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Opinion: As Smartphone Innovation Slows, Google's Nexus Program Is More Important Than Ever

Smartphones are, by their nature, iterative products. But if you've felt that this iteration has started to slow a bit in the last few years, you're not alone - and you're probably not wrong, either.

Think about it: smartphones have a pretty set list of characteristics and features we evaluate in order to judge the overall quality of a device. Some are more subjective than others - design, for example - but many are also quite objective, even if quite difficult to measure objectively sometimes. How fast is the phone? How long does the battery last? How good is the camera [at night, for video, in slow motion, etc.]?

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T-Mobile LG V10 To Get Marshmallow Update Starting Next Week

Some people would consider the V10 to be LG's most exciting phone of last year. If you agree with the tone of David's review of the G5, it still may be LG's best device.

Those of you who use one on T-Mobile's network are in for a treat. The carrier apparently plans to start sending out over-the-air updates next week.

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BlackBerry Plans To Launch Two Mid-Range Android Phones This Year

BlackBerry launched its first Android phone, the PRIV in late 2015. While the company's smartphone losses have slowed, the PRIV's high price is proving to be a barrier to BlackBerry's comeback (even with that price cut the other day). CEO John Chen now says that BlackBerry will shift to the mid-range this year with two new phones.

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Google Photos Web Update Brings Uploading Improvements And Keyboard Shortcuts

It sometimes may feel like the Google Photos web app gets a little left behind in the wake of its Android brethren, but today is the day: a post on Google+ from the Photos team has detailed the latest update, which brings improvements in the upload procedure and all-new keyboard shortcuts.

Photos can now be uploaded directly to an album, instead of having to upload photos and then add them to an album after they've uploaded. This should make it much easier to upload large batches of photos from a DSLR or other camera which doesn't connect to Google Photos. The keyboard shortcuts, meanwhile, will hopefully make navigation through the web interface more efficient, making it easier to move through photos or perform actions on an individual photo, such as editing or deleting.

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All 20 Wallpapers From The HTC 10 Have Been Leaked, And Here They Are

LlabTooFeR has a long and storied history of leaking information about upcoming HTC phones, and in recent weeks that has meant posting HTC 10 details. Along the way, he's been dropping wallpapers from HTC's new flagship, and now all 20 have been posted. Interested? We've got them below.

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[Deal Alert] BuyDig Is Again Selling The LG Watch Urbane On eBay, This Time For $149.99

Do you want the LG Watch Urbane? If so, one of cheapest ways to get one is to wait on BuyDig to hit up eBay. And look, the seller is back.

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HTC Is Testing A Phone Cleaner App Called Boost+ Via Its Preview Program

Most phone makers have their own storage/RAM cleaner apps, and now you can add HTC to that list. The OEM's new HTC Preview program kicked off recently, and the first thing users are previewing is a phone cleaner called Boost+. It's not restricted to HTC phones, but you can only get it via the preview program (not that you should want it).

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Sprint Galaxy S5 Gets Android 6.0 Marshmallow OTA Update

Sprint is now pushing out Marshmallow to the Galaxy S5, Samsung's flagship phone from 2014. This marks the third major version of Android to run on the phone, following Lollipop (though not 5.1) and KitKat before that.

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Asus Pushes A Huge Update To The Zenfone Zoom And A Pretty Big One To The Zenfone 2 Laser

Owners of some of Asus' camera-oriented smartphones are getting a nice surprise today with the announcement of sizable OTA updates. The OS version isn't changing, but both the Zenfone Zoom and Zenfone Laser 2 are getting big updates with tweaks, new features, and bug fixes galore.

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Initial Hands-On With The Huawei P9

The first thing to note about the Huawei P9 is how thin it is. At only 6.95mm, the phone feels very narrow in your palm, negating that 5.2-inch 1080p display. While I have big hands (my normal phone is a Nexus 6P, and I could go bigger), the P9 fits in my hand very well, not feeling too big or too small. Another thing you notice is its weight: it weighs only 144g, which for a phone of this size is crazy. It doesn't feel like it weighs this, though; maybe it's the thinness, or the compact body, but it feels like it weighs much less.

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