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Galaxy S9 leak hints at Samsung’s big display plans

Galaxy S9 leak hints at Samsung’s big display plans

As we close in on 2018, Galaxy S8 rumors and leaks seem to be increasing in frequency. We've heard quite a bit about Samsung's next flagship, covering everything from expected specifications to the biometric authentication improvements Samsung is expected to make. What about the size of the device, though? Today we're getting an idea of how big the Galaxy S9 will be thanks to a set of leaked schematics.

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Huawei’s Galaxy Note-like Mate 10 Pro tipped Verizon-bound

Huawei’s Galaxy Note-like Mate 10 Pro tipped Verizon-bound

This morning it's been reported that Verizon may be the new home to the international smartphone brand Huawei. No, one isn't acquiring the other - but this may be the first time Huawei's come forward with some real competition for both the Samsung Galaxy series and the iPhone. The Huawei Mate 10 Pro is a massive smartphone with a unique look and both hardware and software to back up its claim to glory.

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Get AR Stickers on rooted Nexus 6P, OnePlus 3, Xiaomi Mi 5

Get AR Stickers on rooted Nexus 6P, OnePlus 3, Xiaomi Mi 5

Having a bit of Star Wars or Stranger Things envy from those with the Google Pixel phones? Worry not for the Force is strong with the Android community. Especially if, like a true Rebel, you have rooted your phone. If you are one of the Chosen few with a rooted Nexus 6P, OnePlus 3 or 3T, or a Xiaomi Mi 5, you can also join in on the whimsical fun of having Storm Troopers and very imaginative kids invade your world with Google’s latest AR Stickers.

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Nokia 6 (2018) pops up with some unexpected changes

Nokia 6 (2018) pops up with some unexpected changes

The Nokia 6 is hardly HMD Global’s most notable smartphone this year. It is a mid-range phone through and through and, aside from the branding, might almost be forgettable. And yet, of all the Nokia phones in the market, it is the first one that will apparently have a new model coming really soon. That seems to be the case when a certain Nokia 6 (2018) appeared in TENAA accompanying rumors of a rather significant upgrade from this year’s version.

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OnePlus 4th anniversary promos doesn’t include red OnePlus 5T

OnePlus 4th anniversary promos doesn’t include red OnePlus 5T

It’s hard to believe that OnePlus is already four years in the market. Although you might think they’re already five years old based on the model numbers (yes, they skipped “4”). In that short span a time, OnePlus has managed to squeeze itself into the top tier smartphones of each year. It wasn’t smooth-sailing, of course, especially for a company of its small size. All the more reason to truly celebrate passing its fourth year with some promos and treats that, unfortunately, doesn’t seem to include the “birthday phone”.

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Cat S31 rugged phone packs a big battery and small screen

Cat S31 rugged phone packs a big battery and small screen

Cat has announced an update to its S30 rugged smartphone: the S31. This model tweaks the popular ultra-durable handset, building upon elements that are important to consumers including battery capabilities. The phone targets adventurers are much as its does construction workers and others who work in dangerous environments. The phone is designed to withstand a variety of abuses, including drops, water, dust exposure, and more.

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A costly new phone doesn’t beat a free software update

A costly new phone doesn’t beat a free software update

I bet you'd rather have something for free than have to dish out a rather large pile of cash to get a new phone. I've been on a two-year cycle for the past 7 years or so, and before that I had a non-smart phone - and I had that thing for 3-4 years, without issue. I saw the new phones, I wanted the new phones, but I certainly didn't want to pay for the new phones.

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Unique gift idea: Toast custom wood device covers

Unique gift idea: Toast custom wood device covers

Today we're having a peek at a Toast wooden smartphone cover for the Google Pixel 2 XL. This is the second time I've used a smartphone with Toast wood on its exterior. Both times I've been above and beyond the average amount of impressed. The custom cuts, the feel, and the unique nature of the fit - for all of these reasons, I cannot recommend Toast any higher. These products do their job well, and they look good doing so.

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New iPhone jailbreak tool comes from Google

New iPhone jailbreak tool comes from Google

Jailbreaking iPhones and iPads have somewhat fallen out of fashion because of two things. One is that Apple has addressed some of the pain points that previously made jailbreaking ideal, or even necessary. The second is that each new update made it harder and harder to find ways to jailbreak iOS. Some seem to have even given up on jailbreaking because of the latter. Hope, however, springs eternal with a new tool that could be the gateway to jailbreaking iPhones today and tomorrow. And, somewhat ironically, the tool comes from within Google HQ.

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Synaptics Clear ID in-display fingerprint scanner to go on a “Tier 1” phone

Synaptics Clear ID in-display fingerprint scanner to go on  a “Tier 1” phone

Too late the hero perhaps? Synaptics has just proudly announced that its Clear ID FS9500, which is perhaps the world’s first commercial in-display fingerprint scanner, has already started production. More than a year too late for it to do any good for the likes of Samsung and Apple. Synaptics doesn’t seem to be worried, however, as that same announcement reveals that the mass production is for a “Tier 1 OEM”. So let the guessing game begin!

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi hit Android with Google AR Stickers

Star Wars: The Last Jedi hit Android with Google AR Stickers

Android users were gifted a set of AR "stickers" today from Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Google. To attain these stickers, users had only to download the AR Stickers app if they'd not already done so, then open up their standard Camera app. This new set of stickers was available initially only to those with a Google Pixel device.

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BlackBerry KEYone gets a big Christmas discount

BlackBerry KEYone gets a big Christmas discount

Despite the rise of the iPhone and Android, BlackBerry is still chugging along. These days, it's TCL making phones under the BlackBerry brand, and one of its more recent releases is the BlackBerry KEYone. A smartphone for people who miss the days of traditional BlackBerry phones, one of the KEYone's biggest draws is the presence of a physical keyboard.

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