The OnePlus 2 will be made of metal

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Metal is all the rage these days, and I am not talking about music. I am talking about smartphones. Companies like Apple and HTC have been using metal in their phones for years, but now everyone is jumping on the bandwagon, including OnePlus.

Sources of Business Insider as saying that the OnePlus 2 (or OnePlus Two) will sport a metal frame. That sounds very cool, but don’t expect the cheaper price point to stay. Metal adds cost, but it’s likely the OnePlus 2 will be even more popular than the original OnePlus One, which might have been even more popular than the Nexus for hardcore Android enthusiasts. However that isn’t saying much since neither phone can be considered mainstream by any stretch of the imagination.


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J.K Shin: The Galaxy S6 will take back market share lost from Apple, Snapdragon 810 wasn’t good enough

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There is no question that J.K Shin’s job might be riding on the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. Samsung lost a considerable amount of market share to rival Apple when they finally released an iPhone with a respectable display size. Now Shin is confident that the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge will take back that market share and boost Samsung’s stock price.

He said, “I’m confident that the Galaxy S6 Edge is a product that showcases Samsung’s innovation in the smartphone manufacturing industry. The Galaxy S6 and Edge will achieve a considerable market share in the high-end handset segment.”


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Check out the theme options that come on the HTC One M9

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When HTC released the HTC One M9 at MWC 2015, one of the benefits they touted was their new Sense 7 user interface layer. HTC’s version of a launcher now includes support for themes like many third-party launchers and HTC decided to include some “stock” themes to help people get start with the customization of their devices.

After the break you can check out some screen shots showing these themes. Once you take a look at them, be sure to stick around for more MWC 2015 coverage.
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Watch HTC’s unveiling of the One M9, Grip and Vive VR anytime anywhere

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HTC hosted a little event yesterday. You might have heard that they announced the all new One M9, the Grip wearable, and the Vive VR. Maybe you got to watch or it maybe you were too distracted when trying to watch it. Whatever the reason is, it doesn’t matter, because you can watch it again and again and again if you wish. You can watch it tonight, tomorrow, or next year because it’s on YouTube today and forever. All you have to do is hit the break for the complete show.


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The Unpacked Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge event now available to watch whenever you want

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Didn’t get a chance to catch “What’s Next” from Samsung? Or maybe you did watch it, but your baby was screaming the whole time and you missed most of it. Either way, you can watch it anytime you wish since it’s now available on YouTube. Hit the break for the complete Unpacked Event and see what Samsung has in store. Hint, it’s the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge.


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Intel unveils Atom x3, x5, and x7 chips for mobile devices

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Last week Intel teased new chips for mobile devices and today they officially unveiled them.

The Atom x3 chips are 64-bit and will support dual-SIM 3G or LTE devices (Android or Windows). There will be three different chipsets all under the C3000 series. They include the C3130, which is a dual-core and the C3230RK and C3440, which are both quad-core.


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Silent Circle reveals new Blackphone 2, forthcoming Blackphone+ tablet

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In the days leading up to MWC 2015 Silent Circle announced they had bought out Geeksphone, their partner in development of the original Blackphone and their own operating system, PrivatOS. The company has now revealed their plans to provide a complete Enterprise Privacy Platform consisting of hardware devices like a new Blackphone 2 smartphone and Blackphone+ tablet, improvements to their PrivatOS operating system, and apps designed to enhance privacy for end users.
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Qualcomm’s new fingerprint sensor might be better than Apple’s Touch ID

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Qualcomm is certainly making some news this week at Mobile World Congress. With a new 820 chip, a collaboration with Cyanogen, and now a new fingerprint sensor that promises to be better than Apple’s Touch ID.

Based on Snapdragon Sense ID, this new fingerprint sensor verifies your fingerprint in 3D using ultrasonic waves. This ultrasonic technology is now being used in biometric security applications. It can “penetrate the outer layers of skin, detecting three-dimensional details and unique fingerprint characteristics, including fingerprint ridges and sweat pores.” What that means is that others won’t be able to use a copy of your fingerprint to break into your phone. Apple’s Touch ID is based on a 2D image scan.


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Google’s Sundar Pichai confirms MVNO carrier plans

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Earlier last month, it was revealed that Google was readying their own MVNO carrier plan. In other words, a seller of other carrier networks, namely Sprint and T-Mobile. Today Sundar Pichai as confirmed that Google will indeed offer some sort of plan. That’s the good news. The bad news is that he didn’t reveal anything else other than it will be “in the coming months.” Reading between the lines, you have to think that they will make an announcement at Google I/O.


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