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HTC U Ultra price, specs, and unique features

HTC U Ultra price, specs, and unique features

The folks at HTC have released a new set of devices, the most powerful of which is the HTC U Ultra. We had the opportunity to go hands-on with the HTC U Ultra and its closest relative, the new HTC U Play, getting up close and personal to see all the details. These devices have been created in a vein similar to the LG V10 and V20 devices, made to cater to users with a very specific set of features on their "must have" list for a smartphone.

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Google Pixel 2 : How Pixel XL’s success could shape the next release

Google Pixel 2 : How Pixel XL’s success could shape the next release

The release of the Google Pixel 2 (and Pixel XL 2) will refine an already-shining example of how good, and simply good, an Android device can be. Google seems to have reached a point at which they're ready to handle consumers directly, instead of relying on big brands to do all the heavy lifting. As the HTC-manufactured, Google-designed Pixel and Pixel XL had sparkling reviews upon release in 2016, the next generation won't likely change in any drastic way.

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Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Android Nougat update begins official roll out

Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Android Nougat update begins official roll out

It looks like the wait is nearly over for Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge owners: Android Nougat has started rolling out at last. Of course, we heard back in December that Samsung had finished beta testing the release and would be launch it this month, so this isn't much of a surprise. Previous rumors placed the start date for updates on January 17, but here we're seeing Samsung get underway a little earlier.

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LG G6 features teased by LG itself

LG G6 features teased by LG itself

What would be your ideal smartphone? If you were to ask a hundred people, you're bound to get half as much different answers. And yet LG seems to have whittled that down to just five. Well, at least that implies that the G6, or whatever LG will call the smartphone it will announced at MWC next month, will have these five "most desired" features. At least that's the promise. The delivery, on the other hand, might be a different story.

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Android Wear 2.0 is coming next month

Android Wear 2.0 is coming next month

It seems that Google is making up for lost time when it comes to its wearable platform. Android Wear is not only not yet dead, Android Wear 2.0 is actually coming really soon. And by really soon, we mean some time in February. At least that's according to the notices that app developers are receiving straight from Google. The notice is basically a heads up for those with "legacy" Android Wear 1.0 apps to update their apps so they will be visible in Android Wear's new on-watch Play Store.

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Nokia 8 Supreme could be company’s MWC 2017 star [UPDATE: Qualcomm instead]

Nokia 8 Supreme could be company’s MWC 2017 star [UPDATE: Qualcomm instead]

If you thought Nokia was done for a while after having unveiled the Nokia 6, you definitely don't know Nokia. The company was popular/notorious for putting out a dozen or more models a year, all with confusing model numbers. It might be going back to old habits, but starting with single digits (thankfully). After the Nokia 6 comes the Nokia 8, and not just any Nokia 8 either. According to a leak, we might be gazing upon a Nokia 8 Supreme as early as MWC next month.*

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HTC U Ultra and U Play hands-on: 2017’s Android wildcards

HTC U Ultra and U Play hands-on: 2017’s Android wildcards

HTC has not one but two new Android smartphones, the HTC U Ultra and HTC U Play, part of its new "U" family that promises to be more personable - and hopefully memorable - than previous handsets from the company. Intended to claw back some of the attention HTC has lost over the past couple of years at the hands of the iPhone and Samsung's relentless Galaxy launches, the concept behind "U" is to buck the status quo, seemingly based on the principle that you might not be able to convince everybody so you might as well really, really cater to a subset of HTC fans. We spent some time with both devices to see if they could sway us.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Portable 2 spotted at FCC

NVIDIA SHIELD Portable 2 spotted at FCC

While NVIDIA did make a big splash at CES 2017 by completely embracing Google Assistant in its SHIELD Android TV box, there was one resounding thread that begged to be heard: give us a new SHIELD Portable. The gamepad cum tablet form factor, the original bearer of the "SHIELD" brand, has not seen a refresh since, well, since it launched. Those prayers may be close to being answered as what is allegedly the SHIELD Portable 2 was just seen at the FCC, hinting at its imminent announcement.

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Fifth Third Bank now supports Android Pay and Microsoft Wallet

Fifth Third Bank now supports Android Pay and Microsoft Wallet

U.S. company Fifth Third Bank (53rd) has announced support for Android Pay and Microsoft Wallet, bringing the total number of mobile payment platforms it supports up to five. Customers with a Fifth Third Bank account can use, in addition to the two above, Samsung Pay, Apple Pay, and MasterPass to make payments using the app and their phone instead of their debit or credit card at supported stores.

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Galaxy S8 specs teased by renders: Our iPhone 7 analysis

Galaxy S8 specs teased by renders: Our iPhone 7 analysis

The Samsung Galaxy S8 has been "leaked" by several sources this week, including one case-maker looking for fame and a 3D designer using rumors as sources. While a few years ago we'd have had to have dismissed these scraps of information as false without further confirmation, the leak game has become so extremely large, so taffy-pulled across a diverse range of odd sources, we have no choice but to take a peek. That said, even a glimpse of a set of renders - such as these - give us some idea of what the public is looking for in the next Samsung Galaxy S smartphone, regardless of their source.

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Kantar: iPhone takes top sales spot in early holiday shopping season

Kantar: iPhone takes top sales spot in early holiday shopping season

There's always an interest in seeing which brand of phone did the best during the holiday season, and new insights Kantar Worldpanel suggest that iPhone is the winner for 2016. The analytics firm looked at data for the three months ending November 2016, and is reporting that the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and iPhone 6s were the three most popular smartphones during that period in the US. This shows strong sales at the beginning of the holiday shopping season, which would presumably carry over into December.

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Can my phone be tracked?

Can my phone be tracked?

Absolutely yes, your smartphone can be tracked - the question we should be asking is: what can we do about it? Today we're going to run down several easy ways in which we can see our phone being tracked, first of all. Then we're going to shut down this tracking in a few easy steps. It's really not too big of a hassle, just a trade-off - location tracking lets us map where we're going, but in exchange, our phone has to know where we are.

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