Phones

Sony debuts Xperia L1 with 5.5-inch display and Android Nougat

Sony debuts Xperia L1 with 5.5-inch display and Android Nougat

High-end Xperia phones like the XZ might get the lion's share of attention, but if you're looking for a more entry-level Xperia device, Sony has you covered there too. Sony launched the Xperia L1 today, revealing a device that may not come with all of the premium Xperia bells and whistles we're used to, but should still serve as a good choice for folks who need a phone on a budget.

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Galaxy S8 AKG-branded earphones confirm 3.5mm jack

Galaxy S8 AKG-branded earphones confirm 3.5mm jack

Samsung made it known before that it wasn’t in a rush to ditch the headphone jack, unlike eternal frenemy Apple. But that was before the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco, before Samsung was placed in a position where it needed to make the Galaxy S8 really stand out. As it turns out, these days, you actually stand out by still having a headphone jack. Audiophiles need not worry (too much) as the Galaxy S8 will still indeed have a 3.5 mm port, seemingly confirmed by leaked earphones for the device.

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HTC U Ultra scratched and bent

HTC U Ultra scratched and bent

Is HTC really cursed when it comes to smartphones? Based on the rather mixed reactions for the HTC U Ultra, that might seem to be the case. We’ll hold off on judging pending our own review, but things aren’t looking good for HTC’s new vision. Especially when that premium-priced smartphone gets tortured and doesn’t survive to tell the tale. Yes, it’s time for JerryRigEverything’s usual battery of tests to see how resilient smartphones are. Unfortunately for the HTC U Ultra, it belongs to the few that are revealed to be not so resilient after all.

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Galaxy S8+ with Exynos 8895 might be faster than Snapdragon 835

Galaxy S8+ with Exynos 8895 might be faster than Snapdragon 835

Samsung is in a rather “interesting” position as far as silicon production goes. On the one hand, it makes its own Exynos application processor, which is plans to soon push harder to other OEMs. On the other hand, it now fabricates some of Qualcomm’s, specifically the Snapdragon 820, and now, the 835. You might think there’ll be a conflict of interest, especially when you see that, at least on Geekbench, the Samsung Galaxy S8+ running on an Exynos 8895 has a lead over the same phone running on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835.

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Android O rumors: picture-in-picture, icon badges, throttling

Android O rumors: picture-in-picture, icon badges, throttling

It may or may not be “Oreo”, but it’s almost too easy to presume as much. Especially considering how much Google SVP Hiroshi Lockheimer seems to be trolling us with the name. Just as mysterious as the name, however is what the next major Android version will bring to the table, With just two months before Google actually announces its existence, rumors of features for Android O are starting to come in and, suffice to say, it’s going to have some pretty significant changes.

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LG is getting sued by G4 and V10 owners

LG is getting sued by G4 and V10 owners

LG may be riding high right now over the early praise of its new G6 smartphone, but owners of its older devices are still unhappy with the company. Owners of the G4 and V10 phones have filed a class-action lawsuit against LG in California over bootloop issues, or hardware failures that send the device into a non-stop rebooting sequence. The users argue this left the phones unusable, and LG did little to fix them.

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iPhone now eligible for AppleCare+ up to 1 year after purchase

iPhone now eligible for AppleCare+ up to 1 year after purchase

Good news for iPhone users prone to dropping their device sometime after purchase: Apple has updated its AppleCare+ insurance program, allowing coverage to be added to an iPhone up to one year after it was purchased. This is a hefty update to the previous 60 day timeframe limit, and should put users' minds at ease with regards to damaged screens.

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Precise Audio (volume control) for Android released [APK Download]

Precise Audio (volume control) for Android released [APK Download]

This week far finer-grain control over audio volume has been released for most Android devices. This control comes in an unofficial app by the name of Precise Volume - and it comes without cost. There is a version that adds odds and ends and bits of helpful functionality, but the base app add-on is free. This should serve to encourage Google (and other smartphone manufacturers) to bring just such a set of controls to their own phones in the near future.

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Fire Emblem Heroes Tier List [mid-March 2017]

Fire Emblem Heroes Tier List [mid-March 2017]

In Fire Emblem Heroes this week we've got a bit of a switch up of several main characters on the tops of each tier. Fire Emblem Heroes is a wild west of abilities and powers, and the way people play changes the way we run ranks. So many different elements are at play - and Nintendo updates the game so often - that tier lists could be changed daily! As it were, we're trying to stick to a slightly more reasonable schedule - and today's list is a kicker.

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Getting Pokemon GO Special Items Reddit Research and Rarity Secrets

Getting Pokemon GO Special Items Reddit Research and Rarity Secrets

To get a handle on Special Items in Pokemon GO, players around the world have been doing intense research for the past few weeks. To wrap their brains around how and when they'll be able to attain these especially rare items in the game, they've marked their times, locations, and activities whilst spinning Pokestops. Together the folks on several Reddit forums, especially, have created a conglomeration of information that leads us to several conclusions - and a path forward.

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Huawei P10 Lite finally announced, hitting UK later this month

Huawei P10 Lite finally announced, hitting UK later this month

We recently found ourselves in an interesting situation with the Huawei P10 Lite. Even though retailers over in Europe were posting listings for the device - it was first spotted in The Netherlands at CoolBlue and then at Italy's Monclick earlier this week - Huawei didn't give the device any kind of official reveal. The wait is finally over today, as the Huawei P10 Lite has been officially confirmed for release in the UK.

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Galaxy S8 to use face recognition for payment, 1000fps slo-mo

Galaxy S8 to use face recognition for payment, 1000fps slo-mo

Usually, at this point in time, rumors and leaks about the Galaxy S8 should have, more or less, settled down and have been whittled down to a few consistent points. And yet there are now last minute details attempting to still provide some substantial new perspective into the smartphone. “Perspective” is probably apt, considering this is about the Galaxy S8’s imaging capabilities. According to sources, Samsung intends to use a still underutilized facial recognition technology to authorize mobile payments. On the opposite side of the phone, the camera is leaked to be capable of a mind-breaking 1,000 fps slow motion video capture.

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