Yotaphone devices to drop Android for Sailfish OS

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Yota, a Russian manufacturer that produces the dual screen Yotaphone, has announced that it will start using the Sailfish OS on its devices instead of Android. Sailfish is an alternative operating system produced by former Nokia engineers at Jolla and based on the old MeeGo OS. Sailfish was selected after Yota also considered Samsung’s Tizen OS as a replacement for Android on their devices. Read more

The LG Nexus 5 (2015) will not be based on the G4

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We’ve known for a while now that Google is set to launch not one, but two Nexus smartphones later this year. One will be manufactured by LG and the other by Huawei. However, if a new report out is anything to go by, it would appear that the LG-built Nexus will not be based on its flagship G4 as previously thought. Instead, the South Korean company has teamed up with Google to design the upcoming device from scratch.

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Upcoming Samsung Galaxy A8 appears in South Korean brochure

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We’ve heard an awful lot about Samsung’s upcoming high-end smartphone, the Galaxy A8, over the course of the past few months, but we haven’t had any indication of when it’s supposed to launch. Up until now that is. Earlier today, a picture emerged online promoting the unofficial phone in an independent retailer’s brochure, thus suggesting that its release is imminent.

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Infographic: How to use Samsung’s S Health app to achieve your fitness goals

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If you’ve ever let yourself get out of shape and then attempted to reverse the process, you’ll know that it’s hard work. Results take time, and sometimes you can lose heart when you don’t see solid evidence that your effort is rewarded with sculpted muscles. Of course, if you have a Samsung smartphone, you can make use of the Korean tech company’s S Health fitness app to both track your progress and to measure just how much exercise you are actually doing, as shown in the infographic below.

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OnePlus has sold out of Google Cardboard VR headsets

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Earlier this week, OnePlus made its modified version of Google’s Cardboard virtual reality headset available to order free-of-charge apart from the $5 delivery fee. With OnePlus gearing up to announce its next handset(s) via a virtual reality event on July 27th, a Cardboard headset be useful to view any potential easter eggs. Sadly, if you’ve been waiting for the right time to order your OnePlus Cardboard unit, you’re set to be disappointed.

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Sony has a new facial expressions selfie technology

sony-selfie-patentSony has just filed a patent for a new selfie technology that can take contentious selfies and pick out the best one for you.

The new technology patent seems pretty weird as it will allow a phone, camera, or Google Glass type device to take many photos throughout the day and night. The pictures are then sent over a secure network to a server that will then process them. The software will detect emotional states being displayed in each photo and apply the appropriate tags.

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Samsung testing Samsung Pay with local companies to address difficulties

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Samsung is believed to be targeting the announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 in September as the official launch of their new Samsung Pay platform. Samsung Pay was already delayed from a joint launch with the Samsung Galaxy S6 earlier this year. However, Samsung reportedly is struggling with technical issues prompting the company to test with local companies to get more “real world” feedback. Sources indicate Samsung is having trouble getting the system to work as smoothly as desired, especially with older equipment still used by retailers. Read more

The Huawei Honor 7 gets the teardown treatment

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The folks over at Mobile.It have managed to get their hands on the brand new Huawei Honor 7, and have dismantled it to show us just how difficult it is to repair and rebuild. The handset can be taken apart in 21 relatively easy steps, but due to an abundance of small parts and screws, it would be intensely tedious to rebuild at home.

Hit the break to see a few key images from the teardown.

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