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Sharp’s Android-powered robot phone priced north of $1,800

Japanese manufacturer Sharp has taken the unusual step of launching a small robot that doubles as an Android cellphone. First previewed at last year’s CEATEC trade show, the so-called RoboHon was given an official press launch today, where its retail price of 198,000 yen ($1,814) was finally revealed. Costing over twice as much as even the most premium Android […]

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Steam is censoring some torrent sites in chat

Users of Valve’s Steam video game platform are finding some of the links they mention in chat automatically censored by filtering software, reports TorrentFreak. Specifically, affected websites include several popular — though not all — destinations for pirated torrent content. Sites whose URLs show up on the receiving end as “[LINK REMOVED]” include The Pirate Bay […]

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BlackBerry launches Android Marshmallow beta program for Priv

BlackBerry Priv owners are being given the opportunity to help the company test builds of the impending Android 6.0 Marshmallow upgrade, as part of a public beta program. Space in the program is quite limited, however, with initial slots being completely filled less than an hour after the blog post announcement was published. The program […]

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Evidence grows for a Samsung Galaxy S7 Active

For the past three years, Samsung has built an elements-resistant version of its annual Galaxy S flagship, and the first official evidence of a Galaxy S7 Active just appeared in a Google Play Store app listing. The purported handset is listed as a compatible device in the latest version of the Korean manufacturer’s Samsung Level application, […]

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Huawei Y5 II features significant upgrades over its predecessor

EXCLUSIVE: Although most of the attention is focused upon its quartet of upcoming P9 variants, Chinese manufacturer Huawei has plenty of other devices in the pipeline, including a sequel to last year’s entry-level Y5. According to marketing material seen by VentureBeat, the so-called Y5 II will bring a number of significant upgrades that will be sure […]

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Two more Alcatel Idol 4 phones detailed: one powerful Windows and one smaller Android

EXCLUSIVE: Rapidly-growing smartphone brand Alcatel, manufactured by China’s TCL Corporation, showed off a pair of handsets from its flagship Idol sub-brand at the recent Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. But the Idol 4 and Idol 4S are only two of an expected four Idol-branded devices that the company is planning in 2016. According to material seen […]

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Microsoft is launching Windows 10 Mobile on March 17

EXCLUSIVE: After months of anticipation and a mix of official and internally-communicated delays, Microsoft’s long-awaited Windows 10 Mobile upgrade is on the eve of being deployed. Playing its cards incredibly close to the chest, the company will announce its same-day availability on March 17, according to a person familiar with the company’s plans. As previously reported by […]

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Microsoft now plans March Windows 10 Mobile rollout

EXCLUSIVE: February has come and gone without the highly-anticipated Windows 10 Mobile upgrade for legacy Lumia handsets. In an email to partners, seen by VentureBeat, Microsoft is now targeting a release this month, to occur after the regular monthly service updates for the two Windows 10-powered handsets already on the market, the Lumia 950 and 950 […]

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Mobile World Congress 2016: How the major phones fared

ANALYSIS: Despite the volume of, ahem, material revealed prior to the show, this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain still proved to be one of the more exciting conventions in recent years. Almost every major phone manufacturer had significant products to show off, save for a few noteworthy omissions (looking at you, Microsoft and Motorola). What follows […]

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Huawei P9 unveiled: first live photos of the dual-camera flagship

EXCLUSIVE: This is our closest look yet at Huawei’s upcoming flagship phone. Thanks to a person who was given some hands-on time with the device, VentureBeat is able to share some of the premiere photographs of Huawei’s flagship — the Huawei P9 — expected in the first half of 2016. The individual, who requested anonymity, also shared full specs […]

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Nextbit Robin review: Cloud aside, a sleek and capable phone at a surprisingly low price

Today’s mobile landscape is dominated by a handful of companies –Samsung, Apple, and Huawei — making it exceedingly difficult for a new company to generate the capital and the buzz necessary to compete. That’s why Nextbit, a small company formed by veterans of some of the industry’s biggest players, is such an anomaly — and why its premiere […]

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Alcatel introduces Idol 4 and high-end Idol 4S, sunsets OneTouch brand

TCL-owned Alcatel introduced the fourth-generation of its Android-powered Idol lineup today at Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona, Spain. Consisting of the 5.2-inch Idol 4 and 5.5-inch Idol 4S, this generation will be the first to sport the company’s new simplified branding, dropping the word OneTouch and being marketed simply as Alcatel. As we reported […]

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LG G5’s first Magic Slot modules and accessories detailed

EXCLUSIVE: When LG introduces its first all-metal flagship handset at Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress in less than a week, the LG G5 won’t be the only piece of hardware on stage. According to a person familiar with the company’s plans for the show, the modular handset will be demonstrated alongside a number of plug-in modules and […]

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Alcatel OneTouch Idol 4S packaging will double as VR goggles

EXCLUSIVE: For the fifth largest cellphone brand in North America — up from 13th as recently as 2014 — Alcatel OneTouch isn’t nearly the household name that competitors Huawei and ZTE have become. Part of that has to do with confusion over the brand’s ownership: despite being founded as a joint venture with France’s Alcatel-Lucent, majority […]

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BlackBerry confirms layoffs, but not magnitude

BlackBerry has confirmed a MobileSyrup report that the company recently laid off employees at its Canadian headquarters in Waterloo, Ontario. There is a discrepancy, however, concerning the magnitude of the reduced head count. The report, based on anecdotal tips from multiple sources, characterizes the layoffs as “significant”: 35 percent of the location’s workforce, or about 1,000 […]

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