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This is either the beginning or the end of the smartphone wars

This is either the beginning or the end of the smartphone wars

There's a wave rising in the mobile technology universe, and it's not going to be easy to talk about. We're in a position where the change between each generation in smartphones is smaller, and a few major brands have taken over the industry. At the same time, we're living in a country where protectionism has us restricting international brands, but not products manufactured internationally. We're in a place where it's rare to find something really good and/or exciting to say about a new smartphone.

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Star Wars: Rivals mobile game detailed: pre-registration goes live

Star Wars: Rivals mobile game detailed: pre-registration goes live

The mobile game Star Wars: Rivals, which made a brief appearance in Australia and New Zealand last year, has launched for "pre-registration" on the Google Play Store. You can't play the game yet, unfortunately, but now we have a better idea of what to expect when it does launch. Among other things, Disney is promising to give mobile players who download from Google a special bonus for doing so.

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Pokemon GO Community Day Jan 2018: Special Surf Pikachu

Pokemon GO Community Day Jan 2018: Special Surf Pikachu

Niantic revealed Pokemon GO Community Day this week as a monthly event that'll take place at parks around the world. "Pokémon GO Community Day is an opportunity for Trainers around the world to meet up at their local parks to make new friends and experience what it means to be a part of this special community." Niantic announced that these events will feature a "special Pokemon" that'll only be available during that time, on that special day. The first special Community Day Pokemon is Pikachu with a unique move: SURF!

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Google Duo now lets you call Android contacts without the app

Google Duo now lets you call Android contacts without the app

Google has quietly made its Duo video messaging app far more useful, enabling audio and video calls even if the person you're contacting hasn't installed the app. Launched in mid-2016, Duo originally ran into criticism from some quarters, with users questioning why they needed yet another Google messaging app.

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Galaxy S9 retail box leaks game-changing camera upgrade

Galaxy S9 retail box leaks game-changing camera upgrade

There's been no lack of Galaxy S9 rumors to start the year but we're now starting to see signs of life from the device. From leaks that highlight parts that are supposedly final to what we're seeing today, it certainly seems like we're barreling toward reveal. Most recently, we heard that the Galaxy S9 could be revealed shortly before MWC 2018 in February, so perhaps it shouldn't be surprising that we're seeing the retail box for the device leaking out today.

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Galaxy X foldable phone details in CES 2018 private viewing

Galaxy X foldable phone details in CES 2018 private viewing

Rumors claim that Samsung will begin manufacturing its foldable phone by November. Company mobile business head DJ Koh intimated that the launch date for that foldable phone, currently nicknamed the Galaxy X, is now 2019 instead of his earlier 2018 remark. It seems that Samsung is indeed that close to the long-awaited foldable phone, at least based on how it had another one to show off behind closed doors at CES 2018.

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Nokia 8 DxOMark score shows it has some catching up to do

Nokia 8 DxOMark score shows it has some catching up to do

Once upon a time, Nokia had a reputation for good phone cameras, especially with its partnership with lens maker Zeiss. Of course, back then, it didn’t have much competition anyway. As it got left behind in the smartphone race, it also lost its prominence in mobile photography. And just as the Nokia 8 is its current champion in the smartphone market, so it also represents its best foot in taking pictures and recording videos. And, unfortunately, HMD Global still has a lot of work to do.

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Huawei P11 not P20 might be next flagship name

Huawei P11 not P20 might be next flagship name

Naming smartphones is sometimes as much arcane art as it is simple math. There was no Galaxy Note 6 and Nokia’s math start at 2, not 1. Apple could skip 9 and Huawei, shockingly, will not jump from to 20 this year. At least according to the latest website sleuths. The Chinese OEM will reportedly go from 2017’s Huawei P10 to 2018’s P11. Curiously, that same page that the sources are citing also mentions a P12, which is a year too early to appear.

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OnePlus 6 release date teased

OnePlus 6 release date teased

OnePlus is on track to launch its next flagship smartphone around June 2018, its chief executive has suggested, though the company has set itself an arguably bigger challenge this year. The Chinese smartphone maker has had a surprising trajectory since it launched its first Android device, the OnePlus One, back in 2014. However, it's yet to ink a carrier deal with a US network.

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Pokemon GO: Mew code in game

Pokemon GO: Mew code in game

Since Pokemon GO launched with the first 250 monsters, trainers across the planet have anticipated the launch of Mew. The first official teaser for the game - after the April Fools Day joke - showed Mewtwo, so surely the game would also contain a Mew. Today we're having a peek at what it'll take for Niantic to release this super duper legendary Pokemon into the wild.

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Google Camera Mod brings Portrait/Lens Blur, 4K recording to some devices

Google Camera Mod brings Portrait/Lens Blur, 4K recording to some devices

There’s no doubt about it, Google’s camera software on its Pixel smartphones, specifically the Pixel 2 is topnotch. It is a huge part of the reason, with hardware only secondary, why the Pixel 2 is at the top of DxOMark’s list. Unfortunately, Google isn’t exactly sharing its Camera app with others, even its own Nexus phones, even if some phones are capable of supporting those features. Fortunately, Android has a very passionate community of developers and modders who have picked the app apart and put it back together to bring the Google Camera mod to more smartphones.

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LG Pay US launch date confirmed

LG Pay US launch date confirmed

On the heels of Google merging Android Pay and Google Wallet into one Google Pay to rule them all, another mobile payment system looms over the horizon. While CES was ongoing half a world away, over at Korea LG revealed its plans to bring its existing LG Pay system to the US by the middle of 2018 but with a confusing name change. If and when it does, it will be directly competing with Samsung Pay in features.

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