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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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The government wants to cripple your phone while driving

The government wants to cripple your phone while driving

US driving safety regulators are pushing for a strict limit on what smartphone tech can be used in the car, recommending phones go into lockdown when plugged into the dashboard. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has published its first set of guidelines on driver distraction for portable and aftermarket devices, effectively outlining its goals for cutting down on unsafe smartphone use while at the wheel. Though not a law, it's nonetheless a strict set of suggestions for how platforms like iOS and Android should behave, including limitations on apps and features that may leave drivers frustrated.

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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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Galaxy S8 release specs detailed to win VS Galaxy S7

Galaxy S8 release specs detailed to win VS Galaxy S7

Specifications and features for the Samsung Galaxy S8 appear to have leaked in a document which outlines the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. This is the next-generation processor set to be released by Qualcomm, first announced earlier this month. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 has had several specifications shared by the company before - now it would seem that the rest have been filled out.

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Huawei Mate 9 Review

Huawei Mate 9 Review

The smartphone market, especially in the US, is at a turning point in history. Olympus has fallen and the towering Titans are stumbling. This has left the land open for explorers and conquerors or to put it less poetically, other smartphone players are honing in on the once sacred ground where only the likes of Samsung, Apple, LG, and HTC grazed on.

This isn’t the first time Huawei has made an attempt to take a large bite out of the US smartphone market pie. But with the Huawei Mate 9 it is making its biggest gamble yet. Will it fly or will it flop? We take a deep dive to answer just that.

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HTC 10 evo boasts waterproof all-metal body, adaptive audio

HTC 10 evo boasts waterproof all-metal body, adaptive audio

The HTC 10, despite a more positive reception, isn’t exactly selling like pancakes. So what is a company to do? Why, try again, of course! Following the announcement of the carrier-exclusive HTC Bolt in the US, HTC is bringing forward the HTC 10 evo. And if you’re feeling a tinge of deja vu, you won’t be alone. Yes, the two are exactly the same, except one will be made available to some other parts of the world. Good thing too, because the HTC 10 evo brings a few premium things to the table.

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ZTE Axon 7 Enhanced: 6GB RAM, 128GB storage, limited supply

ZTE Axon 7 Enhanced: 6GB RAM, 128GB storage, limited supply

ZTE’s US market invasion continues. After the Axon 7, Axon 7 Mini, and an odd crowdsourcing campaign, the Chinese OEM has announced a “half refresh” of its Axon 7 flagship that no Android fan will be able to resist. Adding to the already high-end specs of the original, this “Enhanced” edition gets 6 GB of RAM , 128 GB of storage, and “Force Touch”. But if you’re guessing there’s a higher price to pay, you’d be spot on. To make matters worse for buyers, it won’t be available for long.

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