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Nextbit announces unique cloud-focused Robin Android smartphone

While the rate of smartphone sales is slowing and people are becoming a bit bored with current phones, Nextbit announced an exciting new affordable Android device.

Using Samsung Pay in the USA: Magnetic secure transmission removes merchant barriers

Samsung Pay will soon be rolling out to US customers and we had the chance to spend some money this weekend using the beta on a Samsung Galaxy Note 5.

No renders: New BlackBerry Venice images show microSD slot, 18 megapixel camera

We previously only saw renders of the likely BlackBerry Venice, but now get to see the real device in all its QWERTY keyboard glory.

Ten ways the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 excels for business use

The Samsung Note line has always appealed to those looking to have a mini computer in their hands and the Note 5 continues that tradition with advanced hardware and software features.

Google Now vs Cortana on Android: Head-to-head screenshot gallery

Microsoft just launched the public beta of Cortana for Android smartphones. Is Cortana better than Google Now? You be the judge.

Leaked flagship Microsoft Lumia images show typical Windows phones with a couple new features

Microsoft recently announced major personnel reductions in the mobile division, while stating it was focused on bringing new flagships. Leaked images show a couple possible new devices.

The pure Google experience is overrated: Five ways Samsung, LG, and HTC offer more

If you visit Android smartphone forums or discuss phones with people on social networks you will often hear that nothing beats the pure Google experience. I'm not sure that's the case today.

DisplayMate analysis: Samsung Galaxy Note 5 has the best smartphone display ever

While the new Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+ may be the most expensive Android phones available, scientific analysis shows that these phones have the best displays available.

RootMetrics says Verizon clear leader in wireless performance, T-Mobile CEO furious

RootMetrics performed 6.1 million tests, drove 237,506 miles, tested 7,323 indoor locations, and claims that 100 percent of the population was covered.

Nine reasons to buy the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 instead of the Moto X Pure Edition

While the new Moto X may be less expensive and have compelling features, there are also several reasons to consider the high-powered Samsung Galaxy Note 5.

Bring on the Nexus: Google reveals Android M as Marshmallow

People have been guessing what Google might call the next version of its operating system and today it revealed the name. We next expect to see Nexus devices running Marshmallow.

Eight reasons to buy the Moto X Pure Edition instead of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5

There are several great options for Android smartphone buyers this fall, but so far it looks like Motorola offers the most bang for the buck.

Motorola Mobility cuts 25 percent of workforce, 500 jobs, in Chicago

Lenovo just announced global workforce reductions and it looks like Chicago will be experiencing 500 of the planned 3,200 job cuts as Lenovo works to improve its financial position.

Samsung Note 5 removes two key features: expandable storage and removable battery

While Samsung continues to radically change the Galaxy design, it's disappointing to see it apply those design trade-offs to the Note line. The LG G4 stands alone as the last flagship with a microSD card and removable battery.

Twitter lifts 140 character limit on direct messages, further enhancing DM functionality

Twitter is a very popular social network and by continuing to expand the functionality of direct messaging it may soon become the instant messaging client of choice for businesses and consumers.

Three months with the T-Mobile LG G4: Still the top Android smartphone, priced as low as new competitors

Even with the new lower priced Android announcements and rumored upcoming smartphones, the LG G4 remains a top choice for Android fans.

Google Hangouts 4.0 for Android released with improved material design interface and performance

Android users have a vast amount of choice when it comes to messaging and the new Google Hangouts 4.0 is a compelling alternative that attempts to help with centralized communications.

BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition, in pictures

BlackBerry just released a slightly modified Passport in silver and black. The insides remain the same while the outside received a few design tweaks.

Motorola phones, ZTE Axon Pro, BB Passport Silver Edition (MobileTechRoundup show #351)

While it's still a bit slow in the mobile space during the summer, there was a major announcement from Motorola and a couple other device launches.

Verizon killing off phone subsidies: Will consumers accept paying more than $200 for their iPhone?

Verizon customers are used to paying for two year contracts with the ability to buy a new phone every couple years at a rather low subsidized price. That's changing soon.

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