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Android 7.1.1 Nougat to hit Nexus devices on December 5

Android 7.1.1 Nougat to hit Nexus devices on December 5

When Google's new Pixel smartphones were launched last month, they were the first Android devices to come running the latest version of the Nougat OS, 7.1. At the time, Google said the software update would be made available for other phones sometime in early December, and now we finally have a concrete date, for Nexus devices at least.

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Best mid-range Android phones for the 2nd half of 2016

Best mid-range Android phones for the 2nd half of 2016

Unlike flagship smartphones, those on the mid-range are a dime a dozen. In fact, some manufacturers have more than two in that category at any given time. It results in an irony of choice, which, while giving you dozens of options to fit your budget and style, can also paralyze you with indecision. To help you in that crucial decision-making process this shopping season, we present you some of the best wallet-friendly smartphones that have landed this second half of the year, offering you the best bang for your buck when you don’t have much bucks to spend in the first place.

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Xiaomi Mi Mix Nano debunked by company exec

Xiaomi Mi Mix Nano debunked by company exec

Just as Xiaomi knows how to make dreams come true, it also knows how to kill them. The Mi Mix that was launched just last month is perhaps the closest we’ve gotten so far to a near bezel-free smartphone. It wasn’t perfect, however, especially when it came to its gigantic size. Hopes were raised when sightings of a smaller Mi Mix Nano came to light. Now those hopes are officially dashed when Xiaomi marketing director Zang Zhiyuan took to Weibo to confirm what fans were dreading to hear: it doesn’t exist.

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Galaxy S7 with Android 7.0 Nougat might default to 1080p

Galaxy S7 with Android 7.0 Nougat might default to 1080p

Samsung has been notoriously slow in providing new Android versions even for its flagships devices but, in some cases like this, there might be an advantage to that. It allows users to get word of upcoming changes beforehand so they won’t be caught off-guard. Like this latest to hit Galaxy Beta Program testers with Galaxy S7 and S7 edge phones. Apparently, Samsung has quietly switched the default screen resolution from 1440p QHD to 1080p FHD. But, according to Android Central, who broke the news, it really doesn’t matter much.

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OnePlus 3T AMA sheds some light on controversial phone

OnePlus 3T AMA sheds some light on controversial phone

It seems that every OnePlus smartphone launch after the One is involved in one controversy or another. The OnePlus 2 was criticized for lacking certain hardware features while asking for a higher price. The OnePlus 3’s rollout was beset by supply problems. And now, the OnePlus 3T is receiving flak for being a “OnePlus 3 refresh” just months after the original. In its Reddit AMA, the Chinese startup attempted to clarify some of the burning questions about the new smartphone, while mysteriously remaining silent on some equally pressing matters.

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Verizon’s Black Friday deals offer free phones and switcher bonuses

Verizon’s Black Friday deals offer free phones and switcher bonuses

Verizon has revealed its Black Friday deals, and they include some fairly big incentives for folks coming in for other carriers. They also include a list of phones that could potentially be free, assuming you have an eligible phone to trade in. On top of that, the Pixel is also seeing a decent discount so long as you purchase one on Black Friday.

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HTC Desire 650 unveiled with ‘sculpted grip’ design

HTC Desire 650 unveiled with ‘sculpted grip’ design

HTC has updated its Desire smartphone line with the new HTC Desire 650. This phone, as with the model before it, falls into the budget-tier with a design that's very similar to the Desire 630 launched earlier this year. Unlike the speckled paint look of the previous model, though, the Desire 650 has a ‘sculpted grip’ design on the lower half of the phone. These ridges will, supposedly, help you better grip the handset.

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SD Association unveils App Performance Class SD cards

SD Association unveils App Performance Class SD cards

The SD Association has announced a new type of memory card that users of smartphones and tablets that need more space for their favorite apps will want to know about. The new App Performance Class is part of SD Specification 5.1 and establishes technical and market requirements to run and store apps on SD cards. The specification still supports storage of images, video, music, documents, and other data as well.

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Galaxy S7 Edge in glossy black shines in leaked images

Galaxy S7 Edge in glossy black shines in leaked images

Yesterday we learned that there were plans afoot to produce the Galaxy S7 in black with a glossy finish. The device was already offered in a matte black version. Since the iPhone 7 comes in both matte and glossy black models, Samsung wants to compete on the color front. What we didn't have when we talked about the glossy black version of the phone last time were images, but that has changed with a big leak.

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Android 7.1.1 inbound, last dev preview adds the Nexus 9

Android 7.1.1 inbound, last dev preview adds the Nexus 9

Android 7.0 Nougat is barely on anyone’s devices, and we’re already getting Android 7.1.1, not just 7.1, in just a few weeks! Of course, such is the fast-paced development of Android, though it’s probably not going to matter much to anyone other than those already using a Google Pixel or a still supported Nexus device. Google has just announced the rollout of the second and final developer preview for Android 7.1.1 and, in addition to the already supported devices from the last preview, Google has finally added the Nexus 9 tablet to is supported list.

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Xiaomi’s CES 2017 debut will launch a “global product”

Xiaomi’s CES 2017 debut will launch a “global product”

Is Xiaomi finally ready to break into the US smartphone market at long last? Is it not yet too late for the darling of the Chinese market? These and more will probably be the questions raised upon hearing about Xiaomi’s upcoming big splash at CES 2017, the first time it is heading to the Las Vegas event. What it really said, however, that it was launching a “global product”, which really could mean anything from Xiaomi’s dozens of smart products, from phones to rice cookers.

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T-Mobile details Black Friday deals: free phones, Gogo WiFi, and more

T-Mobile details Black Friday deals: free phones, Gogo WiFi, and more

Black Friday is nearly upon us, and T-Mobile has detailed what deals it has planned. First things first, the Uncarrier is offering everyone an hour of in-flight Gogo Internet...the free WiFi access is available to those who subscribe to other carriers, too. That free in-flight WiFi starts today and lasts until this upcoming Saturday. As well, the carrier is offering free phones, prepaid MasterCards with 'spending money,' and free accessories as part of its various deals.

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