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OnePlus 5 is going to be tough to teardown

OnePlus 5 is going to be tough to teardown

Another high-profile smartphone, another device to teardown to see whether its maker wants anyone else to get their hands into it, for good or for ill. The OnePlus 5, being the new kid in town, is naturally the latest to undergo this test. But while its predecessors seemed to have made it relatively easy for technicians to get inside, the new OnePlus 5 seems to be turning over a new leaf, and not for the better.

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Caltech’s camera could banish smartphone bumps for good

Caltech’s camera could banish smartphone bumps for good

The powerful cameras inside our smartphones come at a price, and not just the literal one, of course. Next to the endangered 3.5 mm headphone jack, the camera is the last piece that keeps phones from becoming uniformly thin, not to mention flat. Even without mechanical parts like OIS, the camera's bulk is mostly due to its non-flat lens. That is why when the California Institute of Technology, better known as Caltech, boasts it has produced an ultra-thin, flat camera, the smartphone industry's interest is definitely piqued.

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OnePlus 5 took these photos : Zoom, Low-Light, Bokeh, Speed

OnePlus 5 took these photos : Zoom, Low-Light, Bokeh, Speed

This afternoon I took the OnePlus 5 on a walk to take a set of photos. I walked the dog with the phone, took a few photos of birds, then came back home to take some photos of oddities around the house. What you're about to see is a set of photos I captured this afternoon, resized but not edited at all in any other way. This is the first part of our camera judgement, part of our OnePlus 5 review, extended through this week.

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Nova Launcher brings Google Now to older Androids [APK Download]

Nova Launcher brings Google Now to older Androids [APK Download]

The latest version of Nova Launcher for Android devices bring futuristic elements of Google's main operating system to older smartphones. While not too long ago we had an encounter with the early release version of this app, the latest version enacts additional feature upgrades. This version no longer requires that the user be on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, but the Android Lollipop OS that came before it.

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OnePlus 5 vs everyone else: where the upstart stands

OnePlus 5 vs everyone else: where the upstart stands

The OnePlus 5 has finally broken cover and, with that, we are almost through this year's expected roster of flagship smartphones. While still waiting for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, the LG V30, the Moto Z2, and, of course, the iPhone 8, we can take stock of what we have so far and see how they measure against the smartphone that's promised to "Never Settle". Does OnePlus still have that special sauce that helped its meteoric rise to international fame, or in some cases, infamy? Or has it already fizzled out and has become yet another "also ran" phone? Let's see how it compares with the other runners in this race.

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Here’s when you can finally get Bixby Voice in the US

Here’s when you can finally get Bixby Voice in the US

Samsung has finally opened, though only slightly, the gates that would unleash one of its most promised and so far most disappointing Galaxy S8 feature: Bixby Voice. Owners of Samsung's latest flagship have started reporting the ability to finally control their smartphones using only their voice. Initial impressions seem to be positive so far, but we'll have to wait until next week to see if it will really hold p to its promise.

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Vivo might be the first to have onscreen fingerprint scanner

Vivo might be the first to have onscreen fingerprint scanner

One of the advantages that Chinese smartphone makers have is that they are able to take bigger risks and jump on fads faster than more mainstream giants. And when it comes to jumping on fads, there is probably no OEM quicker or bolder than Vivo. The company was one of the first to reach the thinnest mark and was one of the first to come out with 6 GB of RAM. Now it might also be the first to have a fingerprint sensor embedded in the screen, beating Samsung and Apple to the punch.

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This is the OTHER Galaxy S8

This is the OTHER Galaxy S8

Each and every high profile smartphone gets a round of leaks and speculation before launch. Especially when you're as high-profile as the Samsung Galaxy S8. Some of those might have been just wishful thinking, but others turned out to be actually planned features that were later scrapped. Such is the case, for example, with the Galaxy S8's rumored dual cameras. Another photo of an abandoned prototype again "confirms" that this was a planned feature that, sadly, never saw the light of day.

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Is the OnePlus 5 price worth the risk?

Is the OnePlus 5 price worth the risk?

This week prospective OnePlus 5 users considered the new price for the device that's traditionally been a low-cost feature-full smartphone. Before now it was clear that the OnePlus 3, 2, and 1 were significantly cheaper than the competition while retaining many of the features of the higher-priced competitors. With the OnePlus 5, the company takes a risk in one way while consumers take a risk in another. Are both parties ready to move out of the low price zone?

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Virgin Mobile USA is now “exclusively iPhone”

Virgin Mobile USA is now “exclusively iPhone”

Virgin Mobile USA have announced a new iPhone-only business model in which they forego selling any other device. They're making the push to this iPhone Exclusive way of living on Virgin Mobile with a sort-of deal which begins with unlimited talk, text, and data for $1 for the first year of service - of course you still need to buy the iPhone for its full off-contract price.

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3 Intelligent Live Wallpapers for Android [to Download]

3 Intelligent Live Wallpapers for Android [to Download]

This morning we're having a look at three of the best live wallpapers to trend over the past several days. These wallpapers work on Android devices and are all free to download and free to use. Users will find these live wallpapers to be especially interactive and/or deep-minded because they've all participated in the program called "Android Experiments" with android apps aplenty.

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OnePlus 5 bend, scratch test offers a much needed reprieve

OnePlus 5 bend, scratch test offers a much needed reprieve

JerryRigEverything is used to putting every new high-profile through the wringer and, save for a few rare occasions, every one of those have been more or less great. Lately, however, Zack Nelson has been running into less impressive premium devices, like the HTC U11 and the BlackBerry KEYone. With the new OnePlus 5 and its promise of even better build quality, one has to wonder if third time's a charm. It turns out that it is, but in a positive sense.

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