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Galaxy S8 release date leaked and jacked

Galaxy S8 release date leaked and jacked

A report this week suggests that the Samsung Galaxy S8 flagship smartphone is well on its way. After an introduction in part at Mobile World Congress 2017 at the tail end of February, the next Galaxy smartphone would be released soon thereafter. If the device sticks with the schedule laid out by this report, it'd match those of the previous couple of smartphones before the Samsung Galaxy S7.

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Verizon boosts new phone upgrade fee to $30

Verizon boosts new phone upgrade fee to $30

Back around April of last year, Verizon added a $20 phone upgrade fee, something instituted for the purpose of covering “increased support costs associated with customers switching devices.” That increase apparently wasn’t enough, as Verizon has quietly bumped that $20 upgrade fee to $30, and the stated reason is essentially the same: to cover costs.

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HTC U Ultra “note” phone has leaked

HTC U Ultra “note” phone has leaked

A set of photos show the next HTC smartphone - tentatively called the HTC U Ultra - and it's an interesting take. This smartphone appears to be a hybrid between past HTC designs and the LG V10 - or LG V20. Including a second display for icons, this device seems to have taken the idea that a second display was necessary - and ran with it. This device also has a relatively large set of features that make it look a lot like the Samsung Galaxy Note.

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Next Pokemon GO update may summon Legendary New Year Event

Next Pokemon GO update may summon Legendary New Year Event

The next update to Pokemon GO may indeed be the one where Legendary Pokemon appear for the first time. Word from the underground (and our anonymous source with knowledge on the subject) suggests that considerations are being made for China's sake. After being blocked in China just this week, Niantic is seeking a way to come back with a bang (once they've got their issues sorted with China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, or "SAPPRFT".)

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Voxer walkie-talkie latest chat app to be encrypted end-to-end

Voxer walkie-talkie latest chat app to be encrypted end-to-end

This morning the folks at Voxer have released their first walkie-talkie functionality in their own app. This functionality will work with end-to-end encryption, making it the only end-to-end encrypted walkie-talkie-specific messenger on the market right this minute. This release from Voxer will be made available for iOS and Android devices immediately.

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LG G6 will have an odd 18:9 5.7-inch screen

LG G6 will have an odd 18:9 5.7-inch screen

Gone are the days when screen aspect ratios were simple. Though there’s really no one ratio to rule them all, you could expect screens to fall under either 16:10, 16:9, or the square-ish 4:3. Nowadays, you have resolutions like 3:2 or the ridiculously wide 21:9, which can be found on some new monitors. LG, who makes some of those monitors, is once again pushing the envelope with a new 18:9 screen for smartphones from LG Display. And in case you missed it, that might very well be the LG G6’s screen.

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Which phones can play FM radio?

Which phones can play FM radio?

A whole bunch of smartphones out on the market today have FM radio capabilities - but their owners don't know it. There's no real good reason for this lack of knowledge save the lack of advertising on the part of phone makers. FM Radio in a phone isn't currently a very sought-after feature, so - regardless of how often it's included in phones by default - it's just not spoken about. Today we're listing the whole lot of phone devices that can run FM Radio right out the box.

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Samsung granted patent for fold-out smartphone design

Samsung granted patent for fold-out smartphone design

While some patents do eventually make it into a final product in one for or another, most never see the light of day. They usually just become legal safeguards, “just in case”. In the case of this particular Samsung patent, however, both might be true. The Korean manufacturer has been known to throw oodles of patents regarding foldable and flexible smartphones, but its patents for specific “fold-out” designs have been scant, if not non-existent. Until now, that is. The US Patent and Trademark Office just granted Samsung the patent for a design of such a fold-out smartphone which would curiously put Lenovo in a rather dangerous position.

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iPhone hits 10 years, Tim Cook says “the best is yet to come”

iPhone hits 10 years, Tim Cook says “the best is yet to come”

While phones that could run apps have been in existence before it, it’s virtually impossible today to deny how the Apple iPhone, first launched in 2007, really defined what a smartphone is. Now 10 years later, the smartphone has become embedded in people’s pockets, hands, and lives. Almost ironically, the weeks leading to the iPhone’s 10th birthday were marked by the device’s first ever disappointing, though not disheartening, numbers. So the big question is, what’s next for the iconic handheld? According to CEO Tim Cook, “the best”.

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Nokia returns with the Android-powered, China-only Nokia 6 smartphone

Nokia returns with the Android-powered, China-only Nokia 6 smartphone

The once-mighty Nokia has officially made its return to the smartphone world today, however it is in name only. HMD Global, the new rights owner to the Nokia brand, has just announced the Nokia 6 smartphone, marking the first Android device to feature the Finnish brand's name. Unfortunately, Nokia loyalists who were looking forward to the device may be disappointed to hear that the new phone is little more than a mid-range Chinese exclusive.

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Nexus 6 finally gets its just Android 7.1.1 Nougat dessert

Nexus 6 finally gets its just Android 7.1.1 Nougat dessert

"Shamu lives!" Those two words, the fist comment on Reddit about this news, poignantly expresses the sentiment of Nexus 6 owners today. Almost buried under the weight of CES 2017, Google has silently released Android 7.1.1 for the Nexus 6, model name "shamu", after a delay of about a month thanks to a very device-specific bug. That no longer matter though, because Nexus 6 owners can now enjoy the latest Android release. And enjoy it they must, because it might be the last major Android version it receives.

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Kodak Ektra camera smartphone is coming to the US

Kodak Ektra camera smartphone is coming to the US

Camera makers have more or less dabbled in the mobile market, whether with devices or with accessories, but few have actually made a serious effort to plant a foot there. Kodak’s Ektra is the lone exception, practically doing what the likes of Samsung’s “Zoom” or Nokia’s PureView smartphones have attempted: to offer a better digital camera experience than even the best smartphone cameras. At CES 2017, Kodak is answering the biggest question of all: it the Ektra coming to the US? And the answer is a resounding yes, though you might not be too excited about the price.

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