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LG’s free G3 VR viewer offer comes to the US

The LG G4 is nearly ready to go official – or at least that’s certainly how the situation seems, with the manufacturer distributing invitations to a launch event next month. And while we eagerly look forward to seeing what LG’s prepared, it also means that the flagship G3 is about to find itself moved to the back burner. In order to move a few more G3 handsets while it can, LG is stepping up one of the phone’s latest promotions, bringing

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HTC quietly introduces the One E9+

Last week brought us plenty of news about HTC smartphones, and beyond the start of sales for the One M9, we spent a lot of time talking about upcoming HTC hardware. The company sent out a launch invite for what sure appeared to be the One M9+, and beyond that we got to check out a couple leaks concerning the One E9 and E9+. We’d been going on the assumption that one or both of those models might go official right alongside the One M9+ in about another week, but it looks like HTC couldn’t even … Continue reading » ...

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Motorola Moto E Review: budget performance done right

It’s been almost a year since we reviewed the first generation of Motorola’s most budget-priced smartphone: the Moto E. The word “budget” carries with it images of dread and avoidance – though it shouldn’t, especially when referring to the Moto E. Last year we said “you don’t get something for nothing,” and questioned whether Motorola Mobility sacrificed “too much” on the way to becoming “affordable.” This year the 2015 Moto E (or “Moto E Gen 2″ if you prefer) hit the ground running. Has Motorola … Continue reading » The post Motorola Moto E Review: budget performance done right appeared first ...

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Long-rumored Windows Phone 3D Touch Mixview finally pictured

We’ve been hearing about 3D Touch on Lumia phones going back to the fall of 2013, first described as an in-air gesture control system under the codename Goldfinger. Later we heard it would arrive on the phone codenamed McLaren, but that device never saw the light of day. Reports talked about the way 3D Touch would cause a Live Tile to expand, a feature known as Mixview, popping-out other bits of relevant … Continue reading » The post Long-rumored Windows Phone 3D Touch Mixview finally pictured appeared first on Pocketnow. Pocketnow

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Smartphone showdown podcast: Galaxy S6 vs HTC One M9 | Pocketnow Weekly 141

Late-night podcasts don’t always have to be about naughty things. Sometimes, to paraphrase Bill Watterson, “the days are just packed,” and the only time you’ve got for a podcast is 6:30 in the evening in between the crushing workload of two flagship smartphone reviews. But if you’re lucky, when that happens you’ve got friends at other sites to help bail you out.Florence Ion is that friend on this special smartphone-vs-smartphone edition of the Pocketnow Weekly. The Android expert from Greenbot has a Galaxy S6 in hand, and we’re gonna put it up … Continue reading » The post Smartphone showdown podcast: ...

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Apple Watch store training, iPhone camera patent, Oppo R7 & more – Pocketnow Daily

Watch today’s Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the Android 5.0 Lollipop update to the Galaxy Note 4 on AT&T. Then Windows 10 takes the stage, even though with not very good news for its preview. Oppo follows as we see the first probable leaks of its new R7. Then we talk about the Apple Watch and how it’ll change the company’s retail strategy. We end today’s show talking about Apple’s new patent to re-invent the iPhone camera.All this and more after the break.Stories:–

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LG’s newest flagship will be announced on April 28

The yearly cycle is repeating itself. Just as coverage of the hottest new flagships of the year, the HTC One M9 and Galaxy S6, begins flooding out, the rumor mill is turning toward what’s just on the horizon: LG’s newest flagship is coming soon, and that means anticipation will be going wild over the next few weeks. Today the first bit of news goes official, as LG has sent out LG G4 launch invites (though the name is tentative) to press.The event is taking place on April 28 in New York City, and, of course, Pocketnow will be on-hand in all our ...

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Did HTC do enough to improve the One M9?

The news has dropped, the review is out, so let’s take a long hard look at this smartphone that HTC is calling its flagship and find out if HTC hit a home run, or a lazy fly to the shortstop.On the one hand, the HTC One M9 does bring some new specifications in the same gorgeous package as its predecessors. Without a doubt, the Snapdragon 810 processor is a step up over the One M8’s Snapdragon 801. Add to that Android Lollipop, an … Continue reading » The post Did HTC do enough to improve the One M9? appeared first ...

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Did Samsung’s biometric sensors come too soon?

It’s interesting to see the turn some phones have taken of late. It seems like the entire industry is focused on making you a healthier and better you. That’s really great in some ways because it points to a societal awareness and desire to live longer and be stronger. But at the same time, there are a lot of things about this that the industry seems to be getting wrong, or at the very least, not right.FingerprintsBiometric data is becoming a more and more important part of our smartphones. If you’re holding a newer iPhone, look no further than the ...

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Motorola hints at new Moto Maker material option

A little earlier this week, Motorola President Rick Osterloh took to Twitter to answer questions from users like you, and what he had to say helped prepare us a bit for when we could see some future Motorola devices like a third-gen Moto X, as well as clarified what the company’s not working on, like a new tablet. He also talked a little about new options for existing hardware, including new selections becoming available for Moto Maker customizations. And while he made it clear that Motorola was testing new … Continue reading » The post Motorola hints at new Moto ...

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LG Watch Urbane LTE hitting retail with hefty price tag

When it comes to smartwatches, if you want a really desirable, feature-packed model, you’re going to have to pay for it – and sometimes pay quite a bit. We’ve come a long way from bulky models that felt almost like you had a full-on phone strapped to your wrist, and affordable but feature-poor fitness trackers, to some of the attractive, eminently capable models only just hitting the market now. With the Apple Watch, certainly, customers are being asked to pay a premium for their wearable experience, but Apple’s not the only company that believes shoppers are willing to … Continue ...

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HTC One E9 leaks with new images

The big HTC news out this morning is clearly the invite for the company’s launch event in China next month, where it sure looks like the One M9+ will be making an appearance. And more than that invitation to gawk over, we also saw the arrival of some new leaked pics. But while we’re still very interested in seeing that model go official, it’s not the only in-development HTC Android we’ve been hearing about these last few weeks, and

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An HTC Sense-running tablet is a fantastic idea

I’m what most would call a “purist” when it comes to Android. The closer to AOSP a device can be, the better. Why? Several reasons, chief among them being consistency of experience and a timely updates – well, more timely than updates seem to come on devices with heavily modified versions of Android. All that having been said, a tablet running HTC Sense UI is a fantastic idea!HoneycombTablets running the Android operating system started to pop up around the same … Continue reading » The post An HTC Sense-running tablet is a fantastic idea appeared first on Pocketnow. Pocketnow

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Apple Watch thoughts, New Moto 360, Tag Heuer comments & more – Pocketnow Daily Recap

Pocketnow Daily gets an average of 300 to 500 comments a day, and sometimes even a thousand. We’d like to thank you all for participating in our question of the day, and we love your feedback so much, that we decided that since we can’t respond to ever single one of your comments, we should at least feature a couple in a weekly video.This is the Pocketnow Daily Recap. Since we only have 3 minutes on every Daily video to go through the hottest news, the weekly recap … Continue reading » The post Apple Watch thoughts, New Moto 360, Tag Heuer comments ...

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LG G4 tipped to launch by end of April

Earlier today (OK, overnight) we took a look at an unreleased LG smartphone suspected to be a possible G4. Unlike previous depictions of the hardware, though, this one didn’t feature the rumored curved display. So was this really the G4, or maybe a lower-tier addition to LG’s Android lineup? We’re thinking about that now as a new rumor arrives that reinforces the idea of a curved G4, as well as provides us with a launch … Continue reading » The post LG G4 tipped to launch by end of April appeared first on Pocketnow. Pocketnow

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What is your 2015 smartwatch du jour?

Smartwatches are a blossoming category, especially now that all three major platforms have their own. Apple introduced the Apple Watch, Microsoft introduced the Microsoft Band, and Android introduced a flood of new smartwatches seemingly weekly as Android tends to do. Couple that with the more platform agnostic offerings of … Continue reading » The post What is your 2015 smartwatch du jour? appeared first on Pocketnow. Pocketnow

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HTC One M9 review, abridged: what’s hot –and not– in 60 seconds (Video)

There are folks out there who don’t have the time for a ten-minute video or a 4,000-word review, and they certainly don’t have an hour to absorb a meandering podcast (no matter how many awards it’s won). These people might be sneaking a quick YouTube fix on a bathroom break, trying to make a point to a rival smartphone owner at a bar, or even standing in line at a wireless retail … Continue reading » The post HTC One M9 review, abridged: what’s hot –and not– in 60 seconds (Video) appeared first on Pocketnow. Pocketnow

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Here’s why I switched back to Android from iOS

A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to round out my professional development by carrying iOS as a daily driver. Yes, it was an iPhone 5c. Yes it was basically 2-year old hardware (an iPhone 5 with a hard candy shell). Yes it was a teeny tiny baby phone. All of those were contributing factors to why I switched back to Android. But the most compelling reason by a wide margin was iOS itself.Don’t get me wrong. iOS is a nice operating system. It has its merits just like other operating systems have theirs. But there are a couple ...

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