OnePlus could be dropping CyanogenMod for Home-grown ROM

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The OnePlus One has been a huge hit amongst Android fans since it was launched in May. With powerful specs, a manageable price, and the CyanogenMod ROM, it caters to every request the average Android user has. However, recently OnePlus has come up with some changes to this smash-hit formula: it will be replacing Cyanogen with it’s own ROM.

While the details are fuzzy, it seems that OnePlus is planning to cut ties with CyanogenMod in the future in favor of their own Chinese-oriented software. While most of OnePlus’ subscribers in America and Europe have an appreciation of CM, their Chinese-based fans will no doubt enjoy a ROM targeted more towards their tastes.


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The FCC isn’t pleased with Verizon’s new policy to throttle unlimited data customers

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Last week Verizon Wireless announced that they are updating their Network Optimization policy to include 4G LTE customers and would start throttling the heaviest users. This new policy is clearly aimed at their unlimited data customers and will go into effect on October 1.

It’s obvious that customers aren’t pleased with this, but more importantly, The Federal Communications Commission isn’t either. They sent a “strongly worded letter” to Verizon warning that these changes might violate federal regulations, and is a sign that FCC chairman Tom Wheeler could apply new net neutrality rules to wireless carriers.


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Huawei teases new phone to be announced at IFA in September

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In September, major OEMs will gather at IFA in Berlin to announce a number of new products and devices to the market.

Huawei has gotten things started in the marketing department, sending out invites for its event, and teasing a new device at the same time.

It would make sense that this new phone is the Ascend Mate 3 — we should see plenty of leaks of the device in the coming weeks.

Huawei is also set to release another Honor-branded smartphone in China, the Honor 6, which will have a 5-inch display with 720p resolution, a MediaTek MT6582 chipset, a 1.3GHz quad-core Cortex-A7 CPU and 1GB RAM. The rear camera is only 2MP, so this is pretty low-end.

Source: GSM Arena

Trademarked “Moto Maxx” hints at potential Motorola handset

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There is always a good indication of what is to come when a company has something go somewhat public through an FCC filing. The only downfall of an FCC filing is that the name of the device can be tricky to identify. With trademarks at the USPTO, that kind of stuff is out and open for everyone to see. So today we have learned that Motorola has trademarked the name Moto Maxx. Interestingly, this associates two of Motorola’s brands with one device. The first part, Moto, belongs to the company’s own flagship devices for different regions around the world. The latter, Maxx, has typically stayed with Verizon and the DROID line of devices.

Is the DROID name finally being put to rest? We will just have to wait and see. If that is the case, then this would presumably be the successor to last year’s Motorola DROID Maxx.

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office
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Samsung Galaxy Alpha to be officially unveiled on August 4th

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It may seem odd that that there would be much excitement for a non-flagship Samsung device, but the Samsung Galaxy Alpha is generating quite a bit of buzz. That is probably because the device will be Samsung’s first to break tradition by moving away from plastic and using metal-body construction. Possibly recognizing just how much interest there is in the Galaxy Alpha, Samsung has pushed up the release date to next Monday, August 4th. This will provide some additional time between the announcement of the Galaxy Alpha and the expected release of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, possibly along with a slew of Gear products, in September.

source: SamMobile

Meizu MX4 may claim title of thinnest bezels

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According to the last report we saw, Meizu hopes to release the Meizu MX4 in August. The successor to the MX3 is expected to come with a 5.5-inch screen. To help keep the overall size of the device down, Meizu appears to have figured out how to manufacture it with some extremely thin bezels on the sides. So small that at 1.1 millimeters, the Meizu MX4 will be able to lay claim to having the thinnest bezels on a smartphone in the world.
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Analysts predict LG G3 to be twice as popular as the G2 despite imminent iPhone 6 launch

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The LG G3 launched less than a month ago and we just can’t keep our hands off of it. In a report published by The Korea Times, analysts predict a lot of people are going to feel the same way. At the start of 2013, LG had sold around 3 million G2 units worldwide. While 3 million units is no small feat (and that number has likely gone up since the new year) Woori Investment & Securities analyst Sophia Kim seems to think the G3 will double those sales for the Korean tech company.


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Samsung launches budget-friendly Galaxy Avant on T-Mobile

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Today T-Mobile added another Samsung device to their line-up of phones, announcing the Samsung Galaxy Avant as a low-budget alternative to the pricier Galaxy S5. Packing a quad-core 1.2GHz processor, 1.5GB of RAM and a 4.5-inch qHD (960 x 540) display, the Avant seems like a solid choice for those wanting the S5′s features without spending over half-a-grand. It features Samsung’s popular S Voice service as well as features like Smart Switch and Easy Mode.


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Samsung is still the king of smartphones but continues to lose market share

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It’s been quite a party for Samsung. Ever since the Galaxy S was introduced, they never looked back as they stream rolled over the competition. Getting to the top is no easy task, but sometimes it’s actually easier to get there than to stay there. Samsung is definitely feeling it as their market share has dropped significantly over the last year. Are consumers starting to get sick of Samsung’s dominance? Or is this just a bump in the road?


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