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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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Rumor: Hangouts May Lose SMS And MMS Capability In A Future Update

The issues with Hangouts on Android are becoming legendary at this point. It's an app that has suffered from a multitude of bugs, sluggishness issues, and incomplete features over the years. Now, a rumor posted by Phandroid says that Google is going to pull one of the more problematic (and important) features from Hangouts in a future update—SMS and MMS.

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WSJ: Samsung Galaxy S7 Expected To Have Pressure-Sensitive Display, USB Type-C Port, And MicroSD Card

The Galaxy S6 was a drastic (and welcome) departure for Samsung, and it's looking to capitalize on that success by refining the feature set of the upcoming Galaxy S7. The Wall Street Journal has a source claiming the new phone will adopt some ideas from other devices on the market, but as usual, take this sort of thing with a grain of salt.

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Google Refutes Rumors Of Chrome OS Merging With Android, Says It's Here To Stay

The Wall Street Journal dropped a bombshell last week when it reported that Google planned to merge Chrome OS with Android and phase out the Chrome OS we've come to know and love. Googlers (including Android/Chrome head Hiroshi Lockheimer) reiterated the company's commitment to Chrome OS. Now, Google has made a post on the Chrome blog to set the record straight once and for all—Chrome OS isn't going anywhere.

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[Update: Different Angle] Best Leaked Image Of LG "Nexus 5" (2015) Yet Appears To Show Near-Final Hardware In White, With Fingerprint Scanner

The image you're seeing above is the LG "Nexus 5" (Nexus 5X is in the running for the retail name), leaked by AndroidPIT this morning. We can confirm the image is legitimate.

The only detail I'd note that might be wrong on this image is that we'd previously seen an LG logo along the bottom of the device (below the Nexus logo), though it's possible this will only appear in some markets or that it was removed from the final design of the device.

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[Update: Teaser Video] BlackBerry Venice Android Slider Pops Up In A Few More Promo Pics, Allegedly Coming To All Major U.S. Carriers In November

For having technically retired, @evleaks still leaks a lot of stuff. Case in point, he's just posted a few more promo pics of the BlackBerry Venice, an Android-powered phone from the once-dominant Canadian smartphone maker. We've also got a supposed release window too—November on all major U.S. carriers.

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[Updated] Verizon May Launch The Sony Xperia Z4v On August 13th

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