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Google drops Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P prices by $50 for Valentine's Day

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 27, 2016 7:11 am

Just in some for some of that mobile lovin', Google has dropped the prices of its Android 6.0-powered Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P smartphones for Valentine's Day.

 

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The 16GB unlocked Nexus 5X is now $299 while the 32GB model is $349 - a damn good price for an excellent smartphone. The bigger, Huawei-made 16GB Nexus 6P has been dropped to $449, while the 32GB model will cost $499. Google is also offering $50 credit towards any future purchase of a Huawei Watch, as long as you buy the Nexus 6P in any color.

Microsoft's iPhone keyboard has unique one-handed mode

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 26, 2016 4:01 pm

Microsoft isn't holding back anything from their upcoming Word Flow iPhone keyboard app. The new app is going to be a replica of the Windows smartphone keyboard, but it'll feature a unique one-handed mode that's different and very usable compared even to the Windows 10 Mobile version of the same.

 

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Photo credit: The Verge

 

The one handed mode on the Windows 10 Mobile version has been an unbridled success for Microsoft. People love it and it's surprisingly useful. As phones become larger in size, one-handed convenience is sacrificed. The Windows version just makes a compact keyboard on either side, which is effective yet still somewhat limited.

 

The iPhone Word Flow app will morph into a fanned layout, that the developers have noticed is much easier to work with. You should be able to type one handed just as fast, if not faster, than when the iPhone enjoyed a 3.5" screen. And you'll be able to access word suggestions, emoji and, of course, swipe words all from the compact fan arrangement. What a unique way to solve a problem. It actually looks useful, but we'll see once we actually go hands-on.

iPhone 5se rumored to feature faster A9 and M9 chips, 16GB storage

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 25, 2016 7:00 pm

Earlier today we reported on the newly rumored iPhone 5se, Apple's latest smartphone that's said to feature a 4 inch screen, 8 megapixel camera, and an A8 CPU. Now some more specs have rolled in courtesy of sources close to 9 to 5 Mac, and they're juicy.

 

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First, the phone is now expected to include A9 and M9 chip variants, not the A8 and M8. Beyond improved performance, this means the device will support always-on Siri activation. The default capacity is said to again start at 16GB, but secondary capacity should start at 64GB (versus the 32GB found in the 5s). All told, this should run you what the 5s did: $199 (to start).

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Next iPhone images leaked and its name confuses most

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 25, 2016 12:33 pm

Claimed by One More Thing to be a photo of Apple's next iPhone release, this small image is said to showcase exactly what we should expect to see launched in March.

 

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Designed with a 4-inch screen, this model is reported by 9-to-5Mac to also have a weird name attached to its release - set to be called the 'iPhone 5se'. Not only is this name unusual because Apple hasn't released a 'se' phone to date, but also because industry experts expected it to be named the '6c'.

 

No matter what the name, you can expect this smartphone to come packed with an 8-megapixel camera, a rounded frame and an A8 processor.

Samsung Galaxy S7 should be released on March 11 in the US

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 25, 2016 3:29 am

We are finding more and more out about the Galaxy S7 as we get closer to Mobile World Congress next month, with notorious mobile leaker Evan '@evleaks' Blass coming out stating that the Galaxy S7 will be released in the US on March 11.

 

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Blass tweeted: "Starting to look like a Friday, March 11th Galaxy released in the U.S." with nothing else, on January 23. We should expect Samsung to unveil the new Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge at MWC in Barcelona next month, rocking an 8-core processor (split between the Snapdragon 820 from Qualcomm, and Samsung's in-house Exynos 8890).

Snapdragon 830 rumored to hit 10nm, supports 8GB RAM on smartphones

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 24, 2016 11:41 pm

Right now we have some seriously powerful smartphones, with up to 4GB of RAM and 8-core processors - but the next-gen chips are going to be insane. We're looking at 10nm, and up to 8GB of RAM - yeah, 8GB of RAM in a smartphone.

 

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The latest rumor is coming out of China, claiming that Qualcomm's next-gen Snapdragon 830 processor will be manufactured on the 10nm process, which would make it the first system-on-a-chip (SoC) to be made on 10nm. Not only that, but Qualcomm has improved its Kyro cores on the processor for added performance, and lowered power consumption.

 

Not only will the CPU side of things be faster, but we're expecting to see 8GB of RAM in smartphones sometime in 2017. Qualcomm will reportedly launch its Snapdragon 830 processor next year, where we should see it powering the Galaxy S8 by Samsung, and similar, next-gen handsets.

Surface Book, Surface Pro 4 with Core i7, 16GB RAM & 1TB now available

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 24, 2016 6:37 am

If you've been waiting for the ridiculously high-end specced Surface Book or Surface Pro 4 from Microsoft... well, now is your time. The company has finally released their high-end Surface devices.

 

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The second-highest SKU rocks a huge 1TB SSD, but it's a super-fast NVMe-based SSD. Not only that, but it'll feature an Intel Core i7 processor clocked at 2.6GHz, and 16GB of LPDDR3 RAM. The Surface Book arrives with a 13.5-inch 3000x2000 display and an NVIDIA GeForce GPU inside. The most expensive Surface Book with all of the technological bells and whistles will set you back $3199, compared to the topped-out Surface Pro 4 which will cost you $2699.

HTC rumored to make Google's next-gen Nexus smartphone for 2016

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 24, 2016 4:22 am

While HTC is rumored to be spinning off its VR division, with hopes that the Vive headset takes off, the latest rumor is that HTC will manufacture the 2016 Nexus smartphones for Google.

 

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According to numerous sources, Google has tapped HTC for its next-gen Nexus smartphones, which should debut later this year with Android 7.0 on-board. If HTC does indeed win the Nexus contract, we could see a considerable change in the company as the Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer has been struggling for quite a while now.

Japan Display ignites new rumors about OLED iPhone

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 22, 2016 7:28 pm

Japan Display Inc. is starting mass production right at a similar time that Apple is rumored to make the switch to OLED, giving a little more credence to the rumor that Apple is going to switch to the organic display technology for the iPhone 7.

 

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Production of their own OLED displays is ramping up by 2018, which happens to coincide with the strong rumor that Apple will be abandoning the traditional LCD in the same year. It might just be a coincidence, because it's been hypothesized that LG or Samsung would continue to provide the displays for Apple.

 

"We will take advantage of our advanced thin-film transistor technology in developing OLED screens," Akio Takimoto, chief of Japan Display's research center, said on Friday to select reporters. Hopefully this will continue to spur research and development from LG and Samsung. And perhaps even provide competition for the next iPhone 7 display.

32 percent of Android users run 4.0 or older, vulnerable to exploit

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 21, 2016 7:00 pm

A new study from Duo Labs has revealed some concerning data on security pertaining to Android users.

 

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It turns out 32 percent of them run version 4.0 of the operating system or older. This is especially worrisome because this makes them more susceptible to the Stagefright vulnerability, unlike later versions which added or supported security features to fight it.

 

The team also found 1 in 3 Android owners do not use lockscreen passcodes, compared to iPhone owners who are apparently much more concerned about security (1 in 20 don't use a lockscreen passcode). More, just 10 percent of Android phones utilize pre-boot passcode device encryption; 20 percent are running 5.1.1 and not 6.0.1, and 5 percent are jailbroken (versus 0.4 percent of jailbroken/rooted iPhones).

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