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Samsung’s foldable phone may use some unexpected inspiration

Samsung’s foldable phone may use some unexpected inspiration

Samsung's folding smartphone, the flexible OLED Android handset generally known as the Galaxy X, will use an unusual asymmetric design, insiders claim. The device, which will use a cutting-edge folding OLED panel built by Samsung Display, will try to address demands both for bigger screens and more pocket-friendly phones. However, in the process it'll also address one big issue folding devices can struggle with.

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OPPO Find X teardown exposes its clever camera slider trick

OPPO Find X teardown exposes its clever camera slider trick

Smartphones with mechanized parts may well be a stopgap measure until we figure out better ways to hide the cameras, but there's no denying that OPPO's Find X is fairly hypnotic with its pop-out top. Announced last month, it's the second Android phone we've seen this year to take an unusual route to both accommodating the desire for minimal screen bezels and a general dislike of "notched" panels.

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Samsung Android Go phone leaks (and settles some arguments)

Samsung Android Go phone leaks (and settles some arguments)

Samsung's first Android Go smartphone has been spotted in the wild, confirming that just because a handset runs Google's pared-back OS, that doesn't mean device-makers can't customize it. Android Go - otherwise known as Android Oreo Go Edition - is Google's vision of a platform for more affordable phones, running more frugal versions of apps.

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Why HTC smartphones continue to fail [UPDATE]

Why HTC smartphones continue to fail [UPDATE]

HTC is getting smaller and smaller every year. That’s true not just for its bottom line but its workforce as well. Every year it puts out smartphones that receive glowing reviews and high customer ratings. And every year it also fails to break even. Why has HTC, the first smartphone maker to believe in Android, have had such rotten luck in the market it once dominated? Sadly, there is no single answer but is, instead, a series of unfortunate events.

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Microsoft Surface Phone, Andromeda: what went wrong (again)

Microsoft Surface Phone, Andromeda: what went wrong (again)

It doesn’t seem to be a good year for Microsoft fans, especially fans waiting for the Windows-powered mobile device to show them all who’s boss. Actually, it has never been a good few years for Windows Phone/Windows Mobile believers and, at least for now, it sounds like they never will have a good year. The Surface Phone and Andromeda OS have been shelved indefinitely and considering this isn’t the first time something like it happened, it is perhaps worthwhile to look into Microsoft’s pattern of dashing its own fans’ hopes and dreams.

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2018 iPhones will trump Android in these two ways

2018 iPhones will trump Android in these two ways

The Android market has been pretty eventful these past months, with curious innovations like Vivo’s and Oppo’s elevating cameras and ASUS ROG’s gaming phone. That’s not to say, of course, that the iPhone is missing out on new features. It just so happens that Apple tends to focus more on practical innovation rather than fanciful ones. Take, for example, the upcoming iPhones which, based on new leaks, could one-up Android in two areas: dual SIM support and CPU performance.

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Motorola One in white leaks out

Motorola One in white leaks out

There seem to be two “limited edition” colors en vogue these days. First is red, as seen by the recently announced OnePlus 6 not-Lava Red. And given how smartphones these days mostly come in anything but white, White is also becoming more of a special edition. That may be the case for the still unannounced Moto One, which brings Motorola’s Android One lineup to three models.

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Galaxy Note 9 S Pen: 4 new features Samsung could add

Galaxy Note 9 S Pen: 4 new features Samsung could add

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 needs to distinguish itself from the rest of the smartphone world, and it seems a new and boosted S Pen is how it will do that. Set to be unveiled in early August, the new Note 9 isn't expected to stray too far from other Android flagships - including, indeed, Samsung's own Galaxy S9+ - across much of its spec sheet. Its pop-out stylus, though, could make all the difference.

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Android P Beta 3 released: We’re getting closer

Android P Beta 3 released: We’re getting closer

Google has released Android P Beta 3, the latest preview of its upcoming update for Android smartphones. The new release "takes us very close to what you'll see in the final version of Android P," according to Google's Dave Burke, VP of Engineering, which is still on track to be pushed out later in the summer.

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Apple’s cunning 2018 iPhone plan is getting clearer

Apple’s cunning 2018 iPhone plan is getting clearer

Apple's 2018 iPhone range is expected to include three new models, including a new iPhone X and a larger iPhone X Plus, and a preview video is making it clear just how clever the Cupertino firm is being about it. Although this obviously won't be the first time Apple has announced three new iPhones at one event, it could prove fairly confusing given the typical signifiers addressing "Which is the best iPhone?" won't hold true.

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HTC makes huge workforce cuts amid another bad year

HTC makes huge workforce cuts amid another bad year

For quite some time now, HTC has been struggling when it comes to making money. Its quest for profitability has seen some big shake-ups, from laying off workers to even selling off a large portion of its smartphone design team to Google. Today we're learning that the layoffs aren't over just yet, as HTC is preparing to make some big cuts at its Taiwanese manufacturing division.

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HTC U12+ durability test reveals hidden problems

HTC U12+ durability test reveals hidden problems

Like it or not, phones this days are almost designed not to last, which ultimately makes more money for manufacturers in the long run. Of course, users will cling to their expensive smartphones as long as they can, so durability is still an important factor. Last year’s HTC U11 was rated by JerryRigEverything as a complete and utter failure. And while this year’s HTC U12+ does address that critical flaw, it seems to have opened up a whole different can of worms instead.

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