Smartphones

Samsung Orders Galaxy Note 7 Recall

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Following slightly terrifying reports of Galaxy Note 7 tablets catching fire or exploding while charging Samsung suspends sales of the phablet and announces a global replacement program.

Galaxy note 7 burningThe burning-- and at times explosive-- issue comes from the battery, and so far 35 such cases have been reported. According to Samsung this is but a "tiny fraction of the high volume of device sold since launch," but concerned customers will be able to replace their handsets with a new smartphone through an exchange program.

Samsung is still to fully detail the program in question, but it will be held through carriers and retail outlets. Carriers in the US will also be adding a choice of credit or gift card should customers stick with a Samsung device as a "gesture of appreciation."

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Galaxy Note Reaches 7

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Samsung unveils the latest iteration of the Note phablet-- the Galaxy Note 7, a device feauring enterprise-style additions such as a stylus and an Knox security complete with iris scanner.

Galaxy note 7The Note 7 has a curved 5.7-inch 2560 x 1440 resolution Super AMOLED display similar to the one found in the Galaxy S7 Edge, and carries an identical octa-core Exynos processor paired with an Adreno 530 GPU and 4GB RAM. The body is IP68 water resistant, while the display is in Gorilla Glass 5 for extra protection.

Internal storage totals at 64GB, and is expandable to 256GB via microSD. In a Samsung first, the Galaxy Note 7 features a USB-C port for faster battery charging, especially when paired with the Power Management UX.

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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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