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Mac Otakara has stated that Apple may update their current iPad Pro and iPhone lines in March. (Source: Otakara)

Apple rumored to update iPad Pro, iPhones in March

According to Japanese website Mac Otakara, the Cupertino Giant will add several new sizes of iPad Pro and new colors to the iPhone SE and iPhone 7 lines.
ZTE Hawkeye Android smartphone Kickstarter failed project

ZTE might kill the Hawkeye project

What started as "Project CSX" and turned into ZTE Hawkeye seems to have failed. The Kickstarter campaign for it only raised about $36,000 USD of the $500,000 USD goal and ZTE has just decided to stop the campaign and reconsider the whole project.
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Showtime Glass offers screen protection with some glitz. (Source: MOXYO)

Glitz and glam on the go: MOXYO Showtime Glass adds sparkle to your iPhone's screen

Showtime Glass is a tempered glass screen protector for iPhones. It has embedded glitter that "sparkles in any light condition" but is not visible when the display is on.
HTC One X10 Android smartphone leaked images

HTC One X10 images leak online

This previously rumored handset surfaces in a set of images showing a fingerprint reader on the back and three capacitive buttons below the screen. As many other unconfirmed handsets we keep hearing about these days, it should become official at MWC 2017.
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No, it does not run Android Nougat, nor does it feature Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth, GPS or 3G connectivity. (Source: NDTV)

Nokia 3310 reboot will land next week at MWC

HMD Global annouced that the classic Nokia 3310 is getting released again after 17 years, cashing in on loyal Nokia fans who have fond memories of using the phone. It is, after all, one of the phones that launched a thousands Nokia memes about how Nokia cellphones are said to be indestructible.
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Of the top five market leaders in China, only Apple and Xiaomi saw a year-on-year decrease in shipments. (Source: Canalys)

Xiaomi overtakes Apple in China

Chinese smartphone makers Huawei, Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi have surged ahead of Apple in recent quarters, leaving Apple in fifth place in terms of market share.
Huawei P10 Android smartphone leaked images via FCC

First official Huawei P10 images leak online

Although the images show a design with a flat screen without curved edges that makes the upcoming handset similar to the Huawei P9, the fingerprint reader appears to be placed on what seems to be the home button.
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Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Android phablet in Blue Color finish

Samsung Galaxy S7/Edge gets Nougat on T-Mobile

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge owners on T-Mobile have recently begun to receive OTA notifications that the Nougat update is ready and it looks like the latest security patches have been included as well, although the new firmware is not based on Android 7.1.1.
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Huawei P8 Lite 2017 Smartphone Review

83% Huawei P8 Lite 2017 Smartphone Review

Flagship lite 2.0. Huawei's P8 lite was actually the slimmed scion of Huawei's second-last flagship phone. Nevertheless, it has now been reworked with a new design, Full HD panel, and many other improvements. Our report reveals whether the P8 lite (2017) is a good deal.
HiSilicon Kirin 655 | ARM Mali-T830 MP2 | 5.2" | 147 g
Smartphone makers are reluctant to keep making larger phones each year, but they can still make the screen bigger. (Source: Android Central)

Xiaomi says a Mi Mix successor is in the works

Xiaomi's CEO revealed that the company is working on a successor to the almost bezel-less Xiaomi Mi Mix. Even though that phone was only released in China, its worldwide acclaim indicates that consumers welcome the design trend.
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Nubia N1 now available in Black Gold with 64 GB of storage

Nubia N1 now available in Black Gold with 64 GB of storage

The 5.5-inch mainstream smartphone gets an attractive new color and double the storage capacity for a starting price of about 250 Euros.
New leaks detail Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, 635, and 660 mid-range SoCs

New leaks detail Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, 635, and 660 mid-range SoCs

The Snapdragon 630, 635, and 660 will succeed the Snapdragon 625, 626, and 653, respectively, with supposed launch dates before the end of the year.
Huawei P10 headed for MWC and could carry up to 8 GB of RAM

Huawei P10 headed for MWC and could carry up to 8 GB of RAM

Specifications on the P10 and P10 Plus have leaked through an online retailer suggesting 8 GB of RAM and a launch price of 799 Euros.
The low price point is highly attractive, but will that be enough to help Asus catch on in China? (Source: Android Headlines)

Asus Zenfone 3 Go specs leak online

The contents of the leak have yet to be confirmed, but assuming the information is accurate, speculators say Asus is likely to officially announce the budget phone at MWC this year. Asus's new device may lack powerful hardware, but that will matter little to the target audience: social media users.
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Meizu M5s Android smartphone with MediaTek MT6753 processor and 3 GB RAM

Meizu M5s now official

The new handset has a 5.2-inch 720p display and uses the MediaTek MT6753 processor, next to 3 GB RAM and 16 GB or 32 GB internal storage. It will hit China next week starting around $115 USD.
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Peaking in the mid-to-late noughties, BlackBerry (once RIM) dominated the phone market through an innovative focus on email and communication. (Source: Getty Images)

BlackBerry sues Nokia over patent infringement

BlackBerry has filed suit against Nokia for allegedly infringing on 11 of the company's telecommunications patents. BlackBerry is not seeking to block Nokia's sales, but instead to receive royalties.
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Vernee Apollo 2 smartphone will be first to ship with the Helio X30 SoC

Vernee Apollo 2 smartphone will be first to ship with the Helio X30 SoC

Vernee's three-month old Apollo smartphone is already getting a successor for an official reveal at MWC 2017.
Lenovo finalizes user-made Moto Z Mod concepts

Lenovo finalizes user-made Moto Z Mod concepts

The top twelve finalists will battle it out on Indiegogo for the grand prize of $1 million USD. Potential winning concepts including an attachable solar panel, additional smart home controls, and an anti-bacterial Moto Mod.
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The Moto G5 and G5 Plus were posted by a Spanish retailer earlier today. (Source: 9to5Google)

Moto G5 and G5 Plus specs leak online

A Spanish retailer accidentally posted press images for the phones, detailing in full the specification list for each device. The images were copied and reposted before they could be taken down.
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Samsung Galaxy Xcover 3 rugged Android handset successor coming soon

Samsung Galaxy Xcover 4 hits Geekbench

Three weeks after receiving its WiFi certification, this rugged handset surfaces on Geekbench with Android 7.0 Nougat on board, next to the 14 nm Exynos 7570 processor and 2 GB RAM.
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Oppo and Vivo are making a concerted effort to capitalize on the demand for midrange handsets in China, India and Southeast Asia. (Source: Yibada)

Oppo expected to ramp up production capacity in 2017

While Xiaomi and Apple face an increasingly challenging smartphone market, Oppo is leaping ahead of the competition to become the handset maker to beat in China's domestic market. Additional production plants will help it meet growing demand.
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More leaks show the LG G6 shipping with the older Snapdragon 821 SoC (Source: The Verge)

More leaks show the LG G6 shipping with the older Snapdragon 821 SoC

LG is backed up into a corner and will likely launch its anticipated G6 flagship early in an attempt to beat the Samsung Galaxy S8 to market.
Embattled chairman Shigenori Shiga was brought into the top role last year after a $1.3 billion accounting scandal in 2015. (Source: Reuters)

Toshiba may sell off most of its flash-memory chip business

The Japanese company is in a desperate financial situation after years of costly acquisitions in an effort to become the leader of the business industry. As a result, they may have to sell off their entire NAND memory business to remain afloat.
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Apple iPhone 7 flagship successor to use OLED panels made by Samsung

Apple orders 60 million OLED panels from Samsung

Last year, Samsung Display struck a deal to supply 100 million OLED panels to Apple for the upcoming iPhone 8, and now they have just signed up for an additional 60 million units, worth around $4.3 billion.
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Nokia 6 Android smartphone global launch in February 2017

Nokia 3, 5, and 6 to launch globally this month

The Nokia 6 is finally going to hit other markets soon, next to the cheaper Nokia 5 and Nokia 3 smartphones, as well as a tribute to the classic 3310 that launched back in 2000 and is well known for its durability.
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ZTE Axon 7 Mini Android smartphone gets LineageOS 14.1 ROM

LineageOS 14.1 hits OnePlus 3T, ZTE Axon 7, and others

The Nougat-based custom ROM developed by the former Cyanogen team now offers the same build for the OnePlus 3T and the older OnePlus 3. The other additions to the list of supported devices are ZTE Axon 7, HTC One M7, and the LG G3 on Sprint.
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Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime Android smartphone successor coming soon

Alleged Galaxy J7 (2017) US variant spotted on GFXBench

The GFXBench listing of the Samsung device codenamed SM-J727VL reveals a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor, 2 GB RAM, and 16 GB internal storage, all with Android Nougat on top.
Instant Tethering will make it a bit more convenient for your non-LTE Android device to borrow an internet connection. (Source: Android Guys)

New "Instant Tethering" feature rolling out to select Android devices

Android 7.1.1 enables the new "Instant Tethering" feature on specific Nexus and Pixel phones. It fully automates internet sharing between devices once they have been verified once.
Verizon will begin offering plans with uncapped mobile data February 13th. (Source: Verizon)

Verizon will offer unlimited data plans starting February 13th

Big Red goes uncapped with its new unlimited data plan, an interesting move for a company known for restrictive mobile data caps. Is this a response to increasing market pressure from T-Mobile?
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Allview X4 Soul smartphone now available for pre-order

Allview X4 Soul smartphone now available for pre-order

The 5.5-inch smartphone is the company's first with dual rear cameras and reasonably high specifications. Prices start at 420 Euros with free extras for the first 100 buyers.
Meizu M5S retail units leak

Meizu M5S retail units leak

New shots seemingly confirm previous rumors of an octa-core MediaTek SoC with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage. A low starting price in the 150 to 200 Euro range is likely.
Lenovo C2 Smartphone Review

80% Lenovo C2 Smartphone Review

Affordable battery-giant. The Lenovo C2 is an entry-level smartphone that is supposed to attract low-budget customers with a big and removable battery, an HD display, and dual SIM. Since the screen, camera, and battery life are quite good, this could work. But are there also any shortcomings?
Mediatek MT6735 | ARM Mali-T720 MP2 | 5" | 139 g
BLU Tank Xtreme 5.0 rugged Android smartphone with MediaTek processor and 1 GB RAM

BLU launches Tank Xtreme 5.0 rugged smartphone

Priced at just $130 USD, this rugged and water-resistant handset is powered by a MediaTek processor, next to 1 GB RAM and 8 GB internal storage, coming loaded with Android Marshmallow.
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OnePlus 3T Android smartphone gets OxygenOS 4.0.3 firmware update

OxygenOS 4.0.3 now available

This new update has almost 100 MB in size and, in addition to many bug fixes, it comes with WiFi connectivity improvements, better camera performance in low light conditions, as well as a pre-installed Amazon Prime app for users in India.
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The foldable smartphone market is about to get crowded very quickly as Apple, LG Electronics and Microsoft are all looking into similar technology. (Source: NDTV)

Samsung's foldable smartphone to launch in Q4 2017

The age of the clamshell phone is long gone, but Samsung has some new foldable smartphones and displays in the works, some of which will debut at MWC in a closed-door event. This information will be used to gauge interest in the technology from both consumers and other handset makers.
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Even though the information about the iPhone 8 comes from the supply chain, take all information with a grain of salt. (Source: Mac Rumors)

iPhone 8 to feature iris scanner, insider sources say

This latest news confirms a number of features that Apple insiders and users have said will almost certainly be in the next iPhone. Most interestingly, the sources mentioned an iris scanner, a feature that appeared in the Galaxy Note 7 and will appear in the upcoming Samsung flagship devices.
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Xiaomi may be making its own line of SoCs, codenamed "Pinecone." (Source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi may be making its own mobile SoC, codenamed "Pinecone"

Xiaomi may be joining Huawei as the second Chinese smartphone company to manufacture a mobile system-on-a-chip, or SoC.
Google Android usage distribution graph at the beginning of February 2017

Lollipop remains the most active Android version

With Froyo finally out of the picture and Nougat still struggling around 1 percent, Android Lollipop continues to dominate the market, closely followed by Marshmallow, each with a share of over 30 percent.
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Honor 8 to receive Android 7.0 OTA update starting February 11th

Honor 8 to receive Android 7.0 OTA update starting February 11th

The OTA rollout will bring both Android Nougat and EMUI 5.0 for faster performance, improved memory management, and slight changes to the UI.
Asus ZenFone Go ZB500KL now available across Europe

Asus ZenFone Go ZB500KL now available across Europe

The 5-inch budget smartphone is equipped with the entry-level Snapdragon 410 SoC and just 2 GB of RAM for a starting price of 180 Euros.
Speculators are still debating whether the anniversary iPhone will be called the iPhone 8 or the more dramatic iPhone X. (Source: Fast Company)

Upcoming anniversary iPhone could set buyers back upward of $1000

The new OLED screen that stretches across the entire front of the phone is the primary reason for the price hike, sources say, as it may be costing Apple twice as much as the LCD used in current iPhones.
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Samsung SDI factory in Tianjin, China - February 2017 fire

Samsung SDI factory catches fire

The battery factory located in Tianjin, China, was affected by a minor fire that broke out earlier today in a warehouse depositing waste material. Thankfully there were no casualties.
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Gigaset GS160 Smartphone Review

80% Gigaset GS160 Smartphone Review

Gigaffordable. The GS160 is Gigaset’s cheapest smartphone so far. The manufacturer has even installed a fingerprint scanner for under 150 Euros (~$160). But is the device anything special or just another low-cost smartphone? Find out in the test report.
Mediatek MT6737 | ARM Mali-T720 MP2 | 5" | 139 g
Android Wear 2.0 brings better cellular calling to supported smartwatches. (Source: Google)

Google releases Android Wear 2.0

The update brings several new features to Android smartwatches including improved fitness tracking, better message response options, and Google Assistant.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X Hatsune Miku limited edition Android smartphone

Xiaomi unveils Redmi Note 4X Hatsune Miku limited edition smartphone

This special Redmi Note 4X will hit the market on February 14, right on this year's Valentine's day. Its bundle includes a Hatsune Miku branded back case, as well as a Mi power bank.
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Lenovo Moto G5 Plus Android smartphone leaked image

Lenovo Moto G5 Plus spotted online

This upcoming handset is expected to show up at MWC, and its specs are rumored to include a 5.2-inch display, a 12 MP Rapid Focus main camera, NFC connectivity, a fingerprint reader, as well as a TurboPower-compatible 3,000 mAh battery.
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Xiaomi teasing Redmi Note 4X phablet ahead of reveal

Xiaomi teasing Redmi Note 4X smartphone ahead of reveal

The Redmi Note 4X could be set for a February 16th reveal. Previous rumors suggest that the affordable 5.5-inch smartphone will drop Huawei's in-house Helio X20 in favor of the mainstream Snapdragon 653 SoC.
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ZTE Axon 7 Android handset gets Nougat update with Daydream VR support

ZTE Axon 7 finally gets Android Nougat

This Qualcomm Snapdragon 820-powered, 5.5-inch Android handset launched as a Daydream VR-compatible device, and now it finally receives this feature thanks to a software update.
Jack Huang is spearheading Alibaba's moves to engage emerging markets in India and Indonesia. (Source: Tech in Asia)

Alibaba is negotiating with telecoms to bring free internet to India

Another internet giant wants to bring free internet to one of the world's most populous countries. Where Facebook failed, Alibaba might succeed, if they play their cards right.
The mobile VR headset arena will soon be heating up as the Gear VR will have to compete with the cheaper Google Daydream. (Source: Wired)

Samsung Gear VR represents over 70% of all VR headsets shipped in 2016

Being the first VR headset out the gate, along with wide availability and low cost, allowed Samsung's headset to ahead of the other headset vendors before their competing devices hit the shelves.
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Redaktion, 2013-05- 8 (Update: 2013-09-27)