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In the move to a new phone, there’s usually some re-buying of choice accessories one has to do, namely cases. In the case of (no pun intended) the S6 and S7, it seems like the transition should be easy. Despite being ~1mm thicker, a tad narrower and a tad shorter, the S7 is, for all intents and purposes, the same physical size. With that said, we have an old Incipio Galaxy S6 offGrid battery case and Incipio simple silicone sleeve and were curious (hoping) that they’d fit our new S7. The results? The battery case just barely makes it all…

There’s no question about it. Xiaomi is an incredibly aggressive Android manufacturer when it comes to pricing. The companies latest offering, the Mi 5, is spec’d like a high-end flagship but priced like a 6-month old Nexus. For just $354 you can pick up the high-end version that comes with a top of the line Snapdragon 820 processor, 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage built in as well as a 16 megapixel camera. If 128 GB is too much storage, you can save a few bucks and pick up the entry level 32 GB version for $262.…

For North American customers, Meizu may be a little known (at best) name from a land far, far away. But in the grand scheme of things, they’re a quickly moving force in the mobile realm. The combination if quickly improving specs, hardware design and competitive pricing is making the Chinese market in particular even harder for the likes of Apple, Samsung, and others. For Meizu, the MX 5 is their latest flagship with a spec sheet and design to match the title. Specs such as a Mediatek MT6795 Octa-core 2.2 GHz Cortex-A53 CPU, PowerVR G6200 GPU, 3 GB of RAM,…

Skinned Android layouts have had a bad wrap over the years. In the early days of Android, they were downright garbage. As of late, though, they’ve matured into both a generally feature rich and decent looking spin on Google’s OS. That said, Android too has undergone massive UI changes over the years to the point that now in Lollipop, we’d wager it’s pretty damn awesome and unnecessary to cover it up. But alas, manufacturers want to “differentiate” and think they can design software better than actual software companies. The current crop of skins from HTC, Samsung and LG to name…

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Despite regressing in battery life, the Galaxy S6 has plenty of options in terms of battery. You’ve got super quick QuickCharge 2.0 wired charging as well as dual (which is rare) wireless charging by way of PMA and Qi wireless charging standards. A smattering of other phones support Qi while a smaller number support the little used (but carrier favorite), PMA. All that said, the G4 was sadly shipped without any native wireless charging. What’s worse, the only official method to get it thus far involves buying the LG Quick Circle case. It’s a great case. Don’t get us wrong.…

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Verizon and Sony fans have a new summer hit to look out for. Today, the phone manufacturer announced the Z3+ is coming to Verizon, but rebranded as the Z4v (more on this in a bit). Specs include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 CPU, 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage along with microSD card support, 3,000 mAh battery (with QuickCharge 2.0 and Qi wireless charging support) and most importantly, the IP65/IP68 water/dust resistance that Sony has become known for. We’ll also point out that this water/dust resistance is provided even though a couple ports (like the charging/sync port) don’t have…

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Being the multi-platform, phone flipping fools that we are, chatting within a client that isn’t tied to one ecosystem is generally preferred. For a number of reasons, the answer to that question is Hangouts. It’s not everyone’s favorite. And truth be told, it’s not the smoothest app either. But here we are. And here is Hangouts 4.0 (below) as highlighted by Android Police. The guys over at AP got their hands on a pre-release build and have fully detailed it over on their site, showing a dramatically revamped layout and UI wise, pretty heavily tweaked app. Material Design elements are…

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One of the key reasons to own a smartwatch is to make your life easier, quicker, and more efficient. Part of all of these improvements comes from simply not having to pickup your phone and set it down all the time and/or constantly fishing it in and out of you pocket. Beginning today, Spotify users are joining the wearable app crowd. Over the course of June, an update to Spotify will be rolling out that will bring Spotify to Android Wear, allowing browsing of your library on the go, on your wrist. We’re not the biggest fans of apps trying…

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Inbox by Google is an app that aims to “fix” and/or change how we use email. And for us, it does a pretty damn good job. While we haven’t been big fans of the “inbox zero” craze/fad, the feature built into Inbox is just…well… different. Thus far, a lot of the awesomeness of Inbox has kind of gone to waste as it was locked down and only available via invite. Today, however, that changes. Inbox is now open to everyone! Yes, even Google Apps accounts! In addition to the newly opened door, there are some new features to speak of.…

Google’s IO 2015 keynote is still going on, but we’ll be frank. The best parts of it are now over. And while there’s still more that will torn to shreds for more details in the coming days, we’ve got a pretty good look of what Google is planning to do and focusing on for the rest of 2015 and into 2016. While the start of the keynote was odd to say the least (and a bit long), it was but the doorway into the loaded keynote today. Everything from Android to search to android wear to photos and more. Let’s…

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