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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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Galaxy S8 confirmed to feature Samsung’s own smart assistant

Galaxy S8 confirmed to feature Samsung’s own smart assistant

Confirming what most have already guessed at this point, Samsung shared that its next flagship, which will undoubtedly be called the Galaxy S8, will have an AI-powered digital assistant, but significantly different from Samsung’s obsolete and underpowered S Voice. This new assistant will be the fruit of Samsung’s acquisition of Viv Labs, which was formed by the a co-creator of Apple’s Siri. But while that’s pretty much a given, the biggest question is how Samsung plans on differentiating itself from the increasingly competitive market.

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Here is the Xiaomi Redmi 4, 4A and you still can’t get them

Here is the Xiaomi Redmi 4, 4A and you still can’t get them

Time and again, Xiaomi and VP for international Hugo Barra constantly express their intent to eventually march into the US smartphone market, but that day hasn’t dawned yet. In the meantime, however, Xiaomi will continue to tease that market with affordable models available only in China and nearby regions. Like the new Redmi 4 series that leads its budget line. But like many of its compatriots, Xiaomi is redefining what “budget” means, which is to say “almost premium”.

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Galaxy Note 7 US recall at 85%, battery to be capped at 60%

Galaxy Note 7 US recall at 85%, battery to be capped at 60%

You may no longer hear much about the Galaxy Note 7 in the news recently, except for a few postmortem analyses here and there. Especially now that the spotlight may have just been stolen by Samsung’s own smart washing machines. That’s not to say, however, that Samsung isn’t busy working behind the scenes. Or so it seems to imply. It has just proudly reported that in the US alone, 85% of Galaxy Note 7 devices have already been exchanged or refunded. And for the remaining 15%, it has an unpleasant surprise waiting for them.

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Don’t expect an iPhone SE successor in 2017

Don’t expect an iPhone SE successor in 2017

Earlier this year, Apple released the iPhone SE, featuring the iPhone 5's looks and several components from the more advanced iPhone 6s. It was meant to be a slightly more affordable model for those still wanting a 4-inch display, but avoided being seen as a cheap, entry-level device like the iPhone 5c was. Unfortunately, if you're among the users that the iPhone SE appealed to, it looks like Apple has no plans for a refresh in the first half of 2017.

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Galaxy Note 7 will soon be blacklisted by New Zealand carriers

Galaxy Note 7 will soon be blacklisted by New Zealand carriers

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will soon be blacklisted by carriers in New Zealand, it has been announced. The blacklisting will take place in two weeks, and will render any Galaxy Note 7 phones remaining in service unusable. The move is necessary to ensure that customers replace the phone with an alternative that isn’t prone to catching on fire…something viewed as important for public, as well as personal, safety. It is estimated a ‘few hundred’ Galaxy Note 7 devices are still being used in New Zealand.

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LG V20 Review: Stealing the Note 7’s spotlight

LG V20 Review: Stealing the Note 7’s spotlight

With the galaxy note 7 quite literally self-destructing and throwing Samsung's holiday plans into disarray, LG finds itself with an unexpected opportunity with the v20. Today we're aiming to provide a review helpful to both former Galaxy Note users and potential users curious about the ins and outs of this high-end smartphone. The LG V20 is a power user device, now we'll see if it's a device we can live with.

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Motorola, Indiegogo team up to push Moto Mods forward

Motorola, Indiegogo team up to push Moto Mods forward

Both LG and Motorola have revealed their own version of modular attachments to smartphones, but, unlike LG, Motorola seems to be really serious about it. For one, it has announced more such Moto Mods for purchase. For another, it is providing a Moto Mod Dev Kit to help developers and tinkerers make their own mods. And now, to further help those mod dreams come true, Motorola is partnering with crowdfunding platform Indiegogo to help such dreamers find funding for their bright, wild, and hopefully useful ideas.

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iPhone 8’s “one more thing” may be a 3rd phone

iPhone 8’s “one more thing” may be a 3rd phone

Apple is said to be planning something big for the release of iPhone 8, and one possibility is the addition of a third phone to the lineup. For a few years now, Apple has released two new iPhones each year (ignoring the one-off release of the iPhone SE), but that could change next year. In addition to the 4.7 and 5.5-inch models we've had since the iPhone 6, Apple may be looking to release a 5-inch iPhone 8.

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Huawei Mate 9 price and “9 Pro” release

Huawei Mate 9 price and “9 Pro” release

This morning the folks at Huawei showed off their new Huawei Mate 9 and Huawei Mate 9 Pro. Both devices have Huawei aimed at taking on the large smartphone crowd, rolling in two editions for the average and the super-posh. These devices come at a time perfect to take on the lack of a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 product in the wild, and just after the first iPhone 7 Plus rush.

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Huawei Mate 9 hardware details revealed

Huawei Mate 9 hardware details revealed

The Huawei Mate 9 is here, and it's arriving in two different forms. Huawei CEO Richard Yu announced the standard Mate 9 today, which is co-designed by Leica, along with a limited edition Mate 9 that features Porsche Design branding. While both phones sport the Mate 9 name, there are actually quite a few differences between the two devices.

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