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What Note 7 fallout? Galaxy S8 preorders are huge

What Note 7 fallout? Galaxy S8 preorders are huge

This morning reports from several sources suggest that preorders for the Samsung Galaxy S8 are well and above those for the Galaxy S7. Last year's Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, says Samsung, have been "outpaced" by those of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus (or S8+, if you prefer) in pre-orders here in the United States. Samsung adds that this outpacing is "with strong double digit growth" to boot.

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Galaxy S8 pre-orders break Samsung records in Korea

Galaxy S8 pre-orders break Samsung records in Korea

It would seem that consumers in South Korea aren't shying away from the Galaxy S8 because of the Galaxy Note 7 battery debacle. In just two days, Samsung's new flagship phone has managed to hit 550,000 pre-orders in Korea, surpassing the other flagships that came before it.

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Google Pixel 2 might sport curved OLED screen from LG

Google Pixel 2 might sport curved OLED screen from LG

Now that the word is out that there will be a second Pixel phone this year, the rumor mill has started churning. First up is what kind of display the smartphone will have. Based on speculation by Korean media, it might be a curved one ala the Samsung Galaxy S8. The basis of that idea is that Google has apparently offered to invest a considerable amount of cash into LG Display's flexible OLED screen, fueling speculation of the curved design of the Pixel 2.

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LG G6 reliability put to the Rube Goldberg machine test

LG G6 reliability put to the Rube Goldberg machine test

In addition to its FullVision display, LG made a bold claim when it boasted that the LG G6 is one of if not the most reliable smartphones in the market today. Sure, it's not going to be as rugged as a CAT, Panasonic, or even Kyocera, but it's tough while also pretty at the same time. Naturally, that has inspired not a few rough handling tests caught on camera to prove or disprove LG's claims. And, naturally, LG couldn't resist making its own "tests" via a convoluted Rude Goldberg machine.

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ZTE nubia Z17 mini give its own take on dual cameras

ZTE nubia Z17 mini give its own take on dual cameras

You know that dual cameras are the next big thing when even "budget friendly" smartphones start sporting two cameras on their backs. And decent ones at that! ZTE sub-brand nubia has just announced the nubia Z17 mini and while its specs and design might not completely impress, for its price you are promised an acceptable, though perhaps not superb, twin 13 megapixel shooters of your own in the tradition of Huawei and Apple.

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Refurbished Galaxy Note 7 begins appearing in the wild

Refurbished Galaxy Note 7 begins appearing in the wild

It was only a few weeks ago that Samsung confirmed the ongoing rumors that it would release the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 on the world once again as a refurbished device. It appears the Korean phone maker is wasting no time, as one of the first refurbished Note 7s has made its public debut, sporting some slightly modified hardware.

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Google Pixel 2: Processor Devil’s in the Details

Google Pixel 2: Processor Devil’s in the Details

We're still several months out from the new Google Pixel 2 devices, but at this early stage of the game we've gone digging into what we can expect from the new Android flagships. Based on data from a source with information on the subject as well as our own investigations, we've got a pretty decent idea of what the basics will be for Google's next flagships. Google might be at the helm of Android, but even it has to work with the state of play in the component industry, not to mention whatever trends are at work at the time. Because of that, we can build a fair picture this far ahead of reveal and release.

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LG G6 is now available in the US: free Google Home included

LG G6 is now available in the US: free Google Home included

LG Electronics' newest flagship Android smartphone, the LG G6, is now available to consumers in the United States. Buyers can grab the handset for the four big carriers -- Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint -- as well as a U.S. Cellular model. Best Buy is also offering the handset if you prefer to buy from the big blue retailer rather than through a carrier. Those who get the handset will also receive a free Google Home device.

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Pokemon GO update hits for early April [APK Download]

Pokemon GO update hits for early April [APK Download]

In the latest update to Pokemon GO for both Android and iOS, users will find a wide variety of updates to the UI features of the game. Included in this update are a new loading screen - part of which you'll see in the hero image of this article (slash guide). Another bit that's updated is new language support - the Traditional Chinese Support language pack is here at last! Another feature in this update shows a brand new Scroll Bar for movement between screens.

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Xiaomi Mi 6 pops up at GFXBench with SD835

Xiaomi Mi 6 pops up at GFXBench with SD835

Whether its rivals like it or not, Samsung has set the bar for this year's flagships, from the almost all-screen front to the processor running inside. The latter practically means the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, which will only be available to those who chose to date their launch after the Galaxy S8. One such smartphone is the Xiaomi Mi 6, which has appeared at GFXBench as the "Xiaomi Sagit", revealing what fans can expect from the OEM's upcoming champion.

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Galaxy S8 Bixby button can be repurposed with this app

Galaxy S8 Bixby button can be repurposed with this app

You know that Samsung really wants Bixby to be its next big thing when it dedicated a physical button just for it. Pretty much like how older Sony Xperia phones had a physical shutter button to emphasize their photographic bent. Not everyone, however, is going to be a fan of Bixby, which means that's one hardware button wasted. Not unless you use this All in one Gestures app to let you remap that button to launch something else, like, for example, Google Assistant.

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Xfinity Mobile is Comcast’s new mobile carrier brand with Verizon’s data

Xfinity Mobile is Comcast’s new mobile carrier brand with Verizon’s data

Today the folks at Comcast have announced Xfinity Mobile, a wireless service that's sold by Comcast but uses Verizon's 4G LTE network for data. Comcast will be behind the Xfinity Mobile service and will sell plans that include both mobile data and access to Comcast's 16 million Wi-Fi hotspots throughout the USA. Bundles will be available to both legacy Comcast customers and new customers alike.

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