Smartphones

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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Lenovo Claims First Tango-Enabled Smartphone

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Lenovo presents the Phab 2 Pro-- the first smartphone equipped with Tango, the Google-developed combination of cameras, IR sensors and software allowing devices to the world in 3D.

Phab2 proFormerly known as Project Tango, the technology provides enhanced indoor tracking and augmented reality features. In the case of the Phab 2 Pro it comes through a 16MP shooter, one Google says is a shrunken version of the prototypes seen a couple of years ago. It uses dual-cameras to analyse surroundings in 3D, while additional sensors map the physical space and track objects 250000 times per second.

Demos shown by Lenovo include AR shooting games, an educational app able to project dinosaurs in real spaces, a domino app allowing users to set virtual pieces around a room and a virtual home improvement app developed by Lowe's. The company says the device already has 25 apps, a number it hopes will grow to 100 by end 2016.

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