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This is Samsung’s big Galaxy S8 commercial

This is Samsung’s big Galaxy S8 commercial

Even with the Galaxy S8 and S8+ undoubtedly the most eagerly-anticipated Android phones of the year, Samsung is leaving nothing to chance. The company has revealed its first TV commercial for the upcoming smartphones, and it's playing up their most obvious change over the Galaxy S7. That's the so-called "Infinity Display", Samsung's curved Super AMOLED screen with tiny, weeny bezels.

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Pokemon GO update hits for early April [APK Download]

Pokemon GO update hits for early April [APK Download]

In the latest update to Pokemon GO for both Android and iOS, users will find a wide variety of updates to the UI features of the game. Included in this update are a new loading screen - part of which you'll see in the hero image of this article (slash guide). Another bit that's updated is new language support - the Traditional Chinese Support language pack is here at last! Another feature in this update shows a brand new Scroll Bar for movement between screens.

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Xiaomi Mi 6 pops up at GFXBench with SD835

Xiaomi Mi 6 pops up at GFXBench with SD835

Whether its rivals like it or not, Samsung has set the bar for this year's flagships, from the almost all-screen front to the processor running inside. The latter practically means the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, which will only be available to those who chose to date their launch after the Galaxy S8. One such smartphone is the Xiaomi Mi 6, which has appeared at GFXBench as the "Xiaomi Sagit", revealing what fans can expect from the OEM's upcoming champion.

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Android Nougat nearly doubles its reach in April

Android Nougat nearly doubles its reach in April

Android releases and their rollouts are almost as much a game of chance is they are software engineering. You almost never know when or even if your old smartphone will get the latest. Sometimes, even newer devices don't exactly come with the latest Android version. So when that latest Android version, 7.0 and 7.1 Nougat, jumps to almost double its market share, there is definitely reason for Android fans to be happy.

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Galaxy S8 Bixby button can be repurposed with this app

Galaxy S8 Bixby button can be repurposed with this app

You know that Samsung really wants Bixby to be its next big thing when it dedicated a physical button just for it. Pretty much like how older Sony Xperia phones had a physical shutter button to emphasize their photographic bent. Not everyone, however, is going to be a fan of Bixby, which means that's one hardware button wasted. Not unless you use this All in one Gestures app to let you remap that button to launch something else, like, for example, Google Assistant.

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Xfinity Mobile is Comcast’s new mobile carrier brand with Verizon’s data

Xfinity Mobile is Comcast’s new mobile carrier brand with Verizon’s data

Today the folks at Comcast have announced Xfinity Mobile, a wireless service that's sold by Comcast but uses Verizon's 4G LTE network for data. Comcast will be behind the Xfinity Mobile service and will sell plans that include both mobile data and access to Comcast's 16 million Wi-Fi hotspots throughout the USA. Bundles will be available to both legacy Comcast customers and new customers alike.

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Samsung DeX Station, Galaxy S8 and S8+ cases now up for pre-order

Samsung DeX Station, Galaxy S8 and S8+ cases now up for pre-order

In just two weeks, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and its larger sibling, the Galaxy S8+, will start shipping in the US. That gives soon to be owners plenty of time to decide if they want to keep their smartphone's pristine beauty or hide and protect it under a case. One accessory, however, might be worth investing in, if you're anything of an Android power user. That accessory is the DeX Station, the dock that promises to transform your Galaxy S8 or S8+ into a desktop. With the proper peripherals, of course.

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HTC U Ultra update preloads the HTC Sense Companion

HTC U Ultra update preloads the HTC Sense Companion

It hard not to feel ambivalent with the HTC U Ultra. Once you get past the beautiful smudge magnet and the flurry of "U" buzzwords, you're practically left with a smartphone that is, so far, failing to live up to expectations. "Meh" would probably be the most common sentiment here. But perhaps the most disappointing aspect of the U Ultra is the one feature that could have made a difference: the HTC Sense Companion. Absent from the smartphone at launch, the AI-powered personal assistant is finally landing on devices via a huge update, which will finally give everyone a sense (no puns!) of HTC's vision.

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Galaxy S8 dropped to test survivability

Galaxy S8 dropped to test survivability

The problem with smartphones is that as they become more sophisticated, more "premium", and more expensive, they also start to look more fragile. The transition from polycarbonate plastic to aluminum to glass definitely makes devices look more exquisite, but, at times, they also make them more susceptible to certain kinds of accidents. So when Samsung went with a nearly all glass Galaxy S8, one whose display stretches over almost its entire face, one of the biggest questions that comes to mind how well will it survive the most common accident of all: dropping the phone on pavement. The answer might surprise you.

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LG G6 begins is global availability this week

LG G6 begins is global availability this week

Samsung may have gotten the spotlight last week, but it will be LG who will get the first laugh. Who gets the last one, however, remains to be seen. But for now, LG fans who have been drooling over the LG G6 need not wait much longer. LG has announced the start of the rollout of the LG G6 across the world and in major markets, with the US getting theirs this Friday. Now all that's left is to see if the G6 will fare significantly better than its modular predecessor.

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This iPhone 8 video shows what Galaxy S8 does right and LG G6 does wrong

This iPhone 8 video shows what Galaxy S8 does right and LG G6 does wrong

It's difficult to say exactly why it is Samsung and Apple dominate the smartphone market - but this video takes a crack at it. What we're looking at is a spinning iPhone 8 concept - a device that's most likely going to come out next year, but commands search terms in Google this year because "iPhone 7s" is too many characters to be bothered typing. What we see here is style - design finesse - a sense of assuredness in the phone's overall excellence. That's what Apple and Samsung have, or appear to have, that most other phone companies lack.

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Niantic’s Pokemon GO Easter surprise: Virtual Trespassing Lawsuits!

Niantic’s Pokemon GO Easter surprise: Virtual Trespassing Lawsuits!

This week it's become clear that Niantic isn't easily going to duck a number of lawsuits filed against them in courts in both the United States and abroad. In The Hague (in the Netherlands), authorities were successful in pressuring Niantic to remove virtual monsters from certain areas of their beloved city. Just before a court date set for October of 2016, Dutch authorities cancelled Niantic's appointment in favor of a (then pending) simpler solution. Whether or not this same sort of solution is being sought here in the United States - we'll see very soon.

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