Wallpapers nine and ten for the HTC One M9 posted online

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Continuing the slow and steady release of HTC One M9 wallpapers, Twitter user @LlabTooFer has posted what would be the ninth and tenth wallpapers for the device. The two most recent images lean on geometric shapes, one circles and one diamonds, to create a background tapestry for the devices. If you want to check out these new wallpapers, just hit the break. Once you see them, if you want to download the full-size images, just follow the source link for download links.
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Motorola delivers the Moto E (2015) to our doorstep

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The mystery announcement promised by Motorola arrived on the doorstep of Talk Android’s very own Robert Nazarian this morning. As it turns out, Motorola decided to forgo a traditional in-person press event in favor of a virtual one. Contained inside of the package sent by the company is the brand new Moto E (2015) with a truly unique unboxing experience.

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Say goodbye to bloatware, the Galaxy S6 will only have 2 Samsung App’s pre-installed

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The Galaxy S6 is due to be officially revealed on March 1st at MWC in Barcelona, after a steady drip feed of leaks and rumours. The pressure is on Samsung to deliver, and deliver big this year after the Galaxy S5 failed to meet expectations in 2014, both in terms of sales and what the mainstream consumer wanted. This time round though, it seems that Samsung has indeed listened to what its fans want by producing the Galaxy S6 (and Edge) out of metal, optimising TouchWiz as well as toning down the bloatware. Yes, you heard it right, according to Sammobile, Samsung is apparently only pre-installing two of their own apps, along with the other apps in the list below.


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Samsung is now the underdog and that’s bad news for HTC

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For a while, Samsung could do no wrong. With a big-time marketing budget, it didn’t matter if the critics praised them or not. It didn’t matter if their phones were plastic or if they were loaded with tons of bloatware because people went to the carrier stores and bought them. However, things took a big turn in 2014 thanks to many cheaper handsets and Apple’s commitment to enter the 21st century with a larger display on the iPhone 6. By the end of 2014, Samsung’s market share dropped significantly, and companies like HTC are thinking Samsung is now ripe for the picking. Sounds logical right? Wrong!


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The countdown to the Unpacked Galaxy S 6 event has begun, watch the live stream right here

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Samsung will be hosting Unpacked this Sunday, March 1, and it will of course be live streamed. There is already a considerable amount of buzz surrounding the Galaxy S 6 and the Galaxy S Edge, but Samsung wants to add a little more. They have already posted the link for the live stream along with a countdown to the big event, which is just over 4 days at the time of this post.

It might actually be easier to enter the event in your calendar rather than checking the video stream to see how much more time is left. But then again, it’s also nice to have the link ahead of time so you’re ready to go this Sunday. Just bookmark this page and come back Sunday at 5.30 pm GMT / 12:30 pm EST / 9:30 am PST for all the action.

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Galaxy S 6 to be pricey, Galaxy S 6 Edge to be very limited and pricey

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I don’t think anyone will be surprised by part of this news. If you were looking to get your hands on the Galaxy S 6 Edge, plan on jumping through hoops because it will be very limited as Samsung won’t be able to produce them fast enough. And not surprisingly, it will be pricey. The 64 GB version will go for €949 and the 128 GB version will be €1,049. That’s €50 more expensive than the iPhone 6 Plus. Converted to U.S. dollars, that’s $1,076 and $1,189 respectively, but it probably won’t work out that way due to extra taxes in Europe.


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Android snags 81% of the market in 2014 with over 1 billion units shipped

android-vs-iphoneWith 2014 in the books, we’re finally getting the numbers to see how each manufacturer and OS did over the past year. The good news for Google and Apple (and bad news for the likes of Microsoft and BlackBerry) Android and iOS accounted for a whopping 96.3% of all smartphones shipped. That leaves a very small 3.7% for Windows Phone and everything else that’s competing for scraps.

When you break the numbers down between Android and iOS, though, Android came out a clear victor in the market share battle. Android devices accounted for 81.5% of all phones shipped, finally breaking the 1 billion mark for smartphones. Compared to those 1 billion Android smartphones, Apple shipped 192 million phones for 14.8% of the market. 
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