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Nokia and ZEISS rekindle their old partnership

Nokia and ZEISS rekindle their old partnership

Once upon a time, Nokia phones sporting ZEISS lenses we're a fairly common sight. Now that Nokia smartphones are being revived by HMD Global, it only makes sense to rekindle that old partnership as well. That's exactly what HMD and ZEISS have done today, announcing that ZEISS lenses will soon feature on Nokia smartphones once again.

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You will be able to use LG Pay on next year’s budget LG phones

You will be able to use LG Pay on next year’s budget LG phones

Almost every smartphone giant is getting into the mobile payments market. But despite their popularity in the news, they’ve barely scratched the surface of their full potential. Part of that is because there are so few smartphones that actually support things like Android Pay, Apple Pay, and Samsung Pay. And those few also happen to be some of the more expensive models around. As such, LG might have an edge despite coming late to the party, if it will indeed be able to make LG Pay available on lower end smartphones in the global market and in a timely manner.

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Here’s a closer look at the Galaxy Note 8’s camera bump

Here’s a closer look at the Galaxy Note 8’s camera bump

If the center of attraction for the Galaxy S8 was its screen, the Galaxy Note 8's star might be its back. Of course, the "improved" Infinity Display is going to make heads turn, but it won't be too surprising if Samsung focuses most of its marketing on its first ever dual cameras. It's probably also going to be one of the most criticized part of the design, and this new leaked photo shows why.

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Nokia 8, not 9, to be next flagship, comes with iris scanner

Nokia 8, not 9, to be next flagship, comes with iris scanner

Despite relatively positive reception for its mid-range smartphones, Nokia doesn’t seem to be in a rush yet to put out what should be its true flagship. That said, the rumors are piling up around the Nokia 9 that might be unveiled this month. Or rather, the Nokia 8, if this latest set of leaks are to be trusted. Those leaks also suggest that Nokia will be trying its hand at iris recognition, despite the system being considered not exactly that secure.

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ASUS ZenWatch users relax: Android Wear 2.0 coming this month

ASUS ZenWatch users relax: Android Wear 2.0 coming this month

ASUS is not Android Wear’s biggest fan. At least not anymore. Sure, it has one model more than Huawei, whose top honcho has publicly cast doubt on this wearable segment, but the ZenWatch 3 might be the last of its kind. And with that comes fears that ASUS will also be pulling the plug on its support for those smartwatches already out in the market. If you’re an owner of such device, fret not. ASUS promises that the latest Android Wear update is still coming, this month in fact.

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July Update for Nexus and Pixel Androids [Download]

July Update for Nexus and Pixel Androids [Download]

This week the folks at Google have released July's batch of Factory Images for Nexus and Pixel devices for the month of July. This is not the same sort of update a user would look for if they wanted the newest version of Android complete with a pile of new features. Instead, it's the newest version of Android with Google's latest security features, tweaks, fixes, and the like. This is the behind the scenes update.

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Android could net Google another antitrust fine from EU

Android could net Google another antitrust fine from EU

Last week, The European Commission slapped Google with a fairly massive fine. The Commission ordered Google to pay €2.4 billion over the violation of antitrust laws related to the way it placed its own Google Shopping results in search. Now, Google could be facing an even bigger antitrust fine from The European Commission, and this time the Commission's point of contention is Android.

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Nokia and Xiaomi join forces: global mobile incoming

Nokia and Xiaomi join forces: global mobile incoming

Two power teams of mobile device creators have joined forces this week: Xiaomi and Nokia. Nokia is a legendary mobile phone maker that's gone through some unprecedented changes over the last few years. Xiaomi is still a relative up-and-comer in the business, based in China and set to expand across the whole earth with their high-quality low-cost devices.

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Pokemon GO is fun again, for real this time

Pokemon GO is fun again, for real this time

Over the past couple of weeks I've begun playing Pokemon GO again after not playing for a few months. I've kept the app - mostly because I write about Pokemon GO pretty often here on SlashGear - but I'd quit playing for the most part for the past few months. Now that the latest update to Pokemon GO has changed the way the Pokemon Gym is run, the game is entirely entertaining once more. Tell your kids, tell your wife, tell your husband, because it's fun up in here again.

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ASUS ZenFone 4 Max heralds 2017 flagship series

ASUS ZenFone 4 Max heralds 2017 flagship series

Almost all major Android smartphone makers have already revealed their 2017 cards, save for Motorola and ASUS. No, the ZenFone AR doesn't really count. ASUS has yet to announce its ZenFone 4 flagship but, while bidding its time, it already sent out its herald to prepare the way. The company just announced in Russia the first member of that family, the ASUS ZenFone 4 Max that is big in everything but its processor.

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Here are three features coming to the Galaxy Note 8 camera

Here are three features coming to the Galaxy Note 8 camera

The Galaxy Note 8 might not just be Samsung's first foray into the dual camera world, it might also be its most ambitious. The Korean manufacturer already revealed its strategy that spins its ISOCELL tech into a more formal brand, probably to turn it into a distinct business later on. At its investor presentation (PDF), Samsung also revealed the particular features of the ISOCELL Dual coming to the Galaxy Note 8, including a curious "depth sensing" capability.

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Next Moto Mods batch includes 360-degree camera, DirectTV DTV

Next Moto Mods batch includes 360-degree camera, DirectTV DTV

In 2016, two big smartphone makers took a stab at the modular phone idea. Only one of them, however, seems to have really believed in it. Met with lukewarm reception, LG went back to the basics, albeit with less bezels. Lenovo-owned Motorola, however, soldiered on And while its first set of Moto Mods were on the tame and traditional side, the upcoming concepts shown off at a press event in Ghana seems to at least show a bit of teeth.

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