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LG puts a massive battery in the X Power2, but not much else

The X Power2 is part of LG's new effort to bring "different exclusive features that are usually found only in premium smartphones" to affordable handsets.

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4 things we expect from Mobile World Congress 2017

MWC, the Davos of wireless technology, is happening next week in Barcelona, and it’s going to be a particularly important year, as the mobile landscape readies itself for a couple of fairly major shifts.

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MWC 17: What's coming, what's not, and what we really want to see

The biggest Android event of the year is nearly upon us. Here's what you can expect to see (and not see) at Mobile World Congress.

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Controversial LTE-U tech OK'd by FCC

The Federal Communications Commission announced Wednesday that it had approved two cellular base stations – one each from Ericsson and Nokia – to use LTE-U, marking the first official government thumbs-up for the controversial...

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Radiation from outer space could sabotage your smartphone

Cosmic ray hits to digital devices have endangered airplanes and disrupted the vote count in a European election. Your smartphone could be next.

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A trove of new Android smartphones to debut at MWC

Several new high-profile Android smartphones are expected to launch this weekend in advance of Mobile World Congress, which opens Monday in Barcelona.

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The ultimate guide to increasing your Android phone's battery life

You don't need to buy a new phone to add hours to your battery. All you need is to flip a few switches and adjust your habits.

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The problem with Apple's 'original' programming

Apple is trying to take on Netflix and Amazon, but its shows leave a lot to be desired.

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Why Google and Apple will rule mixed reality

Sorry, Microsoft and Magic Leap. The Silicon Valley smartphone giants have one thing you haven't got.

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Android device updates: T-Mobile begins rolling out Nougat to Galaxy S7, S7 Edge beta testers

Sprint's HTC One A9 is also getting Nougat, which finally passed the one percent mark in Google's monthly tally of Android versions.

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Google wants your help with the development of the next Pixel

In a post on the Pixel User Community board, product lead Krishna Kumar asks users for input on the features and design of its next phone.

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Arrest of Samsung’s Lee may not affect smartphone business in short term

The arrest of Samsung Electronics’ vice chairman Lee Jae-yong on Friday in South Korea may not have a direct impact on the company’s high-profile electronics business, including its smartphones unit, according to analysts.

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How to use your smartphone to get politically active

You want to do more than tweet, share, and like. You want to make a difference. These are the apps that can get you there.

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Sprint’s unlimited data plan is filled with 'gotchas'

Sprint’s new plan offering five lines of unlimited voice, texts and data for $90 a month is a good deal for a year – after that the price soars.

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Apple smartphones outsold Samsung's in Q4

Apple has overtaken Samsung Electronics in smartphone sales for the first time in two years -- but don't count on it staying ahead for long.

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In Verizon's wake, T-Mobile adds hotspot data, HD video streaming to unlimited data plans

T-Mobile is adding features to T-Mobile One that it didn't have compared to Verizon's new unlimited call, text, and data plan.

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The 12 worst Android phone gimmicks once hailed as 'innovations'

These were heralded as impressive new gotta-have-it features. In hindsight, they're pretty useless.

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Smartphone CPUs put desktops to shame

Using a smartphone can involve CPU cores of multiple sizes, plus graphics processors, video processors, signal processors, and more.

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