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Galaxy Note 9 S Pen could be the most talented stylus yet

Galaxy Note 9 S Pen could be the most talented stylus yet

If you presumed, like many of us, that the Galaxy Note 9 might be as “boring” as an incremental upgrade as the Galaxy S9 was earlier this year, then Samsung might have just turned the tide. Its official invite teaser for its August Unpacked event hints at a focus on the S Pen, specifically its button. And, according to leaks, that’s because the Galaxy Note 9’s stylus might be the most functional one that the company has ever made, thanks to that button.

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T-Mobile begins RCS Universal messaging support with Galaxy S7, S7 Edge

T-Mobile begins RCS Universal messaging support with Galaxy S7, S7 Edge

RCS is the next-generation text messaging standard that's designed to make traditional texting a bit more like dedicated messaging platforms, with features like multi-person chats and read receipts. Adoption of the Google-backed standard has been slow in the US, but it's making a big step forward with T-Mobile now rolling out RCS Universal Profiles to select Android users.

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16-lens camera maker Light developing 9-lens smartphone

16-lens camera maker Light developing 9-lens smartphone

It's been a few years since we've heard from Light, the camera company that made headlines with the L16, a point-and-shoot sized camera featuring a whopping 16 lenses, allowing it to capture DSLR-quality images. The L16 finally entered production over a year ago, but now there's word that Light is working on bringing its multi-lens tech to a smartphone.

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Galaxy J3 hits Verizon with price-reflective specs

Galaxy J3 hits Verizon with price-reflective specs

This week the folks at Verizon brought about the Samsung Galaxy J3 in both pre-paid and post-paid variants. This is the sort of device you get when you want a Samsung Galaxy brand, but you don't want to spend an ungodly amount of money on a single piece of tech. Because this isn't the most sought-after device on the block, it's fairly inexpensive, and it has a set of specs to match.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 specs VS The world’s best phones

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 specs VS The world’s best phones

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is now around a month out from release - give or take a couple weeks. Now's the time we take a peek at what we know - and how that stacks up against the competition. That means the Galaxy Note 8, the iPhone X, and big sellers in China - especially those from Xiaomi. This isn't EVERY phone people will consider when the Note 9 is set for release - and not long after launch, there'll be even MORE competition. But it's a start!

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OnePlus Software Maintenance Schedule: here are the details

OnePlus Software Maintenance Schedule: here are the details

Android users are finally starting to realize how much they’re being left behind in updates. Tired of iPhone owners gloating every year about major iOS updates, they have started to raise their voices and, fortunately, some OEMs are starting to take heed. Huawei just recently promised to push out updates every two months. Now OnePlus is making a similar commitment but has even more details to share. And, at least on the surface, it’s all good.

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Nokia A1 Plus/Nokia 9 might be the flagship smartphone to beat

Nokia A1 Plus/Nokia 9 might be the flagship smartphone to beat

Move over OnePlus 6, there might be a new Android darling soon. We have most of the flagship Android phones this year, save for one or two still to come, and thought we’ve seen them all. HMD Global and Nokia, however, may have something still up their sleeves. A certain Nokia “A1 Plus” or “A1P” or “AOP”, which could be the Nokia 9, has been mentioned in a recent leak and, given the OEM’s reputation, it might have the best combination of hardware and software this year.

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OnePlus might soon be available on US carriers

OnePlus might soon be available on US carriers

Despite how much consumers demand it, it’s not easy for smartphone makers to make their devices available on carriers, US or not. There are a lot of business and logistic considerations involved and, more often than not, smaller companies have a harder time getting carriers’ attention. OnePlus, however, is no longer a small company that can be ignored and it plans to step up to the challenge of making its future smartphones, especially the 5G ones, available on carriers’ shelves.

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This phone case deploys protective springs when dropped

This phone case deploys protective springs when dropped

Many smartphone cases promise to protect your phone from drops via shock-absorbing bumpers, but they're only so effective...and depend on your phone falling at the right angle. A newly demonstrated case is different; it protects your phone no matter how it falls due to a set of springs that appear right before impact. Rather than breaking, the phone bounces to safety.

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Niantic AR will traverse the real 3D world

Niantic AR will traverse the real 3D world

Today Niantic demonstrated "Niantic Real World Platform" - an Augmented Reality platform that's mightily impressive. This is a little bit different than what's offered by Apple with ARKit, and it's not exactly like what Google has with ARCore. Instead, it's got Pokemon. Instead, it's more focused on the sorts of situations presented in Pokemon GO - since that's where their work began. What they've got this week is a demonstration that'll make you smile.

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This Note 9 preview spills Samsung’s biggest changes

This Note 9 preview spills Samsung’s biggest changes

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is coming, but early hands-on impressions are spoiling some of the surprises for the hotly-anticipated Android smartphone. Set to make its official debut in New York City in just a few weeks time, the stylus-equipped handset certainly hasn't been short on rumors over the past few months.

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Alcatel 1 Android Go budget phone arrives in July with 18:9 display

Alcatel 1 Android Go budget phone arrives in July with 18:9 display

Coming about one month after the previously announced Alcatel 1X is a new budget Android Go phone from the maker, this one at a sub-$100 price point: the Alcatel 1. This model brings Android Oreo Go edition and a few notable features at the budget-friendly price of $89 USD. Despite the low-tier cost, specs are decent and include an 18:9 display.

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