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Dubious report says Google will release non-Nexus phone this year - take it with a grain of salt

Given the number of tips we've now received, it no longer seemed prudent to ignore a rather questionable rumor published by The Telegraph yesterday, claiming that Google plans to build a phone that is not a Nexus and release it by the end of the year. And yes: the report acknowledges that there are rumors HTC will build 2016's Nexus phones. The Telegraph claims this is something else. But the moment they started discussing reasoning, I became suspicious.

Although Android runs on the majority of smartphones sold globally, Apple still dominates the lucrative high-end of the market. The proliferation of Android device makers, many of which apply the software differently, means Google has struggled to ensure consistency, with some smartphone owners waiting months for updates, and some manufacturers relegating Google’s own internet services which are included in Android.

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[Update: iris scanner and specs] Evan Blass confirms the name of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 7

We know the next Galaxy Note device will be announced on August 2nd, but that's pretty much all that was quasi-confirmed about Samsung's upcoming big flagship. Rumors had said that the company might skip the number 6 and jump straight to 7, to stay on par with its Galaxy series and not confuse people. After all, most of Samsung's marketing for the Galaxy S7/S7 Edge this year was around the shape of the number 7.

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Rumored Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Olympic Edition leaks ahead of announcement

Samsung seems to like making special editions of its flagship smartphones. For example, that neat Iron Man S6 Edge from last year or the Batman S7 Edge more recently. Now, there's apparently an Olympic Edition Galaxy S7 Edge in the works. After being rumored several months ago, Evan Blass has posted a render of the phone.

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Exclusive: specs for "Sailfish" - the smaller of two upcoming HTC-built Nexus devices

It's that time everybody: Nexus season. While the last substantive pieces of Nexus information we could share popped up nearly two months ago, we've finally received some tidbits about the device specifications we can give you today. Now, let's go through the AP rumor song and dance.

Disclaimer: No matter the confidence level, there's always a chance product updates, features, and some or all details will be changed or cancelled altogether. As with all rumors, nothing is 100% until it's officially announced.

We do not have possession of any APKs we can distribute or unreleased devices, so please don't ask for them.

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Leaked Image Shows "The Next Galaxy" Event Scheduled For Aug. 2nd, Probably Next Note

A leak posted by Sammobile, pictured above, claims that the next Galaxy will be unveiled on August 2nd at the Lincoln Center in New York at 11AM local time. Interestingly, the leaked image contains the text "The next edge is just around the corner" - suggesting an edge-branded device. There has been speculation and rumor suggesting the next Galaxy Note will be known as the Note 7 (because iPhone 7 and Galaxy S7) and have a curved display like its S7 edge cousin, though will be larger than the last Galaxy Note.

This has led Sammobile to speculate that the name of the upcoming device could be Galaxy Note7 edge, which, well, gross, but plausible.

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Huawei Regional Lead Says Company Is "Doing The Nexus Again This Year," Confusing Everybody

An interview published on South African site GearBurn today has dropped something of a Nexus news bomb, with a statement from Huawei's head of Consumer Business in South Africa that the company is "doing the Nexus again this year." We reached out to Huawei for comment, but have not received a response.

This, of course, has generated a metric ton of confusion. Here is what we know. First: we have no reason to believe HTC's Nexus phones have been cancelled at this time. That would be Marlin and Sailfish, two HTC Nexuses that we first got wind of six months ago.

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Note 6 Leak Points To USB Type-C Port, A Curved Screen, And Maybe Finally Iris Scanning

The Galaxy Note series has always been Samsung's chance to try new stuff before bringing it to the flagship Galaxy S line, and there might be a lot of new stuff in this year's Note. OnLeaks claims to have gotten his hands on leaked CAD files for the Galaxy Note 6 (or whatever they call the nest one), and he used them to create some 3D renders. The device has a few interesting things going on, including Samsung's first Type-C port on the bottom.

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OnePlus 3 TENAA Certification Gives Away Most Specs And Device Photos

The OnePlus 3 is almost upon us. The company is hyping up the virtual launch aboard a space station and the leaks have been abundant recently, so even though we don't have a precise launch date yet, we do know it's coming soon-ish.

But today we get our first official look at the phone, courtesy of TENAA. The US has the FCC, China has TENAA, and the latter keeps its records public so whenever a phone is certified, it shows up on the site in all its glory. The TENAA's certification for the OnePlus 3 confirms the previous image of the phone we've seen (read: the HTC 10-like design) with its big front button that is rumored to hide a fingerprint scanner, its protruding camera on the back, and its horizontal lines on the top and bottom of the backplate.

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New Images Of Upcoming Motorola Droid Phone And MotoMod Accessories Leak

The new (and thoroughly leaked) Motorola devices are expected to be announced at Lenovo Tech World in just a few days, but there's still time for leaking. Evan "@evleaks" Blass has posted images of the Verizon-bound Droid variants of the new Moto flagship, as well as the modular back plates previously rumored as Amps and now known as "MotoMods."

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OnePlus Announces A Virtual OnePlus 3 Launch Event Onboard A Space Station, Gives Away A Bunch Of Free VR Headsets For The Occasion

Have you even seen a phone launch occur in space? No, you haven't. And after OnePlus announces its next flagship phone, the OnePlus 3, you may feel like you have. The company intends to launch its latest phone from a virtual space station.

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