OnePlus releases another #OneGameChanger teaser image

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This April, OnePlus has plans to unveil a new device that promises to be a “game changer.” The company says that it is not a tablet or a smartwatch. While it could be a phone, there would certainly be disappointment due to the hype and mystery building. Plenty of speculation surrounds the device with a set-top box or mobile gaming controller being popular guesses. Today, the company posted the image seen above that has the unannounced device covered by a red cloth. The caption does note that an announcement is coming soon, especially with the month of April right around the corner.

What do you think OnePlus has coming? Let us know in the comments.

Source: OnePlus

Cyanogen and BLU to release Google-less phone later this year

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Amongst the hoopla of Cyanogen’s announcement that they had secured $80 million in new financing to help fund development of its operating system, we are discovering that Cyanogen is partnering with BLU to produce a smartphone that does not use any Google services or apps. Connections between BLU and Cyanogen have been noted in the past when Cyanogen CEO Kirt McMaster has talked about toppling Samsung and Apple in the smartphone market.
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Samsung’s new TouchWiz UI for Galaxy S6 may have a touch of Tizen present

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Over the years, one complaint that surfaced about Samsung smartphones was the TouchWiz UI that Samsung deployed. While Samsung was always adding in lots of interesting and unique features, critics also felt the interface was becoming too bloated and busy. Samsung took that input and started to trim things back some for the Galaxy Note 4. However, for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, it was clear that Samsung was being more aggressive in trimming things down. Many believed a lot of this was due to the influence of Google’s Material Design framework. However, it appears that Samsung also leaned heavily on their work with the Tizen OS, recently employed on the Samsung Galaxy Z1 released in India.
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Lenovo announces the K3 Note phablet with mid-range specs

Lenovo K3 Note 2Lenovo has announced a new phablet to tackle the mid-range market called the Lenovo K3 Note. This phone is pretty similar to the smaller Lenovo K3 that was announced awhile back, but features some improved hardware and an obviously larger screen.

The K3 Note has a 5.5-inch 1080p display, a 64-bit octa-core MediaTek processor, and 2 GB of RAM. You’ll find 16 GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot, plus a 13 megapixel rear camera and a 5 megapixel front facing camera. A big bonus is that the phone supports dual-SIM cards, so it’ll be a pretty flexible device.
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Moto X gets new action, ‘chop twice for flashlight’, in Android 5.1 update

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Moto X just loves providing the simple but very useful stuff don’t they? And there is nothing wrong with that because we love it. The QuickCapture double twist gesture is just one example as you can start the Camera app with a simple double twist of your wrist.

Now Motorola is adding another action (in the Android 5.1 update) that will allow you to quickly open the flashlight by moving your phone twice in a chopping motion. Google had already added a quick way to open the flashlight through the Quick Settings, but this is just one extra way to do it. It should work even when the phone’s display is turned off, making this even quicker.


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The Amazon Fire Stick can be pre-ordered in the UK for £35, ships by April 15th

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If you haven’t yet decided which streaming box to buy Amazon has just made that choice a little more difficult for you with the news that the Fire Stick is now available for pre-order in the UK with a shipping date of April 15th. As if the choice wasn’t difficult enough with the Nexus Player having recently been made available to pre-order in the UK.
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Samsung, Microsoft expand partnership to bring more services to Android devices

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Samsung and Microsoft have announced they are expanding their partnership, a move that will lead to more Microsoft services and apps being pre-installed on Samsung Android devices. The cornerstone of the new plan will be a Microsoft Office 365 and Samsung KNOX Business Pack which will be available as soon as the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge are released.
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New image compares HTC One M9 with HTC One M9 Plus

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Earlier today we say a posting from Twitter account @OnLeaks describing the dimensions of the HTC One M9 Plus, a smartphone that everyone is trying to figure out whether it is going to come to market or not. @OnLeaks has indicated since then that he was able to view a prototype of the HTC One M9 Plus and based on that, he created a mock up showing the device next to the HTC One M9.
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Don’t be surprised if the LG G4 lacks a metal body

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This news is hard to believe based on the trend we have been seeing. According to ZDNet Korea, although LG is committed to using metal in their flagship smartphones, they might not be ready to make that move with the G4 even though it was previously reported that they would.

According to their sources, LG wants to manufacture their own metal cases, which is obviously a huge undertaking since it would require space, new equipment, and planning. The G4 is likely to be announced in May or June, and that is too close to get anything done.


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