Hugo Barra talks Xiaomi and plans of the U.S. market at Code Conference

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Hugo Barra was once a star player on the Google Android team, but has now moved on to working at Xiaomi, the world’s most valuable startup company and 3rd largest smartphone distributor. Xiaomi makes many things from Android phones, wearables, and even TV sets. However even with all of it’s success the name is barely mentioned in the U.S. and it hasn’t officially launched any major products on North American soil.

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Unannounced Motorola ‘Kinzie’ (XT1585) phone packs powerhouse specs

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The longstanding relationship between Verizon and Motorola received new life in 2014 when the two released the DROID Turbo. The device, which was available exclusively to Big Red’s customers, had everything that a spec-obsessed consumer could want right down to long battery life. And this year Motorola will produce another device for Verizon being referred to internally as ‘Kinzie’.

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Leaked Galaxy S6/S6 edge Plus dimensions and battery size

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Samsung is said to be making a “Plus” version of their S6 and S6 edge known as “Project Zero 2″. There are a lot of similarities between the regular and Plus models, but most notable changes are larger screen size and a different processor. We are not sure yet if the phones will indeed be named “S6 Plus” and “S6 edge Plus” or exactly when they will be announced, but we would imagine it will be in the coming weeks (possibly before the iPhone 6s launch?).

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Samsung UK say’s the Galaxy Ace 4 won’t be updated to Lollipop

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It’s something that many of us with flagship smartphones take for granted – firmware updates to the latest version of Android. Granted, we still complain when they don’t arrive as soon as we would like them to, but we do expect the update to arrive, at some point. But what about the lower budget smartphones? Sadly, handset makers aren’t quite as diligent in updating their cheaper phones to newer versions of Android. Today we have news that one of Samsung’s more budget-conscious offerings, the Galaxy Ace 4, might not be receiving a helping of lollipop goodness.

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