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So, there have been multiple rumors about the next Nexus smartphone, the Nexus 6 or the Nexus X. Anyway, here a render of what the smartphone is said to look like, according to Android Police. We can find design elements similar to the new Moto X. The smartphone is expected to come with a 5.9 inch display with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels. So it is a phablet. The smartphone is also said to come with a 13 MP camera on the back with OIS and the ring LED flash found on the Moto X. All this, however, is still in the rumor stage.

Source: The Droid Guy

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Project Ara, the awesome modular smartphone project by Google, just became a whole lot interesting. This is because the company announced that the different modules of the smartphone can not only be swapped, but could be hot swapped. This mean you can just change the camera module when the smartphone is switched ON! This also goes with the battery, and memory, and much more. Only the display and the processor on the device will not be hot swappable, which makes complete sense. The first version of the Project Ara smartphone will be released to the public next year.

Source: Project Lint

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Amazon, like many other companies, is trying to enter a market which is alien to it, the grocery delivery market. This service is called the Amazon Fresh. The company is going to start small, with one city at a time, and later expand to the whole nation. According to initial reports, the service will be first launching in Seattle, and then will expand to Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Also, another report suggests that the New York launch of Amazon Fresh is also not too far. We will still have to wait for official words on this.

Source: Ubergizmo

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If you are not living under a rock, you would have heard about the bend gate stuff all over the internet. It has everything to do with the new Apple iPhone 6 Plus smartphone bending in peoples’ pockets. This grew to a full blown controversy, and the Cupertino based tech giant had nothing but to address it. So here is the complete official announcement.

Our iPhones are designed, engineered and manufactured to be both beautiful and sturdy. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus feature a precision engineered unibody enclosure constructed from machining a custom grade of 6000 series anodized aluminum, which is tempered for extra strength. They also feature stainless steel and titanium inserts to reinforce high stress locations and use the strongest glass in the smartphone industry. We chose these high-quality materials and construction very carefully for their strength and durability. We also perform rigorous tests throughout the entire development cycle including 3-point bending, pressure point cycling, sit, torsion, and user studies. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus meet or exceed all of our high quality standards to endure everyday, real life use.

With normal use a bend in iPhone is extremely rare and through our first six days of sale, a total of nine customers have contacted Apple with a bent iPhone 6 Plus. As with any Apple product, if you have questions please contact Apple.

Source: iPhone Hacks

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BlackBerry CEO, John Chen, has revealed the price of the new BlackBerry Passport, which is going on sale from tomorrow. The CEO has stated that the smartphone will set you back by $599 off contract. He also said, blowing his own trumpet, that the smartphone should actually cost $700. But to lure in more buyers, the company decided to sell it with a lower profit margin. The smartphone is expected to hit more markets in a couple of weeks, with an expected launch in India on the 29th of this month. It is to see if the Canadian company will be able to penetrate the market.

Source: BGR

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SALT card, that is what the blogosphere is talking about today when it comes to smartphone safety. The card, which is as big or as small of your traditional credit card, has a circuit and battery inside it, and comes with Bluetooth. You can pair it up with your smartphone. Once this is done, if you go 10 feet away from your smartphone, it will be automatically locked, so that it is safe and secure data-wise. Plus, with a dedicated app, you can even track your wallet or purse if you lose it. The project is on Kickstarters, and the early bird version will cost you just $10.

Source: The Droid Guy

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The next generation Samsung Galaxy Alpha smartphone has already been leaked in photos from the wild. The smartphone, which looks very similar to many existing Galaxy smartphones, but with metal bands around, will be both thin and light. But if you were expecting a high end smartphone, you will be disappointed to know that this is just a mid range smartphone with a 5 inch 720p display, Snapdragon 400, 13 MP camera, 16 MP internal storage, and a microSD card slot. The smartphone will be known as the Samsung Galaxy A5.

Source: GSM Arena

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HTC moved their Galley app to the Play Store sometime back. And ever since then, there have been many updates to the app. There was one recently, to the Gallery app for the One M8, the J Butterfly 2, and the Butterfly 2. The official update note is as follows:

  1. New feature for HTC One (M8), HTC J Butterfly 2 and HTC Butterfly 2

– New Duo Effects for Seasons and Foregrounder

– New typography in Seasons edit mode

  1. Improvements

The duo effects is what is the most interesting of all. If you have one of the three devices which got the update, do try it out.

Source: The Droid Guy

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Nvidia released their Shield tablet back in July, with a big bang. The gaming tablet, anyway, came with just one connectivity option, Wi Fi. And we all know that is not going to be enough. So, the company decided to come with a 4G LTE version and announced recently that will start taking pre orders for the LTE version from Tuesday, today, and that it will start shipping on Sep. 30th. So the LTE version will cost you $399, $100 more than the Wi Fi version. The tablet is available through AT&T as well, for $299 with a two year contract. The choice is yours.

Source: Giga Om

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Sony has released  a new entry level Xperia smartphone, the Sony Xperia E3. The devices comes with a 4.5 inch display with a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels. That puts the pixels density at 218 pixels per inch, which is not too much. Next, it comes with 1 GB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage, 5 MP rear camera, and the latest Android 4.4 KitKat operating system. So what’s so unique in this? Well, the smartphone features 4G LTE connectivity, that too Cat 4 speeds, which is just awesome for a smartphone with that spec sheet. And to run the show, it has a 2330 mAh battery.

Source: Phone Report