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Verizon updates BlackBerry Priv to Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Verizon updates BlackBerry Priv to Android 6.0 Marshmallow

While the BlackBerry Passport may have been the company’s most popular smartphone by way of eccentricity, the Priv is arguably it’s most contentious because of how it represented the company’s full embrace of the Android platform. Still, it has had its fans, especially with its sliding keyboard, and BlackBerry hasn’t forgotten them, and neither has Verizon. Now months after rival AT&T did so, Verizon is finally pushing Android 6.0 Marshmallow to the BlackBerry Priv, along with some special features of its own.

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More HTC Bolt details ahead of unveiling this week

More HTC Bolt details ahead of unveiling this week

It’s no secret that HTC hasn’t exactly been doing well in the smartphone market. In fact, one might even wonder if HTC is better off just putting its eggs in the Vive VR basket instead. It might have had a bit of financial reprieve by becoming the Google Pixel’s manufacturer and assembler, but it has yet to stand on its own smartphone feet. That chance might come with the HTC Bolt, which could be announced this week. And based on this latest leak, it might be a rather high-end smartphone, but an odd one at that.

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All-metal Moto M gets listed online ahead of official debut

All-metal Moto M gets listed online ahead of official debut

“M” is for metal. Or so we think it is. It’s definitely not for “magnificent” or “maximum”. Lenovo and Moto have yet to actually announce the smartphone, but the Moto M has already broken cover on the Tmall webshop, giving us a glimpse of the first ever all-metal Moto smartphone. And that metal design might actually be the best thing about the Moto M, as the spec sheet for the device reveal a mixed bag of mid-range specs that will have a hard time standing out from the crowd.

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LG G5 gets Android 7.0 Nougat in Korea, others coming soon

LG G5 gets Android 7.0 Nougat in Korea, others coming soon

LG prided itself for having what it boasted as the first commercial smartphone to come with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. Now it is making another boast, this time for being the first company after Google to upgrade an existing smartphone to the latest Android version. In this case, that’s the modular LG G5, which has started to receive the notification in LG’s home country of South Korea. LG promises that other markets will follow soon as well.

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AT&T Blue Coral Galaxy S7 edge: here’s when you can get it

AT&T Blue Coral Galaxy S7 edge: here’s when you can get it

With the Galaxy Note 7 out of the running, Samsung has focused its resources and marketing strategy on the Galaxy S7 and especially the Galaxy S7 edge. Just last week, it announced a variant of the curved smartphone in Singapore that bore a distinctive Blue Coral sheen. Although a Samsung representative did confirm that such a color would be coming to the US as well, it wasn’t clear when that would actually happen. AT&T, however, has just let us know that it’s all taking place next week.

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Galaxy S8’s first detailed secrets spilled in Korea

Galaxy S8’s first detailed secrets spilled in Korea

The Samsung Galaxy S8 appears to have started its trickle of leaks this week with details dripping in from South Korea. The first big change seems to be in the device's next-gen display. It would seem that the company is eager to distance themselves from the design and feel of the Galaxy Note 7, thereby pushing the Galaxy S8 into a different school of industrial design thought. This version of the Galaxy smartphone may be a bit more fragile than previous generations.

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Pokemon GO update for 2016 event: Gen 2 APK, 101+ monsters

Pokemon GO update for 2016 event: Gen 2 APK, 101+ monsters

The next Pokemon GO update will feature code for Generation 2, Pokemon Gold and Silver, and 101 new Pokemon. While Pokemon Gold and Silver, the Johto region, only generally have 100 extra Pokemon added to the Pokedex, this version of Pokemon GO also adds one of the monsters missing from the first build of the game. That new Pokemon is Ditto, the transforming Pokemon. This version of the game also adds one new move, specifically for Ditto: Transform.

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Now you can use Android Auto without upgrading your car

Now you can use Android Auto without upgrading your car

Android Auto looks set to show up on a lot more dashboards, albeit as a phone clipped to a mount rather than built into the native infotainment system. The interface, which pares back Android into a chunkier, more finger-friendly layout for use while driving, while hiding the more complex features that could prove a distraction, is being released as a standalone system, Google announced today. It's the closest we've got so far to an admission by the Android team that Android Auto adoption among automakers may not have been as swift as they would've preferred.

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TeamViewer update enables cross-platform mobile to mobile remote support

TeamViewer update enables cross-platform mobile to mobile remote support

TeamViewer has been around for a long time and is an app that allows you to mirror screens between devices and other things. An update for the app has been announced at it brings with it some new cool tricks that users of the app will really like. The main update is the ability to allow you to access other mobile devices from a mobile device, regardless of iOS, Android or Windows Mobile.

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LeapDroid creators join Google, abandons Android PC emulator

LeapDroid creators join Google, abandons Android PC emulator

In most company acquisitions, there’s always fears of the new owners mercilessly axing the newly acquired company’s product. That might look like the case with LeapDroid, but it’s different in two significant ways. First, it is only the developers, not LeapDroid itself that has been “acquired” by Google. And second, it is the developers themselves that have decided to ditch LeapDroid. This has the effect of practically killing an Android emulator for PCs that, just a few months ago, boasted to be the fastest in the market.

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General Mobile GM 5 brings 7.0 Nougat to Android One

General Mobile GM 5 brings 7.0 Nougat to Android One

Now that both the LG V20, which was the first commercial Android 7.0 smartphone, and the Google Pixel, the first Android 7.1 smartphone, are now out, it’s time for the rest of the world to enjoy the nutty goodness of Nougat. Surprisingly, one of the first to do so isn’t a new high-end smartphone but a more budget friendly one. General Mobile has announced the existence of the GM 5, which is the first Android One device to come with Android 7.0 Nougat right out of the box.

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Xperia XZ torture test reveals a lot of plastic

Xperia XZ torture test reveals a lot of plastic

Sony is a rather odd smartphone maker. After its “golden age” dating back to the Xperia Z3 and earlier, it seems that every new flagship it puts out is beset by one controversy or another. While the Xperia XZ, its most high-end for this year, isn’t as contentious (except in the US), it might still end up disappointing fans, and not just because of the design. Torture Stress test expert JerryRigEverything has put the Xperia XZ to his usually battery of experiments, and the smartphone, sadly, doesn’t not survived unscathed. Or unscratched.

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