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Purported Galaxy Note 7 Render Appears, Ships With USB-C

Posted: 05 Jun 2016 10:54 AM PDT

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Samsung is expected to unveil their next Galaxy Note smartphone in just two months from now but it looks like we may have gotten a credible render in our hands.

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Thanks to @Onleaks, he has shared what looks like a very credible render of the upcoming Galaxy Note 7 after having been working on the model for quite a few days. The phone itself seems to very closely resemble the Galaxy S7 Edge as it also features a very prominent curved edge on both sides of the phone. It also shares a similar looking metal frame and antenna lines as well as a smaller camera bump, just like the S7.

However, this is where the similarities end. The Note 7 still features the signature S-Pen stylus, Samsung's first USB-C connector on the bottom, a 5.7 to 5.8-inch Super AMOLED panel and a variety of sensors including an Iris biometric scanner, potentially allowing you to unlock the phone with your eyes.

Expect more details to make their way around the internet in the coming days and weeks ahead.

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OnePlus 2 now being updated to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow

Posted: 05 Jun 2016 10:38 AM PDT

Way back in November, OnePlus confirmed that it would be upgrading its most recent flagship, the OnePlus 2, to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. That eventually led to soak tests for some users out in the wild, but the majority of owners have been waiting quite a bit of time to get Marshmallow on their handset.

The wait is finally over. OnePlus has announced that it's begun the global rollout for Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow for the OnePlus 2. The upgrade is part of the OxygenOS 3.0.2 update. OnePlus says that the update will be rolled out in waves, so not every handset will see the upgrade option right away, but they also said that they plan on finishing the rollout within 48 hours.

There are a few noteworthy additions in the update. That includes faster fingerprint reader recognition and performance as well as an updated camera app user interface. The camera has gained some autofocus optimization, too.

Here's the full changelog:

  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow upgrade
  • Enhanced Doze mode for better battery life
  • System wide performance improvements
  • Improved fingerprint sensor performance and recognition
  • New OnePlus Camera UI and AF optimization
  • MaxxAudio and Tuner have been removed. We have integrated with Dirac HD Sound technology for the speaker so you get a great experience without the knobs and dials
  • Shelf UX has been improved. You can now long press to edit a board
  • You can now lock apps in recents so they won't be cleared away. We've also added clear process in addition to clear-all for those of you who want a better control of background processes
  • Network operator selection will now stick to your choice so you don't accidentally roam onto unintended networks
  • Swiftkey update to 6.3.3

It's been a somewhat long wait for OnePlus 2 owners, but at least the software is finally rolling out. Have you upgraded yet?


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Moto Z Style Mod backplates leak showing leather, wood, and other options

Posted: 05 Jun 2016 09:34 AM PDT

The Lenovo-owned Motorola has plans to launch a Moto Z, instead of a Moto X, flagship device this year, changing up the brand a little bit. But that's not all that's changing.

The Moto Z will reportedly feature MotoMods, modular pieces that will allow future owners to attach things like a camera grip, external speakers, and more to the device's back. Instead of having little individual pieces slide into place, though, the Moto Z will feature swappable backplates.

Those backplates won't just be for built-in accessories. New images of the back plates indicate that Motorola is changing up its Moto Maker process a bit and will let owners keep customizing their device even after they've made the purchase. The image shows us that there will be leather, wood, some textured materials, as well as different colors. This will let owners swap out backplates as they see fit and keep on customizing their phone.

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We can also see that when one of those backplates is installed, the camera is flush with the back of the phone.

Motorola has plans to announce something on June 9, so it's possible we get to see the new Moto Z and all of its customizing options here shortly.

Are you excited to see how the Moto Z stacks up against the competition?


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