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Last Build Date: Mon, 02 May 2016 04:40:25 -0400

Copyright: Copyright 2016, Michael F. Oryl Jr.
 



Sony Mobile Division Loses Money

Mon, 02 May 2016 04:39:25 -0400

(image) Sony has released numerous good to excellent smartphones over the last year, but the company just cannot catch a break. Its devices for one reason or another are not finding a consistent consumer base, even if some of them deserve to be more popular. The company's mobile Xperia division slipped as a result, but Sony still turned in net and operating profit thanks to its flying games (PlayStation), and entertainment businesses.
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Google Forms Umbrella Hardware Division

Mon, 02 May 2016 04:24:30 -0400

(image) Google's Nexus product line is a proof of concept series of hardware to show off what exactly the company's Android platform can do in its stock form. There have been rumors for some time that Google what broaden its hardware output, and that has come to fruition as the company has formed a new hardware division.
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AT&T and T-Mobile LG G3 Receiving Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Mon, 02 May 2016 04:09:56 -0400

(image) It has been a long time coming but the AT&T and T-Mobile variants of the LG G3 are finally starting to get Google's Android 6.0 Marshmallow update. This is good news of course as it brings LG's 2014 flagship up to speed on the Android platform, and is actually likely to be the last major Android build that the handset gets.
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Apple Dominates Tablet Sales amid Market Decline

Mon, 02 May 2016 03:51:31 -0400

(image) Apple's iPad series of tablets has been tumbling in terms of sales over multiple quarters and it is increasingly looking like the product is dying. However, the iPads decline is mostly mirroring an overall slip in the tablet market at a whole, and this is evidenced by the fact that the iPad remains the best-selling slate.
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AT&T HTC One M8 and M9 Marshmallow Updates Delayed

Mon, 02 May 2016 03:31:52 -0400

(image) AT&T has delayed its planned update of the HTC One M8 and M9 older flagships to Android 6.0 Marshmallow, according to the company. The news was dropped by HTC's Mo Versi, the go to guy for all things HTC updates in the United States, while he said the company is working hard to get the update approved in the next couple of weeks.
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Unlocked HTC 10 Coming to United States

Mon, 02 May 2016 03:13:56 -0400

(image) HTC will be launching the unlocked version of the 10 flagship in the United States during the coming week, according to the company's Jeff Gordon. The Taiwanese giant says that the device will be shipping this week for those who don't want the Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, or other carrier versions fo the handset.
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Google Issues Performance Update for Nexus 6P

Thu, 10 Mar 2016 07:16:12 -0500

(image) Google sent out a new update for the LG made Nexus 5X that included a monthly security patch and a performance upgrade to make the general running of the handset smoother. Now the Huawei manufactured Nexus 6P (the current flagship of Google's hardware range) is getting a similar patch to boost device performance.
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LG Spree: A Forgettable Entry Level Handset for Cricket

Thu, 10 Mar 2016 07:03:06 -0500

(image) We are spoilt for choice at the entry level of the smartphone market these days, so when an underwhelming handset arrives we are of course disappointed. It is easy to forget that these are handsets that cost little, so our disappointment should always be tempered by that. However, with this market thriving you really to not need to buy something cheap and nasty.
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LG V10 Pulling in Android 6.0 Marshmallow Now

Thu, 10 Mar 2016 06:39:01 -0500

(image) All the buzz is currently around LG's interesting and somewhat innovative G5 flagship, and rightly so. However, the Korean company has another device that fits the same billing as the G5, and it too is of flagship quality. The LG V10, the quirky and massive phablet that landed late last year is now receiving Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
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Apple to Use Folding Screen for iPhone Pro

Wed, 09 Mar 2016 20:02:43 -0500

(image) We have pretty much lost faith in the rumor we published yesterday regarding Apple making a 5.8-inch iPhone with OLED screen. While the initial claim itself is not outlandish, pointing to a 2017 (at the earliest) launch for the device, the latest report suggesting Apple will fit the handset with folding screens has us plenty skeptical.
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Samsung Issues Urgent Update for Galaxy S7 Edge

Wed, 09 Mar 2016 19:53:44 -0500

(image) Samsung's Galaxy S7 Edge flagship is barely out of the gates, but already the company is issuing what it describes as an "urgent" update. Of course, it is common for products to arrive with small teething problems, but it is rare to see any update billed as urgent, so what?s the deal here?
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HTC Signs Exclusive Nexus Deal for 3 Years?

Wed, 09 Mar 2016 19:39:39 -0500

(image) HTC is fighting to keep itself relevant, and much will depend on the company's upcoming One M10 flagship and whether the Vive VR headset can convert its buzz into sales. Another way would be for the company to cozy up to Google and the Android platform even more, which could actually be in the offing as reports suggest HTC has signed a three year deal to build Nexus hardware.
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Apple Working Towards 5.8-inch OLED iPhone

Tue, 08 Mar 2016 19:59:29 -0500

(image) Apple is fully expected to launch a smaller (iPhone Se) this month, but what about the company's upcoming flagships that will launch at the end of year? The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus should be a near total overhaul of the current iPhone 6 range, and that could mean an even larger screen for the Plus, according to some reports.
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Android 6.0 Marshmallow Claims Just 2.3% of Platform Market

Tue, 08 Mar 2016 19:38:42 -0500

(image) Android 6.0 Marshmallow is struggling to gain any traction in the market, and after nearly six months available for devices it is on just 2.3% of all devices running the platform. While Android adoption is always more stagnant than on rival platforms iOS and even Windows, this very low number is sure to disappoint Google.
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HTC Shares Rebounds on Back of Vive VR Enthusiasm

Mon, 07 Mar 2016 20:12:03 -0500

(image) HTC needs all the help it can get, the company has seen smartphone sales stumble, consumer interest in its flagships wane, and profits and earnings collapse. However, there is a shining light for the ailing giant, and it comes in the form of the Vive VR headset.
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Sony Xperia Z5 Android 6.0 Marshmallow Update Goes Global

Mon, 07 Mar 2016 19:58:01 -0500

(image) At the start of the month, Sony started rolling out Android 6.0 Marshmallow to the Xperia Z5 in its native Japan. The company is now following that with a launch of the software update on a global level, meaning everybody rocking the Z5 will now be able to grab the latest and greatest from Google.
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Best Buy and Verizon Shipping Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge Early

Mon, 07 Mar 2016 19:47:29 -0500

(image) Both Best Buy and Verizon have started shipping the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, the two new flagships from the Korean giant. Samsung said during the launch of the handsets that it would launch the devices on March 11, but it seems the two U.S. based retailers are getting ahead of the game and fulfilling pre-order commitments early.
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OnePlus Raises Curtain on Monthly Installment Smartphone Purchases

Mon, 07 Mar 2016 19:06:48 -0500

(image) OnePlus already has some mighty affordable smartphones, if bang for your buck is your particular bag then the Chinese company is a solid port of call. However, OnePlus is now making it even easier for consumers in the United States to buy its handsets, by debuting a new program that offers monthly installment purchases for all transactions over $99.
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Sony Upgrading Xperia Z3+ and Xperia Z4 Tablet to Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Mon, 07 Mar 2016 18:57:48 -0500

(image) Sony is keeping up its recent good work in terms of updating devices to the latest builds of Android. The company is now preparing to unleash Android 6.0 Marshmallow on both the Xperia Z3+ and the Xperia Z4 Tablet, the mid-term flagships that were launched last year.
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Samsung Infographic Details Gear 360

Wed, 02 Mar 2016 17:40:32 -0500

(image) Samsung unveiled its new Gear 360 virtual reality camera at MWC late last month, and now the company has released an infographic that details the device in full.
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4K Screens are here to Stay Says Samsung Exec

Wed, 02 Mar 2016 17:32:56 -0500

(image) Sony was the first, and so far only, smartphone company to debut a handset rocking a 4K resolution screen, but while the Xperia Z5 Premium has been described as a gimmick, one of Sony's main rivals thinks 4K will become more popular in the mobile space.
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Sony Updating Xperia Z5 Range to Marshmallow

Wed, 02 Mar 2016 17:13:58 -0500

(image) Sony has started to roll out Android 6.0 Marshmallow to the Xperia Z5 smartphone range, the late 2015 flagships that were the last of the Z smartphones before Sony introduced the Xperia Z line at MWC 2016
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Vivo Xplay 5: World?s First 6GB RAM Smartphone

Tue, 01 Mar 2016 18:04:06 -0500

(image) As ridiculous as it is, the Android market is one of spec one-upmanship. The company with the beefier hardware stands out, at least that is how many Chinese companies approach the platform, thinking that the more specs you cram in the better the device is. It almost never works like that, the best companies and handsets combine strong specs with manufacturing knowhow.
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Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge Lack Quick Charge 3.0

Tue, 01 Mar 2016 17:44:26 -0500

(image) The Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are a pair of smartphones that are packed to the gills with the latest mobile hardware, a veritable mix of the latest and greatest technology. However, while Samsung has spared no expense in virtually all departments, it has seemingly stopped short of pushing the boat out for quick charging.
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Moto G 2014 Receiving Android 6.0 Marshmallow in the U.S. Today

Tue, 01 Mar 2016 17:28:42 -0500

(image) The 2014 variant of the Motorola Moto G (the second generation one) has been given its upgrade to Android 6.0 Marshmallow in the United States, with the roll out starting today (Mar. 1). The update follows just a couple of weeks after Motorola sent out Marshmallow to the 2014 Moto G in India, and so beginning the upgrade program for the handset.
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HTC Teases One M10 Ahead of March Launch

Sat, 27 Feb 2016 05:53:59 -0500

(image) The Ball's in your court HTC. Just about all of the company's main Android rivals used the MWC week to launch new flagships, such as Samsung, Xiaomi, LG, and Sony. The Taiwan based giant also announced some low end affairs, but the HTC smartphone we all want to see is the One M10, the company?s upcoming flagship device.
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Xiaomi Launches Mi 4s

Sat, 27 Feb 2016 05:33:44 -0500

(image) Xiaomi finally got around to launching its Mi 5 flagship, nearly two years after the Mi 4 was launched. However, the Chinese company is not ready to wave goodbye to the aging Mi 4 just yet and has revealed an updated Mi 4S version that beefs up the specs to high end quality.
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Meizu Indefinitely Delays Pro 5 Mini Because of Earthquake

Fri, 26 Feb 2016 18:20:31 -0500

(image) Chinese company Meizu has been doing excellently on the smartphone market of late, but the company has just been dealt a devastating blow. It has not come from a rival company/device, or from a lack of sales, but from Mother Nature! The earthquake in Taiwan has "crippled" the company's production lines have been knocked out and caused huge damage to Meizu's infrastructure.
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Xiaomi Mi 5 Up Close: Good Enough

Fri, 26 Feb 2016 18:10:21 -0500

(image) Xiaomi bide its time when most of its rivals launched impressive new handsets at MWC, including highlights from Sony, LG, and of course Samsung. We have waited a long time for the Mi 5 flagship to arrive, so Xiaomi really had to deliver something special.
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Sony Blasts Out Design Oriented Xperia XA

Tue, 23 Feb 2016 20:25:30 -0500

(image) Wow! Sony was not expected to launch any smartphones at the Mobile World Conference this week, but the company turned up and stole the show with a new smartphone range, the Xperia X series. We have already looked at the enticing Xperia X and its beefier sibling, the Xperia X Performance, so let's have a look at the last in the stable, the Xperia XA.
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Sony Announces Xperia X Performance with Snapdragon 820 SoC

Tue, 23 Feb 2016 20:13:39 -0500

(image) Sony has stunned us at MWC and launched a flagship quality smartphone. Japanese company first unveiled the Xperia X, a fetching high end device that stopped short of full flagship, but the following Xperia X Performance is near as makes no difference a full flagship.
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Sony Xperia X Up Close: A Winning Mid-Range Handset

Tue, 23 Feb 2016 19:58:36 -0500

(image) We were not expecting much from Sony at the Mobile World Conference, and while the company didn't launch a new flagship, it did arrive with three rather enticing products. The Xperia X is among them, and it is looking like continuing Sony's recent quality output in the mid-range market. Hopefully this can buck another Sony trend, the one where its quality smartphones fail to sell in great numbers, but we?ll wait and see on that front.
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Nokia Biding Time for Ideal Return to Smartphone Market

Tue, 23 Feb 2016 18:08:01 -0500

(image) Nokia has been out of the smartphone game for over two years, since it sold off its Lumia devices and services division to Microsoft. As part of the deal the Finnish giant could not make a rival device until this year, but with that accord coming to an end Nokia is ready to make handsets again. The company's CEO used an MWC press event to say the company wants to make a new smartphone, but is in no rush.
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Alcatel Raises Curtain on POP 4, POP 4+, POP 4S

Tue, 23 Feb 2016 17:58:27 -0500

(image) Alcatel is working closely with Microsoft and Windows 10 these days, but the company has not turned its back on the Android platform though. Indeed, at the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona there are three new Alcatel devices running the Android software, the POP 4, POP 4+, and POP 4S. As you can probably tell by the names, these are all variants of the same handset.
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Lenovo Has Three New Tablets to Check Out

Tue, 23 Feb 2016 17:39:51 -0500

(image) Lenovo rolled out a couple of new smartphones at MWC, but the Chinese company also has a few tablets to show up at the trade show in Barcelona. The company says two of the slates are for families, while the third is oriented towards the business minded. The tablets in question are TAB3 7, TAB3 8, and the TAB3 10.
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LG G5 Blitzes Benchmarks

Tue, 23 Feb 2016 17:21:19 -0500

(image) As well being an innovative device, the LG G5 is also an complete performance beast too and is showcasing the full might of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820. The previous Snapdragon 810 was a misstep for the chip manufacturer, but the 820 is a beast and it has powered the LG G5 to a record score on AnTuTu.
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HTC Vive Pre-orders Go Live Feb. 29th at $799!

Tue, 23 Feb 2016 16:36:48 -0500

(image) Ouch! We knew it would be expensive, but HTC has just revealed that the Vive VR headset will cost a massive $799 when it launches to consumers on February 29, open to pre-orders.
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HTC One X9: A Step in the Right Direction

Tue, 23 Feb 2016 16:25:30 -0500

(image) HTC announced the One X9 smartphone, and while it is not the flagship we all want, it is a step in the right direction and an improvement on the One A9, from which it is based. MobileBurn was hugely critical of the One A9 of course, from its lazy design to insulting price, we did not like the handset a great deal.
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HTC Launches Desire 530, 630, and 825 ? Not a Gem among Them

Tue, 23 Feb 2016 16:06:56 -0500

(image) HTC may not have unveiled its latest flagship at the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona, but the company did take the curtain off a handful of new devices. The Desire 530, Desire 630, and Desire 825 are aimed at younger smartphone owners with their funky looks, but actually we think they represent more of the same from HTC, and that?s a problem.
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Samsung Gear 360 VR Camera Unveiled

Tue, 23 Feb 2016 15:42:07 -0500

(image) Samsung may have been focused on the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge smartphones at MWC this week, but the Korean company also found time to launch another product. The item in question is the Gear 360, a camera that allows users to take 360 degree images and videos, following a similar product launched by LG this week, the 360 VR.
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Lenovo Debuts Vibe K5 and Vibe K5 Plus at MWC

Tue, 23 Feb 2016 15:29:30 -0500

(image) Lenovo's presence at the Mobile World Conference (MWC) was fairly substantial, with the Chinese company unveiling new smartphones and tablets. In terms of handsets, the Motorola owner raised the curtain on a pair of devices that are aimed at the budget crowd. However, as we have become used to with Chinese companies, the Vibe K5 and K5 Plus provide a potent package for their humble price points.
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Samsung Galaxy S7 Up Close: One Step Forward

Tue, 23 Feb 2016 15:07:55 -0500

(image) We have already seen LG's new G5 flagship, a smartphone that aims for innovation. Samsung was never going to produce something as fresh with the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, and so it proves with the two flagships revealed at MWC. Sure, fresh innovation may be missing from these handsets, but instead Samsung has set about perfecting devices that were already among the very best on the market anyway.
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Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Up Close: Winning Evolution

Tue, 23 Feb 2016 14:55:34 -0500

(image) We have already seen LG?s new G5 flagship, a smartphone that aims for innovation. Samsung was never going to produce something as fresh with the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, and so it proves with the two flagships revealed at MWC. Sure, fresh innovation may be missing from these handsets, but instead Samsung has set about perfecting devices that were already among the very best on the market anyway.
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HP Elite X3 Up Close: A Stunning Windows 10 Smartphone

Mon, 22 Feb 2016 18:46:17 -0500

(image) The Windows platform has always struggled against the market dominance of Android and the sales might of Apple. Microsoft's OS is very good and gets better all the time, especially in its current Windows 10 guise, but it has always been under supported in terms of high end flagships. Traditional smartphone giants have shied away from the platform, leaving Microsoft to forge its own hardware path.
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LG Infographic Shows G5 and Friends

Mon, 22 Feb 2016 18:10:33 -0500

(image) LG's G5 flagship landed at MWC with a pretty sizeable thud, bringing with it a modular design that lets users swap out the bottom of the handset to replace the battery, add microSD storage, or place an accessory on the G5.
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LG Ramps Up VR Ambitions With 360 VR and 360 CAM

Mon, 22 Feb 2016 18:05:17 -0500

(image) LG launched the rather excellent and utterly unique G5 here at Mobile World Conference (MWC) in Barcelona, a handset with a modular design that lets you swap the bottom for accessories (and gain access to a removable battery and storage expansion).
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LG G5: Up Close

Mon, 22 Feb 2016 17:48:48 -0500

(image) LG has announced its new flagship smartphone, the G5, a handset that shows the South Korean company just can't sit still. Those familiar with last year's G4 and even the autumn launched V10 will know that the G5 is yet another radical departure from LG. The company is arguably the only one really changing up the look of its flagship output through each device.
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Apple Holding iPhone 5se Launch Event March 15th

Tue, 02 Feb 2016 17:01:55 -0500

(image) Apple is breaking with convention and will launch a bunch of new products this spring. Over recent years Cupertino has shifted its product announcements to the fall, even revealing the Apple Watch in September, six months before it launched. Of course, spring launches are not unprecedented for the company and Apple is returning to the early year launch silly season with three new products that will be announced on March 15th.
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Has the Microsoft Lumia 850 Broke Cover?

Tue, 02 Feb 2016 16:21:57 -0500

(image) Microsoft's fourth quarter sales were disappointing. The company is still looking for a breakthrough device as the rather excellent Lumia 950 XL and Lumia 950 seem to have been a miss with consumers.
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Moto X Force Coming to India

Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:31:25 -0500

(image) The beefy Moto X Force, with all its shatterproof screen rugged goodness, is making its debut in India, three months after its launch in other global regions. The Motorola device is the latest push from parent company Lenovo to get more market share in India, Lenovo is currently the fifth largest manufacturer in the country.
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