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Samsung phone design patent shows iPhone X-esque notch

Samsung phone design patent shows iPhone X-esque notch

Samsung has patented a smartphone design that features a "notch" similar to the one popularized by the iPhone X. The controversial design element has appeared in a growing number of smartphones, and the patent hints that a Samsung model may one day be featured among them. The patent was filed with China's SIPO patent office late last month.

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Samsung hit with patent lawsuit over Galaxy S biometrics tech

Samsung hit with patent lawsuit over Galaxy S biometrics tech

Encryption technology research firm PACid Technologies has filed a lawsuit against Samsung Electronics for allegedly infringing upon its biometric patents. The complaint was filed in the Texas Eastern District Court on April 6. In it, PACid claims Samsung has violated three of its patent, two of them filed in the United States and the third in South Korea. All three relate to data encryption.

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Huawei OLED folding smartphone tipped for November launch

Huawei OLED folding smartphone tipped for November launch

Huawei will take the wraps off a folding smartphone in November, according to sources, making it the first manufacturer to bring a truly foldable phone to market. The company is said to be working with the goal of getting that "world's first" title, beating Samsung, LG, and other competitors. The folding phone project is being run by Huawei's Shanghai R&D CTO directly, the sources claim.

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LG Software Upgrade division promises faster Android updates

LG Software Upgrade division promises faster Android updates

LG Electronics has announced the launch of its new South Korea-based Software Upgrade Center, a division that aims to increase the rate of software updates for the company's smartphone customers. This is the company's first facility designed to improve the worldwide rollouts of smartphone OS and software updates. The division's team will also be tasked with testing the software and its compatibility with LG's hardware.

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Thuraya X5-Touch is the world’s first Android satellite smartphone

Thuraya X5-Touch is the world’s first Android satellite smartphone

Thuraya Telecommunications has launched what it says is the first ever Android-based satellite smartphone. Called the Thuraya X5-Touch, this phone sports a 5.2" FHD display and, most importantly for those in the market for such a handset, support for satellite communications. The model is targeted at buyers who frequent remote destinations, including individuals on energy projects and government missions.

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Samsung Theme Store tipped to sell custom smartphone cases

Samsung Theme Store tipped to sell custom smartphone cases

Samsung's Theme Store may soon offer customers the option to buy custom phone cases. The cases will be based on the wallpapers and themes offered in the store, giving handset owners a way to match their protective shell with whichever theme they're running on their phone. The custom cases will only be available for certain Samsung smartphone models according to the tipster, however.

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Project Fi Moto X4 deal: $150 discount and BOGO option

Project Fi Moto X4 deal: $150 discount and BOGO option

Google's Project Fi is hoping to earn itself new converts by offering a huge new deal on the Moto X4 smartphone. There are two parts to the deal, one where customers get $249 in Fi credit when they buy two Android One Moto X4 smartphones for a group plan. The other deal offers $150 off an Android One Moto X4 phone when it's activated on the service. Best of all, though, is getting the two deals together.

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Pixel mid-range model tipped for summer release

Pixel mid-range model tipped for summer release

Google is pushing ahead with plans to release a mid-range Pixel smartphone, according to sources who have leaked the company's alleged plans. The mid-range model is said to be one of multiple devices Google has in the pipeline for launch this summer, with the company specifically targeting it at emerging markets like India. The mid-range Pixel will be cheaper than existing Pixel 2 handsets.

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Sonim XP8 ultra-rugged smartphone ships from AT&T this month

Sonim XP8 ultra-rugged smartphone ships from AT&T this month

Last month, Sonim announced the XP8, a smartphone it claims is the world's toughest model. The XP8 is designed for EMTs, construction workers, and anyone else who needs a phone that'll be exposed to various adverse environments on a regular basis. At the time, Sonim had said it planned to offer the phone through AT&T, and now we have more details on that availability.

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Pixel 2, 2 XL Preferred Care gets 6 month coverage extension

Pixel 2, 2 XL Preferred Care gets 6 month coverage extension

For customers who aren't satisfied with the manufacturer's warranty, Google offers an extended warranty called Preferred Care for its Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, and Pixelbook customers. The service costs $129 USD and gives device owners extended warranty coverage that lasts beyond the manufacturer's warranty, as well as priority service, accidental damage coverage, and a few other things.

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Smugglers used drones to send $79m worth of iPhones to China

Smugglers used drones to send $79m worth of iPhones to China

Chinese officials have arrested more than two dozen individuals accused of using drones to smuggle smartphones from Hong Kong into Shenzhen. The phones were valued at more than $79 million, according to a state-owned publication, which says the smuggling involved refurbished iPhones. This is the first time China has made arrests over alleged drone-based cross-border smuggling.

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Huawei CEO makes defiant US commitment

Huawei CEO makes defiant US commitment

Huawei has no plans to give up on the US market, the Chinese phone-maker insists, despite political pressure attempting to squeeze it out of the country. 2018 has not been a great year for Huawei when it comes to deals with American carriers and retailers, with several high-profile partnerships coming to a stuttering end after regulators apparently got involved.

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