual SIM slots too

The Galaxy Note 7 phablet has gone official and we now know all there is to know about the device. A new tidbit about the smartphone has surfaced today; there is a version available that has dual SM cards. This is a big deal for people who want to be able to use multiple numbers with a single smartphone. This is also a feature that the Galaxy S7 edge lacks right out of the box.

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Samsung Z2 Tizen smartphone coming to Kenya this month

Samsung Z2 Tizen smartphone coming to Kenya this month

Samsung has just unveiled the Galaxy Note 7 and its curves to the whole world, but, in some local simultaneous events, it is by far not the only one getting the spotlight. In a local Kenya unveiling, an unexpected guest also arrived. There, Samsung revealed the Samsung Z2, its third, yes third, Tizen-powered smartphone. And although there is no definite word yet where the Z2 will debut first, it is, at least, scheduled to be announced in full in Kenya on the 26th of August.

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Moto Z Play arrives on TENAA, pics and specs in tow

Moto Z Play arrives on TENAA, pics and specs in tow

It seems that the arrival of the last, and somewhat the least, member of the new Moto Z family is truly at hand. We know that because the smartphone has just made an appearance at China's TENAA. Although identified only by its model number XT1635, given its design similarities to the Moto Z line but comparatively lower specs, this is unmistakably the Moto Z Play. Or Moto X Play in China, whichever way Lenovo and Moto wants to play with the name. Pun totally intended.

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Google Nexus launcher apk download released for Android

Google Nexus launcher apk download released for Android

Google's own Nexus phone and tablet line now has a launcher app of its own. This app will allow any Android smartphone (most any Android smartphone) to look and act much like a Nexus phone - super simple and clean. Fully Material Design compliant, that is to say. This launcher works with its own Google Now button (or Google button, if you prefer) for universal searches. It also has a brand new slide-up app drawer.

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Galaxy Note 7 release date, pricing, and carrier pre-order details

Galaxy Note 7 release date, pricing, and carrier pre-order details

Today the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has been revealed and priced and released, all at once. While the device won't be immediately available, each of the top carriers in the United States have begun issuing information about when and where the device will be able to be placed in users' hands, physically. The release today marks the first time Samsung has released the headliner "phablet" smartphone Galaxy Note without a "flat" version - it's decidedly part of the "Edge" collection without the namesake.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 hands-on: S Pen meets S7

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 hands-on: S Pen meets S7

Samsung invented the phablet and it's not wiling to let go of the reins, with the Galaxy Note 7 the latest in its pen-enabled series of super-sized Android smartphones. Debuting in New York City today, the Note 7 builds on it's predecessor with a sleeker, more hand-friendly design, refining the software in the process, and borrowing heavily from the best-selling Galaxy S7. I spent some time with the new flagship ahead of today's launch, and discovered that there's more to the Note 7 than first meets the eye.

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Instagram Stories basically copies Snapchat Stories

Instagram Stories basically copies Snapchat Stories

The folks at Instagram have launched a new feature for their mobile app called Instagram Stories - a name you may have (sort of) heard before. Snapchat has a similar feature, one called Snapchat Stories - or Snapchat's My Story. Users are able to share photos and videos with their followers with 24-hour timers on them. That should sound familiar. Both services offer basically the same thing.

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Galaxy S7 Edge was the most popular Android phone for first half of 2016

Galaxy S7 Edge was the most popular Android phone for first half of 2016

It's a big day for Samsung, as the company is gearing up to officially reveal the Galaxy Note 7 in just a little while. That isn't the only reason Samsung will want to celebrate today, as Strategy Analytics is reporting that the Galaxy S7 Edge was the most popular Android phone on a global basis in the first half of 2016. With a market as crowded as the one for Android, that's no small achievement, even for a company as big as Samsung.

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LG V20 leak hints at a superpower with a disappointing screen

LG V20 leak hints at a superpower with a disappointing screen

LG already confirmed that the V20, which takes after the V10 of course, is scheduled to debut in September. Which, of course, leaves us enough time to have as many leaks as we can about it, which is quite needed considering there are very few of them at the moment. One of the earliest comes straight from Korea and, unsurprisingly, it talks about mostly high end specs. The only problem, however, is that the LG V20 is said to have a less than high end screen compared to its predecessor.

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HTC Nexus phones release date and details leak

HTC Nexus phones release date and details leak

Today it's become clear that a new set of Nexus devices are well on their way from Google to the hands of the public. Word comes from Droid Life where they've gotten word that October 4th could be "the launch date" of these new devices. HTC will very likely make both of these machines, and they'll almost certainly be coming with the next version of Android running on them. That's Android 7.0 Nougat - the tastiest of treats yet sent by Google.

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Android now watches user accounts, tattles with notifications

Android now watches user accounts, tattles with notifications

Android devices will soon be working with native notifications that'll tell their user that their account has been used on a new device. When a user signs in on a new device, every other device they have (on Android) will see a notification telling them that they've had a sign-in on a new device. This will be helpful for people that are in danger of having their account stolen, as they'll already be aware of every time they themselves sign in, but will be able to protect themselves at first sign of any unusual activity.

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