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Huawei is reportedly working on its own mobile OS as a 'contingency measure'

Huawei is working toward making its Android software more palatable for a western audience before it goes all-in on the US market, but that's not the only mobile project the Chinese OEM is undertaking. The Information reports that Huawei is also running a secret project to build its own mobile operating system as a hedge against Android. The new EMUI software layer is expected this fall, but the mobile OS might never see the light of day.

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Rumor: Amazon Realizes All The Cool Kids Have Subscription Music Services, Now Building Its Own

Amazon is apparently hoping the third time's a charm when it comes to music services, at least if a new rumor from Reuters is to be believed (which, yeah, it probably should be). According to Reuters, Amazon will launch a $9.99 per month music subscription service to compete with the likes of Spotify, Apple Music, Play Music, and others.

If you remember, Amazon MP3 was actually Android's stock internet music player back in the day, until Amazon and Google had a falling out over Fire OS that to this day has lingered with consequences for consumers, like Android TV not having Amazon Instant Video.

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Galaxy S7 Active Rumored To Have A Massive 4,000mAh Battery

It's a foregone conclusion that AT&T is about to release a ruggedized version of the Galaxy S7 called the Galaxy S7 Active. It's done it for the last few Galaxy flagships, and the phone has leaked a few times. Now, Venture Beat has more detailed specs for the device, and most of it is no surprise. It's a GS7 with a different chassis and a bigger battery. The size of that battery is a bit of a surprise—it's apparently 4,000mAh.

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NYT: Google To Announce Alexa Competitor Called 'Google Home' At I/O

Google I/O is just hours away, and we're expecting all sorts of wonderful things to be announced. For example, the rumored competitor to Amazon's Alexa known internally Project Chirp. The New York Times is now reporting that Chirp will be called Google Home when it is unveiled.

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Huawei Announces Event On April 6th, Probably For The P9

Huawei is riding high after the release of the fantastic Nexus 6P, as well as the pretty okay Mate 8 and Honor 5X. The company's next move is to finally announce the P9, which has been rumored for months. Invites have been sent out for an event on April 6th in London. They didn't say it's for the P9, but it couldn't really be anything else.

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Google Reportedly Working With Vizio To Add Native Casting To TVs

Google had a hit on its hands from the moment it released the original $35 Chromecast a few years ago, but not everyone who has a TV knows about all the cool things a Chromecast can do or that they can get one so cheaply. Apparently, Google wants to make it easier for people to start casting by simply building cast support into TVs, starting with Vizio.

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Google Reportedly Planning New VR Headset That Doesn't Require A Phone

Google handed out the first Cardboard viewers at I/O a few years ago, and at the time it seemed like a bit of a joke. It wasn't really a joke for long, though. VR has been growing in recent years, and the low barrier to entry made Cardboard a hit. Now, sources report that Google is looking to release a standalone VR headset that doesn't require a phone to function.

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HTC Perfume (M10) Reportedly Packs A QHD AMOLED, Snapdragon 820, 12MP UltraPixel Camera, And No Boomsound

HTC did not have a profitable 2015, but the company hopes the upcoming M10 will be able to turn its fortunes around. According to Venture Beat, the HTC Perfume (believed to be called M10 at launch) has the best specs HTC has ever packed into a phone—a top-of-the-line Snapdragon chip, tons of RAM, a fingerprint scanner, improved UltraPixel camera, and a screen to rival Samsung.

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VentureBeat: Galaxy S7 And S7 Edge To Bring Back MicroSD Card Slot And Water Resistance, Drop Down To A 12MP Camera

VentureBeat has published a report that commits to some major changes on the part of the Galaxy S7. This year's flagship from Samsung, if the claims prove to be true, will reintroduce a couple of hardware features left behind with the S5.

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Leak Suggests LG G5 Will Have A Secondary Ticker Display And 'Magic Slot' Expansion Port

LG has continued to offer more modular phones that appeal to those offended by Samsung's move to unibody devices. A new leak from VentureBeat's Evan Blass (AKA @evleaks) claims that the G5 will take things a step further by adding a "Magic Slot" for installing new hardware modules, as well as a secondary display a la the V10. The report also backs up a few details we've heard before.

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