Smartphones

LG Claims First Nougat Phone

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LG announces the upcoming V20, the flagship successor to 2015's V10, will be the first available running on Android 7.0 (aka Nougat) out of the box once it hits the market sometime on Q3 2016.

LG V10Such a revelation is perhaps unusual, since Google usually tends to debut the latest Android iteration with its own Nexus smartphones. Then again, LG is a long-time Google partner, having built the Nexus 4, 5 and 5X, and as such might have traded a few favours for Nougat honours.

That, or Google plans to release the next Nexus generation at around the same time.

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Win 10-Powered NuAns Neo Makes it Westward

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Japanese smartphone maker NuAns announces the Neo, a unique-looking Windows 10 smartphone, will be available in European markets following a Kickstarter campaign.

NuAns NeoAlready available in its home Japan, Neo features a somewhat unusual chunky design, with an 11.3mm-thick frame users can customise with up to 64 different snap-on covers in materials such as wood, suede and even ostrich leather. Covers are split in half, meaning users can also mix-and-match colours and materials for an even more custom look.

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Google Working on Google-Branded Phone?

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Google plans to step directly into the smartphone wars, The Telegraph reports-- with a device possibly replacing the familiar Nexus branding with, well, the Google name.

Google phoneAccording to unnamed sources the Google-banded phone will "extend the company's move into hardware," with the company controlling "design, manufacturing and software." As such one can expect the Nexus branding to go, since such devices are shaped in good part shaped by 3rd party manufacturing partners.

But why would Google want to make an own smartphone? Reason include tighter control on software, ensuring a future for services such as Google Search and the Play app store, and increased consistency on OS updates. And while the company refuses to comment on the story, it does have a hardware division lead by former Motorola president Rick Osterlogh.

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Huawei Honor 5C Reaches Europe

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Huawei announces the European debut of the Honor 5C, a followup to the budget-priced Honor 5X handset first seen back at CES 2016.

Honor 5CWhile being on the lower end of the smartphone spectrum, the Honor 5C features decent enough specs. It is a 5.2-inch device with a 1920x1080 resolution IPS display, a Hisilicon Kirin 650 octa-core CPU, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage and a 3000mAh battery.

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Apple Patents Phone With Wraparound Display

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Apple patent filings can get pretty creative, and this latest revelation is as wild as it gets-- it is a method for "portable electronic device with a wraparound display."

iPhone patentPatent filings being the way they are, this particular case was actually first filed back in 2011 before being granted in 2014. The original also received "multiple continuations."

In any case, the concept behind the patent remains as such-- a phone with a flexible OLED display wrapping all the way around. Construction involves a single piece of glass, with opaque sections covering possible display seams.

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